Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Back to School Shopping Guide: All Ages





Yes, it is that time of year again: time to get ready to go back to school in the fall. A back to school shopping guide is essential in getting some of those items that you might otherwise forget. In this guide, I am starting from the little kiddos and going all the way up to college.


Preschool to Middle School


The Summer Brain Quest book pictured is for pre-k and Kindergarten, but Summer Brain Quest has books available for grades 1+2, 2+3, 3+4, 4+5, and 5+6. These books are perfect for kiddos in between those two grades to study the summer before going back to school. The books give an introduction to what the little ones should be learning in the coming school year.

Bunk 9's Guide to Growing Up is written just for girls by the girls of Camp Silver Moon. The book is a head to toe guide to puberty and health for growing girls, including crushes, sleep, skin care, first period tips, hormones, and more. It's jam-packed with tips and advice.


This epic book series includes:

Everything You Need to Ace World History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide
  
Everything You Need to Ace American History in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Everything You Need to Ace English Language Arts in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Everything You Need to Ace Math in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

Everything You Need to Ace Science in One Big Fat Notebook: The Complete Middle School Study Guide

The set reminds me of a smaller version of encyclopedias made specifically for school. How nifty! They are each helpful study guides for each school subject taught in middle school. 


Back to School Hygiene and Skin Care




Stock your bathroom with Softsoap Limited Edition Moisturizing Body Washes: Coastal Sunrise and Seaside Rush. Get ready for school with some fantastic scents!



 

 

 

 

 

 

Protecting your skin from the sun's harmful rays is vital for your health. Using sunscreen on a daily basis, even in winter, can reduce your chances of skin cancers and keep your skin young. TIZO 3 Tinted Face Mineral SPF40 Sunscreen contains antioxidants C and E for healthier skin. Use before, during and after school for the best results. Works as a primer so you can apply before your foundation. Free from chemical sunscreen filters, oils, fragrances, dyes, and perfumes. Won't degrade in sunlight. Great for any skin type.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planners and Stickers




The Building My Empire 2019 Planner is incredible! This 17-month planner features a monthly and weekly view, front closable pocket, back pocket, seasonal stickers, fun stickers, bookmark stickers, two elastics, holidays, goals, and yearly calendars. I love it, and it's perfect for back to school. Keep those assignments, quiz and test dates, due dates, and everything else for school all organized.





Who doesn't love more stickers?! The Fun Has Just Begun: The Awesomest Sticker Book Ever includes more than 800 stickers, six bonus postcards, one glitter sticker sheet, one holographic sticker sheet, 20 perforated sticker sheets, and a matchbook style closure to keep it all safe. It's a perfect pair with the Building My Empire 2019 Planner.

Big Ideas Inside: A Creativity Pad for Dreamers is the cutest notepad I've ever seen! Hardcover with an elastic closure, two pages of stickers, and colurful pages throughout. Doodle and write away. Use it as a journal, to keep notes, whatever you want!















What's your favorite back to school item?

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

iRobot Roomba 980 Robot Vacuum Review


iRobot Roomba 980
Best Cleaning Robot

People get very attached to their Roombas - to the point where each Roomba has a name, birthday, and some people even want to pet them! iRobot, the company that sells Roombas, even has an option to fix and send back the exact same Roomba if yours breaks. While I’m not sure about the prospect of having a Roomba as a pet, they do make very nice house helpers. 



Features at a Glance:

  • Smartphone compatibility
  • iAdapt 2.0 Navigation with Local Visualisation
  • Runs for up to 120 minutes
  • Self-charging
  • Aeroforce cleaning system



Pros:

  • Clean, schedule, & customize preferences from your smartphone
  • Will run as long as it can, then charge itself and complete the job
  • Notifications with cleaning status updates
  • Automatically increases airflow to clean carpets better

Cons:

  • Will not clean black carpets due to the cliff sensors (so the Roomba doesn’t fall off of a second story)



Although the Roomba is still only capable of cleaning one floor, and cannot climb or clean stairs, you could buy another Roomba for the second floor (if your finances cover it). Also, if your Roomba experiences the docking issue, you can hold the ‘clean button’ for a few seconds to give it a master reset. This often works, but if it doesn’t simply contact iRobot. They have great customer service and will issue you a replacement overnight. As for the cliff sensor problem, you can use a sort of modification to override it.

Our Opinion:

The Roomba 980 is really good for pet owners; it’s extremely helpful for those who have pets who shed a lot. It is very quiet on hardwood floors, and a bit louder on carpets - but with the ‘eco-boost’ preference it will quiet down. The app has a lot of neat cleaning options, and the scheduling is nice. The option to name your Roomba and see it’s ‘birthday’ is also really cute.

As far as robotic floor vacuums go, this one is very well automatized. It minimizes cleaning but doesn’t negate it entirely, however. For those looking for a little extra help, this is nice as long as you can stomach the price, and they seem to last a really long time. People who buy this talk about all the other Roombas they own and it seems this one is much more reliable, but even the first versions are still around and running.



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