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I absolutely love my home here in rural-ish North Yorkshire. We live on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, less than an hour away from the most gorgeous Yorkshire coastline imaginable and honestly couldn’t imagine living anywhere else.

I would be lying however if I didn’t enjoy having a nosy at how the “other half’ live. I’m a fan of trawling around Right Move to see inside other properties and even looking at other countries. Friends of ours are seriously looking into emigrating to Australia and I have to say I had no idea how much of a minefield emigrating is.

Emigrating Should Be Easy in 2015 – Right?

I thought that when it came to emigrating that it was a case of getting a visa, filling in some forms and then planning your accommodation and your trip. It turns out there is a lot more to it.

Finding a job in Australia for example could be fairly easy if you know someone over there. You could interview over Skype, via email, be accepted and quite literally the job’s a good ‘un. That is until you realise that you need permits to work and that there is a whole load of ( I think rather confusing) red tape to cut through.

I did watch something once (a rare jaunt into the world of weekday day-time TV) which showed a family moving to Australia and the mother, a very highly qualified nurse in the UK was not able to work as a nurse in Oz for months as her registration had be checked and transferred or some such thing. She hadn’t realised this and thankfully was able to work as a carer in the same place that offered her a nursing position, albeit at a much lower wage, until she got the all clear but still! Something like that has to be a blow, especially when you consider that the last thing you want is an unexpected cut in income on arriving in a new country.

Your Emigrating to Australia Checklist

Out of pure nosiness I decided as part of this post to include a checklist of everything you need to apply for, everything you needed to get permission for and everything that had to be legally completed before being allowed to move to Australia. I couldn’t find one. It would appear that the process is not only complicated but shrouded in mystery. I’ve no idea whether our friends have hunted down information and gone through the process themselves or whether they’ve sought help from those in the know, such as Legal Vision who have the expertise in dealing with Australian emigration matters. I know which way we’d go!

I have to wonder actually whether the process is so difficult so as to really make it clear to people how big a thing moving to the other side of the world actually is and to give them time to fully consider their decision and how they’ll manage away from “home”.

Would We Ever Emigrate?


Don’t get me wrong, I think the idea of moving to another country sounds like an amazing opportunity and an incredibly exciting idea. For me though I think that aside from leaving family and the place I love behind being the primary idea killer that the complicated process would turn me off the idea. It isn’t just gaining access and being allowed to work, there would be transferring finances, leaving the NHS and working out how to register for services elsewhere, gaining access to school, working out rules for self-employment for me etc. If we were ever to consider it we would need a specialist to help, especially with the legal side as you wouldn’t want to get it wrong.

Despite it being a minefield there are of course some fabulous reasons for emigrating. Have you done it? Would you consider it? I’d love to hear!

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The whole coconut water thing seems to have passed me by until recently. I hear about new and wonderful products for kids every week and by and large I let them pass me by. I was however  contacted by Vita Coc0 Kids recently and asked if I wanted to try out some fun, flavoursome drinks for kids. I tell the boys not to knock anything until you’ve tried it (if you try it, you might like it) and so I agreed.

The children are very glad I did.

This fun looking sample box turned up soon after.

This fun looking sample box turned up soon after.



We had mango and pineapple flavoured coconut drinks as well as apple and blackcurrant flavoured ones to try out and both went down very well in packed lunches and at home.  For the kids there are two factors to consider when trying new food or drink items, how cool they looks (yes really) and how they taste. Both boys loved the fresh taste and Vita Coco Kids has indeed been given the awesomeness seal of approval.

As parents we constantly look for healthier alternatives to the rubbish available on the supermarket shelves and being given these to try has been great in that we may add these to our list of parent and child approved drinks (and the school’s list too of course).  I like the fact that these drinks are naturally flavoured and as the kids love them I don’t have to worry about them staying hydrated when out and about. No added sugar, artificial sweeteners or nasties, just great tasting drinks. With lower sugar levels than the majority of drinks on the market and high levels of naturally occurring potassium this is a product that ticks all of the boxes.

They definitely have our family seal of approval and as such will be in our fridge from now on (although thankfully don’t need to stay chilled making them perfect for storing / using away from home too). Find out more about Vita Coco Kids and the drinks here (including their kid’s club) and the Vita Coco brand as a whole (including lovely products and recipes for grown ups too) over on Twitter.

*We were sent free samples to test  in order to be able to review these drinks. Vita Coco Kids have had no input on the content of this review which is based entirely on our family’s thoughts, feelings and experiences.

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