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Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal

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Disclaimer: Dyson gave me a Digital Slim DC59 Animal to use and to keep. I use it everyday and seriously love it.

You know when you are looking for advice on what vacuum cleaner to buy and everyone, like EVERYONE says “get a Dyson!” and so you go and check them out and your wallet screams a little bit and you think to yourself…. really? Gosh… I think I’ll just buy this other one because it’s cheaper.

Less than a year later and you hate the guts of your cheaper vacuum cleaner and its incompetence and you want it dead so again you seek advice on what vacuum cleaner to buy from trusted friends, family and Facebook, and again they ALL say “get a Dyson!”. You should really listen. Really.

There is no denying that Dyson is not the cheapest vacuum cleaner out there so I’m not going to scoot around that. But they are not the cheapest, because, well, they’re not cheaply made pieces of crap. There’s a whole lot of technology and testing behind these cyclonic babies and they stand the test of time and do the job properly.

There is also no denying that Dyson are the best vacuum cleaners and you will struggle to find anything else that comes even a little bit close.

I have been lucky enough to be given my very own Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal. I love it. Like totally, actually, very deeply love it.

Here are some jaw-dropping facts about dust and yuckies thanks to Dyson’s research team.

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In my house, I vacuum every day. Sometimes more than once. The children are messy people with their crumbs and glitter and their smuggling the school sandpit home bit by bit in their shoes, clothes and hair. There was also the added mess created by dog hair. So. Much. Hair. The living room rug is always in need of a clean and my Miele vacuum cleaner with it’s bag and it’s crapness was just not doing the job right.

On it’s first day in my house, the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal sucked up more than I thought possible. It was horrifying to see how much crap was in that rug.

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Seriously, this was just from one large rug that gets vacuummed daily with the Miele. Amazing.

Here are some things I love about my Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal:

The most important attribute for a vacuum cleaner is that it sucks good. This baby sucks really good and even has a couple of settings to change the sucking intensity, so it has that covered. It will also never, ever loose suction.  It is the perfect little stick vacuum that doesn’t know it’s a stick vacuum and sucks like the big boys.

If you vacuum something up which clogs the pathway, the Dyson will flash its lights at you and then stop so you can deal with the clog and then continue. It wont pretend it can still work like other vacuums try to do, making all that sucking noise and not actually picking anything up. (I’m looking at you, every other vacuum cleaner in the world). The Dyson is honest and tells you when it needs you to remove the lego ninja turtle from it’s throat.

It’s really, really light. Even for a stick vacuum, it’s so light. My kids love using it, and I really like them doing the cleaning.

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It’s really easy to empty. Just push down this button here and the bottom pops open. Then, if needed, you can slide the whole thing off to get at any bits around the top.

You can also remove the turny brush cylinder thingo from the large head, so it is easier to clean. The filter can be rinsed under the tap and it has pictures of taps on it so you remember that handy piece of info.

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I also love that it can be taken out to the car and used there too! I can remove the long stick and attach any head straight to the handle thing and I’ve got myself the best little car vacuum ever. I’m also going to take this camping with us next time we go.

My house is a pretty small 3 bedroom home, and this vacuum is perfect for it. I still vacuum the living room every day and when I do my full house clean, the Dyson can manage.

If you have a very large house and like to vacuum all at once and it will take more than half an hour, you might want to look at getting a bigger Dyson. Like the upright DC65 Animal.

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It all clicks together really easily and clicks apart really easily.

It is also beautiful. I mean look at it! I love the colour and it’s just so sexy.

Look! Even attractive men wearing kids' shoes can use it.

Look! Even attractive men wearing kids’ shoes can use it.

Dyson says:

About Dyson:

  • Dyson has 1,536 engineers and scientists working on a pipeline of technology that stretches out over twenty-five years.
  • Dyson invests £1.5 million a week on research and development and has doubled the number of engineers employed at its UK research and development laboratories in the past two years.
  • Dyson has expertise in fluid, mechanical, robotic, electrical, thermal, chemical, acoustic, motor, thermo dynamics, testing and software engineering, and is thought to be the only vacuum cleaner manufacturer with an in-house microbiology team.

Dyson Digital Slim™ DC59:

  • Testing: Dyson prototypes are subjected to 636 different validation tests. On/off buttons are punched 20,000 times. Prototypes are drop tested 10,000 times.  Cleaner heads are slammed into iron table legs.
  • Patents:There are 350 patents and patent applications worldwide relating to the technology used in Dyson cordless vacuum cleaners, including patents relating to Dyson digital motors.
  • Run-time: This machine will run for 20 minutes, 17 minutes with the motorised tool, and for 6 minutes on boost mode.
  • Hygienic bin emptying: Just push the button to release the dirt directly into the bin.
  • Weight: 2kg.
  • Guarantee: The machine comes with a 2 year parts and labour guarantee.
  • Energy Star Rating: The machine’s battery charger has qualified for the Energy Star rating, due to its energy efficiency.

There is still that question about price though and I can’t give away a whole vacuum cleaner today, I would really, really love to but what I CAN do is give you your very own super discount!

  • If you want to buy the Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal, then you can win a 30% discount right here. That’s a fair chunk of change off the cost of your brand new Dyson.
  • In the comments below, tell me the most frustrating thing about your current vacuum cleaner.
  • Entries close at Midnight AEST on Sunday 14th September and I will chose a winner and advise them by email on Monday 15th September.
  • The winner will be emailed a special code that they can use at the checkout on the Dyson website to get their very own 30% discount.

Melbourne Museum: Aztecs Exhibtion Giveaway.


The Aztec word for gold literally means ‘excrement of the gods’.

It’s sometimes expressed more poetically as ‘sweat of the sun’.

