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Winter is coming. 10 toasty tips to get prepped.

It’s getting chilly, the wild weather is on its way, and spending the next three months wrapped in your blanket cocoon is looking like a great option. But if you have to emerge from bed and step out into the cold cold world of work, school, uni and everyday life, make sure you do it right. Get your winter game on and thaw out with these winning warmers …  

#1 ~ Keep your typing fingers frost free with touchpad gloves

Finally, you can use your phone or tablet device without getting frostbite! Normal gloves just don’t cut it when you need to urgently snapchat your bestie about what they’re missing out on RIGHT NOW. Don’t let the moment (or your phone) slip away. These touchpad gloves have screen-friendly soft-grip coated fingertips that mean your phone ninja skills will be just as good in winter as they are in summer. 

#2 ~ Heat yourself, not the house

Your secret cost-saving grace this winter, and also great to help heal sporting injuries! Tear yourself away from hugging the heater but stay super snuggly with pocket warmers and heat patches. With an average temperature above 50°C lasting 10+ hours, these self-contained heat packs will keep you snug even in the snow and are much more discreet than that hot water bottle you’ve been tempted to carry around. Just peel off the backing, stick the pack to the inside back of your winter coat and enjoy a cosy walk outdoors. Always follow instructions on the pack for optimum warmth and safety. Here’s how they work.

Not convinced? Check out what users have to say:

“Pocket warmer can really keep you super!”

“Warmth from a heat pack”

#3 ~ Keep winter sneezes at bay with cold-fighting tea 

Ginger tea has many health benefits however there are side effects and precautions to take. Read more here:http://www.newhealthguide.org/Ginger-Tea-Benefits.html 

Give yourself a hot pre-winter boost with antioxidant-packed tea. Green tea is especially good for you, and a squeeze of lemon will help flush out any toxins (perfect after a night on the town). We love the lemon squeeze-pourer that allows you to pour your fresh lemon juice into your tea instead of all over the kitchen bench, and its handy cap will allow you to keep your lemon fresh in the fridge longer.

Bonus tip: Stay hydrated with lukewarm water and a squeeze of lemon juice between teas.

And if the sniffles set in: Check out this epic tea recipe you can use to kick that cold to the curb. 

#4 ~ Don’t freeze your butt off this winter! Warm your tush! 

Cold seats and short skirts: you know the story. Colourful woolly short johns (just like long johns but mini) will keep you warm AND make sure your butt looks extra sassy in those Marilyn-Monroe-on-a-windy-street moments. Oh my!

#5 ~ Get your snuggle on with mini snuggle blankets

Take the edge off of winter chills, whether you’re at your desk, watching TV on the couch or cheering on the local footy players from the sidelines. Mini fleece snuggle blankets are 80cm x  60cm – small enough to squash into your bag and big enough to wrap around your knees to keep the chills away. Perfect for kids too. 

Bonus tip: Snuggle blankets are also just the right fit for pet beds, and your furry friend will love nuzzling into them.

#6 ~ Waterproof yourself with great value brollies from only $2.80

Step 1: Layer up your winter woollies.

Step 2: Wait for rain.

Step 3: Add a raincoat and umbrella to your look.

Step 4: Strut your stuff on the footpath like it’s the hottest runway this side of Paris. Own it!

#7 ~ Buy your boots half a size too big to make room for thick fuzzy socks

Keep your tootsies toasty all winter. Like newsreaders in Hawaiian shorts, there’s something cool, cute and rebellious about secretly wearing bed socks with your serious work clothes!   

#8 ~ Embrace soup season and share the love

A big batch of wintry soup is just the thing to make you feel hugged on the inside, but when you’re trying to slurp your way through it all over a week, your tastebuds will probably feel a little bored, right? Solution? Start a soup club at uni or work, where a group of you all make different soups, freeze them in batches and do a swap. DAISO has all the colourful soup paraphernalia you need to get the club started, right down to the office-friendly heat-keeper mugs for sipping your soup between filing and spreadsheets.

Bonus tip: If you’re in a rush and making soup for one, a cup of instant miso soup will warm you up fast and is packed with health benefits. 

