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Get your spook on

Posted on 22 October 2018
Get your spook on

Celebrate Halloween early at Su Jus Bar on Saturday 27th October with live music and prizes.

Spend $8 or more in one transaction for your chance to participate in the ultimate trick or treat in store!

Don't miss:

  • Live music from 11am to 1pm
  • Prizes for best dressed
  • Aussie vs Cuban food challenge (winner gets $100 cash and a t-shirt)

Get your best costume on and head on down to Su Jus Bar where the parties are always a fun time!

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Join us for some spookily good fun

Posted on 8 October 2018
Join us for some spookily good fun

This Halloween, we invite all Pialba Place Kids Club members to our skeleton craft workshops. You'll receive a skeleton to assemble, decorate and take home to hang up for Halloween night!

If you're not a Kids Club member yet, you can join now by clicking here or come along and join on the day. It's free and easy!

Date: Wednesday 31st October
Time: 3pm to 5pm
Place: Near the playground

We hope to see you there for a spookily good time! Bookings not required. Skeletons limited to the first 100 participants on the day.

 

A Room Makeover to Remember

Posted on 19 September 2018
A Room Makeover to Remember

With shows like "The Block", "Selling Houses" and "60-Minute Makeover" taking over television screens it's hard not to get caught up in the whole 'makeover your home fever'. You're probably feeling inspired and wondering where to start. We suggest... your child's bedroom.  

Planning your child's bedroom can be a lot of fun and a good way to ease yourself into a home makeover. A bonus is that a fresh new space encourages your child to keep their room tidy. Winning!

Here's what you need to do...

1. Understand why it needs a makeover

What's your reason for decorating your child's room other than the fact we just told you to? Is it because they are getting older and they've outgrown their current decor? Is it because you currently have no storage and you need more? Do you need to make space for a desk for doing homework? Do you need more space for play? Figuring out the reasons behind your desire for change will help you plan the room as a whole.

2. Learn what's of value

A good way to get to know what's important to your child is to get them to give you a tour of their room. They might think you've gone mad, but trust us, it helps.  

Ask your child to give you (in as much detail) a description of their room. With a pen and paper in hand list the things they describe. Ask questions about what they point out such as "how does this make you feel?" or "what do you like about it?". Anything that they don't mention you can safely say isn't that important. Time for it to go.

3. Consider the moving target

Kids need change because they themselves change a lot. Their style changes, their needs change, their routine changes. Having a room that will accommodate this should be a key goal. Flexibility is the key to a successful kid's bedroom makeover. Choose colours that stay age-appropriate, avoid minion wallpaper even though they LOVE the movies and invest in pieces that will move forward with your child.

4. Get clearing

Now you have a game plan it's time to take everything out of the room. Make four piles, one for the important stuff, one for the not so important stuff, one for charity and one for the bin. Make sure the piles are relatively balanced or the room will be just as chaotic as it was before.  

Seeing the size of your first two piles will give you an indication as to the kind of furniture you need. The important stuff needs to be in easy reach, whereas the not so important stuff should be hidden away (but still accessible). This should mean you'll need a range of shelves and storage.

5. Get shopping

Shops like Big W are ideal for transforming your child's bedroom. Big W is committed to quality merchandise and affordable pricing and the result is a stylish new room that doesn't break the bank. For coastal chic to contemporary glam and everything in between, pay a visit to Open House. Here you'll find all the latest homeware trends and home decorations from great Australian designers like Kelly Lane - perfect for quote boards. As for the little touches like mirrors, photo frames, artificial flowers and ornaments, Truckloads has you covered.

Time to style

DIY Faux panelling

DIY faux panelling instantly adds character to your boys room, giving depth to the space. You can install the look in squares or opt for uniform vertical slats. All it takes is some basic tools, some primer and paint and this video.

Wallpaper

A giant map makes great wallpaper for your little explorer's room. Not only does it get your child excited about the world around them but it will make geography homework easy too. If you're not loving the idea of a map, why not try adding rustic bricks or opt for a beach scene feature wall. Your little surfer would no doubt love a giant wave wall!

Pops of colour

A bold rug is a great way to add character to a room and it's not permanent. A rug allows you to keep the foundation neutral and mature the room as your child grows. The same goes for large posters. Pay a visit to Comics N Pop and pick yourself up some comic posters. There's a huge range in store and as your child's taste in comics and superheroes change, so too can the posters. Alternatively you could pick up a handful of comics and some frames from Truckloads.

Social aspect

A child's bedroom should be more than just a sleeping space. As they begin exploring their independence they want a room they can sleep, study and hang out with friends in. A daybed from Open House would be perfect for sitting and chatting with friends and can double up as a bed when friends sleepover.  

Layout is a big thing for kids, so consider how to incorporate a sleep area, a play area, and a study area. If the size of the room is an issue, get creative. 

Unique decor

Getting crafty not only provides some great and unique decor for your girl's room, it has the ability to boost self esteem too. Take your daughter along to a craft workshop at The Gift Bag Collective and learn what you can do. Talk to Rhonda about what you're trying to achieve for the space and see what she can help you with. Your daughter will love showing her new room off to friends if she's had a hand in the making of the decor!

Storage

Kids love collecting things and parents love hiding things. The more collectables on show, the more cluttered the room looks and the harder it is to keep tidy. Storage-friendly furniture - think baskets, boxes and buckets - is ideal for a boy's or girl's bedroom, giving plenty of space for all their things. You can pretty them up too with labels that match your paint colour. Check out the range of basket furniture at Open House.

Thinking of giving your kid's bedroom a makeover? Pop into Pialba Place today and start planning.

