Nov 272015
 

George Foreman

Now that baby Harriet is two months old and we’ve settled into some sort of routine it is time to get working on my post-baby body. I’ve cleared our pantry of all the unhealthy comfort food (it was fun while it lasted) and stocked up on fresh, tasty, nutritious ingredients, bring on a healthy 2016! Luckily for me I am huge fan of salads and with so many different ways to create a yummy salad I have plenty of delicious lunches and dinners to choose from.

Salmon Salad

Being a busy mum of five my time is precious, which is why I have come up with a few ‘quick and easy’ meal hacks. Every few days I fill a stack of containers with freshly chopped vegetables: cucumber, carrot, capsicum, mushroom, cherry tomatoes and red onion. Just add a bowl of pre-washed spinach leaves, a few pine nuts and a sprinkle of grated cheese and you have got a super easy but very tasty base salad, all that’s missing is some much needed protein.

George Foreman Grill

Picking the right ingredients is one thing but the way you cook your meals is also very important, which is why I rely on George Foreman to keep my food lean and clean. Whether it’s chicken breast, a piece of salmon, steak or even vegetables, within a few short minutes they are juicy and grilled to perfection on the new Convertible Easy to Clean Grill (RRP $149.95) without the need for oil or butter. This clever convertible cooking appliance can be used closed as a contact grill or opened up like a griddle, making it extremely versatile for use at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

George Foreman Chicken

The slightly angled design allows yucky fat to run off the cooking plates into a removable drip tray, removing up to 42% of fat so you can enjoy your meal without a guilty conscience. I have to admit this fabulous feature was a real eye-opener for me, I never realised how much fat was hiding in certain foods! Of course hubby’s breakfast bacon will never be healthy but at least whatever fat ends up in the tray you are not consuming so it is a huge improvement from the ordinary fry pan.

George Foreman Open GrillThe Convertible Easy to Clean Grill is compact enough for use on an ordinary kitchen bench but surprisingly large in cooking surface, especially when used open (great for families). On the other hand I would never have bothered to turn on the outdoor BBQ to cook lunch for just myself but the Easy to Clean Grill is very convenient and fast for small serves too, and no need to go outside in the heat or rain.

George Grill dishwasherThe new ‘George Tough’ Pro coated plates can be removed with the touch of a button, are dishwasher safe AND three times more durable than standard non-stick coating. Once you’re done cooking just place the dirty plates in the dishwasher and sit down to eat without having to scrub and clean up afterwards, how mum-friendly is that? There is nothing like putting up your tired feet after dinner without worrying about a kitchen bench full of dishes.

George Foreman Salmon

Need a simple and fast dinner for the kids before heading out for swimming? Just pop some sausages, rissoles or burgers on the Easy to Clean Grill and they’ll cook while you butter the rolls. Not only is it easy to use and quick to clean, one look at all the fat running into the drip tray and you know the George way of cooking is a healthier way.

George Foreman Rissoles

To find out more George Foreman, to locate a stockist near you and to discover delicious recipes online visit www.georgeforeman.com.au.

Jul 062014
 

Smash

I don’t know about you but for me grocery shopping with my little tribe is always a bit of a challenge. I usually come well prepared with my shopping list but the kids have different plans and ask, beg and whinge (and sometimes even scream) for unhealthy snacks that they spot around the place. Next time instead of buying your little shoppers an overpriced treat bag of chocolates why not look for other non-food distractions that are fun, affordable, healthy and actually useful like these new mealtime products by Smash:

Smash Fantasy Feet

Smash Fantasy Feet (prices from $2 – $3.50)

The Smash Fantasy Feet range recently welcomed the friendly elephant and adorable owl to the family, aren’t they cute? All products are sold separately so you can pick those pieces that your child needs and likes most. Kids will love the colourful designs and as the range is BPA and PET free as well as dishwasher and microwave safe mum is sure to approve too, winners all around. Choose from plates, bowls, tumblers (all with handy non slip detail at the bottom) and matching drink bottles (330ml).

