I think it’s really important to get children to do simple chores around the house and it’s something I’ll always encourage Erin to do. I don’t actually remember my mum making us do any cleaning or helping out around the house in any way. As a teenager my own bedroom was my responsibility and if I didn’t clean it, well, it wouldn’t be cleaned! I think not helping out at home made me lazy and I really never appreciate everything that needed to be done. From a very young age I have always encouraged Erin to pick up her toys
When I became a parent I tried to promise myself that I would make more time to keep the house as clean and tidy. Before Erin was born both John and I worked full time and sometimes had to blitz the house in one go just to get it done. What some people seem to forget though is that children are messy… a lot of the time and things get in the way of best made plans. However, someone that does understand this is ACE. ACE have a great motto of ‘Remove the stains, keep the memories’ and I love this!
As we don’t really have family close by that we are close to, Erin has never really had a babysitter or been away from me or John since she was born. This means that Erin has been with me every day for the majority of her life and I had no child free time. While I didn’t go back to the full time job I had when I became pregnant, I did go to work in a supermarket part time for 3 evenings a week when Erin was 9 months old. It really wasn’t for me though and I quit
Just recently we have been super lucky as we have been sent some great vacuum cleaners to use. Having only ever really owned cheap models and never being completely impressed I am always looking at what other machines can do and comparing them. Something I had never heard of before though was the Vorwerk Kobold VK200. Not only had I not heard of the machine but I hadn’t heard of the brand before. When I was asked if I would like a trial of the machine I was definitely interested and quite quickly said yes. The Vorwerk Kobold VK200 is quite
I don’t know about you but when it comes to Christmas, I hate having the decorations up afterwards. I would quite happily take everything down on Boxing Day or 27th December and be done with it. John has changed his mind from year to year depending on what we have had going on. Taking the Christmas decorations down is something I would really rather do sooner than later. I honestly don’t mind putting the Christmas decorations up right at the beginning of December. In fact, I love putting the Christmas decorations up as soon as I can. I think it helps
If you’re anything like me, you’ll be the kind of person who really gets sucks into adverts on television, especially for things like vacuum cleaners. The adverts that always stand out for me the most are those for the Shark vacuum cleaners. I was so happy when we were offered the brand new Shark Upright Vacuum Cleaner (NV801UK) for review. Of course, I jumped at the chance. On the day the Shark upright vacuum cleaner arrived I was literally bouncing with excitement. I know that sounds quite silly but I had heard such good things about this brand and couldn’t wait
We have had plenty of vacuum cleaners in the past and some have been better than others. Some have died a natural vacuum cleaner death and some have been so bad that we’ve replaced them quite quickly. The last vacuum cleaner we bought was absolutely awful and we couldn’t even use any of the attachments as they didn’t pick anything up. Kneeling on the floor with the main pipe was not fun! So, when we were offered the Phillips Performer Active vacuum cleaner to try I jumped at the chance. Setting up the vacuum cleaner was an absolute breeze and from
As a busy parent, there are things I hate spending my time doing and one of the biggest is laundry. There might only be me, John and Erin in the house but we get through at least one load a day normally. I don’t even know where it all comes from really. Our washing machine was one of the cheapest on the market as we bought it the week we moved into our house using vouchers we received as wedding presents. It was never anything special and it made one hell of a row. A lot of the time we