Apr 21 2015
With warm weather finally upon us there's nothing we love more than to spend our time outside! If you have an outdoor space to use for entertaining friends or just relaxing after a long day at work, here are some great ways to get it ready for the season.
1. Pull out those outdoor cushions from their winter hiding place and give them a quick rinse with the hose. Let them dry in the sun and tie them back on their outdoor chairs and couches.
2. Have an outdoor umbrella? Make sure it still functions properly if it wasn't stored indoors. The winter we had certainly was damaging! Give the umbrella a quick rinse and set it up now.
3. Bring the broom outside and give your patio or balcony a good sweep. Hose it down and scrub away any stains that winter left behind.
4. Dig out your planter boxes and pots and plan out where they will go and what floral arrangements you'll be planting this year.
5. Like to eat outside? Pick up some plastic dinnerware at the store you can use safely outside! Already have some? Unpack them and start cleaning them up so they're ready for the first night you want to dine al fresco.
Tags:outdoor space, patio prep, prepping for summer, getting patio ready for summer
Apr 03 2015
Watch the video below to learn an easy DIY for Easter that the kids will love!
Tags:easter craft, diy crafts, diy kids craft, goldfish carrots
Mar 17 2015
Besides drinking green drinks and eating corn beef and cabbage what do you really know about St. Patrick's Day? Here are five fun facts you can share around the dinner table tonight!
1. The word "shamrock" comes from the Irish word "seamróg," meaning "little clover." It is the symbol of Ireland
2. We all get decked out in green on St. Patrick's Day, but the holiday was originally associated with the color blue. It's thought that everything shifted to green because of Ireland's nickname "The Emerald Isle," the green in the Irish flag and the shamrock, or clover.
3. The world's shortest St. Patrick's Day parade is held in the Irish village of Dripsey. It lasts only 100 yards, which is the exact distance between the village's two pubs.
4. St. Patrick was a Christian missionary, bishop and a patron saint of Ireland. He was born in Britain. When he was only sixteen, he was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland, where he spent six years in captivity, working as a shepherd.
5. The New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest parade in the world. It was first held in 1762 by a group of homesick Irish expats and soldiers who served with the British army.
Tags:st. patrick's day, st. patty's day, saint patrick's day, fun facts about st. patrick's day. st. paddy's day
Feb 27 2015
Clutter doesn't just build up in our homes and offices - it can collect in our cars too! Whether you're swimming in piles of receipts or your toting water bottles and clothing everywhere you go, our cars can sometimes look like we live in them. Here are some tips to keep your auto looking and smelling brand new!
1. Make a rule not to eat in your car. If you're someone who likes fast food or eating your breakfast on the way to work, start quitting this habit now! If you eat in your car you're more likely to accumulate trash (think napkins, cups, straws).
2. Keep plastic bags in the console for trash. If you find yourself always piling receipts in your door or putting empty coffee cups in all of the cup holders, this tip is for you! Pull out a plastic bag and throw any trash you've accumulated into it each time you've finished your day. Bring the bag of trash into the house with you to get rid of instead of letting it pile up in the car.
3. Wash and vacuum on a regular basis. We tend to only want to wash our cars when the weather is nice, but it's very important to keep them clean all year round. Salt can damage the outside of our cars and tracking snow and dirt in on our shoes will make the floors a mess. Treat your car to a bath at least once a month.
4. Stock up on air fresheners. Keep them in the glove box and replace them each time they get old. If your car smells nice you might be inspired to keep the rest of it clean too!
5. Don't neglect the trunk. Sometimes our cars look clean, but that's only because our trunks are full of all of our clutter. Don't let the trash and junk pile up in a place you can't see it. Instead, keep things you keep in your trunk (i.e. flashlights, cables, sports equipment) organized by putting them in plastic bins or boxes for storage.
Tags:cleaning car, how to keep car clean, when to wash car
Feb 16 2015
Does your stemware look dingy? Do you want to clean it properly but you're unsure how? Keep reading to learn how to clean those fancy wine glasses without getting spots or residue!
1. Crystal stemware should always be hand-washed. Glass stemware can be washed in the dishwasher on a gentle cycle.
2. Never let red wine sit in glasses over night. Pour out the contents and fill the glass with hot water if you're not ready to wash yet to avoid red wine stains.
3. Always hold the stemware by the base when hand-washing.
4. Use a gentle sponge and mild soap or detergent. You don't want to use anything too abrasive that could scratch.
5. Use a lint-free towel to dry the stemware off. If you let them air dry you will risk getting spots. Make sure to dry both the inside and outside of the glass and handle with care to avoid fingerprints!