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What's your favourite brew

Posted on 19 September 2018

We want to ask you a question: what sort of coffee do you like?

Here at Pialba Place we love our coffee. It puts a spring in our step and adds a social element to the morning routine. As you can imagine, we're grateful to have such great coffee right on our doorstep.   Pialba Place and the neighbouring streets have lots to offer the average coffee lover. You can't go wrong when it comes to getting a good brew but there are a few things to consider. That's why we ask - what's your favourite kind of coffee?

Getting to know coffee

Australia has a unique coffee culture that's led to a recent boom in cafes roasting their own beans. That's great news - it means lots of deliciously fresh Australian-made coffee.   Australians take their coffee seriously and we're happy to put our stamp on the way coffee is served. It was us Aussies, in fact, that invented the "flat white", now one of the world's top coffee requests.   That said, our coffee choices are largely influenced by Italian-style drinks. On almost every cafe menu you'll find: 

  • Espresso/short black: a straight shot of coffee with nothing added.
  • Long black: a double shot of espresso added to hot water.
  • Cappuccino: a shot of espresso with a small amount of hot milk, topped with foamed milk and chocolate powder.
  • Flat white: a shot of espresso with slightly frothed hot milk.
  • Latte: similar to a flat white but with more frothed milk.
  • Macchiato: a shot of espresso with a small amount of foamed milk.
  • Mocha: a latte with cocoa powder added, giving it a chocolate flavour.
  • Ristretto: a shot of espresso that's stopped short (after about 10-15 seconds).
  • Piccolo: a ristretto with frothed milk, served in a small glass. A smaller version of the latte.

Knowing what you love

If you know what it is that you love about coffee you can set to work finding the right cafe/restaurant/bar/takeaway for you. We've done some investigating to start you off.

If you love Italian flavour...

Su Jus Bar serves up Piazza D'Oro Espresso as well as nourishing sandwiches, salads and raw desserts. Piazza D'Oro premium espresso blends have strong personalities and the brand is a popular choice among Australian baristas. It's farmed in a sustainable manner and consistently exceptional. Check it out next time you're in Pialba Place! From delicate to complex, to rich and full-bodied, Su Jus Bar serves up coffee for the serious coffee fan.

If you love the aroma...

If it's the aroma of coffee you can't get enough of, step inside CakeBakeBrew. An Independent and locally owned and operated bakehouse it combines the smell of freshly baked bread with the smell of freshly ground Wolff Coffee beans. Wolff Coffee Roasters are masters of the coffee craft and have been at the forefront of Australia's coffee industry for 30 years. Based in Brisbane, the beans don't get any fresher and this is evident in the aroma it produces.

If you love free donuts...

Donut World offers a free donut with every hot drink. Yippee! The donuts at Donut World are baked fresh daily and include cinnamon, custard cream, chocolate jam, jam and iced donuts. You can also grab a savoury bite with dim sims, potato scallops, garlic chicken balls, chiko rolls, dagwood dogs, hot chips and more. Prefer a sandwich with your coffee and donut? Donut World makes those fresh to order too!

If you love affogato...

Giovanni's Pizza Bar is a true taste of Italy. Giovanni graduated as a master chef from the Rome International Chef's School in 1989 and has cooked in Naples, Costa Rica and for stars such as Bruce Willis, Demi Moore and Sylvester Stallone. He also cooked at the famous Festival of Olives, where he took out the title of Best Italian Chef in Western Sydney.   Giovanni's is not just about good food though, it's also home to an incredible affogato. A decadent, soul-warming dessert it's a scoop of Giovanni's specialty ice cream "drowned" with a shot of hot espresso. Delicious.

If you love cold coffee...

An iced coffee you can get just about anywhere, but a nitrogen-infused coffee? Not so easy. Thankfully the trend that started in America is now at CakeBakeBrew courtesy of Wolff Coffee Roasters. Nitro Coffee is cold brewed, extracted, then infused with nitrogen under pressure. It's stored in a chilled keg and served as a draft on tap. Just like beer, it offers a foamy head and one glass is never enough. Try it as a Guinness-like coffee or enjoy the fruity flavours of nitrogen infused iced tea.

If you love flavoured coffee...

Mum's Charcoal Chicken is more than just homemade secret recipes and delicious charcoal flame grilled chicken. It's also a place to start your day with a bacon and egg roll and a flavoured coffee. Mum's Charcoal Chicken stocks 1883 syrups, which has more than 130 years of fragrant history. Pure, simple, intense and powerful, 1883 syrups are the only way to flavour your coffee. We recommend grabbing a vanilla or caramel latte with one of Mum's homemade cookies on the side.

It doesn't have to stop there...

Prefer to brew your own coffee? Slip into the pantry aisle at Coles and choose from the extensive range of make-at-home blends. Or, take it to the next step and pick up a coffee machine at Big W.

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School Holiday Fun with Reptiles

Posted on 11 September 2018

Your kids will love the SHOW PIT; an engaging and educational show featuring reptiles and insects!

The free presentations will feature venomous snakes and pythons, lizards and crocodiles. In between shows, the reptiles will all be on display!

Dates: Monday 1 to Saturday 6 October
Time: Display open from 9am to 4pm daily with presentations at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm.
Location: Next to the Massage House
See you there if you dare!

Display by: Reptile Education Safety Training Australia (RESTA)

Paid Photo Opportunites:

Using your own camera, phone device etc:

Small Python or Lizard - $5.00
Large Python, Goanna (at discretion of RESTA) or 1m Crocodile - $10.00
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