Saturday, June 3, 2017

Does it always HAVE to be a mulitple offer situation?

For those of you who might not be in the market to purchase or sell a home, you might be blissfully unaware of the market we are currently negotiating through in North Texas. Called a "Seller's Market," there seems to be more buyers of homes than there are homes for sale. This creates a few interesting situations. For one, it drives prices for homes up. Secondly, it creates a competitive market for buyers who are all vying for the same low inventory of properties. Lastly, it can create false expectations of sellers when they do put their home on the market. 

I received a response today, after asking a fellow Realtor about a home that was still in "active" status (meaning, the property has not gone under contract yet). When I asked if she was working with other offers, the response I received was, "Yes, she's received one, but she's waiting until Monday to see if she receives anymore." This irked me a bit, because I wonder what this market doing to the expectations of sellers. It is almost expected that if your house goes live on the market, you will get multiple showings and multiple offers right off the bat. This scenario does present itself quite often. But buyer's agents often have the disappointing position of constantly having to figure out how to best present their clients offers to sellers who are expecting not just one full price offer, but several offers, all over asking price. It's certainly a difficult situation for both parties. Here are some tips to help you if you are thinking about buying or selling your home. 

1). Even in a seller's market, you can still overprice a home. 

Right now, home prices continue to soar. Even agents can have a hard time figuring out exactly how high to list a house when appraised values continue to come back higher and higher for each home. However, there is still such a thing as a home being overpriced. Even in this market, I can't accentuate enough the importance of pricing your house appropriately. The last thing you want is a home that is sitting for weeks in a market that is supposed to be incredibly fast for sellers. Rely on your Realtor's comps and allow them to show you reasonable comps that can support the appraised value. 

2) All you need is one good showing and one good offer. 

It is very dangerous when sellers will only respond to offers when they have more than one. There are still ethical ways of negotiating offers in this market that are fair to both parties. If someone has looked at your home and provided you an offer, do not wait for days for other offers to come through. Respond to the offer and negotiate with the party that is interested and who has quickly attempted to purchase your home. Making a buyer wait in this market is not only a waste of their time, but a waste of yours as well. If you have a solid offer, with a solid lender approved buyer, see if you can't work that offer out first, before waiting for others to come in. 

3) List the house for what you expect to receive. 

If you want $175,000 for your home, and the comps support $175,000 for your home, expect to receive $175,000 for your home. If the expectation that you can list your home for $175,000 but expect to receive offers at $185,000 or higher, then you might be setting yourself up for a disappointment. There is nothing wrong with listing a home as high as you can. In fact, you should list it for as high as you and your Realtor think you can go. Just set yourself up for appropriate expectations before listing and allow any offers over asking price to simply be icing on the cake, not the expectation. 

4) The highest offers aren't always the best offers. 

What matters more than anything is the bottom line you will walk away with on closing day. Sure, you might get an offer over asking price, but what all are they asking you to do to the home before closing? What all are they expecting you to pay for in the contract? Are they solidly preapproved? Do they have the funds to close the home at the agreed upon price, should the house not appraise with the bank? Realtors are going to help you, step by step, walk through the terms of the contract to see which offer works best for you. Sometimes, the offer accepted isn't always the highest, and that is OK. 

5) As a buyer, don't look for homes you can't afford. 

I can't stress this enough - look within your means. Many buyers move forward with the full amount a lender has approved them for. Your monthly payment to the bank isn't the only  thing to consider - what are the taxes? How much is the insurance? A lot of people purchase a home at the highest end of their budget, only to be sorely upset next year at tax time, when the property taxes have increased, and so have their payments. As your Realtor about these things when shopping around. 

6) Please don't use HGTV as your Real Estate educator. 

The scenarios on these programs are staged for camera. Very rarely in this market will a seller negotiate on price, especially if the house has only recently come on the market.  This is true for both buyers and sellers!! 

7) Use a trusted Real Estate Agent who can help you navigate through the process. 

Realtors aren't only useful to take pictures of properties and show homes to you. In fact, where they are most valuable is after those things have already been done. From the beginning of the process, a Realtor will use their experience to guide you through the offer, explain the contract and what you will be contractually obligated to pay for and accomplish prior to closing, to help aid and encourage the title company and lenders to stay on deadline and provide them any help they need during the process. to continue negotiation with the other party throughout the process and to ensure both parties get to the closing table. 

