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01 Apr, 2016

Welcome Spring, hello Mopify! (Review, giveaway, PROMO CODE!)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Giveaways and product reviews

Thanks for your entries! This giveaway is now closed. Looking for a promo code for Mopify? You can use mine: https://mopify.com/r/db9b013. :)

When I was small, my dad worked and my mother stayed home. As a business owner, he often worked long hours at his shop. I believe it’s an unspoken agreement, a General Rule that applied to most families then, and probably still does today: Someone brings home the bacon, and the other person holds down the fort. Of course, holding down the fort could mean a lot of things, but in my family it meant that my mother did the grocery shopping, all of the cooking, the laundry, and all of the cleaning. My dad has his job outside of the house, she had her job at home. Of course, there were exceptions. My father manned the grill, mowed the lawn, and fixed things.

Here at Casa Fishbowl, it’s Mark who is the primary wage earner. My work is all contract work, and it ranges from part- to full-time hours, depending on the week. So what does this do to the splitting of the household stuff? I do most of the grocery shopping and most of the cooking. As soon as the kids were old enough we divided up the chores. I have often flirted with the idea of hiring some help in this area. I think we do a tolerably good job keeping our house clean (it’s amazing what four people can accomplish in a couple of hours on a Sunday morning!) but things inevitably fall by the wayside. The floor behind the toilet doesn’t get the scrub down it needs on a regular basis, and there’s an embarrassing accumulation of toast crumbs between the stove and the counter that tends to get ignored. My problems (other than toast crumbs) was two-fold:

1) Guilt. If my mom did this, why can’t I? And if I’m hiring help, what kind of message am I sending my daughters? That we are above cleaning our own house? That our time is more valuable? GAH.

2) Who do I hire? I hardly knew where to start looking for someone. This was almost the hardest part of the whole thing.

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by Mopify and they asked me if I wanted to give their services a test run. I looked through their website and liked what I saw there so I let go of the guilt and decided that it was ok to delegate tasks that we need help with, and with that I scheduled a cleaning.

This is what I liked right off the bat:

  • The Mopify website was very easy to use. Once you’re logged in and describe your home (3 bedroom, 3 bathroom etc.) you access an online ‘dashboard’ which shows your info all laid out: the date of your appointment, the name of the cleaner, etc. You can leave notes here too. For example, I asked the cleaner to use the side entrance and watch for the dog.
  • My appointment was confirmed by text! It may seem like a small detail but I liked this modern twist on a traditional service. House cleaning in the age of the Internet!
  • My own cleaning supplies were in play. I am particular, so I was happy about this. There’s an option for them to bring supplies (there’s a small surcharge).
  • I didn’t need to make a huge commitment or sign a contract. I could request a weekly cleaning, monthly, or just a one off.
  • I loved the easy online payment. No rushing to the bank machine to fork over cash!

And of course, I REALLY liked the fact that the house would be getting a much-needed, hard core, SPRING SCRUBDOWN by a pro.

The day arrived and the cleaner was five minutes early. Points for punctuality! Believe it or not I had just been picking things up and TIDYING in preparation of her visit. This sounds crazy, I know, but I needed her to focus on the important stuff, not my kids’ backpacks/socks/art projects. We chatted and I showed her around the house, showed her the stash of supplies and newly-washed rags, and then she got straight to work.

At one point I came upstairs to put something away and she was straightening the pile of books and magazines by my night stand. (Note: she found all of my missing hair elastics, dusted them off, and arranged them on my (tidy) pile of books.)

She spent four hours in the house. In fact, she mopped herself out the side door when it was time to go. And I have to say, I was very happy. Every was sparkly and fresh. Ah!

An unexpected benefit, now that it’s been a couple of days since the cleaning, I’m more motivated to keep everything clean. I must confess that the mudroom is not exactly neat as a pin today, but I found myself wiping down the sinks in the bathroom this morning.

