Friday, 29 July 2016

Lasagne Day: Classic lasagne recipe from Amber Wright, The Foodie Mum

Happy Lasagne Day, 29 July 2016!

A trip to Rome with her husband in 2012 inspired Amber Wright from The Foodie Mum to create this classic lasagne recipe. Amber recalls, "we found this little Italian place with red checkered tablecloths and a perfect view of the Castel Sant'Angelo. My husband ordered the lasagne and OH MY GOSH it was one of the best things I've ever eaten. From then on I've been researching and trying to replicate what we had that day. This closest tasting lasagne to the one I had in Rome". I'm sold!


The Foodie Mum, Amber Wright's classic lasagne, inspired by a lasagne she tasted on holiday in Rome


Ingredients:
Serves 4 to 6

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Plain flour
  • 4 cups milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato passata
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 chuck steak & 1 pork scotch fillet steak, minced or 1 packet of mince
  • 8 pasta sheets (use 1 lot of my fresh pasta) 
  • 3 Cups cheese (I used cheddar, but you can use any other cheese you like)


Method:
1. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. 

2. When butter has melted, add flour and whisk until smooth. 

3. Gradually add the milk, whisking constantly to prevent any lumps. Continue simmering and keep whisking over medium heat until the sauce is thick, smooth and creamy, this will take around 10 minutes. 

4. Remove from the heat and add the nutmeg and tomato passata. Stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper and set aside and allow to cool.

5. In a frying pan heat the oil, add the mince and season. Brown mince and remove from heat; drain any excess fat on kitchen paper. Set aside and allow to cool completely.

6. Cook pasta sheets until al dente.


Layering the pasta sheets, mince, sauce and cheese


7. Into the bottom of a  baking dish, spread 1/3 of the sauce mixture. Arrange the pasta sheets side by side, covering the bottom of the baking dish. Spread a thin layer of mince, sauce and cheese (in that order). 

8. Top with next pasta sheets and repeat the process until all mixture is used up (make sure top layer is just pasta and sauce). 

9. Top with any remaining cheese and bake in an oven for 40 mins or until golden brown, bubbling and hot.


Bake for 40 mins or until golden brown

TIP: I topped my lasagna with pancetta breadcrumbs for a crunchy top.


Thanks to Amber Wright from The Foodie Mum for sharing this delicious recipe. 
"My passion in life is to cook and feed the people I love and since becoming a mum this has become even more important to me. I have a passion for all types of food from baking cookies with my kids to an amazing fillet mignon for a romantic dinner with my hubby," says Amber. Family and friends frequently ask Amber for her recipes, so Amber decided to start a blog to share her favourite recipes. The Foodie Mum blog was born. Amber lives in Perth, WA with her husband and two gorgeous children, daughter Lelah and my new son Maden. Check out Amber's blog here: www.thefoodiemum.com

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Thursday, 28 July 2016

Lasagne Day: Classic lasagne recipe from Noosa Local Life

Friday 29 July 2016 is Lasagne Day. To celebrate this delicious dish, which is a staple in many households, we're sharing a couple of our favourite lasange recipes. 

A brief history of lasange:
Contrary to popular belief, the origins of lasagne can be traced back to ancient Greece (not Italy), with the name Lasagna, or “Lasagne” derived from the Greek word ‘Laganon’, which is the first known form of pasta. 

However, Laganon was not made from the traditional Italian ingredients most people would associate with lasagne (bolognaise, bechamel sauce, cheese, etc.), but in fact layers of pasta and sauce. So really, the name "lasagne" was derived from the technique of layered pasta with sauce, rather than the ingredients. A recipe for lasagne was also uncovered in a British cookbook that dates back to the 1390s, so the Brits have also laid their claim to the first lasagne! Source: Bravo Italian




Ingredients:
Serves 4 -6

375g fresh lasagne sheets

MEAT SAUCE:
  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) red wine

CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 60g butter
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 125g cheddar cheese, grated
  • pinch of salt and black pepper

Method:
1. Grease 30 x 20cm lasagne dish. For the meat sauce, heat the oil in a pan over a medium heat. Add onions and garlic and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. Add the beef and stir until browned.

