bobi by bobsweep

Happy last week of August!

As Fall makes it way in, there is a definite chill in the air. I’m currently sitting here with my cup of tea and writing this blog post while our new family member does the cleaning for me. Wait. What?! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know we received a new robotic vacuum cleaner in the mail. We’ve been testing out our new friend bObi, and we are loving her to pieces! She sweeps, vacuums, mops and disinfects all at once!

I never thought I would own a robotic vacuum. How good could they really be? But when I became fed up with my Swiffer vacuum and how quickly it would lose battery life (not to mention the crummy suction) I decided to give it a whirl. With a toddler who seems to eat all day every day, and is constantly leaving a trail of crumbs, I felt like I was cleaning constantly! Now, all I have to do is push a button, and our bObi does the work for me! How does it get any better?

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

Here’s what’s included with your bObi:

  • Charging Station
  • 2 Main Brushes
  • Charging Adapter
  • Remote Control
  • Screwdriver
  • 2 Side Brushes
  • Cleaning Brush
  • Extra Screw and Blindfold Stickers
  • Mop extension
  • 2 Mop cloths
  • Filter Refill
  • Owners Manual
  • Syncing Tool

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

Blake gets a kick out of bObi and loves following her around while screaming. Our dog was a little scared of her at first, but now she doesn’t even phase him!

bObi runs quietly so we can do other things like read and play without being disturbed. She also has 3 different  modes. Put her in ‘Go’ mode when you want her to do an entire space. ‘Waffle’ mode is used if you have a small area that needs cleaning. I love using waffle for after meal time! When she’s done cleaning, you can press the ‘Juice’ button where she will find her way back to her charging station until cleaning duty calls again! If she needs help navigating a certain area, all you have to do is grab your trusty remote to help her do the tough spots. I love that I can control her while watching a show on TV!

Before running her, I try to pick up any toys, blankies, or clothing items that might be lying around. That way she can do a really good job. We were worried that she might not like our shaggy area rug, but to our surprise she had no issues transitioning from the hardwood floor. A very cool feature is that bObi has a mop extension and UV light to kill bacteria on our floors. I literally don’t have to lift a finger! She does a great job of picking up crumbs, dog fur and dust.

So, how has bObi changed my cleaning routine? Well, I do a lot less of it. Sure, I still get out my heavy duty vacuum to do a deeper clean sometimes. But for the every day messes, bObi is there to help out while giving me more precious time with my boy. Isn’t that what every Mom wants? Less cleaning! Now if only she could dust and clean my bathrooms…

There are a couple drawbacks with bObi. But nothing major. She seems to have very odd cleaning patterns that seem to take her a long time to get the job done. What would only take me a couple of minutes, takes her much longer. I also don’t really use the mop too often because it needs to be removed before she goes on carpet. If I’m not watching her closely, she will make her way onto our area rug with it still attached. Because our rug is a high pile shag, she does get stuck sometimes, but she just needs a little push to get going again!

All in all, we love our bObi girl for making our lives just a little bit easier! What are your thoughts on robotic vacuum cleaners?

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

bObi vacuum cleaner

 

*this is a collaboration post with bObi. All thoughts expressed are my own.

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

When my husband and I first moved into our home, we went a little crazy buying new furniture, a kitchen table, king bed, etc. However, after almost 3 years of living here, one thing that keeps getting put on the back burner are new bar stools. We’ve had the same, espresso coloured stools for so long and decided to just make do with them for a little while. Well, wouldn’t you know that other things keep coming up (like finishing our basement). Since it didn’t look like we were going to be getting new stools any time soon, I went ahead and decided to do a little DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover!

The colour scheme of our current home includes lots of cream, beige and grey tones. The dark brown stools weren’t horrible (at least they went with the flooring), but it was just time for a change. I found they left the room feeling a little dark, and I’m so happy with the way they now brighten it up!

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

It’s a good thing the whole “old and worn” look is in these days. Because these stools are anything but in perfect condition. I’m a huge fan of chalk paint, and when I saw that you can now get it in a spray paint I was in heaven! I found this one at Walmart, but I believe you can also get them at Canadian Tire.

I decided to go with the ‘aged grey’ so the stools would fit in better with our kitchen table, grey counter tops and white cabinets. This was the easiest paint job I’ve ever done and took no time at all! After the first coat, you only have to wait 30 minutes to apply the second. The next day I did a very light distressing of the edges so that a tiny bit of the brown peeked through. You can also purchase the top coat protection, but I have yet to do that step…!

And there you have it…all done! To be honest, it was such a huge change I kind of doubted myself and the colour choice I made. After a few days of getting used to the new colour, I was so glad I did it! Such a simple thing to do, but such big impact on the space.

Do you like to do small DIY projects like this? What have you done lately?

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

DIY Kitchen Stool Makeover

My skin hates me sometimes. I swear. Just when I thought I had it under control, I had a baby…and it all went south. Thanks a lot hormones!

*Knock on wood*  it seems to be coming around again, and I think this product has a lot to do with it! I came across the No.7 Total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Exfoliator at Shoppers Drug Mart and decided to pick it up on a whim.

