Vertical gardens from O2 Plant Walls are sure to dress up any area

Vertical-gardens

I recently got married to my partner of 5 years. We both love the outdoors and we wanted to incorporate that theme into the reception, but the ceremony was in July and being outdoors just wasn’t an option. We found an old homestead style barn that hosts weddings and we fell in love immediately. Timber beams, grass underfoot, it was perfect. We decided to dress it up even further and placed a few vertical gardens on the timber walls throughout the barn. We’d heard about vertical garden before – as the name suggests, it’s a small panel placed on a vertical wall with almost any kind of plants you like running up the side. It was a great way of adding a little greenery to the interior of the barn. We found ours through a company by the name of O2 Plant Walls who have been specialising in this sort of thing for years. The staff there are former landscapers and horticulturists so they really know their stuff. We ordered 5 of them in total and placed them around the barn, and once it was all over we loved them that much that we took them back to our own home!

Swing sets give your kids hours of fun!

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When I was growing up, I’d spend hours out in the backyard on the swing sets my parents bought me. As soon as school finished I’d race home with a few friends and spend the rest of the afternoon playing adventure games on the swing. Fast forward 30 years and our first-born child is about to turn 3 years old – high time we got her a swing set. We’d heard of Lifespan Kids from friends of ours, so we had a look at their swing sets online to see what they had. We wanted one that came with a slide, and Lifespan Kids had plenty of those, so we picked the one we liked and went down to the store to have a better look. It was even better in real life – really nice pine for the timber supports, UV protected plastic for the swings and slide, and double-galvanised steel parts so it’s sure to last quite a long time. Most importantly, it was safety-certified. We set it up in the backyard and gave it to her during her birthday party – she loved it! We’ve barely been able to convince her to come back inside of an evening. Every kid needs a swing set – head down to Lifespan Kids and get one now.

Call Dineamic for home cooked meals delivered straight to you

I’ve recently started doing a bit of volunteer work in my spare time as I really want to give back to the community. Every Monday and Wednesday evening, I go and visit an elderly man for an hour or two and basically just keep him company as he has no friends or family. It’s actually a lot of fun – he’s an interesting old fellow and always has stories to tell. Because of his arthritis, he can’t really cook that well and often has to eat take away which he can’t afford to keep doing. Unfortunately, I’m not much of a cook myself otherwise I’d make him a few meals for the week, so I searched for home cooked meals delivered to your door. I found Dineamic and we haven’t looked back. Dineamic are so much more than just frozen meals – everything is prepared fresh with quality ingredients, and it’s the best way to get a tasty meal that’s also full of nutrients. The best part is they are really affordable, and each potion is priced specifically so you know exactly what you’re paying for. Cheaper than paying for take away every night and easier than cooking yourself, I’m sold on Dineamic.

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Naturalizer womens sandals

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When it comes to shoes and sandals, I can be a little fussy. Ok maybe not fussy, but very particular. After all, if you’re wearing a shoe or a sandal all day every day, you want it to be just right. In summertime, I usually wear sandals to work that are still formal enough to be considered office-wear. Pair them up with a nice skirt and blouse, and I’m ready to go. It’s too hot in summer after all to be wearing closed-toe shoes around, and this way I get to let my feet breathe. The last few pairs I’ve bought have all been from Naturalizer, a great store for womens footwear.

The Naturalizer womens sandals are just about the comfiest I’ve ever worn, and they didn’t cost a fortune, either. I bought a brown leather pair with a wedge heel and adjustable straps which are very durable and pretty stylish if I do say so myself. They even have extra cushioning so after a day on my feet they’re not aching as much as they used to in my old ones. If you want a sandal that is as durable and affordable as it is stylish, I’d suggest heading straight to Naturalizer.

The Designer Bridal Room – I love this store!

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My oldest and dearest friend is getting married next month and I couldn’t be happier for her. Her fiancé is great and all of us wish them the very best – we know they’ll be great together. She asked if I wanted to be the maid of honour, and of course I accepted. How wonderful! What I didn’t realise is all the planning that comes with that prestigious role. Don’t worry, I’ll get her back for it when I get married one day, but for now I’m stretched pretty thin organising a whole lot of things, the most important of which is the dresses for the other bridesmaids. I began looking through several wedding dress shops Melbourne wide as I wanted to stick with bridal stores and avoid department stores, but I didn’t seem to be having much luck finding bridesmaid dresses. Until I found The Designer Bridal Room. They have a huge selection of bridesmaid dresses that are really beautiful, and I was able to find something for the 4 of us straight away. The colour scheme was mauve and I’m happy with it if I do say so myself. I know I’ll be coming back here when the time comes for my own wedding – I love this store!

