Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Myer Family and Friends Discount: 30 June 2016

Can I just say I LOVE these Myer Family and Friends events?! So much so, that I struggle to buy anything there now knowing that they have these 50% off events!!
If you are up for a bit of retail therapy tomorrow (Thursday 30 June), then click here below to access the voucher.
Most brands are 50% off (seriously!), so it is an amazing time to treat yourself or your family members. My kids ALWAYS fare better than me during the sales, you too?
Happy Shopping!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Ask Allison Anything: 4 Bargain Puffer Vests under $40!

For my second edition of Ask Allison Anything, I have been contacted by my gorgeous friend Kate (aka Confetti Mumma) who has asked me to source her a few lost cost vest options for Winter.
Perfect timing Kate, as right now is a great time to grab a vest because not only have the temperatures massively dropped, so have the prices of Winter clothes! Seems crazy, but the Spring stuff is already being wheeled out in stores so the Winter stuff is SO cheap at the moment.
Today I am going to share a few options for my fave type of vest - the puffer! These are SO warm and perfect to layer over a warm knit, long sleeve tee or a long line jumper. My favourite colours are grey, navy and cream - but I have also included a classic black and khaki hue in my options too.
I like my puffer with a bit of fur, but you'll find most of these detach if you are not a fan.

OPTION 1: The Supre Puffer Vest 

PRICE: $40 (on promotion currently)

If you thought Supre was for those under the age of 17, think again! They do offer some affordable essentials for Winter for those the other side of 20 (or 30 or 40!). Their range of puffer vests are currently reduced down to $40 and come in a range of 4 colours - but it is the navy and soft grey that I adore!

SHOP: Puffer Vest from Supre here

OPTION 2: Strut to Puff Fur Trim Gillet from Cotton On

PRICE: $29 online promotion
Cotton On have this classic vest in a colour for everyone - navy, black, burgundy and this charcoal grey.
SHOP: Strut to Puff Vest from Cotton On here 

OPTION 3: Fur Hood Puffer Vest from Katies

PRICE: $29 on promotion
It is definitely a hard decision to decide between the gorgeous cream and classic khaki - but at this price grab both!

SHOP:  Fur Hood Puffer Vest from Katies here

OPTION 4: Fur Trimmed Puffer Vest from Crossroads

PRICE: Currently $15.00 with 30% off online - only $10.50!!

Crossroads is another one of my favourite little chains for bargain priced basics. If you love a classic black puffer, then you cannot go past this one currently down to $10.50 - and that's not a typo folks!!

SHOP: Fur Trimmed Puffer Vest from Crossroads here

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Aldi Wooden Toys are COMING!!!!!

Happy Monday!

As promised in my recent Playroom post, I said that I would let you know when Aldi had their wooden toy collection back in stores, and guess what....
Yes that's right folks the wooden toy goodies are being wheeled out again this coming Wednesday 22nd of June - yippee!
Looks as though they have the same favourite items on repeat from last year (if you missed out) and a few new faces too....

We picked up this little set last year and it was a hit from Santa!



We have the salad and the fruit tray set already, but I am keen to try and nab the dairy set this year to add to our collection


LOVE this! What a great little alternative to the Le Toy Van stand that we have in our playroom (you can check that out here).

Wooden Toy sales are always a super popular special buy day, so definitely set the alarms or convince a friend to head in for you if you happen to be working on Wednesday.
You can check out the rest of the wooden toy range and other items also on sale next week here.
What do you hope to pick up?


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Ask Allison Anything: Slip on Sneakers for the School Run

I receive many emails and messages (which I love, so keep em' coming!) of 'help I need to turn my tiny laundry into a glorious, organised space' or 'help I need some casual shoes to do the school run' or my favourite 'Please help me Allison! My daughter has finally moved out and I want to turn her bedroom into a hideaway just for me, while the football season’s on'. Ha. We all know that feeling too well... don't we?!!
You get my drift, anyway.
So I’m launching Ask Allison Anything. This is where YOU can ask me where to buy a particular item of clothing/shoes, what recipe I use for cupcakes, or about organisational stuff for your life, home, party or anything really!
So here goes my first one….
Q: Dear Allison, I love the posts that you do on your Facebook page featuring your outfits. You always seem to have cute slip on sneakers. Where are you buying these from as I have only seen these in stores and they are quite expensive at $100+. Hope you don't mind if I ask? Caroline D
A: Well Caroline D. I sure do love my slip on sneakers for the pre-school run (which always turns in to a park date when the weather is good).  Here are a few cheap options which will hopefully be a bit better on the hip pocket for you!

