Category Archives: Cleaning

Exercise: Cleaning House versus Running

Exercise is alive and well at my house. It took me 5 hours and 15 minutes to dust, vacuum and scrub 6 rooms, 3 flights of stairs and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Do I win a medal for shiniest surfaces? Based on … Continue reading

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Cleaning Like a Pro … Football Player

My Mom is coming for a visit coinciding with the start of football season. She has her preferences — and just like daughters everywhere I try to honor her and them. My Mom said she wants to sleep in my daughter Tory’s bedroom … Continue reading

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Cleaning with White Vinegar: It Works!

Have you read articles that tout plain (inexpensive!) distilled white vinegar as a healthy alternative to chemical-laden cleaning agents? How plain distilled white (inexpensive!) vinegar is the rock star of a healthy cleaning team? Me too. But I never really … Continue reading

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How Do You Get the Stinky Out of Your Family’s Shoes?

“How do you get the stinky out of the shoe?” It’s a serious question, especially if you have kids. Even when the kids are young adults. Stinky shoes seem to go with younger feet, at least the younger feet that traipse … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on a Relationship

When I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp,” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, suggested (based on my answers to a questionnaire and an interview) that I focus on two resolutions and … Continue reading

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Happiness Boot Camp: This Recruit Focused on What’s Important

A few weeks ago I signed on to participate in a happiness “Boot Camp.” Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, devised a program for me and I agreed to share the results on an episode … Continue reading

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Montclair High Pre-Prom 2012: One Mom’s Adventure

A couple of weeks ago, my daughter Tory asked me if we could host a pre-prom party in our backyard. It took me all of two second to reply with a resounding “Yes!” I was delighted that Tory and her … Continue reading

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How Long Does It Take to Fertilize the Hollies?

This past weekend was the perfect time to fertilize the hollies! I headed outside and began to walk across our front porch, our winter-filthy front porch. “Hmmm. It will only take 30 minutes to spread the fertilizer,” I thought. “Let … Continue reading

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Mopping the Floor: My Mom the Expert

My Mom has long been a TV shopper. QVC and Home Shopping are two channels she watches frequently; Mom can quote many of the pitch people on the different ‘shows,’ telling me exactly what each product’s strengths are and how … Continue reading

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A Moldy Victorian Gets Power Washed

Our Victorian-style home is about 11 years old, “new” by most standards. The front faces north and we have an exterior mold problem, mostly on that north side. It’s unsightly and three out of four family members are allergic to … Continue reading

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