The new JBL Xtreme 3 is the perfect speaker for families.

Whether I’m out with my family for a picnic, having a day at the beach, or simply relaxing poolside – this new speaker from JBL offers newfound ease to carry music with me wherever I go.

Man and woman at campground, JBL speaker in forgeround
JBL Xtreme 3 designed to go where you go

Most speakers are fragile, lose battery quickly and can be a hazard around the little ones. Often, they have to be plugged into the wall and require hours of charging and on top of that, they can contribute to the endless black-hole of similar-looking cords – all with individual and specific purposes. With a convenient USB-C charging cord that is likely to power a number of your devices, this speaker is designed with the user in mind.


 What I love the most about the Xtreme 3 is the beautiful and rich depth of sound. With sensitive volume control that is easily adjusted with buttons along the topside of the device granting me the versatility to host a house full of guests, or to simply soundtrack a relaxing night in.

JBL Xtreme 3 Speaker
Powerful sound: four drivers and two pumping JBL Bass Radiators.


Water-proof and dust-proof, this speaker can survive all the elements. Eliminating any concern over preserving my new and expensive toy – the speaker can be submerged for up to half an hour within a metre of water. Sand on the beach? Splashes of water from the pool? No problem. Plus, this makes for easy cleaning – whether it needs a good rinse from sand or dirt or just a quick wipe down.


With a busy family that is on the go: parties, camping trips, beach holidays, backyard BBQs…the list goes on –it’s handy to have a speaker that can keep up with me and last the distance. After just 2.5 hours of charging, the speaker is juiced up with 15-hour battery life.

Dancer with JBL Speaker


The durability of the speaker is yet another bonus, with grips along the speaker base making it non-slip. But, even better yet is the sturdy make that allows for peace of mind should it be subject to any rough and tumble around the house.

Girls holding hands skateboarding carrying speaker
Carry strap for all day, everyday use


The new JBL Xtreme 3 rises to the challenge and offers features I didn’t realise I had been missing. Days of either leaving the speaker behind or awkwardly lugging an extra and soon deemed unnecessary item around with me are over. I particularly enjoy the convenience of easily transporting it outside when entertaining guests, for a weekend away or around the house for my children’s birthday, all with thanks to its lightweight and carry strap.

Blue JBL Xtreme 3
Blue JBL Xtreme 3


  • Extended battery life
  • USB-C Charging port – a new feature for increased user-friendliness, the speaker can be charged with any USB-C cable, so you don’t have to pack different cords
  • USB port in the back – out for the day and running low on battery? Plug your phone cord in the back and let the speaker charge your phone
  • Wireless Bluetooth connectivity – connect your phone via Bluetooth and have access to all of your or the kid’s favourite music
  • Party Boost – the speaker comes with a new function to easily connect to other JBL speakers and increase the sound and distance, perfect for bigger groups and families for compatible listening
  • Easy-to-use control buttons – situated between the handles on the top of the device to you can: power up, connect to Bluetooth, adjust the volume, play and pause, and activate Party Boost; the speaker is simple to operate
  • The speaker comes with a starter guide, adaptor and power cord + regional plug, carry strap and safety sheet


  • 1.97kg weight
  • Dimensions: 28.8cm width x 13.2cm diameter x 13.6cm height
  • Water-proof
  • Dust-proof
  • Black or Blue colourway
  • $399.99 RRP



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Three beautifully illustrated stories follow the enchanting adventures of three adorable protagonists – Splash the Mermaid, Twinkle the Unicorn, Belch the Monster – which will have little ones drift off into a peaceful slumber!


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The Elan Hotel in Los Angeles was a wonderful stopping place to soak up the Hollywood experience.

The Elan Hotel is an intimate boutique hotel situated in West Hollywood, close to Beverly Hills, perfect for our Hollywood tours, Walk of Fame and visit to Universal Studios.

The Elan has been refurbished with modern décor and furnishings and the rooms included all the commodities one could hope for – an iPad, two plasma TVs, free Wi-Fi, a coffee machine and attractive, spacious bathroom.

Greystone Properties

We stayed in a Family Suite which was perfect for our family of four. It included a King size bed and a lounge suite which was set down by housekeeping staff in the evenings as a queen size bed for the children. Both beds were very comfortable; I even noticed how luxurious the pillows and linen were. Attention to detail was evident throughout.

The Elan was a quiet, stylish hotel and felt rather homely.

The rooms were very clean and the housekeeping service was excellent.

The Elan was a quiet, stylish hotel and felt rather homely. We were invited to free breakfast and a complimentary wine and cheese during the evening cocktail receptions.

There was a common dining and seating area which included free use of computers for guests.

The hotel is great value for families – it is tasteful, comfortable, clean, well-priced and in an excellent location.

For more information visit www.elanhotel.com


Staying at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island is an ideal place to holiday for families. Offspring Magazine Editor-in-Chief, Kate Durack shares her family’s experience at the resort.

On occasion, I’ve taken my kids on a holiday, with Instagram ideals in mind – tropical sunsets, cocktails, reading a magazine by a sparking pool, and feasting on delicious food I haven’t had to cook – but the reality has been far different – think stress and hassle.

Holidays with kids can sometimes be tiresome, especially when traveling with them alone, as I do. A five and a nine-year-old have lots of energy!

However, this is why I loved staying at Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Denarau Island. I had a holiday too – it was self contained and very relaxing. And, being English speaking and less than a four-hour flight from Sydney made it easy to visit with children.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji was voted 2017 Number 1 Fiji Resort for families on Trip Advisor.

Many water activities were offered at the beach and the pool. The kids and I really enjoyed the water aerobics and water volleyball sessions, as well as our own fitness session whereby we challenged the five-year-old to swim unassisted to the Swim Up Bar, where they indulged in a slushie, and me, a Pina Colada.

The pool was excellent – sandy and lots of variety, including interesting little streams, waterfalls and a water slide.

We stayed in a One-Bedroom Suite close to the beach, which was supremely comfortable, spacious and fully self-contained (handy as Fiji can be expensive).

The Blu Banana Kids Club was fantastic – the Fijian people are wonderful with children. The kids went rock climbing, built and raced boats and had sandcastle competitions.

The hotel has six restaurants and the food was fantastic. The buffet breakfasts and dinners were very good value and the kids didn’t want to leave the hotel to eat.

I was impressed by the Radisson Blu’s sponsorship program, where they support 14 schools with educational tools such as technology, books, stationary and sporting equipment.

The hotel offers weekly school tours of the schools, which was a highlight of our trip – a great educational experience and exercise in Appreciation.

We gave a full suitcase of new books to the school we visited which seemed to be valued. Their reading resources are minimal compared to what our schools and homes offer.

On the way back to the hotel, we alighted the bus in the district’s main area, Nadi, where we roamed around the markets, before catching a public bus back to the resort. This offered a great insight into perhaps a more authentic Fiji, which further enriched our holiday experience.

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is a wonderful place to take young families.