Every DIYer Should Know DAP Products (Review)

So as you can probably tell from many of my posts over the years, my husband and I are big “do-it-yourselfers”. I typically come up with the project and then get Mike to help me make it come to life. Mike is definitely the handyman in the family and has worked with and around tools and building projects for most of his life. He has worked with a variety of different materials and products and I am going to get him to give you his perspective on DAP’s line of products. For those of you that don’t know, DAP is a company that specializes in caulks, sealants, and adhesives. DAP targets “do-it-yourselfers” specifically with their easy to use products. So with that…here is Mike….

 

 

When Piera asked me to write about a product on her blog, I felt quite honored. Then terrified, not knowing what I would possibly have to write about. Then she told me I was writing about my experience with DAP products and I thought, okay, phew…guy stuff. Got it! Well, I have used several DAP products before. I work on a lot of rental homes that I manage so I have a fair opportunity to try different kinds and brands of products. Just recently, I used DAP DryDex and Alex Plus. DryDex is used commonly for patch holes in drywall (obviously a very useful product for any home). Everyone as some point in time has had a hole in their wall to patch, whether it’s repairing a hole from when your husband hung that large mirror in the wrong spot or repairing the hole your kid made during his “indoor soccer game”. What I love about DryDex is that it has a built in drying indicator. It goes on pink and when it dries and is ready to be sanded and painted, it turns white. That is a very cool and very helpful feature.

 

 

DAP Alex Plus is a caulking, which of course is used to fill cracks or what most homeowners may run into are those unsightly spaces that appear between your molding and walls when your house contracts for the winter. Alex Plus dries quick, is flexible, paintable, and even mold & mildew resistant. I use these types of products both in my own home and the homes that I do repair work in. DAP is definitely a brand name that I have trusted for a long time.

So there you have it. My husband has spoken LOL. Seriously though, I can confidently say that he knows what he is talking about, which is why I left it up to him to tell you about the DAP products above. Below are some helpful Q & A’s about a few different DAP products (two of which Mike mentioned).

About DAP DryDex

Q: How long do you have to wait to begin painting selected surface after applying DAP DryDex?
• DAP DryDex typically dries anywhere from 1 to 5 hours and requires some light sanding before paint is applied.

Q: What makes DryDex unique from other spackling products on the market?
• DAP DryDex has a patented Dry Time Indicator that goes on pink and dries white, to help eliminate errors.

Q: What kinds of projects can I do with DryDex?
• DAP DryDex is a spackle that is meant to be used to fix small or large holes before you paint, or to simply repair the appearance of unsightly wall and sealing cracks.

Q: How do I clean up after using DryDex?
• DryDex is easily cleaned up with water.

About DAP ALEX PLUS

Q: How long do you have to wait to begin painting selected surface after applying DAP ALEX PLUS?
• ALEX PLUS dries completely in about 2 hours.

Q: What makes ALEX PLUS unique from other sealants/caulks on the market?
• ALEX PLUS is not only highly durable and adhesive to several different surfaces, but also mold/mildew resistant and a certified energy saving sealant.

Q: What kinds of projects can I do with ALEX PLUS?
• ALEX PLUS can be used to seal cracks and gaps. Caulking along baseboards or trim prior to painting or repainting a room can make a huge difference. For gaps above ½ ” in diameter, use a foam backer rod first, then apply the caulk over the backer rod.

Q: How do I clean up after using ALEX PLUS?
• ALEX PLUS is easily cleaned up with soap and water.

 

For more information, please visit DAP.com.

 

 

 

DAP partnered with bloggers such as me to promote their caulk and sealant products. As part of that program, I received compensation. They did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products used. DAP believe that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words. DAP’s policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations.

Finally, a Pillow You Can Wash: Aller-Ease’s Washable Allergy Protection Pillow (HUGE Giveaway)

Have you ever tried to wash your pillows? Probably didn’t go so well did it? I ruin several pillows per year because I wash them and the result is a lumpy pillow that has been rendered useless. With Spring upon us now, we are getting ready to do our yearly Spring cleaning and that includes washing all of our pillows except this time we won’t be ruining our pillows. We have Aller-Ease Washable Allergy Protection Pillows and they are truly washable.
Check out the before and after…

the pillow is actually fluffier than it was before I put it in the washer. Pretty incredible! No lumps, no ruined pillow…just a clean, lump-free pillow! The unique fiber in the Aller-Ease Washable Pillow maintains its shape and refluffs after every wash. I’m not the only one that loves it — Good Housekeeping ranked Aller-Ease’s Washable Pillow numero 1!

