Save Up to 60% on Our Mother’s Day Sale!

Mother’s Day is getting closer by the minute but it seems like this one is going to be a little different than the others. In these unusual times, all you have to do is adapt to the COVID-19 situation. It is the best time to send your mother a wonderful gift to celebrate and spoil your mum! If you’re having trouble trying to figure out what to get your mom, here are some items that you can make sure that she feels loved this Mother’s Day. Besides, you’ll be able to get UP TO 60% OFF of many beautiful items at Treasurebox.

1. LAVENDER Dressing Table Set 2PCS

Made of high quality particle board, this dressing table is sturdy and durable and will last the test of time. It features a hinged lift top with a hidden mirror and provides a hidden storage compartment to keep your makeup, perfumes, and hair tools. It also includes a small storage drawer on metal glides for safe storage of your jewellery and other precious items. The dressing table comes with a cushioned bench which will provide a comfortable seat when you do your make up. You can even use the table as a laptop desk or a writing desk when the top is closed. Sounds great, right?

Bring this LAVENDER Dressing Table home to set up your simple and modern dressing space in your bedroom.

2. ZANE Wooden Bedside Table

Zane Bedside Table is a great addition to any bedroom. It is not only aesthetically pleasing but can also keep all your nighttime necessities safe and organized without making any kind of clutter.

This Wooden Bedside Table is both stylish and practical with its 2 drawers providing extra storage space in the bedroom. The 2 Drawers and the tabletop offer enough space for your daily supplies. With this bedside table in your bedroom, you can keep your essential stuff within an arm’s reach and can grab everything easily when you are lying on your bed. The compact design makes it a perfect choice to go with most low-profile beds.

3. AUGUSTA PU Bed Base

AUGUSTA PU Slat Bed by BetaLife is a wonderful option if you are looking for PU Beds with elegant design. Don’t get scared by the term faux leather as it’s more economical, much tougher and a lot easier to maintain! This AUGUSTA Bed features the panel-like waffle-looking fun-styled headboard and footboard; they are both comfortably padded with high-density foam and are upholstered using beautiful PU faux leather. The bed is designed with four short wooden legs to make it the best option for those of you who just don’t have enough energy to, literally, climb up the bed every night. The flexible wooden slat base provides a great foundation for your mattress too. The best thing is that it also comes as a complete set that saves you the hassle of finding a matching headboard!

4. BetaLife Deluxe 5 Zones Pocket Spring Mattress

BetaLife Deluxe 5 Zones Pocket Spring Mattress is designed with individual pocket springs for maximum support to give you the universal comfort by relieving pressure points along your neck, shoulders, back and hips. It’s meant to provide you an undisturbed sleep all night long.

This Pocket Spring Mattress uses 5 zones individual pocket springs mechanism to provide localized bounce in different zones along the mattress. Its luxury breathable air mesh fabric is quilted with an anti-bacterial fabric and foam on top to offer protection against dust mites and allergies. It also incorporates reinforced edge covering to provide extra support on the sides of the mattress. This mattress from BetaLife gives you an extra layer of comfort and provides a luxury feel that customers always love.

5. TORRENS High Gloss Buffet Table

This Buffet Table features 2 independent cabinets and 4 drawers perfect for storage plates, cutlery and napery and keep your rooms tidy; the drawers and cabinets have push-to-open mechanisms to maintain a clean look and sleek appearance; come with front UV high gloss finish which will help reduce surface scratches and wear and make it highly fashionable to look stunning in dining room; made of high quality particle board with acrylic glass which is sturdy and durable and can last for a long time; equipped with LED lights which will make room feel more relaxed and romantic with the lights on at night; while the flat table top offers an ample space to display the serve ware for family meals or dinner parties. Having delicate and practical sideboard allows you to entertain your guests better!

6. DOTHAN 1.6M LED Entertainment Unit

If you are looking for a modern and elegant Entertainment Unit then this one is absolutely perfect for you! Fusing fashion with function, this DOTHAN High Gloss Entertainment Unit is the ultimate focal point for your living room look.

This Entertainment Unit features flat top for all kind of TV or media storage and other decorations such as vases and photos, also comes with 2 independent drawers give ample room to stow your favourite DVDs and other media accessories, while the open shelves are designed to hold media consoles and all your home essentials; equipped with LED lights which will make your room more fashionable, modern and background wall brighter; made of high quality particle board with a smooth melamine finish for easy maintenance and cleaning which is durable and sturdy, while the front UV high gloss finish and tempered glass gives the entertainment unit a modern look to anchor to your space.

7. MUNICH 3-Seater Sofa Bed

BetaLife is the expert when it comes to transforming your living room into guest lounge within seconds. All you need is this MUNICH 3 Seater Sofa Bed. It’s a convertible sofa couch that features contemporary design overall and uses quite a few straight lines on the arms, base edges and wooden straight legs. With its modern and sleek look, this BetaLife sofa bed will complement most rooms and will fit in your décor rather seamlessly. It boasts of a comfortably padded deep seat with high-density foam that is structured with pine wood frame and upholstered with polyester fabric. The eye-catching colour of the upholstery will add a unique touch of style to your living room. It can be adjusted into 3 different positions as per your preference i.e. sofa, lounger and futon bed. With easy set up in seconds, it’s definitely a must-have!

