Rock On

Have you caught the rock hunting bug?

We discovered this cool outdoor activity through the Moongala Community House. The concept is simple:

  • paint a rock
  • hide the rock
  • find some painted rocks that others have hidden.

The handy Facebook page (VIC ROCKS) is a great help in seeing where the rocks have been hidden (rock drops) and for the finders to share their discoveries in the hopes that the original hider will see the post. The VIC ROCKS Facebook page has almost 10000 members so you will be sure to find someone painting and hiding rocks somewhere near you.

Here are our favourite spots to hide and seek:

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Beauty Park: Spring Street, Frankston.

This park has a playground, lake, plenty of trees and even a little bridge. Heaps of places to search for hidden treasure. In the Summer, the park transforms into Little Beauty Market. Interested? You can read all about that here.

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Beauty Park, Frankston. The perfect spot for a rock drop.

We found one of our very first rocks here (pictured above.) Mini re-hid it and was thrilled when it reappeared the next day on the Facebook page having been found again by another little person.

 

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Mornington Beach Park: Bottom of Main St, Mornington.

This park has an awesome wooden playground and plenty of space for the kids to move around. We absolutely love the big trees (perfect for hiding under in the rain) and the best part is that it’s just a short stroll from one of our favourite cafes; Soul Press.

 

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So many spots to hide your painted rocks.

We found a few rocks here on a rainy day and loved spotting the painted tree stumps too.

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McClelland Gallery: 390 McClelland Dr, Langwarrin VIC 3910

This is just hands down one of our favourite places to visit. It has all the factors that make it a great day out with the kids; free of charge, space to run around and not boring for parents. Winning! We came across this beauty after an afternoon of searching. Mini fell in love with is and has kept it on her bed side table ever since. If she ever finds a new favourite, we will swap it out.

rockdrop8.jpg The sculpture park is huge so it would be a good idea to leave a clue for the finder when hiding your rocks. Even a bit of faux grass or a monkey’s face in the background will give them a hint!

We are really spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor play spaces for kids. Check out our fave park here.

Where are your best rock drop spots? Have your found a painted rock on your travels?

Happy hunting! x

 

 

 

Oxygen Facial at The Beauty Emporium.

Okay, I admit it. I am now addicted to The Beauty Emporium in Mount Eliza.

Last week I was in need of some serious pampering – the kind where you can bliss out and pretend like the two tiny soul suckers that call you ‘Mama’ are not your responsibility for an hour. That’s where beautiful Caroline, one half of The Beauty Emporium Boss Lady team, came in with the oxygen facial. Side note: the salon is owned and run by two friends-how gorgeous is that?!

FYI: The Beauty Emporium hosted me for this treatment. All words and thoughts are my own. 

Let’s splice in a ‘before’, ‘immediately after’ and ‘a few days later’ pics here because the results are probably more important than the experience itself in this case:

While I am still obviously uncomfortable with the concept of selfies (and a hair brush it would seem), I can see a huge difference in skin tone in the far left and far right pictures. And today, 10 days later, my skin still feels much softer than usual. Immediately afterwards my skin felt plumper. I daresay I felt like I looked a bit younger too.

So, what’s it all about? Do they just spray you in the face with the tyre pump from a petrol station as my babysitter A.K.A my dad suggested? No. They do not.

First of all I settled down on the cosy treatment bed which was warm and electric-blanket-toasty. Then Caroline had a quick look at my skin and we talked about how I often break out on my jaw line #hormonalbiatch and then it was lamp off & chill. When Caroline mentioned that she would talk me through the treatment but that there was no need for me to respond I knew that not only was she completely in tune with the client experience but that she knew exactly what women/mums/people in general need.

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Over the course of an hour, vitamins and minerals were massaged into my face and neck aswell as something that seemed to painlessly eat all the dead skin cells. Then 100% medical grade oxygen was applied all over my face which felt almost like water. In fact, maybe there WAS water involved. I was so half asleep by this point that anything is possible.

We finished off with a cup of peppermint tea. I stayed in their sun drenched sitting area for as long as possible before returning home relaxed and rejuvenated. Perfect. The treatment is designed to be undertaken several times although I really do notice a difference after just one.

You can find The Beauty Emporium at Level 1/12 Ranelagh Drive, Mount Eliza, 3930.

Visit their website here: Beauty Emporium

Oxygen Facial is $160. Book 5 and receive your 6th of free.

Before I go, I just need to urge you to check out their Fabulous Friday treatments because TODAY IS FRIDAY. Book in for a glass of bubbles for you and a friend plus a 30 minute treatment each (choose from Becca Makeup, Brow Make Over or a mini pedicure) for just $30 each. Seriously. Do it. I wish I could but it’s date night and Insta-Bae is weird about people touching his feet.

Check out their latest Instagram post for more details here.

If you want to learn more about The Beauty Emporium in general, check out the first post I wrote about them right here:  The Beauty Emporium

 

Where Art Thou?

On a chilly, wintery morning a couple of weeks ago, my friend Kate and I found our way down onto Kookaburra Street in Frankston and discovered Kindred Art Space.

We’d been invited down by the lovely Kez and with my background in Art Therapy and a keen interest in getting away from my kids, I jumped at the opportunity to dip my toe in the water (colours) again. Kez is a Transpersonal Art Therapist who has masterminded the Self Care Sundays workshops.

Want to skip the rest of this post and book yo’self in for a workshop? Visit Kindred Art Space here.

FYI: My friend and I were given complementary places in this workshop. All thoughts and terrible paintings are mine. 

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Kindrid Art Space. 22 Kookaburra Street, Frankston.

Some questions we pondered beforehand which you may be asking yourself too:

Is it weird?

No. It wasn’t weird at all. The meditation portion of the workshop was conducted in front of a beautiful fireplace and I felt very comfortable in the small group of participants.

Is Art Therapy in the Woo-Woo space or the psychotherapy space?

Definitely the latter. Yes, we did create art in a silent room for two hours but no one burnt incense or tried to show me an angel card.

What if I don’t paint a masterpiece?

Then you are a normal person. Art as therapy is all about the process and not the product. While creating, you can ask yourself a series of questions which will shape your creation. It has something to tell you!

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“I have something to tell you, Katie. Throw me in the bin.”

The workshop itself was made up of an introductory activity, a meditation, 2 hours of painting, some reflection and then a sharing/debrief at the end. We also all participated in a short labyrinth mediation.

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Kindred Art Space is warm and inviting with coffee and tea making facilities as well as a bathroom. There’s an open fire, plenty of art supplies to choose from and lots of on-site inspiration to get the creativity flowing. You don’t need an art experience to engage in these workshops; just turn up with yourself and an open mind.

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I walked away from the workshop feeling like that fire of indwelling had been ignited again. It has been so long since I spent time reflecting on….well, anything really. For me, it really cemented the fact that I need to commit to doing something for my own development and health every single day. And that I need to be responsible for giving myself that (because sure as shit, my kids are not going to serve me up some me-time any time soon.)

The next Self Care Sunday session is on September the 24th. Contact Kez on 0450 253 990 for more details.

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