If you are thinking of buying or selling a home, let me be your Realtor! I can help walk you step by step through the process, ensuring an easy transition for you and your family!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Movie Night at the Whiteheads

Movie nights have always been a part of the Whitehead traditions. When we first got married, we were literally so broke it was really all we could do. As time progressed, and money grew easier to part with, movie nights are still very much alive in our household.
When the kids were younger, it was pretty easy to find movies they'd both watch. Sophia had just turned 4 and Jordan just turned 7, but for the most part, cartoons were still the name of the game. This was our very first picture together, the three of us, watching Finding Nemo. At the time, I was 29 years old and had spent the last 10 years or so going out every night. This was definitely a change for me, relaxing on a couch with two little ones cuddling up next to me, watching a Pixar movie.
We would try to mix it up and make it interesting - we had the smallest living room in that little apartment, but would put our tent right in the living room while watching movies and eating fun junk!!

Occasionally, we would splurge on a movie night out, like this time we saw Cloudy with a Change of Meatballs at the IMAX.

But for the most part, we loved being home and watching movies. And we LOVE the way Jason makes us popcorn. Only with a popcorn popper, with special toppings just for us. We eat lots of popcorn.


And lots....

And lots of popcorn. Even our pups get it on the action every once in a while.

Now that the kids are older, 15, 12 and 6, it's becoming harder and harder to watch movies that the whole family will like. Jordan likes action, Sophia loves that she's 12 and doesn't like watching cartoons of any kind anymore and Avery is still in kindergarten so she can't watch a lot of things we can all watch.
Pure Flix has been popping up on my Facebook feed and I had to give it a looksee. I was pretty surprised at this particular streaming channel. I honestly thought it would just be a bunch of boring movies I had no interest in. But after looking through some of the titles, I was pretty excited to try it out in my house! If you follow the link above, you can also receive one month free to give it a try.
There were three that popped out at me that I would like to try first - Queens of Nashville is the story of all of our favorite women artists and their rise to stardom. Carrie Underwood, Reba, Miranda Lambert, and more! I think that might be a girls night in type movie. Time Changer is one I picked for all of - it's an action movie about traveling into the future. iShine KNECT is specifically for Sophia and Avery. It's a faith based show, along the same format as Hannah Montana and iCarly. I thought they would really enjoy watching it.
So, I'm curious - what are your movie night essentials?

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale - A Review of the First Three Episodes

I knew nothing of this book when I began hearing about this show on Hulu. Ever since The Hunger Games, anything described as "dystopian" generally tends to capture my interest, so when I heard about this show, I was intrigued. I signed back up for Hulu just so I could watch the show.

This show is based on a 1985 book written by Margaret Atwood, a Canadian author. The adaptation into this Hulu series centers around a woman, whose real name is June, but is called Offred ("Of-Fred," the man, her commander she is bound to, is named Fred). We aren't really told when this story is set, but given the scenery of the events leading up to the overthrow of the government, I assume it is present-day. There are several songs used on the soundtrack, several from the 80's and a few from other times periods. In this alternate present, we learn that the United States has been overthrown by some sort of right wing, religious group who have instituted marshall law and have taken over the day to day goings-on of all citizens left within the country. Women have been reduced to three categories: wives of high ranking "commanders" who are barren but wealthy, non-fertile Marthas who have become servants in the home, and the fertile women remaining are all handmaids. These handmaids serve as the baby-producers for the wealthy wives who can't seem to have children. In this present alternate universe, something has rendered the birth rate almost non-existent, with infertility and still-births at an all time high. These handmaids, while enslaved, are revered to a certain extent, as they have proven their ability to become pregnant and have children prior to the "revolution." In a terrible routine, they are forced to have intercourse with these men while their wives are holding them down, until they become pregnant, then after their babies are born, are to become to property of the couple while the handmaid is moved to another home or forced to do it again. (I find it hard to believe that a group so powerful and wealthy, that has the means to take over the entire country, would not simply use some form of medical insemination instead of basically allowing men to rape another woman in front of their wife, but I digress). The fourth and small, but powerful, group of women, the Aunts, are left to brainwash the handmaids, and if brainwashing doesn't work, they have their cattle prods in hand, ready to keep any resistor in line.

I have to admit, this show has my attention. Not because it could actually happen, but because the show is just really well done and I have to admit, I'm pretty intrigued to see what's going to happen.