8. BALI Outdoor Folding Sun Lounger Set 3PCS

This Outdoor Folding Sun Loungers is perfect for you to enjoy sunshine in your yard, garden or deck. It is made of quality water resistant material and perfectly suitable for New Zealand summer time! The modern design with thick seat cushions aren’t just comfortable but also super easy to clean. This Rattan Outdoor Furniture Sun Loungers allow you and your guest to enjoy the moment laying down or sit up for a chat. Life can be better with a little extra relaxation time, check out TreasureBox for more outdoor furniture options with affordable prices, including outdoor Sun Lounger Sofa Table Chair!

There are many more items going on sale and it’s something you definitely not want to miss out on. So, don’t waste another minute and go check the rest of the sale items at Treasurebox now! Nothing can stop you from celebrating Mother’s Day and spoil your mom.

STAY WITH PETS TO ENJOY HAPPY TIME

For most pet owners, it is important that your pets are comfortably integrated into the home and view as a treasured part of the family. Pet ownership offers a multitude of benefits for physical and emotional health. After a long and difficult day, nothing can compare to the unconditional love you receive from a sweet pet. Let’s enjoy the happy time with your furry partner

Here are TEN products for your furry partner to make your life and your pet’s life easier.

1. BINGO 150CM Cat Tree House

Our latest Cat Tree House is the ultimate home for any cats. It combines scratching, perching, chasing, climbing, hammock, house and just plain fun all in one piece. The double platform allows your cats to jump around; and the plush carpeted surface provides extra comfort. There is a resting box at the bottom of the tree to provide some shelter. The tubes are wrapped with sisal ropes for your pets to scratch and play with. The sturdy base prevents any swaying so it is safe on any flat surface so you do not have to worry about injury to your cat. The stylish Cat Tree will blend in with your decor.

2. BINGO Cat Tree 70cm 3 Levels

Save your furniture and carpet from those tiny claws by this BINGO Cat Tree, they just want to stay indoor away from the rain, while keep being entertained. In fact, cat tree is first invented to lighten up cats mood which they generally gets upset being locked up without exercises. Features 3 levels best for active kittens and a cave space for cats to hide themselves or to have a nice peaceful nap in. Strong and sturdy construction with soft plush faux fur which your feline friends will simply enjoy laying, sitting or sleep on. Great starter style for small spaces and blue and white colour lightens up your living space in a snap.

3. Cat Tunnel Play Tunnel 3 Ways

Cat Play Tunnel is exactly what you need to keep your fluffy cats busy, they are able to play, rest or have a nice nap inside the tunnel anytime and surely would love some fun time and little privacy. Made with strong polyester fabric with featuring hanging pompom toy – oh and you know how cats are just obsessed about these hanging toys, they could spend hour on it and never get bored. This Cat Play Tunnel has got a centre pop hole that adds lots of fun to it, and 3 ways tunnels would create more surprises especially for homes with more than one cat.

4. Pet Bed Cave – Large

The inner part of pet bed is made from comfortable fleece fabric that gives your pet extra comfort and warmth. The nylon bottom fabric is designed to reduce hair cling, which makes it much easier to be washed. This pet bed cave comes with a removable cushion to add extra warmth in winter and it can be removed when weather turns warmer.

5. Pet Bed Dog Bed XL

A warm pet bed is a must-have for your four-legged friend. Perfect for cats, small dogs and other pets. Our product can be used indoors or outdoors, in all types of weather, which makes it the ultimate dog bed for your little furry partner! Maybe you are sharing your bed with your beloved furry friend. But with this pet bed, your little friend can have their own place and you can finally stretch out at night knowing you’re not going to kick the dog.

6. Safety Fence 8pcs

Fireplaces, grills, wood burning stoves are potential hazard to your kids and pets! And this fence with an easy swing walk-through door will allow you to keep your fireplace, grill or stove area safe from your children or pet. It has a door with handle to make it easy for you to get through to your fireplace, or grill. It can be installed in areas that don’t have mounting points straight across, making it customizable to fit your needs. Build your own safe gate system with this Safety Fence!

7. Pet Grooming Glove

Love your pet dog and cat by this Grooming Glove, a super efficient tool to eliminate shedding coat and fur. Top lined with rubber that catches shedding fur efficiently and soft spikes to be used for massaging your loved pets further enhancing blood circulation. Simply remove shedded fur caught on the Grooming Glove and wash it with warm soapy water. Universal fit to most adult hands and velcro strap on the wrist to adjust size. Can be used in pet bath and your pets would now take this difficult time much more easily.

8. Pet Hair Remover Brush Set

Are you still annoyed about the fur from your pets everywhere? Is it hard to clean thoroughly? Then, you must own this fur remover and brushes! It includes a normal size and a travel size. It is perfectly for solving the fur problem! No refills, no waste, no power plug! It’s the most convenient and mess-free way to remove your pet’s hair.

9. BINGO Rabbit Hutch Extension Run

Practical solution for extension attachment of rabbit hutches or chicken coops to provide extra exercising area. Use it as the attachment extension along with the hutch or coop that you have or simply use it as temporary day-time run. Spacious internal area with large hinged top opening allow easy access to your pets. Be ready to collect free-range eggs!

