Mum transforms her two little boys’ room into an incredible jungle themed escape

Mum transforms her sons’ bedroom into an incredible jungle themed escape – complete with a DIY hedge wall and fake plants from Kmart and the Reject Shop

  • Jess Blythe is a mother of three boys and needed to renovate a bedroom
  • The theme around their house is nature and she enjoys the bohemian style
  • Her seven-year-old suggested they try a ‘jungle theme’ in his corner of the house
  • They wanted a hedge wall so decided to make it themselves with picture frames 

A mother of three young boys has renovated a bedroom to fit the ‘jungle theme’ her seven-year-old son wanted – complete with a DIY hedge wall made from picture frames.

Jess Blythe, who lives in Queensland, has based the room decor around the ‘greenery’ she already has sprinkled around their family home.

‘Our house is very greenery themed in general. I love the boho-type vibe and the natural feel. The boys’ room was the only room left in the house that just really lacked decoration so we decided it was time to change it up a bit,’ she told FEMAIL.

A mother of three young boys has renovated a bedroom to fit the ‘jungle theme’ her seven-year-old son wanted (pictured), adding a DIY hedge wall made from picture frames

Her eldest son Bailey liked the green wall the family created in their backyard and he asked for it to be replicated in the room he shares with his three-year-old brother Harrison. 

They made a conscious effort to keep their regular toys out of the room because they have an ‘entire playroom dedicated to them’. 

‘I loved the $599 bed from Fantastic Furniture as my three-year-old was in our room for ages and we decided it was time for bunks so he didn’t have to be alone in a room yet,’ she said.

Jess Blythe, who lives in Queensland, has based the room decor around 'greenery' she already has sprinkled around their family home

Jess Blythe, who lives in Queensland, has based the room decor around ‘greenery’ she already has sprinkled around their family home

Mrs Blythe's youngest son River, one, (pictured) sleeps in his parent's room but has his own to eventually move into

Mrs Blythe’s youngest son River, one, (pictured) sleeps in his parent’s room but has his own to eventually move into

Where is everything in the room from? 

*The low bunk bed is from Fantastic Furniture and costs $599.

*In the main pot plant by the door the feathery stems are from Kmart and fake ‘Birds of Paradise’ plant is from the Reject Shop.

*The plant stand is $19 from Kmart.

*The wall colour is Dulux Highland Green.

*The nursery toys on the shelf are from Kmart.  

‘The beds are lower than your standard bunks so I don’t have to stress about them hitting their heads on the ceiling fan.’

Other decorations, including shelves and pot plants, were purchased in the same natural wood colours to ensure the room was ‘on theme’.

‘I purchased some cute nursery animal toys from Kmart for decoration,’ she said.

‘We did the whole room for under $350 minus the cost of the bed. The boys were thrilled and said it looked really fancy.’

Mrs Blythe is very conscious of spacing in their house, so to make the most of it she ensured their clothing was inside the wardrobe.

This was the frame the family used to make their hedge wall (pictured)

This was the frame the family used to make their hedge wall (pictured)

They did the same thing in their lounge room by buying a floating shelf to house the kids’ Playstation console and games.   

But one of the star attractions in the room is the DIY green hedge wall she and her husband put together. 

‘My husband thought a frame would look nice around it. We were going to try and build one but we didn’t have the tools or knowledge,’ she said.

‘So we improvised and purchased two A1 picture frames from Kmart and bought two large artificial hedge tiles from Bunnings for $50 each.

Bailey is seven years old and wanted a 'jungle theme' in the room

Harrison, who is three, will share the room with his older brother

Her son Bailey (left) liked the green wall the family created in their backyard and he asked for it to be replicated in the room he shares with his three-year-old brother Harrison (right)

‘Using really small screws we attached them to the backing of the frame and trimmed them to size. I love how it turned out and I want to do a larger one for our lounge room next.’ 

Mrs Blythe’s youngest son River, one, sleeps in his parent’s room but has his own to eventually move into.

After posting photos of the transformed room to Facebook, the Brisbane-based mother was quick to receive a number of compliments.

‘I absolutely love that teal wall colour,’ one woman praised.

Another added: ‘This is such a gorgeous design’. 

