Sunday, June 2, 2013

Making Life Easier Part Two {sponsored by target}








In light of recent events (you know, the birth of baby Elke and everything) I thought I'd readdress the issues discussed in the 'Making Life Easier' post from a few weeks back.

I mentioned a small selection of items that we were planning on adding to our home in an attempt to ease the work load of being a family of 5. Over the past month we have ticked off each item from the list - New washing machine, check. Air conditioning, check. Heated towel rails, check.

It's safe to say that the washing machine has easily made the most impact on our daily lives, it's quiet, easy to access and oh so speedy. The air conditioning is currently heating our home while the heated towel rail ensures damp, cold towels no longer accost our body's post shower. It's all rather luxurious, I must confess.

While those three big ticket items have made a huge impact on our daily lives, your suggestions reminded of a few other items that are absolute gold dust for the average home maker. And I'll be honest, some suggestions had me running to the shops with a bundle of loose change in tow.

So, as a seasoned mother of three (ehum, I've totally had three kids for OVER four weeks now) I thought I'd mention a few other items that have served to simplify life over the past month and will continue to do so this winter and beyond.

 At least one of the items discussed below was acquired as the direct result of your advice. Dave thanks you, trust me.

1. The humble Slow Cooker - This one was recommended by several of you and is indeed a blessed kitchen appliance. This winter, like so many others, I will throw my raw ingredients into the pot post breakfast and six hours later our dinner will be ready.

2. Dyson Multi Floor Vacuum Cleaner -  Thank you Jessica for this hot tip! As soon as this item was recommended I was totally desperate for it. A full house and bulging wardrobes made the Dyson Slim all the more desirable. That, and the fact that Zeph poured an entire jar of garlic powder on the living room floor, naturally I promptly vacuumed up with our dodgy old vacuum cleaner. Ever since it has filled the house with the sweet aroma of stale garlic when it's in use. Needless to say, it was time for an upgrade. This one sits smugly behind the side board (can you see it there on the left in the first photo?) and is every bit as amazing as Jess said it was (see exhibit F, ladies, that's how it's done).

3. A Baby Swing - If you have a baby and don't have one, you are seriously missing out. We bought a sturdy swing when Pippi was born and completely adore it. Just imagine getting to use the bathroom, take a shower or make a cuppa with your hands free. Oh mercy, you know how good that is!?

4. Nice Pyjama's- Lets be honest, the hours spent in pj's really starts to add up when you're home with children. Personally, I like to remain undressed and unwashed as often as possible. Before going into hospital I stocked up on Arrabella Ramsay for Target PJ's  just to make sure I was making the right decision. As it turns out, I did - most days i'm still sporting them at 11am. 




I think that just about covers it for me. Have I missed anything?  Truly, tell me- Dave will be thrilled at further spending, promise (did I hear thermomix?)!


This post is sponsored by target.



Photo notes: Dyson Digital Slim hiding discretely beside the retro side board // Dyson Digital Slim bough at the Target Sale // Arrabella Ramsay for Target Pyjama's // Three monkey's in the bed snuggled under the Real Living for Target Manchester quilt // Decorative Glass house bought on sale from the home decor range at Target // That'd be my husband putting the baby to sleep while he vacuum's the kitchen- fo realz- my life is a picture of perfection ;)



30 comments:

  1. Oh, how I adore the rug on rug and quirky gorgeousness of your house. And do not get me started on your adorable brood and MEN WHO VACUUM!

    We don't have aircon - and there's only a few weeks when we really really think we should have it. But we wouldn't be without our ceiling fans. Changed our lives!

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    1. I know, who would have thought my Dave is a vacuumer? so domestic and loveable.

      As for the air con- we've done 7 years without it but long days at home with the kids makes it.... SO LUXURIOUS! :)

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  2. I do love those Bambi pj's, my kidlets spied them out for me on a rare shopping trip... I don't have them though! xx

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  3. ps, love LOVE the new header - your friend is very clever! xx

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  4. I just laybyed that Dyson vac last week ;-) I'm expecting great things, they are so good! I use my current one many times a day.

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  5. Is it normal to be jealous of someone's vacuum cleaner? I currently use my humble dustpan and brush several times a day and I totally dislike lugging out the giant vacuum cleaner ... I think some form of hand-held dyson is going straight onto my wishlist.

    Beautiful photo of your three kidlets in bed. Im x

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  6. My house has more crumbs than a bread crumb factory.
    I would love that vacuum.
    And yes, those are words that I NEVER thought I would say.

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  7. That dyson looks good enough to borrow (WINK, WINK!) x

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    1. lady, i'll trot up to your place and vacuum for you. It's that easy! Plus you have kept my family in hot dinners and delicious snacks over the past month!

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  8. Very nice... Totally agree on the washing machine and slimline vacuum cleaner, you are totally ace at this mother of three thang!

    Oh, and we have the same Eames Chairs darling (we want for a walnut leg). Love that fifties look.

    Mwah,
    B.

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    1. Oh the Eames, darling, fabulous!!

      The washing machine is the best thing ever.

      xx

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  9. My son tipped out a container of cumin so our house smells like that whenever I vacuum now. Wonder how many other people this has happened to???

