Head to Toe Spring Shopping – Nixon’s Toddler Lookbook

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The weather’s not really giving much away at the moment but the daylight hours are gradually increasing and we’re all feeling like spring is  j u s t  around the corner.  Nix has jumped up another size over winter so it’s time to hit the shops again and restock his wardrobe.

My goal at the moment is to increase efficiency and productivity wherever I can – especially across all areas of “Mum Admin”. My life is too busy to be spent aimlessly wandering multiple shops, searching for random separates, hoping they fit and hoping they match.

I’m shopping online a little more for everyone this season and have kicked things off with an outfit for Nixon from The Warehouse*.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler StyleOk.  Two things here;

  1. That super-cute sports style Tee has a drop hem at the back, sooooo on-trend right now!
  2. Those pants!!  Nix is super fussy about clothes, especially now that he is almost toilet trained and likes to free-ball 90% of the time.  These Kanga Chinos are super soft and comfy (I was expecting them to be stiff) as well as being totally stylish and practical.  Pair them with a button up shirt and you’ve got a fancy outfit.  

FYI; in our house clothes have 3 levels; Kindy, Going Out and Fancy.  I don’t mix their clothes together otherwise the boys will look like the feral grubs they really are ALL THE TIME and they will have nothing to wear on special occasions due to their innate ability to destroy clothes and shoes.

The price points at The Warehouse are perfect for my kids for this reason.  I can easily grab a couple of items for a wardrobe refresh and I’m not going to spend megabucks doing it.  Nixon totally needed some ‘Going Out’ level pants, but at this time of year it’s hard to justify spending a lot of money when he’ll be living in shorts soon enough.  These pants are perfection, you’ll wish you got two pairs I swear!

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Chino Kanga Pants Pants $29, Yarn Dyed Printed Tee Shirt $15, Zip-Thru Hoody $10, Shoes $15.

Total outfit cost = $69 including shoes!  This is a perfect and practical look for my busy wee boy.  He’s comfortable, looks great and is totally ‘play’ ready, the key element to any toddler outfit.  Nix has been really sick with pneumonia this past week so it was such a relief to be able to grab an entire outfit online and nail it first time!  Yeah mama!

That’s my kind of shopping.

PS.  Don’t forget about those pants, they are seriously amazing! And keep an eye out in the next month for a wee video featuring my Nix.New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler Style New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler Style

*This post was sponsored by The Warehouse.

Making a house a home : My style, your new lounge?

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler Golden Homes StyleWhen I signed on to throw some Best Nest styling at a gorgeous lounge in a Golden Homes showhome, I truly floundered for a little bit.  What on earth was I going to bring to a professionally styled and curated room that had been designed to make people fall in love with a house?

I had no clue.

Golden Homes have been innovators in the New Zealand building industry for over 25 years and though I was flattered to have been asked to collaborate, I was also super-nervous about doing justice to their high quality home! 

After visiting both the Albany and Millwater locations and spending some time exploring both homes I realised that what I wanted to do with this project was bring a piece of ME to the showhome.  I wanted to create a room that was perhaps a little bit quirky, exuded warmth, was welcoming, eclectic and representative of our family.  It needed to be kid friendly and functional, comfortable and down to earth.  I wanted to leave having created a room that I loved and wished I could pick-up and pop back down in my own home.

Turns out it was easier than I had initially thought.New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler Golden Homes Style

Once I got over the initial hurdle of undoing the existing picture-perfect styling I began to have a lot of fun.  My canvas was my dream room – a perfect 4.7m square lounge with plenty of wallspace and a natural flow between the two entrances.  Both showhomes I visited had a separate lounge like this and it makes such a difference to the overall feeling of space and functionality of the house.

As for bringing warmth to the house?  My fears of a visually sterile environment were nullified by the sundrenched north facing aspect that made my morning’s work a light-filled (hot!) dream.  Warmth and personality in a house aren’t just the result of drag-and-drop accessories that provide an instant quick-fix.  The finishing in this lovely room is what sets the stage for successful styling.  The cut pile carpet creates such a natural warmth and the framing of the room is completed by a heavy textured wallpaper that creates interest and a point of difference without jostling for attention.

