Four Approaches to save money for Spring Cleaning

 There are a variety of ways to invest less money during the springtime cleaning process. Listed below are four good techniques I use in my house. In any case you can use all these tips or to hire the best maid services in your city.cleaning_
  • So, the first tip is to use charcoal briquettes to eliminate odors. In case you have any odd smells in your house, one good way to get rid of them would be to simply go out within the garage, dig into the bag of grilling with charcoal, take one briquette and stow this near where you scent the odor. Grilling with charcoal naturally eliminates smell. The only catch is that you simply shouldn’t do this along with charcoal that has lighter in weight fluid already drenched in, as you will start smelling that will lighter fluid almost everywhere. There’s another small exception to the grilling with charcoal trick: the rubbish disposal. Here’s a much better strategy for eliminating all those odors.

  • Clean the particular refrigerator coils. Nearly every refrigerator gradually accumulates a thick coating of dust around the rear coils. Fridge use tends to draw that dust within over time. As it develops, it can actually affect the effectiveness of cooling, producing your refrigerator operate less efficiently plus gobble up even more energy, which will possess a direct impact on your time bill. You can take proper care of that by softly cleaning the dirt from the coils. Indeed, it does involve shifting your refrigerator a little so you have access to the rear, but it’s the doable task after some bit of help. Vacuum pressure can easily remove the dirt from the coils, you can also remove it by hand or even with other cleaning products depending on what’s hassle-free for you.

  • Make your own cleansing solutions. When you are scrubbing down areas, windows, floors along with other parts of your house, it is inevitable that you will need to buy a few cleaning supplies. In our house, we simply pull out a container of all-purpose solution from the pantry, which usually works for almost every thing. Not only that, we allow it to be from just a few components, which we purchase at the store within large containers, decreasing the overall cost of the cleaner down to several cents. You can do this, as well. Take a spray container that holds regarding 2 cups of water. Add 1 tsp of castile cleaning soap, 1 teaspoon associated with borax and fifty percent a teaspoon associated with washing soda. After that fill up the container with warm water, plus mix it softly until thoroughly mixed. This stuff cleans from windows to tabletops really well.

  • Collect all the stuff you haven’t used since final year’s spring cleansing and get reduce it. Most of us find yourself saving at least a few things we do not really need. We keep items for nostalgic reasons or due to the fact we believe we will find use for all those items down the road. The issue is that a lot of those products just become mess - they sit down there unused, collecting dust. Don’t allow that happen. The very best strategy I’ve discovered is to simply eliminate everything I haven’t used since the final spring cleaning. Basically haven’t touched a product in a year, I really have zero reason to keep it close to. This usually means a number of big bags associated with trash, but it also often means a little bit of profit.

Rug-Cleaning Strategies

You will find two main strategies of rug cleaning: dry cleaning and warm water extraction. Contact a professional rug cleaning services to find out what is the most effective method for your kind of rug. Several varieties of rug could also propose the most effective strategy be used.

  • Warm water Extractionrug cleaning
 This specific rug-cleaning method is generally known as steam cleaning. Warm water extraction forces warm water based cleaning solution into your rug under high-pressure, then sucks it back out from the rug together with the dirt and grime.
  1. Vehicle Mounted Extraction: This utilizes a huge cleaning machine installed on a van or truck. The water is warmed up to a higher temperature and is shot into the rug at the high velocity which is possible in portable machines.

  2. Portable Removal: The rug is washed by a little machine applying hot tap water and operated by the electric power source in the house.
    Typically rented to handyman, many specialists utilize portable devices.
  • Rug Dry Washing
 Dry washing uses in-organic cleaning solutions in order to extract dirt and grime. You can find 3 dry-cleaning procedures:
  1. Dry Chemical substance: After a cleaning solution is used on the rug, a machine spins a large bonnet from side to side to absorb dirt and grime in the rug. As soon as the bonnet will be saturated with grime, it can be replace by another, clean bonnet and the procedure moves on.
  2. Dry Compound: Strong absorbency mixture similar to wet sawdust will be spread over the rug. The machine brushes this mixture into the rug to absorb the dirt and grime. Once the mixture dries, it can be vacuum-cleaned away, taking the grime with it.
  3. Dry Foam: A shampoo is utilized to the rug in order to dry out, than vacuumed up, taking the dirt and grime with it.

