Vicks – For Every Cold Occasion

Vicks – For Every Cold Occasion

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
The ‘common cold’ is the most common human illness we face, with the average person suffering 200 colds over the course of their lifetime. This equates to around two to five colds per year for adults and seven to 10 for children. These cold occasions can result in a host symptoms including a cough, sore throat, blocked nose, excess mucus in airway, runny nose and sneezing, all of which take valuable energy, time and happiness from families across New Zealand.

For more than 100 years Vicks has provided efficacious cold and flu treatments which people trust, allowing families to get on with life, even on sick days. Headed by the iconic Vicks Vaporub, the Vicks range in NZ also includes:

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
Vicks Vaporub (RRP $16.75) – Trusted by families for generations, Vicks Vaporub includes active and proven ingredients including Eucalyptus Oil, Menthol and Camphor. The ointment provides up to 8 hours relief from a blocked nose and up to 3 hours relief from a cough and is suitable for adults and children aged 2 and above.

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
Baby Balsam (RRP $10.65) – Specially formulated for babies, Baby Balsam’s calming fragrances of Lavender, Eucalyptus and Rosemary help to relax little ones aged three months and up. The soothing ointment also includes Aloe extract and is dermatologically approved for use on delicate infant skin.

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
Vicks Inhaler (RRP $9.29) – Economical, compact and effective, Vicks Inhaler offers fast, on-the-go relief from nasal congestion due to colds, hayfever and upper respiratory allergies.

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
Vicks Sinex (RRP $10.99) – A fast decongestant nasal spray that gives you temporary relief from nasal congestion for up to 12 hours. With active ingredient Oxymetazoline and Fine Mist Technology, Vicks Sinex works to effectively reduce sinus pressure and swelling in a few sprays. Available in Vicks Sinex and Vicks Sinex ExtraFresh for a greater menthol burst.

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
Vicks Vapodrops (RRP $4.39 24 pack))– Available in four flavours including Original Menthol, Butter Menthol, Burst of Mint and Cooling Peppermint, Vicks Vapodrops clear the nose and soothe the throat in seconds.

Vicks - For Every Cold Occasion
Vicks Formula 44 (RRP $13.99) – Quick and long lasting, Formula 44 Syrups are specially formulated to coat the throat, offering up to eight hours relief from both dry or chesty coughs.

Source: Aztec Data NZ Pharmacy and Grocery Cough and Cold period to MAT October’16


Brogue Shoe Shine Kit

Brogue Shoe Shine Kit

Brogue Shoe ShineLondon brand Ted Baker not only creates designer clothing but also a smart collection of memorable men’s accessories. With attention to detail and a sense of humor, Ted Baker products are both practical and, true to the brand, stylish.

Ted Baker has created the ultimate shoe shine kit for men who like to ensure they are always looking prim and proper, especially when on the go. The brogue inspired bag includes two different polishes and brushes, along with a polishing cloth to keep your shoes looking shiny at all times.

Available from Mildred & Co


Wedding Traditions

Wedding Traditions

Wedding TraditionsWearing a Veil

This custom originated in Rome, when a bride would wear a veil down the aisle to disguise herself from evil spirits who were jealous of her happiness.

Seeing Each Other Before The Wedding

This superstition dates back to the time of arranged marriages, when people believed that if the couple saw each other before the ceremony, it would give them a chance to change their minds about the wedding. Today, however, many couples choose to meet up and even have portrait sessions before saying their “I dos.”

Rain on Your Wedding Day

In some cultures, rain on your wedding day symbolizes fertility and cleansing. This couple’s wedding was interrupted by a torrential downpour, and nine months to the day of the wedding, their daughter was born.

Knives as Wedding Gifts

According to folklore, a knife signifies a broken relationship and is bad luck to give as a wedding gift. If knives are on your registry, just give the gift giver a penny. That way it’s a purchase, not a gift.

Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold

This superstition began in Medieval Europe where many believed that a bride was extra vulnerable to evil spirits through the soles of her feet. To avoid bringing in any evil spirits, the groom carried the bride into their new home.