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When you own an older home like ours (circa 1950) you become acutely aware of the price of home maintenance and the huge cost of inaccuracy in builds.  Three years ago when we were redecorating and replacing every door in our house, it took our builder 2 hours plus to fit each internal door because nothing was square.  Steel framing has now eliminated many of the problems and inaccuracies that are common with timber framing such as expansion and contraction and mould and mildew due to moisture exposure.  Every Golden Home is built using New Zealand Axxis steel using ZOG® steel-frame technology and is signed off by a registered engineer.  This house was warm, quiet and grounded.  As soon as I began to unpack my props and vintage items from home my vision for the lounge began to take shape.

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I used a mix of items I love from home, items I shopped from Freedom Furniture and items that I ‘shopped’ the showhome for.  If you want to restyle a room at home look at it as an entire project rather than picking up bits and pieces here and there.  Start with a blank canvas – at least figuratively speaking.  I took lots of pics and video during my visits and worked from those to find exactly what I needed for each space in the lounge.  This helped keep me on-budget and ensure that I covered all of the essential lounge requirements.  Managing a room in this way is like a new home build, but on a much smaller scale!  Minimise surprises and ensure your wishlist is fulfilled.  When they quote a build, Golden Homes are accurate and inclusive of all key costs at the outset to give you the complete and honest cost of your build so you are able to stick to your budget – that means more $$ to shop for homewares!!

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The feeling I wanted to recreate here was what I loosely named “South-West Eclectic”.  The couches, buffet, landscape painting and mirror were already in place and totally worked.  The tall corner shelf and vintage coffee table I brought from home, plus, I shopped Freedom Furniture for on-trend, statement pieces that cemented the theme such as the Spectrum Rug $299, the Sakia Pouffe $299 and those Stag Prints $299 ea!!!  Eclectic perfection.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler Golden Homes StyleI am so proud of this gorgeous space!  My new-build snobbery (I’ll admit I had some, as I’m seemingly drawn to anything old and rundown that requires much $$$$ to fix it up :::sigh:::) has all but vanished and I now dream of a gorgeous, perfectly finished home to unleash Nixon on.

Joking, that would be a crime against humanity (Golden Homes, my toddler will never set foot in one of your showhomes I promise!).

Obviously my loud, bright and colourful style won’t be to everybody’s taste, but it goes to show just how personal you can make a room, and transform a house into a home, in a very short amount of time.

Thank you so much for having me Golden Homes, love your work xx

If you would like to find out more about Golden Homes get in touch here or check out my Pinterest board for more inspiration and shopping details.

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7 Days.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Toddler You know, I started the week off stressing about disclosure, wondering what my readers think about sponsored posts, wondering how much I still cared about The Best Nest and whether maybe, it was time to call it a day, hang up my boots and let the newbies take over mummy blogging here in New Zealand.  

Then, Monday came and so did real life – a *somewhat* welcome breath of fresh air along with a good old fashioned slap in the face.  Nix was sick and as the week progressed he got sicker culminating in a visit to Starship and a pneumonia diagnosis.  I was so scared.  I knew something was wrong with him, but as his bowels had completely slowed I assumed it was a Hirschsprung’s related problem.  He had what appeared to be a common cold earlier in the week and though the cold symptoms got better, he only got worse.

As we were dealing with this, my ongoing battle with my eldest son continued, an all-out hormonal, pre-teen hot mess vs his mother.  Twice daily fights, one before school, one every night before bed.  I’m walking a tightrope with E right now and I have no idea how to get off.  We have changed our home wifi code in attempt to get his head out of the ‘cloud’ and back to our family and the weekend has passed relatively smoothly.

The antibiotics have kicked so Nix is on the mend praise jesus.

Something keeps running through my head though.  At Dave’s 40th last Saturday night a friend said to me ‘how effortlessly’ I manage to handle whatever comes my way, whatever mountain of of obligations I manage to heap on my plate.

Ha!  This about made me spill my wine.  

You see, it’s not effortless.  I work my ass off.  I stress, I cry, I yell, I wake up with my stomach in knots about my workload, about the kids, about being a bad mother, about thinking too much about my work, about the house being in ruins all the time because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day for me to get my ass into gear and clean our shit up.

