Happy Birthday (Bargains) To Me *8*

My House

My House Advantage Club members receive a birthday voucher of $20 off anything instore or online with free shipping for Advantage club members, click here to sign up for free.

Happy Birthday (Bargains) to me *7*

Lots more birthday rewards turned up in my inbox this week. Some are great and some not so great-designed only to make you spend more or with conditions that make it difficult to bag a bargain. Here they are…


$20 off any item instore and online. The top I chose was $119.99 and I got it for $49. I’ll picture it below.

Become a VIP here.


$20 off anything online. I found a nice tee and got it for half price.

Become a VIP here



$25 off online, instore or at David Jones, the emails states ‘excludes clearance’ however I was able to buy a tee online using the voucher code- I did have to pay $10 postage because there was no stock in my nearest store in order to take advantage of Click and Collect. Still I got a 100% linen tee that was $79.00 for $4.00! I’ll picture it below. Become a Saba VIP here.

Fusion Brands

I remember receiving a voucher last year, but now Fusion Brands offer triple points for 7 days at your birthday time.Join Fusion by visiting Mathers, Williams ,Colorado or Diana Ferarri online and signing up.


Mimco has a reward club called Mimcollective. They sent me an email saying I will be rewarded NEXT year if I start spending now. Hmm.


Katies offer a $20 off voucher instore or online-minimum spend is $30. Sign up here.


Autograph offers $20 off full priced purchases over $30 instore or online. Become a VIP here.


Rockport offers a birthday discount of 20% off full priced items instore or online. Sign up here.

Novo Shoes

Novo Shoes offers a birthday reward of $20 off full priced items online at Novo Shoes

There are a few more vouchers in my inbox so stay tuned.

Happy Birthday Bargains To Me *6*

Here’s three more birthday offers for VIP members.


$20 off full priced items over $30 instore or online 

Join Jeanswest Rewards here.

BeMe 25% on a full priced purchase instore or online. Become a BeMe VIP here.

Veronika Maine gives privilege members $30 to spend instore or online for their birthday. Become a Veronika Maine privilege member here.

Happy Birthday (bargains) To Me *5*

Today’s VIP birthday perk comes from Forever New who offer 15% off on full price purchases (online only). 

Sign up at Forever New here.

Happy Birthday (bargains) to me *4*

Another birthday voucher! This time from Sheridan Outlet and it is $25 to spend on full priced or marked down items in store or online. Delivery is a flat rate $9.95 and purchases over $150 are entitled to free delivery. Sign up here.

Happy Birthday (bargains) to me *3*

Today’s bargain is a $10 off birthday voucher from Bonds to use I store or online with free delivery for being a Bonds and Me member sign up here. I chose some new socks 😀

Happy Birthday (bargains) to me *2*

Today’s voucher: Review $20 voucher to use in store or online, click and collect available.

Click here to sign up to Review Australia’s loyalty club.

Happy Birthday (bargains) To Me! *1*

For the month of January (my birthday month) I am going to share my birthday vouchers and discount offers with you. I join many VIP or loyalty clubs online for merchants where I shop or would like to shop and then wait for the birthday vouchers to roll in.
Most are from women’s fashion retailers because I find I get the most value from their vouchers as a way of updating my wardrobe. I save any $5 notes I get as change for a few months, add any Christmas or birthday money or vouchers I have been given and since January is also a huge sale month I usually do pretty well and save BIG!

I don’t sign up to many food or resturant VIP clubs, but for those interested their free birthday meals etc may be worth signing up for too. The Cheesecake Shop, Sumo Salad, Boost juice, Muffin Break plus many other chain and local companies off free deals and meals for your birthday day or month.

I might add that since I live a simple life and I don’t  wish to spend money for the sake of it, I do not take advantage of all the offers I get. If I can’t find something I want or need without adding too much more of my own cash from a particular company then I let the offer expire. I also consider if any postage costs are worth it.
Now for the first offer!

Strandbags Loyalty Club

Strandbags offer their loyalty club members a 10% off any full priced or promotional item in store or online. I have 31 days to use the voucher code emailed to me and Strandbags are currently featuring 25% off online, up to 50% off seasonal and up to 60% off luggage and store collection may be available on items in stock, so I can shop at home and avoid postage costs.

Sign up to Strandbags Loyalty Club in the link above or here.

I’m going to have a good look through the online store. I’ll let you know if I buy anything. 

See you when I get my next birthday voucher.

Simple Life Mum

Could You Use a Little More Sparkle?

Book Review

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle
. Doreen Virtue.

Could You Use a Little More Sparkle? 

Doreen Virtue knows what it’s like to lose her sparkle and delving deeper into why and how her stress and exhaustion had taken over, led her to research and write this book- and get her sparkle back.

As a clairvoyant Doctor of Psychology, best selling author, speaker and more, she is just about as busy as anyone can be and subjected to stress as we all are, and her knowledge of psychology and the mind-body connection was the basis of finding out how we lose our sparkle, and how to get it back.

Some of these answers she found may surprise you- like just how we ‘attract’ drama into our lives, or the role of histamine in our body,and how past trauma has long-term effects on our health and mood.

Other causes we might have heard before, like relationship dynamics and diet and exercise, but we may find something new in the possible solutions offered. For instance, I was very happy to learn that “Gentle exercise is actually a better method for weight loss, because little or no cortisol is produced. So your body becomes more “fuel-efficient” in terms of burning off the food you eat.” Hooray! No more guilt over not being a runner, or gym junkie 😃.

