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.
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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.
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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!
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Feb 04 2015
Cleaning is a daunting task that seems to take up a lot of our time. We spend hours of our day scrubbing baseboards and washing floors and putting away clutter. If you want to save yourself some time use these five tips next time you roll up your sleeves for a day of cleaning house.
1. Use dryer sheets to clean baseboards. This goes for chair rail too! If you have a lot of dust and debris that's piled up on the trim in your home, don't bother scrubbing it down with soap and water then drying it. Instead, use a clean dryer sheet to quickly wipe up the dirt. The particles stick to the sheet and you'll be moving on to your next task in no time. The clean smell they leave is just an added bonus.
2. Use a lemon to make your stainless sink shine. It takes a lot of time to scrub down a kitchen sink and usually we end up with streaks that make it look dirtier than when we started. We have to scrub to make the steel shine and use harsh chemicals. Instead, rub a lemon on the inside of your sink. It will clean away the gunk, make your sink shine and smell fresh.
3. Make a clutter basket. When you're cleaning the house sometimes it seems like you're spending the entire day putting things back into their place. Instead of picking up clutter multiple times a day, throw it all in your "clutter basket" as it piles up. At the end of the day make one trip putting away all of the items you've collected.
4. Clean your couch with a brush. Most vacuum cleaners come with a handy attachment that looks like a brush. Instead of constantly vacuuming your couch and pillows, remove the brush attachment and scrape for pet hair and lint. The brush will pick up everything including the unwanted stuff you don't even see in a short amount of time.
5. Designate a day for bigger tasks. Some cleaning tasks need more attention, for example, the bathroom. Instead of doing a mediocre job of cleaning your bathroom each day, designate a day to do it. Once a week you should scrub your sink, tub and toilet really well and wash the floors and linens. Then you won't need to spend so much time throughout the rest of the week.
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Jan 30 2015
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here! Before you open your door to your football-loving guests, read our tips for throwing a successful Super Bowl Party!
1. Make sure you have plenty of seating. Not only do you need seats for your guests, you need seats that have a great view of the TV. Count how many people you need to accommodate and rearrange furniture if necessary. Use giant pillows on the floor as an option so people can be close to the action!
2. Cook finger foods. Your guests are going to be sitting in your living room and paying attention to the game so there's no point serving a five star meal! Make a bunch of appetizers or throw something in the crock pot to snack on.
3. Play your own games. Design your own version of Super Bowl squares for your guests. Ask everyone to pay $1 per square and divide up the pot at the end of each quarter. This is a great way to get guests who aren't huge football fans in on the action.
4. Use coolers. Instead of filling your fridge full of beverages for your guests (and taking up all the room), display a large cooler in the living room. This way your guests don't have to leave the excitement to replenish their drinks.
5. Dress the part. Ask your guests to show up wearing their favorite team's swag! Want to take it a step further? Break out the face paint! Give the kids at the party something fun to do by painting their faces before game time.