How to ROCK a Great Wedding Gift!

How to ROCK a Great Wedding Gift! Wedding bells often ring diuring the spring and summer months. Chances are, you will be invited to one – if not more – of these fabulous occasions this year! Whether it’s a best friend’s big day, or a small backyard event of a new aquaintance from the office, I’m here to tell you, you can ROCK a great, truly appreciated gift! If you are weary of the “Card with Check” option, tune in! Here are some ideas! Tip #1 –  Who IS this couple? Find out! If he is a minimalist and she hates to cook, your effort to ‘go big’ with a 10 piece set of ‘Gourmet Chef Fabio Pots and Pans’ won’t be appreciated! To give the BEST gift to this couple, ask yourself these questions: How do they live? Are they focused on climbing the corporate ladder, while living in a big city apartment? Are they down home farm...

3 Cleaning Mistakes you are Probably Making

3 Cleaning Mistakes you are Probably Makng! Everyone who loves to clean, shout ME right now! *Crickets* So I may actually have been the only voice! Many find housecleaning a daunting and dreaded task. I think I love to clean because I had a mom who loved to clean! Mom knew how to clean well, how to clean fast, and she taught me to avoid these three big mistakes: MISTAKE # 1 — Neglecting to Pre-Vacuum. I’m not talking carpeting here – Dust, hair, pet hair, and dirt are collecting everywhere, on every surface in your home daily. Instead of ‘moving the dust around’ by swiffering or sweeping, vacuum. Set your vacuum on the bare floor setting and vacuum all the hard surfaces before washing. Attachments are AMAZING if you use them correctly! Vacuum all your tile or wood floors before washing! Take the vacuum head off and attach the long wand with the nozzle to...

Foolproof Tips for a Perfect Desert Planter

Foolproof Tips for a Perfect Desert Planter. Arizona has some unique challenges as far as plants go. There are varying climates in our state, the most unusual being the desert climate of the Phoenix Metro Area. The limited water supply encourages low water plants, however, everyone loves their landscape project to be beautiful! Here are a few foolproof tips for creating an attractive, desert loving plant environment for your home with planters. Choose Plants Wisely The average summer temperture in the arid climate surrounding Phoenix is in the upper hundreds. It is best to plant sun-loving, low water plants to avoid wasting our precious desert resources. Cactus, and succulents are heat tolerant. Mesquite and Palo Verde Trees are beautiful and interesting, but can withstand long periods between watering. Bougainvilla and Coreopsis are beautiful low-water flowering plants. The BEST news? These can all be planted in planters! For the best advice around, consult my favorite desert landscape/gardening...