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How To Start A Blog Australia

How To Start A Blog Australia

How to start a blog Australia - resources and courses.

Do you love writing, taking photos and travelling? If you do, you sound like me – that is the reason I got into blogging. I had been considering navigating my way through the online blogging world, but really had to idea where to start. I’m sure there are others out there like me, so I have compiled a guide for how to start a blog Australia.

How To Start A Blog Australia – DNW

After lots of reading and research, free courses and challenges, I decided to learn the world of blogging through Digital Nomad Wannabe (DNW). I started with the 5-day goal setting challenge – it is free and it gave me a good taste of what more training with DNW would be like.

I liked Sharon, the master behind DNW. She is relatable, knowledgeable, supportive and to the point. I like that in a person and a trainer.

I bought my domain and hosting, then started writing. I had no idea how on earth I was meant to write or what I was meant to write, so I just started. In the meantime, I also joined DNW 7-day link building challenge (also free) and the Facebook Group. That opened my eyes up to a whole lot and it also made me start writing with intent – it was great practice.

By this point I decided that I really needed extra guidance and as a result, I committed and enrolled in the DNW Build Blog Freedom Fast Track course. I didn’t have a whole lot of money to invest into it but decided that if I was going to give this blogging-thing a really good go, then I needed to learn from the best (reputable and successful).

How to start a blog Australia.

I have no regrets going with Digital Nomad Wannabe. Sharon is often putting out free challenges, she has a fantastic podcast which I love to listen to and I’ve also found her free chapter Sponsored Posts really helpful.

Twelve months later, I have been back and done the free SEO Bootcamp to give myself a little refresh, too.

Domains

I bought my domains through Name Silo for .com and Crazy Domains for my .com.au sites. As well as considering SEO in my domain name, I will also always buy the .com version of .com.au so that no one else can take the name.

Crazy Domains ‘chat’ have been fantastic and they have helped me with some of what is probably the easiest of problems!

Domain Registration

When choosing your domain, make sure you consider SEO, branding and interest level. Does it sound like an interesting page? That is typically the first thing people will see.

Hosting

I’ve been using Siteground to host my domains – they are well regarded and have been easy to use and operate. The help team at Siteground have fantastic, they’ve been so helpful in getting things set up for me and ready to go live.

Once I registered with Siteground, I need to install WordPress. To do this, I went to CPanel, then clicked on WordPress Installer. I then chose the domain for which I wanted to install, filled in the username and password, then clicked installed and it is as easy as that!

Once you have your domain name and hosting, you need to connect the two of them together. I contacted my domain provider via the chat box and asked them to connect to the Name Server using Sitegrounds NS (name server).

Get Legal

I am so grateful for the Legal Bundle Value Pack, it has made making my site legal so much easier. The tutorials are easy to follow and gets the job done quickly. It has given me great peace of mind, knowing that my site is legal. The Legal Bundle Value Pack includes:

  • Privacy Policy template and walk-through
  • Terms & Conditions template
  • Disclaimers template
  • Disclosures template 
  • Lifetime access to current and future versions

Pinterest

Pinterest for new bloggers has been a saviour to me. I kept hearing about Pinterest and how valuable it was and yes it certainly is! I get lots of site traffic from my Pins; however, when I started I really didn’t know what I was doing, so fumbled my way through. I have learnt lots of great tips that have helped me be more productive in my Pins. Next up, I plan to do From P to T – from Pinning to Targeting visitors, for more direction and specified Pinning.

Instagram

For all of my Instagram tricks and tips, I have been doing Macs Explore Insta-Success. I love this course and I love the support group that Christina has established.

Logo and Images

I used Fiverr to create my logo and love Canva for creating Pins and other images for social media.

Kids Cooking Party

KIDS COOKING PARTY – MAKING COOKING FUN FOR KIDS

Cooking with kids is not always easy, if I’m really honest. However, cooking is such a valuable skill for kids to learn and there are some fantastic unintentional learning moments in it. It is important to find a way to make cooking with kids as enjoyable as possible, for everyone involved; we do this by having a ‘kids cooking party’.

Why Is Cooking With Kids So Important?

Children need to understand the importance of this great life skill. Cooking at home means are able to enjoy better financial health by saving money. Also, it means we are looking after our bodies by fuelling ourselves with more natural foods than what we get from a packet. Finally, children learn more about sustainable living and looking after their environment.

It’s important for kids to know that they don’t have to go to the supermarket to get a packet of biscuit; also, to know that there are other ways to get a pizza than from a shop!

How To Make Cooking With Kids Fun

We find cooking recipes for kids, which include foods that they will love to eat at the end. Sweets and baking with the kids are a favourite, but so is homemade pasta and pizza!

Kids cooking can be really fun. We have a kids cooking set which includes:

  • kids cooking utensils;
  • kids cooking apron; and,
  • easy cooking recipes for kids.

Easy Cooking For Kids

Cooking with kids can look a range of different ways and it certainly doesn’t mean they have to be part of every single step in the process. You can make a decision about the level of involvement they have, depending on what you are cooking. Remember, it is about involving them in the food process. Here are some examples:

  • read the recipe;
  • get the ingredients from the cupboard, fridge or garden;
  • weighing ingredients;
  • kneading, mixing, beating, stirring;
  • decorating, icing a cake, plating up;
  • topping a pizza, running pasta through a pasta machine or pressing scones.

