Tuesday, 18 October 2016

5 Tips to update your home on a budget!

{Post in conjunction with Jason Agustina}
Every year right about this time, I get the urge to give my home a little makeover ready for Summer and the entertaining and festive season. While I would love to go all out and deck out the house with fresh paint, furniture and linen, unfortunately the budget doesn't quite stretch! Today I have put together a few of the tips and tricks I have used over the years to decorate and update the home on a budget.

1. Paint

Without a doubt painting a room is one of the cheapest ways (maybe not easiest!) to change a space with very little cost. I am a sucker for bright, fresh, neutral coloured walls and we have most of our house painted in Dulux Whisper White.
Image Source: Inspirations Paint
I also find that by painting most of the home white, I can easily and affordably inject colour around the place through soft furnishings. Then when I get bored of a colour, I simply replace these instead of having to paint and update a whole room down the track.

2.  Paper, Paint or Stick

If you don't have the time, money or patience to paint a room then why not consider a few easier and cheaper options instead?
Think Small: Why not tackle a piece of furniture instead? Painting an old dresser, hall table or chest of draws can make such a huge impact in a room.
Image Source: Delightfully Noted
I have been stalking opp shops and garage sales to something similar in our entrance at our place - how stunning is this?!
Wallpaper: Doesn't have to be an entire room folks! A feature wall or even just a bookshelf in a room can give stunning results.
Image Source: Centsational Girl
Opt for the self adhesive options to really make this job a breeze!
Wall Decals: My absolute favourite way to inject a bit of personality in to a space has to be wall stickers.

This is Miss C's bedroom which has polka dots (of course!), but you'll also see decals in my home office and family room - cannot get enough!

Wall decals are also a renters dream as they are formulated to be removed without leaving a trace or sacrificing your bond.
You can read more about Miss C's room here.

3. Update Accessories

Bathroom looking tired? Try some gorgeous bright bath towels and accessories.
Image Source: Adairs
We love the Adairs Flinders towel range in Peppermint, but they have so many other gorgeous bright colours to boot and are often 40-50% off.
Lounge looking daggy? Invest in some new season cushions from Target or Kmart.
Image Source: Target Australia

Image Source: Target Australia
These options are both Target and both $15 - cannot complain about that price tag!

4. Designer look, not price

Love the designer look in your home, but without the designer price? Then don't be afraid to shop online instead of in stores because you can save yourself a pretty penny! Jason Agustina has the most amazing range of designer furniture at a mere fraction of the cost you'd expect to pay in a retail store.
Sometimes it can be just one signature item - a sofa, an armchair or sideboard - that can really transform the look and feel of your home.
Image Source: Jason Agustina
Image Source: Jason Agustina
If you're still unsure about the benefits of online shopping (hey no kids!!), Jason Agustina also offer a 30 day money back guarantee, so if it isn't right - return!

5. One Mans Trash...

I have picked up the most amazing artwork and furnishings from Gumtree and my local Facebook Buy, Swap and Sell pages. If you haven't joined these pages, you really are missing out! You have been warned that these pages can be addictive!
These sites and pages are also a great way to sell on your unwanted furniture or furnishings to raise money for your new!  
Do you have some tips on updating your home on a budget? Love to hear them!

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Homedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier Review

This Winter has been the absolute pits when it has come to illnesses in our home. Mr T is a chronic allergy sufferer - he has both food and skin allergies, severe eczema and is also prone to picking up every single bug going around Melbourne town. This year I too have been battling weird and (not so) wonderful viruses and was recently diagnosed with a chronic sinus disease. I am trying my hardest to avoid surgery and the constant run of medication by seeking out remedies to help relieve both situations. I was thrilled to be asked to road test the Homedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier as this was one such avenue I had been researching to try.
Living in Antarctica Melbourne, we have our ducted heating on full blast from April through to October. The Winter cold air contains hardly any moisture and when coupled with the ducted heating, it is a recipe for itchy skin, eczema flare ups and my sinus disease to cause all sorts of havoc - and boy does it. I was super keen to see if the cool mist humidifier would make any difference to our conditions, because switching off the heater and freezing to death just isn't an option for me!
Many people associate humidifiers with hot steam (me included), but the cool mist units are designed to convert the water in to a cool, fine mist that puts moisture back in to the air. They also have been proven to help with sinus issues, reduce the ability of airborne viruses such as the common cold and flu and assist in the recovery of such illnesses. The increase in moisture in the air helps to keep skin hydrated which is exactly what we need for Mr T and his eczema conditions.

