The Illusion of Clean

The Illusion of Clean Do you clean your house every day? I’m guessing most of us don’t. The many things on our list vying for attention: work, school, activities, personal time- to name a few- usually trump housework. Even if Hazel the housekeeper doesn’t knock at the door at 9AM daily, your house doesn’t have to be a nasty mess. You can FAKE your way to a clean house, and no one will ever know that you didn’t have time to clean this week! Here are 4 things, which, if done on a regular basis, will give your house a clean appearance. Added perk? These things will also make the real cleaning day a breeze! Tip # 1 – Everyone Makes Their Bed! Whether you are thorough and careful, or just pull up the covers and toss and place the pillows, the bedrooms will feel tidy. Tidy beds give incentive to put away shoes, toss stray...

Back to School Routine – Top 5 Homework Tips

Back to School Routine- Top 5 Homework Tips Studies show that parents who are aware and involved in their child’s homework have students who do better in class. Although this doesn’t mean cutting, gluing and painting on little Bobby’s science project for him, it does mean being available for questions, and possibly checking the final product. Here are 5 Top Homework Tips to help with getting the job done! Set a specific time daily for homework. It seems that for grade-schoolers, a little rest and a snack before homework helps.  The time may vary day to day due to after school sports or lessons, but keeping a specific time each day is key. Also  having a specified number of minutes per assignment, or total amount of time for homework in general is a good idea.  Homework is important, but so is real life.   Have a nice, distraction-free place for your little workers. Sitting at the...

Back to School Routine – Getting out the Door on Time

Back to School Routine-Getting out the Door on Time Do you hear that sound? It’s familiar…you’ve heard it before. It’s the sound of school bells ringing. High school gates are opening. Grade school playgrounds are clean and tidy. Teachers have their rooms prepared. It’s Back-to-School time! The lazy days of summer have come to a close, and a working plan must be set in motion, all with the hopes of Mom and Dad still getting to work on time! Here are some tips to help you with your Back to School Routine. PREPARATION Ever heard the expression, ‘Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.’? A few weeks before school starts, sit everyone down around the kitchen table and have a Back to School Routine conversation. What are your needs, desires, and expectations for this new year? Everyone gets to share. Do a quick review of last year. What went great? How could things be improved?...

Tips for a backyard wedding

  How would you describe, ‘Planning A Wedding’? Exciting! Complex. Meaningful. Costly! If you are focused on hanging onto the excitement and meaning, but would welcome a little less complexity and cost, then opting for a backyard wedding might be the direction to take! Here are a few cost-lowering backyard wedding ideas that will fulfill your expectations! Tip 1: Location, Location, Location! Picking the right backyard is the first item on the list! Who do you know who would be open to a backyard wedding? Cross your own yard off the list! You’ll want to alleviate that potentially stress-filled choice. Tour the yards on your list, and take pictures. Ensure that the yard has two distinct areas to hold all guests: one for the ceremony, and one for the food. This allows for pre-wedding set-up for both ceremony and reception. Consider the altar space, the most lovely views, seating, and sunshine at the time of day...

Poison Awareness: Stay Safe In Your Home

  Poisonous Household Cleaners We know that many household cleaners are dangerous. Add children and pets to the mix and you have a potential hazard. Cleaners, polishes, solvents and bleach should be stored in an effort to prevent accidental poisoning. Here are some safety ideas to implement in your home. Are there children in your home? Ever? Kids are curious. They move at lightening speed, and they do it with the stealth of a Ninja. Lock up your cleaners! Inexpensive child safety locks are easily installed on cabinet doors, and might just save a life. Cleaning with chemicals requires good ventilation to avoid toxicity. A bathroom fan isn’t enough. Instead of ammonia or bleach, try lemon, vinegar and baking soda. Use original containers. If an un-marked spray bottle is used, clearly label the contents. Keep the original label information by taking a photo. Then, if disaster strikes, Poison Control has the information they need. (Keep that...