6 Benefits of Clean Carpets

6 Benefits of Clean Carpets

Most homes embrace the use of carpets on the floor as a way to improve the appearance of a house by giving it a softer feel. These floor coverings also enhance safety because one can slip and fall on hard floors but not on a carpet. They act as a cushion and minimize breakage of items such as remotes, phones, and cups when they fall. Dust and allergens are trapped on a carpet until they can be removed properly which makes the home healthier as such contaminants do not spread around the house. It is therefore important to clean your carpet regularly by vacuuming it and having it cleaned professionally. Here are six benefits of clean carpets:

1) Prevents Growth of Mould
Humid conditions make the mold to thrive on carpets. Mold particles are usually found in the air, and they flourish once they land on moisture. When they start growing, it becomes difficult to get rid of them by yourself even by using antibacterial spray. Therefore, you should be careful not to spill any water on the carpet. It is also important to get professional carpet cleaners to eliminate any harmful microorganisms it might be hiding. Caution should be taken when removing the carpet to avoid the germs spreading into other places. For instance, when you are moving houses, carpets should not be placed haphazardly on items such as utensils and bedding. If you are in Australia, you should seek the assistance of responsible and experienced Perth removalists who will help take out your carpet safely.

2) Improves Appearance
A well-cleaned carpet makes your home look neat, which is appealing for your family and visitors. A dirty carpet is a turn off which will make your house not comfortable to be in. For your home to be conducive for your family and guests, you should make it a habit to vacuum clean your carpet at least once a week and an annual professional carpet cleaning service.

3) Improves Productivity
A well-cleaned carpet provides a friendly environment that motivates kids or workers to go about their tasks smoothly since it smells fresh and beautiful.

4) Extends the Carpets Life
Cleaning your carpet regularly by use of vacuum cleaners or getting it cleaned by professionals help to prolong the life of your carpet. A dirty carpet that is full of spots and stains will easily get old and become tattered. Cleaning your carpet regularly gets rid of stains, which gives a new look to your house. Cleanliness acts as a maintenance measure as it helps you to go for many years with the carpet.

5) Improves Air Quality
Contaminants that accumulate on the carpet decreases air quality and makes it hard to breathe. Vacuum cleaning will help a lot in improving air quality so that those who have allergies like asthma can breathe well. Cleaning will also help in reducing diseases induced by allergens.

6) Helps Remove Pet Hair
Cats and Dogs can leave their fur on the carpet as they lie or play on it. Pet hair can be dangerous if left there as it can cause breathing problems. It is difficult to remove such hairs, which necessitates professional carpet cleaning services.

Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make – FREE Printable

Mother’s Day Crafts Kids Can Make – FREE Printable

 Mother's Day Crafts

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, this year it’s Sunday, May 12th.  If you’re planning to take mom out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you should make reservations now if you haven’t made them already; Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants and reservations fill up fast.

Along with taking mom out for a meal the kids like to give her a gift as well, and what better gift to give mom than something made lovingly for her. Here are some really unique ideas that kids can make with just a bit of help from dad, aunties, or older siblings.  Moms can make them too for grandmas, friends, and aunties!

 Mother's Day Crafts

This is one of my favorite gifts, my grandson Devon made it for me a few years ago.

His mom, my daughter, helped him make the hand print tree and write the poem.  She then had it framed and Devon presented it to me on Mother’s Day.  It proudly hangs in our family room.
 Mother's Day CraftsHere’s the poem, feel free to use it for your projects.

For FREE printable click here

 

 

 Mother's Day Crafts

This cute idea from Her Split Ends recycles baby food jars.

Learn how to make it here!

Give mom some of these yummy strawberry bath salts by Crafts Unleashed. And Cute Gifts for new moms.

Learn how to make it here!

 Mother's Day CraftsThe Keylor Family made this lovely framed silhouette.

Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

 

 Mother's Day Crafts

Cover terracotta flower posts with fabric.

Learn how from Shelterness.

 

 

 

 

 Mother's Day Crafts

Kids will love making these Chevron Stripe painted kitchen towels by B-Inspired Mama.

Click here to learn how.

 

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsLearn how to make this Mason Jar Picture Frame Vase from Home Stories A to Z click here!

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

This cute planter recycles tuna cans decorated with clothespins.

Learn how to make it from Family Chic click here!

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

A Boy His Sister make these super cute photo flower pots.

Learn how here!