You can follow the family on their Instagram page here

Mum devastated after finding out baby girl has a rare disease and won’t live past two years old

A mother has revealed her heartbreak after she found out her baby will not live ‘past two years old’.

Maddyson Brown, from Sydney, gave birth to her daughter Lacey five months ago, and while she thought at first she just had problems with her hearing, she later found out that Lacey had terminal type 2 Gaucher disease.

This a rare and genetic disease that means Lacey will not not live ‘past two years old’.

‘Our world was completely torn apart,’ Maddy told FEMAIL.

The mum-of-two is now rushing to create as many memories with her daughter as possible before she loses her forever.

A mother has revealed her heartbreak after she found out her baby will not live ‘past two years old’ (Maddyson pictured with her daughter, Lacey)

Maddyson Brown gave birth to her daughter Lacey (pictured) five months ago, andbshe later found out that Lacey had terminal type 2 Gaucher disease

Maddyson Brown gave birth to her daughter Lacey (pictured) five months ago, andbshe later found out that Lacey had terminal type 2 Gaucher disease

Maddy explained that she didn't notice anything especially the matter with her daughter until the beginning of January when she developed a cough (Lacey pictured with her older sister)

Maddy explained that she didn’t notice anything especially the matter with her daughter until the beginning of January when she developed a cough (Lacey pictured with her older sister)

Maddy explained that she didn’t notice anything especially the matter with her daughter until the beginning of January this year when she developed a cough.

‘We took her to the doctors to get checked and they said she probably has a virus she would get over,’ Maddy said.

‘The cough continued for about 3/4 weeks and then we noticed Lacey’s breathing was unusual when she slept so we took her up to Bathurst base, where they noticed she has a large spleen and liver, and also a lazy eye.’

Now, Maddy, her partner and their other daughter are trying to make as many memories with little Lacey before they lose her - they want to take her to the beach (the Brown family pictured)

Now, Maddy, her partner and their other daughter are trying to make as many memories with little Lacey before they lose her – they want to take her to the beach (the Brown family pictured)

Lacey is still at Westmead Children's Hospital, where she will remain for another month, before heading home with a CPAP machine to help her to breathe (pictured with her sister)

Lacey is still at Westmead Children’s Hospital, where she will remain for another month, before heading home with a CPAP machine to help her to breathe (pictured with her sister)

What is Gaucher disease? 

* Gaucher (go-SHAY) disease is the result of a buildup of certain fatty substances in certain organs, particularly your spleen and liver. This causes these organs to enlarge and can affect their function.

* The fatty substances also can build up in bone tissue, weakening the bone and increasing the risk of fractures. If the bone marrow is affected, it can interfere with your blood’s ability to clot. 

* There are different types of Gaucher disease, and signs and symptoms of disease vary widely, even within the same type. Type 1 is by far the most common.

* More rarely, Gaucher disease affects the brain, which can cause abnormal eye movements, muscle rigidity, swallowing difficulties and seizures. One rare subtype of Gaucher disease (type 2) begins in infancy and typically results in death by two years of age. 

Source: Mayo Clinic 

Within weeks, Lacey was ‘coughing and choking’ to the point where she ‘started going blue and limp’. 

As the nervous parents awaited the results of blood tests to find out what was wrong, Maddy said her daughter ‘had an episode so bad that she turned completely blue’.

Lacey was swiftly airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital where she had more tests and was then diagnosed with Gaucher disease type 2.

This is a rare genetic disease that is the result of a buildup of certain fatty substances in certain organs, particularly your spleen and liver.  

Now, Maddy, her partner and their other daughter are trying to make as many memories with little Lacey before they lose her.

‘Time is not on our side and we would like to have as many memories as possible with our baby girl,’ Maddy said.

The parents are currently writing a bucket list of experiences they want to do with Lacey before she dies – which includes taking Lacey on a ‘trip to the beach’ for her first trip.  

'It rips my heart into pieces to say it out loud but it could help us comfortably say goodbye to our precious baby girl,' mum Maddy said (Lacey pictured with her sister)

‘It rips my heart into pieces to say it out loud but it could help us comfortably say goodbye to our precious baby girl,’ mum Maddy said (Lacey pictured with her sister)

Maddy and her partner also want to take some time off work in order to look after Lacey: 

‘It rips my heart into pieces to say it out loud but it could help us comfortably say goodbye to our precious baby girl,’ she said.

