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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Back-to-School Guide for 2022 - The Best Products for the New School Year!

Welcome to our Back to School Guide! We have a great selection of items to help your family prepare for a new season of life. Did you know that our Holiday Gift Guides and Back to School Guides are among our most popular posts?  I always write posts in hope of helping others, so I hope that you find inspiration in today's post that features unique and useful items for the new school year!  

Let's start with mornings! Sweet Maria's will help you to look forward to early morning school year routines. I know that many parents and teachers have morning routines that count on good coffee.  Sweet Maria's is an iconic brand to coffee connoisseurs who roast their own coffee beans since high quality green coffee beans create amazing results. (Read more about coffee roasting at Sweet Maria's here if you are new to coffee roasting. Spoiler alert - if you learn to roast your own coffee, you'll become hooked on the freshness and your ability to customize the roasts to your preferences!)   

We've featured Sweet Maria's for many years because it's a brand that we truly love. Their green coffee bean sampler is amazing and gives customers something to look forward to on busy mornings during the school year. They do an amazing job and we look forward to their best finds! My husband loves to roast green coffee beans for himself and others. Throughout the school year, he roasts coffee beans for our son's teachers.  This is always a popular surprise. Some teachers even share their preferences and special requests. Some prefer freshly roasted coffee beans while others prefer for us to make lattes or other drinks that we send in with our children in the mornings. It's a fun hobby personally, but also a unique gift to let teachers know that they are appreciated.  Visit Sweet Marias!

Vuori offers performance driven clothing that is made to last. This customer centric brand offers high quality clothing that comes with their Investment in Happiness that is more than just a product guarantee, but is also symbolic of how they treat their team, community, and our environment. It's only natural that we recommend this brand for you to consider as you shop for back-to-school clothing! Personally, I think that good quality and stylish clothing helps most people to feel more confident. As a parent, I know that feeling and looking good boosts the self-esteem of my family members. Let me share a few examples! The outfit below includes the Lux Performance Tank  and Halo Wide Leg Flare Pant.  This ultra-comfortable outfit is flattering and comfortable. The Lux Performance Tank is effectively activewear meeting luxury. It has a light and silky top featuring a halter neckline, a racerback and a breathable but flattering hug throughout the body. The Lux Performance Tank has all the performance properties including anti-odor, needed for a workout top! The Halo Wide Leg Flare Pant is cut from the same cloth as their best-selling Performance Joggers. These high quality athleisure items should hold up well during the school year and beyond!

The next outfit includes Grandview Tech Tank and Course Run Shorts.  These items were on my teen's wishlist because he loves morning runs with his cross country team and needs comfortable clothing that holds up in our hot and humid weather. The Grandview Tech Tank is sustainably designed with performance in mind. The engineered knit is designed for maximum comfort and minimal chafing. It's perforated for breathability and allows you to move with ease. The Course Run Shorts are designed for runners. These shorts feature reverse seam construction for chafe-free movements, a reflective logo, anti-odor properties, and a moisture-wicking boxer brief liner with a hidden phone pocket. They are breathable, lightweight, and functional to make it easier to go the extra mile!

I zoomed into the shirt below to highlight the highly breathable fabric!

The Current Tech Tee and Sunday Performance Jogger are perfect for cooler weather.  The Current Tech Tee is incredibly soft while also offering performance aspects. The 4-way knit stretch is moisture wicking and amazingly lightweight. This shirt is great for yoga, training, running, and travel. The Sunday Performance Jogger provides a fresh take on athleisure and will be a staple in your teen's wardrobe! The Sunday Performance Joggers are premier in fit, function, and soft stretch. I love that this jogger style makes it easy to move!

