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How to Remove Mold in your Bathroom

Even the cleanest bathroom has an ongoing battle with mold. Mold loves dark, moist areas and a bathroom is its perfect home. There are thousands of different types of mold – some more dangerous than others. Some mold gives off toxins but most are just growing organisms that can destroy walls and tile grout. Mold is a living fungus that reproduces when it has enough water and uses the surface it’s growing on for food. So mold growing on a porous drywall ceiling is breaking down and destroying… See More

Bringing Home a New Puppy

Once you make the decision to adopt a puppy, preparing your home for a young dog takes careful consideration. As cute as they are, puppies can turn your organized home into chaos and can accidentally leave their mark on places not designed for uncontrolled “puppy love.”
What to get before getting a puppy

Bedding—Whether you plan to keep your puppy confined to one area of your home or you prefer to turn baby Fido loose to roam, put comfortable and washable bedding in every room that will… See More

Staying Organized in the Laundry Room

The laundry room probably isn’t one of your biggest concerns when thinking about getting organized around the house, but chaos in the laundry room can spill into the rest of your home.  Let’s work on getting it under control.  Instead let’s shoot for” controlled chaos”!  The only time laundry ever really seems organized is when it neatly folded and put away a drawer in the bedroom. Other than that it’s CHAOS.  The dirty laundry bin – the laundry baskets in the bathroom – even the… See More

Spring-Cleaning in Phases

It’s time to degrime, declutter and freshen the home after a long, harsh winter. As the warm weather approaches, spring-cleaning is essential. With this simple guide, you can tackle the job and get it done with minimum hassle and headache.

Like any other larger job, spring-cleaning is easier and accomplished more quickly if it’s broken down into manageable tasks. Before hauling out the bucket, mop and rags, make a list of the must-clean areas that really need attention. A basic cleaning-house… See More

Spring Cleaning Checklist

For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about how to keep up with your home with simple schedules and plans to keep things clean and tidy. This week we are going to focus on some deeper cleaning tasks that you need to do to keep your home truly clean. Some of the things on my spring kitchen cleaning list may seem overwhelming, but remember this list does not need to be done in one day. I’d recommend working on this list over a month or two. We are all very busy, but we need to deep clean our… See More

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes

Everyone’s busy with work, school and family, so when it comes to preparing meals at home, we’re often looking for the quickest solution. The quick, easy solution usually isn’t the healthiest, but a slow cooker can be an excellent way for you have a great meal that will be ready to serve as soon as you walk in the door. Chili is a natural choice for the slow cooker and is a great way to have of food prepared for weeknight meals or for large amounts of food for family get-togethers or parties.

Classic-style… See More

Go Cuckoo for the Slow Cooker

The slow cooker can be the perfect kitchen appliance for anyone, regardless of how much time you have to prepare meals or your individual food budget. There are dozens of easy recipes that can be all made in the slow cooker, ready to serve immediately or frozen and stored for meals during the week.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

You’d never know this flavorful soup was thrown together in just a few minutes.

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 can mild… See More

Tips for Buying Cookware for a Small Family

Knowing the best choices to make when buying cookware can be a challenge, and if you have a small family, you don’t want to spend money on items that are too large for you needs. You also want to purchase items that will be sturdy enough to withstand day-to-day usage. Here we’ll give you some tips on how to assemble an array of fry pans and skillets, along with pots and other cookware, so you can then start dreaming up some recipes for future meals.

Gathering the basics

Many cooking novices… See More

Rainy-Day Activities for Creative Kids

Rainy-day fun can brighten the gloomiest day. Choose engrossing activities to keep your kids busy and they’ll forget they have to stay inside.

For active play, kids of every age love to set up forts in the family room. Drape sheets or blankets on cleared-off tables or have the children bring out their fabric tent. Then, let them decide whether they are pirates, explorers or mysterious forest creatures. Be part of their play, but encourage them to invent their own imaginary adventures.
Quiet crafts… See More

House Cleaning Schedule

Keeping up with our homes can be overwhelming. Working all day and then coming home to your second job of taking care of your family and home can really zap your energy. Without a daily plan, your house can spin out of control in days. I’ve found that a daily schedule of things that MUST be done helps the entire family. I’ve created a daily cleaning chart that will help you (AND your family) keep up with the simple weekly chores that will keep your house clean and tidy.  Remember this chart… See More

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