Top Tips for Travelling With Small Children

Travelling with small children can be tough. If you are planning a holiday that involves a long drive to and from your destination there are a few things you should consider for your trip. From the right toys to bring to making sure you pack all of the essentials, we’ve got a list of tips to make travelling a long distance with your little ones just that little bit easier:

  • Don’t rely on food outlets on the way- One of the biggest problems that can arise is when kids get hungry, and there isn’t another stop for some time. It can also mean stopping more frequently than you want to, not to mention add up to be quite expensive. It’s a great idea to pack a number of snacks that you can easily reach and give to your children when they get hungry. Also pack drinks and even lunch so as to avoid having to stop for restless little ones in the back.
  • Practice driving with them- If your children aren’t used to riding in the car for long periods of time, it’s a good idea to go for a few ‘longer than usual’ drives to help them get used to being in the car. It can often be hard for them to go from only going on very short trips to taking their first 10 hour road trip.
  • A portable high chair- You can’t rely on every restaurant having a high chair, so it’s a good idea to take a portable one with you.
  • New books- Having a few new books for the ride is a great way to keep them occupied. They should be books they’ve never seen before so they won’t tire as quickly from reading or looking at them.
  • Bring emergency medications- In case someone isn’t feeling well you don’t want to be in the middle of nowhere trying to find a chemist. Keep some medicine to sooth a headache, fever and cough to ensure if your child is feeling sick, you have everything you need close at hand.
  • Set up an in-car movie- This can be as simple as playing a movie the kids love on a portable DVD Player, or playing it through your laptop. It is sure to keep them occupied and happy while travelling.
  • A great stash of toys- Of course if you’ve got a stack of toys they can play with your little one will be occupied for hours and is sure to wear themselves out leading to a bit of rest time. There are many places you can buy a great range of online toys on the Internet perfect for creating a great stash of toys for the car. Of course it’s a good idea to bring a few favourite toys, but by keeping them in the car they won’t get to play with them all the time making them something new that your kids won’t get bored of as quickly.

Taking your kids on their first big holiday is a great experience. I hope our tips for how to make travelling with kids a little easier has given you some tips on how to make your holiday driving time all the more enjoyable for both you and your children.

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Kikuyu Lawn Care Tips

Kikuyu Lawn and Couch (also known as Bermuda grass in the North American continent) turf grasses are commonly used in playing fields and sports field situations. Homeowners are unaware of the reasons behind this and we will give a simple and detailed explanation.

We need to understand there are two (2) broad categories of turf grasses. These are Cool Season turf grasses and Warm Season turf grasses.

Cool Season grasses include rye grass, fescue, Kentucky Blue grass and so on.

Warm Season grasses include Buffalo (also known as St. Augustine grass in the North American continent), Queensland Blue Couch, Kikuyu, Couch / Bermuda grass and Zoysia.

Of the warm season grasses, Buffalo (St. Augustine) grass and Queensland Blue Couch have Stolons (above ground runners) only. Whereas Kikuyu, Couch / Bermuda grass and Zoysia are built with Stolons (above-ground runners) and Rhizomes (below ground runners).

The reason why sports fields are turfed with couch and kikuyu is to do with the speed and nature of lawn recovery after constant use and damage.

If a 5 square metre patch in the middle of a large Buffalo lawn is dead or damaged the recovery is slow as the lawn can only repair itself from the outside and inwards – that is, the above ground runners have to travel across the top of the soil to cover the damaged area.

In a similar situation with a Kikuyu or Couch lawn, the speed of recovery is quicker as the repair occurs with the above ground runners (Stolons) travelling across the top of the soil and aided by the below ground runners (Rhizomes) popping up through the soil in the middle of the damaged area.

Spring Lawn Care Tip: You may have noticed some homeowners shaving back their kikuyu or couch lawn to almost bare soil followed by heavy fertilization and watering. This is the poor man’s way of de-thatching the lawn. After a couple of weeks of warm weather (with watering), the lawn bounces back to a healthy Lush Green Turf.

Another tip: In Australia, the big sport stadiums like ANZ Stadium (Sydney Olympic Stadium) and The SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground) are turfed with Couch / Bermuda grass and are over-sown with rye grass for added protection and colour.

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How to Have a Great Holiday on a Budget When Staying in Sydney

Sydney is often labelled an expensive city, but in reality there are so many ways to have a great family holiday in Sydney without breaking the bank. Here, we’ve listed the top tips on how you can save money whilst still have a great family trip to one of Australia’s most beautiful cities. From staying in one of the serviced apartments Sydney has to offer, to the best attractions that won’t cost anything or very little, we’ve got the tips you won’t want to miss!

