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Getting Fun Foods Out of Furniture Upholstery
Summer time brings with it many fun foods, from pizza and soda to ice cream and popsicles. While fun to enjoy on a hot summer day, many of these foods can spell trouble for furniture upholstery. When sticky fingers and dripping snacks find their way onto the couch cushions, don’t despair – these simple techniques can be surprisingly effective. And don’t act too quickly...
How to Host a Great Cinco de Mayo Party
Cinco de Mayo is the perfect opportunity to host a party to kick off the summer ahead. Though its historical significance is often misunderstood (more on that later), May 5th has become a holiday on which people across the United States come together to celebrate Mexican culture and traditions.  Decorations: The Brighter, the Better! Mexico is known for its brightly...
Planning Your Summer Garden
We all know April showers bring May flowers, so what is the month of May going to bring to your garden this summer? Whether you plan to plant a garden with vegetables and herbs that can go straight from the ground to your table, or you want your yard to burst with color, these simple guidelines and ideas can help you create a garden you can be proud of. Know which veggies...
Show Mom You Care With These Ideas
With Mother’s Day coming up just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how to show Mom how much you care. And this Mother’s Day, take the time to thank all the women in your life who helped you to become the person you are today – aunts, grandmothers, and family friends often don’t get credit for all the nurturing care they provide, so don’t limit yourself...
Update Your Yard to Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space As we move into spring and summertime and the weather gets warmer, you’ll want to spend as much time outside enjoying the seasons as possible. After a long, dark winter spent indoors, time spent absorbing sunlight in the fresh air has been shown to fight off depression and improve overall mental health. A...
Spring is right around the corner, which means one thing: it’s almost time for spring cleaning. After months of being bundled up inside with the windows closed, trying to keep warm, spring cleaning gives us a chance to open our homes to the fresh air and sunshine, clear out some dust and clutter, and start with a clean slate. For many homeowners, it can be daunting to...
Keeping Windows Clean During April Showers
While rain doesn’t make windows dirty (unless it’s acid rain, which contains dangerous levels of harmful pollutants), the tracks that raindrops leave behind will highlight the dust and pollen that has accumulated over time. To avoid the streaky appearance of dirty windows that can appear in spring weather, try these easy steps to keep your windows clear.  External Causes...
Preparing Your Home Exterior for Spring Months
As we shake off the last few frosty nights of winter and head into spring, homeowners have the perfect opportunity to get outside and prepare their home’s exterior for the coming season. Winter can be brutal on the exterior of a home, and the beginning of spring is the best time to take stock of any damage and make the necessary repairs before spring rains start to hit....
Giving Back on Earth Day
The Earth needs and deserves our care every day of the year, but Earth Day gives us the opportunity to turn our focus to how we can benefit the Earth, the ways our actions are harmful to it, and the steps we can take to protect the environment. This April 22nd, take time out of your day to do something for the Earth, or to make a resolution for changes you can make in the...
 Weekly and Monthly Spring Cleaning Checklist
Now that spring has finally sprung, it’s time to get your spring cleaning routine under control. The tasks to keep your household clean and running smoothly can be overwhelming, but using a simple checklist to track weekly and monthly chores makes the process simple to manage. You can draw up a custom list based on the specific needs of your household, but feel free to...