Family Friendly wineries in the Swan Valley WA (And by family friendly, I mean kid friendly with wine!)
One of my favourite things to do is try out local venues, and in this case (As I'm so lucky to live on the edge of the Swan Valley), it's Wineries in the Swan Valley Perth! I have posted 5 of my favourites here (And yes.. there are more!), which include: Oakover Grounds, The Laughin' Barrel Winery, The Henley Brook, Mandoon Estate, and Penny Garden. All wineries which emphasis on family entertainment, great food, and great wine!
The moment we stepped into Oakover grounds in the Swan Valley, we were immediately greeted by one of the staff, who gave us a tour of the premises, where to order food and drinks, and what facilities they had to offer. And wow, does this venue offer. Not only is the inside decor so inviting and unique, it carries through out, with the restaurant inside and outside undercover area. But for me, that wasn't even the best part (Though I must say, I can't wait to catch up for wine and dinner with just my girlfriends).. it was what they were offering the kids! Picnic Casual style meals are served in the outside kitchen, with outdoor garden games, paddle boats, totem tennis and soccer, plenty of run around area, and even a nature play treasure hunt. If you are looking for a relaxed atmosphere with plenty for the kids to do, this one is for you (We could of literally spent all day there) Head to their facebook here: OAKOVER GROUNDS
The Laughin' Barrel Restaurant and Winery offers a gated playground... seriously, do I need to say more? The playground is well maintained with equipment for children of all ages, and the outdoor seating tables over look the playground and vinyards, so if your child is running through the vines, or playing in the gated area, you can keep an eye on them. Not to mention that the staff have always been so friendly and welcoming, with a good kids menu in addition to the rest of the menu, and a great selection of wines! Head to the facebook page to keep up to date with events and their opening hours: The Laughin' Barrel Restaurant and Winery.
There is just no explaining the vibe you get when you walk onto the grounds of The Henley Brook. It's simply just amazing. With picnic rugs and mini picnic tables (floor based) sprawled across the open grass area, and just an arms reach of the huge space for your kids to run around and kick a ball, climb or swing on a tyer, you could really extend a casual drink to an all day stay! There is live music, great selection of food and beverages, with a buzzing bar and restaurant vibe inside, which is displayed over the whole venue. Head to their FB for special events and opening hours: The Hen
If you haven't been to Mandoon Estate in the Swan Valley, make sure you put it on your to do list - because, as mentioned with other wineries above, this one has the best of both worlds with a gated playground, plenty of space outside for the kids to run around, and a casual "festival" style vibe for the whole family. It does get packed on the weekends, and it's not hard to see why! There's picnic tables, picnic rugs to borrow, live music, outdoor kitchen and bar, and it really ticks all the boxes for a relaxed day out with fun and entertainment for everyone! Head to their FB for events and opening times: Mandoon Estate.
Penny Garden Restaurant on West Swan Road has certainly come along way since we first started going. Situated next to Yahava Coffee, the venue has a great menu (cocktails now... not that I didn't appreciate their large selection of wines!), with picnic tables outside. During the summer days (I always call to check before heading there with my little man to avoid disappointment!) they have a bouncy castle for the kids! Not that they can't amuse themselves with the large open space which they can run around and play! Also they have market stalls there on occasions, so you can head to their FB to find out when, plus their opening hours: Penny's Garden.
Can you think of more! Feel free to email or comment - I love discovering new locations where we can take the kids on a family day, or with my girlfriends... and I'm guessing you have figured the theme here - Wine + Kids Play = Great Place! Don't forget you can read more of my blogs and about me by clicking the Frock Paper Tiara's Blog pic link below.
My fingers are literally frozen as I am typing - coz it's sooo darn cold! Another month over and only 2 more months until Spring (and my birthday!!) and 500 years until Summer (So it would seem!)
You can head over to City Stylist App where I have put up a little blog for the month, by clicking the picture below! (Plus go online to check out the latest products from my range @ Girl Boss Tees - which you can find in tops!
Lotsa love xx Lynnette
So it's finally Winter! You can check out my latest blog at City Stylist App - the Winter Edit! Click the picture below to head to the site, and check out blog via the About Us / Blog Page!
We also did a mini shoot for City Stylist's latest Boutique Range (Where we bring local retailer products online who don't have an online store!) So here are some sneak peeks! (And you should totally check the site out - we have put up so many new products - plus a new Perth Street label has come on board - Just Saying Tees - with over 200 products! So check them out to see their latest launch of Tees, Tanks, Caps, Sweaters and Hoodies!
Pics above courtesy of mothers day!! Totally going to try taking more time out to relax... the kid is in school 3 days a week - we have been busy with our Online Store - and doing some backyard renovations (So excited... finally getting a POOL!!! yes... in the middle of Winter it shall be ready!) - so I am already looking forward to the Summer! Even though Winter has literally just started! Till next month xxxx
Aargh - where did winter suddenly come from! (It's a rainy Tuesday today!) It's only May right! For this blog feature, I thought i'd write a little bit about my family and I! Reasons being - my husband and I just celebrated 11 years since our first date (And just realized that next year we are celebrating our 10 year wedding anniversary... wow, we moved quick!!) And our little man turned 4!
I know sometimes it's hard being a mumma, and I actually don't often write posts about it... but our guy is such a cruise, I thought i'd share how my life is easy with a child!
+ I can multi-task like a boss! Half hour before we have to leave for school, I shower, fill bath while I dress, throw some cereal + fruit on a plate, place it in bathroom with the iPad - and he will stumble out of bed when he hears it.... Bath, Cartoons + Breakfast at the same time - winning!
