As a busy mom, I’m always looking for ways to cut my cleaning time in half.  Whether it be delegating the duties at home to a “willing” helper or accomplishing each chore a little at a time to get it done… I try my best to make it happen.  Though, I’ll be honest – I always think to myself, “Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could all have our own personal Robot like they had in Bicentennial Man?”  Well, not really… because I’d probably develop a motherly bond and have difficulty letting go, just knowing me… lol.  But, I think I have a solution and my family and I have been loving it the last month.  Today, I introduce you to bObi Kaho’ohanohano, the new baby in our house.  But, bObi is not your traditional or typical baby.  Nope – she is a robotic vacuum.

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When my family and I was given the opportunity to give bObi a test run, let’s just say we were quite overjoyed and completely ecstatic to receive her.  She came bundled in a sturdy box, well packaged and even included a little card that welcomed her to our family.  The directions are easier to follow than I would have ever imagined and getting her going and started was a complete breeze.  We were all excited to try her out… well, almost all of us.  Ikaika who is our King Charles Cavalier Spaniel is still currently on the fence about her and still hasn’t decided if he likes her or not.

Our family has a traditional vacuum, which I’ll be honest – I really enjoy.  It does it’s job but obviously, it can’t do it without someone behind the wheel actually doing the vacuuming.  I don’t mind running the vacuum, it’s kind of soothing – but finding the time in my hectic schedule can pose many issues.  We have a small house in general, so a standard vacuum will surely do the job without issue in very little time, but finding the time in my day is what seems to be the biggest problem.

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Immediately after receiving it, my boys were so excited, they couldn’t contain their excitement.  While our living area is small, we were eager to try bObi out for ourselves.  I plugged her in the night prior to let her charge through the evening and then the next day, we were able to take her for a run.  Our biggest challenge is a small living area and the fact that things move around in our house consistently.  The boys have a table they do their homework on and it gets folded up and put away when we vacuum usually, so we wanted to be able to leave it out and have bObi work around it.  The vacuum learns a pattern of where everything is in the house, or you can easily use the remote control and guide it in the direction you want for yourself.  There is also a sensor on the vacuum so you do not have to worry about it bumping into things.  It has run me over a few times, but I noticed it’s normally when the sensor is on the opposite side of the unit.

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bObi has a small sweeper attached to it with brushes that work to pick up all the little pieces or sweep them into the cleaner… it’s awesome.  I love that it gets near to the base boards in my kitchen or in the areas where dog hair gets caught and sweeps it up quickly and easily.  bObi does not get all the rubbish in certain areas all the time, but it’s still learning to make its way around our house the the boys ever-moving their things around the rooms.  While it won’t get that piece of lint or hair the first run sometimes, as it comes back around – it picks it up and leaves my house clean.  With bObi’s dirt sensors, she is determined to go back around and get it done – so no lint or dust will be left behind.

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I set bObi on a timer so it will run a sweep through the house and kitchen area each day at 10am while I’m sitting at my desk working.  It’s so convenient for us that I think our traditional vacuum is starting to feel a bit left out.  I use bObi daily and run my traditional vacuum on Saturdays to get a really good, deep into the carpet clean.  bObi will reach under the beds and tables and below the cabinets because she’s so petite.  It’s nice not having to bend to get under those areas with my traditional vacuum.

bObi Classic retails for about $269.00 on Amazon ($749 USD on bobSweep website) and comes with all the attachments to get it done.  A charge overnight and you’re good to go and ready to clean the next day.  Mop, sweep, sanitize… have lots of fun and get a few moments of breathing time for yourself.

You can see bObi in action while she goes through our hang out area.  As you can see, Ikaika (our dog) is not yet a fan.  But, he’s warming up to her… especially since she keeps his area where he sleeps, nice and clean!  We are looking to replace our carpet and I can’t wait to see how bObi performs on the new one.

Oh, I forgot my favorite part… bObi mops.  My bObi unit comes with a mop extension and 2 mop cloths which can be attached to the unit to do a quick mop.  bObi comes with a UV light that kills bacteria and filters the air with her built-in HEPA filter.  She’s seriously genius!  I use this specifically for my kitchen.   This is the perfect way to “spot mop” or do a quick mop during the weekdays until I do my thorough cleaning and mopping on Saturdays.

