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Renew your Skin this Spring! Join me in the Burt’s Bees #28DayFaceCleanse Challenge

This is a sponsored post in partnership with DataRank, however all opinions are strictly my own.


It’s been a really rough Winter this year in many areas and we in New England experienced this bigtime. I spent far more time inside than I would have liked as we were snowed in so often. Sunlight was rare and, as a consequence, my skin became pretty dull, pale and lackluster.

I was really glad that I recently discovered Burt’s Bees new Renewal Face Care line with wrinkle-smoothing White Hibiscus and hydrating Apple. The combination helps plump up cells which in turn helps reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, improve firmness and leave your skin smoother and well-hydrated. It’s never too early or too late to begin a good anti-aging regimen.

My favorite type of company is one that cares about both the consumer and the planet. One that is in harmony with nature. And, that is the definition of Burt’s Bees.

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 Available Products in the new Burt’s Bees Renewal line

– Burt’s Bees Renewal Refining Cleanser
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Lotion
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Night Cream
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Serum
– Burt’s Bees Renewal Eye Cream

*96% of women saw a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles after 8 weeks.

Checking out the new line was as easy as heading down to my local Walmart. I’m a fan of their prices and the one-stop shopping!

I decided to start with the Burt’s Bees Renewal Refining Cleanser and the Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Serum to begin the rejuvenation process.


I love using the Burt’s Bees Renewal Cleanser each morning. I apply it to my damp facial skin then massage to help activate the beads within. It does a great job exfoliating but at the same time is very gentle, and it leaves my skin baby soft, smooth and glowing.

The cleanser is soap free, dermatologist tested and rinses easily and completely. It also hydrated the drier areas and my skin felt very fresh and clean.

I use the Burt’s Bees Renewal Firming Serum before I put on my makeup in the daytime and also in the evening. I have used serums that are exorbitantly high in price and I found that this works just as well, if not better. And at a fraction of the cost! This serum is concentrated and is clinically shown to help improve firmness and reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

I’m a fan of the mild, natural fresh scent and the feel of this serum. I found it to be gentle and light on my skin and it gave me the moisture I needed with no excess residue or greasy feel. Instead my face and neck felt soft, smooth and hydrated. It seems to have a firming effect on my skin and of course I will find out more as I continue to use it.

The Burt’s Bees 28-Day Face Cleanse Challenge – Join Me!

Do you crave beautiful healthy skin? Did you know that every 28 days, your skin renews itself?

Natural products like Burt’s Bees Renewal Face Care line work in harmony with your skin’s own cycle. Just as we feed our bodies, what we put on our skin can either nourish or deplete it. Springtime is the perfect time for renewal, for inner and outer transformation.

If you would like firmer smoother healthier-looking skin, join me for the Burt’s Bees 28-Day Face Cleanse Challenge.  You’ll get great tips for healthier living and you’ll have the chance to win some awesome prizes just by signing up. Prizes include a trip for 2 to Los Angeles to spend a day of renewal with celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder and lots more.


Here’s a photo of me as I start the challenge.  Throughout the 28 days, I’ll be sharing updated photos and impressions on social media. Feel free to join in and share your Burt’s Bees Renewal photos with the hashtag  #28DayFaceCleanse.

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To get you started on your skincare regime, here’s an awesome coupon for $3.00 off any one Renewal Face Care Product at Walmart!


Here’s to good health inside and out! 

Win $50 Paypal Cash or Amazon GC – The Boxford Stories Book Blast!

Boxford Stories
The Boxford Stories by Kristen Carson

‘Welcome to the world of the Runyons and the Feldsteds, two Mormon families in 1970s Maryland. Far from their Western American roots, they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country.

“In The Boxford Stories you will meet Ada Runyon who always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—sharing her deepest confidences, her everyday musings, and her bits of horrified gossip. Yet Ada dies inside whenever Ruthalin’s country-cousin manners poke out in public.

