Wednesday, 29 May 2013

$225 Bosisto's Eucalyptus Pack - Mega Giveaway!

Disclaimer: Bosisto’s asked me if I would like to run a giveaway.
No money or products were accepted.
All opinions are 100% my own.

Some companies are doing things right. Bosisto’s is one of those great, environmentally responsible companies that give back as much as they take. They are a quality brand, and their products really are second to none.

Millions of Aussies have grown up to the very familiar scent of Bosisto’s ‘Parrot’ Brand Eucalyptus Oil. It remains a firm family favourite, and lots of us still use it today for its many different uses for our health and in our home.

Bosisto’s has embarked on a brand new project to give back to the community, which has made them a household name. Their aim is to plant 1 million trees in 2013!

How can you help? Simply purchase any specially marked Bosisto’s 100% pure Oil or Solution and Bosisto’s will plant a tree for you!

These trees will be planted and nurtured on marginal farming land which will give a boost to local economies. The harvesting process is naturally renewable and in itself provides many extra benefits to the environment.

Please visit to read more about this initiative and discover one million new reasons to choose Bosisto’s this year.

Now I have a real treat for someone!

Bosisto’s have given one of my followers the chance to win a $225 Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Pack

Included in this mega pack is the following goodies.

•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Spray
•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil 200mL
•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil 100mL
•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Oil 50mL
•  Bosisto’s EucoSteam Inhalant 200mL
•  Bosisto’s EucoSteam Inhaler combo
•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Rub 35g
•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus Rub 250g
•  Bosisto’s Antiseptic Spray 55mL
•  Bosisto’s Nasal Spray 50mL
•  Bosisto’s Nasal Inhaler 1g
•  Bosisto’s Eucalyptus sugar-free drops
•  Bosisto’s Tea Tree Spray 100g
•  Bosisto’s Lavender Spray 100g
•  Bosisto’s Foot Powder 100g
•  Bosisto’s Cough Syrup 200mL
•  Eucalyptus Oil – Australia’s Natural Wonder book
•  Bosisto’s environmentally friendly carry bag
•  Bosisto’s Parrot soft toy

Please complete the following Rafflecopter entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Competition will close on Sunday 9th June at 10 pm.
Competition is open to Australia only.
Judges decision is final.
I will email the winner on Monday 10th June. If no reply in 48 hours I will redraw.

All the best!


Friday, 24 May 2013

Kidecals - Durable, Waterproof, Stylish and Fun Labels - Review

I absolutely love gorgeous name labels on kid’s gear. They make things look so neat and well cared for.

So much nicer than scribbling a name with a black sharpie pen. I find that it always washes off or fades away after a few times in the washing machine.

Kidecals are something very special. In my opinion, they are the most stylish labels on the market. So trendy and fun.

Kidecals labels are extremely durable. They are washing machine, dryer and dishwasher safe. As well as being completely waterproof.

These lovely labels are just perfect for school, holidays, travel, camping, daycare, or anywhere you need to go and for anything that needs a label.

Having four children, unfortunately, things tend to get lost along the way sometimes. It is absolutely essential to label all their things, and these labels will make it fun and easy.

Having a set of these durable labels would save a lot of time, effort and money. Because they are safe to put into the dishwasher, washing machine and dryer, you can label almost anything, including their drink bottles, clothes, lunchboxes, sports gear, hats, books and toys, and you can relax and know that it won’t damage the surface in any way, and it will stay put and still be there after you clean or wash it, time after time after time.

They stick to just about anything! Pool toys?  Not a problem with these labels.

Check out these awesome Mustache sticker labels!

There are Partystache Labels, great for drink markers at a kid’s party. There are Mustache Chalkboard stickers to label things in your pantry, or to label and organise things in your craft room or craft cupboard. Because you can write on the chalkboard stickers they are a great idea. They are really versatile and a great way to get organised fast.

The girl’s labels are super cute and pretty, and the boy’s labels are so cool.

I will be receiving some complementary labels to try out myself very soon, but I can give you the discounts straight away!

The awesome founder and artist of Kidecals is offering my readers a saving of 15% on the most durable waterproof labels out there, if you use the promo code: awesomelabels on their website

Have a look at their wonderful website for yourself. They ship internationally. So the 15% saving is available to everyone! All U.S. orders are postage free.


Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Hairy Lemon Recovery Pack - Give Away!

Disclaimer:  I have been given a Hairy Lemon Recovery Pack to Review
I have not been paid for this post, and all opinions are 100% my own.

Are you the same as me?  Not enough time in the day to get everything done. When you are a mum or a dad, running a household, organising kids, working hard to provide for your family or saving madly for a home or a holiday, then we are always on the go. At the end of the day you feel tired and just a bit wrecked.

