Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Inspiring People: Lannah Sawers-Diggins, author of Red Dust Dreams

This week's inspiring story comes from Lannah Sawers-Diggins. Lannah is an author and a passionate advocate of the Australian outback. In this interview, Lannah shares some of her experiences and advice on achieving goals. 

1. Tell us your story:
I am Lannah. I am a 60 year young about-to-be grandmother who originates from a sheep station in the outback of SA. While I have lived in Perth for most of my life, I have always remained passionate about our mighty outback. 

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
I think the only way to answer this question is that I woke one morning about six years ago with an epiphany. I needed to have my late father's book published and that led onto the book I am currently working on. 

Red Dust Dreams by Lannah Sawers-Diggins

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?  
No, I did not have a plan - and still don't. I just started doing it. And I am about to go to publication. 

The chimney stack ruins of an old country house. 
Image taken by Lannah. 

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
Many challenges. It has been a mammoth learning experience - some of which is being published. One of the biggest challenges occurred very early in the piece and nearly stopped me in my tracks. In short, it was an 'attack/witch hunt' on social media. 

Boab Prison Tree. 
Image taken by Lannah. 

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
When encountering obstacles, I take one step back, consider it and how I can overcome/avoid it - and do so. My inspiration? The outback. 

The Outback - Lannah's main source of inspiration. 
Image taken by Lannah. 

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
KEEP AT IT. If things get you down, take a deep breath, look at the problem and find ways to overcome/get around it and KEEP GOING. 

Kimberley sunset. 
Image taken by Lannah. 

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
To help raise awareness about the outback. To educate people everywhere about the sort of life the stations people live - to help tourism in Australia and so much more. The list is endless. 

Lannah is about to publish a book about the mighty outback of Australia. Check out her website, or Facebook page for more info. 

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Cake of the week: Poop Emoji Cupcakes

It's official that Emojis have taken over our lives when the poop Emoji makes an appearance as a cupcake...

Why we love them:

  • You have to admit, they're super-cute - once you get over what they are...
  • These would be a humorous cake for a teen-birthday. 
  • They're pretty easy to make - chocolate cupcake, chocolate icing applied with a piping bag and edible eyes. 
  • These would be fun as part of an "Emoji-themed" party. 
  • Great for guys or gals

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Monday, 27 June 2016

GIFT OF THE WEEK: Barska Binoculars 12x25 Compact Lucid View $69.95

These binoculars are brilliant for watching concerts of sporting events - and small enough to stash in your bag, glovebox or camping box. 

These binoculars have:
  • 12x Magnification
  • 25mm Objective Lens
  • 80m @ 1000m field of view
  • 7m Close focus
  • Fully coated optics for bright images
  • Protective rubber armour with firm grip design
  • Carrying case and neck strap

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Friday, 24 June 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Elephant balloon

Who doesn't love balloons? This is a really cute way of incorporating a balloon into your gift wrapping...

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Why we love it:
  • Kids will absolutely LOVE this idea. 
  • Look at the shape of your balloon and think about other characters you could create. They don't have to be actual animals - create your own monsters and other little critters. 
  • This is a really inexpensive style of gift wrapping, especially if you use brown paper. 
  • This is a great way of jazzing up really plain shaped gifts, such as books. 

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Thursday, 23 June 2016


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Can you believe we've reached the half-way mark of 2016?

Chances are you've got a few more birthday, wedding, anniversary, housewarming, and thank you gifts you'll need before the year is out.

We hope we can make your gift purchasing experience convenient (and cheaper) with some great ideas at great prices in our store-wide sale.

So go on, make a list and let us help you tick some things off your gift list today...

store-wide until midnight 30 June 2016. 

This is a VIP sale offer, only available to those 'in the know'. To redeem your discount, enter coupon code STOCKTAKE in the 'Discount Code' field when you place your order. Please note that this offer can't be used in conjunction with any other offers.

PS: You can forward this email onto family and friends so they can enjoy this discount too.

