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Shark Rocket Powerhead: The Vacuum for Hard Floors

Shark has a clever new vacuum that shines on both carpets and wood floors. The Shark Rocket Powerhead (I received model AH452 to review) is a light and compact vacuum. The brush, motor, filters, and dirt collection are all in the module that rolls on the floor. The stalk and handle really just serve as a place to wrap the power cord and fit the power switch, as well as a holster … Read entire article »

Filed under: Appliances, Cleaning, Featured

Food Safe Families Wants You to Have a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving  

Cooking a turkey properly makes even the most confident chef just a little nervous, not to mention the millions of first-time cooks attempting the turkey trot to the Thanksgiving table. There are many commonly held practices when it comes to cooking the big bird that are actually harmful and can cause food poisoning; not how anyone wants to spend their holiday! The Food Safe Families campaign (from the USDA and the Ad Council) wants to make this a food-safe Thanksgiving for turkey newbies and seasoned professionals alike. Below are the top five Turkey Myths that most Americans believe are safe practices. Follow the facts listed after the Myths for a safe, healthy and happy Thanksgiving with your families and friends!   Myth: Washing the turkey before cooking makes it cleaner and safer. FALSE It’s impossible … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Entertaining, Food, Parties, Seasonal, Thanksgiving

The #SwifferEffect and the #ASPCA are Saving Lives

The #SwifferEffect and the #ASPCA are Saving Lives

Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of the ASPCA, and Sarah Hyland, actress, vegetarian, and animal rights activist spoke this week about the importance of matching pets with families. The real stars of the day, though, were Barkley Bixby, Hyland’s adorable maltipoo, and his canine pals. As part of their campaign to help the ASPCA find homes for over 5000 pets during their Mega Match-a-Thon weekend,  Swiffer invited me and my pets to surprise a friend with … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Cleaning

Swiffer it Forward with the #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

Swiffer it Forward with the  #ASPCA — the #SwifferEffect

My husband and I married right out of graduate school for me and law school for him so our first few years definitely had that feeling of “playing house.” Once we had managed to keep a plant alive (an astoundingly hardy basil plant), we felt ready to graduate to animals. Our first, Calypso, is a sweet and acrobatic Russian Blue but we were determined that our second adoptee would be a shelter pet. We searched every … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Featured, Home and Decorating, Video

eMeals Connect

eMeals Connect

*This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own.* Father’s Day is coming up fast, so I wanted to let all of my wonderful readers in on a special promotion they are doing right now.  Sign up for an eMeals plan now and receive a FREE Father’s Day Menu! You can access it on your member page once you sign up, and it includes: 3 Burger Options (Ultimate Burgers, Mushroom Pesto Burgers, and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Cooking, Father's Day, Food, Free, Health, Home and Decorating, Nutrition, Recipes

Decorating With the #aladdinmason Entertaining Collection

Decorating With the #aladdinmason Entertaining Collection

*I was sent the Aladdin Mason Entertaining Collection to use and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* With Easter right around the corner, I am starting to think about my table settings for my family dinner (that sounds SO Martha of me, doesn’t it? Haha). Sure I could use these adorable Aladdin jars for drinks, but why not put a fun twist on them and use them as part of my table décor? Channeling my … Read entire article »

Filed under: Decor and Furniture, Design Your Own, Easter, Entertaining, entertainment, Flowers, Home and Decorating, Parties, Seasonal, Spring

Energy Efficient Lighting with the GE Reveal Light Bulb

Energy Efficient Lighting with the GE Reveal Light Bulb

*I was sent this product to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** We have been on a spring cleaning, make-our-home-more-energy-efficient kick lately (a result of the unusually harsh winter we had in Philadelphia with its sky high electric bill? Possibly.) Switching to higher efficiency light bulbs has been on our list, but we just hadn’t gotten around to it, so when I received the GE Reveal bulbs to test out, I was pumped. When GE says … Read entire article »

Filed under: Appliances, Home and Decorating

Host a Festive Holiday Sweater Party with Goodwill!

  I swear the days go by faster and faster every year. Here we are, in the midst of the 2013 holiday season and where did the year go? A fun way to commemorate holidays past is to host, yep, you guessed it, a holiday sweater party! If you don’t have anything to wear, take this Festive Holiday Sweater Quiz: http://bit.ly/SweaterQuiz and head to your local Goodwill via our store locator at www.goodwill.org to find a holiday sweater that suits … Read entire article »

Filed under: Budget Buys, Charity, Christmas, Entertaining, entertainment, Fashion, Parties, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair is Perfect for Growing Children

Stokke Tripp Trapp Chair is Perfect for Growing Children

* I received the Stokke Tripp Trapp® Chair to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*   There comes a point where your little boy or girl simply outgrows their high chair, but they are still too small to sit in an adult sized chair at the table.  So we buy booster seats and pretty much try anything we can come up with to get them to a comfortable position to get them acquainted … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Baby Gear, Baby Gifts, Baby Shower, Children's Furniture, Decor and Furniture, Gift Ideas, Kindergartners, Momma Gotta Have, Pre-schoolers, Registries, Registry Pick, Safety, School Aged Children, Toddlers

eMeals Planning is a Life (and Time) Saver!

eMeals Planning is a Life (and Time) Saver!

Halloween is over and we all know what means; the holidays are nigh! The planning, the cooking, the clean up, the shopping, the wrapping, what to get everyone, families, friends, stress, stress and more stress. Stop. Breathe. Take a few more deep breaths. And now I am going to tell you about eMeals. eMeals is meal planning made simple. You get 7 meal recipes each week and an organized shopping list delivered each week via email … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entertaining, entertainment, Food, Health, Nutrition, Parties, Recipes