Category: LIFESTYLE

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A BED

WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN SHOPPING FOR A BED

Dear Clint, What should we look for when shopping for a bed?

It is estimated that the average person spends around 3000 hours a year in bed, so you’ll certainly want to make sure you are purchasing something you love.

Purchasing a bed comes in two steps; the bedframe and the mattress. Depending on your situation, you may just need to upgrade one of those two, or you may want something completely brand-new.

Bedframe

First, decide what size you are looking for; Single, Single Long, King Single, Double, Queen, King or Super King. Bedframes are available in a huge range of styles, materials and sizes, ranging from traditional to modern. You can also purchase bedroom suites which include a bedframe and matching furniture, making it easy to co-ordinate your décor.

Mattress

At Harvey Norman Bedding Mackay we specialise in Australian made mattresses. A comfortable mattress will help you get a good night’s sleep, so focus on comfort. Firmer or softer is not necessarily better; go for your own preference. Make sure it fits the size bedframe you have. Most importantly, test it out!

There is also the option of adjustable beds, which allow you to raise and lower the top of the bed to a position that suits you. Bunk and loft beds make a great space-saving option, especially for children. Make sure to get pillow and mattress protectors so you can ensure your bed stays hygienic and to protect your investment.

If desired, finish it off with a brand-new pillow, mattress topper for extra comfort and a brand-new set of sheets, and you’re set up for a great night’s sleep.

If you are looking for a new bed but overwhelmed by the choices or are struggling to find a bed perfect for you, drop by and see us at Harvey Norman, we would love to help you out.

Harvey Norman Bedding

a Cnr Heaths Rd & Bruce Hwy, Mackay
p 4951 8800

www.harveynorman.com.au

LUAU PARTY IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

LUAU PARTY IN TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND

The sun is shining, the mangoes are ripe and the kids are off school – it must be summer! When we’re not inside with the aircon on, we’re likely outside strolling by the beach, enjoying the warm weather or lounging by the pool with a glass of wine in hand. Whether it be for yourself and your friends or your kids, now is the perfect time for a luau party.

Fresh Nibbles

This is the time of year when all the best fruits are in season. Mango, pawpaw, watermelon… not only do they taste delicious, they are also super healthy and a tropical party isn’t complete without an array of summer fruits. Skewer them on sticks, serve them sliced or arrange them on a platter together with crackers, dips and nuts to graze on. If you want to take it to
the next level, serve some freshly-squeezed juice (try mango, orange and pineapple or apple, pineapple and mint) or fresh coconut water straight from the coconut. These are sure to be a hit with guests of all ages.

Dress to Impress

Time to get out the sundresses, sandals and sunnies. Keep cool but stylish with bright or floral-patterned clothing, made of breathable, comfortable material. Stick to a colour scheme of yellow, beige and white to match the warmth of the weather. It can get pretty scorching out there, so be sure to dress to suit the weather. After all, if it’s just too hot, you can always
move the party indoors to the comfort of your aircon.

Game Time

If you have little ones attending the party, keep them entertained with a game of pineapple bowling (using pineapples instead of pins), a more environmentally friendly sponge fight (with water-filled sponges instead of water balloons) or a scavenger hunt (can you find a dragonfly, a red flower and pair of sunnies?). When everyone’s all hot and sweaty, jump in the pool to cool off. A perfect day all-round.

COASTAL BEDROOM

COASTAL BEDROOM

Life’s better at the beach. It’s difficult to feel stressed when you have the sand between your toes, sun shining on your face and waves rolling onto the shore nearby. Bringing a piece of this peace into your bedroom will help turn it into a wonderful space for relaxation, even if you’re not physically at the beach.

Lovely Light

Close your eyes and imagine a beach. It’s probably bright, sunny and warm, isn’t it? Bring an element of this into your bedroom by getting some thin, light curtains to let in natural light. Not only does it give a bright, warm feeling to the room, sunlight is known to trigger the release of serotonin in your brain, which is associated with boosting your mood and helping you feel calm.

White and Green

Keep up with those calm vibes by sticking to a light colour scheme. Predominantly white colours go hand-in-hand with delicate touches of beige and light blue to create that seaside feeling. Add a bit of green here and there, and you’re on the right track to creating the bedroom of your beachside dreams.

Tropical Décor

Cover your bedroom in tropical decorations to instantly create some good vibes. Think framed pictures of palm trees and other lush greenery, trinkets in the shape of shells and other seaside things and a couple of plants never hurt anyone. Placing a comfy chair by the window can make for great Sunday afternoon reading sessions as you listen to the rustling of the leaves and the birds chirping outside.

10 ESSENTIAL TOYS FOR THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

10 ESSENTIAL TOYS FOR THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Summer is right on our doorstep, which means hotter days, no school, and bored kids. However, there’s no reason to stress; there are plenty of ways to enjoy the holidays in your very own backyard.

We’ve compiled a list of some awesome toys and games to help get the fun times started (hint: these would be awesome Christmas presents as well!).

