1/2/17

Simplicity A-Go-Go Vacuum - Review

My mom kept saying that I needed a new vacuum cleaner.  My old one was big and heavy.  There are now these lighter “stick” vacuum cleaners that make vacuuming less strenuous.

We went to the local vacuum cleaner store to try some out.  We tested the Miele QuickStep, but the ergonomics did not fit me right.  I’d heard good things about Shark vacuums, but our local dealer did not sell them, because they were not able to repair them.

After comparing several vacuums, we bought the Simplicity A-Go-Go stick vacuum.  Three months in, I really love it.  It has a small footprint and stands up on its own.

agogostandingThere is a knob to switch between the floor and hose options.  It is satisfying to see the dirt accumulate in the clear dirt chamber (there is no bag).  And easy enough to empty it.

agogodirtThe A-Go-Go does best on hard floors and low-pile carpet.  The front has some helpful led-type lights.

agogolightsMy toddler is fascinated by vacuum cleaners and the Simplicity A-Go-Go is lightweight enough that she can help vacuum, with a little assistance by a grown-up.  Having a kid-friendly vacuum is a huge plus.

I also appreciate that the A-Go-Go is cordless, and I haven’t noticed any loss in power for my short (20 minute) vacuum stints.

The main downside to this stick vacuum is the price.  I would not own this wonderful $400 Simplicity vacuum, if my mom hadn’t split the cost with me.

So far, we are loving this little vacuum.

Note: We have no connection to Simplicity Vaccum company.  The vacuum in this review was purchased with our own funds.

11/24/16

Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

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To save time this Thanksgiving, you can order fully-prepared Thanksgiving dinners for take-out.  Just place an order, schedule a pick-up time, then heat, and eat.  Most of these take-out dinners include a main dish and sides, some include rolls and dessert.

Here’s where to order Thanksgiving dinner in 2016 (click each for more info):

Thanksgiving Dinners from Restaurants

  • Boston Market.  Take-out turkey or ham dinners. Offers Thanksgiving catering too. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving (in 28 states)
  • Buca di Beppo.  Turkey dinners to-go for 10+.  Open on Thanksgiving. (in 26 states)
  • Cracker Barrel.  Turkey and ham dinners to-go. Restaurants open on Thanksgiving (in 43 states)
  • Luby’s. Turkey, ham, or prime rib take-out dinners. (TX, OK, AR)
  • Marie Callender’s.  Complete dinners, including dessert and coffee. Restaurants open Thanksgiving Day. (western US)
  • Mimi’s CafĂ©.  Turkey dinners, just side dishes, and brunch Thanksgiving take-out. (in 23 states)
  • Shari’s.  Turkey and ham take-out dinners. Open Thanksgiving Day (in CA, ID, NE, OR, WA, WY)

Thanksgiving Dinners from Grocery Stores

  • Bashas.  Take-out turkey or ham dinners.  (AZ)
  • Fresh Market.  Turkey dinners.  Unique dessert options at additional cost. (eastern US)
  • Gelsons.  Many dinner options. (Lost Angeles area)
  • Giant.  Turkey or ham dinners for 6-8 people. (in MD, VA, DC, DE)
  • Harris Teeter.  Turkey, ham, or prime rib dinners. (in in GA, SC, NC, TN, VA, FL, MD, DE, DC)
  • H-E-B. Turkey or ham dinners. (TX)
  • Hy-Vee.  Dinners for 4+ people. (in IL, IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, SD, WI)
  • Ingles.  Thanksgiving take-out. (in AL, GA, NC, SC, TN, VA)
  • Kroger.  Turkey, prime rib, or ham dinners. Gluten-free options.  (Includes Baker’s, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, QFC, Smith’s stores.)
  • Lowes Foods.  Turkey and ham dinners.  (in NC, SC, VA)
  • Meijer. Turkey dinners to-go. (in IL, IN, MI, OH, KY)
  • Price Chopper.  Turkey dinners with pie. (in CT, MA, NH, NY, PA, VT)
  • Publix. Turkey dinners. (in AL, FL, GA, SC, TN)
  • Raley’s. Turkey or ham prepared dinners. (CA; includes Bel Air and Nob Hills stores)
  • Save Mart.  Turkey or Ham dinners.  (in CA, NV)
  • Shaw’s. Turkey dinners. (in ME, MA, NH, RI, VT)
  • ShopRite. Turkey or ham options. (in CT, DE, MD, NJ, NY, PA)
  • Sprouts.  Turkey and ham dinners for 2 to 8 people. (in AZ, CA, CO, GA, KS, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT)
  • Stop & Shop.  Ham or turkey dinners to-go. (CT, MA, NH, NJ, NY, RI)
  • Wegmans. Turkey and ham holiday dinners.  Offers pre-sliced turkeys. (in NY, PA, NJ, VA, MD, MA)
  • Whole Foods.  Regular, organic, vegan, and gluten-free Thanksgiving choices.  (national)
  • Winco.  Turkey thanksgiving dinner with Reser’s sides.  (in AZ, CA, ID, NV, OR, TX, UT, WA)
  • Winn-Dixie.  Turkey or ham dinners; one choice includes rotisserie turkey breast. (in FL, AL, LA, GA, MS)

If you can’t get to the store, you can cobble together Thanksgiving dinner from Amazon's offerings, delivered to your door.

Though they don’t offer complete pre-cooked dinners, Aldi and Trader Joe’s have Thanksgiving foods at decent prices.

Wherever you decide to order, hope everyone has a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in 2016.

11/13/16

Winco Thanksgiving Dinner To-Go 2016

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Winco is offering fully-cooked Thanksgiving dinners to go in 2016.  Stop by your local Winco store to place an order (find your store here).  Or you can order online.

When you order, choose a day to pick up your meal, between November 16 and 24.  Then on Thanksgiving, just heat, serve, and enjoy.  Plan about 2 hours and 15 minutes to reheat the turkey.

Here is the 2016 Winco Thanksgiving dinner menu:

Winco Thanksgiving Dinner, serves up to 6 people, $49.99.  Comes with:

  • Cooked Butterball® All Natural Turkey, 10-12lb
  • Reser's Creamy Mashed Potatoes, 32 oz
  • Reser's Homestyle Gravy, 24 oz
  • Reser's Green Bean Casserole, 22 oz
  • Reser's Homestyle Stuffing, 22 oz
  • Reser's Cranberry Orange Salad, 12 oz
  • King's Hawaiian Sweet Rolls, 12
  • Pumpkin Pie, 8 inch
  • Reusable WinCo Foods Shopping Bag

We also have a list of other stores where you can order Thanksgiving dinners.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016 to all.  Thanks to Winco for making the holiday celebrations much simpler.

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