Mohawk SmartStrand Made Me A Believer In Stain Resistant Carpet!

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Remember when I told you that we went to the LA  Lobsterfest this past weekend? While we were there, we checked out lots of food (thanks to Noramae Munster from Port O’Call) and plenty of kids activities, and we also checked out lots of the vendors and booths. One of the coolest booths there was Mohawk Flooring – the SmartStrand carpet made me want to recarpet the whole house!

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Though I had never heard of them, Mohawk is the world’s largest flooring manufacturer. You can purchase their flooring products through retail partners all over the place. So what’s the big deal? In one word, Mohawk’s SmartStrand carpet is A-MAZ-ING!

Mohawk SmartStrand Carpet

What makes this carpeting so unique is that it is stain resistant carpet. Yep, music to parents around the world’s ears…stain resistant carpet. Mohawk’s SmartStrand has permanent stain and soil resistance that will never wear off during the life of the carpet. What I learned from talking with the Mohawk crew was that most carpets have treatments that are applied to the top of the fibers and that they wear off over time because of wear and tear and foot traffic. Since SmartStrand has stain resistant materials built into the actual fibers, you’ll never have to worry about the stain protection wearing down. And did I mention that this carpeting is rated #1 in consumer satisfaction?

You might think that the carpet would be stiff or not feel the same as other carpet. But it does. It’s actually very soft carpet, which also surprised me.

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Sounds too good to be true, right? Mohawk Flooring knows it, so what better way to prove it than to let people make huge messes with red wine and paint to prove it? While there, the kids were Licensed to Spill and got to prove to me how well this SmartStrand carpet really worked by spraying messes all over a white piece of carpet. Making messes is fun, and they loved every minute of it.

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After they got the carpet good and dirty, clean water was poured directly onto the carpet and the wine.came.right.out. No scrubbing, no blotting, no praying that the red wine would come out of white carpet. It was totally gone. My mouth dropped open and I immediately turned to Jason and said “we need this carpet!”

So no more carpet cleaners! SmartStrand is extremely easy and fast to clean. You don’t have to use any harsh chemicals to remove stains from SmartStrand carpet. You literally need only a rag, some warm water, and maybe some mild detergent, like dish soap. Any stain you can think of, even the tough ones like ketchup, red Kool-Aid, and red wine will clean easily out of SmartStrand carpet. It was truly amazing to see!

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And Mohawk said that our girls were the cutest SmartStrand models ever. I agree of course, but then again I’m biased!

I was also looking forward to meeting the BetterTV crew and JD Roberto from The Better Show, but it was not to be. They weren’t there while we were. Maybe on one of the future Licensed to Spill events, you’ll be able to meet them!

Now I know that you want SmartStrand throughout your entire house now, right? I can’t make that happen but I can tell you that you can visit Mohawk Flooring and enter to win your own 6’ X 9’ SmartStrand Silk bound carpet rug! Trust me, you want to do this.

Happy 4th Birthday, Girls (Even Though It’s A Little Late)

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The birthday girls at their birthday dinner.

I’m a horrible mom. Last week, the girls turned four years old and I didn’t even write their birthday post. I don’t know how I forgot about it…I did one last year when the girls turned three and I planned on doing it, it just didn’t happen. I did Ethan’s happy birthday post when he turned six last week; why didn’t I forget that one too? Mom of the Year right here.

But we did celebrate the girls’ birthday! Their birthday actually fell on the weekend, so we decided to take them to the beach. We all had a lot of fun, and then came home to have dinner with our extended family. We sang happy birthday and they loved all of the attention.

So even though it’s late (better late than never), I want to wish my ladies a very happy fourth birthday!

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Happy Birthday Lila!

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Brave (You have no fear!)

 

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday Mia!

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Imaginative (You LOVE to play dress up!)

…And Then I OD’d On Cuteness

Yesterday, the girls had their first dance recital at their preschool. Since they started school in August, they’ve been taking a dance class once a week. Every time that I pick them up, I ask them what they learned at dance class. The response is usually “I don’t know”, and the only thing they have shown me is how they stretch.

Needless to say, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Other than stretching and walking on their tippy toes, they hadn’t divulged any other information. I knew it was going to be cute – how could it not be? – but my expectations weren’t too high.

And then they started dancing and I overdosed on cuteness. Seriously. I knew they’d be disorganized and may or may not be paying attention, but I didn’t know they had learned to dance three dances! When Lila paid attention, Mia didn’t. When Mia was dancing, Lila wasn’t. It was TOO CUTE.

Before the action started, I tried to get them to smile for a picture to send to Daddy who couldn’t be there.

A little nervous maybe?

