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Dyson DC35 Digit Slim: Review

March 14, 2011

Remember this post? I Want It: Dyson DC35 Digital Slim. Well, I got it. And it’s pretty darn fabulous.

Since I’d been lusting after the NEW Dyson DC35 Digital Slim, I was pleased as punch when the good folks at Dyson asked me to test drive their hot little multi-floor vacuum. Now I normally don’t jump to review household products (Lena + Cleaning = Avoidance) but I just couldn’t resist the call of the new DC35:

“No clean up is too big (or out-of-reach) for Dyson’s latest technology. Condo, closet and clean-freak friendly, Dyson introduces DC35 – the most powerful lightweight vacuum. And, it’s cordless!”

Yes please!

The vacuum features Dyson’s famous power-efficient, high performance digital motor (which runs 3 times faster than conventional motors) and even has a “Dual Power” mode that allows you to adjust suction power. Since I have two little boys that create really big messes, I switched to MAX Power indefinitely to help pick up leftover snackin’s. Here’s a quick video of my DC35 making Cheerios disappear in just over 10 seconds:

(I actually made my husband do this a few times, as the little ones were clamoring to be in the video. They love the vacuum too.)

Of course, the vacuum does much more than rescue wayward Cheerios – it also boasts a detachable long-reach wand to clean up high, down low and into awkward gaps (think in between stair spindles and above window frames). The DC35’s motorized floor tool is a wizard on hard floors and carpet, with absolutely zero loss of suction. Detach the wand to use it as a handheld vacuum for spot cleaning, upholstery and inside the car. Genuis!

If you’re a condo owner, this vacuum could conceivably replace more expensive models while being an efficient space-saver. The vacuum performs as well as most stand-up vacuums: with its anti-static carbon fiber brushes for hard floors, stiff nylon brushes for carpets and ability to maintain constant floor contact, the DC35 will change the way you look at cordless vacuums. Click here for more details on the motorized floor tool.

I used the vacuum for cleaning up under couches, beds and the dreaded stairs. While my husband was hesitant to sing its praises as a Cheerio-collector alone, he was quickly converted once he started wielding the detachable long-reach wand. When was the last time you cleaned under your bed with a cordless vacuum?

Some people have opined that once charged, the vacuum retains a very short lifespan before a re-charge is necessary. I must admit, I did not perform a dedicated test to measure the battery life. But I will say this: I was able to vacuum my stairs, in between spindles, under the bed, around the kitchen and over a few window frames for good measure – all in the same battery cycle. So for day-to-day routine tasks, I’d say the battery life is more than adequate. I love this vacuum!

The DC35 is now available at The Bay, Home Outfitters, Bed Bath & Beyond, Future Shop, BestBuy.ca and all Dyson authorized independent retailers for $349.99.

You can also shop online at Dyson Canada.

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Lena Loves… Kathy & Kim Originals

March 9, 2011

HOT DEAL ALERT: Until midnight on Thursday, March 10th, SAVE 30% OFF everything with coupon code MADNESS!

My very favourite items carry one common theme: they’re personalized. Whether it be a name, date or picture, there’s just something about personal items that make them that much more special. So it’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of Kathy & Kim Originals.

Kathy & Kim Originals turn sensible, everyday items that kids (and moms!) use into adorable, must-have gear. They offer eco friendly water bottles, tee’s, bags and accessories that are all personalized with names, sayings and designs that are as special as the person who receives them! Each piece is custom designed – simply choose your favourite colours, fonts and designs and they will create an original piece just for you. The company is proudly Canadian and I just LOVE the incredible quality!

Some of my picks include:

Wow! It’s ME! Insulated Lunch Tote ($28.00) – “Keep your lunch and snacks chill with these cool new lunch totes from Kathy and Kim Originals! These roomy lunch totes are insulated and have a small outside pocket and two straps to carry. Will easily carry a large lunch!”

Your little one will be the talk of the block with this beyond adorable lunch bag – and I know a few office gals who’d love to turn heads with this personalized tote! At 9″ x 7.5″ x 5″, it’s got great space for all your lunch fixin’s and more.

“BEST” ECO Tumbler ($32.00) – “These porcelain tumblers are a fantastic, green alternative to disposable paper cup/ plastic lid varieties found in popular coffee shops. Our new porcelain eco tumblers come with a silicone lid that securely keeps liquid in the cup. With a double-walled construction that protects the drinker from getting burned, no heat sleeve is needed!”

