Neato Keeps My House Neat & Tidy

Everyone has heard of robot vacuum cleaners, but my favorite one has not gotten as much recognition as some of the others – Meet Neato!

Neato is the best robot floor cleaning vacuum that I have ever run across, and I have actually owned 3 different models of a different brand in the past. Well, guess what? They are all piled in the closet now, because the Neato XV Signature is all I need!

Neato Floor Robot
Neato Floor Robot

One of my favorite features that Neato has is he tells you when his dust bin and filter need to be cleaned. It really takes a lot of the guesswork out of keeping him in good running shape. He also thanks you when you complete his request, which I think is just adorable!

Neato politely requests that you empty his dust bin and thanks you after you complete his request.
Neato politely requests that you empty his dust bin

Another feature that I love about Neato is he is very easy to program. There are only a few choices on his menu, and it just takes a few pushes of a button to set his clock and then to set the days and times that you would like him to clean.

Neato Robotics has not been around as long of some of the other brands, they launched their first robot in 2010, but they have really improved the world of robotic vacuums since then. The Neato is different than some of the other robot vacuums because it doesn’t just randomly roam around the room, the Neato travels in straight line patterns that are partially overlapped, it has a laser that scans the room in a full 360° circle, and also maps the room being vacuumed while it is completing its task, which is really nothing short of amazing. The Neato XV series robot is even able to return to his home base by himself when he’s running out of power, and is able to remember where he left off cleaning, and continues to clean at the exact spot where he left off after he recharges himself.

I absolutely adore my Neato! I have him clean the bottom floor of my house every second day, and it really makes a difference when I do a big vacuuming with my Dyson at the end of the week. Before I won my Neato I was vacuuming every other day myself, it’s really great to be able to save so much time and scale down my time vacuuming to about an hour a week instead of 4 hours a week! And if you have pets you are in luck, no more vacuuming up fur everyday – Neato makes a robot vacuum specifically for pet owners.  So you see, Neato really makes life easier, and saves you time so you can enjoy your downtime instead of doing chores after work.

I was lucky enough to win my Neato on DealDash, and since these are a “1 Item Per User” on DealDash there is an increasingly high chance that the next person could get one at an even better deal. Speaking frankly, though, I am considering buying a second one at full price for the second floor of my home, so I could have two Neatos vacuuming both levels at once, they are just that good!

If you’re interested in seeing a small demonstration of my Neato and how he works, please visit my YouTube video below. And if you are interested in more DealDash themed videos feel free to subscribe to my channel while you are there, everyone is welcome! Good luck and happy bidding to all.

This Article Will “Tide” You Over While You Wait for a Detergent Auction Start

Do you have a certain smell that you remember from childhood? Does the scent of cookies baking remind you of your Mother or Grandmother?

Vintage Tide ad
An old Tide ad

Well, one of my favorite “scent memories” is Tide laundry detergent. The fresh clean smell takes me back to being a small kid and helping my Mom in the laundry room, loading up the clothes, measuring and pouring the Tide into the little cup. It may sound a little silly that one sniff of that wonderful fresh laundry detergent scent can take me back to childhood, but it’s actually a scientific fact. It’s really very interesting, I will tell you a little bit about how it works.

First, the olfactory nerve, which carries the sensory information for the sense of smell, is located very close to the amygdala. The amygdala is the the area of the brain that is connected to the experience of emotion and emotional memory. In addition, the olfactory nerve is very close to the hippocampus, which is also associated with memory. So basically, every time you smell a new scent you are creating a new memory.

Even though Tide makes me remember fond childhood memories, they have really made leaps and bounds of progress since I was a child in the 80s. The Tide Detergent brand was introduced to consumers starting in 1946, coming as a white powdered bead. In 1984 they started making the Tide of my childhood memories, a clear liquid detergent with a slight orange tint. Today, however, most (but not all!) of the different types of Tide are a bluish-color.

In addition to the liquid Tide that is so popular, they have also introduced the wildly popular Tide Pods. Tide Pods are such an innovative way to do laundry, it really takes the guesswork out; You just pop one in and you’re ready to get those clothes clean!

