Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mother's Mate

Today I'm going to share with you a product I call my "Mother's Mate". It is a product I use all the time around our house in my regular cleaning routine and it is my go-to lifesaver in times of accidents. It is one of my all time favourite Norwex products. It is the Mattress cleaner.
The Norwex Mattress Cleaner is designed to eliminate dust mites and all organic material that exists in mattresses, woolen underlays, mattress toppers, pillows, sofas, bedding and stuffed toys or anything that you can't chuck in the wash that may exacerbate allergy symptoms and asthma. 

It contains the dormant of live bacteria and when the bacteria become active, it produces enzymes (a type of protein) that "seek and destroy" and break down accumulated dust mites, dust mite faecal matter, pet dander, dead skin cells or any organic matter which causes unpleasant odours, allowing this matter to be consumed.  They will continue to consume this material until all organic matter is removed, converting it into carbon dioxide and water.  Once there is nothing left for them to feed on, the bacteria disintegrate.

The gross facts... 
Dust mites are microscopic. About 50 of them can fit on the head of a pin. Dust mites eat the fungus that grows from dead skin cells and animal dander. The average adult sheds about 15 lbs of skin cells per year; 80% of that is shed in bed.One dust mite produces, on average, approximately 50 fecal pellets daily.  Their fecal matter is the most common cause of dust -related allergies. Approximately 80% of asthmas sufferers are allergic to dust mites.  What you may not know is that it’s not the Dust Mites causing the allergies; it’s the feces they leave  behind. -Ohio University – Dust Mites Report.pdf 
Bedding aside; I also use it on my lounge, rugs, soft toys and carpet to control mites but I alternatively use it on car seats, fabric seated dining chairs and anywhere my children might spill milk or food. On the grout around the toilet and anywhere the kids may have had an accident (because we all know what toilet training can be like) and vomit to control odours. You know those times when even after it has been cleaned, there is still that smell that hangs around. The Mattress Cleaner will eat the bacteria that is left behind that is actually causing the smell. I use it on spills, runny nose smears or blood because the enzymes eat anything that is protein.
It has been reported by customers to ease or really help with:
Sinus problems, gets rid of the smell of pee (both human and pets), Asthma, Eczema and other skin conditions, Hay Fever, reduce hubby's snoring and much more!
The spray is safe for children and pets, because there is nothing in it different from what is around us on a daily basis. 
I really love this product. It eases my mind knowing that I am providing a safe clean environment for my children to play and grow.
How to use: Shake before use, then spray once or twice on a pillow, 5-6 sprays on a single bed, 7-8 on a double bed, 9-10 on a queen bed and 10-12 on a king size bed. Allow to air dry before making bed with clean sheets. Apply every 3-4 months, or every 2 months in an asthmatic’s home. The Mattress Cleaner has a two year shelf life and should be stored closed, in a cool place.
If you would be interested in trying the Norwex Mattress Cleaner at home you can purchase it for $39.90 from my Norwex business page-

Want to see more? I found this useful clip on YouTube. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

30 Day Photography Challenge- Week 4

I am finally getting around to writing the final post for the 30 Photography Challenge and I have to apologize for the long delay. Im sure we all know what life is like sometimes! If you would like to catch up you can find Week 1, Week 2 and Week 3 by clicking on the links. This is bonus week because to finish off the challenge there are actually nine subjects remaining.

Day 22- Hands
Tiny sandy hands at the beach. We were lucky that the challenge happened to fall on a holiday and a trip to the beach. AMAZING photo opportunities.

Day 23- Sunflare
Ben taking the opportunity to wet a line while the kids have a dip at the beach.

Day 24- Animal
What photographer doesn't like to capture a snap of a pretty butterfly!

Day 25- Something Pink
Pretty pink picnics outside with two tiny princesses. Oh what it would be like to be so small and carefree again!

Day 26- Close-up
I love it when something catches your eye and the strongest impulse comes over you to pull out the camera and have a play.
This is a close-up of the sprinkler as it reflects the afternoon sun. It almost makes a yellow and orange rainbow!

Day 27- From a Distance
Clearly lacking inspiration today. Two birds sitting on the line.

Day 28- Flowers
Here is the next victim on death row in my garden. Poor thing... So pretty and such a shame it faces the same fate as the rest of any plant I have ever owned!

Day 29- Black and White
Once again, I really struggled with this subject. My interpretation is that it was of a black and white object and not a colour picture turned black and white. I had a hard time finding anything that matched the criteria. So this is one of my daughter's teddies. Not the most exciting models but I have to admit I am a sucker for texture.