Some of the highlights for me:

Daughter’s bedroom was very nicely tidied and vacuumed. The bed was made too. (!)

Mopify cleaning and promo

The family bathroom got some major attention, including the shower, a soap-spotted shower shelf and the electric toothbrush:

Mopify Ottawa cleaning and promo

Sparkling shower! Mopify Ottawa cleaning and promo

Of course, the kitchen got some love:

A bit of love for the kitchen

… and the family room did too.

Family room

Not shown in these photos – because it’s tough to photograph – are the scrubbed baseboards, overall lack of dust, and power vacuuming and floor mopping. :)

SO. Would you like to win a $100 gift certificate to put toward a cleaning? I have TWO to give away to two readers. Read on!

  • In the comments below, tell me, what is your LEAST favourite household chore? You may choose more than one. :)
  • One entry per email address please!
  • If you can’t post your comment for whatever reason you can email it to me for posting at andrea at quietfish dot com. Please note, I cannot be responsible if your entry is misdirected or gets stuck in my Spam folder.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law. Please note that Mopify operates in the Ottawa area!
  • I will draw two names using Random.org at noon EST on April 8, 2016. I’ll send the winners a gift certificate via email. The names of the winner will be posted here as well. So please check back!

Over to you. Good luck! And thank you Mopify for making my house sparkle again!

Edited to add: If you can’t wait an extra second and want to book a cleaning, use my promo code for Mopify! Click this link for $20 off your first cleaning with Mopifyhttps://mopify.com/r/db9b013

95 Responses to "Welcome Spring, hello Mopify! (Review, giveaway, PROMO CODE!)"

1 | Colleen

April 1st, 2016 at 3:59 pm


By being the first commenter, my chances are probably slim, but here goes.
I hate cleaning out my fridge. And the top of my stove.
The person who invented the self cleaning oven will forever have my gratitude.

2 | Julie D

April 1st, 2016 at 4:44 pm


Cleaning the toilet. Is there anything worse?

3 | AJ DeForest

April 1st, 2016 at 4:50 pm


I can’t stand washing dishes

4 | AJ

April 1st, 2016 at 4:51 pm


I can’t stand washing dishes

5 | Tanya

April 1st, 2016 at 6:47 pm


Cleaning the stovetop definitely. And washing the floors, there is never enough time for that.

6 | Laurie Bolduc-Cadieux

April 1st, 2016 at 8:33 pm


For regular cleaning, I hate sweeping and mopping. For added work, I hate washing walls and baseboards!

7 | Julie bolduc

April 1st, 2016 at 8:37 pm


I do not like cleaning the bathroom having 3 of them at that lol

8 | Tammy

April 1st, 2016 at 8:46 pm


Cleaning the floors is my least favourite…

9 | Life of K

April 1st, 2016 at 8:54 pm


Oh man, cleaning is all pretty bad, though I don’t so much mind vacuuming. What I really hate though is scrubbing the tub and shower. Great giveaway!


April 1st, 2016 at 9:08 pm


Seriously the list goes on…… I hate cleaning the baseboards. Washing the walls. Dusting the blinds. Plus I don’t have time to clean. I am a working mom taking after a toddler . When he is in bed I am tired myself. I don’t want to clean

11 | Stephane D

April 1st, 2016 at 10:29 pm


Scrubbing the bathtub. (Hardwater and soap scum is soooo much fun.)

12 | TD

April 1st, 2016 at 10:50 pm


Are baseboards supposed to be cleaned?

I hate cleaning bathrooms. My husband cleans ours, and the kids are finally old enough that they do the other two.

13 | Isabelle

April 1st, 2016 at 10:53 pm


I really hate dusting! It seems trivial but I have allergies and it’s always the worst part for me. But to be frank, I don’t like cleaning at all. :-)

14 | Tara O.

