The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-01-26T20:38:01Z Pamper Your Valentine with a Healing House Spa Massage 2017-01-26T20:38:01Z pamper-your-valentine-with-a-healing-house-spa-massage Relationships have to be nurtured and tended to with love and care. Intimate relationships are even more delicate and require a lot more from both partners to make it work. Healing House Australia appreciates the delicacy of these relationships. Anyone planning a special time for their partner for Valentine’s Day will be pleased to find special relaxing and rejuvenating packages available at Healing House. The Healing House Aromatherapy Massage is a deeply relaxing massage that uses a special blend of organic oils. The smooth, flowing movements used in this massage relieves muscular tension and gives deep relaxation. It also promotes improves circulation, healing and provides deep calming relaxation. Healing House has a variety of special massages to choose from. Customers can choose any from among them including the Healing House Signature Massage, the Traditional Thai Massage and specialised massages for sports persons, pregnant women and those who seek reflexology treatment.  Those who intend to spoil their loved one with a Body Spa package can also check out Healing Houses specials such as their manicure, pedicure, body scrub and facials. Healing House has a host of special packages that rejuvenate the body and mind such as the Sunflower House package. Priced at $169 this package includes 120 minutes of service with 90 minutes of body massage plus 30 minutes of foot reflexology. Customers can also choose from the Jasmine House, Orchid House, Frangipani House, Relax House and Glamour House packages among others. Special gift vouchers are available at Healing House. The customer can choose a special treatment or buy a gift voucher with a specific value and allow the recipient to choose from among their services. Customers can purchase these gift vouchers online and print them out. They can also email them to the person they want to gift it to. Customers desiring to know more about these packages can call 1300979555 or visit Healing House online. Bookings for their packages can be done online through their website. For more information on gift vouchers available from Healing House: https://healinghouse.net.au/shop/ Innovative HEATSTRIP goes mobile and new gas heaters added 2017-01-25T04:04:57Z innovative-heatstrip-goes-mobile-and-new-gas-heaters-added HEATSTRIP electric outdoor heaters have been an outdoor heater of choice for many years. Innovation now sees these energy-efficient strip heaters go mobile and two gas versions added to the range.   As with existing HEATSTRIP models, Thermofilm has designed them with elegant aesthetics in mind.   The new HEATSTRIP products comprise the freestanding HEATSTRIP electric heater, the portable HEATSTRIP LPG heater and a wall mounted HEATSTRIP natural gas heater.  Portable Freestanding Electric HEATSTRIP (THH1800AP) Thermofilm has taken one of its most successful HEATSTRIP models and made it even better by incorporating it into a sleek and robust portable stand.   This makes it ideal for spot heating of tables, lounges, entertaining areas and workstations, both indoors and outdoors.   The new electric freestanding heater with the slimline 1800 watt HEATSTRIP Classic radiant heater provides gentle, comfortable warmth with no glow. It heats an area of 3-4 square metres and has a running cost of .45c per hour (based on a .25c tariff).   Fully portable with wheels, the HEATSTRIP THH1800AP model is suitable for alfresco areas, balconies, patios, apartments, both for internal and external use. It is corrosion protected for even the toughest environments, IP55 rated to prevent water ingress and the heater is Australian designed, engineered and assembled.   DIY installation is easy and when assembled, it just plugs into a normal power point. A concealed power cable ensures its sleek appearance.  Portable LPG HEATSTRIP (TGH34PL) The new HEATSTRIP portable LPG (gas bottle) heater incorporates world leading design, quality, heat performance and efficiency to provide an elegant and stylish solution for any outdoor area.   It’s no longer necessary to put up with the clunky, ugly and cheap gas patio heater that is hard to operate, barely lasts a season and doesn’t provide much heat.   Providing a high heat output of 34 megajoules, it has a 4-tile commercial-quality ceramic burner, which offers higher efficiency than a standard stainless steel burner. The area it heats on high is 16 square metres.   For example, based on a 9 kg LPG bottle, a standard mushroom heater costs $2.50 per hour to run, whereas the HEATSTRIP will run for up to 44 per cent longer and costs just $1.39 on low and $2 on high.   It is easy to operate with an integrated Piezo ignition with tilt safety switch and flame failure device included. A high/low output control provides heat output flexibility.   The HEATSTRIP portable gas heater, model TGH34PL, offers significant running-cost-savings compared to standard patio mushroom heaters: a 25 per cent saving on high output and an 80 per cent saving on low output, while providing a significantly higher heat output.   The robust stand design allows the gas pipes, bottle and connections to be fully concealed, yet is easy to wheel around thanks to discreetly placed wheels. This makes it perfect for both residential and commercial applications.   A protective grille and reflector is included as standard to guarantee safe operation and heat can be directed to areas that are being used.   