Monday, 8 January 2018

A QUICK GUIDE TO QUEENSTOWN, NEW ZEALAND


Queenstown is located in the South Island on Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand. There is so much to see and do in the area such as explore the beautiful mountain ranges, valleys, lakes..also just remember to rent a car for your time here as there is so much to see!! I booked a car from Snap Rentals, as they had the best rates and the KM was limitless!! From the airport to town it is about a 15 minute drive, so once you arrived to town be sure to drop off your bags and go straight to explore the town!  

Shotover Jet. 

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING Q U E E N S T O W N 

  • The local currently is the New Zealand Dollar. 
  • Fuel is super expensive.
  • Woolworths is called Countdown and they sell booze there.
  • You don't need to tip! 
  • There really is a LOT of livestock getting around (Sheep. Lots of sheep. Everywhere).
  • Burgers are all the rage!
Aoraki National Park, Mount Cook - Hooker Valley Track.

WHAT   TO  D O   I N   Q U E E N S T O W N 

Hiking - My all time favourite activity to do in Queenstown. There are so many you can do such as Aoraki National Park - The Hooker Valley Track, The Blue Pools Track etc. 

Skiing - If you visit in the winter time, definitely go to The Remarkable's and Cornet Peak for the best skiing and snowboarding! 

Cruising - There are many companies offering lake cruises from Queenstown - definitely do the Milford Sound one!

Bungy Jumping - if you got the adrenaline rush to do this, there are many to choose from! 

Quad biking & Horse Riding - if your into riding horses or driving a quad bike, than this is the best activity for you especially at Cardrona - Experience the Cardrona. 

Queenstown Skyline Luge - The best activity to start off your trip is going to Queenstown's skyline and going on the luge! 

Town Hopping - There are so many towns to visit such as Arrowtown and Glenorchy!  

Osen Hot Pools - Definitely you must book a spa at the Onsen Hot Pools, it has the best view of Shotover River! 

Jet Boating - If you like driving fast, might as well experience Jet boating, try out Shooter River Jet or Dart River Jet. 

Queenstown's Skyline Luge. 

WHERE  TO   S T A Y 

Holiday House: Frankton 984 Frankton Road, is were we stayed at. A holiday house which I must say would have to be the best decisoion ever. Who doesn't love getting a whole house to themlseive, especially when your sharing with family and also has the best view of Lake Wakatipu!! 

Azur Lodge: An apartment-style accommodation, great choice for couples.

Blue Pools.

WHERE  TO  E A T
  • Fergburger, the most popular eatery in Queenstown that ALWAYS has a line. 
  • Cookie Time and Bar, the best cookies in the whole world and shakes! 
  • Devil's Burger, also has some pretty amazing burgers and wraps.
Olsen Hot Pools.
Glenorchy.
Fergburger. 


There you have it, a quick guide to Queenstown New Zealand! Also I made a mini travel diary of Queenstown New Zealand. Check it down below.



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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

EASY MELTED SNOWMAN CHOCOLATE BARK


Only F O U R more days until CHRISTMAS! Where has the time gone? I also finally finished my christmas shopping and boy the parking situation now a days at the shopping centres are the worst thing ever. I can only imagine the rush on boxing day. I wanted to share with you all my last christmas themed blog posts for 2017, this easy melted snowman chocolate bark inspired by this blogger and her blog post HERE.


PREP TIME: 6 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES | DIFFICULTY: EASY 

INGREDIENTS: 
+ 1 package white melting chocolate
+ Mini Reese's peanut butter cups
+ Candy eyes
+ 1 small packet of Smarties 
+ Pretzel Sticks
+ Baking paper


STEP ONE:  Line a cookie tray with baking paper. Melt the white chocolate (according to the directions on the package).

STEP TWO:  Cut the bottom of the peanut butter cups off and put them back together, but slightly off alignment (this gives it the "hat" look).

STEP THREE:  Pour the white chocolate on to the baking paper and spread out using a spatula. 

