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Day 3: Steam Cleaners

June 26, 2010 By · 1 Comment

Another day in the life of “Adventures of a Move” and staying sane. Today, the hubby and oldest son (SoccerBoy) went to the house to wait for the carpet cleaners and break down some old boxes. The end result, cleaners said they couldn’t get all the stains out.

BalletGirl

Any ideas? These were juice stains, ie red/pink/orange. We are considering trying it ourselves and renting a shop vac from Hy-vee.

So here’s how it has been:
-  1st day: Movers packed it all and then loaded it into a giant van and a small van.
-  2nd day: Went back to the house to clean it, ie sweep, vacuum, etc.
-  3rd day: Steam cleaners

What did I learn? Always starch and stain-proof those carpets, it’ll save ya at the end.  Decide if you will just replace the carpet, steam clean it yourself or hire someone to clean it. One way to do this is determine how much you want to spend.

Journal part: I took the two youngest and oldest (Little A, BabyGirl & SoccerBoy) outside today, there is a small grassy field beside the hotel and they played tag and just ran some. They played with hot wheels in the grass, played with Littlest Pet shop and finally a game of tag and duck duck goose. It was really hot though so all of this was very short lived.

Tip: Make sure all kids have something to play with during the times they are at a hotel. Hotels can be very boring otherwise.

Got any tips?

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Movers Took It All

June 26, 2010 By · 3 Comments

Well, yesterday the movers came and went and boy was that strange. I had enough time to get up, finish the house and hubby came home just before 8a.m. to be there for them so I wouldn’t have to be alone. Yes, after those two guys tried coming into the house I’ve been a bit edgy. The movers got there just after 8a.m. and began packing up the house.

My Book Collection: I don’t really know how many boxes were filled with just my books, but I do know they were constantly telling me I had a large collection. One point they had to order more book boxes because they came up short. One guy had thought we’d have very little in the basement so he called that room to pack up, he was down there for MANY hours. Needless to say they had to help him pack. When they were finally done they decided to kill two birds with one stone and asked if we’d mind them loading it into the movers van at that point instead of coming back. We said go for it.

This may have been a mistake. Why? Simple, it took even more hours because we had storms a brewing which actually happened. Each time it rained, it poured and kept them longer. Finally, it was some time past 8 pm when they left and we went to the hotel. Either way, it was finally done, now we only had to clean it. Boy do I have tips for this.

1.  make sure you have everything you are taking with you in an area they won’t touch.

2.  they will take everything….including trash.

3.  once they get tired, they no longer take everything and if it is off to a corner they may forget it. (my sewing machine, errr)

Today, kids and I went back to the house and cleaned the counters, swept the floors and ran the vacuum.  We are now back in hotels and will be at our current hotel for about 30 days. So expect a lot of tips for hotels.

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SoccerBoy Won a Prize on Yoursphere

June 25, 2010 By · No Comments

SoccerBoy is hooked on Yoursphere and now even more. On our way home from Indiana there was an email for Soccerboy congratulating him for a contest he’d won on the Yoursphere site. See he had recently entered one of the contests. (there contests are really simple to enter)

The contest was a guess what I am, it had 3 or 4 pictures you had to figure out the theme. He said one was clown hair, another cotton candy, a peanut and he just figured it was a circus. You click the little contest link and it asks for the answer and that’s it. He won a Gift Certificate to a place called Tilly’s. I’ve no clue what that is but I’m sure either he knows or I’ll be looking it up very soon. He can’t wait to get it.

If you have a child, I guarantee they’ll LOVE Yoursphere and you’ll like that only kids play it. My son says it is like Facebook but for teens, not everyone.

Have you tried it?

www.yoursphere.com (the site)

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Last Minute Gifts for Dad

June 20, 2010 By · No Comments

Dark PR sent me their list for some really neat last minute gifts for dads on Father’s Day.  There is the Targus for dad’s laptop, which I like a lot just by the looks. Course I may get this for next Father’s Day for the hubby since this year we only have the one laptop which is mine.  Below is a list of products with their pictures.

Stop by any Staples, Office Depot or Best Buy and pick up a sleek iPad case.  See below for the new styles launched in May.   If Dad hasn’t got the new iPad, then Targus have other laptop cases that are affordable and stylish.  See more styles via www.targus.com

TARGUS, maker of the e top-selling laptop computer cases and accessories, introduces a new line of iPad cases.  Not only are they sleek and stylish, these new designs are made with the highest quality materials to protect what’s inside.  From rugged to classic, there’s one to fit everyone’s personal taste.

A7 Neoprene Sleeve for iPad

With multiple color options, including blackbluebrown, and plum, the A7 Neoprene Sleeve suit a variety of personal styles. Featuring the Tri-Cell Cushion System™, which integrates layers of foam, neoprene and air-ventilating mesh fabric to protect against bumps.  $24.99  

(If dad doesn’t have the iPad, maybe you should get one of those too.)

Hughes Leather Portfolio Slipcase for iPad


The Hughes Leather Portfolio Slipcase is constructed of durable, oil-tanned premium leather with a soft twill inner lining that protects against scratches and dust. It offers a secure magnetic closure and is available inblack and brown.   $59.99

Crave Slipcase for iPad


Inspired by outdoor apparel, the Crave Slipcase is made of durable weather-resistant material which has been abrasion tested for durability and features a stain-guard coating to protect its surface.  Available inblack and silver, the Crave Slipcase includes stow-away top handles and an accessory pocket for other items.   $34.99

Now many people forget that moms/women aren’t the only one that likes to take care of themselves and make a nice appearance. Kiss hasn’t forgot about dads and even has a care kit for them.


Men often need a little help with foot care.  That’s why Kiss make it easy with their range ofaffordable tools.  Help Dad get feet ready for summer with a handy Pedicure Salon Kit that contains a Toenail Clipper, Cuticle Nipper, Foot & Brush Stone, Cuticle Pusher & Cleaner, Toe Separators, 4-Way Buffer, Nail File and Manicure Sticks.

Available at leading drugstores nationwide (Walmart, Kmart, Walgreens, Duane Reade, etc).

$9.99

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Vtech MobiGo Winner

June 19, 2010 By · No Comments

MobiGo winner was picked through random.org and the winner is…..#80

sara says: I’d like to win a MobiGo because we live 30 minutes from town, and my girls would love to have a MobiGo to play in the car — much more educational than looking out the window at the neighbors’ cows and horses and goats! Plus, my 5 year old takes “getting ready for kindergarten” very seriously, and would love all the learning games!

Sara if you could email me at homemom3@gmail.com with your mailing address I’ll get this to the right people so your little one can play games instead of watching those cows say moo.

Congratulations!

(For those that didn’t win you can still pre-order the MobiGoTouch Learning System which will be released on July 1st at Amazon. Click the link here.)

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