“Latham Runyon, a history professor, and Erval Feldsted, a hospital engineer, bond every Sunday night over gooey desserts and vigorous religious discussion, a game their children call Stump the Rabbi. Underneath their balding heads and graying temples, each man desperately seeks a sign that God would choose him as a buddy.

“The Feldsted and Runyon children, running breathlessly through each other’s houses and backyards, have long considered each other substitute cousins. However, Ginni Runyon plots to change herself from the girl next door to the girl Marc Feldsted can’t live without.

“And when Boxford’s Mormons mix with the rest of the town, everybody could use a field guide to the other species.

“Laugh, cry, and shake your head with the Runyons and Feldsteds as they make their way through the decade that brought us leisure suits and urban decay.”


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Now Latham stood before the steam-clouded mirror. He squirted shaving cream into his hand and swabbed it over his face.
It was not the best face, to be sure. He imagined how it would look to those sitting beside him in conference tomorrow. There he’d be, his arms folded as he sat on a hard metal chair way at the back of the gym, looking for all the world like Joe Mormon, with the standard white shirt, the standard wing tips, the standard bald spot, and the standard case of scriptures with a sagging, broken spine.
The young fathers nearby would look at him and think, I hope I don’t become that in twenty years. Their young wives would study his pocked cheeks and try to imagine just how bad the teenage acne had been. And teenage girls would decide that he was, no doubt, ten times cornier than their own dads. . . .
Then, when his name echoed forth from the pulpit, and he stood up, his seat-neighbors would look up from their chairs, surprised. They would kick themselves mentally for not taking note of him sooner, for not recognizing his eminence.
His children would look up. Our dad? God wants our dad?
His wife would bow her head humbly and compose a few eloquent remarks, in case they summoned wives to speak.
And as he walked up to take his new place, people would look up from their seats, squinting at him. And when he reached the stand, Elder Sperry would smile, remembering: Oh, yes, him. The one that likes Great Biographies, just like me. Elder Sperry would shake his hand, motion him towards his very own theatre-style seat, a far cry from the metal chairs at the back. Elder Sperry would make him say a few words at the pulpit, where Latham could look down on all those surprised people, who were still taking it in that Latham Runyon was their new stake president.


Praise for the book:

“Standouts include “Gypsy Holiday,” in which Ada’s anxiety over family friends not coming to Thanksgiving devolves into a stark admission of her loneliness and inability to connect with outsiders; “A Little Five-Minute Thrown-Together Something,” which lays bare the squirming insecurities of teenage crushes; and “Flirting Lessons,” which sees Ada’s teenage daughter, Ginni, taking a cross-country road trip with two friends that leads to panic when one goes missing. These stories are unexpected in their subtlety as they explore the reality of what it means to be Mormon—and human.”
–Kirkus Reviews

“’In an almost Faulknerian way, Carson finds the pulse of ambition and uses that tick to reveal the inner voices that can haunt us all, if allowed. We should be looking to the eternities, of course, but in the meantime, we have so many other things to worry us onward into the night, or at least until the next priesthood interview.”

–Association for Mormon Letters on “‘Atta Boy” in The Boxford Stories


Boxford authorAuthor Kristen Carson

“Kristen Carson was born in Idaho, the caboose baby in a family of six girls. She studied at Brigham Young University.

“Hearing tales of how green the grass was elsewhere, she pledged to move east of the 100th Meridian. Even though she’s never lived in the #1 place on her list (Lexington, Kentucky–have you seen those beautiful bluegrass hills?!), she enjoyed her years in Texas, Illinois and Pennsylvania. She currently lives in Indiana.

“Kristen’s stories and articles have appeared in The Indianapolis Star, Chicago Parent, Indianapolis Monthly, Dialogue: a Journal of Mormon Thought and Irreantum.

“She and her husband are the parents of four adult children.

