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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Patio and Outdoor Tips

Written on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Patio and Outdoor Tips

With the weather getting warmer, my kids can’t wait to be outdoors in the yard and on the patio – but there are a few things we need to do to get ready for warm-weather outdoor living. Now is the time to clean up your living space outdoors. Here are five areas to keep in mind: 1) Windows  Take the screens off and hose them down gently or wash with a mild soap and water solution. Wash windows outside the house with a squirt of dishwashing liquid and water, or you can use outdoor window detergent that attaches to your garden hose. The pros...

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My Kids Keep Asking, “When Does The Pool Open?”

Written on May 27, 2014 in Blog, Swimming

My Kids Keep Asking, “When Does The Pool Open?”

As a mother of five who endured more than a week’s worth of snow days this year, I’m thrilled that summer is almost here. And I’m not alone. The brutal winter of 2014 caused the worst cabin fever in at least a decade – and the cure might just be a dip in the pool, a new national survey just reported. The Water Quality and Health Council survey found one in three Americans, and more than half of Americans in the Northeast and Midwest regions, said the long, snowy and cold winter caused their worst cabin fever in at least a decade. This...

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Is It Safe to Mix Bleach and…

Written on May 21, 2014 in Blog

Is It Safe to Mix Bleach and…

When tackling household cleaning chores, soap and water and a little bit of “elbow grease” are sufficient for eliminating dirt and grime found on commonly touched surfaces. However, when cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces, disinfectants are needed to destroy harmful cooties like E. coli, norovirus, Salmonella and Listeria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other bacteria that can spread illness. Disinfecting surfaces can help ensure a healthier environment for your family, but it’s important to keep safety in...

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5 Indoor Ideas for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Written on May 8, 2014 in Blog

5 Indoor Ideas for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

It’s spring and, after a long winter, many of us have the urge to start cleaning the house. Whether your goal is deep cleaning or a quick power cleaning, you can start now to get rid of dust, grime and germs. For those of us who had stomach or other viruses sweep through the house over the winter or even spring break, now is a good time to clean, clean, clean before the flurry of sports activities and end-of-year school events. Here are some suggestions for  making steady headway — whether it’s in one room or the whole house. 1)...

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5 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Easter

Written on Apr 18, 2014 in Parenting

5 Tips for a Safe and Healthy Easter

For many families, decorating Easter eggs and organizing Easter egg hunts are treasured traditions enjoyed by everyone, from the youngest participants to the older spectators. Of course, if these fresh, perishable eggs are to be eaten afterwards, it’s important to keep a few safety precautions in mind. 1. Buying Easter Eggs Buy eggs from a refrigerated case. Open the carton and inspect for clean, un-cracked shells. The egg carton should be imprinted with a USDA grade shield and indicate a future “sell by” date. 2. Refrigerating Easter...

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Taking Care of Yourself: Wellness Tips for Moms

Written on Mar 17, 2014 in Blog, Parenting

Taking Care of Yourself: Wellness Tips for Moms

Mother’s Day is still a long way off, but mothers need to take care of themselves, or the whole family suffers. When moms get sick and take to bed, the family routine can be thrown into chaos. Most moms probably don’t worry about getting sick as they rush from one activity to the next, but the latest CDC stats show the flu hit younger people harder than usual this season. “This influenza season was particularly hard on younger- and middle-age adults,” according to a recent CDC  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Eighteen to...

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Flu Outbreak: How to Prevent the Spread of Influenza

Written on Mar 14, 2014 in Blog, Parenting

Flu Outbreak: How to Prevent the Spread of Influenza

Flu season is on its way out – but that doesn’t mean we still can’t get sick. The flu season commonly peaks in January and February but can last through the spring and as late as May, according to the CDC. So even if the number of flu cases goes down, you should still keep your guard up when it comes to your family’s health. As moms, we need to keep up the germ-fighting routines – even as the snow melts and the flower buds are peeking through the soil outside the kitchen door. Influenza (“flu”) is a contagious disease that...

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How to Clean and Disinfect a Keyboard, Smartphone, Remote Control, etc. (A Gadget Guide for Moms)

Written on Feb 8, 2014 in Blog, Parenting

How to Clean and Disinfect a Keyboard, Smartphone, Remote Control, etc. (A Gadget Guide for Moms)

Our children never seem to put down their electronics. From smartphones to tablets, they constantly touch their devices, passing them back and forth. Quickly though, those fun gizmos turn into havens for a variety of germs, many that are harmless or even helpful, but there are also those that spread sickness – like colds, flu, MRSA and norovirus. The commonly touched and shared electronics that litter our households need frequent cleaning and disinfection. This is also particularly important at school, where our kids attend computer lab...

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How To Protect A Child From Getting Norovirus During Youth Sports

Written on Dec 17, 2013 in Blog, Parenting

How To Protect A Child From Getting Norovirus During Youth Sports

Does your family enjoy watching the kids play in winter sports tournaments? With as many as 35 million American kids playing organized sports each year,[1] these tournaments can be lots of fun for all the family. Sadly, with so many folks huddled close together on buses, in the stadium or in the locker room, they can also provide ideal conditions for germs to spread. At the recent National Youth Football Championships in Las Vegas, an outbreak of the notorious ‘stomach bug,’ norovirus, sent 28 people to the emergency room, according to a...

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5 Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Written on Nov 26, 2013 in Blog, Parenting

5 Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Thanksgiving is almost here and families are gearing up for one of the most spectacular feasts of the year. But as food preparations begin, is there enough focus on holiday food safety? A survey by the Water Quality & Health Council found that Americans are more concerned about being around an annoying relative during the holidays than they are about getting sick from improperly prepared holiday food. Here are some simple tips to help ensure your family has a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving. Food Safety: 5 Tips for a Healthy...

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