Dyson DC59 Motorhead – Bagless Cordless Vacuum || Sunday Swoon

Once in a while, we are introduced to a product that we can’t help but describe in glowing-superlatives.  Enter Dyson’s DC59 Motorhead.  A cordless (yes cordless!), bagless vacuum boasting Olympic-level suction power in its under five pound body.

While we were once more inclined to grab a dust-pan and broom to tidy up quickly – the efficient Dyson DC59 Motorhead allows us to cleanup with minimal effort.  We simply take it off the included charing port mounted to the kitchen wall and stick it back in place when finished.  It has removed the time-commitment that previously came along with vacuuming because there is no cumbersome body, cords to unravel or disgusting bag to change. Dyson DC59 Motorhead cordless vacuumThe straightforward bagless clear receptacle can be opened with the touch of a button to dispose of dust and remnants collected while cleaning.  We happen to find it gratifying to see the gunk collection along the way and not have the particles live inside the vacuum for an extended period. We simply toss after each cleaning.

The DC59 Motorhead, like the name implies, has a motorized head-piece packed with the sort of power that surpasses most standard uprights.  We have found the vacuum to be perfect (yes perfect!) for our small space and lifestyle.  Time is no longer wasted vacuuming the same spots over and over again because Dyson’s DC59 Motorhead conquers dust on the first swipe. Unlike our previous vacuums – this one isn’t a clunky eyesore, and the slim profile is incredible space saving.  And we are now vacuuming more than ever in small increments!  The versatile included attachments allow the vacuum to morph easily into a hand-held to access hard to reach corners and the interior of our car.

Dyson DC59 MotorheadMy husband – the vacuuming pro – doing a demo at his parents’ house. 

While the 25 minute battery life has been suitable for us –  I do wish that there was an option (perhaps an optional chord?) to extend the life for die-out during a cleaning session (it takes about 3.5 hours to fully re-charge).

At $549, the Dyson DC59 Motorhead is an investment – but one that we believe is worth the cost in the long run.  The efficiency, versatility and slim profile has transformed our cleaning regime – and the kiddos can even use it too!

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The above sample was provided.  Opinions, as always are my own.


Expectant Mama Gift Guide + Diono Radian® RXT Car Seat Giveaway

This season, I’m partnering with a bunch of great brands to share some of our favorite products, holiday gift suggestions and incredible giveaways.  We’re kicking the gift guide season off with an expectant mama focus and an exciting giveaway with Diono!

Diono Radian RXT

  • Give Mama Peace of Mind with Diono: Diono‘s Radian®RXT Convertable + Booster car seat provides outstanding safety and security.  Premium materials and superior safety including a steel alloy frame (yes STEEL!), aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness.  Parents can rest assured that their little ones are transported safely and soundly with Diono.  Suitable from 5 to 120 pounds (allowing for comfortable rear-facing from 5-45 lbs, forward-facing from 20 – 80 lbs in a 5-point harness, and converts to a booster for children up to 120 lbs) – the Radian®RXT will carry your kiddo from big to little in unmatched safety.  This car seat folds flat for travel and is FAA certified for aircraft travel.  We love that the Radian®RXT is incredibly comfortable for our picky six year old.  The low-sitting profile is easy to climb into and it is a product that we can recommend for families of three or more – as the innovative design accommodates a three across fit in most mid-sized vehicles!  
  • Stylish Engraved Bracelets by Hope Page: Bracelets by Hope Paige designs offer a stylish way for mom to stay safe with a variety of unique accessories. Comprised of gorgeous beading, leather bands and sterling silver charms, each bracelet comes customized for the wearer and is available in a plethora of color combinations. Hope Paige developed their first medical bracelet for a teen disappointed with clunky, old fashioned medical identification bracelets that were the only option offered at that time. Shortly after, an entire line of fashionable, medical emergency bracelets for men, women, boys and girls emerged.   Developed initially to raise awareness of breast cancer, Hope Paige quickly branched out to help other organizations raise awareness.  Today, Hope Paige partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Kids With Food Allergies, The College Diabetes Network and many others.
  • A well-nourished bundle of joy with Be Well Rounded! Prenatal system by Healthy Mama Brand: If you’re trying to conceive, are pregnant or breastfeeding – Be Well Rounded! Prenatal system provides 17 essential prenatal vitamins and minerals in easy to swallow soft gel caps. They contain chelated minerals which are more easily absorbed (Ferrochel® Iron) and reduce the instance of unpleasant things like gastric upset and nausea. The DHA supplement is naturally enteric-coated which creates efficiency delivering the Omega-3 and eliminates the dreaded fish burp. Omega-3 is important in supporting healthy fetal brain and eye development during pregnancy and nursing and will pass through the milk during nursing to continue its mission.
  • Sip healthy nutrients with delicious Bump Water: Healthy babies start with healthy women and  folic acid works hard to give your baby the best start possible. Getting enough folic acid is critical to healthy development and tasty Bump water is packed with it.  We had such a great time taste testing these yummy sparling beverages!   They are perfect for the expecting mom looking for a refreshing beverage with benefits. Stock the expecting mama’s fridge with these drinks and she’ll get the added benefit of folic acid-and a bunch of other baby-nourishing vitamins.

