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I received a number of Harpic products as samples


sewer valve after storm

During the massive storms last month, along with floods, massive high tides, and branches coming down all over the place, our sewerage system got a little backed out – things were not draining properly, sinks and toilets threatened to overflow, and the sewerage drains in the backyard DID overflow (toilet paper in the yard was the proof!) I know it isn’t the most glamourous subject to write about, but blue loo!!!

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We pressure cleaned the outside paths and such, but the toilet needed something extra to reverse the smell and fortunately, I’d been sent a bunch of Harpic cleaning supplies to try out not long before!

toilet with Harpic products

So, the long life blocks went to my sister, the dual action blocks went in our loo (Dad’s call). The two blocks are supposed to clean extra well with the baking soda of the white tablet, and the blueness of the blue tablet. They were easy to throw in the cistern, and it seemed to do the job… however not all that long lasting as the one I gave Jen, but that’s given me the chance to have the Flushmatic in the cistern and the Harpic Power Plus toilet cleaner in citrus (yeah, sucker for citrus). The Flushmatic was a little messy to mount, since I had to attach the twist-tie like hook to it, plus it has an open top… bit of scrubbing to get the blue off my fingers. The Power Plus was simple, it doesn’t sit curved against the bowl, but once I realised that was okay, I moved on with my life.

Oh, the flushable wipes came a little later in my mailbox, but boy do they work!

So, do you wanna try these products?

I’m giving away a bundle of Harpic products to one Australian reader. The pack consists of:
Dual action block
Toilet wipes
Long life blocks for cisterns
Flushmatic

Please answer the following question in the comments section and share via the means in the RaffleCopter for extra chances to win. The winner will be selected randomly, and entries close Monday May 25th.

If toilet water could be a colour other than blue, what would you choose?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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This post is for Product Talk by Nuffnang

meat pie with fountain good choices tomato sauce

There’s nothing like a meat pie with tomato sauce. And I’m always happy to try new sauces on my pies and in my dishes, so when it was suggested I try the new Good Choice sauce range from Fountain, I was more than keen. Products with no “added” sugar are all the rage now, and the Fountain Good Choices sauces either have no sugar – like the Gluten free Soy sauce which has 50% less salt than Fountain’s regular soy sauce – or are sweetened by the apple puree and Natvia (which I’m not usually a fan of to sweeten things like drinks or baking, but I couldn’t taste it in these sauces).

Fountain Good Choice Sauces Range

The range includes a Tomato Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Sweet Chili, “Hot” Chili (which wasn’t as scary as I thought….) and the Soy Sauce. All are naturally gluten free, and on their own taste quite like their equivalent “normal” range sauces.

So, let’s use them in something!

beef chow mein

A few weeks ago, I made a Beef Chow Mein from my Hello Fresh box, so I thought I’d tweak their recipe a little and use a few of the sauces I was sent, along with what veges were on special at Woolies (which, incidentally, is where you can buy these Fountain sauces online or in store)

Beef chow mein

As pictured, the ingredients are (roughly) as follows – this will serve about 6 people. I went overboard, but the leftovers were appreciated by all, including my cat – see the picture at the bottom of this post!)

Ingredients
200g rice vermicelli noodles
500g lean beef mince
1 red onion – diced
1/4 red cabbage – roughly chopped
1/4 green cabbage – roughly chopped
handful green beans – ends cut off and halved
bunch broccolini – cut into 2 cm pieces
1/2 bunch spring onions – thinly sliced
lashings of canola oil
2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 tablespoons Fountain Good Choices soy sauce
1 tablespoon Fountain Good Choices Hot Chili Sauce (it needed more…. probably 2 for me, 3 for most other people!)
1 tablespoon sesame oil
salt
Fountain Good Choices Sweet chili sauce and soy sauce, to serve

Method
1. Place noodles in a heat-proof bowl with boiled water and some salt for 5 minutes. Drain, rince with cold water, then chop roughly with scissors – set aside for later.