April 1st, 2016 at 11:04 pm


Oooh, I really don’t like lugging the vacuum up from the basement and trying to vacuum around all of the furniture and stuff. I’ve never had help cleaning, that’d be a treat ;)

15 | Krista

April 2nd, 2016 at 7:10 am


ohmygosh….I could definitely use some help. I dislike scrubbing showers and mopping floors the most. uggh….

16 | EmmyB

April 2nd, 2016 at 8:03 am


All of it, really. But cleaning floors mostly. Can’t stand dirty floors, but always seem to have dirty floors…

17 | Nicole Grouchy

April 2nd, 2016 at 8:25 am


The household I dread doing is anything related to floor cleaning – sweeping, mopping, etc. Why do floors only look clean for like 5 mins!!!

18 | Sonya

April 2nd, 2016 at 2:31 pm


The toilets are definitely my least favorite!

19 | Tiana

April 2nd, 2016 at 4:59 pm


By far my lease favourite is doing the laundry.

20 | Tom

April 2nd, 2016 at 8:39 pm


Bathrooms. Always bathrooms.

21 | Anna

April 2nd, 2016 at 9:19 pm


I hate doing floors!

22 | Annadanna

April 2nd, 2016 at 9:21 pm


Yes! I love Mopify! We even hired hem
When we moved for the old house and the new house. (New house was disgusting, btw. Who leaves their house like that for new owners? Seriously. I was offended. Which, incidentally, is my least fav chore – cleaning someone else’s gross mess. If I ever have to clean Hubby’s shower I’ll gag.)

23 | Theresa

April 2nd, 2016 at 9:50 pm


Cleaning the showers, definitely.

24 | Jessica

April 2nd, 2016 at 9:57 pm


Mine are related, I hate dusting and hate washing the floors! I’ll avoid them until it gets to be visibly dusty/dirty and then it’s so gross I procrastinate until I know we have company coming over. Husband hates it!!

25 | Catherine

April 2nd, 2016 at 11:03 pm


I hate cleaning windows! I would rather poke out an eye with a sharp stick…

26 | maryatparenthood

April 3rd, 2016 at 7:29 am


Folding laundry is what tends to get procrastinated on here!

Or scrubbing the shower that is mostly used by other people. They don’t wipe it down between showers like we do with our other bathrooms, so it gets super gross in a short amount of time.

27 | Melissa

April 3rd, 2016 at 7:30 am


Scrubbing the tub and shower tiles – I inevitably end up soaked!

28 | Carly

April 3rd, 2016 at 10:09 am


I hate vacuuming with a passion, as well as folding clothes. Shudder just thinking about it.

29 | ann

April 3rd, 2016 at 9:43 pm


I hate dusting.

30 | Kristen

April 3rd, 2016 at 9:56 pm


Cleaning the white grout in my white tiled bathroom. Curse the former owners who thought white on white teeny tiny tiles would be perfect to put all over a bathroom. Ugh.

31 | Jane Snider

April 3rd, 2016 at 11:11 pm


hmmm…I don’t mind the regular tasks like floor cleaning, laundry, etc. It’s the irregular tasks like oven cleaning or cleaning out kitchen cupboards that I dislike…all those “spring cleaning” tasks that my mother used to do, that I can neglect for years….

32 | Helene P

April 4th, 2016 at 8:43 am


I’ve seen Mopify on social media and have been thinkong about trying them out. Thanks for the review! My most hated cleaning chore is the bathroom. All of it!!

33 | Tracy Norris

April 4th, 2016 at 8:55 am


My most hated is the floors! As soon as I’m done I feel they are dusty and dirty again! Thanks for this opportunity. I am crossing my fingers.

34 | Stephanie Burgetz

April 4th, 2016 at 9:05 am


The office is my nemesis! Just when I think I’m close to having it organized everything explodes again – mail, fling, homework, receipts, recycling, and WAY too many chords, Chargers, bits & pieces to who knows what device, camera, etc. And apparently now sports equipment lives there too…!
I’ve given up on the ‘man/boys cave’ basement. It’s best just to pretend it doesn’t exist…

35 | Carla

April 4th, 2016 at 9:55 am


I hate washing cutlery. Just takes too long for what it is! ha. I contrast to many others, I don’t mind cleaning the bathroom, I kinda enjoy it.