Honestly ladies these Pacific Plimsole Shoes from Rubi Shoes are THE BOMB!! I own them in a cream/navy spot, a navy and white spot and a metallic version. My collection keeps growing as these bring out fabulous new colours and prints just like these silver/white striped pair.

They RRP at $19.95 but often have 30% off, two for $30 (which is on right now so snap them up!)

Purchase or check out the Pacific Plimsole range here 
Cons are the quintessential go with everything shoe. But if you cannot be bothered with the usual laced pair, then their ballet flat version is for you (and me!).
Now these aren't the most budget option, but at $80 from The Iconic, they are also a wee bit cheaper than the regular Cons!
Purchase or check out the Converse Dainty Ballet Flats here
I LOVE a metallic pair of flats - they are so neutral and work with so many different fabrics and colours in your wardrobe. They also feel a little dressier too!

These Dede slip on sneakers from ASOS are an absolute steal at only $33 (free shipping too!). The bonus with metallic is that they repel the mud if you find yourself at the footy oval or park this time of year.

Purchase or check out the Dede slip on sneaker here

Honestly I was sold as soon as I saw they were Rose Gold! They do also come in a range of other colours too if you prefer a more classic white, back or denim.

Currently on promo for only $20!! But the RRP is usually $29.95 which is still pretty darn cheap. 
Purchase or check out the Jodi Low Rise Sneakers here
Please keep the emails, requests for help or just your ideas for the blog, coming to or comment below or on my Facebook page.

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Stockist details for our Playroom and your questions answered!

Blogging TWICE in one week - I know - it is a record for me at the moment! Earlier on this week I shared a look into our Playroom.

You can check out the rest of the pictures and the post here if you missed it.

As promised here are the stockist details and the answers to your questions too!  

Stockist details

Cube Unit
Our Cube Storage Unit is from Ikea and is part of the Kallax range. If this one is too big, they also come in a range of different sizes and colours too!

Check out the Kallax unit here.

Masters Home Improvement also sell these storage units too if you are not handy to an Ikea store. You can check out their range here.
Fabric Cube Inserts
These were purchased from Bunnings almost 2 years ago and are sadly no longer available. Very annoying as I have a few I would like to replace and I still adore the print!

You can pick up the correct sized fabric cubes for the Kallax unit from Ikea - they are called the Drona Box and come in a wide range of colours. Just be sure to grab the exact number you need (and maybe a few spares) as they seem to rotate their colours and sometimes your favourite never comes back in to stock!

You can check out the Drona Box range of colours here.
Toy Kitchen
This is a KidKraft branded item that was purchased from Big W as part of their mid year toy catalogue 2 years ago (was a gift from Santa). This kitchen gets hammered on a daily basis and it is still going strong!

I really wanted something neutral, but this proved so hard to find at the time!

I cannot see my exact kitchen anymore in white, this seems to be the updated KidKraft neutral version which I spotted at Zanui.  You can shop that here.

Hip Kids also have a gorgeous little grey and white version in their range. You can check that out here.

If you are after a bit of colour, Zanui have a Pastel and Brights version in the same design as we have available online. You can shop that here.
I must admit I absolutely love all of the storage space ours has with the cupboards and the fact it is big enough to have two little bodies play side by side at once.
Wooden Kitchen Toys and Wooden Market Stall
I am OBSESSED with Le Toy Van and not just because their coloured wooden toys match my colour scheme - but because they last!

The Stand is called the Honeybee Market Stall  it is available through Lime Tree Kids. You can check that out here.

The stand comes with one crate of goodies and you can purchase the other crates individually.

This is another thing that we use SO much. The kids absolutely love using it as a shop and they use the ingredients to whip up food in their kitchen too!

