Make Household Cleaning a Team Effort

Household Cleaning a Team Effort

We know it’s not easy to keep a home neat and clean, but when it comes to tackling chores it’s much better to make it a team effort then to go it alone. Here are some tips and tricks on how to get everybody involved.

Start Them Young

Do you think your child(ren) are too young to take on chores? Think again! Younger children are natural helpers and take pride in accomplishing tasks. The key is assigning tasks that are within their capabilities. If your children are young 2 or 3 years of age, assign a simple task such as putting their toys away when they are done playing. At first you will need to help them and give them direction. For example, if there are a pile of Lego blocks on the floor, tell them you would like them to put their Legos away. Show them where they go; being specific will make it easier for them to understand what you want them to do. It also helps to label toy bins with pictures so they know what bins to put specific toys back into. Initially you will put in more time, but once you have helped them a few times they will want to do this on their own.

With Age Comes Responsibility

As children get older, don’t hesitate to give them more responsibility. Take advantage of your child’s curiosity of spray bottles, Swiffers and their natural closeness to the floor. Show them how to do a task, explain the step by step process, and let them try it on their own. Remember, it’s important to thank them and remind them that everyone in the household has an important job to do. Unfortunately, as they get a little older you may find that they need a little more than praise to motivate them. Here are some tricks to try:

  • Embrace Their Imagination. Young kids around 5 or 6 years of age have huge imaginations, so use that to your benefit and make it fun for them. Create a character for them to become, like “Danielle the Dust Buster” or “Carter’s Cleaning Crew” and dress them up with rubber gloves, aprons or hats that help them play the part.


  • Just Dance. Play some music and have your kids dance through their chores! Make it more fun by handing out medals for creative cleaning dance moves.


  • Sticker Chart. Make a sheet and hang it where your child can see it. List all their chores in one column and in another column list rewards and the number of stickers it takes to redeem each reward. As they accomplish each chore, give them a sticker. Once they have enough to redeem a reward they have a choice to make: cash them in and get their reward, or save them to cash in later for an even bigger reward. For example, if your child has earned 5 stickers and the reward for 5 stickers is their pick for family movie night, but the reward for 10 stickers is a trip to the movie theater, they can cash them in for the first reward or save them until they have more stickers for the next reward. Once they cash in their stickers they start from the beginning again. You pick the rewards and you set the sticker amounts, you can go as high as you want, and be sure to switch out the rewards from time to time to hold their interest. This will help motivate them without rewarding every task they accomplish.

As your children grow older how you reward or motivate them will become more sophisticated, but don’t focus on the rewards. Instill in them the reasoning behind why everyone in the household has responsibilities and why it’s important as a family for it to be a team effort. There shouldn’t have to be a reward for every time your child helps out around the house, they should want to help out and feel good about why they are doing it.

Do As I Do

It is important for everyone to have chores in the household, including the adults in the home. When you make a chore list be sure to add yourself and your spouse to it so your children can see how everyone plays a part.

As your kids get older they can take on more responsibility, and as a family you can all change up the duties every once in awhile to ensure nobody gets bored of doing the same thing over and over again.  Sit down once a month to delegate chores and divide them up by how long each one takes. So if the total amount of time it takes to accomplish all chores is 30 minutes and there are 4 people in your household, everyone needs to choose 7-8 minutes worth of chores to make it fair. Add some fun by challenging each other to go above and beyond with their chores during the month, whoever does go the extra mile gets first dibs on picking chores for the following month.

Cleaning the home doesn’t have to be a dull chore. If you work together as a team it can actually be fun! If you have any suggestions, tips or tricks to add please let us know in the comments below; we would love to hear what works for you!


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Carrie Underwood at The iHeartRadio Theater Presented by P.C. Richard & Son!


Carrie Underwood will be at the iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son on Thursday, October 22, 2015! Only 200 people will be allowed into this exclusive show, and your chance is on Facebook.

The iHeartRadio Theater presented by P.C. Richard & Son is a 200-person venue in New York City that hosts exclusive concert events. You cannot buy tickets to these private performances; you can only win your way in on the P.C. Richard & Son Facebook and Twitter pages.

How to Enter
You can enter for a chance to win tickets to this show by filling out the entry form on Facebook after liking our page.

Good luck, and hope to see you at the show!