Practice Blogs

I gotta be honest...when I first got started, I was very leery of playing around with the HTML of my blog. I was so intimidated. I was worried that I was going to mess something up and lose my current template. So, what I did was create a separate blog whose sole purpose is to try new things out on. I now have a safe place to play!

Here's how to create a practice (test) blog:
Go to your dashboard. Click on 'create a blog'. Personalize it to your liking. I would recommend selecting 'minima' as your template. Most of my blog tutorials are based on my experience working with a blank minima template. You'll need to select another template to begin with, but will be able to change to minima easily once the blog is created.

Wanna hide your test blog? Simply go to your dashboard, edit profile, click on choose blogs to display and uncheck the box next to your practice blog. If you really want to keep people from eyeing your practice sessions, go to settings-->permissions and change your 'blog reader' setting to "only blog authors ". You could also change your basic settings for Blogger not to list your practice blog on search engines or add it to blogger's listings. Within minutes, you will have a secret place to practice your new skills away from the eyes of your readers.

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Where Did My Sidebar Go?

Recently, one of my blogging friends contacted me with a problem. She has a three column template and her third column had dropped down below her post section. She had made no changes to her template or sidebar items. One day the column was in the right place, the next it was at the bottom of her blog. Weird! 

I tried everything to get the third column back in the right place. I reinstalled her template, installed a different template on her blog, removed her sidebar items, tinkered with the widths of her post section and sidebars......nothing worked. I was stumped! It had to be a Blogger glitch...didn't it? 

We gave it a little time and the problem did not correct itself. Finally, I started going through her posts and seeing if one of them had perhaps caused the problem. I went to the homepage of her blog and clicked on her first post title. The sidebar popped back up into the right place! Then I went back to her homepage and clicked on another title and so on and so forth until I found the post that made the column drop down again. I went in, saved the post as a draft, and the problem was solved. 

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Post Tweets on Your Blog


Got a Twitter account? This tutorial will show you how to get the nifty little gadget above for the sidebar of your blog. Click on any of the images below to enlarge and open in a new window. 

To get the Twitter gadget for your blog:

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Create a Free Header with Picasa

I am super excited to share this tip with you!

Sarah over at Clover Lane has written an awesome tutorial on how to create a beautiful (free!) photo header like the one above. Check it out!

In order to use this tip, you will need to download Picasa, a free photo editing program by Google. Many of you are probably already using Picasa to store and edit your photos. It's pretty user friendly.

What are you waiting for? Hop on over to Clover Lane and learn how to make a header collage out of your favorite photos! :)

Adding Video to Posts

Ever want to add a personal video or a funny clip from You Tube to your blog? Adding video to your posts can be intimidating if you've never done it before. Luckily it's pretty easy to do! :)

You can use Blogger's video uploading tool or an outside source (like Photobucket or YouTube) to upload video to your blog. I prefer to use Photobucket to upload my videos. Why? Because the Blogger uploading tool takes several minutes (10+) to upload a 15 second video on my computer. It may be easier, but it drives me crazy.

If you are using the new editor, you will need to switch to the old editor in order to load a video via Blogger. You can easily switch to the old editor by going to your dashboard-->settings-->basic and scrolling all the way down. Select 'old editor' and save. When you are ready to switch back, just repeat the process selecting 'updated editor' instead.

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Image Protection: Disable Right Clicking

Several people have asked me how to prevent people from stealing the photos on their blog. Unfortunately NO photo that is displayed on the internet is 100% safe from piracy. However, there are things that you can do to help slow down people who wish to steal your stuff. Disabling right-clicks is one of them.

