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Review: Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner

I have confessed before and I will confess again that I am a vacuum junkie. After our recent review of the Shark Vac then Steam, Bissell reached out to me to see if I might be interested in giving the Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner a spin.  My original steam cleaner happened to be the original Bissell Steam Mop and  I really loved it so I was excited to see what new features were now made available through this newer model.

As the name implies the Bissell Steam & Sweep offer both the steaming feature and the sweeping feature. What makes this model stand above the rest is that the steam and sweep features that are offered are done simultaneously rather than doing these two activities separately. What could be better than being able to get your floors cleaned & steamed at the same time with one tool?

As always, we offer our pros & cons list with this steam mop!

Pros:

  • The steam mop pads are easier to the put on then my old Bissell Steam Mop. This model offers Velcro pads that are easy to attach and detach from the steam mop. The model comes with two mop pads and washed up beautifully after using them on my floors.
  • The cord on this model is generous and I can do almost my entire kitchen and hallway using the cord without having to unplug and relocate.
  • The vacuum function on this model does a surprisingly powerful job. The rotating brush brings in hidden debris and was particularly great in hidden corners of my home and the edges of the room where debris is gathered.
  • The tank on this model is generous and enough to easily do two rooms without refilling. There are no extra parts to keep track of for refilling (like funnels and separate pouring containers) which mean you have fewer pieces to keep track of.
  • The biggest pro with this model is the fact that the vacuum and steaming can be done simultaneously. With a flip of the switch you are steaming and sweeping your floors at the same time.  For busy moms, this one feature alone makes it an ideal model for those of us that want clean floors, but don’t have time to drag out two separate vacuums to get the job done.  It does a very impressive job at both functions!

Cons:

  • As with past models of Bissell steam mops, this Steam & Sweep has a trigger to release the steam. While it offers more control over how much you steam in certain spots, if you are steaming for awhile it can be tiring on your trigger finger having to hold it down to release the steam.
  • The steam mop pads are very thin so the steam does come through at full blast which can get your floors very wet as you get towards the end of your steaming. Because of the thinness of the pads, it also makes it more cumbersome to push when the pads are wet. A thicker pad would definitely remedy this small issue.

Other than these two small gripes, I was really impressed at what an effective job this model does at getting your floors swept and steamed simultaneously. This would make a fantastic holiday gift for any mom that is burdened with the care of tile & hardwood floors.

Suggested Retail Price: $152.77

Website for More Information: Bissell Steam & Sweep Hard Floor Cleaner

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Giveaway Results: 10-Piece BHG Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel Pots & Pans

This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to our winners- Commenter #151, 421, & 780 on winning this great giveaway! Thank you so much for all of your entries and votes!

It is a pots & pans extravaganza at MomAdvice, and we are excited to share yet another great giveaway with you from  Better Homes & Gardens. We love offering up another fantastic pots & pans set that you could win, in conjunction with my participation in this month’s BHG Cook-Off!

The cooking competition is built to surround the launch of the new Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Collection line that will be available at Walmart.  The company is offering an extensive product line that includes three lines of pots & pans that come in Tri-Ply Clad 18/10 Stainless Steel, Non-Stick Hard-Anodized, & Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel and will retail for $159 in the stores.  To inspire you to get some cooking done in your kitchen with their new pots & pans, I have created a Presto Pesto Pasta Con Pollo that you really must try for an easy weeknight dish that will be ready in minutes!

To celebrate the cook-off, I am giving away today 4 sets of the 10-piece Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel Pots & Pans Set. This will be just the beginning of the giveaways we will be offering over the next few weeks so please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway. Better yet, by participating I will have more giveaways to offer you when the cook-off concludes. As you know, there is nothing better that I love than giving stuff away to you so I am thrilled to get this first giveaway started.

