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Review: The Woods Farm – Farm Stay in the beautiful Jervis Bay

Review: The Woods Farm – Farm Stay in the beautiful Jervis Bay

With my upcoming 30th I knew I wanted to plan a little family getaway. Somewhere we could relax but wasn’t too far from Sydney. We had been to Jervis Bay a number of times and loved the laid back lifestyle, beautiful beaches and friendly locals so when a friend had recommended The Woods Farm I decided to look into it.

The Woods Farm is described as Luxury Farm Accommodation. Their cabins are self contained and all have three bedrooms, air con, premium foxtel and more. There is also daily animal feeding, yoga classes, a country pool, free bike hire and a park for Rosie to play. This place really sounded and looked like the perfect place for us to visit as a family. So we booked up to stay for 3 nights.

Upon booking you can choose from a selection of their 8 individually styled and themed houses. The Flowerhouse instantly appealed to me as it had a pink door. And well….we all know I love PINK. So it was a no-brainer for me.

The day had came for us to travel down from Sydney, With a little pit stop it took us around 3 hours and as we arrived the heavens opened. It started absolutely torrential raining but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits. We had been texted a code to simply enter into the door of our house when we arrived so there was no long check in process and we could get settled instantly.

The house really did not disappoint. It was styled to perfection. So quirky yet luxurious. I knew we were in for a fabulous few days. The rain soon cleared up, the kids went to bed and Robert decided to get the firepit going. We sat rugged up next to the fire, enjoying each others company whilst sharing a bottle of Red. The perfect end to my 20’s.

Our nights were so restful, The beds were SO comfortable and there was minimal fuss from our two girls. They clearly liked their surroundings too. Winning! The first morning i woke to a house filled with balloons as it was my birthday. Hello 30! I should also add, when we arrived there was a box of goodies waiting for me from the lovely management. Such a nice touch!

The rain cleared up and the sun was shining for the majority of our stay, there was kangaroos outside our window every morning and the grounds were stunning. There really is something about being in nature that is good for the soul. We went to the daily feedings of the animals every morning at 9am and what an experience it was! Rosie absolutely loved each and every animal and ensured they all got fed equally, bless her. The Goats were oh so cheeky with the two smaller Goats jumping up at us to get our attention and food pellets. They quickly became Rosie’s favourite. We enjoyed fresh eggs from the chicken coop for breakfast each day followed by a play in the park for Rosie.

Lunch times would roll around and we noted that there was a wood fired pizza oven in the herb garden. Robert was keen to give this a go so we made Pizza dough from scratch and started our oven. It was such a fun activity to do with our toddler Rosie, She loved helping us knead the dough and add the toppings. We did this twice as we loved it so much the first time. It was a little cold for us to use the pool but in summer this would be perfect for an afternoon dip.

Jervis bay itself is such a beautiful area. The beaches are just so stunning and the national parks are so fun to explore. One afternoon we explored Booderee National Park and stopped at some wonderful beach spots. Little miss Rosie, ever the explorer was splashing in puddles and fell right in, cutting our time there short as of course, I forgot to pack spare clothes.

With so much to do, see and explore in the local area, it really is the perfect spot for families.

We were approaching the end of our trip and I was so not ready for our little holiday to end so we decided to stay another night as they had some availability and they were so accommodating.

Our days were filled with enjoying each others company as a family without the need to be anywhere. The beauty and relaxed nature of the The Woods Farm really did give us such a break from the hustle and bustle of Sydney.

I would recommend this farm stay to all and since returning have raved about it! It really does have it all and we can’t wait to go back! Have a browse through my photos to see just how gorgeous this place is! They also do weddings and events and honestly i now want to get married here. Just got to get a ring first haha. They even have Glamping tents that look so cool. So if you’re looking for a getaway not too far from Sydney either as a couple, with family or friends then look no further as this place is just plain fabulous.

Hit me up with any questions you may have as I’m always happy to answer! This isn’t sponsored at all just wanted to share with you all how much of fun time we had.

Happy Holidaying.

Danielle Lauren

xoxo

Easing the snack time dilemma with Chobani Gimmies

Easing the snack time dilemma with Chobani Gimmies

Snacking snacking snacking. If my mischievous toddler had it her way then she would happily eat cookies all day everyday. Now i don’t mind the odd treat of course but I’d prefer her to have at least some nutritional value to her snacks. She is a pretty good eater to be honest which is great but snack time is always a battle. Why won’t she eat these delicious looking carrot sticks i spent ages chopping up? Or the fruit salad i made? Having something we both agree on would be ideal and ease the snack time dilemma!