‘I would give her my life if I could. No parent or child should have to go through this.’

They recently had a family photo shoot, which was carried out by a friend of the family Gabriella Watson

'This disease is horrific and she does not deserve this cruel fate,' Maddy said. 'All we can do is enjoy our girl while we have her' (the Brown family pictured)

‘This disease is horrific and she does not deserve this cruel fate,’ Maddy said. ‘All we can do is enjoy our girl while we have her’ (the Brown family pictured)

Right now, Lacey is still at Westmead Children’s Hospital, where she will remain for at least another month, before heading home with a CPAP machine to help her to breathe.

‘She is currently on a kangaroo pump (feeding pump with NG tube) and is being assessed for PEG stomach surgery (an endoscopic procedure in which a tube is passed into the stomach used for feeding bypassing the mouth and throat),’ a friend of the family, Rachel March, said.

Rachel has also set up a GoFundMe page to help with costs that the family will incur through hospital tests and treatment.

At present, they have raised $14,000 of a $50,000 goal. 

‘This disease is horrific and she does not deserve this cruel fate,’ Maddy said. ‘All we can do is enjoy our girl while we have her.’ 

To keep up to date with Lacey’s journey, follow Rachel March here and Maddy Brown here

Corporate father says he ‘shouldn’t have to get up at night’ to calm his crying newborn twins

Dad who works 84-hour weeks says his wife should calm their crying newborn twins at night – but she thinks that’s unfair despite having a nanny most days

  • A working father said he ‘shouldn’t have to get up at night’ with newborn twins
  • The dad posted to Reddit saying he works long hours, whereas his wife does not
  • The post was met with divided comments; some supported and others didn’t  

A corporate father has sparked debate by saying he ‘shouldn’t have to get up at night’ with his newborn twins.

The dad posted to Reddit to say that he and his wife had their babies three weeks ago, but he works ‘while she does not’.

‘I help whenever I’m not working but have told my wife she has to cover the overnights as I need sleep for work,’ he wrote.

A working father has sparked debate by saying he ‘shouldn’t have to get up at night’ with his newborn twins (stock image)

‘She thinks it’s unfair, however she can take two hour naps while they sleep while I can’t do that at my job.’

The dad went on to say that the couple ‘even have a nanny that was here four out of five work days this week’.

‘I’m up early on the weekends and take care of them while she sleeps in. I’m not trying to get out of doing my part but AITA [am I the a**ehole]?,’ he said.

He concluded his thread by saying he is on ‘dad duty’ from the moment he comes in from work until when he goes to sleep, so that his wife can rest. 

He also said he works between 72 and 84 hours per week, or 12-hour shifts, while the nanny is at their home between 8am and 3pm on weekdays. 

The nanny also does the housework.

The dad posted to Reddit to say that he and his wife had their babies three weeks ago, but he works 'while she does not' (stock image)

The dad posted to Reddit to say that he and his wife had their babies three weeks ago, but he works ‘while she does not’ (stock image)

People in the comments section were divided as to whether the man was being reasonable or not.

Some said that getting up is ‘an inevitable part of parenting’ and others said he has a point.

‘You signed up for this when you had kiddos,’ one person wrote.

’70+ hour work weeks ins’t doing his part?,’ another said. 

Poll

Should the father get up at night?

  • YES 167 votes
  • NO 1219 votes

‘I get that the Internet tends to be significantly more sympathetic to women, but this is ridiculous.

‘He takes care of daddy duties, but it’s bordering on physiologically not possible (definitely not recommended) for someone to crank out hours like that while not actually sleeping. His work performance is going to suffer. Significantly.’

The post has received more than 700 comments, with people split down the middle as to whether the dad is in the right or the wrong.

‘It’s only been three weeks,’ one person wrote.

‘She’s still bleeding, in horrible pain, exhausted, hormones crashing. Your mum cooked and cleaned and took care of you but I bet at three weeks post partum she was a mess.

‘Her body will heal and she will be able to handle more and more, but at three weeks she is physically suffering.

