Dyson Hard Floor Cleaner Review

I’m hard on floor cleaners. In my first ten years of marriage I went through nine vacuums and replaced my mop several times a year. I’m not really sure why this happens to me except I really, really, really dislike dirty floors.

This problem has multiplied in magnitude now that we own the “sheds enough to make a blanket every day” dog. He’s a good dog, but oh my word does that dog shed.

But I digress. I’m hard on my floor cleaners and I expect them to give me beautiful clean floors.

Here’s a picture of my floors. Aren’t they wild? I absolutely love them, but understand if you don’t. They are definitely different.

wow winter wood look flooring


Back to keeping them clean.

When I heard about the Dyson Hard I was interested. I’ve never owned a Dyson, but everyone I know who has one RAVES about it. I mean really, these people are kind of crazy about vacuums.

When they offered to give me one to try I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Especially because the Dyson Hard claims to remove dirt and grime at the same time. So no more sweeping and mopping. And to be honestly over the past few years my mopping usually consists of my taking a paper towel, getting it wet and using my foot to clean the floor.

I’ve been using this thing every single day for over two months. Usually we use it two to three times a day, and I love it. I now understand why people rave about vacuums because this thing is awesome.

dyson hard

Here’s why I like it.

It is a vacuum for hard surfaces. Hardwood, ceramic, porcelain, and laminate the Dyson Hard can be used on all of these surfaces. It sucks up small particles of dirt and dust and… DOG HAIR!!!

What is nice about this vacuum is that you attach a cleaning pad to the bottom of the vacuum so not only does the vacuum suck up all the dirt, it also cleans the floor. So sticky juice spills, muddy spots from snow boots, slobber from the dog or the baby, marker, and sticky unidentified marks- these are all gone.

I got a demonstration in the store and it worked really well, but I figured they probably kept their floors pretty clean there so I wondered if it would really pick up the dirt and then clean the floor and not just smear the dust, dirt and dog hair on my floor in a wet gross mess.

It didn’t. Really this thing is amazing.

It is cordless and has a docking station that only took my brother-in-law a few minutes to install in my pantry. It comes with the long handle attachment for cleaning the floors and then two additional attachments for vacuuming things like couches, curtains, stairs, cars, car seats, etc. It is also compatible with the newer Dyson attachment systems.

The handheld vacuum is very powerful and lightweight enough for my kids to use to clean up their cookie crumbs out of the couch and dog hair off the stairs. (Can you tell I have a thing about dog hair?)


I also have my kids use it to “sweep” up after meals.

According to the manual the battery lasts for 15 minutes, but honestly it seems like longer. I’m able to do my kitchen, dining, and breakfast room floor without needing to recharge. It recharges pretty quickly, but honestly I’ve never had it die on a job that wasn’t finished so I’m not quite sure how long it takes to recharge.

Now, if I could make a few improvements to this product here’s what I would suggest.

  • Make the suction intake a little bigger. While this vacuum does a great job on dirt, dust, pet hair and small pieces it won’t pick up a cheerio when using the floor sweeper. If you are using the handheld attachment the intake is significantly bigger.
  • Make the pads last a little longer. While the vacuum will last for several rooms, the cleaning pad needs to be changed after one room, if the room is really dirty and sticky. Since I use it mainly for spot cleaning and vacuuming this hasn’t been an issue for me. But if your floors are regularly very sticky you will need to change the pads more often.

When I review items the one thing I always ask myself is- would I buy this item if I didn’t get it for free?

After having the Dyson for over two months I can say with certainty I would buy it. We use it several times a day and it has really made my life easier when it comes to cleaning my floors, especially in the kitchen and dining areas.

You can find out more about the Dyson Hard on their website. They are available for sale online and at your local retailers.

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Small Touches for the Holidays

Christmas is my favorite time of year. It’s the only time of year I tolerate the cold and enjoy being bundled up! I absolutely love finding the perfect Christmas tree, decorating, and enjoying visits from family and friends.

I also love finding little things that make my house more inviting this time of year. Whether it be an always full cookie jar, hot chocolate ready to be served, scented soap in the bathroom, or fancier dish towels I’m always looking for ways to make this month a little more special in our home.

Did you know that smells can make your home even more inviting? I learned a few years ago that Disney World pipes in the smells of pastries and muffins in the morning and popcorn in the afternoon on Main Street! No wonder I’m always hungry when I’m there!

You can do the same, without the Disney price tag from Glade® with their scented holiday line of products. One item I particularly love this time of year is scented candles. Maybe it’s because it gets dark in the middle of the afternoon here or that I’m reminded of my childhood baking days with my dad, but I love candles that make your whole house smell fabulous!

This year Glade® has an entire holiday line available at Target, including the limited edition Sweet Holiday Treat™.

This scented candle will make your whole house smell like you’ve been baking all day! Perfect to light before holiday gatherings or to cover up the smell of someone baking all day!

Glade® also has several other holiday scents available, including

  • Glade® Apple Cinnamon Cheer TM
  • Glade® Sparkling Spruce TM
  • Glade® Pure Vanilla Joy TM
  • Glade® Frosted Berry Kiss TM

​As a child who grew up with an artificial Christmas tree, my favorite scent has always been Sparkling SpruceTM. It is a great way to get that Christmas smell without the constant battle of needles and the occasional tree falling over!

These candles are available at Target (and we all need another reason to head to Target this year, right!) You also enter to win them on the Real Simple website.

The first year we were married we didn’t have a lot of money. I made all of our Christmas ornaments because we could really afford to buy any (and we lived overseas so there wasn’t much of a selection!)

Twenty years later, we still have a few ornaments remaining from that first Christmas. Over the years I’ve learned that you don’t have to spend a lot to create a warm and inviting home.

It is the little personal touches you add that can help make your house more inviting this time of year.

Get festive this holiday season with the Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection available exclusively at Target. Inspired by the best feelings of the season, the Glade® Sweet Holiday Treat™ scent lets you indulge in the irresistible scent of rich cocoa, toasted nuts, and creamy caramel. The 2013 Glade® Limited Edition Winter Collection was inspired by the nostalgic, spontaneous, snowy, moments that build up to the holidays. Creating memories with loved ones defines the season and the holiday lineup from Glade® is just as memorable.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Glade®. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Holiday Hosting Checklist

The next two months combine two of my favorite things, food and parties. I love to cook and I love hosting parties at my house. This year is no different. The holidays will be filled with family and friends and I’m looking forward to creating memories with them.

As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, I’ve been in the middle of a whole house makeover for the last several months. My kitchen is finished (pictures coming soon I promise!) but I’m still working on the rest of the house.

My stairs currently look like this… (actually I just finished them – pictures coming soon!)

painted stairs

But I’m hoping they will be finished by the time this is published. For me, getting ready for the holidays this year means getting my house put back together. I’m sure I won’t be able to finish all my projects but I need to make my house liveable and safe for guests. :)

Since we’ve been doing so much with the house, my menu and holiday plans are simple this year. We’ll have our favorites, turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and pies- and focus on family and time together, especially since our family is apart.

One of the things I have always wanted is a large, sturdy dining room table. We have a big family so it would be something we would use every day as well as for holidays and gatherings. I’ve had my eye on a trestle table for over two years now.

This table from Havertys is sturdy, big, and would look perfect in my soon to be finished dining room! I even have those same colors and stones in my house so I think it is meant to be!

Hosting family and friends during the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful if you aren’t prepared.

Creating a check list is an easy way to relieve some of the holiday hosting stress. Here’s my checklist for hosting family and friends this holiday season.

Two weeks pre- party

  • Guest list
  • Guest food allergies
  • Menu plan
  • Find recipes
  • Shopping list
  • Frantically finish all the half done DIY/ remodel projects. (just kidding- that’s only for me!)

One week pre-party 

  • Make ahead any items that can be frozen. (cookie dough, pie crusts, breads, candies)
  • Plan airport pick ups for any out of town guests.
  • Create cleaning schedule.

Party week

  • Clean house.
  • Wash sheets/ towels for any overnight guests.
  • Grocery shop.
  • Put together a goodie/ toy basket for any little visitors.
  • Thaw any frozen foods. (Turkey)
  • Create a baking/ cooking plan.
  • Make ice.

Day before party

  • Food prep
  • Bake desserts
  • Make sure party dishes and silverware are clean ( I use paper – don’t judge)
  • Pick up house
  • Set table
  • Check hand soap and toilet paper in bathrooms. Restock.
  • Chill drinks.

Party day

  • Spot clean bathrooms.
  • Bake/ cook any remaining food.
  • Enjoy the day!

For more holiday inspiration, including decorating ideas, printables, and recipes check out my holiday hosting pinterest board.

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Whether you are looking for the perfect couch or an accent piece to tie the whole room together, Havertys has everything you need to prepare your home for guests this holiday season!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Havertys. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Christmas eBook Bundles: Christmas Planning & Celebrating Christmas

Bundle of the Week #38: Christmas Planning

Christmas is just 23 days away! But don’t worry: this Christmas Planning bundle includes everything you need to simplify your plans and get organized early so that you can avoid the stress of the holidays. You’ll find daily planning tips and printables, recipes, handmade gift tutorials and more at almost 75% off!  The included eBooks are:

30 Days to Christmas by Jennifer Tankersley

  • A daily dose of inspiration & motivation for a meaningful holiday season, 30 Days to Christmas includes a daily task, activity, or reminder, plus a daily checklist to help you stay on track with your Christmas planning. It also includes 15 lists and worksheets from ListPlanIt.com to get you through the holiday season.