The unit I tried (Model CM50B) is designed to cover a small - medium area, it is a perfect size to use in a single room such as a bedroom or a lounge area but not large enough to do the whole home. I have been using our unit in the lounge/living areas during the day and moving in to the bedroom at night. Being a light sleeper, I was a bit worried about the noise factor, but the unit is surprisingly quiet and soothing to use at night and even gives off a lovely little glow if you like.
If you have curious little ones, the cool mist units are a lot safer to have around the home. There are 4 levels of mist and the head oscillates to distribute around the room. I have been using mine on a level 2 setting.

The unit also has an automatic shut off feature when empty, so this gives you peace of mind when using at night. If you fill the unit right up, you will get 48 hours of run time - pretty impressive and definitely long enough to run all night and day.

Has it worked?!

Now I wasn't expecting the Homedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier to completely cure our conditions, but I am happy to report that there has been a significant improvement for both Mr T and myself.
Mr T's eczema riddled skin has been noticeably more hydrated and we have had less flare ups when using the unit in conjunction with our ducted heating. We were experiencing ultra dry skin on his neck, forehead and cheek areas that we could not get on top of. Overnight Mr T would be frequently scratching these areas in his sleep, but we have found this all to have improved in conjunction with his lotions and potions of course.
As for me, I have noticed that my sinus condition has eased up, particularly in the morning. I had been frequently been waking up with a headache from the get go, but I am happy to have noticed this has improved. I have also noticed that my skin has been a bit more hydrated as well (an added bonus I wasn't expecting!).

We are almost in October and Melbourne has not turned on any warm Spring weather just yet. So it looks like the ducted heating (and humidifier) will be working well in to November at this rate!
Have you tried a humidifier? Did it work? Love to hear your thoughts below.
The Homedics Ultrasonic Cool Mist Air Humidifier has an RRP of $99.00 and can be found at leading retailers Myer, Good Guys, Shaver Shop and Betta Electrical.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Crazy Sales Electric Toy Car Review

{Post in conjunction with crazysales.com.au}
The lovely folk at crazysales.com.au recently offered me the amazing opportunity to review the Electric Ride on Vehicle from their extensive toy collection and trust me I didn't need to be asked twice!
I decided not to tell the kids that the car was coming and honestly Christmas has NOTHING on the reactions that my three had when they clapped eyes on this...

I really should have filmed their faces, it truly was excitement plus!
The car arrived in record delivery time, was safely packaged and came in a non descript box - perfect if you are thinking about stashing this away for a birthday or Christmas gift.
I left the assembly of the vehicle to my hubby. He is definitely not a fan of anything that remotely requires construction (Ikea flat packs I am looking at you!), but managed to put this together with ease even with three kids trying to mix up parts helping him out. I should add that the car comes pretty much assembled, it is just connecting all the wires up and adding on the accessories that you need to do.
It is definitely important  to note, that the car needs to be charged for approx. 8 hours before use and I think these 8 hours were the longest EVER in my life! Every 5 minutes (or less) I was getting the "is it done yet". So if you are planning to gift this, my advice is to charge it up so that it is ready to go! It will definitely save the insistent whinging heartache all round.
The car itself is quite possibly better to drive than my own. It has sound, lights and a horn to rival most neighbourhood hoons!

