Shopping for a Happy Memory

Some of my fondest childhood memories are the ones I have of my grandmother happily sitting at her Singer sewing machine. Now that the holiday shopping season is over, I’m hoping to find a good bargain on a brand new sewing machine myself. This was actually one of my New Year’s resolutions; to take up sewing my own clothes this year.

I’ve been doing some online research about the top brands of sewing machine to buy. I notice that the Singer brand seems to be in the running, along with some other favorites like Kenmore and Brother sewing machines. The fact that Singer is among the top brands doesn’t surprise me at all.

As a child, I can recall my grandmother sitting at her Singer sewing machine on a regular basis. I especially loved it when she would make the beautiful, frilly little Easter dresses for me and my sisters. For years, she sewed on one of the older models of Singer; the kind that was built into a cute little cabinet. I was fascinated by all the needles, bobbins, pins and other sewing accessories that surrounded the little sewing table.

When other children were out skating or riding bikes, I was in the house with a pair of scissors in my hand, cutting out patterns for my grandmother to sew. I was always so impatient to have her sew me something new, I could hardly finish cutting out the material. I was in awe of how my grandmother skillfully maneuvered the fabric while I listened to the hum of the Singer machine.

I guess even then, Singer really lived up to being one of the top brands of sewing machine around. Grandma’s machine held up long enough to be passed on to my mother, and even my sister for a short while. Eventually, something happened and the sewing machine stopped working. It didn’t matter much to my sister at the time. She never really used it enough for her to bother with trying to have it repaired.

But now that I’m actually in the market for a sewing machine, I’m leaning heavily towards buying a Singer. I plan to get a little info on the Brother and the Kenmore machines also, since they are among the top-selling sewing machines, but my instincts are telling me to go with the Singer. If I do, I’ll not only be shopping for just a sewing machine, I’ll be shopping for another happy memory.

Highly Recommended Air Mattresses for This Season

The best air mattress is all what you need to be assured of getting quality sleep during the night. But regardless of how urgently you need the mattress, getting a good mattress is not that simple as you may think. You need to do your assignment well in order familiarize yourself with top rated twin air mattress. Here are some of the top rated air mattresses on the market.
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Coleman Single High Twin
This high quality Coleman air mattress is revered for providing excellent support and comfort, thanks to its soft plush top. It features an air valve system that is suitable for keeping the air within its coils. That is why this mattress boasts of unequaled ability to hold air well for many nights. You can also inflate and deflate it with ease, thanks to the fact that it comes equipped with a highly powered electric pump.

Intex Classic Downy
This full-size inflatable air mattress comes with a waterproof flocked top that is perfect for keeping water and moisture from penetrating it easily. It boasts of a flocked surface that is comfortable, soft and firm enough to prevent beddings from sliding off during the night. Its sturdy construction makes it highly durable and prefect for both indoor and outdoor use. It comes with a three years warranty.

Smart Airbed B9122GTMF
Talk of support and comfort and you are talking of this great air mattress. It boasts of providing comfort and support than cannot be compromised by humidity, temperature and location. Its electric-powered pump can inflate and deflate it within 3 minutes.

Coleman Premium Quickbed
This mattress offers an extra height that is suitable for keeping you comfortable off the floor. It features a soft sueded top that will guarantee you luxurious comfort during the night. It comes with a zipped carry bag that is designed to make it easier for you to carry and store this mattress easily. Its electric pump is manufactured for convenience since it can deflate and inflate this mattress within less than 3 minutes.

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A Big Wrinkled Mess Straightened

I just got a promotion, which means a lot of traveling. I finally had to bite the bullet and go by myself some professional looking clothes. What a nightmare! Being a wash and wear kind of gal, I got so frustrated trying to find outfits that weren’t dry clean only or hand wash and lay flat to dry.

After weeks of searching, I gave up and finally bought a few dry clean only pant suits and some skirts. They are super cute, and with my promotion I can afford to go to the dry cleaners. I also found some nice cotton tops to wear when it was warmer out and I could be more casual.
Nerves got the best of me and I did not sleep at all the night before my first big trip to a conference in Phoenix. I stumbled into the shower, got dressed and almost fell asleep as I ate breakfast. This was going to be my first meeting with the president of the company, and now I was exhausted and completely freaked out at the same time.
Miraculously I managed to make my flight, and after 4 cups of coffee I was wired and ready to go, or so I thought. I had two hours to get myself together before the meeting. Plopping down on the soft hotel bed, I closed my eyes–only to awake in horror–30 minutes before the meeting. I ran to the bathroom and attempted to fix my flattened hair and smeared makeup.

