Planning a family holiday can be overwhelming – especially with grandkids.

It’s best to plan the important things well, and the rest will just fall into place.

Here’s a list of things we do to make sure our holiday goes to plan without too many hitches!!

Pick the perfect (or close to) destination.  Ages and interests will always vary. Take your time – it’s worth it in the long run. Choose a destination that has something for everybody. If you can’t find something for everyone in one place, try to find a city/town that has multiple attractions for various ages and interests. This will give you plenty to choose from, and will ensure that everyone gets at least one day at an attraction that they’ll love.

Choose a place to stay that’s big enough for everyone. Don’t get something too small and suffer! Choose a house to rent or bigger apartment – Airbnb’s are the way to go these days. This also means you’ll have kitchen facilities and separate rooms.

As grandparents (and of course parents of kids in our previous life!), we  want to be prepared for anything. However taking too much can be a burden so try to limit the things you take. The necessities are of course clothes, toiletries, medications and nappies and wipes for those grandkids who still need them. It’s also a good idea to pack the things that may be hard to find on your trip.

 

Find a hobby that makes you happy.

My husband and I attend church every week and take a keen interest in the band that plays at the end of the service. The guitarist has recently left which has left a bit of a hole in the band and the end of the service, it’s a little lack luster.

A month or so ago my husband put up his hand to fill in until they find a replacement. He used to play when he was younger and still has the knack for it.

He absolutely loves it and best news yet, the band have asked him to stay on!

My tip – find something you love to do. It’s amazing what a difference it can make to your life.

My husband is 95 years old and has played the piano every day since I met him, 60 years ago.

Rod’s family is from Chicago and this is where he learnt to play the piano, back when he was 9 years old. He was taught by his nanny and will never forget the love they shared for music.

Rod plays the piano in the living room of the unit we now live in. It’s something that makes him feel young and as you can tell by his age, has kept him young!

 

I live in the outer suburbs of Melbourne and as many of you know, we prone to four seasons in one day!

So why not make the most of all that rain! I have two big barrels out in the garden, both connected to the gutters that run off the house. Once there’s enough rainwater, I’ll pour out the water into buckets and wash the cars.

Tap water to wash a car is a waste of water, and hey… you can save a couple of dollars using rainwater!

 

I received an email the other day about fake online shops that has been so very useful.

I have been told the biggest tip-off is the method of payment – as scammers often ask you to pay using anything bar a credit or debit card. This might be a pre-loaded money card, online transfer or online gift card.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) shared the below tips on how to avoid being scammed by a fake store.

  • Do independent research before buying, by checking online for reviews of the story by other consumers
  • Avoid any deal that asks for up-front payment via a money order, wire transfer, international funds transfer, pre-loaded card or electronic currency such as Bitcoin
  • Look for signs that the site offers secure payment services, such as a URL that starts hhtps and a closed padlock symbol, or that offers PayPal or something similar
  • Never sent your credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know and trust by email
  • Check the site’s refund and returns policy
  • Never click on pop-up advertisements – they can download malware, spyware or viruses to your computer

I’ve always been an avid gardener and we love growing our own vegetables. In the old house we had a huge plot..we grew everything.

The challenge when we moved into this townhouse with just a small paved courtyard, was having enough room and sun to get anything to grow.

Well we bought in some half wine barrels, big enough to grow what we needed and we put heavy duty trolley wheels on the base just like we used to use in the store at work.

So now we just roll those barrels of carrots, tomatoes and lettuce around to catch the sun!

Just love those fresh home grown meals on wheels!

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