Ryan the Negotiator Car Brokers


I didn’t know car brokers were a thing until recently at a family bbq when my uncle Ed said I should chat to Ryan the Negotiator. I’ve had this old bomb for years now my folks bought me and I haven’t really had the money or time to get anything a little more adult. He said it was time I thought about getting a new car and I gave him all the usual excuses.

That’s when he mentioned Ryan and explained what car brokers do; essentially get you the best possible deal on a quality new car without the hassle, for a small fee. I spoke to Ryan and we chatted about car options. He was really helpful with advice on reliability, quality and the best dealers and he managed to negotiate a price about $4000 cheaper than what they were asking. Well worth the $250.

Cash Loans Without the Hassle


I run a small business and we’ve only been around about a year now. We don’t yet have the sort of cash reserves I’d like but we will get there. In the meantime we’re living sort of hand to mouth and the problem is that while we have good revenue for where we’re at, we’re not always making money when we’re spending it.

When we need to pay bills and find ourselves a little short on cash we usually turn to The Personal Loan Store. It’s only ever for pretty small amounts and they keep the process really simple and fare so we can manage the bills without the stress. The personal loan store offer a great service for cash loans, keep their details on hand.

All Kinds of Professional Indemnity insurance in Australia with BRIC

I’m a tiler and back in Italy I never bothered with insurance. Professional indemnity insurance in Australia is a much more important thing because people are much more concerned with processes and doing things the right way. I definitely make better money here for my work and am really appreciated but when things go wrong, my clients expect heads to roll.


We keep those situations to an absolute minimum but the job is unpredictable and materials and staff are not always reliable. Your best insurance is quality training and exacting standards but not having professional indemnity insurance in Australia, to cover anything unexpected is just negligent. I have been using Bric since setting up the business in 2008 and I think they are great.

Sandals Online Fast

I love shoe shopping, even the online variety. I accept the compromise in romance for the convenience but I do hate waiting weeks and weeks for a pair of shoes. I had heard good things about Naturalizer so I decided to give them a whirl and I bought a pair of sandals online from them about a month ago.

I had the shoes in less than 10 days, which was less even than they had advised. I’ve got to say they are some of the best sandals I’ve owned and while I expected them to be comfortable, I was surprised by how great they look.


You can definitely go wrong buying shoes and sandals online but Naturalizer, in my experience is a pretty safe bet with a straightforward return policy if you need it.


Vehicle Inspections a Must

Before I do any big road journey I like to get a vehicle inspection, especially with my family on board as they invariably are. We love the open road, a bit of coastal camping… it’s our idea of the perfect getaway but only when things don’t go wrong. You can’t avoid every conceivable problem but you can be prepared and certainly minimize the likelihood of anything really nasty happening.


I like to get one of the mechanics from Ace Mobile around to look over the car and engine before we get going. It’s usually done in under an hour and they do vehicle inspections for pocket change. Despite that they are really thorough and they’ve caught some potential hazards that could have been really unpleasant. Worth every penny.

Ever heard of a green wall? No? Then read on…


Up until recently, we had a really great backyard. Vegie garden in one corner, garden beds in the other, and shrubs and hedges along every fence. Then, after years of pressure from my kids, I put in a big in-ground swimming pool and half the garden had to go. Don’t get me wrong, I love our new pool, too, but I do miss the garden and now there isn’t really enough space for another. I did a bit of research on vertical gardens, which I had heard of before, and I got in touch with a company by the name of O2 Plant Walls. They showed me a green wall that they’d designed and I loved it immediately. I ordered two of them on the spot and they’re coming out next week to install them on the rear wall of my house. They’re perfect for areas that have limited space as they take up next to no horizontal room at all. I chose a number of the same flowers and native shrubs that we had before, and they look even better this time up on the wall. If you miss you garden but don’t have room for a traditional one, invest in a green wall from O2 Plant Walls.

The most convenient moving boxes Melbourne has to offer


If you’re like me, you may leave things until the last minute. I’m moving house in a week, and until yesterday I didn’t have any moving boxes. I figured it’d be as easy as going to the local fruit shop and asking if he could spare a few cardboard boxes, but apparently not. First of all, none of them seemed to have lids – they were just open boxes. Secondly, they were all the same size which wasn’t very helpful for my smaller, more fragile items. See what happens when you leave things too late? Luckily my partner gave me a helpful suggestion (just don’t tell her I said so!) She told me to go down to Guardian Storage who’ve got a huge range of different sized packing and moving boxes. And she was right, they were perfect. I got some really big boxes for my books and CDS, a couple of smaller ones for kitchen utensils, and even narrower ones for all my prints and framed artwork. They even had specific boxes for wine bottles with specially-designed inserts – how cool is that? The guy at the fruit shop was a nice guy, but I’m afraid I’ll be sticking with Guardian Storage any time I need storage options. If you’re looking for moving boxes Melbourne wide, you’d be wise to do the same.

Easy to use retractable fly screens – no more bugs, no more flies


We’ve had a farm in the country for about 10 years now. I absolutely love life on the farm – it’s great to be outdoors all day and keeping busy. I couldn’t imagine anything else. One thing I could do without, though, is all the flies. We’ve got a lot of pigs and cattle on the farm and the flies are out of control. The house itself is often full of them which is no fun for me and my wife, and in the summer months it’s unbearable. We’d like to have the windows open from time to time but then it gets even worse if we do. I decided I’d install some fly screens – I’d avoided it in the past because they look unsightly but I found some retractable fly screens from Blockout Blinds that are practically invisible and easy to open and shut. Perfect. They came out to the house to measure everything up and gave me a quote before they left. I got a few more quotes from other companies but none of them even came close, so I got back in touch with Blockout Blinds and they installed everything the very next week. Now the flies stick to the pigs outside, and my new fly screens look great on the house.

Our Latest Golf Vacation

We just came home from two weeks of great food and great golf in China. We love to golf vacation because it’s a passion we both share and we always seem to meet the loveliest people at golf resorts. China is just the last word in golfing holidays because of its variety, great food and just how interesting the destination is culturally. Read the rest of this entry »

I Found Great Storage in Melbourne

I had to relocate to Brisbane for work but only for the year. My company were happy to find me a furnished apartment rather than have all my things relocated and then relocated back but I then had the problem of what to do with everything. I was going to keep a lot of stuff at my folks place but rather than inconvenience them, I had a look at storage options. Read the rest of this entry »