If you have children you’ll be familiar with the scrumptious memories of the first few bath times your baby had. They look so delicate and it is one of the most petrifying things you’ll do as a first time parent. to hold this little bundle in water is scary! They smell divine and look so cuddly after they’ve had a bath don’t they?! And then they get a bit older and bath time becomes wetter and more rowdy, and then they grow up a bit more and bath time becomes a chaotic occasion! Anybody else? I hope it’s not just me!
Bath time in our house has gone from angelic babies and serenity to monstrous creatures who flood my house, and I am not exaggerating. My boys love bath time, however, they cannot listen to instructions during bath time. My floor gets soaked, my windows get washed, my tiles are bubble ridden, flannels are flung, water is thrown, water is consumed, people pee in the water, and general chaos reins. UNLESS they are distracted with bath toys, and then only mild chaos occurs.
Would you like to make bath time easier? Well I think the realistic answer is YOU CANT! Not in my house anyway, but I can make my bathroom easier to manage. furniture, floors and storage are much more easier to manage than two little people! Waterproof flooring, and a very good absorbent bath mat are a must! High shelves keeping things out of reach will also be very appreciated by yourselves once those wondering hands start trying to wash everything in sight! And finding the right storage is essential for toothbrushes, toiletries, toilet rolls, cleaners, towels, and most importantly for bath toys, storage that drains the excess water away to stop them going funky. Baskets with holes in are ideal if you’re not the DIY or upcycle type to create your own. My boys love taking toys in the bath, but we have had to throw so many away because they haven’t dried properly, but I have found an amazing idea below if you fancy a little DIY project over the christmas break, and it looks amazing! I may be brave enough to give it a go myself, have a look and see if you are!
Christmas will soon be upon us, how did this even happen? The year has flown by! I have barely started Christmas shopping let alone make a list for the food we need to buy. Have you?
During Christmas the family home is usually the focal point, we decorate, we tidy, we make sure it feels cosy and inviting, and we prepare our kitchens ready for battle. The battle of preparing and serving Christmas food! But is your kitchen ready?
Here is my list of major kitchen essentials to ensure a fun, festive, and relatively sane christmas time:
- Coffee Machine – We use a Tassimo machine here, and it is one of our favourite purchases that didn’t break the bank. It will be a hit with your guests over Christmas time.
- Slow Cooker – I would not be without my slow cooker! It provides me with an easy option for dinner, especially during winter months. It has made life with two children much easier (at meal times at least). We love a good beef casserole!
- Bread Maker – This is on my Christmas wish list this year! The smell of freshly baked bread is something I adore, and this year we are taking the plunge to get one! There are so many recipes out there. Here’s some bread machine recipes by Panasonic that we will definitely be trying out in the new year!
- Measuring Spoons – If you like to adventure into baking then these are a must have and make life so much easier.
- Digital Weighing Scales – These are so much easier to store than your conventional ones, and I think they are a lot more efficient.
- Containers – For all of those leftovers!!
These are not a recipe for a happy Christmas, but they will certainly make it more enjoyable!