10. BINGO Rabbit Hutch with Double Runs

Keep your chickens safely where they belong! Go on, treat your furry or feathered friends to the coop of their dreams! With indoor and outdoor living; this coop adds variety to your pet’s home and offers exceptional quality being carefully constructed with fir wood. One of the great choices of starter coop with prefect size to fit into your back yard.

Whether you are looking for necessities or luxuries for your pets, we have it all here in TreasureBox for you. Shop now to find dog supplies, cat supplies and chicken coop for your furry partner to keep them comfortable.

Super Stocktake Storewide Sale: Our Hot Sale Products

Thanks for all your unwavering support of Treasurebox. We are pleased to announce that we are having a Super Stocktake Storewide Sale running from Friday, 10th April to Friday, 24th April! All items in store placed at up to 65% off and extra 10% off discount when you spend $100 or more. Don’t miss this very rare sale happening only for 2 weeks!

Here are some of our hot sale products that recommend for you.

1. DENVER 3-SEATER SOFA BED

This Denver sofa bed can double up as both seating and a bed depending on what you need. It comes thickly padded with high-density foam with breathable polyester fabric upholstery and is structured and framed by solid wooden pine. With its metal polished chrome legs and tufted back and seat design, the versatile BetaLife sofa bed is sure to be an eye-catching accent in your living room.

2. ARVADA 2M LED ENTERTAINMENT UNIT

Made of high quality particle board with a smooth melamine finish, the sturdy construction of this ARVADA Entertainment Unit is durable and the front UV high gloss finish and tempered glass gives the entertainment unit a modern look to anchor to your space; features the flat top for all kind of TV or media storage and other decorations such as vases and photos, also comes with 2 independent drawers give ample room to stow your favourite DVDs and other media accessories, while the open shelves are designed to hold media consoles and all your home essentials; equipped with LED lights which will make your room more fashionable, modern and background wall brighter. This ARVADA Entertainment Unit with simple and sleek design to fit in your living room for all your entertainment needs.

3. BINGO DOG PET PLAY PEN

BINGO 8 Panels Pet Dog Playpen XL allows you to keep your pets both indoor or outdoor while ensuring their safety. Multi-configuration design by setting up the playpen using different quantity of panels to form various enclosing shapes. High quality galvanised material to minimise rusting. BINGO Pet Playpen has no sharp edges to harm your pets. Easy-access door with latches to ensure no escapes and not only that, you could set it up without any tools.

4. BINGO CHICKEN COOP

Keep your chickens safely where they belong! Go on, treat your furry or feathered friends to the coop of their dreams! With indoor and outdoor living; this coop adds variety to your pet’s home and offers exceptional quality being carefully constructed with fir wood. One of the great choices of starter coop with prefect size to fit into your back yard.

5. BALI OUTDOOR FOLDING SUN LOUNGER

This Folding Outdoor Furniture Sun Loungers is perfect for you to enjoy sunshine in your yard, garden or deck. It is made of quality water resistant material and perfectly suitable for New Zealand summer time! The modern design with thick seat cushions aren’t just comfortable but also super easy to clean. This Outdoor Furniture Sun Loungers allow you and your guest to enjoy the moment laying down or sit up for a chat. Life can be better with a little extra relaxation time, check out TreasureBox for more outdoor furniture options with affordable prices, including outdoor Sun Lounger Sofa Table Chair!

6. GARDEN SHED 3M x 2.6M x 2.1M

Thinking to buy more tools and toys but running out of space at home? This garden shed is a perfect place to store your gardening equipment, power tools, hardware and more! The sliding double doors of the garden shed are convenient to keep your valuables and save space. For extend the service life, this outdoor garden shed feature gabled roof design for no water or snow build-up.

7. TOUGHOUT THUNDERSTORM GAZEBO 3x6M

ToughOut provides ranges of Pop Up Gazebos with satisfying quality -introducing our thickened pop up gazebo –THUNDERSTORM

Gazebo frame now upgraded to 0.6mm thick, 40mm diameter large tube with large foot base for extra sturdiness. 0.5mm oval-shaped crossbars with no sharp edges, connects to 0.6mm extra thick straight legs that are height adjustable to 4 different levels. 600D extra-dense gazebo canopy now comes with improved layer of PVC coating allowing higher level of water & UV resistance. Thicker & heavier shelter gazebo is what you need for all kinds of outdoor activities & advertising commercial events such as night markets

8. ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD 61 KEY

You are looking at this Professional 61 Key Electronic Keyboard, loaded with features and stunning sound to satisfy from beginners to professionals. This Keyboard offers ambitious beginners a multitude of options for really delving into the world of music. This fantastic 61 Key Electronic Keyboard has everything from demonstration songs and record functions and different rhythms you can start learning and playing your favourite songs. This keyboard can alter the sound to be a violin, flute, guitar and much more. Beats such as disco, tango and rock n roll all add to this fantastic keyboard. This well built unit is the utmost value for money when it comes to 61 keys keyboard. You simply can’t find something with so many features for this price.

