We’ve moved 

Thank you so much for having followed me on this part of my blogging journey. I am so grateful for the support and the motivation you have given me in following me, commenting and sharing. I am very humbled. 

I hope that you have found useful information or at least something that has made you smile. 

In an attempt to improve the blog (I believe it to be an improvement) I’ve moved to a self-hosting site. This has meant a lot of work and a lot of frustration – there are a whole lot of IT things I still don’t understand so I would really appreciate your continued support. 

Come check out the bigger and better site – AllThingsMomSydney.com 

If you are already following you will have to follow this site for all the new updates, I apologize for the inconvenience. 

  

I’ll see you on the other side! 

Michal 

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One day I will… 

  1. Do all the filing that sits in cupboards, on tables and shelves. 
  2. Make my bookcases look like those fancy ones on Pinterest.   
  3. Take photos of all my son’s artwork that keeps coming home in droves so I can make an album sans originals (don’t tell him) 
  4. Match all the DVDs to their cases. Edit 
  5. Put up a calendar and fill in the dates of upcoming events so I stop double-booking. Will probably then just ignore the calendar and continue to annoy everyone who makes plans with me. 
  6. Stick all the recipes in the recipe book so they don’t drop out all over the kitchen floor everytime I open the book.   
  7. Take all the clothes my kids don’t wear out of their cupboards instead of shouting at myself when I can find “that” shirt because there are heaps of old clothes filling the drawers. 
  8. Clean all the cupboards or the fridge. Either or. Will never do both at the same time, let’s be honest. 
  9. Back up the photos on my phone. 
  10. Finish my first child’s three year scrap book and start my second child’s three year scrap book. Poor second children. 
  11. Do the ironing.
  12. Sort the Tupperware… Maybe not.   
  13. Remove the clothes from the car so it can return to a car as opposed to a wardrobe on wheels, whereby returning to my husband’s good books. 

Our top Netflix shows for under 5s 

By ‘our’ I mean shows my kids will ask for and that I condone. There are some shows I try get them to watch that they are not interested in and then shows they beg for that I don’t agree with. 

  1. Doc McStuffins. Who doesn’t love Doc McStuffins, with her stay at home dad, working mom and supporting characters who have their own personalities. In case you haven’t seen it before, it’s an animated show about a little girl who fixes her toys in each episode one of the toys needs her assistance. I love that there is a princess who wants to save the knight and a big lamb who just wants to be a girly princess. Each episode has a good lesson to learn about interacting with others or understanding your feelings. 
  2. The Wiggles. We may have just immigrated to Australia but my kids already think Sydney is their home. With four lead characters, three males and one female, a dinosaur, octopus and pirate who all sing and dance it’s musically orientated with a story line which runs through the episode. It’s a great show for little kids, my one year old stands and dances on the lounge floor throughout. There are lessons in each episode too, hand washing, teeth brushing etc. My three year old has just decided he doesn’t mind it.
  3. Superwhy is all about a reading. It features a little boy superhero who, together with some friends, fixes classic stories to deliver child friendly / happy endings. It is animated and good for pre-schoolers. 
  4.  Magic School Bus is old school animation. In each episode Miss Frizzle shrinks the school bus so that the kids can go on an interactive learning experience, in one episode they go into a classmates body to see why he has the flu. It’s a lovely show focused on learning. 
  5. Leap Frog: Let’s go to school is very simple in terms of animation and it’s lead characters – two twin frogs – but it’s tops when it comes to teaching and education. It focuses on educating the kids with numbers, letters aznd also helping address issues they may have eg fear of going to school, sharing. The only downside is that this is 30 minutes which is quite long.
  6. Sophia The First. For those who have never watched Sophia, a little girl from the village becomes a princess when her mom marries the King. In each episode she learns a new lesson based on common virtues eg helping others and being humble. She’s kind, polite and helpful, all in all a good character. 
  7. Sid the Science Kid is a Jim Henson animated show (digital puppetry). While Sid must be in school his inquisitiveness appeals to my 3 year old – like my son, Sid has lots of questions, what things are, how they work, where things are, why things do what they do… You know the questions you get asked a million times a day. 

Other shows my kids love which are okay conceptually and which are non-frightening for under 4s are:

– Octonauts

– Jake and the neverland pirates 

– Puffin Rock

– Sarah and Duck

– Masha and Bear (dubbed from Russian I think) 

– Dinosaur train 

– Curious George

– Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom 

– Paw Patrol

– Blaze and the Monster Machines 
Most shows nowadays have educational consultants on board to make sure there is good content so anything in the above list should add some value to your child’s life, aside from just letting you get the washing folded or dishwasher packed. And… To be honest, you can’t discount that these shows help develop their imagination and vocabulary. 

Lake Belvedere Pram Walk / Trike Ride, Sydney Olympic Park

Lake Belevedere, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park provides a great morning out with the kids. Pack the pram, trikes or scooters and a picnic and you’re set for a good morning out. 

As with anywhere we go for the first time we got lost. Sydney Olympic Park is massive and it’s easy to get lost trying to get there and then once you’re inside. 

Thankfully, Bicentennial Park is right at the main entrance of Sydney Olympic Park. Coming along Homebush Bay Drive / A3 you will see signs for Sydney Olympic Park, going around the big circle at the entrance will land you on Australia Avenue. 

  

Once on Australia Avenue, look out for signs to turn right into Bicentennial Park. The first right will take you into Bicentennial Park Drive. If you miss that go right into Bennelong Parkway – it’s the first big intersection with traffic lights. 

   

The best way to enter is along Bicentennial Park Drive, drive all the way around until you see the lake on your left and then find a parking because then you won’t have to push the pram and carry the trike / bike or scooter uphill.

Lake Belvedere has a wide flat path all the way around which you can walk along with the pram or with your little one on a trike or scooter. You just have to keep them close to you because there is no railing between the path and the water. 

  
There are hundreds of different birds that swim right up to the path and the decks. I took a photo of the identification board at the beginning of the path so that when we came across the ducks and swan my son could check to see which bird it was. 

There are a lot of signs telling you not to feed the wildlife and I would stick to that advice. 

We went out onto the deck to take a closer look at the swans and watch them swim under the decks, look for fish and discuss the fountains (my 3 year old loves to discuss the technicalities of such things). There were railings on the deck which allowed me to put the 1 year old down so she could feel close to the birds. 

The water isn’t blue, it’s more brown which may be a good thing because then the kids don’t rush to jump in it. 

There are lots of benches and grassy patches to sit down either in the sun or the shade. A bit further up the hill are covered picnic tables and BBQs. 

   
   

We had a picnic at the top of the hill overlooking the water which turned out to be a good plan because my son instantly needed a loo and the closest one is at the WatervieW centre. They’re not great ablutions but will do. 

  
There is also a playground at the Village Green which is circled by a bicycle path which makes for another good adventure but that’s a whole other post. You can easily spot it if you’re standing at WatervieW Centre or on your drive along Bicentennial Park Drive. 

Lake Belvedere Pram Walk / Trike Ride, Sydney Olympic Park

Lake Belevedere, Bicentennial Park, Sydney Olympic Park provides a great morning out with the kids. Pack the pram, trikes or scooters and a picnic and you’re set for a good morning out. 

As with anywhere we go for the first time we got lost. Sydney Olympic Park is massive and it’s easy to get lost trying to get there and then once you’re inside. 

Thankfully, Bicentennial Park is right at the main entrance of Sydney Olympic Park. Coming along Homebush Bay Drive / A3 you will see signs for Sydney Olympic Park, going around the big circle at the entrance will land you on Australia Avenue. 

  
Once on it, look out for signs to turn right into Bicentennial Park. The first right will take you into Bicentennial Park Drive. If you miss that go right into Bennelong Parkway – it’s the first big intersection with traffic lights. 

   
The best way to enter is along Bicentennial Park Drive, drive all the way around until you see the lake on your left and then find a parking because then you won’t have to push the pram and carry the trike / bike or scooter uphill.