But as we all know there is no time to slow down, kids must be cared for, and bills must be paid. Rushing madly through the day, sometimes you can hit a brick wall, usually around 3.00pm. We need a boost to get us past the 3 o’clock-it-is. Something that gives us an instant energy hit so that we can get over that bump and continue to do what has to be done.

Hairy Lemon

Hairy Lemon is packed with ingredients that can give you the lift that you need (Please see box below). It raises your energy levels, gives you increased stamina and endurance. Aids the recovery process and improves your mental alertness. I need all of those things to get me through the day. It can also help with nervous tension and stress; two big things that can sap us of our energy.

Hairy Lemon is gluten- and lactose-free, and contains no artificial colours.

You simply dissolve one or two tablets in a cool glass of water and drink.

It is very easy to drink. Sometimes when I have a drink of plain water I find it hard to finish, but this was yummy and went down very quickly. I could feel the benefits almost immediately.

Hairy Lemon is available at selected pharmacies and Woolworths nationally in three pack sizes:

10 Effervescent Tablets – perfect for your purse or glove box ; $6.95
20 Effervescent Tablets– for the bathroom, kitchen or office ; $9.95
40 Effervescent Tablets – at home value pack ; $14.95

When your get up and go has got up and went
When you feel like your last speck of energy is spent
When you need to recover and kick start your engine
Then you know what to do, grab a Hairy Lemon
                                                          By Melanie :-)

Hairy Lemon, Giveaway

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The lovely people at Hairy Lemon have allowed me to Giveaway two of their Hairy Lemon Recovery Packs. These are just awesome.

Each pack is valued at $50 and it contains:
  • 40 Effervescent Tablets
  • Bottle of Water
  • Hairy Lemon Ear Phones
  • Hairy Lemon Lip Balm
  • Hairy Lemon Sunglasses.
  • Cool Black Bag to carry it all in.

All you have to do is leave a comment and let me know:

What Do You Do To Give Yourself an Energy Boost during the Day?

Competition is available to Australia only.

I will pick the winner based on originality, skill and inventiveness.

Competition will run until the 29th May, 2013 at 10pm

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See Hairy Lemon at and like the facebook page at

Remember to Always Read The Label and Use Only As Directed.

All the best!


Hairy Lemon

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Things That Make Me Happy

  • Hearing the laughter of my children.

  • A cat's purr.
  • A nice, big frothy cup of coffee.

  • Being appreciated and thanked for the things that I do.
  • Someone showing kindness to someone or an animal.
  • Kisses and cuddles from my children.
  • Generous, non judgemental people.
  • Meeting a deadline.
  • Laying my head down on my pillow at night after a busy day.
  • A warm, bubbly bath.

  • People helping those less fortunate.
  • Dancing.
  • Singing.
  • Feeling a cat's soft, warm fur as they sleep contentedly on your lap.
  • Having a nice, clean, organised home.
  • Being blessed to have my children love me and to see it in their little faces.
  • Smelling a beautiful rose.

Day 14: Ten things that make you really happy

I know it says only 10 things, but I got a bit carried away. 


Monday, 13 May 2013

Who Do I Miss?

I miss my Mum.

I missed not seeing you at my wedding.

I missed not having you to talk to when I was pregnant and unsure of something.

I missed not seeing the look on your face when you held my newborn babies, your grandchildren, for the first time.

I miss not having you there when I feel sad and alone and the tears won't stop.

I miss not hearing you laugh at Joshua's antics or Angus when he does a funny dance.

I miss not seeing your smile when my girls come home from school with a brilliant report card.

I miss not having you there when I want to share a cuppa and some news.

I miss knowing that you aren't there in my world, just a phone call away.

I miss my Mum.

Day 12: What do you miss? (a person, a thing, a place, a time of your life...)


Sell Yourself in 10 Words

Renovator's Dream
Rustic Charm
Needs a bit of TLC
All in original condition
Great potential
Old fashioned style
Fixer Upper
Unique Design
Full of Character
Large block

Day 11: Sell yourself in 10 words 


Sunday, 12 May 2013

Some Embarrassing Moments in My Life - Day 10

Hmm I know that there have been plenty of embarrassing moments in my life. There have probably more than my fair share and definitely more than enough. I think my mind conveniently blots it out of the memory banks, never to show its embarrassingly ugly face the light of day again.

A few that I can recall are.

I was newly married to my husband, about 18 years ago. I remember that whenever Stuart would brush against me at night it would make me jump out of my skin. One night I had a bad dream. I was dreaming of lots of little black bugs crawling on the bed. It was horrible. Stuart chose this moment to touch me, and I literally jumped up, fell backwards off the bed and landed on the floor, hitting my bottom on the window sill on the way down. Oh wow did it hurt! To go from asleep, to ending up on the floor, in pain, in the space of about 2 seconds is just nasty. In the morning I already had a great, big purple, black bruise on my bottom, and it stayed there for months.