Win It!

Diono is generously giving-away one Diono‘s Radian®RXT car seat to one lucky winner ($339.99 value)!  To enter, please visit the rafflecopter below.  Please note that this giveaway is open to U.S. only, and entries are verified.  Best of luck!

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Marino Bambinos received samples. Please consult your Dr. for all medical advice. 


The Project Nursery Shop

We’ve been visiting Project Nursery, the ultimate children’s design resource ever since LP was a wee-one.  Co-Founders, Melisa and Pam, truly are children’s design gurus and their thriving blog continues to provide incredible inspiration to 5 million parents and parents-to-be.

Naturally, we’re celebrated the launch of Project Nursery The Shop!  There you will find a brilliant curating of stunning products carefully handpicked by the PN team, reflecting design trends and inspiration from daily room/party contributions from the highly-engaged PN audience.


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Through steadfast partnerships with artisans and manufacturers the Project Nursery shop is able to offer highly unique products.  We love the zero-VOC paint line to safely color baby’s walls and their beautiful lighting options including a sweet owl night lamp.  Among are favorites are the Beverly Dressers and the lovely party-selections including tassel garlands.  Have a look – I’m sure you’ll find something that you love!

Also, check out my contributions to the PN website – and if your kiddos are a bit older be sure to visit Project Junior.

Cheers to the new shop!


Lily Jade Giveaway || Sunday Swoon

Over the winter, I was introduced to an amazing designer diaper bag by Lily Jade.  I declared it my everything bag, took it with me everywhere and marveled at how it provided a pocket for every compartment of my life.  I thought that I was hooked solely on the Caroline Bag, but then the Sarah Grace made its way to me this summer.

In Gold.  Glorious Gold.

Lily Jade Designer Diaper Bag

I’m still marveling at how much I can fit into my Lily Jade bags and how organized the removable baby bag insert keeps me.

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The Sarah Grace is lovely with well structured top handles and a cross body strap.  And the pretty gold hue matches so many of my favorite things.

Lily Jade Giveaway Designer Diaper Bag

I’ve yet to remove the baby bay insert with the handy zipper closure.

Lily Jade Sarah Grace Bag

Everything bag indeed!

Win It: Lily Jade is giving away one Sarah Grace bag, in gold or silver, (MSRP $159.00) to one lucky winner! To enter, visit the rafflecopter below.  U.S. only please and all entries are verified. Good Luck!

Update: Giveaway closed.

The above bag was provided for review purposes.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


City Strolling with the Joovy Groove Ultralight

Our days require a lot of walking.  And although inclement weather can be a challenge to navigate with children – I love the unexpected that comes with weaving in and out of city streets.  Block by block, from backstreets to parks – there is always an unnoticed architectural detail to take in – or a new neighborhood to explore.  And children have an innate way of making me notice things that I would otherwise overlook.

