About Me

Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
In 2012 I moved back to my home town of Ballarat in Victoria, Australia. Join me as I re-discover Ballarat, one of Victoria's largest inland cities, famous for the Goldfields. You may be a resident, tourist or new comer to Ballarat. I hope to provide you with useful information about Ballarat as I re-discover my home town. I will also provide information on places which are a short drive from Ballarat. So residents and visitors come and discover Ballarat with me.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Helping Ballarat Business Mums with Guest Contributor Dorothy Krajewski

It is my pleasure to introduce my guest contributor Dorothy Krajewski (pictured) who today is sharing about her journey starting 'Motivating Mum' in Ballarat.  

Helping Ballarat Business Mums

When I first began treating my blog like a business, I realised just how little I knew about business.  I also realised that I didn’t know where to go or who to ask for advice.  Sure, bloggers knew about blogging and social media, but not necessarily a lot about business.

I found Alli Price, the founder of Motivating Mum through a Bloggers Brunch where I heard her speak about how anything is possible if you only try.  I booked a coaching session with Alli to help me clarify the direction I wanted to take my blog in and got to know the work she does through her website and Facebook page.

Running your own business from home, especially when you are also looking after small children, can be not only exhausting, but isolating.

It can be hard to get out of the house, or just to meet others who know exactly what life is like for you.  I craved crave connection, adult conversation and someone to discuss my business with. 

One of the services Motivating Mum offers are local Businessmums’ Clubs that meet monthly for the purpose of networking, brainstorming and learning.  I went along to one such meeting in Melbourne and ended up joining for six months.  I finally felt like I belonged somewhere and met women who were like me, who understood exactly what it’s like to run a small business at home amidst the needs of a family.

When I decided to move to Ballarat, Alli suggested that I take Motivating Mum with me and become the local Associate.  I was kind of bewildered at the thought, but at the same time loved the idea because it would help me make connections within the local community and share the skills I learnt not only through blogging, but during my fifteen year career as a project manager and trainer.

At its core, Motivating Mum is about helping mums in business, or those who want to start one, in any way we can.  We do this through events, regular and one-off, the website, personal and phone coaching and providing connections.  Mums can access coaches specialising in a particular areas of business and if we don’t have anyone that meets your needs, we’ll find someone.

Motivating Mum is a great business and personal resource.  Many friendships have begun through Businessmums’ Clubs and other events.  You just never know who you are going to meet and what opportunities the other members can bring you.

The BallaratBusinessmums’ Club meets on the second Friday of every month at Pipers on the Lake, starting on 8 February 2013.  For more information visit my Facebook page, I would love to see you there.

Dorothy Krajewski writes a personal blog, Singular Insanity, as well as running Motivating Mum Ballarat and Dorothy K | Write Solutions – a content creation service for businesses.  She is a sole parent of two boys, loves champagne and has a funny accent.

Monday, January 28, 2013

3BA Power FM Skyworks Spectacular at Lake Wendouree - Australia Day 2013

On Saturday 26th January 2013, my son and I stopped by Lake Wendouree to watch the 
3BA Power FM Skyworks Spectacular.  It sure did not disappoint. 
A visit to the fireworks with my son Sean
 Lake Wendouree

 Click on an image to enlarge.  Enjoy the photo's. 
© Discover My Ballarat - Margaret Benoit

Thursday, January 24, 2013

'Ballarat Backyard Tasters' - 8 & 22 Feb and 1 & 15 March 2013 (5 - 8pm))

Introducing Ballarat Backyard Tasters.  Four nights of entertainment, art & delicious food. 

For more information visit their Facebook Page 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Liquid Gold - Ballarat Beer Festival 19th January 2013

Okay, I have a question for you.

What is a person with Coeliac Disease (me) who cannot drink beer (which contains gluten) doing at the Ballarat Beer Festival?

Drinking Gluten Free Beer of course!

It was such a please to be invited and given two free tickets by Jedo to review the Ballarat Beer Festival for you all.

Ballarat gave us blue skies and hot weather for this year's festival. Attended by an estimated 10,000 people according to media reports, this sure was one hot ticket on Ballarat's summer calendar.

Accompanied by my husband Nick (Chief Beer Taster), my two children and friend Serena, our first stop at the festival was the Kids Zone! There was a ticketing system in place for face painting by Breeze Play & Parties, as it was very popular with the kiddies. My son Sean wanted a 'Python' painted on his face (as you do!) and the lady painted a green snake beautifully. He loved it!

 Eating Paella.

As it was almost lunchtime, the hunger kicked in.  There was a large array of tents filled with food of many different varieties.  I was impressed by the choice and credit the festival for their selection of vendors.  For lunch I enjoyed Paella from Simply Spanish.  It was amazing, full of yummy flavour and the service was very friendly.  Plus it was gluten free.

