Keeping your carpets Bissell clean + Bissell Upright giveaway.

Whenever we tackle a new project the whole house goes to crap.  100% of the time we inevitably leave a trail of mess and disaster in our wake.  Case in point our plank wall project that we posted about yesterday.


With the magic of before and after’s it may look like we’ve got everything under control but with 4 men and myself living in a construction zone it’s anything but organized and our carpets really take a hit.  While I was painting, my youngest stepped in the paint pan and my oldest threw a ball at the wet wall. Despite our efforts to take precautionary measures at protecting the house and carpets, a mess is inevitable.

Our carpets, pre-project, were worn with the normal wear and tear of family living but painting made an even bigger mess even with a tarp laid down.


Every single stair had some kind of stain on it.

Introducing my BISSELL ProHeat 2X® Premier 47A23 Upright Deep Cleaner.  You may remember I sang it’s praises during the holidays when I spilled a red berry smoothie all over my vintage Persian rug.  It saved my rug (and my sanity).


Luckily it has a hand tool which is perfect for stairs, upholstery and tight smaller spaces.  This time I volunteered to try the BISSELL Professional Deep Cleaning with Febreze® Formula on our carpets.


You just mix the formula with warm water in your machine per the instructions then spray, scrub and suck.


Check out all the filth it sucked up with just one pass.  You see the formula going to work immediately when you spray it on and it smells great.  Plus it has Scotchgard which protects your carpets from future stains.


This little hand tool came in real handy when my son got sick in the car on the way back home from a road trip.  Ugh.  I would have had to pay $150.+ to have an auto detailer professionally clean the car upholstery otherwise.  Fortunately, my Bissell tackled it and any lingering odors.

These are our master bedroom carpets.  I’m amazed at the amount of dirt this gray carpet shows.


We don’t wear shoes in our home or eat anywhere but the kitchen…this is what normal daily wear and tear looks like.

 BISSELL Professional Deep Cleaning with Febreze® Formula to the rescue!  My mom always said, “You want a job done right then do it yourself.”


You know how every house has it’s own unique smell?  Your carpets are the main source of where that smell lives.  Check out the amount of grime this baby pulled out of our carpets.


Using BISSELL Professional Deep Cleaning with Febreze® Formula neutralizes those odors and brings freshness to your home.


Now your carpets will accentuate the room and smell as fresh as the rest of the decor.

Now for some exciting news.  Bissell will be giving away one Deep Clean Lift-Off machine and BISSELL Professional Deep Cleaning with Febreze® Formula.


To enter, go check out Bissell’s site here.  Then come back and leave a comment on this post letting us know your best spring cleaning tip or how you’d use a Bissell machine.  (Please leave your email address with your comment for us to contact you in case you win).  Giveaway closes May 1st.

Good luck!

Chatbook photo albums.

Once in a while I get head over heels obsessed with something.
Chairs, drink carts, Ben and Jerry’s…
My latest obsession is a “Why didn’t I think of that?” idea.


Before I start to gush let me first start off by saying I am in no way affiliated or sponsored by them in any way.
Now that I’ve made that disclaimer, have you heard of Chatbooks?
They are the most quick and easy way to make a photo album EVER!

Back in the day, 9 years ago, I got bit by the scrapbooking bug big time.
I would paruse scrapbooks stores and buy pretty paper, tools, stickers, you name it. I even subscribed to a scrapbook magazine and would study page layouts till the wee hours of the morning. The funny thing is it would take me an hour to complete one page. To this day I have 11 pages made of my first son. I didn’t even make it to his first birthday before I realized how impractical it was for me to scrapbook.  The time, the mess, the storage space.  Meh.  I have no photo albums made of our family or my kids.

Until now.


I made these Chatbooks completely with my cell phone.  All the photos came from my Instagram account (which if you aren’t following you should).  The Chatbooks app pulled photos from my Instagram account then I selected which ones I wanted to be printed in each book.  It literally took me less than 10 minutes to compile and order 4 books.


These books landed at my doorstep Monday and my little men haven’t put them down since then.  They have loved looking through the pages and reminiscing.


And get this…each book is only $6.00!

I’m thinking about ordering a set for each son to take with them when they leave the house (when they are 40).  Or, how cool would it be to use as a portfolio of all your projects?

Each Chatbook is $6.00, 60 pages, 6″ x 6″.
How can you say no to that?

My new fave mascara.

You’ve probably gathered that I’m no fashionista.
Having 3 men under my supervision has depleted any time I have to play dress up, curl my hair or doll myself up everyday.
The one thing I am particular about is makeup. I look like the walking dead without it.
If it’s just a quick trip to the store I might gamble and think I can go incognito with just a hat but I always seem to run in to someone and regret that decision.
I can’t live without my foundation…not a lot…just to even out my tone…never leave home without it.

The latest makeup craze…it’s all about the eyelashes. Some look great but some are just way too fake for my liking.
I’ve considered eyelash extensions but let’s face it…I’m lazy, would miss my next appt, then have tini-broken lashes.
I was recently invited to a makeup party and was introduced to my new favorite mascara.
It’s called 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique and it’s pretty awesome.
Here’s how my lashes normally look with my grocery store mascara (major airbrushing included):

PicMonkey Collage

Check out the difference with the 3D Fiber Lashes:

PicMonkey Collage2

The 3DFiber Lashes comes with two applicators…


You first apply the Transplanting Gel (which is pretty much black mascara).  Next you apply the Natural Fibers (which is fibers made from green tea).  Last, you apply one more coat of the Transplanting Gel.  Voila!  Super long, super thick lashes.  No, like they made a SERIOUS difference.

I’m not making any money by plugging Younique…I’m just in love with this stuff people and I wanted to share it with you.  I am hosting an online party with my new friend Brooke who writes the popular blog: Mom Explores Michigan who also fell so in love with it that she is now selling it.
You buy, I get mascara.
So buy away, but no pressure (maybe just a little). :)

Go here to see more.