Currently Entertained By...

I thought that I'd share what I'm currently loving listening to, reading and watching. I'm sharing my favorite podcast, book series, music album, and TV show of the moment (aka last couple of months). If you watch/listen/read any of them, let me know what you think! I feel like we're all always looking for a solid recommendation and here are mine:

What I'm Listening to:

Podcast: I've been loving Armchair Expert podcast by Dax Shepard. I've always been a fan of his but now am even more so. I love people and getting to know them and their stories. Howard Stern interviews have always been favorites of mine because they really don't have a large agenda and are more so about getting to know someone and their story. Human nature, how we all cope, love, and things like that are my JAM and Dax is in touch with a lot of that and really highlights it in his podcast. I listen to it on the Podcasts application that came on my Iphone (make sure to download episodes while you have WIFI). I will listen to an episode over the course of a couple of days, broken up into little segments. I listen as I'm folding laundry, applying lotion after I shower, cooking dinner, running errands, driving, etc. It's such a great way to stay entertained and engaged during all of the mundane tasks. Plus, for someone who works from home, it helps me feel less isolated during the day (sad but true). My favorite episodes were: Mila Kunis, Mae Whitman, Anna Faris and Jimmy Kimmel. If you're a Parenthood fan (like me), then you will appreciate all of his cast mates interviews! He also does one with his wife, Kristin Bell, which was cool. I've honestly loved all of the ones that I've listened to but that's my highlight reel.

Music: My album of the summer has been Come Tomorrow by Dave Matthews Band. I was raised on DMB and have been a fan since I learned how to talk/sing. My mom is a huge Dave Matthews fan and always incorporated his music into our lives. She was so passionate and would rewind songs and say "did you hear how much he loves her by the tone of his voice?" "did you hear that line, let me play it for you again." Now, I annoy Jay by doing the same things. I have had tears in my eyes more times than I can count from his songs. So many summers of my life are marked by his albums. The songs from them can transport me back in time in an instant. It's so cool how music can mark the timeline of your life like that. I remember the couple of songs that I was obsessed with the summer before my senior year of high school for example and it always puts me back to that moment when I listen to them. I attended his concert every year from the time that I was 11 or so and those also marked the summers in my mind. I've only gone to 1 since my accident and it was so hard on my back that I haven't gone back since but its something that I truly miss SO much. I want to try and find a way to make it work somehow in the future because it feeds my soul. If you haven't listened to this new album, you definitely should! I love the first song to his daughter(s). I also love Can't Stop, That Girl is You, Here on Out, Virginia in the Rain, and When I'm Weary. I really wanted to name them all but controlled myself haha. 

What I'm Reading:

I read the Cold Fury Hockey Series this summer and really liked it. Each book is about a different player on the Cold Fury professional hockey team. I downloaded all of the books as a package on my kindle. They are quick and easy reads that keep you engaged the whole time. I love reading a series because I feel like otherwise you fall in love with characters and then they are just gone from your life. With this series, I was able to keep those characters around because the next book would be about their friends or siblings and the characters from the previous books would make appearances and you'd get updates on what's going on with them. I read for relaxation and to escape so I typically don't read thought provoking books (I'm more likely to listen to those on an Audible or listen to podcasts). Instead, I want to read to escape and turn my mind off (and prepare to sleep). I personally love romance novels but I know they aren't for everyone (especially if you're prude haha). If you're on board with love stories, in this case about professional hockey players, then definitely check it out! 

What I'm Watching:

I feel like we always watch less TV in the summer. We're not really binging a show or setting aside the time to do so. We probably have been watching 1 episode of GOT a week (still catching up) and 1 other episode a week. We've been liking watching My Next Guest Needs No Introduction by David Letterman on Netflix. They are stand alone episodes so it's perfect to watch one here and there when you aren't sitting down in front of the TV frequently. Like the Armchair Expert podcast, he doesn't have much of an agenda of what he has to talk about as the guests aren't really coming on the show with the intention to promote something. I don't think that Letterman is as interesting of an interviewee as Dax because he doesn't divulge much about himself and his own feelings on topics and really just redirects every question that he's asked. Still, he's a legend and is funny. His guests are awesome. My favorite episodes were Jay Z and Obama's. If you like interviews that "go there" then definitely check this out.