The pillow is also able to be washed in the hot water cycle so you can really get rid of germs, bacteria, etc…

The other thing on my mind now that it’s Spring are allergies. The pollen has been insane here in Georgia this year. We actually broke records this year and the Spring has literally just started. Lucas has asthma and seasonal allergies so the poor kiddo has really been suffering. However, his bed has an Aller-Ease mattress protector and one of the Aller-Ease Washable Allergy Protection Pillows, which protects against household allergens and pollen so at least I know he is getting a good and restful night’s sleep.

Aller-Ease Washable Pillow can be purchased online at Aller-Ease.com and retails for $13.49.

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to the winner, jakiesmom!
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Hoover Presto 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vac Review

I will be the first to tell you that Mike and I love small household appliances and gadgets. We have quite a few– probably more than we need or use regularly. However, one of them that we cannot be without is our Hoover Presto 2-in-1 Cordless Stick Vac. We absolutely love this vacuum for the convenience it offers. It is so quick to get to and to use. It is also especially light, which makes it easy to move around, take upstairs, downstairs or anywhere you need it.

The Presto is a cordless stick vacuum that has a removable hand vac that easily clicks in and out. It has 14.4 volts of cordless power which means that it has good power and suction as well as a longer battery life. The base of the stick has a rotating brush and the charging base has two additional attachments. Storage is easy and compact since the long handle of the vacuum folds down in half and simply lifts off and sits on the charging station–no cords to plug in each time (yay!).
I know that cordless vacuums can get a bad rap with how long their battery lasts, but one way to make your battery last longer is to make sure to run it until the battery is completely drained before you charge and then make sure to charge it fully before you use it again. This is the key!
The Presto Vac gets used in our house almost every day to pick up crumbs, dog hair, and life’s almost seemingly constant messes. It performs very well each time. We absolutely love it and would recommend it as a staple in every home!
Key Features:
• Cordless Hand and Stick Vacuum Combo – convenience of a hand vac and stick vacuum in one for quick spot cleaning
• 14.4V of Cordless Power – longer run time contributes to better performance
• IntelliCharge System – LED charging indicator alerts the user know when the unit is charged up and ready to use
• Cyclonic Technology – cyclones separate fine particles of dirt before reaching the filter with less frequent filter rinsing
• Fold-Down Handle – makes storage a snap, ideal for small storage spaces
• Filter Made With HEPA Media – rinsable and reusable filter . HEPA media traps 99.97% of dust and pollens down to 0.3 microns
• One-Touch Brush Roll – for use on carpets and hard floors
• Swivel Head – allows for easy maneuvering across the floor
• Quick Release Button – hand vac easily pops out for convenient use
• Easy-Empty Dirt Cup – see when it’s time to empty and simplifies dirt disposal
• Limited Two-Year Warranty
On-Board Tools:
• Pivoting 3-in-1 tool – Includes pivoting crevice tool, dusting brush, upholstery brush to attach to handvac for detailed cleaning MSRP: $ 99.99

See It In Action:

 
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Holiday Gift Idea for the Cook: Trudeau Stress Less Kitchen Products

Anyone who visits this blog knows how much I love to cook and no cook is complete without the proper tools. I recently had the opportunity to check out some great kitchen tools from Trudeau–three really cool products from their Stress Less line— a can opener, a cheese grater, and a pizza cutter.The stress less line is designed ergonomically to make using the tool easier and so it creates less stress and pressure on your hands and muscles while doing so.

The pizza cutter is surprisingly smooth to use and doesn’t require much pressure to cut through the pizza quickly and easily. The pizza cutter I had been using required me to go back and forth in a sawing motion to cut a slice of pizza.

We always keep a block of fresh parmesan cheese in the kitchen so the cheese grater came in very handy. The block loads easy from the outside and the wheel grates it with ease. What I really love about it is how easy it comes apart for cleaning…just 2 steps and three pieces.

My favorite tool is the can opener. It opens the can on the edge which eliminates the sharp edge. It glides around and stays on the can the whole way. I highly recommend the entire Trudeau Stress Less collection and imagine that they would work wonderfully with anyone with strength issues or arthritis. They are also the perfect holiday gift for the home cook or foodie in your life.

See the Stress Less Can Opener in Action:






This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to the winner, JaMean!


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Life’s Little Messes Simplified! NEW by BISSELL: Stomp ‘N Go Pads

Living with a four year old and a dog = messes, spills, and stains. Lots and lots of stains that Mike and I have to constantly scrub out of clothing, rugs, and upholstery. Anything that simplifies our cleaning is a product that I want to own! That’s why I was really excited when I was given the chance to try out Bissell’s nifty new Stomp ‘N Go stain lifting pads. Basically these pads are pre-moistened with an oxygen based stain cleaner. When you want to get rid of a carpet or rug stain, you put the pad over the spot, step on the pad, and then walk away and let it do its thing for 30 minutes (tough stains can take up to 24 hours though). The pad actually lifts the stain without you having to scrub or break out the carpet cleaner.