Keep in mind that if you disable right clicks that people will NOT be able to right click on anything on your blog. If one of your readers wants to right click to open a link in a new window or to copy anything from your blog, they will not be able to do so. I experimented with this the other day and forgot to enable right clicks again, which prevented people from being able to right click and copy the codes and such in my posts.
This tip is a beginner tip. You will simply be adding a gadget on your page elements page. If you make a mistake, simply remove the gadget and begin again. Easy peasy. :)

To Disable Right-Clicking:
1. Copy the code in the big box on this post written by MaXimus over at Dynamic Drive.
2. Go to your page elements page (dashboard-->layout-->page elements)
3. Click on 'add a gadget'.
4. Select 'HTML/Javascript'.
5. Paste the code that you copied in step 1 into the box. You can change the words 'Function Disabled!' to whatever message you'd like to display when someone right clicks on your blog. Be sure to leave the quotation marks!
6. Save.

You can also do this within the HTML of your template by following the tutorial that accompanies the code from step 1 over at Dynamic Drive.

Hope this helps! :)

Like my tips? Want to share them with your readers? I would LOVE for you to do so by grabbing my button and displaying it on your blog or by writing a post about my tips. Please do not copy and paste my tips into a post on your own blog. Thanks so much for spreading the word. I REALLY appreciate it!

Help!!! Need help?

If you need help with a particular issue, please take a look through my tips to see if I have already covered it. You can search for tips through my search bars, list of all tips, tips by category, or tips by ability. Be sure to read through the comments, as I often answer questions down there. The comments section is often more helpful than my actual tips!

If you cannot find what you're looking for, simply ask your question in a comment on any of my posts. Be sure to click on the "email follow up comments" box so that you will know when I reply. If I cannot answer your question, I will try my best to point you in the right direction. If I do not respond, please submit your comment again. I get LOTS of requests for help and occasionally I will overlook one. 

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How To Make A Grab Box For Your Button - Advanced

Easy Blog Tips!

This tutorial will show you how to put your button on your blog as well as create and install an HTML scrollbox so that others can put it on their blogs. These instructions assume that you already know how to create button-sized images. There are no risks to your template, but it is a tricky tutorial. It was not written for the beginning blogger, but for those who feel comfortable working with html gadgets. 
Follow these directions exactly. The first time I did this it took me well over a frustration-filled hour and I had to take several sanity breaks. Be patient and persistent. You will get this!
I am sure there is an easier way to do this. This is what works for me:

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Go to Work, Baby!

Every day is “take your baby to work day” at Zutano. The Cabot, VT–based kids’ clothing company, known for creating colorful, cheery apparel for the 0-to-4 set, saw a need seven years ago when its production manager had her first son. “It’s a dilemma many working women have to face when they have children: Do you take time off to launch this baby into the world?” says Zutano’s president, Michael Belenky, who cofounded the company two decades ago with his wife, Uli.

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Conceive Anew

Your life’s dream: to work in a field that brings personal satisfaction and a good paycheck as you raise a family. So, like many working moms, you waited to have your first child until you were established in your job. Then you went back to work and waited a few more years to get pregnant again—only it isn’t happening. And it’s heartbreaking. Infertility affects more than seven million Americans, roughly one in eight couples in their childbearing years.

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Help! I Need Sleep

It’s 2 a.m. and you hear your little one crying out for you… again.  You’re out of bed and in her room, soothing her back to sleep.  How are you ever going to get through yet another day of work on just a few hours of sleep?

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Choose the Best Hospital

Whether you’re getting stitches or giving birth, heading to a hospital is nerve-racking. Doing some homework can ease your worries because, it turns out, the hospital you choose has a huge impact on your health. A new study found that patients at highly rated hospitals have a 52 percent lower chance of dying and a 61 percent lower chance of experiencing complications compared with the U.S. hospital average. To find a high-quality hospital, check out the 2010 hospital ratings at healthgrades.com.  

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Baby Time with Mom

You work, which means you can’t spend as much time as you’d like with your sweet pea. Will she suffer because of it? You know you will. But try to let this particular guilt trip go. Children of working moms do just as well as those of stay-at-home mothers, according to a spate of research. (Also see “Will My Child Turn Out Okay?”)

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Eco Shower

You shop organic, use a ceramic mug at work and recycle with pride. So naturally you want to bring your new baby into a greener world. A simple way to start? Suggest an earth-friendly baby shower to the sweet friend who’s offered to plan your party, says Robin Morris, mom of two and president of eco-POLITAN.com, a website featuring natural baby products.

