Mar 04 2014
We all wash our clothes and vacuum our floors on a regular basis but there are many items in our homes we tend to neglect! Here are five that you should keep on your radar when planning your Spring cleaning this year...
1. Bed Pillows - We all wash our sheets but the bed pillows tend to get forgotten. Throw them in with your next load of laundry.
2. Dishwasher - Every once in a while it's important to grab a cloth and remove all of the debris and food particles from the bottom of your dishwasher. You can set a glass of vinegar on the top rack and run a cycle with hot water to get it really clean!
3. Kitchen Sink - Leftover food or bacteria can get into a sink that hasn't been cleaned. Try plugging your drain and fill the sink with warm soapy water to give it a good rinse.
4. Bathroom Rugs - Just like your pillows, these can be put in the washing machine. Just hang them to dry and they will be ready for use!
5. Couches - Next time you are vacuuming your carpets, use your vacuum attachment (or handheld vacuum) to give your couch a once over. This will help remove any dust and dirt that has piled up.
Tags:items to clean in house, spring cleaning, things in your home to clean more often
Feb 28 2014
Safety in the home is important. Besides having risk detectors and fire extinguishers, it's important to also have your own first aid kid in case of emergency. Check your house to make sure you have these essential items and if not, pick them up the next time you are out shopping!
(List created by the Red Cross)
Whether you buy a first aid kit or put one together, make sure it has all the items you may need:
• Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers
• Check the kit regularly.
• Make sure the flashlight batteries work.
• Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents.
The Red Cross recommends that all first aid kits for a family of four include the following:
• 2 absorbent compress dressings (5 x 9 inches)
• 25 adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
• 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch)
• 5 antibiotic ointment packets (approximately 1 gram)
• 5 antiseptic wipe packets
• 2 packets of aspirin (81 mg each)
• 1 blanket (space blanket)
• 1 breathing barrier (with one-way valve)
• 1 instant cold compress
• 2 pair of nonlatex gloves (size: large)
• 2 hydrocortisone ointment packets (approximately 1 gram each)
• 1 roller bandage (3 inches wide)
• 1 roller bandage (4 inches wide)
• 5 sterile gauze pads (3 x 3 inches)
• 5 sterile gauze pads (4 x 4 inches)
• Oral thermometer (non-mercury/nonglass)
• 2 triangular bandages
• First aid instruction booklet
Tags:first aid kit items, how to make a first aid kit, anatomy of a first aid kit
Feb 25 2014
It won't be long before we all start our "spring cleaning." Why not get a head start and prepare the inside of your home for the next season that's heading our way!
1. Start buying bins/bags to store your winter clothes. Vacuum seal bags are great space savers and can be stored right under your bed when it's time to pack away winter clothes.
2. Figure out what clothes you want to donate. With only a few more weeks (hopefully) of winter weather it's time to start deciding which winter clothing items are going to make the cut.
3. Clean out your pantry. When the weather warms up the last thing you'll want to be doing is sorting through the pantry checking expiration dates! Toss anything that has expired and consider donating any unwanted can goods to your local food shelter.
4. Stock up on cleaning supplies. Have a coupon for cleaning materials now? Buy them in preparation for your big "spring clean."
5. Pack up the seasonal decor. Yes it's almost March but some of us still haven't put our holiday decor! Pack it up in boxes that are labeled so you can easily find them when the time comes again.
Tags:how to prepare for spring, getting home ready for spring, tips for spring cleaning
Feb 20 2014
Watch the video below to learn how to make your own chalkboard wine glasses! These are great to use for parties so everyone can label their own glass!
Tags:diy wine glasses, how to paint wine glasses, how to write on wine glasses with chalk
Feb 14 2014
Today might be Valentine's Day but tomorrow is the weekend which means no alarms and getting to sleep in! Want to whip up something delicious for breakfast in bed? Here are five ideas for making your weekend tasty!
1. French Toast Muffins (recipe here)
2. Spinach Tomato and Feta Quiche (recipe here)
3. Egg Strata (recipe here)
4. Breakfast Parfait (recipe here)
5. Homemade Cinnamon Buns (recipe here)