Hello holidays! Bring on lazy days, summer fun, sandy feet and salty hair (and no school runs!) Welcome to our bumper holiday issue of haven. We’ve mixed things up this issue with a new flow to the mag, more fashion, more events, some new style and a whole lot of rad reads. Tell us what you think of the changes you see.


This month, get festive and take some tips from some local superstar bloggers in our feature, Bloggers’ guide to Christmas. We’ve also got your Christmas carols line up, heaps of Christmas events and you can take your pick of our school holiday entertainment ideas.


If you are like me and haven’t started your Chrissy gift lists yet, we are pretty sure you will find some gear you love or will love to give in this issue. Grab your discount codes, write your lists, check out the market calendar and we even have some dates to diarise if you want to swap gift ideas with the jolly ole man himself at the shops!


One thing I love to do on holidays is devour a few good books (yes, I am taking suggestions so feel free to share your favourite reads with me on social media). We mix it up with some super children’s book authors this month, suggestions for young and old, plus review the latest releases. On the flip side, we are also talking about encouraging the kids to get writing. Take note (and pen!) these holidays and get the kids kicking it old-school by finding a pen pal and doing some creative letter writing.


And that’s a wrap from the haven crew. We have had an amazing year and look forward to rocking 2016 with you all! We wish you and yours healthy, happy holidays!


Read our December/January holiday issue of haven here!




haven is all about family, life and style in Brisbane's inner city suburbs, the Gold Coast, south to Byron Bay. We have been keeping parents in the know for over eight years, with fun, fresh and helpful stories that they can take tips from or treasure in their own library.