Priced at $159, this 1-piece set includes: 6 QT Covered Dutch Oven, 3 QT Covered Deep Skillet, 2.5 Qt Covered Sauce Pan, 1.5 Covered Sauce Pan, 10? Skillet, & 8.5? Skillet. Imagine the possibilities of what you could do with a set like this in your kitchen!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Head on over to the BHG Contest site and vote for me! There is a one-time registration on the site to start voting. Leave a comment and let me know you put in a vote for our dish. You can vote once per day (24 hours)  so feel free to enter daily to win!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional Entry: Follow me on Twitter and get an early scoop on all of our giveaways and articles that we are formulating for the year!
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Three winners, chosen at random, will receive a 10-Piece BHG Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel Pots & Pans Set (Valued at $159) . Please submit your entries by Sunday (10/31) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: 13-Piece BHG Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots and Pans (3 Winners- $159 Value)

This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate our winners- Commenter #864, 736, 237, & 551 on winning this giveaway! Thank you all for your votes & entries!

Good morning, sweet friends! I am back with another great giveaway and kicking off the first in a series of fantastic giveaways from Better Homes & Garden in conjunction with my participation in the BHG Cook-Off that I will be cooking in.

The cooking competition is built to surround the launch of the new Better Homes & Gardens Kitchen Collection line that will be available at Walmart.  The company is offering an extensive product line that includes three lines of pots & pans that come in Tri-Ply Clad 18/10 Stainless Steel, Non-Stick Hard-Anodized, & Non-Stick Porcelain Enamel and will retail for $159 in the stores.  To inspire you to get some cooking done in your kitchen with their new pots & pans, I have created a Presto Pesto Pasta Con Pollo that you really must try for an easy weeknight dish that will be ready in minutes!

To celebrate the cook-off, I am giving away today 3 sets of the 13-piece Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots & Pans (each set valued at $159) to three lucky readers. This will be just the beginning of the giveaways we will be offering over the next few weeks so please check back each Tuesday for a new giveaway. Better yet, by participating I will have more giveaways to offer you when the cook-off concludes. As you know, there is nothing better that I love than giving stuff away to you so I am thrilled to get this first giveaway started.

Priced at $159, this 13-piece set includes: 1.5 QT Covered Sauce pan, 2.5 QT Covered Sauce Pan with Steamer Insert, 4 QT Covered Dutch Oven, 8.5″ Skillet, 10″ Skillet, 8 QT Covered Stock Pot & 4 QT Covered Deep Skillet. Imagine the possibilities of what you could do with a set like this in your kitchen!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Head on over to the BHG Contest site and vote for me! There is a one-time registration on the site to start voting. Leave a comment and let me know you put in a vote for our dish. You can vote once per day (24 hours)  so feel free to enter daily to win!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional Entry: Follow me on Twitter and get an early scoop on all of our giveaways and articles that we are formulating for the year!
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

Three winners, chosen at random, will receive a 13-Piece BHG Non-Stick Hard-Anodized Pots & Pans Set (Valued at $159) . Please submit your entries by Tuesday (10/31) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: The Learning Tower, Playhouse Kit, & Art Easel (Almost $300 Value)

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Elizabeth (Commenter #78) on winning this prize pack. We are so excited for her family! Thank you all for your entries!

Today we are offering a HUGE giveaway for our readers that I just know that you are going to want to enter! It is just the type of product that I wish I had when my children were little and I am thrilled to get to give one away to you along with a few other accessories to make learning fun in your house! This giveaway is valued at almost $300 and is perfect for any mom with small children!

Little Partners, Inc offers a unique stool to help your children be at counter level without the risk of injury. It is called The Learning Tower and it provides a unique opportunity where adult activities are now accessible to little ones. With the innovative design, a child is able to stand at counter height without the risk of falling.  By providing a safe and sturdy step-stool that surrounds the child while he or she is standing a few feet above the floor, what was once an unsafe, desired task of a two-year old (washing dishes or making a pizza) is now a bonding activity between adult and child – free from the risk of injury. MomAdvice is all about getting the kids in the kitchen so we can’t think of anything better than a product that can help you do this with your children!

