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Bosch Blogger’s Retreat

Bosch Vision Front-Loaders

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to Scottsdale compliments of Bosch Home Appliances for their “From Hamper to Hanger” blogger event.  While we were there we got introduced to the Bosch Vision front-load washers and dryers and all I can say is Bosch, you really ARE a vision!

When I came home to my not so state-of-the-art front-loaders I found myself having Bosch envy!  They are so beautiful, QUIET, intuitive and efficient, that I often found myself thinking – what will they think of next?  Short of a a Jetsons-like function where the machines actually fold and hang your laundry when it is done, the washers and dryers have capabilities and settings I didn’t even knew existed!

What makes Bosch so A-MA-ZING?

First off, the Bosch Vision washers are the most efficient of the full-size machines in the U.S. Meaning you will use less water, much less water, which means less energy per load. In fact, each of their Vision washers offers an EcoAction Option which reduces energy usage by up to 20%!   Bosch was chosen as the 2009 Energy Star Partner of the Year, which to me proves just how committed they are to green technology.

And, did you know that when you purchase an Energy Star appliance you might be eligible for a rebate, sales tax exemption or credit = saved $$$?  You can click HERE to go to the Bosch rebate finder and find out if there are special deals going on near you!

Stop leaks BEFORE they happen! Many laundry rooms now are not stuck in the garage like they used to be. Home builders are incorporating laundry rooms to be a part of your living space, often even on the 2nd floor, where if a leak should occur it would be NOT GOOD as you would be looking at lots of damage.   The Vision 500 & 800 AquaStop Washers are built with a AquaStop leak protection system that eliminates the risk of major water damage. It’s essentially a hose within a hose that detects a leak if it should happen and shuts of the water supply. SMART!

BOSCH VISION WASHERS

The OPTIONS.  Oh my, THE OPTIONS.  There are endless settings and options.  They are truly visionary. The washers (depending on model) offer between 11 – 15 wash cycles for complete cleaning of various loads. From an Allergy Rinse option (seriously!) that removes any trace of detergent to a Handwash cycle for the most delicate fabrics. No more hand-washing EVER!  Woo hoo!

The Stain Removal option is unique to the 500 and 800 series and targets the widest variety of stains in just ONE cycle, engineered to treat stains by utilizing a gradual increase in temperature.

All the washers are engineered as well with the AVS Anti-Vibration System for near silent, smooth operation.

BOSCH VISION DRYERS

First off, how COOL is that color option to the right? Love it! Now on to the Vision dryers, where EcoSmart technology features an intelligent network of sensors making Bosch one of the most efficient dryer brands and reduces energy usage by up to 10%!

Again, it’s all about having options.  The stainless steel drum gently dries clothes using moderate heat and high air volume to protect the longevity of your clothes.

Options range from WrinkleBlock which tumbles 1 – 3 hours depending on model to prevent wrinkles.  There is also the Delicates option to which allows you to dry items usually only line dried! LOVE this one as I dislike “laying flat to dry” so very much.

The 500 & 800 series even have 3 steam wrinkle settings: Winkle Relax, Steam Refresh and Steam Touch Up, where you can utilize steam to freshen up clothes or work out wrinkles instead of putting them through an entire wash and dry cycle.

Bosch truly blew me away in every aspect of this trip and by the QUALITY present in everything they do.  From the professionalism of their employees and representatives to their state-of-the-art showroom to their ingenious engineering – it all all shows a dedication to providing you with the best quality machines and a commitment to the environment.   It was really love at first sight.  Now I just need my washer to break…(don’t tell my husband I said that!!)

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{Disclosure:  My entire trip to the blogger event was paid for by Bosch but this is not a compensated post and the opinions are all my own!  And NO, I did not receive a free Vision washer & dryer, but a mom can dream, can’t she?!}

The Container Store Laundry Organization Tips!

I met  The Container Store in Scottsdale last month at the Bosch Home Appliances “From Hamper to Hanger” laundry event where they did a presentation on laundry organization tips.  So, contain yourself. I am about to disclose 5 simple ways to organize your laundry days.  Little things made easier by The Container Store!

1. SORT in the hamper, not on the floor. Use a hamper with different compartments so you are sorting as you go.  These hampers have three separate sections for whites, darks and brights.  Check out this one or this one for great examples.

2. GET THE HANG OF IT.   The faster you can get your clothes out of the dryer and on a hanger, the less wrinkled they will be.  Consider installing some sort of hanging device in your laundry room so you can hang immediately instead of piling clothes in the laundry basket.   The ELFA systems have great options.

3. ASSIGN COLORED HANGERS.  Pick a different colored hanger for each family member so you can quickly grab Susie’s clothes or Bobby’s items and go directly from laundry room to closet.  I personally think this is BRILLIANT!

