Monday, 27 April 2015

Win Fresh Flowers for Mothers Day thanks to freshflowers.com.au!

Nothing says "I Love You" on Mothers Day quite like a fresh bunch of flowers (hint, hint hubby!). So I am very excited to be able to offer up one lucky Utterly Organised reader the chance to win themselves a very special bouquet from freshflowers.com.au for their special Mum/Grandmother/Aunty/Mother in Law/Special woman or themselves (!) for Mothers Day this year.
 
Did I mention that you get to choose any bouquet up to $70 in value and that these will be delivered with your special message for you too?! I know - amazing little giveaway!
 
The extensive and well priced range from freshflowers.com.au is absolutely divine and to prove it, here is a little sneak peek...
 


As I have mentioned previously on my blog, I love a phalaenopsis orchid around the home so no guesses as to what I would pick! You can check out the rest of the Mothers Day range right here.
 
Entry is super simple by following the Rafflcopter prompts below.

Important: Entrants MUST make comment in the comments section below, stating which of the Mothers Day bouquets they would select from the range (which can be viewed here) and why.

Please note that freshflowers.com.au do deliver Australia wide in certain locations, to ensure that you (or your recipient) are part of the delivery range, please check under the 'Do we deliver in your area' tab at the top of the home page here before entering.
 

Enter Here!

 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
  • Entrants MUST comment below stating which of the Mothers Day bouquets they would select from the range (which can be viewed here) and why
  • Failure to comment as required above will result in the entrant being ineligible to win and entries will be verified
  • Winner must live within the designated delivery area for all freshflowers.com.au. To ensure that you (or your recipient) are part of the delivery range, please check under the 'Do we deliver in your area' tab at the top of the home page  
  • 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 so that the prize can be finalised prior to Mothers Day
  • Failure to claim prize within designated period will result in another winner being drawn
  • Winner must provide name, mobile number, address type, address, suburb/postcode, delivery date and message
  • Any questions on the competition can be directed to utterlyorganised@gmail.com
 
Good luck everyone!

 

Friday, 24 April 2015

DIY Mother's Day Gifts with Officeworks and Kodak Picture Kiosks

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Officeworks}
 
If every Mum is worth her weight in gold (I know I am!), then this year my Mum is worth her weight in Gold and Diamonds x 100.
 
You see while I have been sick in hospital, bed, on the couch or unable to move from the toilet floor this pregnancy, it has been my Mum that has helped me pick up the pieces.
 
Without complaint (to me anyway!), she has been here week after week (and sometimes day after day) to pick up my washing, drop off my ironing, help with the kids, drop off food and snacks and to just to mentally help me get through this rough patch.
 
So this year I definitely wanted to give her something a little bit more 'thoughtful' for Mother's Day. And what better (and easier) way is there than heading to Officeworks to try my hand at a unique and personalised DIY Mother's Day present using their Kodak Picture Kiosks in store? None!

 
 
So with a little help from Officeworks, here are a few little easy, cheap and fabulous DIY Mother's Day gift ideas that you might like to try your hand at this year too...
 

Project 1: Inspirational Quote Cards

You'll Need:
 
  • Your favourite photos of course! Print at your local Officeworks on the Kodak Picture Kiosk using your USB, Tablet or Mobile Device. I printed mine off using the 'Social Print' feature that allows you to enter text in - perfect for entering in those special quotes
  • Your favourite Mother's Day quotes. I found some great ones online here, but Google will also do the trick for some more! I then simply typed up my favourite ones in Word and printed off to take with me to Officeworks. But if you don't have a printer at home, why not print off at Officeworks when you arrive?

This DIY project is so simple (and easy on the hip pocket too). The only outlay here is for the photos (20c per print) and the business card holder that you select. The one I have used was $3.25 (you can find that here) and comes in many different colours if white is not your thing.

The 'Social Print' format of printing that I have used for this project is fabulous! I love that you can enter your favourite quotes straight on to the template and customise the colour of the background, font and formatting too.
 
Of course if you would prefer, you can always print up your quotes and stick to the back of a photograph printed in a traditional or different format at the Kiosk (loads to choose from).

For some extra fun and personalisation, why not have a little one help you write up the quotes (dependent upon age) or have them decorate the paper that you have the quotes written up on, before you adhere to the back of the photo.
 
