Tips to Give Your Home a Healthover

Whether you love it or hate it, cleaning is a fact of life – and no matter how much you loathe scrubbing up in those marigolds, we bet you loathe bacteria and germs even more. It may therefore be time to give your home a ‘healthover’ and ensure the following ten germy hotspots are hygienically clean.

Dettol Power & Pure Advance Kitchen Spray

The Chopping Board

Chopping boards have been found to harbour around 200% more faecal bacteria than the average toilet seat1. Immediately clean and disinfect your chopping board after use with an anti-bacterial product.

The Kitchen Sink

The average kitchen sink contains 100,000 times more bacteria than the bathroom sink. Ensure you regularly apply a liquid disinfectant and leave to soak overnight.

The Dishcloth

A recent study revealed that 60% of UK dishcloths were contaminated with E. coli – one of the main causes of food poisoning. A staggering 85% of Brits fail to wash their dishcloths at high enough temperatures2, which should be frequently washed at 60°C to kill bacteria.

The Washing Machine

When you wash at temperatures below 60°C, bacteria can survive and transfer between garments in the wash. Experts refer to this as ‘bacterial soup’, with as many as one million bacteria living in just two tablespoons of wash water. Add an anti-bacterial laundry cleanser to your wash to kill bacteria, and once a week run your machine on a hot wash of 90°C.

The Shower

The combination of warmth, moisture and poor ventilation can potentially result in many bathrooms becoming a breeding ground for mould, mildew and bacteria. Keep your bathroom well ventilated and clean your shower curtain with a suitable disinfectant to reduce mould and the risk of respiratory problems.

The Toilet

Unsurprisingly, the toilet is commonly the dirtiest item in our home. Always put the lid down before flushing to prevent the spread of bacteria and regularly wipe around surface areas with an anti-bacterial wipe.

The Bathroom Sink

The average bathroom sink contains 2,733 bacteria per square inch. Apply Dettol Power & Pure Advance Bathroom Spray to kill 99.9% of bacteria and tackle tough dirt whilst the Active Oxygen formula ensures no harsh chemical residue is left behind. Unlike traditional bleach based products which recommend extensive rinsing to remove potentially harmful chemicals and skin irritants, Dettol Power & Pure Advance can be spritzed, wiped and no need to rinse – the powerful cleaning agents simply break down to oxygen and water leaving nothing but sparkling, hygienically clean surfaces.

The Bed

Mattresses can become reservoirs of human cells, dust mites, bacteria, fungal elements, pollen, dander and excretions of the body. Vacuum your mattress and change, wash and launder bed linen on a weekly basis separately from other clothing with an anti-bacterial laundry cleanser.

The Highchair

Infants are at a higher risk of picking up illnesses such as the flu while their immune systems are developing. Ensure to wash, clean and dry surfaces where young children eat before every meal to remove potentially harmful bacteria.

Soft Furnishings

Curtains, sofa covers and other soft furnishings can all harbour allergens such as pet dander, dust mites and pollen particles. Limiting these items on surfaces can help minimise the risk of an allergic reaction, so apply a disinfectant spray to all soft furnishings.
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Things Change

Things change.

All sorts really, but particularly when you have a baby.

It’s annoying to say but it is one of those ‘have to have done it’ to understand fully quite how things change.

I knew all that was going on in the world of celebrities and reality TV, up to date on current affairs and well acquainted in ‘the arts’. Now the only arts I’m involved in is finger painting and the extent of my celebrity knowledge is who is the new cBeebies cast member.

One of the major things I have found to change though is time and how I spend it.

When you have young kids, a typical day can include, but is not limited to, providing constant attention from the second you wake up (or are woken up) and get them out of bed, to getting them breakfast and then cleaned and dressed. The attention then goes to ensuring they are kept out of harm’s way; to answering their cries or questions, to keeping them from destroying books at the library or emptying shelves at the supermarket. The attention then turns to being one step ahead so they don’t get too hungry, tired or bored.

Basically it is needing 40 minutes to do what would normally take 10.

It is being constantly aware and watching, constant use of your voice, constantly putting the needs of your child’s above anything else. It’s doing all this, whilst teaching virtually everything. You teach your children to speak, how to be well mannered, to be safe, to be good, developing creativity and empathy.

Everything.

textingI use to be on top of everything. Organising all sorts, meeting up with friends but lately I’m all on if I even remember to text a friend back. I mean, I usually reply but it is usually at least 48 hours later. Why is this how I spend my time now?

Being a parent is a choice, yes. And a most wonderful joy. But in my opinion, when you have spent all day, every day, parenting, as much of a joy as it is, that when you get 10 minutes to yourself, you just want to be alone for a little rest and alone with your thoughts, to make some mental plans or figure something out. Quite often I’d rather be doing that instead of messaging or calling a friend.

So sorry, friends. I am a bit MIA. I hope you can understand why, because it probably won’t be changing for a while.