A Spider On Your Wedding Dress

Finding an eight-legged creature on your gorgeous gown might seem like a wedding-day nightmare, but English lore claims that finding a spider in your wedding dress is a good omen.

Using Your Married Name Before the Wedding

Some think it is tempting fate for the bride to write out her married name or monogram before she’s actually married, and that the wedding will not take place if she does so. If you’re superstitious, save the monogramming for your reception decor and registry items.

Crossing a Nun or Monk’s Path

A bride who sees a nun or a monk on the way to her wedding is said to be cursed with a barren life dependent on charity.

Wedding TraditionsRinging Bells

Bells are traditionally chimed at Irish weddings to keep evil spirits away and to ensure a harmonious family life. Some Irish brides even carry small bells in their bouquets as a reminder of their sacred wedding vows, and they are a common gift for newlyweds.

Breaking Glass

In Italy, many newlyweds smash a vase or glass at their wedding, and they put a lot of muscle into it, too. The tradition says that however many pieces the glassware breaks into will symbolize how many years they’ll be happily married.

Crying on Your Wedding Day

It is supposed to be good luck for the bride to cry on her wedding day because it symbolizes that she has shed all her tears and will not have any to shed during her marriage. So go ahead and get teary-eyed. Just be sure to wear some waterproof mascara.

Good Luck and Bad Luck

  1. Hey, brides, tuck a sugar cube into your glove — according to Greek culture, the sugar will sweeten your union.
  2. The English believe a spider found in a wedding dress means good luck. Yikes!
  3. In English tradition, Wednesday is considered the “best day” to marry, although Monday is for wealth and Tuesday is for health.
  4. The groom carries the bride across the threshold to bravely protect her from evil spirits lurking below.
  5. Saturday is the unluckiest wedding day, according to English folklore. Funny — it’s the most popular day of the week to marry!
  6. Ancient Romans studied pig entrails to determine the luckiest time to marry.
  7. Rain on your wedding day is actually considered good luck, according to Hindu tradition!
  8. For good luck, Egyptian women pinch the bride on her wedding day. Ouch!
  9. Middle Eastern brides paint henna on their hands and feet to protect themselves from the evil eye.
  10. Peas are thrown at Czech newlyweds instead of rice.
  11. A Swedish bride puts a silver coin from her father and a gold coin from her mother in each shoe to ensure that she’ll never do without.
  12. A Finnish bride traditionally went door-to-door collecting gifts in a pillowcase, accompanied by an older married man who represented long marriage.
  13. Moroccan women take a milk bath to purify themselves before their wedding ceremony.
  14. In Holland, a pine tree is planted outside the newlyweds’ home as a symbol of fertility and luck.


It’s Got a Ring To It

  1. Engagement and wedding rings are worn on the fourth finger of the left hand because it was once thought that a vein in that finger led directly to the heart.
  2. About 70 percent of all brides sport the traditional diamond on the fourth finger of their left hand.
  3. Priscilla Presley’s engagement ring was a whopping three and a half-carat rock surrounded by a detachable row of smaller diamonds.
  4. Diamonds set in gold or silver became popular as betrothal rings among wealthy Venetians toward the end of the fifteenth century.
  5. In the symbolic language of jewels, a sapphire in a wedding ring means marital happiness.
  6. A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
  7. One of history’s earliest engagement rings was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. She was two years old at the time.
  8. Seventeen tons of gold are made into wedding rings each year in the United States!
  9. Snake rings dotted with ruby eyes were popular wedding bands in Victorian England — the coils winding into a circle symbolized eternity.
  10. Aquamarine represents marital harmony and is said to ensure a long, happy marriage.

