Reminiscing 

Well at the moment we are in the planning stages to head off again! Going through photos and I’m getting mega excited! We think we have found the perfect caravan to buy (so watch this space) and we are getting used to have another little nomad in our group (Baby Brett)!

Distance Education seems to be the way to go for us & for Zac, am looking at watching how we go when we are in our van again! Making use of having family and friends around has been great too! We have also had a few opportunities to house sit, so GO US!

Looking back through our photos – we certainly have seen some beautiful places, and looking at other travel blogs we certainly have a lot more to see! I will keep reminiscing, and keep doing small trips around Townsville – while we plan to depart again!

Stay cool people x

Big Crystal Creek, QLD

We are in Townsville for a few months (getting things sorted) so we are trying our best to explore the region!

Fell in love with Big Crystal Creek in the Paluma Range National Park. It’s just magical there. It has a campground too for those wanting to camp!

I think we will love exploring more of our backyard while we call Townsville home for a few months!

The Blonde Baby Nomad is HERE :)

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Our second little cherub “Brett Corey Stephenson” arrived safely into the world on Tuesday, 6th January 2015!  Zac is thrilled to be a big brother and we are all over the moon with our little addition.

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Thank goodness for family and friends, they have been a constant support network while we have made the transition from ‘3’ to ‘4’.

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Brett is the most amazing little baby, he is very happy and loves being in the car.  His Dr has told me he is thriving, so I’m guessing Mummy and Daddy figured out the baby thing again quite quickly (it really is just like riding a bike).
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I just had to share these gorgeous pictures with you, our amazing photographer is so talented and takes the loveliest photos – check her work out {http://www.vickimillerphotography.com}.

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Waiting for The Blonde BABY Nomad!

Just thought I’d write a quick post! We are currently in Townsville – awaiting the arrival of The Blonde Baby Nomad 🙂 our second child is due on Tuesday, 6th January 2015 – we are waiting waiting waiting! We will be hanging around this area for a few months to get used to life as a family of four before we head across to NT and WA! Please watch this space for our baby news, I’ve got lots of draft blogs about our travels and experiences ready to publish and will do so when I get all sorted! We hope you’ve had a lovely Christmas & New Year and all the best for 2015!

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Foodies – HELP Please :-)

Hey there readers.  I have a little project that I am working on and I need YOUR help!  While travelling in a caravan, we are limited to how much stuff we can carry, so we look for easy meals we can whip up, that are nutritious, filling & are on the less expensive side.  I have put a call out on Facebook and ask people to send in recipes – this way I can collate them all and have a little guide on my BLOG to help people when they are stuck for ideas.

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So – given that the word FOODIE may have attracted you, please feel free to share any recipes of little meals (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks) that you might have, they can be as fancy or as simple as you like.  You can post them in the comments of this post or email me – theblondenomad13@gmail.com 🙂  I will make sure I credit your name/Blog whatever you ask, and if you could add a photo that would be great too!

The internet is a great source for people to share information, this is why I love Facebook, Instagram & Blogging, so I thank you in advance!

My Baby Bump {and those comments that make you cringe}

As you may or may not be aware, we are expecting a little addition to our family in January 2015.  On the road, I have been quite well, I mean I do get uncomfortable, get a sore back, have some digestion issues, can be emotional, but overall I am feeling really good.  This lifestyle is allowing me to rest when I need to. I lay down and stretch when I need to, I go for daily walks and I have a lot more time to plan meals, so I am eating healthy as well (well except for over indulging in my #1 craving of chocolate).

What does upset me from time to time though are the comments about how ‘huge’ I am.  On the most part, people are quite positive and whether they are saying the truth or not, they pump you up by saying you look lovely.  Everyone who ever has been pregnant, would have to agree there are times where you just feel like a loaf.  My breaths are shortened, I can run out of steam a lot quicker, and I avoid jumping pillows.  When you are feeling a little down, it seems to be the right moment for people to say things like “wow – you are going to pop soon hey?” – “OMG I had twins and wasn’t as big as you” – “Are you sure there is only one baby in there”.  I’m sure that people don’t say these things maliciously, it is just hard that when you are experiencing one of the most beautiful things that can happen, these comments can play over and over in your head and kind of get to you.