2. Heat a splash of oil over high heat in a large frypan or wok. Add the red onion and begin to fry. Once it starts to soften, add the beef mince, and keep poking with a spatula to separate it out into crumbly bits and it is cooked through. Stir through the 5-spice with a tablespoon of water. Remove the mince mixture from the pan and set aside for later (to save space on the bench and washing up, I just dumped this on top of my resting noodles, along with the chopped spring onions – that way I mixed those three all together before re-adding them to the stir-fried veges later!)

3. Combine the sesame oil, garlic, ginger, hot chili sauce and soy sauce in a mug

4. Heat some more canola oil over mid-high heat (about 7-8) and add in the cabbage, broccolini and beans, toss around a bit in the oil, then pour the sauce mixture from #3 over it. Keep tossing for about5 minutes until the veges are cooked to your liking. Re-add the beef, noodles, and the spring onions and stir to combine.

5. Divide the yummy noodles and veges into serving bowls (be wary, this stuff is filling and you can ALWAYS go beak for more). Serve to your guests with spoon and fork, and offer sweet chili sauce and extra soy sauce for them to add to taste (+/- the hot chili sauce, depending on your audience!)

Enjoy with a lovely glass of red, or a local ale!

Parson's Paddock ShirazMurray's Angry Man Pale Ale

cat eating noodles

Oh, and share with your cat!

Edit: ooooooo so Mum just told me she loves the BBQ sauce – she and Dad had it with Kanga Bangers (Kangeroo Sausages) and she loved it!

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My cat is skeptical. He doesn’t like change, and that include when things get cleaned ;)

Dettol products to review

Dettol personal hygiene products have always been a part of my life. As a clumsy child, I’d often have my scraped knees and elbows tended to with cotton wool soaked in “Dettol” (there was only one kind back then!). I have a handy tube of antiseptic cream now that I used on my kitchen accidents (seriously, who let me use graters and peelers and, oh gawd, knives? It’s not safe I tell you!)

Dettol
There was only one Dettol when I was a kid. Me and the royal family got disinfected with the same stuff ;)

So, I got to try a bunch of lovely scented Dettol products for the home. There was two forms of the surface cleanser – the ready-to-go wipes and the spray bottle. Then there was the body wash, and the handy little hand sanitiser. A combination of citrus for scent, lime for flavour and Dettol for effectiveness.

Cleaning up the kids table

THIS is daunting. Cleaning up the kids’ table with it’s coating of food and art, oh and cat fur. A little bit of elbow grease and the Dettol wipes…

Clean!

And then it’s clean? Yay!

Filthy dettol wipe after cleaning the kids table with dettol wipes.

The filthy wipe. So much gunk!

To clean

Perhaps this desk, with VAST playing in the background to inspire my cleaning (I then switched to Pendulum, which was more inspiring).

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Yes, I can do this!

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Cleared and clean desk

and

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A beautiful kettle and stove!

Citrus splash

Mum loves the Citrus Splash ProFresh body wash. She tells me it helped clear us a skin infection she had awhile back, while helping her stay “fresh” when she couldn’t use deodorant. Bruce tells me it cuts through his greasy self after a day working on the cars. I like it too – not as strong a citrus scent as I’d like, because too much citrus is never enough, but it’s a really effective cleanser :)

dettol hand sanitiser

Last but not least, there’s the handbag sized hand sanitiser. Admittedly I used much more of this when I was working (children are gross) but should start carrying it around again… Dries quickly, leaves that lovely “alcohol fresh” scent ;)

Giveaway Time!

Would you like to try these four products? I have one set of these to give away. To enter, just let me know one way you might use of of these products. The “best” answer (creative/funny/accurate/pitiful) will get these to try themselves. Australian addresses only. You can enter more than once if you so choose. Entries close Midnight Monday 13th April.

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Lipton Sparkling Ice Tea

February 6, 2015 · 3 comments

Lipton sparkling ice tea

Lipton ice tea is now available with a light sparkle – in cans and bottles. There’s only the three varieties – Classic Lemon, Zero Sugar Lemon , and Peach. I got the two lemon ones to try and compare. No point me getting the peach as I don’t particularly like peach ice tea.

