Australia’s Most Amazing Places

Australia is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. It has huge areas where humans do not live and that have been left for nature to deal with. It has no shortage of natural wonders including dense forests, sweeping deserts and endless valleys. They are all just waiting there for visitors to enjoy.

Rottnest Island, Western Australia

For more than 7,000 years rare species have been making Rottnest Island their home. Sitting just off the coast of Western Australia, it is an ideal place to visit especially if you are traveling from Perth. When you have landed and been to the airport car hire to pick up your vehicle, head for the coast and take a boat to this wonderful island as you will not see anything like it anywhere else in the world.

The Bungle Bungle Range, Western Australia

The rocks of the Bungle Bungle Range are rounded at the top and have been likened to a giant beehive. It is not just the rocks that are beautiful though. The endless blue skies that surround them and the golden plains that they rest on all add to some amazingly beautiful scenery in Western Australia.

The Coastal Walk From Bondi To Coogee

Bondi beach is a truly beautiful area that is very popular with tourists. However, take a walk along the coast road to Coogee and you will find the sights are even more amazing. The walk goes along the cliff tops so you also get wonderful views of miles around.

Along this route, you will get to see the famous 12 Apostles, waterfalls, surf breaks and jagged cliffs among many other things.

The Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains are one of the geographic wonders of the world. Situated in New South Wales they are well above sea level and include rugged cliffs as well as beautiful gardens and many people travel here to get some relaxing time. The landscapes provide some amazing photo opportunities, plenty to use for your social media posts.

Daintree Rainforest

Although Australia is best known for its beaches and the outback it also has large areas of lush rainforests too.  Lying alongside the Daintree River, this particular rainforest is alive with plants and wildlife giving photographers some wonderful sights to snap. Your lens will also find numerous waterfalls, magical birds and deep gorges among the trees.

Adelaide Hills

If you love open hills dotted with pretty trees and the grape vines grown in this wine region of South Australia, Adelaide Hills is the ideal place to visit. It is at its most beautiful in the spring and fall, but still has a charm about it for the rest of the year.

Natural Beauties Of Australia

These are just a few of the natural beauties of Australia, there are many more. You could find your way to the Fleurieu Peninsula for sandy dunes and rolling hills along the coastline. Lake McKenzie on the largest sand dune in the world, Fraser Island, is a rare freshwater lake with pure blue waters. It does not matter which state in Australia you visit, speak with the locals and they will tell you where the most beautiful places are.

Start Crafting With These Brilliant Beginner Tips

Do you think that it is time you found yourself a new hobby? These days, lots of people are trying to think of better ways they can spend their free time as they are so sick of scrolling endlessly through social media on their phones. Many people also spend all day at work in front of a laptop, so they are usually sick of screens by the time they get home. Well, there is one option for you that can help you escape the TV and social media every evening – why not start a new craft hobby? It doesn’t matter if you don’t have any prior experience of crafting. In fact, these following beginner tips will help you get started!

Find A Craft That You Enjoy

First of all, it is important that you find a craft that you actually enjoy. There are so many different kinds out there, including sewing, sketching, and card making, that you might not know which one to go with at first. It’s perfectly fine if you spend a bit of time experimenting with different ones until you find the one you prefer to do. That way, you know you won’t get bored of your new crafting hobby anytime soon!

Invest In Good Quality Tools And Materials
Next, you will need to buy the tools and materials that you will need in order to create your craft. When you are shopping for new items, it is always worth investing in good quality tools and materials as they will help you create some very good crafts. So, for instance, it’s always worth looking at vinylcuttingmachineguide.com to get a good idea of the best cutters that are available for you to buy. Whether you are looking for card making materials or knitting wool, it’s also a good idea to go for good quality.

Watch YouTube Tutorials

When you are just starting out with crafting, it can be easy to get confused or make some very simple mistakes. Don’t let these frustrate you, though. If you find that you are making a lot of errors, then it’s worth taking a look at tutorials on YouTube. There are lots of experienced crafters who have their own YouTube channels on which they publish videos that give great tips and hacks. They might even have a few videos on how you can rectify any mistakes that you might make.

Join A Local Craft Group

It might also be worth joining a local craft group like meetup.com/knitting-1266/ so that you can meet other people who are interested in the same pastime as you. You will be able to share knowledge, tips, and tricks with each other so that you can all improve your skills. Not only that, though, but this makes your crafting a lot more sociable. I’m sure that you will make a lot of great new friends!

So, now there is just one very important question you need to answer before you get started – which craft are you going to try out first?!

Trends In Children’s Beds

When you are young there is so much excitement to be found in everything. A children’s bedroom is a place to explore a child’s personality and bring as much fun as possible to their very own little place. Whether it is filled with teddy bears, Barbie dolls, action men or toy cars, one thing is for certain; it has the potential to be your little loved one’s paradise.

Nowadays, with innovative creations and a constant update in trends, you can bring an element of fun to every single aspect of a child’s room. Of course, the main component of any bedroom is the furniture. There are so many exciting and intriguing pieces of furniture catered to children nowadays. Therefore, this article will reveal some of the top trends for children’s beds.

A bed is the main furniture piece of any bedroom and it is the first thing anyone notices when entering the room. Because of this, it has the ability to completely dictate the vibe and the feel of the room.

One of the most popular types of beds amongst children is children bunk beds. This type of bed has been popular for a long time now and provides a safe option if you are unsure what to go for. There are an array of different types and designs of bunk beds. Of course, you can go for the traditional type; a bed on the top and the bottom. This is ideal if you have two children and they are sharing a room, or if your child has friends stopping over on a regular basis. Nevertheless, you can also get bunk beds with desks underneath as well as other features. The options are quite simply endless.

