Tips for Keeping Your Family Safe at the Beach this Summer

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Everyone looks forward to summer, don’t they? We always love chilled out holidays and taking time off from work, relaxing by the beach and hanging out with family and friends.

You can’t be too relaxed, however, because the Aussie beach can, unfortunately, be a dangerous place if you aren’t careful.

Here are some beach safety tips to help you look after your family without losing the fun and relaxation of a day beside the sea. You do need to be careful and stay alert, but it shouldn’t get in the way of having fun in the sun.

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Coastal Christmas Decor Tips and Ideas

Coastal Christmas Decor

I may have mentioned this before, but Christmas and the beach go so incredibly well together – don’t you think?

While across the globe Christmases are all snow and fireplaces and hot roast dinners, in Australia when we think of Christmas we naturally go to sunny days, swimming, fresh seafood and tropical fruit covered pavlovas.

Whether your Christmas day is by the beach, or you just love channelling a coastal vibe wherever your home is located, we have got some gorgeous coastal Christmas décor ideas for you.

From traditional sit-down dining, to grazing platters, cold buffet or a balmy Christmas Eve cocktail party, we have got all the festive beachside decorating tips you will need.

Why do we love a Coastal Christmas so much?

A beachside Christmas has a far more laidback, chilled-out vibe than a Northern winter Christmas.

Christmas can be a mad, mad time of year, a time of being hectic and getting stressed out. While at Beachside Collective, we love the coastal look all year round, we think it fits beautifully well with Christmas.

A coastal Christmas encourages you to slow down, breathe deeply and take a moment. It reminds you to kick back and just enjoy this time with family and friends. It’s too hot really to run around cooking and cleaning and worrying – just throw a party out on your back deck and you don’t even need to tidy up the house!

Here are some of our favourite things about a beachside Christmas:

  • Beach cricket in the late afternoon
  • Fresh seafood barbequed to perfection
  • Huge buckets of freshly shucked oysters
  • Tropical champagne cocktails – through in some mango or pineapple for a fun twist!
  • An ice-cold G and T (or maybe two!)
  • Santa in boardshorts and bare feet
  • A big nap in the shade after lunch.
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Beach Santa at Sydney Tower Eye

 

 

 

Decorating your house to look like Christmas is so much fun, and really gets your creative juices flowing. When you start to think of ideas, you realise that beach and Christmas actually go beautifully together, and you will come up with all sorts of touches to sprinkle throughout your home.

From lanterns to model ships to big jars filled with tea lights and a collection of items combed from the sand, you are guaranteed to get inspired and excited.

Here are some coastal Christmas décor ideas that we love

Colours

You can make little changes or big ones. If you love all the traditional Christmas concepts, but want to put a lovely fresh beach spin on it, why not just play around with colours?

Tweaking Christmas into a coastal theme can mean you stick to the traditional ideas of a tree and tinsel, but switch up the colours you are using. Try blues, white and silver instead of red and green. Try a paler green with beige and white trimmings instead of the deeper colours of the North Pole.

We love the idea of completely white decorations – not for the snow, but for our crystal white sand under the glistening Aussie sun!

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Christmas seaside inspired tones

Wreathes and other Welcomes

We love a coastal Christmas because of the fun twists on traditional decorations and ideas.

Try decorating your wreath with beachy items such as shells of different shapes and sizes. You can leave them natural-toned or paint them white or even spray paint them silver or gold to up the festive-factor.

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You could also go completely coastal and use an old-style life preserver instead of the wreath to welcome people in your front door.

Christmas trees and their alternatives

Put up the traditional green pine Christmas tree, and then decorate with all seaside objects, such as starfish, shells and fish. We love the gorgeous beachy Christmas ornaments from Aquamarine home, either in muted painted clay or super-cute felt.

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Blue anchor decoration from Aquamarine Home

Wonderfully, a starfish can do double duty, as it is firmly coastal-inspired, but doesn’t look out of place on the top of the tree. You could also make a tree entirely out of starfish such as this:

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Or you could go completely beachy with a tree alternative, like a white tree or decorative bare branches. You could even go beachcombing to find some interesting pieces of driftwood to combine into a tree shape.

 

Christmas dining and Centrepieces

Source: https://homemydesign.com/2014/25-inspiring-beach-christmas-decorations/

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Your Christmas table can be coastal inspired using many of the same ideas as we’ve mentioned already. Choose giant conch shells and then fill them with candles or smaller shells and things you’ve collected from the beach.

Put together some long trays in the centre of the table and then fill the base of them with sand and a mix of beachy items and Christmas ornaments.

Use long pieces of driftwood wound with tinsel, hung with baubles or twinkling gorgeously with fairy lights.

