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Want the scoop on the Toy Sales?

Posted in '' on June 18, 2013
This week is the start of Toy Sale week! Mothers across the country are scouring catalogues and making lists for birthdays, Christmas and just because. Here's what's on where and when....

Big W starts their online sale from 9pm Wednesday night. The catalogue is here The sale starts in store from Thursday. Christmas Layby is available. On sale till July 10

Kmart is not running a "Toy Sale" this year.  Instead they are offering their Endless Days of Play catalogue. These "non sale" prices are available online now and in store from Thursday. The catalogue is here They are not offering Christmas Layby this year but they do still have their regular 8 week layby available. Their biggest selling point is that these prices are available until Christmas Eve. They don't end after a 2 or 3 week sale period.

Myer has also joined the others and have started their sale online already. Their catalogue is available here. The sale starts instore on Thursday (about a week later than they usually do) and goes till 28th July.

Target as usual is hanging back and not starting till a week after the others. Last year they released their catalogue early, but didn't put pricing on until the last minute. It mustn't have been too successful for them because it is available online now. With pricing. You can find it here Their sale runs from 26th June till 17th July. Christmas layby is available.

ToysRus start their sale in store tomorrow through till the 9th July. You can take a look at their catalogue here

Good luck!

PS In case you didn't know, we can do your Toy Sales shopping for you if you don't have the time or the inclination. Just ask us !

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Fruit Flies

Posted in '' on February 26, 2013
Fruit flies are the bain of my existence at the moment. They seem to be everywhere. And from some Facebook conversations I've recently had,  I'm not alone. 

According to an article in the news yesterday it has something to do with the wet weather and high humidity we have been having. Regardless of what has caused it, everyone wants to know how to get rid of them. I asked a Pest Control expert at my Chamber of Commerce breakfast this morning and there is no magic answer. 

Below are a few tips (some of which I have tried) that may help reduce the numbers.

1. A bowl of red wine vinegar with a teaspoon of salt and a couple of drops of washing detergent. Apparently apple cider vinegar also works. 

2. A bowl of soy sauce with a couple of drops of detergent.

3. A plastic water bottle with the lid cut off. put some red wine vinegar in the bottom, then take the top that you cut off and turn it upside down into the  base. The fruit flies will fly down but then struggle to find the hole to fly back out again. 

4. Put your fruit in the fridge. Don't leave a food source out for them.

5. At night put the plug in the sink. They like to fly down and sit near the water in your drain. 

6. Keep the dishwasher door closed. Again, they like to be near the water. 

Do you have any other tips that have worked? 


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Flood relief help

Posted in '' on January 29, 2013
If you are like many people who want to help out with the flood relief but don't know what to do, there are plenty of options for you. 

Baked Relief

Jump into the kitchen and do some baking for the volunteers and workers who are out in the field. More info can be found on the Baked Relief Facebook page or or Digella's blog. Many of the SES sandbagging areas are winding up now, but there are still plenty of mud army workers, Energex crews, Firies, Ambos and Police who are working really long shifts in you local streets. Even if you can't bake, stop off at Coles or Woolies on the way home and pick up some pre baked goods. Alternatively, in this humid hot weather, a slab of water bottles would be greatly appreciated.

Adopt a Wash

Do you have electricity and a working washing machine? This community page has been set up to help flood affected homes and businesses who are in need of some help with washing or those in the community who do not currently have access to a working washing machine or electricity. If you can help, they are currently compiling a database of contact information on their Facebook page.

GIVIT

GIVIT is a web based philanthropic community where people donate items or time to people in need. They are a targeted giing service that finds new lives for your unwanted items with worthy recipients. GIVIT is officially endorsed by the Qld Dept of Community Safety as the way to donate items directly to those affected by the floods. More information can be found on their Facebook page or the GIVIT website
 


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Media Article

Posted in '' on August 16, 2012
I was recently asked to write an article for National Resources Review. The article was titled "I have a PA, why do I need a Personal Concierge?" You can read the article here


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Toy Sales

Posted in 'Tips' on June 13, 2012
Yes I know it just seems like yesterday that we were Christmas shopping, but it's that time of year - Toy Sales time!

Here are my Top 5 tips to help keep you sane and get the most out of the Toy Sales

1. Be prepared - don't just go in and grab what looks good. You'll end up taking half of it back because it's not appropriate.

2. Spend some time going through the catalogues and comparing prices, quality etc. If you are buying 90% of your things in one place but there are one or two things on sale somewhere else, you need to ask yourself if the $5 saving is worth the extra trip and line up at the registers. 

3. Make a list - If you are buying gifts, make a list of who you need to buy for and then write what you are planning on getting them (include the name of the store, brand, size and price)

4. If you can, get in early. It is surprising how much stock runs out on the first day.

5. If you can't get there, or don't want to fight the crowds, contact us about our Toy Sale Shopping Service. We can take your list and fight the crowds for you. There are limited spots available for this service. 




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