Ok - first. If you are a Christian, this show is going to drive you bananas. We are led to believe that the group that has taken over the entire country, is some sort of Puritan-based, Bible-reciting, right-wing group of Godly believers. We haven't seen any of the leaders of the new government yet, only various men in black suits who drive black SUVs with the worst paint jobs I've ever seen. The woman in charge of keeping these women in line, called the Aunts, recite random verses from the Bible as they "encourage" these women to keep with the program. Gay people are called "gender traitors" and hung for their transgressions. Women are called sluts, whores and worse. They are told that they brought infertility on themselves by their loose sexual pasts. Somehow, this group not only took over the country, but redecorated all of the homes with furniture made in Amish country back in 1674, the same people who also happened to redesign their clothes. As I watched the sets changed, it reminded me of The Village, like somehow changing one's dress and furniture choices makes you innocent and pure. Clearly, this is not a Christianity I have anything to do with. One where the men are the leaders, women are merely slaves or procreators, and where any type of stain (or, "sin") on your life is grounds for hanging. Of course, it hasn't been said it's Christianity, or even what type of religious group it is, we just know that they recite the Bible and use it, literally, as a tool for their lifestyle, as well as legal prosecution and sentencing.

Secondly - financial resources and manpower needed by a religious organization to overthrow a government and take over every citizen in every city in the United States of America is so far beyond impossible. In every dystopian novel I read, I always wish they'd set these in a country the size of one of our states. To do this in America, one would need an army the half the size of the country. This could never happen. So, does it scare me? From that aspect, no. Try doing this in Texas and see how far you get.

What does scare me about this show is how they took over power. One day, all womens' credit cards were turned off and employers were made to fire them. No money, no way to make money, and completely dependent on the males for everything. Now this terrifies me. We are so far on the grid, so dependent on things like credit cards, electricity, etc, that it would be very easy for those things to be magically turned off one day and us all to be at each others' mercy. They tried to peacefully march before the revolution, and were gunned down in the streets by militia men with automatic weapons (yet another reminder of why the 2nd amendment matters so much, as it appears no one in this world had anything with which to defend themselves). Those people who tried to escape to Canada were chased and caught, their children were ripped from their arms to be raised by who knows who, the dads and husbands killed. and these mothers were put into slavery as nothing more than baby producers. Those who continued to be a part of the resistance are hanged, their bodies hung off the side of this big cement wall, as constant reminders for everyone to see. Women are forbidden to read. Trips to the grocery store don't include words, only symbols, on both the groceries and the money.

June, or "Offred," provides us a glimpse into society, both pre-revolution and post-revolution. Her actions fall in line to this new regime, but her thoughts, which we are privy to, offer us a glimpse into her personality and past as a book editor.  She narrates this story, and she things she says are quick witted and intelligent, sharp and sarcastic. Her only intention is to survive this so she can see her daughter again, a small girl ripped from her arms by armed men. Elizabeth Moss (Madmen) has a big acting task, as the bulk of her screen time is spent with the camera dead in her face as she reacts non-verbally to most of the things around her. This could have been a very annoying character, but Elizabeth Moss gives her a submissive quality while still remaining her strong and intelligent persona.

This show is very much about women's rights. What spurs this revolution on is the decrease in fertility and the declining birthrate. There is one scene in which June gives birth, then follows the nurse to the nursery for her baby's first bath. She asks where all of the babies are? The nurse says, "It was a bad night, some of them ended up in intensive care and the rest are with God." One must ask, what would a country do to battle this? How far would they go to change that the population was in a rapid decline? But in this show, it isn't the government, it's this religious group, that is forcing these women into these positions.

Something I couldn't seem to get over, and found a bit hard to believe, is just how quickly these rich women went from living in an America where women were working and liberated to a country of puritan women and slave owners, without skipping a beat. In one scene, Offred's "mistress" (as they call the wives of their commanders) offers Offred a cookie, apparently a gesture that the other mistresses find inappropriate. "Don't spoil them!" one says, as if they are literally speaking of dogs. I mean, this revolution literally just happened. Like, in one minute these women were working together in an office, and the next minute, one is basically a sex slave owner of the other, having completely forgotten that these handmaids are also human beings. I find that part of all this very hard to swallow,  that these wealthy wives so quickly fell in line with this way of living, as if they hadn't been raised in a forward thinking country as the US for their entire lives. And what of the rest of the world? We are supposed to believe that a superpower was taken over by sex slave owning, right wing religious nut group and no one else in the world seems to be doing anything about it? I guess I have to suspend disbelief to enjoy this show, at least, in some ways. In other ways, it's quite terrifying. Thinking of someone coming in with force, killing my husband, taking my children and forcing me into this life, literally kept me awake a little last night.

