Shark Rocket Vacuum Review

A few months back I saw the Shark Sonic Duo on Zulily.  It was a great deal.  I did some quick research (before it sold out) and watched a few YouTube videos.  My favorite was this one:

I was intrigued.  Mostly because we have hardwood floors throughout our home.  I love having hardwood floors.  I love the look of hardwood floors.  I love the durability.  I do not love to mop.  So I ordered the Sonic Duo with hopes that it would make all my dreams come true.  And it did not disappoint.  This new age “mop” is definitely the way to go.  It eliminates all need for a mop and a bucket.  Who really has time for all that???

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Check out how much dirt came up after only a few swipes.  That’s kind of embarrassing actually…

Given those fantastic results I decided to investigate more of the Shark products.  Another thing about me and my love for hardwood floors?  Even more so than mopping I can’t stand sweeping.  So naturally I began by contemplating the broom and dust pan.  Who really likes sweeping with a broom?  Seriously.  Who really likes having to sweep into a dust pan and  leaving a line of dirt that needs to be swept again and again and again and again.  You know what I’m talking about, right?  And… Who really likes lugging all that around?  WHY  use something called a broom and a dust pan when you can use something called a rocket???

I had been hearing some amazing things about the Shark Rocket Vacuum from my friends.  Soooo many of them owned one.  Some even traded in their other brands to get this vacuum.  It works wonders on hardwood floors, they said.  You’ll never use a broom again, they said.  It’s an amazing vacuum, they said.  So I thought… Hmmm… “I think I should do a blog review just to see if it lives up to all the hype.”  And…  Just like that…  A  Shark Rocket magically appeared on our doorstep!

The day it arrived Ruby thought it was all hers:

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Now I’m going to get way ahead of myself, because I just cannot wait to tell you what I think of this vacuum.  I seriously LOVE this vacuum.  Everything my friends said about this vacuum is absolutely true.  Best vacuum on the market.  Best vacuum I’ve ever owned.  Okay.  Here’s why I love it so.

Right out of the box… It has all of these great attachments:

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With a simple flip of a switch it can be used on a variety of floor types:

 

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Dandiest thing ever?  The vacuum brush does not turn when on the bare floor setting, but as soon as it comes in contact with a rug it automatically starts turning.  How cool is that???

It swivels, it pivots, it fits under cabinets…

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It picks up every bit of dust and dirt that it comes in contact with:

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Again kind of embarrassing that was on my floors.

The Shark Rocket is amazing and I highly recommend this fantastically dandy vacuum.

And…

It’s so light weight that even a 2 year old can use it!

 

“That did cool!”

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* I was given a Shark Rocket vacuum to conduct this review.  However, all opinions are entirely my own.

Dandy Holiday

The weather has turned cold here in the Lou.  Really cold.  Like in the 30’s cold.  I don’t think that I’m ready for this, but I guess snow is pretty dandy???  So…  I gotta look at the positives and outweigh the negatives.  Snow is kinda dandy…  Am I right?  It looks dandy.  The smell of it all fresh as it falls from the sky.  Big fluffy flakes.  I’m making this sound better and better.  More and more dandy.  If I keep up the mantra then I will believe it.  *wink*   We only had flurries the other day.  I’ll be sure to let you all know when the first big snow storm hits.  I’m sure you will be waiting on pins and needles for this announcement.  *wink again*

I’ve always loved how the Brit’s refer to vacations and trips as, “going on holiday”.  Could be my British ancestry speaking, but it’s just more dandy to call it a holiday.  After all holidays are time spend with family and loved ones.  So if you are going on a trip with your family then why shouldn’t you call it a holiday???  Well, last weekend we got out of St. Louis and took an overnight getaway kind of holiday.  We headed west on I-70 a few hours and came very close to entering another state.  That’s a clue as to where we went.  It was great to get out of town and spend time together as a family.  This family adventure was truly a grand time.  In fact we went on a tropical adventure.

We stayed warm by the fire:

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We were greeted with warm cookies upon our arrival:

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And we spent time in a sauna like atmosphere.  All misty and warm air.  Safe and protected from the outdoor elements.

WHERE  DID  WE  GO???

Just for funs I’ve created a puzzle for you to help “piece” together where exactly we went.  Hey, it’s too cold to go outside these days, so I’m spending a lot of time indoors.  Oh and the pun was definitely intended.  :)  Enjoy!

