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National Bologna Day

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National Bologna Day

Yes, it’s National Bologna Day!! October 24th. You either love it or hate it.

Its origin came from the city of Bologna, Italy. It’s also believed to have been introduced to America by the Germans.

Bologna as it is known in America, can be eaten as is or, fried. Throw it on some toasted bread with pickles, onions, tomatoes, and lettuce.  It can be served cold with cheese or chopped up and mixed with eggs, mayo, and veggies for a bologna salad.

The smell of fried bologna takes me back to my mom’s kitchen when she would make all my siblings and me a fried bologna sandwich for lunch.  Have a hot bologna sandwich today and reminisce about your childhood. Simple and delicious.

 

Fried Bologna Sandwich

Butter for frying

2 slices of toasted white bread

Mayonnaise (put plenty on each slice of toast)

5 slices of bologna (slice the middle of each bologna slice so it will not puff up.  Brown the bologna in a skillet)

1 Slice of cheese

Optional:  tomatoes, cooked egg, lettuce, onion, potato chips, or pickles

salute our veterans

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Fall Hikes with Your Family

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Fall Hikes with Your Family

Fall Hikes with Your Family. Ah, September!  The softest of all months…not too hot and not too cold.  Life is (hopefully) back to a routine with kids in school, homework, and weekend activities.  Why not plan some fall hikes with your family?

Of course, Michigan has some of the most brilliant fall foliage in the country, but have you really gone out there to explore our beautiful state this time of year?  So, plan a weekend of fall hikes with your family with leaf-peeping and some bird watching? After spending the better part of the summer cooped up, it’s time to get some fresh air!  The hikes can be as educational as they are fun, and everyone can learn about the great state of Michigan.

 When is the Best Time?

The best time for full-color is from mid-September to the end of October, so if you miss a weekend because of weather or other obligations, no worries.  Going somewhere right in the middle of that time frame should be the most vibrant.

Need some ideas to choose from?  Michigan is such a diverse state that surely everyone in the family will be satisfied.  Apples and fishing and hikes, oh my!

For some family fun, how about something like a Scavenger Hunt? Or Bird Bingo? You have time to plan it.  For a scavenger hunt, try collecting leaves from native trees on your hike!  With the whole family involved, you’ll have a beautiful collection for crafting some fall-season home decorations.  You can learn about individual trees from the Arbor Day Foundation so you can identify the leaves!  First, one to collect a leaf from each tree wins a prize!

Your fall hike with your family wouldn’t be complete without the birdsong in the background!  Be sure to pack the binoculars and watch for these sweet creatures out on your hikes!  Make a Bird Bingo card and see how many you can find!

Where Should We Go?

How do you want to spend the weekend? Or do you want to go for day hikes with your family?  Near and far, opportunities abound to see the colors, from neighborhood walking paths to state parks.  If there is somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit, maybe now would be a good time to go!  Winter will be here soon and there’s no time like the present, right?

Put together a fabulous picnic with foods your family loves and be sure to visit some roadside or Farmer’s Markets along the way to add to it.  Some fresh-pressed apple cider and local cheese would be a great way to expand your family’s food repertoire! Yum! Maybe you’ll find a new secret getaway or fishing spot. Make notes so you know where to go back!

The silver lining that Covid has brought to us is the value of family and how precious and short our time is with them.  Now that things are resuming a more familiar pattern, make sure to include more quality family time. 

 

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Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

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Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup

 

Fall Yard and Garden Cleanup. Think about how you clean your house?  “Top” to bottom, right?  Let gravity help you!

  • Whether it’s you or you hire a local tree service, get some of those dead and broken branches trimmed off. No pruning!  Just the dead stuff. This could spare you some roof damage in the winter and early spring from heavy snow.
  • Be sure to save a few of the smaller twigs and branches for composting.  The strength of the branches can help aerate new compost piles.
  • While you’re up there….get those gutters hosed out too.

Rake, Rake, Rake…

We know…raking isn’t a fun thing to do, but it’s fun making big piles to jump in!  After you’ve done this, don’t throw them all out!  Unless you have a fair number of trees, let nature insulate and nourish your gardens, and here’s how:

  • Adding a thick layer around the base of rose bushes and other tender flowers will protect the root crowns from extreme temperatures and also give natural nutrients to the soil.
  • Mulching the flower and garden beds will help conserve moisture to save on winter watering.
  • If you have a lot of leaves, bag them up and get the kids to “smoosh” them.  This helps break the leaves down, save space and bags, and gets the kids outside for some fun!  Set aside a couple for replenishing mulch during the cold season.
  • Nobody can rake ALL of it up, but leaves are also good mulch for lawns…as long as it’s not covering the grass.  Once raking is done, mow the lawn on the “mulch” setting one last time to chop it up and get it down in between grass blades.

