Welcome to our food, glorious food issue of haven and what a wonderful way to start this issue with a beautiful cover illustration created especially for haven by Susy Boyer – isn’t it divine?! It has been so amazing to see haven evolve over the years and we won’t let the traditions of publishing stop us as we soar to greater heights and keep trying new things! Just like food, the palette changes as you grow so dig in and enjoy what we have served up this April.


Hopefully you have found a quiet moment to read haven this month as you juggle the school holidays. Perhaps you are watching the kids at the skate park, play centre or you are all hanging at the beach and you found a shady spot to flick through our pages. Be sure to check out our calendar of events and don’t forget you can join us weekly online, with fresh stories and a weekly what’s on straight to your inbox.


This issue we have strayed from traditional family dining tips in our food feature to bring you hot tips on where to enjoy date nights, ladies’ lunches or a meal with the kids that doesn’t involve a golden arch. Plus, being National Autism Awareness month, we raise some awareness for the modern X-men among us (this is one story that will have you thinking!). Also, take some tips on keeping things healthy and organised in the kitchen at home and, as always, our expert contributors dazzle with their tips and tales.


So go on and whip up your favorite bite, make a cuppa, or pour a wine and devour this yummy issue of haven!


The kids can have a go at making their very own haven cover with our special colouring-in on page 37. Email us your completed masterpiece as we would love to share it on social media. Just make sure to include your child’s name, age and suburb when you send it to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.


Happy days!


Keeley O'Connor

Keeley O'Connor  

Keeley has always been a keen entrepreneur and creative and takes great pride in growing her business in parallel with her young family. Keeley started in online publishing with ‘Savvy Mama’ in early 2009 going on to publish print titles over the past decade, including haven, a family lifestyle publication and scout for the Gold Coast holiday-maker more recently. She has grown a vibrant and engaged digital community of followers via her digital and social channels and continues to expand her business with haven creative services // www.havencreative.com.au