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On the top of my bucket list had always been running and completing my first marathon, I’d talked about it for years and when I saw there was one in my favourite holiday destination Hawaii, I booked my flights, signed up and started training!!!
To be fair I had also signed up for the Melbourne Marathon 8 weeks prior to the Honolulu so the training was either going to be really, really easy or really, really challenging.
I had gone from never running a marathon in my life to running 2 in 8 weeks.
So what enticed me to destination running?
There are a couple of really simple explanations to that, I LOVE to travel so for me a trip to my favourite family holiday spot was a really easy choice.
Secondly, when committing to a distance event there will inevitably be a good amount of training to go with it. Now I really enjoy training, it gives me drive and focus that I take into my everyday life but there are always days when that sleep in or movie on the couch can be very inviting and the ability to be able to put on your training outfit get out there and daydream about the location you are destined for can really help with motivation.

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And finally….. the atmosphere. A lot of marathons out there focus on having a real festival feel. Upon arriving in Honolulu you can most definitely feel that. First stop was to pick up my race number at the expo which is open for the 2 days before the event. What a GREAT buzz it had there with plenty of stalls to pick up any last minute race supplies and event merchandise. Im sure that all 35,000 competitors purchased an event top as you couldn’t walk anywhere in Waikiki without seeing another proud and ready runner. A lot of the local businesses also get behind the race offering discounts to entrants.
Then there is race day, the Honolulu marathon commences at 5am to the most spectacular fire works display then making your way through Downtown Honolulu, past the Christmas lights display at the Town Hall, through the heart of Waikiki then you track the breathtaking run down to Hawaii Kai and all the way back to Waikiki.
A number of things helped me finish this marathon, first was the friendly locals and volunteers that cheered everyone on along the way, the finishers medal (spectacular), the Honolulu Marathon finishers tee shirt and finally the malasada (Hawaiian donuts) provided for all the runners.

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So would I do it again? YES! In fact I have already registered for Honolulu this year but I also have my eye on the Great Wall of China Marathon, NYC Marathon and my list goes on.

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9Coach

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Honolulu Marathon
@brodieharper

04/10/2016

Island Hopping!

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There are countless ways to enjoy the beauty of Fiji and while traveling there for Postcards recently I managed to check 3 of the Island locations first hand. Here are a few behind the scene pics of the locations we visited.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island Pool

Treasure Island Pool

 

Pool/Beach

Pool/Beach

 

Island Sunset

Island Sunset

 

Family Bure

Family Bure

 

Beach

Beach

 

Poolside Cocktails

Poolside Cocktails

 

View from Bure

View from Bure

 

Time to relax

Time to relax

 

Likuliku Lagoon Resort
(Adults only)

Likuliku resort

Likuliku resort

 

Fiji's only overwater Bures

Fiji’s only overwater Bures

 

Over water Bure

Over water Bure

 

Overwater Bure

Overwater Bure

 

Ocean front Bure

Ocean Front Bure

 

Ocean Front Bure

Ocean Front Bure

 

Ocean Front Bure

Ocean Front Bure

 

Pool

Pool

 

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Pool

Bar

Bar

 

Dock

Dock

 

Malolo Island Resort

Adults only pool

Adults only pool

 

Pools

Pools

 

Beach

Beach

 

Beachside Adults only Bure

Beachside Adults only Bure

 

Massage on the beach

Massage on the beach

 

This is just a hint of what I got up too while in Fiji but to see more or catch up on the rest of the teams adventures head to Postcards or for great travel deals and more head to Scoopon

 

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16/08/2016

Tropical Escape

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Waikiki Beach

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When I make a list of what I want from a holiday, I would say….. warm weather, beautiful beaches, swimming pools, wonderful people and world class shopping. If your list looks something like this then I have just the place!

Welcome to Hawaii, or Aloha as the locals would say. This place really is paradise on earth!
What I really love about Hawaii is there’s something for everyone. If like me, you like to relax, surf, swim, eat and shop then the island of Oahu is your one stop shop, from the beaches of Waikiki to the stunning North Shore and beyond.
And although it won’t be covered in this post you shouldn’t look past the spectacular Maui, breathtaking Kauai or even the home of volcanos The Big Island.

So you’ve picked your holiday location, now where to stay. While visiting Oahu I always stay at Waikiki and explore the island from there. I’ve put a lot of thought and research into where to stay from the location, to being family friendly and restaurants. And I always come back to one place, The Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort.
I love that the pool is located right next to the beach so you can easily move from pool to ocean, an asset that’s not only wonderful for children but adults alike.

