Spring Cleaning: Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum

There are many reasons the spring season cannot get here fast enough. Besides the obviously nicer weather, we’re looking forward to doing some much-needed spring cleaning. We’ve accumulated a lot of clutter, plus add in the fact that we have hardwood floors, a wonderful thing apartment detail, but one that attracts dust like fashionistas to a sample sale. Let’s face it, dust and hardwood floors just don’t mix. Not only can debris in dust scratch and damage your floor’s finish, dust particles can make you sick. And while most carpeted homes may only need to be vacuumed once or twice a week, homes with hardwood floors need twice as much love, so it is always necessary to whip out the old vacuum. The problem is most heavy duty vacuums are just that…heavy and expensive, but we’re not worried because we’re well equipped with the Shark Rocket Powerhead vacuum.


What makes the Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum so great? Well, this lightweight and streamlined vacuum (it only weighs 9lbs overall and 1lb in your hand when vacuuming) boasts some heavy-duty cleaning power without the heavy lifting, shoulder or back pain. The easy to maneuver vacuum’s cleaning components are all conveniently into the head of the vacuum shortening the suction path to the dust cup by up to 80% and putting all of the vacuum’s weight where it counts most—on the floor, not in your hand.

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The Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum comes with two, interchangeable brushrolls, and all Surface Brushroll that goes from carpets to hard floors with ease, and a Gentle Touch Hard Floor brushroll that is made just for cleaning hard floors. While one is in use in Shark’s Innovative brushroll garage, the other is neatly tucked away in the Brushroll Holster, located on the handle.


Other wonderful features of the Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum include a telescoping handle that adjusts to your most comfort height and makes for easy storage, a bottom-empty pop-up dust cup for quick disposal of debris, easy-to-use fingertip controls, and advanced steering for smoother maneuverability. To show you just how easy it is to maneuver with one hand, we took a bit of video showing how easy it is:

Are you ready for some spring cleaning of your own? Could the Shark Rocket Powerhead Vacuum help you control the dust and debris on your hardwood floors? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Livliga Celebrate Dinnerware Collection

We can be very bad when it comes to portion control, especially if it’s a dish we absolutely love. We’re foodies after all and complete enjoyment of food is our number one priority but we admit we sometimes can go overboard. We’ve tried using smaller plates and even just getting smaller portions but our lust for the prolonged enjoyment of exquisite meals sometimes fails us. Because of this, we’ve come to the conclusion that we need to fool ourselves visually and the portion control Livliga Celebrate Dinnerware Collection is exactly what we need to help us practice mindful eating by putting the appropriate amount of food on our plates.

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The stylish dinnerware collection makes healthy eating an enjoyable, pleasurable one with the addition of a bit of cheerleading. Aptly named Celebrate: The Poetry of Life, the 16-piece set, which includes porcelain plates, bowl and mugs helps redefine the portion control category by taking the guesswork out of “right-sized” eating while incorporating an elegant and poetic flare. With a chic, black and white design that’s inspired by a French bistro, each dish features etched drawings and illustrations of healthy foods and phrases that motivate you to “celebrate” a healthy lifestyle.

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The Livliga Celebrate Dinnerware Collection offers dinnerware, serveware and glassware that subtly guides you in eating well-balanced meals with appropriate serving sizes that are wonderful to mix and match depending on your mood. One of our favorite details about this collection, besides the positive messages, is the subtlety of the measurements. For example, the decorative lines inside the cups and bowls are actually “fill lines”. When we look at them, we don’t see restrictions, we only see a nice decorative touch, so we’re not thinking “damn, that’s all we can have”. This is all thanks to VisualQs philosophy.

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“With the help of its VisualQs philosophy, which states that our bodies and minds seek visual cues to help us determine how much food we consume in one sitting, Livliga products use strategic shapes and symbols to help users practice portion control, with ease, and feel fuller with right-sized portions. The Celebrate line, like all other Livliga products, uses the psychology of eating to promote healthier lifestyles. In addition, Celebrate is the only pattern that uses words to influence us while we eat, in an effort to evoke positive emotions and satisfaction with right-sized portions.”

On hand to celebrate (tee hee) the new range was Health Strategist, Celebrity Trainer and one of the Stars on ABC’s My Diet is Better Than Yours, Jay Cardiello, and avid supporter of portion control eating and user of Livliga dinnerware, who uses the philosophy to help people live healthier lifestyles.


What are your thoughts on portion control eating? Do  you love this beautiful, French Bistro-inspired dinnerware collection as much as we do? The 16-piece, Livliga Celebrate Dinnerware Collection is an ideal four-person setting and is available now for $198.95 at LivligaHome.com.

