Thursday, March 06, 2014
Friday, February 28, 2014
I have been a Dyson lover since the well-engineered vacuums first hit American shores back in the '90s. As a matter of fact, Bob and I have been coparenting Dyson vacuum cleaners since before we were married. You could say we were vacuuming in sin, but that might be a little overdramatic.
Here are our love children, the Dyson Animal and the Dyson Blueprint:
You can argue against evolution but it's pretty clear that smaller, sleeker, more maneuverable is the way things are going in the Dyson family. Witness, if you will, the newest member of the Dyson clan. Introducing the CORDLESS Dyson DC59 Animal Vacuum:
This technological marvel is remarkably slim and lightweight. It weighs less than five pounds, less than either of my kiddos weighed at birth, and they were pretty small. The long arm can be removed to use the tools in hand vac fashion but this vacuum really sucks– it offers 3x more suction than other hand vacs, due to its newfangled V6 motor. In fact, it performs like its bulky upright brethren. It's pretty impressive. We have two dogs and five cats, people. I'm happy to report that the re-engineered brush bar, optimized for hard floor and carpet, works wonders on all of our dust bunnies.
Better still, dudes looooove the very powerful motor. Here's my handsome hubby looking perturbed as I catch him testing the DC59's duel tier radial cyclone technology out.
I almost forgot my most favorite thing– unlike most cordless vacuums, the Dyson DC59 has some staying power. It will last 26 minutes on one charge, which means I can get through most of our house without dealing with cords and outlets. Woo-hoo! And, like all Dysons, there are no pesky (and expensive!) filters to deal with. One touch dirt dumping. Joy!
In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received a product sample to facilitate this review. No compensation was provided. All opinions are, as usual, entirely my own.
Friday, February 21, 2014
My hair has been woefully thin and scraggly since having kids. Not that I blame my children, who incidentally have lovely, thick heads of soft and shiny hair, but I miss having some volume up there. I don't need '80s big hair but a little extra oomph would be nice every now and then.
That being said, I am a lazy hairstylist. I might blow dry or flatiron my hair once in a while but for the most part, I'm a wash and go kind of girl. What hope could I have of lush, supermodel-esque locks? Well, apparently a lot. A friend hooked me up with a new product, Secret Extensions, which are endorsed by Daisy Fuentes, who always has a covetably glorious mane of hair.
Secret Extensions are basically microfiber hair extensions attached to a thin, invisible hairband. I was skeptical but I figured I'd give them a try. I received two Secret Extensions, one in black and one in dark brown. They can be worn separately or together for a super full look. I was impressed with how soft they are, very much like human hair. You brush and style them as you would your own hair and they go on as easily as a sweatband does. You simply fluff your own hair up over the band– no backcombing or teasing needed.
The colors blended well with my hair- the black is probably better for winter and the dark brown is a better summer shade for me. Secret Extensions make me feel like a mermaid with cascading waves. And roots that need to be touched up. Ahem.
While I was testing them out, the kids came upstairs and demanded to try them on. Jasper wouldn't let me photograph his heavy metal persona but Roo was pretty into her redneck beard. I like how the curl matches her own wavy hair.
Just for kicks, I thought I'd see how my Secret Extensions looked when paired with my clip-in bangs.
Secret Extensions won't break the bank at $39.99. Plus you can get free shipping if you shop via this link and use the code "daisy" at checkout.
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In accordance to the FTC Guidelines and the WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that I received a sample to facilitate this review. No compensation was provided. All opinions are, as usual, entirely my own.