Monthly Archives: Aug 2014

Mommy, Wife

Shark Rocket HV301 Review

As I mentioned in my last post, I have been on a cleaning kick lately. One of my pet peeves is my vacuum. I HATE it. It’s big and heavy and I don’t like to use it. Fortunately my wonderful husband is the one who does most of the vacuuming (did I mention my husband is wonderful?) but there are times when there is a little mess that I’d like to clean up quickly without lugging out my big ogre of a vacuum cleaner. I wanted a stick vac. I’ve been drooling over the Dyson cordless vacuum cleaner, but just can’t bring myself to pay that much for it. We spent less on our big vacuum! So I did some searching online. Then I went to our local HHGregg and got to try out the one I had my eyes on. It’s the Shark Rocket HV301. Below is my video of what’s in the box.

I really debated whether or not to get the Shark Rocket because it isn’t cordless. I wanted the convenience of the cordless ones like the Dyson. But what I found is that the cordless ones don’t seem to have suction that is as good as the corded ones. And I also saw that the other online reviewers complained about the short battery life. So… I went with the Rocket. There are a few things I would change after using it for the past week:

  1. I wish there was better cord management. If you use the carpet attachment with the long hose, you have the ability to wrap the cord around the little guides. If you don’t store it with those two things it’s a pain to deal with the cord. I tried wrapping the cord around the vacuum part, which was ok I guess, but it wasn’t easy to release the cord. It’s not a make or break issue for me, but I wish they would have thought more about the cord.
  2. I wish they would have included a better hanging system. Maybe something where you can hook all of the tools, or even the bigger tools and hose. It does come with an accessory bag, but there isn’t even a hook for the bag. There is just a hook to hang the main vacuum. At the very least I’d like to have seen an extra hook to hang the accessory bag.
  3. If it didn’t have a cord at all, that would be the best option and would negate my first wish!

Over all I’m pretty happy with the Shark Rocket. Would I buy it again? Probably. The price was reasonable enough (with tax it came to $201) and it really seems to do a good job of picking up the small spills. And as I said in the video, I love the floor attachment with the “swiffer” type of pad included!

Here’s to clean floors in my household!


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The ONE tip that inspired my cleaning routine!

The one tip that inspired my cleaning routine

I have been on a cleaning kick lately. I was inspired by our vacation in July because the house we rented was not only beautiful, but pristine. It just felt so good to have such a nice clean home to live in. I came home to a not-so-pristine house and wanted to change that. A friend made a suggestion to me when we were talking about my hope to have a cleaner home. I always talked about how I felt so overwhelmed by the idea of cleaning my rather large home. We have 5 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms, an office, dining room, living room, finished basement… it is a lot.

My friend’s suggestion was to just tackle a small PART of a project at a time. Did I mention that I work full time, have 2 kids and volunteer at my local hospital? I don’t have a huge amount of time in the evenings and weekends to do a lot of cleaning. I started with cleaning our cabinet doors. I think for the first few days I only cleaned 2 or 3 doors (yes they were really grimy!). When I realized I didn’t have to tackle the whole kitchen and just focus on a few doors at a time, it suddenly was much more manageable. I’ve been keeping this philosophy up for the past month and a half and it seems to be working for me!

I’ll post more about how I am revamping my cleaning habits, but that’s enough for now! I hope this encourages and inspires you too!


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Mommy, Tailor, Tinker, Uncategorized, Wife

Honor Robin Williams – Prevent future suicides by getting help

Robin Williams Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK

I feel like I can’t let Robin Williams’ death go by without sharing a bit about myself and hopefully encouraging others. I am co-chair of our state suicide prevention coalition ( I talk about suicide a lot. I train on suicide prevention a lot. I even specifically talk about suicide in “successful people” and how suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone. At any age. At any income level. Of any race. You get the idea.

Robin Williams would qualify as a “successful person” in my book. And even he wasn’t immune to suicidal thoughts.

So what can you do if you think someone you love is thinking about suicide? ASK THEM!!!

Let them know you care. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (800-273-TALK [8255]) and they will either talk with your friend, or you to help your friend.

If you are thinking about suicide yourself, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number (800-273-TALK [8255]). They are trained professionals who will confidentially talk with you and help you get assistance. For FREE.

Honor Robin Williams’ memory. He had to have been at a level of despair most of us will never know or understand. Help others at that same point by saving a life. Ask if someone is considering suicide. Tell them you care and get help!

If you want to become involved with suicide prevention in your state or locally, ask around. Check out the resource page at and get involved. We can all save a life.

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Getting support while breastfeeding – La Leche League

I went to a La Leche League meeting before my daughter was born. It was really nice to talk with other women who were successful in breastfeeding and in getting tips for how I could also be successful. I also found that their philosophies on childbirth and child rearing was similar to mine, so they had a lot of really good recommendations for books along those lines. I would highly recommend going to a La Leche League meeting at least once before you expect to deliver. Then you’ll have those contacts if you need to talk to someone or have questions after the baby is here.

Getting support while breastfeeding - La Leche League

I found my local chapter by going to the La Leche League International website. Click on “find local support” and you’ll drill down to find one closest to you. Mine has a great Yahoo group where you can post questions and learn about other meetings/get togethers. They’re very helpful, and although I had people warn me about people being too overbearing and over-opinionated about breastfeeding, I always felt like they were trying to help me.

So check out your local LLL. They were a huge resource to me!

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Keeping the “girls” modest while wearing maternity shirts

More thoughts on maternity clothes. I found that my maternity shirts tended to be made in a way that would show off cleavage. Like, for example, this shirt from Motherhood Maternity.

Keeping the "girls" in check while wearing maternity shirts


The model looks great (of course) but I always found that when the shirt was actually on me, the criss cross opening went down much farther, and if I bent over, look out! While the “girls” were definitely getting bigger, I can’t say I always wanted them to be on display.

So I bought a couple of really stretchy tank top-y spaghetti strap shirts. They weren’t maternity, but because they were so stretchy I could wear them throughout my pregnancy, and also afterwards. I still wear them now. My maternity shirts also were made in a way that they sort of crossed over on my chest, and therefore it would be very easy for them to open way down. Again, the stretchy shirt underneath kept me fairly modest… And when my maternity shirts were getting shorter because my belly stretched them out, the stretchy shirt underneath clung to my belly and I felt less exposed.

I hope that’s helpful to someone out there 🙂 Keep those girls under wraps!

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