 

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

I love this idea of taking a picture in a frame, my daughter did this with her kids last fall!

This pic was done by Moose Photography, professional photographers and posted by Cool Mom Picks  But you can DIY it!
You’ll need the same frame in 3-4 sizes depending on how many generations you want to include.  Take a photo of the smallest member, the baby, frame that.  Take a photo of the next, mom, holding the framed picture of the baby, frame that.
Continue with each generation, grandma, great-grandma, etc.
Be sure the pictures are all taken using the same background.

 

Mother's Day CraftsThis is too cute!

This idea came from Tips from a Typical Mom.
Just take photos of your child in 5 different poses, each pose holding a letter to spell “Mommy”.  Mat and from the photos.  Easy peasy!  Great gift for Moms and Grandmas!

 

 

 

 

Mother's Day Crafts

These photo flowers in a card stand are adorable and easy to make.

Learn how from Better Homes and Gardens.

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsHere’s a unique way to use a picture frame from Making the World Cuter.

Not only is it cute, it will help organize mom’s bathroom or dresser.  Learn how to make it click here!

 

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsAny grandma would love this family tree by Homemade by Jill.

Learn how to make it click here!

 

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsEven young kids can make these hand dotted tumblers by Pop Sugar.

Learn how click here!

 

 

Mother's Day CraftsPhoto coaster also from Pop Sugar.

Learn how to make them click here!

Mother's Day CraftsKids will love to make these fizzy bath bombs and moms will love soaking in them!

Learn how to make them from Playdough to Plato.

Mother's Day CraftsSalt dough heart footprints by Roaming Rosie on Hub Pages are a cute idea.  Kids can help mix they dough!

Click here for instructions.

 

 

For more Mother’s Day craft ideas follow my boards on Pinterest.


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DIY Pom Pom Bunnies & Chicks

DIY Pom Pom Bunnies & Chicks

DIY Pom PomsPom Poms are one of the easiest and cutest way to dress up holiday decor, clothing,  and gifts.  They make great add-ons to gift wrap and tags, banners, baskets, and more.  They are very inexpensive, specially if you make them at home using scraps of yarn.  Best of all they are so easy to make and are a great project to do with your kids.

I love to add pom poms to my crochet hats, they make them super cute. But since it’s Easter in a couple of weeks I’ve been making these adorable pom pom bunnies and chicks to add to the Easter baskets I’m making for my grandchildren.

I used Pom Pom makers  to make the pom poms for my bunnies and chicks but if you don’t have any you can still make pom poms very easily using a fork or toilet paper rolls and a pair of sharp scissors.  Here’s a tutorial from Handimania to show you how to make pom poms using a fork or toilet paper rolls.  If you prefer to purchase a pom pom maker here’s a link for that too! Sets of Pom Pom Makers start at around $6.  Or you should be able to find them at your local craft store like Joann Fabric & Crafts.

Here’s how I made my cute Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks!  I should add that it’s best to use sharp scissors, it makes cutting the yarn so much easier and less painful on your hands and fingers!

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Supplies

Pom Pom Maker or a fork or toilet paper rolls

Yarn

Felt (for ears, nose, etc.) – I used stiffened felt sheets, it made the ears stand up better, but you can use regular felt

Wiggly Eyes

Aleene’s Tacky Glue

Fishing Line for the whiskers

Sharp Scissors

Small White Pom Poms (for tail) You can make your own or use store bought ones.

 

Directions:

If you’re using a fork or toilet paper rolls to make your pom poms make 2 pom poms (one large, one small) in your color of choice for bunny, and 2 more for the chick.

If you’re using a pom pom maker read on.

DIY Pom poms

 

Here is my set of Pom Pom Makers.  I got them from Amazon.

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DIY Pom PomsOpen the maker’s arms.  It should look like an “S”.  You will be winding yarn on both arms. Each curve of the “S” has 2 parts, be sure you hold both parts together and wind yarn around both.  There is a gap between the 2 parts, this is where you insert scissors when you are ready to cut.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsThe object of this tool is to wind the yarn from one end of each curve of the “S” to the other end.  So stating on the left side wind yarn tightly towards the right side.  You can tuck the loose end under the yarn as you wind.  Continue winding until you reach the right end. You can wind yarn back and forth from end to end for fuller pom poms, just be sure you end on the right end so you can tuck the end between the gap that’s on that end .  I wound mine back and forth a total of 5 times.

