Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The #Giftorium @Myer


Christmas has to be my MOST favourite time of the year. I still get a kick out of seeing Santa, watching my kid's faces light up when they open their presents, receiving and giving presents, preparing food for the day and Christmas present shopping. Well, sort of. Every year, I try to get in early but by the time Christmas comes around, my kids have changed their minds about what they want or I find I have a dozen or so presents to buy at the last minute.

This year, all 67 Myer stores across Australia have introduced a Giftorium. A one-stop destination for all festive gift giving needs.  On weekends and selective dates from 8 November, every Myer store will have a whole host of fun activities for the entire family including  children’s face painting, balloon artists, musical performances, Christmas tree and table dressing demonstrations, appearances from children’s characters, cosmetic workshops and children’s Christmas book readings.

 Myer has developed an extensive Personal Shopping Service centred on expertly trained Gifticians and Producticians. Gifticians are on hand to help you choose the perfect gift for any age group, interest or budget. Producticians will be on hand to provide product demonstrations and reveal the latest must-have Christmas gift ideas, sourced from around the world. 

In select stores around the country, there will be demonstrations by major brands including Marvin’s Magic, SodaStream, Mr Men and Little Miss, Plumm wine glasses, Dilmah Teas and Vista Print.

I was absolutely 'tickled pink' to receive my own personalised gift in my goodie bag from Myer and Mr Men and Little Miss. They have a whole range of personalised items available.

To get a head start, you can select from any of the Myer 12 Themes of Christmas gift categories, which include some of the following.

Food Fanatic (for any of my friends reading this, you can start Christmas shopping here for me)


Kid's Cubby (for young boys and girls)

Trendy Young Things (I could've spent my entire Christmas budget on my daughter in this section)

Miracle Mum (okay kids, you can start here for me)

Dapper Dad

There's also your usual high standard of Christmas decorations and adornments you'd expect from Myer.

There is also a beautiful range of (my) favourite cookbooks and homewares available.

On the morning, we were also treated to a sumptuous array of refreshments including this gorgeous sweets table created by Sensationally Sweet Events.

Myer has you covered with everything from gift selection to wrapping to same day 'elf' delivery service. You can start shopping in the comfort of your own home here from the Myer Giftorium website. I can't wait to get back into the store, with the kids, to experience all the sights and sounds of Christmas again. Make sure you book your visit with Santa online here to save you waiting in line on the day.

Disclaimer:  I was gifted a generous 'goodie' bag from Myer containing a Sodastream PLAY softdrink maker and a $50 voucher to spend on the day. All photos, thoughts and opinions are my own.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Baked "Potato Curls" crumbed chicken strips

You've read before how much of a fussy eater my daughter is (in fact for the last nearly 8 years)? Well, I can safely say we have made a lot of progress. In fact, we made a major change from processed chicken nuggets (I refused to buy them anymore) and I am using real chicken (yes, real chicken) and crumbing them. She just 'wolfs' them down. Needless to say, my nearly 8 year old boy will eat anything if it stays still long enough. 

As I mentioned before, my kids love the range of snack products from Healtheries, including the chicken flavoured Potato Curls. Not that my children are gluten free, but all of the Healtheries range are gluten free and turning these tasty little morsels into crumbs and crumbing chicken or fish is a great gluten free option.

This was such an easy dinner to prepare. I placed the Potato Curls into a ziplock bag, banged them for a couple minutes with a wooden rolling pin and had a lovely fine crumb for coating.

No need to flour the chicken in the dredging process. Just dip in beaten egg, then the Potato Curl crumbs and place on an oven tray to bake. I gave the chicken strips a light spray with oil just to add to the browning process. For one medium sized chicken breast, I used 2 bags of Potato Curls and just 1 egg for the dipping.

They were so delicious and crispy plus no fat was used in the cooking process other than a light spray of oil. Healtheries Potato Curls are also 70% less in fat than regular potato chips, have no artificial flavours or colours, no preservatives and no added MSG.  They are also made with sunflower oil, not palm oil. Next time I'll try the burger flavoured Potato Curls. I'm sure they'll taste just as nice.

I managed to catch this photo of my son just before the meal was demolished. A tasty and healthy alternative to fried, bread crumbed chicken or fish. I'll be keeping some packets of the Healtheries Potato Curls in a secret stash, just for this purpose (well trying to).

Disclaimer: This blog post is the second of three entries into the Kidspot Voices of 2014 Healtheries #snackosphere challenge. I was given a selection of Healtheries snack foods to try. All opinions and photos are my own.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Pin Junkie - 2 Year Blogiversary


Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried a few recipes and had so much fun, she wanted to share her love of Pinterest with everyone and The Pin Junkie was born!  Now she's completely addicted and working her way through Pinterest one project at a time.  You can join her at:


The Pin Junkie is celebrating it's two year blogiversary and these bloggers are helping to celebrate in style with a HUGE link party! When you share your crafts and recipes at this party, they will be seen on all 40 of these blogs!

Party Rules
1.  Share anything family friendly - crafts, recipes, DIY projects.
2.  Visit other links at the party.  It's always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.
3.  Visit and follow a few of the co-hosts.  They'd love it if you dropped by to say hello!

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