"Cord-free. Hassle-free." This is a good summary of our use of the Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. We have used this vacuum cleaner at Bouge Petit for several months and it is remarkable to see how many of our customers ask us our opinion on it. So we decided to share our analysis here.
The V7 vacuum is not our first experience with Dyson products. We started with the Dyson DC36 vacuum cleaner, a wired model. Although handy, this model was not particularly practical with its short electric wire. In addition, its dustbin emptying system was not very easy to use.
The main feature of the Dyson is the bagless dust bin. This makes the use of these vacuum cleaners very convenient as there is no need to buy bags. In addition, Dyson vacuums are well known for their power and efficiency.
After our Dyson DC36, we had our first experience of cordless vacuum with the model Dyson V6. However, this model had a problem and the suction hose sometimes blocked. Two V6 vacuum cleaners tested had the same problem. It seems that the V7 model fixes that.
After a charge of about 3 hours, the V7 vacuum is ready for use. The device is well in hand and weighs 5.2 pounds, which is light enough to walk the device up the stairs.
You simply press the red button to start the device. Everything is very intuitive; even our two years old started using the vacuum cleaner to help us!
There is another switch button which defines the power of the device: either regular or maximum (MAX). At regular power, you can count up to 30 minutes of battery life. In maximum power, the duration is much shorter, up to about 8 minutes.
The "V7 Animal" model comes with a motorized brush. There are other V7 models with different brushes, like the Dyson V7 Motorhead and the Dyson V7 Absolute. In our case, even if the model bears the word "Animal" and we do not have animals at Bouge Petit (except plastic ones), the brush is very effective to clean all of our space.
The brush is excellent, especially on carpets, where the dirt comes to settle. To do a good cleaning of carpets, it is sometimes necessary to activate the power with MAX. That's when you feel the power of this cordless vacuum cleaner.
A transparent bin picks up dust and gives a quick indication whether to empty it. To empty it, it's very simple: put the bin over a trash can and pull the red tab on the top of the device. Everything falls directly in the trash and generally there is nothing left to get with the fingers. Then close the tray and that's it!
The device comes with other small accessories that allow for a thorough cleaning. You can even use the device without the large suction hose, which allows use like a portable mini vacuum cleaner.
The Dyson V7 Animal Vacuum cleaner is available at an approximate price of $500. Note that sometimes it can be found at a discount in-store and online.
Our opinion: The Dyson V7 Animal Cordless Vacuum Cleaner is a significant improvement over wired vacuum cleaners. Faster to use, no wires to plug/unplug, good power for most needs. In short, we cannot do without it! The price may seem a little high, but if you compare all the benefits, it's worth it. There is also a newer and powerful V8 model, but also a little more expensive.
Hope this will help you in your decision! Feel free to share your experience with your favorite vacuum cleaner in our comments section below.
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Whether it is to play instead of eating, watch TV a little more or avoid going to bed, all the reasons are good for your little one not to respect your instructions! We can give another "5 minutes" in front of the television, but the concept of time is not yet something well defined in their head.
This is probably the best time to add a timer to their routine. Many daycares already use this trick for playtime, so why not apply it at home? We tested it with our 3 year old and the success was remarkable!
In our case, we chose the timer "Time Timer PLUS". A timer designed for children with a very clear and intuitive interface for toddlers. It allows up to 60 minutes. It costs about $45 (available at Clément).
In just a few weeks, our little one learned to set by himself the period of time we allow him. For example, we say "10 minutes of television" and he turns the wheel to the allowed duration.
The timer has another wheel on the back to determine the sound level of the buzzer. This is very useful for setting the timer quiet when his baby brother sleeps in the next room.
When the timer rings (and often even before the end of the period), our little one already starts to put away his toys or plans turning off the television. When it rings, he says "TV over" and he presses the red button on the remote to turn off the TV. This is an incredible change from our non-timer experiments, where we were entitled to cries even after several "other 5 minutes" extensions. With the timer, our little anticipates even the end of the period and he already knows that he must finish his activity.
Of course, you must first take the time to explain to your child the operation of the timer and the reason for its use. This will require a few tries before having a conclusive result, but be patient!
Alternatively, you can use an application on your phone. However, the result is not as good as your child does not necessarily associate your phone only as a timer and it is preferable that your child can himself define the duration allowed. Your child will be happy to have this responsibility in hand!
Share with us your experience of using a timer with your child!
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Our loyalty program for our best customers is improving. Bouge Petit is now offering a paper card for all of our clients enrolled in our Privilege program. Simply present your card when ordering and you will automatically accumulate freebies such as visits, pancakes or smoothies!
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Is there a "good time" for getting into business? The answer is "no". There is no magic moment for starting a business. In general, it is a mixture of circumstances, luck and a lot of work.
The next question, if you are a parent of young children, is: Should I get into business now? Because if there is a time when everything does not seem to line up for starting a business, it's when you have your hands full of diapers!
