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30
Nov

Why Doesn’t This Trash Bag Fit?!?

I’ve run across this problem quite a few times answering customer service calls. There are a lot of trash bags out there, and when you’re buying them from a website, it’s hard to know just what to buy. Is it flimsy? Does it have a pointy bottom or a flat bottom? Will it hold up to broken branches and twigs, or just good for paper?

Those questions also give rise to others, like what density to choose and just what the heck does MIL stand for anyway? I’ll try to cover all these questions so that there is no more guessing going on and ordering the wrong bag! It’s so frustrating to get something in the mail just to realize it’s not going to work for you. We use Jaguar garbage can liners, and they are really awesome! Here’s some tips on which one to use.

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If you’re looking for a good liner for your kitchen garbage can, you want to stick with a low density  bag that’s around.50 to 1Mil. The higher the MIL (thickness) the stronger the bag. If you want something a little bit stronger and thicker, you can use a high density bag around 6-14Mic. High density carries a heavier load than low density, so if you find yourself tossing a lot of food away, then go for high density bags.

When you’re working outside, doing yard work, then you obviously want a thicker constructed bag, which means 2-3Mil or 18-24Mic. Size-wise, most garbage bags are listed in gallons, so you know what to get, but when they are listed by size, what to choose? For a typical 10-13 gallon office or kitchen garbage can, you want to use a bag listed between 24×24 to 24×32 inches. If you’re putting a bag in your typical 32 gallon trashcan, you will go 33×39” for a low density bag and 33×40” for a high density bag.

I hope these tips helped, but if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! You can find our contact information at our home page, or just comment on the blog, and I will personally get back with you and answer! Happy Holidays!

Terry

29
Nov

O Sheila Shine, O Sheila Shine!

When I first got my stainless steel appliances in my old house, I was ecstatic. They were sleek, looked beautiful, and let’s face it, I felt trendy. I preferred them over the white appliances that we had, and black appliances just wouldn’t look right in my small kitchen. Then I ran into the problem all stainless steel appliance owners ran into: they were hard to get clean.

Not that they would get dirty, but finger prints showed up like no one’s business, and cleaning them with an all-purpose cleaner didn’t cut it. Either the cleaner wouldn’t remove the fingerprints, or it left a cloudy haze on them. What to do? A friend of mine finally took pity on me and revealed a well-kept secret for cleaning my appliances: Sheila Shine!

No longer a secret, Sheila Shine has become a household name, and is in great demand here at ReStockIt. With the prevalence of stainless steel appliances and even stainless steel counter tops  Sheila Shine proves again and again how indispensable it is! One spray or wipe, and it removes fingerprints and other substances from stainless steel, leaving behind the shiny surface that should be there, instead of a cloudy haze.

Not only is Sheila Shine great for appliances, but use it on your sinks, faucets, garbage cans…anything that is stainless steel. It can also be used on the stainless steel  found on cars, boats, motorcycles…anything! Pick up some Sheila Shine today, you won’t be disappointed!

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28
Nov

Wacky Wednesday December Trivia!

Ahh, December! I know it’s not technically here yet, but I’m going to be as obnoxious as hearing Christmas music before Halloween and bring it up anyway! Regardless of religion, there is an excitement in the air beginning in November because everyone knows that December is on its way. Songs start to fill the air and lights are put on display, whether they are for Christmas, Hanukkah, or other December-celebrated holidays.

December means snow, snow ball fights, holiday break, family gatherings and many other things that make the holiday special. Families drive through neighborhoods looking at light displays,  winter carnivals are abundant, and wrapping parties are just another reason to gather together and have a good time. Enjoy your December, and read on for some fun!