#9 ~ Make like a squirrel and stock up on emergency hibernation food

That moment when you get home after a long day, you find the cupboard bare and you know you have to brave the cold outside to get to the supermarket before it shuts. Noooo! Stock up now on emergency supplies and your future self will thank your current self (or is that past self?) for your excellent planning. DAISO has noodles, soups (including miso), dried goods like mushrooms for bulking up your meals, and snacks to get you through the deep dark winter. Here are just a few of the things available.

Need quick Japanese recipe ideas? Hello gyoza, sushi and other delicious treats!!

Have you seen DAISO’s dumpling maker in action

#10 ~ Maintain your glow from top to toe with weekly pampering

Who doesn’t love luxurious pampering to look and feel amazing?! While winter layers help us forget about the finer details (yeti legs!), cold winter winds and indoor heating really dry out our skin … and then spring is suddenly on the doorstep wanting us to look our best moisturised selves for the racing season! Ugh! Get the jump on it all with some weekly winter maintenance. We put together a few tips for you during the spring racing carnival that you can revisit. And remember that charcoal does wonders

There’s no way we’re going to let winter rain on your parade! What are your Daiso winter secrets? Share them with us by hashtagging your social media pics with #MyDaisoWinterSecret . You can also post pics directly to us using @daisoaustraliaofficial .

Here’s to a cosy winter ahead!

xo

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The 4 most exciting words you’ll read today: Easter egg dessert dumplings!

Easter. Japan. Chocolate. Dumplings. WE LOVE THEM! So, in a stroke of genius at DAISO HQ, we put them all together to bring you a foodie marriage made in heaven: EASTER EGG DESSERT DUMPLINGS!

Taking Easter to a whole new level with Easter egg dessert dumplings!

If these dumplings aren’t the pinnacle of Japanese inspired Easter indulgence then we don’t know what is. These Japanese dumplings, or “gyozas” (pronounced GHEE-OH-ZAS), are super easy, fast and fun to make, and they will literally melt in your mouth. A few words of warning though: they are delightfully addictive, and eating too many may turn you into a gyoza, so remember to share them with friends and family over Easter.

INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED …

–light cooking oil (vegetable, sunflower and coconut are all good)

–water

–gyoza dumpling wrappers

–fruit of your choice (we tried strawberries and bananas)

–Easter eggs (we used Hilliers Easter eggs available at DAISO).

The kitchenware we used is also available at DAISO for only $2.80 a piece. The dumpling/gyoza press is an absolute must-have for this cooking project, and it will make your gyoza sculpting so much quicker and easier than doing it by hand!

Clockwise from top left: oil absorption paper, frying pan (not available in DAISO), bowl and spoon (may need multiple small bowls for ingredients), gyoza dumpling press, mini fruit and vegetable slicer with container.

Watch the dumpling process unfold or skip below the video for full instructions:

We garnished our Easter egg gyozas with fresh banana slices, DAISO banana chips in brown sugar, DAISO salted caramel Mallow Moment (NEW!) and sprinkled them with DAISO’s caramel cinnamon sugar (yes, we went all out on the sugary treats!). Plate, chopsticks, and scarf used as table runner are all available at DAISO.

HERE’S HOW TO PREPARE YOUR GYOZAS …

Step 1 ~ Prepare enough filling to fill however many gyozas you want to make - aim for about 4 slices of fruit and a mini Easter egg per gyoza (if you try to fit in more the gyoza wrapper might split). We used DAISO’s handy slicer with container to make sure our fruit was cut into super thin slices and could be stored easily.

Step 2 ~ Lay gyoza wrapper on the dumpling press and, using your fingertips, lightly press it down in the middle so that you have a dip in which to place your filling.

Step 3 ~ Place your filling in the centre of the gyoza skin. We used 4 or 5 thin slices of strawberry or banana and a mini Easter egg.

Step 4 ~ Dip your finger in the water and then run your finger around the edge of the gyoza wrapper. This will help the wrapper stick together so your filling doesn’t fall out.

Step 5 ~ Pull the handles of the gyoza press together firmly. Then pull them apart, remove your gyoza and set it aside.

Step 6 ~ If you prefer your gyozas to stand with their fanned edges up, stand them up this way on a flat surface and press them gently to create a base.