Pool side

Pool side

Also located right next to the beach is the world famous Dukes restaurant and bar, a perfect location for breakfast, lunch, dinner or tropical cocktails, with the ever tasty Hula Grill just upstairs.
But lets not forget the views of the hotel, being located RIGHT on Waikiki the views from most rooms and the restaurants are those that dreams are made of.

Outrigger Waikiki

Outrigger Waikiki

The rooms are styled in a relaxed island feel leaving you truly immersed in paradise.
And with friendly staff (many of whom have been there for years) no one could blame you for never wanting to leave!!!

Ocean front balcony

Ocean front balcony

ocean front balcony

Ocean front balcony

ocean front balcony and Outrigger Waikiki pool

Ocean front balcony and Outrigger Waikiki pool

Ocean front room

Ocean front room

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki

Waikiki

 

Lets get one thing clear, these photos have not been filtered. Yes that is actually how blue the ocean is!! Stunning isn’t it!!

Waikiki

Waikiki

This is where your personality comes into the holiday…….
We were not after an action packed holiday filled with tours and day trips, but there is a bounty of fun and exciting activities to do. From a visit to Pearl Harbour, day trip to the North Shore, helicopter flights, Luaus and island hopping. The fun is as far as your imagination will take you.

So what did we do??
We swam and surfed!!! If you need any help in the surf department, whether its lessons, board hire or even an outrigger ride head to the team at Faith surf school located on the beach right outside the Outrigger Waikiki on the beach.

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Dont miss out on the Diamond Head climb. A 300,ooo year old volcanic cone that although the climb isn’t long in distance, consists of a steep uneven track and the gruelling 99 steps at the very top. But once the climb is complete the view is truly breathtaking.

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Another great activity is heading out on a boat trip. There is a massive array to choose from, from sunset trips, Diamond Head tours and the one we chose….. snorkelling with the turtles.
The turtle sanctuary is located only a few hundred meters off Waikiki, so a short but fun trip which leaves plenty of time for snorkelling with the turtles. I lost count with the amount of turtles that we had the joy of swimming with, not to mention the fish, octopus and pleather of ocean life we encountered. Our almost 4 year old absolutely loved it!!!!! And I mean LOVED it!!!!! But please me mindful that the child should be a good swimmer.

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And I shopped. The shopping was wonderful! But I have to be honest, with an ocean, pool and walking sites like the ones available in Hawaii I really tried to power shop as the thought of being inside a shopping centre didn’t interest me to much. I saved the majority of my bargain hunting for once the sun had gone down with the Waikiki shops being open till 10pm and Ala Moana till 9pm. If you are interested in the best shopping, head straight to Ala Moana about a 30min walk from Waikiki or $10 cab ride.

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I have no doubt there I will post more adventures in the future about Hawaii but these are just a few reasons why I travel to there and will again, the options of things to do is limitless.

But there is so much more on offer than what Ive shared, so for more info head to GoHawaii

Or for more info on Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Outriggerwaikiki

Aloha xx

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Something pigment inhibiting is always a must when exposed to the sun. I love using the Lytera. This product prevents the production of pigmentation and reduced the appearance of already present pigment.

Victorian Dermal Group

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I  love when I’m out and about for Postcards and come across accommodation that gives me a WOW moment, don’t get me wrong I see A LOT of spectacular places to stay but every now and again I’m lost for words, and this is what happened at The Estate Trentham

Event space, The Barn

Event space, The Barn

The house is made up of 2 bedrooms with a 3rd bedroom located in the original potato pickers shed. the interiors are Scandanavian inspired, with fresh white walls, dark floors and perfectly chosen timer furniture.

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Kitchen

Kitchen

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But its not just the interior of the house I fell in love with, step outside and you are surrounded by immaculate gardens that are tended to weekly by local gardener Tim Pilgrim. Tim ensures that the garden is harvested in seasonal produce, from the veggie patch, to the mini orchard to the Mediterranean garden. And all of this produce is there for the guest to enjoy.image

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And finally, then there’s the event space. Located adjacent to the house in the beautiful garden with seating for up to 40 people. If you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion in a stunning setting with onsite accomodation then you really can’t go past this perfectly executed Estate.

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There is something very whimsical about The Estate Trentham and I look forward to exploring again.

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I often get asked how do I look after my skin while travelling? So I’ve decided to share a monthly travel beauty tip. Of course what you do while you’re at home sets the perfect foundation for when you travel and I drink lots of water and have help from The Victorian Dermal Group But here is the first of many EXTRA tips too help xx

Papaya is one of the best fruits for your skin. It contain rejuvenating enzymes that exfoliate your skin to provide you a glowing complexion. It is also loaded with papain and Vitamin A. These enzymes break down inactive proteins and eliminate dead skin cells.

