Find the New Dyson DC59 MH @BestBuy #DysonatBestBuy @BestBuyWOLF

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free


When I first saw I new place, I felt in love with the dark hardwood floors.  They ARE beautiful.  They are also impossible to keep clean.  I guess all wood flooring is because I had light wood at our old house and it was hard to keep spotless as well. I blame it on the kids!

But since moving in I have gotten the boys very involved in helping keeping the place and clean as possible with 3 growing boys and 2 cats.  One of the jobs they have been given is keeping the floors clean.  While I have the full sized Dyson which I LOVE, it doesn’t have a super convenient place to be stored that makes it easy for the boys to grab and use it.  But the Dyson DC59 MH is so perfect for them (and me) because it’s light and easy to carry anywhere but still does a great job.  The cleaner head on the stick is perfect for our hardwood and tile floors.  And without the stick is totally manageable handheld that they can manage for the stairs, as well as getting cat hair off my couch.


If you’re a Dyson fan you MAY have noticed that  they already have a DC59.  So WHY the DC59 MH:

The main difference is the cleanerhead it’s 75% more powerful than DC59 and is great for carpets and of course hardwoods.  A newly configured cleaner head with a direct-drive motor creates 75% more brush bar power to better agitate carpet pile and tackle ground-in spills and stains.  All floor performance: While nylon bristles dig into carpets, carbon fiber filaments reduce the build-up of static charge, aiding in the capture of fine dust on hard floors.


Product Features

Mini motorized tool

Along with a combination accessory tool and crevice tool allows you to thoroughly clean bare floors and carpets.

Lightweight design

Makes it simple to move the vacuum from room to room. The vacuum can also be used as a hand vac.

Washable filter

Traps impurities and can easily be cleaned.

Cordless design

Offers freedom of motion during use.

21.6V direct-drive motor

Helps push the bristles into carpets to remove deep-set dirt.

Bagless technology

Saves time and energy with no bags to replace.

9-7/8″ cleaning path width

Lets you clean a wide swath of flooring with each pass. Edge cleaning capability allows you to vacuum hard-to-reach areas.

Carbon-fiber filaments

Help remove fine dust from hard floors.

If you’re anything like me, I’d rather not pull out the big ole vacuum ALL THE TIME but keeping the floors clean is a daily battle. The Dyson DC59 MH is the perfect solution. While there are other lightweight alternatives around, I truly don’t believe there is one as effective as this. The Dyson DC59 MH makes even my messy family manageable.

The @Sony QX10 at @BestBuy

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 Check out the Sony QX10!  This great little lens makes taking quality photos with your cell phone even easier.

Designed for use with most iOS and Android mobile phones

Clips onto your phone via an included attachment to enhance your phone’s existing camera capabilities. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) enable easy one-touch connection.

18.2-megapixel, 1/2.3″ back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor

Captures high-resolution images up to 4896 x 3672 pixels and delivers optimal low-light performance, so you can take crisp, high-quality photos and videos, even in dark environments.

10x optical zoom

Through a Sony G lens for precise zooming and accuracy.

PlayMemories Mobile App (download required)

Allows you to easily access all of the camera’s features directly through your phone’s screen for simple operation.

Movie mode

Lets you record MP4 video clips at up to 1440 x 1080 resolution at 30 fps. Built-in stereo microphone ensures crystal-clear acoustic capture.

BIONZ processor

Along with TRILUMINOS Color technology improves overall picture quality, so you can enjoy remarkably true-to-life images. Start-up time of approximately 6.9 seconds ensures fast processing.

Optical SteadyShot image stabilization

Reduces image blur and distortion caused by camera shake and vibration. ISO up to 12,800 for optimal capture in dimly lit conditions.

iAuto mode

Automatically optimizes shooting conditions to accommodate your current setting. Face detection function recognizes up to 8 faces and isolates subjects in-frame, so you can take stunning portraits of friends and family members.