The best roller blinds Melbourne has to offer

We recently gave our home in Melbourne a bit of a makeover and renovation. It had been quite a while since we built the place – going on 15 years now – and we thought it was time to spruce it up a bit. One of the finishing touches we made inside was to add roller blinds to all the windows in every room. The curtains we had were old and faded, and we thought it’d be nice to modernise our place a little bit. We looked at companies that did roller blinds Melbourne wide and we came across Blockout Blinds.roller-blinds-melbourne

They did every roller blind throughout the house, as well as a few glasses sliding doors, and they have heaps of colours and styles to choose from. We chose a light grey and we think it looks stunning. All their blinds are custom made, too, which means if you’ve got an odd sized window or door they can still fit it no problem. Their quote was competitive, their service was great and everything looked exactly like they said it would – I would highly recommend Blockout Blinds to anyone.

Word of advice for anyone moving home – get yourself a Queensland housing bond loan

I have to move around for work quite a lot – I’m a bank branch manager and every few years I get moved to a new branch. It’s not as bad as it sounds: it’s always something new, and I get to experience the many different suburbs of Brisbane. Usually I just rent as there’s not much point buying a new home every three years. Only problem with that is I usually end up having to pay the bond for the new place before I’ve got the old one back, and quite a few times I’ve found myself several thousand dollars out of pocket. Housing Bond Loans have come to the rescue on several occasions.

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Their services are really helpful and very simple if you’re organised – they offer short term loans to cover the costs associated with moving properties, especially bonds. It really does help to ease the headache that comes with moving home and it’s perfect for people who move around a lot like me. As soon as you get your old bond back it’s easy to pay off the loan, and they don’t charge any extra to pay it off early. Do what I do – get yourself a Queensland housing bond loan.

Perfect for people who need quick and easy packing boxes in Melbourne

When my grandfather passed away the last thing on my mum and grandmother’s minds were going through all of his old belongings. However they needed to sell his property and the easiest and most pain free solution was to use packing boxes in Melbourne for a temporary storage solution.

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We needed a company that would be quick and easy to deal with, and understand our difficult situation. Guardian Storage came to the rescue with packing boxes for us and a flexible rate and time period given our uncertainty in how long we would need a storage facility.

It is great to know that there is amazing customer service out there and people who will help in times of need. For us it was a tragedy, but if you simply need packing boxes for a move then I still recommend the wonderful services of Guardian Storage

Rekindle the Romance with Mornington Peninsula Winery Tours

My husband and I recently went on a winery tour with Dreamscape Tours for our 10 year wedding anniversary and had an absolutely wonderful time. We originally got married down on the Mornington peninsula and decided that it would be great to head down that way again for our 10 years. Best decision ever.

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Dreamscape Tours took care of everything for us – they organised wineries based on what we liked (I can’t go past a good Shiraz!) and gave us lots of yummy local produce to try like fruits and cheeses. With a breathtaking view of the ocean and a glass of red in hand, they really went the extra mile to give us an anniversary we’ll never forget.

If you’re wine lovers like we are you could even check out some other Mornington peninsula winery tours – get in touch with the people at Out & About Wine Tours.

Hands down the best web development Melbourne wide

I run a small business in Melbourne, a boutique gift store right in the heart of Bourke St. I’ve owned the business for nearly 15 years and as with anything there have been peaks and troughs over time. A few years ago I got a website built for the business as another way of drawing people into the store. I admit that at the time, I was a little doubtful as to how helpful the website would actually be and I regrettably opted for a cheap solution. It didn’t really help – the company that built it put next to no effort in and not surprisingly they folded about a year later. This time I decided to do my research. I figured the next logical step would be to set up ecommerce and sell my products online as well as in store. I needed a premium web development company and it became apparent that Splashbox Agency was the way to go. These guys took the time to understand my business and therefore build a high quality website that has a really strong presence online. With ecommerce tracking we can monitor exactly how well I’m doing – already I’m miles above where I was only a few months ago. I’m so glad I went with Splashbox Agency – as far as I’m concerned, they have the best web development Melbourne has to offer.

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