This is a bit tongue in cheek as I thought it would be funny to get my new steam mop out all glammed up before a night of cocktails with girlfriends to really show it off!
Pretty huh?! No, not my shoes, my matching white steam mop. Monochrome is so in don’t you know!
Totally worth a sparkly LDB right 😉
Seriously though, when it comes to doing household chores I’m a complete and utter Gadget Girl!
Any form of appliance or technology that means I can spend less time cleaning and more time with my kids or building my business is a winner in my eyes.
Although I’m a bit of clean freak and love everything to be organised and tidy, I hate to clean (who likes to, I don’t know?).
With two young kids, a career that means I make and blog a lot of recipes (with at least one a day) along with cooking generally, housework can feel like one epic, endless cycle.
As soon as I’ve finished cleaning the house it’s time to start all over again. And again. A Groundhog Day of tidying up!
This is why I’m always on the hunt for the latest and most innovative technology to make housework a whole lot easier.
So here I’ve picked out my Top 5 kitchen appliances that every busy mama needs in her life.
You can thank me later! Now I’ve just got a floor to steam! 😉
1. Hotpoint Steam Mop
I’m so grateful that both my boys love the outdoors as much as they adore crafting and painting inside.
As wonderful as this is though, there’s a huge downside to arts and crafts and wellies in the house-the mess, mostly on beautiful monochrome tiles and wooden floors!
Thankfully I was recently gifted the Hotpoint Steam Mop c/o Appliance House, a fabulous online website that sells top of the range, branded kitchen appliances at great value prices with buy now pay later finance options too, and I have to say that this mop has revolutionised my housework.
In fact it’s so easy to use, I can even do the housework in my favourite heels!
This was taken when I actually just steamed the floors (unlike the first picture pre-cocktails)!
My mop eliminated tough stains with ease, was easy to control, so never felt tiresome to use, worked quickly and left my kitchen floor spic and span in far less time than it would have with a mop and bucket.
The heat of the mop means that more bacteria is killed than by traditional mopping and as the steam evaporates quickly so the floor dries instantly meaning there’s less chance of accidents and it also means that bacteria is less likely to ‘survive and thrive’ as they LOVE wet environments.
Another key factor for me is the fact that the mop runs solely on water, so there are no nasty chemicals, perfect for mine and Oliver’s sensitive skin as well as the environment too.
Steam mops work at a high-pressure dry steam function, this great Hotpoint model took just 20 seconds to heat up and it is super quick to use, saving time and also putting much less pressure on my back too.
The mop’s ergonomic mop head means that you can reach even the hardest nooks and crannies – it even cleaned those pesky tight corners between my kitchen units which I usually have to get down on my hands and knees to scrub (definitely not in heels)!
And what’s more, I’m excited to announce I have teamed up with Appliance House to offer 1 lucky Honest Mum reader a Hotpoint Steam Mop (Worth £99) of their own.
Just enter via the Rafflecopter at the end of this post to enter the competition and win one for yourself.
2. Duel Fuel Range Cooker
I’m an avid chef as those who follow my blog know. I come from a family of restaurateurs and I post regular recipes on here, as well as having them featured on top websites including the Huffington Post and Woman Magazine (and I’ll soon be cooking on TV too so watch this space)!
Let me present to you range cookers which are designed with top chefs in mind. They really are the dream cooking machine.
Firstly they are huge! You could literally (well probably) feed an army with one of these things so it’s more than perfect for the feeding my family of 4.
Combining electric oven and grill and gas hobs, duel fuel range cookers are my preferred model of range cooker.
3.Boiling Water Tap
I love boiling water taps as they are so much more efficient and economical than a regular kettle!
The taps are so well insulated that their stand-by mode costs just 3p a day. Everyone has the bad habit of overfilling kettles, but this tap eliminates that so it is far less wasteful and better for the environment.
It can be used for everything. From making a cup of tea to boiling pasta and even filling hot water bottles and removing candle wax.
And they look so much more stylish too!
4. Pop Up Sockets
Pop up sockets are every parent’s dream. Even though I keep a super vigilant eye on my two young sons, I do worry that they may play with electric plug sockets without realising how dangerous they are!
Pop up sockets help eliminate this danger.
Simple and effective, there discreet design means they are far more stylish than old fashioned plug sockets and also include USB ports – perfect for charging phones, docking stations and tablet computers!
5. Free Standing Wine Cooler
I’m of Mediterranean heritage and my husband Peter is South African, so we’re a household of wine-lovers.
Although we don’t drink loads, we love collecting nice bottles of wine and enjoy a glass when we get a night off.
On my wish list is a free standing wine cooler. Even though I have a pretty large fridge, I really need somewhere to store wine which otherwise takes up too much space on the shelves.
So that’s my list, I’d love to read yours in the comments.
Now for the exciting competition-
To win the fab Hotpoint Steam Mop (worth £99) courtesy of Appliance House please enter using the Rafflecopter below: