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Our Hoover Powerscrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

We previously purchased a Bissel deep cleaning unit, and although it did the job, we needed something better that got deeper into the carpet. We have the original carpets still in our home from moving in, and they needed some TLC until we replace them. We are replacing some carpet with flooring, but we are planning to keep the upstairs carpeted, so we thought it was smart to keep one on hand.

 

Besides having the original carpet in our home, we not only love hosting people in our home, but we have 2 adorable shihtzus. So everything combined makes for daily wear & tear on our carpets. Once our Bissel took a dump, we kinda just brushed it off and didn’t do anything about it. Well it was time to get another, we did some research and so Peter and I went with the Hoover! Although we have not used it more than just a few times (so we can’t give a full review on it), the few times we have used it we have been very pleased.

Here are some highlights:

  • Lightweight
  • Automatic Detergent Mixing system- Provides the correct mixture of cleaning product and water to ensure better outcome
  • Wash/Rinse selector
  • Dual Tank system – This separates clean and dirty water so you can easily fill, empty and rinse
  • Carpets dry fast
  • Exclusive spin scrub technology
  • Cleans more than just your floor!

Tools included:

  • Spin scrub hand tool – Having rotating brushes it helps to provide the scrubbing action that some spots may need to remove those hard stains.
  • Accessory Hose – Attaches to the cleaner to allow more extension for cleaning.
  • Stair tool – 2 built in rows of brushes to help provide getting in those creases and small areas on your stairs.
  • Upholstery tool – Made specifically for your furniture, brushes are soft and piece is plastic to ensure no damage to the material.
  • Crevice tool – Great for around those baseboards and hard reaching areas.
  • Mesh Tool Storage Bag

Please see this link which will not only show you the product, but also look at the manufacture’s instruction booklet.

So you ask, why did you go specifically go with this product? Let me share.

Before purchasing another carpet cleaner there were specific things we were looking for. Such as: price point, lightweight, tools that come with it, a deep cleaning focus, something that will not leave our carpets soaking wet (like the previous product we had) and the durability of the cleaner. And so far this deep cleaning carpet cleaner has met those needs!

 

Thank you for reading!

 

A couple simple ways to freshen your home for spring!

Getting you home ready for springtime should not have to feel like a chore, and definitely should not break the bank either. Here I have a couple simple ways to freshen up for home for spring. Just take away an idea or two to use yourself to help fill that craving for Spring we are all having right now!

These simple ideas for freshening up your house for Spring are meant to help make your space brighter, leave you with a big smile, and help to reduce any stress you are currently feeling. The tips I am sharing here are super easy to implement and quick, because no one wants to spend a ton of time, stuck, focusing on one small space.

1.   Start with a clean slate

Clean everything! Clean out all the dirt that winter left behind. Scrub the floors, dust and wash the windows and shades/blinds to let the sun shine through. Don’t forget behind the appliances and your furniture! Unclutter shelving, cabinets, tables and counter tops. Instantly you will feel so much better!

2.   Organize before you decorate

Get winter out of the way! Organize your closet to spring and summer clothing and shoes, and gather your gardening things too! Reorganizing will give you a whole new outlook for spring.

3. Fill a vase with some fresh blooms.

4. Hang a spring wreath on your front door.

5. Toss a spring pillow onto your couch and/or bed.

6. Change out an art piece/picture.

7. Use fresh or faux greens throughout your home.

8. Replace your hand towels.

9.   Lighten up your outdoor space.

10.   Switch out your doormat.

 

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As stated before, these are simple things, but can really add color and life to your home. It’s not all about needing something new and better, but choosing to re-purpose and re-organize what  you already have. The great thing about Spring is the growth and life waking from the dead of winter, so enjoy and celebrate that! Bring that beautiful green into your home, making it as gorgeous as your outdoor space!

Happy Spring!!

A front entry referesh

After painting and refreshing the 90% of our saltbox home which included the living room, upstairs bedrooms, our backroom and hallway, there was one more thing that needed painted… While I have been thinking a lot about refreshing this space, I couldn’t quite come to terms how I wanted to do so. But after some inspiration of people painting their interior doors, I knew I wanted to join the party! Our walls are “Agreeable Gray”by SW, and “Peppercorn” was the perfect deep color grey to pop in our space.

Prior it was just plain boring. A white door, not much wall decor, and the carpet just needed… something.

What a difference a can of paint makes! It took me 1.5 days to paint to allow full dry, but was so very worth it! Now that front entryway has a cozy and inviting feeling. The wall between the window and front door was empty, and honestly I had so many ideas in my head as far as how to fill the space, but none of them had I loved. And I feel that loving it, is so important!!!

On a whim, I starting drawing up some floral prints and knew just where to put them! I love how the black accents of the smooth grey behind. Even better, I had the frames already on hand thankfully, since normally I struggle with choosing frames, there’s thousands to consider!

Here are the couple changes I made, that made a big difference (besides painting the interior front door):

  • Painting the interior front door Peppercorn by SW
  • Spray painting the hardware black
  • Adding an accent rug (click here for exact item)
  • Drawing up some prints and placing in 2 picture frames we already had

And tadaaaaa!!!!!! There you have it! Four simple changes is all it took before it looked like a whole new space!

Thanks for reading friends!!!!!!

 

Meet the spouse: Peter

After a messy previous relationship, I was done with online dating. I felt I was never going to meet the man of my dreams, a man that I have prayed for every single day. While I thought I deleted my account because of being in that previous relationship, apparently I did not. Towards the end of my last relationship, I kept getting reminded that with a notification saying “you have a message from Peter”. I can’t tell you how many times I deleted the notification, I wanted nothing to do with it.

One late evening while resting, I again received the notification again, and I will not lie, I was about a half a click away from hitting the delete button with my mouse… UNTIL I heard a voice that said, “Brittany, do not do that, you need to look at this message.”  So I read “Hey, hope your doing well! You don’t have much of a profile to go off, but from the bit that is here, ya seem like a quality girl. So have you always lived in the Lancaster area? Besides being in school, what else do you like to do in your spare time, or what do you care about most in life? Anyway, Happy Friday :)!

It was that simple short, sweet, and thoughtful message that started our life together! 🙂 We messaged each other back and forth from April 26th until May 15, 2013. And so, May 1st Peter officially gave me his phone number, May 2nd he starting adding me to his prayers, May 9th we met face to face at Issac’s in Ephrata, Let me tell ya I immediately had butterflies when I saw him walking up to me.  Peter had a smooth bald head, freshly groomed facial hair, wearing a plaid shirt with some Nike sneakers. He showed off a beautiful big smile and pretty blue/green eyes:) Then May 12th we had our second date at Lost in Treasure mini golf. At the beginning of June (oops, we don’t remember exact date) we became boyfriend and girlfriend! 🙂

While my parents were talking about marrying Peter before I was that following fall, I knew this was the man I was going to marry. Just a couple months later, on Feb 9th, 2014 Peter got down on one knee during the snowfall and I said YES!!!!!!!!!! Six months later on August 2, 2014 I was walking down the isle in a beautiful white gown, marrying the man I have prayed for daily for so many years!

Well now that you know how we met and got married, I want to share just why I love him so so much!!

He is a faithful leader. Where I am weak he is strong, and vise versa. I am scatterbrained, easily get overwhelmed, I am not a math person (so I do not do the bills) He’s got all that covered. Peter is organized, and knows how to keep me in line when I am all over the place. While everyday is not perfect, He is strong and loving in every situation. He initiates. He initiates, prayer, devos, problem solving, communication to deal with conflict etc. He leads by example. He is a strong believer (Christ comes first), patient, has personal discipline, pure, kind, respectful, and loving. I thank God for my faithful leader.

He is adventurous. Ever since day one that we were united as one, I have wanted to travel (my parents weren’t big travelers) with him to places I have always wanted to travel. We have been to many cool places like, Europe, the Mid West, Hawaii, Maine and this summer we are going to Iceland!!! He is always up for spontaneous hikes, and picking up and exploring new places as weekend getaways. Whether it’s something he’s a little nervous of doing or hasn’t’ done it, he’s is willing to give it a try.

He is totally supportive in all my thoughts and dreams. Though he may think they aren’t always ideal, he’s constantly encouraging me to chase those visions and dreams. Now if there is something outrageous, I am thankful he is able to be open about that.

He always listens. Not only am I a worrier, but my brain constantly is thinking. There are times I know I am blabbing his ear off when he is trying to get stuff done. But he is just so sweet, by stopping what he is doing and giving his full attention. Though he may not have much to say sometimes depending on the the conversation, I love that he makes eye contact and want me to pour my heart out.

I LOVE that he can fix and/or build anything, and if he doesn’t know how, it’s just a click away from learning on youtube. He sees everything differently than I do. I usually feel I get myself into a mess whether it’s computer related or trying to place something I just bought. “Peter it isn’t working!”,  “This won’t stay up”, “ugh I have tried so many times, I can’t do it.” He is right there to jump in and fix the problem so calmly. He sees that all it needs is some extra muscles, glue, an extra nail. If I vision it, he can build it- like our built ins, the new shelving in the master bathroom, our pretty kitchen table and bench, our desk and… well the list could go on. “Peter to the rescue!”

Here is a little snippet of how we really have gotten started on our home projects that have grown into bigger ones! While we were in the midst of wedding planning, Peter and I were house searching, and after only a few homes we fell in love with the 2nd one that we currently live in! Our saltbox home! It all started with applying gallons and gallons of paint, to switching out the ugly cream outlets to pretty white ones, switching out light fixtures, to pitching the old brown interior doors and adding the 6 pane doors and applying new paint to our kitchen cabinets. That was the simple way of sprucing up the house for the first couple years.

The first custom project that Peter completed was building a cabinet for our laundry room, then finished by repainting and adding shelving for more storage. Next after that was our kitchen table, you can see that see blog here. From there I think each project has gotten bigger and bigger, meaning more time consumption and the amount of effort being put in. We gave the kitchen a face lift that included: new sheets overlapping the old counter tops, adding air stone for the backslash, then adding new flooring to the downstairs, and both bathrooms, excluding the living room. Redoing our Master bath included, repainting the vanity, switching out the light fixture, replacing old sliding doors, to a beautiful bronze rod and a neutral shower curtain, redesigning and building the shelving storage closet, and reconstructing our built-in closet. Instead of paying a ton of $$$ for a bench to add more seating at our kitchen table, Peter built that in less than 4 hours! Lastly our back room was done, now that was the biggie! Talk about a transformation!!! See our beautiful project here. I would love to go into detail, but that would take all your time! So please check out the blog to see more! 🙂

Now that we have done many projects these past few years, we keep asking ourselves what can we do next??? And you may be asking what are they going to do next… I will be writing another blog on that!

While I know that I went ahead and used online dating as a way to meet my forever, it has changed so much since I personally have used it. It can be very dangerous. You ought to be very careful in how you present yourself on there, what info you give out, and when/where you would choose to meet. For example, all I put on my profile was my first name, my religious beliefs, my interests and what exactly I was looking for. If a message comes up without any text showing first, don’t open it, that is not good… If there is a man out there meant for, he will in a clean, and respectful way approach you with a short and sweet message.

Thanks for reading, I had so much fun writing this for y’all!