Then pass along Morris’s great green tips:

Start with invites. Limit your carbon footprint by sending e-invitations or mailing recycled-paper postcards.

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Considering Surrogacy

When the news broke late last April that Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick were expecting twins with the help of a surrogate mom, a renewed interest in this family-building practice burgeoned. It suddenly seemed a more viable option for women unable to conceive or carry a pregnancy to term—situations familiar to many women in the workforce who have delayed childbearing until their careers were well established.

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8 Sleep Safety Tips for Your Baby

If you have any hope of sleeping while your baby sleeps, you have to be 100 percent certain your little one is out of harm's way while she's snoozing. Before you start rocking and singing your baby to la-la-land, make sure you're following these important sleep safety tips.

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5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Nightmare Nannies

A recent episode of ABC's 20/20 revealed one of a mom's worst nightmares: She caught her nanny on camera abusing her baby. The mom thought she had done enough research on the nanny through a background check and a personal reference, yet she saw the nanny violently shake and hit her baby. How can parents better protect themselves from this kind of caregiver catastrophe?

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Let’s Stop Using the Term “Advanced Maternal Age”

The term Advanced Maternal Age makes me cringe, and I’m sure I’m not alone. From now on, I think moms who are 35-plus should be referred to as “midlife moms.” Or better still, just plain “moms.” Who’s with me? Being a midlife mom myself, I can tell you: We’re pretty incredible. We’re:

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Your Mom's Postpartum Advice: True or False?

Here are a few things our moms always told us about what to expect after all that expecting. Some of them made us raise an eyebrow—so we asked Melinda Goist, MD, clinical assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, if the moms were right. Here, she explains what's true and what's not.

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6 Things Never to Say to a New Mom

One of the biggest challenges of new motherhood (aside from the lack of sleep) is the people who dish out advice. Their intentions may be sweet, but the words often come out sour. So before you start doling out advice of your own, remember back to those exhausting and sometimes frustrating days and avoid these zingers:

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All About Breastfeeding: Myths and Tips

Myth: Nursing or pumping won't change the appearance of your breasts if you only do it for the first three months.

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IVF Update

A recent trial for a new type of in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment may be a boon for women who are unable to concieve or carry a pregnancy to full term by natural means, according to Richard T. Scott, Jr., MD, director of Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, the lab that conducted the trial.

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Keep Your Baby Safe

Car Safety

Most of us know to have the car seat correctly installed when bringing baby home from the hospital. We also need to know the proper way to buckle up our baby and be careful of overdressing in bulky outerwear, since it can get in the way of the harness straps. Then there are are a few other things to consider.

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6 Good-for-You Maternity Moves

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Forward Rolls

These are great for strengthening your deep core muscles (pelvic floor and transverse abdominals). While on your knees, bend over and stretch your arms out over an exercise ball. Engage your pelvic floor (i.e. do a kegel) and give your baby a little hug before you start moving. As you begin to roll forward, articulate your spine.
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2013 Baby Name Trends

It seems parents are increasingly creative when it comes to naming their newborns. Belly Ballot, the new social startup where parents choose their favorite names and invite friends and family to vote via Facebook and Twitter, shares predictions for baby name trends this year.

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5 Steps to Keeping the Romance Alive After Baby is Born

For couples with a new baby, learning to parent, share their home and even their bedroom make up the bulk of their time during first few months of parenthood. There are more books to read, laundry and chores to do, and there is much less time. Baby needs constant attention. Nights are busy with multiple feedings and mornings start early, very early.

So how do couples adjust to these new demands and still find time to nurture their own bond – sans baby?

Below are five simple steps you and your spouse can take to keep the romance alive, after you have a child.

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A New Mom's Guide to Social Media

Before baby, you were a Facebooking, Instagramming, texting fool, sharing everything from your perfect pasta dish to your hella-good manicure. Now, looking at your little bundle of joy, you may be wondering: Is it safe to post pictures of baby? What's okay to share and what's TMI? What are the easiest tech tools to preserve those precious moments, without broadcasting to the world? These tips can help.

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