Zen Mowing Mama

Zen of Mowing

Not our mower, but we do have a push mower (self-propelled oh yeah!)

I will let ya’ll in on a little secret.

I like to mow. OK ok I LOVE to mow.

I’ve never really been into yard work but I discovered the zen of mowing a couple of years ago.

I thought I might be the only mama out there who finds the peace and solitude of mowing appealing but chatting at a soccer tourney with another mom I mentioned I’d mowed the yard recently and confessed to my love for it. “I really LOVE to mow. I know that’s crazy,” I confessed. “That’s not normal, right?”

“Oh gosh, NO, I love it, too! I mean peace and quiet and just me and the yard. Are you kidding? No one talking to me or bugging me? Yes! I totally get it. It’s my alone time.”

This woman was my kindred spirit in mow-dom. We’d both discovered the peace and quiet of mowing.

Don’t get me wrong, I will never trade in a spa treatment for yard work, but turn me loose with a mower on a beautiful sunny day and I will whistle while I work and enjoy the hum and repetition of the mower and precious minutes of clearing my mind before I fill it with a hundred mental Post It notes. As soon as the mower stops, one of my kids will need something to eat, something to drink or a ride somewhere. Mowing is my little zen retreat that I share with my mower.

Do you like to mow the yard?

Eureka AirSpeed All Floors Giveaway

Disclosure: Eureka provided us with a new AirSpeed All Floors vacuum in order to facilitate this review. No other form of compensation was provided.

With two kids and three dogs at our house it’s not exactly easy street at our house when it comes to keeping the floors clean. When Eureka asked me to be part of a blogger campaign to put their new AirSpeed All Floors model to the test, I didn’t hesitate to say yes.

My Eureka AirSpeed All Floors arrived in a box which I quickly unpacked. It literally took me less than 5 minutes to assemble and I was ready to rock and roll. Call me a nerd, but I got a wee bit giddy about a shiny new vacuum.

Eureka AirSpeed Review

The Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS has AirSpeed Technology uses an efficient floor-to-cup airpath which is basically fancy talk for explaining how this vacuum sucks up debris, dust, etc. with limited twists and turns, thereby decreasing the distance all that not so fun stuff needs to travel and increasing airflow, providing maximum suction power.  Long story short, this Eureka AirSpeed vacuum sucks. (In a good way.)

I like that the Eureka Air Speed All Floors is engineered to clean both carpet and hardwoods, especially since we have both. Although some vacuums claim to clean “all” floors, the Eureka AirSpeed All Floors really does a great job of switching from our carpet to our hardwoods. The vacuum adjusts for high or low carpet and also is very efficient when it comes to eradicating all the sneaky “dog” bunnies (dog hair) from our hardwood floors. It also has a unique Smooth-Glide pivoting base that makes it easy to get under and around furniture as well as a long cord, making it not so difficult to reach all the area in a large room.

I was asked to put the Eureka Air Speed All Floors through a cleaning challenge and I chose the Confidently Clean Your Carpet test to show how well this Eureka model conquers spilled snacks. Not only did I purposely spill something on our carpet (gah!) but I chose dried oatmeal with little bits of dried fruit just to add to the challenge. You can see how well the Eureka did in my video below.

The Eureka Air Speed All Floors has accessories to help with the deep cleaning like furniture, stairs, corners, and blinds.  I’ve tried it on both stairs and our sofa and was truly impressed with its power.

Some more details about my new favorite house cleaning tool:

  • The new Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS is equipped with patented AirSpeed Technology that gives you a confident clean, so you can take on whatever life throws at you. #bringiton #EurekaPower.

  • Unlike most other vacuums, Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS’ AirSpeed Technology uses an efficient floor-to-cup air path with limited twists and turns that decreases the distance dust needs to travel and increases airflow, providing maximum suction power.

  • Based on independent testing, Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS cleans carpets better than the Dyson DC41. I don’t know about you, but I know Dyson fans are very loyal and vocal about their love of their vacuums. I haven’t owned a Dyson, but the Eureka AirSpeed does an amazing job on removing dog hair from our carpet.

  • Engineered to clean a multitude of surfaces in your home, the Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS features a brushroll that can be turned on to deep clean carpets, and off to safely remove dirt and debris from bare floors.

  • The vacuum’s suction control valve lets you direct all of the power to the floors or to the tools, so you can deep clean to stairs, furniture and crevices.

  • With a unique Ultra-Glide pivoting base, the Eureka AirSpeed ALL FLOORS is easy to push across carpets. One side note, it is a heavy vacuum so it was a little difficult for my 9-year-old to push.

  • The Eureka AirSpeed All Floors retails for just less than $100 (a FABULOUS deal) and is available at your local Walmart: http://bit.ly/1fi809x.


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Softer Shades of Snakeskin for Spring

Disclosure: Zulily affiliate link used.

Snakeskin is really in this spring but you may associate it with darker colors for fall and winter. There are a ton of amazing accessories, bags, and shoes available now in softer shades of snakeskin such as pastel pink as well as bright colors such as turquoise. Plus, by investing in an accessory, you aren’t investing as much into a trend and you can pair it with lots of different looks.

I have a favorite pair of taupe open-toe snakeskin flats that I brought out today for work, but I’d love to find some more colorful shoes in snakeskin for spring.

Snakeskin for Spring 2014 Fashion Friday Blog Yes my dog Zoey photobombed my shoe selfie.

Check out these finds!

Soft Snakeskin Looks For Spring

I also love this coral (which is a hot color this season) snakeskin pattern top on Zulily.

Coral Snakeskin TOP Zulily

Do you have any snakeskin accessories in your spring wardrobe? Which find featured above is your favorite?

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday today, which is hosted by some fabulous blogs such as Musings of a Housewife.

Fashion Friday Link Up

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