When you are done with the first curve shut it so it form a semi-circle, do this so the yarn you just wound will not unwind.

 

 

DIY Pom PomsRemember to wind yarn on the other curve of the “S” the same number of times you wound it on the first curve.  This is what it looks like when both curves have yarn.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsTurn the maker on it’s side and insert scissors in the gap between the 2 curves.  Hold both curves shut as you cut.

 

 

 

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DIY Pom PomsSlip a strand of yarn  between the groove of the pom pom maker.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsPull yarn tightly and make a knot to secure the pom pom.  I wind the strand of yarn back around the center and knotted a couple of times to make sure it was tight and secure.

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

 

Open the arms and pull the top maker off to release the pom pom.  Gently work the pom pom off the bottom part of the maker. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

 

Fluff the pom pom and trim the ends evenly.  Leave the long middle strand of yarn long for tying head and body together.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To make bunnies:

DIY Pom PomsWhen you have 2 pom poms made, one larger one for the body and another smaller one for the head, tie them together by knotting the 2 long strands in the center together.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsCut out ears from the felt, I honestly just cut the shape without a template.  2 White and 2 smaller ones in pink.

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DIY Pom PomsGlue the pink part on to the white part.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom PomsGlue the ears between the head and body.  Glue the eyes in place.  Cut 2 strands of fishing line and glue to the triangle for the nose.  Glue the nose in place.  Also glue the tail in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIY Pom Poms

To make chicks

Make the pom poms and attach together like the bunnies.

Cut out a triangle for the beak and top comb from orange felt.

Glue comb to top of head and beak to the front of the face.

Glue on eyes.

DIY Pom Poms

 


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DIY Pom PomsHere’s another cute DIY Pom Pom Easter craft.  It’s quick and easy, a great way to use any extra pom poms, yarn, and felt.

For these Mason Jar bunnies you make pom poms about the same size as the jar lids.  Then cut out the feet, two larger ovals in white, 2 smaller pink ovals.  Glue the pink ovals on the white ovals and glue them on the pom pom.  Glue on a small pom pom for the bunny tail.

Fill jars up with Easter candy, I used Coconut M&M’s.  Tie a ribbon around the jar and it’s good to go.

Great gift idea or a prize for your Easter Egg Hunt!

Making Math Fun For Life

Making Math Fun For Life

Spending time with your children or grandchildren can be a real joy, but it’s also a golden opportunity to help them learn without even realizing it. With the latest exam data showing that just 42% of Hawaiian public school students are reaching proficiency targets in Math – the same percentage as in the previous two years – helping your child to be confident in numeracy is really important. Whether they’re following a delicious pancake recipe with you or working out how to make their Lego pieces fit together, kids need numbers. Thankfully there are lots of fun ways to support your child at home and build strong math foundations for life.

Laying fun foundations

Teaching professionals have found that simple math games can help to introduce your kids to mathematical principles in a fun way. Card games like Uno can teach them about matching colors and numbers, and counting the cards you need to pick up. Classic board games such as Monopoly help them learn to count numbers on dice, move spaces and count money; you could even get the Hawaiian edition to brush up on their local knowledge too. These traditional games are also wonderfully sociable and easy to play with less active members of the family too.

Math on the move

In a recent vacation survey, 64% of families were planning road trips as an affordable, easy way to travel. If you need something to keep the kids entertained, having some simple math games to hand can really help. Counting cars of matching colors is a nice easy game for all ages. You could also prepare colorful flash cards to test each other on your times tables as you travel.  

Mother Nature’s math class

For a really easy way to make math part of everyday life, simply step outside. As a local study finds that the average Hawaiian youth spends 3 hours a day on video games, make it your mission to step away from screens and get out into nature. Children can learn to spot shapes in nature, count petals, birds or study the shapes of different types of leaves. For a fun craft project, teach them to make a kite.

Math doesn’t have to mean sitting at a table with sums; you can use it when you bake together, make crafts or visit the park. By making numbers fun, approachable and relevant, you can remove some of the barriers which may make children feel less confident about the subject. Whether the child in your life is going to be an astronaut or sell their own paintings, math is at the core of life; help them find a little joy in it.

Relaxing Bath Salts

Relaxing Bath Salts

Nothing is more relaxing than a hot bath at the end of a long day.  So why not make your bath more enjoyable by adding a handful of these Relaxing Bath Salts to the tub?