I wake up wondering every day whether just stopping blogging is an option and is that really what I want?  I’ve worked so hard to become a ‘working’ blogger, the kind of hard that it doesn’t take anymore.  Imagine building a blog without social?  Without Instagram, or Facebook?  Back in the days when it actually mattered if you were articulate, if you cared about writing and communicating, if you cared about anything more than being the cool girl in the gang of the coolest girls.

See, I do care.  But my number of fucks allocated to caring about influencer anxiety in New Zealand is extremely limited.  Plus, never in my life have I had any time for caring about what the cool kids are doing.  My attention is needed in so many other places right now, my kids need me, my husband needs me, my mum probably needs to get rid of me, my grandparents need to see more of me while the seeing is good (#jokingnotjoking, they’re getting old yo), my rugby club needs me and my house and garden sure as hell need something – a downpour of RoundUp would be a good start!

I don’t think any of you need me, you probably never did, and you probably don’t need to read about how I had Pizza Hut for dinner on Friday night because I didn’t have it in me to cook dinner.  But you know what?  I got paid for that picture, and I told you that too (i.e. disclosure).  That picture and others like it are going to pay for Ethan’s new, expensive maths tuition that starts on Tuesday.

And that is what I do care about.  

What a difference a week makes.  

My toddler believes he’s a bakery worker.

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I mean he must.

There is no other reason why he would be waking every day at 3.50am but to get some buns in the oven, maybe rustle up some mince and cheese pies or get his eclairs ready for the glass cabinet.  Lord knows the Jack boys love pies.

I spent $79 dollars today on a fancy clock that people swear by for sleep training.  Pick your jaw off the floor, a blogger who PAID for something?!  The earth has indeed tilted on its axis and I’m sure it’s Nixon’s fault.

A couple of months ago when we were facing the same problem I implemented all of the advice you guys gave me;

  • Maybe he’s getting cold?  Heater in his room with thermostat on all night.
  • Try a little bit earlier.  Tried this.
  • Try a little bit later.  Tried this under duress – when your Nixon-day begins prior to 4am a later bedtime is not ‘quality’ family time.  Rather, it consists of violent pajama protests and torturous OCD screaming about which order he takes his vitamins.
  • Lavender.  Tried it.
  • No nap?  Sleep aversion is a lifestyle choice for Nixon, he spits in the face of a daytime nap.
  • Cry it out.  Love it.  But the child is about 100db too loud to let him have at it.  He also has an 11 year old brother who is  only *slightly* better at sleeping in then Nixon and I sure as hell don’t need both of them up in the dark cold hours searching for their damn iPads in the dark!

I can’t remember what else we’ve tried because I’m TOO DAMN TIRED.

Nix is also full of a cold and hacking up phlegm (again) so the odds are not (never?) in our favour of a good night’s sleep tonight.


Nix had a fever of 38.2 so we Pamol’d before bed and that probably helped him to set a new August sleep record – 5.45am!!!  I feel like a new woman!  I had set the magical sleep clock to 6am and explained how it worked so when he woke, I took Nix back to his room and we waited until the sun came up.  Small victories I guess.

Some people have ‘No sleepers’ and this is torturous.  Trying and trying to get your kid to fall asleep for the night is an agonizing exercise requiring you to forget absolutely everything else you need to do and simply switch off, lay down like the corpse-mother you probably feel like and give in to chubby arms around your neck.  Nixon will go to sleep at night so bedtimes are sometimes drawn out, but not too cringeworthy.  His/our problem is that when he wakes, whenever that may be, HE WAKES.  That’s it.  No more sleep for anyone.

Basically, it all sucks.  Whichever style of problem sleeper you have, the Sleep-Denyer, the Wake-All-Night, the Early Riser……..it’s hard for everyone involved, kids included.

I’ve just finished my first double coffee of the day and I raise my mug to you mama’s – May you coffee be strong and your nap times long xx

 

My Grownup To-do List – Make a Will

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In the grand scheme of My Grown Up Life, this is the breakdown; I’ve been a mother for 11.5 years and married the same.  We purchased our home 4 years ago and completed our Grown Up prerequisites by adding two dogs and another baby to the family.

Job done! Adulting complete!

