Kärcher SC 4 EasyFix Premium Steam Cleaner - Review

With the busy Christmas period over with for another year, it's time to tell you about a product which has made the festive clean up so much easier! Introducing the Kärcher SC 4 EasyFix Premium. The SC 4 is a premium steam cleaner which tackles an array of different jobs around the home. I was so excited to open up the box and try it out! 

On opening the box I was a little take aback by all the different bits and pieces, and by the extra thick instruction manual, however, I didn't need to be. I was able to assemble the machine myself, in a matter of minutes, and the instructions were very straight forward and easy to read.

Included with the SC 4:
The SC 4 machine, 1 x hand nozzle with 1 x microfibre cloth, 1 x detail nozzle, 1 x round brush, 1 x power nozzle, 1 x measuring cup, 2 x 0.5m extension tubes, 1 x easyfix floor tool, 2 x microfibre cloths, 1 x power nozzle, 1 x big round brush, 1 x carpet glider, x1 5m power cord and a 2m hose.

0.8 litre water tank capacity.
Ready to use in 4 mins.
Ready to use in 240 seconds.
Variable steam control with overheat protection.
Steaming time 31 mins per tank.
Steam flow rate 110g/min.
H27.3, W25.1, D38cm.
Suitable for all floor types.
Weight 4kg.
Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.

The Kärcher SC 4 is a quick and effective way to clean various surfaces around the home. Taps, wash basins, hobs, extractor hoods, wall tiles, windows, mirrors and ALL TYPES of floor surfaces, not a problem for the SC 4. It produces a powerful steam, so much so that it kills 99.9% of household bacteria without the use of any chemicals.

The first job we chose to tackle was the kitchen floor which is made from ceramic tiles. The hose and cloth glided across the floor, making quick and easy work of steaming the surface. It didn't leave the tiles feeling hot to touch for long and it seemed to dry faster than regular mopping. It was so efficient in cleaning the floor that I covered the entire surface in probably two minutes. Once dried the floor shone and it was totally spotless.

Next, I decided to try out the extension and power nozzle which emits a strong burst of steam, ideal for hard to reach places like corners, crevices, and edges. I first used it on my kitchen sink and hob and was blown away by how powerful it was. It not only cleaned those hard to reach areas, but it left no watermarks on the stainless steel so I didn't need to buff afterward. I've also used this tool in the bathroom sink, shower, and bath. It's such an effective way to clean and quite fun to use too.

Last, but not least I gave the hand tool with microfibre cloth a whirl and I have to say this is the accessory that I've used the most. It's such a versatile accessory that can be used with or without the microfibre cloth attached. Without, it's a small brush which is ideal for removing stubborn dirt on surfaces like hobs, ovens, tiles, anything really which needs a bit more elbow grease. The microfibre cloth attachment makes light work of stream cleaning pretty much anything, even windows! I've used it on so much, tiles, windows, screen doors, furniture, the extractor hood, the carpet, and even the sofa!

The Kärcher SC 4 EasyFix Steam Cleaner Premium is lightweight, easy to use, and comes with a multitude of different accessories. I really enjoy using it because I know and can see how efficiently it's cleaning my home. I cannot recommend it enough. It retails at £299.99 and is currently on offer on Amazon.

- I was sent this product for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.

My Sunday Photo - 2/52

Ava - 22 Months Old

I've been a bad Mum. The last time I wrote an update for Ava was back when she was 17 months old! Everything has been so hectic lately, in the best kind of way, and well, it's second child syndrome for you! Those are my excuses, and I'm sticking with them! Anyway, I'm here now, to fill you in on everything Ava is up to lately, but more importantly, for us to read back together when she's older.

I've lost count of the times I've said this, but Ava is well and truly one of a kind. People always comment on her personality, how charismatic, entertaining and funny she is. Her aura would be yellow like the sun, she just radiates happiness and is honestly a pleasure to be around. She is confident, independent, intelligent, determined, charismatic, creative, friendly and affectionate, yet feisty and stubborn too. She is quite easy going, like her brother, which makes being her Mummy a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.

She is a little chatterbox and likes to speak in her own little language. That said, she knows countless words and is also putting two and three words together now. She could say 
hiya, ta, hi, Mam, Mama, Mummy, Dada, Daddy, Nanna, Grandad, cat, hat, cheese, shoes, car, ta ta's, choc choc, tea, that, wee wee, poo poo, baby, dip dip on the last update but is learning new ones every day. Her new words include NOAH, bye bye, orange, strawberry, apple, coat, socks, bath, ice cream, drink and please. Joined words include Hiya Mama/Dada/Noah and Bye Bye Mama/Dada/Noah.

I've not weighed her in a while, but she's quite solid. I predict that she's still following the 91st centile nicely. Clothing wise she wears a mix of 18-24 months and 2-3 year old clothes. She wears a size 6 nappy and size 5 shoes.

Ava has 16 teeth and is waiting for the last four now, the two sets of second molars which tend to come through from 2 years old. She's handled teething like a champ, none of them have bothered her, so I hope that will be the case when she gets those four too! Teeth aside, she had her first full-on cold just before Christmas and it seemed to last weeks. For the first couple of days, she really struggled with it, it was horrible to see her poorly.

