The Baby Shower

I am feeling pretty darn good right now.

I have been stressed to the max about today and now it’s finally over and I can say that I honestly feel like I pulled it off well.

I successfully threw a Baby Shower.

My sister-in-law is pregnant. She had a baby shower out-of-state with her family a couple months ago, but apparently it didn’t go well. Her mother invited all of her own friends and only a couple of my SIL’s so it wound up being a flop from what I hear.

I felt bad and decided that I would throw a shower here for two reasons.

  • One: it would make her happy, and
  • two: our family (my brother’s family) could be a part of it.

I never had a baby shower, nor have I ever attended one so I had NO idea how to go about this. My knowledge of showers consists only of what I have seen in movies. Of course, I had my moments of “it’s not fair that I should do all this when nobody did this for me” but I tried to avoid the Pity Party thoughts and focused on what I WOULD have wanted had I been given one. I was young when I had my first so obviously my brothers (being younger than me) couldn’t do anything, my mother was dealing with her own issues at the time and I didn’t have many (any) friends so… Anyway, we are all older and in a better place right now and if I were pregnant I’m sure they WOULD do something for me. So, that is how I came to be  throwing a Baby Shower in the middle of my second to last semester of Nursing School while my husband is deployed.

My brother was beyond excited that I wanted  to do this which made me very happy since we haven’t always had the best relationship. Fortunately, he has a lot of friends because I don’t, and the party would have been a real flop if invitations had been left up to me. He invited a whole bunch of people who I didn’t know, but I trust his judgement so I wasn’t worried about any weirdos coming to my house.

In theory it was a great idea, but when it came down to it I may have bitten off more than I could chew. Well, I was starting to think that. As I said, I pulled it off so apparently I can chew a lot.

Here’s how it went down, of course, in true Me fashion, I waited until the last minute to do everything so I basically started yesterday afternoon.

First thing I did was the Diaper Cake, now, I had never even HEARD of a Diaper Cake until I googled “Baby Showers” to get ideas for decorations. It’s a neat idea, and everything but the ribbons can be used later. This is the final product.

diapers are rolled around bottles for strength and held together with ribbons and rubber bands.

Her color scheme for the baby’s room is pink, green and black so that is what I tried to go with for the party.

I was lucky because Valentine’s Day is over and now all the stores have the stuff discounted. I found milk chocolate roses 75% off! I bought a dozen! I also picked up a 2 liter bottle of every type of soda I could find because I didn’t know what everyone liked.

After I finished with the diaper cake the kids and I worked on cleaning the house while I started baking the cakes for the 3 tier that I had decided to attempt (for the first time EVER).

First problem of the night: I thought I had 2 dozen eggs in the fridge. WRONG! I had 6… eggs, not dozens. It was already getting late and I didn’t want to run to the store so I decided to work on decorations for the rest of the night and just head to Sam’s Club early in the morning.

My boys were totally grossed out by all the pink decorations; they said I should have just used the black tablecloths, lol.

of course, every single bottle was opened yet less than half of each was consumed. Can we say "flat soda"?

 

This is what I had accomplished as of about 8pm. Not bad, but not nearly done. I was already getting tired because I had been up all night the night before (that’s another story, geesh). The boys were arguing at this point and I was starting to lose my patience with them so I began working on the first tier of the cake since that was all I could make due to the egg situation.

That’s when C told me that the toilet was “still clogged”. Yeah, that’s right, I had forgotten that he had told me it was clogged hours ago.

Problem #2: I have no plunger. After the last incident with a clogged toilet I put the plunger outside; we then had a snow storm that dropped 3 feet of snow and I haven’t seen the plunger since.

I wound up having to go to the hardware store to buy a plunger. I walked in, found the nearest associate and (with what I can only imagine was a crazed/stressed out look on my face) asked him to point me toward the “biggest, baddest plungers” he had. He laughed and walked me down to them. I asked him if there was something I could pour down the drain just in case the plunger didn’t work (past experience told me that I can’t always rely on a plunger with three boys in the house. We’ve had to have the septic company out here more than once). He said the next best thing would be a snake.

Now, for all of you girly girls out there (such as myself) a “snake” is a long piece of metal that you shove down the toilet to free up a clog. It is the most disgusting thing EVER!

I bought it, all the while crossing every finger I have that I wouldn’t have to use it.