STEP FOUR Place all of the 'snowman' parts on top of the chocolate. Place in refigerator for 10 minutes or so to set. 

STEP FIVE:  Carefully break into pieces. Enjoy!


There you have it a quick and easy melted snowman chocolate bark, super fun activity to do with your children, nephews or nieces too! This might be my last blog post for this year.. So I wanted to thank you guys so much for taking the time to read my blog posts this year! Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  

BRING ON 2018!

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Thursday, 14 December 2017

DIY CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAP IDEAS


Only 10 more days until christmas and I haven't even finished my christmas shopping yet... I only bought three presents so far! How's everyone's else christmas shopping going? Anyone feeling stressed? So I wanted to share with you guys this super easy DIY christmas gift wrap ideas. 


So what you need is: 
☆ Kraft paper
☆ Black paint 
☆ Paint brush
☆ Stamp designs 

So basically you take your kraft paper outside or inside and paint any designs you want either trees, stars or you can even splatter paint or use stamps! Let them dry for about an hour or so and there you have it - christmas wrapping paper! 


What are your plans for christmas? 

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

DIY HOT COCO MIX ORNAMENT


Only N I N E T E E N days until Christmas guys and before I forget.. Happy December! To start off my christmas themed blog posts for this month, I wanted to share with you guys this simple homemade christmas gift. These hot cocoa mix ornaments are a cute way to gift someone who loves this season. These ornaments are super easy to make and there are so many different hot cocoa varieties and you can even make your own kinda mix. 


PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES | DIFFICULTY: EASY 

INGREDIENTS: 
+ 1 single serving package instant hot chocolate mix
+ Sprinkles
+ 1 clear plastic or glass fillable ornament. I suggest finding bigger ornaments than small ones. 
+ White marshmallows 
+ Candy Canes


STEP ONE:  Start with a clean ornament and take off the top bit. Fill each ingredient into the ornament using a funnel. Start with the hot cocoa mix of you choice (milk/dark/white) then add either crushed candy canes, chocolate chips or sprinkles and lastly.. add the white marshmallows and put top back on. 


I definitely recommend that you use big ornaments rather than small ones.. I couldn't find any clear big size ornaments and unfortunately and did have bit of a hard time putting in the ingredients but in the end I got there. So it is possible! Hope your all having a wonderful start of the christmas season. 

Have you started your christmas shopping yet?

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

KIKKI.K LOVER'S ADVENT CALENDAR: JOY | 2017


Can you believe it, its the first of December tomorrow!! I'm super excited for December, so many exciting things happening and one of them would have to be Christmas! So today I thought I would share with you guys Kikki.k's Lovers Advent Calendar 2017 (My first ever advent calendar). This advent calendar is especially made for people who love all things stationary! BUT if your wondering what the heck is Kikki.k well then let me explain. 


Kikki.k is a Swedish stationary brand thats does a range of planners, pens, notebooks, homewares and even more stuff! The advent calendar features a selection from their favourite and limited edition stationery and lifestyle pieces - from clips to notebooks, a candle to refillable pens and decorative pieces for this holiday season. 


I've open the advent calendars windows/doors from December 11 - 17th, just so you guys can get an idea of what's in the Kikki.k Advent Calendar 2017. So far you get is circle paper clips, a pen from their current collection, christmas tree gift tags, mini to do list, gold sparkly washi tape, two mini notebooks, mini thank you cards + envelopes and a sliver star ornament! So excited to open the first one tomorrow! 

Have you bought a Advent Calendar? If so, which one?!
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Monday, 20 November 2017

PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE NICE CREAM


If your wondering what the heck is an nice cream.. Well to put it in simplest terms, it's a frozen dessert, smilier to an ice cream BUT without any diary, eggs or sugar! So basically it's frozen banana's blended up into a soft serve but you can add in additional ingredients such as chocolate, nuts, berries etc. This recipe was inspired by a fellow blogger Andrea from earthyandy  "Peanut Butter Chocolate Mood, check her out blog and her vegan recipes too! 



PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES | COOK TIME: 0 MINUTES | DIFFICULTY: EASY 

INGREDIENTS: 
+ 8 frozen Almond Milk Ice Cubes
+ Almond Milk
+ 4 frozen bananas 
+ 2 tbs coconut sugar
+ 1/4 Peanut butter
+ 1/2 tsp vanilla extract 
+ 1 tbs cocoa powder  


STEP ONE:  Place the frozen almond milk ice cubes, frozen bananas, coconut sugar, peanut butter, vanilla extract and cocoa powder into the blender and mash it together until its thick and creamy. If you do not have a strong blender than just add almond milk into the blender to make it blend easier. 

STEP TWO:  When you have the right consistency of the nice cream (thick and creamy) serve it into a mason jar/cup or bowl and share it to your friends and family! 

And there you have it a quick and easy vegan peanut butter chocolate nice cream! This is such a great treat for kids and us adults during the summer months and also it's super fun to make with kids too, just remember to place the bananas and almond milk into the freeze the night before you want to make this recipe!

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Monday, 13 November 2017

KORCULA ISLAND • CROATIA | TRAVEL GUIDE


K O R C U L A island is the 6th largest Adriatic island, which stretches nearly 47km in length! On Korcula island you can find little towns, vineyards, pine forests, fishing villages, olive groves, beautiful crystal clear beaches and little bays, stone old walls and a church bell. There are so many things to do and see in Korcula Island such as St Mark's Cathedral, Marco Polo's House, Town museum, St Peter's Church etc.



Where to S T A Y;

Carpe Diem Apartments - This is were I stayed and is located right along the beach and loads of resturants! 

☆ Strecica Bay Korcula Apartment - Located 15 minutes from Old Town and sits near the sea and it's ideal for families.


 Old Town Korcula Apartment - A four story Old Town house which has now modern touches and has beautiful views of the Old Town. 

☆ Hostel Caenazzo - A hotel which is located in the centre of Old Town.

 Hotel Korsal - located in Korcula's traffic free zone and is very close to the marina, bus and ferry stations. 

Where to E A T;

☆  Buffet Pizzeria Amfora - This pizza restaurant can be found in the narrow streets of Old Town. 

☆ Aldio Mare - is one of the oldest restaurant in Old Town and is where you can find yummy high quality Dalmatian cuisine. 

 Cafe Resturant Plaza Przina - offers top notch coffees, teas, beer, wines and ice creams!

☆ Cafe Bar Servantes - a great way to people watch and of course enjoy your morning with a cup of coffee which is known to serve the best expresso and cappuccino on the island!


What to S E E & DO;

 Cycle on Korcula Island - It is the perfect way to expore the island on a bicycle all year round!

☆ Visit Marco Polo's Home on the Island of Korcula - You can go inside Marco Polo's home, the famous world traveler, writer and explorer! 

 Korcula's Picturesque Old Town - was built on a small peninsula, where you can find medieval walled old town gentian styled buildings with red rooftops as Dubrovnik hence why Korcula Island has received the name "Little Dubrovnik". 

☆ Visit Korcula Town Museum - the best way to learn about the island and it's history.

 Visit St. Mark's Cathedral - If you are a architecture lover like me then you must visit the beautiful Gothic Renaissance styled church which is built on the highest point of the peninsula. It is also known to be the most important building in Old Town!

How to get THERE;

☆  Air - Book your flight either at Split or Dubrovnik airport and then make your way via a ferry or a seaplane! 

☆ Bus - All year round, there are buses to Korcula Island, so catch a bus from Dubrovnik to Korcula island!

 Car - You can either drive yourself or get a taxi which uses the same Orebic car ferry option!


If you ever visit Croatia during the summer months or even during the winter months, I definitely recommend visintg this Island. You will not be disappointed! I must say the beaches at Korcula island are not sandy like Australia beaches are but rather all have rocks/pebbles instead. Which in fact it will burn your feet - so wear shoes at all times and even when you swim! I remember that I stept on a sea urchin while swimming in the Adriatic sea so water shoes are a must at all times! 

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