If I won this I would give it to my mother. She is getting old and having a hard time with her house. I think she could really use a visit to do the hard to do spots to help her get back on track.


36 | Susan M

April 4th, 2016 at 11:07 am


I hate vacuuming. I will scrub toilets all day if I can get out of vacuuming.
Thank you for the giveaway – I would love to get a good spring cleaning done!

37 | Allison B

April 4th, 2016 at 11:23 am


My least favourite is cleaning the floor and baseboards.

Thank you for writing about Mopify. I am going to check them out!

38 | Tatiana D.

April 4th, 2016 at 11:31 am


I hate to clean shower. It always remind me that I need hire someone for this :)

39 | Julie Dunbar

April 4th, 2016 at 11:43 am


Although I’m honoured that I inherited it, I hate cleaning my great-grandmother’s silver tea service.

40 | Elnaz S

April 4th, 2016 at 11:44 am


My least favourite house chore is cleaning the floors – feels like it takes absolutely forever only to get dirty again the next day!

41 | Mel

April 4th, 2016 at 11:55 am


bathrooms, hands down!

42 | Tarah

April 4th, 2016 at 12:59 pm


Not commenting to qualify for the draw bc not in Ottawa but…
We pay someone twice a month to clean our house and it’s the best money I spend! And I don’t feel guilty! We still do our fair share of cleaning and other chores. Outsourcing cleaning twice a month means I don’t have to ever mop or dust and I only have to clean the kitchen and bathrooms and vacuum twice a month. Huge time savings for this busy Mama!

43 | Tamar

April 4th, 2016 at 3:17 pm


i prefer to think that my tub is getting cleaned each time i shower and there’s soap in there! on that note, i hate cleaning the bathroom (but love it being clean!) and although i don’t mind vacuuming, i hate moving things out of the way. also all those “extras”: washing curtains, dusting on top of tall shelves,etc. . most of all: washing out the litter box! worst!

44 | Nicole B

April 5th, 2016 at 10:54 am


My least favorite is washing floors and bathrooms. I have to move the kid and dog around as I wash the floors and bathrooms are just not pleasant with three boys in the house!

45 | Tuesday D

April 5th, 2016 at 12:50 pm


My least favourite household choir is cleaning the toilet. In fact I despise cleaning the bathroom at all!

46 | Christina

April 5th, 2016 at 1:38 pm


My least favourite chore is vacuuming!!

47 | ceebee

April 6th, 2016 at 9:40 am


Cleaning the tubs is by far my most hated chore. Stovetop is second. I have many friends who hire a cleaning service, but have never splurged on one myself because it seems like such a luxury.

48 | Kim

April 6th, 2016 at 12:25 pm


Scrubbing (chiseling?) the floor under my toddler and baby’s high chairs!

49 | Sarah McCormack

April 7th, 2016 at 9:30 am


Amazing timing on this post as I was just checking out their web site last week as I’m considering hiring somebody for the first time.

for me, anything that requires scrubbing is my least favorite… bathtubs, floors. also, glass shower doors.. don’t have the patience for it!!

50 | Shannon

April 7th, 2016 at 9:51 am


I cannot stand scrubbing down our ensuite shower. The big glass doors are my nemesis.

51 | Trevor

April 7th, 2016 at 12:56 pm


The chore that always seems to get bumped off the list is scrubbing the shower

52 | Beth

April 7th, 2016 at 3:19 pm


I’m really horrible at dusting or remembering to dust.

