Ways To Keep Cleaning Quick & Easy

A few months ago I couldn't understand why people enjoyed cleaning so much, I thought they were from another planet! For me, cleaning was a chore, something I would dread and force myself to tackle each day. That was until I was "Hinched!"

I hope that most of the people reading this know what I mean when I say that, but for those who don't, let me explain. 
Mrs. Hinch is a lovely lady over on Instagram, who created an account based on her home and decor. She then started to film clips of herself cleaning and well, she went viral! I remember watching one of her stories for the first time, she was only cleaning her shower but I was mesmerised. After following her journey for a few months my outlook on cleaning has totally changed, it's like a switch has been flipped inside of me. My house has never been cleaner and better yet, I now enjoy it! This leads me to the topic at hand, simple ways I keep my house spick and span.

1. Make lists
On Sunday evenings I like to sit down with my notepad and make a list of all the cleaning tasks that I need to do the following week. I create my lists in order of priority and by room, this makes planning the daily cleaning chores quick and easy. For example, on Monday I tend to give the kitchen a deep clean, from oven to hob, through to microwave and dishwasher. Everything is scrubbed top to bottom. Every day I'll tackle a different room, whilst making sure I do my daily tasks too, such as the toilet and kitchen sink. People think that the toilet is the dirtiest place in the home, but you may be shocked to learn that quite often it isn't. The kitchen sink, taps, kitchen counters, chopping boards and even handbags have been known to carry even more bacteria than a toilet bowl so it's very important to keep on top of everything. Even the little tasks that are easy to overlook.

2. Product hauls
Cleaning product hauls are something else that I've been obsessed with lately. I really enjoy finding products I've not tried before, especially when they are a bargain. Discovering a product you've never used before, one which works a treat is so satisfying and keeps me motivated on my cleaning journey. I have so many favourite products; Astonish for surfaces, Harpic for the toilets, Pink Stuff for ovens, Fairy Liquid for microwaves, and anything from Method and Zoflora for everything else!

3. Get the kids involved
Children can easily pick up the habits and traits of their parents, so I'm conscientious when I do anything around Noah and Ava. I want them to have a positive outlook when it comes to cleaning, to adhere to good home hygiene, especially as they get older. For example, Noah has been helping to prepare food with me lately, after showing an interest after watching a cooking with kids YouTube video. I was about to start making a roast dinner one afternoon which ended up being a great opportunity to teach him the importance of hygiene when it comes to handling food. We both wore polythene gloves while handling the chicken, was then careful to remove them and dispose of them. We then washed our hands thoroughly. He asked 101 questions in the process and now knows the dangers of cross-contamination.

Do you have any tips you'd like to share?
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Schleich - Now Available At George At Asda - Review

Schleich is a brand that takes me back to my childhood and one which leaves me with the warm fuzzies. I remember being in awe of their figures every time I visited a museum, as that's where they were commonly stocked, in my area, when I was a child. I probably spent more time admiring all the different Schleich figurines than actually enjoying my time at the museum! I'd make a mental note of all the figures I wanted, but unfortunately, I never got any!

As you can imagine, I was delighted when I heard the news that Schleich is now being stocked at George at Asda, making them easier to buy for families like you and I. I was also very happy to go ahead with a review of some of the figures that are available, and couldn't wait to see if the kids loved them just as much as I did as a child.

We were sent two products for the purpose of this review, the first being the Schleich Farm World Starter Set. Included in this pack are four farmyard animal figures, a cow, a sheep, a donkey, and a cockerel. All four figures are hand paints and incredibly lifelike. They are all made to scale which makes play so realistic. We all have a favourite figure when it comes to this set, mine being the small donkey, Noah's being the cow, whereas Ava loves the sheep. The set retails at £14.97, which I think is a fair price for the quality and attention to detail. Both Noah and Ava have been playing with them none stop since they arrived last week, which is great to see.

Next, we have the Schleich T-Rex and wow, what a showstopper he is! He is quite a large figure, with all the attributes a ferocious T-Rex should have. As always, the attention to detail is out of this world, even down to how he feels to touch. The movable jaw is a nice added touch, meaning that Mr. T-Rex can gobble up all the small farm animals and ROAR! Prior to this, Noah had never shown an interest in dinosaurs, unlike most of his peers. Ever since receiving the Schleich T-Rex it's all he's been talking about, he wants to learn about them all. The T-Rex figuring retails at £15.97, and is suitable for children 3 years and onwards.

Having such realistic figurines is great for imaginative play and for using as a learning resource too. There are more Schleich figures and sets available at George, including the Wildlife, Bayala sets and many more. Noah has already asked for two more dinosaurs for Christmas and I have a feeling that we will have to collect them all.

