Sigh. I’m going to get my matrimonial bollocks severed for writing this post, I just know it. Look away now husband.
Hey you guys, guess what? I moved house recently. I think I’ve only mentioned it 6,000 times on this blog and across all my social media, so you can be forgiven for missing it. I won’t go into the whys and wherefores, I’ll just leave some handy links here and here. Husband, continue to look away.
All up to speed? Fab. Now, two of my very on-trend blogger friends Emma at Island Living 365 and Sarah at Mumzilla are long-time worshippers of Joseph Joseph and I’ve proudly joined their merry pack. My addiction started with the Index Chopping Board Set, which I bought for myself as a little gloomy week pick-me-up. Next came the Sink Tidy, which I bought for myself as a little well done great week treat. Next came…hang on, my husband sense is tingling. I got a few bits, anyway. *Cough*
My kitchen is my favourite room in my new house. I’ve always, always coveted a kitchen hub, with a dining table and room for various child-related mess that renders the living room almost unfettered by small, sticky hands and remnants of breadsticks. I shit you not – I’ve stood in the middle of my new kitchen and actually cried happy tears. It’s got tons of surface space, and a separate area at the end for the aforementioned table. The girls have their own little person table, too, with some colourful canvas storage for crafts and ting.
However, there are a couple of design features which required a bit of extra thought on my part, to make the space usable to the max. We have two sinks (yay) but no draining board (boo) and solid oak worktops that don’t take too kindly to an excess of water (eeks). My landlords had a steel square basket in one of their sinks, for draining dishes, but I couldn’t find one to fit. So, I got the Connect Adjustable Dishrack which is brilliant – it’s two interlocking white draining trays, which you can stack and configure to suit the space you have available. The bottom tier is slightly tilted with a little spout for water runoff, so I’ve lined it up to drain right into the sink. It holds a respectable amount of washing up and is a doddle to clean.
Every Ant needs a Dec, though, and I decided to double up on draining delights by putting in a Sink Saver. It’s an adjustable mat that comes in two sections and sits at the base of the sink, to protect glassware and crockery from the steel or enamel.. Our plug is in a slightly buggery place so I like that the saver can be connected in a few different shapes. I tend to put plates and dishes in the Connect and upturn glasses onto the Sink Saver to drain away quite happily.
I don’t just stand around washing up and crying though. Can you even imagine?! We’re not in the 1950’s. I oft* turn my hand to culinary wizardry and I try to plough as much vegetable product down my children’s gullets as possible. The Nest Steam Pods are a fabulous little trio of colourful baskets that hook over the side of a saucepan, meaning I can steam three different veggies (or, hell, a mix!) at the same time and only use one hob, reducing cooking juice AKA gas. Husband, did you see that? I’m saving money! I’m actually doing it!
(Oi, who ate my veg?)
I think I’ve fallen in love with Joseph Joseph merch because despite mostly being made from plastic, it’s all quite chunky and durable, as well as being easy to clean and store. The white and green colour scheme available for a lot of the range is minimal yet classic, and while it’s not strictly cheap, it’s pretty modestly priced given the quality. I’ve had to put myself on a temporary website ban because I continue to want ALL THE THINGS, but it makes me easy to buy for anyway. My birthday is 18th August. My unofficial half year birthday is 18th February. That’s next week. You’ve got time, folks.
* Friday and Saturday are BeigeFoodNights and haters gonna hate.
-SJW February 2017
Disclaimer: The amazing people at Joseph Joseph sent me a Sink Saver and Nest Steam in exchange for this review. All views are my own and frankly, they could have sent me a dusty cup from their office kitchen and I’d still have drooled over it. For detailed information about how I work with brands, please refer to my full Disclosure Statement.