‘Also, I don’t buy that the wife sleeps for seven hours with newborn twins. 

‘There’s no way the housekeeper/nanny is able to care for both babies, keeping them quiet enough not to disturb mum, and 100 per cent of the housework while mum sleeps soundly for seven hours.’ 

Another said: ‘He’s the sole breadwinner, his wife doesn’t work and he pays for a nanny. 

‘Is it fair for him to be putting in 84 hours a week at work so his wife can stay home with a nanny/housekeeper, and be getting up at night with the kids?’. 

The secret website thousands of Australians use to get MASSIVE discounts off fast food 

Revealed: The secret website thousands of Australians use to get MASSIVE discounts off fast food

  • An eagle-eyed shopper has drawn attention to a little-known website
  • Thousands of Australians use Frugal Feeds to get huge discounts off fast foods
  • The deals change each month – and the website lists their duration 
  • Shoppers can get cut-price McDonald’s meals, KFC, Hungry Jacks and more 

An eagle-eyed shopper has drawn attention to a little-known website that thousands of Australians are using to get massive discounts of their fast food.

Frugal Feeds offers a number of deals on various fast food outlets each month, including McDonald’s, Oporto, KFC and Pizza Hut.

‘April coupons,’ the poster who discovered the website wrote on Facebook.

‘Don’t need to print them – just order what you want and say [what is] on the coupon [sic].’

An eagle-eyed shopper has drawn attention to a little-known website that thousands of Australians are using to get massive discounts of their fast food (stock image)

Frugal Feeds offers a number of deals on various fast food outlets each month, including McDonald's, Oporto, KFC and Pizza Hut (pictured: some of the current deals)

Frugal Feeds offers a number of deals on various fast food outlets each month, including McDonald’s, Oporto, KFC and Pizza Hut (pictured: some of the current deals)

This month, fast food lovers can get their hands on a $1 McDonald’s apple pie, two-for-one pizzas on a Tuesday at Pizza Hut, $1 chips from Oporto and $2 BBQ Shapes Shaker Chips from Hungry Jacks.

You can also get a small Big Mac Meal and Cheeseburger for $5.95 from McDonald’s.

It’s not just fast food you can find on the deals and coupons website. 

You can also find two-for-one hot chocolates at Starbucks, deals on Boost Juices and $12 for 12 Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

This month, fast food lovers can get their hands on a vast array of deals (pictured) - with the duration of each deal listed too

This month, fast food lovers can get their hands on a vast array of deals (pictured) – with the duration of each deal listed too

‘Can you get more than one at a time?,’ one person questioned underneath the thread.

‘I don’t think so but then I’ve never risked it,’ another responded.

‘But what you do is tell them before you order “could I place three separate orders” -works a treat.’

n order to get your hands on the discounted fast food, you can either download the Frugal Feeds app or reference the specific coupon you want to try (pictured: some current deals)

n order to get your hands on the discounted fast food, you can either download the Frugal Feeds app or reference the specific coupon you want to try (pictured: some current deals)

'This site is fantastic, I never order pizza without using it,' one commenter posted (pictured: some of the deals)

‘This site is fantastic, I never order pizza without using it,’ one commenter posted (pictured: some of the deals)

In order to get your hands on the discounted fast food, you can either download the Frugal Feeds app or reference the specific coupon you want to try.

The website handily lists all of the deals that are currently available and their duration.

‘This site is fantastic, I never order pizza without using it,’ one commenter posted.

You can also follow the Facebook page to keep up with what is currently available. 

Detective discovers surgeon STAGED the burglary he was investigating

A police officer who feels sorry for a surgeon after his family heirlooms were stolen discovers he staged a burglary and committed mortgage fraud worth over £1 million on 24 Hours In Police Custody. 

In tonight’s episode of the channel 4 show, Bedfordshire police receive a 999 call from orthopaedic surgeon Anthony McGrath, 46, from St Albans.

He reports over a quarter of a million pounds worth of antiques have been burgled from a country estate he and his wife are renting on the Luton Hoo Estate – including a Persian rug, valuable antiques and clocks, and a 19th century red marble rococo fire surround, with ormolu inserts.