I zoomed into one of the pockets on the Sunday Performance Joggers to highlight the nice attention to detail on these pants. If you have a teen boy, you will quickly learn that pants with zippers make life easier so that they are less likely to lose items from their pockets. I love that Vuori thinks of everything possible to perfect their clothing. Visit Vuori

Educational Products Inc. (EPI) has put an end to the days of parents running to different stores in attempt to track down school supplies! (Here in Texas, it's over 100 degrees and I couldn't be more grateful!) EPI curates boxes of school supplies that are based on the exact school supply lists that schools provide. Their extensive database covers thousands of schools. The way that it works is that you visit the EPI website here, enter your zip code, select your child's school, and select your child's grade.  They show you the list of supplies for the respective school/grade. You add the package to your shopping cart and checkout.  It's so easy and convenient to order their school supplies this way!  It's a great time saver and guarantees that your kids have supplies that their schools require. Visit EPI here.

Lancôme will help you to look radiant throughout the school year! Our skin sometimes reflects the demanding schedule changes and stress of the new school year. Similar to many other families, my kids have many activities, orientations, and assessments that require me to rearrange my schedule to accompany them.  During the first few weeks of the school year, I have to be conscious about staying hydrated, eating a healthy diet, and maintaining a good sleep schedule. One thing that is easily within my control is to use good quality skincare products. I count on Lancôme and their special formulas to help my skin look its best. This brand truly transcends generations! Personally, my top skincare concerns include dryness, fine lines, and uneven skin tone.  Lancôme's Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Ultra Cream With SPF 30 and Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Night Cream have been game changers for my aging skin. I love that my skin soaks up these moisturizers quickly without a feeling of residue.  These day and evening creams  are great for anti-aging and uneven skin tone. The hydration is truly replenishing.  

Lancôme also has you covered when it comes to cosmetics. Personally, I focus on good quality skincare products like the moisturizers that I mentioned above and then enjoy using lighter cosmetics such as iconic Lancôme Juicy Tubes. I love that this lip gloss provides ultra high shine and 4-hours of lasting hydration.  This product is available in more than a dozen shades. My favorite is the Lancôme Juicy Tubes in Spring Fling (Cream) because the light and shimmery color looks natural and goes with everything. Whether I am heading into an important meeting at work or taking my boys to soccer practice, this is the ultimate low maintenance lip gloss that simultaneously helps to hydrate my lips! Visit Lancôme!

Honest Company offers high quality products for you and your family members to pamper yourselves throughout the school year.  Personally, they offer my favorite bath products for "Mommy Me Time". My children also love Honest Company bath products for bedtime routines that involve a bath before they read and fall asleep.  Let me share a few favorites! Honest Company Soak It Up Bath Salts are made with Dead Sea salt infused with a calming myrrh scent, including notes of patchouli and bergamont. These mineral-rich bath salts are designed to soothe and relax every inch of you. Honest Company The Wind Down Bubble Bath will help you to wind down after a long day with aromatic bubbles that feature a calming myrrh scent. This super-foaming formula with naturally-derived ingredients is the perfect way to end the day. Honest Company Sink in Body Oil is the perfect finishing touch for your post-bath bod. Infused with organic coconut, avocado + olive oils, this nourishing, plant-based blend is a luxurious, after bath (or shower) treat for dewy, softer feeling skin. You'll find all of these products on the Honest Company website!

Allbirds is an eco-friendly brand that has a large following. My teen and his friends are obsessed with this carbon neutral brand. He especially loves the Men's Wool Pipers. I love seeing his confidence when he looks and feels good in his clothing and shoes. As a mom, I also love Allbirds! I ordered the Women's Wool Dasher Mizzles and have been wearing them almost daily. They are my go-to shoes for the gym, errands, and casual Fridays at my office. Allbirds shoes rarely go on sale, but I asked for a family friendly deal for our audience. Visit through my Allbirds affiliate link here to add any shoes and any pair of socks to your order. The socks will then be deducted from your total at checkout (before you enter payment information)!  

Eastern Standard Provisions Co. offers delicious artisanal pretzels and gourmet salts. This popular brand was featured on Oprah's list of favorite things a few years ago. Their soft pretzels with course gourmet salts are fantastic, especially when the pretzels come fresh out of the oven!

