Friday, 29 November 2013

Giving is Good for the Soul - A Mister Minit Giveaway


Giving is good for the soul. It helps you to think outside your own problems and helps you think of another person - their likes, what makes them happy, what they need or what would bring them joy and make them smile.

Being unselfish and generous goes towards making you a good person, deep down on the inside, were it counts. Do you think so as well?

To make another person happy, well it makes you happy too.  To show others that you are thinking about them and appreciate them, even if it is something small, to them it may be huge, and it might make all the difference to them.

Of course it doesn’t need to be something expensive, or even cost you anything at all. A handmade gift, a bunch of flowers, a chocolate cake. Or even your time. An hour spent visiting someone who is not well, or going through a hard time. Some time and effort spent doing some gardening for an elderly person or even just a phone call to let someone know you are thinking of them. It all goes towards making someone else feel good.


Give in the right spirit too. Straight from your heart. Give and don’t expect something back in return. If something comes back to you, then that is lovely to know that they were thinking of you too. But if it doesn’t then be joyful in the knowledge that you made someone else’s day better.


Guess what?

It is time for a...




I have two beautiful gifts from Mister Minit to Giveaway to two readers. Together with a gift voucher for $12.95 to have a complimentary name engraved.




Please just use the Rafflecopter form below. Competition will run for a week so get your entries in nice and quickly.


Entry open to Australian residents only.

I will choose a winner based on skill and originality.

Giveaway will end on Friday the 6 December at 12am.

One entry per person and judge’s decision is final.



To find your nearest Mister Minit store please go to www.misterminit.com.au.

Have fun giving to the ones that you love.

All the best!


Melanie




Friday, 22 November 2013

Kez's Kitchen Giveaway - Delicious Gluten Free Goodies


Snacks just got a whole lot easier if you are one of the many Australians who need to be gluten free.

Kez’s Kitchen have launched a brand new range of yummy snacks that include cereal bites and bars. This is all part of the Kez’s Free range of goodies.

When you are busy, and aren’t we all, running around, organising kids, shopping and all those other things that happen in the day, it can be so hard to have snacks that are good for you, but also are tasty. When you have the added stress of making sure that the goodies you are snacking on won’t upset your stomach, then it is great to have something in the pantry that you know is delicious and satisfying and healthy for you.



The Kez’s Free range has now grown to include new snacks that are sure to please. If you are gluten intolerant the wonderful people at Kez’s Kitchen have thought of you. They realise that it is hard to get premium and tasty meals and nibblies that are gluten free, so they have introduced brand new snacks into the Kez’s Free range.

You may know Kez’s Kitchen as primarily a breakfast food, but after lots of people told them that the Kez’s range tastes so delicious that they were eating it throughout the day, they knew they had to bring a snack range in for everyone to enjoy at any time of the day.

If you have had the pleasure of tasting Kez’s Kitchen Florentine cookies there is now a new gluten free Florentine bar. This comes in delicious roasted peanut and apricot and roasted almond and cranberry. These two scrumptious bars are sure to be very popular for those browsing the health food aisle.


New products launched in the Kez’s Free range.

Available in Coles

  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal with Fruit 300g RRP from $9.79
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Low in Fructose FODMAP friendly 300g RRP from $9.79
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Original 300g RRP from $9.79
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Dairy & Cholesterol Free Melting Moments 190g RRP from $6.95
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Almond Toffee 130g RRP from $6.95
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Almond Florentine 180g RRP from $6.95
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Vienna Eclair 190g RRP from $6.95
  • Kez’s Free Gluten, Dairy & Egg Free Fruit Mince Pies RRP from $8.95
Available in Woolworths
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal with Fruit 300g RRP from $9.79
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Low in Fructose FODMAP friendly 300g RRP from $9.79
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Snacks Original 6x30g RRP from $7.99
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Snacks Low in Fructose FODMAP friendly 6x30g RRP from $7.99
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Bites Original 8x15g (retailed in Woolworths) RRP from $6.99
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Cereal Bites Low in Fructose FODMAP friendly 8x15g RRP from $6.99
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Florentine Bar Roasted Peanut & Apricot 5x30g RRP from $6.99
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Florentine Bar Roasted Almond & Cranberry 5x30g RRP from $6.99
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Dairy & Cholesterol Free Melting Moments 190g RRP from $6.95
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Vienna Eclair 190g RRP from $6.95
  • Kez’s Free Gluten Free Almond Toffee 130g RRP from $6.95


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I am very pleased to let you know that A Welcoming Hearth has a gourmet prize pack to give away to one very lucky person.