SO – I have decided that I am not going to be upset, I have embraced my pregnancy and the way in which my body has changed.  I don’t care if I have put on weight, or look like a baby albino whale, I am loving being pregnant.  I am going to share with you MY BUMP!  This is not a cry out for compliments, I am simply super proud of what my body is going through and I don’t feel the need to hide it.  My little five year old thinks I’m just beautiful and he loves touching and rubbing my belly.

Not long ago, we caught up with friends, and a few of us girls were discussing just how amazing us women are, our bodies are capable of growing another human being and can go through labour.  It is a pretty amazing thing to do, so I am now focussing more on the ‘I am healthy and super lucky to be carrying a baby’ and letting those comments go by the waist side (sorry for the pun).

So here it is –  my body transforming as I carry a little human inside.  I am going to make a promise to myself that I will not start my answer with “I know I’m huge – but I’m ….. weeks pregnant” – I will now say “I am the proud carrier of a ….. week baby & I feel super lucky”!  Today marks my 28th week of pregnancy so Congrats to me 🙂

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Pretty Beach – Murramarang National Park, NSW

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Have you ever been to a spot, that you just fell in love with and could picture yourself staying there for longer.  Well that’s how I feel about our recent stay at Pretty Beach.  We have been to lots of different places lately, but this is clearly a stand out.  The wildlife is just amazing, and super friendly, and we went at an opportune time, there was only a few other campers which enabled us to have time at the beach, all to ourselves.

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Over the couple of days we stayed here, there were lots of Kangaroos.  A Mummy had her Joey, protecting it the whole time in her pouch while we were there.  I nearly fell over when she obviously felt safe enough around us that the Joey popped out for a few seconds and we got a sneak peak.  I was so thankful to have my camera out, it was truly amazing to see.  No matter what anybody else says, I think that she saw my baby bump and just felt proud enough to show me her baby.

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What have you seen or experienced that you just felt so lucky to be at the right time or the right place? Have you got a favourite place to travel to?  There is so much to see that I hope we can continue our journey once we welcome our baby into the world so we continue of our journey of experiencing unique things such as this.

Travel safe everyone x

Kell

South Australia – a MUST do for travellers!

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To be honest, I hadn’t really thought of travelling to South Australia. Of course I wanted to go diving with the sharks at Port Lincoln, visit the Barossa and Flinders Rangers, but I didn’t really know too much about this fabulous state. One thing I can say now is that South Australia has taken a little piece of my heart. Since arriving in this gorgeous State, we have been greeted with lots of friendly faces, and the people and the scenery perfectly match each other. I feel that when driving along the gorgeous rolling hills, they too are smiling back at us.

We have only seen a small portion of South Australia, and I must say, I clearly recommend this place for a visit. You can fly straight into Adelaide, hire a car/motorhome and the distances between towns is so small you could see lots in a one or two week holiday. We have visited the east side of Adelaide (Clare, Nuriootpa, Adelaide, McLaren Vale, Victor Harbor, Murray Bridge, Barmera, Berri & Robe), we will return next year to do the Port Lincoln side and the rest of the State that we have missed.

The landscapes around are just divine, the food is impeccable and each little town has amazing produce, farmer’s markets, butchers & deli’s, I know that all my food friends out there would fall in love with this area just as I have. South Australia is also home to many beautiful beaches, even if a lot of them are classed ‘unswimmable’ due to the sharks in the area, to look over the ocean and see crystal blue water is just amazing.

I won’t be surprised if Corey and I end up living around here for a while at some point in our life, but until we have the baby, we will just keep our plans simple.

I hope you enjoy some of the photos, if you have visited an area in South Australia that you love, please leave a comment!  We love to get other ideas and suggestions of places to go from fellow travellers.  

Remember for LIVE updates follow us on Instagram/TheBlondeNomad13 or Facebook/TheBlondeNomad.

 

The Blonde Nomad Is Expecting!