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Video Game New Releases – October 2015


October VG Releases

Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection

From the groundbreaking storytellers at Naughty Dog, comes the genre-defining epic that revolutionized adventure storytelling, rebuilt by Bluepoint Games with the power of the PS4 system. Experience one of the most revered game series of all time as you follow the perilous journey of Nathan Drake across the globe, from humble beginnings to extraordinary discoveries. Meet an unforgettable cast of characters as Drake puts life and friendship on the line in a race against ruthless enemies to uncover unimaginable treasure. UNCHARTED: The Nathan Drake Collection includes the singleplayer campaigns for UNCHARTED: Drake’s Fortune, UNCHARTED 2: Among Thieves, and UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception.

Release Date: 10/9/15 Pre-Order Now!


Guitar Hero Live Bundle

It’s About to Get Real! Guitar Hero Live is here. FreeStyleGames have reinvented the legendary Guitar Hero franchise, with two innovative new gameplay modes and an all-new guitar controller.

GH Live mode puts you onstage, looking out: you get a heart-stopping first-person perspective as a real crowd reacts to the notes you play. Or switch over to GHTV — a playable music video network, where you can play along in real time, discover new music, and challenge friends around the world.

Release Date: 10/20/15 Pre-Order Now!


Assassin’s Creed Syndicate

London. 1868. The Industrial Revolution. An age of invention and prosperity, built on the backs of working class slaves. As gangster assassin Jacob Frye, you will recruit your gang to fight for justice on behalf of the oppressed working class. Lead the underworld to take back London in a visceral adventure filled with action, intrigue and brutal combat.

Release Date: 10/23/15 Pre-Order Now!


Halo 5: Guardians

A mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy, the Master Chief is missing and his loyalty questioned. Experience the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds. Challenge friends and rivals in new multiplayer modes: Warzone, massive 24-player battles, and Arena, pure 4-vs-4 competitive combat.

Release Date: 10/27/15 Pre-Order Now!


WWE 2K16

The authority in WWE video games returns with WWE 2K16! The newest addition to the flagship WWE franchise will deliver authentic, high-powered and hard-hitting action, including fan-favorite features and new WWE Superstars, Divas and Legends, gameplay innovations, presentation updates and more.

Release Date: 10/27/15 Pre-Order Now!


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Creating the Ultimate Backyard Tailgate



Backyard Tailgate

Football season is here! If you follow the games or not, there is room for everyone to get involved in the excitement. Game day is a great excuse to get friends and family together for some fun and good food. If you like throwing parties, and want to impress your friends, here’s everything you need to throw the ultimate backyard tailgate:


The Big Game on a Big Screen 

Don’t make a rookie mistake and use an indoor TV outside. Even if you plan to take the TV back inside after the game, you run a risk of damaging the TV and voiding your warranty. Instead, try a SunBrite Outdoor TV or outdoor projection screen.  It may seem like a bit of an investment, but once you tailgate outside you will never want to watch in the house again. And, don’t just think football… think of other sporting events, movies, or favorite shows, like The Walking Dead, that you can watch outdoors as well.


Take a Seat

It’s doubtful you have enough patio furniture to seat all your guests. You might, but if not there is nothing wrong with doing a BYOC: Bring Your Own Chair. Most people own some sort of portable chair, whether they’re beach chairs, camping chairs or folding chairs, and having them bring their own works perfectly with the tailgating theme.


Something Smells Good

A tailgate isn’t a tailgate without the smell of BBQ in the air. The perfect grill for tailgating is one that has an extra work surface for prepping and a side burner for cooking chili and stews. The Weber Genesis Series 3 Burner Gas Grill would be our pick to get the job done. And, if you need some delicious BBQ inspiration, check out Tailgating Recipes for the Grill.


Everybody Likes Cold Beverages

If you only have one thing for a tailgate, it should be a seemingly endless supply of cold drinks. A cooler serves this purpose fine, but remember to label your coolers; you don’t want your guests consistently opening the cooler that you have stored your food in looking for a beverage. To avoid this altogether, make the jump from rookie to MVP status and upgrade to an outdoor refrigerator. With an outdoor refrigerator you can store all your food for the grill and leave the coolers for the beverages. Check out How to Run a Refrigerator Outside.

For those of you who really enjoy outdoor entertaining, you may want to consider purchasing an Outdoor Island Package. It includes the grill and refrigerator in one!


Get the Party Started

Music is the key to setting the mood, and the mood at your tailgate should be high energy! You will need a Bluetooth speaker or outdoor speakers to play that awesome playlist you put together. Looking for a pre-made playlist? Check out the Top 50 Pregame Pump Up Songs from – it’s sure to get your guests ready for the game.


