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Happiness is Free…. the kids know what I'm talking about.

The school holidays are in full swing and as I watch Moana, for possibly the 30th time, I am reminded of just how easily children are entertained.

The desire to take my little family on big, bold adventures is strong. I want to show my children the world – it is so vast and beautiful – but I have always equated adventure, with spending money.

So, what kind of adventures do we have, without reaching into my pockets?

Awesome ones!

Thinking outside of the square is my strong suit, and to be honest, the answer is not that far outside of the square at all – happiness is free and it is all around us. Nature is where it's at, and thankfully, due to a very awesome burst of warm weather, I have been exploring with my babies and we are loving it!

Williamstown Beach has the most glorious rock pools and they are just teeming with life! My girl found 2 shrimps, 2 crabs and too many sea snails to count! The joy in her face, at each new discovery, was worth a million trips to the local play centres and it didn’t cost me a cent.

The botanic gardens have also been a great source of fun. So far, we have been to the Geelong and Williamstown gardens – each one uniquely beautiful in their way. Exploring the local plant life and teaching Willow how the gardens grow, while also just taking time to enjoy life’s simple pleasures, like taking our shoes off and revelling in the grass between our toes. What a way to spend the day!

The thing is, whenever my boy starts up his baby-style complaining, I take him outside and he is immediately thrilled to be alive. There is something so calming about being outdoors. The fancy people have a name for this phenomenon – it’s called biophillia. Feeling stressed? Look to nature for a quick fix! The sun warms your soul, the breeze lifts your spirit – what better lesson to learn from our children, who seem to be born with this knowledge.

We have been picnicking our way around town. Packing our lunch and just making our way through the long list of parks and nature reserves we are lucky enough to live near. From Point Cook, to Yarraville, and everywhere in between, we are so spoiled for choice.

The only problem I have, is telling my daughter when it is time to go home.

Thankfully, home is where Moana is, so “when it's time to find home, we know the way!”


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