This giveaway includes a generous helping of delectable Kez’s Kitchen products. A gift box that contains 12 delicious treats from the Kez’s Free Gluten Free range for you to enjoy.

This will include Kez’s Free Cereal Bites, Cereal Snacks and Melting Moments. Sounds just gorgeous!




Please place your entries via the Rafflecopter form below.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Entry is open to Australian residents only.

I will be choosing the winner based on skill and originality.

This giveaway will run until Monday the 2 December at 12 am.



What a lovely prize to win!

All the best!




Melanie





Sunday, 17 November 2013

DressFirst - Stunning Dresses for Special Occasions and Events



If you need a dress for a special occasion and you don’t know where to turn, I have found an amazing website. The dresses here have to be seen to be believed. There are literally thousands available. Simply put they are gorgeous.

The styles and the high quality of the dresses are elegant as well as the affordable prices all combine to make DressFirst well worth a visit. I admit I love pretty dresses, and I spent a lot of time browsing through and drooling over the vast array of beautiful gowns.

With the sites' search engine, you can put in exactly what you want in a dress. This can include basics such as length, colour, sleeves, occasion, neckline, fabric, season and price. But also can cater for embellishments like sash, ruffles, beading; the silhouette you would like; the back style – zipper, lace up, covered buttons.

Choose a beautiful wedding dress, party dress, bridesmaid, mother of the bride, evening, holiday formal/prom, cocktail and sweet sixteen as well as so many others.

Looking at the wedding dresses in particular the range is amazing. You can choose this beautiful A-line/princess v-neck court train chiffon wedding dress with ruffle beadwork for only AU$132.24 at the moment. Quite a cheap wedding dress but yet so stunning and elegant.


On the other hand, you can choose the ball-gown sweetheart chapel train satin wedding dress with embroidery ruffle beadwork for AU$542.79 for a complete princess look.


For bridesmaid dresses 2013 you can choose this A-line/princess sweetheart floor-length chiffon charmeuse bridesmaid dress with ruffle for AU$154.09 or this pretty A-line/princess sweetheart knee-length chiffon bridesmaid dress with ruffle for AU$132.24.


















For an attractive prom dress or formal dress this fuchsia coloured chiffon prom dress is gorgeous.


As is this regency coloured chiffon prom dress with ruffle beading.


Shop for your whole outfit at DressFirst. You can choose shoes, handbags, veils, headpieces, gloves, lingerie, jewellery, and wedding favors.

Shopping for a dress online, you can be concerned about the fit. But when you have found your dress if you then click on the custom size button, you can then put in your specific measurements of Bust, Waist, Hips, Height, Hollow (dip in the middle of your collarbone) to floor. To make a made-to-order dress just for you, there is a small additional charge. You then have the added satisfaction of knowing that the dress will fit perfectly.

They ship worldwide and accept Paypal and Credit/Debit card.

I am sure you will agree that these dresses are just beautiful! Stylish, feminine and quite eye-catching.



Melanie





Thursday, 7 November 2013

Save With Jamie - Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less


Books and reading are a passion of mine, as you can see in my article Are We Becoming Illiterate?. Something that I don’t get enough time for is escaping into a good book. It is one of the pleasures in life. There is always a great adventure just waiting to happen when you get a new book and open it to Chapter One. 

You can let your imagination fly as the words weave a story around you.

A wise person once said “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers”.

Do you enjoy reading? Who are your favourite authors?

With the holidays fast coming up are you on the lookout for a couple of good books to read and enjoy? My kids all love to read, which I am very thankful for. I hope you got to read my article called 10 ways to encourage a love of reading in children.

