Best of CES: Tech in 2020

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The Consumer Electronics Show was packed full of new {and improved} technology that will be making its way to retail this year. I’m sharing my favorite finds from on the floor, events, and parties we attended. From Smart Home to tech that you can take with you on the go, there’s a whole lot to be excited about in tech this year.

Make your own foaming hand soap – 3 different ways

DIY Foaming soap castile soap with essential oils ingredients

I love foaming soap, and I love it even more now that I can make it myself right at home from soap I already have. Add in some essential oils and coconut oil and it feels luxurious and yet only costs pennies. Try these three ways to make it and start saving money today!

The smartest dishwasher on the block

Bosch Dishwasher at Best Buy

It felt like all dishwashers were more or less the same for roughly 30 years. And, then in the past 5 years or so, there’s been so many dishwashing innovations. These newest Bosch models are the smartest dishwashers I’ve ever seen, with functions I never even knew I needed. We’re talking automatic everything, adjustable to a shocking degree, and the quietest operation I’ve ever experienced.

Cleaning made easy with the Shark Rocket Complete with DuoClean Technology

Shark Rocket CompleteSponsored postThere’s a rule I hear thrown around a lot about shopping for women, and every time I hear it, it makes me cringe. Marketing companies for years have been spreading the rumor that women don’t like practical gifts. And, while this might be true at some points in a woman’s life, like when she’s going through tough times or has had a life changing event happen, it absolutely is not a written-in-stone “rule”.Shark Rocket I, for one, love a good practical gift. Really, the more practical, the better. My favorite gifts in recent years have been 1) camera equipment that I needed for work, 2) a bread box, and 3) a new pair of boots. Honestly, the absolute best present ever is one that I really, really need – and maybe one a little nicer than I would be fine with. So, if there’s a deluxe version of a super practical, needed item, go with that.

That’s exactly what the new Shark® Rocket® Complete with DuoClean™ Technology is. 


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RAYCOP Purifiers give you peace of mind this holiday season

What's hiding on your fabric surfaces
Do you ever wonder what’s really on your upholstered furniture and your mattresses? Do yourself a favor and don’t look into it. Just trust the EPA findings that a single mattress may be home to as many as 10 million dust mites and a multitude of bacteria and viruses.

Clearly, that is not the clean surface you want to be laying your head on. So, what’s a girl to do if she wants to sleep in peace, knowing she’s not sharing her bed with parasites and germs? She should get a new RAYCOP unit that cleans and sanitizes those surfaces and sleep soundly. Raycop unitIs your interest piqued? The new RAYCOP purifiers, available for the first time in the U.S, extract more than 99% of bacteria and pollen from fabric surfaces throughout the home including bed linens, upholstery, drapes, decorative pillows, and even clothing, etc. It has three settings: delicate, normal, and heavy, which can accommodate just about any type of fabric.

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Meet our new robot baby, bObsweep

Sponsored postHave you ever looked around your house and thought "I wonder if a robot would be able to get around that"? No? Well, then you probably don't have a robot baby in the house like we do.

Meet Bob, AKA bObsweep PetHair, the newest member of the family. 6tag_310816-114938
We've been robot-proofing over the last few days and I can now say that a robot would easily be able to navigate around our living areas without any problem at all. Before becoming a mom I honestly never thought I would have a robotic vacuum – I mean, really, how hard is it to run a vacuum by yourself? I'm all for outsourcing whatever I can, but do you really need that chore automated?

I'm here to tell you, yes, I definitely need that automated. You see, vacuuming has slowly been slipping down the list of chores since baby arrived. Sometimes it would be 2 weeks before I would look around at our wool rug and realize how bad it looked. Our awesome thick wool rug is super soft and cozy, but the bad part is that the wool fibers lift up in between vacuuming sessions, making it look like we have a short-haired dog in the house that sheds like crazy.

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7+ tips to save money in the kitchen

Save Money in the Kitchen
Where could you use a little savings help? If you’re like most people, you probably said the kitchen. When you really break it down, the kitchen has the highest bill of anywhere in your house – there are foods needing to be replenished each week, appliances that cost money to run, and waste to take care of.

How would you like to save a little money while making your days easier and more organized? I bet you would! Just for you, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite money-saving kitchen tips that can help keep money in your pocket, food in your bellies, and your kitchen running smoothly.

7+ tips to save money in the kitchen

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10 things to stock up on before your holiday guests arrive

KB be ready for anything this holiday seasonAre you ready for the holidays? The cooking, the crafting, the cozy-ing… oh, and all the cleaning; the holidays are coming, ready or not. So, while I’ve been out running around picking up ingredients and presents, I’ve also stocked up on all of our essential holiday paper supplies for holiday entertaining and last-minute guests.

What do you mean you don’t head to Walmart to stock up on Cottonelle, Kleenex, Scott, and Viva products for the holidays? You get that the kids are going to want to help craft and clean, right? I don’t know about your kids, but mine are MESSY. Spills, smears, and splatters are a way of life when cooking and crafting with kiddos. Cottonelle Viva and Kleenex

Here are some of our favorite items to stock up on before holiday guests arrive:

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The complete guide to storing and organizing children’s clothing: hand-me-downs, outgrown clothing, and long term storage

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ZiplocSavesSpace #CollectiveBias The Complete Guide to Organizing and Storing Children's ClothingI love the spread of ages of my children in most instances. I love that the three of them are incredibly close friends, but just enough apart in age so that they each have their own time to shine in their different stages. Really, the only time the age difference bothers me is when I’m packing, storing, and then keeping track of all these different sized clothes, blankets, and seasonal gear. Space Bags organizing messBut, as miserable as running my own personal small children’s boutique can be at times, there is nothing sweeter than knowing that all of my children wore a beloved item, or when I realize how many memories are in those tiny clothes they are handing down. Stories of places we’ve been together, people that gave us the clothes who are no longer with us, or simply amazing memories we’ve made while the kids were wearing the items. That makes it all worth it in the end.

Ready to get started organizing all your little ones’ clothing? Great!

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Air Angel mobile germ-fighting air sanitizer and purifier

Sponsored postYou think about dust, allergens, and pollutants outside, but do you have any idea what quality your indoor air is? Chances are that you don't, because everyone thought I was crazy when I was testing ours. Using a simple Petri dish that we could watch bacteria grow on and multiply, we got to see just how bad indoor air can be. Then we got to see how good indoor air could be with the Air Angel™ from Air Oasis.

Truthfully, I never thought much about indoor air quality, but after seeing the results from the PTPA award-winning Air Angel™ in the before and after Petri Dish Test, I am definitely a believer. The Air Angel was only here a week and our air quality was not only noticeably better, but it was also apparent on the Petri dish. Air Angel on baseAir Oasis’s Air Angel is a small mobile germ-fighting air sanitizer and purifier. With proprietary technology developed by NASA and enhanced by Air Oasis that is used by hospitals, resorts, and professional sports teams, it’s a name that is trusted in air quality. The Air Angel was specifically created for families with children to protect from germs, viruses, aeroallergens and harmful pollutants in the air and on surfaces, which are big concerns when it comes to little ones.

Proudly made in the U.S.A., the go-anywhere Air Angel Air Sanitizer® has revolutionary, energy-efficient technology that purifies and sanitizes the air and surfaces. It can be used in rooms up to 250 square feet, including nurseries, bedrooms, playrooms, hotel rooms, cars, planes, and more. Air Angel kit

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