The best part about The Learning Tower is that it can not only be a functional stool for your child, but it has amazing add-ons that can be added to your tower for pretend play and a way to keep them entertained while you are busy in the kitchen! Your child can be creating art on the add-on art easel or they can be having a puppet show with the add-on of the playhouse kit while you can enjoy the sounds of sweet silence (or giggling) while you are finishing up the dinner preparation. With this product, the possibilities are endless!

Today we are offering one lucky reader a Learning Tower with the addition of a Playhouse Kit and Art Easel (valued at almost $300)  to encourage you to get your children in the kitchen safely…and have a little fun in the process! Who could argue with that?

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Please browse around the Little Partners website and come back here and tell me one thing you love about their products and why you need this in your home! You can also fan them on their Facebook page to let them know you are a fan of their innovative product!
  • Additional Entry: Follow Little Partners on Twitter  and tweet about this giveaway.  You must link back to this post in your tweet
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additonal Entry: Follow me on Twitter and get an early scoop on all of our giveaways and articles that we are formulating for the year!
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

One winner, chosen at random, will receive The Learning Tower, a Playhouse Kit, & an Art Easel. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (09/21) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Vtech V.Reader (Valued at $59.99)

Sorry! This contest is now closed! We would like to congratulate Trica (Commenter #72) on winning this great giveaway! Check back here soon for another great giveaway and thank you all for entering!

Hurray for another giveaway! I am so excited to share this giveaway with you because I am such a fan of great reading tools and anything that can get your children excited about reading.

Today we are giving away a Vtech V.Reader that I have had the fun opportunity of sharing with my own family. If you want to learn more about what we thought about it, you can read our review of the V.Reader here.

Here is some information about the V.Reader that we will be giving away today:

Animated Storyteller:
Stories come to life through vivid animation, narration, character voices, graphics, sounds and music. Young children engage with stories by watching, reading and learning. They follow their favorite character’s voice, play reading games and use the story dictionary.

Downloadable Fun:
With a rich download library, more than 100 additional stories will be available via a download library located on the VTech Web site (www.vtechkids.com), including some free titles, more themes and avatars to customize their e-readers. V.Reader is compatible with a PC or Mac computer.

Track Progress:
Parents can join in on the fun and learning process with the features that include progress reports and reading certificates.

Lovable Characters:
Children’s favorite licensed characters come to life and help them learn with 11 software options (with more titles to be added in the near future).

Touch and Read System:
Kids have two play options – listen and follow along to the story as read by animated characters; or touch the screen and play reading games to learn each word or sentence.

Reading Skills:
Your child learns the necessary building blocks to grow into a fluent reader. V.Reader teaches reading comprehension, vocabulary, phonics and word building, along with a story dictionary that describes word definitions in a manner that’s easy for them to comprehend.

V.Reader will be available exclusively at Target June 20 and nationwide in August at all key retailers and online at www.vtechkids.com.

Today we are offering one lucky reader a VTech V.Reader (valued at $59.99) to encourage more fun reading this summer! There are three easy ways to enter…

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Leave a comment and let us know what feature you love on the new Vtech V.Reader or why this would make a great addition to your reading tools!
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogsFor each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a VTech V.Reader. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (06/06)8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: $50 Snapfish Gift Card

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Anna (Commenter #38) on winning this contest. Thanks so much for entering and please check back on Tuesdays for new giveaways!

Mother’s Day may be behind us, but Father’s Day is just around the corner! I love to offer creative gifts for my family and I will be showcasing a fun Snapfish project that I happened to for my family for Mother’s Day next week, that I think will offer a little photography and fun inspiration for a gift to give yourself.  I am new to using Snapfish for gifts, but am amazed at what a lovely selection they offer for making specially personalized gifts that truly are one of a kind.