I asked them to say hi to Daddy via video:

Yeah, apparently not gonna happen.

Then the tiny dancers showed me their mad skills. Here’s a little bit of what I got to watch…

So cute right?

And now look at this…here are the girls trying to curtsey…

Oh, I just couldn’t get enough! It was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And while they wouldn’t look at me or show their excitement, I could tell they were so proud of themselves afterwards.

The girls with their dance teacher

 

No…I don’t expect you to watch all three dances, but they were each very cute. For family and anybody else interested, I’ve included another one below!

World Prematurity Awareness Day Is November 17th: Here Is My Story

Earlier this week, I told you that today, November 17th is Preemie Awareness Day. For multiples, full term is often considered 36 weeks instead of 40 weeks, my twins were born at 35 weeks. You can read about their birth day here.

When I was placed in the hospital after being in premature labor and on modified bed rest for most of my pregnancy, I knew that I was going to have a C-Section. What I didn’t consider was that the babies would come earlier than they were supposed to.

Our doctor explained to us that since the hospital I was having the babies at didn’t have a NICU, I could be transferred to a hospital that did. The problem with that was that he wouldn’t be able to perform the C-Section; a doctor whom I had never met before would have to. This was a decision Jason and I would have to make.

The doctor went on to explain all of the complications and issues that could happen with Baby A and Baby B (their names at the time ). Premature babies often face an increased risk of serious medical complications and often spend weeks or longer in the NICU. That was really scary.

He also told us that because their immune systems and lungs aren’t fully developed, it was very likely that they would develop infections and could have other respiratory problems. 79% of preemie moms have a baby who is hospitalized due to a severe respiratory infection. One virus in particular is respiratory syncytial virus, commonly known as RSV.

facts_about_RSVRSV is contracted by nearly all children by the age of two, often causing relatively minor symptoms…most parents just think it’s a common cold. But preemies are at risk for developing much more serious symptoms, including a serious respiratory infection (severe RSV disease) from the virus, because their lungs are underdeveloped and they don’t have the antibodies needed to fight off infection.

Our doctor also told us that the girls seemed to be doing perfectly well and he felt that they could be delivered without any complications. Our doctor was one of the best in the area, and had been delivering babies for years (he delivered my 25 year old brother!) Based on his expertise, we decided to have him deliver the babies.

After the babies were delivered, I was so afraid. They were so small. There were so many nurses surrounding both of them. Jason looked concerned but told me everything was fine. The babies were rushed out of the room and taken to the nursery while I headed to recovery.

It was only after the babies were brought to me that Jason told me there was initially some concern that Mia was having some problems breathing and had to be given oxygen. However we were very lucky because other than that, both girls were perfectly healthy and spent no time in the NICU and had no medical issues.

We were extremely lucky to have healthy preemies; many other parents of preemies, like my friend Jessica at Four Plus an Angel, were not as lucky. Do you have a story about your preemies? Sharing our stories brings awareness to how serious babies born prematurely is. Our words have strength. Share your story.

For more about the specialized health needs of preterm infants, visit www.preemievoices.com and to learn more about RSV, visit www.rsvprotection.com.

I wrote this while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of MedImmune and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation. However this topic is something that I would have been writing about whether or not I received anything for it. These words are all my own.

World Prematurity Awareness Day Is November 17th (Link Up)

Did you know that over 13 million babies are born early every year, and more than half a million in the United States? Did you know that prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal death. Most moms don’t, which is why World Prematurity Awareness Day on November 17th is so important.

Please join Jessica from Four Plus an Angel and I as we share our stories and experiences with having premature babies with the hope to educate expecting parents about the possibility of and potential risks associated with preterm births.

A recent survey on prematurity awareness found that 75% of parents don’t know the definition of prematurity which is being born at or before 37 weeks gestation age. My twins were born at 35 weeks. Jessica’s triplets were born even earlier, and though our stories are very different, we both feel strongly that bringing awareness to premature births is vitally important.

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Lila and Mia at birth, born 5 weeks early

If you have experience premature birth, tell us your story and link up so that you too can help spread awareness with us. And we are excited to announce that for every blog post linked up, the amazing people at Artkive and Clomid and Cabernet will donate $1 to March of Dimes.

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Come back on Saturday, World Prematurity Awareness Day, to read my story and many other stories.

Many thanks to Artkive, the makers of a cool new app that stores your children’s artwork, for their kind hearts in sponsoring this link up.

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And thank you to Clomid and Cabernet, an amazing support network for families struggling through infertility.

P.S. If you are a business owner or just a giver, Jessica and I would welcome even more matching donations. Contact either Jessica or I for details.