Marysville Road Trip + Vibe Hotel

If you’re a regular Cherry and Me reader, you might know that we used to have a holiday house in Marysville, built back in 1990 by my adoring grandparents, Nana Nina and Papa Jerry. Unfortunately, our entire house was burnt to the ground in the Black Saturday Bush Fires.

We regularly visit our empty property and love dropping into our favourite Yarra Valley wineries and eateries along the way. This time we decided to stay in town over night in the newly built Vibe Hotel, Marysville.

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comLet the road trip begin!

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comFirst stop along the way, Yering Station for some wine tasting

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Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comAnd we always stop for pizza, wine and coffee at Innocent Bystander before the windy drive through the Black Spur

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comOne of the most beautiful roads in the world – The Black Spur

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comClick here to see our last visit to Marysville when Tiger was still in my belly and Cherry was Tiger’s age

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comThen we arrived at the stunning Vibe Hotel, Marysville

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comA warm and smiley greeting at check-in

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comFamily protrait in the loby “Smile! It’s for the blog!”

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comOur cosy and beautiful hotel room

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.com Then off to dinner next door at Radius Bar & Grill

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Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comBedtime and Tiger’s first time sleeping in a big bed!Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comThe next morning, after a delicious buffet breaky in the hotel, we strolled down the main drag to revisit an old favourite, the Marysville Lolly Shop.

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Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comIt’s amazing how these happy yellow jonquils are still popping up, 20 years after my Nana Nina planted them!

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comStanding on top of the hill where our place used to be, I close my eyes; the sounds and smells are exactly the same and for one moment, I’m transported back in time.

Marysville Vibe Hotel www.cherryandme.comOne sun-ray beaming down onto the exact spot our beautiful holiday house used to be. We hope to one day rebuild something special for our children in memory of Nana and Papa. This has been a truly poignant journey and blog post. Click here to read about the first time we visited our property after the bush fires.

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Dyson V6 Absolute Review

If there’s one thing that’s improved quality of life, mummy life that is, it’s my Dyson Vacuum stick. I’m obsessed! I use it every day, sometimes 3 times a day. In fact, it’s become imbedded into our daily routine so naturally, Cherry and Tiger reach for their toy vacuums after breaky and start cleaning as they anticipate I will too!

This week I’m road testing the latest model – Dyson V6 Absolute, to replace our previous model – Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59, which we also reviewed on the blog two years ago.

Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comBreaky time in our household

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Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comThe first time I used the V6 Absolute, I immediately noticed it was lighter and quieter. Both major improvements. Tick, tick!

Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comDyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comI was most impressed with this new head attachment. It’s the perfect tool for sucking up those pesky Ricebubbles off our floorboards.

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Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comSuper quick clean up, just what we need in the busy morning rush!

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Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comThe V6 Absolute comes with several attachments, all serving different purposes. I like to switch to the carpet attachment when removing the kitty cat fluff of our couch.

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Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comDyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comIt’s super easy to empty the clear bin; just press a button and the door flips open. I like to do this over our outdoor bin about twice a week.

Dyson V6 Absolute www.cherryandme.comOur broom stick, dustpan and old vacuum have been replaced with the brilliant Dyson V6 Absolute. Thank you Dyson and Kids Business for this product review opportunity!

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How To Make A Choc-Mint Surprise Cake

Last week on the blog, we shared Tiger’s 2nd birthday party and surprised you with his first big boy hair cut! This week’s post is all about his fabulous Choc-Mint Surprise Birthday Cake with a step-by-step guid on we made it!

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Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comWe stated with 4 freshly baked round chocolate cakes. The cakes can be any shape or size as long as they are all exactly the same. To save time, we used a good quality packet mix.

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comThen I traced around a narrow glass to cut a hole in the centre of 3 of the 4 cakes. Leave one cake whole to place on the top layer.

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comI removed the centre and set aside. These little pieces wont be used, so eat, toss or make mini cakes!

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comNext we whipped up some “minty green butter cream” and stacked each layer with a generous dollop of icing between.

