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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Bathtime Blues

Le Grand Bleu, chez Blighty

All of you who have children will know how hard it can be to get small people into bath and bed.

I can remember my mother having to chide the 9 or 10 year old me up each individual stair, and me acting like a particularly stupid goat (eating those rubber gloves really was taking it too far). What a suprise that my children are quite frankly uber-annoying at times. I think it's what's known as payback.

My latest scheme is to provide an exciting bathing experience. As toddlers, Boys 1 and 2 loved those bath colours you can get from toyshops.

I have discovered Lush, an English company that makes all sorts of weird and wonderful lotions and potions. The nail polish bloggers swear by their Lemony Flutter. It is apparently tops for your cuticles.

Lush do lots of bath bombs. I picked out a few, and must say they make my drawers smell lovely. (HaHa, Mr B, HaHa).

Below, this one is called Dragon's Egg. Most intriguing. Boy 1 gave it the thumbs up.

Even has a yoke!

This one is Big Blue. I thought it looked and smelt wonderful.

But Boy 2 objected : " What's that in the bottom? That stuff? That pooey stuff?"

Me: "It's seaweed, it's supposed to be therapeutic."

Boy 2: " I don't want thera poo in my bath."

Boy 2 insisted on trying to fish all the seaweed strands out of the bath, which ended with bits stuck on the side of the bath, the floor and his hands. My voice got ever so slightly shrill.

Note to self: Boy 2 perhaps not ready for the full spa experience.


  1. Good times, Blighty, Good times! Keep Mr B away from your drawers!!!

  2. Love Lush but Mr Kitty has banned all bath bombs from our house - they are too fragrant for his delicate nose. He even goes out of his way to avoid the Lush store at our local shopping mall! But I think it's a great inducement to get little ones into a bath - kudos to you!

  3. Dear Mrs B, What I find interesting is all the carry-on to get children into the bath and then the blighters (so to speak) don't want to come out. My girls love Lush bombs too. They become mesmerised by the fizzing. Only two and a half days until I see them again. I wonder how long I will last before I recognise that familiar shrill tone in my voice?

  4. I have also struggled to get my children into the bath. On bad days I throw coins into the bottom of the bath and tell them they can have them for their moneyboxes if they get in....

    I really like the egg bath bomb. How cool is that?

  5. Lush stores are here too Blighty but I can't walk inside because I start sneezing.
    Good luck with sourcing incentives for bath time. Afraid I could not sit in a 'egg yolk' bath.
    Brisbane kids graduate to showers quick smart due to our prohibitive water restrictions and water rates.
    Like the sound of sweet smelling drawers.
    Have you recovered from meeting FF?

  6. My mother's favourite expression to me growing up was "I hope I live long enough to see your children do to you what you do to me." And yes, she has well and truly lived long enough to see that behaviour from my children !

  7. That's too funny "I don't want thera poo in my bath!" I love products for the bath and so did both of my girls, so we only ever had them trying to put off bedtime. One day you will look back on this and laugh just as hard as I am now. Cheers Robyn

  8. oh the thera poo, and it seemed to be going so well up until then.

  9. ha I relate to uber-annoying at times. What lengths you go to for a fizzy and entertaining bath. I'm impressed!

  10. ah, thera poo baths - my father felt like living in large miso soup when my mum once celebrated the seaweed-bath I brought from Ireland as a souvenir. Not to forget - there is nothing like an oily tub after taking an oily bath. How about trying simple foam for the boys? We loved it when we were kids. "Drinking" beer (cups with bathwater and foam on top" out of the tooth-brush-cups and patting the foam on our shoulders.

  11. Bath time is the pits. I used to (pre children, or when son #1 was a baby) have these visions of clean children, snuggly in pj's quietly being read to, a lovely lullaby and then peaceful sleep. I need a fortifying glass of wine to start the evening off.

    We tried out some "Bath Goo" recently. Weird stuff. You sprinkle powder into the water and it turns into slime. Sprinkle some more stuff and it turns into bath water again. Children loved it. Claims to be non toxic, even if it is neon bright and definitely not organic.

  12. RE: Blighty Bath techniques for the non-willing. Please post a teeth cleaning technique for wriggly dogs, I'm keen to try it out on Bronny and Bee the 15.5 year old Bichon Frises, and Arnie and Siggi the two year old Dodgy Brothers (the rescued chihuahuas).

  13. Living it up Blighty style! The Blighty children are getting such an advanced education in therapeutic all natural bath products. Good job Mrs. B.!

    I remember my older sister once cajoled her way into being given a shower--seated. (Where I'm from, we don't really have baths.) She had her kids' size plastic armchair brought into the shower where she sat there while my mother and our poor suffering maid washed and scrubbed her. My sister... she has amazing powers of persuasion even when she was still young.

  14. Hi Blighty,
    Good idea, I have not tried Lush on Thing 1 and Thing 2. Although I don't think I can bring myself to buy the dragon's egg one, that "yolk" looks rather revolting.

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