It’s no secret I can’t bear to organise a birthday party. A combo meal-deal of working full-time meeting a distinct lack of creative ideas means we usually end up a bowling alley or the park. Boring, I know, but one can’t fake a good party.
Jo Power from Melbourne greeting card company and party blog Things by Bean provides fab tips to ensure your next birthday isn’t a dump and run babysitting session – and the parents actually stick around for some fun too. And she has a few cracker ideas up her sleeve when it comes to inspiring your next party. No matter where it is.
Photo shoot fun – Everyone can let their hair down with a silly photo shoot. Pick a spot with good lighting (indoors or outdoors) and put together a backdrop of balloons or streamers. Near the backdrop, set up a small stable of props – feather boas, crazy sunglasses, masks, big fake flowers and hats are perfect. If you have an instant camera (Instax or Polaroid), encourage guests to take snaps with their phone and post them on Instagram with a hashtag just for your party (ie. #jamieturns8).
The mummy – It doesn’t matter how old you are – wrapping someone in toilet paper is fun! This is perfect for birthday parties because the bigger the group, the better it is. Break into groups of 4-6 people and give each group a roll of toilet paper. Each group nominates one person to be The Mummy and starting at the same time, each group has three minutes to wrap the toilet paper around The Mummy – and I mean the entire roll! Whichever team makes the most creative mummy wins. Make sure you document this one, you won’t stop laughing at photos of the finished Mummies!
Eat the donut – This deliciously fun game can be played by anyone who loves donuts! Which is just about everyone. For each person playing, thread a thick piece of string through the hole of a donut. Tie the ends of each string to a clothesline or tree so that the doughnut dangles in the air (keep the height of each player in mind). You can play this game with teams or individual players. For each round, a player from each team must eat the donut off the string without using their arms or hands and without the donut falling on the ground. Whoever finishes their donut first is the winner! But, really, everybody wins because everybody gets to eat donuts!
Pin the something on the something – With a little tweaking, this old-school game can be great fun for party guests of all ages. For the kids, do a classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey, positioning it lower on the wall so the little ones can reach it. For the adults, think of a pop culture icon of your generation that your guests will love and find a photo of it. Upload the photo to Rasterbator (a free online tool that enlarges and divides photos so you can print out big wall art at home) and tape it up on the wall at adult height. Next, create something funny to pin onto it! You could get guests to Pin the Scar on Harry Potter or Pin the Halo on Beyoncé.
Party bags are not just for the kids – Don’t send your guests home empty-handed! Goodie bags are a great way to send a bit of the party home. When you’re putting together goodie bags for your next kid’s birthday party, do a batch of goodie bags for kids and a batch for adults. The kid’s bags can be filled with the usual lollies and trinkets – they’re always a hit. For the adult goodie bags, turn it up with beautiful dark chocolates, rum balls or soy candles set in elegant glass jars.
Head to www.thingsbybean.com to stock up on Things by Bean’s bright and cheeky birthday cards and fuel party inspiration with creative DIY ideas and cake recipes. I can genuinely say they are better than mine. Which isn’t that hard in reality.
Is it just me that loathes having to leave my favourite, trusty shampoo and conditioner in my shower when I pack my bag for the long-haul?
It’s bad enough I live with the fear of impending destination climate frizz fall-out, that I further have to worry about using the itty bitty token complimentary combined shampoo slash condition all-in-one (albeit it is free and I may just take it home for the kids, but I digress). Like, really, shampoo and conditioner at the same time? Is that even possible?
We can all rest easy in my find this week of travel sized Klorane shampoos and conditioners in all the best flavours, each one more than happy to accommodate both your hair and travel needs.
And when I say flavours, I mean these hair care saviors are good enough to eat, coming in scents such as Mango for dry locks, Pomegranate to preserve and lock-in colour and the staple, original and best, tried-and-tested Flax Fibre original for fine, fly-away hair. Fly away, see what I did there?
We have three packs of these mini gems to give away, RRP $7.95 each (total of each pack, $15.90). To win, pray-tell us here your hair sob story. You can even post an image of a bad hair day for extra points.
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I always get a little nervous when test-driving skin products.
