Finding the Best Vacuum Cleaner for a Small Home

A vacuum cleaner is a necessity for every type of home, large or small. It’s especially useful when you have small children or pets who may cause more than their fair share of mess in the home. But many smaller homes, such as condos or apartments have little room for storage. Often a vacuum cleaner must be stored in the hall closet, along with coats and boots. New homes are not built with utility or pantry closets anymore.

Here are a few tips for how to choose the best vacuum cleaner for a smaller home.

  1. Most vacuum cleaner manufacturers offer a wide range of sizes and types of cleaners. The days are gone when a vacuum had to be big and bulky. The technology has also improved, so don’t be afraid to buy a smaller version of your favorite brand. They are still highly efficient at sucking up all types of debris.
  2. You’ll want to choose whether to purchase a stick style of vacuum cleaner, or a canister style of vacuum cleaner. Keep in mind that a stick vacuum is a lot easier to store in a closet. It can even be hung up on a hanger, saving floor space.
  3. If you have a pet, particularly a cat, a pet hair attachment is a must. These are usually motorized, and can be attached to the tube. Most smaller vacuums have one, but be sure to read the contents to avoid disappointment. A pet hair attachment will effectively suck up even the stubbornest of fur that has been embedded in the upholstery of chair or couch.
  4. Check for a swivel power head/motorized brush. This will enable you to more easily push the vacuum cleaner under furniture and the corners of a room. Often small homes have a lot of furniture crammed into a smaller space. A more flexible vacuum will avoid having to push and move furniture around the room just for your weekly vacuum.
  5. Buy a vacuum cleaner that has a detachable hose. This type allows the attachment of a variety of different tools, such as crevice tool, or brush. It increases the cleaning power of your vacuum, rather than a stick style of vacuum cleaner that only vacuums the floor.
  6. Look for a vacuum cleaner that has adjustable floor options. Most homes have a combination of hardwood floors, tiles, carpet, and rugs. You’ll want to purchase a vacuum cleaner that can clean both effectively. There are even some motorized power heads that can be adjusted for carpet height.
  7. Choose a dust cup rather than a vacuum that takes bags. Not only will you save money by not having to purchase vacuum cleaner bags, but you will not be putting additional waste into the landfills.

Shark-Navigator-NV352-portableThere are many great vacuum cleaners on the market today. You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars to find a great one for your smaller home. Most new vacuum cleaners are designed to be extremely powerful, and highly effective at cleaning the smaller home.

Find the Best Baby Monitor

Awaiting the birth of a child is an exciting time, so when my family was expecting, we planned everything, down to the baby monitor. While our house is not large, it was our first baby, so we were worried that everything would go well. When I was in another room, I wanted to ensure that baby was doing fine in her own room. It’s simply not possible to carry baby around while doing some chores, so a baby monitor was the best choice. When I initially started searching online on Baby Monitor Ninja, I was surprised to discover that there are actually dozens of choices.

The first decision I had to make was what type of baby monitor to purchase. Apparently there are strictly audio baby monitors, so when baby cries, you can hear them on your monitoring unit. There are also monitors that work through audio and video. When baby makes a sound or movement, the monitor will alert you. You can press a button, and actually see baby on screen. These monitors come in a variety of different screen resolutions. There are even inexpensive black and white baby monitors.

infant optics baby monitor

Some of these baby monitors work through your smart phone. You can install a smart phone app, and log in to check on baby in her room. There are even monitors that will record video of your baby sleeping or playing. Some of these also work through your smart phone app, and they store the footage in the cloud. There were definitely pros and cons to using each type of monitor. I know the audio monitors can get staticky at times, and it may be difficult to hear baby in the room. On the other hand, quiet noises aren’t of great concern. It’s when baby is full on wailing that you need to rush in to check. I really liked the idea of having a full color screen to check on baby. I want to find the best baby monitor, but I don’t want a huge clunky monitoring unit to carry around. So, some quality would have to be compromised by choosing a smaller screen.

The next step was to choose whether to save the video footage or not. In the end I decided not to. Even though baby is quite young, I felt it was a violation of my child’s privacy. I would certainly feel uncomfortable being monitored and knowing that the footage was being stored somewhere. Being monitored live is something else entirely. Of course we’ll take video of our child, but we’ll be present in the room when that happens. Some people use baby monitors as nanny monitors as well. I’m all for checking in on them, but don’t feel the need to video record them. Price was also a concern for me. The baby monitor would likely only be used for the first two or three years of baby’s life. Did I want to spend $500 on one, or $100? In the end, we found the best baby monitor for our child’s room.

How I chose a shaver for my husband online

Christmas was coming and I was trying to make up my mind about what kind of gift should I buy for my husband. I really wanted to buy him a present which he would enjoy and find very useful in the same time.

Lately, he was complaining about how bad his electric shaver was working. In that moment, I thought about buying him the best electric shaver that I could find on the market. Later that day, I started browsing the web to see what kind of shaver I could buy. Different sites were recommending all kind of electric shavers, every single one of them being described to have not only a good appeal, but being products which also bring great results for every customer. Since I am not qualified to choose the best electric shaver out of so many products that I found online, I thought about reading the reviews that other users wrote.

After reading a lot of reviews about electric shavers on different review sites, one product caught my eye: the Braun electric shaver.