 Vegetable and Flower Gardens

When the last of the harvest has been taken in, it’s time to put the bed…to bed.  After the first hard frost, pull out any diseased plants and weeds and trash them.  Everything else can be tilled under to help provide nutrients and fertilize the earth.

  • If you have it now, add a nice layer of compost over the top.
  • Use the raked-up leaves to make a deep covering over the whole bed….like a foot deep.
  • Cover the leaf layer with old pallets, chicken wire, or larger dead branches to keep the leaves and topsoil from blowing away in the winter winds.
  • This cover also insulates the earthworms and other beneficial insects so they can do their work.

 Clean Up with Compost!

Composting is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to have gorgeous flowers and abundant fruit and vegetable harvests and should be part of everyone’s fall yard and garden clean-up!  Safer than chemicals, building a compost pile is really easy!  Non-meat kitchen scraps, some dirt and dead leaves (which you now have an abundance of), and twigs are the ideal living space for a microbiome. Hint: earthworms L.O.V.E. coffee grounds!  Make sure you keep those (non-flavored varieties) in your pile as well.

Lastly, be sure to tidy up the yard.  Clear out corners and areas that could become a home for some unwanted critters.  Be careful restocking firewood as black widow spiders love these undisturbed areas.  Plant any bulbs at this time for a beautiful spring showing!  Gather up the tools and summer yard decorations and get them cleaned up and put away for the season.

While you’re in the yard be sure to call for a deep Fall cleaning so that everything is done inside and out and you’re ready for winter. Now that’s a job well done!

Think about how you clean your house?  “Top” to bottom, right?  Let gravity help you!

Whether it’s you or you hire a local tree service, get some of those dead and broken branches trimmed off. No pruning!  Just the dead stuff. This could spare you some roof damage in the winter and early spring from heavy snow.

Be sure to save a few of the smaller twigs and branches for composting.  The strength of the branches can help aerate new compost piles.

While you’re up there….get those gutters hosed out too.

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Baby Safety Month

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Baby Safety Month

 

Baby Safety Month is September. Tiny humans are so cute! Those toes, right? Did you know that September is dedicated to ‘baby safety? We didn’t either and when we ran across this little gem, we thought it would be a good thing to share!

Whether you have one baby or a few children, keeping the little ones protected is the number one goal. We found some interesting history that you may not know.

  • The baby gate was invented in 1906.
  • The first car seat appeared in 1962, but it wasn’t until 1985 that the US required children to be strapped into one for car travel. Incidentally, car seat belts were not made standard equipment until 1968 and didn’t become mandatory to use until 1986.
  • Former President Nixon signed into law the Toy Safety Act which gave the government the authority to test and ban children’s toys for hazards.

If you consider those dates, you might also figure out that your grandparents, or even your parents, were kids before some of these laws were on the books. We’ve learned a lot over the years and some of us “older” folks look back and wonder that we made it through unscathed! At your next family gathering, ask them about their adventures as children without is now considered normal safety measures! It could make for some good conversation.

Education

So, where does one go to learn the latest developments on child safety? Baby safety month was started by The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Use the “Parents” drop-down menu for a number of topics like baby monitors, best practices for disinfection (including Covid-19 protocols), and things to keep in mind when buying second-hand.

To stay on top of safety alerts, we like the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. As a government agency, they are tasked with monitoring all manner of consumer goods from elevators to cars to cookware. This is where recall information can be found. For child and baby products, look to this page.

Child safety doesn’t have to be dire and serious either. Reality Works is a great place to find a ton of links to other organizations to help keep your children healthy and happy. Kids are kids. They’re curious about everything and can get into stuff you had no idea about! Educate yourself and do the best you can.

 

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Pecan Pie Day August 20th

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Pecan Pie Day August 20th

Sugar pies were extremely popular in medieval Europe, and as Europeans started to immigrate to America, many sugar pie recipes were reimagined using local ingredients.  Pecan Pie is believed to be a variant of chess pie which also has a butter and sugar custard center.  While pecan pies were likely being eaten before the 1800s, the first official published recipe was in an issue of “Harper’s Bazaar” magazine in 1886.