Home Meals From Around The World

HOME MEALS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Homemade gnocchi

Cooking at home is a great way to save money for your next holiday, eat healthy and try a wide range of new cuisine from around the world. All you need is an open mind, a willingness to try new things and be prepared to make mistakes. You can have yourself a global table, before you know it!

FOOD FROM AROUND THE WORLD

The origin of food is really interesting. So often we eat food and don’t even think about where it comes from. Some foods are obvious, we tend to know where pizza and pasta originate; but do you know where tzatiki dip originates? Or celery soup? I was wrong on the first one and had no idea on the second!

We love to explore different foods from around the world and create our own Home Meals from around the world.

HOME COOKED MEALS & HOME COOKING ADVENTURE

Get your family together and have yourself a home cooking adventure. There is great satisfaction in preparing and cooking a meal from start to finish, where the taste actually takes you to the country where the meal originates. The aromas while cooking, the taste and flavours, the textures and high satiety!

WHAT MAKES HOME MEALS EASY?

You don’t need a whizz-bang kitchen to make cooking easy, if you could see my kitchen, you’d understand that this is certainly not the case! What you need however, are a few key items that will make your cooking experience that much easier and therefore more enjoyable!

Mental Health Activities For Families

Mental Health Activities For Families While Travelling

Disclosure: Love To Travel, Stay-Eat-Do are not medical professionals. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please seek professional help immediately by contacting your local medical practitioner, Lifeline or phoning 000 if in Australia.

Taking time out from everyday life is essential in anyone’s life. We all lead such busy lives – from work and school, out of hours and after school commitments, household chores, meeting financial commitments, getting food on the table and so much more. It very easy to get caught up in everything and so important that we make the time to stop (or at least slow down) and refocus on our and our mental health.

What is the meaning of Mental Health?

According to the World Health Organisation, Mental Health is “a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”

Let us break it down…

“…every individual realises his or her own potential” – meaning, every person can see and appreciate their own value and their worth.

“…[every individual] can cope with the normal stresses of life” – meaning, a person can go about everyday tasks essential to life as they know it.

“…[every individual] can work productively and fruitfully” – meaning, people can work in their chosen occupation with purpose and get the job done effectively.

“…[every individual] is able to make a contribution to her or his community” – meaning, that every person is able to make a contribution to the people or community around them in a positive way. This may be as simple as interacting with others through gestures or acknowledgement.

Why is Mental Health so important and why we should aspire to have good Mental Health?

Mental health impacts on the way we all think, feel and act. Having good mental health, enables people to live a stable life, make well considered decisions, function daily and feel comfortable in oneself.

Having good mental health is just as important as having good physical, social, environmental, spiritual or emotional health. In fact, all types of health work in conjunction with one another. A person does not a full bill of health, if they are not considered to have good health in all aspects.

Mental Health activities for families while travelling

Travelling can be hard work at times, it is not all fairy tales like we all imagine and dream it to be. It is hard on parents and it is equally as hard on kids. Some days are more difficult than others and it is important to remember that everyone will have good and bad days; and, often they will be on different days to one another. It is so important for families to have strategies that can be used to maintain good mental health while travelling.

Reading

Find a book you love and escape into its world. Reading is not only an important skill to have, but it is also very calming and slow paced. Find a comfortable and quiet spot to sit and read. Immerse yourself in your book for any given time and take a break from what is going on around you.

Colouring or crafting

Our kids love to colour and craft. We always have colouring books and pencils on hand, on any trip. Whether it is for the car, the aeroplane, campground or in a hotel room, it is a great quiet activity that is great for the minds of all. In fact, I don’t go on a holiday without my colouring book and pencils either!

Craft is a little more difficult on the road, however, we have found a great activity that the kids love – making pom poms!

Puzzles

Puzzles are a great activity (and sometimes slightly annoying and addictive all at the same time) to completely take your mind off things. If you are patient enough to sit and immerse yourself in a puzzle, it can be a great way to ease the mind.

If you’re holidaying in a hotel or bnb, having a puzzle to keep you occupied is easy enough. If you are moving around or camping, you might like to buy a puzzle mat, so that you can roll it up, without it being damaged.

Mindfulness and Meditation

Mindfulness and meditation help you focus on being in the moment. It can help with your focus and concentration, confidence and awareness, reduce stress and manage anxiety and so much more. Ultimately, mindfulness and meditation has great benefits to your physical and mental health.

Travelling can bring about stressors that you never knew existed. While travel is brilliant in so many ways, it is certainly more challenging for some than others.

Mindfulness is so important and when you’re travelling you have great opportunities to do this really well. Being mindful is about being present with where you are in any given moment. Be consciously in the moment, with the people you are with, in the activity you are doing or the experience you are having.

If you need help learning to be mindful or meditate, there are lots of great apps you can use for free or buy online. No one meditation will suit every single person, so you may need to try a few different ones out, before you feel comfortable. The key is, don’t give up!