The Blonde Nomad blog has suffered some neglect of late, and that’s not due to lack of interest, it’s due to starting our Dometic Follow The Sun ambassadorship, we are travelling around NSW, SA & VIC and Dometic are picking up the tab. If you want to get regular updates, follow us on Facebook where we share lots of travel info & photos!

Anyway, since I have last written on here, not only have we started this adventure, we are also pregnant! We have a bundle of joy due in January 2015 and words cannot describe just how excited we are. Little Zac (Master 5) is getting more and more excited, and now he can feel the baby kick, he is over the moon. There are regular belly kisses, where he talks to the baby, constantly reinforcing that he is the BIG brother, and that he can’t wait for the baby to come out so he can give it cuddles. It really is a magical thing, I just hope, that these siblings maintain a bond through their whole life, unlike me!

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So, pregnant and travelling, how has that been you ask? Well, this baby likes to sit really low in my belly, making it a little uncomfortable in the car, but I do regular stretches which help, and we don’t drive for very long stints at a time, without a pit stop so I can get up and stretch out. Having a toilet on board also helps as I regularly visit the loo throughout the night. This travelling life allows me to rest when I need to, so really, I am in an ideal situation and environment to be pregnant.

What happens when the baby is due? My obstetrician is in Townsville so come November we will be heading back to North Queensland to have Christmas with Family & Friends, and welcoming our bundle of joy into the world. If all goes well and we have a healthy, happy travelling baby, then we will most likely hit the road again. Zac will be starting school next year, so we will either hit the road prior to the school year commencing, or perhaps stick around North Queensland so he can do a term of school. I am looking into home schooling/distant education so we can continue travelling. This life has taken us by storm, we love travelling and have so many places on our ‘to see’ list due to meeting so many people on the road and them sharing their stories and experiences.

Life with children always brings surprises, so we wont be making any major decisions until early in the new year, but at this stage, a bigger van, opportunities on the lookout for us to hopefully venture to the Western side of this country, so watch this space people for updates on our adventures!! I promise I will try and do weekly updated from now on in to keep you all posted.

All our love from the road.

Kell x

Why I Write

Firstly, I was super excited to be asked by a fellow blogger, Heike Herrling…..but it tasted good to join her in this new age “chain letter” style of blogging, answering some questions as to why bloggers write?  She wrote a fabulous blog about why she writes then recommended me to do the same.  I then will recommend some of my loved blogs which will in turn write while they reflect and then recommend some of their favourite blogs. Get the drift?  I was excited as I needed to ask myself a few of these questions, which will hopefully make me think about where I want my blog to go.  So, here goes.

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What Am I Currently Working On?

Like many bloggers, I have a lot of ‘draft’ blogs that need to be finalised and published.  I draw my ideas from challenges I face in travelling around Australia with my husband Corey, and our five year old, Zac.  I write about travelling, about totally random things that pop inside my head at the time.  Sometimes, it’s just having a glass of wine and seeing what happens when my fingers touch the keyboard.  I guess my overall plan is to promote The Blonde Nomad brand.  To get the word out there and inspire people to live their lives.  Time is a precious gift, it doesn’t renew, it doesn’t stop, we need to use our time effectively to ensure that our life doesn’t pass too quickly with regrets.

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How Does My Writing Differ From Others In My Genre?        Why Do I Write What I Do?

Right, so I have totally merged these two questions because for me, they totally are dependant on each other.

I ‘speak-write’.  It’s a term I made up myself just now, to give an idea as to how I write.  I write as if you were sitting right beside me having a conversation and me telling you my stories and challenges.  While we are travelling, it’s hard being away from family and friends, I guess this is my outlet of pretending that I’m sitting with one of my confidante’s and having a laugh, a whinge, a vent, a conversation about what is happening in my life, think of it as my ten minute time out.  I’m known for saying it like it is, I don’t do a compliment sandwich.  If you have read some of my other blogs, I am not afraid to say that at times, this ‘living the dream’ scenario can be scary, yes I do fight with my husband, yes I get tired of being a parent to a demanding five year old.  Just like everyone else out there.  I will never pretend to be the happy rosy family without hiccups, and that’s why I write the way I do.  Whatever pops into my mind, is automatically written.  I’ve studied, I’ve written essays and fairly extensive projects for university, but my blog writing is relaxed, therefore I ‘speak-write’.