We recommend the Back to School Variety Box for a memorable after school snack during the first week of school!   This box contains (6) SlidePiece Soft Pretzel Slider Buns, (6) Turnbuckle Soft Pretzel Sticks, (1)  Bag of One Timer Soft Pretzel Bites, (1)  Classic Pretzel Salt, and (1) "Hooray for Back to School" sticker on the outside of the box. Personally, we are obsessed with the White Truffle Pretzel Salt and ordered a packet of this separately.  Their artisanal soft pretzels with gourmet salts are the perfect snack to share with your children as you spend quality time listening to them talk about their day. Visit Eastern Standard Provisions Co!

Bake Me a Wish offers decadent cakes, brownies, and other desserts for Valentine's Day.  This New York based company has been around for over a decade with the sweetest story. The founder had just moved to Manhattan and wanted to send his mother a Tiramisu cake. He searched all over town, but no one provided the service to mail a cake.  After realizing the need to for a hassle-free service to send delicious cakes to family and friends, he got together with friends and created Bake Me a Wish. This company was created by perfectionists who pay meticulous attention to detail as they strive to provide a top quality service for sending cakes and other treats to loved ones. They use premium ingredients, amazing recipes, and decorate cakes with messages. Bake Me a Wish makes it easy to send delicious treats to your children that have moved away for college. Personally, we love the JUMBO Brownie Sampler that includes rich flavors such as Velvet Ganache Chocolate, Cheesecake, Brookie, Tuxedo, Raspberry Crumb, and Iced Lemon Blondie! Visit Bake Me a Wish!

NewAir should be your first stop for a dorm room refrigerator. Personally, we recommend the NewAir 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Mini Refrigerator with Freezer and Can Dispenser. This mini fridge with freezer is a great choice if you have a student going to college since the luxury of a good quality mini refrigerator and freezer will allow them to enjoy their favorite foods even when dining halls are closed. This model is especially nice because it has separate refrigerator/freezer compartments and the compressor is relatively quiet for a small dorm room. Visit NewAir and use the coupon code TRENDY for 10% off the NewAir 3.1 Cu. Ft. Compact Mini Refrigerator with Freezer and Can Dispenser! (Please also visit my longer post about this product here.)

We hope that this post helps you with your Back-to-School shopping! We also hope that you have a wonderful school year that is packed with happy memories and accomplishments for your children!

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Saturday, August 13, 2022

(We have a NewAir coupon!) The NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) is Perfect for the New School Year!


In today's post, I'll tell you about a product that is useful for different phases of family life - the NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00).  At first glance, you may wonder why I think that this product fits different phases of raising children, but hear me out! This post will resonate with many of you sooner or later! 

One of my favorite books as a little girl was The Giving Tree. I always loved how the tree grew up with the boy and changed to offer different things as he went through different phases of life. I loved when he climbed the tree as a little boy, grew older and sold apples when he was a teen that wanted money, sat under the tree to read books, created a canoe with wood from the tree, and sat on the stump when he was old.  The book summarizes life well - we go through phases, view the world differently at different phases, and our needs change over time. The product in today's post made me think of this book because it's a product that families may use in different phases of life.  That is, the NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) is great for different phases of life such as:

  • Stocking your family movie room with cold drinks and snacks, 
  • Storing lunch and drinks in your office, 
  • Storing food and drinks on RV trips, 
  • Sending it to college with children for their dorm room or apartment!

If you follow regularly, you know that I love the NewAir company because their engineers are perfectionists that give meticulous attention to detail.  As an engineer myself, I appreciate good designs that emphasize quality and a good user experience. The NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) accomplishes this with a nice design!  Let me start by sharing a quick overview:

"Whether looking to outfit a small space or looking to your living life on the open road without sacrificing convenience, the Newair Compact Mini Refrigerator with Freezer has you covered. This mini fridge comes with a separate freezer compartment, so you can keep your personal stash of ice cream, pizza, and frozen meals perfectly frozen. The compact footprint fits anywhere without sacrificing any of the features you'd expect from a much larger model: adjustable shelves, a bottle rack, and even a crisper drawer. The roomy interior makes this a perfect choice for a studio apartment, dorm room, or RV fridge."

Some of the key features include:

  • Dual zone cooling with two-door design for perfect food storage conditions.
  • Adjustable shelves and specialty compartments for total organization.
  • Compact design fits in less than two square feet but holds food for days.
  • Quiet compressor won't interrupt conversation in small living spaces.
  • Energy Star Certified design for eco-friendly, budget-conscious living.
The NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00) was easy to set up. It's a good idea to read the manual before you start using it.  The manual is a quick read and then we were able to set it up in less than 10 minutes.

You may not realize it until you purchase a mini fridge with freezer, but a quiet compressor makes a big difference in the quality of your life! The design team put effort into designing this so that the compressor doesn't interrupt conversation in small living spaces.  They also realized that if you are traveling in an RV or are worried about your eco-footprint, it's important to have an energy efficient design. This model is Energy Star Certified for eco-friendly, budget-conscious living. Of course, it's important to mention that the compact design fits in less than two square feet and will hold food for days. For instance, I opened the refrigerator section and took the photo below to show you the space and how the adjustable shelves and specialty compartments help with organization.

The dual cooling design with a freezer on top is also wonderful. You are able to store ice cubes, frozen pizza, ice cream, and more!

To summarize, we love the family friendly NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00)! It's great for different phases of life. We think that it's a great investment for young families because it is useful for many scenarios from when your children are little and you want to stock cold drinks and snacks in a family movie room to when they need a mini fridge for their college dorm room. We love it for parties on our enclosed patio when we want our guests to have easy access to cold drinks and ice.  It's nice for offices.  It's also highly regarded for RV trips!  This is a convenient product to own for many years.

Save with a NewAir Coupon!
We have a NewAir coupon for our readers! If you would like to order the NewAir Compact Mini Fridge with Freezer and Can Dispenser (NRF031GA00), use the coupon TRENDY to save 10% on this fabulous product!   We hope that you will love this fabulous product too!

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Saturday, July 30, 2022

(Win it!) Strong Fathers Strong Daughters #StrongFathersMIN #MomentumInfluencerNetwork

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

In today's post, I want to connect you with an original movie that streams exclusively on Pure Flix starting on August 1st - Strong Fathers Strong Daughters! If you aren't familiar with Pure Flix, it's an amazing streaming service that has a great selection of Christian television series and movies. My family loves Pure Flix. We hope that you will give it a try and end up loving it too! 

STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS will be exclusively on Pure Flix starting August 1st!

We personally loved the book it is based off of and loved the movie more below are some things about this inspiring movie. Let's start with a quick overview:

"STRONG FATHERS, STRONG DAUGHTERS is based on the New York Times Bestselling book written by Dr. Meg Meeker.

When a wealthy businessman learns his daughter is engaged to a missionary, he embarks on a quest to keep her closer to home. But when his efforts go awry, he must learn to give up control and trust God with her future.

Steve loves all three of his daughters – but does he really know who they are? Discover the heartfelt journey of a dad who is desperately trying to hold onto is little girls but learns he must give up control and trust God with their future.

Watch the movie inspired by Dr. Meg Meeker’s best-selling book, “Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters.”

This is the perfect film to watch as a family with your older daughters! For instance, we love this quote about the movie:

“This movie isn't just a heart-warming story. It is a cry from every daughter's heart to her father, to give her the power only he can give to help her become an extraordinary woman.” –Dr. Meg Meeker

Check out the trailer!

Watch Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters on Pure Flix starting August 1st! If you subscribe to Pure Flix, you'll receive access to this wonderful movie and many other great movies and shows!

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One lucky winner will receive a 3-month subscription to Pure Flix. Enter using the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be contacted by email with their free 3-month subscription. Good luck!

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

We Have the Best 2022 Pogo Pass Coupon for 50% Off! (400 passes were purchased with our coupon codes so far!)


Pogo Pass is such a great deal! We have a 2022 Pogo Pass coupon for 50% off -- just visit Pogo Pass and use the coupon code DAZZLE!   Easy-peasy for an annual pass that is packed with fun!

This code is valid for every city that Pogo Pass features - Dallas/Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Kansas City, and South Central Texas!

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(Hurry) Stock Up on New Allbirds Shoes for the New School Year & Score Free Socks! #allbirdsaffiliate #weareallbirds

Back-to-School shopping is just around the corner. If your kids are obsessed with Allbirds, we have a treat for you!  I get to share an awesome coupon with my flock of Trendy Mom Readers! We have a coupon for a free pair of Allbirds socks when you purchase a pair of Allbirds shoes!  

  • What: Trendy Mom readers may visit the link below to get ANY pair of socks for FREE with purchase!
  • When: Now!
  • Where: Allbirds website here
  • Details: Add any pair of socks to your cart and then at least one pair of shoes and you'll see the socks come off as FREE before you check out!
If you aren't familiar with Allbirds, let me tell you that we love this high quality brand that offers trendy fashions while also caring about the environment.   My latest pair of Allbirds shoes landed at our house today! They are the Women's Wool Dasher Mizzles.  

Here is a quick overview of these shoes:
  • Take stormy weather in stride with the running shoe that uses natural materials to give you extra grip and keep your feet cozy and dry on cold, wet runs.
  • Best For: Running, traction, water-repellent protection
  • Natural Innovation: Durable, water-repellent finish helps keep shoes from getting soggy
  • Responsive Rebound: Flexible, cushioned midsole offers a smoother ride

Let me also share some information about why my eco-friendly heart loves these shoes:

"The Wool Dasher Mizzle is carbon neutral thanks to sustainable practices, like using natural materials funding high impact carbon projects. But before we balance the emissions, its footprint starts at 12.9 kg CO2e. Learn more about carbon footprint labeling and our commitments to reduce our impact.

Sustainable Materials:
    • ZQ certified Merino wool upper that meets the highest standards of animal welfare, environmental care, and social sustainability
    • Bio-based shield treated with fluorine-free water repellent coating
    • SweetFoam® midsole made with sugarcane-based green EVA
    • FSC-certified natural rubber outsole
    • Bio-based nylon eyelets
    • Shoe laces made from recycled plastic bottles
    • Castor bean oil-based insole foam"

I love the soft wool fabric and stretchy top area of the shoes. The shoes look great and are incredibly comfortable! They are easy to slide on and instantly provide a feeling of comfort.  I've already worn them to the gym and to run errands to test them out. They feel very comfortable and supportive.  (Everyone in my family wants a pair now!)

I hope that you enjoyed this glimpse into why we love Allbirds!  I also hope that you are able to take advantage of the coupon above to score free socks with the purchase of shoes!  This Allbirds coupon is great for back-to-school shopping!

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(Review) The Husqvarna Automower is a Game Changer in the Texas Heat!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Husqvarna. All opinions are 100% mine.

This post is sponsored by Husqvarna. They recently sent us an Automower product to review.

My husband and I used to mow our own lawn. It's one of our least favorite chores, especially with the Texas heat and humidity.  Our first house together was almost an acre. We quickly learned that we did not like maintaining a large yard. When we had the opportunity to relocate for new jobs, we purchased a home on a smaller lot with .25 acres. We later realized that we would prefer an even smaller yard and we moved yet again to a villa where front yard maintenance is included in our HOA fee and we only have to maintain our small backyard that is hidden by fences. The space is approximately 1,000 square feet. We've mowed it for several years, but we finally decided that we have had enough and began researching alternatives such as artificial grass, hiring someone to help, or a robotic lawnmower. 

Many of our neighbors feel the same way about yard work. As I mentioned, we live in a villa where the HOA maintains our front yards and then we are responsible for our small backyards. The majority of our neighbors hire landscapers.  This is nice, but it's expensive and we don't like the idea of giving landscapers a key to our yard.  The typical cost of weekly mowing for our small backyard is $75 to $100/week.  We mow our lawn for approximately 7.5 months per year, so it's not trivial to spend over $3,000/year to hire landscapers to mow our backyard. As a Mom and an Engineer, I can't help but calculate the cost for multiple years and notice how quickly the expense accumulates. After five years, the cost adds up to around $15,000.

Several of our neighbors have artificial lawns. Some of them got together in small groups to negotiate a bulk discount, but it was still very expensive. An example of a neighbor's yard is shown below. It looks nice, but it was outside of the budget that we wanted to put toward our yard. Plus, with young children, we didn't want to worry about the cost of replacement down the road.

Only recently did we come across the Husqvarna Automower as an option to help mow our lawn. I wish that we would have known about it sooner. We looked into it and ran the numbers to figure out whether it could make sense for us.  Specifically, we looked into the Husqvarna 115H Automower that is priced at $1,599.99 with installation.  At this price, we felt like it was a cost effective solution to mowing our lawn that is cheaper than hiring landscapers to mow.  I searched for reviews and people seemed happy, so I reached out to the company to ask if it would be possible to collaborate and to send us review a unit.  They agreed! This was a highlight of my blogging year, especially if you consider the temperatures in Texas right now and how much we dread yard work. Of course, we were excited because the perks of this robotic lawn mower are amazing, but I also felt like it was a special opportunity to gain and share an experience that people are curious to know more about.

The process for ordering the Husqvarna Automower was nice because they ship the Automower in a package that arrives on your doorstep. They then connect you with an installation expert who sets everything up for you.  For instance, check out the photo below that shows my package on our front porch.  I took the photo from a distance so that you could notice that it's a large package, but still a reasonable size for me to carry on my own.

Here is a closer view of the package.

We were so excited about our new best friend that we couldn't help but to peek into the package to see it before the installation company arrived.  The package was comprehensive and included everything that I needed to get started.

The day before the installation company arrived, we mowed our lawn to the desired height.  This is something that you will want to do before your installation as part of the customization process.

Lambert's Landscape Company installed the boundary wire and charging station. In the Dallas area, we are very lucky because the pros at Lambert's know the ins and outs of the Husqvarna Automower. The Director of Fleet Services and Facilities installed our Automower. He manages a fleet of them and even runs two Automowers in his own yard. He is knowledgable about landscaping and Automowers. He was really nice about answering our questions and giving advice. The installation for our yard went by quickly. He installed the boundary wire with a machine that buries it rather seamlessly. I was relieved to know that the boundary wires would be buried so nicely, especially since I have energetic children who aren't even able to see the buried wires.  Here is a photo of him installing the boundary wire.

I also made a video and encourage you to watch it because you'll get a better idea of how quick and seamless it was for him to install the boundary wire.

After he installed the boundary wires, he finished setting up the charging station and updated the software. This is the home for our new best friend, the AutomowerHe also helped us to get the app which helps us to monitor the status of our Husqvarna Automower. For instance, here is a photo from when we set it up.

Here is another photo of the app which shows statistics about the number of hours that it has spent on our lawn.

The Husqvarna Automower is smart and able to adapt to many variables such as different yard sizes, slopes, grass types, and more. Personally, our yard is around 1,000 sq. ft. and relatively flat with only slight sloping around our French drains.  We have Bermuda grass which is a southern grass that grows in warm climates. It has a narrow leaf blade which I think is aesthetically pleasing. It grows quickly and is also quite resilient. You'll find it at many golf courses and athletic fields since it's relatively good for high traffic areas.  Our yard is a breeze for the Husqvarna Automower that quietly works its magic on our lawn.  

The Husqvarna Automower spent the first couple of days exploring our yard.  My family enjoyed watching our curious little friend move around to learn the lay of the land! 

After the initial exploration, the Automower used its advanced technology to mow our lawn on a more scheduled basis.  The technology is actually more interesting than we initially expected. Not only does this little robot mow our lawn, but it also improves the health of our lawn. That was an unexpected bonus for us!   We just wanted a break from yard work, so it was even cooler to realize that the Automower could further improve the health of our lawn too. The way that it works is different than our old process. We used to go through with a loud electric lawn mower.  The Husqvarna Automower is more advanced. It uses several blades to finely mulch the grass.  Instead of rushing through like we used to do with a lawn mower, the Automower takes slower and more frequent passes which provides a noticeable difference to the health of our lawn.

