While you’re cleaning everything this holiday season, don’t neglect your appliances! It’s sometimes easy to forget these things need to be cleaned periodically in order to continue to function optimally and keep the air in your home fresh. While this is important, not everyone has time to deep clean every item in their house. So here are some quick, easy ways to get your appliances sparkling without losing the whole day.
Wipe down the sides with an all-purpose cleaner or white vinegar. Then remove the bottom rack, and pour a cup of vinegar on the bottom of the machine. If you’re feeling frisky, sprinkle a 1/4 cup of baking soda on there.
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From costumes to candy, Halloween is jam-packed with fun and treats! As parents we want our little ones to enjoy trick-or-treating, but we also want them to be safe. Here are some great safety tips that will ensure a happy and safe Halloween:
Trick-or-Treating in Your Neighborhood: Safety Tips
- Plan ahead. Plan your route before heading out. Map out a direct route that has sidewalks or safe pathways to walk and the fewest street crossings.
- Young children should never be out alone without adult supervision, especially during the night. If you can’t go trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re going with a group and an adult who can. If you have older children that are mature
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Matching appliances and electronics to the correct power source is a concern for many homeowners. There is nothing worse than purchasing a new appliance, bringing it home, and finding the plug and socket do not match. Understanding your home’s plug types and electrical needs can be a little confusing, so eliminate that stress by learning more about the different options you may find in your home.
110 volts vs. 220 volts
These are the 2 distinct types of power sources you will find in your home. The important difference is the amount of potential energy, or voltage, the socket is able to supply to the device plugged into it.
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College students are known for miraculously surviving for four years on chips, pretzels, and instant meals, but it’s possible to make real food in minutes without leaving your dorm room! All you need is a microwave for these easy recipes.
Brownie in a Mug
4 tablespoons flour (I use rice or coconut flour)
1 tablespoon. cocoa flour
1/2 tablespoon chocolate hemp protein powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons maple syrup
3 1/2 tablespoons water
1/2 tablespoon soy milk (I use vanilla)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Chocolate chips (optional; I like the Enjoy Life non-dairy ones)
Spray a coffee cup with vegetable cooking spray. Stir in the dry ingredients, then mix in the liquid ingredients. Stir until smooth, … Read more...
Summer is prime vacation time, and many of us are currently working on getting the final details of our trips together. This is a super exciting time, but there’s always the fear you’ll forget something. Since you’ll be too far from home to run back and grab the thing you forgot, here is a quick checklist you can consult before you leave to make sure you won’t be yelling at yourself when you arrive at your destination:
- Plane tickets
- Passport/Visa/birth certificate
- Cash/credit cards/debit cards/traveler’s checks
- Any confirmation you need to check in where you’re staying
- A few tops
- Dress/suit/some form of formal attire
- Sweater or light jacket
- Shoes (try to limit to no more than
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The weather is warm and kids are home for the summer, so it’s the perfect time to plan a family camping trip! Here are the things you’ll need to have the best adventure into the outdoors:
Take pics of everything! You’re spending time in beautiful nature, and the pictures you take will be wonderful memories. This is also an opportunity for some high quality photography, so if you’re interested in this as an art form, make sure you have some good gear!
Don’t forget these! Light is sparse out in the wilderness, and you’ll want to be able to see. Consider bringing a headlamp along, in addition to a regular flashlight. Pack some extra batteries… Read more...
It’s graduation season, which means there’s a group of people graduating college and entering the post-academia world. If you’re one of these people about to embark on adulthood, first of all, congratulations! It’s going to be a fantastic journey. You’re probably feeling a little sad about leaving college, but think about all the adventures that are in store! One of the biggest and most fun is right around the corner: your first apartment. Transitioning from dorm room living to apartment living is a big change, and it’s an exciting opportunity to create a space that’s uniquely yours.
Chances are your apartment won’t be very big (unless you are a person who can afford a large apartment right out of college; … Read more...
We’re all well-versed in basic kitchen safety, but there are particular safety precautions you need to know if you’re going to spend any time in the kitchen on Friday the 13th. If you plan to cook anything today, take heed of the following warnings:
1. Air bubbles in bread represent coffins, so if you cut into a loaf and see a hole, it’s an omen of death. My advice would be to just not cut into any bread today.
2. Spilling your tea means a stranger is coming to visit you.
3. If you’re cooking with friends, stay away from hot peppers. If you must use them, make sure you don’t directly hand them to each other. Handing a hot … Read more...
The end of the school year is upon us, which means many of us are preparing for the long-anticipated pinnacle of high school: prom. This is a really exciting and fun part of the high school experience, but it can also cause a lot of stress. At this point, you’ve (hopefully) already figured out what you’re wearing, so we’re going to focus on some tips to help you have a stress-free and memorable prom experience:
1. I recommend doing your hair yourself. This sounds counterintuitive, since getting someone else to do it seems far easier, but here’s the thing: you know how to do your hair. You just need the basic items (hair dryers, flat irons, curling … Read more...
Now that the weather is the best it’s been all year, there’s no excuse to stay indoors! This is especially good news for those of you who aren’t fans of going to the gym. Now you can get outside to stay active and healthy!
If you don’t already have one, you’re going to want to get your hands on a Fitbit. Among other features, these sleek and stylish wristbands track your steps, calories burned, and active minutes, so you can make sure you’re on top of your health each day. It will be super encouraging to see your Fitbit track your activity now that the weather is warming up. We tend to be far less sedentary when the weather … Read more...