Monday, July 27, 2009

Great Websites to Test

Better Homes and Gardens has great tools to see what your home's color would be most appealing to you, or what to color certain rooms in your home or even different window style treatments.

Check out this website and have fun with all the possibilities!

Here you can try different ways to arrange rooms to better fit your lifestyle.

These are great for you to test out what would look good in your home before you actually make a purchase or go through with your ideas.

Enjoy your week!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Food Storage - How Long Does it Last?

I found this interesting article in the All You magazine, which tells you how long food will last in your pantry vs. your freezer.

How long it will last in your pantry:

Bread - 5-7 days
Cereal - 1 year
Pasta - 2 years
White Rice - 1 year
Canned Goods - 1 year
Bottled salad dressing - 1 year
Jams, Jellies, Honey, Syrup - 1 year
Peanut Butter - 6 months

How long it will last in your freezer:

Bread - up to 1 year
Ground Meat - 3-4 months
Beef steaks - 6-12 months
Fish - 2-6 months
Whole Poultry - 1 year
Lunch Meat - 1-2 months
Fresh Vegetables - up to 1 year
Fresh Fruit - up to 1 year

Have a great week!


Monday, July 13, 2009

Clear the Dust

Achoo!! Bless you!!

Many people if not being allergic to dust are still somehow affected by dust...and those same people probably hate dusting! Here are some ways to reduce the dust without actually dusting.
  1. Keep a thick outdoor mat in front of every door that is used to enter your home, this will trap debris and keep them from entering your home.

  2. Minimize too many knick-knacks that collect dust and that you probably won't be picking up constantly to remove the dust from.

  3. Use fan powered air purifiers to help remove the dust before it actually settles.

  4. Keep the humidity level in your home between 40-50% to reduce static.

  5. Make sure to change your vent filters regularly.

  6. If you have allergies, make sure to get allergen free pillow and mattress covers.

  7. Also for those with allergies, use a filter for your mouth/nose when cleaning.

  8. Blinds that are hard (wood, plastic, etc.) are easier to clean than cloth drapes and blinds.

  9. Use microfiber cloths rather than using aerosol cans (yes, even on your wood furniture).

  10. There are also special anti-static cloths made for your computers, TVs, phones and even picture frames.

  11. Bed sheets should be washed weekly in hot water to kill the bacteria found in dust. Comforters can be washed monthly.

  12. House plants also get dust on them, and the best way to clean them is to spray their leaves with water and again you can wipe them off with microfiber cloths.
Who knew microfiber could do so much! Here's hoping that these tips lead to a happier, less sneezing you!


Monday, July 6, 2009

July is the best time to buy...

Home Decor...

I read this in the Real Simple magazine and thought that it may be helpful for you.
It says that 10% of all weddings occur in July, so retailers want to take advantage of the wedding-bound shoppers. Also, department and home stores are anxious to move merchandise that is already on the floor to increase foot traffic.

You can expect to save 20 - 50%. You can also find an increasing number of two-for-one deals, such as silver candlesticks sold with the candles.

If you are unable to take advantage of this now, shoppers can still score deals in September and October, which are also popular months for exchanging "I do's".

Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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