Most of the other wooden toys on/in our toy kitchen are also Le Toy Van, which can be purchased through Lime Tree Kids.

I also have quite the collection from Aldi who bring out amazing quality wooden food sets a few times a year with their Special Buys. Feel free to follow me on Instagram or Facebook and I will be sure to warn you when they are coming - hope it is soon!

Kmart also seem to bring out some wooden toys from time to time, so keep your eyes peeled there too!
Play Mat
This is a Bumpa Mat from Ecoviva. One of the best investments we have made.

This mat is durable, easy to clean and so comfy to play on. I love that they are reversible so that you can update and change the look of your room too.

I am waiting for the new stock to arrive so that I can put one of these in our family room instead of a traditional rug, they are that good!

You can check out the Bumpa Mat range here.
Dress Up Rack
Honestly the day I installed the dress up rack in the Playroom it was like Christmas all over again! The kids were SO excited that they could access all of their dress ups in a little wardrobe.
It also makes things so much easier to store as previously we had them overspilling in a Trofast box. The dress up accessories (hats, swords, masks etc) all live in the Trofast containers at the top of the Cube Unit.
The rack is from Squishy Tots and you can customise the 'tips' of the unit by selecting one of 8 different colours they offer including the DIVINE mint...

For a limited time, the lovely ladies at Squishy Tots are giving you 10% off the price of your rack if you enter utterly10 in at the checkout. This is valid until 31 July 2016.

You can check out and shop the racks here.
Tee Pee
Once again when picking the Tee Pee, I wanted something neutral that wouldn't look too out of place at the back of our lounge room!

I ended up deciding on the Mocka Tee Pee in Montana - but as you can see if colour is more your thing - they have stacks to choose from! You can shop the range here.

I also love this neutral version (with white base) from Resort Living. You can check that out here.

My only warning with tee pees is to never underestimate how much room they can take up! As you can see we have quite a good sized room, but this can really eat in to the space. I tend to take it down every few months and pop out our ride on collection or train table instead.

Hopefully that covers everything and answers all of the questions that you had? If not, please feel free to comment below or on my Facebook page and I will be sure to get back to you. Thank you for stopping by!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

A look at our Playroom!

As a little girl I was super envious of our neighbour who was an only child. Instead of having to share her space with siblings, she had a playroom! Mind you this was no ordinary playroom either - it had a plastic toy supermarket which was the object of my childhood desires for many, many years...

Now I may have gotten older, but the desire to have a dedicated little play space for me my own kids has always been strong. Finally when we had the chance to extend our house in 2014, I knew that this was my chance to make my dream come true!

Ideally we wanted to have a closed off play space (so I could shut the door on mess), but when we were drawing up the plans we just couldn't make it work. Instead we ended up having to combine this space with part of the existing lounge area. In some ways, this should serve well down the track if we ever decide to sell, or when the kids outgrow their toys, as this space can be converted in to a large theatre room, an open study space etc.

Because the space does sit at the rear of our lounge room, I have selected a colour palette that fits with the rest of the room - soft grey and white with touches of teal and yellow.

My kids are OBSESSED with dress ups so this rack is the perfect way to display their costumes. It also teaches them to hang up their clothes after they have used them - let's hope they remember this in 10 years time?!

The Teepee doubles as a relaxing/reading space as well as a place to hide when you have stolen Mummies phone and you want to play games! I rotate this corner with various items throughout the year such as a train table, ride ons, dolls bed/change table etc.

Our toy kitchen is fantastic as it has loads of cupboard space (oven/fridge/microwave/dishwasher) to stash all of the wooden kitchen items and play food neatly.

We are very fortunate that when we build the extension, we added a mud/storage room. This storage room is where we have our games and puzzles.

We also have an art and craft station and space in our family room. I originally wanted to have it as part of the play area, but with carpet in here (enough said!) it seemed more practical to create a dedicated space where we had floorboards - will be sure to share this space with you soon.

Questions?! Please feel free to fire away and I will be back with a dedicated stockist post as well as addressing any questions you may have on the room too. Like the dress up rack?! I will also have a special reader offer to purchase one too on the blog!

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