Buy some large clear vases or containers, and pop a fat white or Christmas coloured candle in the centre. Fill around the sides of the candle with sand and crisp white shells. These look wonderful anywhere and can be used outdoors, on side tables or as centrepieces along your dining table.

 

Merry Christmas from Beachside Collective

Don’t go overboard this Christmas; it should be about family, friends and just chilling out on the sand. We hope you like our coastal Christmas décor ideas, and have incredible fun making your own space look gorgeous for this season.

 

Resources

https://christmas.365greetings.com/christmas-decoration/top-40-beach-christmas-decorating-ideas.html

http://godfatherstyle.com/unbelievable-beach-decor-ideas-for-christmas/

https://homemydesign.com/2014/25-inspiring-beach-christmas-decorations/

 

Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas – Part 2

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If you are stumped for some present ideas for the kids, or if you have lots of extra people to buy for, we have the ultimate list of coastal Christmas gift ideas for you. Fun, quirky, useful and well within your budget, for all those extra gifts and stocking fillers, check out this list.

Just for Fun – Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas is coming closer – how is your Christmas shopping going? Starting to panic yet?

The range of fun and quirky coastal Christmas gift ideas from the Beachside Collective is the answer to all of your problems. You can find everything you need here and buy it all online – even enjoy a quiet beverage while you are doing it!

If you are looking for kids’ coastal Christmas gift ideas, or smaller things like Kris Kringle, for teachers or stocking fillers, we have you covered with our list below.

If you are looking for the bigger gifts for her, for him, or for that person in your life who is just impossibly difficult to buy for, be sure to check the first part of this blog, here!

Our gifts are out of the box extraordinary and support small and boutique local businesses as well as helping to support global enterprises. Made from only the best materials, many of them are handcrafted as sustainably sourced as well.

Something for the Kids

If you are looking for a gift that won’t date, that looks good with your décor and that your child is guaranteed to play with over and over, check out the whimsical animals and creatures from Aquamarine Home.

One of our favourites is the Princess Playset (also available in a Dinosaur set), which is handcrafted by artisans in Nepal. Money from your purchase goes back into the local community where it was made.

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Princess Playset from Aquamarine Home

 

If you are thinking less along toy lines, and more for something useful and practical, you will love the retro-inspired rashies, swimmers and boardshorts from Babes in the Shade. Keep your kids protected from the sun as well as looking suave and uber cool while they play at the beach.

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Rash vests from Babes in the Shade

 

Pair them with the breezy Vacay Capes from Ozel, perfect to throw in the beach bag, quick drying and adorable on little ones!

Vacay Sun Cape from Ozel
Vacay Sun Cape from Ozel

Quirky fun stuff

A sweet coastal inspired print will please people of all ages, and is so versatile. We love these for children, as well as for when you are completely stuck for ideas.

The beachy hues of this boho print from Final Touch Décor are precious.

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Wild and Free Bear from Final Touch Decor

 

Everyone would love to receive this beautiful dreamy beach print, it will make anyone think of holidays and happy times.

Sunset Beach Scene from Final Touch Decor

https://www.finaltouchdecor.com.au/product/sunset-beach-scene-canvas-wall-art-print/

For anyone hoping for some chill out time by the beach this summer, you can’t go wrong with a voucher to buy some easy reading material, there is a huge range of options or you can go with a gift voucher from Book Depository.

Stocking fillers and shopping on a budget

A gorgeous beach towel is never a bad gift, especially one as vibrant and timeless as this one from Sun Republic. And under $25, it is great for the work Kris Kringle or your kid’s teacher. A clever unisex present, it will also go perfectly if you have lucky dip sort of gift exchange happening.

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Cotton Peshtemal Towel from Sun Republic

 

Something we especially love for teachers is the jewellery range from Aquamarine Home. Cute, bright and versatile, every purchase also donates money towards education for girls in third-world countries to prevent them from being trafficked.

Check out these earrings in coastal inspired tones:

Paper Bead Tassel earrings from Aquamarine Home

 

Wonderful for stocking fillers, you should also check out their range of handmade, ethically sourced Christmas decorations as well.

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View the range of ornaments from Aquamarine Home

 

Other easy options, that everyone will love to receive include the coastal scented candle range from Saltwater Lifestyle. Pair them with a four-pack of mini bottles of sparkling wine or prosecco to make sure your recipient knows this gift is all about some indulgent me-time.

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Coastal scented candles from Saltwater Lifestyle

A true ocean experience

If you can’t bring your special person to the beach, but still love a coastally inspired gift, how about tickets to the aquarium in your capital city, or a donation to help support marine conservation or the Surf Lifesaving Foundation?

And if you are still completely stumped for coastal Christmas gift ideas, why not buy a gift voucher from one of our incredible vendors? We have a huge range of coastally inspired items for the beach, home or just for fun; your friends and family are sure to find something to suit them perfectly.