“She loves her two cats for their affection, their paranoia and their sense of entitlement. She takes long walks wherever she goes, because she thinks the best way to see the world is at 3 miles an hour. She loves cooking. All the chopping, stirring and inhaling lend the perfect capstone to her day.

“Kristen is also an avid reader. No doubt she won’t live long enough to finish all the books on her list. Her favorite authors are Herman Wouk, Diana Gabaldon and Tom Wolfe.

“Check out her blog, where she writes about whatever she’s reading and cooking.

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$3.00 off Two boxes of Luvs this Weekend!


If you have children in diapers, it seems you can never have enough. They go through them so quickly, and, of course, you want the best!

Make sure to be on the lookout in your Sunday paper this weekend, April 12th, to find a great money-saving coupon. This coupon is not available online and will give you $3.00 off two boxes of Luvs. Heaven knows this will come in handy!




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Soul Sessions – A Journey of Love and Awakening


My Mom always said I didn’t talk much as a child. She worried about it until the day I came out with a sentence: “I need a light.”

Two things about me:
I love reading. I’ve always been a seeker.

These are a few of the reasons that Soul Sessions by Carson Gage really appealed to me.

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Sometimes your worlds merge and what you do for work coincides with what you love. I got the chance to read Soul Sessions by Carson Gage in order to write a review. Just the thought of diving into a new world, sitting in my favorite nook of my favorite coffee shop had me excited to begin. I love reading at home, but, someone always seems to need something. Here, in my sanctuary with my book and my favorite Caramel Macchiato, I settled deeply into the buttery soft leather chair. Nick’s story grabbed me. It was extremely relatable.


He was depressed which is something both I and many friends have gone through in this lifetime. Sometimes I have wondered why there is so much depression, anxiety and fear. Often have I wondered if it has to do with the physical reality in front of us, or if, perhaps, it’s something deeper.

Nick’s world had spiraled so far downward he could no longer find joy or pleasure in things he once enjoyed. As thoughts of giving up swirled through his mind, a fortuitous call from an old college friend was the impetus that sparked a profound journey of awakening.

Given the name of a therapist by his friend, Nick was somewhat skeptical, but the sense that something was missing kept driving him to keep the appointment he had made. Working with Katrina, he realized that her methods were somewhat unconventional, yet they spoke to his longings.

Through regression therapy, Nick began to explore the prospect of past lives, for it is not only our early childhood experiences that can affect us, but, something much deeper.

As Nick discovered his soulmate, the best friend and lover he had spent lifetimes with, he felt compelled to search for her in this lifetime. Searching for this deep love, his life opened up in many exciting ways…

To tell you more would be to ruin the story, as, in some ways, its unraveling reminded me of a good detective novel, only in this case the discoveries took place not only in linear time, but also in his mind, heart and spirit.

I really enjoyed reading Soul Sessions whenever I could escape my busy routine, which is exactly what I needed! I,too, have experienced what Nick felt. I, too, have had the sense that life is so much deeper than our surface reality.  I was a curious child and remain a curious adult, always asking the bigger questions with friends and loved ones.

Perhaps you have wondered too. Is this life the only one, or is it possible to have multiple lifetimes that leave their mark on us. Do we have a pre-life plan when we come to earth and how does it co-exist with the concept of free will? What happens after we die?

Do we have soulmates? On that question, I believe that we do. I have met quite a few of them in this lifetime and I have learned, often painfully, that we are not always meant to spend our lives with them. But, the learning continues nevertheless. Do you know that feeling of knowing someone even though you have just met, a deep knowing that creates instant comfort? I have been blessed with this quite a few times and each time I learn more about myself and the nature of everything. Perhaps you are spending your life with your soulmate now. This book was fascinating for me as I love the way the story is integrated with the revelations Nick experienced, revelations which I feel most readers can relate to when reflecting upon their own lives.

