Cleaning for a Reason: Sharing The Love

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As we said in our Lessons in Pink blog back in October, it isn’t just scientists or nurses or oncologists that make a difference to cancer patients; we all can. Sometimes, however, it’s hard to know what to do, how to help, and where to focus, especially when you also

Keeping It Clean in 2017: Bathroom Edition

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I’ll open with the obvious: No one likes to clean bathrooms. (Well, no one except for these people, who make it their job). Aside from the kitchen, bathrooms are one of the most difficult rooms to keep clean, and also one of the most important. It’s not that the task

Keeping It Clean In 2017: Living Room Edition

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It’s so easy to be lazy in living rooms. After all, everything about them—from their couches to their foot rests to their televisions—says, “Come. Sit down. Lounge.” Unfortunately, for many of us, these rooms also say, “Ack. Mess.”, which makes the sitting down and

Keeping It Clean in 2017: Kitchen Edition

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When we remodeled this kitchen five years ago, I seem to remember ordering a huge slab of beautiful granite to go right on to of our center island. It had lovely golden flecks. There was a gorgeous vein of white that accented one side. It really tied the whole kitchen

Keeping It Clean in 2017: 5 Packs of Organizing Hacks

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This is the year you are going to do it. You are going to use these tricks to get tidy and stay that way. (Repeating the above is helpful). (So is reading what we have below). Straight to the source. If you want your house to stay cleaner, longer, you have to tackle

Pitching Out and Pitching In: Kind Ways for Kids to Give

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A memorable, if oddly appropriate, quote from The House Bunny is one of my favorite do-good sentences of all time: “Kindness is just love with its work boots on.” There’s never been a better time to teach, learn, and explore exactly what those words mean, and, if you

Your Perfect Holiday…And Then What Really Happened

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Every holiday season my plan starts out with the same vision. Smiling, happy holiday card printed the week after Thanksgiving. Freshly baked goodies for all of my lovely friends and neighbors. Gorgeous meals. Perfectly shaped tree with all of my favorite ornaments,

5 Handmade Gifts They Will Actually Want

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Think you don’t have the time or talent to create handmade gifts your friends and family would be proud to display? These five gifts come together faster than the checkout line at your local department store, and they are not only more personal, they come with

How To Use Essential Oils Around Your House

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It seems like everyone is talking about essential oils these days. And while you may know how to use these natural products for skin care or nutrition, did you know they can also be used for cleaning? Most conventional cleaners and disinfectants contain harsh and

Pet Owners and House Cleaners: A Match “Maid” in Heaven

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As anyone with an animal can attest, pets are often one of the happiest—and messiest—additions to any family. Aside from the satisfaction of giving a homeless animal a place to live, having pets also gives us plenty of reasons to open our hearts, our doors, and…our

Be On Your Merry Way: Charitable Gifts Pay It Forward This Holiday Season

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With so many dinners, houseguests, shopping lists, and packages, the holidays can feel so…full. It’s lovely, and I’m sure none of us would change it; however, it’s worth noting that some of our neighbors will spend the holidays hungry or homeless or lonely. Some will

5 Reasons To Let Your Garden Grow Messy This Fall

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The first frost has come and gone in many areas, leaving in its sparkling wake the next phase of gardening: the withering. As the plant leaves fade from green to brown, gardeners head out with their shearers and pruners to trim down, mulch, rake, and haul off what

The 10 Feelings Everyone Has When Hosting Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is officially right around the corner, and the emotions are starting to pile up. Here’s a quick and fun list of what to expect should Thanksgiving send you on an emotional roller coaster (before, during, and after you’ve finished the biggest meal of your

Pros and Cons of Washing Your Clothes in Hot Water

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Ah, the washing machine. Arguably one of the great inventions of our era, this device has freed up hours of time and energy. But even now, some questions remain. Namely, is washing clothes in hot water always the way to go? Or is all that heat doing your favorite

Why Friendsgiving Is Giving Thanksgiving A Run For Its Gravy

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Friendsgiving is a product of pop culture, far-flung family, and a retreated economy. Like Thanksgiving, its dressier counterpart, this meal is a way to celebrate “the family you make along the way” in lieu of or in addition to the more traditional feast. It’s a meal

How To Clean a Fireplace

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We all know winter is coming when the nights get longer and those comfy blankets make their reappearance. You know what that means: It’s nearly time to fire up your fireplace! Before you stack the logs and strike a match or crank up the gas, though, there are some

The Art of Gratitude: 5 Crafty Ways To Say Thank You

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In today’s busy and cluttered lives, it’s easy to lose focus on what matters—even if you hire a cleaning service to handle the dirty details. That’s why we focused on five gratitude projects that are not only fun to do, but that also include loved ones, inexpensive

Closing Up Your Summer Home: 10 Tips To Protect Your Investment (And Next Year’s Vacation)

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Several parts of North America have had an unseasonably warm fall season, and you won’t hear the folks who own vacation homes complaining. The temps will eventually drop, however, which means the annual ritual of winterizing a seasonal property. It’s not complicated,

Lessons in Pink: The Maids Turns Awareness Into Action With Free Housecleaning for Cancer Patients

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October’s pink campaign has achieved its awareness goal; the color has become synonymous with breast cancer and breast health. Most of us, however, don’t need a color to remind us the disease exists because it has affected us so personally, whether we are survivors

How to Clean Your Styling Tools & Hair Accessories

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  From cuts, dyes and styles to high-end products, most women tend to spend a lot of time and effort on their hair. But, what’s the use if you’re brushing with a gunky brush or using a hairspray-coated curling iron? We often pay so much attention to how our hair


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