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How to impress Aldi shoppers.

I recently acquired a set of Trolley Bags, and wow did I impress the local Aldi shoppers or what!?

We all know that checkout workout you get at Aldi, where they whip your goods across the scanner and straight into your trolley, ready or not here it all comes. (This actually deters a few of my older friends from shopping there, if your are reading this Aldi people take note, slow down!).  Anyhow I have a budget to stick to, so after I had my wheaties and I was pumped and ready to take on the challenge of the checkout workout, I grabbed these bags and hit the shops.


The collective Oooooooh where did you get those, from people around me was fun. You carry them all rolled up and hanging on the trolley hook until you put all your stuff on the checkout belt, then you unfurl them across the trolley and everyone goes Wow! These are really efficient way to get my trolley loaded, without double or triple handing.  They are really strong, I filled them to the top and with quite a bit of weight and I do a very large fortnightly shop with half a dozen little people to feed.  These bags may see me save more money, because I might start shopping at Aldi more often as sometimes when I am tired I avoid it. Honestly I loath grocery shopping, so anything I can do to make it easier I will.  A set of four is only $35 from Packing Sorted.


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Jenkins the Hare

I love beautifully told and illustrated children’s books. I still insist the kids have a library of books, even though I am all about eReaders myself. There is something to be said about holding a book like this in your hands, some of them are more like a piece of art and Jenkins the Hare is no exception.  It’s gorgeous. This book was imagined, designed and made in Australia by Demelza Haines and Adam Murphy.

Find the book here!

“Meet Jenkins the Hare: a smart, sweet, little fellow. He has many friends and is thought of as very loyal and loved by all the animals, especially the younger ones. Jenkins is always thinking of new games to play and fun to be had. His favourite possession is his beautiful, stripy scarf. One day it goes missing and he must go through the woods and retrace his steps to find it, meeting all of his friends along the way.”

My children loved this book. It is an adorable easy to read story for little children that has a kind Wind in Willows feel to it, and it teaches the value of friendship and helping out a mate. I was a relaxing read, something that you look for in a short bedtime story. I throughly recommend this book. I want to hang the whole thing on the wall. If you are looking for a gift that will have people asking where did you find that? I suggest you check out Welly’s Wonders.

Jenkins the Hare comes from the team at Welly’s Wonders, a husband and wife team who happen to have oodles of talent. Check out their page for more about them, because there is just too much to tell you about here.

And you know how I said I want to hang the book on the wall? Well they’ve taken care of that too. You can get very high quality A3&A4 prints of beautiful illustrations from Jenkins the Hare and their other book Burton the Brave, they are quite timeless in my opinion and we now have one hanging on my office wall.

Welly’s Wonders also have a gorgeous line of onesies, shirts, cardsbibs and blankets featuring Jenkins and Burton. Do check them out for a truly unique gift for the next baby shower.

One of the fabulous prints.Disclaimer: while we were gifted a book and print in return for the review, the sentiments are sincere. We loved Jenkins the Hare! 



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Itty Bitsy photo printing

The Canon Selphy printer is a quite a portable little machine. Sized about as big as a lunchbox, it can be taken to events with the optional battery pack. So you could set up a Photo Booth at a party and send people home with a souvenir! It has its own wifi and the app to do your printing with is very simple. So you can send pics from your camera, iPhone or iPad (and android devices too I hear), edit in your favourite app and then print out a mini masterpiece. Printing is limited to 6×4 and down. You can get square stickers too for your instagram pictures, and other shapes. I see a lot of scrapbooking or project life potential here!SELPHY-CP910


Each paper pack is a complete printing kit, containing the cartridge for you to print your photos.  So far I am very impressed with the quality and colour of the resulting prints. I’ve sent a few through the mail as postcards and from all reports they have made the journey unscathed, the printed surface doesn’t seem to scratch like previous home photo printing paper options I’ve tried. The pricing isn’t too bad either, you can get your hands on a big start up bundle at Costco for $120AU. I am getting a surprising amount of use out of this little printer. It is a lot of fun. #NotSponsored

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You can’t get this Otter wet.

I have been hunting for the right case for my iPhone 6 plus from the moment I got it a few months back, and since my most favourite cases (being the Lifeproof kind) have yet to hit Australian shores.  I’ve had to make do with the limited cases available.  I didn’t want to bend my phone and the only one I’ve found in this narrow market that is capable of stopping that so far, is the Otterbox Defender.

It's a huge bitch!