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle will gently and compassionately guide you in clearing out the drama and getting your sparkle back.

Shining Quotes

⭐️ “If… you’re stressed-out and tired, you’re overwhelmed by your sensitivity, you don’t feel good about yourself, you push yourself to go faster, you’re forgetful and can’t focus, there’s too much drama and negativity in your life, your relationships are difficult, your body isn’t cooperating, your career is stressful . . . then it’s time to recover your sparkle!”

⭐ ️“Trauma has touched virtually everyone on this planet, especially secondary trauma from watching too many news clips of horrors and tragedy. Trauma is also the reason why we’re addicted to reality television, celebrity gossip, frightening movies, and dramatic friends. Unhealed trauma is behind our health, weight, addiction, sleep, and relationship issues”.

⭐️ ”Some people believe that stress is something outside themselves that happens to them. Yet, once you reach adulthood and have the ability to make your own lifestyle choices, you really do have the option of a low-stress life. If that possibility sounds boring or impossible, this is a sign of drama addiction.”

⭐️” Behind every highly dramatic person, there’s an unresolved trauma. Drama is his or her way of asking for love, and begging for help and understanding”.

Don’t Let Anything Dull Your Sparkle is published by Hay House .

Visit Doreen Virtue at her website.

Simple Breakfast Ideas to Get You Out the Door


Maybe you or your family have a ‘go to’ breakfast like cereal or toast with an egg for example,but some people have problems eating breakfast due to reasons that can be easily remedied with a little planning or creativity.

Lets look at a few common problems and some possible solutions;

* Being too rushed- planning breakfast, establishing a morning routine and simplifying can help you have the time to sit down and enjoy your breakfast-even if you have kids!

* You or your child have no appetite in the morning or are more ‘selective’ in your food choices (I deleted the word ‘fussy’ since being  selective or having preferences about tastes, textures etc. is common and a big part of my life being a highly sensitive person-so no judgements here)-thinking outside the ‘cereal box’ will help. Typical breakfast food are NOT the only thing that need be on the menu. A hot breakfast of leftovers is something worth trying.

* Your family wants a hot breakfast or craves variety- a little planning and pre-preparation will allow you to serve a pleasing breakfast.

* When you think about the cooking and clean up cereal or toast is just easier- True, a quick and easy breakfast is a great idea, but there are options if you are willing to plan ahead.

Any of the following ideas are worth considering if you want to simplify breakfast or enjoy a more substantial breakfast without stress or taking too much time.

* Write a list of possible meal ideas that you and your family enjoy. Look at Pinterest, recipe books and blogs etc. Refer back to this list when preparing the grocery list. Also think about these options when you read the hints below.

* Set the scene the night before -maybe after the dinner clean up- by laying out placemats, crockery, cutlery etc. Think about what pots and utensils you will need and have them ready on a shelf or corner of the counter.

* Prepare any ingredients you can ahead of time. When you are preparing ingredients for another meal STOP AND THINK if you can also prepare something else now for another meal. Say you are chopping veggies for dinner, spend a couple of minutes chopping some more for an omelette or similar. Store them extra in a ziplock bag or airtight container and it will be available for the next few days. There are also plenty of recipes out there for overnight oats etc, again check out Pinterest for inspiration.

* Pre- measure dry ingredients for your own ‘make-ahead’ mixes. If your are making or planning to make muffins, scones, piklets etc measure a few extra batches of the dry ingredients and store these in labelled plastic containers in the pantry. On the inside of the pantry door have a copy of each recipe with the ingredient list divided into dry and wet categories and also include the method and oven temperature. When you want to make the item the recipe is within easy reach. You will already have the dry ingredients measured and sifted and need to simply add the wet ingredients, mix and cook.

* Love your leftovers- Who says you can’t have leftovers for breakfast? I’m not really suggesting the leftover,cold pizza, I mean leftover fried rice and other rice dishes, savoury mince, roast veggies on toast or added to a frittata -there are as many options as your appetite and imagination allows. Look at what other cultures eat for breakfast-it’s not all porridge and vegemite on toast .

* Go to google. Hit the recipe sites and check out some of the free recipe websites,blogs,YouTube videos etc. While looking online one idea that was new to me was Breakfast in a Mug- google it and see what you come up with. Also don’t forget the magazines and recipe books you already have or that are available at the library. Maybe it is possible for you to decide to try one new recipe a month.
* Just kidding around- it won’t work for some, but in some cases kids can help with breakfast preparation, and making their own food might entice some to eat it. At the very least, everyone can help with the clean up so you are not faced later on in the day with cereal cemented on bowls.

* The most important tip is that any morning will run more smoothly if routines are in place and followed. A morning routine of eating,dressing,packing bags and making beds before any T.V. or electronic devices are allowed will motivate some to move a little faster and eliminate panic and raised voices most of the time. An afternoon routine done the day before where books and sports gear for the next day is assembled, uniforms readied and lunches packed with bags and keys accounted for will add even more time to your mornings. These routines plus getting to bed early enough might even get you a extra cup of coffee in the morning!

No one likes to feel rushed in the morning and no one likes to be late and stressed. It is also a sad start to the day when you have sent the kids off to school without a proper breakfast or with the sound of a nagging, scolding voice setting the tone of the day- they will probably soon forget about it, but you will likely feel crummy all day. A small change here and there, a little planning and preparation, even gaining a few extra minutes to your morning can make all the difference.

Feel welcome to comment with your tips and breakfast ideas.

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