Thursday, 11 February 2016

Organise Yourself with Bellhop Files: Review, Reader Offer & Giveaway!

{Post brought to you in conjunction with Bellhop Bags}
 
Well I have almost made it through the second full week of kinder - but boy it definitely has required some effort and a lot of organisation all round to get up and moving and out the door by 8:10am (should be criminal!). One of the things that I have been trialling since kinder kicked off is a set of Bellhop Files from Bellhop Bags.
 
 
Created by a super clever (and organised Mum), the files are designed to give us busy Mammas a hand when it comes to organising our bags - and our lives - each day. The Bellhop Files are a set of 4 files with little tabs at the top so that you can label using the printed labels (included) or customise according to your needs.

What I Love...

  • The files themselves are made from a heavy duty clear mesh, so that you can quickly and  easily check to see at a glance the contents (do I have my keys and phone?!) before you pop in your bag   
  • The files are a great size, not too large to fit in your nappy or tote bag, and not too small to be useless to fit all of your essentials in! 

  • There are SO many different ways to organise yourself with these files; 
          * Have a different pocket for each child (and Mum!) and organise contents accordingly
 
         * Create a file for our most utilised items such as Snacks, Toys, Personal (phone, keys etc)
            and Essentials (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses) 
  • When I don't need a certain file then I can simply unclip and leave at home. For example if we are heading to dinner and I just want to grab a few toys and things to keep the kids amused, then I can just grab the Toys file I need and leave the rest at home. This also makes it easy when bag switching - whether it be to a smaller handbag for a trip to the park, or a larger bag for a day at the beach. Instead of having to repack and organise, you just pop the file in you need and away you go!
 
  • It stops bag rummaging!! I cannot tell you how many times I have missed calls on my mobile simply because I couldn't dig around fast enough in my bag and find the darn thing! I am sure that I am not alone here...
 

Reader Offer & Discount

Like to try for yourself? Well Bellhop Bags are offering readers the chance to receive 15% off the RRP of the price of the files. To purchase, simply use the code UTTERLY at checkout. This code is valid until 31 March 2016, so don't delay if you want to get organised for the busy school/kinder year!  
 
You can also try your hand at winning one too! One lucky reader will have the chance to also try out the Files by entering our giveaway. To enter, simply follow the Rafflecopter prompts below and please comment below with which colour you would like to win - Red (Manhattan) or Blue (Kaikoura). Please ensure that you also pop your full name next to your comments too!
 
 

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 (1) lucky winner of this prize
- Winner is permitted to select colour of the files - red or blue
- To enter, entrants must follow the Rafflecopter widget instructions and MUST comment below as to which colour they would select if they won - Manhattan Red or Kaikoura Blue
- Each comment must be accompanied by the entrants full (first and last name). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified
- The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- The lucky winner will have 5 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 
 
Good luck everyone!
 
 

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Healthy (and Easy) Banana Oat Pancake Recipe

With Shrove Tuesday here next Tuesday (9th February) I thought that I would share with you our quick, easy and healthy pancake recipe that we LOVE in our house.
 
These pancakes use the goodness of oats (instead of flour), no refined sugars (if you choose not to sweeten and depending on what you pop on top!) and honestly taste better than your regular old pancakes if you are partial to bananas. Definitely worth giving a whirl...
 

 

You'll Need:

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 4 Tbs Milk (Almond, Rice, Regular - you choose!)
  • 1 Banana
  • 2 Eggs
  • Optional: Sweetener. I usually pop in 1/4 - 1/2 Tsp of Natvia - but you can leave out or add a bit of regular sugar - up to you!
 

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender (or Thermomix) and blend until smooth (20-30 seconds)

2. Heat butter or spray pan and add batter to pan to create pancakes in the size you desire


3. Cook til batter starts to bubble and turn over and cook the other side

4. Serve with the topping of your choice! We love fresh berries with a touch of honey or pure maple syrup and a dollop of yoghurt - yummo!