But for veteran CID detective Dave Brecknock, something about the case doesn’t quite add up. The man reporting the crime, who has since been sentenced to eight years in prison, seems very anxious to make an insurance claim on the stolen property. 

‘When we did a financial background check he was absolutely skint, almost to the point of bankruptcy,’ he explains. ‘That gave us the motive. He requested immediate payment from the insurance company of £50, 000. That would tend to say he needs the cash as opposed to he wants his belongings back.’

Anthony McGrath, 46, from St Albans, appears on tonight’s episode of Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody. He calls 999 and reports over a quarter of a million pounds worth of antiques have been burgled from a country estate he and his wife were renting on the Luton Hoo Estate in 2015

The surgeon is questioned by DC Kathy Layton in tonight's show. Following a trial which lasted 18 weeks at Luton Crown Court, Anthony McGrath (pictured left) was found guilty of fraud by false representation and committing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice

The surgeon is questioned by DC Kathy Layton in tonight’s show. Following a trial which lasted 18 weeks at Luton Crown Court, Anthony McGrath (pictured left) was found guilty of fraud by false representation and committing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice

But after first hearing the allegations, the detective expressed sympathy for the culprit. 

‘I just felt really sorry for him,’ says DC Brecknock. ‘You’ve had family heirlooms, your antiques from your deceased father’s estate stolen. For him, sentimentality of a lot of the property outweighs the commercial value. This must be absolutely devastating.’  

Despite his expertise, it doesn’t mean the crime is going to be easy to solve as with over 70 antiques to be recovered, DC Brecknock needs evidence from the scene of the crime.  

‘We have nothing to go on,’ he admits. ‘No suspects for burglary, no forensics, no witnesses, no nothing. Where do we go?’

DC Dave Brecknock (above) pushes Anthony McGrath for pictures of the stolen items so he can identify if any have appeared on the antiques markets

DC Dave Brecknock (above) pushes Anthony McGrath for pictures of the stolen items so he can identify if any have appeared on the antiques markets

DC Kathy Layton (above) faces the surgeon in her first interview with him after his arrest - but he just replies 'no comment'

DC Kathy Layton (above) faces the surgeon in her first interview with him after his arrest – but he just replies ‘no comment’

In McGrath's Luton house, police find several of the antiques which were reported missing - including a liquor set in a wooden box which was hidden at the top of the wardrobe

In McGrath’s Luton house, police find several of the antiques which were reported missing – including a liquor set in a wooden box which was hidden at the top of the wardrobe

‘The same with financial crimes, you chase the money. Just follow the money, follow the antiques, find out where they’ve gone.’

The surgeon reports the burglary to his insurance company. His claim is for 250, 000 pounds. The next month DC Brecknock pushes him for pictures of the stolen items so he can identify if any have appeared on the antique’s market. 

And unfortunately for Anthony McGrath, the police officer has not only spent nearly a quarter of a century solving complex burglaries, he also has passion for antiques.

He confesses he once had a side line in restoring pine furniture. 

‘All these pictures come through and then we get to this one of the fireplace which he reported as being stolen,’ says the detective, showing several photographs to fellow officer Kathy Layton, who assists him on the case. ‘That fireplace he reports was wrapped in Persian silk rugs.’

‘He’s supplied a receipt to the insurance company saying those silk rugs were £45, 000. His total claim is now over a quarter of a million pounds. By this point, I’m suspecting he’s committing fraud.’

DC Brecknock's suspicions are raised when he analyses the window which was allegedly broken into. He says: 'You smash a window closest to the lock. You don’t smash a corner to try and then get your hand all the way through to get that lock’

DC Brecknock’s suspicions are raised when he analyses the window which was allegedly broken into. He says: ‘You smash a window closest to the lock. You don’t smash a corner to try and then get your hand all the way through to get that lock’

And the expert’s suspicions are raised ever further after analysing the window which was alleged to have been broken into. 

Pictured, the 19th century red marble rococo fire surround which was found in the cellar of McGrath's Ireland country estate

Pictured, the 19th century red marble rococo fire surround which was found in the cellar of McGrath’s Ireland country estate

‘You smash a window closest to the lock,’ he says. ‘You don’t smash a corner to try and get your hand all the way through to get that lock.’ 