Except, I forgot the paperwork.  The Life Admin that you push to the back of the to-do list along with equally exciting things like road tolls, dog registrations, filling out warranty cards and going to the dental hygienist.

And making a will.  I forgot to do that too.

Our family situation is one shared by many Kiwis in that I met Dave overseas, we eventually returned to New Zealand, leaving all of his family behind who live in the southern States of America.  In terms of holidays this is great!  Our boys also both have dual citizenship, which they may choose to utilise when they are older, but for now, we/they stay in New Zealand.

When you have kids, at some point your mind will turn to worst-case-scenario thinking.  It may happen in the middle of the night whilst rocking your baby to sleep, or it may happen after a particularly close call with a bad driver.  It will be confronting and upsetting but at some point, as parents, we will all consider what we want for our kids if we pass away before them.

What Dave and I want, is for the boys to remain in New Zealand without any unnecessary custody issues.

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family How to make a willSo, in the interest of adulting properly, I’ve just finalised my very first Will (via an app no less!) to ensure that my little Kiwi kids stay here until they are old enough to decide for themselves against Donald Trump and handguns #kiddingNOTkidding.

I used the Kinly App to create my Will, which is comprehensive, legally valid and took all of 20 minutes max.  Now that I’ve done it, read it and understood it (it’s only 4 pages and in PLAIN ENGLISH!) I can see the massive value and importance in preparing a Will to protect who and what you love.

My Mum and Dad went through the process of updating their Wills the old-school way – multiple expensive lawyer visits etc – when my Dad was already terminally ill.  This heaped more angst and an increased financial burden onto an already very stressful time in their lives – a situation Dave and I are keen to avoid at all costs!

It’s pretty amazing that one of the most important and necessary documents I might ever sign in my life was also one of the easiest to prepare a) by myself b) without the hassle and expense of a lawyer c) in my own time, saving the draft and continuing as need be.

You guys, you could totally smash out your Will using Kinly while you are waiting in the car for the kids’ sports practice to finish! Too easy.

Five Reasons you need to make a Will asap
  1. Leaving clear instructions as to your wishes should help eliminate any family dramas during what is going to be a really difficult time.
  2. Your kids! If you want your kids to be sent to a boarding school run by buddhist monks in Paekakariki, you’ve got to write that shit down! The only way people will follow your wishes is if they actually KNOW what your wishes are.
  3. When you pass away intestate (without a Will) there can often be a delay before your closest relatives are allowed to deal with your estate and get their hands on your millions……..of Little Shop minis.  Help your rellies out but defining who your executors are.
  4. If you want your kindy teacher to reap the benefits of your quilting hobby, you can bequeath her ALL of your creations by specifying this in the Kinly App.
  5. Funeral directives, organ donation……..these are tricky topics to discuss over the dinner table.  You don’t have to talk it out, you just have to tick the YES/NO box in your Kinly App.

Done and dusted.

To try this amazing service and get your adulting admin in line, head to www.kinly.co.nz to find out more and download the app.

WIN WITH KINLY!

I want you to make your own Will using Kinly so one lucky person is going to win a 12 month subscription to the service PLUS a $100 Countdown Gift Card and a $50 Gift Card to Spend at The Warehouse!!!

To enter just comment below – I’d love to hear your initial thoughts about using Kinly to make your Will!

Competition closes 22/8/16, NZ residents only.  Thanks to Kinly for making this post possible!

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Perfectly Portioned Treats – 5 Ways

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Navigating the treacherous rapids of the great sugar debate and the myriad voices of nutrition experts filling our social network feeds with raw food, gluten free recipes and chia puddings is exhausting, and confusing and ………….. a little bit boring (gasp!) to be really frank!

In the face of all of this often unsolicited advice, making smart choices around treat foods can be an exercise in #mumguilt – something I wholeheartedly refuse to subscribe to when it comes to food.  Teaching the boys to enjoy all food (and treats!) in moderation and with educated consideration is definitely more my style.

Phew.  Glad I got that off my chest!

So, we all know that flipping the pack and scrutinising the teeny tiny nutritional info panel on food is supermarket de rigueur these days (as it should be), but, I’m loving the latest offering from Allen’s which takes the guess-work right out of the treat-allocation process.  One piece = one portion.  