One concept discussed through Nick’s story is synchronicity, those happenings that really are not coincidences, but instead are signs we are given, if we choose to explore them. I do believe my reading this book at this time was perfect serendipity. I had been feeling a bit lost.

Throughout my life I get bits and pieces of my purpose and the meaning of it all. Just like Nick’s story, it is like a puzzle with each piece illuminating the greater picture. I surely don’t have all the answers. Throughout my life, I have sought and been blessed with so many wonderful spiritual teachers. From Ram Dass to the Dalai Lama, each meeting was a gift to guide me on my path.

One of my teachers, Papaji, from Lucknow, India, once told me something. He said, ‘You don’t have to go anywhere, or do anything; just keep that fire burning inside of you’. He understood my passion for truth, for knowledge, for enlightenment. I believe this. If you want to live a deeper life, pay attention to the signs and signals along the way.

If you lose your way, something will always bring you back; if you let it.

Soul Sessions helped me refocus my priorities and get in touch with my true self. Sometimes that connection gets lost in the day to day. This book reawakened in me glimpses into the infinite mystery of existence which has always intrigued and delighted me.

I highly recommend it.


 About the Author

Carson Gage has been interested in the mysteries of life and death since the age of seven, when he survived being run over by a speeding car. This experience led him on a journey of discovery for answers to some of life’s biggest questions.


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Win a Beautiful Diploma Frame from Church Hill Classics #EarnItFrameIt #ProudGrad



My Mom was a teacher.

That is a simple statement, but, the legacy my Mom left is far from simple.

Besides her family, teaching was her life’s passion, and she instilled in me a love of learning early on.

In her own words:

“My mission on earth has been to help people, whether my own family, my students, or those who come to me for ­enlightenment.”

“I hope I have made a difference in their lives.”

Mom, the differences you made in this world are beautiful and vast, the ripples you began are never-ending and continue to inform my life today.

I love you.


When I graduated with my degree in Communications and Creative Writing, my Mom was so proud. I still remember the day she surprised me with my framed diploma and a poem she’d written with all her hopes and dreams for my future. I remember that day so well and both the poem and the diploma mean a great deal to me.

As we move into Spring, we are coming up on Graduation Day for our friends and loved ones! If you are like me, you strive to find just the right gift. I learned a lot in College, both on and off the page, and it was truly one of the best times of my life. My nephew will be graduating from Boston College this season and I am so incredibly proud of him! I’ve watched him grow into such a thoughtful and insightful young man. He is not only very bright and a gifted athlete, but he has a wonderful heart.

Graduation will be a time to celebrate his achievements and him! I am sure that I have found a fantastic gift. Thinking back to my own experience, I am glad that I have discovered Church Hill Classics diploma frames.

Church Hill Classics was founded in 1991 as a home-based business in Newtown, CT.  At first, the company offered limited edition artwork of college campuses in the Northeast. Over 20 years later, they continue to thrive in the adjacent town of Monroe and their core focus is creating diploma frames and document frames for colleges, universities and professional associations all across the country All frames are handcrafted here in the US.

Perhaps you are looking for the perfect frame for your own college diploma, or you are, like me, searching for a very special graduation gift that will honor this momentous occasion.

If you haven’t found a gift yet, you are not alone. In a recent survey conducted by The Motherhood, 98 percent of respondents who have a close relative graduating from college this year haven’t yet purchased a graduation gift for him or her.

I think that a diploma frame is a memorable gift. After all of the time and money spent earning that degree, no diploma should end up in a drawer, forgotten about, or ruined. This can too easily happen, as the same survey revealed that 56 percent of respondents never framed their own diploma.

At Church Hill Classics, all frames are officially licensed and they offer an extensive selection of custom frame styles for more than 1,500 colleges and universities. You can choose from frames featuring unique, color-enameled medallions of the school seal or athletic logo, beautiful campus images, foil embossing of the school name and/or seal and even an opening for their tassel. You can also customize your frame with moulding and matting options for the ideal gift.

