Thursday, October 25, 2007

Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover

photo courtesy of Spot Shot's website

You do know that I only recommend products I use and like, right? Trust me, I have used Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover quite often! I found it through a recommendation in How the Queen Cleans Everything by Linda Cobb (The Queen of Clean). The cleaner is available at Wal-Mart and costs less than $4.

So why do I love this cleaner? Yesterday was a prime example. My two year old daughter, Baby Bear, got into the chest freezer I had forgotten to lock. Unbeknownst to me, she got out a quart bag of frozen blueberries and took them into our living room, where she proceeded to dump them onto our beige carpet. When I found the mess, I carefully picked up all the blueberries, but since they had already thawed, multitudes of round purple dots adorned our floor.

I was really freaking out at this point because even though I love Spot Shot, I didn't think that it would work well on blueberry stains, and I didn't have any Clorox(r) Oxi Magic, nor could I pour boiling water on the stains - two methods recommended for removing berry stains. I decided to at least try Spot Shot.

As soon as I sprayed the stains, they turned blue instead of reddish purple. Before I could even blot the stains, they had faded so that I had to feel for wet spots in order to blot my carpet. Whew! Crisis averted!

So... I highly recommend Spot Shot. Using this as my carpet spotter of choice saved my day yesterday!

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Author Jan Karon

I love to read. My favorite books include (but are not limited to) classics by authors as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and J. R. R. Tolkien. I also enjoy well-written Christian fiction, but that isn't always easy to find.

I was very happy when I received a special assignment to review on my personal blog, The Porch Light. The assignment came with the added bonus of trying out their service. I had heard good reviews of Jan Karon's Mitford series and decided to order them.

Her books were as good as I had heard. The characters are engaging, the writing has substance (not fluff), and the story itself is entertaining. In fact, I found myself laughing out loud many times. I did not find any curse words or inappropriate intimacy in either of the two books I read.

The only problem is that now that I have read the first two books in the series, I am eager to read the other seven, but I have yet to make it to the library to check them out. Actually, I'm not even sure where the library is, and we have lived here nearly two years. How sad is that?!

If you have not yet read Jan Karon's books, I highly recommend them.