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A Man’s Best Shedding Friend

We all know Man’s best friend is considered the dog, right! But when you are considering taking the next step and getting a dog does anyone really talk about all the hair a dog brings along with it? It gets everywhere, the couch, floors, beds, bathroom towels, the list goes on and one but knowing how to clean up all that hair the right way can save you some time and frustration.


Your vacuum will now become your second best friend and will be the backbone to tackling your hair infestation! Dog hair tends to collect most in locations that have less air flow, near floor lamps, corner of the stairs, bottom of the couch, under the kitchen cabinets even around the back of the toilet. To reach all these desolated areas your vacuum can help by using all those attachment you might not even know existed. Each attachment has its own purpose, the attachment that looks just like the main part of the vacuum but smaller is designed for the stairs, the long attachment with the with the narrow end is of course for those hard to get corners where the main vacuum cannot even dream about reaching. There are also two brush like attachment one with softer bristles used for harder surfaces such as that pesky space between the floor and your cabinets and one with harder bristles that can help you with all that hair that is glued to your furniture.

A few other tricks when cleaning up dog hair include dampening your carpet and using a rubber brush to do an initial sweep of the carpet to get all the easily lifted hair first. Then go back and use the vacuum moving in alternating directions to pick up even more hair. It is also important to make sure your filer is clean so the vacuum can run more efficiently. Emptying out your vacuum regularly also helps the vacuum run better.

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Easy ways to save energy with laundry

There are a number of easy ways to save energy with laundry, whether you’re buying new appliances or not.

Follow these suggestions whenever possible to keep energy use to a minimum.

1. Use lower temperature settings. Use warm or cold water for the wash cycle instead of hot (except for greasy stains), and only use cold for rinses. Experiment with different laundry detergents to find one that works well with cooler water. By presoaking heavily soiled clothes, a cooler wash temperature may be fine. The temperature of the rinse water does not affect cleaning, so always set the washing machine on cold water rinse.

2. Turn down the thermostat on your water heater. A setting of 120 F is adequate for most home needs. By reducing your hot water temperature, you will save energy with either hot or warm wash cycles.


3. Load the washing machine to capacity when possible. Most people tend to underload rather than overload their washers. Check your machine’s load capacity in pounds, then weigh out a few loads of laundry to get a sense of how much laundry 10 or 18 to 20 pounds represents. Then use your eye to judge the volume of clothes for a load. Washing one large load will take less energy than washing two loads on a low or medium setting.

4. If washing lightly soiled clothes, use the suds-saving feature if it’s available on your washing machine. This saves the was water to be reused in the next load. Only use this feature, though, if the second load is to be washed right away.

5. When drying, separate your clothes and dry similar types of clothes together. Lightweight synthetics, for example, dry much more quickly than bath towels and natural fiber clothes.

6. Don’t overdry clothes. Take clothes out while they are still slightly damp to reduce the need for ironing – another big energy user. If your dryer has a setting for auto-dry, be sure to use it instead of the timer to avoid wasting energy.

7. Don’t add wet items to a load that is already partially dried.

8. Dry two or more loads in a row, taking advantage of the heat still in the dryer from the first load.

9. Clean the dryer filter after each use. A clogged filter will restrict flow and reduce dryer performance.

10. Dry full loads when possible, but be careful not to overfill the dryer. Drying small loads wastes energy. Air should be able to circulate freely around the drying clothes.

11. Check the outside dryer exhaust vent. Make sure it is clean and that the flapper on the outside hood opens and closes freely.

12. In good weather, consider hanging clothes outside and using totally free solar energy to do the drying.

Adapted from Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings, by Alex Wilson, Jennifer Thorne, and John Morrill.Copyright (c)1999 by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

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Arugola Salad with Snap Peas



  • 8 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed, strings removed
  • 4 cups arugula, thick stems trimmed
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves plus more for serving
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (or more) fresh lemon juice
  • Flaky sea salt (such as Maldon)
  • 1 pound burrata or fresh buffalo mozzarella


  • Cut pea pods in half lengthwise, leaving some peas on each side of pods. Combine peas, arugula, 1/4 cup basil, and 1/4 cup mint in a large bowl. Add oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice and toss to coat. Season salad with salt and more lemon juice, if desired.
  • Tear open balls of burrata (if using buffalo mozzarella, slice 1/2-inch thick) and arrange on a platter. Top with salad and more basil and mint.

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5 Ways To Make Your Groceries Last As Long As Possible

1. Onions stored in pantyhose will last as long as 8 months.

Put onions in pantyhose, and tie knots between onion. Plus it makes a freaky wall art installation!


2. Store potatoes with apples to keep them from sprouting.


3. Freeze and preserve fresh herbs in olive oil.

The herbs will infuse the oil while freezing, and the ice cubes are very handy for cooking: just pop one out and use as the base of a dish. Works best with rosemary, sage, thyme, and oregano. Dill, basil, and mint should always be used fresh.


4. Store asparagus like cut flowers.

Sort of. Cut the stems, place in water, throw a plastic bag over ‘em and refrigerate. They’ll stay crisp for a week or longer, and you can use this trick on cilantro and parsley as well.


