Basic Carpet Care Tips
should be done every 1–2 weeks, and even more often in high traffic areas, such as entryways and living rooms. Replace your vacuum bag regularly or empty the dust cup after each use. Don’t forget to replace the filters, too!
Blot spots and stains immediately
Spots and spills are a fact of daily life, but when accidents happen, be sure to get things cleaned up right away. The longer a spot sits untreated, the harder it is to clean. In some cases, it can even lead to permanent damage.
To clean a spot, first blot it with a clean damp cloth to remove as much of the substance as possible.
Next, mix 1/4 cup of white vinegar with 1 Tbs of Dawn® dish soap in a large spray bottle and fill with warm water. Spray the area liberally and let soak for 5–10 minutes. Then blot (don’t rub!) with a clean dry towel until the stain is removed.
Of course, for bad spots or severe soiling, just give us a call!
Leave shoes at the door.
It’s amazing how much dust and dirt (not to mention other disgusting things) get tracked in on the bottoms of shoes. Make sure your family members and guests take their shoes off when they enter your home.
Four Fun Themed Movie Marathon Ideas
Who doesn’t love a good movie marathon when it’s wet or cold outside? With the right provisions, you can create a fun themed movie marathon that will make you completely forget the yucky weather outside. Check out some of these great tips to really make your movie day something special!
Wild, Wild West
Movie Suggestions: Toy Story 1, 2, and 3
Decorations: Have your little cowpokes cut cactuses and cowboy boots out of construction paper and hang them on the wall. Cut out the center of a large piece of poster board and decorate it to create a “wanted” poster. Have your kids hold up the poster and give their best bandit smile!
Food: Serve up sloppy Joes, hamburgers, or hot dogs along with some baked beans to make your movie marathon the rootinest, tootinest one in town!
It’s a Jungle Out There!
Movie Suggestions: The Jungle Book, Tarzan, and The Emperor’s New Groove
Decorations: Head to the local craft store and pick up some animal print fabric pieces. Drape them over a few chairs set around some comfy pillows to make a cool animal-print blanket fort.
Food: Prepare “Zebra Kisses” by placing a striped Hershey’s Kiss in the center of a bite-sized pretzel and pop it in the microwave for a few seconds until it melts.
For a healthier option, cut up some kiwi, bananas, and orange slices. Arrange the banana into a tree trunk with clusters of orange at the bottom (as bushes) and the kiwi on top (for leaves), and you’ll have yourself some jungle-themed fruit trays!
Under the Sea!
Movie Suggestions: The Little Mermaid, Finding Nemo, and Finding Dory
Decorations: Hang blue, white, and teal balloons from the ceiling or tape them to the walls to give your living room a bubbly appearance. Tape blue plastic table cloths to the windows or drape small sections over lampshades to give the entire room a bluish underwater feel.
Food: Serve up some peanut butter and “jellyfish” sandwiches. Use a cookie cutter to cut them into the shape of a star. You can also make some macaroni and cheese using shell noodles.
Monsters and Robots
Movie Suggestions: Wall-E, Monster’s Inc., and Robots
Decorations: Set the mood by cutting different colored pieces of construction paper into gears and placing them all over the walls.
You can also build your own robots by wrapping different sized boxes in aluminum foil and stacking a few on top of one another. Cut out eyes, nose, a mouth, and various gears to glue to your robot to bring him to life!
Food: For snacks, grab some licorice for “wires,” Rice Krispies™ Treats for “battery cells,” and a bowl of multi-colored veggie chips that you can pretend are “computer chips.
Healthy Living: Toning Your Arms and Legs
Do you often find yourself doing the same few exercises when you work out? Do you ever skip out on the gym because you’re unsure what kind of workout to do once you get there?
If you find yourself in a rut or in need of some exercises, check out these great arm and leg exercises to help you change up your routine and start the year off right.
We’ve included descriptions on a couple of the exercises listed below, but if you’re new to these types of moves and aren’t sure what to do, look them up online to see photos or watch short videos to see how they should be performed.
- Bicep Curls
- Overhead Tricep Extension
Start by holding a dumbbell over your head with your palms toward the ceiling. Keeping your upper arms close to your head, bend your arms so the dumbbell goes behind your head until your forearms touch your biceps. Then, use your triceps to extend your arms back to the starting position.
- Chest Press
- Elbow Plank
Bonus: This exercise also works your core!
Start with one dumbbell in each hand at shoulder height on either side of your head. Rotate your wrists so your palms are facing forward. Push the dumbbells up above your head until they touch at the top, and slowly lower them back to the start.
- Leg Extensions
- Hamstring Leg curls
- Curtsey Squats
Start with your legs shoulder width apart and step your left leg back and across to the right. Squat so your right thigh is parallel with the ground. Switch legs and repeat.
Start with your arms straight out in front of you at shoulder level. Raise your right leg off the floor about 6 inches in front of you and slowly lower your body as far down as you can. Be sure to work both legs!
Hold a dumbbell in each hand and stand in front of a knee-high step. Step forward on the platform with one leg and pick your body up using that leg. Step back with either leg to return to the floor.