Checked an item off the bucket list

I’ve been travelling around New Zealand this week with my daughters, we’re making the trek from one end to the other. It’s their first overseas trip, and first time to New Zealand for us all.
I write to you from Wellington, the middle of our journey. In two days we ditch the car and get the ferry to the South Island, and collect a new car free from muesli bar wrappers and road trip rubble, and keep driving south.

I will fill you in on all the awesome details later on when I have time, but for now I’ll share this amazing bit. This morning I got up to see the sunrise over an active volcano. Yeah.

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I won something.

So I entered a photography competition with this picture.

http://m.smh.com.au/national/brown-sheep-and-white-snow-take-home-winter-photo-competition-20140904-10ckon.html

To my complete and utter surprise it won first place, needless to say I’m pretty damn happy about that.

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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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Over my shoulder…

The school run can be a frazzling experience with my crowd, and slightly insane. I decided to make a note of what goes down in my mummy van. It starts the second they get in.

Henry, “I’m a good master chef.”
Ok
Austin, “I want donut, we go shop” (this is not a request, it’s a statement). No
Austin, “Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww (crying) I want go shop now”
Charlie, “Yay let’s go shop! Donuts.”
Sorry no.
Henry, “Mummy did you see that I’m a good master chef? I didn’t hear a yes?” Yes
Henry, “mummy what’s master chef?”
A show about barristers that dream about being baristas Honey. Henry, “what’s a barista?”
The lady at shop who makes mummy her coffee.
Charlie, “mummy look at my keg”
Austin, “no no no leg”
Charlie, “Mummy look at my leg. It’s broken it needs a doctor. Doctordoctordoctor!” Your leg is not broken.
Charlie, “you look at my leg”
Georgie, “mummy did you have a pet contest at school? You have to put our fish in a container for me.” Uh huh. We’ll see.
Charlie, “I ate the cheese.”

Henry, “Mummy does Amy’s house have a front door?”
Yes
Henry, “is it red?”
I can’t remember.
Henry, “is it blue?”
I really don’t know.
Henry, after a pause. “Mummy is it brown?”
Yeah sure.
Charlie, “doctor doctor doctor doctor” (chanted like a siren)

Austin, “mummy how you do that?”
What?
Austin, “do that?”
Um. Like this.
Austin, “ok”
Charlie, “Doctor doctor doctor”
Georgie, “Mum how do you do the dugong?”
The what?
Georgie, “the dugong, like this!” I spy hands waving in the air in he rear view mirror. Yep like that.
Charlie, “go shop. Wah.” He actually said the word ‘wah’
Wah huh?
Charlie, “wah” with added smug grin.
Henry, “what does Jordons name start with?”
J
Henry, “you’re a liar it does not start with j!”
Ah here we go, the after school rage is coming out.
Don’t call mummy a liar. Do you know what liar means?
Henry, “you said a bad word! Don’t say that bad word to me!” What word as the bad word?
Henry, “That one! Can we have pudding?.”
I think you’ve had enough pudding. I mean, mummy doesn’t have pudding in the car.

Austin, “I want pudding” proceeds to bawl his eyes out.
Henry, “I didn’t hear a yes?”
Charlie, “pudding pudding pudding!” Again chanted like a siren. Sorry after dinner. No pudding in the car.
Georgie, “I’ll be good. Can I have pudding?”
Henry, “mummy did you eat the pudding?”
Austin, “A dogs doing a wee!” At least the tears have stopped. Henry “whys that dog doing a wee?”
He needed to.
Charlie, “I want to wee in the garden!”
Austin, “Mummy can I go toilet?”
No. Nearly home.
Charlie, “hey look at my wee wee”
Leave your pants on!
Austin, “can I go toilet?”
Do you really need to go?
Austin, “no”.
Georgie, “if I’m good can I have pudding while the boys are not allowed?” Ah no.
Henry, “me too.”
THERE IS NO PUDDING IN THE CAR. THERE MAY NOT EVEN BE PUDDING AT HOME. YOU LOT ARE NEGOTIATING FOR SOMETHING I DONT HAVE! Silence
All: awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
Georgie, “but I’ve been good.”
Sigh. Let’s go get pudding. I need some pudding.
Henry, “but I will get cold”
For the love of…

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