How Many Single Moms Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?

I swear I’ve heard way too many light bulb jokes in this lifetime, that I’m not sure anymore which answer goes with which joke.  One thing I do know, when it comes to electrical jobs or repairs at home, sometimes doing it yourself may not be the best move to make.  Instead of fixing things, you may ruin what could otherwise have been a simple light bulb-changing task.  Sometimes it’s best to seek the help of the experts, like those from Complete Electrical Solutions to get down and dirty and do the job.

Being a single mom, I really don’t have a man in the house to count on for DIY repairs.  Oftentimes, I take the bold step of attempting to fix things on my own, but I do so with utmost caution- just like falling in love.  But I realized that sometimes, I have to ask for help.

One time, I wanted to have a water heater installed in my bathroom.  So, the electrician sent by the company who sold me the heater came over to have a look at things prior to the actual installation.  He didn’t seem to be too sure about the circuitry of our condominium, so I asked the building engineer to come and lend a hand.

Both experts debated over electrical stuff, and I just stood there stupefied, eagerly waiting for my hot shower to be ready.  Turns out, Mr. Electrician from the supplier was about to do something totally destructive.  It was a good thing Mr. Building Engineer came to the rescue, since he knew the electrical wiring of the entire building like the back of his hand

I could only imagine how my supposedly relaxing hot shower experience could have turned into a totally horrific electric shock.  I shudder at the thought.    It’s either that, or the entire building would have gone up in flames.

When it comes to DIY electrical projects, the most- and safest- any of us mere mortals can do is to change a light bulb or replace an old ceiling fan with a new one.  Upgrading devices which are already there is pretty easy, just as long as we remember to switch off the electricity first.

So the next time you’re contemplating on messing with intricate electric circuits and cables, just don’t.  It’s always wise to ask help from the experts, as they know best.

 

 

Tips On Cleaning Glass Windows

Ever since I can remember, I have always been enthralled by rainbows.  It’s not everyday I get to see one, so whenever I chance upon one of them rainbows, I almost get teary-eyed and feel a sense of hope and optimism rush through my body.

The last rainbow I saw was a couple of months back, while I was peering out through my friend’s glass windows that ​​Ideal Construction had recently installed in her newly furnished condo unit. Because her windows were immaculately clean, I instantly thought that she hired one of the best cleaning services in Springfield, MO to do her windows. I was pleasantly surprised when she told me that she does all the cleaning herself. If you want to have streak-free glass windows like hers, here are a few tips she shared with me:

Use distilled water.  Little do we know that what’s in our water will surely show on our glass windows.  If you use hard water on glass, you’ll definitely see it leave unsightly marks.  Instead, use distilled water so it’s free from any minerals which may leave ghastly deposits on glass.

Believe that vinegar works.  Your Aunt Mae couldn’t have been more right about the usefulness of this cheap cooking staple.  When mixed in equal parts with water, vinegar becomes an excellent cleaner without the harmful chemicals and hefty price tag.  Simply put your solution in a spray bottle and you’re good to go.

Say no to paper towels.  Sure they come in handy for quick fix ups but you should never use them to clean glass windows.  They leave nasty, linty streaks.  Totally ugly.  Here, it’s best to use a microfiber cloth, a squeegee or a handful of scrunched up newspaper.  Just be sure to wear gloves, as you don’t want all that ink to get on your fingers.

Remember to buff it.  Finish the job with a quick buff.  If you don’t have a microfiber cloth or chamois, you can always use any dependable rag.  Buff over the glass after cleaning, and see the streaks vanish before your eyes.

Try to make it a habit to clean your glass windows before stubborn dirt accumulates.  This makes the job much easier.  Simply spritz, swipe and buff.  Get the right tools, and crystal clear glass windows will soon be within your reach.  Then you can merrily gaze out through your windows, into the sky and chase rainbows like I do.

 

Tips On Decorating Your Sunroom

One of the reasons I particularly love watching the Sound of Music over and over again, is that I find Fraulein Maria’s mood infectious.  Her cheery disposition rubs off on me whenever I see her running over those hills, singing at the top of her lungs.  But I don’t have a voice as powerful as hers, nor hills to run around in.  Probably the next best thing to Prozac is to get some sun.  Studies show that Vitamin D or sunlight helps lift one’s moods.  What better and more convenient way to get some sunlight at home than by having one of those sunrooms at home.  If you happen to have a sunroom- or are contemplating on having one built in your home- here are some tips on how to decorate it:

For paint, choose bright whites or yellows.  You can also try orange or pink, to give off that cheery vibe.

