Thursday, November 7, 2013

Some great tips for the changing season

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of North American Property Services for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

The change of season is one of the things my Sweetie dreads. I can’t blame her because she comes from the country with only 2 seasons and sometimes they don’t even feel the change at all. Now living here in Maine for more than 6 years, she somehow already adjusted to the different weather and the change of season. And being a bit ODC, she came up with different strategies how to cope with the change especially in the organizing and cleaning department.

Though I don’t really like the idea of cleaning (shhh) I do know something that can help her transition smoothly through the winter season in terms of cleaning and getting our home germ-free through the winter. And that is through the North American Property Services, one of the top janitorial service companies in the United States.
Here are some of the Winter Weather Cleaning Tips from North American Property Services:
1. Be extra careful about hand washing with soap so you do not spread germs from room to room.
2. Routinely disinfect high touch areas such as door handles, TV remotes, and keyboards for all devices, such as tablets and laptops. Don’t forget all of your phones, including the landline and cell phones.
3. Dust carries germs and grime, so wiping down with disinfecting solutions will not only make your house cleaner, but it will remove germs that can cause the common cold and flues. Look for places that dust settles, such as fan blades, window ledges, and walls to wipe away germs. Don’t forget to clean your light bulbs, which has the added benefit of brightening the house on these short winter days. Another thing to clean is the dust balls under furniture and in the corners of floors.
4. Dust more often, as your heating system circulates dust, dirt and germs.
5. Keep mops handy to dry-mop floors regularly, especially around high-traffic areas of the house.
6. On warmer days, clean interior windows, another germ collector in your house.
7. Deep clean your carpets every year to eliminate grime and germs. A good time of year to do this is after the holidays so any spills from your holiday celebrations will be washed away.
8. Scrub the grout in your bathroom with a powerful disinfectant to remove germs that spread between family members.
9. Take your shoes off at the door. Think about all the places you walk and the germs that hitch hike into your home. Taking your shoes off will greatly reduce indoor pollutants.
10. The best winter floor care program is to continue to clean and maintain floor surfaces with extra mopping and scrubbing around the entryways.

Well, I may not be doing the real cleaning but I bet my Sweetie will be just as happy to get her someone to help her. So if you are looking for some helping hands to go through the changing season with ease… check out North American Property Services and find out more how you can get the help you need. You can also check their Social Media Information through Twitter @NAPS_Inc and like them in Facebook…
There you go. Winter may not be that bad after all.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Old Car

This is an old picture of my Sweetie posing next to a vintage car during the Acton Fair 5 years ago.

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Friday, October 25, 2013

A Fall Game

I love football and when my Sweetie came here I introduced her to football. Now she is a big fan of the Patriots. But she has not watched real football game until a couple of weeks ago. This is the first football that my Sweetie watched. Though it's not the professional one, she said she did enjoyed it.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Your Million-Dollar Home for Less

Home design is like creating your own piece of art -- whatever comes out of it becomes a representation of who you are as a person; an embodiment of your likes, taste, and personal preferences. So as much as it takes a great deal of effort, time, and energy, deciding on a design or theme for home can turn out to be an ordeal especially if one lacks knowledge on the matter.

One of the most common goals homeowners set in home design is to achieve a classy, elegant look. And contrary to what many might think, it actually does not require a million dollars or more to design your home in such a way that it looks expensive. The key is buying the right light fixtures and simply putting them all in the right places.

Lighting is a major element in design; bad lighting can ruin wonderful design concepts and can also bring out the best even in mediocre ones. And in the attempt to create a luxurious, million-dollar home, lighting can be your number one ally. Here are some tips on how you can light your home to envy-worthy, head-turning, and jaw-dropping opulence:

1. Let as much natural light into the indoors.
Have you noticed how Hollywood has depicted homes of the rich and famous to be -- always light, sleek, and vibrant? If you have big windows, allow generous amount of sunlight into your home by putting on sheer, cotton curtains in light or pastel colors. This will give your interiors a soft, clean, and classy finish.

2. Invest on quality indoor and outdoor lighting.
While it's true that you don't have to be a millionaire to be able to live in a luxurious-looking home, some investments may still have to be necessary. Quality lighting does come at a hefty price, but it's always worth it. These fixtures are energy-efficient, safe, and most of all, long-lasting. If you'd like to take a look at some luxury lights - click here.

3. Learn the art of layered lighting.
Many times, installing just one light fixture in each of the rooms may not be enough because there are instances in which the effect you would like to achieve requires layered lighting. For instance, the home study or office may seem like it would do with just one directional light and nothing else, but actually, work spaces require more than just task lighting that will give direct illumination on your keyboard, notes, or books; they also need ambient lighting to keep stress levels lower and reduce the risk of migraine that often results from too much glare from the computer monitor. In this case, your ambient lights can even double as a decorative fixture and give your home office a classy, upscale feel.

4. The perfect chandelier is always worth it.
Going for a single, head-turning focal point is usually more effective than dressing up every nook and cranny of the house; overdoing the ornamentation can even turn out to be tacky and tasteless. In this case, a gorgeous pendant light or chandelier of the right size and the appropriate design will be enough to do the trick.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

My Little Hunter

I found this photo taken by my Sweetie a couple of years ago when me and my boy tried to go hunting together.
It didn't work for us. LOL But it was fun to see him in that outfit.
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