My suit was a big wrinkled mess. I didn’t know what to do. There was an iron in the room, but that would ruin the dry clean only suit. I only brought one other outfit to wear the next day. Darn, I knew I should have packed an extra outfit. Then I remembered the handy little device my husband had bought me. He said it was the best rated handheld garment steamer 2014. I thought it was silly, but he insisted. Did I remember to pack it? I frantically searched through my bag and there it was! I steamed my suit and made it to the meeting, with 5 minutes to spare.

I have gone on many business trips since then, and always laugh when I think about that day. I was such a mess. It taught me a valuable lesson though, to always be prepared for anything. I invested in some more business suits and always make sure I have my steamer handy.

Here’s How to Choose a Steam Cleaner

Steam cleaners, in my opinion, have to be the best thing after sliced bread (and freshly brewed coffee). The convenience of steam cleaning means that it is possible to get much more done. In previous years, I have had to outsource cleaning services, but when I relocated abroad, it proved tricky to do so. I had to find a seamless way of coordinating cleaning, and the steam cleaner came in quite handy. As with any other appliances, I had to do a search in order to understand what I needed to be on the look out. I find reviews to be quite helpful because unlike company blogs, reviews give it to you as it is, both good and bad characteristics.
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With that, I set to have a look at the best portable steam cleaner reviews. Reading through the reviews, it was interesting to realize that while many people associated steam cleaners with carpet cleaning and upholstery, steam cleaners have a wide range of uses. Of particular interest were the portable steam cleaners, also known as hand-held steam cleaners. This category of steam cleaners, just as the name suggests, is easy to carry. I settled for this type of steam cleaner for the sheer ease to carry, meaning that I can clean those hard-to-reach corners.

I have used this steam cleaner for a couple of years now, and I’d recommend it for anyone who does steam cleaning in odd places due to its accessibility (think the washroom and the kitchen sink). One of the drawbacks with the portable steam cleaner however, is that it tends to get quite heavy when loaded with water, something which may not be endearing to many people. It’s portability and relative affordable cost however, make up for this shortcoming. Having selected the hand held steamer I wanted to purchase, I sought to find out more about the other steam cleaners, so that should the need arise, I will be well aware of what to look for.

Cylinder steam cleaners are the second category of cleaners, and unlike the hand-held type, these cleaners are bulky since they consist of a body, a hose pipe as well as a nozzle. I’d recommend this type of steam cleaner for users who appreciate mobility over a large area to be cleaned. Steam mops make up the third category of steam cleaners. They have few or no attachments, making them quite easy to handle. With the water tank included in the handle section, steam mops are operated in an upright manner, and can therefore be used by elderly people. With the tips I have shared, choosing the right steam cleaner need not be a difficult task.

Professional furniture cleaning is also available but may be expensive.

My Little Girl Sleeps Much Better with the Humidifier On

A few months ago, my family welcomed a new member of the family- baby Isabel. Being my first born child, I had difficulties coping and adjusting to several new things. However, what disturbed my husband and I was how sensitive baby Isabel was, especially when she was very tiny. Apart from her skin, her respiratory system was also extremely sensitive.
To make the matter worse, my baby appeared to have arrived at a very inappropriate time. It was winter time when central heaters had to be turned on. As a result, indoor humidity would drop to 10% or even less. Unfortunately, the dry air irritated the skin, nose as well as the lungs of my tiny baby girl. I was dealing with challenges I didn’t know I would have to deal with. My baby would come down with cold and sometimes suffer from a respiratory infection. Don’t forget that babies cannot take over the counter drugs like adults- they are too strong for them.

I remember the last visit I made to my pediatrician’s office. She insisted that I had to buy a baby humidifier. According to her, it is what I needed for my baby to enjoy good health; safe from colds and respiratory infections. I decided shopping for one as soon as I got home. When it comes to the health of my baby, I don’t usually settle for less. In this regard, I was keen on finding the top ultrasonic humidifier for baby 2014. I did my background research, took time to compare features and prices and finally found one of the best ultrasonic humidifier’s for my little girl.

Specifically, I wanted a baby humidifier that operates quietly, with auto shutoff, adjustable humidistat, with antibacterial features and one that wouldn’t give me problems when cleaning and refilling it. My doctor was right- my baby has been free from cold symptoms, her nose, chest and throat have been free from clogging. This makes it possible for her to recover faster from sickness. At eight months, Isabel is such a happy little girl and even sleeps much better.