Step 7 ~ Repeat steps 2 to 7 until you have sculpted all your gyozas.

NOW TO GET COOKING! …

Cooking is a little trickier and you’ll need to really keep your eye on your gyozas to make sure they don’t burn on the high heat.

Step 1 ~ Make sure you have a plate ready for your cooked gyozas. We placed DAISO’s oil absorption papers on our plates to make sure our dumplings didn’t go soggy. Keep your jug of water nearby too.

Step 2 ~ Heat light cooking oil, like vegetable or coconut oil, in a frying pan over high heat until it begins to form tiny bubbles.

Step 3 ~ Place your dumplings in the pan until their bases are golden brown. If you’d like all sides of your dumplings golden and crispy, use kitchen tongs to turn them.

Step 4 ~ Once they’re all browned, pour over ¼ cup of water. The pan will sizzle and spit like crazy so be careful! Once the water evaporates your gyozas are ready.

Step 5 ~ Remove your gyozas from the pan and rest them on oil absorption paper for a minute.

Step 6 ~ Serve your gyozas on cute plates and garnish them with fruit, cinnamon sugar, nuts or chocolates of your choice.

You know the greatest thing about gyozas? You can put ANYTHING you like in them! Helloooo, world of sweet, delicious possibility! We also tried banana and nutella gyozas. Just like the strawberry-Easter-egg and banana-Easter-egg combos, these took us to our happy place.

We skipped the dipping sauce, but heat up a little Nutella in a dipping bowl and you’ll be in a chocolate gyoza dipping bliss daze in no time! Sweet gyozas are also amazing served with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.

More sweet filling suggestions for you to try:

~Sweet potato and crushed pecan (a maple syrup dipping sauce is dreamy with these!)

~Chilli spiced Nutella

~Easter egg and marshmallow (try a salted caramel sauce with this)

~Stewed apple and cinnamon (sprinkled with extra cinnamon sugar)

~Apple and blueberry (with hot peanut butter sauce)

~Fruit-mince (for Christmas) (these are wonderful with ice cream and brandy sauce)

~Chocolate and Walnut Gyoza (with Strawberry Balsamic Dipping Sauce)

There are so many possibilities!

We hope you have loads of fun trying out your own sweet gyoza experiments with our awesome gyoza press. Remember to Instagram or Facebook your mouthwatering successes with #daiso.

Good luck with your gyoza-ing!

xo

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9 housemates who drive you crazy. 11 DAISOlutions to keep you sane.

There are many kinds of housemates. The first is you: the perfect housemate (you know it!). Then there are others.

Whether your housies are family, friends or too-good-to-be-true randoms you’ve plucked off of an internet site, they probably all have some habits that’ll make you KERAZY! Nobody’s perfect, right (except for you)? So instead of hiding in your room posting out calls for help on Facebook, or staging a really awkward whole house intervention, why not prep your home with some gadgets to help everyone be as fantastic and considerate as you are.

We love solving your problems with awesome $2.80 solutions, so here are our Daisolutions to help out the housemates who just can’t seem to get it right.

#1 ~ The open bag bandit

When you go to find the soy sauce in the back of the cupboard and knock over a 2kg bag of rice your housie hasn’t bothered to re-seal …

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This battery-operated bag sealer works by pinching and melting the plastic to create a seal. It brings so much satisfaction to sealing a bag that they’ll want to use it EVERY SINGLE TIME they open something. They’ll even start opening things for fun, but that’s ok because they’re going to re-seal that baby right back up.

But what about the bags of coffee beans and your fancy muesli that cost a day’s pay and came in an artisan paper bag made by a spiritual guru? No sweat. Pegs work too. Check out these cute Mickey Mouse pegs and colourful bag clips – so bright and cheery, no paper bag will look complete without them.

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TIP: The date flower bag clip allows you to record when you opened the bag so you can make sure things haven’t been open for too long. 

#2 ~ The stove slopper

When you have to clean the oven *again* because your housie has let the pasta water boil over and your stovetop looks more like a gunky swamp of goop …

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Simmer down! We’re sure they didn’t do it deliberately. Pop this boil-over preventer (also called a pot-watcher) in the bottom of your pot of water, milk or soup before you start heating and it’ll stop your liquids boiling over. Wisegeek tells you how it works.

