Get Your Car Ready for Spring!

After a harsh winter full of damaging weather and road conditions, it’s time to get your car back in shape for spring. This is going to be a season full of adventures, so we need to make sure our vehicles are ready to go. Here’s how!

1. Give it a thorough cleaning. I’m talking both interior and exterior—your car needs it. Between all the snow and ice that was coating the paint and the dirt and grime that got caked in the carpet, your car is almost definitely in need of a good wash. Start by cleaning out all the junk you’ve accumulated during the winter. What are you keeping your car that doesn’t need to be thee? Is there … Read more...

9 Items You Need to Host the Ultimate Basketball Party

March is upon us, which means it’s time for America to begin its annual collective freak-out over basketball tournaments. While this might seem like an exercise in insanity to an outsider, it’s actually pretty cool. People use this as an opportunity to throw parties, reunite with friends, or bond with their families. If you’re planning to host a basketball party, make it the most memorable event of the year with some of the following items:

1. LED TV

Haier TV

If you’ve already signed on to host this shindig, I assume you have a TV in your home (or your guests are going to be a bit disappointed). What you might not have is a good TV. If you want to fully … Read more...

The Guide to Last Minute Christmas & Holiday Shopping

By Bernd [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
By Bernd [CC0 or CC0], via Wikimedia Commons
It’s December 20 and your home is beautifully decorated with all the Christmas presents wrapped and placed under the tree. No? This is not your home? That’s okay, it’s not ours either. Sometimes no matter how hard we try to keep on track, there’s always some last minute shopping to do for the holidays.

P.C. Richard & Son has put together a helpful guide for last minute Christmas shopping including DIY gift ideas and ways to have items shipped quickly.

Power of the List

Don’t underestimate the power of the shopping list. There’s a reason Santa makes a list every year and checks it twice. A list helps you stick to a … Read more...

Home for the Holidays: Cozy Guest Room Ideas & Essentials

Home For The Holidays

The invitation has been extended and accepted. Now it’s time to prepare the room for your holiday guests. Let P.C. Richard & Son help you prepare for visitors with guest room ideas for family and friends.

Reclaim the Space as a Bedroom

If you’ve been using the spare room as a workout space, office, craft room or a dumping ground for the stuff your family accumulates, now is the time to reclaim the space as an actual bedroom. Clear out any personal items and thoroughly clean the room from top to bottom, including carpet and window treatment cleaning. If possible, relocate any exercise equipment as it will make the room and your guests feel cramped for space during their visit.… Read more...

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 … Read more...

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 … Read more...

Sleep better: 5 tips for a healthy sleep routine

sleep better

There’s nothing better than a good night’s sleep to set you up for a successful day, yet a lack of quality, restful sleep keeps many of us, well… awake at night. If you’re trudging through your days like a walking zombie, don’t worry! Your sleep routine might be to blame. Here are some tips for how to get a better sleep, night after night.

#1. Start with your sleep set up

It might seem obvious, but many of us overlook the importance of what we sleep on when it comes to successful sleep. If your mattress is more than seven years old, if you’re sore in the morning or if you’re tired even after a night of sleep, The Better Read more...

Staying Organized During the School Year

Staying organized

 

School is back in session!  As you say goodbye to summer, you say hello to shorter autumn days filled with early morning alarm clocks, homework, school events and activities. Before you know it, the hectic holiday season will be upon you. It’s challenging to stay organized during the school year, but all you need is a plan and a little preparation to make it easier.

Below are some great tips to prepare you for the busy days ahead:

  • Mark Your Calendar. Make a note of important dates, school events and activities like back-to-school nights. This is especially important if you have children in more than one school and need to juggle obligations.
  • Make a Morning Schedule. Jot
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Tips For Students to Avoid Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprived

 

School is in session, and there’s so much to do: between studying, writing essays, and trying to maintain a social life, students often find themselves so busy and stressed that sleep becomes an afterthought. No matter how well-intended your all-night study session is, lack of sleep can actually be a huge detriment to your overall success. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to poor cognitive performance, mood, memory, and overall sense of wellbeing. While we’re all pressed for time, you can make the most of the sleep time you do have with our tips and tools for students to avoid sleep deprivation.

Check your sleep situation

Whether you’re sleeping in the dorms or on your childhood mattress, chances are that … Read more...

5 Tips on How to Keep Your Portable/In Window Air Conditioner Cool This Summer

Potable AC

Keeping comfortable with a portable/in window AC requires that you maintain the unit. Learn the secrets to keeping your air conditioning unit working properly.

You depend on your portable in-window AC to keep you cool all summer long. That’s why it’s important to ensure that the unit stays in tip top shape. Take good care of your AC unit, and you’ll experience plenty of comfortable days and nights. To ensure that your air conditioner stays in good shape this summer, add the following five maintenance tips to your to-do list.

1. Provide proper ventilation.

Whether the unit is in a window or a portable one on the floor, it’s critical that your AC is in an area with adequate air … Read more...