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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 »

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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 »

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Shark Sonic Duo Scrubs Hard Floors and Carpets for Reluctant Cleaners

Shark Sonic Duo Scrubs Hard Floors and Carpets for Reluctant Cleaners

“The house is clean, mom, who’s coming over?” Anyone who knows me understands I am not much of a housekeeper. Sure, I could blame it on the three kids and two cats but to be honest, cleaning was never one of my talents. In fact, my husband picks up a lot of the slack in this department but he is away a lot for work and I do work from home. So, when I don’t have … Read entire article »

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How Do You Juggle It All? Cleaning Tips from a Working Mom

During my first pregnancy, I daydreamed about peaceful days spent strolling through the park or rocking a sleeping infant in my arms. While I love being a mom, my life is more chaotic than I’d envisioned. I have two young boys and work full-time outside the home. The competing demands of children and clients mean that I’m juggling all sorts of tasks from a never ending to-do list. Since my priority is finding time to spend with my boys without neglecting my responsibilities to my clients, I wind up “dropping the ball” on some tasks.  The first sacrifice I made as a working mother was sleep. I’ve decided that I would rather have an extra hour or two of playtime with my boys than sleep. 4 hours is typical. 6 hours feels like … Read entire article »

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Holiday Clothing Care

As we enter the holiday season, I look forward to attending Christmas and New Year’s parties and to wearing festive clothing. Most of my favorite items are a pain to wash. Beautiful lingerie, delicately-beaded items and lace require hand-washing. Before I had children, I would hand-wash lingerie and other delicate clothing in the sink and then hang it to dry. With a preschooler and a baby in the house, it’s harder to find the time. The Whirlpool … Read entire article »

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A Sixth Sense for Doing Laundry

Did you know that about 90% of the energy in a typical laundry cycle is spent heating the water? While hot water may be necessary for certain stains or for running a sanitizing/allergen cycle, using hot water to do laundry is a waste of energy. Plus, washing clothing in cold water allows fabrics to retain their color and strength longer. I love it when my husband helps around the house, but he mistakenly believes  laundry … Read entire article »

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Washing My Cares Away With Whirlpool

Washing My Cares Away With Whirlpool

As a newlywed, I didn’t care much about my washer and dryer. Oh…how things have changed. In my pre-kid days, I wore lots of dry-clean only clothing to work. I did two or three loads of wash a week: sheets, towels/whites, and our clothing. Now as the mom to two kids, I do at least one load a day because, as every mom knows, babies make a lot of laundry. Babies dirty their clothing. They … Read entire article »

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Frigidaire Finale

Thank you for coming along with me as I’ve tested out the new Gallery Collection from Frigidaire. Remember that you can also win Frigidaire appliances and earn a $1 donation for Save the Children by pledging to Make Time for Change. Coming soon: Unfortunately I can’t giveaway a brand new kitchen here on my blog–but watch in the next couple of days for a chance to win a play kitchen for your kids! My thoughts about the … Read entire article »

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Home, Home on the Range

Home, Home on the Range

The last of the sweet suite of Frigidaire appliances I received distinguishes itself with its intuitive features. Actually, this is two appliances: the Range and the mounted Microwave.  Like the rest of the Gallery appliances, the range and microwave look sharp.  Even more importantly, they have a large number of time-saving  and convenient options. My favorite features are the ones that heat things up quickly–the quick pre-heat on the stove and the quick boil.  I … Read entire article »

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What Else is in My Frigidaire Refrigerator? A BIG Heart!

What Else is in My Frigidaire Refrigerator? A BIG Heart!

Frigidaire promises that their appliances will give you back more “me” time.  Even better, let’s make that some “we” time. Jennifer Garner, Frigidaire celebrity spokesperson (and awesome mom, despite having totally stolen the name Violet from me), are teaming up in support of Save the Children. They are urging Moms to use the time we gain when we turn the clocks back on November 1st to make CHANGE for children. Save the Children created the CHANGE program (Creating … Read entire article »

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