Charging bObi is really easy.  It comes with a charging station and you can either let it run it’s course for it’s usual vacuuming and let it return to its dock or press the “juice” button on bObi or the remote control and it finds the docking station and recharges itself… simple and easy.

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I think technology advances are so fun and exciting and I’m so thankful to have bObi to help me complete a few of my chores – mopping & vacuuming… check!  I have never tried a robotic vacuum before so this is an experience my family and I are enjoying and we’re very thankful for.  If you are in the market for a new vacuum, I highly suggest giving bObi or any of the other bobSweep family members a try.  After having bObi in our house for just about a month now, she’s settled in and is a great addition to our family.  Even Ikaika is starting to enjoy her (since she’s so quiet in comparison to our traditional vacuum), he has made her his friend and even rides her from time to time, lol.

Now that you’re done reading my thoughts (and my family’s) on bObi, do you think she will join your family?  We’re just a humble family with a little home that we love and I figured instead of staging or prettying up the post, you could see bObi in real life and experience what we experience – good cleaning and a little less hectic-ness and stress for mom.  Hope you enjoyed!

Check out the rest of the bObi family here or the whole bobSweep family here.

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As a child, the holiday season was always my favorite time of year… and it still is.  The scents of delicious food cooking all day, pies and sweet delectable desserts, coffee and teas and everything in between.  Many scents also evoke the memories of my childhood, reminding me that while we didn’t have any money growing up – my parents always made this time special for us and I do my best to translate those memories in our family traditions today.  Since we are still a few days away from really starting the 24 hour cooking sessions the holidays may bring, I love adding candles to our scenery to add warmth and a waft of scents in the air to get us a bit festive.  As a child we didn’t have many candles in our house unless the electricity was out because my mom lost her house to a candle fire when she was little and my siblings and I also have asthma and it made it difficult to breath.  Now that I’m older, I still don’t use candles often due to the asthma, but after trying these Old Factory Candles from the Coffee Shop Set, I’m definitely impressed.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop


Each Old Factory candle is handmade in the USA and retails for about $30 (currently on sale for $25.00) for a set of three candles. Available in 12 sets – I got Coffee Shop which includes Coffee Bean, Hazel Nut and Chai Tea.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Each candle is made of natural soy wax, cotton paper wicks and pure fragrance oils.  Candles are guaranteed to burn clean and even and true to scent for 20 hours.  Since the fragrance oils are pure, you may notice that the scent is not as strong as a traditional scented candle (or at least that is my opinion – but I’ve been sick lately so it could just be that I’m stuffed up) though I don’t think that to be a bad thing since I like a light fragrance, not something to overpowering. I am definitely loving that the candles are burning evenly which makes it easy to light.  Each candle is of white wax and labeled with the designated scent at the bottom of the jar.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Since my family and I are asthmatics, we do not burn candles in our house very often due to the lack of oxygen that can be in the air while the candle is burning.  It is however something we enjoy to do during the colder months and holiday season since it not only makes the house smell yummy but it also adds an essence of warmth to the home.  I have been enjoying the clean burning of these candles and noticed that my family did not have issues with breathing while we had a candle lit.  The scent lasts and I love the light scent of coffee, hazel nut or chai tea through out the home.

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With a variety of fragrances from sexy and sultry to holiday themed and delicious delectables, you can easily find a scent range that will fit in your home and if you don’t have a fire place, this is a sure way to add a little warmth to your house.  I especially love the subtle jar as it will allow you to easily match this to any theme or home decor for any time of year.  Since you get three candles, this could easily make a great stocking stuffer or Holiday gift for someone who loves candles.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Looking to give the entire set away?  Simple tie a cute little ribbon or bow around the box and your set to go.  The box holds all three candles snug and ready for gift delivery.  I personally use the box to store my candles when they are not in use, since I don’t like to keep candles around because the twins are so young I would rather keep it out of reach.

Old Factory Candles Coffee Shop

Have you tried Old Factory Candles before?  If so – what is your favorite scent from this brand?  If you haven’t and love candles, comment and let me know what your favorite candle scents are.