With Father’s Day right around the corner, you’re probably starting to think about what to get dad to match his interests. Whether he’s a DIYer, loves sports, is the master chef or just loves the latest tech gadgets, HP offers a variety of printing solutions and memorable photo gifts and printables that will be sure to complement Dad’s lifestyle.

DIY Dad:

The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web is the perfect way for Dad to print whatever he needs quickly with the touch of his finger and without a PC. The HP Photosmart Premium with TouchSmart Web offers one-touch, wireless, on-demand access to popular Web content with apps he’ll love like Google Maps for driving directions, Fandango movie tickets and show times and Weathernews Inc. so he’s prepared for the annual Father’s Day Fishing Trip.

Celebrate dad’s love of tools and building with the workbench pop-out Father’s Day card from the HP Creative Studio. Not only is it free, but he’ll love your creativity and appreciate his own mini-version of his tool shed.

Master Chef:

If your dad belongs on Food Network, he’ll love a personalized apron ($14.99) or cutting board ($24.99) from Snapfish featuring his favorite photo of the family for the next big backyard barbecue.

Sports Fanatic:

Perfect for his next golf outing with the boys, give him a personalized golf towel ($19.99) from Snapfish or capture his favorite golf memories with the born to golf scrapbook downloadable for free from the HP Creative Studio.

For even more easy last-minute gift ideas, check out the HP Creative Studio for more free printables from photo frames to coupons for dad to redeem throughout the year.

In honor of Father’s Day, we are offering one lucky reader  a $50 Snapfish gift card to go towards creation of one of the Father’s Day gifts such as the golf towel, cutting board or an apron.

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

  • First Entry: Please head over to the Snapfish store and browse the Father’s Day gift selections.  Leave a comment here and let me know which one you would choose.
  • Additional Entry: Let us know you are a fan of MomAdvice and join the MomAdvice.com Fan Club today on Facebook.
  • Additional Entries: Subscribe to my feeds and never miss another thing on our site again! We have a landing page where it makes it easy to subscribe to our blogs. For each one you subscribe to, leave one additional comment.

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a $50 Snapfish gift card as a special Father’s Day gift to give to someone they love. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (05/25)8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone! at

Giveaway Results: Flip SlideHD Camera (Valued at $279.99)

Sorry, this giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Kathie (Commenter #226) on winning this giveaway. Thank you all for entering and a huge Happy Mother’s Day to each of you!

We are kicking off another exciting Mother’s Day giveaway with a beautiful gift that will make taking video footage of your family and sharing it with your friends just a little bit easier!

I have been a longtime fan of the Flip Video company because they offer great video tools that are easy for moms to use and share video footage with their friends.  When the HD versions of the Flip came out, we could not believe the quality of the video footage that they offered for something so small that could be easily tucked in my purse. Although I have yet to see this new camera that we are giving away, I am sure if it is anything like the past products from their product line, it will be a fantastic new tool for sharing gorgeous videos of your family and friends.

Today we are giving away the newly released Flip SlideHD (valued at $279.99)!  This camera holds up to 12 hours of HD video and photos and has a 3 inch slide-up screen which makes it a virtual “video brag book.”As a simple point-and-shoot video camera with storage capabilities and wide screen that make it a virtual “brag book,” it makes a great Mother’s Day gift.

Best of all, the  SlideHD can also be personalized with any of the designed available at www.theflip.com so you can make the product fit your personality and design style. If it was me, I think I might go for the cheetah print or cherry blossoms as my design style. What mom wouldn’t love that?

I want to spoil you this Mother’s Day and would love for you to share what kind of Flip SlideHD camera you would pick!  I wanted to make this contest fun so there are a few ways that you can enter to win!

Leave one comment for each item that you complete to enter:

One winner, chosen at random, will receive a Flip SlideHD, in her design style choice, as a special Mother’s Day gift for herself and her family. Please submit your entries by Tuesday (05/04) at 8PM EST.  Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Dinner for Six from Schwan’s Home Service

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed!! We would like to congratulate Lee Ann (Commenter #97) on winning this incredible giveaway. Please check back next Tuesday for another great giveaway!