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Sweater Season 2018

LDW has come and gone and that means that Fall is here/right around the corner. It's time to get our cozy wear ready for action. Sweaters are about to become a necessity. If they're necessary, they better be darn cute as well! I rounded up all of my favorites that are currently for sale.

The sweater that I'm wearing is cozy and warm but also breathable, which is perfect. It definitely has that oversized fit to it. I wore my true size (XS) but if its not tucked in it looks too big so I'd size down unless you want it really oversized. I wore a bodysuit under it but you could also wear a bandeau if it was really oversized on you. I bought a size Small (the size that I normally wear in body suits and one piece bathing suits) and it's perfect. It's nice quality, soft and has cool sleeves. The necklace that I'm wearing is cool and comes in a silver and rose gold color as well. It's perfect with sweaters! The jeans I'm wearing run true to size and have that 'mom' fit to them. They are super cheap (less than $30) and are soft and nice but definitely won't be jeans that hold their form for a ton of wears without washing. They're fun 'knock around' jeans but not a staple that will hold up for a long time in your wardrobe or that you'll want to wear out on a Saturday night per say. The booties really elevate any outfit! The studs are such a fun twist! They run a little big so I'd size down half a size if you have a narrow foot but if you don't then order your true size. All items I'm wearing are linked at the bottom of this post. 

Roll your sleeves up and let's get to my favorite sweater round up...

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Labor Day 2018 Sales

Mrs. Cozy here with the last blog post of the summer. The bad news is that summer is closing out. The pain is lessened a little by all of the great Labor Day sales. I linked to all of my favorite retailers that have great sales. I also rounded up some of my favorite items from some of the sales with the images you can click. Have a great Labor Day, friends!

Macy’s: Take an extra 20% off the Macy’s Labor Day Sale with code WKND, plus free shipping starting at $49; Ends 9/3

Jcrew: 40% off entire purchase

Ulta: Get a 20% coupon with qualifying purchases with code 679729; Ends 9/1

Urban Outfitters: Get 30% off sale items; Ends 9/3

Sephora Summer Sale-Clean Beauty

The Sephora sale is currently going on and I used it as an opportunity to further 'clean up' my beauty products! Over the past 4 years, I've been really cleaning up everything in my home to make sure that I am using products with as many safe ingredients as possible. That includes my beauty products, of course. It's a long transition to get all the way there or at least it has been for me. I think that there's a steep learning curve to figure out what works well and what is worth the price versus what isn't. My skin is also pretty reactive to trying new products so I am always wary. I LOVE that Sephora came out with a 'Clean' stamp on products that meet their guidelines. It's making it all so much easier and seamless. However, it was a bit of a disappointment to not see some products like I have and use (like a bunch of Tarte products) getting their stamp of approval for being clean because I intentionally bought them for that reason. Lesson learned though! I was really happy to find out the the perfume that I've been using for 10 years (yes, 10) made the 'clean' cut! I am refilling some products that I currently am running low on for the sale and buying a couple others to stock up on for when I run out of my currents. Here's some notable things that I just ordered and then below are images that you can click on with those items + items that I already have and love. 

I didn't order much makeup because I want to finish what I currently have in my drawers but I did get this lipstick because I'm running really low on lipsticks that I like. I've been dying to try Drunk Elephant products but I haven't wanted to bite the bullet on the price tag. I've heard that it's so worth it and the ingredients are really clean so after a year of dying to try it, I ordered this drunk elephant set of "littles." I figured that by buying the mini versions of things, I can try multiple products of theirs and see what I like. I have been wanting to add a Vitamin C serum to my routine so hopefully I'll love this one. I also ordered a big version of their baby face mask because I heard that it makes your skin softer than anything. I am waiting until summer is over before I try it though because I don't want to put "raw" skin in any sun. Another thing that I got and am OBSESSED WITH is this deodorant. Seriously, it's a game changer. I think I am going to do a whole blog post on my transition to more natural deodorant because I have so much to say but BUY THIS ONE! I got it and just ordered another 3 to stock up while its on sale! 