Here is the frame I’ve chosen for my nephew! This is the Presidential Masterpiece Diploma Frame in Madison with Black Suede and Gold Fillet Mats. This frame is truly stunning and elegant with a handsome flat panel in a gorgeous dark walnut finish.



And here is the frame in my home, where I am keeping it safe and sound until I can give it to him on Graduation Day! It’s even more beautiful up close and personal.



Do you have a love one graduating this year? A diploma frame from Church Hill Classics is a lasting and memorable gift!



In addition to providing wonderful gift choices on their site, Church Hill Classics is also generously offering one of my readers a beautiful diploma frame (up to a $200 value). Simply enter below!


Disclosure: This post is part of the blogger program by Church Hill Classics and The Motherhood, who compensated me for my time. Opinions, experiences and photos shared here are my own, and I hope you enjoy them.

Free Love With Food All-Natural & Delicious Healthy Snack Box



Are you a foodie? Do you love discovering new healthy snacks? Do you like surprise packages?

If so, then Love With Food is for you!

I review a lot of subscription boxes, but I have to say that Love With Food is one of my favorites!

Each month, you can have new all-natural organic snacks delivered straight to your door, and, I love the surprise of not knowing what’s inside each one. I have been eating much healthier this year, and I’m finding that as I exercise more and eat healthier, that the choices I might have made in the past don’t appeal to me as much. I find myself reaching for a piece of fruit or a healthy snack instead.


Starting at just $10 a month, you can choose from the tasting box, the deluxe box (double the snacks!), or a gluten-free box. Each is a curated package of unique, hard-to-find tasty snacks which varies based on seasonal themes. No artificial junk!

And, here’s something supercool. For each box, Love With Food donates a meal to foodbanks across America. This makes the service even sweeter!

I received a box for review this month and it really was full of great choices! This particular box was curated by Megan Rooseverlt, the founder of Healthy Grocery Girl and plant-based Registered Dietician.

What was in the box?


  • Moringa Organic Tea by Miracle Tea
  • Choco Chews by TruJoy Sweets
  • Annie’s Chocolate Bunny Grahams
  • Chocolate Banana Mini Snack Bar by 2 Degrees Food
  • Hemp Hearts by Manitoba Harvest
  • Roasted Chickpeas with Sea Salt by The Good Bean
  • Sea Salt Bops by Good Boy Organics
  • Almond Butter Cacao Truffle by Two Moms in the Raw
  • Nutty Rice Bites with Cranberries by 180 Snacks
  • Herbes de Provence by The Spice Hunter

Inside also was a gift card towards a purchase at Urban Remedy, some helpful information and a brochure describing everything in the box.

I was happy to see the Moringa Tea. I’ve been using Moringa powder in my morning smoothies and I love the healthy benefits I’ve been seeing. I’ve always wanted to try the tea. Dried Moringa leaves contain more than 90 different nutrients, including 47 antioxidants and complex amino acids. I’ve found that Moringa gives me that extra burst of calm energy to stay focused on busy days. The flavor is apple-cinnamon and it tasted warming and delicious.

The Choco Chews – vegan, gluten-free and organic – reminded me of healthy Tootsie Rolls.

Annie’s Chocolate Bunny Grahams were devoured here almost before I got to taste them, but I loved the crunchy taste. Kids love them!

The Chocolate Banana Mini Snack Bar was filling and solid. It tasted healthy with quinoa, chia and millet and I loved the dark chocolate and dried banana tastes together! I loved this one.

I added the Hemp Hearts to my salad. They gave it an interesting nutty taste. Also good on yogurt or cereal and a very good plant-based protein source.

I like savory as well as sweet so was happy to find the Roasted Chickpeas. I loved the crunchy sea-salt goodness and would pop these in my purse for on-the-go snacking.

Sea Salt Bops are super healthy potato-chip like snacks. Not my favorite, but, I liked them with hummus.