 

 

I tried the pads on several stains and found that they worked the best on fresh spills and stains. That being said, I was able to significantly lighten a small red wine stain on one of our rugs after leaving the pad on the stain for an entire 24 hours. (I had pictures to show you guys, but the pictures on my camera were accidently deleted before they were transferred to my computer–sorry about that!) What I especially love is that the Stomp n Go pads add a little simplicity into my day. Lucas spills something–I pick up the mess and cover it with a Stomp n Go pad. I come back later when I have time and the stain is gone or almost gone. Most of the hard work has been done for me and THAT is a beautiful thing!

Additional features and benefits include:

• Pads are portable and safe for use on all carpets including nylon, wool and stain resistant carpet
• Spots and stains are gone in about 30-minutes; tough stains may take up to 24 hours
• No scrubbing or manual work required

BISSELL Stomp ‘N Go pads are currently available at Kmart, grocery stores and select Wal-Mart stores for $4.99. Each package contains five individually wrapped pads. To learn more about BISSELL cleaning products, visit www.bissell.com.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of BISSELL and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Organize Your Household & Home Office Files with Neatdesk

Have you ever wanted a way to file away your child’s best creations on your computer so you wouldn’t ever lose them? How about a better way to keep track of your expenses for taxes or write-offs? Or how about a way to easily combine multiple pages together into one PDF? Well now you can! The answer is Neatdesk. I recently had the opportunity to test one out and it is AWESOME. It’s basically a really fast multi-page scanner and digital filing system. Using it is extremely easy– just hook it up to your computer using a USB, open the software on your computer, and voila! It takes maybe 5 minutes to set up. You can easily scan in pages of all sizes–up to a legal size sheet of paper. The Neatdesk just pulls it right in and feeds it through quickly and cleanly. We have used it a ton and have not had a single jam–not one.

 

 

There are so many uses for the Neatdesk–household, personal, kids, and office. I love it because I am able to scan any of Lucas’ artwork and share with family or post it anywhere on the web that I want or just simply file it away for safe keeping. It even comes with software called Neatworks that will categorize and file away anything you scan in, which is especially handy for tracking expenses and finances. The software will actually take the numbers from a receipt or other financial document and organize it in a way that will allow you to track them better.

 

 

It can even read scans which will allow you to search for them on your computer using key words. One of the simplest features, but the one that Mike has used the most, is the ability to scan in multi-page documents like contracts and then combine them into one single PDF. You can arrange & rearrange their order, add to them, and export them to anywhere you want. Really cool. Extremely convenient.

 

 

If there is anything thing that I would like to see in the future from Neatdesk, it would be the ability to scan in wirelessly and to multiple computers. That aside, the Neatdesk is truly one of the coolest & most useful thing in my office. It can take a stuffed file cabinet or a stack of papers and make them disappear. It saves your memories and organizes your mess. At this point, I don’t know what I would do without it. LOVE!

 

See It In Action:

 

For more information, visit Neat.com.

NEW by Scotch! Restickables are a MUST HAVE!

One of my favorite new products of the year are Scotch Restickable Shapes and Tabs. If you haven’t checked these out yet–you are seriously missing out! The Restickable line of products are basically adhesive tabs that can be used to hang things on flat, solid surfaces over and over again. The adhesive tabs come in different shapes, sizes, and colors. You can get them in clear sheets that you can customize to your needs even. The tabs are double sided–just peel the clear film off and place it on the back of whatever you would like to hang. The tabs come off cleanly without leaving any residue and they can be used again and again. If they begin to lose their stickiness–just run them under water to clean off any lint or debris that may have collected. One thing I did find is that you do have to be a little careful when removing the tabs from delicate paper or it can rip. It WILL come off cleanly if you’re careful though. 

 

We’ve been using Restickables in our kitchen mainly–to hang things from our stainless steel refrigerator. Thank goodness for that! I missed hanging pictures, magnets, and of course Lucas’ artwork on my fridge. Now, I can though! There are so many potential uses though–from hanging posters or artwork on walls, grocery lists on cabinets, schedules, etc. Use pn painted walls, wood, glass, stainless steel, plastic, concrete and more. There are endless school project and household uses. LOVE them!

See Them In Action:

 

**I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Scotch and received Scotch Restickable products to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

NEW by Sony! The BDP-SX1000 Portable Blu-ray Player (Review & Giveaway)

We all know that there is only one thing that can keep a family from going crazy on a really long road trip….A DVD PLAYER!!! There are all sorts of DVD players and entertainment systems that you can have custom installed in your car, but what we have been dying for is a portable DVD player. That way we can use it in the car, but we can also use it outside of the car as well (vacations, hotels, rental homes, at grandma’s, etc). We recently got the wonderful opportunity to review the Sony BDP-SX1000 Portable Blu-ray Player and it is one of our new favorite things!

