Friday, July 13, 2012

July Monthly Newsletter 2012

July Monthly Newsletter • (484)903-9808

How are you surviving summer so far? Hopefully you are enjoying the warm sun, the laughing children, and the sticky popsicle messes. Being home with the children can take a toll on your home however; so if you feel overwhelmed, you can call us in for some closet organization, some in-depth cleaning or some special attention on your patio, windows, cabinets, or refrigerator. Taking the extra step with us will not only help you, it can change your life.

Charity of the Month

This July we will be donating our 5% to a non-profit organization called Practical Family Living. They are all about helping YOU with life skills. provides "fully loaded" information and guidance for personal and family issues. This up to date information is provided by well-seasoned, licensed, professional therapists from the Center For Family Healing. For more information you can go to

Organization Idea of the Month

Have you opened up your medicine cabinet, thrown something in, and slammed the door? Let’s fix that.

 Step 1: Categorize all of your medications.  Categorize them into groups: Pain Meds, Cold & Sinus, Ice Packs & Wraps, etc.

Step 2: Make sure to check the expiration date on each item in the medicine box.  You don’t want to use anything that has expired. Also get rid of all of the bulky boxes that are in your medicine cabinet before.  All boxes do is take up unnecessary space.  Take things out of the boxes and you’ll be surprised how much easier they fit!

                Step 3: Properly label each box. Bust out the label maker, or if you don’t have one, use a permanent marker.  Also purchase a small set of plastic drawers for all of the little things.  When you buy a box of band aids, dump it in the band aid drawer and it makes them much easier to access when you need one.  Also have a drawer for neosporin, poison oak cream, etc.  Ointments are too small for a whole box so you can give them their own drawer instead. The only things that may not fit in the boxes are the alcohol and hydrogen peroxide bottles.  Now you have plenty of room – so enjoy!

Cleaning Idea of the Month

                Oh, laundry, laundry, laundry…Is it just me or is the fact that the kids are back from school I feel as if my laundry machine is constantly running. I discover new clothing every day and the kids are finding new ways to get them dirty. Let’s deal with this head-on or we will lose our heads!

                Are your washer and dryer clean? When was the last time you have cleaned it? If not, every 3 months you should be running a load of just vinegar or lemon juice 3 cups per load. It’s cheap, it disinfects, and gets out the mold.

                Next – you must understand this – you need to get to stains ASAP. First, blot the stain, do not rub, to absorb excess liquid before it soaks in deeper. Rubbing will just rub the stain in deeper; it will not remove it. For solid stains, such as mud, you should scrape it off with a butter knife before you attempt to clean the stain. Sometimes simple household products are perfect for removing stains without having to purchase a stain removal product. For example, hydrogen peroxide removes organic stains such as blood. Be sure to test this in a hidden spot before using on your clothes, however. Peroxide can bleach dark fabrics. Another example of a simple stain remover is white vinegar. It can be used full-strength on underarm stains or diluted with water and sprayed on tomato-based stains or mustard. Vinegar also removes grass stains. The type of stain you have will dictate how it is removed. Protein-based stains such as mud, milk or urine should be dissolved in cold water before laundering. Agitate the garment in cold water until the stain is gone. Then wash as usual in warm water. Hot water will set the stain in the fabric. Tannins such as coffee, tea or berries can be removed with liquid laundry detergent and warm water. Oily stains can be removed with a dishwashing liquid (not dishwasher detergent) and then washed as usual. Home remedies such as vinegar, peroxide or lemon may bleach fabric so they should be tested on an inside seam first before using it on the stain. Salt can help restore vivid colors to your aging fabrics. To stop color bleeding, add 1/2 cup of salt to the wash cycle. To remove yellowing, boil yellowed cotton or linen fabrics in a mixture of water, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1/4 cup baking soda. Soak the fabric for 1 hour. So go now and fight a good fight!

Craft of the Month

                I found a recipe called the “World’s Best Bubbles”, so I gave it a try. I usually buy the massive jug at the store for a $1, but I thought it would be fun to see if this recipe was really any better. We went to a store and bought a bubble wand for $1.00, then went home and made our bubble mix.

The World’s Best Bubbles

1 1/2 quarts of water

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1 cup liquid dish soap

Mix water and corn syrup until completely blended. Slowly stir in soap. Will last several weeks in an airtight container.


Healthy Idea of the Month

To keep the kids busy this summer shouldn’t be a chore for you, it should be a chore for them! It is needed to help them learn to do things on their own, things they will need to know in the future and how they are to contribute in their own home. Here are some topics that help them do chores around the house.

Think: Clean is better than dirty.

When they say: Why bother cleaning? For one thing, it makes a space look nicer. Doesn't the living room look prettier when the glass-top coffee table gleams? And then there are the practical concerns: How much easier is it to find your favorite shirt when all of your clothing is in the closet instead of in a pile? And of course, an unclean home just isn't healthy. Keep it simple: Germs can cause sickness, and mold and dust can trigger allergies. This approach may get a positive reaction.