2. Add the tomatoes, mixed herbs, sugar, salt, pepper, tomato paste and wine. Stir well and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook for 10 minutes. Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celcius.

3. For the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan over a medium heat. Add the flour and stir constantly, with a wooden spoon, for 1 minute. Add the milk and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Stir in the nutmeg, half the cheese, salt and pepper to taste.

4. Put a third of the meat sauce into the bottom of the prepared dish. Cover with a layer of lasagne sheet. Spread a third of the cheese sauce over the lasagne and cover with another layer of lasagne. Continue alternating meat sauce, lasagne sheet and cheese sauce, finishing with a layer of cheese sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese.

5. Bake for 40 minutes, or until the top is golden and the sauce is bubbling. Serve with a green salad.

TIPS: 
  • For tomato lovers, chop some cherry tomatoes in half and lay them around top edge of the lasagne and then sprinkle over some grated parmesan cheese.
  • I also love grating carrot and zucchini into my meat sauce and leaving to simmer for as long as possible to thicken the sauce and add extra fibre to the dish. The longer you leave the sauce to simmer, the more the veggies will "dissolve" into the dish so the little people in your household won't be able to see them. 
This recipe was kindly shared with us by Noosa Local Life Neighbourhood Website, a community and visitors ‘one stop online hub’ for relevant, consistent and dynamic local knowledge about the Noosa Area. Check out the website, www.locallife.com.au

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Thursday thought...

“Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” 
Dale Carnegie




Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Inspiring People: Alexandria Blaelock, writer

A kidney transplant, redundancy, and trying something new for 30 days were some of the main catalysts that encouraged Alexandria Blaelock to become an author. Here's how she did it...

1. Tell us your story:
I was Alexandria Blaelock, Melbourne Project Manager up until my redundancy, but now I have a different story. My kidney transplant changed my perspective on everything, and now I write books that translate the lost knowledge of the early-twentieth century for modern life.

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
I had been unhappily unemployed for many years, and it felt like checking the job boards, and applying for jobs, and following up on applications every day was crushing my soul. I saw a TED talk where Matt Cutts challenged you to try something new for 30 days. I'd wanted to write a book for as long as I can remember, so I took a month off the job search and challenged myself to write one in that time.

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?
I had no idea how to write a book, so I bought one that told me how. I chose to write a book about how to host a dinner party because with event management as part of my career it was something I knew I wouldn't have to research much. Then I wrote an outline, set daily word targets, and wrote like there was no tomorrow to get it done in time.




4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
Self-doubt for sure. I knew I could write, and I knew I could get things done, but I didn't know if the book would be right or if anyone would buy it. But I acknowledged my fear, and told myself that I had wasted too much of my life through fear already; it didn't matter whether anyone bought the book, the important thing was to finish it. To be able to say that I had written a book.

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
I once heard someone describing life as like going to a restaurant to eat, you just pick what you want from the menu. Next week, you might pick the same thing, or maybe something different. I'm just putting my work on the menu; you might not pick it this week or even this year, but when you need it, it's right there on the menu.

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
Life is not a reality TV show, so just keep going! Usually, when you hear about some sort of achievement, it's presented through the frame of "overnight success"; like the 45-minute home renovation that actually takes months. All goals take time, and you have to keep taking all the tiny steps that put you in the right place for the overnight bit to happen.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
I'm currently writing my third non-fiction book. That's not something I imagined, but now that I'm doing it I'm happy with the way that it's progressing, and I would like to see it published by the end of the year. And then maybe a novel.

Writer and philosopher Alexandria Blaelock advocates embracing precious things like beauty, friendship and wisdom. Discover more at www.alexandriablaelock.com.

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016

TUESDAY TIP: How to improve your productivity when working from home

Working from home isn't always as great as it sounds. It can be isolating and challenging to remain disciplined. This week founder of menswear brand Tophat London, Andy Kitt shares his advice on boosting productivity when working from home... 