Fashionable Lore

  1. Queen Victoria started the Western world’s white wedding dress trend in 1840 — before then, brides simply wore their best dress.
  2. In Asia, wearing robes with embroidered cranes symbolizes fidelity for the length of a marriage.
  3. Ancient Greeks and Romans thought the veil protected the bride from evil spirits. Brides have worn veils ever since.
  4. On her wedding day, Grace Kelly wore a dress with a bodice made from beautiful 125-year-old lace.
  5. Of course, Jackie Kennedy’s bridesmaids were far from frumpy. She chose pink silk faille and red satin gowns created by African-American designer Ann Lowe (also the creator of Jackie’s dress).
  6. In Japan, white was always the color of choice for bridal ensembles — long before Queen Victoria popularized it in the Western world.
  7. Most expensive wedding ever? The marriage of Sheik Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum’s son to Princess Salama in Dubai in May 1981. The price tag? $44 million.
  8. In Korea, brides don bright hues of red and yellow to take their vows.
  9. Brides carry or wear “something old” on their wedding day to symbolize continuity with the past.
  10. In Denmark, brides and grooms traditionally cross-dressed to confuse evil spirits!
  11. The “something blue” in a bridal ensemble symbolizes purity, fidelity, and love.

Food and Family

  1. In Egypt, the bride’s family traditionally does all the cooking for a week after the wedding, so the couple can…relax.
  2. In South Africa, the parents of both bride and groom traditionally carried fire from their hearths to light a new fire in the newlyweds’ hearth.
  3. The tradition of a wedding cake comes from ancient Rome, where revelers broke a loaf of bread over a bride’s head for fertility’s sake.
  4. The custom of tiered cakes emerged from a game where the bride and groom attempted to kiss over an ever-higher cake without knocking it over.
  5. Queen Victoria’s wedding cake weighed a whopping 300 pounds.
  6. Legend says single women will dream of their future husbands if they sleep with a slice of groom’s cake under their pillows.
  7. An old wives’ tale: If the younger of two sisters marries first, the older sister must dance barefoot at the wedding or risk never landing a husband.

Show Off at a Cocktail Party

  1. In many cultures around the world — including Celtic, Hindu and Egyptian weddings — the hands of a bride and groom are literally tied together to demonstrate the couple’s commitment to each other and their new bond as a married couple (giving us the popular phrase “tying the knot”).
  2. The Roman goddess Juno rules over marriage, the hearth, and childbirth, hence the popularity of June weddings.
  3. Princess Victoria established the tradition of playing Wagner’s “Bridal Chorus” during her wedding processional in 1858.
  4. The bride stands to the groom’s left during a Christian ceremony, because in bygone days the groom needed his right hand free to fight off other suitors.
  5. On average, 7,000 couples marry each day in the United States.
  6. Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve are the two busiest “marriage” days in Las Vegas — elopement central!
  7. The Catholic tradition of “posting the banns” to announce a marriage originated as a way to ensure the bride and groom were not related.
  8. Stag parties were first held by ancient Spartan soldiers, who kissed their bachelor days goodbye with a raucous party.


First online wedding insurer launches

First online wedding insurer launches

First online wedding insurer launchesFirst online wedding insurer launches with Australian comparison site

Brand new wedding insurer has just launched Australia’s first online wedding insurance product and partnered with leading comparison website

As a unique product in the wedding insurance market, all Dream Wedding Insurance policies offer personal liability in addition to cover for overseas weddings. Policies start at around $200 and can be purchased online in just minutes.

Another distinctive feature of Dream Wedding Insurance is that policies are available to purchase up to 18 months prior to the wedding. Last minute policies can be purchased just 30 days before the wedding.

Natalie Ball, Director, says: “Weddings don’t come cheap. The average Australian spends $47,888* on their wedding day excluding honeymoon and pre-wedding party costs. With this huge expense in an increasingly competitive climate, there’s never been a better time for a new wedding insurance product to join the Australian market. Couples can now walk down the aisle knowing that their big day is protected with Dream Wedding Insurance policies.

“Adding wedding Insurance to our comparison provides our customers with a greater selection of insurances to compare. We’ve helped thousands of Australians with all sorts of insurance queries and are delighted to now offer wedding insurance as well.”

Stuart Catt, Co-founder, Dream Wedding Insurance says: “Your wedding should be one of the best days of your life and Dream Wedding Insurance wants you to have complete peace of mind the whole way through. Whether you have been let down by your wedding suppliers, need to reschedule due to injury or illness, or your venue is suddenly damaged, it’s essential to be prepared. From minor to major wedding mishaps, our policies have you covered.

