The Honeywell Energy Smart 360 Surround Heater helps keep you warm and toasty!!

I pretty much took it out of the box, plugged it in, and could use it immediately.  No assembly was required. It was lightweight and portable which is one thing I immediately liked about it!! [Read more…]

5 Design Tips for an Outdoor Alfresco Entertaining Area

Australia really is the lucky country when it comes to the great outdoors. With such fantastic weather and beautiful flora and fauna, it would be a shame not to spend as much time outdoors as possible. To incorporate a bit of outdoor living into the home, most Aussies will agree that you need a top-notch outdoor entertaining area where you can enjoy your food, your drinks, your mates and your free time with the open sky above.

It’s hard to know where to start when designing your alfresco area, so here are five tips to help you get started.

Shade and Shelter

There’s nothing worse than having to cancel your entertaining plans or move the party indoors due to unpredictable weather. Make sure your outdoor entertaining area is underneath a wide shelter so that you guests will not only be shaded from sun and protected from rain, but will be able to move freely and comfortably around the sheltered area without feeling like they’re all huddled together under the weather.

Weather and UV Resistant Furniture

No outdoor entertaining area is complete without some seating and a table for guests, drinks and snacks to rest alfresco. When shopping for your outdoor setting, make sure that the materials used are resistant to both UV and water damage. This furniture will spend all its time outdoors in the weather, so you want to be sure it’s not going to fade, peel, crack or fall apart as a result of exposure to sun, heat and wet weather.


There’s a lot of outdoor furniture on the market which is practical and resilient to the elements, but lacking in comfort. If your budget doesn’t allow for a cushy waterproof wicker lounge suite, you can still incorporate comfort into your outdoor furniture with some funky seat cushions. Bring them out when you’ve got people over, and simply store them inside when not in use. If you get cushions with removable covers it’s easy to give them a wash and have them clean and vibrant for your next guests.


It’s nice to feel the grass between your toes sometimes, but nobody likes being bitten or bothered by ants while enjoying an afternoon drink in the sun. A wooden deck, pavement or tiles are the ideal way to bring the comfort of indoors outside into the open. No wobbly tables or uneven ground for seating, and if your guests’ feet aren’t in the dirt or grass then you won’t need to spend your time cleaning muddy footprints or grass stains out of your carpets once your guests leave.


In order to create a truly relaxing and impressive outdoor space, your alfresco area must have the right ambience. You can create this with little touches. Alter the lighting with torches, lanterns or up-lights in the surrounding garden. Treat your sense of smell with outdoor incense or citronella candles, create a sense of calm with water features, or incorporate some chilled-out tunes by installing some outdoor speakers.

Whether you’re renovating a house, on the hunt for a new home, pouring over single story house plans or just wanting to add a little extra something to your home, an outdoor entertaining area should be one of the first checkboxes on your list of ideal elements in the home. With these easy tips, you’re bound to be enjoying the fresh air the best way possible – in your own backyard.

Home design tips to light-filled spaces


The lighting in your home can set the mood and tone of the whole space. It’s the ultimate way to get the most out of your design. Windows and glass doors can enhance the space and create a beautiful open feeling. Modern living is all about open plan living and extended the room. Create a big space with an intimate feel. The following article lists how to create an open and light living area in different living conditions. The following article lists some great design tips to create light-filled spaces.

Loft Living

Contemporary living is all about open spaces.  Open spaces are a great way to take advantage of light. Lofts have no dividing walls so the open space just illuminates light. The vast floor space can be difficult for some to tackle, the space still needs to be divided up into intimate spaces.

Wraparound Windows

An open room with wraparound windows brings the outside inside. These are windows that surround the room. That includes the natural light coming inside too. Large windows are a great way to create space where it is a commodity. This style takes advantage of panoramic views.


What does family-friendly mean in this situation? It means that it is functional. Gone are the days of walled-off family a room. Life has become much more relaxed with open living. Family rooms are the heart of the house that entertains the whole family and guests. The kitchen, lounge room and dining room have all combined to create one great space.

The hubs

The hubs of the house are where everyone gathers for social entertaining. The kitchen seems to be the hub of most family homes. Large spaces can be hard to light. Natural skylights and windows in the living room and kitchen make all the difference. Open kitchens are great for entertaining;. Guests can sit and relax while the cook works away on a five start meal. The cook therefore doesn’t miss out on socializing and enjoying their guest’s company.

The reasons to create light spaces speak for themself.  Liight creates a lighter and more relaxing space. Light spaces bring the outside natural light indoors. It is this light that makes it easier to turn one large space into smaller intimate spaces. These intimate spaces mean you can have your own separate area without secluding yourself from the family. It’s all about getting the family to spend more quality time together. Balancing an open and light space can be difficult. There is no shame in enlisting some help. Claredon homes and other housing companies are skilled to help you get the most out of your house design.