Well, you guessed it, the plunger didn’t do a damned thing. I wound up snaking my toilet and I am not ashamed to admit that I was practically crying, screaming and dry heaving all at the same time, but it worked. When that toilet flushed I wanted to shout it from my rooftop!

After scrubbing my hands until they were almost raw from the hot water, I allowed myself to take a short break from cleaning and baking. I jumped on the computer with my feet up and began typing up a shopping list for the morning. I decided to buy premade appetizers rather than making everything from scratch. That would save a lot of time and stress. That’s when I realized problem #3 of the night. It was Saturday, which meant that I was planning to go to the store on Sunday morning. Woops! Nothing opens early on Sunday! It was now too late to go to Sam’s Club and they weren’t opening until 10am (3 hours before the festivities were scheduled to begin).

I spent the rest of the night cleaning and preparing everything I possibly could because I knew I would be rushing today to get everything done since I couldn’t even BUY the ingredients until 10am.

I wound up crawling into bed around 3am. I set the alarm for 6:30, but hit the snooze until 7:45am.

Problem #4: SNOW!!! Will somebody please tell Mother nature that I’ve had enough of winter this year? I woke up to 5 inches of snow on my very steep driveway. Great! That’s just one MORE thing I have to do before 1pm. Nobody is going to get up my driveway unless I clear it and salt it. I decided to wait until it had finished snowing before even attempting to snowblow. I cleared off my truck, jammed that sucker in 4 wheel drive and backed down the driveway; packing that snow down as I went.

I headed to WalMart and picked up some last minute decorations, then decided to go to the grocery store for the appetizers rather than waiting for Sam’s even though I knew I would spend more.

Luckily, the temps rose quickly and the snow was easy to shovel. I salted, and by the time everyone arrived the driveway was almost clear.

I baked all the cakes and managed to put together my very first double layered, three-tiered cake.

I tried to put a "G" on the cake for the baby's name, but it didn't come out well.

the cake, before I put it on the pedestal

Leaning Tower of Cake

Yes, the cake is leaning. There are wooden pegs supporting it, so it is sturdy but lopsided.

frozen appetizers and turkey sandwiches

I think I did pretty well, considering I pulled it all together in such a short amount of time. I was running like a crazed woman right up until the last minute, in fact, I was still running crazy even after the guests arrived but luckily everyone was very understanding. Not everyone showed, and that was fine by me because fewer people meant less food. Enough people showed that the party was successful though, so all is well.

When my Sister in Law showed up, she was so surprised. She started crying and hugged me. Totally worth all the stress, well, almost, haha.

chocolate fountain with fruit and Bar-B-Q meatballs

I’ll leave you with a few pics from the party!

There were also cars on the street up the road because I live on a curve so it wasn't safe to park in front of the house.

The saying on the mirror is something my Dad used to say.

Z got a little out of hand so my Bro had to put him in his place.

 

>Move Over, Eli Whitney

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I was going to become rich.
I was going to become a millionaire.

I have some great ideas, and these ideas were going to make me the most successful SAHM in the country.

Well, they WERE going to make me rich. That is, until I realized that I actually have to know how to MAKE these inventions before selling them. Apparently, people don’t really think ideas are as useful as the product itself. Geesh!

So, I am going to give you all my ideas and I can only hope that someone makes one of my inventions so that I can use them before I’m too old to appreciate them.

A splash shield for the toilet
If you have boys you know what a necessity this is.

A washing machine/dryer combo
You put the dirty clothes in; they come out clean and dry. Ta-Da! How come no body has thought of this yet? Can you imagine how much time it would save?
Water Proof Kitchen w/pressure nozzles.
OK, so I want to be able to seal off the kitchen so I can spray it down with a hose. I want to have the added feature of a pressure nozzle for those hard to get, stuck on messes.
Water Proof Vehicle interior.
Tell me you haven’t been sitting in a car wash and had the almost irresistible urge to roll down the windows to get the interior clean. Seriously, same idea as the kitchen, hosing down the car would make things so much easier.
Menus for any restaurant
As the years go by restaurants seem to add more and more options for children. While that may SEEM like a good thing… it’s not, at least for MY family. The boys could sit at the table for 2 hours deciding between the chicken nuggets and the mac n cheese, then when we finally order they will change their minds as soon as the waitress walk away. My idea? A customizable menu with 3 options, two of which they do NOT like.
And now, I’m going to go utilize an invention that already had a real positive influence on my sanity… NETFLIX. A couple clicks of the mouse, some microwave popcorn, and the kids are occupied for at least an hour.
Totally worth the $8/month.