Next Stop!  The Rebellion Brewery is home to Ballarat's very own gluten free O'Brien Beer.  At the festival I met up with John O'Brien, Managing Director of O'Brien Beer.  He gave me the opportunity to try three of their gluten free beers on tap at the festival.

O'Brien Pale Ale -  A fruity sweet beer.  A light refreshment perfect for summer.  My favourite!

O'Brien Light Lager - An Australian style lager, drier and not as sweet as the Pale Ale, with a perfectly balanced bitterness.

O'Brien Brown Ale - Dark in colour and more complex in body, it is a great accompaniment to warm, hearty, winter foods.

The company also produces a barley based beer which is not gluten free named 'The RAT'.  The RAT Bitter Ale is a hark back to the last century where Ballarat Bitter (aka Ballarat Bertie) was the favoured local drop. The RAT Bitter Ale is in the same style as the Ballarat Bitter that has not been regularly produced for more than two decades.

The Rebellion Brewery is now open at 47 Mair Street East, Ballarat.  View the brewing process and enjoy a beer, gluten free or traditional barley based ('The RAT').  Open from 10am (Monday to Friday) and from 11am on weekends and public holidays.

For more information on gluten free beer visit - www.obrienbeer.com.au or their Facebook Page

For more information about the Rebellion Brewery Ballarat or visit their Facebook Page here

 Tasting a drop of O'Brien Beer

The team from O'Brien Beer busy at work.

Over the course of the day, various bands played at the Ballarat Beer Festival including headline act 'The Beards' - local Ballarat Bands 'Gold Fields' and 'Tessa and the Typecast' and other music sensations including the 'The Pierce Brothers', 'Royal Jelly Dixieland Band' and the 'Sweethearts'.

 Gold Fields

A favourite part of the day for the family was a visit to the Animal Farm by Fun Farm 2 U   A mobile petting farm, they had piglets, goats, lambs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducklings and the like.  Did I mention all of the activities in the Kids Zone were included with your entry ticket?  So no extra payments there! The Ballarat Beer Festival I felt was very family friendly, so don't miss out next year.  Bring the kids along!

 Face Painting followed by Animal Farm
Patting the animals

The crowds gather under the sunny skies

What better way to finish a hot day at the Ballarat Beer Festival than to have a nice Vanilla ice cream from Timboon Fine Ice Cream.  Yummo!  Yes it was gluten free.

So what were my highlights of the Ballarat Beer Festival?  
- Tasting for the very first time, gluten free beer.  I have heard about it and now I had the chance. 
- Watching my son Sean have fun in the kids zone
- Eating yummy food
- The atmosphere.  It was friendly and happy.  I also loved how some people dressed up in the spirit of the festival.  I even saw one groom to be (buck) wearing a pink tutu.  
- Overall, it was a great day out.  The only negative was that burning sun.  Bring your sunscreen next year people, and a hat! 

Thank-you to John O'Brien for assisting me with this blog post and to JP Bolton - Public Relations (www.jppr.com.au) for giving me permission to use the Ballarat Beer Festival Logo.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

M.A.D.E in Summer - Meet the team behind the scenes 20th January 2013

The new Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka is having an open house this Sunday 20th January 2013.  Take a sneak peak of all the transformations underway at the site.  Meet the curators and people working behind the scenes to get this museum up and running.  They promise free activities to entertain the kids including temporary 'tattooing', face painting, Mars ice-creams and a free dip in the Eureka swimming pool next door.

For more information on this event visit this website:

Location:  Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E)
                  Cnr Rodier and Eureka Streets, Ballarat VIC

Timings:   Open from 10am - 4pm (site tours running between 11am & 2pm)
                  Sunday 20th January 2013

Cost:  Free

* Please note there will be no outdoor concert as advertised in My Ballarat as the grass needs more time to grow.

 Nearby playground.  BBQ facilities and toilets onsite.  Lot's of shade on the lawn area for a picnic.

Click on images to enlarge.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ballarat Beer Festival - Saturday 19th January 2013

I am proud to be one of the bloggers selected by Jedo to review the Ballarat Beer Festival on Saturday 19th January 2013.  The Ballarat Beer Festival will feature over 150 Boutique Beers and Ciders, an extensive range of local and international food, wine (if beer is not your thing), entertainment (local and Melbourne bands plus the headline act 'The Beards' and a Kids Zone (art & craft, face painting, train rides, jumping castle and mini farmyard).

Come on down to Ballarat, home of the goldfields to try some liquid gold!

Book / pre-purchase tickets now, they are selling fast -  Ticket Information

Event Location:  City Oval Ballarat - Cnr of Pleasant and Mair Street Ballarat

Event Information


Look forward to seeing you there.                        

Logo used with permission from JP Bolton - Public Relations (www.jppr.com.au)