Time is so precious. While you can always make more money or buy more things, you just can’t make more time.

As I’ve gotten older and of course, had kids, time has never felt more sacred.

The tough times can seem so long (those sleepless nights certainly felt endless at the time) yet on reflection, life really does pass by so quickly, so much so, I honestly feel that my sons were just babes in my arms but days ago, and with a blink of my eye (that’s how long I’ve slept to be fair, in 7 years) here they are, now, sweet little boys with great big personalities!

I want to savour this treasured time with them, simply making memories and learning together, where we can. Those kids teach me so much. Patience for one, how to perfect shortbread! and together we have so much fun. I’m not sure I’ve laughed more than since I’ve become a mum.

Blogger Honest Mum and kids

A  young family plus a full time job does mean however, that ‘me time’ rarely gets a look in, despite me knowing full well how much better I feel after getting some R&R (rest and relaxation) there’s never enough hours. The thing is when mama gets to chill out and feel more content, the whole family, benefits.

Nobody appreciates ‘moody mama’ and late nights burning the midnight oil can dampen my usually cheerful demeanour.

Plus, working late means I miss the marathon sessions of Suits, my husband and I like to watch together (the only telly we can agree on), so I’m making time-out more of a priority from now on, as I try and learn to wind down earlier more frequently.

That way I get more time to drool over Harvey Specter (win), and less time carrying out domestic chores by day (and let’s face it, they’re called chores for a reason, right?).

While I know there must be plenty of ‘Monicas’ out there who love a spot of cleaning, I’ve always been more of a Rachel, literally shedding tears over having to take the bin out!

Don’t get me wrong, the house is always clean, I just don’t enjoy the Groundhog Day of vacuuming, dusting and mopping which seem to consume my every day.

Ironing has never been a joy either, truth be told, that is, until I used the Philips PerfectCare Elite Steam Generator iron which low and behold, has not just made me whizz through the ironing load, but has flipping well made me enjoy it too. Who knew? The speediness in which it glides makes ironing therapeutic and fun and believe me when I say that’s a sentence I’d never thought I’d write.

Not only has this miracle appliance given me a personality transplant (!) but it’s also halved my ironing-time compared to a standard iron.

Readers, without further ado, let me introduce you to this babe of a steam generator iron.

Philips PerfectCare Elite Iron

You’re looking at the world’s fastest, most powerful steam generator iron** which as it’s done with me, will give you the #GiftOfTime, meaning you can spend less time ironing and more time doing whatever you fancy thanks to it. Hurrah!

(Plus, if you head to the end of this post, you can enter to win this steam generator iron worth £350 for yourself plus a £100 John Lewis Voucher!).

…Just the other week, I was faced with a mountainous pile of ironing after a half-term spent living out of suitcases in London and Windsor for the holidays.. Putting what felt like 25 washes on when we returned meant I’d postponed ironing until it was literally taking over our bedroom so I had to tackle it.

Come Saturday, the clothes pile was reaching astronomical proportions with holiday clothes and the rest of the week’s (I couldn’t get into bed) so it was time to take a deep breath and dive right in. Thanks to the PerfectCare Elite Steam Generator iron, a task that should have taken a week (you think I’m joking) was reduced to less than 2 hours (really), leaving me more time for my family, myself and Harvey Specter too, of course!

I made a film of my day from morning until night so you can follow me around and see how ironing with the steam generator saved me time so I could truly chill out with some me-time at the end of the day. Yay!

Here I share a day in my life as a busy mum along with a demo of the steam generator which gives me the #GiftOfTime aka frankly, the bath dreams are made of. I’m covered in bubbles, don’t worry Mum!

And what a 24 hours it was. Starting off the day cleaning dirty dishes from the night before whilst simultaneously making breakfast for the kids and my husband and I, meant I only got to actually sit down when it came to my weekly blow-dry with my friend Nina (alas I don’t just #wakeuplikethis)…Even then though, I didn’t take a breather as I caught up on work emails from my laptop and published a blog post. The joys of a multi-tasking #mumboss life hey!

The boys and I then raced around the green in front of our house, playing on the swings and getting some fresh air before the rain defeated us (and threatened my blow dry-eek) and we headed back indoors for some baking fun.

I’m smiling here but all I can think about is how Xander’s dripping cake mixture everywhere and right after I’d cleaned as well. Thankfully the delicious buns made up for the mess!

Making Buns in the kitchen

making buns for kids

Make buns as a family

mixing bowl

These spongy delights were so tasty, thanks to the boys baking skillz that even Queen Baking Bee, Mary Berry would have been proud.

And here’s Xander giving his best milk moustache face :).

buns

After all that scoffing, the kids watched a movie whilst Daddy prepared dinner for us all.

I headed upstairs to crack on with the ironing which thanks to the PerfectCare Elite steam generator went quicker than I’d imagined, leaving me with perfectly pressed pieces for all the family (and a chance to wear clothes we loved rather than mismatched items at the back of the wardrobe we’d been surviving on)..

Using PerfectCare is a bit like doing the supermarket shop in a Ferrari. You have to do it so you might as well ride in style, hey.

Plus, this steam generator iron is a total speed demon of an appliance. It works by delivering more steam than any other steam generator, penetrating deep into your clothes so you can speed through your ironing pile like Jenson Button on his way to Tescos (probs).