Written by Jasmine Poole



Plow & Hearth has a great selection of home decor!

If your’re looking for exquisite pieces for inside or out, look no further than Plow & Hearth.

They have 30+ years experience pleasing customers!! [Read more…]


If you’ve been a reader for a while, you already know I am a mopaholic!! Clean floors make me happy!!

I drive an hour to my office and an hour back home and I work full time out of my house — it’s so hard to be productive when things are not clean and try to keep a tidy house, but I seem to have a never ending battle with the flooring surfaces in our home.  I have a combination of wood flooring, tile and carpet, which requires a variety of cleaning products and utensils, and is a job itself to keep up with.  I had high hopes when I got the Haan Multiforce SS-25  to review  ~  it is a heavy duty steam cleaner and more!!

It allows you to easily steam, scrub, buff and polish just about any flooring surface inside or outside your home!!

It’s easy to assemble ~  Just place the handle into the base unit and insert one screw  (provided).

You can use steam, CR-Motion or BOTH to clean.  The Multiforce Pro can be used with or without steam….Each pad has 10 powerful steam jets that when heated reach 212 degrees, and clean and sanitize.  It has never been so FUN, yes fun, to clean my floors!!

It’s easy and quick to set it up and get it ready to use, which is an added convenience in this day and age.

You just fill the water tank and press the on/off button.


If you want to use steam it takes less than a minute for the unit to heat up.  You gently place the unit on the pads, turn it on and easily and effortless glide it across any flooring surface.  Within minutes your floor will be clean and shiny.  It’s the easiest and most convenient way I’ve ever cleaned the tile floor in my kitchen, and I especially liked how quick the floor dried afterwards.  It brought back the luster and life to my dull and drab hardwood floors, and did a fabulous job on cement.  I just had my carpets cleaned before Christmas, but with three cats and a dog I am sure it will be convenient when needed for random pet stains!  It does make a humming sort of noise when in use, but it is not loud and did not scare my pets when I used it.  In fact, Bella seems to be right there next to me (as usual) watching every time I use it!

It is lightweight, weighing less than 7-lbs., which makes it easy to move from room to room and from one floor to another.

The Haan Multiforce Pro SS-25 comes with a floor protector/resting mat which you can set the unit on when it’s not in use and when it’s cooling down (which only takes about 5 minutes). It also includes a carpet glide, one set of buffing pads, two sets of ultra microfiber cleaning pads and one set of scrub brush attachments!!   The scrub brush attachment and ultra-microfiber cleaning pads are used to clean and the buffing pads are ideal to polish and shine!!   The microfiber pads get saturated after about 10 minutes of use and it becomes hard to push the unit, but honestly even my largest room doesn’t take 10 minutes to clean with this!  The handle has a convenient swivel feature making it easy to get in to cracks and crevices, corners and against baseboards.  The pads are machine washable and reusable!!


I have used the Haan Multiforce Pro SS-25 on a variety of surfaces including tile, hardwood, slate and cement!!  

Watch as I clean various surfaces!!

Maintenance is easy – it is suggested that you empty the water tank after use and use fresh rinse once a month for optimal performance!

Haan is based in Lancaster, PA.  You can Like Haan on Facebook and Follow Haan on Twitter and Pinterest to keep connected with them and  up-to-date with their latest products and news!!

Haan has a great variety of steam scrubbers available so you’re sure to find one that suits your needs. The Haan Multiforce Pro SS-25 has a MSRP of $239.95.


SAVE  $25 with Coupon Code:  ShoreSSS25 (thru 1/27/13) .

I absolutely love my new Haan Multiforce Pro SS-25 and I think you would, too!!

DISCLAIMER: I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free in exchange for this review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers

Minky Couture Blanket Review&Giveaway ~ Ends 1/2/13

There’s nothing I like more on a cold night than a soft warm blanket.


I received a Tween sized  soft minky blanket from Minky Couture  to review and it is the most luxurious blanket I have ever owned!!.  The size is perfect for when I am sitting on the couch on my laptop.  It’s not super big or bulky like many of my other blankets. The tween size is also crib sized!!


One side of my blanket is a pretty lime green, gray and white print. The fabric is the softest velour-type material you could ever imagine.  I love just running my hand back and forth across the fabric and feeling its softness.  The other side is a complimentary shade of gray soft fluffy plush material. It is what I imagine a cloud feels like.  There is a beautiful gray satin ruffle outlining my Minky Couture blanket.  I will be taking this incredibly amazing blanket with me on every road trip we go on since I’m always cold in the car.  I use it on the sofa and find myself taking it up to bed with me!!  When Amanda and Alli are watching TV they both reach for it when it’s available!! Both Bella and  my new kitten enjoy using it on the rare occasions that its not being used by someone else ~  Even my pets appreciate the comfort and softness of this blanket.  