I find that this makes around 10 average sized pancakes, but this will vary if you make larger/smaller.
 
Tuesday is a non kinder day for us each week, so we can actual have an easy morning at home and whip these up (without the mad rush) for Shrove Tuesday.... Hope you enjoy these too!!
 
 
 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Reduce energy bills with Victorian Energy Compare

{Post brought to you in Conjunction with Victorian Energy Compare}
 
Would you believe that most Victorians are paying too much when it comes to their energy bills?

According to government data, most of us find it all too hard to shop around when it comes to finding the best energy providers even though we might be throwing money down the drain. Now I must admit that while I am pretty darn good at shopping, our household has fallen in to the estimated one in three that has never shopped around and switched electricity or gas providers since moving in to our current abode (8 years ago mind you!).
 
If, like me, the concept of comparing energy providers seems way too hard for you, the great news is that the helpful folks at the Victorian Government have launched Victorian Energy Compare to help us save some coin. This is a fantastic, quick and easy to use online comparison tool that allows Victorian's the opportunity to compare electricity, gas and even solar offers in the marketplace in one go!
 
The government estimates that more than half of us that try the Victorian Energy Compare tool, will find that they can potentially save more than $700 a year or more across electricity and gas by switching energy providers or moving to a better suited plan with their current provider. $700?! That is a HUGE sum of money that I would prefer to see sitting in my bank account... or invested in my wardrobe!
 
When using the tool to look at what we could be saving, I found that by switching to a different local provider we too could be saving ourselves a pretty penny or two!
 
The tool makes it a cinch to compare quickly and easily (in those 5 minutes between nap times). I had our most recent electricity and gas bill handy when I was going through the exercise which is broken up in to the following steps/areas:
 
 

Your Energy Profile

The first part of the tool asks you a series of questions on your household (number of people, rooms etc), to help build your energy profile.
 

Consumption

The next part assesses your consumption based on a few details taken from your most recent bill.

Offers

The next part shows you the available offers for your area sorted and ranked by price. You can then click on individual offers to get all of the fine print on the contract, charges, conditions, any other applicable fees. You also have the option to contact the retailer direct or simply print off the details and get on to it later (when it is bed time perhaps!)
 

Results

The final part of the tool allows you to compare any results that you may be interested in, side by side to ensure you are comparing apples with apples!

 

My Verdict?

 
Instead of being complacent with our energy providers each year, I am going to diarise a date and get in to the habit of using the tool on an annual basis. This will give me the opportunity to regularly check and ensure our providers are giving us the best deal out there, like I do when it comes time to renewing our car or house insurance each year. It really was so simple and well worth the exercise.
 
 
Now that I have worked out just how much we are going to be saving (yay!), it might just be time for a spot of online shopping....
 
 

 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Win! SRC Essentials Range

Well hasn't this week just flown?! Earlier on this week, I shared my review (and a few pics of me) of the Spring/Summer SRC Essentials range. As promised, I am back to offer you the chance to score yourself an item from the range - of your choice - to add to your maternity or post natal wardrobe!
 
The lucky winner will get to choose between the Short Sleeve Feeding Dress...
 
 
Or the Feeding Tee...
I know - tough decision! The winner will also get to select the size and their preferred colour too.
 
To enter simply follow the Rafflecopter widget below. Entries MUST comment below with what they would choose from the range if they won. All entries must also be accompanied by the entrants full name. Failure to do so, will result in the winner being ineligible to win as the entry cannot be verified.
 