  • The Big Socio-Cultural/Religious Holidays celebrated during December include: the Christian Christmastide, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and the Islamic Ramadan.
  • December 3rd is Let’s Hug Day.
  • In December of 1803 the Louisiana Purchase took place and France sold us a big ol’ chunk of land.
  • December 6th is the day many people celebrate the patron Catholic saint of children and pawnbrokers — St. Nicholas.
  • The Charles Dickens classic story ‘A Christmas Carol’ was 1st published in December 6, 1843.
  • In the original poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (now called “The Night Before Christmas”), the reindeer names “Donner” and “Blitzen” were actually “Dunder” and “Blixem”.  There is a mystery as to who the author of “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” is, but it’s agreed that the original author was Dutch, as Dunder and Blixem are the Dutch words for thunder and lightning. When it was reprinted 15 years after it was originally composed, the spellings were changed to Donder and Blitzen. The common mispronunciation Donner is just due to some carolers back in the day singing it incorrectly, much like we do with many songs of the day.
  • December 17th was known for centuries, as the beginning of the Roman/Pagan Saturnalia Festival, held in honor of the God of Agriculture.
  • December 21st marks the beginning of the Winter Solstice (Yule) in the Northern Hemisphere of the world.
  • True Story: Festivus is now actually considered a holiday, celebrated on December 23rd. The Show About Nothing (Seinfeld) just keeps on giving…
  • Although Santa Claus is now widely considered secular (people from all religions leave cookies or some other offering to him on Christmas Eve and expect gifts), he did start his life as a Catholic Bishop known for donating all his considerable wealth to the poor. The current image that we have of Santa and his elves evolved from that original poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” which combined Christian and Pagan elements (and had different reindeer names), including a saint-like man and his magical elves and reindeer.
     

 
 
 
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27
Nov

Start Your Shipping Engines!

So, if you aren’t a procrastinator like I am, you already have a good amount of holiday gifts already purchased, and maybe even wrapped. That’s great (even though I’m slightly jealous) and you should be very proud of yourself! It takes forethought and planning to be ahead of the holiday shopping insanity, and my hats off to you! Now you have to ship stuff to relatives and friends that live out of state (or out of the country) and we can help you simplify that process!

If you’re like me (and you’re probably not. You’ve already got your shopping done and mine isn’t even started), when you go to the mailing store or the post office, you need boxes and labels to ship your packages in, and usually end up paying a mint to do just that! Again, with a little bit of planning, you can have all your shipping needs right at your house!

We have a full line of boxes, packing material, tapes, and even shrink wrap. We even have postal scales so you can know before you get to the shipping depot of your choice what your package weighs and how much it will cost! Who likes going to the post office, thinking that your package will cost one amount to ship it, only to find it’s much more than that?

At this time of year, it’s always best to be as prepared as possible, and having the right supplies on hand can prevent a lot of headaches.  Stock up on shipping supplies and you’ll never have to pay inflated prices at the post office or shipping store again!

21
Nov

Wacky Wednesday Trivia, the Thanksgiving Edition!

Wacky Wednesday Trivia, the Thanksgiving Edition!

Its Wednesday everyone, and you know what that means! Yes, it’s trivia day here at ReStockIt, so put on your learning caps and absorb something new. Today it’s going to be all about Thanksgiving, since it’s tomorrow (yay! Turkey day coma, here I come!) and everyone will be stuffing their faces around the dinner table and giving thanks for whatever they are thankful for.

I managed to come up with some funny trivia, and some actual scholarly trivia, so there is something for everyone! Read on, enjoy, and have a fantastic holiday!

  1. The traditional cornucopia was a curved goat’s horn filled to brim with fruits and grains. According to Greek legend, Amalthea (a goat) broke one of her horns and offered it to Greek God Zeus as a sign of reverence. As a sign of gratitude, Zeus later set the goat’s image in the sky also known as constellation Capricorn. Cornucopia is the most common symbol of a harvest festival. A Horn shaped container, it is filled with abundance of the Earth’s harvest. It is also known as the ‘horn of plenty’.
  2. Turducken, a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken, is becoming more popular in Thanksgiving (originated in Louisiana). A turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, which itself is stuffed with a small de-boned chicken. The cavity of the chicken and the rest of the gaps are filled with, at the very least, a highly seasoned breadcrumb mixture (although some versions have a different stuffing for each bird).
  3. Fossil evidence shows that turkeys roamed the Americas 10 million years ago.
  4. There are regional differences as to the “stuffing” (or “dressing”) traditionally served with the turkey. Southerners generally make theirs from cornbread, while in other parts of the country white bread is the base. One or several of the following may be added: oysters, apples, chestnuts, raisins, celery and/or other vegetables, sausage or the turkey’s giblets.
  5. Thomas Jefferson thought the concept of Thanksgiving was “the most ridiculous idea I’ve ever heard.”
  6. Benjamin Franklin wanted the national bird to be a turkey.
  7. The first large helium-filled balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was of Felix the Cat in 1927.
  8. Several people wanted to have an official day of thanksgiving, including George Washington, who proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789. Several people did not want it including President Thomas Jefferson.
  9. A spooked turkey can run at speeds up to 20 miles per hour. They can also burst into flight approaching speeds between 50-55 mph in a matter of seconds.
  10. The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in 1924. It featured Central Park zoo animals, people in costumes, and floats.