I think this is a show most of us would enjoy, if not for the idea of it, then the acting and the storyline. Well worth returning to Hulu for!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Movie Review: Passengers

I have read several reviews of this movie, just terrible reviews, of how awful this movie was. I didn't care. I tend not to always agree with movie critics, and I for one, have been looking forward to seeing this movie since the first time I saw the trailer, months ago. Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are by far, two of my favorite actors, so it was a no-brainer that I had to see this movie. They could spend the 2 hours in a barrel and I'd probably love it, and this movie, well, this movie proved that.
Passengers 2016 film poster.jpg
For starters, let me tell you there will be some spoilers in this review, but I feel like I am glad I read a few spoilers before seeing it. You are tricked into thinking, from the previews, that this movie is Sci-Fi. It isn't. It's a human story told on a spaceship, and to me, there's a huge difference. If you are going, thinking this is a Sci-Fi spectacle, you will be disappointed. There are elements of Sci-Fi, but as much as Gravity was a human story told in the caverns of space, this is a romantic story told on a spaceship. Just be warned before seeing it.
Just to set this movie up, this is the story, set in a far distant future, of average mechanic Jim Preston (Chris Pratt) who is awoken from a 120 year slumber, 90 years too early. He is traveling on a ship transporting 5,000 passengers and 200+  crew to a new planet called Homestead II. The ship is transporting these people to inhabit a new planet and we find out, later, that people are paying massive amounts of money to take this journey. A journey that ensures you will never see your family or friends on Earth (Or Homestead I? It doesn't really say). You will go to sleep and wake up, 120 in the future, to start over on a new planet. Due to a mechanical failure, Jim's hiber-chamber is opened 90 years too early. After he realizes he is the only one who has awoken on this ship, he quickly determines he will forever be alone, and doomed to a lifetime aboard this ship, as by the time they reach the new planet, he will have died. He spends a whole year, plus some months, in solitude, with only the android bartender Arthur to keep him company. Day after day, night after night, he is surrounded with the cushiest surroundings one can find - an endless supply of good food and fine spirits, exercise, video games and movies, and even regular walks out in space. He quickly figures out just how lonely of an existence this is and decides to take his own life. While walking amongst the vast hiber-chambers filled with sleeping people, contemplating suicide, he comes across the chamber of Aurora Lane (Jennifer Lawrence) and is quickly taken by her beauty. After scouring the ship's files, he finds all of the information he can on her, including her interviews about why she wants to travel. He grapples with this for some time - finding solace in seeing someone else's face and hearing someone else's voice, he soon falls deeply in love with her. He speaks nightly with Arthur about the consequences of waking her up, talking about how much he loves her but knowing waking her up is a death sentence. Being a mechanic, he's tried desperately to find a way into the ship's main deck or to find a way to go back into hiber sleep, but to no avail. He does, however, figure out how to wake someone up.  One day, he decides to take the chance, waking her up but telling her it was an accident. Of course, they fall in love and develop a pretty lovely existence on this ship together. On the night of her birthday, Jim decides to ask her to marry him. While he is in the bathroom, Arthur lets it slip that the reason she is awake is because Jim woke her up, not a mechanical failure (This android is 100% innocent, he misconstrues a conversation and gives up this information on accident). She is infuriated. Now, not only are the doomed to die, they are doomed to spend the rest of their lives on a ship where she knows of his selfish choice and hates him, and with him spending every day with the guilt of knowing what he did to her. That's as far as I will go, the rest of the movie is a thrill ride and I certainly don't want to spoil it!
What I love about this movie is that it's a completely unique story. We've seen people marooned on a desert island, destined to spend the rest of their lives lonely and in solitude. We've even seen a movie about a man marooned in space and the lengths he went to, to get back to earth. What we haven't explored is the idea that you can be marooned, alone, in a ship, with thousands of people around you, whom you will never meet or talk to. What would you do? How desperate would you become for companionship? Holding the fate of someone else's life in your hands - what would you do after being alone for a long period of time?
I've heard this movie described as creepy (which is kind of is), an example of Stockholm's Syndrome, in which the captee falls in love with the captor, a sick demented example of a stalker. But I didn't find it to be any of those things. This isn't a serial killer, set out to get his prey. Jim is an average guy who finds himself in a very serious, very extraordinary situation. And then we watch Aurora, and her very real emotional response to this situation. There is real love, real hate, real emotions and real survival questions that come up and I loved every minute of it.
The CGI in this movie is nothing to turn your nose up at, either. There are some incredibly breathtaking scenes, and by breathtaking, they literally take your breath away with beauty but also with suspense. There is one scene, in particular, in which Aurora is swimming in the ship's pool, and a technical difficulty causes the ship's gravity to suspend. Aurora is caught in a bubble of water, floating around the room, unable to get to a surface for air. It's an incredible scene and one of the many suspenseful moments of the film.
I am not sure that the reason I don't feel like this film is not more creepy isn't because of Pratt. He's so charming, and his love for her is so real and true, and his guilt for what he did is so intense, that you can't help but still love him through all of this. They are both charming together - and not in an annoying way. Just truly engaging. Is there an actor on this planet who doesn't have amazing chemistry with JLaw? The woman is likeable, to the core.
I highly suggest this film, but take it as pure entertainment value and revel in the scenery and the beautiful relationship between these two highly attractive actors!!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Sharing YOUR Jennarocity

