Luna Park for summer holiday favourites

Summer Holiday Favourites

Hi friends! I am so glad that you are here today for this week’s Friday Favourites hosted by Andrea and Erika. This week I have quite a few Summer holiday favourites that I am excited to share with you on this fine Friday.


Still Decluttering!

I have been doing well trying to keep up with my mission to declutter at least one thing every day. Some days I have done more than others. But so far I’m pretty happy with my progress. I emptied out one of my drawers this week and I found Sam’s well-worn socks from when he was a baby!!!

baby socks for summer holiday favourites

Aren’t they so small? Gosh, he’s over 6 feet tall now and he towers over me. It’s so hard to believe that he was once so tiny! Oh, my mama heart !! I certainly didn’t get rid of these little socks. Instead, I just tucked them right back in my drawer and I will keep them forever. I also have a pair of socks and a beanie hidden away that Luke wore home from the hospital….sigh!


Fun Stationery

I had to return a couple of things at the shops. So I made a quick trip into the city and of course, I couldn’t walk past this shop without going inside.

kikki K for summer holiday favourites

Well, I actually did walk past and then I couldn’t resist so I went back. But I’m so glad that I did because they had a lot of things on sale at 50% off plus a further 30% off. I just love stationery so much!! And so I couldn’t resist buying some pens and notepads.

pens and notepads for summer holiday favourites

I also bought this gorgeous advent calendar which was originally priced at $39.00 and then reduced to $10.00. But with a further 30% off I bought it for $7.00. Yay!! Inside each little box, there is a small decoration for the Christmas tree. I have put it away and made a note in my diary/planner of where I have stored it so I don’t forget where it is. Even though it’s ages away I’m already excited to start opening it once we hit December.

advent calendar for summer holiday favourites


Wedding Anniversary

Another summer holiday favourite this week is that Steve and I had a fun staycation to celebrate our anniversary. Our actual anniversary date is tomorrow but Steve works on the weekends so that’s why we went away midweek. We’ve been married for 33 years! Woah that is a long time!!

While we were away we enjoyed some beautiful views and a delicious dinner.

Sydney harbour for summer holiday favourites

dinner for summer holiday favourites

dinner for summer holiday favourites

steak for summer holiday favourites


Exploring Sydney

On Wednesday I had a really fun time exploring Wendy Whiteley’s secret garden. It’s such a magical place and you can read all about this really great Sydney tourist spot here. Just in case any of you ever come and pay us a visit Down Under. Make sure you put this on your list of places to visit!

Wendy Whitney's secret garden

The gardens are indeed very beautiful but they are also very steep and so there’s a lot of going up and down stairs. After I had just finished conquering some major stairs I stopped and looked at my watch. I covered quite a lot of distance in 26 minutes!

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Luna Park

After I visited the beautiful gardens I walked on over to Sydney’s Luna Park.

Luna Park for summer holiday favourites

It’s free to go inside but once you’re in then you need to buy tickets for the rides. I just wandered around and took a fun trip down memory lane. When I was little this was where my parents would bring me sometimes.

Luna Park

Luna Park

Luna Park

This is the main entrance and I remember being small and absolutely terrified of going in through that scary mouth. My mum would carry me in as I closed my eyes tight hoping to make it to the other side in one piece.

Luna Park for summer holiday favourites


Delicious Banana Bread

We had a couple of really cool days earlier in the week. Perfect for baking! So I made some delicious banana bread. And I got the recipe from Kim’s blog ‘Life As Kim’. She shared this really great recipe which was so easy to make. Easy recipes are my absolute favourite! It turned out moist and yummy so I will be making it again for sure. Especially as we always seem to end up with bananas that look like this.


Making banana bread is a great way to avoid wasting bananas that have gone too soft to eat. You guys really need to try this fantastic recipe for banana bread.

banana bread

banana bread


I bought this lovely soy candle from Kmart based on my lovely friend’s recommendation. It smells amazing and looks just like the fancy ones that I have paid over $30.00 for in the past. The good news is that this one was only $10.00. Major bargain!!

soy candle form Kmart

And that just about wraps up my seven summer holiday favourites for this week. It’s been another great week doing some fun things as well as grabbing a couple of good bargains. I’m really enjoying my summer holidays and I am hoping that the next couple of weeks goes by real slow!

I hope that you all have the best weekend

Happy Friday!

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11 thoughts on “Summer Holiday Favourites”

  1. Happy anniversary to you and your husband, Ruth! Congrats to 33 years. What a fun little getaway for you two this week- your food looked amazing and I loved seeing Sydney. I’d love to visit there someday, but it would require a very long flight…and that is why I’ll probably never get there. I don’t love flying! It’s about a 24 hour flight there from my area…I’ve looked into it, because I was curious. It’s the farthest place to fly to, along with the South Pole. I hope you enjoy your weekend!

    1. Ruth(playworkeatrepeat)

      Thanks Jennifer. Yes, we are so far away! I don’t like flying at all so I totally understand. I hope you have a great weekend

  2. I have a keepsake box in each of my boys’ rooms where I put their coming home from the hospital outfit and their christening gowns and cards and things like that that I just could not bear to part with. Those baby socks are just too cute!! Happy anniversary! That looks like a delicious dinner celebration.

  3. Aww! I have a couple of boxes full of old things from when my girls were little. Things like those socks you have to keep, for the memories.
    It sounds like you got some great bargains, especially that advent calendar.
    Happy anniversary to you and Steve. It sounds like a lovely break away.
    Your banana bread looks so good. Thank for the mention. x

  4. Happiest anniversary wishes! Your dinner looks so fancy:) So much life in 33 years, right? And just look at those little socks!! Enjoy all the memories as your look forward to all that lies ahead!

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