"Occasionally I work from home and I was realising that my productivity was terrible. So, I started to mentally and physically replicate the office environment as much as possible. Firstly, I clear my desk of anything that's not relevant to what I am currently working on. Secondly, it is important for me to wear a suit and shoes rather than just rolling out of bed and sitting at my desk in a t-shirt and jogging bottoms. This increases my productivity and also improves the perceived level of professionalism when speaking to people on the phone and even emailing. Lastly, I always take an hour break for lunch and leave the house. This leaves me refreshed for the second half of the day. 

Thanks to Andy for sharing this this advice. Andy Kitt is the Founder of transparent, slow fashion menswear brand, Tophat London. Check out Tophat's cool product range here: www.tophatlondon.com

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Monday, 25 July 2016

GIFT OF THE WEEK: The Cloud Book: How to Understand the Skies by Richard Hamblyn $19.95



People say you've 'got your head in the clouds'? Put them in their place by naming every single type of cloud. Very slowly (Bubba Gump style) "Well there's cirrus, cumulus, stratus, nimbus..." 


Sunday, 24 July 2016

WEEKLY SPECIAL: 30% OFF ALIFE DESIGN

Only while stocks last. 

Alife Design believes that “design is very similar to dating”. Their theory stems from “carefully watching people’s lives” and endeavouring “to make our lives more enriched and enjoyable by contemplating hidden needs from various movements and implementing something sophisticated to satisfy the needs”.
It’s this attention to detail that makes us love Alife Design so much. Their quirky products stylishly meet our lifestyle requirements, whilst offering quality and value for money.


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Thursday thought...

“When you choose to see the good in others, you end up finding the good in yourself” 

Unknown



Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Inspiring People: Vicky Jones, The Element Coach

Vicky Jones' path to success has by no means been a smooth one. In fact, it was a family tragedy that made her stop to reevaluate and focus on what meant the most to her in life. This resulted in Vicky leaving a 15 year media career to establish her own business. Here's what happened...

1. Tell us your story:
My name is Vicky, I’m a 38 year old single mother & business owner. Born in Wales, UK - I graduated from Oxford Brookes University, England & have lived in Sydney since 2003. Through hard work & dedicated study I have swapped my career of 15 years in the media industry in London & Sydney to establish my own thriving coaching business. I’m now following my passion to inspire and empower individuals to be the best version of themselves they can be.

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
My journey to become a life coach started with a tragedy when my oldest brother passed away from an accidental overdose in 2010. I was utterly devastated by his passing and embarked on a path of destructive avoidance strategies to try and cope with my loss.

Despite the pain, grief and suffering my family has endured, it is comforting to know that the passing of my brother has changed my life forever and looking back at the dots, I would never have embarked on such a massive life and career change if it had not been for seeking out a life coach as a way over overcoming my own destructive behaviours. It was through researching life coaching that I decided it was the perfect career for me. I was able to use my passion for human behaviour, my degree in biology and fascination with quantum physics to use this career as the perfect vehicle to channel my desire to help people.

When I started my coaching journey one of the first things I did was to write a vision statement and create a vision board. Within 11 months everything I once dreamed of had manifested. I am living the exact life I had written about including being able to leave my job of 8 years and set up my own business. I now have more time to spend with my daughter and three weeks ago I was able to attend a school trip as a parent helper - something I would never have been able to do 3 years ago.

A vision board is super powerful if you are really clear on what you want. Creating your own treasure map or ‘vision board’ allows the information filtering system of the brain known as the reticular activating system (RAS) to filter all the incoming information that your brain receives and it also acts as receiver for information that is tagged as important. We all have automatic ‘tags’, for example your name. We have all been in a situation when you are able to pick up your name being mentioned in a conversation on the other side of a room while talking to others. Similarly if you are thinking about buying a particular car or going to a specific holiday destination you are more tuned into any stimuli on that topic whether it’s a conversation, advertisement, article etc. Suddenly you see those cars everywhere you go and lots of people are ‘coincidentally’ also talking about that same trip. Nothing has actually changed you have just zeroed in on those subjects.