These Relaxing Bath Salts are made with lavender essential oil and have a wonderful soothing aroma when released into the warm bath water.  Lavender is said to have soothing qualities that help people who suffer from anxiety, depression, insomnia, and other ailments.

Now you can buy bath salts from most anywhere that sells beauty supplies, but why pay more for commercially packaged bath salts when you can make these wonderfully scented Relaxing Bath Salts easily and inexpensively? These bath salts have just 4 ingredients, epsom salt, 2 types of essential oils, and coloring.

Making it is easy peasy, just combine all the ingredients in a big bowl, mix well, then store in airtight containers like mason jars, and you’re done!  They make a great addition to your nightly routine and also make awesome gifts and party favors.

Before you start here are a couple of things you should know about using and working with essential oils:

Never apply essential oils directly on to your skin – always use a carrier oil like coconut, almond, avocado, or whatever you prefer – your choice will mostly be to the scent or scents you like

You can also dilute essential oils in water – this works well for mists and steams as oils mix better when the water is hot – in the case of bath salts the salts will be your carrier, oils dilute so much better when mixed into the salt

Never ingest essential oils without first consulting your doctor or health care professional

Test oils on a small patch of skin before you use it to make sure you aren’t allergic to them

Use metal or glass bowls when making things like salts, melts, soaps, etc.  with essential oils. Plastics absorb the scents which you may never be able to wash off.

So if you’ve got a little time, say about 15 minutes let’s go make some Relaxing Bath Salts!

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Supplies:

2 Lbs. Epsom Salt

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Coloring – soap or food coloring whichever one you have will work

Procedure:

Place epsom salt in dry large metal or glass bowl

Add essential oils and mix very well

Add color you want and mix very well

Place Relaxing Bath Salts in airtight containers like mason jars and store in a dry place until ready to use.

 

 

Calming Shower Melts

Calming Shower Melts

calming shower meltsLove soaking in a nicely scented bathtub after a long day at work but can never seem to find the time for it?  In today’s busy world it’s sometimes difficult to find time, even just a half hour, to just stop and pamper yourself.  That’s where these Calming Shower Melts come in handy!

Calming Shower Melts are scented with lavender essential oil which seem to have a calming effect on many people.  Lavender essential oil is said to also help with insomnia, depression, and other conditions.  I use it primarily because I just love the smell.

(As with many essential oils do your research and test it out if you’re not familiar with it because along with their beneficial effects there are not so beneficial ones for some.  Also never apply these oils directly on to your skin or ingest them without first consulting your doctor or health care professional.)

Lavender essential oil as well as any other oil must never be applied directly to the skin.  Oils must be diluted in a carrier such as coconut, avocado, jojoba and other oils; you can even dilute in water.  Calming Shower Melts are actually combined with a powder and diluted in water, the same water you use when you shower.

The hot water you shower with releases the aroma from the Calming Shower Melts making this a great way to get some calming and relaxing alone time every day.  I mean you’re going to take a shower anyway so why not sneak a bit of relaxation in.  It’s particularly helpful if you shower just before bedtime as lavender is known to help send one off into slumber land.

Not only do these Calming Shower Melts smell heavenly they are so easy and inexpensive to make at home.  Your biggest investment would be the essential oils and silicone molds if you don’t already have some. If you don’t have silicone molds no worries, you  can use ice cube trays!  Other than that it uses supplies you more than likely already have at home.  Oh and of course you’ll need airtight containers to store your shower melts, I use Mason Jars.  By the way these melts make awesome hostess gifts and party favors!   So let’s make some shower melts!

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Supplies:

2 Cups Baking Soda

10 drops Lavender Essential Oil

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

8-10 Tbs Water

Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)

Silicone mold or ice cube tray

Procedure:

vaporizing shower meltPlace baking soda in a large metal or glass bowl (don’t use plastic as it absorbs the smells which may never wash out)

Add essential oils and mix well

Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing.  If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want.  I ended up using all 10 tbs.  Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.

Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture.  You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet.  That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring.  When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.

 

Press mixture into your mold or ice tray.  The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray.  I got 5 large roses out of one batch.  You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix.  If you need lots of  melts make one batch at a time.

Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour.  Then unmold and store in airtight containers.

Like I mentioned I store them in large mason jars which are the perfect containers specially if you’re gifting them!

Have a stuffy nose?  Try making my Vaporizing Shower Melts, they really will clear your sinuses!