White balance modes

Include auto, daylight, shade, cloudy, fluorescent 0, 1 and 2 and incandescent to help achieve natural tones under a wide range of lighting conditions.

Multipoint autofocus

With single-shot and touch autofocus modes for sharp image capture. Focuses as close as 2″ for clear up-close photos.

Supports select mobile phone apps (not included)

Making it easy to edit photos and videos and share recorded content via text, e-mail and various social sites, such as Facebook and Instagram.

Can be uncoupled from your phone

So you can hold the camera in your hand or mount it on a compatible tripod via the integrated universal tripod screw for flexible shooting options.

Automatically saves images on both the camera and your phone

For hassle-free backup.

Multicard slot

Supports Memory Stick Micro up to 16GB, Memory Stick Micro (Mark 2), microSD up to 64GB, microSDHC and microSDXC formats (card not included) for expansive storage options.

IMG_20140604_154706The novelty of the Sony QX10 will definitely be the first thing you notice.  (see my photo above of me taking a photo of the photo I’m taking to like infinity) While you can attach it to many cell phones to allow you to use it much like a standard camera (*it didn’t fit on my Note 2).  The best part is the zoom.  My phone has a pretty decent camera.  I’m often happy with the photos I get from it. However I try to never use the zoom on my phone.  It ruins the photo quality completely.  But with the QX10 you get great optical zoom.  If you’re not familiar with zoom there are two types…optical and digital.  Your phone has digital zoom (most likely I think there are now a model or two with optical).  Digital zoom really is the same thing as taking the photo from far away and cropping it. The bigger you make the photo the few pixels it has and the lower the quality.  With optical zoom the lens is actually taking a full quality photo.

In addition to the zoom and nice quality lens, the ability to use a lens separate from your “viewfinder” (your phone)  can make for lots of fun too.  And if you’re not a selfie master you can use the QX10 to take some great selfies without using a mirror.  (Yup I totally do that. Not taking a photo IN the mirror but use the mirror to see what I’m actually getting in the photo cuz I can’t do that whole just stretch my arm our and take the picture and actually get myself IN the photo.)


Here are two of my most favorite photos we’ve taken with the QX10




The QX10 comes ready to go out of the box.  You’ll just need the app and and you’ll be able to start snapping photos.  You will need a memory card for videos and I recommend it for a faster reaction on photos as well.  It’s rechargeable battery connects with a standard micro charger, I even charge mine in the car.  I thought it charged pretty quickly and the battery lasts a decent amount of time.  I personally do recommend getting a case with it, as I don’t have one and wish I had one so I could carry it in my purse all the time without worrying about it. And I will note that it’s not the best in lower light.  But overall I love it enough that the QX100 is on my wish list!

 What do YOU think of the Sony QX10?





wild about the sox

Program on August 6 to Feature Presentation by Shedd Aquarium Experts with Animals, Videos and Trivia

The Chicago White Sox will host “Wild About the Sox,” presented by Shedd Aquarium, prior to the game on Wednesday, August 6, when the White Sox take on Texas at U.S. Cellular Field at 1:10 p.m.

“Wild About the Sox” is an educational field trip that leaves the confines of the classroom behind for a real-world lesson about marine life.  Combining the excitement of White Sox baseball with an interactive and fun program about marine life, Shedd Aquarium experts will host a 45-minute presentation with animals, videos and trivia for fans at 10:30 a.m.

In order to attend “Wild About the Sox” activities, specially-priced tickets are available for purchase at or by calling (312) 674-1000.  Tickets for the event will not be available at the U.S. Cellular Field ticket window.

Fans attending can enter through Gate 5 starting at 10:15 a.m.  The presentation will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.


Have you been to a Sox game this season?