The process of creating a vision board is one of the best ways to program the RAS. It focuses your transmitter to pay attention to certain things in your environment that are in frequency with your goal or vision. This selective attention filter makes you aware of daily things that can help you achieve your goal and it’s your job to take action on those opportunities when they present themselves.

One of the first exercises I was encouraged to do as I studied coaching was to design your ‘ideal average day’. If you don't know where you're going, you will never arrive. Success means holding to a vision of what you want. Just saying ‘I have an idea’ isn't going to make anything happen. You have to be specific and intentional about what you want. Without a vision to pull you into the future, you're likely to keep reverting to the past.




3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals? 
As part of my study program we are given the best tools for how to set & achieve your goals including creating 5 year, 2 year, 12 month, 90 day, monthly, weekly & daily goals. The most important part of goal setting is knowing your big why. For me, being able to give my daughter the best life I can and being able to spend quality time with her and be the best role model I can be drives me forwards every day. 
I have my vision board in front of my desk so every day I am reminded of everything I want to achieve. If you have a big enough “why” you will overcome any “how”. 

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
As a single mum without any family in Australia it was a challenge to travel to Melbourne for study purposes, plus I still had to work full time. Thank goodness for good friends that helped me look after my daughter.

I would have to work on my business every night after I put my daughter to bed. In January 2016, after two years of dedicated study I was able to leave my job to go out on my own.

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
Being on this path and now being able to share my passion with the world through my coaching helps me with the loss of my brother. Knowing that he is with me on this journey, that he is the reason I can overcome any fear and keep driving forwards every day. I talk about him in a lot of my workshops when I describe how I got onto this path.

6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
1. Know your WHY
Why do you want to achieve your goal, what will it give you? The more emotion you feel when you think about your goals; the more likely you will follow through & overcome any hurdle. 

2. Crystallise your vision 
Know what you want with crystal clear clarity 

3. Set specific SMART goals 
90 day, 60 day, monthly, weekly & daily. SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound.  

4. Tune in
I recommend creating a physical vision board – what better way to visualise your vision than to see it?

5. Believe 
You must believe you can have the life or goal you desire. If you don't believe it, it won't happen. 

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
Here are 3 of my biggest goal for the next 5 years:
• I want to be financially free by the time I’m 45 - I have 7 years to achieve this and have mapped out my plan with specific financial benchmarks to hit to ensure I stay on track.
• I want to run motivational workshops in Italy within the next 2 years.
• I want to take my mum to South America to climb Machu picchu in October 2017 (we have always talked about it but I have now set a date).

Vicky is a transformational coach, mentor & speaker- she’s a passionate human being who knows firsthand how to achieve personal and professional success from the ground up, and it’s her mission to show others how to do the same. www.vickyjones.com.au

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

TUESDAY TIP: Life-changing organisation tip - Track your time

This week's organisation tip comes from business mentor, Lorraine Pihiri, who advises:

"Track your time! Spend a week writing down how your spend your time and see where it really goes. I guarantee you probably waste at least ten, if not 20 hours a week doing things that you shouldn’t be doing. It’s not until you get a reality check by writing it down that you will be able to really assess how your time is spent and make the changes to keep you on track to a more productive future."



Baby boomer specialist and business mentor Lorraine Pihiri help business owners over 50 who feel tired, worn out and dissatisfied with life find clarity, purpose and direction. Learn more about what Lorraine does here: www.relaunchyourlife.com.au

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Friday, 15 July 2016

Customer Comment of the Week


"We are very happy with our order from Mr Gift! I really liked the little touches like the had written note and the lollies, well done." Mary-Ann, NSW

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Thursday thought...