How Does My Writing Process Work?

I’m not very methodical when it comes to blogging, and maybe I need to be moreso.  Perhaps I need to plan out my blogs. I do however have a dream book, which allows me to write down ideas for blogs, things that have happened that I will then transform into writing.  I do think about what things people might like to read about, and start from there.  If we meet people on the road and they ask a particular question, then I sometimes use that for inspiration that perhaps other people would like that question answered.

I draft blogs, like I said I have lots in the wings.  For some of the blogs I need to read them and re-read them to see if I am prepared to actually “publish” them, but for others I just “add post” then write write write until I have reached my imaginary word limit. I’m new to the Blogosphere, so if I sound like I am all over the place, it probably means that I am.  I have gone from being the most organised person, worker, mother, wife, to now being the most relaxed I’ve ever been.  Thanks to our change of lifestyle.  This is a medium I use for fun, for engagement, and to connect with like minded people, so there is never pressure for me to have to write, I write when I want to.  I totally LOVE it.  Hopefully someday, I can use this as a means of income, maybe, maybe I’m dreaming, but sometimes I put a goal out there as something to work towards!

Blogs To Watch

I am a huge Facebook and Instagram fan.  That is where I submit little stories, and of course a gazillion photos of things that happen in our everyday life.  My first favourite blog is the FatMumSlim blog.  Chantelle started blogging a long time ago, and created an awesome photo a day challenge. Her Blog is inspiring as she has worked hard in creating it as a business and has now brought out her own iPhone app.  I connected with Heike (blogger who recommended me) using these Facebook and Instagram outlets, and even though we have never met personally, she inspires me in ways she would never imagine.  Her images, her writing style, her stories, and mostly her encouragement to me, makes her an outstanding blogger for me, and sometimes I even silently dedicate a new blog to her, knowing that her passion for blogging and for life, inspires me to pull out the laptop and write for myself.

As I am new to the BLOGosphere, I managed to get two of my other favourites to be part of this wonderful blogging experience, Why Do I Write?  So watch out next week for their blogs about where they draw their inspiration from!

MANDY – THE TRAVELLING AUSTRALIA WITH KIDS BLOG ~

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I found Mandy via Facebook and her fabulous ‘TAWKers page’.  Mandy used to live a 5 star lifestyle in England co-ordinating Motor Racing and travelling Europe. She then met an Aussie, married him and moved to Australia.  Three children later and the 5 star lifestyle out of the question and camping suggested – to which she reluctantly agree, SHE LOVED IT!  It led to a two year trip travelling the country and her life was forever changed.  Mandy still yearns for it now and lives vicariously through her TAWKers, through her blog and Facebook page she now supports and provides a great medium for other families currently travelling or those who wish to, Travel Australia With Kids.  Other follows offer great advice and it’s nice to be able to contribute by offering my own experiences to other families travelling.

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 FABI – THIS IS OUR AUSTRALIA ~

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Through Facebook again, I got in contact with Fabi, who was on the countdown in departing for a two year trip around OZ with husband Warrick and beautiful girls Charlotte and Celeste.  Fabi moved to Australia from Switzerland in 2005, her love for Australia was ignited from a family holiday to our great country when she was 10.  They share the most beautiful photos, Warrick has a drone and takes the most wonderful aerial shots.  Their love of stand up paddle boarding makes me want to give it a go.  They are truly making the most of every moment with their girls and Fabi’s enthusiasm and continued encouragement is why I love their blog.10500411_248888465303588_4684036462065291361_n

So there you have it folks, a bit of an insight into The Blonde Nomad’s way of thinking and writing and where I get some of my inspiration.  I knew that writing this would get me excited (thanks again Heike), and now my ideas and thoughts are just streaming.  So it’s off to the drawing board for me.  I’m going to get more focussed and even though I like my casual style, perhaps a planned approach might encourage me to write more.  So for anybody that might read this, then woohoooo, thanks for being part of this magical space us writers call the BLOGosphere 🙂

Please leave comments so I know who has visited, and also leave links to your own blog, Facebook page, Instagram so I can check your stuff out too!!