Though I am egotistical enough to attribute this quote to me, it’s kind of an adaptation of the Maya Angelou quote:
You are alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
However the quote above is what I often try to remind myself of, when things get too much or are overwhelming. Please share with anyone who may feel self-doubt or unworthiness, because they (and you) are always, always enough.
OK, you guys. The holidays are coming up and I’ve been completely overwhelmed with all the things that have to be done to ready the house in time for the arrival of family, friends, and loved one. I don’t want my home looking a mess – and I certainly don’t want to spending this wonderful time of year in household drudgery. This year, it’s Hoover to the rescue!
I have a love/hate relationship with my current vacuum (or maybe it’s more of a dislike/hate relationship…?). It’s big, it’s clunky, it’s heavy – and yes, it gets the job done, but vacuuming the house takes forever and it usually feels like a workout of its own. I’m constantly tripping over the cord, having to find another plug that works as I move throughout the house, and have to lug it up and down the stairs to get it into all those little crevices.
So when Hoover sent me their new Air™ Cordless 2-in-1 Stick & Handheld Vacuum, it was like a godsend. Seriously – I had no idea how much time I was spending on this simple task until I tried this vacuum and experienced how much time it cut off of my cleaning routine.
I love the light at the front – perfect for those dark corners and nooks!
The head of the vacuum is completely adjustable, and glides over stairs and height differences easily. Love!
And then – this is amaaaaazing – you can pull on the handle in the center – and remove the canister…
…And use it as a handheld vacuum by itself! Total awesomeness.
The vacuum has 2 modes: hard floor and carpet – and switching between them is an easy flip of the button.
Plus – and here’s the kicker – the vacuum is cordless. Yup, you read that right: it’s completely cordless. So no cord to trip over, no cord to unwind and wind back up again, no cord to have to unplug and plug back in. You just charge the LithiumLife rechargeable battery once and you’re good to go. And their Windtunnel 3 technology provides performance with ample suction power to lift and remove dirt.
The entire Hoover Air line is a line of 4 cordless cleaners: 3 vacuums and a hard floor wet cleaner, and the batteries are interchangeable.
A 25 minute task for me just shrunk to under 10 minutes, and saved my sanity for the coming holidays. It’s totally a #nocordnobull life for me now!
Check out the full line of Hoover Air here to see how you could make a tedious chore…finally manageable.
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The 11 charities that benefited from the event were all there helping out. These puppies were from Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Attendees received a complimentary catered lunch with original Fall Fashion cocktail (“Frenzy Fizz,” “Sparkling Diva,” and “Fashion Spritzer”), and snapped fun candid photos at the Photo Station by Paparazzi Tonight.
At each tent entrance there were different Fall ‘looks’ from Woodburn Premium Outlets retailers (top photo).
Attendees were invited to enter to win one of 12 purses donated by stores. Inside one purse was a $500 gift card. Attendees gathered together to find who the winners were at the drawing.
The lucky winner of the $500 Simon Premium Outlets gift card.
Plus there were cute swag bags attendees got to take home with them – filled with indulgences!
All in all, the event raised more than $50,000: a record year, with all of it going to charity. Everyone had an amazing time and it was a completely packed house.
If you’re in the Portland metro area next year, you should absolutely come to the event for a fun day of shopping and charity! Hope to see you there next year –
Shopswell is an easy, fun way to curate shoppable lists of products or wish lists around a certain theme – that update dynamically no matter what.
Unlike Pinterest, which is frozen in time from when the original Pinner pinned the product (for years!), on Shopswell you have the ability to integrate a product’s price so it updates on the image as the price changes. No broken links. No item not found errors. No clicking through and finding that the price is totally different from what you suspected. Lists of items that are actually shoppable – still. Christmas wish lists that are updated. Beautiful layouts that are embeddable in your blog, no plugins necessary. You can even watch videos and reviews in the interface to make an informed decision before buying anything. It’s really the best of all shopping worlds – come together in one website.
