Category Archives: Cleanup

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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Fashion Starts with Clean Clothes

Twelve days ago my high efficiency front-load clothes washer started to thump, bump and generally sound like a jet crash landing in a swamp. Even though it sounded horrible in its death throes, I was happy it died because — … 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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The Dreamiest Shower Ever!

Have you ever seen one of these? Or better yet … do you have one in your shower? I call them rain shower shower heads, although many folks refer to them as waterfall shower heads. It is the dreamiest shower … Continue reading

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Visual Neatness: A Ferret and I Agree

As the Home Manager solely responsible for the smooth running of my Northern New Jersey home, I am required to do many and varied tasks or find people willing to do them for me. Most of the time I do … 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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Garage Sale Hangover

Do you have too much stuff? Do you feel like you need a shovel to dig a path through it when you walk into your basement? Our stuff had gotten the better of me by yearend 2009 and I pledged … Continue reading

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