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Meal plan for July 13th – 19th

I apologize if you follow me on Facebook, because you’ve already had to deal with my weekend-long chick boner over my new vacuum.  It’s a deep love, and I can’t stop myself from shouting it from the rooftops.

We have had the same vacuum for about six years, and I just couldn’t get over the feeling that it sucked.  But figuratively and not literally.  Had it sucked literally, I’d be pleased with it.

I started hunting for a new machine.  I read reviews, I talked to people, and I even watched a super long commercial that might also qualify as an infomercial and I think I was 95% set on one.  And then finally I asked my friend’s husband for a recommendation.  He’s a bit of a clean idol of mine, and when he said “I’ve heard good things about the Shark”, I was set.  A recommendation from Emilio, is like the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

We had an Amazon credit, and I selected the Shark Navigator Liftaway Pro, and then turned in to an idiot and became anxious for its arrival.  I’m super cool like that.

Once it arrived, right away I noticed that I forgot to select a specific color option, and the default was “Storm Trooper” (black and white).  Troy finished putting it together, and took a little spin around the living room.  After about five square feet, Troy and I began to throw up in our mouths.  I had previously vacuumed with our old one (rhymes with Boover Bind Bunnel), and then we did the Shark.


Freaking NASTY.  The dust was so fine and clearly had been in there a long time.  The carpet we lay on.  The carpet we play Legos on!

And then we started trying to see what else we could vacuum and just “how clean” we could get the house.  Troy did the whole living room (we continued to throw up at what the machine was picking up).  Then Jack got motivated and started alerting us to places in the house that needed to be cleaned.  “Mom, you know that place I like to hide that is all gross and dusty”?  Um, well now I do.  I cleaned it, and Jack informed me that it was spotless.

The two features of the Shark that sold me on the machine was the option to remove the canister for making cleaning our stairs easier, and because it came with a hardwood floor attachment.  The hardwood floor attachment is basically an insert thingy (technical terms) that you can put on the long hose and not only does it suck up debris, but it has a microfiber pad to buff the floors at the same time.

I did the stairs, a chore that I almost always avoid (gross) because my vacuum was always perched on the landing making me feel like I was about to die by falling vac.  And it seemed like it wasn’t actually cleaning them.  Well friends, the Shark canister was so easy to maneuver around the stairs and I’m fairly certain it sucked up things that had been in the carpet since the dawn of the dinosaurs.  The attachment I was using was so strong that it was literally picking up the carpet as I moved over it.

I then used the wood floor attachment on the two rooms in our house that have the flooring done; our bedroom and the new spare bedroom.  The new spare is almost done (Troy needs to put in two more boards, but the table saw is busted, and then it needs molding), but it was covered in construction dust, installation debris, and other odds and ends.  Going in there barefoot was a lesson in the heebie jeebies…you know that dusty feeling on the bottom of your feet?  :shudders:

Well, about three minutes with my buddy the Storm Trooper, and the floors looked like we had hired someone to buff them to a shine.  It was insanity!!


I truly have been raving about this thing all weekend, and have received a few questions via Facebook that I’d like to just slap down here in one big question and answer session.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: I paid $173 on Amazon.  You can also find it at Bed Bath and Beyond and use a 20% off coupon.

Q: Is it loud?
A: No louder than my old vacuum.  Quieter when used as an upright, but louder than that when using it with the canister off.

Q: Is it heavy?
A: A bit lighter than my old one, but it is heavier than it looks if that makes any sense.  I’d say less than 12 pounds.

And my final review:

Pros: price is amazing.  I’ve used Dysons before and they’re fine, but I can never figure out how to use the attachments and it makes me feel like I’m an idiot.  This is less than half of the price, is user-friendly, and it SUCKS in the best sense of the word!  My carpet feels like it has been professionally cleaned.  The threads are softer because I’m guessing the suction “fluffed” them up somehow.  I can’t wait until the carpet is gone, but at least it will be clean until we get rid of it room by room.  It even made those cool “vacuum lines” in the carpet, which our old machine did NOT.  The hardwood floor attachment rocks my world.

Cons: It has a smaller “footprint” than my last vacuum, so it feels like it took longer to do the cleaning.  But it was actually cleaning, unlike our old machine.  I wish I could use the hardwood floor attachment without taking the canister off, but it kept tipping the machine over when I left it on the base.  I’m sure there is a way we can figure this out, but we’ve only used it once, so there’s that.