You have the option to drive the car using the switches within the vehicle - perfect for the older more competent kids. But for the young ones, there is the remote control option for parents to control and therefore safely avoid any crashes in to pets, furniture and your photo display on your hall table. The car drives in a forward and a reverse motion too.
Like any good sports car (toy or not), the sound system is loud! The car belts out several tunes which the kids absolutely love and you can be assured you'll be singing along to (through gritted teeth) in no time. You can even plug in an MP3 or other sound source and have your kids cruising the hallways with the Wiggles blasting from the speakers - talk about every childs' dream!
The concept of sharing is lost with this car. My kids don't want to get out of this thing, it is truly the number one toy in our place and trust me between a cubby, trampoline and a full playroom - we have a few!

The recommended age for the car is 3 and up. However you could not get my 2.5 year old out of this if you tried. Mr T (almost 1) absolutely loves sitting in the seat (not driving it of course) and has mastered the horn toot which he finds hilarious.
The car is currently on promo for $179.88 - making it a perfect time to buy this in advance for Christmas or a special birthday coming up. After all chrissie is just 4 months away folks!!

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Mr T's Hot Air Balloon Themed Baptism Party

Each party I tell myself that I will get better and quicker with posting pics, but here I am 4 months after the party.. again!!

About the Day!

Way back in early April (honestly it feels like forever ago) we had Mr T Christened.
As with the other two kidlets, we head back to the very same church where we were married to perform the ceremony. The day itself was a really small affair, we only had immediate family and the godparents.
This year we were fortunate enough to have a late morning service, which meant that instead of the usual morning tea to follow, we had a lunch (and a sleep in!) back at our place.

What we ate...

Hubby came up with the genius idea of getting our fave local Italian restaurant to cater. So we feasted on pizzas, pastas and salads and my goodness it was SO easy as we picked it all up on the way home from the service!
Of course I couldn't resist a super simple little cake/dessert table to follow the lunch...

So simple (and on a budget), but of course I had to have a theme! So hot air balloon in shades of blue and yellow it was.


Little details...

The cake and the cookies were from my amazing friend Sharmila at Sweet Creations by Sharms.


The cupcakes and the jelly pots I did along with a small selection of lollies for guests to take home.
I also wrapped the chocolate bars myself in some gift wrap and popped a little cloud cut out on that I stamped with a little t. Simple but pretty cute!
The decorations were all done (very) last minute the night before!
Would you believe the little man is one next WEEK?! Me either. So I am right in the thick of party planning for that but definitely not feeling utterly organised at all!
If you'd like to see some of our other baptism themes or 1st birthday party celebrations, you can see those posts here. Thank you for stopping by!

Thursday, 28 July 2016

4 Spring Wardrobe Essentials from Jeanswest - 40% OFF!!!!!!

I never, ever pay full price for anything. These days great discounts and sales seem to come up so regularly that it pays to wait. I head to my favourite stores (Country Road, Witchery, Just Jeans, Jeans West and Portmans) and pick out a 'lust list' and as soon as the promos start, I pounce!!
I have been waiting for Jeans West to have a 40% off sale ever since they introduced their Spring range with gorgeous pastel colours. Here are a few things on my list now that the 40% off has STARTED!

Tara Long Line Cardi

I have featured this on my Facebook page previously for good reason - IT IS DIVINE! In a gorgeous powder blue, it is perfect to wear over jeans for the cooler weather and belted over a dress for Spring.

Scarves, Gorgeous Scarves!

Not sure if it is a mistake, but most of the scarves online appear to be reduced crazily to $12 (that's not a typo folks!!).

So many gorgeous prints and colours for Spring, treat yourself to two (or more) at this price I say!

Camilla Print Tee

I love a little leopard print, especial when it is soft and neural like this tee.
Layer under the longline cardi for cooler Spring days and pair with a denim skirt and converse for days of sunshine (cannot wait!).

Shop it here for $23.99 (40% off price)

Kassidy Rib Stitch Pullover

In cream and this gorgeous pastel peachy pink, this is the kind of knit essential I need for Spring (gosh I am sick of black!).
So many other gorgeous pieces online, love to know what you have your eye on?
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