24/05/2016

Fiji

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Choosing a family holiday can be as daunting as the thought of children on a sugar rush, so when I was deciding where to head for our latest family vacay I went back to basics and picked a long time Aussie favourite…… Fiji……. Bula

I don’t tend to use travel agents on all my holidays, but in terms of Fiji it’s probably a good start. In a country where the cost start to add up Fiji specific agents can offer great packages that can make it obtainable for most budgets, with deals that include flights, transfers, breakfast, hotel credit and even day trips.

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We choose to stay at the Sheraton on Denarau island, nice and easy and close to the airport. It is also located 5 minutes from Denarau Port so any island day trips were convenient as was heading in at night for dinner. There are Bula busses that run around the island, picking you up from your chosen hotel but I love to immerse myself in the country that I’m in, so we would jump on the dollar bus (otherwise known as the yellow bus) with the locals,if we needed to head to the Port or into Nadi to look around.

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Pool

 

Adult Pool

Adult Pool

 

What I love about Fiji is that no matter where you stay it’s designed for those who want to relax and it also caters for families by keeping kids entertained which then keeps mum and dad happy. You’ll find kids clubs, pools galore and daily activities.

We were after nothing more than family time around the pool but like all tropical getaways you can enjoy water sports, scuba diving, parasailing, island hopping and much much more.

Ocean Front

Ocean Front

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Ocean Front twin

 

Ocean Front twin

Ocean Front twin

 

Ocean Front view

Ocean Front view

Ocean Front twin

Ocean Front twin

 

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Pool

 

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Pool

 

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Pool

 

Beachside Restaurant

Beachside Restaurant

 

Restaurant sunset

Restaurant sunset

 

Sunset

Sunset

Included in our trip was a couple of Island tours, it was difficult to tear ourselves away from the pool and resort so we choose to only head out on only one, but it was a great way for us to see more of Fiji and get a taste of what else is out there to explore. Having a toddler we chose the cruise that was closest to the mainland. Let’s face it we all know a toddler can turn at any time and I didn’t plan on having any tears on a long boat ride. I find when traveling with Jess it’s possible to do everything we would like too, but there will always be a few compromises, it’s just working around that,and knowing your own child’s limitations.

Island hopping

Island hopping

 

Island hopping

Island hopping

If budget is an issue there are small tips to help. For example where possible, find your way to a supermarket and stock up on supplies that you’ll need ie water, snacks, things for the kids. Join hotel chain member clubs as many give discounts at the restaurants, and when you arrive go for a little walk around the area to suss out your surroundings. You never know what is right outside your hotel.

So would I go back to Fij? In a heartbeat!!! In fact Jess cried the first hour of the flight on the way home as she didn’t want to leave. Be mindful that if you’re after night life and shopping this isn’t the destination for you. But if you want a holiday where you can enjoy relaxing, family time, water sports, cocktails by the pool and dinners with views as delicious as the food then Fiji is definitely for you.

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In my travels on Postcards I stumble across some beautiful little shops, and the East End Flower Market is one of them.
Located in Adelaides East End in the CBD this stunning florist sells everything from spectacular blooms, terrariums to home made candles.
I was greeted with a total sensory overload with every colour of the rainbow imaginable alongside the beautiful smells.
A store simple yet stylish with outstanding attention to detail. Well worth a trip to buy a gift for a loved one or even better yourself.

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I’ve been asked many times…… Have you been to Campbell Point House? Or, you would’ve been to Campbell Point House, right!?!? The answer to that till recently was, no! And to be honest, I couldn’t help but think, just how nice can this frequently asked about house be!!!!

Well I can answer that……

We recently had the privilege of filming there for Postcards and as the grand gates opened and we drove down the long impressive driveway the most spectacular estate I’d ever laid my eyes on appeared in front of me. I felt as though I’d just stepped onto the set on Revenge set in the Hamptons or found myself in a dream set in the south of France.

Photo credit Campbell Point House

Photo credit Campbell Point House

Set on beautiful Lake Connewarre on the Bellarine Peninsula, the house is as opulent as they come. With 5 en-suite bedrooms, multiple lounges, formal dining hall, conservatory, then there’s the pool, sauna, tennis court, the list goes on and all of which is available to stay and for events.

Photo credit Campbell Point House

Photo credit Campbell Point House

Photo credit Campbell Pint House

Photo credit Campbell Point House

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Since visiting there I’ve been left wondering……. the estate is so big, surely they won’t notice if I move into the pool house?!?

Campbell Point House

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