Importance of planning ahead

  • A good idea is to look online to see what is happening in Sydney on the dates you plan to be visiting. Sydney’s Darling Harbour in particular often hosts festivals throughout the year (especially in Summer) and these events are free to attend. Spending the afternoon at a free concert by the water is a great way for the family to spend the afternoon.

Places to visit

  • Some of Sydney’s major attractions cost very little to see, or cost nothing at all. The MCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Art Gallery of NSW, have a large collection of artworks and both have free exhibitions running all the time. Often during holiday periods, the art galleries run programs for kids to, with free craft afternoons, sing a longs and more.
  • A day trip to the beach in Summer is a great way for the whole family to spend the day. Pack a lunch and jump on a bus to Bondi or Coogee Beach and enjoy the sun and sand.

Booking the best accommodation

  • Location- Staying central to where everything is located is really a good idea when booking your family holiday in Sydney. Not only do you save on travel time, you save on transport tickets too, which really do add up. Sydney is not the biggest of cities and by staying central, you should be able to walk to most of the places you and your family want to go.
  • Facilities- By staying in one of the Sydney apartments that offers you kitchen facilities, you will be able to save money as you will be able to prepare some meals for the family at the apartment. This can be a great money saving tip.
  • Other facilities- You may also want to consider staying in accommodation that offers your family a pool, gym and sauna. That way, there will be more fun activities to do within the complex, and best of all, they are free to enjoy.
  • Flexibility- Some types of accommodation can be very strict on the number of people staying in a room. With an apartment, you can often get one room that has a roll away bed or a sofa bed, meaning that you can save on having to get extra rooms for everyone.

Taking your family for a holiday to Sydney doesn’t have to cost the earth. I hope our tips have given you some great ideas on how you can get the best out of your holiday to Sydney, without breaking the budget.

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Cruise Bar, Sydney, Australia – Review

If you are looking for a venue with a view, then you need look no further then Cruise Bar, located on the wharf adjacent to The Rocks and Circular Quay. For the romantic’s going there with a date, you have chosen wisely as Cruise Bar is directly across the water from the Opera House, which needless to say looks amazing lit up as the sun goes down over Sydney’s amazing harbour and provides the perfect atmosphere for a quiet romantic drink either in the courtyard or inside.

Located inside the old ferry terminals, Cruise Bar is one of the most scenic bars in Sydney, and for tourists is without question a must see destination.

Downstairs, the atmosphere is classy yet casual, with an amazing bar that morphs into a dance floor accentuated by amazing, technicolour wall lights that provide a modern take on the 70′s. With a DJ on both Friday’s and Saturdays, Cruise bar is perfect for after work drinks (that end up going till 3 in the morning) as well as Saturdays with friends.

One thing I also take a liking to is the relaxed enforcement of dress code. Given the location only a stone’s throw from The Rocks precinct, Cruise is great place to start the night, as no matter where you want to go you can dress accordingly.

Upstairs most of the time is booked out for private parties, however when it isn’t provides a great lounge area to kick back and sip on your favourite drink. Unfortunately, private functions are held there quite regularly and when they are, Cruise Bar becomes very small. Although an awesome venue, if you plan on having a big one you are better off starting at Cruise, enjoying the amazing view and when your vision starts to get a little bit blurry after 3 or 4 drinks, heading into the Rocks.

If you are planning on meeting there however and never been there before, the place is a little tricky to find as it doesn’t seem to have a physical street address.

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Cruise Bar, Sydney, Australia – Review

If you are looking for a venue with a view, then you need look no further then Cruise Bar, located on the wharf adjacent to The Rocks and Circular Quay. For the romantic’s going there with a date, you have chosen wisely as Cruise Bar is directly across the water from the Opera House, which needless to say looks amazing lit up as the sun goes down over Sydney’s amazing harbour and provides the perfect atmosphere for a quiet romantic drink either in the courtyard or inside.

Located inside the old ferry terminals, Cruise Bar is one of the most scenic bars in Sydney, and for tourists is without question a must see destination.

Downstairs, the atmosphere is classy yet casual, with an amazing bar that morphs into a dance floor accentuated by amazing, technicolour wall lights that provide a modern take on the 70′s. With a DJ on both Friday’s and Saturdays, Cruise bar is perfect for after work drinks (that end up going till 3 in the morning) as well as Saturdays with friends.

One thing I also take a liking to is the relaxed enforcement of dress code. Given the location only a stone’s throw from The Rocks precinct, Cruise is great place to start the night, as no matter where you want to go you can dress accordingly.

Upstairs most of the time is booked out for private parties, however when it isn’t provides a great lounge area to kick back and sip on your favourite drink. Unfortunately, private functions are held there quite regularly and when they are, Cruise Bar becomes very small. Although an awesome venue, if you plan on having a big one you are better off starting at Cruise, enjoying the amazing view and when your vision starts to get a little bit blurry after 3 or 4 drinks, heading into the Rocks.

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