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Cookware Essentials for Easy Thanksgiving Cooking and Preparation

To say cooking thanksgiving dinner is a huge undertaking is an incredible understatement, especially if you don’t have the right tools. We could our first turkey class Thanksgiving and although it came out perfect, we absolutely did not have the right kitchenware and utensils to properly handle, carve, and serve our turkey. Thanks to some wonderful cookware and kitchen appliances from brands like All-Clad Cookware, and Bella Housewares, cooking for Thanksgiving will be a breeze. Today we share the latest in Roasters, Slow Cookers, and Cooking Utensils, the must-have cookware essentials for easy Thanksgiving cooking and preparation. Our list is sure to make your Thanksgiving preparations easier….you’re on your own when it comes to dealing with your family.

BELLA HO– USEWARES 18QT Turkey Roaster

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The BELLA Turkey Roaster is the second oven you’ve always wanted on Thanksgiving. It roasts up to a 22lb turkey and has an 18QT capacity. Not only does it free up your oven for other parts of your Thanksgiving feast, it saves you a lot of back pain from the constant bending while checking on your turkey. A metal rack is included with the Bella Turkey Roaster for cooking convenience and the temperature may be set from 150 degrees up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.


ALL-CLAD ROASTING PANSAll-Clad Stainless Steel Covered Roaster            All-Clad Stainless Steel Roti Combo                       All-Clad Hard Anodized Roti Combo

The All-Clad Stainless Steel Covered Roaster is ideal for roasting large cuts of meat and turkeys. It’s made up of heavy gauge 18/10 stainless steel which makes cleaning up a breeze and features large loop handles for maneuverability. This roaster features a unique rack with lifting handles for easy removal of large foods after roasting. This covered roaster also features a pressure release on the lid for easy removal.

The stainless steel All-Clad Roti Combos are ideal for turkeys and rib roasts. The V-shaped nonstick roasting rack elevates foods to generate even cooking and browning. Stovetop safe for pan gravies after roasting. The roaster comes with a set of 2 stainless turkey forks, ergonomically designed for comfort.

The versatile All-Clad Hard anodized Roti Combo is best suited for roasting large cuts of meat or whole poultry and boasts a nonstick v-shaped rack allows for even browning of meat and collection of natural juices in the pan for basting, glazing or a gravy base.


Bella 3 x 2.5QT Triple Slow Cooker with Lid Rests

When all your stovetop burners are going, the BELLA 3 x 2.5QT Triple Slow Cooker with Lid Rests (in gorgeous rose gold – one of many available colors) adds much more needed cooking capabilities. No more waiting until something is done cooking to start on another. This triple slow cooker is perfect for entertaining family and friends. It boasts individual temperature control knobs to ensure that each meal is cooked just right while its non-skid feet help prevent spills.


All-Clad d7 8 Qt. Slow Cooker

For those of you who prefer stovetop slow cooking (and has a free burner), you will love this innovative pot from All-Clad. This stainless steel beauty boasts seven-layer bonded-metal construction, offering doubly uniform heat conduction with 25% less weight than cast iron. Count on this kitchen-to-table cooker for perfect browning, caramelizing and slow cooking of everything from tender pot roast to hearty stews and braises.


All-Clad Stainless Steel Cooking Utensils

All-Clad Measuring Spoons                                                                                                                                     All-Clad Potato Masher

When following recipes, precise measurements are key, especially if it’s a recipe you’re trying for the first time. The beautifully crafted stainless steel All-Clad Measuring Spoons set comes chained together to keep the entire set easily accessible. This set includes a 1/4, 1/2, 1 teaspoon and 1 Tablespoon measures. The rounded spoons are also conveniently designed to glide into small openings of spice jars and small containers.

No one likes lumpy mashed potatoes or sweet potato pies, with the All-Clad Potato Masher, you will easily mash vegetables and fruits such as potatoes, avocados and bananas.  Thanks to its thin slits which efficiently mashes while its high sides reach into corners of most bowls and pans, so food pieces don’t escape.

Everyday Home Essentials | Hen House Linens

I had the pleasure of attending a preview for the Hen House Linens, a chic collection of chic table linens and household décor that includes napkins, place mats, tablecloths, runners and more designed to add richness to the everyday home living. Hen House Linens founders, Jenny Davids and designer Katherine Poole’s simple, casual collection enhances your home’s surroundings without breaking the bank. For this holiday, why not skip the mundane holiday table decor and dress your table in linens that are more exciting

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are several things to love about Hen House Linens – the fun, playful prints, the eclectic philosophy of mixing and coordinating prints, the bold colors and versatility. What are my favorite aspects? The cheerful prints of course and adaptability – for example, the table runners work beautifully on beds, the reversible chargers which gives you two for the price of one

The no-fuss linens hold up to countless washes and can go from the machine to the table without needing to be ironed. The timeless yet modern patterns are designed to be compatible, letting you mix and match these everyday home essentials (emphasis on mix) in endless combinations

The collection includes:

Napkins and Place mats ($9.00): These generously sized napkins and effortless place mats are Hen House Linens’ most basic essentials. Keep six of every color you love on hand.

Tablecloths and Runners ($52.00-$78.00): Tied with black saddle-stitched ribbon and a hangtag, these table linens add a little fancy to your everyday routine. The lovely splash of color makes a simple gathering rich and memorable.