- We were sent these products for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.


Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 - Review

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are tiny little critters, waiting inside speckled eggs, waiting to be lovingly hatched by children. They are so much fun to hatch and even more fun to collect. Noah loves collectibles and Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are a firm favourite of his, they are so cute though, we can't resist them.

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles season 3 has been just as popular as the previous seasons, introducing us to over 100 new characters to collect! Noah was delighted to receive some more Hatchimals to review, included in the bundle. Included in our review box was; a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 1 Pack (RRP £2.99),  a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 2 Pack and Nest (RRP £4.99), a Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 4 Pack and Bonus (RRP £9.99) and the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Season 3 One Dozen Egg pack (RRP £24.99). What's great about these prices is that there's something for every budget, whether it's for a present or a pocket money treat.

Having reviewed Hatchimal CollEGGtibles a couple of times in the past, Noah wanted to hatch them all differently this time. He asked to open all the packs, put the un-hatched eggs together and then crack them one by one. We did this by hand, by rubbing the heart until it changed colour, then by pulling apart the shell. We also used the Hatchimal CollEGGtibles Hatchery Nursery from a previous review (highly recommended) to hatch a couple too.

There's so much delight to be had when it comes to discovering which critters you'll find inside the eggs, and I think that season 3 adds more excitement because each Hatchimal CollEGGtible has a twin, squad or best friend. 

A new favourite of ours is the limited edition 'fuzzy' called Shimmering Girreo, who is from Shimmering Sands. He looked so cute, curled up in a ball fast asleep. We discovered him in the two pack with the nest, so it was only right for him to rest up inside it.

The One Dozen Egg Carton comes with 10 eggs, 2 hatched CollEGGtibles and a hard plastic egg carton. It's been very popular with Noah and I also think it's great because the egg carton can be reused. It's the perfect place to store some of Noah's CollEGGtibles.

Our Hatchimals CollEGGtibles collection has now grown thanks to SpinmasterIn total, we had 17 eggs to hatch and we didn't find one dupe! Instead, we discovered 4 sets of twins, a couple of best friends and a multitude of limited edition and rare characters! We even found an ultra rare Petal Deeraloo, who is now our all-time favourite! We hope that there'll be a season 4 (and 5, 6, 7 and 8) so that we can continue to enjoy these fantastic collectibles.

- We were sent these products for the purpose of this review, however, all opinions are my own.  


Choosing Noah's Birthday Presents With The New Smyths Catalogue

You know that it's almost the most magical time of the year when the toy shops start releasing their new catalogues. I don't know about you, but for me, they really adds to the excitement of Christmas. Spending hours flicking through them, circling the different toys I wanted that year was right of passage in my childhood and is now a popular tradition that I do with my own children. To be honest though, we do it year round too. It's not just a Christmas thing!

With this in mind, I was delighted with Smyths got in touch, offering to send us their latest catalogue, alongside a Smyths voucher to treat the kids. Bursting with over 300 pages, there's endless inspiration to be had when it comes to gift giving. Whether you need ideas for birthdays, Christmas or perhaps for just a treat, there's something for every child.

Noah was at school and Ava was busy playing with her dolls 
when the catalogue arrived, which gave me an opportunity to flick through it myself. I grabbed myself a cup of tea, sat down and I was able to really look through and discover all the wonderful toys and games which are available. I noticed how everything is set out in a way which makes finding things quick and easy, a plus for both children and adults alike. Looking through also made me feel so nostalgic; cabbage patch kids, lego and Barbie, oh my!

Noah was very excited when he came home from school to find the new Smyths catalogue waiting for him. It didn't take long before he had it on his lap, searching for his favourite toys. It came as no surprise that he headed straight to the Imaginext section, pointing out not one, but two playsets that are new and that he needs for his collection! His words, not mine! He then moved onto the WWE pages and circled the announcer microphone, the zombie wrestling figures, AND the WWE title belt! Ava, on the other hand, she was cooing at the realistic newborn baby dolls, so that's certainly a gift idea for her.

I'm impressed with the new Smyths 
catalogue, not only is it filled to the brim with so many great gift ideas, it's a great tool to gauge what the kids are interested in. You can also make it into a fun craft activity for them by helping them cut out the toys that they'd like, then by sticking them onto pieces of card, creating a visual representation of what they'd like for their birthday or Christmas this year. 

If you'd like a copy of the new Smyths catalogue simply, click here. It's free and will be sent straight to your door. Happy shopping!

- Wrote in collaboration with Smyths.