Get Everyone Involved

Getting everyone involved is the best way to ensure a successful tailgate. You want to make sure everyone is having a good time, including those who don’t follow the game. For the kids at the party have activities set aside to keep them occupied, allowing your adult guests to enjoy themselves. For some ideas, check out this great list of 10 Off-Grid, Backyard Games for Your Family. For the adults, get a football box going or play some football bingo. This will help keep those who normally wouldn’t be interested in the game more invested.

Lastly, as the host, don’t forget to ENJOY YOUR PARTY as well! A happy host is a sign of an awesome party. If you have any tips you would like to add to throwing a backyard tailgate let us know in the comment section below. We would love to hear them!


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7 Incredibly Breathtaking Videos Shot With Drones

Everyone wants a drone these days, and it’s obvious to see why. Whether you’re on vacation, trying to sell your house or just exploring your neighborhood, you can capture some pretty amazing shots. From amatuer to pro, we gathered some of our favorite drone footage. Check out the videos below and get inspired to make one of your own.

Aerial footage of Iceland

– Shot with the DJI Phantom 3 Professional Quadcopter.

Posted by: Ronnie Vinkx

Lighthouse Beauty

– Aerial Video Captured with XP2 Quadcopter and GoPro

Posted by: Jared Leisek

Flying over Katherine’s Cove Lake Superior Provincial Park

Posted by:

Spectacular Beauty of Hawaii by Drone of Unseen Locations

Posted by: SkyCandy Digital Cinema

Flying over the Menlo Castle in Ireland

– Credit to ‘galwaycinematograph’

Drone flying in Silver Lake Park in Staten Island, NYC

– Credit to

Drone over Pismo Beach in California caught more than just morning surfers it spotted a 10ft shark as well!

Posted by: Spiffy-Design & Movement

Have these videos inspired you? Browse all or drones here. Don’t worry… even if you’re a beginner, we have drones for every experience level. Happy flying!





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5 Ways You Can Have Responsible, Safe Fun With Drones

A pilot flies a Phantom drone by DJI company at the 4th Intergalactic Meeting of Phantom's Pilots in an open secure area in the Bois de Boulogne, western Paris

The drone, a popular remote-control (RC) flying device is considered an unmanned aircraft system or UAS. Drones offer first-person, aerial viewing of any terrain, buildings and other outdoor areas. It’s the ideal device to capture spectacular, bird’s eye view images and action videos. Anyone flying a drone, from weekend hobbyist to film makers trying to get that perfect shot, must follow specific safety regulations set forth by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA.)

Know Before You Fly: FAA Safety Guidelines

The FAA partnered with industry associations to create and promote the Know Before You Fly campaign. It’s designed to help educate the public and drone/UAS hobbyists about safe and responsible flying of unmanned aircrafts. The basic guidelines include:

  • Always fly your drone or UAS below 400 feet
  • Remain clear of obstacles (ie: trees, power lines)
  • Keep the aircraft in your line of sight at all times
  • Never interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Never fly near stadiums/arenas or crowds of people
  • Never fly a drone or UAS that weighs more than 55-pounds
  • Never fly reckless or a fine can be issued for the endangerment of humans, animals or property

The FAA warns flyers to stay away from airports, at least five miles, unless you’ve contacted and have permission from that airport’s control tower.

You can download the Know Before You Fly safety brochure here.

5 Legal, Fun Ways to Fly Your Drone

1. In the Park

Check with your local city ordinances, but many city parks allow drone flying when the pilot flies safely and responsibly. If you’re near a large field or open area, obtain permission from the property owner and head out to the wide, open space to practice diving turns, loops and other fun aerial tricks without having to worry about collisions with trees or dangerous power lines.

It is illegal to fly to your drone in a national park or over a military installation.

2. Capture Amazing Vacation Photos/Video

Use your drone to take unique overhead shots of your family when out boating or enjoying a day at the beach. Again, if it’s a public beach, check all beach regulations/rules to be sure drone flying is allowed.

3. Film Special Personal Events

If you’ve always been the photographer or videographer of family events, your drone offers the unique opportunity to record and capture a new point of view. Fly a drone like the Walkera Mini Hexacopter over an outdoor family party and take pictures or video of the kids playing party games or your grandparents dancing for their 50th wedding anniversary. You’ll be able to capture moments that will be treasured forever.

4. Participate in a UAV Meet-up

What’s a UAV meet-up? It’s an unmanned aerial vehicle get-together. Check out for different events that may range from a simple gathering where hobbyists show off their drones and fly them together or organized drone enthusiast clubs meeting for races and competitive events.