Another big difference between our old mower and the Automower is the noise level. Our old mower was loud.  Our Automower is pretty quiet. I tease my husband that it has such good manners with how quiet it is. It even runs past my bedroom at night while I am sleeping without me noticing.  I also appreciate that it has safety features to stop if it bumps into something unexpected. For instance, my youngest son dropped his teddy bear outside. The Automower skillfully avoided it which is an important feature that we appreciate since our children play in the yard and don't always clean up after themselves.

The Automower may be scheduled to run at any time. We prefer an evening schedule so that our children aren't outside. I would actually be okay with my boys around it since it has safety features, but my children sometimes play soccer or have water balloon battles, so I figured that evening runs were better. Plus, as I mentioned earlier the Automower is quiet enough that I don't even notice it when it goes by my bedroom windows in the evening.

Security is an important feature to me. There is one loud thing about the Automower. That's the alarm. If someone doesn't know the pin number and then picks it up and tries to run off with it, the Automower has a very loud alarm.  You need to enter your pin number to turn it off. Depending on the model, you may also have GPS tracking. 

We've used our Automower for a few months now. Let me share a quick list of questions that people have asked us with our personal answers.
  1. Is it as loud as a traditional lawn mower?  Answer: It is MUCH quieter than our old traditional lawn mower. In fact, we run it in the evening and it mows outside of my bedroom window without waking me. 
  2. Does it break if it rains?  Answer: We have left our Automower out during several rainstorms without any issues. I just wipe it down with a cloth after the rain. (For reference, I also wipe down our patio furniture and grill after rain.) We moved the Automower to our patio for one storm because there were severe weather warnings. During that particular storm, you wouldn't have even wanted to leave your car outside.
  3. What if children leave toys in the yard? Answer: My children have stress tested this feature. They have a bad habit of leaving toys in the yard.  Fortunately, the Automower is quite advanced and has avoided every toy left in our yard over the past few months.  One of them was my youngest son's teddy bear, so I was grateful for the Automower's technology to avoid their toys.
  4. Could someone pick it up and walk off with it? Answer: Yes, but there is an alarm system.  It makes an obnoxiously loud noise that would make it hard for someone to casually pick it up in our yard and walk off with it. We are able to hear the alarm noise in our house. We have a pin number to turn the alarm off. Some models also have a GPS security feature.
  5. Do you like it? Answer: We absolutely love it!  If I could go back in time, I would tell myself to stop wasting time on mowing the lawn and to let an Automower take over the chore.  Seriously, the combination of Texas heat and humidity is the worst. The Automower is a total game changer that allows us to spend less time on chores and more time enjoying life.

Now that we have used the Husqvarna Automower for a while, we are very happy and wish that we would have adopted it sooner.  The time savings has been amazing. We no longer have to mow. We only have to do the edging. My husband has approximately 5 extra hours to spend with us every month. If you multiple this by 7.5 months, he has saved approximately 37.5 hours/year. That's almost an entire workweek out of the year for him! We have a small backyard that is under 1,000 square feet. I imagine that the time savings increases for Texans with bigger yards.

During the Coronavirus shutdown, the Automower was also a life saver because it mulches the grass into fine pieces and we do not have to bag and dispose debris. Our garbage collection company temporarily stopped the collection of lawn clippings.  Prior to the arrival of our Automower, we had garbage bags full of lawn clippings for weeks until they finally announced a special day when collection of lawn debris resumed.  I'm glad that we don't have to dispose of lawn debris after the Automower.  The mulching process is eco-friendly and convenient!

In summary, the Husqvarna Automower is an amazing application of technology that has improved the quality of our lives.  The experience has given us a healthier lawn, but more importantly, the gift of time. As busy parents, the ability to cross mowing the lawn off of our chore list was amazing! I know that we could have hired landscapers to mow weekly or invested in artificial grass, but those solutions were very expensive. The Husqvarna Automower is more cost effective for our situation. The Husqvarna design team deserves credit for the meticulous attention to detail that they put into the Automower!

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