 

Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas – Part 1

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Coastal Christmas Gift Ideas – Something for Everybody

In Australia, Christmas and summer go together like strawberries and pavlova. With the vision in your mind of a balmy summer’s day for Christmas, giving gifts with an easy coastal vibe is a wonderful idea.

Whether your gift recipients live on the coast, are planning a beach holiday, or just love sprinkling some coastal décor around their home, wherever they reside, we have the ultimate list of coastal Christmas gift ideas for you.

If you are looking for gifts for her, for him, of for that person in your life who is just impossibly difficult to buy for, we have you covered.

If you are looking for kids’ coastal Christmas gift ideas, or smaller things like Kris Kringle, for teachers or stocking fillers, be sure to check our second part of this blog, coming soon!

Many of our gifts are out of the box extraordinary and support small and boutique local businesses. Made from only the best materials, many of them are handcrafted as sustainably sourced as well.

Gifts for her

Any special lady deserves a little chill-out and some me-time. Indulge the woman in your life with this luxurious throw, perfect as a blanket or as interior or exterior décor.

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Ozel Australia Oasis Lifestyle Throw – on sale!

 

Encourage her to completely relax by pairing this magnificent throw with some other self-care items such as a bottle of expensive champagne and a few good books bundled up in a ribbon or in a picnic basket.

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Beach holiday travel tips

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The beach holiday is everyone’s dream break. The sun, sand and sparkling seas, the relaxation time and peace and quiet. The unwritten rule that you must use this time to chill out and just reconnect with yourself.Beach holidays are supposed to be easy and relaxed, but it can take a little bit of planning and preparation to get there. We have put together some beach holiday travel tips and advice to make the planning part stress free.

With our help, you can be on your relaxing holiday sooner, and in the right frame of mind from the beginning.

The Beachside Collective’s Easy and Relaxing list of Beach Holiday Travel Tips

Make a list

Some people LOVE being delegated the job of packing master, while others are more forced into the role kicking and screaming. Either way, packing needs to be done – and if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself – amiright?

Take a lesson from Santa on this one – make a list and check it twice. Make your list at least a few days before you need to pack to give you time to review it, add things you’ve forgotten, and go shopping for anything you are missing. Ideally, you make the list a week or two before you are leaving.

There is a great template list here

If you are flying

There will be some absolute essentials you need to take if you are flying somewhere, especially if you are travelling overseas. Things like sunscreen and thongs you can pick up anywhere, but these you must have packed in your bag to go:

  • Passports and ID
  • Copies of any tickets/reservations/transfers
  • Money/exchanged currency/credit cards
  • Any medication, ensuring that it is labelled
  • Contraception if needed

If you are travelling with a baby, check with your airline to see what items you can take on the plane – some will include these in the ticket price. Some will allow a baby carrier or stroller to be taken along with your regular luggage.

If you want to minimise the items you take with you, check with your accommodation about the ability to borrow or hire these things from your destination.family-at-airport

Put a beach bag together with the day trip essentials

And then leave that bag alone. Take things out to use them, wash them etc, then put them back ready for the next beach trip.

We particularly love the Grey Wolf bag from Cub and Scout; it looks good, is sturdy and easy to clean, has heaps of space and pockets, and even stands up on its own when you need it to.

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In this bag you may want to put:

  • Sunscreen
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Hand sanitiser
  • A small first aid kit
  • Snacks that travel well (pretzels, muesli bars, rice crackers)
  • A couple of bottles of water
  • A couple of snap-lock bags to keep sand out of any valuables
  • A hat for every person in your family
  • Sunglasses
  • Floaties for anyone who needs them
  • A rug or beach blanket
  • Change of underwear or nappies for any little ones not yet toilet trained

This way you don’t have to keep repacking the beach bag and stressing about what is in it every time you go.

The fun stuff list

Your beach holiday is supposed to be fun and relaxing – right? Being well prepared is part of that, as is bringing a few comforts of home. Just because you are on the beach doesn’t mean you want to be uncomfortable, overheated or get sand in weird places.

Time to think of fun, comfort and luxury for this list – you are going on a well-deserved break after all.

Toys

  • Bucket and spade if you have little ones
  • Goggles
  • Things that sink and float for various water games such as sinkies, balls or frisbees.
  • Boogie boards or pool noodles

A beach cart is a fabulous accessory

Comfort

Think of an Italian beachside in a vintage movie – and go classic and classy with your shade options. We love the unique prints on umbrellas like this Cool Cat print from Camilla, or you may also like the quirky shape of the gorgeous beach tent range from Lovin Summer.

We adore this innovative Sand Pillow as an easy beach seat. It is lightweight and folds up small when empty, but when you are at the beach fill the base with sand and the headrest insert with air, and you have an instant seat. Then just empty it again and fold up to go home.

