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26 Apr 19

That day is coming up closer and closer…what day? The one where we honor all those special women in our lives, our moms, the mom’s of our husbands, or those who have been mom’s to us, or those who are mom’s to your children. In general, any woman that holds a special place in our […]

25 Apr 19
Marly Bird™

I don’t know about you but spring cleaning is a big thing for us. This is the time of the year that EVERYTHING gets moved and a deep clean. To make life easier, and to help the environment, I have pulled five FREE crochet spring cleaning patterns for you.

25 Apr 19
AOCU Blog

Do you love the #dollar store? If you shop smartly, you can save huge! Pick up deals on cleaning supplies, certain #toys, seasonal items, kitchenware, rainy day stuff for #kids and party gear. Watch out, though, for cheaply made toys, low-quality cleaning products and dinnerware, things like #chocolate and canned goods and some school #supplies that you can get more cheaply elsewhere and self-care items like #shampoo and lotion. Also watch for small quantities, #toxins, items that aren’t food-safe and super-cheap items. Finally, watch out for too many impulse buys! Save big, but #shop wisely! What are your favorite dollar store picks? Tell us all about it in the comments!

25 Apr 19

Disclaimer: Affiliate links for Kitchen Stewardship and Kids Cook Real Food are used in this post, and I do receive a small commission from products bought through these links. Getting your kids to do their chores can be a chore itself!  Let me share with you why I believe kids should have chores, how I get […]

24 Apr 19
The AbleBiz Blog by Jason Polansky

While listening to the Household Name Podcast this morning, the latest episode was about the evolution of sound and music within advertising. Some topics discussed were the distinct sound effects within ads for T-Mobile, Intel, and other brands. I also learned that the 80’s was the decade in which including music in advertisements became the […]

24 Apr 19
College 101

I compiled this list after pouring over 50+ packing lists provided by different universities from more than 25 states. I compared how…

24 Apr 19
orange marmalade

Today I’m continuing the Earth Day love with ten basic items for Earth-friendly living I love to use, four websites for further browsing, PLUS two swell book give-aways of four cool animalicious books perfect for ages 2-6! Moving towards a more sustainable, less wasteful, lifestyle is an important goal for me. I’m highlighting these ten […]

24 Apr 19
Who am I? Who are you?

One of the fundamental flaws of the 21st Century is the mentality of those who live in the “1st world”…Disposibility…if that isn’t a word it should become one and be the word for the 21st Century. Instead of using a sponge and cleanser we are told to use disposable wipes, instead of reusable cloth diapers, […]

24 Apr 19
storywritersthoughts

“I NEED  to Do This” We all followed Bonnie’s orders– “We need the bathroom cleaner.  And,” she surveyed the room, top to bottom, “the swiffer mop thing.” We nodded and tiredly gathered her requested items. We stood ready to get more, if needed, watching her attack the toilet, the shower stall, sinks. Seeming satisfied, she […]

23 Apr 19
The Spencer Post

Eli and I have spent the last week deep cleaning the house. We cleaned rooms we had barely bothered to sweep or swiffer since we moved in. I started in the basement last Wednesday after work. Its not quite done as we are still going through old clothes that we don’t wear and no longer […]

23 Apr 19
All Wit, No Brevity

When I was eleven years old, my family finally got the one thing that was missing from my Thomas-Kinkade-painting suburban childhood: a purebred Golden Retriever. Depicted here as Air Bud, despite the fact that ours never quite got the hang of basketball. We were naive about dog ownership and we had shitty, unreliable dial-up internet […]

