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ACMI Wallace & Gromit and Friends

Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman at ACMI

It’s not very often that I walk out of an exhibition where my face hurts from smiling too much. There really should be a warning sign at the entrance of ACMI’s latest exhibition Wallace & Gromit and Friends: The Magic of Aardman clearly stating the risk of facial cramping from the abundant whimsy and delightful displays of artistry that await…

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LightTime – A new immersive exhibit at Scienceworks

Scienceworks is exploring science through art in LIGHTTIME, a brand new exhibit. Eleven experimental Melbourne artists have been commissioned to create immersive works around the theme of light, resulting in an immersive experience with other-worldly aesthetic and dramatic optical illusions. Unlike Sciencework’s regular exhibits, LIGHTTIME is presented more like an art gallery. The pieces play with perception and encourage the…

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What you need to know before joining the gym

10 things no one tells you when you join the gym

I’ve joined the gym – A sentence that I thought would never cross my lips. Even more surprised are my friends who are still in shock – apparently I’m the last person that they ever thought would actively seek out physical activity. To be honest, I’m still a little confused by the whole thing myself. The catalyst for this fitness…

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How to Afford your Dream Family Holiday - 5 Tips for planning and booking a vacation - mypoppet.com.au

How to Afford your Dream Family Holiday

Every time an ad for Disneyland comes on the telly, Emma turns to me and says, “let’s go mum!”, if only it was that easy. One day we’ll get to LA, but it’s not on the cards just yet. As a family we love to travel and explore the world. I was so lucky that as a child, my parents…

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Lemon creme cookies - recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Lemon Buttercream Sandwich Cookies

When you feel like a nice biscuit to accompany a cup of tea, you can’t go past a buttery lemon cream filled cookie. Save yourself a trip to the shops and bake your own, these only took around 45 minutes to make from scratch, and if you luck out like me, someone else will bake a batch for you. You’ll…

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WIN one of 3 Skate & Fly Experiences for the Whole Family (CLOSED)

Winter school holidays are tough! It’s hard to keep the kids active and entertained when it’s cold outside, but I’m here to tell you that two great Melbourne attractions have partnered up to bring you a fantastic school holiday package that the whole family will love – Skate & Fly! Offering two great experiences for one great price, Melbourne Star’s…

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bouillabaisse - the house of wine and food review - mypoppet.com.au

A Taste of Marseilles in Port Melbourne – The House of Wine & Food

Tucked away in the quiet residential streets of Port Melbourne, The House of Wine & Food is a hidden gem offering an authentic Mediterranean dining experience. Don’t let it’s old school pub exterior fool you, what was once the Cricketers Arms Hotel, has now been transformed by new Owner and chef, Alan Giles, into a warm and inviting venue where…

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Time & Tide Tea rooms - Port Fairy Victoria - High tea review -mypoppet.com.au

High Tea by the Sea – Time & Tide, Port Fairy

A few minutes out of the the historic seaside town of Port Fairy, you’ll find Time & Tide High Tea in an unassuming contemporary style pavilion perched right on over the water with views of the Southern Ocean. You could be forgiven for mistaking the property for a high end spa, but I guarantee the sensory delights that await you…

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Van Gogh And The Seasons – Debunking myths about Vincent Van Gogh

The paintings of Vincent Van Gogh are some of the most iconic artworks of the Impressionist era. Even those of us without a background in art history will recognise his signature use of colour and heavy brushstokes in his most famous painting such as Sunflowers or The Starry Night. Van Gogh is one of art history’s most recognisable figures, we…

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Avert your eyes – Bathroom Before Photos

Everyone loves a good before and after reveal, and in my experience, the key to having the ultimate ‘after’ result is to have a really crappy ‘before’ to start with. Well I certainly have that covered when it comes to my bathroom. Today we are off to the bathroom builder’s showroom to choose some fittings and really nail down our…

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Fruit party - Birthday party idea

Emma’s Fruit Themed Afternoon Tea Birthday Party

Here’s a cute and colourful kids party idea that you can put together in only an hour or two without breaking the bank – a Fruit Themed Afternoon Tea Party! It was Emma’s birthday this week, but because we’ve had a lot going on I decided an intimate gathering afternoon tea with immediate family rather than a big party.  It…

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Top 5 things to do with Kids in Greenwich

London with Kids – Top 5 Reasons to visit Greenwich

It’s been a while since Emma and I visited London, almost two years in fact. But because we were there for three whole weeks, we actually did a ton of fun stuff that I never got around to blogging about. In the next few months I’ll be sharing more about our past travels around the globe (and locally), because not…

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FIg and Almond Tart Recipe - mypoppet.com.au

Fig & Almond Tart Recipe

Figs are one of my favourite fruits and today’s recipe contributor Carina, is lucky enough to have not one, but two fig trees in her garden. I’m so jealous! Carina tells us about her delicious Fig & Almond Tart Recipe: “If I am not working, playing with my little man or crafting, you will find me in the kitchen, I…

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Bobux shoe giveaway

Bobux Shoes for Big Kids

A few weeks ago Emma and I were invited to attend the launch of Bobux’s newest range of shoes for big kids, Bobux KID+. They are designed for active children, and we got to test them out first hand at Clip’n’Climb in Richmond, a super fun indoor climbing center. I’ve always appreciated the quality of Bobux footwear, but until now…

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Healthy smoothie recipes

3 Plant Based Smoothies the whole family will LOVE!

I thought that once Emma was back at school and we settled into our weekly routine things would settle down a bit, but instead of having time to chill, our days have gotten busier! Like most mums, I feel like I’ve been running around making sure everyone’s needs are covered except my own, and have been ignoring my wellbeing in…

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Hepburn Springs Chalet - Retro Hotel Review - mypoppet.com.au

Hepburn Springs Chalet – Family Friendly Budget Spa Weekend

It’s not often that the words ‘budget’ and ‘spa weekend’ sit comfortably in the same sentence, add ‘family friendly’ and you’d think I was pulling your leg. But I’m here to tell you that I’ve found a hidden gem, Hepburn Springs Chalet, in the heart of Victoria’s spa country, perfect for a family weekend escape which won’t break the bank….

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Oz Comic-Con is Back – Win a Family Pass (Closed)

Oz Comic-Con is back baby! It’s time to celebrate your inner geek, get dressed up and have some fun with the whole family. The 2017 event kicks off in Perth and then heads to Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, and the exciting news is I have a family pass to giveaway to one lucky reader. Oz Comic-­Con hosts a number…

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Picking the Right Carpet for your Home

Picking permanent fittings for your home is hard. Decisions like that make me want to hide under my doona and never come out. Paint colours, wallpaper and furnishings are easy enough to replace, but more expensive decor investments like flooring and carpets are not something you can change on a whim. I still haven’t decided on my bathroom tiles (more…

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Easiest Pancake recipe ever - mypoppet.com.au

Easy Peasy Pancakes – The only recipe you’ll ever need!

  If Emma had her way, she’d have pancakes for breakfast every day! Luckily for her, my easy peasy pancake recipe comes together in a pinch, and because it’s so simple, I can whip it up from memory. I’m teaching her how to make it so she can mix up the batter herself, and all I’ll have to do is…

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Melbourne star wheel - Win a family pass

Melbourne Star turns 3 – WIN family passes (CLOSED)

Guess what? The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is turning 3, and to celebrate this major milestone, I have 5 family passes to giveaway to five lucky readers. Keep reading for details on how to be in the running. The only giant observation wheel in the Southern Hemisphere, the Melbourne Star has grown in popularity in the past few years and…

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