The cute animal designs are not the only thing friendly about Smash products, they are friendly on the family budget too with the Fantasy Feet collection priced at just $2 to $3.50 per item.

You can find the Smash Fantasy Feet collection exclusively at Coles stores across Australia.

To find out more about Smash, to browse the range and to locate a stockist near you visit www.smashenterprises.com.au.

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Mar 102014
 

Finish

As you can imagine a ‘big’ household like ours is pretty busy, there is always food to be cooked, laundry to be done, rooms to be cleaned, kids to be showered, beds to be changed and homework to be checked and (like most mums) I often feel there is just not enough time in the day. I love finding ways to save time on everyday tasks so I have more time to do fun family things.

More time to go out and explore

More time to go out and explore

One of the ways I cut down one housework is by using a dishwasher, we have had our dishwasher for 2,5 years now and if you use it wisely you can not only save water but save energy too which is awesome news for the environment and your wallet. Our dishwasher runs on average every other day, sometimes even every third day which I think is really quite good for a family of six.

More time for spontaneous visits to the park

More time for spontaneous visits to the park

The helpful team at Dishwashing Expert is on a mission to help Australian families get the most out of their dishwasher so they have put together a quick list of handy, and surprisingly easy, tips to save money, energy and water:

  • Do not pre-rinse dishes by hand, it’s not needed and only wastes water.
  • Fully load the dishwasher, leaving room for water to circulate
  • Use 50°C, ECO or AUTO wash cycle as your every day program, designed to use minimal energy consumption but still maintain cleaning.
  • Use the timer setting to run the dishwasher in the middle of the night to use cheaper energy rates.
  • Check and clean drains, filters, spray arms and rubber seals regularly to ensure efficient operation.
  • Recycle product packaging.

I would love to hear your clever tips for cutting down your time spent on chores, maybe we can all help eachother out? As a little thank you I have two packs of Finish Dishwasher Protector to give away.

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Feb 112014
 

Finish

If you are a loyal Facebook follower of Hip little one you may have read that we spent 47 hours without power last week after extremely strong winds took down trees all over our suburb. By now the power has been restored, our fridge and freezer have been completely emptied and cleaned (and filled again) and I have caught up on washing but boy, it was quite a challenge. I do like camping but not in my own home! Of course every situation has its positives and last week brought some lovely moments too:

Tommie helping with the dishes

Tommie helping with the dishes

One of the things I loved about being without power is that you have no choice but to go to bed really early. It was rather refreshing to hop in bed when it went dark at 9pm and we just layed in bed chatting about our day; there was no tv to watch, no blogs to be written and no Facebook to be checked. Normally I would feel guilty about all the housework I didn’t do that day but as I had no other choice I decided not to worry about it. Last but not least, with no stove to cook on hubby took care of dinner with the BBQ, so easy!

Juliet (attempting to) cleaning up the crumbs

Juliet (attempting to) cleaning up the crumbs

I was also pleasantly surprised by how well the kids (especially the twins) helped out with chores that we now had to do by hand, it quickly became a competition who could offer help the fastest. With the vacuum out of order they happily cleaned with dustpan and broom and with the dishwasher on break they even helped do the dishes by hand. They quickly discovered that the more detergent you add the more bubbles you get so it took some extra rinsing but at least they had fun. On the second day the novelty had worn off and master 5 asked me: ‘Is this supposed to be fun or work?’ As you can guess he was secretly relieved when the power came back on! (So was I as our dishwasher is a big timesaver in our house)

Finish, for sparkling dishes

Finish, adds a sparkle to your dish

The two-day power break was a perfect time to take a closer look at our washing machine and dishwasher. They are normally in use all the time so it is rare to have them completely empty. Upon closer inspection it turned out both could do with a thorough clean so I took the opportunity and scrubbed our dishwasher from top to bottom. When the power was restored I ran a nice hot cycle with dishwasher cleaner and it’s good as new again.

While I can’t personally take care of your dirty dishes for you I can help deliver some extra sparkle to your clean ones. I have two packs of Finish Quantum with New Powergel to give away, just tell me about your dirtiest dishes below.

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