Superhero Art, Wordless Wednesday 7/16/14


Pinterest Wins and Fails

Ok well I won’t claim to be pinning nutritious recipes but I DO have a ton of yummy looking recipes pinned.  But they have to be fairly simple for me to actually attempt them.  I recently tried three of these recipes, two were huge hits and one bombed!186477240790764219_q921nsvp_f


This yummy looking Grilled Cheese Pull Apart Bread from, looked good and sounded easy so I decided to give it a try.  It called for a bundt pan, which I didn’t own but there have been a few other recipes that used one so I decided it’d be worth the purchase.  And it totally was.  This was so awesome, I don’t think I’ll ever eat a regular grilled cheese again.  It smells amazing while it’s baking too.  Only thing I will add is that on my first attempt the outside was browning while the inside was still not cooked all the way through at the recommended time.  I covered it with foil and kept cooking and it was great.  It wasn’t until I made it again that I realized I used way more cheese in the first batch then it called for which probably messed with the cooking time.  I think I may have added 2 minutes to recommended time for perfect results the second time.IMG_7935a-1024x672


Feeling good about my success, I was ready to take on another new recipe.  This Bacon BBQ Cheeseburger Quesadilla from sounded like something we’d all love.  I did cut out the onions and used more bacon and BBQ sauce as I didn’t measure them because…bacon…you can’t have too much!!!  (I also used precooked bacon to make this even quicker/easier.  I MAY have used the entire package of bacon.) I also use a ton of cheese in my quesadillas and don’t measure.  So this one is really easy to adjust to your tastes but it is another one that smells awesome and the whole family REALLY loved.  It also goes a long way.  I usually use 14-16 tortillas easily when I make plain cheese quesadillas but a package of 10 small tortillas was all I needed for us all to be pleasantly stuffed to the gills with bacon-y bbq-y goodness.



I’ve very glad I didn’t totally give up on trying new recipes after a massive pinterest fail.  I wish I would have taken photos but I attempted to make these Cheesy Bacon Bombs for a party.  I got all the ingredients to make a double batch.  Followed the directions to a T.  And could NOT get them to properly cook no matter what I did.  As soon as I posted about my disaster on Facebook a friend told me that you have to use HALF a slice of bacon instead of a full one.  As I rolled them I checked several times to verify that it was a full slice because it seemed like a lot.  I’m not at all sure how she got it to cook using a full slice but I ruined 4 pounds of bacon lots of cheese and biscuits and I tried baking them, frying and then baking, baking then frying. Not a single one looked good enough to try.


Sports Art

When I say the boy lives and breaths sports, I’m not kidding.  If he’s not playing, watching or reading about sports….he’s now doodling them!


Limited Time Only: Free Travel Beauty Samples with $60 Purchase at Beauty Encounter!

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discount-perfume-cologne-lp-r2Until July 10, Beauty Encounter will be giving away free beauty samples perfect for your travel agenda! Whether you’re buying discount perfumes for women, new cosmetics, or a tried and tested shampoo, you’ll automatically get a free sample set for at least $60 worth of purchases. The sample set includes the following: 1 oz Freeman Beautiful Body Cucumber, Melon & Ginseng Body Wash, 1 Booklet Papier Poudre Oil Blotting Papers – Rachel, and 0.5 oz Neutrogena Instant Lip Remedy. To find out which ones qualify, here are 7 out of hundreds of products you should consider in your daily beauty regimen:

1. Kenra Platinm Finishing Spray Maximum Hold 26. Get stylized hair in no time with Kenra Platinum hair spray. The fast-drying formula holds your hair for hours and gives that shine that doesn’t ruin your natural hair’s component (BE Price: $9.40, 1.5oz travel size).

2. Goldwell Moisture Definition Conditioner Intense for Normal to Thick Hair. Give your hair the smoothness it needs even when you’re away from home. Goldwell Moisture Definition Conditioner is made with Avocado Milk and Y-Shine complex for the incomparable smoothness and shine (BE Price: $1.16, 1.0oz travel size).

3. Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray Thirsty Skin Relief. Travelling in Pompeii during the day under the blazing sun? Or maybe strolling in Prague at night? Your skin might be dehydrated due to extreme weather. Spritz this travel-size hydrating skin relief from Clinique anytime, anywhere. It’s composed of an oil-free formula which the skin can easily absorb. Apply over or under makeup ($3.59, 1 oz)

4. White Tea with White Tea Extract by Speziali Fiorentini. Share with your man the cleansing power of white tea in this refreshing bath and shower gel. Apply on wet sponge or bare hands and start lathering after a quick run under the shower ($6, 0.84oz).

5. Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in 118 Bois de Rose. Give your lips that high-impact color and shine with Estee Lauder’s long lasting color lipstick. It has vitamins C and E to keep your lips smooth and moisturized for hours. It’s now available in travel size with a luxurious gold body ($9.99, promotional travel size).

6. Guinot Masque Essentiel Nutrition Confort Instant Radiance Moisturizing Mask. Adjusting your body clock after a long-haul flight? While you’re resting, make sure your skin is taken cared of, too. As soon as you get to your hotel, apply this Guinot Masque to alleviate skin fatigue. This will instantly brighten and clear your complexion ($4.99, 0.16oz travel size).

7. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash. Keep your pores clog-free with this oil-free acne wash by Neutrogena. This effective facial wash eliminates blemishes and at the same time soothes the skin condition so it never leaves your skin oily. Carry it wherever you go and whenever you need that much-needed wash in the middle of the day ($1.41, 1 oz promotional travel size).

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Another Fabulous Season at The Bristol Renaissance Faire

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If you haven’t been to the Bristol Renaissance Faire you simply don’t know what your missing.  In fact, even if you HAVE been before, you probably STILL don’t know what you are missing.  You see, a single trip isn’t enough time to begin to fully explore the sights, sounds and shows of the Ren Faire.

This is our THIRD trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire and while the boys were slightly disappointed not to get to see a single joust, I was on a mission to see entirely new and different things this time.  At the suggestion of a friend I knew that we needed to check out the “Fire Whip Show.”  And I’m super glad we did because it was very exciting.  I’m pretty sure if it hadn’t been so humid, leading to some decent perspiration…I might have even peed myself at one point.

adam crack fire whip show Bristol Renaissance Faire - CopyYeah, look that’s a flaming whip! Ok, so maybe that isn’t shocking, given then name of the show and all but what he did with a hot, flaming whip may have terrified me just a bit.  But I won’t ruin the surprise for you.  Just take my word and hit the Privies (that’s the bathroom for you contemporaries) before the show.

The other two shows we caught were merely by chance as one of the Swordsmen asked the boys if they liked sword fighting just as we were walking by and let them know their show would start in a just a few minutes.  With enough swinging action for the boys and adult humor for the grown ups, it is another recommended watch as far as I’m concerned.

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And then Barely Balance took place on the same stage immediately following so we stayed for that as well.  And I’m glad we did.  They were super funny and incredibly talented.  These photos simply don’t do it justice, but I highly recommend taking the time to see them!

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One area I didn’t do a good job branching out and looking for something new was the food.  We all craved our previous favorites: ice cream, onion stryngs and pickles.  But I didn’t snap a pic but we did get to sample the cheese fritters thanks to some friends we bumped into that just couldn’t finish them and they were super delicious!

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Whether it’s your first or your fifth trip to the Bristol Renaissance Faire, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.  If you’re new to the faire, the shows are spread out throughout the faire and when you enter you’ll get a map with a schedule on the back.  If you’re interested in a specific show, you’ll want to check out the schedule when you arrive as most shows run 2 or 3 times a day so happening to be in the right place at the right time may be unlikely.  But if you aren’t sure what you want to do it’s a pretty good bet, something fun will find you!!  Be sure to take your time as you wander to notice all the small details that really make this an amazing experience.

Check out our first trip to Bristol Renaissance Faire here, and last year’s trip here.