Easy.

I love this concept for many different reasons, but mainly because my kids are sticklers for the rules – “The pack says; one piece = one portion guys, so there’s pretty much NO way we could have more than one lolly!”.  Ok, who am I kidding, ETHAN is a stickler for the rules and would totally buy this, Nixon would simply scale me like a coconut palm, steal the pack and run away – but he’s a work in progress lol.

I see the pre-defined portion control in a bag of Allen’s new Sea Stretchies as an excellent tool in my mum arsenal and have teamed up with Allen’s to bring you 5 ways to make the most of these perfectly portioned, stretchy and fun lollies!

  1. Party FavoursNew Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Rotorua Travel Blog Family Eye health Treats

    There’s always room for cutting back on treats when it’s party time.  Curate a fun collection of party goodies such as inexpensive toy car, balloon, cool pen or pencil, stickers or stamps and add one Allen’s Sea Stretchies for a take-home gift little guests will love!

  2. Road Trip Silencers

    The school holidays have been and gone and many of us will have hit the road and got out of town.  The entire family can become quite ‘loud’ and ‘antagonistic’ when in transit (…..it’s not just mine right??).  How about, on the next road trip, treat yourself to a few minutes of peace and quiet by passing out a Sea Stretchie to each of your passengers.  They’ll have so much fun stretching, twisting and eating them that they’ll forget to ask “Are we there yet?”.

  3. Team Treats

    New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Rotorua Travel Blog Family Eye health TreatsI’ve seen sideline-parents go nuts with after-match treats for their littles over the years, let’s pare it back a little and reward their ‘exertions’ with ONE perfectly portioned, stretchy, fun treat.  A Sea Stretchie for each little All Black is easy, inexpensive and sensible.

  4. Chore Rewards

    New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Rotorua Travel Blog Family Eye health TreatsBeing good is sometimes really hard when you’re little, even harder when you’re in that awkward, hormone surge of Tween-ness.  Ethan is being encouraged to work hard on self-management this year, and I’m quietly recognizing his efforts with surprise treats now and again when his chore chart is looking particularly spectacular!  Little Nixon on the other hand is working hard on toilet training.  I cut up a Sea Stretchie into little pieces and for every successful bathroom excursion he can have one as a small reward.  No, I’m totally NOT above bribing my kids lol.

  5. Mum Treats

    I’ve hidden in the pantry scoffing bikkies, laid down beside the bed to retrieve my hidden chocolate stash and feed my craving before the kids find me, and……I’m pretty sure most of you have too.  The problem with sneaky snacking is that monitoring portion size usually goes out the window as you’re shoving your guilty pleasure into your mouth.  #MumLife is hard, so don’t heap #FoodGuilt on top of it.  Enjoying a Sea Stretchie takes the guesswork out of Mum Treats, 1 piece = 1 portion!

Thanks Allen’s for the lollies!

Positive Screen Time – Nixon and Dinosaur Train

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Screen time, device time, iPad use, tablet time, TV time – whatever you call it,  letting your kids use a screen, be it large or small immediately places a target on your back and immediately opens you up to judgement by Sancti-Mummy’s everywhere.  Screen time gets such a bad rap these days, it’s almost as high up the parental hit-list as sugar and processed cheese ::::  heavens-to-betsy! ::::

But you guys know me right?  You know I love sugar (in moderation of course!), I adore processed cheese (actually ALL cheese) and I absolutely LOVE me some screen time – what blogger doesn’t?  It seems to me that the use of devices or amount of time spent in front of a screen by kids is like anything else, when used with moderation and discretion there are no problems.  

But let’s be honest, sometimes I use screen time with reckless abandon!  There are days when I have more than one deadline, the kids are exhausted by 4.30pm and will actually disembowel each other if forced to play together and I just don’t have time to deal with that mess.  So I let them have at it.  Play Xbox!  Watch weirdos unwrap shit on YouTube, catch Pokemon, I DON’T CARE, just enjoy it mmmmkay boys?

New Zealand's Top Mummy Blogger Parenting Travel Blog Family Screen TimeI’m joking of course, that pretty much happens everyday (!), but there is a shining light in the dark, dark tunnel of screen time, and that light, dear readers, belongs to Dinosaur Train.