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    1. we are living parallel lives! Cumin is way better than garlic though!!

      xx

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  10. Gorgeous photos as usual! :) Yes I think you've got it covered there...although maybe an addition of an extra comfy blanket for days when you just want to stay rugged up on the couch with your little bub! ;)

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  11. I am so close to getting a slow cooker followed by a pair of those jim jams! Loving the pics of domestic bliss! x

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    1. you really must have a slow cooker- it's amazing. you can leave the house while your dinner is cooking! Plus, you can pick them up for about $40!

      xx

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  12. I think I need me one of those super dysons... Once upon a time my darling husband thought it wise to hoover up a kitten poo. Yeah...

    Holly xx
    (www.thelittlebeds.blogspot.com)

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    1. ahahha oooh cat poo? Seriously? no, no- not good!

      Let me know what you thing if you get the dyson- i'm seriously IN LOVE with it.

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  13. It's a good idea to inest in quality items so that you can spend more time as a family. I have au Thermomix and yes they are a huge investment and I went to a demo with a friend basically for I the free lunch because the demo girl was new and practising so I went along for company. I had never heard of a Thermomix prior to going along and my exact words were when I found out they were $2,000 (well $1,995) I said OMG who would buy something like that. I was so anti spending that sort of money on an appliance and within 5 mins of he demo I was hooked. It's basically a device that can cook, chop, sauté, mix and knead bread dough. It makes risotto in 20 mins without stirring. It cooks perfect boiled eggs soft or runny in 10-12 mins so no standing at the stove keeping an eye on the saucepan and ending up with cracked eggs. You can make bread dough, pasta dough, I make home made vanilla ice cream (no chemicals) in 5 mins. Sorbets the list goes on and oh yeah my 7 year old just came in and reminded me to make some jam which takes 25 mins. Also it cooks rice and pasta without your stirring it. It really is that good and it can chop one close of garlic into tiny minces pieces. My 9 year old made hot cross buns at Easter. Have I convinces you. Pizza dough the list goes on. Thermomix is sold by demo's and you grab about 5-6 friends and all you need to supply is a few ingredients but not too many as the demonstrator brings things too and the demo goes for about 2 hrs and you get to eat all the food that is made. We make home made lemonade with fresh lemons in 5 mins and it is amazing. With having a baby who will need puréed food in a few months time the Thermomix will be your friend trust me. The demonstations are not like Tupperware where you feel like you have a buy something or feel pressured to sign up. Not everyone can afford a Thermomix but when you see the demo everyone wants one. I think now they offer 12 month payment plans so it's manageable. Basically if you want to eat foods that are not processed and packaged with chemicals this is your machine. Minestrone soup for lunch in 20 mins. It makes spag bog sauce pizza sauce.... Have I convinced you yet? We make a great focaccia with rosemary and pink salt I could o on and on and I am not a demonstrator just a user. Anzac biscuit mix in 5 mins. You have to bake in your oven biscuits bread etc. I have another blog called www.oursimpleandmeaningfullife.blogspot.com which has a post on jam and the focaccia etc if you want to check it out. The Thermomix has 3 main buttons , time temperature and speed and both my kids use the machine and oh yes it has in built scales so pop your 250gms milk in then zero the scales then your next ingredients etc etc. totally user friendly even though at first it may look intimating. Suggest you arrange a demo and see for your self. Old fashioned cooking with modern equipment. Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia

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    1. I agree with Kathy, my thermomix is almost making money for us! Our grocery bill just plummeted. I don't think we need to convince you... you'll get one :).

      P.S. We paid for ours with tax-return money.

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  14. My girlfriend has that hoover and I too want to steal it..

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  15. Porn for mums right there. That man is a keeper! X

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  16. Thermomix! Did you say thermomix? Oh my! A friend of mine has one and it sounds pretty goddam awesome. Raelene is her name. She has over the last few years become a real trooper for the environment and ethical in most if not everything she buys/ eats/ lives. A few of us have been having a little giggle as we are thrilled for her thermomix as now we do not repeatedly have to listen to her posts on her cloth nappies..God Bless her cotton socks!. Raelene Stratten is her name from Benalla. She may be helpful on info RE the thermomix. She is on FB. My last convo with her was that she had a crack making ethical milo with it and that she hasnt been to a mainstream supermarket for any food for weeks. Sorry I sound like im bragging but she is quite an inspiration. (and character I might add!!) :) OK, Bye! Elisha Ross :)

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  17. is the washing machine really that great? because ours is crap, and now that i'm doing a million loads a week (hello cloth nappies!) i may try to convince the husband that we need a better one. would you recommend buying online? xx

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    1. Hey Gaby,

      truly, for under $500 it will quite literally change your life! I have worked with a crap washer with 2 kids and MAN, i wish I has spent the money sooner. This 15 min cycle and every day 55 min cycle if you need it. Other bonus is that you can change the 'spin' speed so your clothes pretty much come out dry - so great for winter. Man, i'm pretty enthusiastic about it.

      I got mine from appliances online, they deliver for free and take away all the rubbish. Just bought a new tv and fridge from them too- very good service.

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

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