>Overwhelmed

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So, earlier today I blogged about being kinda sad, unmotivated, blah.
Boy how things can turn around; and not always in a good way either.
Shortly after I blogged the orthodontist finally called me back. I had left a message about Z’s new braces (oh yeah, I forgot to mention that I had the kid’s braces put on Tuesday). Z’s been complaining about pain when he chews ever since. It has gotten worse instead of better. Anyway, long story short, the orthodontist said he needed to come in. I had to wait for B’s bus to drop him off first though. So, I’m all ready to go, waiting for the bus when the phone rings. It’s the school.
B’s bus was in a “minor” accident. No student injuries. Minimal damage to the bus. I FLEW to the truck. RACED to the intersection only to see the bus pulling away. Apparently I was one of the last of 13 parents to be called. I then raced home to wait for the bus. He finally got home and told me how the bus had cut the corner too short and crashed into a pickup truck at the 4 way intersection. I cried and hugged him and cried some more.
We then went to the orthodontist. That is when I found out that poor Z has been suffering since Tuesday. The braces were put on incorrectly. The orthodontist (the partner of the girl who put them on) was not happy. He fixed Z up and sent us home.
I made dinner. A nice dinner. Boneless ham with sauteed veggies and French Bread. It was pretty good.
I went to throw a load of laundry in my new washing machine and I found BROWN WATER IN IT! It’s my new front loader. I didn’t understand. Where would brown water come from. That’s when I heard it.
SWISHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
I open the door to the garage and the water is cascading from the ceiling. The entire 2 car garage has water coming from the ceiling. The light fixtures, holes in the ceiling, everywhere.
My pipes burst.
So now I’m sitting here. No water, no heat, no patience.
The boys are watching a movie with space heaters and electric blankets. Bro #2 wants me to go stay with him but for some odd reason I can’t leave my house. I don’t know what else could go wrong, but I feel like I am abandoning the house if I leave. Ridiculous, I know, but I can’t help it.
I am hoping my husband calls. I need to talk to him. I need him to tell me everything is going to be ok. I am feeling just a tad overwhelmed right now.

>My Christmas Presents

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I have never owned a front loading washer, but I have wanted a set since they first started becoming popular. We’ve talked about purchasing a set for years, but never wind up doing it. In fact, two years ago we bought a new set but wound up with a top loader. It sucks. Terrible machines. I will never buy GE again. Nothing but issues since the very first month. Of course, we made the mistake of not getting the extended warranty so after the first year we had to pay for repairs.
This summer I used a clothesline to dry the clothes, but with the temps dropping I can’t do that anymore. My washer doesn’t always get all the soap out and the dryer takes HOURS to dry.
Yesterday I was looking through my mail and found a brochure for Best Buy Reward Zone. We have the Silver Premiere membership because we spent an absurd a modest amount of money last year. So, now we get additional reward points, and special coupons and deals. On one of the last pages they were advertising these:
Beautiful, huh? A 4.3 Cu. Ft. 12-Cycle Ultra Capacity Steam Washer and a 7.4 Cu. Ft. 11-Cycle Electric Steam Dryer. Normal price $2200 for the pair. On sale this week down to $2000. But wait, that’s the normal sale; for Premiere members there is a coupon for………
 wait for it……..
45% off!
So, my new washer and dryer will be delivered in 2 weeks and I was sure to get an extended 4 year warranty on both of them. I absolutely, can not wait!
The only thing I didn’t get was the pedestals because they are $200 EACH, I will suffer through and kneel down while doing my laundry. I just can’t justify $400. I figure my husband can make something when he gets home (even though the salesman said that it isn’t a good idea).
So, I will be doing minimal laundry over the next couple weeks, because what’s the point in stressing out and raising my electric bill to dry all the laundry in the crappy machines when I have THESE coming.
WOOHOO! Excitement!

>When C clogs a toilet; he does it right.

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As I mentioned yesterday, I have a clogged toilet, only….. it’s not just the toilet; it’s the toilet, two sinks and the shower. The dishwasher and the laundry washer may be clogged too but I’m scared to try either because that would make for a big mess.
I called the septic company as soon as they opened this morning and explained that I was unable to clear the lines myself and that I needed help. They said they will charge me $180/hour to come out. Of course, I asked for a military discount and the secretary replied with “oh, we aren’t running any promotions right now”. Umm, it’s not a promotion, it’s a discount for the service my husband is performing which forces me to have to CALL a septic company for something as simple as a clogged toilet. Don’t you think if my husband were home he would have unclogged this himself?
They’ll be here within the hour, so hopefully I will be able to take a shower and I won’t have to schedule bathroom runs to Dunkin Donuts for the rest of the day. Yesterday was rough.