Enter Here

Terms and Conditions

 
- The giveaway will be hosted by Rafflecopter and is open to Australian residents only
- There will be one (1) lucky winner of this prize
- Winner is permitted to select one item - SRC Short Sleeve Feeding Dress, SRC Long Sleeve Feeding Dress or the SRC Feeding T-Shirt
- Winner is permitted to select size and colour (as appropriate)
- To enter, entrants must follow the Rafflecopter widget instructions and MUST comment below as to which prize they would select if they won
- Each comment must be accompanied by the entrants full (first and last name). Failure to do so will result in the entry being disqualified
- The announcement of the lucky winner will be made on the Utterly Organised Facebook Page
- The lucky winner will have 5 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 
 
Good luck everyone and feel free to share with any pregnant friends or new (or old) Mum's too! And don't forget about the discount code for SRC purchases on the Essentials range and also the SRC Recovery Shorts (my saviours!). Further information on my original review post.
 

Monday, 18 January 2016

SRC Essentials Summer Range and Reader Offer

If you struggle to find cute and stylish maternity clothes during your pregnancies (who doesn't?!), and then flattering and comfy feeding clothes soon after, then you are going to LOVE the SRC Essentials range.

You might recall that I was fortune enough to have received a few pieces from the range to take to the hospital with me last year (you can read that post here). Since having Mr T (and wearing everything I received to death) I have also been trying out new pieces from their Spring/Summer range and loving them! 

Now you may have gathered that I am a bit of a dress gal', so I have to say that the feeding dresses were top of my wish list from the range. The short sleeve feeding dress has been an absolute saviour during this hot weather - yes we have actually had a Summer for once here in Melbourne!

 
The dress is super stylish and comfortable to boot. I love how versatile it is - dress up with a pair of wedges (because I cannot quite get back in to heels) or down with flats or flip flops for the grocery run. The colours are divine in this little number, but if blue is more your thing - you can get it in this print too.

The dress retails for $69.95 and you can view or purchase online here

The feeding dress also comes in a 3/4 sleeve design - a perfect transeasonal number. I love how effortless these dresses are, pop on and you feel 'done'.


This one I wore under my denim jacket or SRC Essentials Waterfall Cardi during the cooler Spring days. Again so easy to dress up or down with different footwear or jewels, and perfect for everywhere from beach to bar (if you remember what one of those looks like!).



The coral colour is divine, but if a basic black or a classic black and white stripe is more you - you are in luck!

This dress retails also for $69.95 and you can view or purchase online here.

A flattering, breastfeeding tee is worth its' weight in gold! Wear with shorts, (stretchy) skirt, cuffed denim jeans or with your leggings to hit the gym - this tee is a must have.


I love the longer line, especially post pregnancy with your new 'curves'!
Also available in the coral stripe and classic black - I suggest one in each colour - seriously!
 
The tee retails for $59.95 and you can view or purchase here.

The essentials range, unlike most maternity pieces, has been designed with postnatal needs also in mind. So not only will you get to wear these with a bump, but you'll look equally as fabulous (and comfy) post bub when breastfeeding too.

Now I am definitely no model (as you can tell) and these pictures have been taken 4 months post baby #3, after having 3 kiddies in 3.5 years, after a c section and with quite a bit of post baby weight still on! But even still you can see that the pieces are not clingy and that the fabric hangs well and seriously the cotton is so soft and comfy.

Reader Offer & Discount Code

 
Now for the good news... SRC has so kindly offered my readers the chance to purchase anything from the Essentials range with a 15% discount! I know, that is amazing huh? That means that at these prices, you can afford to get both feeding dresses :-)

To take advantage of this offer, simply enter the code ESSENTIALS at the checkout. Please note that this offer is valid until 31 March 2016.

And at the same time, if you are in need of some SRC Recovery shorts (my absolute MUST have for the hospital bag), you can take advantage of an exclusive offer to buy one pair and receive 25% off the second pair. Post pregnancy you will live in these, so two pairs is a fabulous idea. Or if you have a friend or family member also expecting, why not share the discount between you?!

To take advantage of this offer simple enter the code BUNDLE at the checkout. This offer is also valid until 31 March 2016, so don't miss out!

And for those of you that would like to win a piece, stay tuned as I will be giving you the chance to make an item from the Essentials range all yours later on this week.