Shopswell is so easy to collect products around a certain theme. Register on Shopswell and then click on your profile photo on the top right and choose “My Lists.” From there it will bring up a list of all your Lists, along with a Create New option.
I chose to create a list based on Fall – and themed it around affordable fashion under $50 (because as we all know, that is totally my mantra over at Chic Steals).
Then it came time to add products to my list, which I did through just typing the name of the item into the search bar. When an item came up I liked, I chose to add it to my list – plus checked the “Track Price” checkbox so I would be notified if the price changed (so I could swoop in on a sale as it was happening!).
Then I chose the list I wanted it added to – and BOOM! It was added to my list, that simple.
I could also hit the plus sign to the right of the search bar and enter the URL of a product I’d found on a site on the internet. Shopswell pulled all the info about the product without me having to do anything else (no entering keywords, title etc. – thank goodness!)
Within just a few minutes I had a cool, curated shopping list, that will live forever here – and I don’t have to do anything else for it! No commenting, no SEO’ing…no nothing. Awesomeness.
A review of the Shopswell website would be incomplete without mentioning that Shopswell’s monthly giveaway. The Shop.Share.Win Program gives away $10,000 every month (yup, you read that right) in rewards to the members who share and interact with other community members on the site. You earn credits by inviting other members to the site, creating helpful content, creating lists, and upvoting other members’ content. (Specific details on how to earn credits are here. The current leaderboard showing who’s earning the most credits this month is here.)
So what are you waiting for? Get in on the action and start putting together wishlists that will link to your picks permanently – embeddable, beautiful curated content.
Plus – how cool is this? An exclusive Jem and the Holograms Capsule Collection is now available on Shopbop – which is so 80’s-tastic! If you’re a child of the 80’s like me, take a peek at the capsule collection on Shopbop here and be swept back to light-up star earrings, facepaint makeup, and the Saturday morning lineup oozing glam rock.
This post is part of a paid campaign with Woodburn Premium Outlets. The opinions expressed are my own. To read my full Disclosure Policy, click here.
Woodburn Premium Outlets in Woodburn, Oregon (about 35 minutes South of where I live, as it so happens!) is hosting their annual Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event this coming Saturday. With the purchase of a ticket, attendees will receive lunch, a tote bag full of goodies, a “Style Pass” with access to exclusive store discounts, entry in the Purse Party Raffle and access to a raffle for over $60,000 worth of gift cards, and more!
Crowd at the Purse Party Raffle event.
This is an amazing, fun event every year – and better yet, 100% of proceeds from this event go to benefit a number of great charities including Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Family Building Blocks, Guide Dogs for the Blind, Horses Adaptive Riding & Therapy (HART), Katie’s Kause for Cystic Fibrosis, Marion County Dog Shelter, North Willamette Valley Habitat for Humanity, Project POOCH, Inc., Shangri-La Human Services, Simon Youth Foundation, and Start Making a Ready Today (SMART).
Woodburn Premium Outlets features 110 outlet stores from the world’s finest designer and name brands offering savings of 25% to 65% every day, including Adidas, Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Cole Haan, Eddie Bauer, Fossil, Gap, J.Crew, Max Studio, Nautica, Nike, The North Face, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger, and more. You can see the full lineup of their brands and latest promotions here.
WHAT: Fall Fashion Frenzy Charity Event
WHEN: Saturday, October 17,10am –3pm
WHERE: Woodburn Premium Outlets, 1001 N Arney Road, Woodburn, OR 97071, (503) 981-1900
Tickets to this event are $20, available on EventBrite.com.*
Hi, I'm Carly. I LOVE making things: all things, from clothing to jewelry, accessories, crafts, and home decor. I infuse my life and wardrobe with DIY creativity while staying on a budget. This site is about looking and living chic for a steal, and this is how I do it.