Monday, May 20, 2013

How Not to Spring Clean Your Home

Spring is in full swing and thoughts turn to annual spring cleaning chores. Spring cleaning can be hard enough to squeeze into your busy schedule. But it can be even more difficult if you make some of the common mistakes people make when performing this annual ritual. To make your spring cleaning tasks easier, stay away from these common pitfalls.

Don’t try to tackle cleaning a room without a plan. Start by decluttering any area that you wish to deep clean. If you try to clean without removing items that are out of place or that need to be discarded, you will find that it takes much longer to accomplish your goal.

Don’t use the wrong cleaning products. Read the labels before using to ensure that you are using the correct type of cleaner. You should also be aware of any safety precautions you should take, including whether you need to have high levels of ventilation.

Don’t take on more than you can handle. It is admirable to have a goal of cleaning your whole house in a weekend, but it is sometimes better to only tackle one room a week. By doing this, you will ensure that each room is cleaned well and that you won’t suffer from burnout.

Don’t hurt yourself. Take care when lifting heavy objects and moving furniture. If necessary, ask for help before attempting strenuous tasks.

Don’t be distracted. Let your answering machine handle any incoming phone calls and keep visits from family and friends to a minimum. If you focus only on your spring cleaning job, you will finish faster. In fact, if you are constantly interrupted, you may end up simply abandoning the job at hand and could find that you have trouble getting back to it.

Don’t put it off. Spring cleaning is such a big job because we only do it once or twice a year. If you try to keep up with cleaning jobs throughout the year, you will find it easier to tackle annual spring cleaning work. Ignoring these chores only means that they will get bigger and bigger.

Monday, May 13, 2013

House Cleaning Tip

Most manufacturers will not admit it, but using more of a cleaning product is not necessarily going to do a better job. This is also true of many concentrated detergents and cleaners. To see how much you really need, try cutting the amount you normally use in half. If you are seeing your laundry, floors, dishes, and bathrooms just as clean as you did before, you may be able to cut the amount down even more. For example, you only need about two tablespoons of a standard floor cleaning product in a gallon of water to get a floor really clean.

Monday, May 6, 2013

How old is your dog?

Have you ever heard that one dog year is equivalent to seven human years? This ratio of 1:7 is a good general guideline, but is not accurate in all cases. Different species or breeds actually age at different rates. There are a number of other factors involved too, including nutrition, genetics, and environmental factors.

A better way to judge the relative age of your pet is to consider the first year of a puppy’s life as equivalent to the first 15 years of a human’s life. The next year brings your dog to about the same maturity as a 24 year old person. Then after that, each dog year is equivalent to about four human years.

It may be even easier to know that your dog goes through many of the same developmental stages as people do. You can expect different behavior as your puppy grows from an infant, to a toddler, child, adolescent, young adult, middle-aged adult, elderly adult, and finally geriatric adult. Your dog has different needs at each stage, so understanding those stages, and knowing how best to meet your pet’s needs, will have benefits for you and your dog.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Sunny Weather Recipe

It's time to get the grill heated up! Enjoy this tasty treat... it's got BACON so you can bet it will taste awesome!

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

24 medium jalapeno peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 pound chorizo sausage, cooked
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 bacon strips, cut in half

Mix together the cream cheese, chorizo, cheddar cheese, chili powder, and salt. Stuff each pepper half with the filling. Then put the pepper halves back together and wrap the bacon around each pepper. Secure with toothpicks that have been soaked in water. Grill over indirect medium heat for about 15 minutes. Move to direct heat for about 2 minutes to finish the bacon. Serve immediately.