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Friday
Apr242015

My new best friend Dyson - part 3

I have one last feature to share regarding my new best friend, the Dyson V6 Absolute cordless vacuum (previous posts are here and here). This vacuum is a dream, and honestly never ceases to amaze me each time I pull it out to use it. While still wearing my little skirt and heels, I went upstairs during my initial trials to see how it would do with the mini motorized tool whose function is to remove allergens and microscopic dust from mattresses and couches. Not only that, I discovered it is a freaking beast for removing cat fur! (DISCLAIMER: Pay no attention to the room you are about to see - I have done absolutely nothing to our bedroom since buying this house. At least I made the bed!)

Here you can see another perk to this vacuum. The V6 Absolute can be either hand-held like this, or comes with a tube and a wand depending on what you are using it for. As a hand-held it is perfect for going out and cleaning up your car (I wish I had time for that). Anyhoo, I went upstairs to try it out on my mattress. 

Of course, there was at least one cat who had to check things out. I love the idea of being able to get the gross little allergens and other nastiness that live in mattresses. I never used to do this - now I am going to every time I change my sheets (ok maybe every other time). 

In the corner of my bedroom is a cat house scratchy thing (well, it was there until we separated Georgie from her brothers and moved it up to her room) for the herd. I almost always forget to vacuum it. When I was done with the mattress, I went over to test out this little motorized head on one of the foam-upholstered shelves. 

I swear no cats were prompted to do any of these poses for these photos. I cleaned that one little shelf and nearly died at how much fur was on it and how easily this attachment was able to clean it completely. 

I was so shocked I told my husband to get a close up of the canister so you could see the huge furball that materialized in literally 5 seconds. Then I told him not to get too close because it's embarrassing. LOL

Dyson, your V6 Absolute cordless vacuum is an absolute game-changer (as I keep saying). I seriously become giddy at the thought of pulling it out and vacuuming every nook and cranny. Yes, I said it. VACUMMING NOW MAKES ME GIDDY!

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This post is in collaboration with Dyson Canada. All opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Friday
Apr172015

Introducing my new best friend Dyson - part 2

I am back to talk a bit more about my new best friend, my cordless Dyson V6 Absolute. I had featured this incredible vacuum last week and showed you what a gem this thing is on carpet. Now I want to show you how awesome it is on hard floors. 

For hard floors the V6 Absolute comes with a soft roller cleaner head - in the photo above it is the one on the top right. It is FANTASTIC! Unlike other vacuum cleaner heads, the soft roller cleaner head has a full-width roller covered in a soft nylon material and rows of carbon fibre filaments. Large debris are enveloped by the soft material and flung inside the cleaner head, while the antistatic qualities of the carbon fibre filaments gently remove fine dust, without damaging your hard floors.

Once again, I found this application of the vacuum to be a game-changer. My former crappy cordless vacuum has so little suction that even dealing with hard floors was a challenge. I had to go over each area several times, mostly to get the larger bits. This cleaner head works like a charm. Above you will see what I regularly have to deal with. On the left are little bits of cat food that regular appear after the herd's feeding time, and on the right is a pile of sawdust scraps that often appear from my husband's woodworking shop in the basement. 

 

Of course there is an audience. I have realized the more I use this vacuum that it really is not as loud as most vacuums I have owned. That is why cats are always in my photos - the noise does not bother them. And to note, this is my newly painted kitchen so you are getting a glimpse at new blue walls and gold hardware (LOVE!). Anyway, this cleaner head picks up EVERYTHING in site without having to go over the same area again and again. And the cleaner head is made of such soft material and with the way it is designed you never have to worry about it scratching your floors. 

I swear this whole area took me about 5 seconds to vacuum without a spec of dust or cat food left. And the fabric is SO easy to clean off - which is a huge deal for me because cat hair ends up clogging every part of a vacuum used in my house but in this case just running you hands along the fabric heads lets you wipe off any fur/hair/etc that gets caught. My house is all hardwood and tile so this attachment is going to get used all of the time. I love you more each day, V6 Absolute

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This post is in collaboration with Dyson Canada. All opinions are my own and are 100% honest.

Tuesday
Apr072015

Introducing my new best friend

A little while ago I received an email from Dyson Canada, about one of their new products. Now first, let me tell you how exciting it is for someone with EIGHT cats to hear from a company as fantastic as Dyson (who in my humble opinion make the best vacuums out there) about trying out one of their new vacuums. A vacuum is like an extension of my arm.  It is what keeps me sane in a house with 8 four legged furry monsters and a husband who does wood working in our basement for a living. I was totally game when one of the first sentences in the email was "newest Dyson cordless technology". CORDLESS?! OH YESSSS!!!!! Introducing the new Dyson V6 Absolute:

BOOM! I opened the box and pulled out all sorts of attachments that got me so freaking excited....

