3 Mornington Peninsula Coffee Haunts That Are So Convenient, They’re Practically Drive-Thru.

Caffeine equals life. Am I right?

There’s nothing I love more than chilling in a café with a coffee and watching the world go by. But with two kids and those pesky “Don’t leave your kids in the car alone” laws, that is now a rare occurrence. Enter, drive-thru coffee from fast food joints at 8am on the school run. But fear not! You no longer have to sacrifice quality for convenience (unless you are a bit hung over and need a hash brown) Try one of the three cute cafes listed here instead and get your caffeine fix stat without having to unstrap the kids.

 

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Cutest coffee cart in the business: Little Olive Café

 

Little Olive Café Mt Eliza.

Currently located at Eden Garden Nursery in Mt Eliza.

204 Canadian Bay Rd, Mount Eliza VIC 3930

6.15am -9am

This coffee cart is as cute as a button and being positioned in a car park makes it perfect for a quick coffee dash. The coffee is great and you can grab a baked treat while you are there.

Hot Tip: You can purchase really cool reusable coffee mugs here. Think ceramic, glazed and arty.

 

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Coffee convenience in Baxter

 

Coffee hut outside Tipples Backyards in Baxter

167 Moorooduc Hwy, Baxter VIC 3911

This little spot is literally on the highway so there is no excuse. It sells toasties and is right next door to a petrol station so you can pretty much get all your morning shiz sorted.

Hot Tip: This place has Eftpos. Winning!

 

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Muffin and a latte at Apple Espresso in Mornington

 

Apple Espresso at Tully’s in Mornington

630 Moorooduc Hwy, Mornington VIC 3931

Imagine this scenario: You’ve dropped the kids at school and 5 minutes into your drive home the baby falls asleep in the car. Don’t waste your life away sitting in the driveway scrolling Facebook and fearing the transfer wakeup! Head to Tully’s and grab a coffee underneath a pear tree while bubba snoozes a metre or two away (obvi with the windows down and in full view and all those other legal/ethical/perfect-parent-patrol things.)

Hot Tip: If you have time to eat in, head out the back into the courtyard and grab a coffee and cake. Delicious!

 

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Apple Espresso at Tully’s in Mornington

 

Know of any other convenient little coffee stops? Drop them into the comments!

 

Peninsula Wellness Store

Practicing self love, as a mama, is so important. But it is also so hard to prioritise in amongst the white noise of school pick up, pumpkin stains and the daily trimming of precious minutes to yourself. I practice micro self love moments. For me, this looks like 5 minute meditations, baths with Epsom salts, foot massages, new nail polish…you get the idea.

I have recently discovered a gorgeous local online business: Peninsula Wellness Store. Owner/Operator Carissa is in her final year of studying naturopathy and has recently added her own creations to her store. She very kindly sent me a couple of complimentary products to try out.

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They were packaged beautifully and each product came with a little swing tag with printed instructions and ingredients. And look at those gorgeous sticky labels. Pretty! I love a bit of bohemian branding.

The Bite Ease roller blend smells good enough to wear as perfume. Seriously. It’s amazing. And the roller top makes application easy for dramatic five year olds who are claiming to have bites but who secretly just like the smell.

 

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Easy roll on application

Does it work? It seemed to. It felt like a gentle antiseptic.

The Face Serum smelt beautiful too with the lemon and orange essential oil blend (amongst other oils.) I loved that I could use it on my hands without a greasy feeling. I even used it to give myself a foot massage and it was divine!

 

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“I don’t want to be an Instagram Husband’ Said Insta Husband as I forced him to take this photo over my shoulder.

 

 

Overall, the Peninsula Wellness Store offers you a chance to take time out and be kind to yourself. The treat for your senses -the smell and the soothing application- feels like a mini luxury. I think we could all do with a bit of that!

To learn more about this wonderful Mornington Peninsula business, take a look at their website here: http://peninsulawellnessstore.com.au/

Review: Soul Press, Mornington.

I don’t know about you but breastfeeding makes me want to EAT ALL THE THINGS. Which is fine except ‘all the things’ are usually toast, a stray muesli bar and a hash brown from the drive through. This is where Soul Press comes in to save the day. Quick food that is delicious AND healthy.

I first fell in love with Soul Press while frequenting their Edithvale store. It popped up like a funky mirage in the quiet shopping strip opposite the beach side of the station. A few juices, treats and amazing raw bowls and I was hooked.

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Matcha Maiden

Well headed in on Saturday morning and although it was busy, we received our takeaway order as quick as a flash. The friendly staff gave us a buzzer so that we could move away from the crowded ordering area and people watch from a table. The décor is fresh and cool and there is enough seating and room outside for a mother’s group get together or a casual chill with friends. Inside is compact yet carefully furnished for maximum use of space- you could fit in a pram or two in without crowding other patrons.

 

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“Like a cookie”

 

 

Mini chose a berry vanilla biscuit and declared that it ‘tastes like a cookie.’ I had the Matcha Maiden bowl and it was delish. Easy to eat with one hand while holding The Baby in the other. Win.

The perfect spot to grab a green smoothie on your lunch break, or you know, on the way home from school drop off. We’ll be back.

Soul Press Mornington: 105/6 Ross St, Mornington. Open 7 Days.