Think: Keep it appealing!

Make a chart: Most kids, especially under the age of 12, love charts. Especially colorful ones that move in some way, like a job wheel, or require the use of crayons or markers, like a bar graph that must be filled in with the completion of a job. Together, sit down and create a job wheel that your child spins each cleaning day, or a graph your child fills in with the completion of each task or time period (10 minutes of cleaning, for instance, fills in a box). You may find it adds a sense of control (for your child) and excitement to the task at hand.

Make it Fun: If there are any guarantees in childhood, one has got to be the love of all things game-like. Turn cleaning into a game or a competition, and chances are your kid will be pretty into it. This might mean timing a task and setting a challenge to break the record, or maybe seeing who can fill a bucket with weeds the fastest.

Make it Their Own: Being told what to do and how to do it is simply part of being a child; but that doesn't mean children like it. One way to make cleaning more palatable is to let your child set the schedule, deciding the order in which jobs will be done, and picking out his or her own tools.

Provide Incentives: For 16-year-olds, and 8-year-olds for that matter, you'll want to give them a totally selfish motivation to mop: rewards.

Keep it Short: A 10 or 20 minute cleaning session is going to be so much easier on everyone than a one or two hour cleaning marathon. Keep it short.

June Monthly Newsletter

June Monthly Newsletter • (484)903-9808

                It is official. Summer is here. Kids are home or coming home and our new routine and our new life begins. So let’s get ready! Keep us in mind this summer for window cleaning, kitchen over hauls and some steam cleaning!

Charity of the Month

This month we are going to be donating our 5% of sales to Not For Sale it empowers marginalized communities to seek their own dignified employment and break the cycle of exploitation and slavery. Not For Sale helped 1,435 people in 6 countries worldwide get closer to achieving this end. To find more about them, and to download the app and help the cause visit them at

Organization Idea of the Month

Tis’ the season for travel! That means you have those long car rides and those weekend get aways in your horizon. Is your car ready? Not just the engine, but what YOU need to do when you are waiting for a tow truck or stuck somewhere? First have a handled bin or small tote for your car, otherwise they will have a tendency to roll around and get lost beneath seats. Now let’s fill it up! Stock it with

ü  paper towels

ü  toilet paper

ü  a first-aid kit

ü  auto fire extinguisher

ü  duct tape

ü  flat-repair kit

ü  bungee cords

ü  bag filled with flares

ü  jumper cables

ü  bottled water

ü  granola bars

ü  a blanket

ü  warm clothing, in case of a breakdown.

Cleaning Idea of the Month

                Ahh, time for your outdoor dinners and your outdoor parties. Is your furniture ready? Grab a bucket with water and some dish soap till it has suds. Then scrub your furniture from top to bottom. From back, to legs, cushions and all in between and the hose it off. If you have iron furniture you may have some rust on it, if so, sand off any spots of rust with gentle circular motions. Depending on how much rust is on your furniture, this may require some elbow grease. Once you’ve sanded everything off that you need to, either hose the furniture off again or wipe off any debris with a cloth. You can either use a spray on or brush on paint. There may be a touch-up paint created specifically for your furniture’s brand and style. Whatever paint you decide on, apply it by following the directions on the container. Make sure no one touches the furniture until it is completely dry. Once it is dry, you can use the sandpaper to remove any uneven spots in the paint.

Craft of the Month

                Need a craft with the kids? Something that can make them sit for hours, keep them out of your hair and it be educational? Is this possible?! It is! With a eco-friendly backyard bird feeder! They will make it with love and watch out the window for hours to watch which birds come and how they eat and be very naturally entertained. And you can make one out of an empty milk carton. Cut openings on opposite sides of a clean carton and coat with nontoxic paint. Glue Popsicle stick shingles onto the roof. Then for a perch, poke holes below the openings and slip a dowel through the holes. Fill the bottom of the feeder with birdseed mix. (You can make your own mix by combining a variety of nuts and seeds, such as sunflower seeds, millet, thistle seeds and yellow corn.) Then hang the feeder with wire in a spot that's easy to view but far enough away from fences or posts to thwart predators. Sit back and enjoy!

Healthy Idea of the Month

I can’t tell you how many times I have spoken against GMO (genetically modified food) and then turned around and went food shopping and didn’t know the difference between the GMO food and the non GMO food (other than organic). Now we can know! Next time you go to the grocery store look at the stickers on your produce, they reveal how fruits and veggies are grown and if they’re from genetically modified organisms, plants and if the DNA has been altered. (No law REQUIRES GMO labeling, so only organic produce is guaranteed to be GMO –free) Your guide is if there are 5 numbers and it starts with “8” is genetically modified. If there are 4 numbers they are grown conventionally. If there are 5 numbers and it starts with 9 they are grown organically.