As a busy Mum at the moment, I don’t get a lot of free time to get involved in a novel. That time will come again for me, but the books that I do love at the moment are Cookbooks. Especially with small children I am always on the lookout for tasty, cheap, easy meals that I can whip up and that my young family will eat and enjoy and would like me to cook again.

A book that really has caught my attention is Save With Jamie, Shop Smart, Cook Clever, Waste Less. A book filled with money saving meals and written by the awesome Jamie Oliver. I must admit I am a bit of a fan.

This book is about cooking nutritious and tasty meals on a budget. It shows you how to make better choices when shopping, how to buy economically and efficiently, how to save time and prevent food being wasted and also how to get the most out of the ingredients that you do have.

Everyone seems to be under some financial pressure at the moment. The beauty of this book is that all the recipes it contains are cheaper per portion than your average take away meal. This book doesn’t compromise either. The recipes inside have big flavours; contain colourful, optimistic dishes; comfort foods that make you feel happy.


These recipes are uncomplicated but also very creative to make as well. A big bonus is the many ideas on how you can use the leftovers that you may already have.

Jamie’s hints and tips in this book are definitely worth a read. As Jamie himself says:

How can time-poor people shop smarter?
There are loads of strategies you can put into place to help you shop smarter, but if you're looking to save time, I'd say stocking up on staples that have a long shelf-life is key - really, it's like laying the foundations, and will mean that you only need to pick up a few seasonal bits and pieces to make something really delicious. Embracing leftovers is also a great time saver - invest a bit of time on the weekend and you'll massively reap the rewards in the week when you're busy - super-tasty meals for very little effort.


As an added bonus for my readers, I can offer you a 5% discount off any hard copy or CD Audio book from Bookworld. The code is BW-SEO14 and this is valid until 31 January, 2014.


You can also receive an additional 10% off if you sign up to be a Bookworld Citizen. It is free to join. (there is more info here - http://www.bookworld.com.au/citizenship).

This means a total of 15% off any hard copy or CD book that you order through Bookworld. There is Free Delivery on everything that you order and delivery is super quick.

For a book lover like me, that is just awesome.


Melanie




Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Menulog - No. 1 For Online Takeaway {Review}


There are days when you are so busy running here, there, and everywhere, when you finally get home and get to relax, the last thing you feel like doing is cooking and you would love a good takeaway meal but going out again isn’t high on your list. What do you do about dinner?


I was excited to learn of a website called Menulog. Have you heard about this hassle free, online takeaway website? It finds the restaurants in your area that provide home delivery. It was very cool to find three Asian takeaways that I didn’t realise provided home delivery to my address. It makes searching for your favourite restaurant or favourite cuisine or even your favourite dish so very easy and a lot of fun.

Menulog has a huge range of restaurant selections. Over 2000 Australia wide. As well as literally thousands of reviews available. The website is completely mobile thanks to the nifty Menulog app which is available for iPhone or Android.


Ordering a delicious meal is very easy to do, and it is free to use. They do not mark up the restaurant prices in any way, they provide first customer discounts of up to 30%, loyalty discounts such as order 7 times and the eighth time is free, plus many other specials.


You can choose Delivery or Pickup. You can see at a glance what the minimum order for delivery is, the speed they deliver and the promotions and specials they have going at the moment. You get to see the restaurant’s menu and the price list at a glance.


I think it would be great to use when you are on holiday. Just enter your postcode and find a fast and easy way to order takeaway online for your family.


When you just want to relax and enjoy a meal that you didn’t cook yourself, with the added bonus of having it delivered to your door, this all combines to make Menulog number 1 for online takeaway convenience.


Melanie


Friday, 1 November 2013

October Photo A Day Challenge



A Welcoming Hearth
Day 25 Welcome
Welcome to my place!

Day 26 Depth of Field

Day 27 Peaceful
When all is quiet, it doesn't always mean that these two are up to something... sometimes they are exploring their world, using their imaginations and learning new things.


Day 28 Just For Me

Day 29 Hair

Day 30 Wet
Jacob's Well Wetlands

Day 31 Treat

C'est Fini!


Melanie

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