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Calling All Paw Patrol Fans - We Have Some Great News!

Calling All Paw Patrol Fans - We Have Some Great News!


Our friends at Identity Direct have a NEW Personalised PAW Patrol Storybook that puts your child right in the adventure as they help Ryder and the pups save Christmas!

Imagine the look on your little ones face when they wake up Christmas morning to see that they are staring in their very own adventure with Paw Patrol!

They’ve also just released a new range of personalised PAW Patrol products featuring Skye and Everest. Little ones will love seeing their names on their very own products.

 

 For the perfect Christmas gift for any PAW Patrol fan, order now at http://bit.ly/2g17xMm + use code 34876 during checkout to get FREE standard shipping.

 Hurry, offer ends December 10, 2016. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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7 Genius Ways To Store Your Makeup!

7 Genius Ways To Store Your Makeup!

I have to confess I am a bit of a hair and makeup hoarder, I think it is from years or owning hair and beauty salons and needing to try out every new product on the market.

Not long ago I decided that I had to tackle the task of organising my makeup and downsizing, believe me with over 300 lipsticks this was not an easy task. I decided to have a look on Pinterest for some storage inspiration and I was surprised of some of the cool ideas that others had come up with. These are 9 genius ways that you can store your makeup!

This Makeup Magnet Board by Laura Thoughts

This such a great idea and their tutorial is very easy to follow. make up magnet board

Repurposed Candle Jar Storage by Life Ann Style

Don't throw out those old candle jars, save them and repurpose into makeup holders. candle contianers into makeup storage

Two Tier Makeup Tray by Picklee

A Little Craft In Your Day

Don't throw your plastic bottles out follow this simple tutorial great for makeup brushes and lip glosses. plastic bottle make up storage

Mason Jar Storage by Liz Marie Blog

I love mason jars and this is another great use for them. mason jar makeup storage

 

  copper makeup holders

This lipstick storage is genius using a shoe organizer by Sweet And Sour Kids

makeup organizer shoe bag

Ikea has some great storage ideas check out how the Polkadot Chair uses an everyday trolley to store her makeup.

ikea make up storage

 How do you store your makeup?

 

 

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Win A Mylight Valued at $129.00

Win A Mylight Valued at $129.00

We have had Mylights in our home for almost a year now, each of my three boys received a Mylight for Christmas last year and loved them.

Almost one year later and my boys still think they are awesome and take pride of place in their bedrooms. I originally thought my 3 year old was going to love having a Mylight the most, but what do you know it turns out my 15 year old loves having one in his room, especially when his mates come over and think its super cool to see his name up in lights ha!

Mylights are really well made and are not only useful but they look great as well, they give off a soft ambient light that makes falling asleep a breeze. They are perfect for night time feeds and nappy changes as well. In later years, they are perfect kids nightlight and will give comfort to toddlers or children who may be afraid of the dark.

Mylight  help you to create your own personalised nightlight. They are manufactured and made right here in Australia. You design your nightlight online and Mylight will hand make your nightlight to your design and deliver it to your door.

Mylight is for kids of all ages in fact I am going to get one for my husband for Christmas to hang over his man cave bar, I might even get my name put on it so he can remember who is boss <wink!

Mylight know how much we love their Night lights so they were kind enough to give us one Mylight valued at $129.00 to giveaway to one lucky reader, how awesome is that!

But don't worry if you want to get your hands on a Mylight ASAP especially since they make awesome Christmas gifts, then you can order here: Order Mylight

And don't forget ABC members receive 10% off any Mylight order, you can view the offer here: ABC offer!

Don't have an Australian Baby Card, you can sign up here and start saving today! Join ABC

 

Enter to win a Mylight valued at $129.00 here good luck!

 

 

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Shopping For Groceries Online Versus The Supermarket – Pros And Cons

Shopping For Groceries Online Versus The Supermarket – Pros And Cons

We have so much choice when it comes to grocery shopping these days. There are more supermarkets around, like Aldi and Costco, increasing our choice of where to shop, plus we can choose to shop either in store or online. But which is better? While it depends what suits your lifestyle better, there are pros and cons to both shopping in store and shopping online.

The pros:  

Convenience of shopping at home Nothing beats being able to shop at home at any time of the day or night, without having to even get dressed.  