23 Apr 19
East Bay Times
Ah spring! The season of hay fever, taxes and deep cleaning. Yuck. Besides the general housekeeping that I know you do on a regular basis, (right?)  — like dusting, vacuuming, wiping counters, changing your sheets and generally tidying up — once a year, we need todive below the surface and get rid of a winter’s worth of dust, debris, dirt and detritus. Remember that bucket your mom lugged around with the 15 cleaning products? Today, you really can have just one product for almost everything. New multipurpose cleaners not only clean and kill 99 percent of household germs, but they come in nice scents. For a one-two punch, pair the multi-purpose cleaner with microfiber cleaning cloths, and say good-by to the mounds of rags, sponges, and paper towel rolls. Products like Magic Eraser (for walls), Bona (for wood floors), floor robot vacuums, and Swiffer are among the products Mom didn’t have that make cleaning a lot easier. Here are the top 10 spring cleaning projects to tackle, plus a few tips to lighten the lift. Start at the top. Go one room at a time and work top to bottom. Start with high window casings, then move to light fixtures and ceiling fans. To clean fans, spray blades with a cleaner, then tuck each blade in an old pillowcase and swipe. This keeps dust from falling on beds or furniture. A good microfiber cloth will also grab dirt. Remove all books and accessories from shelves, and wipe both the objects and the shelves. Wipe walls and switch-plate covers. Call it curtains. Run a vacuum with a dust brush attachment over window treatments, starting at the tops of the drapes and working down. Another way to refresh draperies is to take them down, remove their hardware and run them in the dryer’s air cycle for 15 minutes with a damp towel to draw out dust. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth working side to side, top to bottom. Dive in the cracks. Pull all removable cushions off sofas and chairs, take them outside and give them a good smack. Vacuum them and the area under the cushions. Clean surface stains, or, for heavily soiled surfaces, call a pro. Get behind what you’ve ignored. Pull out your washer and dryer and wipe out all the dirt that’s collected behind those cleaning machines. Do the same for your refrigerator, including the coils. Take it outside. Clotheslines may be a relic of the past, but fresh air and sunshine are still a formidable cleaning team. On a nice day, shake out comforters, blankets and pillows, and hang them outside to air. Take area rugs outside and give them a shake and a good beating. Purge closets and cupboards. Working one closet or cupboard at a time, pull everything out. Clean the space, then assess what’s left. Only [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]put back items you need, use or love – and that you would buy again. Donate or toss the rest, and don’t look back. Tackle the larder. Empty the pantry. Toss stale, expired food, and anything you really won’t ever eat. Size up what you have, then label shelves. Organize the pantry so heavier cans and bottles are low, and lighter items are high. Restock shelves so they look like a grocery store aisle. Wash those windows. Open the windows, and pop out the screens. Vacuum the insect colonies, wash out the sills and tracts, scrub screens with a brush or an old carpet scrap, clean the glass and put it all back together. Polish your metal. Use your all-purpose cleaner (or a solution of half alcohol and half water) and wipe grease and fingerprints off everything that shines, or should. Wax your wood. Most wood furniture and floors do fine with a simple wipe down, but once a year, after cleaning the surface, apply a little paste wax. Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of five home and lifestyle books, including the forthcoming “Downsizing the Blended Home – When Two Households Become One”.  You can reach her at http://www.marnijameson.com.
23 Apr 19
The Mercury News
Ah spring! The season of hay fever, taxes and deep cleaning. Yuck. Besides the general housekeeping that I know you do on a regular basis, (right?)  — like dusting, vacuuming, wiping counters, changing your sheets and generally tidying up — once a year, we need todive below the surface and get rid of a winter’s worth of dust, debris, dirt and detritus. Remember that bucket your mom lugged around with the 15 cleaning products? Today, you really can have just one product for almost everything. New multipurpose cleaners not only clean and kill 99 percent of household germs, but they come in nice scents. For a one-two punch, pair the multi-purpose cleaner with microfiber cleaning cloths, and say good-by to the mounds of rags, sponges, and paper towel rolls. Products like Magic Eraser (for walls), Bona (for wood floors), floor robot vacuums, and Swiffer are among the products Mom didn’t have that make cleaning a lot easier. Here are the top 10 spring cleaning projects to tackle, plus a few tips to lighten the lift. Start at the top. Go one room at a time and work top to bottom. Start with high window casings, then move to light fixtures and ceiling fans. To clean fans, spray blades with a cleaner, then tuck each blade in an old pillowcase and swipe. This keeps dust from falling on beds or furniture. A good microfiber cloth will also grab dirt. Remove all books and accessories from shelves, and wipe both the objects and the shelves. Wipe walls and switch-plate covers. Call it curtains. Run a vacuum with a dust brush attachment over window treatments, starting at the tops of the drapes and working down. Another way to refresh draperies is to take them down, remove their hardware and run them in the dryer’s air cycle for 15 minutes with a damp towel to draw out dust. Wipe blinds with a damp cloth working side to side, top to bottom. Dive in the cracks. Pull all removable cushions off sofas and chairs, take them outside and give them a good smack. Vacuum them and the area under the cushions. Clean surface stains, or, for heavily soiled surfaces, call a pro. Get behind what you’ve ignored. Pull out your washer and dryer and wipe out all the dirt that’s collected behind those cleaning machines. Do the same for your refrigerator, including the coils. Take it outside. Clotheslines may be a relic of the past, but fresh air and sunshine are still a formidable cleaning team. On a nice day, shake out comforters, blankets and pillows, and hang them outside to air. Take area rugs outside and give them a shake and a good beating. Purge closets and cupboards. Working one closet or cupboard at a time, pull everything out. Clean the space, then assess what’s left. Only [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]put back items you need, use or love – and that you would buy again. Donate or toss the rest, and don’t look back. Tackle the larder. Empty the pantry. Toss stale, expired food, and anything you really won’t ever eat. Size up what you have, then label shelves. Organize the pantry so heavier cans and bottles are low, and lighter items are high. Restock shelves so they look like a grocery store aisle. Wash those windows. Open the windows, and pop out the screens. Vacuum the insect colonies, wash out the sills and tracts, scrub screens with a brush or an old carpet scrap, clean the glass and put it all back together. Polish your metal. Use your all-purpose cleaner (or a solution of half alcohol and half water) and wipe grease and fingerprints off everything that shines, or should. Wax your wood. Most wood furniture and floors do fine with a simple wipe down, but once a year, after cleaning the surface, apply a little paste wax. Syndicated columnist Marni Jameson is the author of five home and lifestyle books, including the forthcoming “Downsizing the Blended Home – When Two Households Become One”.  You can reach her at http://www.marnijameson.com.
22 Apr 19
Logic

What makes a business stand out? We all know that great products and customer service will make businesses stand out. But that, for the most part, is only evident after a customer has made a purchase. The challenge, no matter what kind of business you run, is to find ways to stand out and attract […]