Steps:

1. Simply follow the prompts on the Kodak Picture Kiosk selecting Social Print as the option that you want here


2. Make sure you have your quotes ready to go, as you will need these on hand to type in to the text box in the program


3. Following the super easy prompts, customise the background, text and formatting to your hearts content!
 
4. Print out at the kiosk in no time!
 
5. Head home and pop in your business card holder and you are done - voila!



Of course if you are feeling extra crafty, you can also pretty up the business card holder using some of the amazing washi tape that you can find in store or online as I have done - love this stuff!!

 
 This is a beautiful gift to pop on your entrance hall or bedside table. Rotate pictures each day to make you smile each time you wake up or come through the front door!
 
 

Project 2: Photo Pot Plant

You'll Need:
 
  • Your favourite photos of course! Print at your local Officeworks Kiosk using your USB, Tablet or Mobile Device. I elected to print mine off using the 'Mini Prints' feature and selecting 9 per page
  • Modge Podge or Spray Adhesive to seal and finish
  • Garden Pot of your choice
  • Ribbon, Washi Tape or twine to decorate (if desired)
  • Plant or Garden Goodies to fill your pot!

This little project is another one that is easy on the wallet. The Mini Prints feature will only set you back 35c per photo (which contains 9 mini prints per page).

Scour your local $2 shop, IKEA, Kmart or Hardware store for a pretty little pot in the size and colour of your choice. Or if you are extra handy (or game), you could paint and decorate the pot by yourself or with your little one too! 

You can fill your pot up with your Mum's favourite plant (I love a pretty little phalaenopsis orchid myself) or fill up with some garden goodies.
 
Steps:

1. Cut up pictures individually or in strips (dependent upon how you printed in store). Mine have been printed as a using the Mini Prints option with 9 pics per page. This prints off roughly the size of a passport picture which I found to be a great size for the project
 

2. Pop some super glue around the back of the pictures and stick as desired around your pot



3. Once dry, paint the outside of the photos (or use spray adhesive) to seal and protect. I have used Modge Podge (which you can get at art and craft stores etc) as it is a multipurpose product - it glues, seals and gives a fabulous little finish

 
 
4. Once the glue has dried, you can attach any extra details (ribbons, twine or rope) to pretty up the pot (or hide any wonky pictures) as you like! I used my pretty pink chevron washi tape again - couldn't resist!

 
 
6. Add your plant or goodies to the pot and you there you have your amazing gift!

 
I have filled my pot up with some garden goodies that my Mum can use with Mr B. There are some seedings, garden lights and some cute chalkboard garden signs. I know that the two of them will love using this special little gift at Nanny's house beyond Mother's Day.
 
 

Project 3: Extra Special Mother's Day Card

Of course every good Mother's Day gift needs an extra special card too! Using the Kodak Kiosk in store, you can quickly and easily create and print off a truly unique and beautiful Mother's Day Card in minutes! Mine only set me back $3.75 which is fantastic for such a super cute and personalised card.
 
You'll Need:
 
  • Your favourite photos of course! Print at your local Officeworks Kiosk using your USB, Tablet or Mobile Device.

Steps:

  1. Use the clever little Kodak Picture Kiosk to guide you through the simple steps to get your masterpiece done. The hardest part of this project is deciding between the super cute designs, fonts and colours!



Because this is literally so quick and easy to do instore, why not involve your little one in the process by letting them pick the background, colours and the photo too? Of course hand them the envelope once done to decorate as they desire - this is Mr B's favourite thing to do for birthday and special occasion cards!
 

As you can see, with the help of Officeworks and Kodak Picture Kiosks, even a pregnant person with very little energy can create a truly amazing little DIY gift - so they will be a cinch for you!
 
Involving the kids in selecting the photos, drawing up the quotes and cutting (depending on age), means that they can create a gift for you (hope the Dad's are reading this too!) or Grandma that they can be proud of too!
 
Of course if you don't have time for a little DIY, but still want a gorgeous little personalised product, then the Kodak Picture Kiosks at Officeworks can easily help you out with Canvas Wall Prints, Mugs, Keyrings, Mousepads, Calendars and more - all of which would make the perfect customised gift. If you can't get in to a store, you can also access the kiosk online from your own home at any time here.

Mums - what are you hoping to get this Mother's Day?! A full week of sleep would do me nicely!!
 
 
 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Life Lately and a bit of News...

So I have had a number of messages and emails as of late asking if I am okay and asking why my blog has been a little bit quiet.
 
Well folks hopefully this clears things up for you....

Positive - yay!!!!!
 