UPDATE:
Septic guy came, found the clog and only charged me $135 even though he was here over an hour. Pipes are flowing again, so now I can start some laundry, take a shower and pee.

>The Plan for the Day

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My house is trashed. It’s incredible how bad it got so fast this weekend. I was swapping bedrooms and had a bit of work done to the bathroom which forced me to “store” things in random places. Now I have to put everything back where it belongs. My goal is to have the house done by 1500; it’s already 1100 and I haven’t done much of anything yet so I’m really going to have to move. I have my Dunkin Donuts Dark Roast coffee sitting here and once that is consumed I should be ready to go.
I caught myself humming Christmas tunes this morning. I can’t believe it is that close. I am so excited to start decorating this year, I’ve already bought two new sets of ornaments and a military themed keepsake ornament from Amazon. I am debating on outdoor lights this year because I’ve never put them up before. Now, with DH not home and my brothers not around as much it will be up to me. The boys are not happy about that; in fact Z offered to do it himself which is not going to happen, but I guess that shows how much he wants lights on the roof. Maybe I should just suck it up and do it. I manage to do everything else during deployments, why not this?
Speaking of doing things that I wouldn’t normally do… my toilet is clogged. Ughhh. As I have mentioned before we only have one bathroom in this house so it is a big deal to have a clogged potty. Sometimes I wish I were still in military Housing, then I could just call maintenance and not worry about it.
OK, I’m off.

>Bathroom Remodel

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As a mom of three sons I am all too familiar with the fact that boys cannot aim to save their lives. I thought the problem would go away once they were fully potty trained.
Nope
Then I thought the problem would be resolved once they were tall enough to stand over the toilet.
Wrong
Then I thought the problem would be solved once I started making them clean it up themselves.
If only…
I have even threatened to make them SIT DOWN LIKE A GIRL! That just made them laugh at me and ended with two of them digging through my closet and forcing their stinky feet into my high heels, then parading around the house while singing nursery rhymes (apparently they think girls never mature past 5 years of age).
I have finally realized that no matter what I try, or how much I beg, yell, plead, lecture, etc. these boys will probably NEVER be able to hit the potty on the first try; and if they do manage to hit the throne, they will hit the outside rather than the inside.
I am beyond tired of cleaning the walls, floor, toilet base, etc. All I know is that we only have one functioning bathroom in this house right now and it is driving me nuts that I spend more time cleaning the bathroom than any other room in the house and yet it still isn’t really clean.
I called my brother. I asked him what I could do to help make the cleaning easier. He told me he would meet me at Home Depot so I could purchase the supplies with a Military Discount and then he would install it for $50. I wound up giving him $100 because when the time came to do it I wasn’t ready, and wound up making him wait an hour for me to finish steam cleaning the walls. But I digress.
This is what my bathroom looked like yesterday morning.
He bought this stuff that creates a chair rail and covers the bottom portion of the wall in a PVC material. It makes it super easy to clean and seals all the corners. Because the bottom half is white, I was able to choose a dark color for the top of the walls even though it is a small bathroom. Despite buying the expensive self-priming paint we realized he would have to come back because the paint didn’t cover well with a single coat. This is what it looked like last night.
Anyway, he called me today and said he would be over this afternoon to finish the last two coats of paint. So, he gets here; throws on the 2nd coat and hangs out with C playing video games while he waits for the paint to dry. I considered offering to buy dinner but I bought dinner last night and they didn’t offer to help pay a dime (this is after I had given him DOUBLE what we had agreed on). So I wasn’t about to offer again.
Anyway, I went outside on the back deck for a smoke (yes, I’m a smoker but never in the house). My bro comes out and reaches for my cigarette. Because his girlfriend is pregnant she had to quit; and because she had to quit she is forcing him to quit too. Of course, she opens the door just as he is blowing out a big ole cloud of nicotine filled smoke.
She went nuts.
She said that if he didn’t take her home right then she was going to cause a scene in front of his nephews (my kids). He told her that he wasn’t done with the bathroom but she wouldn’t listen; she started telling him that she was going to buy a pack for herself. I could see him getting soooooo angry, but he refused to cause a scene in front of my kids. He sucked it up and took her home even though I knew he didn’t want too.
So now, my bathroom is still not done and I have no idea when he’s coming back. I know she won’t allow him back without her, and now that she knows that I gave him a cigarette she is going to think I’m “on his side”. Family Drama!
Despite all that, tonight is going well. The kids are all getting along, they are sitting quietly in the living room reading encyclopedias and discussing all the many ways they can help me with chores around the house this coming week.
OK, I lied, this is what they are doing, but a girl can dream, right?