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Let’s face it, as the only female in my household I am always looking for fun and creative ways to express my feminine side without cramping the style of my guys who live under the same roof as me.  Since we share a bathroom, I know that it can be a challenge for them to have my “woman hoohah products” staring them right in the face so I normally keep them concealed in the cabinet, until now.


On The Dot The Perfect Spot

So – what’s the deal with this box?  The On The Dot is a designer storage box to keep your feminine products like Pads, Panty liners and tampons all in one place.  Designed by mother and daughter – Audrey and Sonja Unrau, they wanted to ensure that women’s feminine products were right within reach without sacrificing discretion and compromising decorative appeal. 

It’s a great mother-daughter story.

One day, high school student Sonja left an unusual box on the floor in the bathroom. Audrey, Sonja’s mom, noticed it and had to take a look. She opened the box by pulling on the handle and found a unique inner compartment filled with tampons and pads.”Great idea,” Audrey smiled. Audrey knew Sonja had stumbled on a truly great idea, and she decided they needed to run with it. Audrey and her artist husband helped further develop Sonja’s original design, adding an upper drawer,lower storage compartment, a sliding feature as well as a plastic protective base and handle. Their project has gone from a box in the family bathroom to a decorative dispenser, ready to be shared with women everywhere. Now you, too, can be part of this great story. On The Dot will conveniently store your feminine hygiene products at home, at the office, or in your dorm room. Our stylish, discrete designs will bring a little luxury to your bathroom, period. Plus, 10% of all On The Dot profits will go to women’s charities, worldwide!

Story from onthedotperfectspot.com 

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The goal of On The Dot Perfect Spot, is to add some dignity and design to all women needing a feminine hygiene product. We would like to see On The Dot Perfect Spot in as many bathrooms as possible – not only home bathrooms, but bathrooms in offices, libraries, coffee shops, yoga studios, doctors’ offices, restaurants, etc. Anywhere there’s a woman using a bathroom, we want her to find an On The Dot Perfect Spot full of the personal products she needs.

The large butterfly handle is not only decorative but also allows you to easily pull open and close your On The Dot unit.  I think that the handle is creatively designed and definitely unique and fun.  It’s easy to use – simply pull up and it will expose the compartments below that are hidden within the unit when it’s closed up.

On The Dot

The upper drawer gives you quick and easy access to the things you will need quickly.  It is the perfect size to fit my tampons and panty liners so that is what I use that drawer for most of the time.  You can easily fit a full sized pad in that drawer as well, so anything you need quickly – it’s right at your fingertips.

On The Dot

The lower compartment is large enough to store your back up items like your pads, panty liners and other things.  It is even large enough to store a basic size toilet tissue roll.

The box iteself is made of a sturdy recycled chipboard.  It will not bend, crease or tear without having a strong force applied to it.  I kept my On The Dot in the bathroom and since the men in my life use hot water in the shower, I was pretty worried about the cardboard starting to warp because of the steam.  While I did notice a little bit of compromise, it still held up really well after consistent steam in the area and after a month of being exposed.  I have since removed it from my restroom completely since I am worried it would affect it more in the future, but was amazed that it held up as long as it did.  It is pretty sturdy for sure.  One note, do not get any water on the actual cardboard of the object because it can warp if it is exposed to water drips consistently.

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The decorative plastic base keeps the On The Dot off of the floor or other surfaces.  This is perfect for those of you who will be storing your unit on a counter space where water could be present… this will help protect your On The Dot.

On The Dot is 10″ tall (without the handle), 6.5″ wide and 4.25″ deep.  It will fit on most vanities and counter tops depending on the space available.

On The Dot

On The Dot is available in three different stylish designs:  Monarch (pictured), Dream Duskywing and California Sister.  Each unit costs $24.99 and you receive Free Shipping on all orders.  The designs are simple and you can easily find one that will fit in with your bathroom decor.  Please note that at this time, On The Dot ships within the US only.

On The Dot donates 10% of all profits to Women’s Organizations Worldwide.  So you are not only supporting a genius idea for storing your women products, but you are also supporting Women!

