Mapping Your Home’s Dirt with Eco-Friendly Robot Vacuum Cleaners

Picture if you will…

It’s 1:00 a.m. Twin girls are peacefully sleeping. Dog and cat are peacefully sleeping. Husband and wife are peacefully sleeping. Wife is dreaming, and in her dream she begins to hear the sound of a vacuum. It gets closer and closer and closer…until she wakes up. Still hearing the sound of a vacuum. At 1:00 a.m.

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She grabs her husband’s arm, who startles awake, and demands to know what is wrong. He stops and questions the noise, while the dog begins to whine and the cat streaks through the bedroom, and immediately realizes: he accidentally set the Roomba to start cleaning at 1:00 AM instead of 1:00 PM.

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This may or may not have happened to us the first week we had our Roomba. You can only take our word for it, I guess. Let’s just say that around here, the Roomba is now started manually instead of left on a timer!

When we first got the Roomba (my husband has named her Rosie, after the maid on The Jetsons? Yeah…) we were living in a home that was all tile and wood flooring. The only carpet was in the closets. And don’t forget about the cat and the dog…and all that hair. Rosie was a lifesaver for us! Especially after the girls arrived!

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Snow Day Ideas – Rock the Boredom + HM #171

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #171! My question for you today is…are you BORED yet? This week’s THEME is Snow Day Ideas – Rock the Boredom! Are you snowed in? Are you bored? Do you need some fresh ideas to keep you busy this time of year? That’s what today’s post is all about! And I’m SO excited to share it with you! #SnowDayIdeas #HomeMattersParty

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Snow Day Ideas – Rock the Boredom + HM #171

Here are five inspiring ideas for from around the blogosphere to keep you NOT bored this time of year! 

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Spectacular Snow Day Activities with My Boys from Rachel @ Craving Some Creativity

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Party Menu & Recipes from Bryt @ In Literature 

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Organizing Your Photos: How to Get Started from Andi @ Good Life Organizing

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How to Find Ancestors Who Came to the U.S. Through Ellis Island from Beth @ Living with Beth

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Just a Little Closet Organization from Kristen @ The Road to Domestication

So…looking at my ideas, you can see what some of MY favorite things to do when I’m bored are! I have a spot where I write down fun things (things I always think of to do when I’m super busy) and when things slow down and I’m looking for a new activity, I go back to that list. It’s like a “bored notebook” instead of a  bored jar, but I LOVE the idea of a jar! My hubby and I also LOVE movies, so why not do a movie marathon day and theme all your meals that day around the movies?! I mean, how fun is that?! After that I turn practical. I’m in the midst of scanning tons of old photos for our family – the next time I’m bored I’ll definitely be starting in on that project again. And don’t get me started on the ancestry research. I got stuck when all my mom’s relatives started speaking Dutch back in the day, and I can’t understand that language! But it’s “on my list” of things to work on when I get bored! But, my never-fail way to get rid of boredom and get some instant gratification is to organize a closet! I hope at least one of these ideas knocks the boredom out of you!

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Valentine’s Day Fun and Romance + HM #170

Welcome to the Home Matters Linky Party #170! I think we all know what’s coming up this week, right? This week’s THEME is Valentine’s Day Fun & Romance! If you happen to feel like you may be fresh out of ideas for this coming Valentine’s Day, never fear! Help is right here! #ValentinesDayFun #HomeMattersParty

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Valentine’s Day Fun and Romance + HM #170

Here are five fantastic ideas for YOUR Valentine’s Day from around the blogosphere! 

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10 + Practical and Stylish Gift Ideas For the New Mother’s Home

I guess it’s just the season of life that I’m in, but right now I have multiple close friends who are expecting a baby soon! One of my closest friends is actually being induced THIS Saturday! EEEKKK!!! The number of baby showers I’ve been to of late is staggering, and I’ve got invites right in front of me for even more. While checking a momma-to-be’s registry is always a good idea, sometimes I like to come up with a few of my own gift ideas. But I feel like I’ve been running out of original inspiration lately!

So when Anna from AnnaVasily.com.au asked me if she could share some ideas with me (and all of you) I thought it was just perfect timing! Take a few minutes ands her suggestions below!

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How exciting it is to expect a new member in your family! However, no one is more thrilled than the future mom. She has the greatest joy of keeping the baby close to her heart and the greatest responsibility to protect both the child and herself. Show her how meaningful she is with a thoughtful present. Here are some ideas for both decorative and baby related items that will make her feel special and appreciated when she’s at home.

Get inspired by the following ideas!

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Since the family is growing, she`ll need to create more space for placing new memories at home. A frame for multiple photos is a perfect way to prepare for the new family experiences.

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Why NYC Bus Tours Are Perfect For Families

I’ve been thinking about traveling a LOT recently. Maybe it’s because I just spent almost 4 weeks stuck in my house taking care of sick family members, I’m not sure…but it’s been a while since we traveled anywhere, and I’m starting to get the itch. Of course traveling these days is a horse of a different color for us – now it’s not just the hubby and I off an an adventure. US now includes two VERY active 18-month-olds. I’m not sure what travel looks like for us these days, but one thing I know is, for any kind of a group, I LOVE me some bus tours.

My husband and I did Washington D.C. a couple years ago in four days flat. It was AMAZING, and the only way we were able to do it in that short amount of time was by taking advantage of an awesome bus tour. It brought simplicity to the entire process, and we decided that the next time we tour a city, we would do another bus tour. 

Take New York City, for instance.

Seeing New York is a one of a kind experience that you understandably want to have while being together as a family. Your kids will remember it for years to come, and so will your spouse. It’s like nothing else. But it’s not easy to tour a big city as a family – or is it?

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Over 60 million people now visit New York in an average year, and that breaks down to some five million per month, 1.25 million per week, and well over 100,000 per day.

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Yes, NYC is crowded and overflowing with tourist – but when you take a bus tour around the city, you beat the crowds and avoid having to fight the traffic (on the street or on the sidewalk.) That’s the first reason to opt for a NYC double decker bus tour for your family vacation, but here are five more to take into account:

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