A Welcoming Hearth

http://awelcominghearth.blogspot.com.au/

I write about our lives and experiences, living in a big family. How we manage our time and how we budget but still enjoy ourselves immensely. Life is never dull at our place and you are always welcome!

What's the best part of raising a family in Australia?

In what ways is Australia unique from other places you've lived or traveled?

What do your kids love most about living in Australia?

What's the best family vacation destination in Australia?

Melanie

I would have to say the Gold Coast. It has Dreamworld, Seaworld, Movieworld and two water parks. It has the beach, but it also has the Rainforest within easy travelling distance. There is so much to keep children happy and happy kids mean happy mums and dads too.
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What are your tips for throwing a party that both adults and kids will enjoy?

Melanie

I think planning is the key! A party that is organised will run smoothly. If children are occupied, having fun and being looked after properly, then mums and dads can relax and enjoy some adult company and conversation. As a busy parent that is what I think makes a great party. For the kids some ideas might be to set up a movie room, snack table, computer games and activities, jumpy castle, maybe pony rides, face painting, balloon animals, clown or fairy and some music. For the adults maybe music, board games, adult snack table, drinks, plenty of nice comfy chairs for some chats and laughs.
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What's on your bucket list of things to do with your kids this summer?

Melanie

I would like to take my children to Dreamworld. They have never been to a theme park and have always wanted to go. But it definitely isn't a bucket list lol My children and I plan on living a long time. Thank you very much!
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Can you recommend a great toy that costs less than $10? Please share a link to a photo.

Melanie

I have great memories as a child playing with my Barrel of Monkeys! It is a toy that has stood the test of time. It is cheap, easy and for such a simple concept it is fun! You can pick one up for about $5.00. http://www.onlinetoys.com.au/Barrel-Of-Monkeys-pr-16285.html
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