They all have a good amount of real tea extract in them, and that nice lemony twist. The classic was certainly nicer than the diet version due to the artificial sweetener taste. Kinda wish they would just have low sugar versions rather than making them odd with any non sugar sweeteners – yes that include odd things like Natvia.

So, will totally buy the classic lemon again, especially to have with sushi, as that is the best time for ice tea :)

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Menulog Website

So the dear people at Menulog flicked me a voucher so I could try out their online home delivery ordering system. I’ll show you how it works, and if you’re still with me at the end of the post you can enter to win a $50 Menulog food voucher!

So , the restaurants in the Newcastle area are slowly joining up to sites like Menulog, but if you enter your home suburb or postcode, it’s easy to see who you can order home delivery from online, and the extra places who you can order from online (and pay with CC, PayPal or cash when you get there) in the area.

Search for who delivers to your Suburb

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Select where you want to order from

(realise that you have two choices, and Thai sounds more appealing in the heat than Indian, so you select Nara Thai and Uncle Raja’s, where you worked all through Uni and hope the food is still as good as 10 years ago! This would also be the restaurants that left me car smelling of various curries, me stained with onion smell for a week after chopping bags and bags of onions, and turned a while car seat cover orange with butter chicken sauce… Nice food though, and certainly not the worst place to work through Uni, given the stories friends tell! Plus, sooooo much pad thai!)

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Step 3 – Browse the menu and start adding things to your order/cart

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The delivery fee (based on your original suburb search) is already included in the total

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There will be a pop-up that asks you when you would like your delivery to arrive

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I selected 7pm, however it arrived at 6.15pm… Not great if you were waiting for people to come home for dinner…Or in our case we weren’t that hungry yet!

You then click order – enter your full address, and click through to PayPal (or enter your CC details) to pay the bill!

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You get this neat little confirmation SMS (along with email) with the restaurant’s phone number to call direct if there are any issues

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And look at the yummy food I got!

Nara Pad Thai
Pad Thai – yummy as ever

Nam Tok beef thai salad
(spicy!) Nam Tok Beef Salad – love the flavours in this

Thai salads
(think the Nam Tok needs a chili next to it too!)

Nara Thai fish cakes and Uncle Raja's onion bahjee
Thai Fish Cakes and Indian Onion Bahjee. Because I can. (They clearly had their oil up too hot…)

Win a $50 Menulog food voucher

Okay, so if you’d like to win the $50 Menulog voucher, tell me in the comments a story about where you worked when you were still in school or Uni. Does it still exist? Would you dare set foot in there again?

The winner will be determined by how awesome and funny/terrifying/breaking of all labour laws their comment is as judged by my co-eater Bruce. Entries close at Midnight Monday November 10th, 2014. The voucher expires one month after you win it and is valid for orders in Australia only.

Good Luck!!

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First things first – Here’s the food:

Bay of India

Butter chicken, Paneer Saag, Rogan Josh, Cheese and Garlic Naans, Onion Bahji and Chicken Tikka. All bound to be amazing, all having graced this palate before. Bay of India is awesome. End of Story!

Which, is why when I was given $50 to play with to try out the EatNow.com.au ordering system, I was glad that while I only had two home delivery options for Valentine (the other being my former Uni-Daze employer), that this was one, and the food I was to receive would be great :)

So, when you get to EatNow, you search for your location, selecting pickup or delivery (default)

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You can register for an account easily, and they take paypal, credit card, or cash at pickup or delivery.

Ordering lets you click across the items you want to your tally on the right there…. Bay of India have 10% off your first order, so more bonus!

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It tallies it up as you go, so you know know you’re on budget.

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You get to choose options, like how hot the dish is! Also, select from the drop down when you want your delivery – I ended up choosing 630pm, and it got here at 633pm… I’ll pay that!! ;)

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Select payment type and give them your money….

(You get email and sms confirmations, which includes the restaurant’s number if there are issues)

And wait… eat… and review!!!

Easy!