Just for reference, I have oily skin that tends to get clogged easily which leads to breakouts. This means I need to exfoliate pretty regularly to try and keep these things at bay. This particular product has very small, grainy particles making it slightly harsher than typical exfoliators, so I only use it twice a week.

No. 7 Total Renewal

For $21 CAD you receive 75 ml of product. You only need the smallest amount to do your whole face, so it’s been lasting me a long time. Use small circular movements over your face and neck and be amazed with how soft your skin feels after just one use! My face feels like it got a really deep cleansing facial and my other skincare products seem to absorb better after using the No. 7 Total Renewal. Dark marks from past breakouts are fading and my skin appears to be brighter and less dull looking.

I’ve loved adding this product into my skincare routine! Would you try the No. 7 Total Renewal?

 

*this post contains affiliate links. All thoughts expressed are my own.

 

Ahhh sweet sweet Summer time. Hot weather, park dates, beach days and camping! Definitely our favourite time of year. Blake loves getting outdoors and exploring the world. I already dread the thought of Winter creeping it’s way in! But let’s not go there yet…today I wanted to share some of our Summer favourites featuring Canadian company Little Blue Canoe! This isn’t my first post talking about LBC and the amazing Canadian made products it offers. I’ve got a new batch of items that are so darn adorable you won’t be able to stand it.

Owner Kelly, of Little Blue Canoe has designed her own selection of products called “The Happiest Collection.” Apparel, accessories and decor are printed with sayings like Happiest at the Lake or Happiest by the Ocean. Well, this couldn’t be truer for me since we pretty much live at the lake in the Summer!

Summer Favourites

 

Summer Favourites

We are loving this tote bag for trips to the beach. First of all, it’s adorable. And second, the durable material makes it ideal for carrying sand toys, water bottles, towels and other beach necessities!

This graphic tank has become a staple in my Summer wardrobe. So incredibly soft and the breathable fabric makes it perfect for those hot sunny days!

Summer Favourites

Summer Favourites

Summer Favourites

To complete my Happiest collection, I couldn’t resist this print. Available in navy or black ink, this fits perfectly in our home. Although it’s currently in my bedroom, I may have to move it into Blake’s nautical themed nursery.

Summer Favourites

Speaking of prints, how gorgeous is this gold foil coffee print?! With the sun shining by 5am during the Summer, I’ve never needed my morning coffee so much. I love waking up and seeing this cute print by my coffee station.

Keeping with the coffee theme, this little java bookmark for Summer reading is just the cutest! It’s magnetic, which means it’s harder for little hands to pull it out and lose your page. ;)

Summer Favourites

Summer Favourites

Even though these Summer days can be hot, evenings can still cool off quite a bit. These unisex striped harem pants are a lightweight cotton so your little ones won’t overheat, while keeping their legs covered and protected from those pesky mosquitos.

I absolutely fell in love with this Cactus sweater and knew it would be perfect for those cooler nights while camping. Blake looks so darn cute in it, too! Can I get this in adult size please?!

Now for the best part….you can save 15% off your order from Little Blue Canoe by using my discount code ASHLEY15 at checkout! Happy shopping!

Summer Favourites

Summer Favourites

 

What are some of your Summer Favourites?

 

 

The other day, I was preparing to get ready for our anniversary dinner date. Lucky number 3 years of marriage! I figured I would clean my wedding rings since they were totally gunked up with makeup, lotion, etc. They were looking quite dull and I wanted them to sparkle for our date night! Wouldn’t you know I was completely out of cleaner. So I took to good old Google to find a DIY Jewelry Cleaner recipe. Well, I just had to share it with you because boy, did it work! The best part is, you probably have all of the ingredients right in your kitchen!

DIY Jewelry Cleaner

Original recipe via PopSugar

Here’s what you’ll need:

* Bowl

* 1 cup hot water

* 1 tsp. salt

* 1 tsp baking soda

* Few drops dish soap

* Aluminum foil

* Soft toothbrush

* Tea towel or paper towel

DIY Jewelry Cleaner

ONE
Put tinfoil square into bottom of bowl. Place salt, baking soda and dish soap onto the tinfoil. Add the water and watch the ingredients start to bubble! According to PopSugar, “the salt, baking soda, and aluminum foil create a chemical exchange called an ion transfer, which naturally cleans metals.”

TWO
Add jewelry to the cleaner and let sit for 10 minutes or so.

DIY Jewelry Cleaner

THREE
Remove jewelry and brush gently with a tooth brush. I used a soft bristle brush to reduce the risk of any scratching. Rinse and dry your jewelry pieces with paper towel or a lint-free tea towel.

FOUR
Enjoy your clean, sparkling jewelry! I was amazed at how much gunk and buildup I was able to easily remove.

DIY Jewelry Cleaner

Such a simple DIY jewelry cleaner recipe if you don’t have a store bought cleaner or would just prefer to make it yourself at home!

Do you make your own jewelry cleaner?