>Toasters and Donuts

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I went a little nuts on Amazon the other day. I was only supposed to buy cell phone cases for the new phones, but I decided I would make the purchase worthwhile by ordering things that I always seem to forget when I’m out. Fridge magnets, shoelaces, etc. So, after placing this order I have been watching out the window every day for the Present Truck to start bringing my new stuff. Yesterday I got my first box, it was a giant box but had only one thing in it. A little disappointing, but nevertheless exciting.
I can’t wait to get rid of my old white toaster that only toasts one side of the bread. This new toaster is black so it doesn’t match anything in my kitchen so of course I had to buy ceramic canisters to match; those haven’t come yet though so the toaster will remain in a box until they do.
It’s weird how excited I am to be getting a new toaster, I guess I now understand why my Mom cried when my Dad gave her a new Hoover vacuum cleaner back in the 80’s. My brothers and I couldn’t understand how anyone could be so happy about a vacuum that they could cry over it. We thought she was crazy, but I suppose now I understand.
In other good news, I checked my donut today and it says we are 70% of the way to R+R, holy moly! Actually it says “Hello, Mayor” but I’m not quite sure I understand that. Anyway, back to my Happy Dance. This deployment seems to be going in phases, this summer felt like it couldn’t go by any slower, but the past 6 weeks have flown by.
I can’t believe how fast the morning went. I haven’t gotten much accomplished today. I cleaned the kitchen but that’s about it. I need to throw some chicken in the crock pot, I need to finish up my OR paper for school tomorrow, and I NEED to do some laundry. I’m just feeling less than motivated to do anything; not sad, lonely depressed or anything, just one of those days that I’d rather lounge around and do nothing. Come on coffee, work your magic!
So, I’ll wrap up this pointless post and stop procrastinating. Hope everyone has a great day! See ya later.

