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Green Cleaning Tip: A Greener Cleaner!

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Why spend money on commercial cleaning products when equally effective, more natural cleaning supplies are probably already in your kitchen cupboard?

1. For a multi-purpose, everyday spray cleaner that’s effective, economical and safe around kids and pets, simply mix one part white vinegar with nine parts water in a spray bottle or bucket.

2. Create a streak-free shine with your own window cleaner. Pour one cup rubbing alcohol plus one tablespoon white vinegar into a spray bottle, spray on windows and wipe away with paper towels or yesterday’s newspaper.

3. A box of baking soda goes far in the cleaning world. Some suggestions: Use it on a damp sponge to clean sinks and scrub BBQ grates, freshen upholstered furniture and carpets by sprinkling it all over before vacuuming, and add a cup to your laundry to brighten clothes.

 and to make your home healthier try these tips. Contact me for the recipes. 

4. Use woolen Balls in your dryer instead of dryer sheets.

5. Make your own Non-Toxic Powder Laundry Detergent. All you need is baking soda, washing soda, Borax, Epsom Salts, Sunlight Bar Soap, Oxi-Clean and essential oils such as lavender or lemon.

6. Make your own deodorant.

7. Make your own face cream.

8. Make Your Own Lip Balm.

 

 

Old Fashion Living…

Welcome to 531 Simcoe St N. Oshawa

$600,000

Open House Sunday May 14 2-4 pm

Old Fashion Neighborhood, In One Of Oshawa Most Desirable Areas. Walking Distance To Dr. SJ Phillips And O’Neill High School. This Jewel Of A Home Features 3 Bedrooms, 1.5 Baths, A Formal Dining Room, And Family Room That Is Full Of Charm And Character. W/O From Garden Doors In Kitchen To Large Deck. Huge Back Yard With Laneway At The Back, Flagstone Walk-Way. Finished Top To Bottom. A Real Stunner.
Many Upgrades include: Main Bath: Double Sinks, Glass Shower, Claw Tub & Electric Fireplace On Wall. Renovated Kitchen with Corian & Butcher Block Countertops, Professionally Finished Basement, Newer Exterior Doors, Windows, Shingles, & Awning Over Front Door.

Welcome Home…

531 Simcoe St North, Oshawa

Only $625,000

A home with a lot of heart, in one of Oshawa’s most desirable areas. Walking Distance to Dr. SJ Phillips and O’Neill High School. This jewel of a home features 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths, a formal dining room with built-in shelving, and main floor family room that is full of Charm and Character. Beautifully Renovated from top to bottom including newer kitchen, baths, doors, decking, flooring, windows, furnace, CAC, shingles and flagstone walk-way.  Special Features: 2 staircases’s to upper level.  Main bath features 2 sinks, Glass shower, claw tub and electric fireplace on wall. Three good sized bedrooms.  A real stunner. Unbelievably priced at $625,000.

The Sweetest Way to Kick Off Valentine’s Day at Home

We found the best recipes for breakfast on Valentine’s Day

In case you haven’t noticed yet, Valentine’s Day falls on a Tuesday this year. Yuck, a Tuesday. If you are anything like me then going out for a nice dinner (or worse cooking one) after a long day at work sounds anything but romantic. That’s why this year I am flipping the script and focusing on kicking the day off with something sweet and what better way to do than with breakfast at my favorite place in the world…my home.

Last year, 11 Sweet Breakfast in Bed Ideas was one of our most popular posts in February so I decided to write a version 2.0. This year’s theme is all about Red Velvet and these recipes are sure to make breakfast on Valentine’s Day, or any other day for that matter, extra sweet. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Waffles | Go Eat & Repeat | Recipe Here

3 Words… Cream Cheese Glaze (mmmm)

Red Velvet French Toast | Cafe Delites | Recipe Here

What I love most about this picture is the fact that Karina added a few raspberries to the plate. In humble my opinion the fruit on this dish basically cancels out the rest of the calories.

red velvet pancakes valentines day breakfast

Red Velvet Cinnamon Rolls | No. 2 Pencil | Recipe Here

Dessert for breakfast…yes please!
red velvet breakfast cinnamon rolls

Red Velvet Crepes | Six Sister’s Stuff | Recipe Here

Close your eyes, take a bite and imagine yourself vacationing in Paris.