As a busy mom, I know that preparing dinner every night can be a real challenge. Although I do love to cook, I welcome any help that I can get and definitely would not object to anyone who wanted to offer me a night off from cooking. Thanks to Schawn’s, I get to share an amazing dinner with one lucky reader, and their family,  which will include Chicken Pot Pie, a side dish, and a dessert of their choice for a fun night off from cooking.

Schwan’s Home Service, America’s largest direct-to-home food delivery business, offers approximately 400 great tasting dishes like ice cream, pizza, fruits and vegetables, choice meats, seafood, breakfast items, desserts and more.  Since 1952, the company has delivered frozen food orders door-to-door to households across the country and now ships nationwide, too.  From the freezer to the dinner table in less than 30 minutes, Schwan’s meals provide a quick, convenient and pocketbook-friendly way for busy moms to serve their families delicious meals – and eliminate time spent at the grocery store.  Ordering is simple at www.schwans.com or by calling 1-888-SCHWANS.

To enter this giveaway please browse www.schwans.com to pick a side dish and dessert you feel would go best with Schwan’s Chicken Pot Pie. Leave a comment here to let me know what you would pick for your night off from cooking.  One winner, chosen at random, will receive a full family dinner (serving up to six members) featuring Chicken Pot Pie and their preferred dishes courtesy of Schwan’s Home Service, shipped right to their door! Entries will be taken through Tuesday 03/30) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: 3 Copies of Twimericks Book for Children

Twimericks

Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate our 3 winners- Commenter #8, #9, & #24 on winning this book! Happy Holidays!

Twimericks by Lou Brooks is a book that you are going to want to add to your bookshelves this year and I am looking forward to sharing three copies of this book with our readers.

I received this book as a sample copy to review, but I know that this will be a fast favorite in our household. Our son is in first grade and loves telling jokes, tongue twisters, and riddles. If you have a child like that in your house, then this book is for them!

Twimericks are what happens when tongue twisters crash into limericks. It is an adorable book that will be perfect for a long car trip or read aloud and passed around at your child’s birthday party.

The illustrations are deliciously old-fashioned and funny which make this book already look like an instant classic. Don’t forget to put your name in the cover where it says, This Beak BooLongs To…” Seriously hilarious and highly addictive, this book is perfect for children and adults alike!

Today we are giving away three books to three lucky readers. To enter this giveaway, tell me why you should have this book wrapped under your Christmas tree this year!  Entries will be taken through Tuesday (12/01) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!

Giveaway Results: Madame Alexander Gracie Doll from Avon

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Sorry! This giveaway is now closed! We would like to congratulate Commenter #74 (Kim) on winning this prize pack. Thanks so much for your entries and happy holidays!

When I was a little girl, my very first doll was a Madame Alexander doll from my grandmother. I named her Mimi and loved her unlike any other doll I had ever owned. She was the most special doll to me as a child and I know she was an extravagant luxury for our family.

Because Madame Alexander dolls hold such a special place in my heart, I am thrilled to be offering one lucky reader a Madame Alexander Gracie doll for the holidays!

If you can believe it, Avon has launched a beautiful holiday collection that you must check out. Not only can you get beautiful holiday dolls, but your daughter can get the exact same matching outfit and be just as decked out as her Madame Alexander doll at a very affordable price. This is Avon’s first-ever kid’s-line and you can learn more about the new holiday-inspired clothing, accessories, and gifts by finding your own Avon representative by visiting http://shop.avon.com/

To enter this giveaway, tell me why you should have this Madame Alexander Doll wrapped under your Christmas tree this year!  Entries will be taken through Tuesday (11/24) at 8PM EST. Our winner will be drawn at random. Good luck, everyone!