Minky Couture blankets are INDIVIDUALLY MADE in the USA – WOW!  That’s pretty impressive!!  They are also machine washable.

Minky Couture blankets are available in various sizes from infant to monster.  They are available at Minky Couture’s website store HERE.    You can also select your own fabrics and create your own one of a kind Minky blanket HEREPillows and fitted crib sheets are also available. USE COUPON CODE:  Blog30 and save 30% off your entire purchase!

A Minky Couture blanket would make a great gift for anyone, any time!! I honestly can’t imagine anyone who absolutely wouldn’t love this blanket. It is truly one of my favorite new things this year!  Like Minky Couture on Facebook, Follow Minky Couture on Twitter, and Follow Minky Couture on Pinterest  THEN  ENTER TO WIN a Minky Couture blanket of your very own using the Rafflecopter Form Below.  Winner may choose boy or girl print and infant or tween size (company will choose fabric)!!  


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When UPS dropped off these boxes from pure latex BLISS, I could NOT open the front door!!

I actually had to go out the back door and around in order to get these in the house. [Read more…]


If there’s one thing I absolutely love it’s candles. I burn them year round, but more frequently this time of year.  Now that the weather is getting colder I like the cozy feeling I get when I have candles lit, and they’re an affordable luxury that I find myself enjoying often!!

I especially love seasonal candles such as Christmas Tree Candles, and will admit that sometimes I think they’re just too cute to light and keep them as decorations for a year or two before using them!!  Have you ever found yourself doing this??

Crafted Candles offers a vast assortment of candles for every occasion. They have a great selection of holiday, seasonal, jar, taper, pillar, tealight, flower, metallic, scented  and even floating candles and MORE!!  They have awesome birthday candles like lollipops and cupcakes,

and absolutely gorgeous WEDDING CANDLES that any bride is sure to love.  

Their offices are in the St. Louis Metropolitan area, and are centrally located for quick and easy order distribution throughout the USA, and their website is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for your shopping convenience.

 Crafted Candles is offering new Facebook fans  an exclusive discount code which can be found here:  ~  AFTER you like them on Facebook make sure you look for their Sweepstakes tab where you can enter to win a $100 credit to  Crafted Candles, which can be applied to shipping as well.  




When I found out Green Virgin Products was sending me Soap Nuts to review I was REALLY excited ~  I had no clue what they were, but they sure did sound cool!!  Soap Nuts are the fruit of the Chinese Soap Berry Tree. They’re harvested and dried in the sun then cracked open and a large seed removed. The outer shell is what the soap nuts are. [Read more…]


I recently had a wonderful opportunity to review Downy Infusions New Honey Flower liquid fabric softener in my home (and the new Downy Unstoppables Shimmer) and I absolutely love them!!!

I was lucky enough to meet some of the Downy Staff at BlogHer 12 in NYC . I just loved the silly photo booth they had set up.  Don’t you LOVE my pictures?

Downy was gracious enough to send me their new products to try in my home. I was so impressed and wanted to share with you. Laundry is not my favorite household chore but its quickly becoming less of a burden. The smell is incredible. It smells fresh and “pink”.  I don’t know about you but the best part of doing laundry is when the scent waffles through the house. I loved it.  I also liked how soft my clothes feel and how long they stay fresh smelling!!  I even had an “Oh my” moment when I went to put on my robe straight from the dryer ~ it was like wrapping yourself in warmth and luxury. Even the bath towels still smell wonderful in the linen closet, and you can smell the lightest scent of freshness when you get to the top of the steps!!   I will never go back to what I was using because I will be using this instead from now on!!

Downy Infusions new Honey Flower liquid fabric softener takes your scent experience from plain old fresh to simply unforgettable with a sheer floral bouquet of creamy jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and sweet rose. You’ll remember the days you wear it

  • Blends layers of creamy jasmine, lily-of-the-valley and sweet rose for unforgettable freshness
  • Luxurious scents last from wash to wear
  • Renewing Scent Pearls add fresh bursts of fragrance throughout your day
  • SilkTouchTM formulation infuses fabrics with a silky softness that makes
    your everyday fabrics (and you) feel fabulous
  • Also fights pesky static cling

Downy is a company I am proud to say I love. Now the best part. Shore Savings with Patti, Another Cent Saved and some other blogger friends are teaming up with Downy  to give you a Full Sized Ultra Downy Infusions Honey Flower. FOUR, yes 4, of you will be receiving your own Full Sized Downy. Isn’t that wonderful ??

Entering is super easy!! Just follow the Rafflecopter instructions, then watch your email box because 4 of your are going to be very happy winners!

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I received Downy to try in my home. All opinions are my own!.