Furniture in natural material will best suit your sunroom.  Choose rattan or wicker for your pieces.   Typical outdoor furniture made of iron will also work.  Just make sure they’re comfortable and that they complement the overall style of your home.   But if you want to use indoor furniture, that’s fine, as long as they aren’t made of fabric which may fad in the sun.  Arrange you furniture in such a way that there is a focal point, and there’s just enough room for flow of traffic.

Windows will look good with bamboo blinds.  If you opt for fabric, choose light material to allow as much sunlight in.

Sunrooms are meant to make you feel as if you’re outdoors, when you’re actually inside your home.  If you pay special care to decorating it, you’ll get that relaxing feeling you need everyday.

In Need Of New Armchairs

I have recently moved into a new neighborhood, and I’m pretty much ecstatic with my new house despite the fact that there is a load of things for me to do. You know, the usual thing that you need to do whenever you find yourself moving into a new home.

I’ve been spending my time packing and unpacking and throwing away those old and useless stuff so they don’t clutter my new home the way they did in my old place. It’s an undeniably gruesome feat, considering that I don’t get much help from my friends or family to get it done. But tiring as it is, I discovered that the whole thing gives me quite a huge satisfaction. My new home is now junk free. I’ve finally gotten rid some old, broken furniture after much procrastination on my part.

De-cluttering is good for my heart, body and soul, but at the end of the day, I discovered that I need to make some necessary furniture purchases. One thing that tops my list right at the moment is of course, some armchairs as I’ve gotten rid of my old ones. I can live without a rickety kitchen table or a termite-infested TV rack, but I can never live without a comfortable armchair to sit on after a long day at work. I certainly can’t imagine myself sitting on the cold, hard floor every day. It will without a doubt gives me a terrible backache that will most definitely send me to the chiropractor’s office.

Do you know where I can get some reasonably priced armchairs? A good friend of mine recommended a furniture website for high quality armchairs with a reasonably good price. My friend is all but singing praises about that online shop. Should I check it out and make my purchase from there too? Right at the moment, online shopping sounds pretty tempting. I don’t think I have much energy left to go about after all those energy taxing de-cluttering sessions that I’ve done.

4 Valuable Unused Items You Can Sell in Your Home

We all have items in our homes that we haven’t used in a very long time, and will most likely not use again. Most people don’t realize how much money can be made from the old junk they have and then they end up throwing it away. Instead, try looking at everything you have that you don’t use and try to get some money from them. Here is a list of 4 common valuable items people don’t realize they can make some cash from.

Games, CDs, and DVDs

There is a lot of money to be made off your old disks that can increase the balance of your bank account. I have seen a countless amount of people end up giving these away to charity, other people, or just end up throwing them away. There are many ways to make money off of selling these. Services like         MusicMagpie can really make this process simple and easy. What you would have to do is enter the items you want to sell, they then give you a price. Once you have the price and accept it, they will send you a shipping label and then you receive money once they get the items.

Unused Appliances

Any type of appliance can be used by someone else, so why not give them a chance to pay a lower price for it? Whether it is a large appliance or a small one, try posting an ad to see if someone is willing to pay for it. You will be surprised at how much people will pay for them, just make sure to still have them priced lower than regular retail prices. You can also try and have a yard sale to get rid of them as well, but if you decide to do a yard sale, make sure you have enough because you will most likely have a lot of visitors.

Furniture

When you plan on getting a new set of furniture, don’t just throw out or give away your current set. A lot of people tend to buy second hand furniture due to the high retail price of brand new furniture. Same as appliances, post up some advertisements in your local classifieds and see who contacts you. There are so many different ways to post ads up on the internet that will get you at least a few potential buyers.

Clothes

Most people think that selling clothes isn’t a good idea and end up donating them or throwing them away. Although donating is a great option since it helps give back to the community, you can still get money from them, especially designer high quality clothes. While it might be hard to sell each piece separately, try selling them in bulk, this will appeal more to potential buyers and you will be able to offer them at a decent price.