I still often depend on an umbrella stroller for long days with my preschooler, and Joovy’s new and improved Groove Ultralight has allowed me to take my son along on heavily scheduled days of traipsing all over New York City.  At just 12.78 pounds it suits our on-the-go lifestyle and the fresh new jade color is a welcomed step away from my typical black-gear color preference.

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I’ve been through several strollers over the past six years and the Joovy Groove Ultralight provides a few standout features that are worthy of noting.  The over-sized canopy provides excellent coverage from the sun and I appreciate the peak-in window to check if the boy is sleeping.  The seat is long and plush with an adjustable footrest and the multi-position recline makes for comfortable napping.  I also happen to love the seat’s storage pockets for little ones to secure their drinks and toys while feeling in charge of their own belongings.

Joovy Groove Ultralight Jade stroller review umbrella stroller

The underseat basket is roomy (just be mindful of the five pound limit) and the back cupholder works well with a small closed water bottle.  The zippered pocket beneath the cupholder provides a secure place to stash away a bit of cash or keys – and the shoulder carry strap is convenient for schlepping up and down subway steps.  One of my favorite features is the stroller’s auto fold lock – which makes for quick and easy transports when collapsing the stroller for taxi rides.

I had a bit of an adjustment period with the handlebars which at first felt high for my shrimpie frame, yet perfect for my tall husband.  At times, I also felt massive sidewalk bumps cumbersome to navigate – which served as a reminder to ALWAYS strap my adventurous little one in.  But I also have a tendency to use my strollers like all-terrain vehicles – and the Groove Ultralight has proven to be perfect for paved sidewalks and smooth travels.

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My son and I are both comfortable throughout our long adventures making the Joovy Groove Ultralight a convenient option for the urban parent.

The Joovy Groove Ultralight is available at Joovy.com for $199.99.

The above product was received for review purposes.  Opinions, as always, are my own.


Stokke Steps All-In-One Seating System {Giveaway}

In February, I shared details on Stokke’s all-in-one seating system, the Stokke Steps over at Project Nursery.  As a steadfast Tripp Trapp fan, I was eager to test out the innovative system with my darling new nephew.

There is always a lot of action going on at Granny’s house, and the Stokke Steps Bouncer, allows baby to remain close to the fun.  With a soft cradling movement, designed to mimic a parent’s arms – the four-position plush bouncer provides a comfortable, transportable and secure seat for baby.

stokke steps bouncer blue stokke steps bouncer reviewStokke Steps Bouncer in Blue ($199.99)

The Bouncer not only folds flat, but can easily be placed on the Stokke Steps Chair – with helpful color-coded safety dots, to safely bring baby to the table from birth.

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I can’t think of anything tastier than tiny, sweet feet at the breakfast table!

stokke steps baby feet

One of the things that I love about Stokke, is that their functional, modern products are visually stunning in any decor. The clean, Scandinavian design of the Stokke Steps meshes beautifully into the home, in all of its modes.  And with the click of side buttons, the Stokke Steps bouncer can easily be removed to accommodate an older child in the ergonomic Stokke Steps Chair.

stokke steps highchairstokke steps chairStokke Steps Chair in Chestnut ($279.99)

Once baby is ready to sit upright, the additional Stokke Baby Set and Tray can be added to create a safe and comfortable high chair.  Additional seat cushions in an array of colors can also be purchased.  I found all of the components to fit together swiftly and smoothly.

stokke steps all in one seating system chestnutStokke Steps Baby Set ($99.99) and Baby Set Tray ($49.99)

Designed to accommodate from birth to age 10 – the Stokke Steps keeps my sweet nephews (and their mama!) happy.  To learn more and to purchase visit Stokke.com

WIN IT: Stokke is generously giving one MB reader a Stokke Steps Bouncer and Stokke Steps Chair, a $479.98 value!  To enter, visit the rafflecopter below and please note that entries are verified.   The giveaway will end in two weeks and the winner will be displayed on the below widget.  U.S. only please and best of luck!

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Thank you to Stokke for providing the above sample.  Opinions, as always, are my own.