Red velvet crepe

Red Velvet Pancakes | DAN 330 | Recipe Here

Short stack or full…whichever you choose will  be a delight!

red velvet pancakes

Red Velvet Donuts | Homemade Hooplah | Recipe Here

While most donuts are fried these are actually baked, so don’t feel bad when you reach for seconds.

red velvet donuts

Red Velvet Nutella Hearts | I Love to Cook | Recipe Here

N U T E L L A!!! Need I say more?!

Red Velvet “Skinny” Shake | Mom on Time Out | Recipe Here

You and your honey can satisfy your sweet tooth with this recipe for 2!

Create a Merry Morning Basket

PhotoControl some of the chaos of your family’s gift opening frenzy by assembling a basket full of supplies you might need, including a garbage bag, scissors, a tool to open clam shell packaging, and batteries for any toys you know the children will be receiving. Include a pad of paper and a pen in the basket to keep track of what came from whom, and throw your camera or fully-charged cell phone into the basket too, to ensure you don’t miss even one smile!

Oatmeal-Chip Cookie Mix

This would make a great Home Made Gift

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Ingredients:

 

  • 1. c. quick oats
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • c. chopped nuts (optional)
  • 2/3 c. all-purpose flour
  • c. chocolate, butterscotch or peanut butter chips
  • tsp. baking soda
  • tsp. ground cinnamon
  • tsp. salt

 
Preparation:

1. Pour quick oats into a mason jar.
2. Add brown sugar, pressing firmly, and then top with your choice of nuts, chocolate chips, butterscotch chips or peanut butter chips.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Pour into mason jar, seal and add recipe below, printed on a decorative label.
Baking Instructions:

1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. In a large bowl, beat together . c. softened butter or margarine, a large egg and . tsp. vanilla extract.
3. Add contents of mason jar, mix well, and then drop rounded teaspoons of cookie mixture onto ungreased baking sheets.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Makes about two dozen cookies.

16 Genius Storage Ideas You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

 Here are some awesome ideas to get you get organized and find a “home” for all of your things.

When your home has a place for everything it is magical. You open up cabinets to neat piles of Tupperware. Your closet is organized with shoes, belts and accessories organized in a way that would give Carried Bradshaw envy. Your garage is neat and each tool is hung with care while your children’s toys are lined up and ready to be used at their convenience.

Let’s be serious, there are very few who can actually say their home has enough space for all of their things. In the battle of you vs square footage, you rarely feel like you come out on top. Here are some awesome ideas to get you get organized and find a “home” for all of your things.

Underneath Steps

Don’t let that space underneath your stairs go to waste. Depending on the size available you may even be able to create a small office like the image in the bottom left.

Images via shelterness, artemendoza and homedit

Inside Cabinet Doors

The inside of cabinet doors are hidden which makes them a perfect place for storage. We especially love the idea for the spices below.

Cabinet Door Storage

Images via iheartorganizing, Houzz, Instructables & thesepreciousdays

Up!

Look up and you will be amazed at all of the places you can find to store things. From the garage ceiling to the space above doors, it is important to use every inch without making a room feel cluttered.

Images via dgdoors, accentondesign, flor & marthastewart

Underneath Your Counters

If you have a smaller kitchen you know what it is like to open up a cabinet and have things fall onto you…it’s miserable. Clear up some space by taking advantage of the area underneath your counters.

Under Counter Storage

Images via thedesignfile, kellysthoughtsonthings, stashvault & kitchenstuffplus

The Ultimate Pumpkin Soup Recipe for Fall

Whats cookin’ in your cauldron this fall?

