Happy Halloween

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Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

These are a very cute idea for kids, especially kids school Halloween parties. Give them a try and you can even let your kids help!
The recipe is from yummyhealthyeasy.com

3 Tbsp. butter
½ tsp. vanilla extract
red & yellow food coloring or orange gel coloring
5-1/2 cups mini marshmallows
6 cups crispy rice cereal
mini tootsie rolls
andy for decorations, M&M’s, candy corn, etc.

1.In a large saucepan, melt and slightly brown butter on medium heat. Add vanilla extract and marshmallows. Stir until marshmallows are completely melted. Add food coloring until desired orange color is reached. Add cereal and stir until completely combined. Turn off heat and let sit for a few minutes, until cool enough to handle. Read More

Five Tips to Help with an Efficient Morning at Work

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Waking up early five days a week, getting dressed, driving in traffic to the office and then getting your mind ready for the long day ahead isn’t always easy. We want to help you get more done in your morning than ever before.

1. Start early. It’s more difficult to start your day off when you sit down in your office and stare at your computer, or worse jump right into a project you put off the night prior. The night before or even better on your drive in, get your mind ready. Start thinking about what it is you need to accomplish that day before you start; this helps get your head in the game.

2. Do your least favorite task first. Avoiding a dreaded task and leaving it until the end of the day will set the wrong tone for the following morning—especially if the task carries over into the next day! Instead, try something different by completing the task you dislike most right away and check that item off of your ‘to do’ list. Read More

How to Prepare Your House to Sell – Part 3

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Photo Credit – aok.com

Make minor repairs around the house. Everything doesn’t need to be fixed, but there are small things (such as those listed below) you should spend the time & money to fix.

• Patch up holes in the walls
• Fix squeaky doors
• Replace broken locks on windows
• Repaint
• Replace burned-out light bulbs
• Fix leaky faucets
• Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks
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Items in Your House That Shouldn’t Be There

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Your grandparents probably had vinyl toilet seat covers and toilet mats, right—or ones with shag fabric or a decorative pattern? But you probably didn’t stop to consider how many germs they collected. For those of you who still have these items, you should consider throwing them away. If you’re still too attached though, make sure you wash or replace these things regularly.
Now think about the shelves in your child’s room or your living room that are full of knickknacks. For those of us that are younger, shelves may hold all of our trophies, beanie babies, babysitter club chapter books or maybe even an old piggy bank. And for those of us that are older, you may collect your grandchildrens’ and childrens’ awards, trophies and more! These items are great to hold onto but they don’t all need to be displayed. Choose to show off only a few of your most meaningful items. When you move try to go through and get rid of the excess stuff that isn’t as meaningful—if you’re on the fence take photos of the entire collection and keep them on your computer! Read More

Cleaning Errors You Don’t Know You are Making

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Place your utensils in different directions in the dishwasher. You may not even think about it but when your spoons are all facing the same direction they end up ‘spooning’ and not getting as clean as they could.

Wash windows on a cloudy day or after the sun has set. Glass cleaner dries quicker in direct sunlight, which results in streaks. Make life easier on yourself and clean windows only once by washing them when the sun isn’t shining directly on them.

Treat liquid stains on carpet with a towel and club soda. When you start cleaning up your pet’s accident, a coffee spill or your child’s juice spill you would normally grab a wet paper towel, but you should rethink your method. Grab a dry towel first and sop up the liquid as much as possible. Next, douse the area with club soda or if you don’t have any on hand use ice water. And finish by blotting until all of the liquid is absorbed.

Vacuum pet hair with an attachment. Standard vacuuming is not the best way to clean up pet hair – it actually ends up blowing more hair around than collecting it. Rather than vacuuming, try using a broom first to collect as much as you can and then use the wand attachment to remove the rest. Read More

How to Prepare Your House to Sell – Part 2

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storageLet’s start with your closets and kitchen cabinets. Buyers want to look in your closets for two reasons: to see what kind of storage the house offers and to see what kind of person currently lives there. By this I mean that interested buyers will judge your home based on the condition of your living areas—for instance if you are well organized and take good care of your things it makes the buyer think you did the same with the rest of the house.

• Stack your dishes neatly.
• Arrange your coffee cups.
• Line up your shoes instead of keeping them in a huge pile.
• Hang shirts according to color and have the hangers facing the same direction.
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Ways to Save Money on Your Next Move

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Move in the “off season.” Summer is the most popular time of year to move—kids are out of school, people have vacation time saved up, etc., etc. Since movers are in high demand June through September, movers that aren’t already booked are hard to come by, meaning you could pay higher prices. Scheduling your move during the “off season” (October through May) will save you money and hassle!

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Photo Credit – Google Images

Start Early. Begin packing and sorting through your belongings weeks before moving day. Get rid of things you haven’t used in the last year, anything that doesn’t have sentimental value, or stuff you simply don’t like anymore! Why pay money for someone to move something that just takes up space? This has an added bonus—not only are you saving money, you’re de-cluttering too!

Recycle. Don’t buy into the “I HAVE to have new boxes” thing. You don’t need brand new boxes! Buying cardboard boxes from U-Haul or UPS can be absurdly expensive—save some money and use recycled ones. Ask friends if they have any extra, or visit local grocery stores and apparel stores and see if they will give you their boxes. Don’t forget, take advantage of the other packing materials laying around your house. For instance, use your own blankets to protect fragile mirrors, pictures, etc., but make sure they can be easily cleaned!

Do Research. Another way to save on moving costs is to get quotes from several different moving companies.

Moving With an Infant

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Below are some tips to help new parents planning a move with an infant.
The first step in helping your infant with a family move is to be prepared. The more time you spend weeks before the move to prepare your family for the move, the less stress you will feel and in turn the less stress your child will be exposed to. This can be accomplished by starting early, clearly labeling all boxes and purging before the big day.

Line up a babysitter ahead of time. Figure out who will be watching your child the day of the move – whether that is you, your mom, your dad, your sister, a family friend or a hired babysitter – no matter what, you want your child taken care of and distracted during the move. Read More

How to Prepare Your House to Sell – Part 1

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For SaleIt might be hard to believe that you are listing your house on the market. It is exciting and nerve racking, all at the same time. No matter what you are feeling, it is time to move forward. This week we want to start with some tips on how to prepare your house.

The first and very important step is to disassociate yourself with your house. This is (was) your family home – your child may have taken their first steps there, your first family Christmas or maybe even your spouse proposed there. No matter what, this house has memories, but you need to remember that those are your memories, not the house. So say to yourself, “This is no longer my home, it is a house that needs to be sold.

As they say in the hit Disney movie, Frozen, “Let it go, let it go!” Soon this house will be in the past, so look toward the future and your new home. Say goodbye to every room and don’t look back. Read More

Helping Teenagers with the Transition of Moving

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teenagerMoving is stressful for all members of your family, but it can be extremely overwhelming and disruptive for your teenager. Your child has formed strong friendships and maybe even romantic relationships, has put a lot of time into developing their academics and after school activities—basically they have built a life for themselves where they are. When the time comes for your family to move, your teenager will be leaving everything they know. This will be a stressful and emotional process for your child, and if your teen seems angry or reclusive here are some suggestions to help ease the transition: Read More

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