Thursday, 8 December 2016

Whirlpool Crisp N Grill Microwave Review GT286

So it seems the microwave has come a long way since I last invested in one way back in 2007 - sounds ancient doesn't it?! Whirlpool has completely revolutionised the humble microwave with their new Crisp N Grill model (GT286) that I was recently sent out to try.

No longer just to re-heat (poorly at that), Whirlpool have come up with a microwave that is the ultimate kitchen appliance. This thing can reheat, defrost, bake, grill and steam too - yup you read that correctly. Gone are the days of soggy, unevenly cooked food - crisp, baked items in a microwave are now a reality!
 

What I loved...

Evenness of cooking: Porridge is a daily staple at our place. In a standard microwave this is prone to hot spots, uneven cooking and making you stir it item 1,000 times in 2 minutes of cook time. The Crisp N Grill has a 3D Microwave Distribution System which ensures food always cooks both evenly and thoroughly.
 
 
I am also a sucker for a frozen meal for myself (well it is better than not eating... or chocolate!) when I am in a mad rush to eat. We all know how hard these can be to cook (hot on top and frozen on the bottom) and the Crisp N Grill does these to perfection.
 
 
Crisp pastry: The thought of cooking pizza, sausage rolls and pies in a microwave is practically criminal isn't it?! I mean who likes soggy pastry?
 
 
The Crisp N Grill comes with a separate crisping plate that is specially designed to reach the high temperatures needed to cook these items to crispy perfection (in mere minutes). I guarantee you will be amazed when you see how crispy your chips and baked goods are - oven baked quality in a fraction of the time. This is perfect when it comes to feeding the munchkins who don't really have much patience when it comes to waiting out 25 minutes for oven baked chicken nuggets!
 
 
Healthy meals - FAST! We love pitta bread pizzas here and I absolutely love the convenience of preparing these the night before, and microwaving these in a few minutes ready for lunch.
 
 
The above is my creamy bean/ricotta topped pizza (must share this recipe soon) and as you can see it is browned on top and crispy on the edges and bottom, just like pizza is meant to be! Hard to believe that a microwave can now produce the same results as an oven.
 
Super easy peasy to use: There are so many pre-programmed settings on this thing, so you don't need to guess how long things will take to cook or defrost - it does it for you.
 

For example, to defrost hit the Jet Defrost button, select food type, set the weight and start - that's all that needs to be done! I love how this thing defrosts so fast and manages to keep the food in tact. I am forever forgetting to get meat out the night before and this is an absolutely life saver.

Practical recipes: The unit comes with recipe books that are full of staples for you to try out. 

 

I have also found several books available to purchase (and loads more to be found on Google) as well as a Facebook Fan page too. You really can treat this like an everyday appliance, rather than a simple reheating machine.
 

Any cons?

 
The beep! I have a habit of trying to do a million things while the microwave is going and once the time is up, the unit keeps turning and beeping until you attend to it. In a way this could almost be a positive as I have been known to set and forget....
 
The Crisp N Grill is available to purchase in Australia at Good Guys stores for an RRP of $499. Keep your eyes peeled for some pre and post Christmas bargains as these guys have some amazing sales year round!

 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Designs by Emma: Christmas Giveaway & Reader Offer!

 
If you are after the perfect, practical and pretty gift for a loved one (or yourself) this Christmas then look no further! Designs by Emma make the most stunning range of plastic coated bags. These can be customised to suit your, or your recipients, tastes by selecting from the most gorgeous (and extensive) range of fabrics you have laid your eyes on!
 
 
 
 
If you don't quite see a fabric you love (which would shock me), let Emma know what you might have in mind and she is more than happy to suggest or source something to suit.

I was so lucky to be on the receiving end of one of Emma's divine creations and I have to say this bag has seen it all!
 

From playdates and park dates, to swimming lessons, the gym and as a nappy bag - this bag is perfect for the busy Mum always on the go!
 
 
 
I was sent the large size bag which retails at $65.00. It has two interior pockets sewn in, which are SO handy for finding keys wallets and phones in a hurry. The above pic shows the bag loaded up with 3 regular sized beach towels just to show you just how much room is left - oodles of space!
 
