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Hello spring! It’s stereotypically the time to spring clean the house, reorganise the cupboards and get in the garden to plant some spring blooms but me, well, I’m looking forward to more beach days, barbecues, sun-filled weekends away and adding a dose of new-season spring fashion to my closet (which, yes, needs to be de-cluttered). To be honest, I’m a black thumb and let’s say ‘domestically unmotivated’ – ha!

We hang up the backpacks this month and take a short break from school runs and lunch box packing to enjoy sleep ins and play dates. Check out our School’s Out guide in this edition for some school holiday inspo and join us online for a weekly dose of haven including our Top 10 what’s on list. That should have your September school holidays well and truly boredom-busted!

It’s also that time of year when we cherish the rad dads in our lives and give that guy some love this Father’s Day. There are not enough pages in this magazine to showcase all the rad dads we know, however we did get the chance to speak to some pretty cool guys who combine their careers with that most important role of ‘dad’.

Finally, don’t forget to join the haven crew down on the Surfers Paradise foreshore during Kids Week this month. We will be searching for a future haven cover star, so let the kids pose in front of our faux haven cover set-up. Plus we have a BIG holiday giveaway to reveal! You’ll have to come on down to the foreshore to find out more and enter to win!

Check out the digital version of our September issue here.

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