Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Meet Reggie

Keeping up with a crawling baby is hard work...trying to keep up with household chores on top of all of that is nearly impossible with a  full time job!  If I can finish a load of laundry per week I'm doing pretty good!

So a couple months ago we went on the hunt for something to make our lives a little easier.  Laundry and dishes were already taking a back burner which left no room on the stove for thinking about I despise sweeping :)

That's when we started toying with the idea of getting a Roomba.  I didn't really know anyone who had one and there were a lot of mixed reviews out there on the internet.  So after debating it for a couple months we decided to just do it, as Nike would say.

Meet Reggie the Roomba: (he really is like another person in our house)

The price was definitely scary.  The Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon was amazing for this purchase though.  We were still skeptical though...seriously how well could this thing work anyway?  Would it pay off in the end?  Let me tell you.  It is a game changer.  We absolutely LOVE it!  Especially with a crawling baby and the amount of tile/wood we have on our floors.

We opted for this model because it was best for pet hair.  We run it on a daily schedule and it is full everyday.  It's definitely gross to think about how much dog hair we used to live in...

There are definitely some cons, don't get me wrong.  Does he make it to every inch of the floor everyday?  No.  The pattern is actually quite random.  I'm not quite sure how they came up with the vacuuming algorithm, but he usually makes it to all the rooms and does a decent job.  Using him everyday ensures that most of the house is always clean...and that's really all I strive for these days!

I was quite impressed with how it is able to climb over obstacles and even vacuum our shaggy rug without getting hung up.  Sometimes, however, he does get stuck in a room by closing the door behind him.  Luckily I work from home though and I can oversee the whole cleaning process.

Anyway...just thought I would share in case someone was on the fence about buying one.  I definitely recommend one.  We hardly have to sweep anymore, and when we do it's not as big of a chore.  I wish they would make one for doing laundry...

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I hearth safety

We've been obsessed with over-childproofing our house lately.  With our little daredevil, it is a 100% necessary.  Our latest makeover victim...the fireplace!

I absolutely love the natural stone of our fireplace and after we installed hard woods in the living room, it became my favorite feature of our entire house.  I could not even relish the thought of hiding it underneath a layer of wood and foam.  I fought it as long as I could, but in the end, safety won.  For being such a big advocate against anything and everything that would cover up this beauty, I'm actually very pleased with how it turned out.

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