"Service is the rent you pay for your room here on earth." - Muhammad Ali




Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Inspiring People: Mitch Hills, founder and CEO of the AroundAbout app

One day - in the not too distant future - I'm sure we'll see a book about Mitch Hill's success in business sitting on a shelf in a bookshop next to Richard Branson's books. Stories about young entrepreneurs like Mitch's blow my mind. Here's why...

1. Tell us your story:
I originally started my first business in high school (in my home town of Brisbane), which was an entertainment company providing services for private events like 18th and 21st birthday parties, weddings, races, etc. I then continued working in entertainment and saved $100,000 before 20 which I then used to fund my first tech startup AroundAbout, an app finding the best food, drinks and activities around your location to help people experience great places.


Mitch Hills, founder and CEO of the AroundAbout app

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
It's important to know what you want in life - these things for me include living life on my own terms, creating businesses, retiring my family, traveling the world, financial independence and setting up animal shelters. Having large goals is a great way to pull you forward and kick you into gear.

3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals?
I work towards my goals in everything I do. You have to do things for a reason, and when you have such large goals, it becomes a part of your every day work. You should of course have smaller short term goals that you work towards and set deadlines to make sure you achieve them. Then it just comes down to discipline and persistence. 




4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
Getting manipulated and ripped off by people that wanted my money. I learned the hard way how to do things - however it's a blessing in disguise because it's what teaches you the most.

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
Those large goals. When you have such a big vision, these obstacles become so small in the scheme of things. You just have to keep going, knowing that it's all working towards your dream.




6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
Just get started. 'It's better to do something imperfectly than nothing perfectly' is a great quote from Richard Branson. For some more practical advice clearly write them down and drill it into your brain so you see it every day.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
I'm in the process of setting up a marketing company so having that rolling would be great. I'm also getting into speaking, so getting those things going is the plan!

Mitch Hills is a young Australian entrepreneur with an unusual amount of motivation and a burning passion for business. He is the founder of the AroundAbout app and The Exceptions Network, which offers services and a community for young entrepreneurs interested in starting or growing a business. Mitch posts new articles and videos every week, keep up with him on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat at mitchills.

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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

TUESDAY TIP: Life-changing organisation tip - How to label kid's toys

Everyone has at least one organising secret, tip or hack that keeps them on the 'straight and narrow'. It might be a little habit they've incorporated into their daily routine, or a unique way of doing things that saves them time (and sanity!). We threw the question: "Do you have an organisation tip/hack that has changed your life?" out there, and the resulting posts are the goodness we received in return...

How to label kids' toys:

This tip was kindly shared with us by Linda Eagleton, Professional Organiser from Creative Surrounds in Sydney. 

"I run a Professional Organising business in Sydney and one of the most successful tips that all my ‘mum’ clients love is the labeling we use for kids stuff. When organising kids storage, always use labels with images. This is a quick, easy visual so even if your kids are too young to read, they’ll still know where all their toys should go when packing up! You can laminate them and add a cute ribbon to tie to the baskets."


Encourage kids to tidy up by labeling storage baskets with images


Check out Linda's website, www.creativesurrounds.com.au to learn more about what she does. 

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Sunday, 10 July 2016

Friday, 8 July 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: Cool gift wrap folding technique

When we're taught how to wrap a present, we generally always fold the paper in the same way. But what would happen if we folded the paper another way...


Why we love it:
  • This is a great way of creating a secure little pocket to stash your gift card (which can so easily become detached from your gift at parties). 
  • Using contrasting wrapping paper makes your gift stand out. 
  • This method is nearly as easy to execute as the traditional gift wrapping method. 
  • This is a great way of adding interest when wrapping a simple shape, such as a book, without having to spend more money on ribbon or other trims. 
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Thursday, 7 July 2016

Thursday thought...

"In life you don't get anywhere or do anything you hope to without some sort of sacrifice." Stephen Saad (worth $2.7 billion)




Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Inspiring People: Ashley Jessen, CEO and Co-Founder of Profile Booster

This week Ashley Jessen, CEO and Co-Founder of Profile Booster shares some wonderful advice on goal setting and the power of our Reticular Activating System (RAS)...

