I have spring fever! Out here on the east, we have had a very mild winter. The temperature will reach nearly 60 degrees today—the last day of January—and I love it! The spring-like weather every other week or so is a little reminder that winter does not last forever, as it sometimes seems it might.
The only thing I do not like about spring is the dreaded spring cleaning. The house has been closed up, needs to be aired out, the windows have collected a fine coating of dust (yuck!), the blades on the ceiling fans are looking a little dusty by this time, and all the nooks and crannies in your home that don’t see a vacuum during a normal cleaning could use a good scrub.
Most people don’t like cleaning windows. I don’t mind it so much. What I really dislike is cleaning out the dryer vent. There is no good way to do it with a regular vacuum. It’s a necessary safety measure to get the built up lint out of the lint trap and vent hose to prevent a fire, but the vacuum hose can only go so far. It creates such a mess and just seems like I’m making a bigger job of cleaning than I need to.
That is where the Lint Lizard comes in. This handy tool attaches to your vacuum and the long, thin, flexible hose goes right down in the vent to reach where your regular vacuum attachments can’t. I’m also going to use this under, behind and around the washer and dryer, the refrigerator, behind the headboards in bedrooms, and any other place I can find that I can’t reach with my regular vacuum attachments.
Now I’m getting excited about spring cleaning!
Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. Mine was family-filled. Really, just Saturday, but it was all day Saturday.
Due to the fact that I had to get on the road to meet up with my family way too early for a Saturday morning, I decided to take it easy on Friday night and even attempted to get to sleep early. So, I propped myself up in bed in my sea of pillows with my book and decided to rest early and hopefully fall asleep early. Is it just me, or is it every time that you try to go to sleep early it’s as if everyone knows and tries to stop you from sleeping? Long story short, my phone kept ringing, and each time I would jolt awake and not be able to fall back asleep. I had to be up by 6. I made it to the family adventures in time, don’t worry.
The entire family (almost 20 of us) went out for a family dinner to a Chinese food restaurant. This place is known for their duck – they serve up to 300 whole ducks a day – but being a vegetarian, I ordered vegetable fried rice. Needless to say, I wasn’t full by the time dinner was over. But, my mom and dad had a gigantic piece of my favorite chocolate cake at the house for me. How horrible is it that after dinner I came home and ate half of m chocolate cake? Does it make it better that I only ate half and not the whole thing? Either way, I did it, and it was delicious.
Now, I literally spent the time with my whole family and extended family all day and night, so you can imagine, I needed Sunday to recover. My friend and I got smart. We decided to make the most of what could be a lazy Sunday: We grabbed our yoga gear and yoga water bottles and went to a 9 a.m. yoga class. What a way to get motivated for the day. I spent the rest of the day preparing food for this week’s breakfasts and lunches. I am ready for the week!
What a weekend! The weather was crisp and cold, a perfect weekend for snuggling under the blanket while watching movies, sipping on some hot chocolate, and trying out some new recipes in the crock pot. But of course, this is real life and I had things to do. I did spend a good deal of time indoors, doing laundry, cleaning, and doing some cooking, so it wasn’t a completely rush-around weekend.
In between grocery shopping and folding loads of clean clothes, I wanted to get some cooking done so I didn’t eat junk all weekend. I used the new Orgreenic Frying Pan to make a Green Chili Frittata. The Orgreenic pan is oven safe, so I could start the frittata on the stove and then place the pan directly into the oven. The aluminum core helps the pan heat evenly, so the eggs were cooked perfectly. I also used the pan to make salmon. The non-stick ceramic surface kept the fish from sticking so I didn’t have to use any extra butter or oil to keep it from sticking. I love this pan and can’t wait to make more meals with it!
Yesterday was a very rainy day! I don’t really like rainy days–not sure that I know of anyone who does. But I know that I’d prefer a few inches of rain over a few feet of snow, so I’ll try not to complain. While I knew it was supposed to rain and I planned for it by bringing my rain boots along, I neglected to bring my umbrella. So my feet were dry and my jacket was soaked. No big deal though because as soon as I got home, I pulled out my collapsible bamboo drying rack and I hung my coat and wet clothes to dry. If it were laundry day, I would have just tossed everything in the washer, but it isn’t and I don’t want those clothes going in the hamper soaking wet and getting mildewed. Everything was dry this morning, so I collapsed the drying rack and tucked it back in the closet beside the washer. How handy!
Luckily, today is a sunny day so far…but I’m bringing my umbrella just in case!
Where I live, it’s that time of year; time to get ready for snow. We can really never be too prepared. The worst part is when your car gets stuck in the snow, and there is no shovel to help dig out the car. A new item I found might be just what I need to add to my snow emergency kit that I keep in my car, Tread Ahead.
Have you used the Tread Ahead yet? What do you think? How much easier would life be if we didn’t have to chip away the ice that forms under our car tires anymore? With Tread Ahead, all that has to be done is to place the Tread Ahead beneath the front of the tire stuck in the snow, and the car will out! The Tread Ahead could really help out in tricky situations if the car gets stuck, like mud, snow, ice, plus there is a built in handle and ice scraping edge to clear your windows.
