Karen | SmartStepstoAustralia

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Helping families move to Australia without the stress | Travel writer for Australia & New Zealand magazine | Beach lover |

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This was me last night before heading out for a girl’s night with my pals to @thebelvederewoodypoint. It has been too long since our last night out together. And I so needed it! The food was delicious, the waterfront view was awesome and the company was 👌. And I got to wear my fav #tommybahama dress. When was the last time you went out with your friends for a night out? #nightout #goingoutout #mumsnight #girlsnight #belvedere #woodypoint #mumsnightout
This boy is so good at climbing! Our other two kids are built with a sensible level of fear in their brains but this one doesn’t get scared no matter how high or how fast he goes! Do you have a dare devil in your family too? 🧗‍♂️🎢 🚴🏻‍♂️ #nofear #climbingparty #climbing #revolution #revolutionnorthlakes #loveheights #climber #littleclimber #kidsparty
More photos by our awesome friends at @scubapic.au. Hands up: who is in need of a pool day? 🏊‍♀️ ⛱🏊‍♀️🍹☀️🥵🕶😎 #poolfun #scubapic #scubapics #underwater #underwaterphotos #swimming #diving #summerinqueensland #underwaterphotography
Caught a train into the city today. Check out this gorgeous view from the platform! I haven’t used the train a lot since moving to Queensland, but I used to travel everywhere by train in the UK. I’m definitely going to start using it more often as it so easy and cheap here plus there was tonnes of free parking. Do you like to travel by train? 🚆 🚂 🚉 #train #station #travelbytrain #commute #daytrip
When you go to a friend’s birthday party with a jumping castle (bouncy castle for anyone in the UK!) and it’s super hot, the only solution is to jump in the paddling pool fully clothed. Kept them cool while jumping for three hours! Thanks for an awesome day @plussizeadventure! ☀️ 🎂 🍰🍓🎉🥵🕶🍉🍭🍦#birthdayparty #friends #parties #hot #summerinqueensland #summerholidays #melting #bouncycastle #jumpingcastle #familyfun #siblings #kids
Tonight we are celebrating putting in our citizenship applications. We’ve lived in Queensland for four years and four months and this is our home. Can’t wait for it to be official! Now for the looong wait! 🗄📋📕🗃🗂📎📖🖋🥂#celebrating #celebration #citizenship #citizens #permanentresidents #prvisa #waiting
Just another day of #schoolholiday  paradise! (I am working in between laying by the pool btw - honest!) If you’re in Australia, are you feeling ready for your kids to go back yet? I’m loving the laziness of the holidays. I know I’ll get tonnes more done in February though! 🏊‍♀️ 📖 🌴 ☀️ 🕶 🧴 #summerholidays #sunshine #summerinqueensland #expatlife #schoolholidays #thankgoodnesswehaveapool #hot
Lovely morning spent at the park drinking milkshakes, playing with friends and skimming stones. Don’t you just love parks that have a cafe attached?! What is your favourite flavour of milkshake? Chocolate is usually my fav but today I had a berry super frappe and it was lush! 🥛 🥤 🍫 🍓 🥭 🥥 #milkshakepark #stoneskinming #familytime #parkfun #newportpark #Newport #milkshakes
When your friends who are professional underwater photographers come over for a bbq and a swim it would be rude not to get some pics in the pool! Thanks so much @scubapic.au and @aquaventures_kidsscuba! Awesome shots, as always. 🏊‍♀️🥽 📷 📸 💦 Have you ever had pictures take underwater? It’s so much fun and the shots are amazing. #underwaterphotos #underwaterphotography #scubapic #scubapics #aquaventures #family #swimming #diving #underwater #poolfun #holidayfun #familyday
I’m waiting for friends to arrive for an afternoon of swimming and bbq food. What are you up to today? 🍴🍷🥩🕶👙🥒🥖🍔🍗🥗🍉🏊‍♀️#sundays #lazysunday #lazysundays #poolfun #bbq #weber #lovebbqs #friendsfordinner #feetup #relaxing #pooltime #sunshine #sundaydinner
We took the gang to @lonestarnorthlakes for dinner using some Christmas vouchers (thanks bro!) a couple of days ago. We mainly went as we knew the guy on the right would LOVE the bucket of peanuts as you break them on the table and sweep the shells onto the floor. We were right - the kids thought it was amazing and keep asking when we can go back! I love that eating out with kids is so much easier  than it was a couple of years ago. Do you eat out with your kids often or are you still in the difficult/exhausting phase with very little ones? 🍽 🥩 🍷 🥜 #lonestar #notanad #eatingout #familydinner #familytime #lonestarnorthlakes #ribs #peanuts #westfield #westfieldnorthlakes
How is it we only have 3 weeks left of this epic school summer holiday? It is going too fast. My kids are finally at an age when they can play and have fun together  and it has been soooo lovely! We’ve been out for meals, we’ve hung out at the local park and we’ve just chilled out a lot. There has been swimming and den building. And way too many computer games. But hey, it’s the holidays. We are now cramming in lots of play days before it’s time for routines to begin again. I like the idea of routine but hate making packed lunches and all of that malarkey. Who is looking forward to the school routine starting again? 🏫 🎓 📚 ✏️ 👞 #summerholidays #christmasbreak #kids #familyfun #schoolsout #backtoschool #schoolready