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My homemade Mac and Cheese recipe is delish and this dish is a popular one in our household and famous at family gatherings and parties.  My boys absolutely love it and they also love that it is a great side dish for some of their favorite proteins and dishes.  I have posted my Mac & Cheese recipe before in the past and figured I would share it again for all of you.  This particular dish is a staple in most households and is an American favorite.  I have tasted a lot of different versions of Mac and Cheese – from the West to the East Coast and I love how everyone brings their little twists to a very basic dish.  Here is one version of my Mac & Cheese Recipe (I have a few others I like to use as well) and I hope you enjoy it.  It’s quick and simple and a great dish to get on the table for a great home-cooked meal.


Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients needed:

  • 8 oz box of elbow macaroni pasta (or your pasta of choice)
  • Garlic Powder and/or Garlic Salt to Taste
  • Onion Powder to taste
  • Sage, Basil, Oregano, Parsley – dried or fresh (add to your mixture according to your taste)
  • Ground Nutmeg – approximately 1/4 – 1/2 a teaspoon
  • 1 – 12oz can of Evaporated Milk (regular milk is okay, you can also substitute milk with Almond milk or coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely grated or shredded Parmesan Regiano
  • 1/4 cup 5 cheese blend or mexican cheese blend (this will add a little more richness and flavor but it is not required)
  • 6-8 strips of chopped Bacon (cooked bacon only)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons sliced/chopped Chives or Green Onions for Garnish


  • Boil salted water and follow directions on the Macaroni Pasta package.   Make sure to cook your macaroni to al dente.  Drain the macaroni and keep in the same pot and return to stove.
  • Add evaporated milk and allow the milk to warm up.
  • Add spices to the macaroni and stir in well so that there are no clumps.  Make sure it is combined and mixed in properly.  If you would like, you can also mix the spices together first and then add to the pasta to ensure that all spices are combined properly.
  • Once spices are combined nicely – add in your cheese a little at a time, I usually use a handful at a time.  Start with the Sharp Cheddar Cheese, stirring softly to ensure that you are not smashing the macaroni.  Next add in the Parmesan Cheese and then the Mozzarella Cheese.  Stir in Mexican blend cheese last.  Stir until melted and smooth.
  • Add chopped bacon (make sure it is cooked, I like to use Ready Bacon) and stir into your Mac & Cheese nicely.  If you prefer – turkey bacon works well too.
  • Serve up your macaroni and cheese with a sprinkle of chives or green onion on top for garnish and a little flavor and Enjoy!  Unfortunately I didn’t have chives when I created this particular mac and cheese (pictured above), so I left it out for garnish.

mac and cheese

Pictured above is another version of my Mac and Cheese with larger cuts of bacon strips and chives/green onion garnish.  I love the green onion or chive garnish because it is not only great for flavor and a little crunch, but it is also adds a gorgeous and vibrant green to the mix that makes the plating gorgeous.

Mac and Cheese

I love to use Bamboo utensils when working with pasta dishes (in this case, mac and cheese) because it allows you to stir heavily without heavy breakage of your noodles.  I love using Bamboo utensils because it is strong enough to hold up to the cooking you are doing (stronger than wood), but it’s easy to clean and the Moso Bamboo used in these utensils is a renewable eco-friendly source.  Not to mention – they are affordable.

Bamboo cooking utensils

The Bamboo Style’s Premium Bamboo 6 Piece Cooking Kitchen Utensil Gadget Set that I used to create this dish and many of my home-cooked meals includes: Spoon, Spatula, Fork, Slotted Spoon, Slotted Spatula, Single Hole Spoon.  This set is easy to wash, stuck on food comes off fairly easily with little to no effort and the price is very reasonable – on sale for $9.97 (retails for $19.97).  Made with a natural bamboo, you also don’t have to worry about dyes or colorants and the bamboo wood is stronger than maple and lighter than oak.  Because I use my bamboo utensils for a lot of my pasta dishes that have rich sauces or cheese, I love that these utensils do not scrape or scratch my pots/pans and the wood has good anti-bacterial properties.

I hope you enjoyed my Homemade Mac and Cheese recipe for this week’s Foodie Friday as well as a little look into the tools I use to make my foodie creations.