Our grills are covered and the last of our summer garden goodies have been eaten. Now is the time to turn on our ovens and fire up our stoves for hearty meals that warm our bones. At Coldwell Banker we are filling up our fall cauldron with this amazing pumpkin soup recipe. We hope you enjoy it!

pumpkin soup recipe

Pumpkin Soup Recipe | Inspired by LivingTheLLife

Ingredients

3 cups chicken broth

2 cups pumpkin puree

1 small chopped onion

1/2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. freshly ground ginger

1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Optional:

4 pieces cooked bacon, chopped (I used turkey bacon)

Sour cream (or plain greek yogurt)

Directions

  1. In a large pot, combine the first 8 ingredients and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  3. Using a food processor or blender, puree soup in small batches (1 cup at a time)
  4. Return soup to pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for another 30 minutes, uncovered. Remove from heat and stir in heavy cream.
  5. Pour into serving bowls. If desired, top with chopped cooked bacon and/or sour cream (or greek yogurt).

Everything You Love About Fall at Home

If you’re looking for more reasons to fall in love with fall at home, check out this round-up of our favorite Blue Matter highlights for this fabulous season.

Fall at home is all about cozy nights around the dinner table, afternoons of playing in the fallen leaves, and mornings taking in the crisp autumn air. If you’re looking for more reasons to fall in love with fall at home, check out this round-up of our favorite Blue Matter highlights for this fabulous season.

Did you know there was a right way to rake leaves? Now you do.

Thinking about listing your home in October? Why the Fall Selling Season is Better than You Think

How to Turn Autumn Leaves into Home Decor

Heating bills. Halloween candy. Fallen leaves!  25 Thoughts Homeowners Have During Fall

We could go on forever, but here are 7 Reasons to be Happy it’s Fall.

How to Use your Senses to Transition your Home from Summer to Fall.

Don’t cry because summer’s over.  Instead, turn your summer place into an autumn oasis.

What if there was a gutter cleaning robot?

8 Genius Ways to Organize Your Kitchen

Clear out the clutter and tidy up your kitchen with tips from our friends at HomeAdvisor

The following is a guest post from Andrea Davis of HomeAdvisor

The kitchen is one of the most difficult places in the home to keep clean and organized. Between your dishes, utensils and cooking appliances, you have lots of oddly shaped and bulky items to store. If you find yourself overwhelmed by all the stuff in your kitchen, or maybe just need a more efficient way of storing and organizing, consider these genius ways to tidy up your kitchen.

#1 Group Similar Items Together

Grouping items together according to their use is a sensible way to organize your kitchen. Categorizing similar items makes it easier for you and your guests to find things quickly.

#2 Use Baskets to Store Commonly Used Items

Searching for commonly used kitchen items is frustrating. Rather than storing them in random cabinets, use a simple wicker basket to corral and hold popular items. It looks nicer than just stacking utensils on the counter and it’s more organized than stashing them in available cabinets.

#3 Install Slide-Out Pantry Drawers

There’s nothing worse than having to pull everything out of a drawer or cabinet to reach something you’re looking for. Rather than shuffling with all of that mess, install slide-out pantry drawers or cabinets. Now, when you need a spice or are looking for specific dry goods, you can slide the entire cabinet out.

#4 Use Open Shelving

There’s nothing wrong with showing off some of the items you own, like your formal dinnerware or antique teapots. The only challenge you’ll face is keeping it all straight and tidy on your shelves. Installing an open shelving solution will help you organize everyday kitchen items and bring an open, airy energy to your kitchen. As an added benefit, you won’t have to open drawers and doors to find the items you’re looking for.

#5 Explore Alternative Storage

Traditional kitchen storage is great, but sometimes alternatives are just as functional. Consider storing extra kitchen items in wooden crates, baskets and other containers. Do you have a movable kitchen island with space underneath? Use woven baskets to hold your plates and bowls below.

#6 Don’t Waste Space

If you’re struggling to find space to organize all of your cutlery, plates and other utensils, consider high-shelf storage. Remember to only store rarely used items, like your fine china or fondue pot, on high shelves.

#7 Cut Down When Necessary

The kitchen is one of the most popular places in the home to display knick-knacks. If your assortment of collectibles has outgrown your space, the easiest way to organize is to eliminate what you can’t put out on display. This cuts down on clutter and opens up the visuals of your kitchen.

Conclusion

These are just a few simple ways to improve the organization of your kitchen. Now you can enjoy less frustrating meal preparation and less overwhelming visuals