That’s it… Lunch boxes down, people! Yes, parents, it’s finally time to step away from the daily grind of school runs, homework, washing uniforms and more. We are done for another year. I am not sure who’s more excited – the kids, or me? Hello summer holidays!

Sure, our intentions are always positive as the school holidays start. Throughout the working year, I’ve missed the kids, the freedom to sleep in, to explore on random day trips and basically just let the days organically roll on. But, then I’ll hear the words “I’M BORED!”, they’ll start fighting with their siblings, the budget will blow out and, well, you know how the holidays go from there. Whether you juggle the kids and work this summer or you’re in holiday mode yourself and enjoying wine time by 3pm – you will find a whole bunch of boredom-busting fun, cover to cover, in this special ‘Summer holidays’ edition of haven magazine. Read on for family-friendly events, tips on upping your beach game, day trips, the best swimming holes and more. Now more than ever it’s important to make sure you’re getting our weekly what’s on emailed to your inbox for a fresh dose of ideas each week of the holidays!

My family is camping this summer. It’s turned into a family tradition. The kids would take a daggy caravan park on the Coffs Coast over island life in Fiji (seriously, I begged them to forgo camping for the islands of Fiji this year – but no one was interested!). I love that they like the simple things and messy hair (don’t care!) while we soak up the surf, sun and sangria (oh yes!) beachside, for a little rest and relaxation.

I also love this time of year for reflection and goal setting, so as we approach a new calendar year, you’ll find a few of our tips on this topic too. I may still be working on some of my goals for 2018 but I’ll write them down again in my fresh notebook and calendar, and hope that the year ahead brings health, happiness and a whole bunch of money my way – ha!

Happy holidays!

Read our latest Summer issue of haven online here or via PressReader here.

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