For a nice dessert treat, the Almond Butter Cacao Truffle was not too sweet but incredibly good! I’ll be buying more!



Another favorite of mine were the Nutty Rice Bites. I love crispy rice and these little bite-size clusters are so flavorful! I love the pumpkin seeds, almonds and cranberries! Simple healthy ingredients that taste amazing. I wanted more!

I used the Herbes de Provence in my mushroom omelette and they really added a nice zing! I will look for this as well. It’s a delicious blend of thyme, rosemary, basil, marjoram, sage, fennel and lavender.

Each product also has its twitter handle, and, if I like the snack, I love looking up the websites to see what other products are made by these brands.

Some I can buy online, some at Amazon, some at Love With Food online and I have also seen some at my local grocery store. This is such a great alternative to buying a whole bag of something only to find you really don’t like it at all or skipping over something that just happens to be amazing!

I whole-heartedly recommend Love With Food and have a special offer for my readers.

You can try a box for free (just pay $2 shipping) and get a box full of treats! Use this link to sign up for the special offer!

I can’t wait to see what surprises next month brings!


Disclaimer: I was provided a sample box for review, however, all opinions are completely my own.

Ginnybakes – Delicious, Organic, Gluten-free Treats!




It’s not easy to find delicious and healthy baked treats and mixes for yourself and your family, but, if you’re searching, ginnybakes may be just what you’re looking for!

A certified holistic nutritionist and health coach, Ginny Simon founded ginnybakes in 2010, creating delicious freshly-baked cookies, brownies, bars and baking mixes that are gluten-free, organic, non-GMO and kosher.

Ginny combined her passion for nutrition, active living and baking with a desire to help people everywhere lead healthy balanced lives.

I received a box of treats from ginnybakes for review with some delectable treats:

Chocolate Chip Love, Chococolate Chip Macadamia Love, Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss, Coconut Oatmeal Bliss, Double Chocolate Happiness, Buttercrisp Love, Dreamy Vegan Delight, and Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bliss Ginyminis.

Recently, ginnybakes was  recognized in Prevention magazine’s 100 Cleanest Packaged Food Awards,  the best, healthiest and cleanest packaged foods of 2015. The Chocolate Chip Love ginnyminis were chosen as a winner in the snack category, with their tasty and perfectly proportioned 150-calorie packs.


So, how do they taste?


They are buttery, crispy and crunchy and the Chocolate Chip Love are most definitely my favorites. My second favorite are the Coconut Oatmeal Bliss, and the Double Chocolate Happiness have a rich chocolatey taste. They really do not taste like gluten-free cookies at all, so if you or someone you love is gluten-free, this would be a really yummy treat! Even if you’re not on a gluten-free diet, these are crunchy bites of joy! If you like homemade crispy cookies, you’ll love them.


The current family of ginnybakes foods includes cookies, ginnyminis,  bake mixes, ginnybars and crumbles.

The packaging is attractive, well-designed and keeps the cookies fresh.



Ginnybakes treats not only taste delicious, but, all products are organic and handmade with love in a gluten-free kitchen and are free of artificial preservatives so you can feel good about what you’re eating!

Ginnybakes are available at retailers nationwide and online at ginnybakes.


Disclosure: I was provided review samples, however, all opinions are expressly my own.

Why I love my new Roomba #iRobotatBestBuy!



I think I’ll call you Roomie 

When I was growing up, my Mom had a monster of a vacuum cleaner. It slept in the closet in the basement until some brave soul went to drag it up the stairs. Wheezing and noisy, it then proceeded to annoy everyone in the house. Dogs barked, babies cried. It was a mess! Heavy doesn’t even begin to describe it.

I still find vacuum cleaners to be fairly heavy, at least the one I have, and the stick vacuum I bought on sale really does a poor job picking up debris.

But, friends, Romans, countrymen, I am in love! Completely in love!

