Sunday, 24 May 2015

Teepee Love - Spotlight Bargain Buys!

I cannot tell you what a LONG week and weekend it has been being stuck inside with two sick and grizzly kids. All I can say is thank goodness for our playroom to keep them occupied.
 
Oh yes - the new playroom! I promise to share some pictures of this space very soon... it definitely is the most utilised space in the whole house and totally makes all of that extension pain from last year well worth it.
 
If you are going a bit stir crazy yourself in the cool weather, do yourself a favour and get a tepee - most played in/with this week for sure!
 
You know I cannot resist a pretty little bargain and so I had to share these stunning new teepees from Spotlight​. I know - Spotlight!! I couldn't believe the price either. Only $45.49 at the moment - worth popping away for under the tree at that price don't you think?
 
 
Image Source and To Buy

Image Source and To Buy

Image Source and To Buy
I wish we didn't have ours, so that I could grab the cloud one - super cute don't you think?
 
 

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Pregnancy Cravings

The idea of a pregnancy craving is a little different when you are a hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) sufferer. Instead of having normal weird and wonderful pregnancy cravings, you spend most of your pregnancy trying to work out what the heck won't make you vomit - for 5 minutes at least!

The first 20 odd weeks for me are spent existing off very little - mainly just fluids from a drip in the hospital every few weeks. But whatever you do, please don't mention to me (or any other HG sufferer) to try dry biscuits or anything ginger related - trust me it is like waving a red flag at a bull!
 
Towards the end of my pregnancies, I start to be able to eat a little again. My pregnancy diet is far from normal (I would hate you to think Tim Tam's is my normal breakfast food!), instead I try and just stick to whatever I can possibly keep down and gosh has this varied from pregnancy to pregnancy...
 
 

Pregnancy 1 - Mr B

 
Toast with vegemite
Sounds simple enough right? Wrong! It had to be made with thick, fresh white bread (toast slice) with lashings of butter and a thin scraping of vegemite and heaven help it if the order of these two was confused!!
 
Popcorn
Of the salted variety that you can buy in the little multi packs. This used to get me through the car ride back when I was working and I swear every time you opened my car door, a flood of popcorn would pop (pardon the pun) out - that stuff used to go everywhere!!
 
Apple and blackcurrant Juice or Ribena
The more sugary the better!!
 
 
 

Pregnancy 2 - Miss C

 
Plain Salted Corn Chips
For so much of my pregnancy these were the only thing that I could stomach and honestly I should have taken out shares in Doritos I ate so many packets!
 
Cheesecake
Another daily staple for me! Normally of the French Cheesecake variety, but I was also a bit partial to the Cookies and Cream too.
 
Freshly Squeezed Juice
The only goodness I was able to have literally in my pregnancy. My juice combo of choice was apple, orange (not too much!), pineapple and watermelon. Quite an expensive daily habit as hubby used to bring this to me after work each day at $7 a pop!
 
 

Pregnancy 3 - Mystery Gender Bub!

 
Burger Rings
I don't think these guys have made my shopping trolley in the last decade or so, but boy have they been a saviour to get through these last few weeks!
 
Chockie Bicckies!
Well not just biscuits to be honest, this baby is partial to any sort of chocolate! It wouldn't be an average day if I didn't start it with a Tim Tam (or ten), Mint Slice or Violet Crumble (another thing I don't think I have eaten since I was a child!!). For the last week or so I have tried to revert back to my 'normal' yoghurt and fruit, only to find myself super ill after it. Tim Tam's it is...
 
Lime Cordial
Trying to limit myself to one or two glasses a day. But now that I can finally stomach any sort of liquid, this is my drink of choice - no idea why!!

Glucose test next week - I hope all of that chocolate doesn't tip me over the edge!

Very funny (now!!) to look back at the things that I was able to eat during my shocker pregnancies (all worth it though). Would love to hear the different things that made your pregnancy craving list too....

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Organise your Laundy with fabulous new Kmart Products!

Honestly week after week I could fill my blog, Instagram and Facebook page with the amazing things that Kmart Australia keeps piling on the shelves - totally addicted!!
 
Today I reveal some of the cute little things that they have just released to organise your laundry with - I know - who knew you could get so darn excited about a laundry hey?! But when they release items in my most favourite hue of teal/aqua, you know I am going to be a sucker for it...
 

Clothes Air Dryer

 
 
This is one clothes airer that you won't feel ashamed to have living in your lounge this Winter! If you live in Melbourne like me, either you rack up a $100,000 clothes dryer bill over Winter or invest in a few of these at only $15 a pop.
 
Love the size of these, definitely bigger is better for me with #3 due in a few short months - oh the washing!!
 
Not as obsessed as me with this colour? Then it also comes in a cheery yellow too :-)
 
 

3 Tier Trolley

 
This beauty reminds me of the super popular Raskog Trolley from Ikea and we all know just how brilliant that is! This version is only $19 compared to the Kaskog which is $79 in Australia.
 
Like the Raskog, there are no shortage of uses for this trolley besides being a brilliant storage caddy in the laundry. Think bathroom storage, beside table, drinks cart (love this one!), nappy/nursery storage, home-work station, or even an occasional party cart for the deck - the list goes on and on!!
 
 

Metal Storage Tins

Sure Kmart have had storage tins in the past, but they have definitely vamped up things by introducing them in this colour!!
 


 
All priced at $12, there is a tin for your first aid kit, pegs, laundry powder and 'bits and bobs' too.
 
What do you think? Inspired you to sort out the old laundry over Winter?!
 
You can check out some more of my posts on Laundry Organisation right here (including a peek at my cupboards). I am planning to revamp mine and update my free laundry labels before the bub arrives - well here's hoping anyway!!
 

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!!