How to Care for Your Dog Organically

Did you know that half of all dogs are now diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life? Anyone who has ever lost a dog will tell you of the heartache and bereavement they felt at the passing of their beloved ‘family member’. When we last our Taffy girl early last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until we opened our family to another canine.

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After a few months, we visited a local animal control location and took home a new family member. This is Trixie!

She actually looks kinda small in this photo, but Trixie is an almost-80-pound pure-bred Chocolate Labrador Retriever. She is literally our third toddler. (Because why not?!) And her health is just as important to us as any other member of our family.

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Smart Reasons Why a Vinyl Gazebo is a Must-Have Outdoor Structure for Your Home

Purchasing an outdoor structure for your home is a daunting task since it’s an investment that can have a negative or positive impact. The process can also be confusing since there are a few options to choose from, such as gazebos, pergolas, ramadas, and arbors, to name a few.

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If you’re in the market searching for an outdoor structure that you can purchase but are having difficulties in choosing one, here are some of the reasons why vinyl gazebos are a must-have for your home.

It Makes Your Home Aesthetically Pleasing

According to an article by All Women’s Talk, the exterior of your household speaks volumes about your style. This means it is of the utmost importance that you make your front yard or backyard aesthetically pleasing. Vinyl gazebos can provide a solution to this.

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How to Care for Your Home Organically

Chemical cleaners sure do the job, but they can also be abrasive on your hands and respiratory system. In most cases they also aren’t necessary, we have just become so reliant on them to keep our homes clean. This habit can be bad for our health but also for the environment. 

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If your New Year’s resolution was to take a step back and live life more organically, then the best place to start is your home. 

Natural Home Cleaning Solutions 

You can pretty much clean your entire home with natural solutions – humanity has been doing it for millennia, after all. Here is a roundup of our best home-tips for the eco-conscious: 

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Clean Those Hard-to-Reach Windows in 5 Easy Steps

If only every window in your home could be a first-floor window or a double-hung, tilt-sash window, you’d never need special tools or techniques to clean them. But for most homeowners, that’s simply not the case. Transoms, skylights, big picture windows, and older windows may all require a little ingenuity to clean.

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Fortunately, cleaning those hard-to-reach windows is definitely doable. With the right tools and the right plan, you can get all of your windows sparkling clean for spring. 

Assemble the Right Tools

Unless all of the windows in your house are designed to tilt, turn, or slide for easy cleaning, you’re going to need special tools to clean them. For cleaning exterior windows, you’ll need a long-handled window-cleaning tool with a microfiber pad and squeegee, a garden hose, and outdoor window cleaner. We suggest buying a bottle of cleaner that attaches to your garden hose so you can easily spray the cleaner onto the exterior of your hard-to-reach windows. 

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Helpful Post-Holiday Season Cleaning Tips

The holiday season is a time of tremendous joy, happiness and all-around warmth. However, as any seasoned parent can attest, it’s also a time of consistent messiness. (I mean…more so than usual.) With every member of your household on vacation at the same time and various guests coming and going, there are ample opportunities for messes to be made. Furthermore, the festive decorations most households are adorned in tend to be much easier to put up than take down. While working up the resolve to clean your home in the wake of the holidays may prove somewhat challenging, a little bit of follow-through and assistance can go a long way.

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Tackle One Task at a Time 

When preparing to clean your house after the holiday rush, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. After all, with so many tasks to undertake, it’s hard to determine where you should even start. Many people respond to this stress by putting post-holiday cleaning on the backburner. However, while this may provide relief in the short term, it will ultimately make the cleanup more difficult to carry out. To prevent yourself from becoming overwhelmed, sit down and write up a checklist of every post-holiday cleaning task you need to tackle. Once this list has been created, attend to each individual task one-by-one, taking care to place a checkmark beside each completed chore. On a subconscious level, many of us crave structure, and adding a sense of organization can make even the most arduous post-holiday cleanup seem considerably more manageable.    

Adhere to Neighborhood Policies Regarding Decorations 

Many neighborhoods, apartment buildings and condo complexes have rules regarding how long holiday decorations can be left out. While the exact timeframe varies from location to location, these rules typically dictate that all outdoor holiday decorations must be taken down shortly after the first of the year. Failure to adhere to these rules can result in fines and stern condemnations from neighborhood associations, landlords and building managers. Keep in mind that some locales are far stricter about enforcing these rules than others, and the consequences can range from mild to severe. 

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