Before having kids I used to love a nice cup of tea and that didn’t change when the children came along, I just rarely got to finish a cup of tea or it went cold before I’d even had a sip. There were other times where I’d boil the kettle and forget about it, only remembering that I’d intended to make a cup of tea about an hour later.
And this carried on for years. Literally, years. With LP and Little Man born only 20 months apart and with me breastfeeding until they were each 15 months old, I spent a lot of time with a baby on my chest, not being able to reach the kettle or just too busy to even consider making a cup of tea. Then when I did manage to make a cup of tea a toddler would have an exploding nappy, I’d be rocking a baby to sleep or I’d be trying to feed the baby whilst reading stories to LP.
Now, with Little Man being three and a half life has changed. I now have regular cups of tea that are just the right temperature and made just how I like it – not too strong and just the right amount of milky. But, is it just that him and LP have got older, that they’re more independent, less needy and having consistent times at nursery and school? Or is it something else that has brought hot tea into my life once more?
Well, it’s actually the latter, and the discovery of a kettle with a keep warm function.You see, many new digital kettles let you boil the kettle to the exact temperature and then keep it at that temperature – and it has pretty much changed my life.
I can now boil the kettle when I know I’ll want a cup of tea fairly soon, potter around, get some jobs done and when I finally have the time to make – and drink – that cup of tea the water is right there waiting for me.
The kettle keeps the water at the right temperature for up to half an hour and it is so nice not having to be ready at a certain time. It has let me drink more tea and has made me more productive too. Such a small thing and yet a completely game changer when it comes to tea and family life. I don’t think I could ever have another kettle without a keep warm function.