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The Sand Pillow

 

Safety

Always swim in patrolled areas. Keep an eye on anyone who is not a strong swimmer and closely supervise your children.

Make sure everyone stays hydrated and protected from the sun especially in the hottest parts of the day. Don’t overdo alcohol and swimming, and make sure that someone knows where you are.

If you are unsure, check with hotel staff about safe beach spots to go to.

Use sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a t-shirt or rashy, and have shade such as an umbrella or a spot under the trees. Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.

Beach Holiday Travel Tips: Try not to overthink it

The best way to have a great beach holiday is to not overthink it.

If possible, try not to stress too hard about your beach holiday preparation. Unless you are on a desert island, almost anything you forget can be replaced – you don’t need to be so prepared that you have thought of everything.

Go with the flow a little bit and teach yourself to relax. If you have forgotten something, that is ok. The chilled out boho vibe is probably why you planned this holiday in the first place – so, take a deep breath and chill out.

And enjoy.

 

How to travel without your kids, guilt-free

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For all the joy our children bring us, sometimes you can get to the point where you are overwhelmed and exhausted, and you need a time out to prevent burn out. It can also be difficult to carve out time to focus on your relationship and spend some quality time as a couple. One way to get some much-needed adult time is to go on a holiday without your children. A few days away relaxing on a beach and drinking cocktails can re-energise your mind and body, not to mention your relationship with your partner. Here are our tips on how to plan ahead and minimise the guilt, well before you even plan that getaway.

Talk yourself into it. It can be so difficult as a parent to consider leaving our little ones, even if we really need a break. Focus on what’s to be gained for your whole family. It’s important as a parent not to lose your identity and to take time for your own interests, and having a rest can be essential for your own mental health. Just remember you are worth investing in, and you will most likely be a more relaxed parent having had some time out.
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Gift ideas for the beach loving Dad

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Father’s Day, whilst fantastic for recognising and thanking all Dad’s, can be super tricky when it comes to finding gifts or experiences that make Dad feel special. Who wants to give Dad boring socks or underwear? But, what do you give the man who already has everything? We have pulled together our best coastal inspired ideas, in the hope that these options will take the stress out of your Father’s Day planning.

Get Dad on a board. For the outdoor Dad who loves the water, but has never learnt to surf, a few lessons could be just the thing to gift your Dad. This gift can be great for Dad to take time out from the family, or one of the family might go along for the ride and make a day of it. Not only does surfing promote health and fitness, but there is a real bonding experience in learning how to stand up on a board.

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Behind the Brand Aquamarine Home

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This week we catch up with Alison Rentoul, creator and curator of ethical coastal homewares brand Aquamarine Home. Alison is an inspiration, her brands are all ethically sourced and created so you can buy her beautiful range knowing that both the planet and the artists involved have been respected in the production of this stunning collection of homewares. I hope you enjoy getting to know Alison!

 

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Melbourne but went travelling soon after I finished Uni and ended up living overseas for 24 years! In that time I lived in London and then spent 18 years living in the South of France where I worked on luxury superyachts and in billionaires’ villas and then created my own business there. I definitely developed my passion and a keen eye for interior design while working for some of the world’s richest people – it was amazing being allowed to purchase incredible décor for them with an unlimited budget! I moved back to Australia in January 2017 and after selling my previous business I founded Aquamarine Home in December last year. These days I am more focused on sourcing incredible décor that is rich in heritage and has a beautiful story to tell about its origins and contribution to society and our planet.
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How to create a coastal space in your home

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It’s so easy to create a beach inspired home – coastal living is simple and clean, and if you create a basic palette and bring in textures and greenery, the end result can be stunning.

So why create a coastal haven at home?
1. to create a calming space that captures the carefree seaside and holiday atmosphere
2. comfort – think cozy knitted throws, boho cushions with tassels
3. To get closer to nature – tropical vines and plants to bring a sense of freshness and relaxation

How to spoil the Mum in your life this Mother’s Day

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There can be a lot of pressure on Mother’s Day to go a bit overboard with gifts and expensive lunches. However, there are plenty of simple ways you can make Mum feel special. Whether it be treating her with a special outing or making her a thoughtful gift, we have pulled together our top ideas for how you can spoil the Mum in your life this Mother’s Day, with a little coastal inspiration.

Activities

Creating a beautiful brunch for Mum is a great start to any Mother’s Day. Plan your menu around seasonal produce, do a fruit platter with fresh yogurt, cook up whatever your Mum loves. Also, think about presentation, get out the ‘good’ tea cups and crockery and set a lovely table with a tablecloth and fresh flowers. Mum will feel special if you have made an effort and have prepared a beautiful meal at home and it will cost you a fraction of going out for an expensive brunch with just a bit of effort required.

Gorgeous plates and tablecloth by Aquamarine Home

 
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