An optional cover protector is also available.  Wall Mounted Natural Gas HEATSTRIP (TGH34WN)   Thermofilm has also designed and manufactured a wall mounted natural gas heater for a permanent outdoor undercover heating solution, such as alfresco areas, balconies, patios, halls and warehouses.   The new HEATSTRIP gas wall mounted heater with its all-black construction, is a stylish addition to any outdoor area where connection to mains natural gas is preferred. The minimum mounting height is two metres.   Providing a high heat output of 34 megajoules, it has a 4-tile commercial-quality ceramic burner. Thanks to electronic battery ignition, micro-switch on/off operation and stainless steel pull cords, the cost of installation is minimised as only a gasfitter is required.   The wall mounting bracket allows for multiple mounting angles and the reflector design ensures that only a minimum of 300 mm overhead clearance is required.   The robust new HEATSTRIP, model TGH34WN, is suitable for both residential and commercial applications and can be converted to use with LPG.  Prices and availability   All Thermofilm’s new HEATSTRIP models come with a two-year residential and one year commercial warranty. They will be available in March from Bunnings, heating specialists and outdoor lifestyle stores.   RRPs of the models are: * Portable Electric Heater: $749 * Portable LPG Heater: $799 * Wall mounted natural gas Heater: $599   Covers for the portable gas heater will be available for $79.95.  www.HEATSTRIP.com.au   ends  About Thermofilm: With more than 25 years manufacturing innovative, stylish and energy efficient products, Thermofilm Australia has supplied to residential, commercial and institutional markets both in Australia and around the world. The Thermofilm range includes the award-winning HEATSTRIP heaters, Bliss indoor and outdoor series, and Envirotouch energy saving timer switches. Thermofilm will continue to maintain its position as a market leader in heating products by listening to its customers and focusing on continuous improvement and innovative product development. Recently, Thermofilm was awarded the “Manufacturer of the Year” by the Victorian Government Manufacturing Hall of Fame. Similarly, the HEATSTRIP® range was awarded the coveted Australian Business Award for Product Value. General enquiries to Tel: 03 9562 3455 and info@thermofilm.com.au  www.thermofilm.com.au  Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of Thermofilm Australia, 17 Johnston Court, Dandenong South VIC 3175 by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 or email wendy@wmcpr.com.au. or Greg Trezise, National Sales Manager, Thermofilm Australia. Tel: 03 9562 3455 (switch) or 0402 127 375. Email: g.trezise@thermofilm.com.au  Photos: to request high res photos please send an email to wendy@wmcpr.com.au and quote the photo reference.     Group Homes Australia is so confident in their unique model of care that they are offering a free trial to live in one of their homes. 2016-12-28T02:14:42Z group-homes-australia-is-so-confident-in-their-unique-model-of-care-that-they-are-offering-a-free-trial-to-live-in-one-of-their-homes Sydney, Australia, 28th of December 2016, Group Homes Australia offers respite, dementia and high care in a sophisticated and luxurious environment, supported by a team of fully qualified homemakers who are there 24/7. Each home is designed to accommodate the needs of people living with dementia but looks, feels and smells like a home. Each group home houses 6 to 10 residents in beautifully appointed, private bedrooms. There are numerous living and dining areas for residents and their visiting families to enjoy. Each home boasts gorgeous garden and outdoor leisure settings. The homemakers focus on residents’ abilities and interests. The residents are encouraged to participate in weekly outings and the activities that they enjoy such as baking, gardening and laundry. Alzheimer’s Australia ranked GHA significantly above 80 aged care competitors. Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder, Group Homes Australia, states: "We are so confident in our unique model of care that we would like to invite you to trial living in one of our group homes completely free of charge*. Please get in touch mentioning this offer. Places are extremely limited. We look forward to welcoming you to one of our homes so that you can experience the GHA difference for yourself." For more info about the free trial go to: http://grouphomes.com.au/freetrial/ To learn more and to arrange a visit contact call 1300 015 406. *** About Group Homes Australia: Group Homes Australia offers a unique model of care in a luxurious, friendly and safe, home environment. Our mission is to ensure that people living with dementia also live with dignity. We have homes located across Sydney, including in Waverley, Rose Bay, Vaucluse, St Ives and Warriewood, and were recently independently benchmarked by Alzheimer's Australia as best in class in every area of dementia care against over 80 competitors. Our model is the first of its kind in Australia and focuses on creating a non-institutional way of living that emphasises a resident’s abilities rather than their disabilities. Our homes are traditional houses in traditional streets and are an integral part of the community, with a maximum of 10 residents living together in private rooms. Each home has trained staff on site 24/7 and approximately 1 member of staff for every 3 residents. Our caring team members are homemakers, and they support and assist residents with their daily needs and activities. They encourage residents to be engaged in shopping, cooking, gardening… The full range of daily tasks that bring a sense of purpose in a home. We have no call bells or nursing trolleys, no rigid routines around waking, personal care or singalongs. We actively welcome friends and family to come and visit and stay for a cup of tea and sample our latest freshly baked treats. www.grouphomes.com.au or 1300 015 406 5 Christmas Tips for those with older parents or parents who have dementia 2016-12-22T06:37:08Z 5-christmas-tips-for-those-with-older-parents-or-parents-who-have-dementia Tamar Krebs, CEO and Founder of Group Homes Australia has some great advice for making the most of this festive season. 