The Sock Mistress

Slight fixation with socks. At last count, I had enough pairs of socks to last 14 weeks without having repeat a pair. IT geek by profession. Disney nut. 3rd world loan shark (http://Kiva.org ). Finds humour in the inappropriate. Holiday planner extraordinaire. Mum to doglets. Crazy Dachshund lady.
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The choices we make

As we toughed it through another “freezing” winter here on the tropical Gold Coast of Australia, I reflected on the lifestyle choice we have made. I came here to escape the cold and the place is full of it – ice cream, gelato, sorbet, ice blocks, icy poles, Golden Gaytimes, snow cones… Continue reading


Vegetarian Surfers Paradise Dining – Zambrero

  There are a couple of chains around the Gold Coast that do Mexican style food, of these, my pick is Zambrero.  No only is the food delicious but for every meal you buy, someone in need also gets a meal – its a win-win.  The sign in the store on Wednesday when I went, … Continue reading

Vegetarian Surfers Paradise Dining – Poké California

I was looking forward to sharing about a great little hidden gem in Surfers Paradise called Poké California, which opened in the Circle on Cavill mall a few months ago.  I guess I missed the boat though, when I went on Thursday it was busy! It’s still physically not in the best spot, near the Woolworths … Continue reading

Dogs in the National Gallery of Victoria

Last weekend as we were enjoying a sweaty balmy 38C in Melbourne, we visited the huge, incredible and heavily air-conditioned National Gallery of Victoria. I’m not going to say too much about the gallery itself, other than its worth a visit.  It’s completely free and if you can’t find something of interest in there, there is something … Continue reading

Vegetarian Surfers Paradise Dining – PappaRich

For around the last 18 months I have been working in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.  I thought it might be fun to share a few of the more inexpensive vegetarian dining options that I pick for a quick, casual lunch. First up, one of my favourites and a fairly recent addition to the … Continue reading

P&O Pacific Jewel Christmas Day Menus

Short and sweet post, simply the Christmas Day menus from the Pacific Jewel cruise. The first image is the lunchtime menu from The Waterfront dining room and the second two images are from The Pantry. Follow @paula_from_nz

P&O Goodtimes Daily Schedule – part 2

Prior to my P&O cruise I was unable to find many examples of the onboard activities.   This post contains the P&O Goodtimes activities guides from the second half of the cruise.  Yesterday’s blog post has the P&O Goodtimes schedules from the first half.  These were the onboard daily schedule of activities available on the Pacific Jewel on the … Continue reading

P&O Goodtimes Daily Schedule – part 1

Prior to my P&O cruise I was unable to find many examples of the onboard activities.  This post contains the P&O Goodtimes which is the daily schedule of activities available on the Pacific Jewel on the 11 day sailing from Melbourne to Gladstone and back to Melbourne again. Apologies for the quality on some of these, … Continue reading

Cruising tips – saving $ and travel light

Cruising tips – saving $ and travel light #cruise #budget Continue reading

Cruising solo

I know many people hate travelling and dining alone, but I’m not one of them.  I love the feeling I get from being totally anonymous in a strange city. Therefore, I had no hesitation on booking a solo cruise for myself over Christmas.  The only bummer to the process was having to pay for two … Continue reading

P&O vs Princess Cruise Line

Call me a snob but for years I have avoided P&O prefering to travel with Princess Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean and the premium Disney Cruise Line.  However a need for a last-minute Christmas holiday combined with a P&O sale forced my hand and I lashed out on a last minute cruise for a party of … Continue reading

Guard dogs… yeah, right!

The slightest hint of a leaf rustling in the garden and there is a stampede of yelling dogs flying through the house to protect us from the possible threat. As I leave for work every day,I don’t have to worry about my family or possessions, while leaving them in the protective custody of these vicious, ankle … Continue reading

STRESSED is DESSERTS spelled backwards

  Couldn’t resist sharing the rest of these beautiful cakes from our recent cruise onboard Sea Princess from Fremantle to Indonesia.  Each evening in the buffet were these gorgeous, colourful desserts and cakes. So many to choose, so few elastic waisted pants. Follow @paula_from_nz

Cake! This blog post contains (lots of) calories

Mum and I recently returned from a cruise onboard Sea Princess from Fremantle to Indonesia.  One of the highlights was each evening in the buffet with these gorgeous, colourful desserts and cakes. There was something for everyone and very few repeats on our 15 night cruise – chocolate, coffee, almond, fruit tarts, pavlova, multiple flavours … Continue reading

My snuggly-buggly

Two years ago we were chosen by a lovely family to take in their precious pup when their lifestyle and her were no longer compatible. Within a few weeks we had broken her of the “no dogs on the furniture” rule from her previous life and she took to the couch and the bed very … Continue reading

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