The Bristol Renaissance Faire is located just west of I-94’s Russell Road exit, near Kenosha, Wis. Open rain or shine, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., every Saturday and Sunday, July 5 through Sep. 1, and on Labor Day Monday, Sep. 2, tickets are $23.95 for adults and $11.50 for children, ages 5 to 12. Advance ticket discounts are available at or by calling (847) 395-7773.

Have you been to the Ren Faire?



Kenosha Kingfish Take Two with Fergie Jenkins

The only thing better than one day at the ballpark is TWO days at the park, right?  This past weekend we went to our FIRST Kenosha Kingfish game AND our second!  We’d planned to attend the first game with my dad and stepmom (and their Rotary and Kiwana’s friends) for quite awhile, but then the recreation department where the boys play ball organized a night too and I couldn’t pass up going to another game while supporting our recreation board.  So we attended games Saturday AND Sunday.

Our second game included, Kingfish bobble heads, hats AND Chicago Cubs hall of famer, Fergie Jenkins.



It was also a much less busy day for us so we were able to get to the ball park early. After we made a stop at Wing Stop for our free wings we got from the previous night’s game (I believe the promotion was that each visitor gets a coupon for 5 free wings if a Kingfish player gets walked in the 5th inning.)

Since we had time the boys got to enjoy the kids zone stuff.  It was nice to be prepared for them to play in sand and get dirty!



It was another gorgeous day.  Started a little warm but as the sunset, it was perfect!



And Timmy took his first crack at keeping stats.


Overall another great time was had by all…and the Kingfish won again!


We’ll definitely be back!



And there were no fire works this night but we did stop and the boys collected some player signatures before we headed out and stopped for Culvers, again thanks to a promotion from the game (BOGO coupon) that I think was from them getting 5 runs in the game.



Kick Off Chicago Preseason Football with Essex Inn

Essex Inn sponsored this post and provided game tickets and hotel stay, however, the opinions I share in this post are my own.

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Check out this amazing preseason football game package from Essex Inn.  In addition to watching the BEST¹ team in the NFL without the threat of frostbite this Essex Inn package includes everything you’ll need for a unforgettable game day experience.  This is the perfect package for any fan with a reception with former Bears wide receiver, Marcus Robinson and fan pack with game day goodies. Being only minutes away from the stadium means you’ll be back at the beautiful Essex Inn in no time where you’ll be able to enjoy all the fabulous amenities (including rooftop pool, fitness center and free wi-fi)  it has to offer.

Add a second night for more time to explore Chicago.  Visit for tons of fabulous area attractions!  While you’re there, be sure to check out the variety of other fabulous packages available from Essex Inn.

Join  special guest Marcus Robinson* (former Bears wide receiver) at Chicago’s Essex Inn for finger food and football talk at our exclusive Pre-Season Reception before each game.
Don’t miss out! Availability is very limited so sack this deal and secure your spot for these special events.

Starting from just $219** per person, the package includes:

  • Entrance to the special Pre-Season Reception prior to the game
  • Fan pack filled with game day goodies
  • Two tickets to a pre-season Chicago home game
  • One night’s accommodations for two people, including tax
  • Hotel valet parking for one car during your stay
  • Free pool, fitness center, sauna and Wi-Fi
  • Free shuttle to The Magnificent Mile and Museum Campus, please check at reception for schedule

To book, call 312-542-5119 and ask for the Pre-Season Pre-Game Event Package.

Hurry, book your package now before they are all sold out! Our reservations team is available Monday – Friday 8am to 4pm CST at 312-542-5119.

*Special guest appearance is not guaranteed and may be cancelled or substituted without notice.
**This package is designed for two people sharing a room. One night stay required, pre-paid at the time of booking and is non-refundable. Talk to our package specialists about taking your whole family.

The Pre-Season games are August 8 and August 14.

Don’t forget to ask about adding a second night!


¹Claims not endorsed by Essex Inn and are the sole responsibility and opinion of the writer!