I used to love to blog. Do people still blog? I feel so out of touch with social media these days. You get out of the game for a few months and the updates just pass you right by.
It's been a busy year, yes? Those who follow me on Facebook have seen the evolution my life has taken in the last year. I'm ending the year with the busiest month I've ever had in real estate, plus I opened a location for my business. I have to admit, I never thought saying yes to one thing could change my life in such an astounding way. Which reminds me - what have you said yes to today? Don't be afraid to say yes. I say yes way more often than I probably have time for, but you know what, it brings a lot of opportunities into my life. So, while people tell me to start saying no, I'll start saying, I can't right now, but what about next week? Lol.
The other funny thing is that who knew this blog title could have been the basis for the name of my business. When I changed my blog title from "Family of 5" (BORING!) to Sharing My Jennarocity, it completely encapsulated what I was meaning to get across in my blog. I wanted to share me, my family and my thoughts to the world. When I said, "JENNAROCITY!" I felt like I needed to say it with jazz hands and attitude. When I changed my blog title, and started sharing my posts on Facebook, people started calling me "Jennarocity." It was a perfect take on my name.
When I decided to use Jennarocity as my business name, it meant something else - generosity. I really felt strongly that we treated our clients and customers with generosity. It fit perfectly. When I order business cards, or tell people over the phone what my business is called, it never fells, I always get a "Great take on your name!' I think Jennarocity is just exactly what makes me, me. I use it as a verb, as a noun, as an adjective. What a great word, yes? And it will go great with my new next idea, the Jennarocity Foundation.....I mean, I have a few extra minutes in my day available, I can add one more log onto the fire, right? But I digress. That's to come later.
I'd like to think that one of my biggest strengths is how I make those around me feel about themselves and about the world around them. I like to think that when I leave the presence of another human being, whether it be my best friend or a total stranger, that I leave them feeling better about themselves, or their circumstances, or their day, than when we started. And that is what "Jennarocity" means to me - the ability to leave those feeling better than when you started.
So I ask you....How have your shared YOUR Jennarocity today? Wow. I'm seeing apparel ideas in my head....

Friday, July 22, 2016

bObSweep Pet Hair Robotic Sweeper and Mop

Bob is here! Or DJ Bob, as Avery likes to call him. She watches too much Park and Rec. Here is DJ Rhooma, basically Tom puts an iPod on top of the vacuum and it plays music while it cleans (which is awesome).

Bob has been here less than 24 hours and has already given us so much joy! It's funny I just said that, but when you have dogs that shed constantly, a big house and lots of hard floors, to have a robot do a job like vacuuming for you, it's simply heavenly.

Here is Bob in real life.

I had so many people ask me about a review so here it is......

I have never seen or used another robot vacuum so my review is based completely on this one. I bought Bob on Groupon for $179.99. It was more than the regular one that was $159.99 because we opted for the Pet Hair 4-1 sweeper and mop combo. Bob arrived with an adorable adoption card with his name, birthday, weight and height, which I thought was weird because you oddly do start to talk about him like he's another family member. (This is when my dad would jokingly add, it's because he's going to rise up and gain self awareness and take over us all!)

Bob comes with a charging station, an extra rotating brush, two sweeper arms, two mop cloths and a remote control. He came charged enough to use him last night and we had a laugh watching him roam around the house! We purposely didn't sweep for a few days before his arrival because we wanted to see him in action.