1.Don't try and replicate Christmas of the past - be prepared to approach it differently. Bring food in, or offer to do the cooking. Instead of eating in, head to the beach and use the public BBQ. 2.Try and focus on creating new memories and living in the moment, rather than focussing on how things “used to be”. Celebrate what your parents can do, rather than what they can no longer do. 3. Do not waste time and energy worrying about whether Mum or Dad will be around for next Christmas, but instead enjoy the fact that they are around for this Christmas. Be sure to tell them how much you love them and how happy you are to be spending this Christmas with them. 4. Christmas is a popular time for reminiscing. Looking at old photo albums or mementos is a very powerful tool to help remind that person of who they are, what they were capable of, and what makes them unique, rather than just being a person who is living with a diagnosis of dementia. 5. Not everyone who is living with dementia has family around to help care for them. Suicide rates peak at this time of year as it can be an incredibly lonely and isolating experience if you are not surrounded by friends and family. If you know someone who is living with dementia who will be alone this Christmas, please reach out to them and include them in your celebrations. Tips for driving, flying and camping holidays with kids! 2016-12-21T01:25:47Z tips-for-driving-flying-and-camping-holidays-with-kids Paediatric Sleep Consultant, Cheryl Fingleson offers tips on driving with little or bigger kids. 1. Leave at night or very early in the morning It’s a good idea is to leave at night when children have all been fed and it is bedtime so they can have a good long sleep, as the motion of the car will also help them sleep. If you prefer to drive when it is lighter then leaving in the early, give bub a feed and get the older children in the car so you can get a good start while they are tired and still need to sleep. 2. Pack Refreshments Drinks and snack foods are a must for the car age appropriate. 3. Stop for breaks If you have tired, grumpy or bored children in the car it is no fun. Remember children are hard wired for movement. Stop for breaks so the babies can crawl, walk and the older kids can run around for a while, then back into the car. Put the nursery rhymes on, sing along. 4. Pack the technology Ipads, mobiles and movies can be one of the most valuable things you pack and more importantly may keep you sane.. This may be the key to eliminating whinging and fighting children. 5. Routine. Routine. Routine. While travelling try keep to your babies and toddlers usual routine. 6. Clean as you drive Keep a roll of paper towels and a box of wipes in the front seat for easy cleanups. Keep a rubbish bag handy too. There are five things I tell people when they ask about taking kids camping or hiking or paddling: They get cold faster. They get hot faster. They get hungry faster. They get bored faster. They get tired quickly. Cheryl Fingleson, The Sleep Coach, says: "Babies and kids need to eat regularly and sleep on their schedule. I recommend you make sure kids nap and sleep at their usual time. Babies can nap in a front carrier, pram or backpack. Having their schedule and routine the same makes them feel secure. Take their own toys, games, books and anything you child loves to play with from home. Making them have their own belongings helps them adjust to the different surrounding. Consistency and routine will be the magic that make a great relaxing holiday." If you are travelling by plane, then pack these life saving products that were invented by Mums: Cozigo (formerlly Fly Babee) can be used as a sleep, sun and travel cover. It is air permeable, UPF 50+ and 100% breathable. It also blocks out 97% of the light allowing bubs and toddlers to sleep whilst travelling anywhere, anytime... www.cozigo.com Fly Tot Once your baby is too big for the air line bassinet, make sure that he or she is comfortable so they he or she can sleep in their seat. Fly Tot is an inflatable cushion for older babies, toddlers and kids to stretch out, relax and sleep. www.flytot.com.au Please contact candice@candicepr.com for more info. Wishing you all a beautiful, relaxing Festive Season! Be the king of outdoor living 2016-12-07T04:04:54Z be-the-king-of-outdoor-living With summer in full swing, so is outdoor entertaining and relaxing outdoors - ensure your outdoor space is equipped with the right furniture to suit any time of day, occasion or need. MEDIA RELEASE December 2016 Be the king of outdoor living The essence of Australian summers is outdoor living and entertaining. From barbecues and afternoon cocktails to pool parties or simply relaxing in the sun – the King Living collection has all outdoor living needs covered. The range of outdoor furniture features modularity, discreet storage and