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By Laura on 8/25/2014 5:28 AM

Packing for trips can be daunting trying to get everything to fit and avoid wrinkling and spillage. Now we have to worry about huge fees for going over weight limits also.

Here are some great packing tips we found that could help you the next time you’re packing:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/travel/genius-hacks-for-packing-your-suitcase

 

By Laura on 8/18/2014 6:46 AM

Dioxins are a strong concern in the community and food being kept in plastic containers is a hot topic especially when it comes to actually heating food in plastic containers. Dioxins are irrefutably a bad thing for our bodies but there’s a secret the media isn’t telling you: there aren’t any in plastic! On the other hand there are some potential other toxins in plastic that could be harmful if they were able to transfer to your food. Here’s a link from webmd with some interesting facts:

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/mixing-plastic-food-urban-legend?page=2

By Laura on 7/28/2014 7:16 AM

Here’s an amazing recipe from fifteenspatulas to try out this summer! http://www.fifteenspatulas.com/apple-pie-milkshake/

By Laura on 7/28/2014 5:25 AM

Some inventions make life easier while some change the way we do things entirely. This invention is the worst of both worlds but you can’t help but enjoy it. A tinkerer in Hastings, MN just decided one day that he was going to combine a bicycle and a washing machine... and a cowbell (because "why not"?). Now he has a non-functioning washer that an extremely heavy bicycle is made out of but there’s no denying that seeing this go down the road would draw heads and cause lots of laughter! Take a look at the whole story:

http://www.hastingsstargazette.com/content/next-great-invention-probably-not

By Laura on 7/21/2014 7:24 AM
There are six things that a majority of people aren’t cleaning correctly. Dishes, shower curtain liner, carpet stains, windows, clothes, and electronics. How you place dishes, glasses, and utensils in the dishwasher is very important in how clean they come out. Even how you mix different metals can potentially damage them so take a look at this article for some quick tips in how to and not to clean certain items:

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/cleaning-organizing/cleaning-wrong
By Laura on 7/14/2014 6:56 AM


You have probably been hearing a lot about the controversy over GMOs but do you really know why? The acronym stands for “genetically modified organisms” and is mostly seen in plants but is being experimented with on animals.Just to give you an idea of how much GMOs you’re already consuming, 70% of processed food on grocery store shelves contains at least one genetically modified ingredient. Vegetable oils are generally from plants modified to produce pest killing toxins, ice cream often has “pesticide-proof beet sugar”, and the meat we eat is usually from animals eating feed that has been modified.GMOs are basically any food that has been engineered (usually with DNA from a different plant). The reasons for it are sometimes as simple of creating foods that travel better or last longer but there are also some concerning reasons. Some corn has been modified to be its own pesticide and some foods have been modified to survive high doses of herbicides!For...
By Laura on 7/7/2014 5:54 AM
Strawberries are a delicious seasonal fruit. The longer you can keep them fresh the better once they have been picked. Make sure you don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them as they will soak up water and start to rot.

Like most people, they don’t respond well to pressure so try to store them in one layer. Line a plate or bowl with paper towels and chill them(not freeze) until you are ready to use them, then rinse them and enjoy!

For more details on how to store them or for anything strawberry you can think of, take a look at this link: http://localfoods.about.com/od/strawberries/qt/How-To-Store-Strawberries.htm

By Laura on 6/30/2014 6:16 AM
Appliances are a huge part of our everyday lives which we tend to take for granted until something goes wrong with one. We exist to make sure you are back up and running if anything does go wrong with your appliances but think about what it would be like if we didn’t have appliances! We would have to hand wash dishes… and our CLOTHES! I’m not even sure I’d know where to start trying to hand wash my clothes!

Fortunately, we have more and more access to appliances that prevent us from having to worry about these things. Plus you have access to us to quickly get you back up and running if anything fails on any of your appliances.

There is a lot of technology in our lives that we may not know the origins of. Here is a breakdown of some technological advancement in our lives and you may be surprised how long some of them have been around!
http://www.trailend.org/ind-timeline.htm
By Laura on 6/23/2014 6:05 AM
Summer is officially here!! Grab a towel and some sunscreen and start enjoying the warm weather! Summer solstice is attributed to the 23.5 degree tilt of the earth on its axis as it revolves around the sun over 365.25 days of the year. During the summer, the northern hemisphere receives the most direct sunlight since our hemisphere is tilted toward the sun. In other words, tis the season to go get a tan and enjoy the comfortable weather to be outside as much as you want!
By Laura on 6/16/2014 7:09 AM
There is still a little time left in spring and I know some of you are like me and haven’t quite gotten to spring cleanups yet. One thing that always frustrates me is the things I forget to clean and end up having to . Here’s a great checklist we came across with an all-inclusive list to make sure cleaning is a one-time event. This way we can get on with the summer activities and not worry about going back to dreaded cleaning!

http://www.imperfecthomemaking.com/p/thorough-spring-cleaning-checklist.html
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