Whenever you think of your happy place do you envision your nice cosy bed with fresh Egyptian cotton sheets, no children lying on your head and no alarm telling you it’s time to get up?, or watching the sunset over the ocean on a warm balmy evening?, or even spending an afternoon at your local day spa enjoying a massage and a facial?. All of these choices sound like heaven to me, but if I’m to be perfectly honest with myself, my happy place is Kmart. I absolutely love it. Where else can you shop on a budget, whilst wearing your most comfy pair of trackies and thongs (also known as flip flops in other countries) or moccasins (depending on the season). Where else can you decorate your home tastefully, buy nice clothes, books, DVDs and the options for gifts is endless. I am obsessed with giving hampers as gifts and Kmart is my one stop shop. From the kid’s stationery packs, arts and crafts, diaries, slippers, photo frames, chocolate, make up and the list goes on. It was at Kmart where my love of Mason Jars was born and very quickly grew to include milk bottles, cork top glass containers and pretty much any kind of cute glass jar. I’ve been known to give many a gift in a mason jar. A Pedi In A Jar: all items purchased from Kmart. Craft In A Jar which is a Mason Jar filled with Arts and Crafts items, Mason Jar decorated with a cute gift tag and filled with chocolates.
I love wandering around checking out what other people have in their trolleys. I’m a member of all the Kmart Hacks, Kmart Mums pages on Facebook so after I’ve scanned the prospective purchases in someone’s trolley, I’ll then try and work out if they are trying one of the latest hacks that’s appeared on the pages or if they are indeed a member of these pages. I bet they are. If you are creative, the possibilities are endless as to what you can hack. I especially love the laundry hacks with the drink dispensers holding the washing powder and other paraphernalia, who cares if the powder gets jammed mid pour, the laundry looks fricken awesome. Just lift the lid and scoop it out the top. I also love the coffee stations that people are doing with the white shelves, canisters and bright mugs, they look amazing. My all-time favourite styling ‘hack’ at the moment, is matching cushions to fake flowers in vases for lounge rooms and bedrooms. Now that takes time and dedication. The majority of them look amazing, you do get a few doozies here but everyone is so lovely with their feedback and constructive criticism. Everyone always makes such lovely positive comments regardless of if it’s a plus sized girl trying on bathers or someone styling their front hall table. You can tell the people who have done this well have taken their time and done their research. I went to Kmart today and there were two ladies studying the fake flowers and comparing them against cushions. They were laughing and having a ball. I felt so happy for them. So much fun to be had at Kmart. Before my husband and I got married and had kids, we used to spend most Saturday nights at Kmart. We used to look at all the homewares, manchester and style rooms in our heads. Now that the four darlings have come along, another great thing is that you can take your kids and no one gives a shit when one of your three year olds starts screaming her guts out or a 7 year old starts singing at the top of (his) lungs with the sole intention of pissing me off. Everyone just turns a blind eye.
Today’s trip to Kmart was all about cheap clothes for child care for the 3-year olds and it soon got out of hand and became about shoes and clothes for the older two and Mother’s Day for me. I picked out a beautiful plush robe, a pair of PJs, my (favourite) daughter (I don’t have favourites!!!) picked me a coffee mug telling me I’m the best mum in the world and I picked out some DVD’s, one being Pitch Perfect 3. I’m not allowed to have my dressing gown or PJs until next Sunday but I am being given permission to watch Pitch Perfect 3 tonight whilst drinking Moscato out of my new coffee mug. What better way to top off an already awesome day!!!.