9. MANUAL HAND PRESS JUICER SQUEEZER

It is time to make a real fruit juice for yourself or your family now. This stainless steel manual hand press juicer is a useful tool in your kitchen, it will helps you easy to DIY fresh juices every day.

Not only just making orange juice, but also can extracts lemon, lime and grapefruit juice quickly and efficiently. Using traditional hand press juicer will allows you simply press fruit and vegetables without heat or friction to produce the healthiest. Stainless design, so easy clean strainer and cup with tap water after each use. Also this stainless steel manual hand press juicer is suitable for the commercial heavy duty.

There are many more items going on sale and it’s something you definitely not want to miss out on. Be quick! Stocks are extremely limited. Shop on Treasurebox now!

Home Office Desk Pre-orders are being taken ONLINE!

Due to great popular demand, all our computer desks have been sold out quickly. Therefore, we decide to restock the hot-selling home office computer desks and offering you the chance to purchase in advance.

Here’re the computer desks will be back online with SUPER DEAL!

1. EMERSON Computer Corner Desk

With it’s simple and stylish appearance and rich functions, this EMERSON computer desk will bring the best Home Furnishing life experience for you. The sturdy structure and the spacious desktop work-space can satisfy different people’s different requirements for placing. A flexible keyboard tray and a movable host holder are designed for your convenience. This computer corner desk is exactly what you need!

2. SIYA Computer Desk

This is our SIYA computer desk, which can provide you a unmatched convenience for your work with its large workstation. Featuring solid wood so that it provides years of sturdy and reliable use. Tier shelves attached to this desk offer extra storage space. Anti-skid table legs pad makes it stand stably and avoids scratching floor. This multi-function computer desk is high stylish, simplicity and practical workstation for either the home study or home office. It also can be use as dining table, computer desk,multi-function desk is your best choice.

3. ANDREA 120cm Desk Computer

Choose a right computer desk for your home office could be just as simple as the design of this ANDREA Computer Desk. It can be a computer desk study desk even without the inbuilt keyboard tray or additional structural feature, because you will find it useful when you need this computer desk for other purpose. This is when you want something geometrically practical, simply remove your laptop, keyboard and mouse, then you are able to move the computer desk anywhere you need it.

4. YAEL 120CM Computer Desk

This YAEL Computer Desk features large flat table top to enhance safety by round edges and structured with thick powder-coated steel frame. There is a storage space underneath desk, you can display your books on it, which is very convenient for you consult books. Choose the right computer desk for your home office.

5. TAYLEN 120CM Computer Desk

If you happen to look for a computer desk for a limited space, then you will find this TAYLEN Computer Desk is exactly what you want!

You will find it useful when you need this desk for other purpose. This is when you want something geometrically practical, simply remove your laptop, keyboard and mouse, then you are able to move it anywhere you need it. Large flat table top designed to enhance safety by round edges, structured with thick powder-coated steel frame.

These are just part of the pre-order items display, shop on Treasurebox now to discovering all our pre-order products!

Pre-order our computer desks ONLINE with the super discount NOW!

And you will get an extra 10% off coupon for your order!

WORK FROM HOME WITH FULL OF ENERGY

When you first start working from home you might be tempted to balance your laptop on the sofa in front of the TV. But when the novelty wears off, you probably realize that it is time to set up a permanent, comfortable workspace. You may have a spare bedroom or loft that you can dedicate as your home office, or you might have to get creative. While a totally separate home office is ideal, you can carve out an area in the bedroom, living room or even your dining room. Let’s create a warm and comfortable workspace to improves work efficiency and make your work full of energy.

Here are EIGHT products that we recommend for you to create an ideal and comfortable workspace.

1. MANUAL COFFEE GRINDER

This manual coffee grinder in kitchen accessory features a ceramic grinding mechanism that will not alter the flavour of the grinds, uses ceramic burrs without preheating coffee beans which ensures that your coffee grounds don’t lose any oils and flavours during the grinding process. resulting in fresh, flavourful, and pure coffee. Use a coffee grinder to pour a cup of coffee and start a vibrant day.

2. PORTABLE LAPTOP TABLE

This nifty laptop table is a brilliant combination of a desk and a tray. It’s the perfect size to stay in bed or on the couch, with enough space for a laptop and your snack! Best of all, you are able to place your tablet or your phone into the holder to be entertained while munching on your sandwich. You’ll definitely find yourself needing this handy laptop table.

3. MONETTE BOOKSHELF

This MONETTE Bookshelf does not take a lot of space but instead, to create more spaces for you by its sectioned design. Categorise your living items, store your favourite books away and to display your favourite decor at the same time. Open spaces with see through cubbies allows fast and easy access to what you are about to grab. Make your family time become fun family reading time with this Bookshelf today!

4. BRAM TALLBOY CHEST DRESSER

This Bram 4 drawers tallboy is a must have items, which is a simple and chic style of furniture made of synthesis of wood material. This tallboy will solve the problem of living room and bedroom storage as different types of items can be put in different spacious sliding drawers.

5. DESK ORGANISER

Keep your desk neat and organised with this desk organiser. Each tier features a sliding rail offering plenty of space for keeping paperwork, notepads, magazines and all other literature documentation and stationery organised. Not only will you be able to organise your paperwork and documents, you can also clean up your other office supplies used daily. Instantly expand storage space to your desktop with this versatile tool.

