Household Product Reviews

Take Your Rooms from Meh to Marvelous with New Curtains

by Jennifer Wieland
Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse
Thank you to Eclipse™ for sponsoring today’s post! All thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.

I have been slowly working my way through rooms in my house. Trying to update them from when we bought the house over fifteen years ago and I had no idea about decorating a house to my now favorite, mid-century modern style. My dining room in particular has been an eyesore made even worse by the fat that it’s the room you walk into when you walk in the front door. They have really made a huge difference in taking my stuck in a rut, meh, 90’s flashback dining room into something more modern and fitting with the look I’m ultimately going for in my home. 


Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Trying to Escape the 90’s

A few years ago I was on a kick, trying to brighten up the look of my house. I knew even then that something as simple as changing out your window coverings could do the trick, and boy, did I need something to do the trick! My dining room has one longer, regular width window and the other wall is almost entirely window. When we bought the house originally, it had come with vertical blinds on both of the windows. After years of use and probably too much abuse from kids they were rather haggard looking. They were also a dull, drab oatmeal color. (I know you are totally envisioning the utter dullness this look gave my dining room.) Pair that with your classes 90’s oak table and chairs and you get the idea, everything just sort of blended into each other. 

How did I cure this oatmeal and oak monstrosity you ask? Oh, I slapped up some yellow curtains. If I want to be precise they were citrine. The color looked beautiful in the package. I put them up one night and I liked them! The next morning? Ugh, not so much! You see, when you have giant windows, whitish walls and golden oak furniture and you put up thinner, yellow curtains it gave everything a yellow tint. I’m not a blackout curtains type of gal. I like to see some light but these were too much. I also was not happy that I could see all of the wood separating the panes in the large window. It cast weird shadows that just did even less for my dining room. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Ding, Ding, We Have a Winner and It’s Blackout Curtains

I recently replaced my dining room chairs after two of my old ones bit the dust. I went with a classic church chair in charcoal grey. I still have my table but stay tuned because I am going to be building my very own dining room table soon. I’ve already ordered the hairpin legs for a total mid-century modern look. In the meantime I’m hiding the 90’s monstrosity with a table-cloth so it doesn’t detract from my gorgeous new curtains! 

I wanted curtains that had some pattern or details to them instead of just a solid color. I also wanted to get a longer curtain. I had 84″ panels up already but I had read that panels that drape the floor give a more dramatic look and I am nothing if not dramatic. I also wanted some teal, turquoise or grey in them. I spent days searching, trying to find the absolutely perfect Eclipse™ curtains. I was down to two styles. I liked both of them but there was just something missing. Then I hit the jackpot! I tried a few more sites online and came across some Eclipse Curtains that I knew were IT! The Benchley Thermaweave Blackout Curtain Panels from Eclipse™ were perfection!

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

Once the arrived I knew I had made the right choice just looking at them in the packages. I was still hesitant though because i had thought that before only to have my bubble burst. I wanted to put them up right away but then the kids got sick (Thank you back-to-school cooties!) and then I’ve been battling not one, not two but three medical problems since the beginning of October. (Getting old really stinks sometimes!) A few days ago was the first time I could really move around for more than brief snippets of time, wasn’t at a doctor’s appointment or having tests run. I jumped at the chance to finally get these Eclipse™ curtains up. After everything that’s been going on I needed something to put a smile on my face. 

The New Eclipse™ Curtains Wowed My Crowd

I put the new Eclipse™ curtains up a few days ago and when I did I stood back and looked and smiled like an idiot. They make such a huge difference in the look of my dining room and what you see when you walk in through my front door. Even better, that giant wall of window which is an old, drafty original to the house is now less drafty! 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

As each of the kids and the husband came home that day I heard nothing but exclamations of, “Wow! along with how great the room looked and what a huge difference it made. These beautiful Benchley Eclipse™ curtains have made such a huge difference in the look of my dining room. They have also made an area of my house plagued with drafty, old windows warmer than it was before. 

