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Bissell SpotBot Pet Carpet Cleaner Review

It’s time to say good riddance to the dirt and salt that has been left behind in your car from the long, hard winter.

Salt covered floor

Our floor mats were stained with salt and instead of bringing the car in for detailing we decided to tackle it ourselves with the Bissell SpotBot Pet carpet cleaner.

Bissell Spotbot

First we vacuumed the inside of our car to get rid of all the sand and dirt. We then removed our floor mats and went to work on steam cleaning them.  We know this product is geared towards pet cleanup, but we love to get the most out of each and every product we buy.

All you need to do it fill up the canister with water and cleaning solution and then you are ready to steam clean your mats and floor. It worked amazing. Look at the picture below, the car looks new.

Clean car

The Bissell SpotBot worked so good, we got a little cocky. Everyone has that one friend whose car is a disaster at all times – right? We called up ours and told her to bring her car over and we would clean it for her. We got more than we bargained for – the was a one time deal!

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As you can see in the picture she travels with her dog (we hope) – the hair was crazy! We did not use the SpotBot to pick up the hair, we unsuccessfully tried a vacuum and resorted to using a full roll of packing tape to get up the hair. Then we vacuumed and got out the SpotBot. It was like a new car after we steamed the floor.


Seriously, at this point I think it is safe to say that we could go into car detailing and make some good money. Instead we will move on to the next review.

We love our Bissell SpotBot and while it works great on cleaning up after our pets it also works fabulous on our car interior.

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Quick Shine

Quick Shine Floor Cleaner Review

WOW! There are some reviews that we can’t praise the product enough! Quick Shine Floors is one of those products!

Quick Shine Floors Review

We showed the photo above of my slate floor 2 weeks ago on our Facebook page – but we felt it warranted a feature on our blog.

Yesterday I was looking at some decorative wood elephants that I have and they looked dry and dull. I decided to try Quick Shine Floor cleaner on one and as you can see in the photo below. I shined up the one on the right and it came to life and looks awesome.


Quick Shine has various products available for all types of floors: Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Stone and Vinyl.

Their master chemists have been formulating floor care products for fifty years. We highly recommend you protect your investment in your floors by taking advantage of their expertise. Make your floors last a lifetime, we are.


Cleaning Stained Fingernails

Have you taken off your nail polish and your nails are still stained? Those stains are a total nightmare to get out – but whitening toothpaste can take care of that.

Fingernail cleaning

Simply scrub your nails with your favorite whitening toothpaste and leave on for ten minutes – your nails will be restored to their original whiteness in no time.

Streaming Media Comparisons: Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime

We have been asked by one of our readers to compare the most popular streaming media services.

After doing some research and speaking to a few people we have come up with the following information.

Netflix vs Hulu Plus vs Amazon Prime

The three most popular streaming media companies right now are Netflix, Hulu Plus & Amazon Prime. The costs are pretty similar, Netflix and HuluPlus both run $8.00 per month for basic service which is streaming only. With Netflix you can add an additional service for dvd delivery for $7.99 – $11.99 per month depending on how many dvd’s you would like to be able to get at a time. Amazon prime is billed annually at $99.00 which comes out to $8.25 monthly. Your Amazon prime service give you the additional benefit of free two-day shipping for any Amazon purchase.

Netflix has the largest selection of movies and shows, but not all their movies are available for download, so to see their entire collection you have to subscribe to both services. They have licensing contracts with 4 main networks as well as Starz, BBC, Sony and DreamWorks so you have the ability to watch your favorite network shows. Another benefit of Netflix is they do not play any ads.

HuluPlus comes in second when it comes to selection of movies and shows. HuluPlus has licensing deals with Fox, NBC, Disney, MTV and many other cable channels. HuluPlus is known to update its library more frequently which means you can catch up on your favorite shows more quickly. The biggest draw back that I have heard is the ads. You must watch multiple advertisements with each download, and if you rewind to catch up on a part you have to watch the ad again.

Amazon Prime is the newest to the media service market. They have a smaller library, but are expanding it quickly. Their biggest sell seems to be the free 2 day shipping. With Amazon Prime you are making a 1 year commitment as it is billed annually.

All three do offer a free trial, with Netflix & Amazon Prime offering a 30 day trial and HuluPlus offering only a 1 week trial.

There are some great options available to help lower or eliminate a pay for tv bill. It’s nice that you can give each one a try and see what works best for your tv viewing preferences.

We currently use Netflix and are very happy with it.  Paying monthly with the option to cancel at any time. Let us know what you use and if you are satisfied with it!

Sponge Hack

Microwave Kitchen Sponge Daily

Zap your Sponge

Germs are everywhere, but some places more than others. Your kitchen sponge is a breading ground for germs and you can fix that without having to get a new sponge daily.

Many researchers and scientists have reported that microwaving sponges (completely wet and never dry) for two minutes at high power killed or inactivated over 99 percent of the germs living in your sponge, including e coli.

A good rule of thumb is that after every time you use your sponge put it in the microwave (wet) for two minutes.