 
And that fabric... I'd say with mint, pink and gold glitter polka dots, Emma nailed my bag in one wouldn't you?!

 
It is so pretty.
 
This sized bag really is a great all rounder, however if you are after something smaller (or bigger), Emma has so many different sizes in the range. You can also grab a small kids sized bag, a makeup bag and even a nappy bag with change mat in her range too. There really is a size and fabric to suit absolutely everyone!

Reader Offer

Emma has very kindly offered the first 5 Utterly Organised readers to place an order with her a 10% discount off their order. There is no expiry date for this, but it is limited to the first 5 readers only so don't delay in placing your custom order!
 
To place an order, check out the range or to follow Emma's gorgeous page, simply head over to her Facebook page here.
 
 

Giveaway

One lucky reader is going to LOVE designing their very own medium sized bag. This amazing prize is valued at $50 and will be made up in a fabric from Emma's range of your choice - how good is that?!

To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below.

Please ensure that you follow the important terms and conditions outlined below. This includes ensuring that you comment on what you would use your gorgeous new Designs by Emma bag for! Maybe a trip to the beach, a seaside holiday or for a new job in 2017.

Please also ensure that your comment includes your full name too.
 

Enter Here

 
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Terms and Conditions

- The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
- There will be one lucky winner of this prize
- Prize includes 1 x Medium Sized bag in the winners choice of fabrics (from available range)
- Readers MUST leave a comment below this post as to what they would use their gorgeous new bag for!
- Please ensure that your entry contains a comment and a full name (first and last), so that entries can be verified.
- The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page and displayed on the Rafflecopter widget above
- The lucky winner will have 3 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize
- Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn
- Entrants must like the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- Any questions on the competition can be directed to utterlyorganised@gmail.com

Thank you SO much Emma for the gorgeous bag, cannot wait to hit the beach with it next!
 

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Candy Mint Designs: Reader Offer!


If you are after a gorgeous piece of statement jewellery to spoil a special friend, family member or yourself with this Christmas, then look no further! Candy Mint Designs make the most stunning pieces of handmade jewellery. All pieces are made with love by the super clever mamma Tiffany who lives over in Adelaide.


Not only does she have the most divine pieces in her store, but Tiffany is also more than happy to work with you to create a piece to suit your recipients (or your own) tastes.

 
Necklaces are only $20-$25 and the studs are also an absolute steal for only $5! How could you resist the mint?!
 
 
My absolute fave, are the Mummy and Me pieces where you get to share your own necklace design with your little one.

 
Necklaces for your mini me are only $15.
 
 
I absolutely LOVE a bit of matchy, matchy (can't you tell?!) and Miss C was so thrilled to have the same necklace as me, she is refusing to take it off in fact!
 

Reader Offer

 
Tiffany has very kindly offered all Utterly Organised readers the chance to get 20% off their orders. Simply use the code UTTERLYORGANISED at checkout to receive the discount.
 
This offer is valid until 3 February 2017, so there is plenty of time to get your orders in for Christmas and for upcoming birthday's for 2017 (sounds so scary!).
 

The design that Miss C and I have is called Denim and Dots and it is STUNNING! I wear a lot of neutrals and pastels and this works with so many items in my wardrobe. I am sure you'll be seeing this number a lot of my outfit of the day posts...
 
 
 
 

Monday, 21 November 2016

Decorate with Mint Imprint this Christmas! Win and Reader Offer


If you thought the name Mint Imprint sounded familiar, you'd be right! The gorgeous Ally from Mint Imprint is the very same that designed the amazing printed material for Miss C's Minnie Mouse themed 1st birthday.
 
This time Ally is back on the blog sharing some new (and stunning) Christmas themed printed material and goodies that have just been added to her Etsy store.

 
As we all know, I love a bit of glitter and sparkle (especially at Christmas), so this printable wall art is me! This design also comes as an invitation, perfect for those Chrissie parties you have coming up at your house or workplace.


The printed designs also come in a silver scheme if that is more your thing!

 
 This year Ally has her popular felt ball garland kits available in some traditional Christmas colours.