Stay tuned for a detailed post on the new blog, Seeing Dandy.  All will be revealed soon.  :)

*I received a discounted hotel stay and park tickets in exchange for my review, but all opinions are definitely my own.

Halloween is OVER

Can you believe it?  I blink and it’s already November.  Seriously!  Who else is shocked that is it now…

NOVEMBER 1st???

How is this possible?  Where did October go?  And September, and August, and July for that matter!  Those 2014 months are GONE.  Never to return.  Which means… We are on the Christmas Countdown.

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I have most of my shopping completed already.  I tend to do that throughout the year, so I’m not surprised when the Christmas Countdown sneaks up on me.  It’s less stressful and more dandy.  Also easier on the bank account.

Are you ready for the holidays?  Shopping list complete?  Not quite?

Well, here’s an idea for you and it’s quite the steal of a deal.  A dandy deal actually.

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Holiday gift sets.

Once they are gone they are gone.  So get ‘em before they are gone.  *wink*

Here are all the details on what you get in each set:

NC60 – Joyful Season
Set Includes:
Exclusive Nail Wrap
Cardinal Nail Lacquer
2.0 oz Nourish Moisturizing Hand Crème
Holiday Gift Card
Holiday Gift Box

NC61 – Joyful Laughter
Set Includes:
Exclusive Nail Wrap – Tint
Sweet Sangria Nail Lacquer
2.0 oz Nourish Moisturizing Hand Crème
Holiday Gift Card
Holiday Gift Box

NC62 – Joyful Celebration
Set Includes:
Exclusive Nail Wrap – Sparkle
Barely There Nail Lacquer
2.0 oz Nourish Moisturizing Hand Crème
Holiday Gift Card
Holiday Gift Box

Shop HERE.

I am a Jamberry Nails Independent Consultant, but all opinions are strictly my own.  Nail wraps are all the rage and I love having pretty nails!  :)

Our Boo-tiful Wagon

Remember that ultra cute, very dandy, and super fun wagon that we took on our fall outing last week?

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Yep.  That’s the one!

The baby is also ultra cute, very dandy, and super fun if I do say so myself.  *wink*

(He has some teeth coming in and is constantly feeling with his tongue and sticking it out for pictures.)

Isn’t the wagon just so charming?  Our kids simply love this wagon.

The charm is all in that happy face.

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My kiddos were invited to decorate the Cozy Coupe Wagon just to show how perfect it is for the trick-or-treating adventures and it is perfect.  I mean seriously… why walk from house to house when you can ride in style?  And decorating your own ride for the big All Hallows’ Eve???  Even better!

My kids really got into the decorating process.  It brought out their creativity and we were able to discuss our plans for the wagon weeks in advance.  This family activity has made this year’s Halloween festivities that much more memorable for us so I highly recommend.  Ready to see what my kiddos did to their new wagon?  Here you go:

Little Tikes sent them the wagon, I gave them the supplies, and they got to work.

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Didn’t they do such a boo-tiful job?

Of course in addition to the decorating…

We just had to put our new friend in costume.

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After all… Those Cozy Coupe eyes were just screaming to be a ghost.

Do you have any other ideas of how we could have dressed Cozy?

Thanks to Little Tikes we are all ready for trick-or-treating.  Are you?  It will be here before you know it.

The countdown is on.

Bring on October 31st!

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Do you stay in your own neighborhood for trick-or-treating?

Or do you go all over town?

 

Have a very safe and Happy Halloween!

I did receive the Cozy Coupe wagon from Little Tikes to bring you this posting.  However, all opinions are strictly my own.

Lamp Post BOO!

Sometimes I struggle at decorating for the holidays.  Only because it’s so time consuming and I feel like I don’t have much time.  Anyone else feel that way?  Okay.  So I’ll level with you.  It might also have something to do with the fact that sometimes I think that I’m not incredibly crafty.  Okay.  I think that often.  Like I’m not all thumbs when it comes to crafts, but I’m pretty particular and need things to look just right.  One minor imperfection and I can’t let it go.  Whenever I see said completed craft that looks kind of strange or has a tiny blemish I cringe.  Of course I don’t cringe at other people’s crafts.  I don’t notice their mistakes.  Only my own.  I’m an insecure crafter.  It’s a complex.  I must overcome.  Anyone else have this problem?