The fact that it is a blu-ray player is beyond awesome because Mike has been making sure that our blu-ray collection grows LOL. He is actually a movie buff and collector so he has even gone out and replaced DVDs with the new Blu-ray versions. Plus, all the new movies we buy are always in Blu-ray and as you guys know–not all Blu-rays come with a DVD copy so a Blu-ray player is a MUST for us!

Surprisingly, there actually aren’t that many portable Blu-ray players on the market, but that doesn’t matter because this new Sony is AWESOME. Sony is obviously a name we all trust when it comes to electronics and they didn’t disappoint with their Blu-ray player either! The Sony BDP-SX1000 Portable Blu-ray Player has all the features you would want. It has a huge (and I mean huge) 10.1 inch screen that swivels completely and even folds flat against the player. It also has both a standard audio/video output & an HDMI output (a lot of other portable Blu-ray players don’t come with any outputs) so you can easily hook it up a TV and a remote control as well. This is a must-have feature for us! We love to take movies with us on trips, but many places that we stay don’t have DVD players (and they never have Blu-ray players), so it was really important to us that could be hooked up to a TV and be used as a standard player. Like most portable players it comes with a charger for both the car and the home, but the Sony’s batteries also recharge to offer up to 5 hours of use. That’s at least two movies! And finally one of the coolest features is the USB port so you can play other videos, movies, and music on the go.
So if you are looking for some peace and quiet on those long road trips or a portable player to take with you on vacation, then I would definitely recommend the Sony. It has become the first thing we grab whenever we go on a trip. Love it!

See It In Action:
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Retails for $299.99. Buy it online or at major retailers across the country.


This givaway is closed. Congratulations to the winner, BethElderton!


 

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Acoustic Research Docking Station for iPod, iPhone and iPad (Review)

I am obsessed with Pandora Radio. It is the best way to discover new music and to listen to the music you love–both from the past and current. However, besides on the computer, I didn’t have any other way to listen to Pandora. That really stinks because I would LOVE to be able to listen to Pandora while I’m in the kitchen cooking or doing chores around the house downstairs. That’s why I’ve had an Internet Radio on my list of “wants” for a while, but I’ve never purchased one because the reviews are always the same–the sound is terrible on the Internet Radios on the market. So when I was contacted to review the iPad Docking Station by Acoustic Research. I had to try it out!

The Docking Station by Acoustic Research is honestly one of the coolest products I’ve received to review in a very long time. It is essentially a sound station for your various “i” devices. It will work with the iPhone, iPod, and iPad–just use the corresponding adapters, which are included in the box.

All you do is set the device into place and the Docking Station will now play the device’s audio through the speakers. You can control your entire mp3 music library from the docking station, listen to FM radio, AND listen to Pandora Radio! It even comes with a remote control so you can turn the volume up and down, change stations, songs, scroll through your mp3 music library, and it also controls Pandora Radio. You know what else the remote control does? It switches the iPad’s position from portrait to landscape, which is such an awesome feature if you like to watch videos from your iPad. So cool!

The Docking Station also charges your devices while they are connected, which is very convenient. Oh, and it’s even an alarm clock!

So, I know what you’re asking…”what about the sound quality?” That’s where the iPad Docking Station really impressed both Mike and I. It sounds WONDERFUL! It has a 20 watt total audio power. The sound is loud and crisp and the perfect music solution for small spaces like a kitchen or bedroom. LOVE love LoVe it!

See It In Action:
For more information, please read more about the Docking Station at Acoustic Research. Retails for $129.99.

The featured product{s} in this post were provided to me free of charge by the manufacturer or pr company representing the company. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by anyone. Please refer to this site’s Terms of Use for more information.

No More Stinky Dishwasher!

OK, so if you have a stinky dishwasher…like I did…then I have good news for you. affresh Dishwasher & Disposal Cleaner. It works. It really, really works. The bonus? It’s extremely easy to use. By easy, I mean a no brainer. Just pop the tab in the detergent tray and another at the bottom of the dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the highest setting with the hottest water temp and that’s it. You can also clean your disposal with the tabs. I don’t have a disposal, but you can read more about how to do it here.

My dishwasher smells AMAZING–even weeks after cleaning it. Now, my dishes actually smell CLEAN. LOVE affresh. Love.

To be honest, I have used bleach and vinegar before to clean my dishwasher. What I didn’t realize is that it wasn’t actually cleaning anything. It was more like deodorizing. However, that is not enough. affresh works with oxygenated bubbles that remove odors AND also scour off stuck-on food, particles, and mineral build up. It is the only product of its kind.

You can find Affresh tablets at retailers across the country. They’re pretty inexpensive–you can get them for about $5.99 for a package of six. Please visit www.affresh.com for more information.

I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of affresh and received product samples and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.