Stuff We Love + Use: Our Family Recommendations



I get quite a few questions emailed in from readers about what holiday planning resources we use, about blogging and about what works well for our family. So I’ve put together a list here that I can refer folks to.

This is a list of stuff we use and love.

Hope this is a useful resource for you!



Holidays + Travel

Booking hotels

I swither between HotelsCombined and when it comes to checking prices and availability of hotels and other accommodation. has a great Last Minute Deals page, – their motto ‘book today, holiday tomorrow’ is highly appealling!

I often book direct with hotels, especially if they are part of the Accor group, which covers thousands of hotels including great brands like Novotel and Sofitel.  The Accor website also has a section of Family Holidays and Offers, it’s worth getting to know.

I’m an Accor member so like to book direct to get the points.


Pricing flights

I always, always go to Skyscanner first to check all the different prices. Then I’d often go direct to the airline to make the actual booking.

Skyscanner   is a very versatile tool and can show you the cheapest flights as well as many options on flight choices to suit you.


Travel Insurance 

We use InsureandGo, it’s a very simple website to use and came highly recommended by many travel writers friends who spend months and months of the year on the road.

We haven’t had to make a claim ourselves yet.



Renting Cars

I use and find them helpful and efficient.

Just did a 10 day rental in Edinburgh for $271 using Hertz after finding the deal on this site. Bargain!




Researching holidays

I use some of my fave travel blogs to hunt for new places to go on holiday:


Get In The Hot Spot

Holy Smithereens




Blog Hosting

For new bloggers I highly recommend using Bluehost, this is a huge company which makes it super easy to get started as a blogger.

I’d recommend starting with a budget of $200 – $300 and having Bluehost set up your theme for you. Check out the website here, it’s easy to use.

I have just set up a new site using Bluehost myself.  Hello Sydney Kids was set up by a developer and has a lot of traffic and uses a lot of space.  It’s currently hosted on VentraIP  as set up by my developer, this costs $25 a month and works well, but it’s not needed for beginner bloggers at all.





Family + Home

In general, I’d advice NOT coming to me for advice on housekeeping… however… over the past 20 years of domestic slavery these are the useful tips I can pass on.


Ready-Made Meals

The shop-bought ones are shocking… when I just cannot be bothered to cook but know we all need a healthy meal, I go to the freezer and pull out a meal from one of these three great Aussie companies, run by fab Sydney mums.

The Dinner Ladies

Dinner On The Table

Vegan Meals Delivered



The Dreaded Washing

The very lest laundry baskets are worth the extra expense, I use foldable ones described in this post.

The best clothes pegs in the world are Rainbow Pegs, click here!

Top tips for all other laundry matters?  Train the kids early.


Bloggers I Love To Read

For things to do with kids and family these are my very favourites:

Stuff Mums Like

Product reviews and real life mothering stories


For mothers of older children and teenagers, we are not forgotten!

Planning With Kids

A fantastic resource for those of us who need help with organisation

Fabulous and Fun Life

For when you need some me time, check this blog for beauty tips and for interesting reading on health for women.,


This page of the website will forever be a work in progress. I’ll add to it as people ask questions.

Can I help you with something?  I’ve been a mum for almost 20 years, a blogger for six and a traveller and travel writer for a lot longer than both combined!

Email me at “hello at hellosydneykids dot com dot au” and I’ll do  my best to answer.

All the best





This post contains some affiliate links.  I only recommend items that our family uses and personally endorse.  If you purchase an item using these links I may receive a small commission, at no cost to you. This helps support this blog. Disclosure policy is here.



Print Friendly, PDF & Email