Bob has several modes: Auto, Spot and Wall Cleaning. In Auto, it would rotate between other modes. Spot cleaning will do just that, spot clean, and it basically goes in a spiral, going in circles in a room until it gets stopped by an obstacles. Wall cleaning, which I love the best because our dog hair seems to always travel to the wall, is what we have used most often. Basically, it just travels along whatever wall it finds. You can set it on quick clean, which is 15 minutes, longer clean at 30 minutes or it can just go until it runs down on battery and then it will dock on the charging station. You can set it to the day and time you want it to vacuum or you can set it to run until it needs charging, then as soon as it fully charges, it will go out again, so basically, continuous vacuuming. We figured this out because last night, around 1 am, Bob charged completely and started vacuuming, scaring us nearly to death. We realized we had it set on this setting and it made us laugh out loud, after we figured out it wasn't trying to kill us in our sleep. On the remote, you actually have controls so you can switch between modes or control using arrows, kind of like a remote control car. Fully charged, it did my entire house, and that's saying a lot because my house is around 4,000 square feet and I now only have one room with carpet, so it can go for a very long time and clean a very large area. Usually, I don't vacuum every day, so when I do, I fill an entire vacuum chamber up more than once, so I was worried about how much hair it could gather, but then I realized that if it gets done every day or even twice a day, it won't need to hold so much hair. That said, with all of the dogs and their size and how much they shed, we seem to fill it up with one sweep around the house each day. And yuck.

Onto the cleaning - once you figure out how to make him work best for your house, he cleans very well. At first, when you watch him, he will clean the same around over and over again but then you realize he's trying to learn his boundaries so you just kind of let him do his thing. We just followed him around last night, but then this morning, while we were eating breakfast, he was just back vacuuming while we were eating and for some reason, it made the meal so much more flavorful. Lol! It got every corner and even under chairs and beds, so it did a better job that I would have. I haven't used the mop feature yet, but I am going to say it's going to work more like a Swiffer, in that it will vacuum and dust the floor, not really mop it. You can wet the pad, and I'm sure it will get up more dirt that way, but I'm still going to have to steam clean my floors for really grit and dirt cleaning. I'm OK with that, if I only have to do that sporadically and Bob does the more frequent jobs, he's making my life easier.

Bob will bump into things occasionally - most of the time he sees an obstacle and stops, but sometimes, he just straight runs into it. He does come with bumper pads in case you have valuable furniture that doesn't need knicking, but it's not like he weighs a ton or is going at high speeds, so even when he bumps, it's not that hard. But I did like that he comes with pads in case you wanted to protect your pieces.

Bob did go on our carpet and rugs and I'm not sure he's really meant for that, but he did vacuum. It's not the strength a regular vacuum would use, so I think Bob is more of a sweeper of hard floors than a vacuum of carpet. If you have a lot of carpet in your house, this product might not be for you, there might be another robotic vacuum that works better.

Watching him find the docking station is my kids' highest joy, as when it's time, he shuts himself into charging mode and tries to find his home. It's all based on waves similar to that of your remote and TV so it has to make a connection before he'll find it, so he'll just search until he sees them, then load himself right up and start charging.

So- I recommend this product for people who have hard woods and who keep their house relatively tidy. If your house is full of small toys or stuff everywhere, he won't be able to do much good. Now, you can set him to vacuum as often as you'd like, so if you know he'll vacuum every other day, you just need to have all obstacles out of his way to do so. Cords, dog beds, toys, clothes - all of that needs to be gone for him to do a good job. We have him set every morning at 10 am, which will help us each day make sure the kids rooms are clean and stuff is off the floor. He also can't get in between certain tight spaces, so there will still be vacuuming you have to do, say, if your furniture is closer together in spots.

All in all - this is so worth the money I spent. Aside from a housekeeper, this product is going to save me several hours of work a month and the anxiety of seeing puffs of hair all over my floor. I highly recommend!!

Here is a couple videos of Bob in action and switching between his modes. Enjoy!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Jordan's New Room

Jordan's room has always had some hint of black. I love the furniture I found for Jordan and it's black, and I'm not painting those suckers anytime soon, so black it is! Well, it made it really easy when I went to redo the girls room, because I had all of the items I needed already, including black paint. On a whim, I decided to redo the alcove area into a small media space and paint the wall black. We got a heck of a deal at Target this weekend for a flat screen (Thank you, Target Red Card, 5% off and Cartwheel app, 10 % off on top of sale prices!), so it worked perfectly. Then, I decided, hey, why don't we throw the couch I was going to get rid of in his room and make him a small studio apartment, because what 14 year old DOESN'T need that, right?

It turned out so cool. In my humble opinion, of course.

The only thing this room cost me is the TV - for less than $120. I'll take it!!!