Basically, I want to be a girl guide.


Last year, I decided that I would start awarding myself Brownie-style badge in recognition of my many moments of domestic excellence.  You know, when you do something properly grown-up without electrocuting, decapitating or otherwise injuring yourself or someone else? 

I’m not entirely kidding. When you’re a kid all you have to do is scratch some pencils against paper and it’s all, “Ooh, well done darling, didn’t you do well?”

But as a 30-something you can work out how to install your own roman blinds in a bay window, and nobody bats an eye-lid. Replace a broken flush on your toilet cistern? Yada yada. So I think there should be badges. Yes, I basically yearn to be a girl guide. So shoot me. 

This weekend, I have earned a new badge.

A few weeks back, Appliance Online got in touch and asked if they could send us a new dishwasher to replace our broken one. Well, it’s broken in the sense that if you turn it on, it shorts out the electricity in the entire house. Not ideal, I think you’ll agree.

So a mere 48 hours later, two nice men were depositing a dishwasher in my utility room, and I was thoroughly pleased with myself.

Until I realised I had no idea how to remove the existing, integrated dishwasher, much less how to install a new, non-integrated dishwasher.

Thanks to the Gods of Google, a quick trip to Tesco to buy some spanners, and a torch I bought for our stay in a yurt last weekend, it actually turned out to be relatively straightforward and the whole process took less than an hour. I even remembered to turn the water off before disconnecting the old machine. Result!

Although I'm going to try and forget some of the things I saw down the back of our kitchen cabinets *shudders* 

So I now have a working dishwasher, and I duly award myself the Who's the Mummy plumbing badge. Feel free to use it for your own domestic triumphs. Or did you earn a different badge this weekend? 

Disclosure: We received a new dishwasher from Appliance Online for free in return for mentioning them in this post. 



Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. clareybabble
    24th April 2011 / 11:41 am

    I need that badge for single handedly putting bunk beds together in the smallest room ever. With 2 children running around. Not easy!

  2. Ali
    24th April 2011 / 11:24 am

    I love your badge idea and I am thinking which badge I should work for as, scratch head can’t think of any from this weekend as yet. Still only Sunday morning so there still is time. 🙂

  3. 24th April 2011 / 12:42 pm

    Giggle, I actually did used to have badges on my blog too. We had one to display if you saw xmas decorations anywhere before December.
    Well done on the plumbing.

  4. MTJAM
    24th April 2011 / 6:38 pm

    Excellent, well done Sally. I would like a badge for not going insane during a weekend of extreme visitations. I’m actually pushing for a Knighthood but I’ll settle for a badge…

  5. 24th April 2011 / 6:23 pm

    The only domestic badge I got today was ‘Eat your weight in chocolate’ badge. Does that count? Happy Easter.

  6. The Scrummy Mummy
    24th April 2011 / 8:01 pm

    When I was a girl guide I really wanted to get all the badges but couldn’t do knitter as I am rubbish at knitting! Even washing wool is too difficult for me with my 20yr washing machine, I can’t wash jumpers in it as they shrink. I think if I managed to not shrink a jumper, I would reward myself with washer women badge!

  7. Super Amazing Mum
    24th April 2011 / 8:34 pm

    Dear Appliances on line,
    If you could fix it for me to have a new washing machine I would be eternally grateful *pimping you to the moon and back forever more* as you see my washing machine broke a few months ago and since being made redundant we have no spare cash. I am having to schelp to my parents to do the washing for a family of five and it is doing my head in. An eco one would be nice as we are very environmentally concious.
    Yous lovingly/beggingly/blatantly askingly
    S.A.M xx

  8. 24th April 2011 / 9:39 pm

    I recall getting my plane spotters badge in Guides. Yes, I was that cool.

  9. Hayley
    25th April 2011 / 4:01 pm

    Wow! Well done! I’m a DIY disaster zone… 🙂 Is there a badge for that??
    If Appliances online would like a roadtester for a new washing machine – can you give them my number? 😉
    Mine has decided that using it to wash horse clothing/items isnt really what its role in life is… and has resigned. rather abruptly.

  10. 3rd May 2011 / 11:48 am

    We wold love a tumble drier and washing machine combi! I start child minding in a couple of months and with little man reach the toilet training stage I dread to think how much washing the two will create! Living in a flat is coming harder by the week!!!