Ever since I was a little girl, I longed for the day when I would walk down the aisle in a beautiful white dress and have all eyes on me. Call me old fashioned, but secretly every girl wants it too, even if they don’t admit it or pretend they don’t mind. My partner and I had been together for 7 years and I was so ready when he proposed that I said yes before he’d even finished asking! Straight away, I switched into “bride-to-be” mode and began planning. First things first, I wanted to find the dress. THE dress. A girlfriend of mine had recommended I try The Designer Bridal Room, and while I was keen to find something on my own I admit I was blown away by their dresses. After a quick browse I found a dress that I absolutely fell in love with. It was perfect – an elegant white strapless gown. I tried it on and it fit perfectly. They were able to make a small alteration I requested without a problem, too. They really understand that this is the most special day of any woman’s life and they bent over backwards to make sure I was happy. And I was. Extremely. They’re the best bridal stores Melbourne has to offer, trust me.
I’ve lived with a mate of mine on the northern beaches in Sydney for close to 5 years now. That is, until I was unceremoniously kicked out after his new fiancé moved in. Thanks, guys. I found myself having to find a new place very quickly – I definitely wanted to stay in the area but the rental market is a nightmare. There would’ve been more than two dozen people at every inspection I went to, and it seemed as though I’d have to settle for somewhere else. Another friend of mine gave me some great advice – to check out some bond loans. I’d never heard of them, but apparently a company by the name of Housing Bond Loans provides short term loans to cover the costs of the bond at new rentals. It gave me an edge, as it meant I could pay the bond to the landlord quicker than any of the other applicants. Approval was almost straight away, and the money was in my account by the next day. Brilliant! I was approved for the house, and I got all my stuff in there and out of my old place before my mate and his wife-to-be turned my room into the guest room.
I am a wife and mother of 3 kids under the age of 10. When I had my first child almost a decade ago, I was lucky enough to be referred to a family doctor who believed in the prescription of both conventional and herbal medicines. Conventional medicine certainly has a place in my family’s health and wellbeing but where possible, I have seen how herbal medicine can work just as effectively, while being safe and gentle for my little ones. I’ve tried many brands but I like PPC Herbs as they have specific and targeted herbal medicines for various ailments, including for children’s wellbeing. Being so young, my kids don’t yet feel confident swallowing pills. My oldest has loads of energy and loves playing, even in the cold outdoors, so he takes PPC Herbs’ Vita Blitz with a glass of apple juice which he loves! It keeps his immune and energy levels up and since he’s started taken it, he hasn’t got a cold or any signs of the sniffles. He just keeps playing indoors and out! Funnily enough, my husband has the same kind of energy and has trouble sleeping at night. He now takes Sleep Plex by PPC Herbs and when he gets to sleep, says the quality of his sleep is so much better. I highly recommend PPC Herbs for the whole family.
If anyone has ever had outdoor blinds they will have come across the problem of wind. Melbourne can be a bit of a killer with the weather and wind is certainly something to keep in mind. The convenience and simple elegance of blinds don’t need to be overlooked but you might consider ziptrak blinds which glide effortlessly along a track to keep them sturdily in place.
Blockout Blinds have ziptrak blinds for lots of different budgets but there’s nothing you would call cheap. They tend to focus on quality and while they represent excellent value, you’re not going to find the junky stuff at Blockout Binds. We liked the focus on service and their willingness to work around our schedules, overall ours was a really good experience.
The kids have been doing a lot of sustainability stuff at school lately and they even have their own garden and compost there. I thought it would be nice for us to encourage that sort of thing at home as well so we organised getting a vertical herb garden from 02 Plant Walls. Continue reading
I don’t go on a lot of families because I just don’t have the time. It takes a lot to impress me so when a company does approach me with the opportunity to do one of their tours I warn them they’d better be prepared to impress. I’ve had a lot to do with Dreamscape Tours over the years and it was great to finally find the time to go on one of their Yarra Valley Wine Tours. Continue reading
There’s nothing like owning your own home. I went through various stages in the process of deciding whether or not I would be a lifetime renter or a homeowner and I’m really pleased to say I’ve emerged from that. Many people I meet have the same struggles that I did, not being sure if owning the sort of home they would want to live in was really within their reach. Continue reading
Why would you pay more than what you have to for work that is just not that specialised? When I moved the office furniture it wasn’t the family treasures. I needed some guys that were on time and reliable, that were happy to take good care of my things, work efficiently and get the job done without asking too many questions. Continue reading
I’ve just been on a truly exhausting month long pampering bender trying to find the perfect place for my sister’s hens. Research is rarely this fun and while they weren’t all great experiences, there are some really amazing spa packages in Melbourne. Continue reading
In the last few months we’ve been going through a pretty lengthy and difficult auditing process and as part of that we’ve had a huge amount of tedious work to deal with. Legal transcription has accounted for quite a lot of this and some way through the job we realised we would really benefit from getting a little outside help. Continue reading