Cocktail Napkins ($24.00): Your go-to hostess gift, each set of six napkins is tied with a saddle-stitched ribbon and hangtag.

Decorative Pillows ($45.00-$56.00): In three versatile sizes, these decorative pillows change the look of a room in an instant. Inserts are a luxurious down-feather blend and custom designed for Hen House for a perfect fit.

Cook’s Apron ($28.00): This “one size fits every body” apron features an adjustable neck strap and long ties for a custom fit, a roomy pocket to hold tools of the trade and generous length that gives tremendous splash-back coverage.

Cocktail Apron ($25.00): Show off your hosting prowess with this cute cocktail apron, tied with a wide grosgrain ribbon and outfitted with a generous pocket to accommodate all your hostess accoutrements.

Guest Towels ($10.00): These user-friendly hand towels are as functional as they are fanciful, with sweet trim along the bottom.

Potholders ($10.00-$13.00): Hefty enough to wield a turkey with all the trimmings, these potholders are lined with heat resistant padding—making you the only saucy dish in your kitchen too hot to handle (available in two sizes).

Check out more from Hen House Linens below:

Various Offerings from Hen House Linens

Holiday Gifting with HomeGoods & Carson Kressley

Tis the season of gift giving and in this crazy economy, you want to get the most for your money while still giving friends and family a most fabulous gift. A great place for amazing gift options that makes getting that special gift an easy task, is HomeGoods, an off-price home fashions store, which provides a spectacular selection of high quality, on-trend, eclectic home décor for merchandise for every room. It’s selections include brand and designer name merchandise at prices that are 20 – 60% less than finer catalog, specialty and department store prices, every day. HomeGoods recently held an event at their store where we learned lots of tips and gifting ideas from gifting expert, Carson Kressley.

The 25,000 square feet, HomeGoods offers an ever-changing assortment of Bedding, Decorative Accents, Gourmet Kitchen, Bath, Kids Furniture and Accessories, Home Office, Gifts for Pet Lovers, Gifts under $10.00, $25.00 and $50.00, etc. Check out a bit of video of Carson Kressley introducing just a small sampling of gifts for under $10.00

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Along with the Gifts under $10.00 featured above, check out more of HomeGoods’ gift suggestions below.

Whether you’re shopping by your budget, or your gift recipient’s tastes, you’ll get something special at amazing, wallet friendly prices.

Holiday Shopping Deals from Sears & Kmart

Holiday season is fast approaching and we’re always on the hunt for deals to get the most out of our money, no matter our budgets, on great gifts for friends and family. Sears and Kmart has some amazing and numerous ways for you to save this holiday shopping season.

Both Sears and Kmart offers no layaway service fees for both ONLINE and IN-STORE products. At Sears, this money saving layaway runs from September 29th – December 3rd and from September 29th – November 17th for Kmart. Additionally, starting November 17th, one lucky customer at every Kmart store across the country will win the chance to have their layaway paid off during “The Big Layaway Giveaway”. Another bonus is, all layaway items can be shipped directly to your home beginning November 7th. What can be put on layaway? Anything of course, including Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. That’s right, you are now able to put your Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping finds on layaway. Secure some greats gifts this holiday from such brands like Sofia Vergara, Kenmore, Bongo, Craftsman, Nintendo, Acer, etc

Both retailers also features mobile checkout features in-store which means shorter lines and more convenient shopping experiences for you; customers also receive rewards and personalized deals with the Shop Your Way rewards program. Membership for Shop Your Way is free and this season you’re offered the chance to win trips, televisions, etc. Just register online at http://www.shopyourway.com/.

C. Wonder Opens at the Shops at Columbus Circle

The Upper West Side has now become a bit more colorful and vibrant. C. Wonder, the cutting-edge retail concept and lifestyle brand has opened a new location at the Shops at Columbus Circle.

This weekend, get your “dose of wonder” with C.Wonder’s chic and delightful array of clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories, housewares and home decor, personal electronics and charming bikes and other gifts. The first 300 customers this weekend received gift cards in values of $5 $25 and $250, while one lucky customer wins $1,000 worth of C.Wonder products. What else will you enjoy this weekend? How about a free gift with purchase, spin to win C.Wonder products and VIP perks at the top of every hour enjoy a carnival atmosphere and games and a live DJ playing the best in old school hits.

Already familiar with C. Wonder? Then you’ll recognize old favorites like the Monogram Shop, beautiful accessories, whimsical housewares (love the table setting from from Laura Day – pictured below with some of her collection)

For dates, times and location of the newest C. Wonder Store and its grand opening events, see below:

Saturday, September 22nd, 10am – 9pm 
Sunday, September 23rd, 11am – 7pm 
Time Warner Center
The Shops at Columbus Circle, Level 2 

10 Columbus Circle 
Take the A, B, C, D, and 1 trains to Columbus Circle/59th St