optional accessories all dressed in premium materials. Ensuring long term enjoyment and lasting aesthetics, the new WeatherWeave and WeatherWeave Deluxe finishes are specially designed to keep their appearance longer than standard rattans and wicker. A carefully handwoven material, producing a superior high-density weave, WeatherWeave is UV protected and weather-resistant. From a cosy balcony or courtyard to an expansive deck or terrace, the Delta and Jasper Outdoor designs are available in a range of sofa modules and accessories that can be easily rearranged to suit the time of day, occasion and number of guests. Convert the Delta Outdoor sofa to a sun bed with the removable and adjustable arm and back cushions or brackets, and complete the look with a selection of square or round Calypso tables for a contemporary outdoor design touch. Providing clever storage solutions, the Delta Outdoor also has optional built-in storage to keep extra towels, sunscreen, magazines and pool toys within easy reach. It also has vents within the seating and mesh to help release water from rain or poolside splashes to help prevent mould and mildew. The award-winning King Cove design features integrated ceramic shelves and matching table for drinks and magazines for a truly relaxed atmosphere. Create design inspired outdoor living areas this summer with clever ideas from King Living. www.kingliving.com Images can be downloaded here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ck8pfaiy8et7jrf/AAD5bPaVsbKY09ODBAdrdWYAa?dl=0 Benwerrin Estates unveils Prestigious Mountain-Top Property 2016-11-21T21:30:00Z benwerrin-estates-unveils-prestigious-mountain-top-property Benwerrin Estates, specialist in luxury property management, is proud to unveil their new mountain-top property, Mountain Magic at Pacific Palms. Boasting 180° panoramic views of Wallis Lake and surrounding Pacific Ocean coastal beaches, Mountain Magic stands alone as the most unique property in the Myall Lakes area.    Situated on top of the mountain at Smiths Lake, this 1970’s iconic homestead is surrounded by 350 acres of lush rainforest with breathtaking views from every room in the house over Wallis Lake and Forster. It is a feast for the eyes and the soul, offering a complete disconnect from modern life in a natural wonderland setting.   “The property has recently undergone a major refurbishment to guarantee a satisfying and comfortable stay for every guest,” says Andrew Southwell, Director of Benwerrin Estates. “It’s everything you love about a 1970’s architectural gem with all the modern touches that life now affords, in a completely private and unique location. The entire property was designed to maximise what is an iconic and breathtaking view of the entire region.”   The refurbishment has seen an addition of new beds, furniture, art, Wi-Fi Internet, Foxtel, two large ultra HD Sony TVs, Sonos sound system throughout, automated lighting and an outdoor swim spa, positioning Mountain Magic as the most luxurious holiday home in the coastal town of Pacific Palms.   Boasting four bedrooms with 1200TC linen, a fully appointed kitchen and laundry, large living area, media nook, separate dining for up to 10 people and undercover parking for four vehicles, relax and unwind amongst the mountain tops of this extremely private home.   All four bedrooms have king size beds with two bedrooms being able to be split into two singles for a twin share option. The house also has a queen sofa bed in the media nook.   About 3.5 hours north of Sydney CBD, Myall Lakes National Park is home to one of the state’s largest coastal lake systems comprising of incredible waterways such as Wallis and Smiths Lakes. Get away from it all and indulge in canoeing, kayaking, boating, fishing, whale watching or just take a walk and be at one with nature. With over 40 kms of beaches at your doorstep including great swimming and surfing spots, there is something for everyone.   To celebrate the new availability of Mountain Magic, Benwerrin Estates is offering an exclusive introductory rate with a massive saving of up to $1,000* per stay for guests to experience this unique mountain-top property.  Mountain Magic at Pacific Palms Introductory Package 5-night luxurious staycation $9,000* per stay Save up to $1,000* per stay   Leave all the hustle and bustle in the city and escape to this mountain-top paradise in the picturesque Pacific Palms. Brace yourself for some epic beach hopping, get your phone ready for numerous Instagram-perfect moments amidst the lush surrounds of Myall Lakes National Park, or simply relax at the private swim spa before having a barbecue with your loved ones, all whilst enjoying the breathtaking sunset from the top of the mountain.   Take advantage of this one-time only launch rate offer and book your ultimate coastal getaway now from only $9,000* per stay. Price includes 5 nights of accommodation at Mountain Magic at Pacific Palms, undercover parking for four vehicles, and full use of all the property’s facilities including kitchen, laundry and the outdoor swim spa.   Offer available from now to 16 Dec 2016 for all bookings confirmed with 25% deposit unless sold out prior. Valid for stay until June 2017. *Terms and conditions apply.   