Monthly Archives: August 2017

The Easy Pull

It’s gadget time again! This one comes from Zyliss and it’s called the ‘Easy Pull.’ I’ve never used it before, it’s the first time, so I’m giving it a bit of a crack.

Cut the onion in half, take the lid off, just pop it in and give it an easy pull. As you can see though, it takes a few chops to get it working properly. The mob from Zyliss aren’t going to be too happy with me!

 

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Mango Peeler & Pipper

https://youtu.be/9p52qep1Tos I found this bloke when I was out shopping for a birthday present and thought it was fantastic. They're great if you're struggling for Mother's Day gift ideas, too. It's so simple to use, just put the mango straight ... [read more]

Spiral potato cutter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNpxPkB0mAE I've got a brand new gadget in the kitchen, which I saw a couple of years ago at the Easter Show and I absolutely love it. To use the spiral potato cutter, peel a normal potato, stick a skewer through ... [read more]

Living/Dining week, plus judging from anything but a bedroom week

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They’re doing living and dining room week, so it’s a big week cause it’s two rooms, and massive amounts of gyprock and all that sort of thing. And a few of them are upset about the ‘anything but a bedroom’ week because they were criticised for their size and things like that. But you know, I think that they were criticised rightly because they shouldn’t have taken so much space away.

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Challenge at Ronald McDonald House

Absolutely sensational, great cause. We love Ronald McDonald, in fact we’ve done a few things at the Ronald McDonald House in the past, and once again Jason and Sarah didn't manage their time or their budget, and incredibly they didn’t finish ... [read more]

Sarah & Jason strike problems with their budget

Well, I did an intervention on their budget because they were just ridiculous with their spending and they had no idea what they were doing, and they had no idea what they were spending, it was just stupid. You give them $250k— you ... [read more]

Challenge at Ronald McDonald House

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Absolutely sensational, great cause. We love Ronald McDonald, in fact we’ve done a few things at the Ronald McDonald House in the past, and once again Jason and Sarah didn’t manage their time or their budget, and incredibly they didn’t finish their room. And, you know, it’s for families with children with cancer, to make them feel better. Everyone took it really seriously and I was very annoyed that they didn’t finish their room.

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Challenge RMCH Josh & Elyse-32

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Challenge RMCH Ronnie & Georgia-41

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Challenge RMCH Sticks & Wombat-38

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Sarah & Jason strike problems with their budget

Well, I did an intervention on their budget because they were just ridiculous with their spending and they had no idea what they were doing, and they had no idea what they were spending, it was just stupid. You give them $250k— you ... [read more]

Anything but a bedroom week

Sticks and Wombat are in a bit of strife because they’ve used up their space for the ensuite and the walk-in-robe of their bedroom, and now they’re going to have a study that is so small that it’s going to look like a broom closet. In fact, ... [read more]

Sarah & Jason strike problems with their budget

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Well, I did an intervention on their budget because they were just ridiculous with their spending and they had no idea what they were doing, and they had no idea what they were spending, it was just stupid.

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You give them $250k— you’ve got 12 spaces to do, just divide it up and put a little bit more on the bathroom and a little bit more on the kitchen, you know, it seems pretty simple to me. Anyway, I wrote out a whole weekly plan for them and they still didn’t listen to me, and they just kept going the way they were so that was actually very annoying. Waste of my time. I did it three times for them—I gave more help to those people than I’ve given anybody else on The Block.

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Anything but a bedroom week

Sticks and Wombat are in a bit of strife because they’ve used up their space for the ensuite and the walk-in-robe of their bedroom, and now they’re going to have a study that is so small that it’s going to look like a broom closet. In fact, ... [read more]

First Challenge – Cubby Houses

Andy and Ben came back which is a bit of a punish for me cause they’re knuckleheads. And they came back and we had a lot of fun with that. And all the cubby houses have gotta go into the backyards so everybody’s gotta do a good job because th ... [read more]

Anything but a bedroom week

Wk1 Sticks & Wombat Working-10

Sticks and Wombat are in a bit of strife because they’ve used up their space for the ensuite and the walk-in-robe of their bedroom, and now they’re going to have a study that is so small that it’s going to look like a broom closet. In fact, it probably would have been better off being a giant walk-in linen cupboard instead of a study. But I’d definitely do that, or I’d maybe do a gentlemen’s whiskey room.