Here are a few bullet points from the Tide website:

  • Detergent + stain remover + brightener in one
  • Innovative, multi-chamber design separates ingredients until they hit the wash for outstanding cleaning power
  • No more measuring or spilling. Just toss one in!
  • Dissolves quickly in front & top load machines
  • Available in three scents: Spring Meadow, Ocean Mist & Mystic Forest
Tide Pods
Tide Pods

If you think that you are ready to give Tide Pods a try, DealDash has them available almost daily. However, if you like your tried and true liquid detergent, you’re in luck! DealDash has that, also. No matter what your preference, liquid or Pods, DealDash has you covered! Go check it out, book your Bid Buddy, and secure a win on a great product.

My name is Dawn and I love DealDash! I have only been bidding for around 9 months, but I am very patient and I have already won over 200 auctions. I am a Mom of 2 and I live in Massachusetts. If you would like to watch any of my DealDash “Unboxings”, click here!

Mixing it up in the Kitchen with Kitchenaid

Do you have a favorite helper in the kitchen? I do! It’s my beautiful Artisan 5-quart mixer from Kitchenaid!

Kitchenaid makes makes the best stand mixers in the world, and I feel very fortunate that I am able to have one. Not only are they amazing at mixing dough and making pasta, but they have a color to suit every taste! Mine is hot pink, they call it “Raspberry Ice.”

Kitchenaid

When you get a Kitchenaid mixer, you get more than just a mixer! Here’s what’s in the box:

  • – Stand Mixer
  • – Flat Beater
  • – Dough Hook
  • – Wire Whip
  • – Pouring Shield

These attachments are very useful, the flat beater can turn a baked chicken breast into shredded chicken for BBQ or chicken salad in no time! I use the wire whip to beat cream cheese into cheesecake, and heavy cream into whipped cream. There are a lot of other attachments that you can get, such as the food grinder, ice cream maker, ravioli maker, and many more. These attachments save time as well as money – I will never buy whipped cream in a can again! The whipped cream that you can make with the Kitchenaid is delicious, and has just one ingredient, heavy cream.

Kitchenaid has been around since 1919, it was started by The Hobart Corporation. These days, however, it’s owned by Whirlpool. Interestingly, when the mixer first came out, it was sold at hardware stores! The mixers were The Hobart Corporation’s sole product for 30 years, but in 1949 they introduced the dishwasher. Following the mixer and the dishwasher came the fridge, in 1986. Since then, of course, they have added many other things to their repertoire, including coffee makers, juicers, blenders, toasters, waffle makers, and so many more.

If you are looking for a great deal on a Kitchenaid product, you should give DealDash a try. They have auctions for Kitchenaid mixers almost daily. In addition to the mixers themselves, they also auction off some of the different attachments from time to time. If you would like to know when DealDash is going to have Kitchenaid products available, just follow this link, and you will be taken to a page with all of the Kitchenaid products. Just click on the auction that you are interested in, then click the blue “Alert Me” button. DealDash will send you an email when that particular product is up for bid. Good luck everyone, and happy bidding!

Written by Dawn Xu, a mom of 2 living in Massachusetts. I love DealDash and YouTube, so I make “Unboxing” videos of my DealDash WINs. If you would like to see one of my DealDash themed videos, clickhere

Keurig + K-Cup = One Great Morning!

By this time, pretty much everyone in the USA has heard of Keurig, the company that makes the amazing coffee makers, right? Well, you may have heard of them, but let’s really get to know them…

For starters, Keurig is a New England company, they are located in Vermont. If you are familiar with Vermont, you would know what other food giant is located there, Ben & Jerry’s! Keurig’s main product that everyone knows about is of course the Keurig single cup brewer and corresponding K-Cups, but you might be interested to know that Keurig also makes a single cup espresso machine, too. It’s called the Rivo, and it’s capable of frothing milk for your lattes or cappuccinos.

How many flavors of K-Cups do you think are available to purchase? You might be surprised to know that the answer is over 268! Just a few of the flavors include Dark Roast, Medium Roast, Light Roast, Flavored, Decaf, Fair Trade Certified and Organic Coffee Roasts. There are also many popular brands such as Bigelow, Starbucks, Cafe Escapes, Celestial Seasonings, Gloria Jean’s Tea, Dunkin’ Donuts, Timothy’s Tea, and Twinings Tea just to name a few. If 268 flavors isn’t enough for you to choose from, Keurig even offers a gadget called “My K-Cup,” that you can fill with any coffee grounds that you would like to use to make yourself a custom flavor.