Visit http://benwerrinestates.com.au    For media enquiries, contact: Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry or Yvonne Kong M: +61 418 262 282 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com or yvonne@holysmokeagency.com Introducing CoziGo - Sleep on the Go (formally Fly Babee) 2016-11-16T02:10:34Z introducing-cozigo-sleep-on-the-go-formally-fly-babee The Award Winning Fly Babee - Travel Made Easy was launched in Australia and was so successful that we're already going global. We've decided to time our international expansion with a name change. Fly Babee isn't just for flying - it's universal to every stroller. So we'd like to introduce you to CoziGo - Sleep on the Go! Emma Lovell, Creator and Director at Fly Babee states: "Fly Babee is going global and we have decided to time our expansion with a new name!" New features 2 way zippers for even more flexibility 2 hidden Velcro slits so that Cozi-Go will fit on even more airline bassinets www.cozigo.com www.flybabee.com Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Joy Jump Inflatables Launches Sales outlets in the United States and Australia 2016-11-15T06:06:03Z joy-jump-inflatables-launches-sales-outlets-in-the-united-states-and-australia New study shows more than 50 percent of party hirers around the globe. Surveyed identified bad quality with scams when they goes for cheaper jumping castles and inflatable water slides and end up with loosing most of the money they invested and 30 % are in a risk of loosing law suit due to improper standards of the inflatables, but only 18 percent admit to be alright with the products but most of them paid heaps of dollars for the products.As Joy Jump goes on sale in Australia and USA buyers has high hopes this will end their long search for reliable high quality supplier who will give them more value for the money they invest . Joy Jump has conducted a survey and results showing the surprising ways how the jumping castles and inflatable water slides have become a part of the fabric of parties and special events. One of the most important point illustrated by the survey is that 40 percent of all kids birthday parties and 60 percent of special events never ends up without at least small injury or accident. Joy Jump is challenging party renters and special event planers to get a grip on their purchasing plans and go for the world class quality with the best affordable prices with long lasting warranty for every product.Although kids love inflatables such as jumping castles and inflatable water slides, there is growing annoyance with the bad designs which are not up to international quality standards which the design it self causes injuries and accidents .Relatively few have admitted they check on the quality . Yet Most adults indicate they would definitely hire a jumping castle or a water slide for the kids party and not cautious of the injuries and seeks the documented quality certificates of the jumping castles , but this scale is becoming balanced by the time goes by and most adults are cautious about the quality .Most of the local governments are very strict on the products quality and seeks for certifications of the quality standards before approving any inflatable product to be hired fifty percent of party hirers and special event planers have admitted that they would definitely go for new supplier for various reasons but most common reasons are the quality ad very high price they need to pay for a relatively inexpensive product the simple reason is the standards those manufacturers maintain .The joy jump Australian quality inflatables offer a different kind of experience designed to get buyers in, out and back to moving business with world class quality with Australian and USA standards with affordable prices comparatively 1/3 rd of the normal price you pay for the same quality. With high quality and high durability joy jump makes the customers earn more than 1000 percent of their investment and slowly gaining the customers attention to the brand of joy jump as a reliable partner in their business. Parents and Time Poor People will rejoice as 'Your Party Planner in a Box' ticks one stress off your list 2016-10-20T01:47:39Z parents-and-time-poor-people-will-rejoice-as-your-party-planner-in-a-box-ticks-one-stress-off-your-list 20th October 2016, Sydney, Australia, Husband and wife entrepreneurs, Lel and Khai Ngo, are both event enthusiasts who enjoy celebrating life. The co-founders of The Kit Source want to take the hassle and stress out of celebration planning. The duo source, curate and package bespoke, beautifully themed party supplies and deliver them directly to your door. Every theme is carefully styled and assembled. All the party organiser has to do is unpack and enjoy the party. The lightbulb moment struck whilst the couple travelled in California. Lel Ngo explains: “The idea was inspired by the popularity of subscription boxes and the availability of DIY kits for just about anything.” The couple’s entrepreneurial friendship circle encouraged and motivated them to take the leap and launch their dream business. The main aim is to simplify party planning and to take the stress out of styling. The Kit Source is perfect for busy mums who simply don't have the time to style a beautiful party, let alone wade through the thousands of products available at party stores or dollar stores (especially if they have kids in tow). Khai Ngo says: “No one else does party kits like we do! Lel draws upon her events experience (and her interest in interior design and decorating) to curate classy and stylish party ware into unique themes. All of the themes/combinations are her own.” “Our 'direct' competition are those tacky, licensed 'party packs' available that have the same busy pattern on every item. We're strongly against this - it's over the top and not thought out. No one else styles all-inclusive kits. We also believe in quality at a good price.” The