“Dream Wedding Insurance is the only provider in Australia that offers stand-alone wedding insurance for overseas weddings. We provide coverage for Aussie couples getting married anywhere in the world. We’re also Australia’s first fully online wedding insurance provider. There are no lengthy application forms to print and sign so you can insure your big day in a matter of minutes from your computer or mobile device.

“We believe that weddings are worth protecting and are thrilled to have launched our new wedding insurance product in Australia. We’re really pleased that Australians can now compare our range of wedding insurance products on”

About Dream Wedding Insurance

Dream Wedding Insurance provides Australian couples with peace of mind on their wedding day.

With four different plans on offer, Dream Wedding Insurance has a policy to suit budgets of all sizes. The Dream Wedding Insurance Platinum product covers up to $5 million in personal liability costs, $50,000 in cancellation and postponement and a further $30,000 in rescheduling costs. Benefits include cover for $16,000 for wedding gifts, $20,000 for wedding attire & rings, $30,000 supplier failure, $10,000 cover for wedding transport and more.

Dream Wedding Insurance is a trading name of Wedding Insurance Group Pty Ltd (ABN 25 161 972 354) they are underwritten by certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, the largest insurance market in the world.

About began operating in earnest in December 2013 and is quickly rising to become one of the leading insurance comparisons in Australia. The website is the go-to-place for all things insurance. The site offers a free comparison service that allows users to compare insurance quotes in a few simple steps.

You can also get the inside scoop on insurers by reading reviews from real customers. You can view ratings on everything from customer experience, value for money and importantly claims experience. Insurance expert Colin Compare provides helpful advice on all those frequently asked questions in the website guides section. Whether it’s time to renew or you want to write a review, we make it as easy as can be, to find the policy at…Compare Insurance.

All information provided should be considered general in nature and not personal to individuals’ circumstances.  The comparison results do not include all insurance companies in the market. The website owners are actively looking for more insurance companies to add to the list. Compare Insurance Pty Ltd ABN 84 145 649 547 is an authorised representative AR 444349 under CoverDirect’s Australian Financial Services License AFSL 383590 to deal in and provide general advice in relation to general insurance products.

* SOURCE: Bride to Be magazine (Note: the ceremony and reception includes all styling, cake, stationery, bomboniere, DJ, transport etc).


Palladium – the New Bridal Wonder Metal

Palladium – the New Bridal Wonder Metal

Palladium the New Bridal Wonder MetalPalladium the New Bridal Wonder Metal

By Steve Haywood

Actually, Palladium is not that new, having been discovered in 1804, but it is pretty wonderful. The metal sits in the Platinum group of metals, and has been used in jewellery since 1939. However, due to a range of factors, the price got so high that it ceased being used for jewellery. Its main use in jewellery up until 2004 was for alloying white gold – an alloy is a mixture of more than one metal. Since 2005 the metal’s use in jewellery has gradually increased again due to the growing price of gold and platinum.

Palladium is a fantastic alternative to using white gold. When polished and finished properly, it is a pure white colour. To explain why, I need to tell you a little bit about white gold, which is alloyed differently. In New Zealand, your 18ct gold is 75% gold, while your act is 37.5% gold. Since the gold is a yellow metal, they put other metals in it to make it look white – metals such as platinum, palladium, silver and, in some cases, nickel.

The problem with 18ct white gold is that it doesn’t come out a pure white colour; that’s why most white gold is then rhodium plated. Rhodium plating is a coating of rhodium metal put on top of the jewellery item. It’s quite scratch resistant and has a nice white finish BUT it does wear off, usually within a year or two, and then it needs to be polished and re-plated. I charge this at $50 per item, so the cost of having white gold jewellery doesn’t end when you purchase the item.

Therefore, the main advantage of using an alloy that is 95% palladium is that it is already a nice white colour and doesn’t need to be rhodium plated every year or so.

Palladium also has a unique feature in that, when heated, it can develop a dark blue/grey patina.

Don’t get me wrong – platinum is still the very best white coloured metal for making jewellery, but it is heavier and more expensive.

The cost difference of using palladium can be quite dramatic. For example, a 3mm wide band, size N, in platinum would cost $1,600. The same ring in 18ct white gold would be around $1,400, while a 9ct gold version would come to around $700 (and remember your white gold one will need that replating every year or so!). The price today for the same ring in palladium is $525!