>Spoiled Kid

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Today I have Exam 2 of the semester. I just got the kids on the bus; and rather than looking at my texts for an hour or so, I am here, blogging. Great idea! Especially since I have spent the last week doing nothing but dealing with frustrating cell phones, tutoring social studies and steam cleaning everything in sight (by the way, yeah, steam cleaner is pretty cool, not perfect, but makes scrubbing easier).
I am just beyond frustrated with all the events happening currently. Each thing is no big deal, but when it all happens at once I become overwhelmed. I suppose the biggest thing would be Z and the cell phone situation. As frustrating as the cell phones are (lack of reception, bad customer service, etc) it is compounded by Z’s attitude about it. 
He has wanted a Droid forever now, and with him doing well in school I thought it would be a great motivational tool. Well, when the reception turned out to be worse at my house than Verizon had been I wound up returning all the regular cell phones and they gave me blackberries instead (no data package) because they can hook up to wi-fi for calling. For most of the week I worked on getting the BB’s to work, never once thinking that there was an issue with the Droid. Z was able to go online and download apps connected to wifi so I assumed everything was fine. Until one night we realized, the phone can’t make wifi calls like he BB’s can. He can use the internet but cannot use it as a phone. 
Now let me just say now that the other two boys were beyond thrilled to get a cell phone PERIOD. Then when we had to exchange the regular flip phones for Blackberries they were ecstatic. They couldn’t believe it. They keep thanking me and offering to help me with chores. The other two are beyond grateful.
So, we went back to to the store and explained our problem, they told me that the only phone they carry that can make wifi calls is the BB. So, I told Z. He flipped out. Refused to get a blackberry. Are you kidding me???? He said if he couldn’t have a Droid he didn’t want anything. Talk about embarrassing. My 12 y/o is acting like a spoiled little brat! 
I would love to have taught him a lesson and walked out with nothing but I wound up picking out a Blackberry for him only because the kid’s lines are free until 2012 and they were offering me free blackberries for all the lines. Ya can’t turn down “free”. So, it’s been a few days now, and Z will not touch the phone. He refuses to even look at it. He’d rather go without. 
As spoiled and ungrateful as he is behaving I want to punish him by taking his phone away altogether, but, alas, he would have to accept the phone before I could take it away. So, there it sits, on the endtable in the living room, untouched, uncharged, unused. 
He went two days without speaking to me. He is so angry that I won’t give him back the Droid. I tried explaining that I would if I could, but that the phone won’t work on wifi, and I can’t afford to go back to Verizon. He doesn’t care. He wants what he wants, and he fully expects me to move the Earth to get him what he wants.  
So, there’s that, there is the issue of my exam today that I haven’t studied for.
There is the soon to be sister in law who wants to go out every weekend looking for dresses for her and bridesmaids even though the wedding is approx. 2 years away and they have no idea what season it will be in.
There is the issue of my pulse being pretty high for the last couple months, and now the doc wants to put me on a Holter Monitor for 24 hours to record my cardiac rhythm.
There is the fact that my washer and dryer SUCK!  The washer doesn’t wring the clothes well enough and the dryer doesnt’ dry. And NOW with the weather getting colder and rainier I can’t use the line often so I am getting a backup of laundry.
This adds to the issue of the house being a mess and not having nearly enough time to clean it the right way.
Man oh man, honestly though, I could handle all this if I didn’t feel like such a failure as a mother with Z. It’s not that I feel bad for him, because I don’t. I realize that most 12 y/o’s don’t have cell phones nevermind smartphones. I feel like I failed him because he is as spoiled as he is. I feel like I went wrong somewhere down the line and didn’t teach him gratitude or selflessness. Everytime I think about the situation I start questioning everything, should I take away his stereo, TV or maybe his RC truck? Should I make him do extra chores? How do I punish him for “having an attitude”? He can mope around the house all day long, but he isn’t doing anything “bad” so what will I punish him for? I don’t know what the answer is. If I could figure Z out I think I would feel more competent to take on all the other crap.
I feel like all I do lately is complain. I’m going to jump in the shower and head over to campus early to get a few minutes of studying in before the exam. Wish me luck, I’m gonna need it.

>Buying a Steam Cleaner

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Ever get an idea in your head that just won’t go away until you do something about it? Yup, I get those a lot, therefore there is an abnormally high level of spontaneity in my house. This latest idea actually surfaced yesterday afternoon while I was on Amazon ordering protective cases for all these stupid cell phones we now have. I decided to be curious and see what recommendations they had for me; so I clicked on the link and it showed me the Mini Green Spot remover Machine (or some crazy name like that). Now let me tell you a little something about that machine. We bought it about 7 years ago when we were in military housing with carpeting throughout. We decided that it would be easier for me to spot clean rather than lug out the big ole machine every time we had a spill. So, we bought it. Used it on some really bad spots and saw that it worked pretty well. Now, this would be a fantastic machine for someone who only has a little carpet in a few rooms, or maybe even for a family with one or two kids. But for a 3 bedroom fully carpeted house with 2 toddlers AND a crawling infant; nope, nosiree. Does not do the job. I found that it took me longer to do small spots than it would have to just use one of those big room cleaners; plus I wouldn’t have to “search” for more stains, I could have just done each room as I saw fit.
Moral of the story, don’t buy the spot machine if you have three boys. Well, that got me thinking about other purchases we had made over the years that didn’t quite work out. Which led me to the reason for this post. We bought a vapor steam cleaner a few years back. I loved the idea; no chemicals, kills germs, takes the elbow grease out of cleaning things like the bathroom and the stove. Sounded great! We bought one, I used it in the bathroom (I thought I liked it) but we wound up moving shortly after and I don’t remember what happened to it. I forgot all about it. I don’t remember if we returned it due to a shortage of cash, or what. It just disappeared.
I know that it didn’t make cleaning as easy as the commercials would have you believe, but it did take SOME of the scrubbing out of the way. Which makes me wonder why I didn’t use it more. I am stumped. I remember being so happy to get it; then forgot about it almost immediately.
So, yesterday afternoon I decided I was going to buy another. I started looking at different stores in my area that might sell them (not many) but I don’t want to buy from Amazon because it will be harder to return if I don’t like it. I can’t find the one that I want based on reviews, but I did find one that was $40 cheaper but also has less power and a shorter operation time. I’m heading out this morning to make the purchase and plan to spend the rest of the afternoon steam cleaning everything.
I’ll let you all know how it goes, I’m hoping for the best.