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SLYDE on by

This summer our family grew.

Our once “party of 5” is now “Party of 6” which means I’m the blessed mama of 4 kiddos.

It also means I’m the homemaker of a house with 4 kiddos. And while my almost 7 year old is starting to help more and more, some dreaded chores I do became even harder.

My absolute most hated chore is mopping!

Who is with me?

With 4 kids my floors are constantly sticky, wet, and just straight up dirty. Mopping is a multistep task the requires my family to have self control of avoiding the most trafficked areas in our home.

And might I add, even if I do successfully get them out of the way to fully mop without added dirty tip-toe foot prints or handling a tragic slip and fall, the cleanliness last about .25 seconds. By the time the floor is actually dry its time to eat again.

Long story short, by the 4th kid I was about to set up our dining room outside or just completely give up.

Then I found a solution!

The SLYDE cordless wet-dry floor cleaner. 

This is an all in one machine that simultaneously sweeps and mops using new cleaning technology. When the SLYDE moves forward it sweeps up crumbs, hair, dirt, and everything in-between. When pulled backwards, it mops away sticky messes, dirt stains, and even spills.

The SLYDE is bagless and uses a unique dual disposal system. imply slide the SLYDE into the base and with a push of a button it auto-cleans in 25 seconds.


SClean water is pulled from the back tank to rinse the inside of the SLYDE, then the dirty water flows out the front into a separate compartment with a strainer.

Overall I was really impressed with it’s cleaning power and had big features I loved!

First off, my absolute favorite part was its ability to sweep and mop simultaneously. That means I only have to take out ONE cleaning machine and only have ONE step to a shinny floor.

We have a tiny crowded cleaning closet that always brought chaos trying to remove the tool I wanted. Since the SLYDE is so sleek and modern in design, we actually leave it out in the corner of our kitchen.

The SLYDE is small enough to fit between chairs and tight corners so I can quickly clean under the table after meals. Knowing how quick and simple the process is I am definitely more motivated to clean. It also means I spot clean daily, rather than one giant clean day.

Another big draw was how quickly my floors dried after cleaning. The SLYDE is built with dual-action brush roll technology that quickly absorbs liquid. So although I am mopping, my floors are left practically dried. It also means I can use it to clean up those daily spills from meals. For a procrastinating cleaner like myself, its so nice to know I can quickly run the SLYDE before guests arrive.

With it’s lightweight design and bagless technology, the SLYDE runs super quiet at just 65dB. This means I can clean WHILE the kids and babies are sleeping. This was an absolute game changer!

Finally the SLYDE can work with non foaming solutions, which means I can fill the back tank with my natural combination of hot water and vinegar. It can work with most surfaces like hardwood, tile, marble, granite, vinyl, and laminate. Our home is a mixture of vinyl and tiles and it worked great on both.

I will say I was pretty skeptical it could clean dried juice puddles or crusty Mac and Cheese but I was very impressed with how it worked out a lot of different messes.

If I had to give any critiques, I would say my biggest issue was the base. If I get real ambitious and want to clean our whole common area (family room, kitchen, guest bathroom, entrance way, and hallway) I have to dump and refill the tank maybe 3 to 4 times. My house by no means is large, but remember we have 4 kids so there is more mess per square foot. With a not huge battery life, I would say the SLYDE is not practical for a whole house clean. However, like I said earlier, with its practicality it makes spot cleaning much more easy so a full house clean is needed less and less.

Again with the 4 kid warning, we gave the SLYDE a true run for its money. A few times the self cleaning system got jammed because of how much was sucked up. I also discovered if I didn’t make sure the inside was really cleaned out, mold could easily start growing. I quickly fixed this problem by hand washing the inside of the SLYDE after any big cleaning.

The SLYDE has helped simplify and speed up my cleaning routine tremendously. I love I can quickly clean without worrying about wet dangerous floors or waking up kids with a loud vacuum. I’m motivated by its simplicity to grab and go for quick spot cleaning, making my clean house stress significantly less! The SLYDE is a perfect cleaning tool from dorm room, to apartment, to home.

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Possibilities with Photowall

Do any of you have that blank wall that you can’t stop staring at?

Does it drive you crazy every time you are in the room?

Just screaming at your to “DO SOMETHING!”

Maybe you are like me and the stress to figure out what to do with the giant blank canvas is greater than the actual blankness of the wall.

In my house, my decorating kryptonite was in my daughters room. A giant blank wall behind her crib.

When I found out we were having a girl I was ecstatic for all things girlie! To make matters worse, we wouldn’t be moving into our home until she was 7 months old. So I had 9 months of pregnancy plus 7 months of baby to dream up the perfect girl room. I Pinterested my little heart out until I had a divine plan for a vintage eclectic room.

Once we finally settled in and the common areas were completed, I started working on the kids’ rooms. The first thing to do was to make sure that the base colour was there and so I used a company similar to Lenny Martin painting to come and freshen up all of the walls. After that, I searched garage sales, vintage shops, DIYed, and raided my families’ belongings until I had the perfect amount of trinkets to fill her shelves.

