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Tip of the Week - Flour Tip

Posted in 'Tips' on June 3, 2009

Have you ever made a cake and when you pulled it out of the oven it was as flat as a pancake because you accidentally used plain flour instead of selfraising? Then this week’s tip is for you!

To tell the difference between plain flour and selfraising flour, taste it. Plain flour will taste pretty plain, but selfraising will have a slight fizzy taste to it.

I wish I had known about this tip a couple of weeks ago. I threw out 2 large containers of flour because the labels had fallen off and I had no idea which was which. Has this ever happened to you?

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Tip of the Week - Bling!

Posted in 'Tips' on June 10, 2009

Have you ever bought some shoes or a belt with some bling on it and one day pulled them out of the cupboard only to discover that some of the jewels are missing?

When you first buy them, take some time and give the bling a shot with some clear spray glue to set the stones a bit better or get a little pair of pliers and give them all a little tighten.

Have you signed up to get free entry to Movie World, Sea World or Wet & Wild for your kids on their birthday’s yet? You only have till June 30 to register at au You can also purchase tickets for up to 4 people at a 50% discount to be used with the free kids ticket.


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Tip of the Week - Drawstring Tip

Posted in 'Tips' on June 18, 2009

 Before putting pants into the wash that have a drawstring, tie the 2 ends of the string together so that the string won't come out in the wash.

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Tip of the Week - Drawstrings #2 + Toy Sales

Posted in 'Tips' on June 23, 2009
To stop the ends of your drawstrings from fraying, tie a knot in the end of each side and then get a lighter and give the ends a slight singe. Doing this will melt the ends of the string together so that they don’t fray.

Toy Sale Update:  For those of you that aren’t aware, the Kmart and Big W Toy Sales start on Thursday 2nd July (less than 2 weeks) with Target and Myer following closely behind them. Some of you will be excited by this news, some of you won’t be really interested, and the rest of you will be cringing at the thought of fighting the crowds to get the toys you are after. Never fear, Hectic Helpers is here! We’ll be attending the sales already for some of our clients, why not get us to do your shopping as well. Click here for more information.

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Tip of the Week - Toy Sales Shopping

Posted in 'Organising' on June 30, 2009

This week’s tip is, not surprisingly, about planning for the Toy Sales (but can be translated into any sales, like the Boxing Day 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 from one shop and are planning on buying 1 or 2 things from another, just to save $5, is it really worth the grief? Click here to compare the different Toy Sale catalogues

3.       Make a list – If you are buying gifts, make a list of peoples names and then write what you are planning on getting for them (including brand and size).

4.       Also write the name of the store you are planning on buying it from and how much it is.

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


If you can’t get there or don’t want to fight the crowds, check out our Toy Sale Shopping Service. We have limited spots available to go to Kmart & Big W on Thursday morning. If you would like to book, please contact me by 7pm Wednesday evening to ensure we can fit you in.

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