Best Wishes,
Courtney and the Mr Gift Team

Gadget Gifts on sale

Metal Detector
Gentlemen's Hardware Bicycle Repair Kit
Kreafunk aMove Speaker
Fruit Alarm Clock
Burgon and Ball Secateur Holster
Tweet Cone Bird Feeder
Burgon and Ball Gardening Gloves
Burgon and Ball Notebook
Fred Have an Ice Day Ice Tray
Ceramic Measuring Jug
Joseph Joseph No Spill Salt and Pepper Mill
Weights and Measures Mug
NOW $11.96
(was $14.95)
YMMN Black Leather Wallet
Race Car Cufflinks
Wurkin Stiffs RFID Passport Wallet
Cycling Champiom Frame
Kreafunk Amove Speaker
Rosanna Reina Porcelain Tray
Troika Black Carbon Pen
Work Darts Set
Made By Humans Eco Stapler
Labrador Small Leather Bag
Areaware Sphere Bottle Opener
Suck UK Bottle Light
Gentlemen's Hardware Cocktail Shaker
Alife Design Washing Pouch
Guitar Multitool
Credit Card Night Light

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Inspiring People: Leah Franklin, Stadium Stomp

This week's Inspiring Person is Leah Franklin, a Melbourne nurse who set a weight loss goal and used the Stadium Stomp events to help her get there...

1. Tell us your story:
My name is Leah Franklin, just turned 46 and I am from Melbourne. I am a Registered Nurse and I work in the Aged Care Industry. I am the mother of a 19 year old son.

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve? 
I needed to lose weight, but I struggle with motivation. I decided one of the best ways to ensure that I stay motivated was to set myself goals and challenges that involved a level of competition (I am really competitive!). I also figured that if I was working out anyway, I may as well try and raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation.

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals? 
My initial goal was to lose 45kg in 12 months (the 12 months was up on the 14th April 2016 - I still have 5 kg to go). I joined a gym and started watching what I ate. I did require surgery to also assist, however the main focus has always been on improving my physical fitness.

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way? 
One of my biggest challenges has been keeping on track with food and exercise, while working in a job that requires a significant amount of travel / time away from home and generally working really long hours. To combat that issue, I joined a 24 hour gym where I can use any of their gyms across Australia - sometimes I just have to work out at 4am to ensure I get my workouts in.

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles? 
The thing that inspires me the most is people that have gone through similar journeys and have hit their goals. There is also a fair amount of pure stubbornness and again that competitive side to me that just won’t give up. It doesn't always work, but when I do fall off track it's only for a short time before I get going again.

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal? 
Set small goals initially - even if you have a big end goal start with something small. I knew in May last year that this year I wanted to participate in the Stadium Stomp at the MCG. So I began looking at small challenges like colour runs and fun activities. As I got fitter I then committed to completing all 5 Stadium Stomps. I know that I will still be one of the slowest but if I complete all 5 I will of achieved something that 2 years ago would never of been possible.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve? 
My next goals are to compete in the Melbourne OXFAM Trailwalker in 2017 and also I would like to do the Kokoda Challenge next year.

What is Stadium Stomp?
A unique, fun event, Stadium Stomp is a stair-climbing challenge that give participants access to some of the largest sporting stadiums in the country. Participants climb up, down and around the stairs within the grandstands, traversing literally thousands of stairs along the way before finishing on the ground itself. 

The events take place the MCG, Adelaide Oval, SCG and The GABBA participants can ‘stomp’, whilst raising money for a nominated charity at the same time.

It is not a competition or a race, but a personal test of stamina and concentration open to all levels of fitness, 12 years and over.

Dates and venues are:
• Adelaide – Adelaide Oval on Sunday 3 July, 2016
• Sydney - SCG on Sunday 17 July, 2016
• Brisbane – The GABBA on Sunday 24 July, 2016

Check out for more information and to register. 

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Cake of the week: Beauty and the Beast Cake

Sometimes you come across a cake that is so incredible you just can't work out how it has been made. This Beauty and the Beast Cake is one of these cakes! 

I challenged my friend to make this cake for her daughter's 2nd birthday last weekend...yes, I'm a mean friend!;-) This cake defies gravity!

Anyone ever attempted anything like this?
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Sunday, 19 June 2016

WEEKLY SPECIAL: Bailey's Shoe Brush and Polish Kit NOW $19.95 (was $24.95)

Everyone needs a good-quality shoe cleaning kit. The Bailey's kit features a high-quality brush and polish with a beeswax base to revive tired leather and protect your shoes. 

