Fashion Friday: Flattering Swimsuits That Don’t Skimp on Style

I’m not usually one to look forward to trying on bathing suits but we’ve had such a long drawn out winter I am over it! Bring on the sunscreen and chlorine and sunshine!

I actually put on a bathing suit last weekend for the first time as we hit a glorious 80 degrees here in Nashville. I’m looking forward to some pool time with my family this summer. Although we don’t have a pool, my sister’s new apartment does and it’s already open!

If you’re like me and you want to have a little more coverage than a string bikini because you’ve slacked on Pilates (ok you’re like me and you’ve never freaking done one Pilates move but you swear you will some day) but you still want to look stylish at the pool, there are some gorgeous flattering swimsuits that don’t skimp on style to be found. Ruching is your friend…remember this. Ruching. I’m also a big fan of halter necklines in swimwear. I hate the word tankini (I mean really, TANK is not a flattering word people), but there are also a lot of cute tankinis on the market.

Here are some cute one-piece bathing suits…nothing Mama Frump here…I’ve scouted out for you as well as a great rashguard from Old Navy, perfect for the beach if you are doing any kind of water sports or activity and you don’t want things spilling out and I don’t mean drinks! If you’re a Nashville girl like me, check out Blue Bohemian in Belle Meade. They have great beach and swimwear.

Did somebody say drinks?

Cheers to spring! I’m off to do some crunches on my yoga ball. ;)

One Piece Swimwear Options

I’m linking up to Fashion Friday today, which is hosted by some fabulous blogs such as Mommies With Style.

Fashion Friday Link Up

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:


TWO lucky BlondeMomBlog readers will win a new Eureka Airspeed All Floors vacuum.

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