Maiya & Domenic, Australia

Today, we go and meet Maiya, Domenic and their three beautiful chirdren. They live in Adelaide, South Australia. Maiya, 31, used to to work full-time before having children in Events and Marketing at Jacob’s Creek, a global wine brand of French company Pernod Ricard. Her husband, Domenic, 33, is Managing Director of Funding Options, a boutique finance broking firm which he co-founded in 2012.

They have three little girls : Eva (4.5), Rose (2.5) and Clementine (11 months).

The family of five lives simply and by the seaside in Adelaide, South Australia. They built their house in 2010

Maiya tells us all about their family life in Adelaide…

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IN THE CITY

Have you always lived in Adelaide?

I have lived in Adelaide my whole life but have been fortunate enough to travel to many parts of the world including Europe, UK, USA, Asia and French Polynesia. We’ve also been lucky enough to experience most parts of Australia and we visit Byron Bay and Noosa for guaranteed wonderful stays and sunny holidays.

What do you like in your city?

Most of all, I’m grateful to live by the beach and for my family to breathe the salty air. It’s a great location for the whole family; for gentle walks and bike rides along wide footpaths, playing in the sand and sea with our children or to simply just watch the sunset after a challenging day.

crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi

I also love the diversity of the landscape here, in South Australia. For example, you can be down at the beach and into the City within 20 minutes and, furthermore, it’s only another 20 minutes to be of contrast in the Adelaide Hills, which is particulary beautiful this time of year with varying colours of Autumn leaves. South Australia also offers a truly wonderful range of fresh produce.

crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi

Is it easy to live here as a family? 

Yes. I’ve experienced short stays in many parts of Australia, yet I feel South Australia is uniquely family friendly in the way it’s easy to get from one point to the next. It’s also a place with a true sense of community being slightly smaller in population and, therefore, the cost of living and real estate is more reasonable.

Our city appeals to both young and old and is also of a great pace for families who value slower living.

Adelaide also offers four definite seasons without extreme weather conditions.

Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi

What do you like doing with your kids in the city?

We enjoy weekly activities including Montessori, Ballet and Swimming lessons. 

For leisure, we spend most of our time at the beach, on nature walks or at local parks and the Botanic Gardens.

Botanical Gardens / Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi
Botanical Gardens / Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi
Botanical Gardens / Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi
Botanical Gardens / Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Motessori workshop/ Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi

During the week, we enjoy quieter trips to Adelaide Central Market in the City – it’s a real feast for the senses but more often than not, we visit the organic market offered each Sunday at The Market Shed on Holland Street (@themarketshed). We always make an early start of it with the children so we’re able to navigate our way through the crowds and enjoy a meal together, along with gathering produce for the week ahead.

Crédit photo : @themarketshed
Crédit photo : @themarketshed

In which museums do you go with your children ?  What do you like there?

We visit the Art Gallery of South Australia and The South Australian Museum anually. A stand out exhibition for us was the ‘Iridescence’ exhibition at the museum showcasing the beauty and science behind the glistening, multicoloured natural phenomenon in animals, plants and nature.

 

In which restaurants or coffee shop do you go with the kids?

We don’t eat out at restaurants too often (more so if there’s a special occasion), but we do enjoy famlly friendly cafes. Some of our favourites include Nature’s Providore (@naturesprovidore) for weekend breakfast dates,  and Nettle & Knead  in Malvern.

We also enjoy visiting the Organic Market & Café in Stirling – it’s such an old favourite and always provides a nourishing meal. We also love our local Organic store for coffee and the ocassional fresh juice or smoothie.

Crédit photo : Nettle & Knead
Crédit photo : Nettle & Knead

 

AT HOME

Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi

What is your favourite  and easiest meal with children ?

My favourite and easiest meals with children are simple and seasonal. I mostly opt for slow-cooking in the cooler months and we have lots of barbecues and colourful, fresh salads under the alfresco during the warmer months. We strive for wholefood recipes and love to use the herbs and vegetables we grow in our garden, where possible.

Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi

When the weather is bad, what do your children do at home ?

We mostly spend our time just playing or reading together. The two older girls enjoy helping with preparing for meals. They also love to draw, paint and craft. They enjoy building blocks and fortes and piecing togeether their puzzles on rainy days. Eva and Rose also have small responsibilities like helping me fold the washing or watering the plants for example.

Crédit photo : Maiya Cassissi
Crédit photo : Maiya Cassisi

What books do your kids love ? 

We love nursery rhymes! Our family favourite is the Peter Rabbit Nursery Rhyme Time book as it covers all the classics.

Eva’s current favourite books are numerous. Among which, she particularly enjoy reading All Through the Year by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker,  Animalium curated by Katie Scott and Jenny Broom, and Maudie and Bear by Jan Ormerod and illustrated by Freya Blackwood.

Rose loves Baby Days and Kissed by the Moon, both by Alison Lester, and Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.

And baby Clementine’s favourite books are Baby Days by Alison Lester (Eva & Rose gifted this book to their baby sister when she was born so it’s sure to remain a beloved book in our family). Also, Clementine adores any touchy-feely books at the moment.

 

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Many many thanks to Maiya for this lovely journey in Adelaide! I’d love so much to go to Australia and enjoy this slow pace of living, wouldn’t you? 

You can follow Maiya’s lovely family on Instagram @maiyacassisi

See you on Thursday for a family Spring vegetable recipe.

Emilie xx.

 

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