For the Java Junkie in your life, take care of their caffeine fix (and the environment) by gifting an ECO Tumbler. You can personlize it with “Best” Teacher, Mom, Dad, Coach, etc… or my suggestion: Best Gift Ever.

(A less expensive – but equally fabulous – option is their “BEST” Mug or Travel Mug. At just $14.00, it’s the perfect teacher gift or a great addition to breakfast in bed on Mother’s/Father’s Day.)

Wow! It’s ME! Short Sleeved Tee ($26.00) – “Create your childs adorable likeness on their very own top quality t-shirt!”

There is simply nothing cuter than dressing little ones in a personalized tee – and I do mean personal-ized! You’ll be able to select your choice of hair style, eye colour and skin colour, and add optional finishing touches such as glasses, freckles, barrettes, hair bows and more. I love this item as a birthday gift for those hard-to-shop for toddlers!


You simply must check out Kathy & Kim Originals for many more fabulous products. Shipping is a flat $8 across Canada, and remember – save 30% off everything with coupon code MADNESS until midnight on March 10th!


Kathy & Kim Originals have offered one Listen to Lena! reader the chance to win a $50 Gift Card! To enter, simply visit them online and choose three (3) items which you’d love to spend your gift card on. Then leave a comment here telling us what they are.

You can also qualify for extra entries! Remember, you must leave a separate comment for each. You can:

(1) Follow my blog, Listen to Lena!
(2) “Like” Listen to Lena! on Facebook
(3) “Like” Kathy & Kim Originals on Facebook
(4) Follow Kathy & Kim Originals on Twitter
(5) Tweet about this giveaway (tiny URL: http://tinyurl.com/697fbdn)
(6) You may Tweet daily.

I’ll draw for a winner on April 10th. Special thanks to Kathy & Kim Originals, and good luck everybody!

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KitchenAid: Up to 20% off with Instant Rebate

March 3, 2011

With spring on the way, I’ve already been bitten by the home renovation bug. Of course, my renos mostly consist of rearranging vases – but if you’re in the market for a brand new kitchen, here’s a nice little promo for you:

Until March 20th, grab a 20% instant rebate when you purchase 3 or more KitchenAid major appliances, or 15% off when you purchase 2 major appliances.

Here are some examples of how you can save:

Click here for full details on the Cook up the Savings Event.

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I Want It: Dyson DC35 Digital Slim

February 21, 2011

Now I know I’m in trouble - I’m obsessing over a vacuum cleaner instead of shoes.

But surely you’ll see my point if you catch a glimpse of the NEW Dyson DC35 -

Dyson DC35 Multi floor is a Dyson Digital Slim cordless vacuum cleaner for multiple floor types- carpet, ceramic, vinyl and wood. It features a detachable long-reach wand and a motorized cleaner head. Powered by the Dyson digital motor, it’s the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaner.”

I sweep Cheerios off the floor approximately 3 times per day. Imagine how much easier life would be with this awesome cordless vacuum?

The vacuum features Dyson’s famous power-efficient, high performance digital motor (which runs 3 times faster than conventional motors!) and even has a “Dual Power” mode that allows you to adjust suction power. And my husband will just do cartwheels when he learns that the DC35 has rotating nylon brushes it its detachable motorhead to annihilate ground in dirt.

You’ll also notice that its incredibly sleek and stylish – the kind of vacuum you just have to whip out to show off to guests!

(Okay, perhaps that’s only something I would do. But you can’t fault my enthusiasm.)

So… Dyson over Dior? Yes please!

The countdown is on – just in time for spring cleaning, the DC35 is available on March 1st online at Dyson.com, and at The Bay, Home Outfitters, BB&B, Future Shop, BestBuy.ca and independent retailers for $349.99.

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KSP: Take 25% off All Bath Stuff

January 21, 2011

Need to spruce up Throne Central?

Until January 31st at Kitchen Stuff Plus, take 25% off all bath stuff when you print and present this coupon. KSP has tons of fresh and modern looks at great prices! (LOVE their Umbra hardware.)

This coupon is VERY tempting… I’ve been thinking that our main bathroom needs a bit of a face lift… and KSP is definitely the place to make it happen. Will keep you posted!

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Aquatopia Deluxe Bath Time Easy Kneeler

November 9, 2010

“Bath Time Makes a Comeback!”