The Tread Ahead can be used in more than just snow situations. You can use the Tread Ahead to help get out of mud and up ice as well. The Tread Ahead might be just what we all need just in case this winter.
Last night I needed a little therapy. Everything has been busy, people have been needing things, work has been a lot of hard work, and everything, for some reason, needs to be finished or accomplished all at the same time. Therefore, I needed to take charge of my night last night.
My house has been suffering. I have barely been at home except to sleep, and when I am at home for an extended period of time that last thing I’ve wanted to do is clean…but the poor place was desperate for a good scrubbing. Fortunately, last night not only was in the mood to finally get to cleaning, but my body wasn’t completely exhausted, I had plenty of time, and I was stressed out from the day. Under normal circumstances, I would have gone to the gym to work off my frustration, but cleaning was the task at hand and it worked like a charm!
I scrubbed every inch of my kitchen, cleaned every single piece of furniture and small item in the whole place. I dusted everything in sight and put every out-of-place item back where it belongs. I ran the dishwasher, took out the trash, and cleaned the floors. I hate cleaning the floors because they are all hardwood or tile. They collect dust and dirt so quickly. Luckily, for me, I use the Shark Steam Mop (http://www.taylorgifts.com/item/shark_steam_mop-original/27970) to clean my floors and it makes the task a whole lot less daunting.
Since it took me so long to get through the regular cleaning, I didn’t get to the bathroom. So, on tap for tonight; cleaning the bathroom! I hope you have something better planned. And if you’re cleaning, too…happy cleaning!
Growing up in my parents’ house we always had a lot of trees in the front yard. A lot of trees means a lot of leaves and every fall one of my chores was to help rake the leaves. I wasn’t interested in raking the leaves though, I was interested in playing in the leaves! Honestly, aside from not wanting to do manual labor, I was small, the rakes were big, and it didn’t really work out. My parents did a great job though at making perfect piles of leaves for my brother and I to jump and play in. And when we were all done playing, we would take all the leaves and put them in trash bags and the lawn was done. But then only days later more leaves would fall and my parents would have to rake and we would have to bag everything up again.
I don’t think my parents mind so much about the raking. In fact, I think at one point they even bought or borrowed a leaf blower so they wouldn’t have to take so much time raking every week. But, for those of you who do have to rake as much as my parents do, you should check out the Amazing Rake. If you buy this, and you have kids, don’t tell them you are raking leaves into piles because they will be very upset when they find no piles of leaves to jump into since the Amazing Rake rakes and grips leaves to put right into those trash bags. Quick for you, and not so much fun for the kids.
One of the best parts of summer is being able to cook and eat outside. But it is never good when the bugs and outdoor critters think your picnic is for them. This summer, protect your food with the Giant Food Umbrella.
Now, you can dine outside without bugs getting to your food before you do.
The giant food umbrella opens with just the push of a button to cover an area 17 x 29 x 27 inches–large enough to cover an entire spread of food. And when you’re done, it closes up to just 2 x 30 inches.
This is a must-have item for your summer dinners, picnics, and parties!
It is no nice to drive around and see all of the nice gardens. You can find all different kinds of things growing in different gardens all over the place right now. You see flowers, plants, vegetables, herbs, and so much more! I recently read an article that sparked my attention, and thought I would share some of the information with you.
If you are an avid gardener, or even just someone who likes to plant, I think you’ll find this article very interesting. In this post, Michelle discusses how you can actually save money buying plants. Did you know that the plants that are on sale or in the clearance section in the home stores may not necessarily be dying? The store, much of the time, is simply clearing out space, and this is where you can hit the jackpot! Michelle has found herself buying plants that regularly might cost about $10 for as little as $1! That’s a gigantic amount of savings. Think about this little tidbit that Michelle says; “I love fresh rosemary, but it’s so expensive to buy in the store that I usually end up with the dried stuff. It took a lot of self control to just leave with two plants instead of ten.” Fresh is always better, and if you can grow it yourself for less than you’d spend on the dried version at the grocery store, why not? Plus, fresh veggies and herbs always taste better coming from your own garden.
So, with Michelle’s advice, go to the store and buy those plants on clearance, bring out the garden seat from the garage, and start planting your beautiful garden for a fraction of the cost!
It’s June. It’s a great time to get that grill out and grill everything. Everything tastes better on the grill – meat, vegetables, bread, fish…everything. It all tastes great until the grill gets dirty because it’s not cleaned after usage. The Grill Daddy will help eliminate that problem.
Grilling is great, fun and delicious. The worst part is cleaning the grill. Grill Daddy makes cleaning the grill easy. Clean any grill surface with Grill Daddy including grates. A clean grill by Grill Daddy will make food taste much better.
There is now no need to sacrifice the fun of grilling because of the cleanup. The leave the grilling great food to you, and the cleanup to Grill Daddy.