Another time was when I was about 7 or 8 in the dentist chair. I know that it is nothing out of the ordinary to say I have always hated the dentist. I was so nervous. I opened my mouth wide for the dentist to look inside my mouth. It was all good until he started to check my back teeth. He had what seemed to me at the time, to have all his fingers in my little mouth. I started to retch. I literally grabbed his arm and pulled his fingers out of my mouth, took off out of the chair and into the waiting room and then proceeded to vomit all over the carpeted floor. Oops!  I embarrassed myself, and I embarrassed my mum too.  When mum asked me what possessed me to do that, I remember saying, with tears streaming down my face, “well he has fat, podgy fingers!” I can laugh a bit about it now. But I still don’t like dentists.

Another much more recent experience, that I would really rather forget. But here goes. I was very, very low on fuel, which is my usual way of travelling these days (I blame the exorbitant fuel prices). I was going up a hill nearby, willing the car to get to the top, because I happen to know (don’t ask me how...), that if I get to the top of the hill and then run out of petrol I can coast all the way down the hill, and get within a block and a half of the petrol station. But I never made it to the top of the hill. There I was. Stuck! Half way up the hill, in the middle of all the lanes. I immediately put my hazard lights on, but then I sat there, with cars beeping at me from all directions. I was completely at a loss as to what to do. Then a ray of sunshine beamed down from the sky, onto a white 4 wheel drive, which had stopped in front of me. My saviour, jumped out, and said, “Do you need a tow?" I managed a weak smile and nod. He sprang into action and towed me all the way to the petrol station. I felt like kissing him!

Day 10, Friday: Most embarrassing moment (s). Spill. 


Friday, 10 May 2013

The Chocolate Diet - Looking At The Big Picture

People are noticing that I am losing weight! I have had five different people say that I am looking slimmer! You’ve got to like that! I think that it's even better than what the scales are saying.

Last week I hit a plateau. You know that point where you are still trying and doing everything you should be, but the weight just refuses to come off, no matter how hard you try.

I have noticed this week, the 5 (hopefully 10) kilos that I am trying to lose has started to come off again.

Baked Berry Cheesecake, The Chocolate Diet,
Baked Berry Cheesecake
from The Chocolate Diet Recipe List

It is hard to diet. It is a challenge, especially when you reach that plateau. You feel discouraged and feel like going out and buying a packet of Tim Tams and scoffing the lot. But this is where I needed some self control I guess. I had to be somewhat hard on myself and just hang in there and look at the big picture and see the thinner, happier person that I could become.  And that feeling! You know the one where you put on a pair of jeans and they fit so well and the zip and button does up without any effort at all. Just brilliant! Then you know that it is indeed worth the effort.

The Chocolate Diet is going great. It is easy and convenient. Definitely not sick of chocolate yet. I am just loving my small piece of chocolate every evening. Such a treat!


The prices are comparable to other diet shakes and products.


Just a heads up. My next post will include another great giveaway! One month's worth of The Chocolate Diet shakes and chocolate pieces. So please keep an eye out.


Thursday, 9 May 2013

A most excellent piece of advice for the day!

Some days you're the windshield and some days you are the bug.

I just wish that I could be the windshield more often!

Day 8, Wednesday: A piece of advice you have for others. Anything at all.


Sunday, 5 May 2013

My Favourite Quote From A Book or Author or a Very Wise Bear

Day 4!

I can't seem to come up with just one quote that I love. There are so many! I am finding quotes every day that I love.

But I have always loved "Poohisms". Haha, now that sounds rather unpleasant. They have stayed with me all my life and I have always agreed with that little bear of very little brain.

The simplicity of his writing, yet depth and understanding of human nature, shows me that A.A. Milne was a rather smart author.

Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it.


Saturday, 4 May 2013

Things That Make Me Uncomfortable - Day 3

Day 3 of my Blog Every Day in May Challenge!

There are quite a few things that make me uncomfortable. These are some that I have picked out.

People who I don't know very well, invading my personal space.  Some people just stand too close, and you are forever backing up and then they take another step closer. You end up doing a sort of bizarre slow fox trot dance around the floor during your conversation!

New situations where I don’t know what to expect. I am very socially awkward and inept. If I don’t know what is going to happen or what is expected of me then I get very nervous and anxious.

Having a messy house makes me uncomfortable and makes me feel like I just can’t relax. But with four young children on the rampage, it is something that I will live with for a little while. They are only young once and I would much rather have a messy house filled with happiness and giggling and noise, than a meticulously clean house that is quiet and empty.

