Sunday, April 19, 2015

It's the Weekend!

G'day from Oz and welcome to the weekend!

It's the Weekend, pink hydrangeas


It's my last weekend with Madeleine before she goes home to Canberra and it's the last weekend of the school holidays. It's so sad to see her go but I've really enjoyed spending two weeks with her. We have had such a great break; we've slept in, mooched around in our PJs, consumed a few more teas and coffees than we probably should have, and just enjoyed each other's company.

 It's the Weekend!


Here a few highlights of our family's 2015 Autumn Break:


1. Going to the beach


Yes, I know I've said it before but I'm going to say it again....I LOVE this place!


It's the Weekend!
Enjoying another beautiful #Mooloolaba #sunset with my 2 beautiful kiddos.

It's the Weekend!



2. Easter Food.

We still have way too many chocolates at our house but sadly I have no more hot cross buns left. I wish I'd bought extra and frozen some for after Easter!

It's the Weekend, hot cross buns



3. Autumn in the Garden


While many of my online friends are sharing pictures of spring I am starting to embrace the shorter days, cooler temps and natural beauty of autumn. My first camellia has flowered so I know that Fall is well and truly here!

It's the Weekend, camellia,



4. Spending time with my family.


Long summer days are nearly over so we made the most of the longer days to entertain and share a few meals with our families. Winter will be here before we know it so it was fun to spend time in the sunshine and eating summery foods!


It's the Weekend, ploughman's lunch


It's the Weekend!



5. Listening to music.


I've had a lot more time to chill and relax with Pandora and Spotify to keep me company. Here are a few of my favourite tunes.



I've also been working on my new education blog, Educator in Oz. If you are a teacher or you just want to drop by and say g'day over there I'd love to see you!

Educator in Oz


Well, I think that just about sums up my last couple of weeks. It sure has been a relaxing yet action-packed break.

Don't forget that I'm often on Instagram so please join me over there if you also an Instagrammer!

It's the Weekend, Instagram

Thanks for dropping by today. Happy weekend to you, lovely friends and best wishes for a fabulous week ahead.


Natasha In Oz 


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Monday, April 13, 2015

My Happy Place in Oz: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast

G'day from Oz lovely friends! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit. I hope that your week was as wonderful as mine! I've just returned from my 'happy place', Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast in sunny Queensland!

My Happy Place: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast via www.natashainoz.com


I'm sure that you know by now that Mooloolaba is one of my most favourite places in the world! It's less than an hour's drive away from my hometown of Brisbane so it's so easy to get there for a quick weekend getaway or, in our case, a relaxing week-long vacation.


My Happy Place: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast via www.natashainoz.com


The Sunshine Coast is famous for its beautiful blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and some of the best weather conditions in the world! In summer the average temperature is 28 degrees C (82F) and in winter the temperature reaches about 18 degrees C (65F). Perhaps that's one of the reasons why the Sunshine Coast has experienced such significant population growth and urban development over the last 30 years.


My Happy Place: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast via www.natashainoz.com


I love Mooloolaba because it is literally a walk away from everything one could possibly need for a good holiday. There are great coffee shops, cafes and restaurants all along the main strip and there are lots of stylish shops and boutiques if you fancy doing a bit of retail therapy. I often get my hair done there and often get my nails done while I'm on holidays too. There is even a large supermarket at the end of the esplanade for all of your grocery needs. There are so many options for accommodation as well, from the iconic beachfront Peninsular Resort which is right on the Esplanade to the family-friendly Caribbean Apartments which is just one block away from the beach.

My Happy Place: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast via www.natashainoz.com
The beautiful pool at The Caribbean Resort Mooloolaba

The beach itself is absolutely stunning. There are some areas which are suitable for surfers and the areas that are patrolled are usually just perfect for people who like to body surf or use their boogie boards.

