Life’s Good with LG

Being on maternity leave I’ve been watching a lot of TV. I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker when it comes to reality shows and I was keenly following the Celebrity Apprentice All Stars. One of the tasks they had to complete was a LG infomercial featuring a really cool washing machine, so imagine my surprise when the very next week I was invited to a LG event.

Hosted at the Montecasino Bird Gardens, I got to learn about the new LG Sapience washing machine which takes washing our clothes to new levels in terms of hygiene and cleanliness.  This machine is the mother of all washing machines and has me wishing we had not just replaced our washing machine a few months back!

Look at what LG have to say about this amazing machine:

“Johannesburg, 27 March 2014 – The LG Sapience Washing Machine has been carefully designed to offer different washing motions to suit different washing duties. It is able to perform various drum motions or a combination of different motions depending on the wash programme selected, to mirror motions of traditional manual wash methods.

If you have been battling with different types of stains on different materials, then the LG Sapience Washing Machine is your solution, as it is diverse in its cleaning solution which results in quality cleaning. The results are sparkling! With six different ways to wash, the LG 6 Motion Washing Machine lets you choose the option that’s right for you and is your partner in fighting off dirty germs.

The LG Sapience Washing Machine’s 6 Motions are unique and all play an important role in providing you with the best washing experience:

Rubbing:
This feature combines the rubbing of clothes as well as getting rid of tough stains effectively. At the same time it is kind to your fabrics.

Rotating:
The Sapience Washing Machine silently washes while laundry is rolled below the water level and creates a more frictional motion with the inner drum gently getting rid of tough germs and stains.

Swinging:
A heart shaped motion softly washes laundry below the water line from side to side and still gets rid of tough germs and stains.

Wave Force:
The Sapience Washing Machine spins and sprays laundry for a more thorough clean which helps with soaking the laundry faster and more evenly.

Compressing:
The Sapience Washing Machine minimizes creasing by using the LG 6 motion to rotate and compressing motion.

Agitating:
The Sapience Washing Machine effectively and forcefully cleans laundry for an effective wash.

With increased washing performance and 6 Motion Technology, the Sapience Washing Machine is backed by a 10 year warranty. LG’s Sapience Washing Machine also includes the Jet Spray, which reduces water usage throughout the course of the rinse cycle.

For enhanced consumer convenience, LG’s new top loaders offer bigger capacities of up to 20kg. With this bigger capacity it is, possible to wash the bulkiest of items including large sized laundry items. This helps to reduce the frequency of washing as consumers can clean larger laundry loads in one cycle. “

At the event launching the Sapience to the press we (some other mommy bloggers and I) got a chance to shoot and kill some angry germs of our own!  Open to the public who stood a chance to win a LG washing machine daily from the Thursday till the Sunday, I thought “how hard can this be?”

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I tell you what, it was not as easy as I thought but it was a whole load of fun!  I managed to shoot two angry germs but didn’t kill enough to get enough points to actually win a machine myself… much to my disappointment.

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If you have any angry germs living in your home and you need to kill them off, consider the new LG Sapience washing machine – it’s available at all leading retail outlets now!

 

From Family of 3 to Family of 4!

This post is long overdue but life has been incredibly… incredible the last 10 weeks.  It’s funny that I only really seem to find my groove 10 weeks after my babies arrive cos looking back I only posted on here again when Kade was 11 weeks old too.

The 15th of January will always be a day etched into my memory.  Not just because it was the day that Gemma was born onto our family but because it was the day that we went from a tight-knit family of 3 to a tight-knit family of 4.

Having a planned c section was a very different experience than having an emergency one.  I was feeling very calm and excited for what was to come.

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I got to take some last belly pics, do my hair, put on some make up and walk calmly into the hospital.  I could plan what was happening with Kade. I even did some work once we’d checked into the hospital.  My mom arrived and we spent some quality time together while we were waiting for the c section time.

We were expecting to go in around 17h00 but they came to fetch me at 16h00.  We messed around in the waiting area and chatted and laughed.  Being wheeled into the theatre where my son was born 2 years previously was surreal. We put on our chosen music for the birth, went thru the prep for all the medical stuff and once the spinal was administered my divine midwife prepped me for skin to skin with our baby girl.

My c section ended up being a while lot more complicated than expected due to some major scarring and fibroids from my last procedure.  I knew something was up cos it was taking longer than I remembered with Kade and I could also see what my amazing obgyn was doing in the reflection of the overhead lights.  Thank God my obgyn is one of the best in the business cos he told me that it was one of the most complicated deliveries he’s had to do in years. Sobering thought indeed.

Once they had sorted out the scarring and fibroids they were ready to deliver Gemma.  I again got to see her head being taken out of my uterus and I immediately started crying.