Easier to keep under budget It can be hard to keep under budget in the supermarket unless you carry a calculator around the store with you. When shopping online you can see exactly how much you have spent at all times, and can easily remove items from your cart to bring your shopping back under budget.  

Eliminates impulse purchases Supermarkets are cleverly designed by marketing experts to encourage us to spend as much as possible, by placing products the supermarkets want to push at the ends of isles, and placing magazines and chocolate bars at the checkouts to encourage last minute impulse buys while you wait. None of these distractions exist when shopping online, which is perfect if you find it hard to say no to temptation.  

Save money on petrol Shopping online saves you money on the petrol you would have otherwise used to drive to and from the supermarket.  

Easier to compare brands The supermarkets online stores feature great sorting function to help you choose the lowest priced item. Just search for the item you are after, and sort the result by lowest unit price.  

Saves time You don't have to spend time driving to the grocery store, finding a park, actually doing the shopping, waiting at the checkout, loading up the car and then driving home. Once you get the hang of shopping online you will find it extremely quick and easy, saving your precious time for those things you would much rather be spending it on.  

No store opening time restrictions This can be great for people that struggle to make it to the supermarket during opening hours. Online shopping can be done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Easier with kids If you have young kids, you will understand just how difficult trips to the supermarket can be. Shopping online means you completely avoid those supermarket tantrums, and you can even shop while they are asleep.  

Now for the cons:  

Can cost more than in store The prices on some products are higher online than in store. While advertised specials are the same both in store and online, Coles charge a higher price on some products, which is intended to be a staff picking fee.  

Mark downs aren't available online You can find some great bargains on meat, fresh produce and bakery items if you are in stores at the right time, but these markdowns don't happen online. If you like to hunt for heavily reduced items online shopping may not suit you.  

Delivery fees There are delivery fees involved, which can be avoided during certain delivery times and when spending over a usually high threshold. Click and collect is also available if you really want to avoid delivery fees.  

Delivery times You will need to keep a few hours of your day free, as delivery times are given in windows of 2 to 3 hours, depending on the supermarket.  

Delivery windows need to be chosen in advance The popular delivery times will generally book out quickly, so you might need to place your order two or more days in advance, which means there is some forward planning involved.

 Products can be missed from orders Every so often there will be products missing from your order, and while its easy to get a refund or store credit, it still means that you have to make a trip to the grocery store to pick up that item, when the whole point of ordering online was to avoid the supermarket.  

Product substitutions wont always be what you wanted  If one of the items you ordered is out of stock the person packing your order will pick an alternative product for you as a substitute, but it may not be a product you like.

 You cant pick your own fresh produce If you are picky about finding the best quality fruit and vegetables, you might struggle with online shopping. You will be stuck with whatever fresh produce is picked for you.  

You need to be home Generally, you will need to be home to receive your online order, you cant just have it left by your front door. This can be a little restrictive if you live a busy lifestyle.

Do you shop inline or in store?

 

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Toilet Training Is Easy With Familoo

Toilet Training Is Easy With Familoo

I don't know about you but I have 3 boys and let's just say that toilet training has been messy business. Every time I've walked into the toilet I am met with a mess. We have tried a few things, reward charts, best aim games < haha you name it I'll give it a go if it means a clean toilet, but nothing has worked.

We have tried numerous toilet seats and gadgets with no luck, one toilet seat we tried even scared our 3 year old < go figure!

So you can imagine how excited I was when Familoo contacted us to trial one of their dual toilet seats, yep that's right Familoo is an adult and toddler seat combined in one unit.

Familoo is designed to make toilet training easy and drama free for both you and your toddler.

We were really surprised with how sturdy it was, yet lightweight.

And get this cleaning is a breeze with a one button quick release mechanism, just pop out and wipe over easy. This makes Familoo one of the most hygienic toilet training solutions on the market.

There is nothing worse than when you have to remove the toddler seat off the toilet when you need to go yourself. With Familoo there is no need to remove as the Familoo is held up by a magnetic catch when not in use. That means us mums can use the toilet comfortably without a toddler/training seat getting in the way.

Even dad is happy he can still lift the lid t go to the toilet easily, and put it  back down of course ;)

Would I recommend this product to a toilet training mum? Yes I would, hands down it's the best toilet training product we have tried to date. I also think these would make a great gift for a new mum.