That is one of many new things I learnt at the Aztecs exhibit currently showing at the Melbourne Museum. It is a fantastic exhibit and if you’ve always been intrigued by the Aztecs then you will love every little artefact and nugget of information.

Above: This is from the outside of a school building. I like it. It would look cool on my house. Melbourne Museum wont let me have it. Meanies.

The Aztec Empire ruled what is now Mexico and Central America from 1325-1521. Remnants from the Aztec Empire still surface every day in Mexico City. Fascinating!

The Aztecs were conquered by Spain, and the region still speaks Spanish today and celebrates both cultures.

The exhibition is nearly over! It finishes on August 10th so,if you are planning on seeing it, hurry up!  Or you could win tickets right here. Keep scrolling.


Above: The face of youth behind an aged face and then finally the face of death.

Above: This guy is wearing the skin of another guy that he sacrificed to the gods. He would wear this skin for 20 days and then peel it off and emerge reborn and renewed. Lovely.

The exhibit is open from 10am – 5pm daily. Tickets are: adults $24, concession $16, children $12 with family passes and member’s discounts available.

  • To win one of three double passes to see the amazing Aztecs exhibit, simply comment below.
  • The winners will be chosen at random and emailed.
  • The winners must reply with their postal address within 24 hours or another winner will be chosen.
  • It will certainly help if you live in Melbourne or are planning on visiting before August 10th
  • Entries close Monday July 21st at midnight AEST. Winner drawn on Tuesday and emailed that day.

Peppa Pig’s Friendship Month Give-away


Do you have a Peppa Pig fan in your house? I have two of them. Both Millar and Xanthe love Peppa Pig and her puddle jumping shenanigans. They also like to sing the theme tune and snort. Loudly. The theme tune gets stuck in my head from time to time and I find myself humming it without thinking. Which is fine until I snort loudly in the middle of the grocery store.

If you don’t have kids or maybe you and your kids live under a rock, and you don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a quick bio.

Peppa is a lovable, cheeky little piggy who lives with her younger brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa loves playing games, dressing up, visiting exciting places and making new friends, but her absolutely favourite thing is jumping up and down in muddy puddles. Her adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter.  

If you DO know who Peppa is and you have a little Peppa fan then you will love to head on down to your local ABC shop this month:

You too can enjoy your own Peppa Pig adventure this May. Simply visit any ABC store this May to ‘find Peppa and her friends’. Collect an entry form from the till point and write down the name of the characters that you find. Once you have completed the hunt, hand your completed entry form to the counter to be entered into the competition and receive a Peppa Pig giveaway.

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FUN! My kids will LOVE that!

Now for the give-away: 

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I have a Girls’ Peppa Pig Pyjama set valued at $50 to give-away to one lucky reader.

  • Tell me your favourite Peppa Pig character in the comments below
  • Winner will be chosen by random draw on 31st May.
  • Winner will be notified by email and will need to reply within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn.
  • Pyjamas are available in sizes 3-6

In case you’re wondering, the theme tune is still stuck in my head. OINK!

Sugar Free Baking – Cookbook Giveaway


This giveaway is now closed. The original winner did not reply to the winning email. I have redrawn and the new winner is Julie Asher. Julie has been emailed. sfb title

I was given this gorgeous book to try out.

It is full of yummy, healthy recipes packed with whole foods and no refined sugar.

The book is written by the lovely Nicole from The Happy Parent Project

What I love about Nicole’s approach to sugar free is her use of natural sugars to replace the over processed bleached white stuff that we’re all used to. I’ve seen other sugar free people shy away from all sugars including all those yummy natural sweet things. It’s just not a life worth living without honey, honey!

I chose to bake the Banana and Chocolate muffins because yum!



2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 Tb honey
1 egg
3 Tb coconut butter
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 cup self raising gluten free flour
1/2 cup flaked quinoa
1/2 cup dark organic chocolate
1/4 cup milk of your choice




1. Pre-heat oven to 180˚C
2. Grease muffin tins
3. Mix together banana, honey, egg, milk
and coconut butter
4. Break chocolate into pieces
5. Add dry ingredients and chocolate to
wet ingredients and mix gently
6. Spoon into muffin tins
7. Bake for 10-15 mins or until muffins
spring back to the touch
8. Cool for 10 minutes before removing
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Lick the spoon. ALWAYS lick the spoon.

Here’s an excerpt from the book’s press release, which sums up what the book is all about better than I could:

“SFB is the healthy baking learner guide for busy Mums. Mums these days are so aware of the need to feed their family healthy and nutritious breakfasts and snacks but they struggle to know where to start in making them. SFB has 30 exquisitely photographed full colour recipes that are refined sugar/ wheat/ dairy/ gluten and soy free. There are 8 pages of handy charts and tips which guide Mums on the rules of baking without refined sugar and flour, and the alternatives they can use. To supercharge their baking Mums will also learn how to pump up their recipes with immune boosting and calming whole foods as well as tips on how to make the transition to healthy eating for their family without any fuss or pain”

I love the charts. It means I can easily change up the ingredients of my current everyday recipes to make them healthier just by looking at the chart to see my alternatives.

The book is FULL of the most mouth watering recipes. I cannot wait to try Mint Chocolate chip Ice cream! or Raw Berry Cheesecake! OMG Yum!!!

I have one of these delicious books to give away.

The winner will receive the proper real hold-it-in-your-hands book AND the e-book.

Simply leave a comment below. All comments go into the draw. The winner will be chosen at random on Saturday 1st March.

Winner will be notified by email and will need to reply with their postal address within 48 hours or I will chose another winner.

If you simply cannot wait you can buy the books here.