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DIY Bathroom Makeover With Vinyl Home

When Katja from Vinyl Home asked if we’d be interested in a collab featuring her products I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had already spotted her new pink Metro Ava tile and after recently lusting over pink bath tubs I knew exactly where I’d use them. I was going to transform the girls bathroom, with the help of Jase, of course.

Before: The girls bathroom

We have previously bought and used the hex vinyl tiles from Vinyl Home in Poppy our caravan so we knew the product well and we plan to use them again in Lola (our new caravan project) – that’s how much we love them.

Hexagon Vinyl Tiles in Poppy the Caravan.

The vinyl tiles are one of the easiest DIY products we’ve come across. Super easy to apply and completely removable making them a great idea for those on trend ideas that you just have to try. A pink bath may not be my dream tub forever after all. They are a perfect option for renters wanting to put their own stamp on a place too.

The tiles require minimal tools to install and the biggest tip I have is the old ‘measure twice, cut once.’ It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle fitting the tile sheets together so you want to waste as little as possible. The inbuilt overlap section makes the tiles a breeze to line up. You can’t really go wrong!

The overlap section of the tiles that makes lining up each sheet a breeze
Tools required. I’d also recommend a board to cut on. We used a thick chopping board (not pictured)

We used 3x 12packs for our bath and it only took us a couple of hours but the difference in the girls bathroom is huge! Nothing like some colour to transform a room!

This is a collab post, we were gifted the Vinyl Tiles but like I said we are also customers because if you truly love a product – of course you’ll buy it!

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Katja has given me a discount code to offer anyone wanted to try her DIY products for the first time. MISSTRILLY gives you 5% off your first order or there’s an affiliate link – which also gives you 5% off your orders.

I also have a $50 Vinyl Home voucher to giveaway over on my Facebook page.

Mel x

Lilliputt Fun Zone

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Jase and I love a good family date night with the girls and sometimes on a Friday night we want just that. Dinner out, a couple of drinks for us and then some family fun with the kids for them.

Our girls have reached an age now where a trip out entertaining them requires more than a trip to Lollipops – bless Lollipops as the rainy day saver of years gone by but I’m pretty glad we’ve moved on.

We are regulars at 10 pin bowling and there’s only so many kids movies I can sit through, we need something NEW! So we were super excited to be invited to check out the new Lilliput Funzone in Hamilton. Most people will know Lilliputt for it’s fabulous indoor mini putt golf course, it has three! But what a lot of people won’t know is that Lilliputt has had an expansion and make over, and now offers not only mini putt but also laser tag and the very new VR (Virtual Reality) experience.

We let the kids choose what we hit first and headed into the Laser Tag arena. Jase had never played Laser Tag before so it was new for most of us. The girls were immediately thrilled with the neon lights amongst the darkness and paid close attention to the safety video. We played a teams match first and it was Jase and I versus Miss & Trilly, I don’t mean to brag but we totally nailed them. Hah! We also gave the every man for themselves scenario a go and I think we could have left after just that and called it a fab night. Girls loved it, we had a great time – everyone wins!

If you are apprehensive about the whole VR thing like I was then you have to give it go. I didn’t think I’d be a fan at all and couldn’t understand the fuss but I’m converted. Lilliputt currently has 4 games available on their VR set up with many more on their way. We gave fighting Robots a run for their money and then enjoyed a family snow fight. It was a bit of giggle to watch people do it because you can’t see what they see but it’s too fun too worry about how you look to the ‘outside’ world. The girls talked about it all the way home.

Finishing our night with a putt around the ever popular mini golf course was perfect. Just what we needed to slow down and cool off. The other two activities definitely raise the heart rate and are a super fun work out, bonus. All up we spent over two hours there and had the best family date night in a long time, the girls are asking when we can go back already and we will definitely be heading back to kill some rainy days in the future.

Lilliputt also offers two party rooms for booking, a lounge area with board games for sale and an arcade area.

If you’re looking for somewhere new to go for date night, with the kids or not, I highly recommend a visit to Lilliputt Funzone and having a play yourself! Ask for Kenny and you will be well looked after.

M x

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Lilliputt Funzone is located on Level 1, Centre Place, 65 Bryce Street, Hamilton.

Ph. 07 834 0578

Funzone@lilliputt.co.nz

Christmases With Santa Line – From One Generation To The Next

Growing up, my Christmases were a wee bit different to the ones my kids enjoy.

I am the oldest of eight children and trust me, we never lacked in love or happiness, but sometimes Christmas was a little less than the years before. The funny thing is though, as I’ve gotten older and recalled to my mum the Christmases I remember most – they are the ones where she thought we had the least.

There was the Christmas my sisters and I got cat food in our Santa sacks and nothing else. We were disappointed but amused. It also took us a lot longer than Mum thought it would to find the kittens hiding. Mum had adopted us two kittens to share because they were free to a good home. Those free kittens and a couple of cans of jellymeat are one of my favourite Christmas memories.

One of the other things I’ll always remember fondly is sneaking into the pantry with the house phone and ringing the 0800 222 222 Santa line. Our giggles always gave us away, that and the fact the phone back then had a cord on it which led right to our hiding place. That Santa line was so magical that we would start ringing from the beginning of November in the hopes Santa would pick up.

This year, the Santa line has stepped up. Technology definitely has its place in being able to add to the magic of Christmas for kids, and the new Naughty or Nice Report is fastly becoming a favourite with my two. They love moving the naughty or nice slider for each other and crack up if one says the other has been ‘naughty’.

Hands down, their favourite part though is the messages from Santa. Trilly is sold that it is indeed Santa right there talking to her and she may not admit it, but I’ve caught Miss on the site when she didn’t think I was looking too.