6. MONITOR STAND BRACKET

Free space on your desk and gain improved ergonomics by using this Adjustable Tilting Monitor Desk Mount Bracket! Using a desk mount bracket provides additional desk space by moving the monitor above the desk. It allows you to position your monitor at eye level, which reduces neck or back strain and pain from lengthy sessions in front of the computer.

7. Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

It is time for you to enjoy a good night’s sleep with this Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser. This Aroma Diffuser Humidifier will help provide fresher, cleaner air and a healthy life. It will keep the air moist to keep your skin and airway hydrated. It operates quietly with ultrasonic technology, releasing mist of nano sized water droplets in the air, humidifies air and also enhanced air quality by binding onto dust particles and sinking them down to ground level. It is a good choice to decorate the room or choose as a gift to family or friends.

8. COMPUTER MONITOR STAND

This practical monitor stand with a minimalist design will add a modern touch to your living space. This laptop stand can be used as a TV stand or riser for your desktop monitor, or other multimedia devices. Raising your screen will reduce the strain on your neck or back. The space underneath can accommodate your keyboard, DVD player, gaming console, streaming device, receivers, media carriers, etc.

Putting some time and effort into creating a home office space will be invaluable in the weeks to come. However, it can also be used for years to come and provide a spot for your side hustle or hobby work. Shop Treasurebox to find the best home office furniture and home living items or stylish living room furniture and bedroom furniture for your living room.

ToughOut @ North Shore Home & Garden Show

ToughOut @ North Shore Home & Garden Show

toughout gazebo thunderstorm

Over the years, we get too many questions for not showing ourselves to the public. Right at the beginning many years ago, it was how customer pick up wasn’t available, then it was how the phone number to call wasn’t available.

I believe you would agree on ‘brands that cannot be seen and found would not be trustworthy’ and I do too! Although we now have a great location for pick ups and a phone line to call, it is about time to say hi to more people in person.

So when North Shore Home and Garden Show invited us to bring our ToughOut Gazebos for the exhibition, we knew it would be a great chance for people to actually see us. So there we were last weekend at North Shore Events Centre.

All set up and ready to go

Big thanks to those of you who came to our stand to say hi! We were surprised and thrilled to know there are so many who actually knew us and heard of us already. We also got to know some businesses as exhibitors and most epic thing is when we got to see a couple of ToughOut gazebos at the show.

Spotted this exhibitor with Breeze model 3x3m

This was a great opportunity to also answer common questions on how to set up a gazebo and choose a best pop up gazebo model upon purpose.

Ladies, check out our tough Thunderstorm pop up gazebo

We brought our model with proud – Thunderstorm Pop Up Gazebo 3x6m in blue and an exhibitor right around the corner used a Breeze Pop Up Gazebo 3x3m in Black – these two gazebos were great help on demonstrations, especially when the weather was playing up on Saturday, it rained quite hard at a point. We’ve got a few compliments on how we made a good choice on Thunderstorm gazebo model as we stayed dry the whole time, and accommodated sheltered almost everyone who walked by.

Overall, it was so fun to bring ToughOut and meet people, we gave out heaps of brochures, had some good talks, loads of big smiles and lots of laughs on the 3-day show. Best of all, we even see familiar faces showed up at our site following Monday, so thank you so much!

We will see you again soon in the future exhibitions 🙂

Throwback exhibition 2018 with our Breeze 3x3m pop up gazebo
Throwback exhibition 2018 with our beloved Thunderstorm pop up gazebo

 

5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

5 Top Kitchen Storage Tips

We don’t always get spacious open kitchen, but we all need to cook nice homemade meals and food no matter you live in big mansion or tiny apartment. We all need the basic whiteware, cooking utensils, dining sets, herbs, spices and all sorts of kitchen accessories.

It’s okay to keep them all, but it is not okay if you don’t keep them tidy. You sure need to believe, if you already find yourself hard to turn around in piles of cluttered kitchen, then you just won’t be able to make nice steamy food of your dream home.

First thing you need to know about kitchen storage is that it does NOT mean to hide away everything and make it look all cleared.  It is about the great balance of appearance and convenience, how things are supposed to have their own places and in certain order for them to look nice.

So lets go through few tips on kitchen storage:

1.  Get them on the wall

Use your kitchen wall wisely, hang up the utensils, add on floating shelf or wall mounted storage shelves. Easiest way would be installing some metal rods or racks then use as many as S-shaped hooks to hang anything that can be hooked.

For the rest that doesn’t come with handle, shelves with flat top would be best.  Store your tea sets, coffee beans, spices and maybe something green as decorations. This extra open and flat area boosts convenience where you could see and get things you need in seconds. Magnetic knife holder is another great tool to have, tiny in size that would only take up small wall space but it allows you to stick metal tools on the wall effortless.

2. Categorised and designated areas

Just like you won’t find a book in your fridge, your kitchen items should have their own designated place to be too. Categorise them upon their purpose? Baking accessories should be grouped together, utensils should be hanged side by side, cutleries should be stored in one single drawer, seasoning all grouped up on a spice rack stand, snacks in the cupboard …etc.

