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By Laura on 9/29/2014 7:01 AM
General Electric has held an iconic brand in appliance manufacturing for almost a century but they are calling it quits. The deal recently became final to sell of its’ line of dishwashers, refrigerators, and other appliances to Electrolux for a cash deal of $3.3 billion.

General Electric is no slouch in producing quality products but they finally gave in to the story the numbers tell. Basically, the profit margin was just so small that they decided it wasn’t worth it for them to remain in that industry. General Electric has always been all over the board with what products they produce so it isn’t a huge thing for them to get out of a product.

What they discovered is that despite how much effort goes into the appliance industry, they were only making 5% of their total revenue from that industry and their profit margins were 3.9%.

Their goal is to make things that not many people in the world can but everyone needs. Appliances really aren’t in that genre. They are looking to concentrate their...
By Laura on 9/22/2014 6:23 AM

DIY projects are great and can even be fun if you have some skill but there are certain things that truly need to be left up to the professionals no matter how skilled you are. The main one that comes to mind is electrical work. Unless you are a licensed electrician, it is an absolutely terrible idea to be doing electrical work on anything in your home. Even if you were skilled enough to rewire something, if anything went wrong your insurance won’t cover damages.

Appliances are engineered to be able to be worked on but it takes a great deal of training and diagnosis to properly repair an appliance. Small repairs are fine to do on your own but anything more than regular maintenance projects should be left up to the professionals. We have heard of more horror stories of dangerous outcomes of DIY appliance repairs than we’d like to admit. Don’t hesitate to call us if you have a question about a problem you’re having with your appliance.

By Laura on 9/15/2014 5:49 PM
Expenses are always a pain so anywhere we can cut costs is always appreciated. Believe it or not, there are a lot of things you can do with the appliances you already own to save a significant amount of money.
Here are some tips from theguardian.com on how to cut costs when using your washing machine:

http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/apr/29/eco-appliances-energy-saving-hints-for-washing-machines
By Laura on 9/8/2014 7:08 AM
If you’re fortunate enough to have a maid service than you’re among the 10 percent that can afford an invaluable service that helps out in so many ways. The only downside to maid services aside from the cost is the risk of letting someone else into your home and the potential for things to get broken.

How would you feel about a cleaning service that was just a one-time fee and is zero security risk?

Many of you have probably heard of the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner system. When it came out it was the only of its’ kind but lately everyone is getting in on the robot vacuum action which is great for consumers. Not only do they compete in improving their products but it also means the prices have to be competitive! Just keep in mind that not all robot vacuums are created equal so make sure you do your research before picking up one of these household helpers.

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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...
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