Palladium can be a little bit more difficult to work than white gold but it’s definitely worth it – I feel that the end result is better in the long term.

So, while platinum is the best choice of metal for your wedding rings if you can afford it, if you can’t, then consider palladium. ♥

Steve Haywood is a Master Jeweller, based in Whangarei, who specialises in custom made jewellery. With a passion for quality and true inspiratino, he creates beautiful and meaningful wedding and engagement rings, as well as other exquisite jewellery.

Almost 50% Of Gift Lists Run By Grooms

Almost 50% Of Gift Lists Run By Grooms

Gift ListsA growing phenomenon in gift list planning is allowing the boys to wrestle back control and get excited about the big day.

The team at online gift list provider have noticed a shift in roles among the bride and grooms when it comes to who looks after the wedding gift registry.

While internet gift lists are a growing trend – a real time-saver and a means to keep friends and family around the world abreast of wedding plans – they are also bringing couples closer together, getting men more involved in the wedding planning.

Often it is the groom that sets up the page and manages the addition of items, plus the running of the guestbook. In fact, almost 50% of all pages activated in 2011 so far are run by men.

Grooms can set up a photo album, manage RSVPs and even add widgets, such as a Sky Sports Football News feed, to their page to encourage friends to visit more often.

And the ability to add gadgets, holiday experiences and quirky household items to online gift lists such as has led to many men wrestling the mouse off their beloved brides-to-be and taking control of the orders.

By contrast, women are more involved in co-ordinating high street store gift lists, and often enlist the mother of the bride or the chief bridesmaid in that part of the planning.

Belinda and Phil made their list a real joint project.

“Phil really liked the fact we could tailor-make it to our requirements and express our personality though it,” said Belinda.

“This appealed to him far more than traipsing round a department store zapping dinnerware and cushions. Like most men, he gets bored of this sort of activity after five minutes.”

The couple found the gift list easy to manage and flexible to run.

“In terms of what we were looking for in an online wedding gift list, Zankyou ticked every box,” said Belinda.

”Other sites require your guests to pay commission when giving you a gift, which is something we really didn’t want, as we feel we should bare the expense. 

In addition, we consider the level of commission charged by Zankyou to be very competitive.”

Couples can do more with a website, asking for financial contributions towards any sort of gift. You can also manage charitable donations, and all cash gifts go straight into a nominated bank account, negating the risk of cheques lost in the post.

“We loved the flexibility offered by Zankyou,” said Belinda

. “We asked our guests for contributions towards our honeymoon and we were able to build our trip piece by piece, listing things like a meal out or a night’s accommodation as something a guest could buy us, rather than making a faceless donation into one big pot.”

FACT FILE allows couples to register for honeymoon activities, a dream project or charitable donation, as well as household goods – and receive the full cash equivalent in their bank account. While other online cash wedding registries charge up to 7.5% for their service, Zankyou’s rate is just 2.85% per transaction, no matter what the amount contributed. And, couples can defer this rate to their guests, making it absolutely free of charge for the bride and groom to use.

Try The Mr & Mrs Game

Try The Mr & Mrs Game

Try The Mr&Mrs GameHow Well Do You Really Know Your Partner???

Whether you’ve been together six months or sixty years, the chances are there’s always more to learn.

Recent research says the longer a couple are together, the less they actually know about each other. How about putting this research to the test at your hen or stag party or while on your honeymoon.

From the popular ITV game show, the brand new Mr&Mrs Travel Edition, is perfect entertainment for newly weds. The game’s questions are intended to tease out gems of information on subjects that you may not expect!

Guaranteed to cause arguments, blushes, blank looks and lots of laughter!

What is your partner’s favourite way to eat an egg? What is your partner’s favourite city? Who, given the sole choice, would your partner invite round to dinner? What part of your partner is she/he most embarrassed about? Your partner wins a sizeable sum – how would they spend it? What animal is your partner most scared of? What would be your partner’s favourite job, other than the one they are doing now?

The MR&MRS Travel Edition is licensed by University Games and available from all good retailers.

The full board game Mr&Mrs is available, RRP £14.99