53 | Janelle

April 8th, 2016 at 8:25 am


My least favourite is the toilets. Although they are fairly easy to clean, there always seem to be miscellaneous drips that I don’t like to get my head around. :)

54 | Marguerite Tennier

April 8th, 2016 at 8:32 am


I hate cleaning the fridge -and because of that, when I do clean it, I find things I should not find in a fridge, forgotten stuff

55 | Erin

April 8th, 2016 at 8:35 am


My least favourite thing to clean is my stove…the toilet is a close second. :)

56 | Heather

April 8th, 2016 at 8:37 am


I too am not a fan of cleaning toilets, especially the base and bit of floor behind it. I also love a shiny kitchen sink and stove but find it hard to keep up with the scrubbing to keep them that way!

57 | Amy

April 8th, 2016 at 8:39 am


Vacuuming. I hate vacuuming. Our vacuum is old and heavy and carrying it up two flights of stairs is not fun.

58 | Sarah

April 8th, 2016 at 8:40 am


My least favourite chore by far is vacuuming the stairs!!

59 | Thomas

April 8th, 2016 at 8:45 am


Underneath any of the appliances… hate that!

60 | Allegra

April 8th, 2016 at 8:45 am


The floors are my nemesis. I have a white tile kitchen floor and a minute after it is washed it is dirty again. yuck.

61 | Chris

April 8th, 2016 at 8:47 am


Our big claw foot bathtub. The dirt and dust underneath is scary.

62 | Jen B

April 8th, 2016 at 8:50 am


There are two chores that I dislike … unloading the dishwasher and cleaning the bathtub! We have a new puppy too so there’s to be less and less time for cleaning, when our floors desperately need it! ;) Good thing I LOVE that puppy!

63 | Erika

April 8th, 2016 at 8:52 am


Ah what a wonderful giveaway! I think we will be needing some help once I return from my mat leave so nice to read this testimonial.

I hate and often forget ceiling fans!! Also my walk in shower. …I cannot for the life of me get it clean enough!! Help!

64 | Jeremy Sauve

April 8th, 2016 at 8:53 am


Hmmm…that is a tough one. I dislike dishes, most certainly do not like trudging the garbage out at 6:00 a.m. and cleaning the oven is deathly but I think the toughest one is when I have cleaned a room and our two lovely children obliterate said room 10 minutes later necessitates a repeat of the whole process. Happens many times throughout each day. It is like “Groundhog Day” everyday, all day.

65 | kathy dalton

April 8th, 2016 at 8:58 am


Oh boy.My least favorite chore is cleaning the bathroom, especially the bathtub

66 | Shaun

April 8th, 2016 at 9:02 am


I do believe my least favourite chore is cleaning the fridge. It can be like a science experiment in there.

67 | Brigid Prince

April 8th, 2016 at 9:03 am


The bathtub and toilet are the worst. I love vacuuming though :)

68 | Kim

April 8th, 2016 at 9:05 am


Floors for sure! Vacuuming, mopping and baseboards. Not only do I not like vacuuming, but my lower back dislikes it even more!

69 | Katherine de Sousa

April 8th, 2016 at 9:06 am


I absolutely hate Hate Hate cleaning my bathroom. With 2 kids it gets pretty gross, but I still manage to do it every week! I’d love to have someone else do it for me.

70 | Amy

April 8th, 2016 at 9:08 am


Cleaning the bathtub and dusting… I never seem to be able to find all of the dust! It is everywhere!

71 | Jenn Milks

April 8th, 2016 at 9:15 am


What a great read! And the house looks amazing!!
I’m usually happy to do some cleaning around our place, but my least favourite are the floors. We have dark hardwood and I feel like I can never keep them clean… It’s really frustrating!
Any advice for strategies or the best tools to use would be great :)

72 | Tamara

April 8th, 2016 at 9:19 am


Least favourite household chore: the floors! Such an undertaking and then immediately muddied when everyone comes home.

73 | Denise Howell

April 8th, 2016 at 9:21 am


Great opportunity for a clean house – I’ll take whatever help I can get! My most despised household chore is probably dishes and kitchen clean up! It seems like an unending stream at times. I’ve used Mopify in the past and have been very satisfied. Great customer service, too!