So I struggle with time and being an insecure crafter.  I really do want to be more secure in my crafting abilities.  Really I do.  Maybe I need lessons?  Probably.  Crafters Anonymous?  Definitely.  I see all of these cute ideas everywhere.  Tons and tons of cute ideas.  I pin all of them right here on Pinterest, but then I never do them.  Or if I start the project I never finish it.  I’m airing all of my guilt today, right?!  My name is Tara and I’m a craftaholic.  I bet there is a group for that… Honestly I do need to be better at finishing the projects that I start.  It’s a wonder that I can actually sit down at the computer and type blog postings when I’m such a spaz when it comes to everything else.  You laugh?  I may have the focus for some things, but with crafty projects… Well, I turn into that dog Dug from the movie “UP”.  It’s true.  Maybe you are totally laughing, because you think that my blog postings are exactly like that???  Oh my.  I really am insecure.  But I’m working on my insecurities.  Both craft related and non.  I’ve decided that the first step (remember I’m a psychology educated gal) in the process would be simple crafts.  If I do something simple then I will finish it and it will be perfect because it will be really difficult to mess up something so simple.  It’s that simple.

Here is THE easiest DIY Halloween decoration that I’ve ever made.

Seriously the easiest.

It’s dedicated to all the Dugs in the world.

I give you…

The Lamp Post Ghost Tutorial!

 

In front of our house we have an ugly light post.  I’m sure it was beautiful in its time.  Now it’s just quite dingy looking.  It’s super old.  Original to the neighborhood when others have been replaced.  The lamp doesn’t even work so I’m not sure exactly why it still in front of our house.  Maybe I should be digging it up…  One day we will just replace it?  Maybe?  Probably.  In its prime it was a gas lamp.  Then it was converted to electric way before we moved in.  However, the “electrician” (previous home owner who was a medical doctor and had no idea about how to be an electrician) didn’t do a very good job.  It quit working so the “electrician” then cut the line and left this random wire in the basement that operates the lamp post only it plugs into nothing.  No outlet.  No switch.  No lit lamp post.  So you get the idea.  We are left with an antique lamp post that has absolutely no use just standing in our front yard.

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 See?  It’s not the most beautiful thing in the world.

BUT recently when I looked at that old lamp post I saw something different.

I saw a ghost.

So I decided to create one.  A lamp post ghost.  So simple that even a 6 year old could do it.

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 And it can be created in record time.  By the 6 year old.

To create the ghost I purchased 3 yards of white drapery fabric.  It was on clearance at less than $3 a yard.

You could just as easily use a white sheet.

Banjo used a black Sharpie to make the ghost’s eyes and mouth.  Then we just threw the whole thing over the lamp post and there you have it:

Our Lamp Post BOO!

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You can transform your own lamp post for Halloween and it will look super dandy.

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Fall is dandy.

It really is.  Dandy.  Fall is.  I love this time of year.  Absolutely love it.  I think that I’ve always been a fan of fall.  There’s just something about this time of year that draws me in.  It reminds me of things.  For starters it tells me that everything is going to be okay and eventually will become anew.  After a very long, hot summer the temperatures will start to drop, brilliant colors will form on my favorite trees, leaves will begin to fall, snow will eventually cleanse, and then spring will burst forth The newness happens all because of fall.  All because of it.  Without fall we would miss out on so much!  (If you’ve never experienced a Midwest fall then I highly recommend it.  Visit a place that has a real and true fall just once.  You will see exactly what I’m talking about.  The beauty of it all.  Truly breathtaking.)

Everything about this season for me is a memory.  My childhood is a big part of this memory.  I remember going with my grandparents to stomp through piles of leaves in the parks near Jefferson Barracks.  We would leave the pathways to find the biggest clusters of leaves.  The crispness in the air was often filled with silence that was then broken by our feet crunching through the giant, untouched leaves.  My grandparents would positively glow at the happiness that I expressed on our leaf walks.  I knew that they were happy and, as their only granddaughter, I reveled in the attention.  The walks were filled with love.  They taught me the joy that is leaf stomping and I can never look at falling leaves in the same way again because of it.