Take your rooms from meh to marvelous with new curtains! #Eclipse

If you’d like to learn more about Eclipse™ products visit their website. There you’ll be able to learn about the different types of curtains, learn how to measure and find retailers. If you want inspiration to turn your rooms from meh to marvelous then be sure to follow Eclipse™ on Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram




Everything You Need To Know About the New Wayfair Custom Upholstery

by Jennifer Wieland
Wayfair Custom Upholstery - Gracie Loveseat

Thank you to Wayfair for sponsoring today’s post. I did receive compensation for this post but all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

I love pretty things in my home! Sadly though with each additional child in my house more decorations were broken, more walls were colored on and my furniture now consists of hand me downs from friends and family because I had refused to replace stuff with nice things until the kids were older. Lucky for me they are now between the ages of 5 and 21 and my walls haven’t been colored on in a good long bit and my furniture is rarely jumped on these days. I do lose some decorations periodically still though. This means I can finally start working on my house. I’m planning on painting walls, pulling out carpeting and redecorating rooms. It’s going to be so much fun! I’m not going to have mismatched furniture anymore! I’ve already started “window shopping” and I’m just loving the new Wayfair Custom Upholstery lines.

Wayfair Custom Upholstery - Gracie Loveseat

Wayfair’s Custom Upholstery brings you beautiful pieces of furniture with the ability to select fabrics. So you end up with the selection and customization of shopping at a large, expensive furniture store with the ease of being able to do it right on your computer at home, work or wherever. The custom upholstery option not only allows you to select different colors of material but different materials themselves as well. Changing the material can change the entire texture of the piece that you select and it’s nice to be able to do that because some fabrics work better with children and pets.


There are 12 collections available with multiple custom upholstery pieces at Wayfair and they are listed here below:













Wayfair Custom Upholstery Swatches

One of my favorite things about the Wayfair Custom Upholstery is that you can order fabric swatches for the furniture piece(s) you are interested in. I recently ordered some swatches for the Gracie Loveseat and I picked six gray and blue shades in varying materials. The swatches were free of charge and arrived within a week. Each swatch has the color name for the fabric and what it is made from and each one was approximately 5″x5″ so you could really get a good look at it. This can really be a huge help in the selection process. You can then easily match the swatches up to paint, carpets and other decor ensuring that your furniture is just the right shade, fabric and texture for your home.

If you are looking for some new furniture to spruce up the house just in time for the holidays then you should take advantage of the 10% off savings code. The promo code is: WFCustom10 and it will be valid for all Custom Upholstery pieces and runs from October 16 through October 20.

I love the whole concept of not having to leave home to shop for furniture. What about you? Would you be more willing to shop for furniture online with custom upholstery pieces and fabric swatches to look at?



Kidecals Helping to Organize and Decorate My Life

by Jennifer Wieland
Kidecals Waterproof Canning Labels
Thanks to Kidecals for providing products for me to review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Now that all of my kiddos are in school full-time I have been on a purge and organize mission in my house. I’m pretty sure that each week my garbage man curses me along with my husband who is hauling out all of the junk to the curb. I’ve been cleaning and organizing like a woman on a mission and one of the tools that has been helping me with the organization is Kidecals.

Kidecals are delightfully versatile and cray durable decals for your family, your life and your home. They have labels for just about anything you can think of and do make custom labels as well. You can get wall decals, kid’s labels, chalkboard labels, keyboard labels, bumper/laptop stickers, even canning/baking labels and many more. The labels are both dishwasher and washing machine safe. So that means you can go ahead and label your kid’s clothing, lunch boxes, book bags and toys and the labels won’t be going anywhere. It also means that you can label items around the house as well and these lovely labels will hold up.

Kidecals Waterproof Labels

Since I am on an organization kick I personally ordered some of the chalkboard labels. I am trying to store and label all of my baking supplies and these are going to be a great help.