Stack things up whenever possible, plates, saucers, bowls pots and so on. Remember you want to store things vertically instead of horizontally spread out.  By grouping stuff together it also helps you to find things you need much faster, just like supermarket shelves categories.

If storing spices and food ingredients in open area, using same or similar style of containers would be a great idea – it is one of the tips I found most useful for me.  It would help on general appearance by retaining consistency.  Oh! Remember to think about if the food you are storing away is light-sensitive though, as in this case you would want something non-transparent and air tight.

3. storage containers

Internal storage is just as important this includes your cupboard spaces, drawers and even fridge. You don’t want to open the cupboard and risk of something falls off – gets worse if you have kids at home. Make good use of assorted food containers! They are amazing and sometimes magical.

The store-away items should be categorised just as above. Food ingredients best stored away with container sets and they are most likely stackable now.

I’d like to apply this particularly in the fridge as the smell of the fridge could be one of the most horrible thing ever. Don’t know about you, but I find this image is a great example and soooothing! You want to separate meat and eggs and avoid direct contact with other food to prevent food contamination, mostly I just hate the idea of how germs (which have most numbers on meat and fish) could be easily passed onto something else in the fridge. Also think again about smell, exposed fish meat? Not a great idea even wrapped up in cling wrap.  Personally, I would choose glass containers over plastic, since you don’t need to carry them around, it is okay for them to carry a bit of weight. Glass containers are much more easy to clean, leaves no stain, dishwasher safe (for sanitise purpose) and less likely to smell, it also lasts forever!

4. Use corner spaces

You might have blind spots you never use in your kitchen, it might be the tiny corners or simply too small to have any shelving.  These spaces can be useful when you find the right way. Maybe nail up some clothes hooks to hang your apron and tea towels? Maybe mount up a cling wrap paper towel dispenser to add on much more convenience?

5. Kitchen Storage Shelves

Use of kitchen storage shelves would be the most handy and effective way to get more storage spaces sorted.  You would once again see the application of vertical storage as the fundamental idea. For the kitchen that doesn’t come with built-in microwave space, this is a great solution too. These shelves are also super awesome when you have extra kitchen appliance – if you are a baker at home, where would you put your mixer, beater, mixing bowls and all sorts of cool stuff? Try to leave most heavy things and stuff that you use most often on lower shelves, considering convenience and safety.

 

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

New Zealand Plastic Bag Ban – What Happens Now?

NZ Plastic Bag Ban 1

How’s everyone coping with the plastic bag ban commenced on 01 Jan 2019?

Well, I have a friend who is currently anxious about how there is no more ‘free’ kitchen bin liner, not sure about you.

But I am surely, truly proud on how New Zealand is one of the First country in the world who commenced this act. Not only that, they will further push it to the extent on the ban of all single-use plastics around mid 2019. I am sure this could keep NZ shores cleaner and kiwis should be so proud of yourselves!

The rest of the world is catching themselves up with this ban as well and I look forward to see more and more countries apply this ban.

If you take a look around you and think about how much plastic you could use and could trash….you would find it scary.

Hence, it is not hard to imagine, things like these do happen some where on mother Earth right at this second:

I am not quite sure on the reason behind this, but I did find a few interesting listings on TradeMe on supermarket plastic bags:

Hmmm…I hope you are not buying these though as I really don’t see a point apart from trying to be funny maybe?

reason to ban single-use plastics

1. Plastic bags looks like floating jellyfishes to sea turtles and dolphins which they feed on.

2. Large mammals like whales wold accidentally ingest plastic as they feed in large portions.

3. Plastics exist in all shapes and sizes even in different forms like a fishing net. This could twine onto marine animals causing suffocation and starvation.

4. Recent scientific report shows these plastics that we threw would came back to us and harm our body in the form on micro beads. Imagine you could be feeding your newborn micro beads unintentionally but the truth is, the next generation could be growing up with plastic IN them since a newborn.

5. It takes forever long to degrade and decompose plastic and who-knows-when, but what if we will be watching our grand children living in plastic waste because there is no longer any land to fill them.

There are countless more to go on but I will stop here because these 5 points are scary enough.

What can we do?

Reduce – Buy less plastics – avoid buying anything that is over packaged.

Reuse – Use your items as many times as possible.

Recycle – Recycle properly.

reusable alternatives

Okay, the whole point of this blog is sharing some ideas on some great stuff that I am currently using to achieve “REDUCE” part.

The first things I’ve got way way before the plastic bag ban commencement are the grocery shopping bags.

I will keep these foldable grocery shopping bag in purse:

And these grocery shopping trolley bags in the back of car seat so I will remember to grab them when I head over to nearest supermarket:

Reusable Grocery Trolley Bag

Not long after these two types, I decided to go further and reduce buying packaged fruit and veges. This is when I realised those plastic bags are still available in rolls for you to help yourself tear one off the roll when you need to grab one. Nah! I don’t want it either but the bags I had weren’t suitable to contain loose fruits and vegetables, so I got some mesh produce bags with draw strings, colour codes so I could use smallest red ones for confectionery :

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Definitely a set of metal straws. There are heaps of reusable straws combinations and I think a simple 5pcs should be enough. For general drinks, medium diameter ones for smoothies and large ones for bubble tea if you are a fan of them. While looking for the best set, I found straws made with glass? Hmmm, couldn’t help but them a bit intimidating…I wonder if they shatters…Oh and I added a set of spoon and fork to the set and carry them with me in my purse. Happy as!