There are plenty of other items in the typical household that will be worth some money, but these ideas should help you get started.

Tackling Mayonnaise Spills Around The House


Mayonnaise is a popular food item in most households, so it comes as no surprise that it is the cause of many cleaning disasters in most homes! A mayonnaise spill can very quickly turn into a sticky, greasy mess and if it’s allowed to sit too long it can leave some very ugly, permanent stains!

In this article we discuss some useful tips and tricks for handling mayonnaise spills around the house and what you can do to prevent stains and marks. We are going to discuss cleaning remedies according to different materials around the house. Hopefully some of these tips will help you in preventing damage and keeping the mayonnaise where it belongs- in the refrigerator and in your sandwich!

If you spilled mayonnaise on carpets, silk, wool, fiberglass, acetate or rayon, the first step is to minimize damage by removing as much of the spilt material as possible. If it just happened, use a spoon or the blunt edge of a knife to lift off as much of the mayonnaise as possible. If the spill has been sitting for a bit and the mayonnaise has dried into a solidified mass, use any tool with a dull edge to pick up as much the spill as you can. Be careful not to scrape or scratch against the affected surface.

Use a dry-cleaning solvent to gently clean the area. Dip a cleaning wipe or a thick cloth towel in the solvent and deftly clean the stained area, moving from the center of the stain to its outer edges. Take a dry spotter and apply it to the stain and place an absorbent covering over it (also dampened with the spotter). Let the spotter seep into or sit on the affected area. Keep replacing it as many times as needed, until you see that the stain is loosening up. After this step stops showing any more results, take the dry cleaning solvent again and rinse the area with it. Let the area dry up. The stain should have disappeared completely by this step. If it hasn’t cleared up completely, you might want use different cleaning agents or seek the expertise of a professional.

The most common materials affected by food spills are fabrics, namely clothes, linen and upholstery. If you spilled mayonnaise on cotton, polyester, spandex, acrylic, linen or even nylon, use the cleaning steps given next to deal with the situation.

Repeat the first step from the previous procedure, that is, pick up as much of the mayonnaise as you can without damaging the fabric. Take a wet spotter and apply it to the fabric, giving it time to soak into the affected fabric. Take clean water and rinse the area. The next step is to launder the affected fabric, as this will help to get rid of the stain completely, but please make sure you follow the instruction label for doing so. Every item has its own cleaning requirements and you should be mindful of the same or you might just end up doing more damage than the mayonnaise!

If you cannot launder immediately, apply a paste of water and pre-soak the product in the affected area and leave it for a few minutes before you rinse off the fabric. This will prevent any further staining and will keep the stain “loose” till you can get it laundered. It is important to moisten the stain because the longer it “sits” and the harder it gets, the more difficult it will be to remove later.

How To Clean an Iron

No matter how hard you try to deny it, even those of you who regularly clean your iron sometimes forget to do it – whether it is because you are in a hurry or you have simply forgotten to do it. Or maybe you think that it’s not so important but it actually is. Not doing so may eventually lead to the damage of your iron.

Every woman has seen at least one stain on her iron. Even modern irons with a self-cleaning mechanism sometimes get dark stains on the surface. These stains are most often mill-cake from the surface of the clothes being ironed. Hence, they are the result of ironing itself. The process of gathering these mill-cakes is a tedious one and they cannot happen after one or two ironings. The question that every woman asks herself now, is how to clean unpleasant stains on the iron surface. Of course, there are a lot of ways and abstergents for this type of cleaning that can be found commercially. But what follows are helpful tips on how to clean the iron with stuff which you can find right inside your home.

•For iron stains that have become dry and more difficult to remove, you should first heat the iron to its maximum temperature. After the iron is hot enough use it over a piece of paper. Repeat the procedure until the iron surface gets completely clean.
•If the stains on the iron surface are old – you can remove them with the help of ammonia dissolved in water. Apply it on the iron surface and rub with a clean cloth until the surface is completely clean. After you have removed the stains, wash the iron surface with a cloth, soaked in water.