At least that’s what my headline reads ever since I discovered the Aquatopia Deluxe Safety Bath Time Easy Kneeler. I know it sounds like a mouthful, but the concept is simple: save your knees, keep bath stuff where you need it, and once again have fun bathing your little one.

With comfortable padding for knees, elbows and forearms and bath-side pockets to keep bathing supplies at arms’ reach, this kneeler helps to create a safe, comfortable and practical environment for children’s bathtime, while saving you the aches and pains of kneeling on the floor beside the tub! Made with durable neoprene material, the same material used for wetsuits, the kneeler stands up against moisture and dries quickly. Anti-slip base material helps prevent slipping even on tiled floors. Kneeler attaches securely to any standard tub with large suction cups. Measures 29 1/2″ x 50 1/2″.

I was fortunate to test the product through PTPA’s Latest & Greatest Campaign, and I literally jumped up and down when I opened the box. For months, I had complained about my knees and elbows aching as I did the bath rounds with both boys, especially since Ryder loves a captive audience and insists that I hang around tubside while he splashes.

I love the super soft padding that literally wicks up moisture like nobody’s business. The non-skid base also ensures that I stay put as I reach over the bath tub, giving me peace of mind as I lather, rinse and repeat. And when bath time fun is over, it folds up neat as can be and stores out of the way. Bonus: the anti-slip mat and extra thick foam padding is detachable, making it great for all ground level chores. Whether washing baby, scrubbing floors/tiles or cleaning the oven, the kneeler protects those all-important joints while you get the job done.

The Aquatopia Deluxe Bath Time Easy Kneeler can be found in the US at Walmart, Toys R Us, Bed Bath & Beyond, etc, and can be purchased by everyone online at Amazon.com. It retails for $29.99, and if you suffer from joint pain, is worth every penny!

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Promo: $10 Walmart/Loblaws GC w/Purchase

October 29, 2010

Here’s a neat little way to have your home smelling wonderful for the holidays… FREE!

For a limited time (until GC quantities last), spend $10 at Walmart or Loblaws on Glade products, fill out a handy rebate form with your attached receipt, and you’ll receive a $10 gift card to Walmart or Loblaws courtesy of Glade Right at Home!

Now this promo only works if you take the time to fill out the form and mail it in… something I am notoriously bad at. In fact, a couple of years ago Febreze had a similar offer, and I just sneaked in the rebate before the cut off. I’m not sure I like that they don’t give a proper “valid until” date – rather, it’s until they run out of gift cards – but if you use Glade products anyway, you really don’t have anything to lose.

Click here to print your $10 Glade rebate form.

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P&G Brandsampler is Back!

October 21, 2010

The P&G Brandsampler is back!

What is the Brandsampler? Well, quite simply, fill out a very quick questionnaire, and based on your responses, P&G will allow you to choose from a few FULL SIZE and trial size samples. Then they mail them to your house. And that’s it – until the next Brandsampler becomes available, and you get to choose all over again!

Here is what’s up for grabs this time:

- Gilette Venus Embrace Razor (1 razor)
- Pantene Shampoo/Conditioner (travel size)
- Head and Shoulders Shampoo (travel size)
- Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash (travel size)
- Pringles Stix
- Crest 3D white strips (2 strips)
- Gain Laundry Detergent (sample)
- Scope Outlet Mouthwash (travel size)
- Cascade ActionPacs (2 pacs)
- Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original (1 eraser)

A hint: to receive the most samples, remember to answer that you are currently using a product other than the one offered above (which makes complete sense – why would they send you a sample of a product you already use?)

Quantities are limited to hurry! Click here NOW to take advantage of this offer while supplies last!

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Sears.ca: KitchenAid Food Processor $114.99

September 29, 2010

A seriously discounted KichenAid Mixer not your thing? That’s okay, because now you can score a HOT deal on a KitchenAid Food Processor!

Until October 3rd, Sears.ca has the KitchenAid Brushed Nickel Ultra Wide Mouth 12-cup Food Processor, regularly $399.99, on sale for just $199.99 (that’s 50% off!)

You can also use coupon code 941612160 for an additional $10 off, and you’re down to $189.99.

THEN, you can save an additional $75 with this
 mail-in rebate (also valid until October 3rd). I verified that the model (KFPM770NK) is included, so that brings the price down to $124.99.That’s a savings of 71%!
 Several other retailers (Amazon.ca, The Bay, etc) are currently retailing the unit for $399.99, so you know the deal is legit.