Four months after the alleged burglary and without the insurance company paying out, Anthony sends new pictures to the detective in the hope of validating his claim.

But after tracking the GPS from the surgeon’s phone, DC Brecknock determines the photograph of the fireplace was taken from a family home in County Weath, Ireland.

DC Kathy Layton appears frustrated after interviewing the suspect, who she says 'has an answer for everything'

DC Kathy Layton appears frustrated after interviewing the suspect, who she says ‘has an answer for everything’

DC Kathy Layton goes through evidence ready to put it to the surgeon - but he turns it around and blames her for purposely trying to evoke emotion out of him

DC Kathy Layton goes through evidence ready to put it to the surgeon – but he turns it around and blames her for purposely trying to evoke emotion out of him

‘This is a picture of the actual item which was taken on 5th July 2015 – three months after the burglary,’ he explains. ‘In April he told me that fireplace was stolen from his cellar – that’s enough for a warrant.’     

The detective follows his own advice and investigates the property in Ireland where he discovers the alleged stolen fireplace in the cellar – the very place Mr McGrath told cops it had been stolen from. 

Then, after searching the house in Luton, several of the antiques, including a liquor set in a wooden box which was hidden at the top of the wardrobe, is found.

Back at the station, Anthony is taken in for questioning by DC Kathy Layton. To her frustration, he seems to ‘have an answer for everything’ and explains that by coincidence, there’s a duplicate for much of the property that’s been stolen. 

Despite his web of lies, surgeon Anthony McGrath is brought into custody on suspicion of fraud and booked in

Despite his web of lies, surgeon Anthony McGrath is brought into custody on suspicion of fraud and booked in

Nearing the end of the episode, the surgeon comes back to custody and is charged with fraud by Dc Dave Brecknock

Nearing the end of the episode, the surgeon comes back to custody and is charged with fraud by Dc Dave Brecknock

‘I’ve had three of these and that is the only remaining one we have,’ says Anthony, speaking of the antique box. ‘It’s not being hidden if that’s what you’re saying.’ 

Revealing a photograph of the fireplace, DC Layton then explains that the police have managed to determine where the picture was taken.

‘You and I both know that’s not the same fireplace,’ he says, before trying to pretend it has different dimensions to the one he’d reported stolen.

But his web of lies are no longer any good and Anthony McGrath is taken into custody. 

The fake burglary led police to uncover three counts of mortgage fraud totalling over £1 million. False tax returns in the couple’s name had been sent to the bank and copies were discovered in their study, with Anthony McGrath’s finger prints on them.

Following a trial which lasted 18 weeks at Luton Crown Court, he was found guilty of fraud by false representation and committing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice.  

During the trial, the jury heard how the couple’s mounting debts had led him to carry out the elaborate fraud in the hope of receiving a large insurance pay out. He has now been sentenced to eight years in prison

The Detective & The Surgeon – Monday 8 April, 9pm, Channel 4

Anthony McGrath’s conviction 

– Surgeon Anthony McGrath, 46, of Clarence Road, St Albans, attempted to swindle his insurance company out of £180,000 by staging a burglary at a house he and his wife were renting on the Luton Hoo Estate in 2015

– He claimed almost 100 items had been stolen, including a Persian rug worth £35,000, valuable antiques and clocks, and a 19th century red marble rococo fire surround, with ormolu inserts.

– Anthony McGrath shipped some of the items he claimed were stolen to his family home in Ireland, using a hired van that he didn’t realise had a tracker. 

– The police then uncovered three counts of mortgage fraud totalling over £1 million. False tax returns in the couple’s name had been sent to the bank and copies were discovered in their study, with Anthony McGrath’s finger prints on them

– Following a trial which lasted 18 weeks at Luton Crown Court, Anthony McGrath was found guilty of fraud by false representation and committing acts with intent to pervert the course of justice

– Anthony McGrath has now been sentenced to 8 years in prison

– During the trial, the jury heard how the couple’s mounting debts had led them to carry out the elaborate fraud in the hope of receiving a large insurance pay out.

– They also heard how Anthony McGrath compulsively lied in an audacious bid to con as much money as possible out of a number of different people. 

Source: Bedfordshire police