1. Sunnylife Inflatable Moby Dick Whale Sprinkler

1. Sunnylife Inflatable Moby Dick Whale Sprinkler

This lovable blue friend will turn your backyard into a summer fun zone. Simply blow him up, place him over the sprinkler and run, slide and play. Buy it here.

2. Sunnylife Rainbow Stacking Tower Game

2. Sunnylife Rainbow Stacking Tower Game

How high can you stack the tower without it toppling, with each participant removing a block and placing it on top? You can now play it on a big scale with these brightly-coloured blocks. Buy it here.

3. Kids DIY Build & Play Construction Fort Kit

3. Kids DIY Build & Play Construction Fort Kit

Does your child love to build forts? They’ll discover endless fun with this kit. With a total of 72 pieces, they can build whatever their imagination comes up with – from igloos to castles and everything in between. Buy it here.

4. Sunnylife Avocado Pool Ring Beach Ball Float

4. Sunnylife Avocado Pool Ring Beach Ball Float

Simply remove the pit of this avocado floatie and now you have a floatie as well as a beach ball to play with. Buy it here.

5. World’s Smallest Kite

5. World’s Smallest Kite

Perfect for those days you feel like flying a kite, but don’t feel like lugging a big kite down to the park. These kites will fit in your pocket and work just as well as a big one. Buy it here.

6. Sunnylife Kids Rainbow Slip & Slide

6. Sunnylife Kids Rainbow Slip & Slide

Slide along cloud nine with this brightly coloured Slip & Slide. Simply roll it out, connect the hose and the kids will have hours of fun – there is even cool, refreshing water flowing from the rainbow. Buy it here.

7. Bug Catcher & Viewer

7. Bug Catcher & Viewer

Venture into the backyard and see what you can find. This Bug Catcher & Viewer allows kids to easily catch bugs and view them through a built-in magnifying glass, and you can release them just as easily. Buy it here.

8. Sunnylife Inflatable Flamingo Ring Toss Pool Game

8. Sunnylife Inflatable Flamingo Ring Toss Pool Game

Put a summery spin on the classic ring toss game. This Sunnylife Inflatable Flamingo Ring Toss game can be played in the pool, on the grass or even on your head. Buy it here.

9. Enormous Wooden Dominoes

9. Enormous Wooden Dominoes

These wooden dominoes will set you up for a HUGE amount of fun. The set includes 28 dominoes and full instructions. This is also great for kids learning to recognise and match up numbers. Buy it here.

10. Sunnylife Kids Crabby Paddle Pool

10. Sunnylife Kids Crabby Paddle Pool

No pool? No problem. This goofy-eyed inflatable crab pool is enough to keep your little ones cool on a warm day. It even offers shade along with a fun sprinkler function. Buy it here.

LOVING SUMMER LIVING

LOVING SUMMER LIVING

Summer is upon us, so it’s time to turn on the aircon, get the sun dresses out and prepare for days spent by the pool’s edge. While we may not experience a white Christmas up in North Queensland, putting our own tropical twist on it is just as awesome.

Let in the Light

Make good use of those sunny days by opening the curtains and letting the light in. Incorporating lighter colours all around the house will give the rooms a refreshed look. This is the perfect time of the year to relax on the patio with an iced tea (or glass of wine) in hand.

Tropical Boho Vibes

Summer and boho style go hand-in-hand. Incorporate this into the home by selecting some items with tassels (a basket or tote bag is great for storage), and a plant or two is never a bad idea.

Festive vibes

Put a twist on your Christmas decorations with a selection of Christmas tree ornaments in light colours such as mint green and dusty pink. They are simplistic yet elegant, and do a lovely job at bringing the festive spirit into the home.

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE CYCLONE SEASON

PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR THE CYCLONE SEASON

Dear Mitchell, how can we be prepared for the cyclone season?

In Queensland, our cyclone season runs from November until April. They usually form from “low” weather systems within the monsoon trough. They pose a serious threat to the community with high winds, torrential rain and flooding. While we don’t necessarily have a cyclone every year, it’s vital to be prepared.

Prepare food and water

Stock up on non-perishable foods (such as tinned vegetables and fish) and fill your water storage containers. Don’t forget a can opener and food for your pets too.

Prepare your home

Repair any loose tiles, eaves and screws on the roof and clean gutters and downpipes so water drains quickly. It’s also a good idea to invest in a chainsaw to trim trees and overhanging branches to minimise potential damage.

Prepare an emergency kit

Include essential hygiene items such as toilet paper, toothpaste and soap. You should also include a first aid kit and manual, cash, medication, rope, a torch, candles, and battery-powered radio with extra batteries. Keep a spare change of clothes for each family member.

It’s also a good idea to ensure your home, contents and car insurance are current and cover your assets adequately, and to keep emergency numbers close. Power outages are common, which is why we recommend looking into purchasing a generator for reliable energy supply.

At Porters Mitre 10, we’ve been assisting the Mackay & Whitsunday community for 136 years and are a one-stop-shop for all your home and hardware needs. If you’re unsure about what to purchase for your kit or how to ensure your home is ready in case of a severe storm, come in and see our mighty helpful team – we’d be more than happy to assist you in preparing your home for the cyclone season.

Fb Porters
www.porterscando.com.au