Hopefully, the remains of Hurricane Sandy have left you and your loved ones safe - and with nothing more than your lawns blanketed in leaves, gutters stuffed to the gills and your windows covered in yuck. For those now ready to tackle this season’s outdoor clean-up here are several tips and tools that will help you minimize time and won't have you breaking the bank. (By the way, if you have a child of age 5 or older this is a terrific family activity! Or borrow one of your neighbor's kiddos ... Continue Reading
7 Time ‘n Money Saving Tips To Minimize Outdoor Cleanup
Stain removal tips for those labor day messes.
It’s hard to believe that summer is coming to end, but it's true. So as we prepare to celebrate Labor Day and summer’s swan song, here are some tips and tricks to deal with those stains that bind us coast to coast and slob to slob (and they only cost pennies to treat!) Note: If all you have handy is lemon, white vinegar, or hydrogen peroxide - nine times out of ten they will remove these stains. Or you can carry a stick stain remover with you in the car. I love the Clorox Bleach Pen ... Continue Reading
10 practical must-have products to keep your child’s dorm room clean and organized enough.
It’s hard for me to believe that my little baby boy is heading off to begin his freshman year of college in less than four weeks. Where does the time go … but that’s a topic and blog for another day. So as I get ready to send him on his merry independent way and ensure that he keeps health inspectors at bay - here are 10 practical must-have products to keep his dorm room clean and organized enough. By the way … in addition to these it’s always a good idea to give your college ... Continue Reading
Find easy stain-treatment remedies for any red, white, or blue discoloration.
Ah yes, with the Fourth of July behind us and summer in full gear, we’re off and running with friends, family and all those united stains of summer that bond us coast to coast. But fear not, the red, white and blue stains these times thrust upon us need not cause us to take arms. Relief is simple and found in your kitchen, bathroom and amongst your favorite coiffing products. So get ready to take aim and pre-treat those stains because as we know, not all stains are created equal. GENERAL ... Continue Reading
Save time and money in combatting those pesky summer bugs.
Summer is here and with it comes the stuff we love: warm weather and lazy days at the beach, pool or our backyard. Unfortunately it also comes with the stuff we don't love: BUGS. From those pesty little ones we can hardly see that inspired the saying “don’t let the bed bugs bite” … to those that stink, itch or simply ‘bug us’ - here are some simple time and money saving ways to ‘bite em back”: Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy BED ... Continue Reading
A few simple ways to entertain your summer guests and have time to enjoy them too.
Memorial Day Weekend is almost here and for most of us that marks the unofficial kickoff of summer. So as we preen our outdoor oasis, clean off our grills and get ready to chill with friends and family, I wanted to share a few simple ways to entertain your summer guests and have time to enjoy them too! Whim It All year long we’re running our lives around schedules but with the kids off from school, in day or sleep-away camp, and the summer breeze keeping everyone relaxes - it's fine not ... Continue Reading
5 ways to enjoy Mother’s Day without crumbs in your bed and a list of to-do’s.
Ahhhh Mother’s Day - a day filled with lots of “I love you and best mommy in world” hand made cards, flowers, breakfast in bed, and perfect children. And, then Mother's Day quickly becomes like every other day - filled with chores that bore: cleaning up, getting our kids ready for grandma, and finishing another load of laundry before collapsing at 9:00 from exhaustion. Not this year! Here’s how: Tell 'em What You Really Want: Though it's nice to receive a diamond necklace or ... Continue Reading
5 easy ways to save energy on Earth Day and every day.
I know thinking green can be intimidating, but there are simple things we can do to help save our planet, one drip, watt, or gallon of water at a time. Here are a few easy ways to do just that, as well as save money on our energy and utility bills this Earth Day and everyday. Beauty Unplugged According to actor and environmentalist Ed Begley Jr., every time we use our curling iron it’s like leaving on a light bulb for a week. So I guess the first bit of advice is to take a day off and let ... Continue Reading
High holidays are upon us. Here are a few tips and tricks to help save you time, money, and your mani when dealing with preps and clean-ups.
With Passover (April 6 & 7th) and Easter (April 8th) just around the corner, so are egg hunts, Seder dinners, and holiday entertaining. Here are a few tips and tricks to help save you time, money, and your mani when dealing with holiday preps and clean-ups. Easter Egg Dye: Lemon-Aid You've dyed the eggs, but what about your hands? If you find your skin is now a nice violet color, don't despair - it's not that difficult to remove. Place sugar in a small bowl and scrub/massage it all over ... Continue Reading
Save money with these five easy tips – including uses for banana peels and collecting money in the laundry.
I often say that we live on “Hysteria Lane” vs “Wisteria Lane” of TV’s Desperate Housewives fame because we’re tasked with having to balance so many things as moms and housewives. And, tops amongst them is doing our best to keep our home, family, and self taken care of - without breaking the bank. Here are a few simple, mindless tips to help save money at home. Put the Squeeze On Even though you may think that tube of toothpaste, liquid foundation, skin cream, or lotion is ... Continue Reading