This is where Chobani come in. Chobani are Australia’s number one yogurt brand, and they are launching Chobani Gimmies. They’re a new range of Greek Yogurt snacks bringing the fun back to yogurt. They are high in protein, with no preservatives, artificial flavours or colours. Whats not to love! Chobani Gimmies also combines authentic strained Greek yogurt with fun mixins – delivering Australian kids seriously good yogurt, with a silly amount of fun.

Here are some interesting facts from research commissioned by Chobani Gimmies:

  • Nearly half of pre-school parents feel pressure from other mums regarding snack time choices
  • 74% of parents have had trouble with their kids because of food choices
  • 60% of pre-school parents have had a fight with their child over what snack they can have
  • 79% of parents would be willing to give up 1-5 hours of sleep if it meant making snack time easier

Have you felt these pressures? I certainly have. There has been many a time i have reached for the cookies in order to have peace and quiet for more than 0.3 seconds or to curb the public meltdown. I have felt the stares from other parents as i gave my toddler a kinder egg or a chocolate freddo. That’s why when i heard about Chobani Gimmies i was so intrigued to find out more.

Chobani Australia Managing Director, Peter Meek, said: “Chobani Gimmies was co-created with Australian parents and kids to create a range that gets the tick of approval from both.”

“We worked hard to craft a range that ticks all the boxes. We recognised that parents and children don’t always agree when it comes to meals and snacks, and we wanted to challenge the idea that “good food” can’t be “fun food”. Parents will love that they’re made with Chobani low-fat Greek yogurt and kids will love the crazy flavours and wacky characters.”

“We had a lot of fun with our new range. From developing flavours that connote Aussie party food, like fairy bread, to working with kids to co-create the range of loveable Gimmies characters and their personalities. We’re so excited for kids to meet their new go-to snacking friends for fun.”

So the lovely people at Chobani sent me some to try and I must say i’m impressed. Fun flavours and Rosie loves the cool packaging and exciting mixins. The convenient packaging separates the Greek yogurt from the dry mix-in ingredients, which allows snackers to flip in their mix-ins. Making it an easy, mess-free snack to have at home or on-the-go!

They come in some seriously delicious and fun flavours.

  • Poppin Fairy Floss
  • Chocolate Crackle Crunch
  • Non-Stop Watermelon pop
  • Choc Chunk Cookie Dunk
  • Airy Fairy Bread
  • Rainbow Sprinkle Cone

I obviously couldn’t let Rosie try these alone and i must say they are tasty. So it is no surprise that i like them too!

So Mums and Dads, If you’re struggling for snack time solutions then give these a try. They will soon become a must have for your household! Pick some up from your local Woolworths, Coles and independent stores now.

Be sure to follow them on Instagram here https://www.instagram.com/chobaniau/

Happy Snacking

Danielle

xoxo

Review: Paint and Play

Review: Paint and Play

We all want our kids to learn and grow but also be entertained at the same time. If you have watched any of my recent Instagram stories you will see that Rosie and I have been attending Paint and Play in Sydney.

I live local but had never heard about it, it wasn’t until one afternoon that I started to google ‘Things to do for baby and toddlers near me’ that I came across their information.

Located in Alexandria, they have both inside and outdoor activities. All the experiences and activities aim to allow children to express their thoughts and feelings, practice and develop their skills, help the children to think creatively and learn how to solve problems and to develop early language, numeracy and literacy skills, while having fun in a safe and stimulating environment.

The sessions run on a Monday and Thursday each week between 10am and 12pm.

The first hour is more of a free play, the kids can go around each activity and play until their hearts content. I was really impressed with the variety of activities that they had on offer. Everything from painting and playdoh to dress ups and puzzles. The activities are also rotated on a weekly basis to go along with the ‘theme’ that they are learning about which means there’s always something new. The location itself is very clean, bright and safe for all the little ones too.

The session is broken up by a small morning tea in a separate room with plenty of space and yummy snacks for everyone to refuel before a more structured play time for the duration of the session.

The kids then all gather around and they learn fun rhymes, songs and also play instruments such as tin can drums to music. It’s a great way for your child to interact with other children in more of a class style second half. However if your little one doesn’t quite have the attention span just yet then they are still free to play with the other activities or play on the equipment outside.

You can go for part of it or all of it and there is no booking required. It’s a wonderful morning for both you and you child and I can tell you from experience that your little ones will need a nice long nap after which is a total mum win!

For more information and details on pricing, whats on and parties visit their website:

https://www.paintandplay.com.au/

Here is a few snaps of us enjoying our time there:

 

 

 

So if you are in Sydney then be sure to visit, you won’t be disappointed.

​Happy Painting and Playing!

Danielle

xoxo