Friday, 17 June 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Name beads

You've probably seen these letter beads used to create names on jewellery, but have you seen them incorporated into gift wrapping before?

Why we love it:
  • These name beads add the ultimate personal touch to a gift. 
  • Thread them over twine or ribbon. It doesn't matter if the ribbon is a little thicker than the beads and folds the ribbon - this makes the beads stand out more and adds to the look. 
  • Use these beads on gifts for anymore - men, women or children or any age. White or cream beads with black text will coordinate with any wrapping colours. 

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Inspiring People: Paulette McCormack, Fresh HR Insights

We love stories about people. There are so many things we can learn from other people's experiences and achievements that inspire us to achieve great things ourselves - especially when we are going through a rough patch. Following the popularity of the our Inspiring Women blog series, we have started a new series, Inspiring People, where we will share lots of inspiring stories like this one from Paulette McCormack:

1. Tell us your story:
I am Paulette and I am originally from New Zealand, lived in the UK for 17 years and moved to Australia where I have now been for 4 years. I am a single mum of 2 daughters and Human Resource Specialist and business owner. Was it always easy? Hell No.
10 years ago I was in the UK and destroyed. Three strong women in my family passed away, including my mother, I had a baby and my then husband walked out. I had no job, my so called friends vanished, I was alone, devastated, grieving, no qualifications to get a job and two mouths to feed. Fast forward and I have AMAZING daughters, one and almost two Masters in the Human Resource Management/Employment Relations field, Diplomas in Business and in Management, TAE Training qualifications. I also have my own home, my own business of four years, have been accepted onto the sessional lecturers list at Griffith University, and am working towards a public speaking accreditation. I am also a host mum to international students - very different from being in an empty house with deck chairs and beans on toast for tea each night. 

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
It was not a conscious decision to start with but I knew I couldn’t stay where I was. I needed to provide for my daughters. Human Resources were one of those things that I feel into purely by chance, and was really good at. Once I got into it I completed one qualification and looked what was next and went for that. When I moved from the UK to Australia I was “over-qualified, had no local knowledge, no local experience or was under qualified” – so I looked at what jobs were asking for and set out to get it. I did go overboard but I didn’t know many people – actually I knew one when I got here - so I studied to fill in the time. I also networked heaps and that’s how I met all the AWESOME people I now know here on the Gold Coast. 

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?  
I achieved my first Masters by giving up 2.5 years of my life to work, being a mum and studying. As soon as the girls went to bed I would study. I didn’t know a lot of the words used at Masters level, so I had a dictionary next to me as I read and read and read. I studied or did assignments on the weekends when I didn’t have my daughters. Was it all worth it? YES. My deadlines were set by the course schedules. Each day I put one foot in front of the other. 

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
The biggest challenge was the self-belief that I could and can actually do it. I wanted to give up so many times but I knew that there was no one else to blame but me if I did not do it. 

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
My daughters inspire me to keep going. I want to give them the world and more. I read a lot of self-help books and listen to motivational speakers whenever I can. When I decided to move to Australia I had to get permission. I could not just take the girls (that is actually abduction) BUT I did it, and we left on a new adventure. 

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
If you have a goal that you want to achieve I would advise anyone to picture the future they want and how that feels to have achieved it. When you have hard days – close your eyes and really feel what it will be like to get there. And go again. Take time if you need time to rest and surround yourself with like-minded people – you are the product of the 5 people closest to you.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
My next goals are to finish my last unit for this Masters, get my public speaking accreditation and continue to build my business to be successful. I am not 100% sure what successful is but I will keep putting one foot in front of the other till I find it. When we believe we can succeed. 

Paulette McCormack is a driven, passionate and pragmatic Human Resource Specialist helping business owners with their workplace compliance. Learn more about what Paulette does at

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Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Cake of the week: Cactus cupcakes

These are almost to adorable to eat! What a sweet idea, and some very clever cake-making skills...

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Why we love them:
  • Succulents and cactus are actually really on-trend at the moment as pot plants, so why not cupcakes?!
  • They look adorable served on this vintage-style platter. 
  • We love the fact that each one is different, and that some have flowers and others don't. 
  • These would be great for either a guy or gal. 

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