This year the change of season has taken on new meaning for me.  My feelings toward fall are now bitter sweet.  Seven years ago next month my grandfather (the inspiration for the dandy blog) passed away while raking leaves.  In a strange way it was almost meant to happen that way.  Despite the fact that I was thousands of miles away when it happened… It happened while he was doing something that was so closely connected to me.  Something that tied us together.  Maybe that sounds silly, but it has become a comfort to me.  We lost my grandmother earlier this year.  I’ll forever miss our walks together in the fall.

Despite the sadness that I feel this time of year I can still feel the joy of the season.  I’ll always have the wonderful memories and I’ve come to love sharing this season with my own family.  Spending time out in the fall weather with my husband and children, teaching them about the dandiness that is leaf walks, and taking part in all the fun of the season.  There truly is so much to enjoy this time of year.  Last weekend we found ourselves at a corn maze with friends.  Always a fall gem.  It has become a tradition for us to go to this specific maze.  Our dandy kids had a great time while building their own fall memories and I was able to reflect on all the many reasons why I love this time of year.

A dandy fall to all!

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Little Tikes recently gave my family the gift of the Cozy Coupe Wagon.  It’s perfect for all of your fall outings.  Stay tuned for the Halloween review. 

Fall Friday!

Ahem…

It’s FRIDAY!!!

I love this day and I love the 80’s.

 

Honestly I think this is like the best day of the week.  THE. BEST.  It’s the kickoff to the weekend.  The time that Banjo is off school, Audi is off work, and we can just have family time.  And… it’s fall so that makes it doubly dandy.

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I mean seriously?  How can you not love the hue of that red?

Tell me.  How can you not LOVE it?!  It’s super, duper dandy.

I think I might be just a tag gaga over fall Friday.

Too much?

Okay.  Moving on.

Putting the season of fall aside… Why do I like this day so very much.  Well, this day reminds me that I get to have an entire dandy weekend.  A dandy start to weekend that culminates with church on Sunday.  That’s what we do on the weekends around here.  We spend time with family and then attend worship services on Sunday.  Then we work all week until the next Friday.  Yay for Fridays!

What do you love about Friday and what do you do on the weekend?

A dandy Friday to all!!!

For The Love Of Blog Flash Back {May 1, 2008}

Another blast from the past with a sharing of my family blog. Way back when… Before the Dandy blog was even thought of!  Do you like that I’m sharing these?  Should I continue?  It’s all for the love of blog!  The way things used to be.  Life before the Dandy was still dandy. 

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

We Miss Gran & Boompa Already!
Banjo had such a fun time with his grandparents and he loves them so much! My parents came into town the weekend before Banjo  was born and they were such a great help to us. They were a support to us at the hospital, got us all settled back in at home and even made our neglected backyard beautiful…just to name a few!! My dad was able to stay for a week and my mom stayed to help for an additional week and a half. She just left yesterday and ever since Banjo has been wondering where she is! We can hardly wait until June to see them again. Thanks again Mom and Dad! We couldn’t have done it without you!!!

So sad to leave Gran at the airport!

Introducing Baby Banjo {For The Love Of Blog}

Another blast from the past?  Okay.  :)

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Introducing Baby Banjo!!!

He is finally here!  Banjo was born on April 14th at 5:32 pm.

For a 37-weeker he was a BIG baby! Our little heavy weight weighed in at 8 lbs. 3 oz. and was 20 and 3/4 inches long!

What a proud Papa!

Of course my Audi had to get a picture of the hearing screening being done…by someone else!  Now why should insurance have to pay for something that daddy could have done himself???  It’s only a matter of time before Banjo makes the trip to the office and just for kicks gets a full work up done by his daddy. Guess that will be their male bonding time!
I’m awake!

I’m asleep!

I’m really awake!
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 Well, that was a fun jog down memory lane!  Stay tuned for more posts from the past.  A glimpse into my life before the Dandy.  :)

It’s on and it’s dandy!

The Silent Auction is on!  Sooooo many dandy items to bid on.

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All of the items can be found in the Dandy Giveaway Silent Auction album on Facebook and you can place your bids in the comments below each item.  If you happen to not be on Facebook and still want to participate then feel free to message me with your bid and I’m happy to place it for you.  You can email me at:  dandygiveaway (at) gmail (dot) com.  Here are all of the items currently up for auction:

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Thank you for supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night!   YOU make a difference and I think YOU are just dandy.  :)

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