So it seems that sometimes, the universe sends you things you need. Little things, big things, important, not so important. Recently, the universe sent a little, but very useful thing to me by way of a chance to review AND giveaway some new “On-The-Go” Travel products by Dreambaby®. Now, this has been very useful for me because since we got our current car, I have not had a big enough sun shade for the back windows, and the new range includes The Dreambaby® Adjusta-Car Shade® Stretch-It, Shape-It, Fit-It™ and the Dreambaby® Insta-Cling™ Car Shades. Sweet! And just in time, I received the products to review just before we took off for our little Cup Weekend getaway. Road trip sun shades sorted!
Did you go away for the Cup Weekend? We go away every year with a group of four other families – chaos and madness! But super fun. We all pack up and travel off to a Big 4 somewhere in Victoria and hang out for five days. This was our fifth year, and the tradition is going strong. Such a fun way to catch up with friends that we don’t get to see as often as we’d like. Lots of jumping pillows, swimming, usually rain and wine. Lots of wine!
Now to the products. Firstly, the Dreambaby® Adjusta-Car Shade® Stretch-It, Shape-It, Fit-It™. This is perfect for our car – we have a bigger, suv type, and this just stretches right to all the corners. Which is great for Ms 4, because she is at that stage where she is VERY particular about things. Like the sun touching her at all when she is in the car! It was easy to use, it sticks right on with big suction cups that don’t pop off easily, ie when little hands are trying! (RRP $19.95 two pack).
The second one we got to try, was the Dreambaby® Insta-Cling™ Car Shades. The static cling shade just attaches to the window, you just smooth it on and there you go! There is no need for suction cups, and it doesn’t affect any tinting surface that may be on the window already. Really easy to use, and it’s stayed on for a couple of weeks now. Hasn’t fallen off and it’s great for Mr 2 – he can’t reach the window, so he can’t pull anything off!! These have UPF 50+ sun protection, the mesh screen can help to reduce glare on sunny days and they simply fold away into a compact, easy-to-store, re-usable bag. (RRP $11.95).
Are you starting to think about the Christmas and Summer holidays? Any road trips coming up? Then get your fingers clicking and enter toot sweet! These have just been fabulous for us, and the kids have been much happier in the car, without the sun annoying them. To enter, check out the options on the little app below – please consider sharing with your social media pals as well – it’s good karma!
Our dishwasher is broken. It’s not completely broken, but it’s on it’s way out. It chugs away bravely, and noisily, doing it’s best to clean the plates and bowls and endless plastic cups that end up in it, but we both know it’s nearly over.
When we moved in, the previous owner, an older woman, proudly pointed out that she really didn’t use the dishwasher. This was either a lie or she was a crazy person because WHY?! And it had clearly been used – things were well worn, in this old dishwasher. I have never really had a house with a dishwasher until now. I was so thrilled that there was one when we bought this house. I know, small things. Then it started to leak. Not all the time at first, but then we ended up needing a tea towel at the base, all the time. Eventually, this became intolerable and The Mister replaced the seal. So easily fixed and it was fabulous! No more leaking dishwasher.
I had noticed that it wasn’t really cleaning that well, but then figured, if half the water was leaking out it probably wasn’t able to. The new seal will have fixed it, I thought confidently. And wrongly. It’s had clean outs and filter cleans and The Mister has removed and cleaned out the arms. Each time it was a little better, then no good really. Apart from things on the top rack. Apparently the arm under that rack appears to be ok. It’s the bottom arm that is capput.
Then the door hinge broke. One day it obviously decided it had had enough. So now, it’s also slightly dangerous, particularly if you are 4 or 2, like half the members of our household. Because a dishwasher door with no working hinge is HEAVY. It regularly bangs down, hard, when someone who doesn’t know or forgets, goes to open it.
This fills me with dread. Even half working it’s better than being elbow deep in the sink ALL FREAKING DAY! I keep persisting, stacking as much onto the top shelf as I can and sparsely filling the bottom. That sometimes helps. You know what also helps? Using good quality powder. I’ve always thought it was all much the same. WRONG. I was offered the chance to sample a packet of finish powerball quantum max tablets. Yeah, they clean sooooo much better than the cheaper stuff I was using. Even with my broken and struggling dishwasher, everything was clean. Even the glasses were actually clean and not cloudy. I need to not be cheap. Also, a new dishwasher wouldn’t hurt. Sponsors anyone??!!!
Do you reckon you’d like to win a packet of these little beauties? Then get you to the widget and comment on this blog post telling me just what does your dishwasher mean to you? Remember, it’s a game of skill, not chance and the most creative answer wins! Australian Residents Only.
This giveaway is bought to you by HomeHello.
*THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED – THE WINNER IS AMY A! CONGRATULATIONS, AN EMAIL IS HEADING YOUR WAY!*
Right then people, it’s giveaway time! In fact, it’s a HomeHello House Cleaning giveaway! Now, I don’t know about you, but I often dream of the time when I might be able to pay for someone to clean the house. Oh, to not have to clean the bathroom. That would be so awesome!
So when the good people at HomeHello contacted me to offer one of my readers a three hour house cleaning voucher, how could I say no?! Have you heard of them? They are Melbourne and Sydney metro based and have an awesome website where you can easily book and pay for their services. The website lets you specify how many rooms you need done, extra cleaning required, and dates and times. It also estimates how many hours you would require, depending on what you need done. Too easy!
I know several friends who have started employing a house cleaner, and man, has it made things run smoother for them. It helps them in terms of the house being clean, obvisously, but also takes away some of that stress the housework can cause. You know, between you and your partner, the kids, the pets…… And gives them more time to do other stuff that needs doing.
So if you have been considering a cleaner, this could be your chance to try it out – three hours free!! Like I said, they’re Melbourne and Sydney metro based, so unfortunately if you are outside that area, the prize can’t be used. But refer some friends! They might win and buy you a bottle of wine if they do!!*
It’s easy – simply fill in the rafflecopter form below AND don’t forget to leave a blog post comment HERE. On this page. That is the only mandatory thing. Comment telling us the messiest thing you’ve had to clean up in your house and The Mister will choose the one that he likes best (I will remove identifying info and then let him see the answers).
*Please note, I have no control over your friends. They may not buy you a bottle of wine for referring them to this giveaway.