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Haven Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

That’s it… Lunch boxes down, peo­ple! Yes, par­ents, it’s fi­nally time to step away from the daily grind of school runs, home­work, washing uni­forms and more. We are done for an­other year. I am not sure who’s more ex­cited - the kids, or me? Hello sum­mer hol­i­days! Sure, our in­ten­tions are al­ways pos­i­tive as the school hol­i­days start. Through­out the work­ing year, I’ve missed the kids, the free­dom to sleep in, to ex­plore on ran­dom day trips and ba­si­cally just let the days or­gan­i­cally roll on. But, then I’ll hear the words “I’M BORED!”, they’ll start fight­ing with their sib­lings, the bud­get will blow out and, well, you know how the hol­i­days go from there. Whether you jug­gle the kids and work this sum­mer or you’re in hol­i­day mode your­self and en­joy­ing wine time by 3pm - you will find a whole bunch of bore­dom­bust­ing fun, cover to cover, in this spe­cial ‘Sum­mer hol­i­days’ edi­tion of haven mag­a­zine. Read on for fam­ily-friendly events, tips on up­ping your beach game, day trips, the best swim­ming holes and more. Now more than ever it’s im­por­tant to make sure you’re get­ting our weekly what’s on emailed to your in­box for a fresh dose of ideas each week of the hol­i­days! My fam­ily is camp­ing this sum­mer. It’s turned into a fam­ily tra­di­tion. The kids would take a daggy car­a­van park on the Coffs Coast over is­land life in Fiji (se­ri­ously, I begged them to forgo camp­ing for the is­lands of Fiji this year - but no one was in­ter­ested!). I love that they like the sim­ple things and messy hair (don’t care!) while we soak up the surf, sun and san­gria (oh yes!) beach­side, for a lit­tle rest and re­lax­ation. I also love this time of year for re­flec­tion and goal set­ting, so as we ap­proach a new cal­en­dar year, you’ll find a few of our tips on this topic too. I may still be work­ing on some of my goals for 2018 but I’ll write them down again in my fresh note­book and cal­en­dar, and hope that the year ahead brings health, hap­pi­ness and a whole bunch of money my way - ha! Happy hol­i­days!

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