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The EatNow.com.au Best Eats awards are on at the moment – and you can nominate any of the restaurants they serve! Plus, you could win a trip to Morocco, Italy or Mexico for a foodie’s dream trip (or one of ten $250 voucher for EatNow, which is pretty sweet too!)

Have you ordered food online? Was it this easy?

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Product Talk by Nuffnang

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

I was sent a couple of boxes of Uncle Toby’s Quick Oats Sachets via Nuffnang to have a try of and tell you about.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets
Creamy Honey. With extra sugar cos they weren’t for me

I’ve been eating oats in winter forever. I’ll put it up front, that I prefer just getting plain oats or plain quickoats and doing them in the microwave with milk and (preferably brown) sugar. But since the world is all about convenience, I’ve had these sorts of things sitting in my draw at work for a post gym breakfast or a warm afternoon snack.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

So, what do I like about these and their flavours?

I like the built in measuring cup on the sachet! No more guesstimating or rummaging for a certain cup measure to add the milk with. After that you only need to stir and whack it in the microwave for 90 seconds. Easy peasy.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

Apple and Cinnamon was my favourite flavour. But then, cinnamon is great, right?

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

The apple and honey was the boring one… it needed way more apple to be able to notice it under the honey. If I’d had apples on hand, I probbly would have put half an apples worth of slices on it.

Uncle Toby's Oats QuickOats 90-Second Sachets

The raspberry highlights in the last one was a pleasant surprise.

So, how do you cook your oats? Does something easy like this appeal to you?

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New funky glasses from @firmoo #gifted

So, the good PR people from Firmoo, this cheap as glasses site, offered me another free pair of glasses… so what else is a girl to say but “YES!”.

This pair you see me sporting is normally $26 with normal lenses (script but not as strong as I need). Generally, the glasses on this site for my blind as a bat script are around $70 complete….. but that’s still a million times (don’t quote me on the maths, four unit was 14 years ago now!) cheaper than my $500 plus glasses here when bought through a retail store (yes, even with cheap ass frames… I have a rather expensive script to fill).

I would honestly recommend giving Firmoo a go for your next, or at least for your spare, pair of glasses. Cute styles, cheap shipping, and perfect for us plebs without extras cover!

What do you think? These glasses are rocking, and I’m sure will help me once my job interviews come through!

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Mug Shots, hey?

May 20, 2014 · 0 comments

I was sent a bunch of these instant (well five minute) noodle and pasta packets to have a try of and let you guys know about.

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My first reaction? PERFECT for my desk drawer. You know, when I get back to work. Or, stashed in the handbag so I can just add hot water from a magical hot water urn that I can access in the staff room when I’m visiting some primary school.

(A girl on the road needs sustenance!)

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There a range of flavours, and I completely prefer the pasta to the noodle ones, but they’re warm and nicely filling for their $1.51 price (shame some have palm oil…. I’ll keep an eye on that…)

What do you think? What’s your favourite “instant” lunch?

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Prioduct Talk by Nuffnang

dove

So, I am a person who sweats. I’m a warm body, plus I get anxious, so having a good deodorant is kinda essential to functioning in the real world.

Nuffnang sent me a couple of the Dove Pure deodorants, the spray and the roll on, to have a try of….

Because of the following, I thought I might as well give them a try, plus, they also claim to be 48 hour deodorants. Which, for a sweaty pinkie, means they tendto last the day….

• NO Parabens
• NO Colourants
• NO Fragrance
• NO alcohol*
*Refers to Ethyl Alcohol.

So… what did I think?

The spray
A couple of issues here, the main one being the powdery residue left on my underarms, even after following the explicit instruction to hold 15cm away and spray for no more than three seconds. Yep, as advertised, there is no scent to it, and it mostly did its job, but that meant to me for lasting for 10 hours, not 48!

Roll on
I don’t think this one was as effective as the spray in being un-pit-smelling. Didn’t last as long, and since it’s unscented, there was no baby poowder smell (like in the deodorant I prefer to use) to mask things.

As far as sensitivity and being nice to my skin goes, I think they were fine… but sorry guys, I’m not a convert!

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