Hannah Maggs is a blogger partnering with Bosch Home Appliances. We are happy for Hannah giving us a glimpse into her daily life as a busy mum. Explore her first Bosch Stories exclusive blog post on time-saving mum hacks with Bosch appliances.
Now, I’m safe to assume that if you’re reading this that it’s likely you’re a parent looking to save some time and create more balance. Well I recently partnered up with Bosch to show how we achieve Kokoro at home as part of my favourite top 5 time-saving mum hacks. Kokoro means heart, mind and balance and I’m here to show you how Bosch appliances help us achieve a little more peace of mind at home during our busy lives.
*Hack no. 1: Zip Up Baby-grows
I’m not sure why I only discovered these on our second baby, but they are such an amazing hack. For night time changes – they just speed everything up. Say goodbye to fumbling around in the dark desperately trying to match up poppers when you could both be winding back down to the warm embrace of sleep.
One quick zip and you’re set. They’re also great to pop into changing bags for days out – if you ever have a leakage situation. They’re quick, easy and are just super comfy for your baby too.
*Hack no. 2: Evening Prep
If you know you’ll be off somewhere in the morning with the kiddos in tow, get everything ready the night before. Pack your changing bag and snacks, leave them by the door or buggy and lay out outfits for yourself and the children. It sounds really silly but it’ll buy you some extra time in the morning so you can go at a more relaxing and slower pace rather than scrambling to get everything together.
*Hack no. 3: Grab and go Breakfast Muffins with Bosch
For Roo, I just usually whip up a bit of banana in the morning. Though for the rest of us on early morning nursery days, it’s the good old breakfast muffin which we can grab and go as we fly out of the door! Just a little bit of weekend baking prep and it makes breakfast easier on days when we need to head out to the nursery.
The favourites in the Michalak household are these banana and blueberry muffins. They’re pretty wholesome and perfect for little people. The recipe I use is this one here if you fancy getting prepped for your morning rush too:
• 1 medium egg
• 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
• 55 g soft light brown sugar
• 1 large, very ripe banana, well mashed
• Two generous handfuls of blueberries
• 55 ml sunflower oil
• 85 g wholemeal flour
• 1/2 tsp baking powder
• 1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
• 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
• pinch of salt (omit for under 1 year olds)
Our Bosch oven is just a dream because it connects to my phone through the HomeConnect app so I can easily manage baking at home. I can even preheat my oven whilst we are still in the corner shop buying the ingredients. How handy is that for us mamas on the go?! The Bosch oven also has a trusty cake setting, so if I get distracted changing nappies or playing with the children, I’m safe knowing that my muffins will not burn because the oven will just turn itself off! Great mama win.
Our Bosch PerfectDry dishwasher also gives us mamas a little helping hand in terms of saving time. The ‘perfect dry’ setting means everything comes out ready to be put back in the right places straight away – no drying involved at all.
Of course baking with kiddos does not come without its mess, particularly when my four-year-old son loves nothing more than to be the chief cake mixer. Luckily our Bosch Automatic Washing Machine is also smart, making cleaning dirty laundry after baking a breeze. With all three appliances working perfectly together to make daily chores and life more stress free, I have more time to focus on spending time with the children and working.
*Hack no. 4: Make tidying toys before bedtime into a race
The last thing I want to do when both the boys are tucked up in bed, is tidy up after them. So this leads me on to hack number 4, and this one takes advantage of the fact that my eldest son Grayson is 4. He has a competitive streak so he just loves when anything is made into a game or a competition. If I say let’s have a race to see who can put the most toys back in the toy box tonight, he unknowingly helps me tidy up all his mess. With the toys all packed away, we feel like the living area is an adult space again ready for the evening.
*Hack no 5: Play hide and seek to find time to tidy up the room, answer emails or message back friends.
I’ve been using this gem for as long as Grayson has been able to play hide and seek properly – it’s a great way to get on top of things, particularly my work emails! As long as he can hear me counting and pretending to look around for him, he has no idea what I’m really up to. Ah, the life of a multitasking work from home mama.
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