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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Yeah For The Dyson DC14!!



Ok I have never been the type to endorse a products but I have to give props to my Dyson DC14 Telescope Reach Vacuum. I have had it for less than 2 yrs and I have to say that I am so pleased with this vacuum. I am the kind that would spend no more than 150 for a vacuum til I just got so fed up with my other vacuums losing its suction power.

I am giving this vacuum such a great review because it is just an awesome vacuum cleaner. My husband always say, " you get what you pay for" and he is so right. I would never spend over 300.00 for a vacuum. Although this vacuum may be retail valued at over 500.00 at some places but we found it for 299.00 at Costco website. Not sure if they still have these available there but to me that was a bargain compare to other places we have looked. I was a little hesitant to purchase such a expensive vacuum cleaner but this baby works like a charm.

We have only been in our home for a little less than 2 yrs and the home was purchased brand new so we have lovely new carpet. Well I wanted to keep them that way and thought we needed a new vacuum. We also have a long hair Birman cat that sheds a lot so the other vacuum that I had from my other home just wasn't cutting it anymore. And for those of you that have cats know about the huge hair balls.  My cat has a tendency to throw up sometimes and it leaves really dark stains on the carpet.

Well when my cat first made her mess on on my brand new carpet, I freaked out. I was like OMG no you didn't just throw up on my new carpet. So I was like ok don't panic I have this new stuff that came with my vacuum cleaner called Dyson Spot Cleaner.



This stuff is great. It gets rid of spots and spills. It contains four active agents: a dispersant that cleans soil-based stains, solvent that mobilizes oil-based stains, a detergent that cleans oil-based stains and solvent that speeds drying time. Works on grease, food, drinks and soil. Perfect for wool and stain-resistant carpets. pH neutral and environmentally friendly.



Ok first I took up as much of the mess off the carpet as I could get up. So only the thing left was a little dark stain. I grabbed this spot cleaner and sprayed directly on the stain and rubbed. Next I used another wonderful product that came with my vacuum cleaner was this stuff called Dyson Zorb. OMG this stuff is great. It is tiny pieces of sponges that absorbs excess dirt from the carpet.. It has a damp feel to it and it is 100% recycled and biodegradable. No sticky detergent or residue.



Well you scoop a small amount of this Zorb onto the damp spot and work it into your carpet. Leave on your carpet for about 30 minutes or until dry and vacuum it up. Your carpet will look good as new. When they say it absorbs, it absorbs everything. The photo below shows what it looks like when applied to your carpet. You can get this at Home Depot, Best Buy or at Target, and Amazon. It is good on new or old carpets.



And not only did I get out the stain but I can't tell where the stain was when I vacuum the zorb up. So it has saved me on many occasions. My husband spilled coffee on the rug once and I almost had a coronary! but thankfully it didn't leave a stain thanks to these wonderful products. And yes both the Spot Cleaner and the Zorb came with my vacuum cleaner.

Not only did I get the Zorb and the Spot Cleaner I also got many many attachments too. I received 6 additional attachments such as:





And this is great for the stairs. When you attach this baby you can really hear the suction power


And I got 3 more attachments. One of these is for vacuuming the sofas.

So in closing is this a great vacuum cleaner or what? Yes I know it is pretty expensive but I just have to say it is so worth the cost and after having it this long, it still has its suction power. Didn't mean to ramble on and on but I just have to give this Dyson's vacuum an A++

~Michelle

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why don't I have any in the morning? I never eat breakfast in the morning and don't know why. But as I keep hearing over and over again how important is it to refuel your body in the morning. We tend to over eat in the afternoon and evenings because we skip breakfast. My breakfast usually just a cup of coffee and or maybe a muffin but that is rare. I am not a morning person at all and I get so busy in the mornings that coffee just seems to be the only thing that is quick to get me going.



Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You cannot afford to miss it for many reasons, but here are three which come from recent medical research:

1. People who are successful at losing weight and keeping it off are faithful members of the "breakfast club."

2. People who eat breakfast may be better equipped to fight off colds and the flu. An impressive study found that those who developed more than one illness over the 10-week study were less likely to be breakfast eaters.