Ava has two 12oz bottles of cows milk a day, one in the morning, one at night. I'm in no immediate rush to cut the bottles, they are only little for a short amount of time so I'm letting her enjoy them while she can. Food wise, she loves the stuff, just like her Momma! She tends to just pick at breakfast but has a decent lunch, dinner and then some supper too. Favourites include; all fruits, all veg, especially carrots, green beans, beetroot, and gherkins. Fish, especially salmon and tuna. Pizza, chicken, cheese, cereal, chips, crisps, dip, rice, pasta, yogurt, and chocolate.

Ava loves to sleep, usually sleeping through the night but she is still in our bed and she can stir occasionally. She tends to have an hour or two nap during the day, but sometimes she skips it. We are currently renovating the kids' rooms so in the next few weeks we hope to settle her in her own bed, in her own room. Wish us luck! Although I think I'll really miss out nightly cuddles.

Milestones and new tricks
* She is starting to put two and three words together.

* She has a great pen grip and has fantastic control when mark making.

* Her imagination is next level and is constantly role-playing in a realistic manner. 

*  She likes to try to put her own clothes and shoes on, and brush her own hair and teeth, which of course I have to help with too, despite her protests!

* She can now recognise her first colour; orange!

* She knows countless animals and the noises they make.

* She did her first wee on the potty this week, though we haven't started potty training just yet as I don't think she's 100% ready yet.

Likes and dislikes
Her entire family, she loves spending time with us or visiting other family members houses. Going for walks, exploring, jumping in puddles, running, jumping and climbing. Drawing, colouring and mark making. Playing with playdoh, or anything creative. Her dolls and playing Mummy. Animals. Reading books. Her wooden kitchen and role-playing. She loves listening, dancing and singing to music. Her favourite cartoon is Peppa Pig and she likes to watch nursery rhymes on YouTube. Alexa. Baby Shark. Bath time! She doesn't like having her teeth brushed because she wants to do it herself and she doesn't like insects.

All About My Year - 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 seemed to go so very fast and was jam-packed full of adventures and big changes so I just had to document it, just like I did last year, on my 2017 post which can be found here.

1. What did you do for your birthday?
We spent it abroad in Majorca! My birthday falls the week before half term, in May, so it works out a great time to book our annual family holiday as it's nice weather and is cheaper too! We spent 11 nights in Puerto Pollensa and it was an amazing place to celebrate (or commiserate) the big 30!

2. What's the biggest thing to happen to you?
As mentioned above, I turned 30! This felt like such a huge milestone to me and the whole thing made me feel so anxious! I counted down the last months, weeks, days, hours of my 20's and guess what? When I turned 30, I felt so different! Age is just a number right? *sobs*

3. What was the biggest thing to happen for your child/children?
Noah started school and turned 5, both of which I think are huge milestones. Again, the prospect of him starting school was something which left me feeling ill, however, he's blown me away. We had a few weeks of separation anxiety and lots of sobbing at drop off, but he's come on leaps and bounds. He's also trying very hard when it comes to phonics and is finally picking up a pen more. When it comes to Ava, well, she's a force to be reckoned with. The biggest thing for her was probably learning to walk early in the year, just before turning 11 months. Then, of course, turning one!

4. Could you pick a favourite week of 2018?
That's such a difficult question as I could choose half a dozen, but it would have to be either our holiday in May (11 days of sun, sea, and sand - what more could you ask for) or Christmas because it really is the most magical time of the year.

5. Do you have a favourite photograph of yourself from 2018?
It has got to be this family photo that was taken on the day of Ava's 1st birthday! It's not often that we have a photo taken of the four of us, one in which everyone is playing ball.

6. What was your best day out?
We love our family days out and have had some great ones in 2018, from trips to muddy farms and sandy days at the seaside, through to adventures at theme parks and exploring in museums. We went to Blackpool a couple of times and one of those days stand out to me the most. We went to the arcades, and to the sealife centre. We then spent time paddling in the sea, built sandcastles together and collected shells.

7. What is the best film you've seen?
Good films are few and far between these days, so when a great film comes along it really blows me away. Bird Box was probably my favourite film of the year, or at least the one that springs to mind first having only watched it a week or so ago. It's on Netflix and is totally worth a watch.

8. Is there anything you wish didn't happen?
I had a loss in the family towards the end of the year and although we were estranged, it still hurt and of course I wish that hadn't happened.

9. What would you like to achieve or improve for 2019?
I just looked back on my goals from last year and was glad to see that I've achieved a couple of them, a few still being a work in progress. My goals for 2019 is to finally lose the baby weight, and to keep it off because I'm becoming quite the yo-yo dieter. I want to take up another hobby besides blogging, comping, and reading. I also want to further my blog and social media.

10. How will you be celebrating/did you celebrate New Years Eve?
We had another lovely night in with the children. We tucked them up in bed and then celebrated the New Year together as a couple. What better way could we spend it?

2018 was a great year, full of fond memories and milestones. Here's to 2019! I'm tagging and Rebecca from Mum of a Premature Baby, Jess from Tantrums To Smiles,  Michaela from Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum and Clare from Emmy's Mummy to see if they'd like to take part too!