Not just his favourite show, Dinosaur Train is Nixon’s obsession, fuelling an insatiable need for more and more knowledge, more facts, more polysyllabic names down-pat, more very expensive Schleich dinos and more and more dinosaur books.

It’s freaking awesome!  Ethan went through the same ‘phase’ that lasted 9 years (!!), but his energy was focussed on sharks and whales and we struggled to find age appropriate shows that kept up with his vast knowledge.  Dinosaur Train is ticking all the boxes for us and Nix;

  • Catchy theme song – check
  • Science based – check
  • Historically accurate – check
  • Factual – check
  • There’s a REAL paleontologist that recaps the archaeological evidence at the end of each show
  • Produced by The Jim Henson Company = awesome – check
  • Engaging and non-mum-guilt inducing – check check CHECK!

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In a nutshell, a Pteranodon family and their adopted T Rex son Buddy explore the Mesozoic aboard the Dinosaur Train, meeting and learning (in great detail!) about other dinosaurs.  The show is an educational coup for parents and kids alike and it’s single-handedly fostered a passion in Nixon that we are all loving.  Dave and I are now Parental Grade Experts in dinosaurs (as well as sharks and whales) and Ethan and Nixon have something in common that they both love despite their 8.5 year age gap.

We watch Dinosaur Train (every day!) on Netflix and have no trouble with internet lag now that we’ve upgraded to Slingshot’s unlimited VDSL – I have zero time/tolerance for monitoring how much bandwidth we have left!   Nixie’s other dino faves available on Netflix are; Gon, Dinosaur King, Walking with Dinosaurs, Walking with Monsters and DinoTrux.

Happy Netflix-ing!

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Get it Faster – You Lucky, Lucky Thing

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There are certain items you covet for a while, quite sure that you need them but ‘Life’ forces you to bump them down the wishlist over and over again.  Usually these are the pretty things, the luxe things, basically the things that don’t feed your kids or put new tyres on the car!

The classic Saben Tilly has been on my list for far too long, sadly overruled by the boring-things-first list but the wait is over.  She’s mine! 

As is usually the case, I remember to check my Fly Buys balance around twice a year and have a quick look around, adding things to my wishlist as I go. This time, Tilly didn’t need to go on my wishlist; :::::::::: s h u t   u p ::::::::::: I said to myself when I realised that I could use Points + Cash and order her right away!  $100 dollars and 729 points later, Tilly is here.  I treated myself without blowing the bank and the best part is the kids won’t be eating baked beans until payday because mama got a new purse.

Everybody wins!

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There’s no denying that as a consumer, patience is quickly becoming a virtue better suited to a bygone era.  We want instant customer service, overnight delivery (if same day isn’t available), the ability to do everything online and we don’t want to have to wait for reward points to trickle in when that Saben Tilly had already been waiting far too long!  Fly Buys Points + Cash is flexible, you can use it to make the most of your Fly Buys points and save money by not paying full retail for those wishlist items.

Next year will mark my 20th Anniversary as a Fly Buys member.  So, since 1997 (Fly Buys launched in 1996 – early adopter?  YES!)  I’ve been saving up and treating myself to rewards simply by shopping at my favourite stores and keeping my business with Fly Buys brand partners.  I was interested to find out how many rewards I’d actually redeemed over my long membership so put a call through to the call centre.

Twenty rewards!  More than one each year.  

There‘s been a lot of perfume, candles and skincare, but also on the redeemed list was a toaster, a blender, a dehydrator and toys for the kids (I always redeem points before Christmas to help ease the expense of ‘Santa’).  It’s fair to say I’m a loyal member lol.

As such, I’ve got a reward for you too!

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Giveaway!

If you would like a beautiful Saben Tilly of your very own worth $250, click here, have a browse at the range of rewards offered by Fly Buys, then come back and tell me what you’d use Points + Cash on.

PLUSFollow Fly Buys on Instagram and you could be redeeming a reward even faster!  Keep an eye out for their re-gram of our Saben image and all new likers on their post will be in the draw to win 500 points! bit.ly/TCs_  

Giveaway ends 12/8/16, NZ Residents only.

Good luck!