5. Race Your Drone/Aerial Sports League

There are aerial sports leagues around the country. These events and competitions are for more advanced drone pilots and draw large crowds who enjoy watching and cheering on their favorites. Competitions may include speed races, aerial acrobatics and obstacle courses to test the drone for maneuverability and more. Check here for a chapter in your area.


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The Ultimate Drone Buying Guide


Drone Buying Guide

The drone is a remote-control (RC), multi-rotor flying device that can offer live first-person viewing or FPV of terrain, nature and other outdoor areas. Personal drones are not military equipment. A personal drone is ideal for photography enthusiasts and both RC and aviation hobbyists.

Hobbyist Drones: Basics

The RC drone puts you into the pilot’s seat without ever having to leave terra firma. With a hobbyist drone you can enjoy a thrilling flight from a pilot’s viewpoint. Some drones are perfect for performing aerial stunts, while others are designed for racing. Depending on the drone’s camera quality, you can experience vibrant and detailed pictures or video shots that are accessible only from a bird’s eye point of view.

Drone prices vary greatly and the drone you choose will depend on the type of experience desired. Do you plan to take hundreds of aerial photographs of your neighborhood and your home? Are you looking for a comprehensive flying experience? Do you dream of hours practicing loops and other aerial stunts to show off to your friends and family?

When you have an idea of how you plan to use your drone, then it’s time to look at the features different types of drones offer.

Drone Buying Guide: Features

When shopping for a drone there are specific features to consider. The complexity of these features will influence the price of the drone.

  • Skill level
  • Battery life
  • Flight time
  • Camera specifications
  • Wingspan
  • Sensors

Skill Level

Beginner: Entry level or beginner drones typically cost less than $100 and are lightweight, small and often compatible for indoor use. They’re designed to be ready-to-fly (RTF) and if it includes a camera, it will be enough to capture images but the resolution may not be as high as cameras found on intermediate and advanced level drones. Consider a model like the AWW Quadrone, a quadcopter with a control range of 100 feet, seven minutes of flight time and a 30-minute battery life.

Intermediate: The intermediate level features larger models that work better outside. Some of these drones come equipped with an onboard camera or can be fitted with an external action camera of your choice. These are ideal for flights above the neighborhood park or if you want to capture bird’s eye images of your home and property. Consider this level if you’re looking to perform aerial tricks. The DJI Phantom 2 is an intermediate level drone with 25-minutes of flight time plus autopilot mode and an auto return feature.

Advanced: Any advanced drone will be at the highest end of the price point but it will offer multiple features and may include as many as six or eight rotors to supply the drone with maximum lift and superior stability. Look for cameras on the advanced models to offer 1080p video or better plus a high-quality stabilizing mount to ensure the best and smoothest picture quality. P.C. Richard & Son offers the DJI Inspire 1 Quadcopter with 4K UHD camera plus 12.0 megapixel resolution, image stabilization and a flight time of 18 minutes.

Wingspan and Sensors

Wingspan is used to determine the size of the drone — it measures from one blade tip to the other opposite blade tip. For indoor use or drone flying in the backyard or neighborhood park, a smaller wingspan will suffice. For capturing video footage and high-quality pictures, you’ll need a drone with greater wingspan.

Sensors often are featured on intermediate and advanced drones. The GPS sensor offers various functions including the auto-return feature and the ability to program the drone with longitude and latitude coordinates.


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Shopping to fit your laundry space

Laundry Space Collage

It’s time to get clean! Choosing a new washer and dryer set can be a big investment in both space and money, so it’s important to consider the features of your laundry area—as well as the features of your machines of choice—before you buy. Do you have a large, dedicated laundry room that can fit a side-by-side configuration or are you looking to maximize the cleaning capacity of a smaller space in your home? Whatever your future laundry location, we can help you find the perfect pair.

Before you shop, measure the space

Before you fall in love with any machine, it’s important that you determine the exact size of the space that you have to fill. Beyond the size of the room or area, be sure to measure and consider the space you have to move and install your potential new machines. For instance, even if you have a large laundry space, if there isn’t clearance to move large front-loader machines into the room, you might want to be more strategic with your shopping selection.

A roomier fit: dedicated laundry rooms and basements 

If you have a separate laundry room in your home, you likely have the luxury of some space. Side-by-side front-loading washer and dryer sets tend to offer greater capacity, making them ideal for large families with lots of laundry to tackle on a regular basis; however, if you have smaller loads to do but a large space, you might want to consider a stacked washer/dryer combo and use the extra dedicated laundry space for storage, ironing or other laundry organization functions.