+ I have just found that this works well for dinner time too.
+ He plays way to much video games and watches way to much iPad. But, he wants to be a YouTuber when he grows up (Thanks FGTEEV) - so I figure I am just guiding him towards his life ambition.
+ He goes to bed way too late (We've just implemented a 9pm "school night" bed time - before that, midnight was kinda the norm!) But he wakes up late, so we all get to have sleep ins.
+ He models my clothing for my kids range Little Mr Miss Tees - sometimes begrudgingly, but nothing that the promise of some candy doesn't fix!
+ We have found some aaa.maaazing places in the Swan Valley (Perth WA, right on my doorstep!) that have playgrounds for kids, and wine and cocktails for the adults! Again... winning!
+ So I have posted some pics below of the places that are great for catching up with girlfriends, and kids! Laughing Barrel + Mandoon Estate both have gated playgrounds (For those little runners), and Penny's Garden have children's play equipment they bring out, plus weekends a bouncy castle! (This may just be a summer thing)
+ In addition to that, if you are like myself and dread the thought of flying... don't forget to check out local resorts / hotels that have everything you would want in an overseas resort! My sister and I recently held a weekend "getaway" at the Swan Valley Oasis (Yes... an exhausting 10 minute drive!) to where they have a gorgeous hotel, pool, restaurants, parks, mini golf, super golf, a pub, and more! We had the best time, and spent the entire "last day" (Ok... the next day, still the last) by the pool - cocktails and lunch served poolside, and the kids had a ball. Totally going to make this a regular thing!
So you might have noticed a bit of changes to my site... kinda just wanted to make it more simple, more user friendly (And face it - easier for me to do! Since I can be pretty slack when it comes to blogging, I thought i'd make it more simple for me!) So now I just have this blog, a landing page for my films, and a page to shop my labels! (You can browse through the products, or directly purchase by clicking onto the buy now link, which will take you right to the City Stylist App Online Store product!)
If you saw the section for The Influencer's Closet - and you think you can be part of it, just head into it and register! This is a fun new initiative to get your designs on a tee, and make some dollar dollars from it! Well that about covers April / May! xx Lynnette
(Firstly - YAY - It's Summer!!
So this is going to a super super quick blog, because I just wrote one for our new Follow our Journey section in our Fashion App + Online Store CITY STYLIST APP - which you can check out HERE! (Just click on the FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY via the home page!) It's our second blog for the Online Store - as we are now introducing a new girl each month as our Face of the Month as part of our new and exciting Boutique Ranges - where we are bringing local retailer pieces Online! (but no need to write about it here... seriously, go check it out!)
This month - I have been super busy re organizing life (Yeah yeah... I seem to do that alot) - but this time, was very serious! So serious - I even completed things on my to do list that were sitting there since like, 2007! What could be going on since 2007... Mainly it is about closing the chapter in my life of Film Producing - not that I am never going to do it again, but it's just not a huge priority in my life as it once was. I have such fond memories of doing it - and now you can even watch the FULL two films online: Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend - and The Edison Affair (Click on the pictures to be directed to the YouTube videos)
The reason for this, is because I'm having so much fun working on my labels for our store City Stylist App - and I can be really committed to that, instead of feeling like I have a hundred things going on at once! Which.... brings me to my next point! I know on my New Years Resolution (Well, the last two and tipped to be going on this years one as well) - I had that I would learn to walk in heels! But, you know what, I will never learn to walk in heels, I look ridiculous walking in heels, and quite frankly - it hurts! So - i'm cleansing the soul and scrapping it off the list.
Enjoy the rest of November xx Lynnette
This month I guess I have kinda been working behind the scenes of my businesses, updating the City Stylist App Website, we have added a KIDS FASHION RANGE section for our App - called MINI CITY STYLIST, plus have been busy working on my "real life" little kids fashion range - Little Mr Miss Tees! Till next month xx Lynnette
My gorgeous friend Cally of LUXE BRIDAL HAIR competed in the Perth Hair & Makeup Awards this month (Placing in the Top 10 Finalists) - with her amazing collaborated creation! (That's her second from the left rocking one of my #girlbosstees while working her magic on the Model!) On the end is a sneaky pic of my son Austin, who was also excited to attend his first Fashion Event! He is wearing a LITTLE PRINCE tee from my range at Little Mr Miss Tees!
A MINI (Mini/Mini) VACATION! A 3 hour flight to catch up with a friend for Dinner! #likerockstars
LITTLE MR MISS TEES
So there goes half the year already.... school holidays over (for the little man) taxes done, and house re-sorted post-kid being home 24/7! So time to kick off the heels (Well... I guess in my case "as per NYE resolution" I should be kicking them on!) and get into Girl Boss mode!
I have done a lot of rethinking with my brands, as my husband and I move forward with our t-shirt printing company, and whilst I am still doing my label Daughter of Capulet - I have designed my own collection, currently being made by a local machinist! The new Signature Collection will be showcased in conjunction with labels from our Fashion App - City Stylist App (JAXmotel + Get Shady + new guys label Remi) on October's RAW Showcase! So so so excited!
I'll soon be launching my Kids TShirt range (I know, me right - a KIDS range!!) - but they are totally cute and I couldn't resist, and even more exciting, my sister and I are doing an AMAZING launch addition for our Fashion App (If you know any little fashionistas... you are going to want to know more!) This all launching over the next few weeks x