1. Tell us your story:
My name is Ashley Jessen and I’ve spent the last 6 years living in Sydney. I have been involved in the online trading industry for the last 15 years with a specific focus on digital marketing. My goal has always been to run my own business, and apply the knowledge and skills I have been applying for some of the biggest names in the industry to run my own company.

I’m currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Profile Booster, along with my business partner, Eva Diaz. Our company specialises in creating and promoting authority content in the financial services sector.

2. How did you identify the goal/s you wanted to achieve?
My focus has always been on growing the companies I work for and finding the best ways to achieve this. So the natural progression was to apply these systems and methodologies to my own enterprise.

So for the last 3 years I have been planning on how to move from a PAYG staff member to running my own digital and content marketing firm.




3. How did you work towards achieving your goal – did you have a plan and a deadline to achieve your goals? 
There has never been a deadline to achieve the goal, as I have always enjoyed working for the companies I have worked for in the past. However, I have always known that if I don’t take the plunge at some stage, then it may never happen at all. That is what motivated me the most to move on and start my own business.

4. What was the biggest challenge you encountered along the way?
The biggest challenge is the sheer volume of work and resources needed to get your own business up and running, but to do it in a growth hacking style. Without a huge marketing budget, the challenge was to implement all the critical inbound marketing strategies possible to get leverage, gain exposure and build the Profile Booster brand.

5. What inspires you and keeps you going when you encounter obstacles?
The inspiration comes from my wife and three beautiful kids. Every day I love to see them achieving and learning, so I like to be a positive role model for them. There are many times when you get knocked back and ideas you thought would be winners have to take a back seat. I’m motivated by helping companies push forward and implement better, more robust business and marketing systems in their business.

What keeps me going is the confidence in knowing I can add great value to the niche businesses I like to serve.




6. What advice do you have for anyone wanting to achieve a goal?
You need to write down what you want to achieve. Your mind has something called the Reticular Activating System (RAS), which is like a radar helping you achieve everything you set out for. The only challenge is you need to give it some direction. The RAS works in the same way when you buy a new red car and now you are the proud owner, you start noticing it everywhere you drive. The same is true for your goals.

Another great quote I remember from a trading coach I had was ‘If you do not achieve your goals, then you will achieve something better.’ That has always stuck in my mind and I’ve found it to be true. Set your goals and the worst that will happen is you’ll either hit them or get something better.

7. What are the next goals you hope to achieve?
Scalable growth is next on the agenda and creating the systems that enable my company to achieve leverage. I’m also keen to move from the current bespoke solutions we offer to more specific services that we can truly excel at, compared to our competitors. 
Another massive goal is to inspire my kids to run their own business from an early age and always be thinking about how they can add value to those around them. My kids inspire me and keep me thinking about the future and how fantastic the opportunities are going forward. What an exciting time we live in.

Profile Booster designs the ideal content marketing and digital strategy for your brand to help you become the authority in your niche, drive more qualified leads, convert more business and retain more clients. Visit their website, www.profilebooster.com.au or watch this video to learn more...

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Monday, 4 July 2016

GIFT OF THE WEEK: DIY WALL CLOCK $36.95

This vibrant clock is a unique design feature that will add a splash of colour to any wall. With a clock as cool as this, now there's no excuse not to be on time!;-)

Friday, 1 July 2016

Gift wrapping idea of the week: DIY Pom Poms

Pom Poms are one of the cutest trims you can add to a gift. Bet you didn't realise they were this easy to make though...

Image from http://indulgy.com

Why we love them:
  • You probably remember making large pom poms as a child, wrapping endless lengths of wool around a piece of card. These pom poms are super quick and easy to make. 
  • The two-toned twine looks really modern and would compliment are wide variety of wrapping paper. 
  • Everyone loves pom poms - use them on gifts for men, women, and kids
  • Pom poms are great fun for kids to make. Let them use their imagination and use them in all sorts of craft projects, or add goggley eyes to turn them into cool little critters. 

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