complete party kit includes the Party Kit which is available in Petite, Regular and Large plus the Decorator Kit. The kits can also be purchased separately. Boys can celebrate with Superhero Party Kits, Safari Party Kits and Dinosaur Party Kits. Girls can opt for gorgeous, bright designs such as the Fluro Party Kit and the Candy Coloured Party Kit. There are bespoke party kits for baby showers, high tea parties, glamourous parties, outdoor picnic parties and even environmentally friendly parties. Decorator kits make the party planning process simple and elegant. Each kit includes decorations such as hanging garlands, honeycomb balls, table covers, cake decorations, candles and party balloons. The stunningly coordinated party kits and decorator kits will definitely make a celebration professional, memorable and most of all hassle free and simple. Check out the gorgeous website where you can browse party kits and decor for boys, girls, kids and adults. www.thekitsource.com.au -ENDS- Media Contact: Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com A couple's start up story and tips... 2016-10-20T01:35:54Z a-couple-s-start-up-story-and-tips Party Planner in a Box: The Kit Source Start Up Success Story A ‘couples’ start up story 20th October 2016, Sydney, Australia, Husband and wife entrepreneurs, Lel and Khai Ngo, are both event enthusiasts who enjoy celebrating life. The co-founders of The Kit Source want to take the hassle andstress out of celebration planning. The duo source, curate and package bespoke, beautifully themed party supplies and deliver them directly to your door. Every theme is carefully styled and assembled. All the party organiser has to do is unpack and enjoy the party. They share their unique start and start up tips: It’s about embracing change... In mid-2013. we both lost a little motivation with our jobs and decided we needed a challenge. Khai was keen to study again and I planned to start a career as a freelance event consultant, so moving overseas would be the perfect way to get a new perspective and start afresh. We considered a few locations (even the Netherlands - I have a Dutch passport), but as we'd both traveled to the States before, and fallen in love with San Francisco, an international program at Berkeley - just outside San Francisco - fit the bill. One afternoon in February 2014, after being in Berkeley for a month, I was completing an assignment and had to find classy, themed party ware for a few hypothetical events. I realised that I loved putting together colour and pattern combinations (mood boards) for these different themes, and before I knew it, I was off Googling whether Party Kits existed - all I could find were 'packs' with the exact same tacky image on each item - a lazy and tacky approach in my eyes. It’s about finding the gap…. That afternoon, when Khai walked in the door to our tiny, dingy college-town apartment, I told him about the apparent gap in the market and, without really thinking about it, joked that we should fill it by opening an online store that curates party supplies into kits. Khai, inspired by his Entrepreneurship subject, pulled out an article on writing a Lean Canvas and said they'd complete it the next day. That next afternoon, they planned the entire business out in about four hours, and were so tired from all the idea generation that they couldn't discuss it again for weeks! Lel then began researching shopping cart platforms, suppliers and the market, and listened to hundreds of podcasts such as eCommerceFuel and My Wife Quit Her Job. Needless to say, the event consultant idea was forgotten about! It’s About Inspiration... At this point, the 'Start-Up' scene hadn't quite hit Sydney to the level it has now - it was something that was born in the Bay Area (SF, Silicon Valley). Not only this, but we were exposed to SO MANY new ways of doing things, especially online or via App - Uber was already deeply ingrained in society, food delivery services were huge, Meetup groups were everywhere... we experienced a lot of new services that were completely different (and more efficient) than the things back home. I decided to follow creative pursuits while setting up my consultancy - studying event and wedding design (online) and floristry at the San Francisco School of Floral Design. During these courses I realised that I desperately needed creativity to be at the core of my career, no matter how successful I was as an event coordinator. When the idea of an online store struck, it was like I found my calling! There was a lot of logistical and organisational tasks, but I could design the website, take all of the photos, and most importantly curate the Party Kits! It’s about excitement, suspense and passion… Mostly beauty, fashion and food subscription boxes inspired us. It was the 'unboxing' of a curated collection of products that really inspired me. As a passionate online shopper, I find it so exciting and suspenseful opening up a box and pulling things out, item by item. I've grown up using Apple products, where packaging and unboxing is so well constructed and purposeful. One day I hope to recreate that sort of experience with our Kits. It’s about like-minded, positive people Khai's Diploma was only for international students, so our friends were from Brazil, France, Spain, Japan, Germany, Argentina, India... they were all at a similar stage in their life - postgrad study to upskill and start something new. Almost every one of our friends had a business idea, or planned to stay in the US to work in a start up... we were surrounded by people who had