Kidecals Waterproof Chalkboard Labels

I also ordered some absolutely beautiful, canning labels with my blog name on them and blank fields to label what the item is. These are going to come in so handy at Christmas time for homemade gifts!

Kidecals Waterproof Canning Labels

Lastly, I ordered a fun little laptop sticker. My laptop is boring old gray and when I saw the stickers on Kidecals I had to have one to make my laptop a little more personal and a lot more me.

Kidecals Waterproof Labels

Could you use some new labels and decals for the kids, yourself or your home? Then use the code ilovelabels with your order, which will give you a 15% discount on any Kidecals orders and remember that shipping is free on all orders!



CLR Product Reviews

by Jennifer Wieland
Dirty Appliance Pictures

The good folks over at CLR were kind enough to supply me with CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner and CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner for the purpose of review. All thoughts and opinions on the products are solely mine.

I love cleaning products and if you ever meet my children you will know why. My three youngest children are on some off the charts scales for messiness and destruction. My daughter who is the youngest should not be though. She just follows along with the boys and adds her own form of deviltry to our house of pandemonium. She colors and “decorates” everything she thinks needs to be made pretty. The boys though, they have some legitimate reasons for being messy. Both of them are on the Autism Spectrum and when they get into digger mode can ransack a room in minutes to find one Thomas train or Lego. My 9-year-old eats such a small amount of food due to meds not making him hungry and not being able to sit still when his meds wear off that we will let him eat just about anywhere to get some nourishment into him. This leads to food debris and spills in some unusual places. He also has an oral fixation that leads to fingers in the mouth and then touching of things in the house.

A bit more than a year ago I was able to start changing out some of my kitchen appliances. I was taking them from black to stainless steel. Oh, it was going to be beautiful! Bright, shiny appliances to help make my mini kitchen look bigger. Sadly though that did not happen. You see I never realized or factored in the fact that stainless steel appliances show EVERYTHING! They are always a big, bold testimony to your homes cleanliness or un-cleanliness. I can wipe them down and minutes later they will look like garbage if a child has strolled through the kitchen in search of me, a drink or some food. It’s so bad that I ban them from entering the kitchen when I am working on blog recipes.

I have tried countless stainless steel cleaners to help battle the unsightly messes my children leave for me and many of them leave the appliance looking cloudy or streaky, even when using the special cleaning cloths. So when CLR contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review their Bath and Kitchen Cleaner and Stainless Steel Cleaner I jumped at the chance.

CLR Stainless Steel Cleaner & Bath and Kitchen Cleaner

My daughter being the great little helper that she is decided to kick things off right away. After opening up my box from CLR I noticed that there were purple Hello Kitty ink stamps all over the front of my refrigerator. I immediately went into ranting, freak out mode until I realized I was standing there with a box that contained Stainless Steel Cleaner. I took it out and sprayed it on the refrigerator. I immediately saw purple ink running down and smiled. I wiped down the refrigerator with a paper towel and it was shiny, streak-free and Hello Kitty free. I also noticed that it helped with the hard water calcium build up we get from the ice and water dispenser. Usually I have to scrub and scrub and scrub some more on this. She was also kind enough a few days ago to smear Play-Doh on the front of my dishwasher at night when Daddy got her a drink. I of course found it dried the next morning. The cleaner helped remove it with a minimal amount of elbow grease.

Dirty Appliance PicturesCleaned appliances

The Bath and Kitchen Cleaner was also a huge hit with me. I predominantly used it in the kitchen since that is my main work area and I loved how you hear it fizzing as it works on stains and messes. For tough stains I could spray it on and let it do its thing. I then just needed to wipe it off with a paper towel and voila, pretty kitchen again. My 9-year-old has been learning to pour his own drinks or get his own ice cream and sometimes he does it on his own now. Needless to say, I sometimes find dried dairy circles on the counters. I just spray this on and it quickly breaks up the stain for me to wipe away.

KItchen CollageFor more information on the CLR family of products please be sure to visit the Jelmar website or Facebook page.


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