H5 RM2 Bedroom Josh & Elyse-03

And did any of the other couples’ struggle trying to think of a room to do that wasn’t a bedroom? Not really. Josh and Elyse also had a little bit of space issues cause they pinched a little bit of that room as well, for the bathroom and for that bedroom, and I think that was a mistake because other teams have now got a second lounge, which I think is pretty important.

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If I had a spare room to build at my place I would definitely turn it into an office/study, because I’ve got stuff all over the place and I’d really like to have a purpose-built study that’s got all the filing cabinets, shelving and books, and everything like that. And quite a big room, not a small room, that’s definitely what I’d do for ‘anything but a bedroom’.

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First Challenge – Cubby Houses

Andy and Ben came back which is a bit of a punish for me cause they’re knuckleheads. And they came back and we had a lot of fun with that. And all the cubby houses have gotta go into the backyards so everybody’s gotta do a good job because th ... [read more]

My favourite past Block bedrooms

I think the soap and candle factory—the ground floor apartments, they're my favourite because of their high ceilings—and the challenge apartment, the Terazzo wall that’s been left in there with the high ceilings, that’s my favourite. Also ... [read more]

First Challenge – Cubby Houses

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Andy and Ben came back which is a bit of a punish for me cause they’re knuckleheads. And they came back and we had a lot of fun with that. And all the cubby houses have gotta go into the backyards so everybody’s gotta do a good job because these cubby houses will be used to help sell the house!

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My favourite past Block bedrooms

I think the soap and candle factory—the ground floor apartments, they're my favourite because of their high ceilings—and the challenge apartment, the Terazzo wall that’s been left in there with the high ceilings, that’s my favourite. Also ... [read more]

Take a tour around the new set at The Block HQ

We’ve got the five houses as our logo on the side there, which are sort of like the Ettamogah pub where they’re stretched out and they’re fanning out the five houses. And we’ve created a streetscape basically, that’s what this block ... [read more]

My favourite past Block bedrooms

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I think the soap and candle factory—the ground floor apartments, they’re my favourite because of their high ceilings—and the challenge apartment, the Terazzo wall that’s been left in there with the high ceilings, that’s my favourite. Also, Kyle and Cara’s bedroom at Fans Vs Favourites, their master bedroom was amazing.

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Take a tour around the new set at The Block HQ

We’ve got the five houses as our logo on the side there, which are sort of like the Ettamogah pub where they’re stretched out and they’re fanning out the five houses. And we’ve created a streetscape basically, that’s what this block ... [read more]

The budgets are out of control

Well, Jason and Sarah spent a ridiculous amount, and so did Hannah and Clint, and just about most of the couples spent too much money—except for maybe Sticks and Wombat, their budget came in alright. But some of the contestants spent the most m ... [read more]

Take a tour around the new set at The Block HQ

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We’ve got the five houses as our logo on the side there, which are sort of like the Ettamogah pub where they’re stretched out and they’re fanning out the five houses.

And we’ve created a streetscape basically, that’s what this block is, it’s the street. And we’ve got a road in the middle, where the contestants stand on the crossing.

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We’ve got a bit of grass and curb and gutter, picket fences, and of course the big score board behind us which is just a big block building.

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And then we’ve got lots of memorabilia from past blocks. But I love the streetscape, we’ve built a street within our studio, it’s fantastic.

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The budgets are out of control

Well, Jason and Sarah spent a ridiculous amount, and so did Hannah and Clint, and just about most of the couples spent too much money—except for maybe Sticks and Wombat, their budget came in alright. But some of the contestants spent the most m ... [read more]

Hannah & Clint’s bathroom disaster

Well, they’ve gotta sack their tiler. The only chance they’ve got is if I contact Fabian and try and get him to come and have a look at it and see if it can be repaired. I contacted my good mates at Beaumont and they are throwing in all th ... [read more]

The budgets are out of control

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Well, Jason and Sarah spent a ridiculous amount, and so did Hannah and Clint, and just about most of the couples spent too much money—except for maybe Sticks and Wombat, their budget came in alright. But some of the contestants spent the most money ever spent on a bathroom, like ridiculous amounts— maybe a third of their budget.

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My favourite past Block bedrooms

I think the soap and candle factory—the ground floor apartments, they're my favourite because of their high ceilings—and the challenge apartment, the Terazzo wall that’s been left in there with the high ceilings, that’s my favourite. Also ... [read more]

Who is Alice Stolz?

Alice is the editor of Domain Magazine that goes into the papers, she is a real estate journalist, she knows the real estate market oh too well. She knows what the buyer’s looking for, she knows what buyer is in Elsternwick, and what the Elster ... [read more]