In addition to children’s bunk beds, you also have novelty beds, also known as themed beds, which are becoming exceedingly popular at present. These sorts of beds are perfect for displaying fun and personality. One of the most popular types of novelty beds amongst boys is the race car bed. By buying your child this type of bed you make bedtime more appealing, and consequently, it can actually help your child to sleep better – which is always a bonus. By teaming a fun bed with soft bedding like the luxurious merino wool knit baby blankets, you have the perfect combination to help your baby or toddler get to sleep.

Furthermore, if the first two types of beds mentioned in this article do not appeal to your child then perhaps you should consider buying them an adult sized bed. A lot of children like to feel that they are older and so by buying them a big bed you are telling them that they are a big kid now. Remember to still incorporate child elements in order to make the bed more appealing; such as bright bold colours and exciting pillows.

There is an array of different types of children’s beds on the market at present. The three in this article tend to be the most popular, and as they are so diverse from one and other, hopefully, there will be something which appeals to both you and your little one.


Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

I need a better name for these cookies. I don’t think that “Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies” simply does these cookies justice. These are delicious little nuggets made up of what is essentially my perfect sweet treat.

This is what I spent my New Year’s Eve doing. I made cookies while my little helper (Caleb) supervised me in the kitchen. We went to bed about 9:00 marking this as the first NYE that I can remember in a long where I have not stayed up until midnight.

My boss likes to make sure I stay on task.

But it was some good sleep. Around Christmas, Caleb had a few nights where he didn’t sleep very well at all, which meant that we didn’t sleep very well. Add that to the fact that we all have been battling the crud for what seems like weeks now and that makes for a family in need of good sleep.

So anyway. Back to cookies.

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to avoid store bought sweets. That means no more Reese’s. BUT! I can have sweets if I make them myself (some loophole, right?).

I love chocolate chip oatmeal cookies and adding in the peanut butter just took these cookies over the top. I like using crunchy peanut butter for a little extra texture (in cookies, in oatmeal, on my sandwiches). I do keep creamy peanut butter on hand for Caleb so you can really use whatever you prefer.

Caleb’s big thing the past week has been pointing. He’s really perfected the art of pointing. For a while, he would point but his arm would remain crooked so you weren’t quite sure what he was pointing at. Now he’s straightened out that arm and is pointing to everything with intention. I try to make sure that if he points at something, I identify what that object is or does.

These cookies come together so easily. If I can get them in the oven in a timely manner while having a toddler running a muck, then so can you.

I meant to get a photo when they were finished baking but going back through my camera, I went from making cookies to playing with chickens so I don’t have a finished photo. But who needs a glorious shot of cooked cookies when you can have this gem?

Messy hair, don’t care? How about messy hair because I needed to put it up within seconds or risk getting cookie dough all in it?
Print Recipe
Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Servings
30 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature, 1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life brand)
Servings
30 cookies
Ingredients
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature, 1/2 cup = 1 stick)
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (I use the Enjoy Life brand)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350*F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, and peanut butter for about 5 minutes. Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined. Gently stir in the flour mixture.
  4. Fold the oats and chocolate chips into your dough.
  5. Using a tablespoon, scoop the dough into balls and drop them 2 inches apart on your prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Baking for 12-13 minutes until the edges are golden brown. Remove from the cookie sheets and let rest on wire racks.
Recipe Notes

You can use an electric mixer to beat together the butter, sugar, and peanut butter however I like to use my beloved wooden spoon. It's a great way to work those muscles!

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Keep Your Family Safe While Driving This Winter

With winter now in full swing, the roads are becoming more dangerous than usual. Ice buildup can cause braking distances to grow longer and make it harder to control the car when turning through corners. Snow can compact and form ice underneath, reducing traction and causing drivers to skid.

So how can you keep your family safe this winter while out on the road? Let’s take a look at what the experts suggest.

Pro Safety Tip #1: Don’t Drink And Drive

The primary cause of car accidents is people driving under the influence of alcohol – something that is especially common during the winter, thanks to the festive season. Drivers who are under the influence cannot react as quickly to oncoming hazards and may not brake at all.  Driving while drunk is also a serious crime and can carry custodial sentences for people who get involved in accidents, so taking the risk is not worth it. You could lose your license and a lot more.

Pro Safety Tip #2: Drive Slowly

With more ice and snow on the roads, it’s a good idea to slow down considerably. Slowing down will help give you more time to brake, even if the road surface is slippery.

Go particularly slowly on narrow, icy country roads, as these are the least likely to have been treated with grit. Temperatures also fall further in the countryside than they do in the city, increasing the chances of a skid.

Pro Safety Tip #3: Leave The Dog At Home

Although it’s often nice to take the dog out in the car, having Fido in the passenger seat is actually a significant distraction for both you and other drivers. Many major driving organizations recommend that people do not drive with dogs in the car in dangerous conditions to prevent a distraction from leading to a crash.

Pro Safety Tip #4: Drive Defensively

Driving defensively is one of the most effective things that you can do to prevent an accident. Driving defensively means the following:

  • Not tailgating. Tailgating reduces the time that you have to react to changes in the speed of the car in front of you. It can also put the other driver off. Try to stay at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front.
  • Not overtaking on a single carriageway. Overtaking on single carriageways is dangerous, and it rarely helps you get to where you want to be any faster. It’s particularly dangerous in winter when visibility can be limited.
  • Anticipating the actions of other drivers. Instead of just assuming that you have the right of way and plowing straight through, try to predict the behavior of other drivers. They may not be paying attention.

Pro Safety Tip #5: Weather-Proof Your Vehicle

Thanks to grit on the road and freezing temperatures, winter can be a difficult time for vehicles. During the winter months, check that your lights work correctly, including your fog lights, that your windscreen wipers can remove all the debris from your windscreen, and that you have a winter break down kit.