Everything is on sale at Sephora until September 3rd for everyone. The discount that you’re eligible for depends on your Beauty Insider Status. Rouge members get 20% off, VIB get 15% off & Beauty Insiders get 10% off. They have 3 day free shipping for orders over $50 so everything arrives really fast! 



Post Travel Skincare Routine

Anyone else's skin suffer when they travel? Mine always breaks out a little, gets really dry and is just so blah looking. I went straight from Virtuoso Travel Week conference in Las Vegas to Austin for a bachelorette party last week and my skin tells the tale (if only you could see how my back feels haha). I think that the fact that they are both really dry destinations didn't help my cause. I can't drink alcohol (for medical reasons) so I can't even imagine how much harsher the travel would be with drinking. This skincare routine would be even more helpful if you drink!

I am also trying to be good about drinking enough water and even bought some PH water with electrolytes to rehydrate. The other thing that I try to do after traveling is lay off the makeup. I am not going to put on makeup for like a week after traveling. I also won't put heat to my hair for a week and will just let it air dry. I am also using this hair mask after conditioning my hair for a few days. 

In the morning, I did this face mask the first day back. Then, I've been using this mask as moisturizer basically (as long as I'm not going in the sun at all, in which case I need to wear something with SPF). I use my regular daytime eye cream too. 

In the evening, I'm doing this little "peel" and then using my usual facial oil and night time eye cream. I'm being diligent about using the Jade roller every night after applying the oil to really help it soak in (I truthfully only use it 1-2x per week on a regular basis). The roller is also helping with some puffiness in my eyes. 

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Turmeric Hummus Buddah Bowl

I'm always looking for healthy dinner recipes to mix it up. I also like recipes that I can easily use the leftovers for lunches. All about killing 2 birds with one stone! In fact, I killed 3 birds because I also used some of the roasted veggies in a Mexican salad the following night. Technically, I killed zero birds because this meal is vegan! The turmeric hummus is an awesome way to add some turmeric into my dinner in a way that makes sense. I started taking a turmeric supplement daily because its supposed to help with inflammation (I also take flaxseed oil supplement for this reason and try to eat a lot of flaxseed as well). However, I try to work it into my diet as well. I even doubled the hummus recipe and froze half of it, which I don't think was necessary in hind sight because it was so easy to make. I had turmeric hummus at a farm in Ibiza this summer and its amazing how quickly tastes can transport you back to a moment in time so that was a nice plus as well! 

Turmeric Hummus


  • 1 can (15.5 oz) of chickpeas (drained but WITH LIQUID RESERVED)
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 T reserved liquid from chickpea can
  • 1 T tahini
  • 2/3 t turmeric
  • 1/4 t nutmeg
  • 1 large clove of garlic


Drain the chickpeas but preserve the liquid and set it aside

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Blend for longer if you want it thinner and more whipped. 


Buddah Bowls (Yields 4-6 servings)


  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1  bunch of pencil asparagus
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 3 zucchini
  • 4 Japanese eggplants
  • 1 bag (4 cups) of shredded brussel sprouts
  • 4 cups of shredded kale
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil
  • 2 t dried garlic
  • 2 t dried lemon zest
  • 2 t black pepper
  • 1 t salt


Cut the sweet potatoes, Japanese eggplant and zucchini into long 1/2 inch strips

Cut the onion into rings

Sautee the brussel sprouts with a little bit of olive oil and a combination of the seasonings over medium heat until they start to brown

While the brussel sprouts are cooking, coat the other vegetables in avocado oil and season them

Place the sweet potatoes, Japanese eggplant, zucchini, asparagus and onion on a hot grill and cook until they begin to brown a little bit

While the vegetables are grilling, place the shredded brussel sprouts and kale in the bottom of your bowl

Top the salad base with all of the roasted vegetables and the hummus and enjoy!