(The model number is listed on Sears’ site in the website address – check out the last 9 digits.)

Click here to shop at Sears.ca.

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Cayne’s: KitchenAid 5-QT PRO Mixer $269.99

September 27, 2010

It seems that every retailer has a deal on KitchenAid stand mixers from one week to the next, however, the current sale at Cayne’s Housewares has me very excited for the baking enthusiasts out there.

Regularly $599.99, the KitchenAid 5-QT PRO HD Stand Mixer is now $269.99. AND, if you pay with VISA, you’ll score FREE shipping with coupon code VISA2009J.

Product Highlights:

5-quart capacity bowl.
High performance 475-watt motor.
Direct drive all-steel gear transmission.
11 cups flour power.
67-point planetary mixing action by KitchenAid.
10 mixing speeds.
BONUS Digital Timer and Set of Four Prep Bowls inside.

Includes: burnished powerknead spiral dough hook, burnished flat beater, professional wire whip. Available in Silver, Red, Onyx and White.

Click here to shop at Cayne’s Housewares.

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Sears.ca: Lagostina Cookware Set $299.99

July 9, 2010

I know, I know – Lagostina cookware is on sale at Sears and The Bay every other weekend. That’s why I normally don’t give their promos a second glance. But, TODAY only, Sears.ca has a pretty spectacular sale on Lagostina’s 12-Piece Commercial Cookware Set – it’s just $299.99, a savings of $500!!!

Now I’m a dyed-in-the-wool Calphalon fanatic, but I’ve been looking for a quality stainless steel set and I have to admit that Lagostina usually fits the bill. Heck, I’ve got a Lagostina stock pot from 1994 that is still in perfect condition. Decisions.

Why I love the Commercial Cookware Set:

- 0.8 mm thick stainless steel body
- 6 mm thick aluminum base with 0.6 mm stainless steel capsule base protector
- heavy-gauge stainless steel semi-dome lids
- oven and dishwasher safe
- 25-year limited warranty

The set includes a 1L, 1.3L and 2L saucepan with lid, a 3.3L saucepan with lid, a 5L Dutch oven with lid and a 26 cm sauté pan with lid.

I checked around to see if the savings were real, and was able to find a similar set at Canadian Tire retailing for $599.99 (not nearly as sexy, in fact it looks quite dreadful), and another commercial set at The Bay retailing for $749.99 (more like it, but hey, it’s not on sale!)

Click here to view the Lagostina Cookware set at Sears.ca.

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Urban Outfitters: Biggest Sale Ever

June 30, 2010

Hot on the heels of their reduced shipping to Canada ($10 flat rate, FREE on orders over $150), Urban Outfitters is holding their Biggest Sale Ever, with items starting at just $1.99 and TONS of hot fashion at $9.99!

Don’t forget to check out their Apartment section for cute, kitschy decor you won’t find anywhere else. The goods will ship out of the US, so keep in mind that you may need to pay additional taxes/duty on your order. Good news: last time I ordered about $170 worth of stuff, I only paid about $12 in additional charges.

Click here to shop at Urban Outfitters.

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Walmart: Food Storage Containers on Sale

June 21, 2010

If you’re like me and hoard Tupperware (okay, I know I shouldn’t call it “Tupperware” as this is a name brand and I’m referring to “storage con-tainers”, much like people say “Pass me a Kleenex” when they need a tissue…)

Whoa, got off track there. Okay – If you’re like me and hoard Tupperware, you won’t be able to pass up this sale. For a limited time, Walmart Supercentres are offering the Starfrit Lock n Lock 18-piece set (pictured above) for just $9.97! I’ve seen this exact set at Home Outfitters for almost $30, so this is a deal indeed. If you’re partial to Rubbermaid, you can also pick up their 12-piece Lock-it set for $8.97.

Just remember that lids are counted as a “piece”, so you’re actually receiving 9 and 6 storage units, respectively.

Looks like the hoarding will continue!

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UrbanOutfitters.com: Reduced CDN Shipping

June 17, 2010

Attention fans of UrbanOutfitters.com: the HOT US-based retailer has reduced their shipping rates to Canada! Canadians can now enjoy FREE shipping when you spend a minimum of $150, and a flat-rate of just $10 for purchases valued at less than $150.