All in all, if loving a vacuum is wrong, I don’t care to be right.

:end of Shark infomercial:

Shark did not sponsor this post (I bought my own), but if they wanted to work with me to give away a vacuum to one of you, I’d allow it.  🙂

Also, as you can see, we have a very strict rule “licensed character” in Jack’s room.  No more than 15 licensed characters per square inch.


Also?  Who sleeps sideways and doesn’t wake up???

Meal plan time!  Just a reminder, we only plan dinners.

Monday:: I’m working late again.  Good times. Troy is making pizza and grilled zucchini

Tuesday:: Grilled zucchini scramble (zucchini, sweet onions, sliced up organic sausage) and garlic flatbread.

Wednesday:: BLTAs and zucchini cakes

Thursday:: We have some stuff to do that evening, so we’ll probably grab Quiznos on the way home.

Friday – next Thursday:: Jack and I will be visiting my bestie Anne (one of his three godmothers) so I have no idea what everyone else will be eating here at the homestead.

This week I spent $3.50 on raw milk, $19.38 at the farmer’s market, $39.54 at Costco, and $30.03 at the grocery store.

What are you having this week?


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13 comments on “Meal plan for July 13th – 19th”

  1. Is yours the standard brush roll or premium brush roll?

  2. I too have a shark although I think mine is one step up. I have a long hair dog so it is a pet model. I love it!!!!!! You could not have made a better choice.

  3. Omg I love this vacuum too!! We bought it right before my son was due to come home from the hospital. (He was born 7 weeks early and spent 6 weeks in the NICU) I wanted to make sure our house was as dust/pet hair free as humanly possible before he came home from such a sterile environment, and this vacuum lived up to the job! It makes me want to vacuum the house all the time. Lol.

  4. Two things:

    “Dust is a protective coating for furniture”

    True story: Owned my vacuum for 6 years before I learned how to turn it on.

    (Hubby dusts & vacuums….how hot it that????) 🙂

  5. YES! I’ve had that same vacuum for almost a year now and I got such a “lady boner” about it too! I had the same experience of it picking up a ton of stuff even though I had just vacuumed with the old one (I have two dogs and I think the canister had enough fur in it to create a third). Once I was out and my husband decided to be nice and vacuum for me and even he was like “look, i’m not into cleaning or anything, but this thing is mint”. When it gets that kind of RAVING husband review you know it’s a keeper. Loved the post and enjoy your vac! I ended up buying an extra set of filters so I can wash one and while its drying still use the other.

  6. Perfect timing! My vacuum is 5 yrs old and today was leaving streaks of cat fur across the area rug. Time for a new one! My mother in law raves about her shark too. FYI for other readers, BB&B is priced at $200 before the 20% off, so $180 after. I’d rather pay the extra $10-13 for Amazon’s faster shipping (we have prime) and they’re customer service. We will be purchasing a new vacuum during Prime days this week.

  7. I’m amazed you can spend so little at Costco. You are a lesson in self control.

  8. I don’t need a new vacuum yet, but when I do I will certainly look into the Shark, Thanks for the review. I have never found a vacuum that I like. As for meals….we are empty nesters and hubby golfs twice a week so I am lucky that I don’t have to cook much. I do need to start using coupons more and watching the sales better. I used to plan meals when I was working and a single parent.

  9. The attachment, & tipping problem are what made me trade in my Dyson upright for a Dyson canister. I’ve had all types, including a Kirby (secondhand) & 2 Rainbows (new) & my little Dyson canister makes me so happy! But I don’t have to worry about rugs, so there is that. I will say that their instruction ‘manual’, is not particularly helpful
    I’m so glad you’re happy with your vacuum, because they’re such a huge investment! Suck on!

    • My in-laws had the Dyson canister (that’s the one that looks like a tube thing with a long cord, right?) and we all HATED it. Worst vacuum I’ve ever used before. We’d be drenched in sweat just cleaning their 1,300 sq ft house. I’m wondering if you maybe have a different kind?

      • I have one of these, & it’s not difficult at all

        A friend has the cordless Dyson, & my hands are so sore after pushing that little thing around!