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My little miracle daughter was here and she was alive and crying and perfect!  We did the skin to skin and I got to welcome her and pray over her.  What an amazing blessing.

We then headed to recovery after the docs closed me up and I fed her.  Going back to our room was surreal, my poor mom was beside herself cos it had taken so much longer than anticipated and introducing her granddaughter other was one of the best moments of the day.

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The other best moment of the day was seeing Kade meet his sister for the first time.  The look on his precious face was priceless.

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He kissed her and cuddled her and told granny to put her in mummy’s arms.  So so sweet.  I was initially worried that he would be jealous but he loved Gemma instantly and I am so happy that he is already the protective big brother.

I am so thankful to God for this gift.  Soon after we got married 10 years ago we started trying for a family and at a point in our journey with infertility we couldn’t be sure that we would ever have success… In fact we were sure we would not.  But God… He was faithful and we are now a family of 4.

Amazingly blessed.  Amazingly complete and happy.

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Heart of the Home : ie the Kitchen

One of the area’s that we really did quite like when we viewed the new house was the kitchen.  We love to cook and entertain and we liked the look and “country” feel of the kitchen.  We felt it was a good fit to our thatch house.  When we planned the renovation, the kitchen was not supposed to be part of the equation.

But then we moved into the house.  I constantly was saying to Cliff “something smells in this kitchen” (he thought I was going nuts but humoured his pregnant wife and changed the dustbin bag more often than not) and when unpacking our boxes we realised that the current cupboards were hugely inadequate for our requirements.  Also the little “island” thingimebob that stuck out was a hazard cos Kade kept bumping his head on it when running into the kitchen or riding his bike in the area.

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So a very thorough re-work of the budget and some extra money borrowed meant that the kitchen was going to be re-done as well.  I am so glad that we did.  When we stripped the old kitchen out, we found two mice nests complete with dead mice (um funky smell anyone?) and also found the back of the cupboards completely rotting thanks to damp coming through the wall from the kids bathroom.

Our kitchen is now amazing if I have to stay so myself.  It looks way bigger than before (even though it is the exact same space just properly planned and used now) and I love, love, love my granite tops!  I also love our feature wall in the kitchen.  I am nuts about greens/blues and ADORE my mosaic tiles on this wall.

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More on the house – The Bathrooms

We viewed our house twice before putting an offer in for it.  Both viewings were done at twilight (after work on our way home to our then house) and granted many flaws can be covered by subtle lighting, but the one thing we knew right from the start was that the bathrooms HAD TO GO.  They were small and super dark and danky.  To add insult in injury the main bathroom was a “wet room”.  No offense to anyone who loves a wet room bathroom but it just wasn’t for us.  The water that goes EVERYWHERE.  The MESS.  No.  Just no.

The baths and basins were also just not to our taste.  They were clearly very old fashioned.

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So we broke the walls down between the two bathrooms and decided to use the space where our so called cupboards/dressing room was to extend the space in both bathrooms.

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We also had to put ceilings in cos the old bathrooms didn’t have any.  So when you showered the person sitting in the loft TV lounge upstairs could smell your shampoo drifting thru the floorboards.  Delightful!  Also the wet room thing – it made the main bathroom SEVERELY damp!  A fact we only noticed once we have moved in.  So that needed to be fixed as well.

We went with neutral tiles and dark finishes on the basins.  We really love our bathrooms now!  Much better light and a way more hygienic space to get clean in.

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The second bathroom is pretty much the same as the main bathroom just with a smaller basin ;)

Happy New (?) Year

I cannot believe that we’re already a week into the new year.  There used to be a time where the first few days of the year used to take their time and we were able to kind of ease into life in a new year.  You know doing things like saying “next year we going to…” and then going “oh I mean this year…” and getting used to the fact that you now had to date things one year older when you dated them.

It’s not like that anymore.  Life just keeps carrying on and it doesn’t seem to lose traction, not for one millisecond.  That’s how I find myself a week into the new year with a host of posts that were supposed to have been completed by now and hundreds of posts unread in my feedly reader.  There is still so much to do to prepare for the birth of my daughter (wow, how amazing does that sound?) and life still has to carry on around all the preparations and plans and “stuff”.

So.

Perhaps I need to decompress and put a bit of closure to 2013.  I have heard so many people say that 2013 was a crap year.  One of the hardest they’ve gone through.  Filled with challenges.  Filled with angst, fear, hopelessness and so on and so forth.  I don’t know if it is just me but I have found that as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised that every year of my life is filled with both good and bad.  With victory and challenge.  With hard and easy times.  2013 was no different for me.  There was a LOT that happened during the course of the year, but I can honestly say that overall the good outweighed the bad and that in my mind made it a year worth living.  I never thought we’d get thru the fact that Kade had a broken femur, but we did and his leg is healed beautifully and has no signs that it was ever broken.  I never thought I’d have to experience a miscarriage of a naturally conceived pregnancy but I did.  Not only did I experience that and get through it, I also was blessed with another incredible miracle who is soon to join our little family.