Similar to a dedicated laundry room, a basement laundry area likely offers a bit more room in terms of the capacity of washer and dryer that may fit in the space. In this case, choose models that have the capacity that you need, but that fit through doorways and down the stairs.


If your laundry space is more compact in an area like a closet, a stacked washer/dryer combo is likely your first instinct because it takes up far less floor space. However, not all combo washer/dryers are made alike, especially when it comes to space. Combo machines come in a variety of capacities, so—depending on the size of your closet—you might be able to fit a generous-capacity set.

Are you ready to create the laundry space of your dreams? With a little planning, a little shopping, and plenty of measuring, you’ll be on your way to a more efficient, pleasant laundry experience in no time.


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5 Signs it’s time to buy a new mattress

5 signs

There is no greater pleasure in life than waking up refreshed from a good night’s sleep—so what can you do if your sleep isn’t as restful as you’d like? One of the most common sleep-stealing criminals is living right in your bedroom: your mattress. You might not think of it, but the everyday wear and tear on a mattress can replace your once peaceful nights with restless nights that leave you sore and groggy. If you’re not getting as good of a night’s sleep as before, it’s time to consider a new mattress. Here are the top five signs that it’s time to buy a new mattress.

It looks like it’s seen better days

The easiest sign that you need to replace your mattress is that it looks like it needs replacing. Common symptoms of a worn-out mattress include lumps, bumps, sags, and fabric wear-and-tear. If you aren’t sure, do a sight and test: evaluate your mattress based on looks and feel, sans sheets.

It’s silently hurting you 

You might assume that just because your mattress looks okay, that it’s okay for you; unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. If you wake up feeling sore and tired when you’re at home (but you sleep great at a hotel), it’s time to consider looking for a new mattress to support your particular body’s needs.

It’s crying out to be replaced

Lay down and listen up… can you hear that? If you hear your bed creaking and moaning with every movement, it might be a cry for help. Check your mattress and your foundation—if they’re screaming, they might be keeping you from falling into a deep sleep, and from waking up refreshed.

It holds on to you… even when you’re gone

Another telltale sign that it’s time to replace your mattress is if you leave an impression once you get up. Lasting impressions are the result of deep sagging, which means you aren’t getting the support you need to reach a deep sleep. 

It’s over 7 years old

They say all good things must come to an end eventually; sadly, this old adage is true when it comes to mattresses. No matter how wonderful your mattress once was, the simple passage of time (and repeated use) wears on it. In general, the experts at The Better Sleep Council say that you should replace your mattress if it’s more than seven years old and has had regular use.

So, is it time? If you’re ready for a new mattress, check out the selection at P.C. Richard today.



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4 Homework Hardware Essentials!


When you think of homework, do images of an exhausted kid sitting hunched over a dusty stack of books come to mind? The process of homework doesn’t have to be such hard work—a smart, organized, strategic, ergonomically designed study space can do wonders for improving student success, morale, and health. Choosing the right essentials for a student office can make the most of study time by saving time, reducing distractions, and creating a more productive homework process.

Set the foundation for success with a smart desk

Every work space starts with a great work surface, and student study spaces are no exception. The key to a great student desk is to consider what it will be used for. Will it be primarily a computer workspace? If so, a simple work center with a keyboard tray can help keep things clean and reduce distractions. Will it be used to store and organize notebooks, supplies, and books as well as to do work? Keep everything organized and close at hand with a desk featuring attached shelving or storage options to save time.

Type, surf, research and study with the right computer

Having the right computer can make homework much easier to tackle, but choosing the right computer isn’t always simple. P.C. Richard & Son has a variety of desktop and laptop computers to choose from. How do you choose? Laptops are great for studying anytime and anyplace; but a desktop, can offer a more powerful, all-in-one solution, and a more ergonomic set up. Will your child be studying on the go or in a dedicated area in your home?

Connect the computer to the web with a router

While a computer is a definite homework essential on its own, its power is amplified with the help of a router. Perfect for connecting devices to the internet and setting up WiFi networks, a router is a key to a smart, efficient student space.

Finish the project with a printer

Don’t forget the final step! When the report is done, when the instructions are on the screen, or when the project needs to go offline, the ability to print materials at home can save students plenty of time, making the homework process more efficient and streamlined. Choose a printer that fits your student space: depending on the size and arrangement of the space, a wireless printer might provide an even more efficient set up, allowing you more options in where you store the printer for on-the-go use.

Don’t let their education—or their morale—suffer. Setting up a smart homework station is simple with the right tools and a solid strategy. Do that and you and the kids will have success this school year.


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