I loved the final look…except for one wall. Of course this was the wall I looked at every single time I nursed my daughter. Multiple times a day I would sit there dreaming up ideas for this blank canvas.

The wall behind her crib was huge and like I said, it was by her crib. I didn’t want anything to be in arms reach that she could potentially rip off and destroy. I played with the idea of painting her name on the wall but never did. I remember one of my friends suggested that I look into getting a Neon Sign with her name on it. That would have looked really nice on the wall, and it could’ve provided some extra light in the room. Whilst we didn’t end up getting one of those signs, I am still thinking of getting one for the living room or another room in the house.

I was cautious about buying anything with her name on, just in case.

What if we have another girl and I have to paint another name?

What if we eventually have bunk bed and I have to repaint the whole wall?

What if…

What if we wallpaper it?

I had finally found my solution when I came across Photowall.

Who is Photowall

Photowall is a Swedish company with an eye for design. They produce high quality murals and canvas prints that are environmentally friendly and fire retardant. Their prints do not fade in sunlights and are selected with care.

The options for decorating are limitless. Photowall has a collection of over 3,000 motifs from more than 70 designers around the world. And if you seriously can’t find what you are looking for, Photowall has the tools to turn your digital image into the perfect wall decor.

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Finding the Perfect Print

3,000 does sounds overwhelming and at first I didn’t know how I would choose. Luckily Photowall has a variety of ways to dwindle down the options. You can search by category that include choices like animals, children, landscapes, and maps. This is actually how I found my daughter’s print. Since her room was vintage theme I clicked “vintage” and my choice was right in front of me.

You can search by which room you are looking to spice up whether it be your office, hallway, bedroom, nursery, or more. I actually spent a lot of time under the kitchen category day dreaming of a sharp graphic print of tea pots on my wall. The colors matched my kitchen perfectly! Maybe next time right?

Speaking of colors, you can also search by colors. I loved this option because if definitely helps you stay focused on your vision while giving you a variety of styles and designs.

Lastly, if you are a sophisticated art lover or admire a particular artist’s work, you can search by designer. Artists from around the globe have contributed to Photowall’s beautifully crafted collection. Each artist’s unique style is showcased in their collection and Photowall lists how many products each artist has on their site. I think this particularly helpful if you are decorating a whole house. By choosing one artist you can keep a unity and smooth flow through the walls of your home.


When the hard part is over and you’ve chosen your favorite print, ordering is simple.

First the choice of wallpaper or canvas needs to be made. We chose wallpaper for baby girl’s room since I didn’t want anything loose on the wall.

Next we typed in the dimensions of our wall. If you are getting a canvas, you can choose the size you want, while wallpaper size influenced by the size of the wall. I enjoyed having the options to keep the original proportions to sustain the art’s integrity, however in the end I needed to use the width and height of our wall. I was then able to crop the image according to our walls proportions.

For canvas prints their is an option of ordering just the canvas or adding on a DIY frame. In addition, there are three options for the edging.

For wallpaper, you must choose the material; standard or premium. Photowall immediately calculates the price per square meter so you can compare prices.

Then for an additional $20 you can add on a wallpaper kit! I was seriously so excited to have this luxury. I know myself, and if I would have had to go to Home Depot to buy whatever I “thought” was wallpapering supplies I would have been in trouble. I probably would have procrastinated for a few months and then eventually bought the wrong tools. This way it was all delivered together and I could get started right away.

As an added bonus shipping was free and through DHL. I received text alerts when my package was coming and it arrived in great condition.


So I have to be honest here and say I did not do the installing! My kids and I were out of town visiting my grandmother while my husband was left at home to work. I really weighed the options and knew that if the kids were home it would be a disastrous task.

Kids + Glue + Paper…..um no thank you. It did make me think about going back and looking at some of the 3D Wall Panels that could look good on some of the other walls that are seemingly a little blank now compared to the big rose flower wall! This way her room has a little more personality to it, and I can also join in on the decoration installation!

Originally I had planned for my husband and brother-in-law to tackle the task together. My husband is not handy in the least bit nor does he have an eye for perfection. However, my brother-in-law completely redid his home so I figured he could be a big help.

Still not sure of all the details, but I called my husband while on vacation and he was ALONE in my daughter’s room hanging the wallpaper.

I panicked.

I begged him to stop but he told me he had it handled, and besides the glue was already made. He also told me he was learning from his mistakes.


So first thing I did when I got home was run to my daughter’s room. To my surprise he did really well! There is one good wrinkle on the first panel; obviously this was his ‘learning from his mistakes.” Luckily the wrinkle is towards the floor and covered by the crib.

So although I did not experience the hanging of our wall mural, I would have to say it is pretty easy! If my non handy hubby can do it alone, I think just about anyone can do it perfectly with two people.