I checked out the women’s sale section and there are TWENTY pages of pretty fabulous threads. And I can’t even go near their Apartment section – I just know that I’ll be online all morning.

p.s. Words cannot describe how much I love that mini Strawberry Trash Bin (pictured left).

Click here to begin shopping at Urban Outfitters.

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RONA: Scratch & Save 10-50% off

May 19, 2010

This weekend, RONA is having their much anticipated Scratch & Save event. And while I’ve never been one of the lucky ones to scratch more than 10-15% off, I did witness a Bay customer once scratch 50% off her entire purchase! Too bad she was just buying tights and an umbrella.

If you’re doing some home renos, this is the perfect time to save a pretty penny. On flooring purchases alone you can put some hard earned money back in your pocket – enough to grab some pretty accents from RONA’s design studio!

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Well.ca: Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit

May 18, 2010

Summer is just around the corner – and if you’ve got young’uns (or are the outdoorsy-type yourself) you know what that means… scraped knees, insect bites, and a plethora of mystery rashes.

Just yesterday, Ryder and I were at my mom’s house. To give him a chance to blow off some energy, I let him loose in her backyard, which has a very beautiful (and very scratchy) patterned concrete patio. Well, after just 10 minutes of running, climbing stairs, jumping and belly flopping on the grass, he returned with two long red scratches on his knee, scuff marks on his elbows and a red patch where the fertilizer must have had it’s way with him. Sheesh.

I learned with horror that my mom didn’t even have a band aid! So I was extra happy to come across the Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit on Well.caon sale this week for $21.99. I ordered one for her home and my own, and as with all Well.ca orders, enjoyed FREE shipping with every purchase.

The kit includes:

Johnson & Johnson cleansing wipes – 9
BAND AID brand bandages – 40
Knuckle & fingertip – 20
Spots Adhesive – 12
First Aid Gauze Pads 2″ x 2″ – 8
First Aid Butterfly Closures – 4
Extra Large Adhesive bandage – 4
Roll of First Aid Tape 1/2″ – 1 (no scissors required)
2 packets of TYLENOL Acetaminophen Regular Strength Caplets
2 Finger Splints
2 Safety pins
2 Gloves
1 First aid instant cold pack
1 Tweezer
1 Comprehensive first aid guide book

Knowing that boys will be boys, I’m feeling pretty good about being prepared.

Click here to purchase the Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit from Well.ca.

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The Bay: Save 70% on Le Creuset Cookware

May 5, 2010

Looks like they’ll have a new “Celebrate Mom” deal every day this week!

TODAY only, May 5th, save 70% off a Le Creuset 7-piece Stainless Steel cookware set (regular price $999.99), PLUS you’ll receive a bonus Le Creuset Cherry Stoneware Mini Cocotte (value $40).

They’ve also got a sweet deal on a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer: regularly $449.99, you can grab one today for just $289.99 after combining the sale price with a $50 mail-in rebate.

This is a VERY GOOD price for the Artisan mixer, so visit The Bay today if you’ve had your eye on one!

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DaysAgo Digital Day Counter… Winners!

April 5, 2010

Thanks to everyone who entered the Lena Loves… DaysAgo Digital Day Counter giveaway. One entrant perfectly captured what I was thinking when she posted, “Why didn’t I think of this?” It’s so true – when masking tape and scribbled dates won’t do, it’s definitely time to grab a DaysAgo Digital Day Counter!

And, while scrolling through the comments, I also noticed a trend – besides baby food, a bunch of us seem to have a lot of “mystery meat” and sauces in our fridge that definitely require a countdown. Food safety is muy importante!

As a reminder, up for grabs are three 2-packs of Suction DaysAgo. Without further ado, the winners are:

Thuy
Thuy said: What a neat little product. I would definitely use it on my homemade spaghetti sauce. I’m always forgetting how many days it’s been sitting in the fridge.

Stasy
Stasy said: I love this product and need it very badly. I am always forgetting how long is my food is staying in the fridge.

Shauna Shauna said: It would be very handy for the baby food jars that I’m still dealing with. I’d also love to use it in the cold cut drawer of my fridge. I’m so paranoid about how long they’ve been in there!

Congratulations ladies! Please send me an e-mail with your full name and contact details, so that I may have the prize sent to you right away. Thanks to everyone who participated, and to double u products!

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