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 ;)