iRobot Roomba 690

We got  a Roomba because nobody in the house wanted to vacuum. It was the best purchase ever. You just turn it on and let it go. I have heard some people say it can’t clean as well as a regular vacuum. It actually cleans better. We are cheap so we got the one you have to push the button and let it go. However, there are models that can be programmed to hide under the sofa or bed and come out at night to vacuum your floor. Actually we are not that cheap. You have to step down into our den. Ruby, our Roomba, will stop at the step and will not fall into the room. She turns as if she came to a wall. We plan to purchase another Roomba for the room that has the most traffic and set it up to come out during the night.

This is the best purchase we have ever made.


Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale

Fitbit Aria WiFi Smart Scale

If you are wondering why I put a scale on a book site, you probably don’t read much. Reading a lot can cause your weight to rise a little bit. Anyway, I got a Fitbit awhile back and love it. Then I saw this scale and I want it too. The scale will sync automatically and wirelessly through your home Wi-Fi network. All your information will be in one place. You don’t have to get on the computer and post your weight. You don’t even have to look at it if you don’t want to. All you have to do is set it up and after that just step on the scales. Your weight data syncs to your private Fitbit dashboard on the website. The scale will recognize eight people. It works on 4 AA batteries so you can move it all around the house if you want to without having to plug it in.



If you don’t already have a Fitbit you can get one of those too. They have several sizes and colors. You can get extra bands and change them out to match your outfit. It will sync automatically with your dashboard also.

  • PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day
  • Maximize your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak)
  • See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm
  • Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist

The one I have shown is the Charge 2. However there are several different styles and sizes.


Fitbit Charge 2