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I am a mugaholic and I am obsessed with buying drink bottles, cups and mugs. Bring your own coffee to-go cup is more and more common these days. So a coffee cup and water drink bottle is something I see myself must have!

I bought this Keep Cup from Stevens and I looooove my water drink bottle bought online.

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Lastly, and the most difficult part actually – is to bring your own food to-go containers. I personally don’t like to use those Sistema lockable food containers for hot food because I find the food smell would stay in the container forever AND the colour stains no matter how hard I try to wash them off. They are otherwise perfect for spice and dried food storage. So I initially bought glass bowls and bring them around, after sick of the weight of it (and I will have to carry bigger hand bags whenever I need to bring it with me) and the incident where my colleague broke one accidentally, I started to search online and seek for alternative – something that is light weight and does not take too much room! And I found them – these silicon foldable locking containers! I was over the moon to solve this big problem, I mean THEY ARE FOLDABLE WONDERFUL!!!

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That’s it so far from me and I look forward to find more environmentally-friendly goodies and would be great to hear more ideas.

10 Bedroom Relaxing Tips to Improve Your Sleep

10 Bedroom Relaxing Tips to Improve Your Sleep

I don’t know what you would be picturing of when we talk about bedrooms of your dream.  But for mine, it would definitely be close by sunny windows, it would be in a neutral bright colour with lots of natural light and not too spacey.

When you look up ‘cozy bedrooms’ it would give you a lot of neutral colours and I found them tend to be quite pastel too. And when I pay attentions to the ones I find calming and relaxing, it is for sure that none of them consist dark coloured wall, and I found too much modern elements could sometimes ruin the coziness.

I’ve met a lot of people in my life who have trouble sleeping, so although I am not one of them but I do know how painful it is to not being able to get a good night sleep. “It is such as mental torture and I would do anything to improve sleep quality” – this is what they all told me that shared in common at different times.

So here are some tips to create a relaxing and cozy bedroom to improve sleep quality which hopefully you could find them working for you.

use of cushions

Cushions could be in any size and it could be used to lean onto for a bedtime read and most of the time it can be one of the best decorations in a bedroom.  It can be any pattern and colours really, anything you like, but try to avoid using something like animal faces or human faces and sharp colours like neons. Generally speaking, just like pastel walls, neutral and calming colours would be the best.

bedside table lamps

I personally think bed lamps are just as important bedroom furniture as bedside tables.  Just like getting kids to be ready for bedtime, our mind needs to be prepared for sleep mode for a period of time before actually turning lights off. Because we are not a machine that gets switched off, our mind need to take time and gradually reach that state, this period could take longer for people who have trouble sleeping or light sleepers.

Since a good bedtime read may help for some people like myself, you need light that is bright enough for readings but at the same time, to be able to dim down for sleep mode. So a dimming light or touch lamp would be the best. I found warmer light tend to work the best so salt lamp with dimmer switch for example would be a great idea.

home fragrance candles

Well, what kind of light could be more calming than nature flame? It makes the most of it when combining with fragrance. Happily sigh in bed and read on your unfinished book is just as easy. Although lavender fragrance tends to link the most to quality sleep, but I do think fragrance is something super personal, and as long as you like it and it is not an over-powering scent then it is great to have in a bedroom.

The golden hue, flickering flame and your favourite scent….hmmmmm! I had my eyes closed already!

room divider to de-clutter

            

I went like: “What do I do with room dividers being placed in a bedroom as per part of bedroom furniture?”  when I first got introduced.

Room divider is something smart to use in a room and with different designs and textures used, it could give your room a different look straight away.

It could be a great de-clutter helper because it can be a blockage tool, to keep away something you don’t want to be seen, to section up your room depending on your needs and I happen to see people use a room divider to keep away from direct sunlight too.

indoor plants decorations

Indoor plant or house plant pots are the answer to a lot of indoor decoration questions. But if you are not a green thumb like myself, then overdo it would only make you more anxious. I used to ask myself way too many questions when using greens to decorate living spaces including “what are the best indoor plants to put in the house / living room / bedroom?” “what are the most easy indoor plants and where do you get them?” Then I start to worry about all sorts of stuff about planting and it just all turned into a frustrating mess. So if you are worrying about putting natural indoor house plants into your room, then the fakes ones would work. You don’t need a lot of them to do the charm, simple floor-standing pot and a couple of smaller pots with variations of indoor house plants would do. I recently got my hands onto the baby succulents which could be another story to tell laters 🙂

decorating posters & paintings

Apart from the indoor greens, the decorating wall hanging arts are probably the next thing you see in almost all bedrooms in magazines and display units. The large area of your great white wall is your art space so use it to display something about you and what you like. I am sure every time when you walk into your room and it would be pleasant to see your favourite masterpiece dominating your bedroom wall.

use of wall decorating components

Wall decoration is quite personal too so do be creative.  I would prefer make it stay simple though. Although anything might do the art job, but I would still hope to suggest on avoiding anything that shows faces, like animal or human figures, cartoon figures; avoid anything that is ‘too much’ such as taking too much of spaces, or using too many colours or too dense; avoid a clock that keeps reminding you on what time it is and to avoid using anything reflective like a mirror.