Overall I have to say we had a delightful experience with Photowall! I loved the unlimited options while still having the tools to narrow down my search. In the end our Photowall mural completed my daughter’s room and cured my blank wall stress. My designer brain has already started to pinpoint new walls in our home that could use a little sophistication with the help of Photowall.

What are you excited to decorate?

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Stamina Giveaway

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Sponsored by: Stamina Products Inc.

Enter for your chance to win: (1) Stamina 36 lb Adjustable Kettle Versa-Bell

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Stamina: Stamina has been making innovative and affordable gym equipment since 1987. Their greatest achievement has been bringing affordable pilates reformers into home gyms. Sometimes building home gyms is so much better than going to a gym because it means that you don’t have any excuses to not work out and also you can feel more comfortable within your own environment. Working out from home is more attractive to some people than working out in a public gym as they can tailor their workouts just for them. In a public gym, you can’t control how busy it is, or sometimes even what time you can go. You also can’t control smaller elements of your workout, such as how warm or cool you like the room. With a home gym with your own air conditioning, perhaps tuned by a company you can visit at www.summersphc.com/fort-wayne/services/cooling/ac-tune-up/ or a similar website, you can control your own gym temperature and tailor it to your workout needs. Things as simple as this aren’t as easy to control in a public space, which is what makes a home gym so attractive. Furthermore, when you don’t have people watching you it can make you feel less self-concsious and able to push yourself further and past the limits. Also, it is very easy to bring in personal trainers or instructors and have your own PT class every week, which will again keep the motivation and allow you to be reaching your goals quicker than you possibly would have done at a regular public gym.

As shown there are a wide variety of products that are available to purchase for your home gym so you can get used to the equipment and learn how to be a pro at an exercise you are accomplishing.

Stamina‘s mission is to make consistently quality products while having superior honest customer service.

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Fresh Wave Review

Fresh Wave Review


It’s Safe ♦ It’s Natural ♦ It Work’s

What is Fresh Wave

Fresh Wave is my new favorite household product. I am seriously obsessed with it. I will tell you a bit about its background. Fresh Wave is now a household product available to consumers at Target. Fresh Wave has been used for years on an industrial scale. Residential areas would complain about sewage or water treatment plants stinking up their neighborhoods. Fresh Wave makes a super industrial odor eliminator which these plants can use to stop the odor from penetrating those residential areas. What is so special about this, is they are chemical free!!! Say what?! That’s right guys.

“Fresh Wave® natural odor eliminators use the power of nature and molecular science to get rid of organic and inorganic odors. Rather than masking unwanted odors, our products go to the source to destroy the odor. More importantly, Fresh Wave products use no toxins, so they are safe to use around people and pets.”Fresh Wave Website

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What Do They Sell

Where Is It Sold

Target! Now in stores! Look for it in the Cartwheel App this October 2015.

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Mama’s Experience


inside fresh waveThe gel containers are great for a 24/7 odor removal situation. I opened my gel container and set it in my laundry room right by my cat litter box and dirty cloth diapers. My 2 stinkiest smells in my house. Within about 15 minutes there was no longer any cat litter odor! I was so shocked that this really worked. I figured it would stop working by the next day…but nope! Still going strong. Occasionally I go and jiggle it a little bit and kind stir it up.  I feel like it helps it. I have no clue, I think it just makes me feel like I am participating in the action. These last about 60-90 days. I can attest that this is true. The picture seen here was opened 30 days ago and it is not even 1/2 way used up. I think it will last just abour 90 days. I use this by my cat litter box and LOVE how it works.

  • Removes odors from: pets, smoke, trash, food, bathrooms, basements and more.




I love this spray! It is great for a bathroom deodorizer. Having a potty training toddler, life gets really interesting the the bathroom. Having this spray helps aid with the smells at least! Its even safe enough to be sprayed in your face! Your eyes, your mouth/nose, will suffer no ill effects from this product. Take that big name aerosol cans!

I love to use this spray in the restroom and by my cat box. I keep a Fresh Wave gel container always by the litter box, but sometimes when “that” moment occurs I need a little quick cover up and this spray works like a charm. I love how I don’t feel the icky thick residue other sprays leave in the air. Just a fresh clean feeling.

Be sure to shake before each use.

Can be used on: clothing, pet bedding, sports gear, shoes, trash and diaper pails…everywhere!


Fresh Wave PacksThese are perfect for our shoes and for diaper pails. Whether you use cloth diapers and wet bags or disposable diapers and trash bags, these packs help keep that odor at bay. You can place them inside your trash cans underneath the bag and just keep them there. They last up to 60 days.

I like to use these in my hall closet where I keep my shoes, inside my diaper pail to keep the urine odor at bay until I do a load of diapers and inside my kitchen trash can. I feel like the kitchen trash can always stinks. After now using the Fresh Wave packs my trash can doesn’t gross my out like it used it! I haven’t been using it for 60 days just yet, but I think that is a very accurate time frame.


Can be placed in: gym bags, shoes, boats, closet, car interiors, trash pails, diaper pails, or any small place.



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