Thursday, June 26, 2014

bObsweep PetHair Robotic Vacuum Review

I have some very lucky ladies in my family who have robotic vacuums.  I have been very jealous for a long time.  Good news though.  I am no longer jealous.  Thanks to Groupon, I'm now the proud owner of a robotic vacuum, the bObsweep PetHair.  I got an AMAZING deal on it.  If you don't Groupon, you need to.  I find great stuff on there all the time. 

There is only one person in this house that is as excited (and quite possibly more excited) as me, Funshine and he loves "bobots."  He is obsessed with the robotic vacuum commercials, Transformers, and the most annoying TWO toy robots a kid has ever owned (alas, that is a story all on its own).

When I was researching the bObsweep PetHair robo vac before ordering it he was enamored with the videos on their web page and YouTube.  I decided it was worth a shot so I ordered on Sunday.  On Wednesday, Bob the Butler (his temporary and possibly permanent name) arrived!

Remember how I said how excited Funshine was?  Here he is just before the vacuum arrived. 

How did he get that big?
The box is pretty large.  It arrived wrapped in plastic and in really good condition.  I was dying to get into it.
Front of the box

Back and side

I turned the flash on since my camera wasn't really cooperating.  Funshine doesn't do well with the flash, apparently his eyes are scared of the light.

See what I mean.
Here is a side by side comparison so you can see how big the box is.  It's pretty much the same size as Funshine.  Note the crazy face he is making.  Funshine + Flash = HILARITY!


When you pull it out of the box it's nicely packaged with styrofoam. 

The contents:  instruction manuals, a screwdriver (SWEET!), the dust mop attachment, bumper pads and instructions, replacement filters, and a little cleaning brush.

When you lift off the top styrofoam lid this is what you find.  It was VERY well packaged.  There was really no room for anything to shift in shipping and it was all well wrapped in plastic.

Inside contents: the vacuum unit, the docking station, the charging cable, extra screws, a remote, and two corner brushes.

You have to install the corner brush.  It's very easy.  Flip the unit over and take one of the small dark screws and the screwdriver they provided you with and put the brush on.

It's super fast and easy. That is the only
Funshine couldn't keep his hands off of Bob the Butler.  Again, the flash got him. 

He really needs to figure this out.
They say to put the docking station on a hard flat surface (preferably not carpet).  I put it on carpet in the beginning to charge where Funshine could see it.  I've since relocated it to the tile.  I plugged in the docking station, turned the unit on, and set the clock. 

Don't mind my reflection.

You're supposed to let the unit charge for 12 hours before using it!  Uhhhhh no, I let it charge for about an hour because Funshine couldn't stand it any longer.

We let is run for 10 minutes.  Funshine followed it around the whole time.  In the video you can hear him say "Bobot clean" and "all clean Mama" he was thoroughly impressed.  (I cannot get the video to play over mobile devices but there is a video below of you are on your computer.)

It ran for 10 minutes and you see on the video the areas it cleaned.  Here are some up close shots of the dirt.  Sorry, this is for science right?!  Remember we have LOTS of things in this house.  Two cats, one dog, Funshine, Love-A-Lot, Grumpy, and me!  We are in and out all day.  I hadn't touched the floors since I swept/mopped on Friday.

Ugggggh, that is so yuck! Mainly pet hair! Thanks animals!  Here is a nice close up for you.  I am THOROUGHLY impressed with Bob the Butler.  Look at how tiny some of those particles are!  Those short black hairs are from the dog.  She is in her shedding phase and you think she'd be bald. 

Seriously, at least the house looked clean.
We have since let the bObsweep run a full deep clean cycle (at nap time) and another short cycle (Love-A-Lot wanted to see him go before bed). I LOVE him!  He is a welcome addition to the family.  He's actually pretty darn quiet and he does a great job.  I have him set to run Monday through Friday at nap time.  Really one of the best investments, I wish we had one when the kids were crawling.

It's great with the pets too.  Truffles was napping on the floor and he went right around her.  She wasn't afraid of him either.  The cats sat on the stairs and judged the heck out of him, but weren't scared.  The kids think he's amazing and so do I.  Grumpy likes him, I think he thinks it's a little frivolous, but that's a man for you! 

I have some really big news coming up, part of the reason why I've been so distant around here.  Expect that sometime around the middle of July. 

One more thing, look at this adorable kid!  Like his bed head?  He always looks like that!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Banana Craisin Chocolate Oatmeal Bites

In my quest to live a healthier lifestyle I've been trying hard to find a good, quick, easy breakfast.  As a mom of two kids Love-A-Lot, who is in kindergarten now and Funshine who has just turned 2, it's not always easy to pick the healthy choice.  We walk to school each morning and have exactly 25 minutes to eat breakfast and get out the door to make it to school on time.  I found this recipe.  There is nothing wrong with the original (although I wouldn't refer to them as muffins), but I wanted it to be healthier for me so I changed quite a bit.  Here is my result:
Don't they look yummy?!
Preheat your oven to 375* and lets get started!  Get a large bowl:
Peel 3 bananas and toss them in the bowl.  Mash them up.  You can use a fork or whatever floats your boat.  I prefer to have my banana mush smooth so I used my hand mixer! Love that thing!

You'll also need the following:

1 CUP of Almond Milk

1/3 CUP of Egg Whites

1 TBSP Baking Powder

3 CUPS Rolled Oats

1/4 CUP Craisins

1/2 CUP Applesauce

1 TSP Pumpkin Pie Spice

1/4 CUP Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
 Toss all the other ingredients in the bowl along with the bananas you mashed and mix thoroughly. 

Grease a mini muffin tin and spoon out the oatmeal mixture.  I used a little scoop (for cookies and what not) it is the perfect size for the mini muffin tin. 

Fill the cups right up.  Some of mine vary in size due to the craisins and chocolate chips, but try to make them as even as possible.  I got 34 servings from this recipe.

Bake at 375* for 15 - 20 minutes.  Check them after 10 since oven times vary.  Mine is gas and tends to cook faster then others.  Also if you use a regular or jumbo tin, then adjust the cooking times accordingly.

To check for doneness poke the top of the Bites with your finger you want them firm not squishy.  Also look for a little bit of browning on the top.

Let them cool in the pan for a minute or two and transfer them to an air tight container to cool the rest of the way.  I generally make these during naptime or in the evening so once they are finished cooling put the lid on and store them in the fridge!

In the morning you can either eat them cold or pop them in the microwave for about 30 seconds until they are warm again.  One of these Bites is 50 calories!!! Not to shabby, because I find them quite filling.  I usually have 3 and then a veggie sausage patty. 

You don't have to have the "fancy" things, you can absolutely use regular milk and two eggs, but that will change the calories depending on what you use.  Also if you don't like craisins or **GASP** chocolate omit or replace them.  Pumpkin Pie Spice is kinda my thing, if you don't like it you can use cinnamon or another spice combination. 

Make these, they are great, easy, and so very yummy!  You will wonder how you ever got by without eating Banana Craisin Chocolate Oatmeal Bites!!!