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Having three little ones with a very active lifestyle keeps me consistently on my toes and I’m ALWAYS cleaning.  One thing that I do not suggest is carpet (especially light colored carpet) in high traffic areas of your home, but we moved in to a place that already had carpet installed so it was something we had to deal with.  Even with a “stain resistant” carpet – the stains did not clean up as easily as it warranted and after years of spills, no matter what we did and how well we cleaned, the high traffic areas in our home were beyond cleaning despair – until now.

Resolve Easy Clean Pro

Upkeep of light colored carpet when you have little ones in the house is not necessarily difficult, but definitely a challenge and I found that my husband and I spent a lot of money on carpet cleaning products in the past that cleaned very small sections without issue but the follow up and keep up of it began to be expensive.  At one point – we even discussed ripping the entire carpet out – but financially it wasn’t feasible.  Recently my husband and I tested the Resolve Easy Clean Pro Kit that came with the Carpet Cleaner Gadget and a Foam Refill.  The set retails at most stores like Walmart & Target for about $20 and in some cases cheaper and the replacement foam can retail for about $15.00 if purchased separately.  I’ll be honest in saying that we really weren’t sure that the cleaner would work and I was not easily a believer.

Check out my video below that outlines putting together the unit and shows you how easy it is to work.  You can also click here to watch directly on YouTube.

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As you can see from the image below – our carpet really took a beating over the last few years.  With spills from juice, milk, liquid like foods, snacks – you name it, it has definitely graced these floors.  My husband and I have used various cleaning products prior to Resolve and only a few stains were removed, usually not enough to make a difference, especially in our very high traffic areas.  With just one use of the Resolve Easy Clean Pro and Carpet Spray we were able to see a HUGE and very noticeable difference in how our carpet looked.

resolve carpet cleaner before and after

As you seen in the video, assembly of the cleaning gadget was VERY simple and took me just a minute or two to put together.  While there was a slight smell from the foam, it was not as strong as other carpet cleaning products we have used in the past and drying time was faster than we had expected.  The texture and feel of the carpet didn’t change as other products have done before as well – some had left our carpet very hard and crunchy like… it felt uncomfortable on the feet.   So I’m super happy that I didn’t feel like I was walking on porcupines after cleaning.  And, I do love that my carpet did not change in tone or discolor after use and drying.

The instructions were super easy to follow:

  • Assemble the unit
  • Insert the Resolve High Traffic Carpet Cleaner Foam Canister
  • Dispense the foam by pressing the trigger at the top of the Unit
  • Brush the carpet – using the unit and brushing the foam to remove the grime
  • After carpet has dried – vacuum and done

A few tidbits about the product:

  • New ergonomic handle for easy grip and extra comfort
  • No more scrubbing on your hands and knees (woohoo – love this one)
  • Up to 50 sq. feet area coverage per can (I think this is awesome since we are able to cover a large amount before we need to purchase a refill)
  • Made for High Traffic Areas of the Home – stair landings, corridors, entry ways, small area rugs
  • New and Improved – 100% more dirt fighting power

Con – I do have one thing I wish I could be changed and it is the length of the handle.  I’m not very tall – just 5’6″ but I feel like I’m bending over a bit while brushing the carpet so you can certainly understand how my husband feels since he is 6 feet tall.  I wish there was just a few more inches added to the handle to accommodate our height.  It is not necessarily uncomfortable but it could be a little easier to brush with the handle if it could extend just a little more.

Overall – Having not used a unit like this before, I am very impressed with how well it worked for us.  My husband and I have already treated a good 80% of our living room carpet and I feel like it surely worked well after just one treatment of each area.   We will continue to use this product until we have put it to so much use that it doesn’t want to work anymore.   It’s affordable and offers you an awesome solution over spending a lot of money on renting or buying heavy duty equipment to clean your carpets.  I’m definitely impressed with ease of use, affordability and availability of the Resolve Easy Clean Pro Carpet Cleaner.

So are you looking for a fairly easy way to clean your carpet?  Will you be looking into the Resolve Easy Clean Pro to take care of your carpet cleaning needs?  If so – I would love to hear your thoughts on it if you end up buying it or if you have tried it already.

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