Minty Green Butter Cream Recipe:
250g softened butter
3 cups icing sugar
2 table spoons milk
1 table spoon peppermint essence
A few drops of green food dye
Using electric mixers, beat the butter in a bowl until pale and gradually add the icing sugar, milk, colour and mint essence until combine.

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comWe filled the central cavity with minty chocolate lollies! One for you, one for me!

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Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comThen we popped on the lid, (the uncut cake), to conceal the secret cavity and iced the outside with a thin cote of minty butter cream.

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Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comNow for a second layer of icing. Slap it on!

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comAnd rule it smooth

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comWe melted 2 cups of cooking chocolate and 2 teaspoons of vegetable oil over simmering water on the stove top.

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comI poured the warm delicious amazingness into a snap-lock bag and snipped a corner over the cake

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comDrizzle all over the top

Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comI nudged the melted chocolate near the edges to naturaly cascade over the sides

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Chco-Mint Surprise Layer Cake www.cherryandme.comThen we decorated with smashed minty lollies and a Tiger on top!

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Click here to see how we made Cherry’s Rainbow Surprise Cake for her 4th birthday!

 

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Happy 2nd Birthday Tiger!!

Happy birthday to the one and only Tiger! I can’t believe it’s been two years since we welcomed our little boy into this world! On Sunday we celebrated Tiger’s 2nd Birthday in Aunty Nellie’s beautiful home, just like we did for Cherry’s 2nd birthday too!

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comTiger and Cherry greeting our guests

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comWe served a late morning brunch spread of freshly baked breads, stinky cheeses, vegetarian quiches, sweet danishes and home made cupcakes by Cherry.

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comThe birthday boy looked so grown-up with his big boy hipster haircut!

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comBabushka Natalia styling the table! Check out Babushka Natalia’s Dinner Party post here

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comFig and walnut loaf served with blue cheese

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comGingerbread loaf served with double brie and crunchy French sticks with preserves, Nutella and Vegemite

Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comJam doughnuts, berry danishes and mini croissants

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Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comCherry was in charge of the kids party table and had fun styling it all by herself!

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Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.com Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comWe also invited Clair, a lovely face-painter we met last week at Prahran Market, to entertain the kiddies in the sunny courtyard. Check out Clair’s Facebook page and website, CraZy Kids Party Entertainment!

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Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.com Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comThe pièce de résistance… Tiger’s “Minty Yoyie” cake! Yes we made it ourselves! We’ll be posting our step-by-step recipe on the blog next week, so stay tuned!

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Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.com Happy Birthday Tiger www.cherryandme.comSurprise! When the cake was cut open, out poured an abundance of minty lollies, or as Tiger calls them… “Minty yoyies”!

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Click here to see how we celebrated Cherry’s 2nd birthday with a Kewpie Doll Party, also in Aunty Nellie’s home

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A Trip To NGV Open House

You may have noticed we’ve been “off the radar” lately and have missed a few regular Sunday morning blog posts… We’ve each had a turn being sick and have spent the past few weekends at home, rugged up on our couch, drinking Babushka’s Chicken Soup. Not much to blog about, except, last weekend, Daddy and Me thought we all needed to get out of the house and took a trip to NGV’s latest children’s exhibition – Open House: Tromarama for Kids

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Mini Room Makeover – Huset

There’s a little corner in our home in desperate need for a makeover… Tiger is almost 2 and no longer needs his change table that sits under the bookshelf in our family room, taking up valuable space that could be used more efficiently. I jumped online and found a fantastic new Melbourne furniture company, Huset, with beautifully designed modern Danish and Scandinavian products, perfect for our space!

2_HusetOur living room with Tiger’s baby change table

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Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.com Cherry has graduated from her children’s table and chair to the “big table”

Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.comWe chose a White Ironica Round Kitchen Table designed by Tom Kelley for TON and paired it with 4 Wasosky Dining Chairs designed by by Enrique Marti for OOLand. 

Huset Furniture www.cherryandme.comWe love eating breakfast together as a family before we all head off to school and work

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Visit the Huset Showroom at 236 Centre Dandenong Road, Cheltenham and don’t forget to say hello from Cherry and Me –  www.huset.com.au

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