Auntie Em…We’ve Got Tornadoes on the Island…and It’s Super Cool!

I’m highly aware that tornadoes aren’t always super cool. They can be incredibly devastating and I’m not trying to take away from that. But here on the island, they are SUPER cool for the most part. They pretty much stay over the ocean and they disappear into the sky as quickly as they descend. They are a force of nature and watching their magnificent spiraling beauty is ominous. We’ve seen quite a few but I don’t always have my camera on me. This weekend, while hanging out on the back porch, trying to relax a little between moving, we saw touchdown. The power of nature can be frightening but sometimes it’s just beautiful and we need to take it in and admire its beauty. This weekend we admired nature’s powerful beauty. I’m glad they stay at bay but I’m thankful I get to experience their beauty (from afar). I have no desire to be a storm chaser (that’s just crazy) but it was exhilarating to catch this shot and I hope I get another chance soon.

I Went to Chicago and Got Bitten by a SHARK!

Although I did receive compensation in the form of a Shark Sonic Duo *SQUEE* for this post from Alpaytac Inc., I promise you I would have talked about this anyway, and all opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. 
OK, so there wasn’t a lot of water in Chicago, and I didn’t get bitten by a “real” shark. But after attending an exclusive (invite only because I’m all special like that) event at The Whit hosted by the fabulous folks at Mom Trends and the amazing Shark team, I got bit by the cleaning shark bug. I watched a demo about an amazing cleaning creature that scrubbed hardwoods and carpet with ease, and I wanted one so, so hard. I came home, ready to purchase this Shark beast, but they offered to send me one to review. *Insert angels singing here.*

Y’all I’m a clean freak. I don’t clean as much as I want to these days because I’m just too busy, but I love clean. 

There are 3 things I love dearly in life and they are my husband, my children, and cleanliness. Those 3 things do not happily coexist. My kids, and my husband, are not so clean. They spill stuff. They track in dirt. They put the “ick” in “icky”. 

I vacuum regularly. I dust. I “do” toilets. I don’t do windows. I won’t lie. But one thing I’m particular about is my floors. I feel mine are clean but boy have I been wrong. The babies helped me see the light. 
The other night, Bubby had an accident in his pants. Bug wanted to help him hide it from me. And so she began cleaning (curse me for taking a shower at night). But what she, they, did was make a mess. He had poop all over himself and she had poop on her feet. The what? I got out of the shower to find a mess. Poop on her feet that she so happily walked through the living room with. YAY!

I put them both in the bath. I washed them. Then I scrubbed my floors but I still had stains. B couldn’t see them. You might not see them. I did. Now what?

Oh wait? I’ve got a Shark. 

The Shark Sonic Duo Cleaning System is the FIRST EVER dual solution for cleaning both carpet and hardwood floors. It uses Sonic Trap and Remove Technology, Sonic Scrubbing, Airglide Maneuverability, and cleaning pads and solutions that really do get all of your floor surfaces clean. 
It’s so easy to use. So light weight. And with little effort on my part (seriously pretty much just like vacuuming), my stain problems were gone. And so much more. Oy, these carpets were dirty. Who knew? I vacuum all the time. No one is allowed to wear shoes in my house. My carpet should be clean. Not so much!
This is my carpet prior to cleaning it with the Shark. Told you. I’m not nasty. I do try to keep things clean, and I thought they were (other than that poop stain).
You might not be able to see the huge difference from the pictures (or smell the difference?) but let me show you what this innovative, inexpensive, easy to maneuver powerhouse took out of my carpets. Get ready to gag…and go…
Gross. I know. Don’t judge. This is from someone who vacuums regularly, doesn’t allow shoes in her house, and there’s no eating anywhere other than the table. This is just GROSS!

Never again. Our stains are gone and this was the easiest thing in the world to maneuver (I can’t say that enough). Plus no mess like traditional carpet cleaners. And it does my hard wood and laminate floors too. 

If you act RIGHT NOW, your carpets can be as clean as mine without a lot of effort. You would think this technology would cost you an arm and a leg, but you would be thinking wrong. The Shark Sonic Duo & Starter Kit, which is what I have, is a total value of $400. BUT with this exclusive offer, you can get all of this for just $199.80 plus S&H. Amazing, I know, you’re welcome.

So yes, I was bit by a Shark in Chicago and I’m hooked. They reeled me in and I’m a grateful catch. Now go snag yours before it’s too late. Don’t let this be the one that got away.

The Color of Sunset is My Favorite

Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second. ~Mattie Stepanek

I’m aware that you thought my favorite color was pink. I’ve led you to believe that because in the tangible world, it really is. I’m drawn to the color pink and it often presents itself in my true favorite color which is sunset. There is nothing more brilliant than the sunset. Nothing more soothing. Nothing more calming. Nothing more cleansing. We all need to cleanse. 

I do this often as I watch the beautiful night sky illuminate over my island. I sit in silence, and I worship and cleanse in my own way, nightly. It’s good for the heart. It’s good for the soul. And nothing on this earth compares to the beauty of the ever evolving colors of the sunset. Nothing. 

I try to accomplish a lot every day in my life, but if I accomplish nothing else, I am sure to watch the sun set daily. It’s important to revel in nature’s beauty and to feel it’s overwhelming powers. Today I feel accomplished, worthy, and important because I witnessed true beauty.