Everything you could possibly need for all of your vacuuming needs. That may look like alot but all of these bit and pieces are very small and can easily be stored away. It comes with a handy wall-mount so it can be strategically placed within easy access in a closet or wherever is handy.

The V6 Absolute is the only Dyson machine to come with two cleaner heads which means this beast of a machine works on every surface imaginable. The one of the left in the photo above features a direct-drive motor with stiff nylon bristles to better agitate carpet pile and tackle ground-in spills and stains, which keeps your carpets looking fresh. The one on the right is the soft roller cleaner head for hard floors, which tackles big and small debris. It has a full-width roller covered in a soft nylon material and rows of carbon fibre filaments. Large debris are enveloped by the soft material and flung inside the cleaner head, while the antistatic qualities of the carbon fibre filaments gently remove fine dust, without damaging your hard floors. I discovered very early on that this material is SUPER easy to clean. Of course, one of my biggest issues with vacuums is keeping them from getting clogged with cat fur, and with the bristles and fabric they're a cinch to clean up (as you can see in the photo above - this was after using all of the heads several times). The head on the bottom of the photo is a mini-motorized tool that is perfect for upholstery (YES!) - it remove allergens and microscopic dust from mattresses and furniture. 

Ok, so how about I get started with my new V6 Absolute. I first gave it a shot on some rugs around my house, and within about 5 seconds was totally blown away. 

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Tuesday
Mar242015

Pitchi

Pitchi is a new platform based out of Melbourne, Australia that allows folks to buy and sell products using video. It redefines the way consumers create, use and interact with video and is soon to become the premier buying and selling destination for young and innovative Australians.
This method of pitching products online allows the sellers to be more personal and engaging while showing passion for their products.
We wanted people to be able to sell as they would at a local market or if they had their own bricks and mortar store, forming a connection with each customer they encountered. This personal connection allows buyers to form a genuine appreciation for what’s on sale, which then inspires purchase.
Our aim is that each and every pitchi video is a tool for the empowerment of the entrepreneurial spirit. Everyone that makes a pitchi video should be proud of what they have for sale. Everyone that buys from a pitchi video will know the story of where that item came from and can appreciate the true value of what they have bought.
I really love this concept.
It is simple yet so effective in this day and age where we are bombarded with advertisements and every product you can think of is readily available from a variety of sources. In this case you know exactly what you're getting, and the creative person behind the product who put themselves out there to promote it. 
I went through Pitchi and found some really entrepreneurs and local designers while watching many videos. It is such an unconventional way to shop - I love it! Plus, some of the videos were a HOOT! (Like this one)

First up - Corn + Celeste berber rugs. They are gorgeous!!!

Next I found the Onada Siesta chair. Because everyone needs the perfect place for a siesta, so why not do it in style. 

Furniture as works of art. Definitively the case with this bench by Sawdust Bureau.

One more I had to share - the Freefold popup boxes. Really clever totally customizable storage that looks really cool to boot. 

~ This post is in collaboration with the folks of Pitchi ~

Monday
Jan192015

Cyrus Rugs

I have been searching for the perfect rug to change up my living room with the New Year coming. I had gotten a bit tired of the polished white and modern area rug that had been gracing my floor for the past six years. As a Minnesota resident, I had been struggling to find what I was looking for in terms of a contemporary rug. I wanted a hand knotted rug on a larger scale, as my living space is large. My furniture is inspired by modern Nordic decor and I have white walls. I was hoping for a contemporary rug with cool, blue colors but I was open to different pops of color.

Initially I visited the rug department at Macy’s and Gabbert’s. The stores had some nice pieces but I was not overly impressed with the lack of selection in terms of colorful contemporary rugs, and they did not have the best variety. I had very high and particular expectations of what I wanted and envisioned for my room, but was unable to find exactly what I was looking for. I was recommended by an online forum to check out a Minneapolis luxury hand knotted rugs store called Cyrus Artisan Rugs. I live in Edina, which is a suburb just south of Minneapolis, so it was an easy trip for me to make one Saturday afternoon.

The moment I showed up at Cyrus Rugs, I was both surprised and impressed at the size of the showroom and huge variety within. A lovely woman, Alison, was extremely helpful and provided me with a ton of knowledge regarding different brands and different materials. I explained what I was looking for and she showed me some colorful contemporary rugs in from the Vintage Reserve Collection, including the VC-3 design and the PT-8 design. I really found both rugs to be beautiful, but I ultimately settled on the Cyrus Artisan AK-4 design in the chocolate brown palette.

 

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