Sunday, November 01, 2015

Picking the best vacuum cleaner

You've read about our dogs, Kaylee and Simon.  You know all about their antics and the messes they create in our house.  I think the worst thing about having dogs is the hair all over the place.  I vacuum at least twice a week because I can't stand seeing the tumbleweed-like balls of hair making their way down my hallway if I don't.  Kaylee's hair is so short it usually doesn't create hair balls, but hers gets stuck in the carpet and then I step on it and it embeds itself in my foot.  I'm the only person in my house who has this problem and it's so strange, but having a dog hair stuck in your foot is actually really painful.  I have to get tweezers to pull it out, usually.  Ouch! 

We have a fantastic Dyson that Jon bought before we met.  It was made for pet hair, so it does a great job.  We use it on our hardwood as well as the carpet and the rugs with great success.

If you're in the market for a vacuum cleaner for pet hair, you need to read the article I just linked.  It gives you all the info you should consider when choosing the right vacuum for your needs.  There are some things I hadn't considered listed here that will be useful when it's time to replace ours. 

It's so important to have the right vacuum.  We may love our fur babies, but we don't have to love (or tolerate) their fur everywhere in our homes. 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Skilldigger for freelancers

This site looks so cool.  It's called Skilldigger and it's for freelancers to connect with buyers.  I've been working with another site that is similar, but this one has a really neat component that I haven't seen before.  It's a hub where freelancers can post their services and people can come to buy them.  On the one I've been using, it's all Internet based services and goods that can be shipped to the buyer.  And there is a set price for each gig, then add ons can be purchased.  This site appears to be different in two ways: while there are Internet and mail based goods and services, there are also providers who physically go to your location to perform the service, such as make up artists or wedding/portrait photographers.  They also have a category for classes/lessons, which is very intriguing. 

It appears to be UK based, but I'm hoping it will spread like wildfire and providers from all over can advertise their services to buyers who are international AND local.  I could use a great place to offer my event planning services, for example.  The really cool thing about sites like this is that people can turn hobbies into cash.  Check it out and let me know what you think about Skilldigger. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

Another Awesome Coupon Code Site!

I think I've been using coupon code sites for probably a couple of years now, and I completely and totally love them.  I'm always excited when I come across a new one.  I was asked to check this one out and have not been disappointed so far. 

For example, they have Target Coupon Codes, which upon investigation, look really good.  There's one in particular on this page that is great for this week: $2 off bagged candy!  A glimpse at this page shows discounts on everything from candy to cookware, and everything in between.  Check it out and let me know how it works for you!

On this same site you can find coupon codes for, Sears, Kohl's, Kmart, and more!

This site looks like a place to find some great deals on a variety of items.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Cleaning with Probiotics

Have you heard of this?  It's new to me and sounds pretty cool, so I thought I would share.  Cleaning with probiotics.  Check out this information from the Airbiotics website.

Airbiotics uses an all-natural probiotic formula called StaBiotics™, the only Environmental Probiotic Technology in the world designed to protect indoor living spaces from air and surface contaminants. Our Probiotics work at the microscopic level, removing dangerous allergens and contaminates, known to cause infection, asthma, headache, sinus pain, coughing, trouble breathing, fatigue and much more.

This may be worth trying, right?  Especially if you are like me and your entire family suffers from headaches and sinus pain.  There are several products on the website to check out, including some all purpose cleaners, a mist, and the machine that dispenses a mist of the probiotics throughout the day to offer a constant layer of protection. 

Has anyone tried something like this?  If so, how did it work for you?  I'm genuinely curious, because if it works, this is absolutely something I would want to try.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Teething Necklaces = Magic!

If you travel in Mommy circles, you've heard of these: Raw Multi Baltic Amber Necklaces.  It's what all the "crunchy" babies are wearing right now.  But they are not limited to only the crunchy.  All moms are starting to sit up and take notice of the power of the amber teething necklace.  And let me tell you, anyone who has tried them will testify that they are magic.

We haven't had a lot of trouble with teething.  They seem to come in pretty easily and without too much pain, but I have lots of "mommy" friends who have been in agony since their kids hit about 2 months old because of those tiny baby teeth.  Inevitably, someone will tell them about these necklaces.  They order one and within a couple of days they are singing their praises.  That many moms can't be wrong, right?

Here are some important notes if you want to buy one of these for your baby to wear, directly from a website that sells them, in addition to some other pretty cool things, Baltic Essentials.

"Necklaces are not for baby to chew on, the Amber releases microscopic amounts of oil, as it warms with the body's natural temperature, that is absorbed into the skin and bloodstream. Baltic Amber contains succinic acid (anti-fever, anti-inflammatory), the compound that gives Baltic Amber teething necklaces the therapeutic quality. Teething Necklaces should be removed during naps and when unsupervised.

Baltic amber is an organic substance, a “fossil resin” produced by pine trees which grew in Northern Europe. By having the baby wear the necklace everyday it helps reduce the common symptoms related to teething such as: red cheeks, fever, swollen gums, and diaper rash."

Check out the other items on the Baltic Essentials website while you're there.  They have some great stuff, including essential oil diffusers that look very interesting.  And if you use the coupon code AHA, you can get a 10% discount, an exclusive offer for my readers!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Cleaning House - Carpets

Since becoming a "domestic goddess," I have learned a lot about cleaning house.  In addition to all the things my mom taught me, I've picked up some little tidbits online and from friends that I would like to pass along. 

Today's subject is carpets.  Specifically, how to clean them and how often to have them professionally cleaned.  We mostly have hardwood floors with some lovely area rugs, but our bedrooms are carpeted.  Best practice for carpet care says to vacuum once a week, more if you have pets.  We do have pets, so I aim for three times a week.  It doesn't always happen, but that's the goal.  The rugs are done more often right now because the baby is crawling and they are in higher traffic areas.  Stains must be spot cleaned as soon as possible to avoid letting them set in.  That is so true, because we have some stains that I didn't clean right away and I'm pretty sure they are going to need some professional help.

Speaking of professional help, do you know how often you need to have your carpets professionally cleaned?  I was a little shocked when I read this recommendation.  For light traffic areas without pets, every 12-24 months is recommended.  But higher traffic areas with pets, you should consider having your carpets professionally cleaned every 3-6 months! 

A few words about this.  Find a company you trust.  Ask your neighbors, go online, get advice from people you trust.  Find a company with a professional, well-designed website that gives you all the details you need, like this one from Maine.  Their site gives you everything you need to know, including pricing and various services offered.  If the company is confident and up front enough to give you all the details on their site, they are a company you can trust. 

Monday, October 12, 2015

I'm occasionally sent websites or apps to check out and write about, and it's one of my favorite things.  I turn down a lot of them because I don't think they are relevant to the people who are reading this blog, but this one is a special kind of awesome and I had to share.  It's called, and it is such a great concept.

It's a social media app for posting pictures and videos, and when you post, you get stuff. Imagine you go for a run and post a picture along the way, you may just get a free bottle of water (for example).  Check out this video!

I downloaded the app myself and it looks promising so far.  It is super user friendly and visually interesting.  I haven't shared anything yet, so I haven't gotten a reward, but I'll update when I do!

They are currently looking for newly engaged couples or families with new babies to test it out and participate in a couple of large giveaways.  The app can be downloaded from the Play Store or the App Store. 

** Just A Reminder - As always, be careful what you put out on social media.  If you don't want photos of your children, your home, your workplace, or where you play  out there for people to see, do not share them to a social sharing or social media site.  **