Amsterdam! Dah… Dishwashing!

October 25, 2007 at 8:47 am 2 comments

Can you believe it? This morning I spent at least 30 minutes of my very valuable 2KAAT time (2 kids are asleep time) on typing this/our first blog entry ever, and, of course, to make a long story short – I lost everything when I tried to include a hyperlink in the post. So far for trying to be a nerd!

Anyway, this was my first day alone (well, as far as alone goes with an 8-month-old baby boy and a 2 1/2 year-old daughter). Meaning – it was hubby’s first day at work here in Amsterdam. (He’s now sitting on his favourite spot playing with his new blackberry and laptop – thank god it’s a laptop – I keep hearing ringtones from that little room)!

I spent most of the day cleaning up our (well, Frank and Silke’s) little flat – kids in front of Baby Einstein – which is why I initially wanted to write something about a product I dearly miss (besides my dishwasher): my Dishmatique Scourer Washing Up Liquid Dispenser. It’s a truly brilliant invention Courtney got me hooked on about 2 years ago, and for some strange reason it can only be purchased in the UK. And mine is at the moment tucked away in one of our many moving boxes waiting for our new Dutch p(a)lace! Aaargh!

What it is? OK, it’s basically just a dishwashing sponge. But it has a reservoir that holds the dishwashing liquid and dispenses it as you wash! Brilliant! You can buy replacement heads that come in green and white – I prefer the green ones.

My mum is hooked as well, she has brought them with her to France and Belgium and has given them to all her sisters here in Holland. Because, as I said, it doesn’t seem to exist on the continent!

So I was nearly going to ask one of my London based girlfriends to send over a Dishmatique with a life supply of replacement heads, until I found this site:
British Sweet Shop
WoW! Michela, isn’t this GREAT? Not only do these people sell Dishmatique, they also sell our favourite organic baby food like Plum Baby, Hipp, even Ella’s Kitchen! For only 8 pounds you can shop for up to 30 kilo’s of British food and they will send it right to my doorstep here in Amsterdam!! Hurr(a)y!!!

-Esther in Amsterdam

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Entry filed under: Amsterdam, Housekeeping, Online shopping, Things We LOVE!. Tags: , , , .

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Courtney  |  October 26, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    This is perfect! The best start ever!
    I miss you!
    xx, me

  • 2. Silke  |  November 30, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Esther, I am terribly sorry that we do not have a dishwasher in the appartment… it is something I am missing all the time as well when I am there… 🙂 so I understand your frustration.

    Despite the lack of a dishwasher I hope you had a good time in our little Amsterdam flat!
    And btw the first thing I am going to do tomorrow is get a Dishmatique Scourer Washing Up Liquid Dispenser as I hate doing dishes….

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Kids and the City

Four girls in 4 cities. Here they hold an online conversation about life in their city, products they love, and how to balance motherhood and a stylish lifestyle...


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  • Esther (Amsterdam)
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