Tell everyone in the house how to use it, and leave it by the stove for easy access and a visual reminder. 


#3 ~ The garlic handler

When your housemate cooks an amazing meal packed with garlic and then touches the remote, the door handles, the tap handles and the icecream scoop with garlic hands …

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We love garlic, and we love housemates who cook with garlic, but only when they don’t make everything else in the house smell like garlic too. We’ll forgive them for the garlic breath, but keep one of these by the sink for them to wash the garlic smell off their hands. All they need to do is wash their hands with the soap (no detergent soap needed) under running water for 30 seconds and the garlic smell will be gone. Find out how it works at Huffpost.

TIP: Stainless steel soap also removes strong odours like onion, durian and fish.

#4 ~ The cheeky clothes borrower

When you discover deodorant stains in your favourite jacket, and you know they’re not yours (you use that invisible stuff) …

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Sure, you might’ve made an agreement in the early days that they could borrow your stuff whenever they liked – those were the days. But you draw the line at deodorant stains (and body odour is a big NO!). If they’re not going to dry-clean your clothes after borrowing them, take a preventative measure and stick some underarm sweat absorbers in. They’re just like the ones in this demonstration video but are $2.80.

#5 ~ The wishy washer

When your housemate has been really nice and done all your washing for you … with the towels … and your woollens are covered in lint balls …

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Ok, points for kindness and consideration even if they’re no domestic god or goddess. But what to do about the lint that’s making your clothes look old and shabby? This battery-operated lint remover will do the trick, and as you see those aggravating little balls of fuzz disappear, you’ll feel a satisfied calm wash over you. Thank your housemate and let them know how to use the lint remover for their clothes too.

#6 ~ The clothesline hog

(While we’re on the topic of washing) … When your housie decides to take up the whole washing line with their smalls …

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Seriously, do they really need ALL that room just for their undies? Who even has that many pairs?! Give yourself some line space by encouraging your housie to use one of these handy delicates dryers. It’ll take up one peg’s worth of space on the clothesline and can be brought in quickly and easily if it rains. 

#7 ~ The mid-tube squeezer

When you find the toothpaste squeezed from the middle of the tube … again … 

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And the tube of condensed milk?! Noooo! You might have to pick up a few of these if you have a serial mid-tube squeezer on your hands. Clip this tube roller to the end of the tube and turn the winder to squeeze out the toothpaste. No promises on this one, but your housie might enjoy this little gadget more than squeezing from the middle, and, if not, at least it will help you get to the very last drop of minty (or sugary) freshness.

#8 ~ The in-shower shedder

When you have to call the plumber again because the bottom of the shower is filling up like a bath …

 

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Long-haired housemates are often the prime suspects. Instead of launching into awkward conversations about hair loss, just protect your drains with some drain catchers. Remember to encourage everyone to clean them after they’ve had a shower or bath, and enjoy a plumber-free house-sharing experience.

TIP: Use a drain catcher in the kitchen to stop food remnants from catching in the drain and causing unpleasant odours. 

#9 ~ The canoodler

When you feel like an intruder  walking into your loungeroom because your housemate is always in there canoodling on the couch with their boyfriend or girlfriend …

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Watch video of iPhone Trumpet Speaker in action

Keep one of these on hand for those times when you want to clear the room and have a good laugh. Cue up some cheesy saxaphone music on your phone, place your phone in the speaker and hit play.

TIP: If you don’t have a sound system to play your music, this will also help you drown out the giggles coming from the other rooms.


When your housemate’s annoying habits give you a reason to pick up really cool things that’ll make your life easier, living with them doesn’t seem so bad afterall. 
And if you’ve discovered you’re a stove slopper, shower shedder, mid-tube squeezer, garlic handler then maybe you could do with some of these gadgets just for you. We hope they give you that extra little bit of domestic bliss you deserve.

Good luck!

xo

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With 3,500 stores worldwide Daiso is a retail powerhouse and a household name throughout much of Asia. Daiso Industries (Australia) is the official subsidiary of the Japanese owned brand and has opened 16 stores across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland with many more due to open over the coming year. Daiso’s Australian Head Office is located in Melbourne.  

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