Nov 062015

Mortgage Choice

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I can hardly believe it but it has been almost 10 years since I boarded a plane in Amsterdam and left my family and friends behind for a new life in Australia, all in the name of love…


While I absolutely don’t regret my decision I have to admit that the distance seems to get bigger as time goes by, something I very much underestimated when I jumped on that airplane back in 2006. With every year that passes and, as strange as that may sound, with every baby we add to our family, the ‘missing’ gets stronger, my heart gets heavier and the longing for precious moments with my family grows.

Our little tribe

Unfortunately with so many kilometres between us making memories is costly and I spend many hours dreaming of memories that sadly are out of reach for an ordinary family like ours. If someone handed me a very welcome 50K today I would secure my family a bunch of memories to last a lifetime:

  • I would fly our family of 7 to my home country The Netherlands for a nice long holiday so my Dutch family can meet our brand new addition Harriet while she is still tiny and squishy
  • I would surprise my 92-year grandfather with a visit (hopefully without causing a heart attack!), introduce him to his youngest great-grandchild and listen to his old cassette tapes together like we used to
  • I would organise a professional photo shoot for our whole family so we could have one precious family photo of all of us together, to be treasured by generations to come
  • I would love for our children to be able to spend one (preferably white!) Christmas with their Dutch family so they could get a taste of the Christmases of my childhood, have a snowball fight and ride a sledge

Winning a spare $50,000 will sound like a dream to most but for one lucky homeowner this dream will come true thanks to Mortgage Choice. Anyone who settles a loan worth at least $150,000 with Mortgage Choice by 31 January 2016 will have the chance to win $50,000 cash, pretty amazing prize if you ask me! 

To find out more about Mortgage Choice, to read up on this awesome competition and to contact your local broker visit

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Nov 062015

EK Books

On our walks to school the kids and I always walk past flowers in many different colours, shapes and sizes and usually they insist on picking one or two to show at kindy or school. While the kids like them all they are particularly keen on dandelions and never pass on the opportunity to make a wish, aren’t children’s wishes just the best? Dandelions may officially be a weed but this new EK Books picture book shows that that doesn’t make them any less special:

Dandelions EK Books

In Dandelions we meet a little girl who is disappointed to see her father has cut down all her much-loved dandelions when mowing the lawn. At first she thinks there is nothing left to do but sit down and wait for them to grow again, but then dad and two lonely dandelion puff balls take her on a special journey…

Written by an Australian (former) school teacher and mother this sweet story is decorated with wonderful watercolour illustrations that are a perfect fit for this magical theme. Young readers will love following the fluffy little parachutes as they travel across the pages and next time you spot a puff ball in your garden you can start a trip of your very own.

You can find Dandelions (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia or online in the EK Books Shop.

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