A Slightly Different Gift Idea

What do you get that sports fan that has everything? And I don’t mean a “sports” fan, I mean a SPORTS fan. A rabid fan, the guy (or girl) who paints their face team colors, and flies the team flag from those little obnoxious car flag poles. I admit, my choice for a gift idea…

A Rose by Any Other Name…

Sometimes it’s unavoidable. You come into the house (or the office in the morning) and something, somewhere, stinks. Usually it’s something in the garbage or the refrigerator, and if you get it out of the building fast enough, the stench goes away on its own, but sometimes…it lingers. That’s when you go running for the…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Smead and Organizing Tips

It’s no secret that I love to organize. My desk at work, my desk at home, my drawers, my car…I’m just organized. Well, it’s more like I have an addiction to organizers and files…it’s sad, really. I’m always looking for better, smarter ways to organize. Then someone pointed out to me Smead’s website. And they…

All (-purpose Cleaning) Stars

I admit, I have a lot of “specialty” cleaners in my house, but that’s because I’m a product…um…connoisseur. Yeah, that’s a good word for it. I need a different cleaner for my bathroom, for my kitchen, for my floors…you get the picture. I do have some all-purpose cleaners, however, and when I use them, I…

Rugged, Reliable Rubbermaid Receptacles

See what I did there? For anyone that reads this blog, it’s apparent that I don’t do things normally. Well, normal for the average home owner. I pick up tips and ideas from businesses and incorporate them into our home. My Rubbermaid kitchen storage is straight out of the restaurant kitchen. My husband is a…

GoJo – Not Just for Mechanics Anymore

I remember growing up, my father always had the orange, gritty GoJo in his construction trailer. And at home on the sink, for that matter. Although he was a general contractor and not a mechanic, he learned from his mechanic friends how well the stuff worked, and it really did get the grime off. My…

Fall Cleaning for the Holidays

When it comes to preparing my house for the influx of relatives and friends that are coming over to feast for Thanksgiving, I am totally meticulous in my cleaning ritual. I clean things that during the rest of the year might not get the attention it deserves, like the top of cabinets and the cabinets…