Dyson Digital Slim DC59 Animal

Dyson Digital Slim Discount Giveaway

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.

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Cannot Believe I Missed This!

Hey, remember when I made this with Postercandy?



Back then, almost two years ago now, you could only make these through instagram so I painstakingly instagrammed all these photos into a private instagram account and then spent hours deciding on the placement of the photos, making sure they were balanced for colour and type of photo – close up or long shot etc – and also making sure they were alternating between shots of Millar and Xanthe and both together and no duplicates obviously. It took hours and hours and was a labour of love and I was pretty sure it was perfect before submitting it for printing.

Since I got it back, it has been framed and hung in prominent positions in both houses we have lived in since then. Every night the kids look at it while eating dinner and often comment on different photos and talk about the memory associated with it. I love this poster, LOVE it.

We even had a copy done and gave it to the kids’ Aunty and Uncle. They have the same poster framed and hung in their house in a prominent position.

I have spent almost two years looking at, and loving this poster.

On Wednesday night something horrible happened.

The kids were eating dinner and looking at the poster as usual when Millar said the unthinkable.

“That photo is the same as that one”


He pointed out what he had seen that everyone has missed for two freaking years. And I am mortified and now that I have seen it, it is all I can see.


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How the hell did that happen? It’s not even a good photo. I think it was a photo I put in because I couldn’t find enough of Millar. Like a filler. A Millar filler. I can’t believe I used the same Millar filler twice!

I don’t even know what to do from here. Maybe I should pretend it was intentional and when guests come over they can play “spot the duplicate”.

I pride myself in my attention to detail… Usually… Not any more.

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Wordless Wednesday – World Of Style by Porter Davis

I was invited to check out the Porter Davis World Of Style showroom. It’s amazing, inspiring and all kinds of awesome. Check out these snaps.

WOS lights

WOS mood boardWOS bedroom WOS brushesWOS colour wall WOS carpet WOS handles and tiles

WOS paint pots WOS kids space
WOS little chair WOS living roomWOS bathroom

Linking up with My Little Drummer Boys and Twinkle in the Eye for Wordless Wednesday.


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Today I’ve decided on a whim to join in with The Shake’s September Creative Challenge.

Now we all know that I suck at daily challenges and I expect this will be no exception so I am not going to promise daily awesomeness or even semi regular awesomeness but instead I will attempt to play along in some way when I feel the urge.

I’m loving the diversity in this challenge already. Today I have seen flash fiction and pottery, crochet and baking all shared on different social media platforms but all with the “Made” prompt in mind, thanks to The Shake.

So let me tell you about my day.

My husband made me a cup of coffee when I got up. I like that. I made an excellent choice marrying that one, he’s a keeper.

I made Millar’s lunch and listened to him reading his reader.

I took a shower and got dressed and made plans for my day in the form of to do lists and other hilarious lofty dreams of things I hope to achieve on a Monday and I had a damn good laugh and then made Xanthe a doctor’s appointment because she is sick. I made another call to her 3 year old activity program to advise them of her absence for the day.

I dropped the healthy one off at school and came home again. I made myself some breakfast and Xanthe a second breakfast because that’s how she rolls and the kid really likes her weetbix.

Then we made cookies.


And I made this for the #fmsphotoaday thing. – another daily challenge I don’t expect to ever complete.

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After eating cookies and brushing teeth we set off to see the doctor. We were made to wait for about an hour. I don’t know what the point of an appointment is when they can never stick to a damn schedule anyway. When we got in there the doctor didn’t even have Xanthe’s details, he only had mine so he couldn’t see her. This made me very angry as I had given all her details to the receptionist over the phone when I made the damn appointment that very morning.

We were made to wait a further ten minutes while the doctor saw the next patient and I gave the receptionist my daughter’s details AGAIN. I made the conscious decision not to lose my shit in this moment.

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We then made a trip to the chemist to get the medicine the doctor prescribed. I made sure the chemist made the medicine pink so that Xanthe would take it. She’s particular like that.

A trip to the library was also made to drop off library books due back today and to get out some more. I made sure to get a non-fiction book for Millar as per his request, as he is tired of Zac Power and wants to learn some stuff about bees. I couldn’t find a book about bees so I grabbed a book about how other things work.

We made it home by about 2pm and had a late lunch. Xanthe requested a peanut butter sandwich with no crusts and cut into tiny squares, which I made for her. I then made myself this delicious cheese, lettuce and mayo wrap. And then I made another one because, yummo!


It was suddenly time to pick up Millar so I made a mad dash around the house getting his swimming gear ready and sorting out something to keep Xanthe occupied for the duration of the lesson.

At school pick-up I made this because the weather is pretty ordinary for Spring considering yesterday was so gorgeous.

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We went straight to Millar’s swimming lessons from school pick-up and then home for dinner. I made Quesadillas with corn for the kids because I could not be arsed doing anything else and I had made the mistake of not preparing something earlier.

The evening consisted of homework and showers and pink medicine and hubby eating leftovers from last night and putting the kids to bed and me writing this blog.

That is Monday done and dusted with only dishes left to do and maybe a bit of planning for Tuesday.

Another thing. The entire day I have had Shania Twain in my head thanks to this prompt. “Looks like we’ve made it, look how far we’ve come my baby…” Not acceptable.