Day 30- Self Portrait
This Self Portrait is a true reflection of me. I actually HATE having a picture taken by myself. Other than that, these two little princesses are an extension of me.

Well... That's it from me. Again if you have any pics you would like to share that meet these subjects I would LOVE to see. Please share them with me. It's been a fun challenge. I just wish that time would not get in the way and I could have finished this on time but, better late than never! If you are a photography fanatic, I would definitely recommend giving it a go! It is always good to get out of your comfort zone, learn a thing or two or have a go at something you haven't done in a really long time. It can be so rewarding to think outside the box and take a break from your usual subjects.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Fast Life in the Slow Lane

The very rare moment that I have both toddler and baby down for a nap, part of tea in the oven cooking ready for tonight and 5 minutes to sit down and have my second cup of coffee for the day and I'm not sure if it's the fact that I have been fighting off a cold for the last few weeks, surviving Amelia's week of being not well or trying to adjust to a hubby-to-be's new roster but i'm finding myself reflecting on how insanely busy life has been. I'd like to say how busy its been lately... but really its been this way for as long as I can remember. There is always something isn't there?!?!

When I began my first few weeks of maternity leave when Hannah was almost due I was looking forward to potentially having a few years in the slow lane. Sleep ins, days on the couch, playing with my kids. That is how people without children see the lives of people who stay at home with their kids. Even for me being in childcare having look after 8 babies at a time, up to twenty 3 to 4 year olds I naively thought that looking after 1 or 2 would be a piece of cake compared to what I was used to. And then I would go home to my peaceful child free home and have a shower by myself, cook tea while sipping an alcoholic beverage listening to my favourite music a little too loud, sit on the couch and watch my tv show uninterrupted and go to sleep when I was ready and have a full 8 hrs straight before starting it all again the next day.

But it's not like that really, not even close! I didn't know what busy was until I had kids. Everything just takes a hell of a lot longer! It can take an hour just to get through any given meal and takes half an hour (or more) just to get the family from almost ready position to shoes on, in the car and leave the house to go anywhere! And days pass in a blink of an eye, weeks in a heartbeat and years... well ask any Mother whose baby is just about to have their first birthday how fast that year passed! (Amelia turns 1 next week).

But that's not what this post is supposed to be about. I guess I just wanted to acknowledge that being a Stay At Home Mum, as enjoyable and rewarding as it is, is not as slow paced or as easy as it is portrayed. 

On that note I would like to apologize to my family and friends who I do not call or text or visit anywhere near enough. I'm sorry! Trust me when I say, I am looking forward to a time where I am not studying at Uni, planning a wedding or both and there is time to just live life!

watch this Youtube clip "People with no kids don't know " for a good laugh. Very funny and so so true!

Friday, May 1, 2015

30 Day Photography Challenge- Week 3

In case you missed it you can catch up on the 30 Photography Challenge Week 1 or Week 2 by clicking on the links. 

Day 15- Silhouette. This picture was taken on along the highway on the Rockhampton side of Blackwater a few days ago. The property that we happened to stop next by to take the Day 12's Sunset picture (featured in week 2) had this "Silhouette" with their mailbox. 

Day 16- Long Exposure. 
I really love this picture. And this is why I really wanted to take this challenge. For the first time in years I took out my tripod and I have always wanted to experiment with sparkler photos! They look magical! I'm very happy how this picture turned out!

Day 17- Technology. 
Ohhhh how I love technology some times. Meet Roomba, my robotic vacuum. I took this photo of it whisping around my lounge room as it cleans up after my kids while I have a cuppa.

Day 18- Your Shoes. 
I love my sparkly "Forever New" flats! As my wedding heels are far from comfortable I have been thinking I will change into these at the reception on our wedding day.

Day 19- Something Orange. 
Every traveler's worst nightmare!!!

Far from art! But unfortunately not a lot I could do whilst being stuck in the car for over eight hours on our long trip to Maryborough for Anzac day!

Day 20: Bokeh (for those not familiar with the term: is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light").
I had a go at doing this intentionally for the first time a few nights ago. I know it wasn't the most interesting of topics but you have to work with what you've got. I was trying to capture the experience of driving at night. So the aerial was supposed to be the subject, with the lights as the "bokeh" in the background. I can't say I LOVE them but was not too bad as my first attempt, complicated by the fact we were travelling over a bumpy road at the time. A lot of practice needed!

Day 21: Faceless Self-portrait. 
On our way to Maryborough for ANZAC day with the family. I must say they weren't too bad during this trip. The way home was a different story! The joys of travelling with kids!!!

I would love to see some of your pictures of these topics. Share or tag me on instagram (teagan_childs) or upload it on The Mumma Next Door Facebook page.