Exercise for Mental Health

We all know that exercise has great benefits to your physical health, what some people fail to realise is that exercise is actually essential for maintaining good mental health.

Exercise can reduce anxiety and stress, improve negative mood, self esteem and cognitive function.

If you are feeling down and need a little pick-me-up, there really is nothing better than doing a little bit of exercise. Go for a 20 minute walk or a light jog, throw a ball with your kids, take them on a bike ride; you simply need to move your body!

Relationships and communication

Maintaining positive relationships while travelling is essential. Without good communication, relationships fall apart. It is important to consciously work on your relationship with each person in your travelling tribe. Whether it is your partner or your children, you should take the time to spend with each person and foster a positive relationship.

Create moments, have conversations, ask questions, challenge one another and most importantly encourage one another. Travelling can be really difficult if communication between all parties, is down.

Get amongst nature

One of the best things about travelling, is getting out and exploring. In fact, when you travel, you probably do get out amongst nature more than you might if you were at home. Take the time to conscious explore nature, sit among trees, watch waves crash on the sand, breathe in fresh air. Nature does wonders for the soul.

Write a journal

Writing a travel journal is a great way to keep track of all the adventures you go on, places you see, attractions you visit. You can record memorable moments, funny things that happen and how you felt during your trip. It’s a great activity for children too and an excellent exercise in gratitude.

A journal to record your memories is one thing, but journelling (writing a journal) itself, is a great way to get your thoughts out of your mind. Take the time to write a gratitude journal every day, write the things that have made you most happy and if you’ve had frustrations, write them down too. Be honest with your feelings and express yourself openly in your writing.

Be organised

Some people like to fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants when they travel, for others that is just not they way they work. It may depend on where you are travelling or whether you are bound by time restrictions. Whatever it might be, knowing what your parameters are and planning for them will do you absolute wonders when you are travelling.

If you are bound by time, it’s a great idea to plan, here are some quick tips:

  • create schedule
  • plan what activities you want to see
  • plan which places you want to visit
  • plan your length of stay based on what you want to do in each town

If your stresses are financially related, because let’s face it, we’re all on some sort of budget – plan ahead to save money for your next holiday and while you’re traveling, follow these top tips for budget holidays.

Give to others

There really is something great about giving to others. There are so many ways that we can give to others and it really does make you feel good. The beauty of this one is that you can literally be anywhere in the world and you can still give to others. Here are some great ways to do it:

  • Let someone else go in front of you in a line
  • Allow someone else to be served first
  • Show someone where to go if they are lost
  • Buy someone a coffee
  • Lend a hand to someone in need
  • Talk to someone who needs a listening ear
  • Lend a book to someone to read
  • Pick flowers or vegetables from your garden
  • Send them a thoughtful note

There are so many ways to help others and so many ways we can consciously work to have good mental health. If you have any other great ideas that we can add to our list, please leave us a comment below – we’d love to hear from you!

Mental Health Support – seek help

Talk to a professional who knows how to help. If you are travelling or on the road, make a call to your local medical practitioner and arrange a TeleHealth appointment. Reach out to a counsellor or psychologist, or a government agency. Here are a few good ones you could start with:

EASY APPLE CAKE

EASY APPLE CAKE

Apple Cakes originate from Dorset, Devon and Somerset, in England. While this may not be the most traditional type of apple cake coming out of England, this is a super easy, delicious recipe making baking with kids fun!

Easy Cooking For Kids

What you need for preparation and cooking

Stove top, oven, saucepan, mixing bowl, scales, mixing spoon, baking dish/cake tin.

Ingredients

Caramel Syrup

  • 40g butter
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • 100g brown sugar

Cake

  • 2 large apples
  • 200g soft butter
  • 85g milk (we use almond)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 75g brown sugar
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 250g self raising flour

This recipe has been taken and adapted from the Thermomix Community.

What to do

SYRUP

  • Mix the sugar, water and butter in a saucepan until the butter has melted and the sugar has fully dissolved.
  • Pour syrup into the base of the cake tin

APPLES

  • Slice apples thinly and lay across the top of the syrup until it is covered.

CAKE

  • Combine all other ingredients and mix.
  • Pour and spread batter over the top of the apples.
  • Bake for 1 hour at 170C.
  • Once cooked, allow to sit for 10 minutes, before turning it upside down onto a plate. To do this, put a plate on top of the cake, then carefully flip the cake and plate (as one) over.
  • Carefully remove the cake tin.

SERVING

  • Warm with cream or ice-cream as a dessert.
  • Allow to cool and enjoy for morning or afternoon tea.

HOME MEALS BY COUNTRY

HOME MEALS, BY COUNTRY

CHINA

Steamed Buns

DENMARK

Cinnamon Scrolls

EGYPT

Hummus

Bread

HUNGARY

Beef Strogonaff

INDIAN

Chickpea Curry

ITALY

Gnocchi

Pizzas

JAPAN

Sushi

LITHUANIA

Cucumber Soup

POLAND

Cucumber Soup

SWEDEN

Cinnamon Scrolls

TURKEY

Tzatziki Dip