5. Wrap the crown of a bunch of bananas with plastic wrap.

They’ll keep for 3-5 days longer than usual, which is especially helpful if you eat organic bananas. Bananas also produce more ethelyne gas than any other fruit, so keep them isolated on the counter.


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History of Thanksgiving Day

Tucked between the two monster sized holidays of Halloween and Christmas, Thanksgiving receives far less attention. But Thanksgiving is a very important holiday, especially in the busy lives of Americans. It is a time to kick back and relax, watch a football game or go to a movie, and enjoy a huge feast. It’s also time for us to give thanks to our God, for the things he has bestowed upon us and upon this great nation. There is no nation in the world that has more to be thankful for than us.

thanks givingThanksgiving History:

The first Thanksgiving was celebrated between the Pilgrims and the Indians in 1621.That first feast was a three day affair. Life for the early settlers was difficult. The fall harvest was time for celebration.  It was also a time of prayer, thanking God for a good crop. The Pilgrims and the Indians created a huge feast including a wide variety of animals and fowl, as well as fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest. This early celebration was the start of today’s holiday celebration. Like then, we celebrate with a huge feast.

Today, most of us enjoy Turkey with “all the trimming”. The “trimming” include a wide variety of foods that are a tradition for your family. Those traditional foods often replicate the foods at the first Thanksgiving feast. While others, are traditional ethnic or religious groups recipe, or a special food item that your family always serves at Thanksgiving dinner. Then, to top it off, pumpkin pies, apple pies, an even mince meat pies are bountiful around the table.

American Thanksgiving traditions revolve around a huge and lavish meal, usually with Turkey as the centerpiece. For those who do not like Turkey, a Roast or Prime Rib is common. As tradition has it in most families, a special prayer of thanks precedes the meal. In many homes, family members will each mention something they are very thankful for.

Did you know? Potatoes were not part of the first Thanksgiving. Irish immigrants had not yet brought them to North America.

After the first Thanksgiving, the observance was sporadic and almost forgotten until the early 1800’s. It was usually celebrated in late September or October. In 1941, Congress made it a national holiday and set the date as the fourth Thursday in November.

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Buying A New Mattress

You should consider getting a new mattress if:

  • You wake up tired or achy
  • Your mattress looks saggy or lumpy
  • Your mattress is over seven years old

If you have a health condition, you may want to speak to your doctor or physical therapist first to see if they have any recommendations.

There are a lot of aspects to consider when purchasing a new mattress. There are two main categories of mattresses: innerspring (traditional mattresses with springs or coils) and specialty foam (made of different types of foam, like latex and memory). Heavier people tend to feel more comfortable with a thick pillow top mattress, whereas light-weight people don’t weigh enough for it to make much of a different. You may want to consider an adjustable bed if you find that you are more comfortable sitting in a recliner than laying down.

Make sure to test out the mattresses. Lie down for about 15 minutes–five on your back and five on each side. You may feel a little silly doing so, but salespeople at mattress stores expect it. It’s the best way to figure out which mattress is best for you, besides taking the bed home for a night (which some stores actually let you do). You want a mattress to have the right amount of support to contour to the shape of your body to hold it in its neutral alignment.

Bring your significant other with you if you plan to share the mattress. Not only is it important that the mattress is comfortable for him or her, their pressure on the mattress affects the way the mattress feels for you.

If you’re on a budget, it can be well worth it to wait for a sale. Since sales happen on patriotic holidays, such as Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day, chances are you won’t have to wait too long.

Ask about money-back guarantees as well as comfort guarantees. Be thorough to make sure that you understand the details and time limits that apply.

Finally, protect your investment. Get some kind of waterproof mattress protector–stains will void your warranty.

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Grilling Veggies

We’ve already written a blog about grilling this summer. But how often do you use your grill for vegetables? Not only is it a quick and easy addition (or main dish) for any meal, vegetables are delicious with a hint of smoke from the grill.

First things first, don’t forget to oil up those veggies before they hit the grill. Vegetables dry out when they hit heat without out. But don’t use too much–you don’t want oil dripping over an open flame.

Like meat, some vegetables take longer to cook than others. Sear vegetables over high heat and then move them to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking. Be sure to use a grill basket or skewers for smaller vegetables like cherry tomatoes, so you don’t lose half your meal through the grates of the grill. You can use foil if you don’t have skewers or a grill basket. Simply fold a 24 inch sheet of foil in half and bend the edges up for a kind of lip. You can also cook in a foil packet. This works great for dense veggies like potatoes. We like to slice up some onion with potato, throw in a bit of salt and butter and let those babies cook on the grill for a good 20-30 minutes.

Some of our favorite veggies to grill include the following: asparagus, corn, artichokes, potatoes, portobellos, eggplant, summer squash, and broccoli rabe. Vegetables with high water content, like most leafy greens, celery, and cucumber, don’t do so well on the grill. Conversely, one leafy green that does do great on the grill is romaine cut into quarters.