Time with our kids has always been absolutely vital to me and I know to all the readers of this blog.and this latest research by Philips PerfectCare shows that women continue to be time short, apparently:
- British women spend over three weeks on household chores every year (not me!)
- Over 40 per cent of women enjoy less than one hour of “me time” every week
- Four in ten women attacked by ‘The Guilt Factor’ and feel guilty about leaving their house untidy (Oh yes!)
- One in ten even admitted to spending four hours each day on household chores – the equivalent of two whole months a year!
Well as a stay at home mum if I had thought I spent 2 whole months a year cleaning I would be really sad. But for a going out to work mum whose time spent with the kids is so precious spending so much time cleaning would be a tragedy.
Philips have invented a steam generator iron that can actually cut ironing time in half. I believe any busy mumI would absolutely love this appliance!
British actress and star of Cold Feet and Spooks Hermione Norris has helped Philips launch this new product and I was intrigued why this was a product she would endorse.
( By the way this was my first ever celebrity interview and I was more than a little bit excited and stuffed up with colD. she did well to follow my bumbling questions!)
Hermione and I have children in the same gender order andexactly the same age. Our little girls have just stared school so we had a lot to chat about. She as absolutely lovely, warm, friendly and just like you and me. , She was all sad her baby had flown the nest and talked about sewing on name tags and ‘seeming too you g to go’ with me quite happily. She impressed me with just being so natural.
It was clear from talking to her that Hermione‘s children are absolutely precious to her and time with them is vitally important. I asked her how she carves out as much time for them as possible despite her busy job. She told me how she fills in admin at lunchtime and learns her lines as tshe ravels into work to try and make a clear separation between work and home.
She also told me she has a very supportive husband and enlists help wherever she can and that she is a firm belief in labour saving devices (did she mean the husband??) No apparently not – the new Philips iron was the perfect example. She said she had hers for a month and she honestly thinks it’s amazing.
Let me tell you a bit about it. Basically it blasts really hot steam so your ironing gets done perfectly and speedily. You don’t have to alter the thermostat whatever you are ironing from silk to wools and it is the first iron if its kind. It will take out creases instantly and not scorch any material. Wow.
Hermione loved it and said it saved on dry cleaning because it was so fab on gentle fabric and it was such a brilliant time saving device. A real support to busy parents
It is not a budget buy at £230 but time is very precious.My dishwashers cost about the same and I suppose its purpose is purely time saving too. If you can claw back an hour or more each week, if you can avoid expensive trips to the dry cleaners, you can then have more time with your children or even a bit of time for yourself. .I think for a working mum who needs to look smart and is time short this could be prove a really useful product.
Philips PerfectCare steam generator is avaible at Philips.co.uk, John Lewis and Amazon