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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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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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Get your jolly on… | Candy’s Family

My Christmas shopping suggestions for yourself :)

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by | December 19, 2014 · 9:11 pm

Get your jolly on…

It’s that time of year again, the fat bastard in the red suit is on his way. And since we all know that it is really not up to him to produce the all the jolly around the house, I thought a list of gift suggestions for those who really work tirelessly to make christmas happen was in order.  These are a few of my favourite things…. hehe.

Decided I had to have this on the first whiff...


Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette – this is a scent for boys and girls, trust me you will both love it. One whiff of it was enough to tell I NEEDED it. It’s not too badly priced either at $79. “Marrakech Intense is a woody oriental blend balanced by fresh floral top and heart notes, with a hint of the animalistic. In developing this evolution of our original Marrakech fragrance, we were delighted to collaborate with French perfumer Barnabé Fillion, with whom we share a passionate curiosity about the interplay between innovation and tradition, and a deep respect for the intelligent marriage of science and nature.”


Your watch says what?????The Pebble Watch. You can wear swears, I needn’t say more really, but it is also very useful. I have this, best watch ever and it’s probably a twenty times cheaper than the Apple watch will be.  “Pebble connects you to your Apple iOs or Android smartphone via wireless Bluetooth so you get the information exactly when you need it. Pebble displays email, SMS, Caller ID and alerts from your favourite apps right on your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket while you are in meetings, social events or on the go. Pebble alerts you with a silent vibration to incoming calls, meeting reminders and notifications. And because of the long running battery life, Pebble blends into your day to day activities without slowing you down while running, cycling, jogging or just going about your busy schedule.” Get one here.


Read everywhere!

Kobo Mini Ereader. I know we can read books on our phones now, but who really gets all the reading done they want to, if Facebook and Candy Crush are just a home key press away. This is why eReaders rock, no distractions and a new book is at your figure tips in seconds. This is another device I’ve gifted myself (I know, what is left for you to buy dear Husband?!) It the smallest reader on the market, but by far my favourite (and I have three Kindles, I know, addict). The text is as clear as a book and the screen size does not affect readability.



You know you want it...

It’s Darth Vadar hugging a unicorn on a cushion. Enough said.





I could get comfy on these.If you thought the Darth cushion was awesome, then prepare to be really impressed. Robert, Brad and Leo are waiting to comfort you.





Lush shop is as awesome as the Body Shop used to be. Remember when they were cool? Lush Bubble Bars – these smell fantastic, and if you happen to get a bath alone, so relaxing. You can get about five baths out of a bar, just break off a corner and crumble it into the bath. They colour the water and the kids love them, but really you don’t want to share.  Lush has some fab gift packs going for Christmas right now too.  This orange one is my current favourite, it has a fruit tingle smell to it that makes me happy.  Their handmade soaps and also gorgeous, and feel like a lot of luxury in the shower.



Kid proof your toyYou love your iPhone, admit it. And how devo are you when the kids dunk it or drop it, they are too expensive and you love it so. So it is worth investing in a Lifeproof case. Seriously, this case has saved my phones and iPads so many times I’ve lost count. They are really waterproof, don’t be nervous about that, I’ve been tumbled in the surf with mine and it lived. Get one.




Get your tea break onT2 teas are addictive. They’ve got just about every tea blend you can think of and a lot you haven’t. These kits with an ice tea jug and tea are on my list. Awesome for that elusive five minutes to yourself.




Happy Christmas shopping everyone!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…. at Myer.

As much as I complain about how much work Christmas is for me, I just can’t contain myself once someone busts out the tinsel. So when Myer asked me to come to the opening of their Christmas Giftorium in Sydney, I tried to be all cool and mature about it. However inner me was going; Oh my yes, can I come right now? Can I, Can I huh??

Tomorrow Myer will kick off their weekend events celebrating the Christmas Giftorium.  In Sydney Guy Sebastian will perform in Pitt Street Mall, and in Melbourne Jennifer Hawkins will unveil the Christmas windows, followed by a performance from Harrison Craig from the Voice.  Myer plans to schedule in activities for the weekends leading up to Christmas in the Giftorium, check them out in store for the when & what. When you walk into the Sydney Giftorium you won’t be able to suppress a smile, it’s beautiful, glitter everywhere!  My kids were beside themselves with happy. 

Inside the Giftorium you’ll find some exclusive shopping is to be had.  Marvin’s Magic kits are now available only from Myer, and you can catch demonstrations from their trained magic specialists.  Mr Men and Little Miss customised prints, get your own Little Miss name print! I love mine, thanks again Myer.  Vistaprint have also opened their very first retail space, where you can go and physically check out their products and order them on the spot. There is also Plumm glassware, Dilmah Teas and Sodastream PLAY.

I'm a little miss!The Giftorium gifticians (yes a giftician is so a thing, I don the title every year at my house), can be booked if you want to avoid queues when you need help with your gift choices, or use the new iPad ordering system. Elf delivery is possible if you live or work in the CBD, and I think having elves turn up bearing gifts to your work Christmas party is a great idea.  You can also book online to meet Santa, again helping you dodge the busy shopping rush. Also from tomorrow you will find the Myer Treat Street in the Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth stores. This means roving assistants will give you lollies! Yeah, I know right? And Myers awesome community partnerships continue this year, and the Salvation Army will benefit again this year from the Power Of Give christmas campaign, and you can donate directly to it in store while shopping.

Now for my social media addict friends, here is some fun for you. Use the hashtag #giftorium on your instagram shots you’ve taken while shopping, and they will appear on a huge digital screen window in the Sydney City store. You know you want to. IMG_0281So much glitter!There are toys to test out!It's Christmas!!!!


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