3. Skipping breakfast doesn't reduce one's daily calorie intake. The truth is if you skip you will more than make up for it later in the day. Those who eat breakfast find it easier to resist high fat foods during the day.

It is a well-known fact that breakfast boosts metabolism all day and fires up your brain cells for faster, clearer thinking. You should eat when you can, but within two hours of waking. You are more likely to create a life-long habit if it's something you enjoy.

Make it convenient. If breakfast is too time consuming and complicated, you are not likely to stick with it. Have on hand "grab and go" breakfast items that are both tasty and affordable. Resist fast-food drive-thrus. This kind of food is expensive and typically high in fat. If you are tired of cereal, made-from-scratch healthy muffins are a perfect solution for your breakfast dilemma.

Freezer trick. The rule is to bake muffin batter as soon as it is mixed, or you can freeze the batter. Make up the batter and follow the instructions for filling the paper- or foil-lined cups. Then, pop the pans in the freezer. When the muffins are frozen hard, transfer them to a plastic bag or freezer container; write the baking temperature on the bag so you don't have to search for the recipe again later. When you are ready to bake them, put the frozen muffins back in the muffin pans and place them in a preheated oven, increasing the baking time by only 5 or 6 minutes. You can bake all the muffins at once or one to two at a time in a toaster oven.

The Best Blueberry Muffins

1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup blueberries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup milk
1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Heat oven to 375 F. Grease 12 regular muffin cups or line them with paper baking liners. In a medium-sized bowl, beat butter until creamy. Beat in the sugar until pale and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt. Mash 1/2 cup of the blueberries with a fork. Fold into batter. Stir in half the flour, and then half the milk. Add remaining flour and milk. Fold in remaining blueberries. Scoop batter into muffin cups. Sprinkle with nutmeg sugar. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Morning Glory Muffins

1 egg
2 egg whites
1/2 cup apple butter
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups grated carrots
1 apple - peeled, cored, and chopped
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons toasted wheat germ

Preheat oven to 375 F. Lightly oil 18 muffin cups, or coat with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, apple butter, oil and vanilla. In a large bowl, stir together flours, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir in carrots, apples and raisins. Stir in apple butter mixture until just combined. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin cups, filling them about 3/4 full. In a small bowl, combine walnuts and wheat germ; sprinkle over the muffin tops. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the tops are golden and spring back when lightly pressed.

Banana Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 F. Coat 12 muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans. Bake in preheated oven. Bake muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.

So in closing, I will try my best to make breakfast my main priority in the mornings and you should too.

article courtesy Everyday Cheapskate

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

If I Were.....

If I were a month I’d be September
If I were a day I’d be Sunday
If I were a time of day I’d be the evening.
If I were a planet I’d be Venus
If I were a sea animal I’d be a Dolphine
If I were a direction I’d be UP
If I were a piece of furniture a recliner
If I were a liquid I’d be coffee
If I were a gem stone I’d be an Sapphire
If I were a tree I’d be a apple tree

If I were a tool I’d be a Screw driver
If I were a flower I’d be Tulip

If I were an element of weather I’d be The Sun
If I were a musical instrument I’d be a Violin
If I were a color I’d be Blue

If I were an emotion I’d be Happy

If I were a fruit I’d be a Peach
If I were a sound I’d be a "crreeek"
If I were an element I’d be Water

If I were a car I’d be a MUSTANG

If I were a food I’d be Chinese Food
If I were a place I’d be Island
If I were a material I’d be Suede
If I were a taste I’d be sweet

If I were a scent I’d be Sweet

If I were a body part I’d be Feet
If I were a facial expression I’d be a Smirk
If I were a song I’d be a Dance Song

If I were a bird I’d be a Blue Jay

If I were a gift I’d be a something special
If I were a street I’d be a quiet road

If I were a city I’d be no where around
If I were a door I’d be closed

If I were a pair of shoes I’d be a pair of medium size heels

Inspired by Scarlett Impressions blog