Feeling like I am being watched. Sometimes when you are all sitting down listening or watching something and you feel someone’s eyes on you. You turn, and they are just unashamedly staring at you.  When I was younger I would squirm in my seat and feel so self conscious. These days I feel the same but mixed in with it is a whole lot of irritation. If I am feeling a bit more confident than usual I will stare them down. Occasionally I even win the staring comp. and they will look away. What is it with that? Didn’t their mummy ever tell them it’s rude to stare!

Speaking in public. I know this is nothing unusual. I think it is at the number one spot for people’s fears. For a week of more beforehand I cannot think of anything else. It makes me feel sick and gives me a headache, and I usually end up in a big heap of failure unable to do it. So I do not accept speaking assignments. For the angst and stress it gives me it is just not worth it.

Hot and humid Brisbane summers, now they really make me uncomfortable. ;-)

Day 3, Friday: Things that make you uncomfortable.


Friday, 3 May 2013

Raising Quiet and Calm Children

Big disclaimer – These suggestions have worked with my four children and as you know all children are wonderfully different little individuals. This is just what has helped and worked for me and may not work for everyone. Also, I believe that a big part of my quiet and calm children is having a quiet and at least outwardly calm mother. I definitely am not an expert in any way.

If there is one thing that everyone always says to me it is that my children are so well behaved. Yesterday when I was in Aldi the lady behind me said, “Wow your children are amazing, what absolute angels!” When we got out of the shop, I had to give them all a big hug and say how proud of them all I am.

So I have put together a few tips that I have put into practise that I hope maybe can help someone else.

  1. The basics have to be in place. Make sure they are eating a healthy diet and getting to bed nice and early. There is nothing naughtier than an overtired child.
  2. Stay calm with them. When they were toddlers and needed a bit of direction, I would get down on their level, take their hands, look them in the eye and talk calmly and simply to them. There is absolutely nothing to be gained by shouting and waving your arms around.
  3. Routine – Children love to know what is happening next. I like routines set out where they know what is coming next and they know what is expected of them. If it is a new experience for them I will explain it step by step, what is going to happen. Or at least everything I know about it.
  4. Expect them to behave and expect the best from them. This takes a fair bit of trust and also a bit of time before the trust is gained. But I expect good behaviour and my children know that.
  5. Nip small problems in the bud. Don’t let little naughty habits and behaviours slip in. When they do something unasseptable (as the super nanny would say) even if in itself it is nothing really, let them know that they shouldn’t have done that and ask them to try not to do it again.
  6. Be consistent! Very important. Always follow through with your punishments or ‘threats’ (hate that word).
  7. Lots and lots of love and cuddles and kisses. Lots of praise and encouragement. Children thrive on this. So important!
  8. Keep their home environment calm and orderly. Don’t shout and argue with your partner. Definitely not where they can hear.
  9. Always let them know that they have a hearing ear with you. Keep the lines of communication open and really listen to them if they have a problem or need to talk.
  10. Make sure that they are not arguing or fighting with each other. At least not too much. My 3 and 5 year old boys get on each others nerves. I think it is pretty natural. But let them know the importance of family and sticking together and sticking up for each other too. To have a family that cares for each other looks out for one another is a very strong little unit. To know that someone has your back, can make all the difference to confidence levels.

Day 2, Thursday: Educate us on something you know alot about or are good at. Take any approach you'd like (serious and educational or funny and sarcastic)


Thursday, 2 May 2013

Engraving - Remind Your Mum That You Love Her Everyday - Review

Mums are incredible people. 

I am a firm believer in the fact that you can tell your Mum that you love her every day of the year; you don't really need a special day to tell her that she is special to you.

It is nice to show her how much you appreciate all that she does. Mum’s just love it when you notice the time and love that they give unconditionally and in abundance.

The good thing about mums is that you don’t need to give her a huge, expensive gift. I think I can speak for all mums when I say that it is the gifts from the heart that count. It is those special gifts that show that you are thinking about them and love them dearly.

Gifts like the hand-made cards from the grand kids; a bunch of her favourite flowers; a small trinket that she can treasure forever.

One great idea is a beautiful key ring engraved with an extra special message just for her.

Mister Minit have some gorgeous ones, and they are very talented at engraving!

They are special and unique, but don’t cost too much. I think this is something that a mum would love and be proud to show off. It is something that lasts forever. It is a great way to remind your mum that you love her every day of the year. Every time she looks at it she will know that she is loved and how much she means to you.

Mister Minit have five very handy tips for better engraving.

  1. Select a sentiment that will be as timeless as the love and appreciation it represents.
  2. Print clearly and double check spelling and spacing for clarity when filling out the engraving order sheet.
  3. Allow extra time for the engraving process in case of delays.
  4. Opt for photo engraving for something really different.
  5. Choose an item to engrave that has a smooth and clean surface.

At the moment Mister Minit are offering an $8.00 special on engraving for any keyring that is purchased in the store. But please be quick.

For your closest store location and engraving ideas please visit


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