such a passion for change; they were excited about business and life (sadly this wasn't the case for a number of our friends back home). This meant that when we returned to Australia, our friendship circle changed; we'd realised that being around like-minded and passionate people would keep us motivated. It’s about learning who your target audience is and adapting.. When we started, I actually wanted to focus on the 'young corporates with disposable income' market - I was basically creating the product for myself. After some time on the market and seeing who our customers and followers were, we realised that this wasn't really the market that needed our help - it was the mums who were time poor, that felt the pressure to live up to their fellow mum's expectations. I really enjoy catering for the Mum’s market, they're really grateful for all the assistance and time saving! It’s about being true to creativity and intuition... I usually find one item that is the jumping off point for a kit - as much as I should research upcoming trends, I tend to come across things I love and ideas snowball from there. One of my favourite Kits, the Black and White Party Kit, was inspired by patterned carpet in a hotel we stayed at in 2009. My ideas truly come from anywhere, and I guess that makes it hard to imitate what we do. I'm more about creating timeless products than keeping up with whatever fleeting trend other stores might be pushing. It’s about collaboration… Khai and I have very complimentary skill sets. To put it simply, I'm about form, and he's about function. I love the design side of things, whereas he's very analytical. He's a very successful business manager - handling all of the financial, operational and logistical aspects that I simply don't have an interest in. This isn't to say he isn't creative though, some of our most random (and successful) products or marketing efforts have come from his creativity in problem solving. It’s about quality and honesty.. My main benchmark for quality is "If I won't use it myself, I won't offer it to our customers". Have you ever attended a party and tried to cut your food on a flimsy white plate with bendy cutlery? It's awkward and frustrating - we even filmed a plate test to show how we focus on quality! https://vimeo.com/158722753 In addition to this, Khai and I have taken it upon ourselves to learn as much as we possibly can. Khai's learnt the basics of html, css and SEO; I've upskilled in graphic design programs, photography. One day we'd like to outsource these sorts of things, but it's best we learn what we can first so we don't get 'screwed over' later (I've heard too many horror stories about entrepreneurs paying thousands in SEO a month, with no results!). It’s about celebrating life... I was always on the fringe of the event industry, but when we began The Kit Source I became really involved and interested in what other party stores, stylists, cake makers, etc. we’re doing. It was then I realised that throwing parties should be simple. I was no longer just interested in coordinating party items and selling them in kits, I wanted to simplify party planning and show people that less is more. I vividly remember parties from my childhood, with home-made cakes and silly games - it wasn't about expensive decorators or how much my parents invested, it was about the memories - it's cliché but it's true! If we can get people who are hesitant about throwing a party because of time restraints (or perceived lack of creativity), to grab a kit and celebrate, then we'll be pretty happy no matter the occasion. -ENDS- Lel Brassel Ngo / Co-Founder and Curator lel@thekitsource.com The Kit Source http://www.thekitsource.com.au Media Contact: Candice Meisels Candice@candicepr.com Lawson and Lovell Building Services Celebrate Success at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards 2016-10-18T11:06:56Z lawson-and-lovell-building-services-celebrate-success-at-the-2016-hia-csr-nsw-housing-and-kitchen-bathroom-awards Lawson and Lovell Building Services celebrated their success at the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards on Saturday night. The Curl Curl based company won the HIA NSW Custom Built Home $1million - $2.5 Million partnered by Smeg Australia for their project at Mosman. Judges said, “This is a beautifully designed home showing great attention to detail throughout. The house shows brilliant workmanship and construction with a seamless design with simple & modern finishes showing the difficulty in construction.” Congratulating Lawson and Lovell Building Services on such an outstanding achievement, HIA Executive Director - NSW, David Bare, said the awards recognise excellence in housing innovation, material selection, design, construction and services to the NSW residential building industry. “HIA is committed to recognising the outstanding achievements of our members. It is encouraging to see that support and commitment to excellence for these awards has yet again been remarkable. Each year a high calibre of entries is presented, reflecting the exceptional standard HIA members place on workmanship, innovation and design thereby raising the bar and making the judging all the more difficult.” “Major winners tonight can look forward to progressing to HIA’s national awards next year and we wish them every success.” The awards were held in front of a sell-out audience at The Star. Special guests included HIA’s National President, Ross Lang; HIA’s Managing Director, Shane Goodwin; HIA’s NSW President, Cathy Inglis; and Paul Manks, Regional General Manager, CSR