How to make a snow weekend enjoyable on a budget

How to make a snow weekend enjoyable on a budget

Cold cold snow – you either love it or loath it, for me I really enjoy the snow and I’m actually not sure why because I don’t ski or snow board! This year was the first time we’ve brought our boys and the smiles on their face was the reason why I knew it would be a good idea.

We all know snow trips can be expensive and hard work but here’s how our weekend went.

We decided to make Lake Mountain our destination as it’s the closes place to Melbourne (2hr drive) but we decided to break up the drive and make this a relaxing weekend with a stay at Lilydale Lakeside Villas which is situated at Lilydale Lakeside campus. This property was formally student accommodation and let me tell you this is perfect for a family stay if you’re heading to either the snow or doing a weekend at the wineries in the Yarra Valley. We stayed in the Villa which was a four, that’s right FOUR bedroom Villa all with their own private ensuite. Each bedroom had access to the balcony which over looked the lake which was just stunning in the morning. For booking enquired please email

Saturday was a ‘wet weather’ day which was a shame as we were all eager to check out Melba Park. However we ventured off to Lollipops Playland & café Croydon and Oz Tenpin Bowling thanks to our Small Idea’s membership they offered a great discount on both activities which always helps on a weekend away when you’re working on a budget.


The next day we honestly woke up to all the birds chirping (ligit), the sun out, not a cloud in the sky and we knew we picked the perfect day to go to the snow. The drive from Lilydale took just over 1 hour but my kids found it fascinating watching the climate change as we drove up the mountain and the temperature dropped. I personally think lake Mountain Alpine Resort if the perfect place for kids as they have a toboggan run, a park and a great ‘snowman’ making area. They also offer 30 min ski lessons if your kids are interested. Thanks to Dimmeys ‘snow sale’ we were able to pick up snow jackets for $15 and snow suits for $10 and the toboggan’s we hired there.

Lyons Ninja Academy

Lyons Ninja Academy

Have I been hiding under a rock or is it just that my boys are still little, has anyone else heard of Ninja Warrior programs?

Let me save you all the hard work as both my boys did class’ last week at Fighting Lyons in North Essendon. All I can honestly say is WOW! A program run by dual Olympian Paul Lyons what more could you ask for.


My two little Ninja’s whipped their way through age appropriate obstacle courses which included balancing beams, rope walls/ladders, trampolines, zip lines and more. What kid wouldn’t have fun and all while staying active and making friends. What made me love this place even more is that parents don’t need to participate and they have a coffee machine on sight. win/win in my eyes.


Fighting Lyons offer parties, school holiday programs, a range of other kids programs and also class’ for adults – get on it people

Chiropractic v Osteopathy

Chiropractic v Osteopathy

Chiro v Osteo, which is better? Isn’t this the age old question!

My family and I have been seeing Dr. Andrea Parisio-Ferraro from Nurture-you since my eldest was only a few weeks old as he was 6 weeks prem. She was a God sent for us as she helped with his sucking, his head shape, general body alignment and also overall wellness with providing probiotics when his immunity was down. 6 years later, two kids down and both my boys enjoy their visit to their chiro – I think it mainly has something to do with the kids space which is provided at their new office space at Essendon Fields.

This week we were lucky enough to visit an old high school friend Lauren Matthews who along with her husband Jason Ferrante have opened up their Osteo clinic in the heart of Essendon. What a lovely large space they’ve been blessed with. Even though both my boys are accustomed to this type of environment they both had slight reservations to let someone else other then Andrea look at them, in saying that they both enjoyed their time there as they let Lauren examine them and allowed her to use techniques such as MET (Muscle Energy Technique), where the patient provides a muscular resistance to specific movements, this is always performed in consultation with the patient and their guardian.

For me, they’re both amazing ladies doing amazing things for the community and our children, I suppose it just comes down to preference.

My Guide To The Mornington Peninsula

My Guide To The Mornington Peninsula

I’ve been heading down to the Mornington Peninsula for the last 15 years, but it’s only been since my first child was born (5 years ago) that I’ve had a new appreciation for this beautiful spot besides the beaches. Here are my favourite things to do when we visit.

Arthur’s Seat Eagle

Board a state-of-the-art gondola at the Arthurs Seat Eagle and fly over the state forest to the highest point of the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

Enchanted Adventure Garden

Immerse yourself in a wonderland of mazes, artistic fun garden designs, tube slides and a canopy walk through the Trees! You should allow 2-3 hours to explore the 10 different awesome activities at The Enchanted Adventure Garden.

Boneo Maze & Mini Golf

This place really has it all and is fantastic for the kids. With 27 acres of native flora & fauna to discover, Adventure zone, self guided walks, a café, mini golf and the fun mega games arena your kids wont want to leave.

Mornington Railway

Honestly, this was a high light for my boys and I. It was literally like stepping back in time when we arrived at Moorooduc station. Check out their upcoming kids events.

  • Teddies Day out 8th July Big Teddy bear attends for a hand shake and a cuddle. Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy/toy for a train ride.
  • Halloween (Dress Up Spooky)
  • Santa in December first three Sundays in December 2nd, 9th, 16th. (Santa attends)

They also offer kids parties and cater for Kinder/School trips.


Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm

I don’t think this place needs to be explained. It’s just an explosion of strawberries everywhere you look, strawberry milkshakes, strawberry scones, strawberry kebabs, strawberry cookies. My boys love coming here to pick fresh strawberries.

Dinosaur Land

I’ve previously done a post on Dinosaur land so if you want more detail check that out. This is for all the Dino lovers out there big or small. It’s a nice small place with plenty of shade and plenty of adventures.

Rosebud Carnival

I choose this carnival for my kids cause I still have under 6’s and they cater for the little kids. If you have bigger kids or even for yourself I would suggest Rye carnival.


Dromana 3 Dive-in

This is one of the things my kids LOVE doing, especially over the summer holiday when it’s a warm night. Not only do the team at Dromana 3 Dive-in have three screens, they also have their ‘deckchair cinema’ which is outdoors on either deckchairs or for a small fee you can hire a beanbag.

The Big Goose

The Big Goose have combined all your kids favourite things in the one place, animals and play areas! They offer a range of activities including pony rides, jumping pillow, tyre maze, petting barn, tractor rides, mini golf, walk-about farm yard, wildlife park, playground and the newly opened splash park.

Aintree – The Park Capital

Aintree – The Park Capital

My little, and when I say little I mean my soon be to married brother recently brought land in Aintree and when we visited I was in utter oar at the three newly built parks in their Estate, Woodlea/Aintree.

If you’re wanting to spend a day ‘park hopping’ then Woodlea Estate is the place for you, located about a 30 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD I promise you wont regret it and I think the kids will be forever in your dept. Between the three parks they offer large open spaces, shade, toilets, BBQ facilities, basketball courts, sand pits, water play…that’s right, you read that right, WATER PLAY! and of course slides.

You can enter the estate at 27 Woodlea Boulevard, Aintree (formally Rockbank).

Park 1: Woodlea Boulevard Park


Park 2: Frontier Park


Park 3: