Renovated Trailers.

I mentioned in my last post that our RV trip was the best family vacation we ever took.  Every time I say that out loud I’m positive it sounds a little absurd and you’re probably thinking we haven’t  been to very many cool places as a family.  Maybe? Maybe not? What I learned on our RV trip was that it was all about the journey, not the destination.  Oh crap, my parents were right.  Thinking back, we laughed harder sitting around the table in the RV, bumpin’ down the road playing games than we ever did playing on the white sand beaches of Hawaii or exploring the glaciers in Alaska. We had real intropsective conversations with our kids about what it would be like to live on one of those little farms in Iowa where kids had real jobs other than just bringing in the garbage cans from the street.  The gift the RV trip gave us was time together…and I loved every minute of it.

The other thing I learned on the RV was living in a small space was actually quite doable.  Maybe I can say that because I knew we only had to live in cramped quarters for just a week.  But honestly, I kind of liked it.  Everything we needed was right there at our finger tips.   We had wheels, a bathroom, a place to sleep and a place to cook.  There was no pressure of having to clean a massive house, maintain the yard, make a huge elaborate meal.  Everything was simplified which gave us more time to spend together or read a book or just look out the window at America the Beautiful.

We’ve been home for over a week now and I can’t stop thinking about acquiring an RV or trailer.  I want to take my family all over the place in an RV.  Of course using Access RV’s brand spankin’ new RV’s was wonderful but there’s the part of me that to put my own stamp on it.  Something along these lines…

Now I just need the husband to get on board, a wad of cash to buy one, a place to renovate it and a stretch of time in which to complete it.

(Check out our RV trip + enter the giveaway we’re co-hosting for an RV trip getaway here).

Vintage Library Chairs.

I’m smitten with my vintage tulip table that I recently acquired from a Vintage shop.


 While I’m still in the process of planning out the re-finishing process I’m already on to what kind of chairs to pair the table with.

Our current table is traditional wood farm house table (still for sale by the way) which I paired with some very modern white chairs.

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I love the mix of traditional and modern.  My style tends to be eclectic (although I hate that term.  I once saw a space filled with 80’s neon and traditional furniture which they called “eclectic”.  The space was so awful that it ruined the”eclectic” term for me forever).  Anyhow, I love the juxtaposition of different styles, colors and finishes coming together…eclectic.

This time I have my eye on some vintage library wood chairs.


 To say I’m on the “hunt” is putting it mildly.  I am O-B-S-E-S-S-E-D with these chairs.  I kid you not, I’ve actually dreamed about them twice in the last 2 weeks.  Our neighborhood elementary school has them sitting in the foyer and I swoon over them every time I’m at the school.  Every time I’m at the school I profess my love for them to which I get the strangest looks, as I should, but I know would be the perfect pairing to my tulip table.

I’ve searched high and low for 5 of these babies.  Etsy and Ebay have a few in the $250. range EACH.  I could buy them new but then what’s the fun in that?  The worn arms and faded seats have a story and give them character (like lots of naughty children waiting to see the principal kind of character).

The law of attraction brought me to a Barnes and Noble bookstore the other day while I was waiting for my sons soccer practice.  I turned from the magazines and behold…


A whole row of these vintage beauties.  My heart began to palpitate. I immediately took out my camera and shamelessly snapped a picture (the poor guy at the end of the row obviously thought I was crazy).  After that I made a B-line to the manager and nonchalantly asked how I could get my hands on some of those chairs.  After a lecture on how those chairs came from the early 1900’s and how lucky the store was to have inherited them that conversation came up fruitless.   So now it’s back to the drawing board.  In the meantime here’s some pretty tulip table / wood dining chair pairings that I’ll be swooning over…


Anyone got a few vintage library chairs kicking around that they’d like to sell?

Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a $100. gift card to ACE Hardware here.

Staining then cleaning my rug with Bissell.

Thanks to BISSELL for sponsoring today’s discussion.

This is what happens when you’re trying to rush three kids and yourself out the door for a morning school singing performance.


An entire blender full of raspberries, spinach, pineapple and orange on my vintage Persian rug.

I panicked, grabbed a towel and started to try and rub it out which really just rubbed it in more. (I don’t think clearly in pressure filled situations).
This was the kind of emergency that needed attending to NOW.
Then I had visions of my kids in therapy as adults retelling about the time their mom decided her rug was more important than supporting her kids in their school performance.
So I threw in the towel (literally), locked the door and left a berry fruit smoothie to marinate in that beautiful rug for the next two hours.

This is no lie…when I got home a new BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner that I agreed to review was sitting on the doorstep.
What can I say? God works in mysterious ways.
Talk about timing.
I tore in to that thing faster than you can blink and put it to work.

Unfortunately I didn’t get a picture of the machine doing it’s thang on the rug…kind of hard to take a selfie while cleaning your carpets but here’s the result:


I had to go over it a couple of times and honestly I didn’t think it would work but there is absolutely no evidence of the smoothie having ever spilled there.
This is what the water looked like after the second go-over.


Yeah, that’s gross.

I was a little alarmed when I pulled this out of the catcher:


The instruction booklet did warn that this may occur on fuzzy carpets or rugs and they were right.


At first I thought the neighbors cat might have snuck in and I sucked him up by accident.
The Bissell has a spinning brush that acts like a comb brushing all the excess stuff that often sheds. It also has some serious suction. My dry vacuum comes no where close to pulling out the amount of gunk that the Bissel pulled out.
Now that I tackled that rug it was time to move on to my next little rug that I recently found at a consignment store.


I’m always a little leary about bringing home pre-owned rugs.
I’ve heard horror stories about people bringing home pre-owned rugs which was home to a colony of bugs. (Insert body shiver).
I was glad to bring it in and clean it immediately with the Bissell.



My new/old rug is a perfect welcome for my front door.

Last but not least our super-sized living room area rug. Gray is a tricky color. You’d think it would hide more dirt than it does but nope…every stain shows.


I first hit the heavy traffic areas with Bissell’s Deep Clean Pro solution and let it soak in for about 5-10 minutes.

Next I put the machine to work. I did a once-over on the entire rug, making sure to give a little more attention to the high traffic areas.




Bring on Christmas!

My honest opinion? I would highly recommend the BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner for the following reasons:

It works. (If it didn’t I would have informed Bissell I couldn’t write a positive review and ask them if they still wanted me to publish my post).
Use it the instant a spill occurs. You never know when you’re going to spill an entire smoothie on your rug and need a carpet cleaner in a pinch. With this machine you can do it yourself the moment you need to (or 2 hrs later).
Flexibility and freedom. When you hire a professional carpet cleaning company you feel like you’ve got to have them clean every room in your home whether the carpets need to be cleaned or not. Having this machine gives you the flexibility to clean only those places you need to clean, when you need to clean them.
Professionals only do a once-over. You know that old saying, “If you want a job done right you’ve got to do it yourself”? That applies here. This machine is a DIY’ers dream. After seeing how much nasty, dirty water I pulled out of my rugs after two go-overs I’m convinced that most professional carpet cleaning companies aren’t getting your carpets as clean as they could be. I’ve hired several companies over the years to clean my carpets. They normally put really harsh chemicals on your carpet, do a once-over and leave. This machine is a force to be reckoned with but you can go over your carpets and rugs as many times as you need to. No once-over and out.
Money Saving.  I’ve paid as much on two visits for professional services that this machine costs alone.

Intrigued? Hop on over to their site to download a coupon and learn more about the BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner and BISSELL carpet cleaning formula with Scotchgard™ Protector .


I was given a Bissell ProHeat Upright Clearner and Cleaning Solution to review.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.