Santorini Travel Guide

Santorini is SUCH a unique destination! I don't think there is anything like it on Earth. I was a little worried that it was going to be overrated. I feel like my Instagram feed is constantly filled with photos of the white houses cascading along the cliffside and I kept feeling like "well, I guess I'll be sort of immune to the beauty at this point." Let me tell you, that was far from the truth! Arriving there and seeing it all, I had water in my eyes and a happiness in my heart that you can never get from photos alone. There is such a high that you experience when you arrive in a new destination for the first time. We planned on not going out to dinner the first night in order to give my back a break after the travel and yet I was busting at the seams to get out and explore Oia. I was so glad that we went out while we were still feeling so electric from the beauty of this new place. It was fun to feel the energy while walking those streets and seeing the view in the pure daylight, golden hour, sunset, and nighttime. I feel like this place has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. We went to Greece almost 8 years ago to Corfu and it left me even more disappointed in the fact that I didn't experience Santorini because I was SO close to it. Its an expensive destination so we couldn't swing it then but I'm so grateful that I got to now. It stole a piece of my heart for forever! I would happily go back tomorrow! 

The amazing thing about Santorini is that it is a RELAXING destination that is also in a unique place with culture as well. Its perfect for when you need to relax and recharge but also want to experience something different than a beach. I could have easily stayed at my hotel every day and lounged by the pool with the incredible view and been happy! This also makes it a very romantic destination, which is great for honeymooners. The beaches and water are not what you go there for. Instead, you go for the unique and breathtaking views, exploring walkways and town, and eating Baklava! This also makes the hotel that you stay at VERY important! Its such a huge part of the destination so you want to make sure that you stay somewhere that you love and has amazing service!

There are a TON of small properties and areas within Santorini so its a complex area to plan a vacation. Its important to find the right hotel for you and I'm here to help! There are also SO many insider tips for these activities and restaurants alone. There are also a lot of weird things that I took note of like the best seats (and how to get them) at the pool, the best spots to watch a sunset (in multiple towns), the ideal times of day to go out and take photos and avoid the crowds, the best way to stack your itinerary, transportation tips, great photographers for photo sessions, what to order at certain restaurants and so much more! For help booking your next trip, email me at or fill out my contact form. 



Canaves Oia: There are multiple different properties so let me help match you with the best option for you and your needs!

Added amenities when booking with me:

Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

American champagne buffet breakfast or room service breakfast daily for up to two in room guests

$100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

Complimentary Wi-Fi

Grace Santorini:

Added amenities when booking with me:

Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability

Complimentary full breakfast for two daily for duration of the stay served in our restaurant

Complimentary one-way private airport transfers

A complimentary private yoga class for up to two people, per room, once during stay

Early Check-in/Late Check-out, subject to availability

Complimentary Wi-Fi



  1. Pitogyros: The gyros here are amazing! Going there one time just won't be enough and you'll find yourself waiting in line day after day for these. There's even a vegetarian gyro option. Make sure the get the backlava, it'll be the best one that you have in Greece! 
  2. Metaxi Mas: A perfect spot for a nice dinner but in a laid back outdoor space. 
  3. Ammoudi Fish Tavern: Fresh, locally caught fish in a casual atmosphere. Make sure to go for sunset so you can take in this little fishing village during the prettiest time of day.
  4. Avocado Restaurant: Its a bummer to go to dinner somewhere without the spectacular views but the food at Avocado is really good and there are healthier options than most other places in the area. 


Catamaran Tour

Winery visit(s)

Photography Session

Explore Oia

Private dinner at your hotel


How To Book

For help booking your next trip, email me at or fill out my contact form. Santorini is a tourist destination, which means that people often get 'sucked into' tourist traps, bad tours, mediocre restaurants, and so much more. There are so many hotels and so many different room types at each hotel so its important to find the best match for YOU! I'd love to serve as your travel advisor and help you plan your next adventure to this beautiful destination! 


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Ibiza Video

If pictures can speak a thousand words then videos can speak a million. However, there is nothing that pictures or videos (or at least the ones that I can take) can do to give these places justice. Like I said, Ibiza was such an unexpectedly romantic destination! I'm so glad that we went there as our first stop on our anniversary trip #CarlyandJayByTheMediterraneanSea. You can read my Ibiza guide here. Stay tuned for a video from Greece and Lake Como to come as well! 