4. DEFEAT THE SOCK MONSTER! How much time do you spend searching for matching socks?  And, where do those missing socks go?   Defeat the sock monster by using these ingenious inventions.  The Sock Cop & Sock Pro products keep your socks together in the wash to save you time!

5. ORGANIZE YOUR LAUNDRY STUFF! Short on space?  These cool storage systems keep your detergents, soaps & stain treatment items neatly tucked into vertical, easy to pull out drawers.   Like this idea? They have larger ones to help organize your laundry and help with sorting too!

Just walking into The Container Store will make you feel more organized.  Click HERE for store locations or to shop online!

{Disclosure:  The Container Store provided a free item for the bloggers, but none of the above.  I personally shop at and love The Container Store!}

Bosch Blogger’s Retreat – From Hamper to Hanger

I am going to air some of my dirty laundry.  The truth is I don’t like laundry and consider myself to be laundry-challenged. I avoid doing mine until the hamper overflows and it becomes unavoidable.  I have been known to leave loads of (dried) laundry in the dryer for days (don’t judge!) and my sorting system consists of piles on the garage floor.  So, when I got an email awhile back about a special retreat Bosch Home Appliances was planning for bloggers in Scottsdale called “From Hanger to Hamper,” an event all about simplifying the laundry process, I thought, what an awesome opportunity!

I felt very honored to be included by such a world-renowned company.  At first I thought it would be hard to pull off the trip, but when I sent the invite to my husband, he enthusiastically told me he would take a vacation day to watch the girls and said, “You should go!”   I think he was also secretly hoping for solutions to my laundry challenges!

I was so busy before we left, I didn’t have time to fully explore the website of the hotel where we would be staying.  When we arrived I was awestruck as I had NO idea it would be that amazing! The Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa was much more than a hotel.  It was an experience. With Spanish-style architecture and touches of Moroccan influence, the entire resort felt like another world. When you check in, you are asked to pick a special gem from this box and make a wish or state your intention for your trip. Seriously. I love little touches like that.  I was in heaven!

The first night we enjoyed appetizers at the very cool MBar in the hotel and I got to know all the fellow bloggers that came from all over for the retreat.  The next morning we enjoyed made-to-order omelets and other delicious goodies on the patio at the hotel restaurant overlooking the  pool and desert mountains.  Here was the view from the breakfast patio! GORGEOUS!

After breakfast we headed over to the BSH Gallery and Training Center.  BSH is the parent company for Bosch, Thermador and Gaggenau.  This 12,000 square foot award nominated design space  has 11 beautifully designed interactive kitchens!  It was soooo amazing.  Modern and completely state-of-the-art.

The first order of business was to GET dirty to test out the “Stain Removal” setting on the  Bosch Vision Series Front-Loading Washer!  They gave us plain white t-shirts, some salsa, chocolate syrup, soda and orange juice and watched us go to work!

After the tees were sufficiently good and stained, they put them in the washer and started a presentation on the special features and benefits of the Bosch Vision Series Front Loaders.   The machine was SO QUIET. The Bosch representative talked the entire time right in front of it and it was almost like it wasn’t even on!   The Container Store then presented on some super cool organizational products. Afterwards, we made lunch (yes, we did it ourselves with the help of the Bosch Chef!) in their fully usable kitchen and finished off the event with a tour of the entire showroom.

After our great time at the BSH showroom was over, we were taken back to the hotel and made our way to the Joya Spa for a spa treatment.   I have to say, it was one of the nicest and most unique spas I have ever been to in my life!

At the end of my trip, I left feeling so inspired and refreshed, both by the things I learned about Bosch and what makes their company so unique, and by my time spent with fellow mom bloggers.   There is just too much to fit into this post, so I will be doing separate posts to share more about  what I learned.  Things like stain removal tips (and how our shirts came out!), organizational tricks, and more about the Montelucia, which  I have vowed to return to one day with my husband!  So, keep your eye out for the posts to come!

I would love to extend a special thanks to Bosch for an event-to-remember!

The Bosch Mommy Bloggers

Back row (left to right): Elizabeth from Traded my BMW for a Minivan, Sugar from Sugar in the Raw, Jennifer from The Dirty Shirt, Katie from La Jolla Mom, Shanna from My Favorite Everything, Me!

Front row (left to right): Sarah from The Organized Mom, Jocelyn from Hip Mamas Place, Jamie from Savvy Housewife, Linda from Peachhead, Julie from Angry Julie Monday, Caryn from Rockin Mama.

{Disclosure: The entire trip was paid for by Bosch.  However, my opinions on the company and what I write about my experience are my honest opinions!)