You can find out more here: https://familoo.com.au/   Enter code MYFAMILOO10 to receive a 10% discount 

Now if only someone could invent a product that lets mums go to the toilet in peace ha!

 

 

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A Complete Guide To Fruit And Veggies In Season

A  Complete Guide To Fruit And Veggies In Season

It’s always good to know what time of year different fruits and vegetables are in season. Produce that is in season is likely to taste much better, be sourced locally, and of course will be much cheaper than out of season produce. Alternatively, if you buy out of season fruit or vegetables it probably won’t be the same quality as in season, will be significantly more expensive, and will either have been kept in cold storage for months or has been shipped in from overseas.

There are a few more benefits to eating in season produce. By only buying what’s in season you will be eating a great variety of foods year round, after all who wants to eat the same thing every day indefinitely. Nothing beats eating stone fruit and melon in summer, and vegetables like pumpkin in winter. Eating them out of season wouldn’t have quite the same appeal. Eating what’s in season is better for the local economy and the environment. You will be supporting local farmers, especially if you buy from local farmer’s markets. If you buy out of season produce it has probably been transported a long distance to make it to your supermarket, which has a much bigger impact on the environment. Otherwise the produce would have been kept in cold storage for a long period of time, which requires large amounts of energy to keep it refrigerated. Fruit and vegetables that are sold while they are still in season will have ripened properly, which means they will be packed full of nutrients, whereas produce that is picked for cold storage it is picked early rather than ripening naturally. They are then kept in cold storage for the length of time required, before being artificially ripened ready for sale, which results in less nutrients. The easiest to see benefit is that you will save some serious money on your grocery bill. It’s not hard to find in season produce at extremely low prices, even supermarkets sell it cheap. If you just buy produce that’s in season year round your food bills are going to be far less than someone that buys produce no matter what the season. Take grapes for example. In winter they can regularly be at least $15kg, whereas in their peak season they can be easily found for only a few dollars per kg. So now that you know the benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables in season, you might be wondering just what produce is in season and when. The following list will help you decide which fruits and vegetables to buy in which season in Australia. Print this chart out and stick on your fridge for later! How to tell what fruit and veggies are in season      

  

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How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

How To Implement A Reward Chart - 5 free reward chart printables

Reward charts are one of the best ways to encourage good behavior, discourage behavior you don’t want, and rewarding your child for practicing new skills. If you don’t know how to get started, read on.

Decide why you are using the reward chart Before you start using the reward chart, you need to be clear on why you are using the chart, so that you can talk to your child about the change you want to see. Be specific, rather than say your child needs to tidy their bedroom, tell them they need to pick up toys and put them away. Choose a chart Once you have decided why you are using the chart, it’s time to choose a chart. The type you choose might depend on it’s purpose, but to help you out we have listed 5 free reward charts at the end of this page. Decide on the rewards A reward chart wouldn’t be a reward chart without some type of rewards. Young kids love stickers like a star or smiley face, whereas older kids would prefer something more tangible. Create some short term rewards It can be hard to keep kids motivated for too long, so it’s a good idea to create some short term rewards that help kids keep their mind on the end goal. Rather than a sticker it might be something like a new book or day out doing something they enjoy. Reward good behavior immediately Giving the reward, such as a sticker, as soon as your child models the right behavior will reinforce that they are doing the right thing. Don’t punish your child if they don’t get a reward If your child doesn’t earn a reward, don’t punish them or threaten to take a reward already given off them. Instead, encourage your child to try again next time.

After sorting out a reward system, you might be wondering if it will work? Reward charts are great for helping reinforce expected behavior. They can help turn a task or experience into something with a positive focus, and that’s going to make the experience better for everybody. Working toward goals and receiving a goal at the end is a part of life, much like going to work and receiving an income at the end of the week, and reward charts work in much the same way.