•Removing the stains with the help of vinegar – the fact that vinegar can serve not only as a salad dressing but as a very effective cleaning means is not very popular. However, it is used for removing persistent stains on metal surfaces. You can use it in the very same way as the ammonia solution. If the vinegar is not enough to completely clean the stains, add some saleratus on a cotton cloth and gently rub the iron surface with it. Be careful not to push the cloth too hard on the surface as you might damage the iron.
•How to clean the iron container – first, mix equal amounts of water and vinegar. Pour the mixture into the container, turn on the steam function and leave it working for about three or four minutes. If there is some of the mixture remaining in the container, pour it into the sink and pour clean water instead. Leave it working on the steam function again for a couple of minutes to make sure the container is completely clean.
•Last but not least, before cleaning the iron in any way, you should carefully read the instruction manual that comes with it, as it gives the best advice on how to work with the iron and how to clean it.

Turn a Kitchen Into a Dining Kitchen

High on many people’s home wish lists is a kitchen diner, but what if you’re not blessed with a spacious kitchen in which to put a large dining table?

No matter how small your kitchen, it’s perfectly possible to add a dining space if you think creatively. Here are some fantastic space-saving solutions to turn your kitchen into a dining kitchen with ease:

Breakfast Bar

The classic breakfast bar is usually easy to install, and the addition of a couple of bar stools can quickly create a usable space to eat. This range of bar stools at ASDA are a fantastic buy on clearance at the moment, helping you to keep the cost of your kitchen conversion as low as possible. They also take up next to no space, slot neatly away under a breakfast bar, are height adjustable and come in several colours including red, green and black.

A simple breakfast bar is usually easy to install. Simply extend your worktop, or take out an existing cupboard to make space for stools to fit underneath. You can even buy stand alone breakfast bars if you don’t want one that is integral to your kitchen.

Cupboard Breakfast Bar

If you can’t afford to lose any cupboard space, you could instead have a slightly wider worktop fitted so that the bar stools can still fit underneath. Whatever the style and colour scheme of your kitchen you’ll find stylish bar stools to suit at ASDA Direct, like the Crescent Bar Stool in blue, pink, purple, silver, red and black.

Bistro Table

A space to eat doesn’t have to be huge. Sometimes a bistro or bar table will suffice, and these small, circular tables make an ideal dining space for one or two in apartments or small homes.

Choose a clear glass topped style to maximise space even more, with small bar stools that will fit neatly underneath.

Drop-Down Table

Where space really is too tight to mention, consider a wall-mounted drop-leaf table. This table folds flat to the wall when not in use, and is ideal for using with foldaway chairs, for a dining space that practically disappears when it’s not needed.

Extendable Table

If you have a small space for a dining table but don’t want to spoil the spacious look of your kitchen, an extendable table is a good choice. This can then be extended when in use, but kept compact the rest of the time.

Those who regularly have guests around for dinner can keep foldaway chairs in the utility room, store cupboard or garage, ready to be brought out when the occasion arises.

If you’re still struggling to see how you can fit a usable dining space in your kitchen, grab some home magazines from the newsagents or library for inspiration. You’ll also find the internet to be an ever-useful resource when hunting for design and space saving ideas – try BBC Homes, Channel 4 Homes and pinterest to get you off to a good start.

 

Cleaning as a Fun Activity

That’s right – you read it correctly. Cleaning might be tiresome and annoying for most of us, but it’s really all about having the right attitude and the motivation throughout the cleaning process. Cleaning can be just as fun and rewarding as any other task – after all it’s done for maintaining one’s home.

If you have a clean home, it’s less stressful to invite guests at the last minute. You have to admit that you sometimes get that urge to invite friends over, but suddenly hold back once you realize that with all the mess around your house- the toilet needs thorough cleaning and there are nasty stains and marks on the windows- it may even take you longer to clean the flat than your friends’ actual visit.

Having a clean home is a true blessing – it makes us confident and proud. It also makes us healthier – whether you believe it or not. Dust and dirt that stay in the house for a long time reduce the air quality and cause breathing problems and illnesses.

How can you turn cleaning into a fun activity and make cleaning less boring? First of all, have a good schedule and follow it religiously every time you clean. This way, even if you feel a lack of motivation, you’ll know it must be done.

Second, find a way to motivate yourself to start cleaning. This is one of the best tricks – stop viewing cleaning as a house chore and see it as an opportunity to make your home better.