My child started school – twice due to the aforementioned broken femur, and found the adjustment difficult.  Most mornings were filled with angst and trepidation on my part as we neared drop off time.  I often posted guilty angst ridden tweets as my child cried, screamed and cotched his way through his transition to school.  BUT the fact that he was happy at collection time and was literally exploding with all he was learning was enough to get me through most mornings.  He battled the first year of school always sick syndrome.  We had another hospitalization and way too many doctors visits and became too familiar with our nebuliser.  BUT we ended the year with a child happy (if a bit tearful some mornings) to be a school discovering new things and in good health.

We moved house.  Then we moved into a one room cottage for three months to demolish said house and make it our own.  Renovations are not for sissies.  And word to the wise, if you are going to renovate try not do it while growing another human being.  The added hormones are not good for an already stressful time.  Just saying.

2013 was a mixed bag of a year.  I am looking forward to what 2014 will bring us.  I know it won’t all be sunshine and roses.  That there will be tough times, challenges and things we wouldn’t choose to face.  But I know that as long as we face them together as a family and keep our focus on where our strength truly comes from (God) we will be ok.  We will be more than ok actually. We will have another overall victorious year.

Here’s to 2014!  May yours be everything you hope and wish for.

The Outside of the House

When we moved into the house we had the most amazing Jacaranda tree’s that grew in our front garden.  They shielded the house from the road view and were just WOW.  BUT.  They were massive and they were a big part of the reason why our normally dark thatch house was SO bloody dark inside.  Our front garden also got hardly any sun at all and was mostly always in a shroud of shadows.

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We also had a huge tree on the side of our house which again blocked any light and made the garden and house DARK.

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So our first act of “renovation” was to trim the side tree substantially.  To trim the one Jacaranda tree on the far side of our drive way in half and to completely cut the massive Jacaranda in front of our house down.

The change was HUGE and made a huge impact to the level of light we got inside the house immediately.

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With the extensions we planned the face of the house was also changed immensely.  Before it looked quite quaint, “cottagey” and slightly old fashioned.

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When our architect initially told us about the plans for the extension I didn’t think it would look nice cos I didn’t really understand what he meant about having the thatch hang into the flat roof of the extension but I made a decision to just trust him and go with his recommendations.  He is the professional after all ;)

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I love how the front of our house looks now.  I think it’s an awesome blend of modern and quaint and reflects us as a family.  Slightly traditional with a twist of modern mixed in!

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The One about The House…

If you follow me on twitter you will know that we’ve just recently moved back into our house after 3 and a half months of renovation work.  Honestly, I think if the renovations had gone on for one day longer I would be typing this from my padded cell and not from the “comfort” of my office chair.

At first we thought that we would have been able to live in the house whilst the renovations were being done… FOOLS!  We were fools, I really take my hat off to anyone that can live in their house whilst doing major renovations.  THE DUST!!! OMG, THE DUST!!!!  Thankfully we have a one-roomed cottage on top of our double garage so not long after the foundations for the extensions were dug we moved lock stock and barrel into the cottage to give the builders carte blanche in our home.  When I think now that there is literally only one room in our house that we did not amend/renovate I really don’t know how I could have been so dumb to think we could live in the HOUSE while all the work was being done.  Anyway nuff said bout my self stupidity on that matter!

Renovating one’s house is much like going through infertility or entering parenthood for the first time.  People *try* to tell you how hard/stressful/annoying/soul-destroying it can be, but until you actually go through it on your own you never quite grasp the magnitude of just how hard/stressful/annoying/soul-destroying it can be.  Add to this a healthy dose of pregnancy hormones and a toddler who figured out how to push boundaries and you will have a vague idea of what it’s been like for us.  We had a few toddler meltdowns of EPIC proportions, a few adult meltdowns of SUPER EPIC proportions but in the end we got through it.

And I just have to say the house and the SPACE is just divine!  I am so happy with how it’s all worked out and the changes we made have totally lived up to the potential we saw in the house when we decided to put in that offer.  Because if I’m honest the way the house was before?  It kinda sucked.  Being thatch it was DARK.  It was small (as old thatch houses are wont to be) but it was just right for us… once we’d seen through the nasty and could imagine the bright, open, light space that we now live in.

I loved our property when we bought it.  But now I also LOVE our house!