74 | Kimberly

April 8th, 2016 at 9:35 am


Definitely cleaning the toilets- gross! I also dislike cleaning out my fridge and don’t get me started on the state of my oven right now. As a mom of a preschooler and infant twins I would be absolutely thrilled to win this!!!

75 | Sara

April 8th, 2016 at 9:44 am


Vacuuming, and putting away laundry are my least favourite chores. I actually enjoy organizing and cleaning, when I can focus on the task at hand, but with two small kids my time is mostly spent just keeping one step ahead of health hazard ;) Thanks for the giveaway!

76 | Liz

April 8th, 2016 at 9:44 am


That never ending laundry mountain! Ugh! Also, dusting. Oh, and washing floors…. Man, I need this! Lol

77 | Faustina

April 8th, 2016 at 9:48 am


Hands down, my least favourite chore is dusting. And, it’s the chore that gets the most neglected.

78 | Catherine

April 8th, 2016 at 9:54 am


I have four kids and the toilets drive me crazy!!

79 | Nicky Potopsingh

April 8th, 2016 at 9:57 am



I was thinking of starting services…

Least favourite chore is cleaning the bathrooms!

Have a nice weekend!


80 | Jenn Wilks

April 8th, 2016 at 10:06 am


My least favourite place to clean is the bathtub and bathroom tiles! No fun at all.

81 | Hasti

April 8th, 2016 at 10:18 am


My least favourite chore is ironing!! And there is always a mountain of it at our house!

82 | Deniz

April 8th, 2016 at 10:20 am


I really dislike doing all the nitty gritty cleaning like inside drawers, the fridge and vents, oh and baseboards! Yuck!

83 | Gale

April 8th, 2016 at 10:20 am


I really do not like dusting, as I have allergies!

84 | Marilyn

April 8th, 2016 at 11:01 am


Cleaning the outside of the toilet!

85 | Anne Perry

April 8th, 2016 at 11:14 am


My least favorite chore is cleaning the stove and sweeping the floor. No matter how much I clean…. there are still crumbs.

86 | Pat

April 8th, 2016 at 11:28 am


My least favorite is mopping and vacuuming the floors.

87 | Meghan B

April 8th, 2016 at 11:35 am


I definitely dislike cleaning the shower and bathroom flowers!

88 | Lara

April 8th, 2016 at 11:41 am


Least favourite chore is definitely cleaning the toilet. BLEH!

89 | Liza Vladyka

April 8th, 2016 at 11:41 am



90 | Karen

April 8th, 2016 at 11:54 am


bathrooms and baseboards. yuck

91 | Shannon Mead

April 8th, 2016 at 11:55 am


Bathtub and bathroom in general…(actually entire house, however someone gotta do it..generally moi…)

92 | Lindsay

April 8th, 2016 at 11:58 am


I really hate cleaning the bathroom – scrubbing the tub and the tiles is the worst!

93 | andrea tomkins

April 8th, 2016 at 12:07 pm


Comments are officially closed to new entries. The names of the winners will be posted here and they will be contacted by email. Stay tuned!

94 | andrea tomkins

April 8th, 2016 at 12:10 pm


We have winnerrrrrs! Comment #28, Carly, who wrote:
“I hate vacuuming with a passion, as well as folding clothes. Shudder just thinking about it.”

and commenter #80, Jenn Wilks, who wrote: “My least favourite place to clean is the bathtub and bathroom tiles! No fun at all.”

I agree on both counts. :) Congratulations Carly and Jenn! Check your email!

If you didn’t win and would like to give Mopify a spin, feel free to use my discount code for $20 off your first cleaning with Mopify: https://mopify.com/r/db9b013

95 | Amy tolley

April 9th, 2016 at 1:29 am


I hate cleaning glass window tv stand my schrunk anything that has glass…

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