A few reasons; my skin isn’t what it used to be at middle-age – combined with the fact it’s super sensitive. It gets upset by the littlest things and has a tendency to blow things out-of-proportion and carry on like a pork chop. Like, if my skin were a person, it would Kim. Right here. Ya feeling it?
So when the Mother Driven offices were sent the new EAU THERMALE Avene Hydrance OPTIMALE (aka snazzy new moisturizer by snooty yet affordable French brand), I was hesitant and then excited to read the formula is especially ‘for sensitive skin’. Just what the dermal doctor ordered.
What I loved about this trial run was the ETAHO (aka SNMBSYAFB) isn’t too oily so when I used it, my makeup (and clean pillowcase) remained intact. I personally don’t dig oily skin products whatsoever, at any time of day or night, including eye-makeup remover. I try to avoid any products that resemble a slippery, slimy car salesman – they just leave me feeling like I’ve been taken for a ride and downright icky.
The ETAHO is light and as it comes with a teeny, tiny, adorable, wee spoon; the indication here is you only need the tiniest amount to cover your face (and neck, if you so should chose). Within this, you can read this small punnet will be long-lasting, so no frequent refills required, hence you save $$$.#Winning
The crème is a light spread, not at all heavy on the skin, and my face did in fact stay true to this moisturisers’ namesake of ‘hydrance’; my skin was definitely hydrated and noticeably smooth both night and day (I used it for both). Also, I loved there is no overpowering, stinky fragrance included – it’s officially pong-free. Zero pong.
But best of all, my skin had no break out moments or episodes, which is always a good thing when you’re dealing with an easily upset dermis with ‘issues’.
If ‘after’ was a person, it would look like this.
Too Yeasy and two thumbs up.
The ReFa Carat is a revolutionary new skincare tool that’s won a bunch of awards overseas and has just hit Aussie shores. And it’s kind of a big deal around here too.
The ReFa Carat is the perfect money and time saver for anyone who appreciates healthy, beautiful skin less the trips to the salon. The benefits replicate expensive, snooty facials otherwise only regularly available to the housewives of Sydney in Double Bay.
This nifty looking steel contraption may look like a dildo (there, we said it) but if you can get past the thought of rubbing it on your face, it will thank you for it. Used for just a few minutes every day, the ReFa CARAT will allow you to obtain the results of a professional spa treatment, DIY.
Specifically designed to mimic the kneading techniques of professional facialists and aestheticians, the ReFa allows you to easily achieve improved skin elasticity and tone, boosts moisture levels, improves blood circulation, tightens enlarged pores, improves skin texture and yes, reduces appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Best of all, you can also use it on your body to help shape and contour body lines. The Refa CARAT also entirely waterproof, so that you can use it in the shower safely all over your body.
The double spherical drainage rollers create multiple pressure spots and imitate the motions of a lymphatic drainage facial massage by firmly pulling up and gently releasing the skin to eliminate toxins and excess fluids.
The platinum-coated rollers also convert light from the solar panel generating a micro-current that helps tone facial muscles gently and gradually from deep within the skin’s dermis; resulting in firmer, more sculpted facial contours.
The ReFa CARATs solar powered micro currents are produced entirely from solar energy. This means you can take ReFa CARAT with you anywhere and never have to replace batteries or even plug it in to a charge outlet.
The small solar panel located on the top of the roller handle absorbs sunlight or indoor light converting it into a low level current emitted through the rollers directly to your skin.
The ReFa CARAT was made to last with the entire surface of the rollers platinum coated to be both acid and heat resistant in order to protect your skin. It can be used not only on your face but also all over your body including your thighs, target cellulite in the same manner as the lymphatic massage.
The ReFa CARAT is RRP $349.00 and available online at www.wcosmetics.com.au or at W Cosmetics stores in George Street, Sydney, Westfield Hurstville or the Macquarie Centre in North Ryde.
To win, tell us below why you’d love a ReFa CARAT.
Unfortunately, dark spots don’t just happen on the moon. Dark spots – aka sunspots – can occur on the skin of your face, neck, arms and the back of your hands and are caused by direct, prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. And the bad news is, the older you get, the more sun exposure and sadly – more sunspots.