Keurig

If you’re curious as to how the Keurig and K-Cup work together, it’s simple! The K-Cup is a plastic container with a paper filter inside. Ground coffee beans, tea leaves, or other flavor mixes are packed in the K-Cup and sealed with an air-tight lid. This keeps the coffee grounds fresher for much longer than traditional bags. When the K-Cup is placed in a Keurig brewer, the brewer punctures both the foil lid and the bottom of the K-Cup with a sharp implement, and forces hot water under pressure through the K-Cup and into your mug of choice. Voila! Your coffee is ready! It’s amazing how such a simple design can make life so much easier.

Keurig is not only user-friendly, they also have amazing customer service. You can get in touch with them by email of course, but they also offer an actual physical address that you can mail in your feedback, as well as customer service over the phone that is offered 17 hours per day! They take calls from 7AM to Midnight every single day.

Keurig doesn’t just have ideas that the average person thinks are great– They also win awards, over and over again! For example, the Harris Poll has named Keurig the coffee maker “Brand of the Year” for 2012, 2013, and 2014. I am guessing when 2015 comes to a close that Keurig will be getting the Brand of the Year award yet again!

If you love coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate, or any hot drink, really!) then you should check out DealDash. DealDash offers the newest Keurig, which happens to be The Keurig 2.0 K400 Coffee Brewing System with Carafe. They also offer K-Cups on an almost daily basis. Go check it out, your coffee mug will thank you.

Written by Dawn Xu, a mom of 2 living in Massachusetts. I love DealDash and YouTube, so I make “Unboxing” videos of my DealDash WINs. If you would like to see one of my DealDash themed videos, click here

That’s My Pet: Bird

 

“Mom, Dad, can I have a pet?” Is this a familiar question in your house? It certainly is in mine, and we are in good company. It’s estimated that over 60% of American households have at least one pet.

In this DealDash Blog series we will highlight different pets, give some basic facts about pet ownership, and hopefully help you make informed decisions about your new furry, feathered, or finned family member. Let’s get started!

Today’s pet is the bird. As a person who spent a few years working at a pet store, I can say that pet birds are extremely popular, especially the less expensive ones such as a parakeet. However, if you live near one of the bigger pet stores they tend to have a large variety of pet birds, from the inexpensive to extremely expensive, such as a large parrot like an African Grey.

In my experience working at the pet store and seeing all of the birds come and go, I would say that my favorite kind of bird that was a nice balance of price and personality was the Sun Conure.

The Sun Conure is an absolutely gorgeous bird with an awesome, playful personality that delights just about everyone that they come into contact with. They are intelligent, playful, and are significantly quieter if kept as single pets instead of a pair. Sun Conures make good pet birds for a family because of their sociable, upbeat and affectionate personality. However, if they are kept as a single, be prepared to spend a lot of time interacting with them, as they are prone to picking at their feathers when bored and lonely.

Sun Conures have an adventurous attitude and are quite active – no boring branch sitters here! They entertain themselves in many ways, such as by playing in their water bowls or during bath time, playing with toys on the floor, or riding around on your shoulder.

Of course, the first question that most people have when talking about pet birds is: Does it talk? And yes, Sun Conures can learn words and phrases. You will never have a heart to heart talk with this bird, but it can definitely learn enough language to amuse you and your friends.

There are many many wonderful birds that can make great pets, and they mostly need the same items to keep them healthy and happy. Here is a list of the must-haves:

  • Cage of an appropriate size to your bird
  • A variety of perches for him to sit on
  • Cage lining (even just newspaper can work well)
  • Food – a variety of food is best, including commercialized seed, fresh fruits and veggies, calcium, treats
  • Toys – a variety is best, including small bells/balls, ropes, mirrors
  • Cleaning supplies that are safe to use with your friend
  • Food and water dishes
  • And of course…The name of a vet who specializes (or at least accepts) birds

If you’re looking into getting a pet bird, DealDash has a few of the above items available, please click here to see the auctions.

 

Prevue Hendryx Small Wrought Iron Bird Cage

 

 

I hope that this article has helped you understand a little bit about setting up a home for a new feathered friend. If you are in the market for a cage or feeder, pet store gift card, or any other pet-related items head on over to DealDash‘s “Other” section and see what they have up for bid today. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!