Surprisingly, from our own experience as entrepreneurs-parents, it's not easier or more difficult to get into business with or without children. It's all about adapting. The human being adapts according to his environment. Without children, we work like crazy 12 to 15 hours a day for our startup. With children, we work less, but perhaps more effectively, because we learn to juggle all the challenges of being parents.
We learned several lessons from our creation of Bouge Petit. When we started the business, our youngest was only a few weeks old and our oldest one and a half years old. We certainly had our hands full! But our new project, the creation of Bouge Petit, has brought us a beneficial side to our family life. Having a project, in parallel to caring for the children, made each day a stimulating one. It was not just a matter of diapers!
We would go so far as to say: is there not a better time to go into business than when you become parents? For example, during maternity leave, this gives an opportunity to start a small business. A hobby or passion can become the subject of a business plan. A few hours a day well used can lead away.
Warning: everything is not pink and it is difficult to manage family and business. You have to surround yourself with people of trust and become an expert in managing your schedule. It is also necessary to determine your level of risk, because success is never guaranteed in advance. But you still have to get out of your comfort zone to get into business.
Now that several months have passed since the opening of Bouge Petit, we are confident that becoming parents and entrepreneurs is not only a dream, but can become a reality for many. Life already changes with a child, so why not take advantage of it to change your professional life too? You must remain realistic, but you must know how to be audacious. This mix can take you far!
Follow our "Founders' Posts" to find out more about our experience as entrepreneurs in Quebec. They are published on our blog and shared on social media. Thank you for your interest!
Benjamin & Paula
Fall has arrived and it is a good time to plan your family visits at Bouge Petit thanks to our new loyalty program.
The Privilege Card allows you to get tickets, crepes or smoothies for free with your purchases. The number of cards is limited.
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Parents of two young children of 3 years and 1 and a half, we have been very busy for more than a year. You can see on the photo the result of our work: our café and physical activity center Bouge Petit. This is a first post to share our experience as entrepreneurs. Our goal is simple: to inspire others, including parents, in entrepreneurship.
Bouge Petit is the result of two things: a continuity of our business expertise and our new needs as parents. This is our first experience with a physical business (Brick-and-mortar). Bouge Petit is born out of our desire to offer a safe, stimulating, beautiful, creative and friendly environment for toddlers and their parents.
Since the opening of Bouge Petit, we have adapted to better meet the needs of our customers. Our concept has been refined and has evolved. We believe that what is important when starting a business is to be able to adjust its business model. The paper-based model is never the final model.
Certainly, the most important quality of an entrepreneur is to be willing to take risks. This risk is increased tenfold when it comes to a physical business, where you have to pay rent, employees, taxes, supplies, food, permits and so on. According to the "Taux de survie des nouvelles entreprises au Québec" study of the Ministry of Economic Development, one in four companies does not reach the second year of existence. This is understandable because new businesses are less competitive at the outset. We salute all those entrepreneurs who take the risk each day of opening a retail business, restaurant or other business of this type.
Today, with social media, it is even more important to stand out from the start, as few companies have a second chance. You have to know how to communicate with customers. Integrity in business is essential for the successful development of a business. Customers know how to recognize a company that works hard to deliver quality service.
There is much to be said. Entrepreneurship is a passion for us and we will be happy to share more with you on a regular basis. It is difficult, particularly in Quebec, to get into business, but we believe that this opportunity is present for all. Starting your business can become a reality for those who are willing to put work, energy and passion into it. We hope that the lessons learned from our own experiences with Bouge Petit will inspire you to start your business and make you choose to become parents entrepreneurs!
Other "Founders’ Post" will be written according to our experiences. They will be published on our blog and shared on social media. Thank you for your interest!
Paula & Benjamin
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Bouge Petit is a café and physical activity center for parents with babies and young children. We are looking for energetic and efficient employees that can offer excellent customer service.
Hours: Full-Time, available on weekends
Salary: $12 per hour + tip + bonus on performance
Location: 6546 avenue Papineau, Montreal
- Welcome customers;
- Handle the cashier;
- Prepare and serve our healthy menu;
- Keep the area clean and organized;
- Offer the best service to customers.
Here are the qualities we are looking for in a candidate:
- Bilingual: Speak French and English, or more;
- Love babies and toddlers;
- Be friendly;
- Experience in customer service.
Our mission is to make Bouge Petit the best place for parents with babies and toddlers to spend time and have fun. If you would like to be part of our team, send us your CV in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title "Employees wanted" and we will contact you. Interviews will be in English and French.
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We would like to thank you for your patience as we went through the process of creating the English version of our website. Here at Bouge Petit, we welcome people from Montreal and surroundings, as well as tourists from other countries. Your little one will have fun playing in our playground while you enjoy a great cup of coffee. Visit our English site at en.bougepetit.com and make sure to reserve your next visit!