My Happy Place: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast via www.natashainoz.com

There are also some really calm sections of the beach that make it perfect for families with young children. Mooloolaba Beach is actually sheltered by Point Cartwright. You can see the lighthouse and lookout in the picture below. This makes Mooloolaba the pick of the beaches for families, beach-goers and water-sports enthusiasts...for everyone!

My Happy Place: Mooloolaba Beach on the Sunshine Coast via www.natashainoz.com


If I haven't convinced you that Mooloolaba is the best beach and vacation spot in Queensland then maybe this will!




It sure is hard to be home after such a great week away but at least I know I'm only a quick drive away from the best beach in world if I need another dose of Beach Therapy!

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope you have a magical week.

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 

This post is sponsored by True Blue Migration's "Home Comforts” campaign. If you are currently on a temp VISA and wish to make your move to Australia a more permanent one then you might want to get in touch with True Blue Migrations. As always, all opinions are truthful and my own.


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Friday, April 3, 2015

A Family Update, Saying Goodbye to Say G'day Saturday and Saying Hello to Regular Blogging!

G'day from Oz lovely friends! It's been a long time between posts...way too long!

Well, I have been BUSY around here. Here is a little snapshot of what's been happening in my life lately...

+Madeleine Moore has moved to Canberra to study Law and International Relations at the Australian National University! This has been a very exciting but very traumatic experience...for me that is, not for Madeleine!

Madeleine Moore in Canberra

Anyway, she is having a ball in Canberra and has made some beautiful friends. She is already hobnobbing with the politicians down there so I think she is destined to stay down there for a very long time!

Here she is at a United Nations dinner with our Foreign Minister Julie Bishop!

Madeleine Moore with Julie Bishop

She is only a plane ride away and I've already been down to visit her but I still miss her soooooo much! Happily, she arrives back home for a couple of weeks today so I am very excited indeed!

Natasha in Oz and Madeleine Moore in Canberra


My boy, Alastair, is not really a boy anymore! He turned 15 this year and is now in Grade 10 - yep, he's High School! Life is very busy for my handsome young scholar.

Alastair's Birthday

He is studying hard, singing in two choirs, is an official School Mentor for younger students and was chosen by his school to be a representative on the Lord Mayor's Youth Advisory Council. I'm so proud of him.


He is also relishing being an "only child" during term time!

Alastair Moore

I'm so proud of my two fabulous kiddos!

Madeleine Moore and Alastair Moore


I have been very busy teaching! After five years of substitute teaching I've finally taken the plunge and gone back to a more permanent teaching position. I'm just under a full-time load and am loving being back in the classroom! It's nice to have my own classes and to have my own desk.



I've even set up a new blog (once a blogger always a blogger!) all about education and teaching. It's only very new but I hope to use it as an online place to share teaching resources and to keep track of my own personal readings and professional development. If you are an educator and would like to join me over there I would LOVE for you to follow me at Educator in Oz!

My final bit of news is a bit sad....

If you read the title of this post, you might have noticed that I'm saying goodbye to the Say G'day Saturday Linky Party! I decided that I really need to take a step back from hosting the party and am leaving it in the very capable and enthusiastic hands of +Joanne T Ferguson from What's on the List.  I have truly loved hosting and nurturing my weekly linky party over the years but, life goes on, changes happen and I knew that I wasn't giving the link party and YOU the attention that it/YOU needed and deserved. Joanne has re-launched the party and is doing such a great job interacting, sharing and promoting the fabulous content of everyone who joins in.

I'm so thrilled she is the new host of Say G'day Saturday!

A Family Update, Saying Good Bye to Say G'day Saturday and Saying Hello to Regular Blogging!

So, as you can see, there have been lots of changes in my life but I'm so excited about all of them. I hope that you will stick with me as I get back to more regular blogging without the pressures of hosting my weekly link up.

If I'm not here at Natasha in Oz you can still find me at Twitter, Pinterest and on Instagram. I am also tweeting at @natashainoz and I have also got a separate Google+ page for my new blog at +Educator in Oz

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope that you will be back to say g'day again soon.

Best wishes,

Natasha In Oz 


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