Now that you are ready to try using a reward chart, it’s time to choose one. We have done the research for you and listed the 5 best free reward chart printables below. Free kids chore chart system from Simply Designing http://www.simplydesigning.net/free-kids-chore-chart-printable/ This printable is perfect for rewarding chores, with space to add in chores to suit your child’s abilities.   Superhero reward chart from The Chirping Moms http://www.thechirpingmoms.com/2015/03/free-printable-superhero-reward-chart.html#_a5y_p=3549132 These reward charts are the perfect multi use reward chart, no matter what behavior you are rewarding. There are two designs to choose from.   Free printable chore charts from Passion for Savings http://www.passionforsavings.com/free-printable-chore-charts-for-kids/ These rewards charts are perfect for any age group. There is a chore ideas printable grouped by age, a daily responsibilities printable and daily chores printable.   Toddler chore chart from Dandee-Designs http://www.dandee-designs.com/2011/08/modern-toddler-chore-chart.html This chore chart is perfect for toddlers who can’t yet read. It features little pictures of simple chores that young kids can do with minimal assistance.   Weekday printable chore chart from The Vintage Mother http://thevintagemother.com/free-printable-chore-chart/ This free printable chore chart works well for those tasks that only need to be completed on weekdays, such as making lunch for school and homework after school.  

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7 Clever Storage Solutions For Craft Supplies

7 Clever Storage Solutions For Craft Supplies

Art cart from Suburble This is a genius idea for organizing kids craft supplies, and it can easily be wheeled away out of sight when not in use. 1 Animal topped mason jars from Mason Jar Crafts Love These mason jars are perfect for storing kids craft bits and pieces. 2 Drawer pulls as chalk holders from Dimples and Tangles Use upside down drawer pulls attached to a wall as little chalk holders. Perfect for chalk board walls. 3 Chalkboard art caddy from I Heart Organizing Turn a utensil caddy into a chalkboard art caddy. Every pencil, crayon and texta will have its place. 4 Bucket storage from There Was a Crooked House Hang small buckets on wall hooks to store pencils and other craft supplies. 5 Travel craft box from No Time for Flash Cards Put together a travel craft box, perfect for car travel or days out. 6 Build a craft wall from Cup of Jo Use a peg board to build a craft wall and have everything ready for kids to use, all in the one spot. 7

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7 Creative Ideas For Displaying Your Childs Artwork!

7 Creative Ideas For Displaying Your Childs Artwork!

Is your fridge looking a little cluttered with ever growing amounts of your children’s artwork? There are so many other ways to display your child’s artwork, and nothing will make your child prouder than having their creations displayed creatively around the house for all to see.

Kids art wall from Design Improvised Create a quick and easy kid’s art wall using string and some mini pegs. You can then swap old artwork with new masterpieces as quickly as the kids can create them. 1 DIY gallery wall from The Caterpillar Years Give your kids their very own gallery wall to display their artwork, using empty picture frames. Just like to string art wall, the pictures can easily be changed at any time. 2 Giant cork board from Young House Love Build this giant cork board in your house and your child will always have somewhere to proudly put every painting, drawing or other creation. 3 DIY art books for kids from Artful Parent If you are running out of room to display all of your kid’s artwork, turn the artwork into a DIY art book, that can be looked at time and time again. It would even make a fantastic coffee table book. 4 Display artwork in frames from Infarrantly Creative Use ordinary photo frames to display kid’s artwork, after all nothing will make your kids happier than to see their creations hung as art on the wall. If the artwork doesn’t fit in the frames, which most probably won’t, just use a quality printer to resize the artwork to perfectly fit the frame. 5 Art gallery shelves from Centsational Girl Install some floating shelves and use them to display frames containing your child’s artwork. 6 Display artwork on pants hangers from Honestly Decorate some ordinary pants hangers and use them to hang kids’ artwork on the walls. This is a really quick, easy and non-permanent way to display your child’s artwork. 7

How do you display your children's art work?

 

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The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

The Easiest Way To Clean A Dishwasher!

Honestly this is one of the easiest ways to clean your dishwasher. I do this once a week as it keeps the dishwasher sparkly clean.

Your dishwasher will be sparkling in no time by following these few simple steps.

1. Make sure dishwasher is empty of all dishes. (including wine glasses lol)

2. Fill a dishwasher safe bowl with 2 cups of vinegar (I use home brand white vinegar) and set on the top rack of the dishwasher.

3. Run through on a hot cycle once and that’s it your dishwasher will come out clean and sparkly, the vinegar will remove any unwanted food smells as well.

4. Wallah too easy! Leaving you more time to put your feet up and have a cuppa or a wine!

 

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