It’s just like my memories of the Santa line, only new and better.

This post is sponsored by Spark NZ

Capsule Wardrobe: My Girls Mix ‘n’ Match Picks for Autumn + GIVEAWAY

The internet tells me the definition of a Capsule Wardrobe is as follows;

‘….a capsule wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items of clothing that don’t go out of fashion, such as skirts, trousers, and coats, which can then be augmented with seasonal pieces.’

I am seeing talks and discussions about capsule wardrobes and minimizing our lives in general all over social media at the moment. There are groups dedicated to the movement of minimalism. They offer insight and advice about thinking more about what we add to our lives and wardrobes, about buying less, and planning our purchases rather than buying impulsively.

A Capsule Wardrobe to me as an adult is about clothes in colours that compliment my complexion, flatter my body shape, work in with the ‘on trend’ pieces I will buy and only wear for a season but most importantly pieces I love and will continue to reach for year after year.

For my girls a Capsule Wardrobe is more basic. Long sleeves and pants for the cooler months, shorts and tees for the warmer months, a special occasion dress, a warm jacket for winter and a light cardi for summer nights etc. I don’t mind if they are ‘on trend’ or ‘classic’ because by next year we need to start again in new sizes anyway but for that reason alone I need the options to be affordable. I just want my girls to put on their clothing and love them. I want them to put them on and be confident. I want them to wear them and be happy.

I am far past the stage of laying my children’s clothes out for them the night before, they probably wouldn’t wear my choices anyway! My girls are at an age where what they choose to wear is a part of their personality. A way they display themselves to the world and let their inner selves shine through.  I love how they are both so different yet so determined in their style so with my list of capsule basics, they refilled their Autumn wardrobe their way!

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Long Pants (Skinny Slash Jeans $19)-Tick!  Tran-seasonal Cardi ( Longline Knit Hoodie Cardigan $25)-Tick!

 

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I’m an absolute sucker for a little Matchy Matchy and a snuggly hoodie is a wardrobe must for my two. Miss wears Pull Over Hoodie Grey Marle (8-16) $15 and Skinny Slash Jeans. Trilly wears Pull Over Hoodie Light Grey (3-7) $12 and 7/8 All Over Print Leggings Light Pink $8

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Trilly is all about pink and unicorns so when she saw these it was love at first sight. Ticking my boxes for cozy pants (All Over Print Jogger Fit Trackpants Light Pink $12) and long sleeve (Long Sleeve Front Print Tee $5).

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Fun Long Sleeve Tees and Jeans are their go to for cooler months as well as mine! Trilly wears Long Sleeve Front Print Tee $5 and Boyfriend Patch Jeans $15. Miss wears Long Sleeve Front Print Tee $6 and Stretch Jeggings with Pocket $17.

2Hello Throwback to my childhood! Miss wears it with more spunk than I ever did though. Maybe she’ll start collecting iron on patches like I did? She definitely loves this get up! Jeans: Skinny Badge Jeans $25 Tee: Crew Neck Badge Tee $15.

 

And, I may have slipped in a little something for me because it ticked my points too.

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‘Mum Uniform’ on point! I’m a big blush pink fan and adore a comfy yet cute pair of flats. Jeans: Amco Women’s Plain Skinny Jeans $25 Knit: Garage Lace Up Back Jumper $25 Flats: Debut Enzoi Ballet Flats $25.

* ENTER TO WIN*: All parents can appreciate a little extra so simply let me know below what you’d put a $50 The Warehouse voucher towards and it could be all yours! 

This post has been sponsored by The Warehouse. All opinions are my own.

Our Affordable Fashion Finds For Girls This Summer

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If you have been following us for a while you will know that the struggle to dress my girls is real! I want affordable. I want age appropriate. I want my girls to feel good and explore their own sense of style but I want to be comfortable with their choices. Now Summer is just around the corner and with two kids that grow like a couple of weeds we decided to check out The Warehouse to see what they had on fashionable offer for the warmer months.

I can never argue with The Warehouse’s price and you can always guarantee you are going to get more bang for your buck. The Warehouse has always been my go to for the basics but more recently the girls have been spotting more and more things that they adore so for this trip I let them go for it, with the odd bit of guidance size wise and a bit of shoe direction from my Mum the clothing choices were all them.

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The old faithful denim and tee: My girls spend most of their summer in shorts and tee’s. It’s their go to. Comfortable and easy to run around in. Miss beelined it straight to the denim cutoffs and settled on the cute lace trimmed pair and the cool black acid wash pair, paired with some breezy tank tees she’s good to go.

Trilly decided on a pink rolled cuff pair and some cute black ones with embroidery detail. A twin pair of tank tees and an adorable tee will see her set for the basics.

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The floaty summer dress: Both my girls love a good dress but if it doesn’t spin it must float. These floaty chiffon dresses are perfect and the asymmetrical hemline is a favourite with my two.

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The mini fashionista: Miss has her own idea of style. She’s not a little girl anymore but she’s not quite a ‘big girl’ either, she’s in between. I love that she chose this striped midi dress and chose to team it with this super cute lace crop top which to me makes it a stylish and appropriate outfit for her age.

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The Sandal not Jandal: It has the slip on ease of a jandal but a bit more dressy. It’s easy to wear and perfectly on trend. A bargain at $10 these are a new go to and came in both the girls sizes.

A haul this size has Miss & Trilly’s summer wardrobe in a really good place and my wallet couldn’t be happier with the price. I don’t think it has to be expensive to dress our kids well we just have to be smart about it. All items pictured are from The Warehouse, where possible I have included the online links otherwise you can find them in stores today.

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This post has been sponsored by The Warehouse. All opinions are my own.