It is a VERY bulky case, it doubles the phone thickness at the very least and probably a smidgen more.  My children laugh at my when I’m on the phone, and ask if I’ve mistaken my iPad for a phone.  But Otterbox is known for ruggedness not style. Seriously though, I’ve got no pockets this thing will fit in.

It features a tough polycarbonate plastic shell that covers the whole phone, then a rubbery outer synthetic slipcover wraps around that to absorb shocks. It comes with a belt clip holster that swivels from landscape to portrait, and doubles as a stand which you will use more than you think.

In Australia it comes in black and black (my white phone looks a bit silly in it), unless you pick up a grey market one on eBay, or pay big bucks in postage to get a coloured skin direct from Otterbox. 

It will survive a drop, and has done so on many occasions now, and it has a built in screen protector. Which is probably essential to the whole protection deal, but the one or two millimetre gap between the screen and the protector drove me insane. I made SO many mistakes just trying to type one simple message, I end up ripping the screen cover out.  I’m not kidding that screen cover made being accurate near on impossible.  

If you remove your phone from the case, the fingerprint recognition will not work anymore, the sticky of the film membrane that covers the home button doesn’t appear to be designed for more than once use. So I had to take that out too, because I also use that feature on my phone a lot. I removed the phone to clean it (prior to any modifications), because despite its all encompassing appearance you can still get sand in the case. Given the nearly $100 price tag Australians enjoy for this case, I’m not impressed, it works (with these slight modifications) but no longer providing the protection I want.

When I look at this case next to the hubs iPhone 6 sitting all snug and sleek in it’s new LifeProof case, I’m pretty sure my Plus blushes.  I think it’s back to the drawing board with this one please Otterbox, rushed to market and not tested enough.  Also if it is named after a water habituating creature why isn’t it waterproof? Just wondering.


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The Iron Maiden – Phillips PerfectCare Aqua

Most of you would know that I’m not an ironing person, if there is a lazier way to do something I WILL find it.  When word got around that I was test driving an exciting new iron, the Phillips PerfectCare Aqua, well lets just say I could hear my mothers surprise from my house.  Hey with eight people in one house some corners are going to get cut. But what we also have in this house is a lot of uniforms, work, school and cadets. It comes up to quite a lot of pressing. We are an upsized family. We have an upsized car, upsized house, upsized washing machine, dryer, well everything really. So it’s only fitting that we upsize our iron.

Meet the Iron Maiden (yes I’ve named it).

Philips PerfectCare Aqua GC8635

That’s a 2.2 litre water tank on the base, yep it’s a whopper. I won’t lie to you. It does take up a lot of space. I opened it up and baulked at the size, but then I figured out that you don’t have to have it on your ironing board. It can still be easily used when placed next to the board, I iron next to my kitchen bench so it sat there, the cord to the iron from the base is quite long so it worked well.  There are accessories you can get, including this purpose made ironing board, which I’m kinda maybe going to order. It turned out to be quite an amazing appliance to use.

This is only $99 too!

A surprising thing about this iron is that it doesn’t have a temperature dial.  So there is no cotton, wool or the seldom used silk setting, I’ve never successfully ironed anything silk which is why I don’t have silk anymore, but I digress.  The reason it has no dial is this; “One perfect setting for all your clothes. Always the perfect combination of steam & temperature because: 1) Advanced Smart Control Processor sets the perfect combination of steam & temperature 2) The ultra powerful cyclonic steam chamber delivers powerful constant steam for all your fabrics.”  

I was dubious, but it did what it said it would flawlessly, and I’m pretty sure it gets creases out faster than my classic style iron.  If I was going to take in ironing to earn a bit of dough on the side, this would be the iron for the job. Especially with the pressurised steam generator, using that option made it even quicker.

PerfectCare Pure delivers a powerful continous steam output up to 120g/min and an additional steam boost up to 220g. It is ideal for perfect and fast crease removal and for vertical steam.”

Ploughing through all kinds of fabric.

It is easy to fill, with no spills like my classic iron that has that tiny funny angled spout, which I never manage to fill without dribbling it down the side of the iron. The iron clips back into the base for storage and makes it easy to carry around, the whole unit packs up easily.  It does look like a complex beast of an iron, which would probably startle a lot of people, but it is technologically advanced but simple to operate.  Not having to wait for the temperature to adjust with each garment was the best bit for me, which you might not realise takes up extra time when ironing, and I don’t have that much time to spare.  I didn’t even need to use any sprays or starch. It has been a very helpful addition to our busy household. But don’t think that it is just suited to large families, anyone who is after a crisp professional result with their ironing is a match for the PerfectCare Aqua as well.

Disclaimer: I have been gifted the Phillips PerfectCare Aqua as part of this review.


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