Super Busy Mum

Rebecca x

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Red Candy | Review

We were lucky to receive a lot of lovely home ware items when we got married. However, that was over 6 years ago and though most things have survived fine, there a few things that need updated, like plates and bowls – particularly for a food blogger!

I recently came across Red Candy and received some of their gorgeous Sherbet Bowls to try out with some of my cooking. The colours are literally as lush as they are in the picture online, though some are slightly darker, but still rather lovely, and I’ve received lots of lovely comments on the bowls when people have come to visit. Max has been using them too but he insists that he has to have the ‘blue’ (turquoise) one.

They arrived really well packed and sealed and I mean, really well. Box within a box within a box! But they are fairly delicate items and you wouldn’t want to have them arrive smashed or chipped.

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They really add a splash of colour to our kitchen (some of our cabinets are glass so you can see them on display). The set looks really good and would work perfectly to display nibbles at a party as they are so striking. But obviously they have been working well for us for our everyday meals and breakfasts.

The only negative I have is that they can’t be used in a dishwasher or microwave which for me, is a little awkward. I have a dishwasher and just chuck everything in there after each meal, so I just need to remember to not put them in and hand wash them.

The bowls are made out of ceramic and have been really sturdy for us so far – must just not drop on our tile kitchen floor! The bowls cost £39, so just over £6 per bowl. This seems to be a fairly average rate for this kind of thing so I think it is really reasonable, plus, if they are naything like other ceramic bowls I’ve had in my time, they will last for years and years. They’ll just look better!

Family Fever

Rebecca x

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*The bowls were gifted in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Our Weekend | Nymans & The Acorn Beefeater Burgess Hill Review

We had a fairly busy weekend this past one, with a friend’s birthday, a friend’s baby blessing, working, plus a little trip to National Trust site Nymans as well as a lunch out at newly redecorated Beefeater The Acorn in Burgess Hill. Love quality family time (and of course great food).

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Max was clearly having the time of his life…

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First off, the restaurant was a little tricky to find. I think it may be because our sat-nav is a little old but it got us in the area but not quite there. If yours is an older one like ours,  you just need to know that it is really close to the Tesco in Burgess Hill and that will get you there.

I was really impressed with the amount of parking, always a good thing, and first impressions of the outside of the restaurant were really good. We headed in and waited to be seated. I really like the new style of the restaurant, with wooden panelling, cool décor and it felt really open and spacious. It was sparkling clean too. One of my favourite things was that the seating is all different, some booths, some square tables, some round… Made it look good and really eclectic (a good thing)! It looked like a great steakhouse.

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I have been to several Beefeater restaurants before and usually you order at the bar and pay before you receive your food but that wasn’t the case here. I think this adds to the experience as I much prefer waiter service. The choice of food was brilliant, a really large range including several starter options, steaks, burgers, salads and grills. Obviously, there were fewer vegetarian options (3 or 4) but I don’t think it would be a problem as I doubt you’d choose go there if you were a strict vegan.

The kids menu is really varied too but get this – per adult eating from the main menu, you get a children’s main, including a drink of squash or milk for free (on Saturdays 12 – 5pm). That was totally amazing and definitely tipped the scale as to if we would go again. Two adults means two free kids meals for us – perfect! The kids mains are normally £4.49ish.

We went for a sharing platter (£9.99) to start with which was spicy piri piri chicken wings, crispy flat cap mushrooms, bourbon BBQ mini ribs, chilli & lime potato dippers and chimichurri flatbread, including ranch, blue cheese and BBQ sauce dips – talk about yummy. All served piping hot and with cleaning wipes as standard ;)

Max had a kid’s steak burger with fries and corn for his main and Chloe had tomato pasta with garlic bread and corn too – both of these went down extremely well, hardly any food left on the plates. Kids also get a free activity pack and crayons which kept Max in particular, very busy. Love things like this at restaurants for kids.

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all the chins were clearly a result of all the food…ha!

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I had the Chicken Piri Piri for my main (£10.99) and Mr U had the BBQ Chicken and Ribs (£13.99). They both tasted great but boy, are the portions hearty! You definitely get your money’s worth on the main dishes. We of course had to have a pudding, for review purposes of course, so we shared sundaes with the kids and had an Eton Mess one and the Tropical one. You can’t got wrong with anything Eton Mess-y but I was most impressed by the tropical sundae. Coconut ice-cream and mango sorbet was a perfect marriage of flavours and then added with pineapple pieces and cream it was really delicious. So much so, that I started eating it before remembering to take a picture haha.

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The service was good, short waiting times for our food and paying regular attention to see if our drinks were ready for a refill or if we needed sauces or anything else. I think we would definitely visit the restaurant again and am very impressed by this new style of Beefeater compared to ones I’ve been to before. The menu was 100 times better than similar ones I’ve been too. It isn’t Michelin starred or anything but a good, hearty family-friendly meal. There were nice little options like spicy fries (a Cajun seasoning) and they can be skinny or chunky. Small things like that made it more appealing to me and definitely more like a proper steakhouse. I think it is a perfect, family-friendly restaurant.

Family Fever
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*The lunch was kindly provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.