May 17, 2018

[VIDEO] How to Revive Your Home’s Exterior After Winter

As temperatures rise, so does a homeowners interest to take on projects outside. But, what projects should be on your to-do list to spruce up your space and make the biggest impact? Let’s discuss.     Earlier this week, as we were walking to the gym under sunny skies and mild temperatures, I took note at those in my neighborhood outdoors tackling exterior projects on their properties. Some were making roof repairs, others digging holes for their fresh flowers and even sweeping their stoops. Here are five ways to revive your home’s exterior after winter.    Property Repairs + Improvements After the winter thaw and spring storms, it’s important to assess the structure of your home. Take a look at your property from the top down.  What do your property’s trees look like? Do they need pruning? What about an infrastructure staple, like the roof, windows or foundation? Pay attention […]
May 10, 2018

[VIDEO] How to Keep Stainless Steel Appliances Clean

Stainless steel appliances remain a popular material to showcase in kitchens. And why not? They look sleek, modern and timeless — making stainless steel appliances easy to merge with any kitchen design style. If you own these appliances though, the downside is they can be hard to keep clean, until now. Stainless steel appliances can be magnets for fingerprints, smudges, water spots, and streaks, which means your constantly cleaning your appliances to keep them looking their shiny best. While I personally love the look of stainless steel, I use to constantly wipe down my appliances with an all-in-one stainless cleaner, which still somehow left small stains (like the drip of a watermark embedded into the material) and drove me CRAZY! This post is in response to a question over on my Facebook Fan Page from Debbie H. who asked, “how do I clean stainless steel appliances?” Cleaners for Stainless Steel When […]
April 5, 2018

Time-Saving Cleaning Products to Deep Clean Your Home

Are you ready for the annual deep clean on your property this spring? It’s time to spring clean your space, and while this takes effort, time and more than a weekend to conquer these tasks –the reward of a clean home will be worth the work.  Set aside some time in your schedule this month to tackle spring cleaning tasks, from clearing away dust bunnies to power washing the deck. But, before you start checking items off your to-do list here are a few products that will save you time while deep cleaning:   It’s Magic for Surfaces Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are a time-saver for scrubbing away scuffs, fingerprints, and other marks difficult to remove. Before using this product though, test out a small, inconspicuous spot on the wall to make sure it won’t damage your paint. If the test spot looks good once dry, scrub away. If the […]
March 29, 2018

The Benefits of Childhood Chores — Real Parents Weigh In

Keeping a property tidy is hard enough, let alone when you have one or more children living with you. (Maybe that’s why I stick to fur babies!) Picking up spills, clothes and toys becomes a never-ending chore, that’s found to be an irresponsible practice when paired with shielding children from chores. Do you believe kids should do chores? Or should they just be kids? One of my favorite chores to do as a kid was dusting and vacuuming the house. My Mom always believed in giving us weekly chores to help not only, teach us responsibility, but show us how to care for “the items” we own. I recently posted this video on my Facebook Page by Parenting Today, which shows the chore debate. The video also highlighted a 2014 Braun Research survey that found while 82-percent of Americans report have regular chores growing up, only 28-percent of parents today […]
March 22, 2018

PETS: Bird Proof a Home or Else | The Tragic Tale of Whitey

As a homeowner we do our best to keep our home safe not only for loved ones, but for guests and pets too. There are many dangers within the confines of your property that can be harmful, some deadly– I found that out the hard way this weekend… With the touch of a button, the home environment that I take pride in became a toxic chamber for my bird, Whitey. The convenience of having a self-cleaning oven triggered respiratory failure and ultimately Whitey’s untimely death. [IMPORTANT: This is a hard post to write, I’m heartbroken, but the outpouring of support that admittedly agree they too were unaware of this safety issue, prompted me to write this post. Please take a moment and share this information to raise awareness and prevent another bird to suffer like Whitey. See responses below.] Meet Whitey (aka Coo-da), a white owl pigeon we rescued in […]