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20
Nov

Our Lives in Pictures

When I was 13 years old, I got a Canon Sure Shot for my birthday. I was so excited, for many reasons, but the biggest reason was that it took 35mm film. I had always loved taking pictures, whether in front or behind the lens, but I was always relegated to 110 film, Polaroids, or *gasp* disc film! Remember disc film? Terrible photos from them…

Anyway, I felt so adult when I opened the back of my new camera and attempted to load the film. I put on this air of self-confidence that I was NOT feeling, but figured I’d fake it till I made it. To be honest, I was scared to death. I knew the dangers of 35mm film (which makes digital cameras a blessing) – unwinding too much and not having it catch the spindles correctly, not unwinding enough and having to open the back and hoping not to expose the film, or horror of horrors – exposing the film. In my house, that was a life-ending mistake. We took photos very seriously.

So there I was, attempting to load my first cartridge of film, with the whole family watching me expectantly, and I carefully pulled out the little tongue of extra cellulose acetate, lined up the perforations with the spindle in the camera, and took a deep breath. I closed the camera back, and heard the satisfactory whir of the film loading into the camera. Or so I thought.

Once I took the whole roll of film, listening every time to the camera advance to the next frame, I went into my room. I was paranoid and figured it was darker in there than the rest of the house and it might help the film. Well, I opened the back, and the film was still in the same position as when I loaded it. It damaged me for the next two years. I wouldn’t touch another 35mm camera.

In 10th grade, I ended up on the yearbook staff, and my first 35mm Canon SLR was placed in my hand. I had to swallow my fear of film (I couldn’t go around to the other photographers asking them to load my film every time), but me and that camera were inseparable for the next 3 years.

With the exception of one other camera in my collection, I have always had Canons. Maybe it’s allegiance to the first “real” camera I ever had, or just because I feel they are superior to any other brand, but I know that I will always have a Canon camera. My digital EOS is like my child, and I only bring it out on special occasions or when I’m going out shooting something in particular. I also still have a Canon point and shoot 35mm, but it’s pretty much retired unless I want a retro feel.

With the holidays coming, flashes are going off all over the place (but thankfully not flash bulbs), and people are embracing their favorite camera. Whether you’re a Canon fan or not, I hope you take many a beautiful picture of you and yours, and enjoy the holidays!

Photo Credit:
http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/
19
Nov

It’s All About the Soap

With the holidays approaching with the speed of light, prep is underway in houses across the country. Floors are being scrubbed, walls are being washed, and counter tops are being disinfected. With all this cleaning, your hands are taking a beating. If yours are anything like mine, they get dry, cracked, and red looking, and no amount of lotion seems to work for them.

That’s why I like Softsoap. First off, it’s made by Colgate-Palmolive, the minds behind…Palmolive! I remember my mother using Palmolive when I was a kid, because it really did help her hands while washing dishes (this was before dishwashers were prevalent in houses) and they didn’t dry out like they would using other liquid dish washing soap.

I keep Softsoap in my kitchen, in my bathroom, and at the sink in the laundry room, and each one is a different scent. I alternate between the foam and liquid, depending on my mood, and I try to keep a manlier scent in my bathroom for the hubby, since he says he doesn’t like his hands to smell like lavender. I can’t think why not…

They also have different formulas that you can choose from, whether you want anti-bacterial, Kitchen Fresh, or their Pampered Hands line. Plus, the bottle are really attractive and you wouldn’t be ashamed to have them sitting on your counter! Stock up for the holidays, because there will be hand washing!