A Simpler Season by Jessica Fisher

  • A Simpler Season is your guide to planning the winter holidays, with creative ideas, time-saving tips, and budget-minded inspiration for making the most of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. With the busy family in mind, Jessica offers recipes, to-do lists, children’s activity sheets, planning pages, gift ideas, and step-by-step tutorials for creating homemade gifts to help you get from Thanksgiving to New Years in a calm, cool, collected manner.

Christmas Recipes: From My Table to Yours by Lynn of Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

  • In Christmas Recipes: From My Table to Yours, Lynn offers quick, easy, and inexpensive holiday recipes from Blueberry Baked French Toast for a special family breakfast to Chocolate Bread Pudding for a scrumptious holiday dessert. Don’t stress this holiday season about what to do for parties, family gatherings and even gifts. Tis the season to show the love because food is the best gift of all!

The Life Your Way Christmas Planner by Mandi Ehman

  • While Christmas can be stressful, it doesn’t have to be. Planning ahead is the best way to embrace all that the season has to offer without the stress we associate with the holidays! This printable Christmas planner will help you simplify your holiday with planning calendars, checklists and a variety of worksheet.

Charlie & Noel: An Advent Calendar Story by Franziska Macur

  • Charlie & Noel is an advent story for children ages 4-10. Through 25 short chapters, you get to know Charlie, a little boy who wishes he could just skip the whole waiting part and jump right into the presents. But Charlie doesn’t realize what he would miss or just how many magical moments the season has waiting for him. Each day’s reading includes discussion starters and ideas for additional activities to help you enjoy precious time with the people you love most and travel thoughtfully through the holiday season together.

Order your Christmas Planning eBook Bundle today! 

The Christmas bundle is only available through 9am EST on Tuesday, 12/3.

Bundle of the Week #45: Celebrating Christmas

This Celebrating Christmas bundle offers a collection of ebooks to help you celebrate a simple Christmas with traditional activities, homemade gifts, healthy recipes and a devotional for the advent season. Save more than 75% as you rediscover and focus on the true meaning of Christmas!  Included eBooks are:

Pioneering Today: A Homemade Christmas by Melissa K Norris

  • In Pioneering Today: A Homemade Christmas, Melissa offers inspiration for getting back to the true meaning of Christmas, tips for homemade baked goods when you’re stretched for time, tutorials for homemade, affordable gifts people will use and like, and ideas for giving the gift of yourself to your loved ones with special planned activities. With over 36 recipes, homemade gift and decor ideas, she shows you how to experience a simple Christmas with the joy it was meant to have.

Holiday Mixes: Gifts in a Jar by Kristy Howard

  • Are you looking for thoughtful yet inexpensive gift ideas? Holiday Quick Mixes & Gifts in a Jar includes 19 of Kristy’s favorite healthy, frugal and simple Christmas gift recipes, such as Candy Cane Cocoa, Snickerdoodle Cookies Mix, Winter Morning Mocha and Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup Mix. Discover the fun of gifts in a jar to give as individual gifts or add to your Christmas goodie baskets this year!

Festive Traditions: A Real Food Guide to the Holidays by Jill Marks

  • Festive Traditions is a wonderful collection of 31 real food holiday favorites that are perfect for all of your holiday activities — from Christmas morning brunch to caroling with the kids. You’ll find appetizers (perfect to pass at a party), main dishes, drinks, and even desserts with plenty of gluten- and allergen-free options for those on special diets. With Festive Traditions, you can enjoy your holidays without the junk!

When God Draws Near by Teri Lynn Underwood

  • In When God Draws Near, Teri Lynn offers 28 advent devotions to share the story of God’s plan for redemption from Genesis through Revelation. This devotional isn’t simply the Christmas story found in Luke. It’s a journey to grasp the wonder when God draws near, to know the fullness of the story of redemption. This story didn’t begin on Christmas Eve in a manger in Bethlehem and didn’t end with the Magi’s visit, and Teri Lynne starts at the beginning of the story in Eden and walks you through to the end of this story…eternity with Christ.

Christmas Celebrations: Advent, Christmas & Epiphany by Kerry Beck

  • Discover the origins of Christmas traditions like the Yuletide Log, Christmas cards, stockings and more in Kerry’s Christmas Celebrations. With ideas for celebrating Advent, Christmas and Epiphany, including a devotional calendar with Bible reading schedule, traditional Christmas carols, activities for the Twelve Days of Christmas and more, this ebook is packed full of ideas for a meaningful, traditional Christmas celebration!

Order your Celebrating Christmas eBook Bundle today! 

The Christmas bundle is only available through 9am EST on Tuesday, 12/3.

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