Lightweight Products. The MC for the evening was comedian Shane Bourne. To open the evening, there was a performance by Takoiz and following the awards presentation, guests were entertained by the Groove Academy. The Association’s awards were a tremendous display of the housing industry’s capacity, innovation and resilience in a very busy NSW residential market. The Housing Industry Association (HIA) is the leading industry association in the Australian residential building sector, supporting the businesses and interests of builders, contractors, manufacturers, suppliers, building professionals and business partners. For further information contact: David Bare, HIA Executive Director, NSW – 0418 924 127 Lisa Harris, HIA Communications Executive - 9978 3326 Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Lawson and Lovell make the Final Four in Two Categories in the 2016 HIA-CSR Awards 2016-10-14T03:10:52Z lawson-and-lovell-make-the-final-four-in-two-categories-in-the-2016-hia-csr-awards Media Alert 14th October 2016, Sydney, Australia, Northern Beaches based building team, Lawson and Lovell have been successfully judged as finalists in the 2016 HIA-CSR NSW Housing and Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. Lawson and Lovell have been nominated as finalists for the following categories: Custom Built Home $1million - $2.5 Million For the project at 10 Kiora Avenue Mosman 2088 Custom Built Home $600,001 - $1 million
 For the project at 83 Queenscliff Road Queenscliff 2096 Phil Lovell states: “It’s an absolute honour to be a finalist in this year’s HIA awards in 2 categories. The quality of the projects entered in NSW is amazing. To make the final 4 is something that I’m immensely proud of.” John and Phil love to think outside the square. That’s why architectural building has appealed to them and drives their passion for building. They thrive on the challenge of taking a difficult concept and working together with architects, engineers and clients in order to deliver beautiful homes. John Lawson says: “"Lawson and Lovell would not be where it is today without the support and trust Phil and I have developed over the years as business partners.We are both motivated to reaching greater heights in the building industry and are committed to upholding a professional, highly respected name in the industry". The Awards take place on Saturday 15 October 2016 at The STAR, Pyrmont. *** For high resolution photos of Lawson and Lovell's work or for interviews, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels PR candice@candicepr.com About Lawson and Lovell: Lawson & Lovell Building Services, a certified member of the Housing Industry Association, specialise in premium quality building works. Our high standards have gained us a reputation as builder’s of choice on the Northern Beaches and North Shore of Sydney. Our 10 years of experience and team of skilled & reliable tradespersons ensure we provide high quality, yet affordable renovations, additions & complete re-builds that are customised to our client’s needs. We have a commitment to great customer service that is on time and within budget. http://www.northernbeachesbuilders.com.au/ https://www.instagram.com/lawsonandlovell/ https://www.facebook.com/LawsonandLovell/ Pot Plant Trends 2016-09-22T11:38:45Z pot-plant-trends My client Lyndall Keating from Garden Society, Sydney, is a qualified horticulturist with a Bachelor of Horticultural Science. As one of Sydney’s leading horticulturists, her plant knowledge and passion is much sought after. She brings over two decades of plant knowledge, design creativity and experience in maintaining some of the world’s most beautiful gardens, with numerous industry awards as recognition. Lyndall is a member of the Australian Institute of Horticulture and the Horticulture Society. If you would like to use some of Lyndall's stunning high resolution photos of pot plant trends. www.gardensociety.com.au Thanks, Candice candice@candicepr.com Spring Clean your Garden 2016-09-21T23:06:59Z spring-clean-your-garden Spring is the best time to give your plants a head start for the new growing season. A little tender loving care and time invested now will maximise plant growth and make your garden more manageable during the Summer months. Lyndall Keating from Garden Society, Sydney, shares her tips: Feed your garden Plants do most of their growing in the months leading up to Summer. By boosting the soil's nutrient content, you can assist them throughout this period by giving them what they need to really thrive. The best way to give your garden a Spring boost is to: Add a soil fertiliser such as a 'dynamic lifter' or 'blood and bone'; Add a lawn fertiliser such as 'weed and feed'. Note: Take care to check the product is specific to suit the species of your lawn; Apply liquid fertiliser to plants in pots such as 'liquid seaweed'. Protect your soil The winter weather can often wash away the top layer of mulch from your soil, so this is the time to reapply it. Benefits of mulch are: It helps to retain moisture in the soil; It suppresses weeds for longer; It encourages micro activity which boosts nutrients. The type of mulch you need depends on the plants, but recycled wood chip (such as forest fines) will suit most gardens. September and October are the best months to boost your garden’s health and vitality. For photos, article requests or Q&A's about garden design, garden care, outdoor room design and plant choice, please contact Candice. Media Contact: Candice Meisels candice@candicepr.com Garden Society: www.gardensociety.com.au