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

The Nordstrom Anniversary #nsale has officially begun! This sale is unique because it includes brand new items (AKA a lot of things for Fall). I highly recommend getting your 'staple' items during this time. It's an awesome time to buy your jacket for fall, some boots/booties, and jeans. It's also a great time to pull the trigger on any splurge items that you've been eyeing since some items that don't typically go on sale will be marked down. I also like to hit up the beauty products that I've been eyeing, especially the more expensive tools that hardly ever go on sale!


The sale ends for everyone on August 5th.

How to Shop

Since Nordstrom is free shipping and free returns and these items sell out fast, I highly recommend ordering online and then returning whatever you don't want once you receive it. That way, you won't run the risk of them selling out or not carrying items that you want in store. Plus, you won't have to fight the crowds! You can also buy items online and then pick them up in your store if that's your thang. Just click on an image below and it will bring you directly to the item to shop it. Then, just add it to your cart and checkout normally. Just make sure to not let things sit in your cart for a while because these items will sell out fast! I broke everything down by category below so just click on the arrows to scroll through each category. 







Athleisure & Loungewear

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Home

I know that I've mentioned this before but if I could redecorate my apartment once a year I would be a happy camper! I LOVE home decor! The home section of the Nsale is calling my name. Even if you aren't redecorating, there are so many cute decor pieces that can just be little touches. It's nice to have a little refresh on a space but its REALLY nice to do so while items are on sale. Click on an image below to shop it!

Ibiza Travel Guide

Ibiza has a strong reputation in the U.S. as being a party destination. While that reputation is definitely rooted in a lot of truth (it has some of the best beach clubs and nightclubs in the world), it also has SO much more to offer! In fact, I did not party once while I was there. I experienced a different "side" of that was really romantic and filled with SO much natural beauty. It wasn't that we didn't want to check out a beach club, it was just that we had so much that we wanted to do within our 4 days there and ran out of time to do it all. I think as a result of the "route" that we took in our travels there, we only saw (okay, heard) a handful of Americans during our 4.5 days on the island. It felt less touristy here than the other places that we went as a result as well. We rented a car and explored as much as we could during our time there...dirt roads and all. I could have easily spent another week there!

Every spot that we saw was so different! There were gigantic rock formations that made me tear up on numerous occasions but also lush greenery everywhere. It had the Spanish feel from the mainland to it but with an island vibe. It was relaxed but bustling with culture. One cove would be quiet and peaceful, a restaurant would have chill "tropical house" music and then the streets of Old Town would be buzzing with a contagious energy. The cobblestone streets of Old Town were so full of character and looked like they were straight out of Game of Thrones! The island has SO much to offer!

Ibiza has a strong "hippie" culture, which makes for a really cool vacation experience. We took an awesome yoga class, wandered the hippie market, and saw the cutest kids in dreadlocks playing on the beach! It was an amazing destination for a vegetarian, like myself, because there were vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options on almost every menu. There were healthy and unique things to try everywhere we went and I loved it. Overall, Ibiza had my favorite restaurants of our entire trip. This "score" is based on an overall combination of food (non-healthy items as well, including the best cheesecake I've ever had) + killer atmosphere. 

The boat trip that we did to Formentera was one of my favorite (potentially my favorite) day of our entire trip! The water was so clear and the views were spectacular! It was one of those days that felt almost like I was floating above the boat looking down at what was going on because it felt like a dream. A dream that I will never forget. 

Here are some of my top recommendations of what to do in Ibiza. Of course, I learned a lot more than this along the way and I have plenty of tips and tricks for a visit to the island for all of my clients! Plus, I am able to set any of my clients up with some great amenities at these hotels but also some other favorites on the island! You can get started with planning your next adventure as a Cozy Traveler client by filling out this contact form or by emailing me at


Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay:

Added Amenities When Booking With Me:

Complimentary buffet breakfast

Early check in/late check out upon availibility

Room upgrade upon availibility

Seven Pines Resort Ibiza: This is a brand new hotel that's about to be fully opened and is in line to be amazing!

