Monday, March 21, 2011

Oh My Goodness, the Chips!

Anyone remember the ad on TV where the woman leaves a deep fryer of chips unattended to answer the phone? The catchphrase of the ad was 'oh my goodness, the chips!' - her response when the house starts to fill with smoke - and a phrase still frequently heard today.

A few days ago we had our own 'oh my goodness, the chips!' moment when Aaron burnt his hand, quite badly as it happens.

Aaron has slowly taken over most of the cooking in our house as it's something he really enjoys, and I'm happy not to have to think about what to cook each night. Last Wednesday I decided to cook dinner to give him a break so I made him a lovely farmhouse chicken casserole, which I planned to serve with some fresh veggies, including mashed potato.

I have to point out that Aaron doesn't eat a lot of veggies unless they're baked and he eats very little mashed potato (I mean who doesn't like mashed potato!) so he decided he'd make home made hot chips to have with his meal.

I had just finished putting Annabelle to bed when I heard a yell followed quickly by a crash. I made a dash into the kitchen to see Aaron with his hand under running water and oil all over the floor, he was obviously in agony. Of course he refused to go to the hospital, despite it being less than 10 minutes walk away, and also to the Doctor. The following afternoon he finally went to the chemist for some dressings and cream and the hand is now starting to heal!

So what happened?  As Aaron was taking the saucepan off the stove the handle completely broke away from the pan splashing his hand with oil. By the time the floor was cleaned (I used 1 roll of paper towel, 2 hand towels and mopped twice to remove all the oil) neither of us felt like dinner.

The moral of the story - eat your vegetables!

Day 2: more blisters appearing

Thursday, March 17, 2011

EucoFresh Product Review and giveaway

Staying clean is a costly business. I do at least two loads of washing a day which works out to be a minimum of 14 loads a week. What with a partner working as a tree lopper who gets covered in sawdust and sap plus two children, an 18 month and a ten week old it's also a pretty messy business. 

I certainly know my way around a washing machine so when I was asked to review Bosisto's EucoFresh laundry powder I readily agreed - value for money, especially with a family is worth looking into.
The first thing I noticed was the lovely scent of eucalyptus - it just smelt clean and fresh. I normally use a powder suitable for sensitive skin to wash the girls clothes and as EucoFresh has no insoluble particles it's suitable for use by allergy prone people and didn't irritate my girls skin.
The Pros
Environmentally friendly
Low Allergenic so suitable for people with sensitive skin
Grey Water Friendly so it's kind to plants and soil 
No synthetic perfumes or dyes so the scent doesn't compete with my fabric softener
Suitable for use in front or top loaders due to the low foam output
Ultra concentrate  - approximately 40 washes per 1.5 kg box
Cost friendly at approximately 22 cents per wash

The Cons
Actually I only found one - at the moment it is only sold at Woolworths supermarkets and some independent stores, such as IGA (I normally shop at Coles). 
It's also worth noting that I used EucoFresh in my soaking bucket, as I had run out of Napisan, and my daughters bibs and white shirts came out clean. 
The most important thing though is it cleaned my clothes, even hubby's filthy work clothes, really well and I will definitely be using it again!
More information about EucoFresh is available from the FGB Natural Products website.
Now for the giveaway:
  • The giveaway is open to Australian residents only.
  • Leave a comment to enter. You may only enter once.
  • Entries close at 5pm 31st March 2011.
  • The winner will be drawn via Random Number Generator 
  • Winners will be announced on this blog post after 5pm on the 31st March and notified by email. 
  • Good luck!!
2nd April 2011
Congratulations to 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9
I will be emailing you shortly for your address details.