Many users described the Braun electric shaver as being the best one that can be found on the market because of the many advantages it brings, having outstanding results.

Other clients wrote that the Braun electric shaver offers a great cutting performance, making the shaving experience very comfortable and painless. Moreover, this type of shaver can be cleaned in an easy way, because it is fully waterproof. In addition to this, without many efforts, the Braun electric shaver is capable of cutting flat or deeper unwanted hair in no time. The shaver can adapt to every skin type, being able to avoid skin irritations of all kind, offering a delicate shaving experience.

A big number of customers reviewed that, because of its accessible design, the Braun electric shaver can properly remove the unwanted hair in difficult areas like the neck and jaw line, for example.

Taking other clients’ opinions into consideration, I finally made up my mind and I decided to order the best Braun shaver.


My husband wasn’t expecting this kind of present! I was very happy to see him being thrilled with the performances of the new shaver I bought him. I was grateful for reading the reviews before purchasing the shaver.

This experience taught me that review sites can be very useful whenever I want to buy a product. Due to this experience, I strongly recommend everyone who wants to purchase electric shavers online to read the review sites before buying any product. The opinion of other customers can help you to make the best decision, choosing the shaver that can fit your needs the most. A sincere review can save anyone from a bad experience like buying a product which doesn’t reach your expectations, making you go through the trouble of returning the shaver and losing some of your precious time.

The Uncomfortable Comfort Zone

The expression, comfort zone got really popular in recent years, especially in relation with leaving it. It is because some of the people are so attached to their comfort zone that they just can’t let it go, which means, that they do the same routine each day, never breaking out, never challenging themselves. And not even their daily routine is hard. They wake up, go to work school, and then go back home, eat something and just spend the rest of the day with resting…

Rest at home

I am not that kind of person. I usually challenge myself each day, by adding so many things to my to-do-list, that for ordinary people it seems impossible to finish it within a day, for some even within a week. However, in my opinion, you have time for that, what you want to have time for, and I try to challenge myself every day. But I am not a super-woman, which means that, although I can accomplish a lot in a day, when I wake up at 6 in the morning and go to sleep at 0:30 am for the 4th time in the week, I do get exhausted. Today was a day like that, I was really tired of everything, I had a terrible dream, I could barely get out of my bed and I just wanted to skip everything from today. So I did so. I thought that if there are people, who can live their whole life in their comfort zone and be completely happy, I can get one day as well, which is not the weekend. The first few hours were really refreshing, I felt that I have finally time to rest; I did not think about any of my responsibilities, just watched a movie and cuddled with my significant other. I ate lunch, and then took a nap and half of the day was gone. After the nap, I started to feel really uncomfortable. I not only didn’t know what to do with my free time, if not working on something, but I started to feel compunction. I took a bath, checked all my long-time-ago-forgotten acquaintances on Facebook, and then I reached the peak. I just had to do something! I literally felt bad, I was dizzy and still tired, not refreshed at all. That’s how I realized that if you reach the end of your comfort zone and step out of it, there is no coming back. When you get used to challenging yourself every day and do a bunch of things, sitting in front of the TV all day won’t feel that comforting anymore. So if you are considering the possibility of leaving your comfort zone, I hardly recommend it to you, but keep in mind that there is no coming back, your comfort zone will become an uncomfortable place to be at!

The simplicity of kindness

I had one of those days, when nothing goes well. The weather was disgusting, grey, foggy and chilly, which resulted in a seriously annoying headache. I was on my way to work, but of course in a hurry, because I chose to stay in bed 20 minutes longer, then I had to go back home for my umbrella, when I realized that it’s raining. All in all, it was a horrible morning; I felt terrible and convinced myself that nothing can make my day better. I looked at the people around me with hatred and I desired nothing more than going back to my bed…I did not have enough time to have breakfast at home and I just wanted to take an Advil to release my pain, so I ran into a little store to buy something to eat and a bottle of water. You would think that this little story had no importance in my story, but it had the greatest role!

A middle-aged plump woman was standing in the cashier and greeted me with a smile. It confused me first, but then I smiled back, which made me feel slightly better. Then she simply told me the following words:

You look really pretty, that red lipstick is gorgeous. You look like a French actress.

She did not want anything from me, it was just a simple act of kindness and my mood went from melancholic to fantastic. I was shocked by the way this woman just made my day with one simple sentence. I did not care that it was not Carl Lagerfeld who told me these words, but a plump cashier. The only thing that I cared about was the honest kindness of this incredible woman. I thanked her for the compliment and her answer was a real life lesson. ‘I can’t see why women never compliment each other, they would rather be jealous instead of saying out loud what they think and make someone’s day better.

If I like something, I say it. We, women should converge, not oppress each other. ‘After that my day was awesome, I did not feel it hard to be kind with my coworkers during the day, and no one annoyed me at all. The simplicity of kindness and the positive attitude turned my terrible day into a beautiful one. Although the quote is not from Paulo Coelho, but from a cashier, but that is the moral of the story and it could easily be the words of an influential woman as well. Sometimes you just have to listen to everyday people; they may say the wisest things.

The next day I went back and gave her a small gift to thank her this life lesson, which made me realize the importance of kindness. Being kind will always pay back!