Third, clean on the go and learn how to be neater in general. This rule never grows old, because it’s the best rule of thumb. If you manage to clean spills and tidy up whenever you see the problem, your home will be much cleaner, neater and healthier.

Remember that starting with your least favourite task or area to clean at home is the best way to approach this. You have the most motivation in the beginning, so before you know it you will be finished with cleaning the toilet or vacuuming the floors and the carpets. Play some of your favourite upbeat music while you clean – the rhythm will surely help you stay energetic and positive. Music can make a big difference during a house cleanup.

If you want to finish with cleaning quickly, involve your children as well. Distribute tasks among them and try to reward them afterwards. Don’t make cleaning look like torture – point out its benefits and show them that you greatly appreciate their help and involvement. Cleaning the house doesn’t have to be done all at once. If you clean on the go and tidy up regularly, you wouldn’t need to spend the entire weekend doing everything – cleaning, washing up, cooking and tidying up.

Gradually try to teach yourself that cleaning is not a task that takes up that much time or effort – a little bit goes a long way in maintaining a clean and healthy house. If you make it a habit to clean every time you have some free time and when you are not tired, it will no longer be a chore, but something you can actually look forward to.

Top Ten Targets for Burglars

Whether you own your own home or you are a tenant in a rented property, home insurance will be a necessary and sensible investment. In a day and age when burglary accounts for around 15-percent of all reported crime, house contents insurance is an effective form of damage limitation, should the worst happen. Of course, prevention is as good as the cure in this case, and police officials recommend that individuals make themselves aware of what thieves see as easy targets when it comes to choosing their victims. Being informed will help you ensure your home is well protected from people who just may be casing it.

Small Items

While you may think your 50-inch plasma TV is an attractive target to burglars, it is actually small, easy to hide items that thieves are keen to get their hands on. Therefore, it is important that you keep cash, jewellery, mobile phones and games consoles completely out of sight.

Tools

Tools, such as power drills, jigsaws and electronic screwdrivers have long been a firm favourite among house burglars. This is because these items are always in high demand and therefore easy for the thief to sell.

Hiding Places

If your home is covered from view by bushes and trees, or the exterior is badly lit, it is sure to attract a burglar’s interest. This is because thieves can be confident of getting in and out of your home without being seen by other people. Adding simple outdoor lighting doesn’t have to be expensive and it works as an excellent burglar deterrent.

Keys

Leaving a spare key hidden in gravel or under a flower pot may help you out if you get locked out but it can also help a thief enter your home with no effort required. Many household insurance policies will be void if it turns out that the burglars let themselves in with a badly-hidden spare key. It is therefore, much more sensible to leave a spare key with a neighbour or friend.

Easy Access

When a burglar cases a potential home to enter, one of the main things the individual is looking for is ease of access. The burglar will note if you make mistakes, such as leaving the bottom floor window open when you’re out or leaving a ladder propped up against your property, and will be more than happy to take the opportunity to get inside your home easily.

Electricals

Most types of electrical equipment are popular with burglars these days, as they are easy to sell and usually keep a good price. Consider adding security marks to items such as your television, music system and computer. It is even possible to purchase built-in security devices for some items, which are designed to render the item unusable if it is stolen.

Discreet Holidays

When you go on a holiday, even if it is just for a short break somewhere close to home, make sure you arrange for a neighbour or friend to come around your house to collect the mail. You should also cancel any newspaper and milk deliveries for the duration of your holiday. Piles of post and newspapers, along with a build-up of milk bottles will instantly make your home a target to a potential burglar.

Firearms

If you have a license to own a firearm or any other type of dangerous weapon, ensure you keep it in a locked, tamper-proof case or safe. Weapons, especially firearms, are highly sought after on the black market and therefore an attractive target for thieves.

Vulnerability

Unfortunately, certain members of society are more attractive targets to burglars than others. If you are an elderly individual living alone or a single female ensure you take the proper precautions to keep yourself and your home safe. It is a sad fact of life that burglars are more likely to target the home of someone they class as vulnerable.

Patio Doors

Patio doors are a dream come true for most burglars, as they offer potential easy access to a person’s home. If you have patio doors, avoid making your home a target by ensuring they stay locked at all times – even when you are at home. Don’t leave the keys in the door either, burglars can easily break the glass pane nearest to the lock, retrieve the keys and let themselves in quickly.