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.

Oops, they did it again!

I may not be the best cook.
I may not know my way around the mall.
But I do know good furniture and decor design and baby, School House Electric has done it again with their fall 2014 line.


One of the things that School House Electric does best is produce pieces that have a vintage, classic feel without compromising authenticity.

The other day I was trolling one of my go-to fave stores.  I was sorely disappointed not being able to find anything to my liking. Everything was vintage-inspired but so obviously dead-on reproductions.   There is a fine line between looking like a cheap reproduction and a quality timeless piece.
School House Electric has nailed timeless quality.

Here’s my top choices from their Fall 2014 line:

PicMonkey Collage




School House Electric is my design style soul mate…if there is such a thing.

I’m scheming a way to move in and live in their retail space.  All I need are the keys to the building and my toothbrush.

Click to see School House Electric’s fall 2014 line.

Swim suit season is here.

Summer is just around the corner which means its swim suit season! Eeek!
I’ve learned a few things with age and one of those perils of wisdom is never buy a cheap suit.
A good quality suit will do all those things for you that the gym didn’t take care of.
Plus, it won’t fall apart after 3 trips to the pool and become a see-through, birthday suit.

This year I have a new cute little number from Albion Fit.


Albion fit has a unique and classy variety of suits ranging from retro inspired swims, one piece swimsuitshigh waisted bottoms and floral patterns.


Not only that, they also have THE MOST ADORABLE girls suits I’ve ever seen! Cute and sophisticated.

albion If they would just come out with a little boys line…

Now for some splish-splashin’ good news!
I’m hosting a giveaway for one swim suit of your choice from Albion Fit!

If you don’t want to wait for the giveaway to end you can purchase your own suit for 15% off using promo code: albion15.

This giveaway is now closed.

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Good luck!

*I was given a suit with no obligation to post or host a giveaway.  All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*