A #LicenseToSpill at The Atlanta Dogwood Festival #cbias

by Pam on April 23, 2013

Lured by the promise of abundant natural beauty, I headed down to the 77th annual Dogwood Festival in Atlanta.  My daughter and her boyfriend had been bribed to attend when they learned of the free Sara Evans concert later that evening, where I planned to sing along to “When You Were Cheating” loudly and probably off key, the abundance of food trucks and the chance to see the Southern Nationals Disc Dogs contest.

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Luring us in with the yummy Georgia Peach cupcakes

We had just arrived when I spotted the Mohawk Van that is making its way around the country as part of its Better Tour.  We’ve been using Mohawk products in my family since I was a child. They are the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and have offices in our area. I had hoped to meet Audra Lowe of The Better Show, but her flight was cancelled and she wasn’t able to attend.  Instead, I was given a chance to taste some delicious Georgia Peach cupcakes supplied by Smallcakes Cupcakery.  My daughter, never one to miss appearing in the spotlight, agreed to test one on camera for a local TV station.  She claims it was because she wanted to get her hands on more cupcakes, but I think it was because she didn’t want to miss a chance to say she’d been on television.
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While I was snacking on my cupcake, I was shown the new Smartstrand stain resistant carpet. Now, I don’t know about your family, but my kids admit they are the kings (and queen) of klutziness.  They take it after their mom. I have spent years cleaning up spills and not just little spills either.  My kids have managed to leave the top off my blender and spray all my cabinets and floor with red kool aid,  dropped bottles of Gatorade on the floor and that’s just the beginning.  When I was told the new SmartStrand silk carpet would clean up with just water, I snapped to attention.

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Here’s Trent, the adorable youngster who is on the side of the Licensed to Spill Van.

I watched as my daughter’s boyfriend took a piece of carpeting and soaked it down with Gatorade and wine.  Then, using a squirt bottle of water, he poured it on the stain.  My jaw dropped open as I watched the stain disappear. While Mohawk recommends in its carpet cleaning tips to use a rag, some warm water and a mild dish soap to clean, I was pretty impressed with the results using cold water.  Did I mention this carpet is made out of corn and has a permanent stain and soil protection that will never wear off? Where, oh where was this carpet when my daughter was dousing the floor with red Kool-aid?

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The same carpet after being cleaned using only cold water. Yep, I was amazed too.

I have found a contest I want to win so badly and am sharing it with you. If you follow this link to the License to Spill site, you can enter to win a 6’ X 9’ SmartStrand Silk bound carpet rug.  I need this, really and truly!  Although I didn’t get to sing along with Sara Evans, I met some fellow Georgia bloggers and took home a carpet sample to show Bryan, who didn’t get to attend. We’re counting down the days until the next Dogwood Festival and looking for our License to Spill.

What is your worst carpet mess? Could you use the new SmartStrand carpet in your home?

I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias®  and Mohawk Flooring #cbias #SocialFabric #licensetospill.  All opinions are my own. 

Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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Daisy April 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

This looks like a lot of fun! I’m impressed with their carpeting too!

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Joanne April 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

Looks like it was a fun event! Glad you had a good time.

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Jeannette April 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

I love this carpet and so want it in my home! I think it’s a must if you have kids!

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Lynsey @MoscatoMom April 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

How fun! And Trent is so cute! I adamantly refuse to have carpet in my house, but I know some people who SHOULD have had this in theirs lol

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Emily April 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

Wow this is awesome! I don’t have pets or kids so thankfully I haven’t had any stains yet but I’m sure it will come once we do get a pet or kids.

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Jenni April 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

I could DEFINITELY use smart strand carpet in my home. With 3 kids, I am constantly cleaning up messes!

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Matthew's Mom April 23, 2013 at 9:46 am

That is confidence – to allow people to throw stains on carpet because it will actually come clean. We need new carpeting in my son’s room soon so I’ll have to keep this in mind.

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Chris April 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

I wish that we could have gone to this. It looks like a nice event and I have been wanting to learn more about different carpets since we need to replace ours. It’s such a big expense, so you want to be as knowledgeable as possible!

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Erin April 23, 2013 at 9:50 am

Wow! That’s awesome! I need to get carpet like this!

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Barb W. April 23, 2013 at 12:29 pm

The Georgia Peach cupcakes sound delish and the carpet’s stain blocking properties are impressive. Sounds like you all had a fun time!

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Melanie a/k/a Crazy Mom April 23, 2013 at 12:36 pm

Sure looked like you had a blast….. and the cupcakes..YUMM.. you should have brought me some back :-) I had no idea that the Mohawk Carpets are made out of corn, WOW… sure loved the pictures. Thanks for sharing

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Ashley April 23, 2013 at 1:26 pm

What fun!! They were recently in Boston and I was so sad that I wasn’t in town the week of the event. Looks like it was a great time!

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Grace Hodgin April 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

This looked like a fun trip and you know I’d love to have carpet with the license to spill as that would take the worry out of any thing that could go wrong with having people over.

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brett April 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

wow. they need to make a wall covering like this too for my kids!

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Janel C. April 23, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Okay seriously — That carpet is awesome!!!! We have so many stains on ours!! :(

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Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell April 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm

I hope you win! That’s clearly what I need in my house too because I can’t even tell you how much I spill because it’s too often to be counted!

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Tough Cookie Mommy April 23, 2013 at 8:23 pm

This looked like a wonderful outdoor event and you guys certainly had great weather for it. I hope you win!

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Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired April 23, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Looks like a fun event! I love the License To Spill idea. Fun and informative. I had no idea that carpet could be made out of corn. How cool is that?

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JulieK April 23, 2013 at 11:40 pm

I DESPERATELY need this under my kitchen table!!! Our floors get so scratched up by our chairs, but I am afraid to put a rug down b/c of spills! NEED!

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Mallery Schuplin April 24, 2013 at 1:02 am

Michael gets his fruit pouches ALL OVER my current carpets! I need this carpet in the worst way.

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Stefani April 24, 2013 at 2:34 am

Looks like you had a great time!

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Shell Feis April 24, 2013 at 5:34 am

We could REALLY use that carpeting!

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Kristyn April 24, 2013 at 11:14 am

Looks like a fun event to attend and I am impressed by the carpet!

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Janet W. April 25, 2013 at 4:51 pm

All these years I’ve lived in Atlanta and I can’t believe I’ve never been! There’s always next year!

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Pam April 25, 2013 at 8:13 pm

It is a lot of fun, Janet. The disc dogs are adorable. I think that was our favorite part!

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Christina April 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I live in Atlanta, and haven’t been to this either… I will make it a priority next year! Looks like a lot of fun!

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Ashley - Embracing Beauty April 26, 2013 at 5:19 pm

That looks absolutely incredible!! We desperately need new carpet.

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