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Rachel Reviews ^ Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer

rachel reviews ^ hoover steam cleaner ^ brettandrachelplus
Usually when we need a carpet cleaner, we rely on the kindness of the Daniels to lend us theirs. However, theirs is broken and we own a house with wall to wall carpeting in almost every room, so after some research I decided it would be the most cost effective for us to buy our own steam cleaner. So like any millennial would do, I toodled on over to Amazon.

I ended up ordering the Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Washer, FH50150. Reading the reviews and looking at the specs, it looked pretty good. It came in the mail today (thanks, Amazon Prime two day shipping!) and I immediately put it together and put it to good use. Here’s my thoughts on assembly and quality feel, usage, and cleaning ability.

Assembly: Super easy. You just screw the handle on the top. It isn’t super heavy, which is nice because the water adds to the weight when it is loaded up. The plastic quality is fine, but feels more lightweight than I was expecting in the handle area. It is definitely not flimsy, but feels lighter than our vacuum. I have not tried to deal with the attachments because I have no furniture that warrants steam cleaning. It looked straightforward, though and they all came in a nice mesh bag that hangs on the cleaner when not in use.
Usage: Filling up the clean water tank is simple and attaches without problem to the machine. I was unsure at first how much cleaner to put in (they give you a 16 oz bottle which I used up), but there is a fill line on the water reservoir that is just for the soap. Overall it was easy to push and maneuver while operating. I had to rinse and fill up the water tanks three times to wash and rinse the hall and living room floor and it took pretty much the whole 16 ounce bottle of soap. Dumping out the old water and filling it with new didn’t take more than a few minutes. The picture below shows how gross the water was…after rinsing once!

dirty carpet water ^ brettandrachelplus
Cleaning Ability: It got the carpets looking pretty nice! They are still drying, so we’ve been staying off of them as much as we can. The highest traffic area still shows some discoloration, but it was like that when we bought the house, and I have a feeling that’s how that spot is going to be.

before carpet cleaning ^ brettandrachelplus
after carpet cleaning ^ brettandrachelplus

Overall, I’m very pleased with how well it cleans and how easy it is to operate. It would be nice for the water reservoir to last longer, but not a huge deal. We don’t have that much carpet where that would be a major issue.

A Note ^ I’m reviewing this to review this and I’m not getting compensated or anything.


Satisfied In. . .

So you know how sometimes all you want to do dwell on things you aren’t good at?

Then you start looking at Pinterest and get even more bummed out at all the amazing things other way more creative people are coming up with. Then silently mope around thinking to yourself that there is a ton of stuff you need to get done and how you need to make sure and do it perfectly and you know it isn’t going to be perfect, but you really really want it to be. After that, you get even more down about it because now it is more fun to be mopey and sad than to actually think about what you are actually good at and can tangibly do. Yeah . . .

Dangit Pinterest with everything perfect and beautiful

Dangit Pinterest with everything perfect and beautiful

It is so hard to be satisfied with what your abilities and gifts are and not wish that they were something else. If you’re basing your happiness and contentedness in your abilities, then man, you’re in for a letdown when those things don’t go your way or your abilities fade. If you’re waiting for more money, a better job, a cuter kitchen, a better designed gallery wall to be satisfied, do you really think that obtaining it will actually satisfy? From my experience, the answer is a resounding no. You’ll find something else that you want and won’t be content until you have it. Repeat cycle.

I have to remind myself that I’m only going to be satisfied in Christ and the things around me or my abilities aren’t going to satiate my wants and needs. So why do I get so down about things that I can’t do well? Well, I know that it is me looking at myself and relying on myself to be awesome. And my default position in life isn’t awesome. It is more along the lines of “I’m super lazy and want to magically be the best at everything without trying.” Therefore, I’m always going to let myself down at some point. I’m so glad that my worth is not in what I can do or say or make, but my worth and life is hidden with Christ in God. (Col 3:3).

Thanks for bearing with me through some thoughts. I really needed to write it all down and it turned out to be a pretty uplifting exercise. It is so easy to get wrapped up and then bogged down with your thoughts.

So I’m going to end on a couple of things I can do well. I’d encourage you to write down some things you can do well, too. Then go ahead rejoice in that when one day you can’t do them as well as you did at one point in your life, that your worth and importance has not changed.

I can . . .

Make Ellie Boo laugh

Crochet and knit

Turn a pile of data into handy charts, graphs, and tables so people can actually use the data

Write in SQL and do other computer-y things


Cook a tasty din din for my hungry family

Running a 5K . . . With Brett!

So, it has come to this.

There is actually a funny xkcd about that.

Anyhoo, it is the summer. The Illinois Marathon racing extravaganza has come and gone. The delicious, good ol Countryside 10K has also bid us adieu. And so that leaves me with no running goals. Right? Wrong! Turns out that the day of Miss Boo’s Columbia birthday party, is the same day that the Life Network of Southern Illinois is having their annual 5K run/1.8 mile walk and Brett and I are going to run it! If you live around the St Louis Metro East area (or don’t. . . we don’t), I highly recommend you sign up and run it! Plus, they have dri-fit shirts this year; yet another reason. I’m so excited that we can make it down to run this year!

Life Network 5K Run ^ Support moms and babies!

We’re big fans of all babies in the Geist household. We do what we can to support pregnancy centers, foster families, adoption, and babies, moms, and dads in general. I can attest that Life Network is awesome, and if you want an ultrasound to see your six week old baby, you can get one for free. Brett and I went over Christmas 2013 and that is where we saw Miss Ellie Boo for the first time. We could see her little heart beating on the screen and her tiny little body that kept on growing! If you’ve been around Brett’s side of the family especially, you know that there is a genuine desire to help babies and families through all stages of life and development. (Check out Shannon’s blog for their adoption journeys and life!)

Boo at 6 weeks ^ brettandrachelplus

It is amazing that this is Ellie Faye. She was so tiny.

My goal for the race is to run with a 11:00 pace or finish in under 35 minutes. I think Brett’s goal is to finish. I have no doubt he’ll be able to accomplish that. 🙂 We’ve been using Runkeeper to track our runs and are doing the same training plan. So far I’ve really liked using their training plans because it tells you when to warm up, run fast, run slow, etc. I’m looking forward to seeing how well we do!

obligatory baby photo

So does anyone else have some running goals for the fall? Any marathons? (Netflix ones are okay, too! Let me know what you’re watching!)