Little brothers

The wee men are prepping to start kindy next year, so we found the smallest uniforms we could find, and dressed them up ready for their first orientation day. Can I get an awwwwww?
I had to take their pants about 20cm, awwwww. The littlest bloke loved it, and surprised us with taking to it better than anyone expected. Awwwwww. This means I will have all of my babies at school next year, is it too early to book the ticker tape parade? Oh the jobs I will finally get done!

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The Iron Maiden – Phillips PerfectCare Aqua

Most of you would know that I’m not an ironing person, if there is a lazier way to do something I WILL find it.  When word got around that I was test driving an exciting new iron, the Phillips PerfectCare Aqua, well lets just say I could hear my mothers surprise from my house.  Hey with eight people in one house some corners are going to get cut. But what we also have in this house is a lot of uniforms, work, school and cadets. It comes up to quite a lot of pressing. We are an upsized family. We have an upsized car, upsized house, upsized washing machine, dryer, well everything really. So it’s only fitting that we upsize our iron.

Meet the Iron Maiden (yes I’ve named it).

Philips PerfectCare Aqua GC8635

That’s a 2.2 litre water tank on the base, yep it’s a whopper. I won’t lie to you. It does take up a lot of space. I opened it up and baulked at the size, but then I figured out that you don’t have to have it on your ironing board. It can still be easily used when placed next to the board, I iron next to my kitchen bench so it sat there, the cord to the iron from the base is quite long so it worked well.  There are accessories you can get, including this purpose made ironing board, which I’m kinda maybe going to order. It turned out to be quite an amazing appliance to use.

This is only $99 too!

A surprising thing about this iron is that it doesn’t have a temperature dial.  So there is no cotton, wool or the seldom used silk setting, I’ve never successfully ironed anything silk which is why I don’t have silk anymore, but I digress.  The reason it has no dial is this; “One perfect setting for all your clothes. Always the perfect combination of steam & temperature because: 1) Advanced Smart Control Processor sets the perfect combination of steam & temperature 2) The ultra powerful cyclonic steam chamber delivers powerful constant steam for all your fabrics.”  

I was dubious, but it did what it said it would flawlessly, and I’m pretty sure it gets creases out faster than my classic style iron.  If I was going to take in ironing to earn a bit of dough on the side, this would be the iron for the job. Especially with the pressurised steam generator, using that option made it even quicker.

PerfectCare Pure delivers a powerful continous steam output up to 120g/min and an additional steam boost up to 220g. It is ideal for perfect and fast crease removal and for vertical steam.”

Ploughing through all kinds of fabric.

It is easy to fill, with no spills like my classic iron that has that tiny funny angled spout, which I never manage to fill without dribbling it down the side of the iron. The iron clips back into the base for storage and makes it easy to carry around, the whole unit packs up easily.  It does look like a complex beast of an iron, which would probably startle a lot of people, but it is technologically advanced but simple to operate.  Not having to wait for the temperature to adjust with each garment was the best bit for me, which you might not realise takes up extra time when ironing, and I don’t have that much time to spare.  I didn’t even need to use any sprays or starch. It has been a very helpful addition to our busy household. But don’t think that it is just suited to large families, anyone who is after a crisp professional result with their ironing is a match for the PerfectCare Aqua as well.

Disclaimer: I have been gifted the Phillips PerfectCare Aqua as part of this review.


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Shooting around…

I’ve been getting into my photos a bit more lately. These are taken with an Olympus Pen Mini.

St Marys Church Ruin, off the Federal Hwy near the Yass turn off.

Don't right click, tis bad karma dude.

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The teenager.

The thing about raising autistic children, is you can’t expect things to happen quickly, from waiting for therapies to changes in your kids abilities.

But occasionally they will surprise us.

Our big autie boy has hit puberty, and while he doesn’t say much his happy singsong noises are starting to crackle a little. His laugh is that of a teenage boy, all squeaks and pitch changes. I find myself wondering what kind of teenager he could’ve been, and should I be counting myself lucky that at this age he still wants to be by my side?

Then last week I was in his room cleaning his window, while he was bouncing away happily on his bed (this is why he needs a new bed every couple of months). He began laughing quite a lot, which he usually does when he’s done something he shouldn’t and then he shouted “By self! By self!” I asked him if he wanted to be by himself, the response was cheeky laughter but I heeded his request because how often does he actually ask for something with words!?

So there is a teenage boy in the house after all, and he wanted mum out of his room :)


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To do: Annoy Mum – check.

Mum I’m bored. Yes of course the go to person for fun ideas, would definitely be the lady you find sorting laundry, she is having loads of fun. It seems that the plethora of toys and games strewn about the place, are unable to hold their attention for more than the time it took them to drop it on the floor, and leave there. My planning for these coming school holidays isn’t going so well, ok it hasn’t happened at all. I don’t think my nomination for parent of the year, is going to come through anytime soon.

It is clear that my time management skills need a serious review, so let’s examine them shall we?

The cornerstone of a good time management plan is the To Do list, and I have plenty on mine. The much touted essential, for getting stuff done. You can create a daily list of the things you’re never going to get around to, and you know why? This is because creating lists, and remembering what it was you were supposed to be doing, takes up time. The plus side is that creating lists, makes us feel like we’ve achieved something. Then comes the prioritising, and this is tough. What needs doing first? This can take up even more time, because it has to be absolutely right, right?

Once I have my finished to do list, I then need to find exactly the right kind of way to present it. Be it on paper or electronically, seriously the medium matters. Otherwise how will people know I’ve got a to do list as long as your arm, if I can’t show it off proudly on all forms of social media, for friends to gasp at and ask; how do I do it? I think we all know the answer to that one. I need to outsource.

I need a parental personal assistant, not just my spouse because he is as busy as me, but someone else. Someone impartial to create those lists, and tick things off after they’ve given you a little nudge to do so. Your own personal cheerleader, like we are for our kids, this would be the ultimate in motivation. This just might help us deal with some of that mother guilt too. Model parenthood here we come.

The thing is, our kids don’t care what is on our to do lists, they have their own set of priorities. Sure a lot of the time it may seem that their priorities are set at; eat everything, make mess and annoy mummy, but you know what? These are all cumulative towards their one and only goal, and that is having fun. I like a list with only thing on it to do.


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