It amuses me that as I get older I can fall in love with appliances, but, truly I have. I had the pleasure of testing the new iRobot® Roomba® 870 which was sent to me by Best Buy.


Roomba and Docking Station

Roomba and Docking Station


It’s a simple and intuitive set-up and the instructions are clear and well-written. Although it is technologically brilliant, you really don’t have to be.

I really am so impressed with this vacuum cleaner. It works equally well on my floors and carpet. With the revolutionary AeroForce™ Performance Cleaning System, it’s the most powerful iRobot Roomba cleaning system yet, with 5x the suction and it removes up to 50% more dirt, dust, hair and debris.

I had to test this out. Somewhat reminiscent of the door-to-door vacuum salesman, I had my bag of tricks to dump on the rug. It worked great on dustballs, hair, dirt, and tiny particles I didn’t even know were there. So very impressed! Featuring HEPA filtration, Roomba 870 traps particles as small as .03 microns, making it ideal for allergy sufferers and pet owners. Plus, the Tangle-Free AeroForce Extractors are virtually maintenance-free so hair jams and brush cleanings are a thing of the past.

The Roomba also comes with Virtual Wall Barriers which can be used to confine Roomba to clean a specific room or area.

What’s really cool is the way it cleans under my furniture, tables, dishwasher, drawers, cabinets and bed. In short, anywhere its slim profile can fit, it will go, while the spinning side brush is grabbing dirt and junk from hard to reach wall edges and corners. Seriously, it’s fascinating to watch. Or maybe I am easily fascinated!

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It had absolutely no problem going from the floor to the carpet, and I love how it intuitively works its way out of jams if it gets into a tight spot. I’m amazed that it is persistent and will find its way in or out!



A really great feature is that you can schedule your Roomba to vacuum when it’s most convenient to you and I love the way it returns to its Home Base where it recharges in between cleaning.

It really takes up so little room and, not only that, it’s so quiet that you can listen to music, tv or have a conversation while it’s running. If only all guests were like that, and as tidy!

Fabulous Features

  • iAdapt® Responsive Navigation Technology with cliff-detection sensors
  • Large HEPA filter keeps dust, dander, and other allergens out of the air
  • iRobot® XLife™ Extended Life Battery provides double the battery cycles
  • Bin Full indicator light lets you know when the bin needs emptying
  • 2 Virtual Wall Barriers keep Roomba in the rooms you want to vacuum & out of the ones you don’t
  • No more cleaning brushes! Tangle-free AeroForce™ Extractors are virtually maintenance free, making it even easier for Roomba to tackle daily dirt build-up  and leave more time for you to enjoy your day.
  • Roomba’s large HEPA filter keeps dust, dander, and other allergens out of the air – ideal for homes with pets and allergy sufferers
  • Just press CLEAN or schedule Roomba to vacuum when it’s most convenient for you.

I can tell the air is cleaner. My allergies are not acting up since I’ve been using it and what a great feeling to leave and come back to a clean living room! Though, I have to admit that watching it is a form of meditation for me. As I said, I’m easily fascinated lately.

Boots, no problem. I'll just head the other way.

Boots, no problem. I’ll just head the other way.

In the past, when I heard about Roombas, I had no idea if they really worked. I was so pleasantly surprised by the superior performance. So much better than my old vacuum cleaners in every respect. Not only is it easy, but, it actually does a better job.

And, really, to be honest, the effect it has had on my health is priceless. I have fibromyalgia and stress and overwork cause flare ups. To know that I can keep my home clean without hurting my back or re-injuring my shoulder is wonderful.

I honestly recommend the iRobot Roomba 870 for anyone. It’s great for homes or apartments, for young or old.  Because it’s so easy to use, you can use it every day, not just when you have time or are in the mood. That extra time saved can be spent with family and friends or taking some ‘me’ time for yourself .


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 Kick back, put your feet up, and let someone else do the work for a change!

 The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.