Yes that is right, I am thrilled to bits to be currently pregnant with bub #3!!
 
If you were playing along at home with my last pregnancy, you will know that as much as being pregnant is a joy to most, it is also a pretty darn rough ride for me too. Unfortunately I am one of those poor folks that suffers with a condition called hyperemesis gravidum - or as most people know it - the acute form of pregnancy sickness that Dutchess Kate endures in her pregnancies too.

Fun and games in hospital - not!!
 
Thankfully this pregnancy has only seen me in hospital for two lengthy stints (it was 4 visits totalling a month with C) and I am just now starting to be able to leave the house for small amounts of time every few days (big achievement!).
 
I am almost 24 weeks pregnant (but already look and feel 34 weeks in my opinion!), so the countdown is now well and truly underway until this bub arrives in August. Time to start getting better so that I can turn my attention to the fun of nursery planning and working out how the heck I am going to cope with 3 kids 3 and under!!
 
But jokes aside, I feel very fortunate to be in this position one last time (famous last words) and do thank those that contacted me to check up on me!
 
Any other Mums with 3 kids out there?! Will I survive?!!! Tips?!!!
 
 


 

Monday, 20 April 2015

Apricot, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Truffle Recipe


After polishing off my last Easter Egg on the weekend, I have made a little bit of a resolution to try and stay away from Chocolate. At least for this week....!

Oh and if you are admiring my self control with still having Easter Eggs two weeks after the event - don't! You see I am one of 'those' still picking up the reduced chocolate during my weekly shops - please tell me I am not alone?!!
 
So while I am not doing anything crazy like going totally sugar free, I am trying to include a few more nutritious snacks (snacking on chocolate is my biggest downfall) and trying oh so hard to eat less refined sugar.
 
I whipped up these Apricot, Coconut and Sunflower Seed Truffles last night and they were too yummy not to share. For any of you on restricted diets, I believe them to be Gluten, Dairy, Nut and Refined Sugar Free and loved by little ones too if Mr B is any indication.

If you have a Thermomix, this definitely makes the recipe a cinch. But it also works just as fine in a normal food processor too.
 

You'll Need

  • 1 1/2 Cups Dried Apricots (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Cup of Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut (plus an extra 1/4 Cup to roll Truffles in)
  • 2 Tbs Honey
  • 2 - 4 Tbs Water


Method

  1.  Process the Sunflower Seeds in a food processor until ground to a flour consistency
  2. Add the chopped Apricots, Coconut and Honey and process for a further 30 seconds
  3. Whilst the food processor is on a low setting, slowly add in your water until the mix starts to come together (you may find you only need 2 Tbs of water)
  4. Roll mixture in to balls and coat in the extra Coconut set aside
  5. Place in fridge to set for at least one hour
  6. Enjoy!
  • You can substitute the Sunflower Seeds for a nut of your choice
  • This recipe works really well when halved if you don't need so many at once
  • For a more indulgent truffle, you could add in some dark chocolate chips (or Easter Eggs - just sayin'!)

Are you embarking on a bit of healthy eating after a crazy Easter too?!

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Bargain of the Week: Chambray Shirt Dress from Mix Apparel

Well daylight savings is over (sob, sob) and Autumn is really in full swing here in Melbourne (though I don't even feel like we had a summer!). And with the cooler days, I am turning my attention to my Autumn Wardrobe... 
 
First up is a dress that will see me through so many days like today - not hot, but not cold. And believe it or not, I found it doing my weekly grocery shop at Coles....
 

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I love me a shirt dress and this chambray number ticks all the boxes for me:
 
- Knee length
- Flattering Fit
- Waist Tie
- Comfy
- Dress up or down
- Sleeves that can be rolled up or worn down
- Super great price!!
 
The dress retails for $29, but I nabbed it for $19 during a recent denim promotion - SO cheap! Especially when it looks very similar to a Country Road number that I have lusted after for months...


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But the Mix Apparel number at $29 is a far cry from the $149.00 Country Road price tag -glad that I resisted it!!
 
New to the shirt dress caper?! Definitely worth a shot, it truly is so flattering to wear.
 
Breastfeeding? This dress is an absolute winner for you too and very forgiving on the post bub body - trust me!!
 
Oh and if you have a 'Mini Me' in your life, you can get her this super cute Target Chambray dress (with leggings) for only $22.00.

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I love a bit of Mother/Daughter Matchy Match don't you?!!