Microwave only sponges or plastic scrubbers that do not contain steel or other metals. When taking it out of the microwave be careful because it will be very hot.

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Frozen Yogurt Strawberries

Easy Healty Snack: Frozen Yogurt Strawberries

Frozen Yogurt Strawberries

Frozen yogurt strawberries are a great and easy healthy snack for kids and adults on the go.

We used two different kind of yogurts, Oikos Greek Yogurt and Yoplait Yogurt. Feel free to use your favorite brand and flavor.


Fresh Strawberries
Dannon Oikos Greek Vanilla Yogurt
Yoplait Original Vanilla Yogurt
Parchment Paper (we used Bakers Helper)

Healthy Frozen Yogurt Strawberries

*Fit parchment paper to a cookie sheet
*Wash and dry strawberries
*Dip each strawberry in yogurt (get a good covering)
*Place on a cookie sheet and into the freezer for until frozen solid
*Remove from cookie sheet and place into a storage container

This whole process took about 15 minutes. We were eating our yogurt strawberries an hour later.

They were both good! I personally have a sweet tooth and the Yoplait was sweeter.

Have some fun with these and get several different flavors of yogurt. Be sure to come back and comment on this post to let us know what you thought!

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Easy DIY Shirt Skirt

We love this! Make a skirt out of a long sleeve v-neck or scoop cotton t-shirt. It’s as easy as the picture below.

T Shirt Skirt

Perfect for a comfy summer skirt with a tank top or you could bring it to the beach and use it as a cover up for your swimsuit.

Try it out and see how it looks!

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I was looking to add a little glow to my skin after the long winter without causing damage to my skin from tanning beds, so I decided to try some self-tanning lotion.

Loreal Sublime Bronze

I purchased the L’OREAL Sublime Bronze at my local big box store. I did some research on how to get the best results without streaking and dark spots. Following the directions,  I used an exfoliating mitten in the shower then applied regular lotion to my knees and ankles. I tried this product only on my legs.

The first thing I noticed was the smell, it was very strong, kind of like an inexpensive perfume. I then noticed my legs looked glittery, I was hoping this was something that would go away once the lotion dried, it did not.

They are definitely truthful when they say instant results, I could not believe how dark my legs where already and as the day went on they got even darker.

Just to see what the results would be after 2 applications I repeated the process the next day, and yes they got darker and the smell was still strong. I believe it was asked of me “Did you take a bath in Aqua Velva?”

Loreal Self Tanning Lotion

I’m not sure if I did a good job on the application process as I am looking at my legs close up and from every angle possible, but when I step back and look at them in the mirror they do look tan.

I need to work on the application around my ankles and feet, so I will be wearing socks and tennis shoes for a few days. I would guess after more applications, I could probably perfect the application.

The only things that might prevent me from using this again are the smell and the time it takes for the lotion to dry.

This product works as advertised and when used properly can provide a sun kissed glow without going outside.


Isagenix Wellness Products Review

I am currently training to run my first New York City Marathon next fall.  I have a regular routine on my running days and Isagenix is a big part  of that routine.

Every run includes the following:

Isagenix Photo

An E+ shot before I run, a natural way to kick start a work out with caffeine derived from green tea and yerba mate’.

A bottle of water filled with all natural Want More Energy  post run to replenish electrolytes lost during the work out.

An IsaLean Pro shake post run to refill my system and help with muscle recovery!

I have done a few runs without my Isagenix routine and I did not feel the energy during my run and my  post run recovery was sluggish. I have tried various other products and Isagenix is what works for me.

If you would like to learn more about Isagenix products you can go to www.healthy-happy.isagenix.com.


DIY Preparation H Body Wrap Review

Can you really lose weight or inches with hemorrhoid cream and plastic wrap? I did some research on this process and found that this is pretty common among pageant contestants, body builders and military recruits, so I decided to give it a try.


1 tube (newly purchased) Preparation H

1 roll of plastic wrap

I first took my measurements in 3 different areas of my mid section and weighed myself prior to starting the process.

I applied a generous amount of Preparation H to my mid section, then began wrapping it with plastic wrap. I did 2 layers of wrap as I felt it slipping out of place right away.  I put my pajamas on over the wrap and went to sleep for the night.

Preparation H body wrap

Having any part of your body wrapped in plastic wrap overnight makes you very warm, and as someone who has frequent “glistening” spells this was a little bothersome for me, but I made it  through the night.

First thing in the morning I removed my wrap, wiped off the excess cream and took my measurements.

I did in fact lose a total of 3 inches in my mid section and my weight was down by 1/2 lb. I was not sure this was in fact from the wrap or just the normal body difference between evening and morning, so I went about my morning as usual eating and drinking then took my measurements again and they were in fact the same as my evening measurements.

Is this a miracle weight loss process…I don’t think so, maybe if you want to lose a couple of inches and be hungry and dehydrated this would work, but since I don’t have any upcoming beauty pageants or body building competitions diet and exercise are probably the way to go!