16
Nov

Calendar Time!

On desk calendars everywhere, there is a little notification on the last date block in November on the calendar, reminding you that it’s time to buy your calendars for next year. Nothing like a reminder that another year is over and a new one is just beginning. But New Year’s brings a new beginning, and who doesn’t love a do-over?

House of Doolittle has a great selection of desk calendars, appointment books, and planners. You can have dated, undated, lined, unlined, by hour…well, you get the picture. No matter what your need, House of Doolittle has the calendar that you need. Did I mention how stylish they are?

Well, they are! They come in different colors, with different photos, or you can go plain, or support one of the most successful charities in operation today. They have a calendar to suit every taste. I personally can’t live without a calendar. It’s like time – I have to have something on my person that can tell me the time. Back in the day it was a watch, now it’s my cell phone. And I still wish I had my watch, which I got rid of.

Calendars are indispensable to success. Sure, I use my Outlook calendar, and Siri on my phone to set reminders, but there is nothing like being able to quickly look down at my desk calendar and see at a glance what my schedule is, what I have to pick up at the grocery store, what bills I have to pay…I even use it as my notepad, because I get the one with a note section. So, that being said, get yourself a calendar! Now’s the time to do it!

15
Nov

Plastic Plates and Their Many Uses

Thanksgiving is a week away, and in schools all across the country, paper plates are being used to make turkey-related crafts. I think plastic plates would be a better choice. I know, paper is better for the environment, but plastic will keep in an attic trunk a lot better than a paper memento. Plus, if some huge plate catastrophe strikes your home, and your car breaks down and you can’t get to the store, you can always clean up a plastic plate and reuse it! I know, I’m reaching.

With plastic plates, you know that the turkey, stuffing, casseroles, cranberry sauce, etc won’t dump into your lap, and you really can hand wash plastic plates and use them again, preferably without a frame of dry spaghetti around the rim from your child’s craft at school.Also, they’re elegant and have style so they are more appropriate for a holiday dinner.

Plastic plates are also handy in a pinch for games and sports. A fairly heavy-duty plate can substitute for a frisbee, and if you use a dry-erase marker, you can use a plastic plate to play tic-tac-toe or hangman. They make great hats too, that you can staple ribbons and bows (or tape toilet paper to them) for baby showers and bridal showers. See? There are so many things you can use a plastic plate for!

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creativejewishmom.com
14
Nov

Is 3 A.M. Too Early to Shop? NO!

What possesses sane, normal people to wake up from a turkey-induced coma, throw on some semblance of clothing (most people just stay in their jammies though), and shuffle out into the cold, dark early morning hours? Not the threat of nuclear war, or a zombie invasion, but shopping. Shopping, shopping, shopping! Awesome deals, deep discounts, and the competition.

You know it as well as I do. There is something visceral about snatching the last video game, or computer, or Elmo doll out from under someone’s grasping fingers and knowing that you were the victor in that battle. You were faster, you were more observant, and they lost. You win!

With Black Friday getting closer and closer (not to mention T-Day) this wacky Wednesday trivia is all about the best shopping day of the year. Enjoy, be safe, don’t go crazy and get your shopping shoes ready!

  • Black Friday is called that because it is the most profitable day of the year for retailers everywhere (followed closely by Cyber Monday for e-commerce)
  • The term Black Friday was first used to refer to the shopping day after Thanksgiving in 1961…
  • …But it originated in 1869 during the financial crisis that occurred on Friday
  • The first city police department to have a problem with Black Friday shoppers was Philadelphia
  • The shopping rush on Black Friday is responsible for at least one death, and many injuries.
  • This is the only holiday, which is not made official and yet celebrated as a holiday. And retailers run midnight sales to attract customers.
  • 2008 was the only year that saw a plunge in the sales of electronics in the Black Friday history.

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technologytell.com
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