Vroom…

Ironing with Philips PerfectCare Elite

Philips PerfectCare Elite Iron

The world's fastest iron: Philips PerfectCare Elite

What’s more, the PerfectCare Elite steam generator comes with a ‘no fabric burns’ guarantee, which having ruined several vintage silk dresses from over-zealous ironing, is music to this fashion-loving mama’s ears!

And how does it keep your beloved pieces safe?

The steam generator has a smart electronic chip which ensures the soleplate stays at one perfect temperature at all times cleverly making it is safe to iron any fabric from silk to linen, with a vertical steaming option for jackets, and curtains too.

There’s no fiddling with a temperature dial either so you just iron all of your clothes on one safe setting.

With this bad boy, you’ll save a massive 40 minutes of ironing time a week, and if you’re not satisfied, there’s even a 60 day money back guarantee.

Check out the key features in greater detail:

  • Large 1.8L easy fill detachable water tank with empty tank indicator.
  • Quick Start: 2 minute steam ready, heat up time.
  • Vertical steaming: longer reach steam hose & safe glove accessory (GC9642, GC9650)
  • Silencing technology to reduce noise from the pump and steam – watch TV in peace. (GC9642, GC9650)
  • Safety Auto Off when the product is not used for 10 minutes
  • Safe carry lock, to securely transport and store your steam generator
  • Tested and approved by independent textile experts Woolmark, IWTO & DWI

Save time ironing

Look at that steam power go!

The benefits of using Philips PerfectCare Elite

With all that time saved, I finished the day off, the best way eve-er with a relaxing bubble bath in peace and quiet.

The ultimate indulgence, I lit scented candles and flicked through a hardback and my fave fashion mags, allowing my batteries to recharge, my toes to get wrinkly and my mind to relax after a busy day.

bathroom

It was a precious gift of time just for me, thanks to the Philips Care Elite Steam Generator.

Lush!


So how would you spend your #GiftOfTime?  I’d love to hear in the comments.

Now onto the exciting competition.

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** Based on internal test using average ironing basket compared to Philips GC3802 steam iron and UK consumers who iron for at least 120 minutes as week as reported by independent agency

**Steam rate (norm IEC60311), vs. the 10 best selling steam generators; tested Dec. 2014

 

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584 Responses

  1. Jane Middleton

    I would spend more time growing my business so I can have quality time with the family once it’s running smoothly.

    Reply
  2. Natasha R-M

    I would bake some cakes and then sit in the garden with a slice of my home-made cherry and almond cake and a cup of tea, watching the birds and reading a good book.

    Reply
  3. Alix Boswell

    I would probably use the time to read a book that has took me about 2 years to read!!

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  4. Audrey Spratt

    With my own #GiftOfTime I’d have a bubbly bath, light candles and sip prosecco!

    Reply
  5. Oksana Fitzgerald

    I have not watched a good film with my husband for a long time, so probably just do that and have some quality time with my daughter

    Reply
  6. Adrian Bold

    I would use the #giftoftime to catch up on some reading I’ve not had time for.

    Reply
  7. Amanda Johnson

    #GiftofTime would give me peace and tranquility in an uninterrupted bubble bath

    Reply
  8. Tamsin Dean

    have a fantastic bath and meal in peace, maybe a movie and a good quality sleep

    Reply
  9. Jenny Sue

    Curl up with a good book in the conservatory whilst my husband watches football on tv, this never happens in our life and it should

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    • nichola chambers

      I love to read i love reading in the bath 🙂 with loads of bubbles

      Reply
  10. Scarlett Small

    I sometimes feel I don’t have the time in the day to exercise and stay fit and healthy so I’d dedicate my gift of time to that

    Reply
  11. Nancy Bradford

    I’m not sure. I’ve not had any time to myself for eight years so I’m a bit out of practice. Maybe read a book?

    Reply
  12. Charlotte Hoskins

    With my #GiftofTime I’d put my feet up, stop for a moment and think of the good times 🙂

    Reply
  13. Bryanna

    Quiet time — glass of wine, favourite bath oil, candles .. the works!

    Reply
  14. Victoria Dixon

    I would have a lovely bubble bath with some hotel chocolat goodies and a glass of Asti, then a good book and my comfy sofa with lots of cushions around me – the perfect #GiftofTime

    Reply
  15. Teresa sheldon

    With my own #giftofTime I would sit in my garden with a cheeky glass of rose listening to the birds and looking at my flowers that for the 1st year I’m growing

    Reply
  16. Sue Oldham

    If I had a gift of time, I would spend it pursuing one of my lifelong and most absorbing passions, writing! I am currently working on a new project and it is all too easy to be ‘distracted’ doing mundane things like housework, the day job (!) and promoting my books, and to neglect actual writing. So I would settle down in peace and quiet with my little Cocker Spaniel Milo at my feet, and do some writing!

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  17. Sunita verma

    To decorate my living room so that its all complete for when my son comes home so he doesnt have to see the mess just the finished product…i just dont get much time to myself unfortunately but i will try

    Reply
  18. Allison Sherwood

    I think with my own #GiftofTime I would put my feet up and read a good book.

    Reply

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