Added Amenities When Booking With Me:

$100 voucher for all F&B outlets or Spa

Individual farewell gift


Early check in/late check out (subject to availibility) 

Upgrade upon availibility



  1. Amante: Amazing food in an INCREDIBLE atmosphere! Amante is set in a cove with magnificent rock formations on either side of you. It is perfect for a romantic dinner! Just make sure to show up while it is still light out to fully appreciate the view! The cheesecake with passionfruit glaze will change your life. 
  2. Aiyanna: A cool bohemian outdoor "lounge" vibe with great views. This place feels like the epitome of Ibiza and is so enjoyable that you could happily spend a whole day there. Sit back on your comfortable couch with a cocktail, listen to the music, take in the view of the clear water in the cove in front of you and enjoy the healthy, light and creative fare. This is a perfect place for lunch and for taking endless photos!
  3. La Granja: If you're looking for a truly unique dining experience, you must go to La Granja! This farmhouse hosts a rustic, outdoor restaurant with chandeliers that sway in the wind. The property is gorgeous and completely serene. It feels like you are in the middle of nowhere while you sip your wine and enjoy course after course. They encourage you to explore the farm and see where a lot of the food that they served you grew. All of the ingredients are so fresh and the creations are truly art. The menu is set and all members of you party must select either the vegetarian menu or the menu with meat. Make sure to make your reservation ahead of time since they only keep the ingredients that they need for the day on hand. 
  4. La Oliva: It's so fun to dine in Old Town while you listen to the street performers and feel so much of the charm. Make sure to grab a table outside in the "street." 


Formentera Boat Trip: You can't go to Ibiza without visiting the small neighboring island, Formentera! Formentera is the smallest of the Balearic Islands but it definitely can hold its own in terms of natural beauty! The water is crystal clear, the yachts are everywhere, and each area is distinct. Hop off the boat for lunch with a view. Reach out to me at to help you charter the perfect boat for your day trip! 

Explore Coves: There are so many unique coves all along the island! Rent a car or let me set up a tour for you to see the ones that peak your interest! I have a map with descriptions of each cove so that you can pick out the ones that you want to prioritize!

Sunset view of Es Vedrà: Es Vedrà is truly breathtaking! This uninhabited rock island stands 400 metres high and is opposite Cala d'Hort and can be easily seen from a couple of famous viewpoints. Es Vedrà is the center of many mythical stories and legends. The most common is that it is the third most magnetic spot on Earth! It provides the perfect backdrop for a sunset but even if you can't make it during sunset hours, make sure that you go at some point! 

Hippy Market: There are a few famous hippy markets on the island. Hippy culture is deeply rooted in Ibiza and many modern day hippies sell the goods that they create at these markets. Make sure to check the days that the various markets are open so that you can find one that works with your schedule. 

Clubs: Of course, Ibiza is known for it's beach clubs and night clubs! Some of the most popular nightclubs are Pacha and Amnesia. Beach clubs are also wildly popular! A few favorites on the island are Experimental Beach Club, Beachhouse, Cotton Beach Club, and Cala Bassa. 

Visit Old Town: Wander the "streets" with some gelato in your hand. Listen to the live music, pop in some shops and soak in the old world feel. 



For help booking your trip to Ibiza, or any other destination, shoot me an email at! You can also fill out the contact form on my website. I can help you plan a customized itinerary and help get you added amenities at resorts. I pride myself in matching my clients with the best accomodations and activities to match their style and needs! 

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Amazon Prime Day 2018

Who else is fully reliant on Amazon Prime?! I frequently say that I'm grateful that I'm injured in this day and age where I can at least get SO much delivered to my door. I get 99% of our household items and groceries delivered and its such a game changer. Without Amazon, I'd probably be lost. If you don't have a Prime membership, you can do a trial and still take advantage of all of the sales! It's like a second Black Friday going on in July so you want to hop on any items that you want immediately. I could seriously link a million items that I'm passionate about but I narrowed down my top picks. I also included a couple of wishlist items like the air fryer, sous cooker and instant pot. If you buy one thing from this list though, make it the vacuum because it will It is so lightweight and easy to maneuver (even with all of my injuries). It fits in the most annoying and hard to reach spots. It's a total game changer and its embarrassing how passionate I am about a vacuum but hey, #adulthood. 

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