These look just beautiful as an alternative to the old tinsel on the tree!


If traditional is not your colour theme, then you can have the kit made up in a huge variety of shades (32 to be precise!) to suit - this grey, white and turquoise combo is just beautiful.
 
 

Reader Offer

As an exclusive offer for Utterly Organised readers, use the code UTTERLY25 at the checkout in the Mint Imprint Etsy store to receive 25% off your purchase.

 
This offer is valid until 24 December 2016.
 

Giveaway

One lucky reader will have the chance to win a Mint Imprint Christmas set. This will include the Eat, Drink & Be Merry Print (valued at $15) and a 50 Felt Ball Garland Kit (valued at $25).




The Felt Ball Garland kit is available in traditional Red & White, or can be made up in colours to suit an alternative Christmas scheme - up to you!

To enter, please follow the Rafflecopter prompts below noting the Terms & Conditions of entry. All entries MUST comment below this blog post as to what colour scheme they'll be decorating in this year for Christmas. Please ensure your comment includes your full name to be verified.
 

Enter Here

 
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Terms and Conditions

- The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
- There will be one lucky winner of this prize
- Prize includes 1 x Print and 1 x Felt Ball Garland Kit
- Readers MUST leave a comment below this post as to what colours they are decorating in, this Christmas
- Please ensure that your entry contains a comment and a full name (first and last), so that entries can be verified.
- The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page and displayed on the Rafflecopter widget above
- The lucky winner will have 3 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize
- Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn prior to the event date
- Entrants must like the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- Any questions on the competition can be directed to utterlyorganised@gmail.com 

Friday, 18 November 2016

Little Raya Sunshine Accessories: Win & Reader Offer!

One of the very first purchases I made when I had Miss C, was one of the gorgeous headbands from Little Raya Sunshine Accessories.
 
 

Gah - I wish she was that little and squishy again!!
 
If you have not checked out Little Raya Sunshine Accessories, then you absolutely MUST! Their range of bows, clips, crowns and headbands are just divine. They have so many colours and styles - you won't be able to stop at one - trust me on that!

 
 
Rouba (mother of two gorgeous girls) is the clever lady behind the brand and my obsession with her pretties has just grown (and grown) over the years. I am just excited now that Miss C will FINALLY keep things in her hair! 
 
In addition to their pretties for the hair, they also have this beautiful Emmy Bow Clip Hanger.


Available in 3 different colours, these are an absolute must for any little (or big!) girl who loves her bows.


At only $19.95, these are a perfect stocking stuffer or gift for the little girl that has more toys that she can deal with! They also look gorgeous hanging up in the room too.
 

Reader Offer:

 
If you'd like to start (or add to) your collection of these gorgeous bows, now is the time! Little Raya Sunshine Accessories are offering Utterly Organised readers 15% off your entire order (valid until 25/12/2016).

Simply enter the code UO15 at the checkout to claim this special offer - too good to pass up! This also applies to the bow holder, which will only be $16.95 with the discount.
 

Giveaway:

For one super doper lucky reader, you have the chance to win yourself a plywood bow holder just in time for Christmas. To enter, simply follow the rafflecopter prompts below.

Readers MUST leave a comment below this post as to what products they love the most from the Little Raya Sunshine Accessories range. You can checkout the full range here.
 

Enter Here:

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway
 

Terms & Conditions:

- The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
- There will be one lucky winner of this prize
- Prize includes 1 x Bow Holder in plywood colour (only)
- Readers MUST leave a comment below this post as to what products they love the most from the Little Raya Sunshine Accessories range. You can checkout the full range here.
- Please ensure that your entry contains a comment and a full name (first and last), so that entries can be verified.
- The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page and displayed on the Rafflecopter widget above
- The lucky winner will have 3 days to contact Utterly Organised and claim their prize
- Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn prior to the event date
- Entrants must like the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- Any questions on the competition can be directed to utterlyorganised@gmail.com 
 
If you are yet to enter the Santa's Little Elves giveaway, you can also enter that here while you are visiting! More amazing giveaways coming up next week, so stay tuned!