It would be wonderful to combine decors and green indoor plants together!

AROMATHERAPY diffusers

There are like millions of aroma diffusers to choose from in NZ market, honestly it doesn’t really matter which ones to buy. But when it comes to decorating point of view, I would say again, try to keep it simple so it blends into your bedroom but not going to attract attention. Pure white ones or the ones with wood grains would be my personal preference. It works as humidifiers to help on keeping bedroom air moist too and sleep in the calming fragrance really helps!

extra blankets and throws

An extra blanket and throw on bed could be for decor purpose and most of all, it serves its main purpose on an unexpected cold night or when your child had a bad dream and wanting to snug into your bed with ya. A nice soft double-sided fleece blanket would be lovely and this one with pompom edge is quite special too.

bedroom curtain and blinds

This last suggestion might surprise you but I do think curtains play a key role on bedroom overall atmosphere. If you walk into a room that has a bright true red curtains, you might experience that sudden struck of distress and that is how colours could affect a person’s mood especially being used in large areas. My personal favourite when it comes to calmness is these linen curtains in single neutral colour, it allows the sunlight to shine through at certain degree but not too much and it would be nice to wake up in some natural light. But this wouldn’t suitable for people that are extremely sensitive to light though – in this case, choose curtain over blind, choose light colours over dark, choose thick or double-sided curtains, choose neutral to be safe and definitely a colour that matches your bedroom wall.

After all, I do hope we all get wonderful good night sleep. Sweet dreams! xx

What Can We Do To Save New Zealand Shores

Saving New Zealand Shores – YES WE CAN!

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A lot of you may have seen the most heartbreaking news on Monday 26/11 where whales stranding happened in Stewart Island. 145 whales died from this! At the same day, more stranded on Northland too.

More than ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY FIVE! I felt drowned and speechless for the rest of the day, whales are probably the living unicorns on earth and it is surely my favourite mammal after dogs.

Luckily, we live in a country full of ‘humanity power’ and love, so we get to see news like volunteers and organisations were called and gathered to help.

 

I have been an enthusiast on ocean life saving and de-plastic in particular myself that I have been trying to search information from time to time, to see what ‘I’ can do. The fact is, WE can all contribute to our beautiful NZ environment, not talking about big things like doing lab tests and saving whales maybe, but we can definitely start small like using less plastic whenever possible.

So I am going to share some goodies that I use to make my contribution on de-plastic.

 Reusable Grocery Shopping Trolley Bag

These Trolley Bags are AWESOME! I actually brought 2 sets so I could keep one extra set in the car. They could be stored into a roll and simply bring it along when you head out to your local supermarket, chuck these into shopping trolley to help you categorise your groceries. It comes in 4 different sizes and colour as a set to fit most shopping trolleys.

Foldable Reusable Bags Eco Grocery Shopping Bags

I do feel this extra purchase on top of the trolley bags are necessary, mostly because trolley bags are quite big for me, they show their magic the best when doing supermarket shopping. Other times (which are a lot of times) when shopping for clothes or even a quick stop-by at your local dairy, you need these Reusable Shopping Bags with handles. The whole set comes with 5 bags in different patterns, so I would normally keep 1 or 2 in my purse while keep the rest in my car. They are so handy that you could fold them after each use into a palm size, I would totally rate 5/5 for the practicality.

Fabric Pot Planter Grow Bags

Choose Fabric Grow Bags instead of plastic pots would be a great idea. These grow bags not only give your garden and indoor a fresh new look and also it provides better water drainage, allowing enhanced root development of your plants.

Luggage Organiser Travel Pouches

I never stop buying them after getting my very first set of these Travel Organisers because they are soooo handy!  Full set comes in 6 pouches varies in sizes to store away different things. I found myself needed 2 sets worth for bringing something like worn shoes, one extra large pouch for laundry and one pouch for toiletries.

Foldable Solar Panel Charger

Try to choose Solar Charger instead of regular portable chargers, much more energy saving and also consumes nothing on your electric bill, so why not? At least bring it along with you on your next camp or to somewhere in nature where you don’t get electricity and discover its beauty!

ToughOut Greenhouse

Okay…I didn’t own this but my friend’s parents do. That’s right, grow your own veggies! If you can of course… people who have time and space for these Greenhouses can start growing your own greens. Too many advantages to talk about on how safe and healthy on home grown veges and so on, but one thing for sure, it helps on reducing soft plastic packaging that you get from supermarket vegetables.

 

I could really go on and on, but do you see the tricks now? Replace single-use plastics as much as you can. Say no to soft plastic packaging whenever it is possible. Choose solar powered items instead of electricity-consuming gadgets.

Nothing you do is considered too small and it is okay to buy plastic products or to use regular plastic bags, just always try to reduce the chances of using them, that’s what I always encourage people to do as starter.

Last but not least, if you think this is the right thing to do, then mask all the noises that tells you to go the other way, smile to people who gave you the weird look and stay determined!    ❤❤❤