 

Pecan Pie without Corn Syrup

“Filling only”

 

2 cups pecans

¾ cup packed light brown sugar

¾ cup maple syrup

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 large eggs

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

 

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool completely.  Reserve 15 pecans, then roughly chop the rest of the pecans.

Bake the pie shell as directed (I use premade pie shell for a 9-inch pie)

While the crust is baking, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and, stirring constantly, continue to boil for 1 full minute.  Remove from the heat and stir in chopped pecans and vanilla.  Set aside to cool slightly, about 5 minutes.  Whisk the eggs into the filling until smooth, then pour the filling into a warm crust.  Top with the reserved pecans.

Bake on the lower rack until the filling is set around the edges but still slightly loose in the center, 40 to 45 minutes.  (If the edges of the crust begin to get too dark, cover the edge loosely with foil).  Cool on a wire rack completely before serving.

Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake on the center rack until toasted, 10 to 12 minutes.  Cool completely.  Reserve 15 pecans, then roughly chop the rest of the pecans.

n a wire rack completely before serving.

 

 

 

 

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Practical ways to prepare for college

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Practical ways to prepare for college

Practical ways to prepare for college. It’s a big world out there! We’re sure you have big dreams for your future and are ready to go get ‘em! Now that you’re leaving home, we have a few suggestions on practical ways to prepare for your freshman year of college!

Adulting is harder than it seems. A lot harder. As you learn to balance all the things in your life; work, fun, relationships, there will be falls and mistakes. Don’t take them personally and try to learn from them. You probably didn’t get the balance thing on a bike the first time, right? Neither will you as a grown-up. But you will.

Things to Keep in Mind

Preparation is never a waste of time and while you can’t possibly anticipate everything, talking with your parents or other trusted adults is a good start. Do you know someone already in college? Do you know someone who is at your college? Pick their brains on some of their experiences in their first year. Some questions to ask might be:

The “Not College” Stuff

Not only are you heading to school, but you are also leaving the comforts of home with your parents. You will be surprised at how much they do for you. Sometimes experience is the only way to learn. For example, there are reasons your mom hounded you about the dirty dishes or laundry in your room. Or that you have to buy things like toilet paper, ketchup, forks, knives, and spoons. Or that nobody will pile you out of bed for your classes anymore. Old habits die hard, and you’re bound to have to break more than one.

  • If you’re lucky enough to have your parents’ help, you’re very lucky. If not, and your financial skills are either lacking or non-existent, get busy with a course or two on budgeting and the reality of living in the world. Even if you have help, eventually you will need to be self-sustaining. You may need to get work and it’s important to know how much you need from that job to pay your way.
  • If you will be living in a dorm, you may have a food allowance that is included with your tuition. You may not. Either way, you gotta eat, right? Living on ramen and red licorice whips will get old, fast. A poor diet will drag down your ability to sleep, study, and pay attention in class. A balanced diet is not equal parts junk food and good food, just…FYI. Eat good food…greens, grains, and fruit.
  • Health. Of course, your overall health needs to be…overall. Often young people push past signals from their minds and bodies because of peer pressure and freshman college life is notorious for bullying and mob mentality. Your comfort zones will be challenged often. It’s ok to say “no”.

The college experience can be so exciting! You may change your mind on your major several times. You may decide to go in a completely different direction. Remember, nothing is set in stone. Allow yourself to make mistakes! You are learning not only about your career fields; you are learning to be an adult…it takes some time.

 

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National Sisters Day

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National Sisters Day

National Sisters Day. According to Time and Date dot com, August 1st is this year. An unofficial holiday, it’s set for the first Sunday in August every year, so no paid days off or bank closures. Rats, right?

Whether amicable or contentious, it’s still a good day to remember the relationships we have with our female siblings. No sisters? No problem! Celebrate all the women and girls in your life who feel like a sister! Get with your besties, cousins, coworkers, and neighbors.

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

So, how do we honor our sisters? There are obvious ways like going to lunch or coffee but how about taking a “left turn at Albuquerque”, as Bugs Bunny used to say. We found a few unique ideas you can do with your sis.

  • Genealogy Search. Have you ever wondered about the origins of your family? Especially if your “sister” is biologically from a different parent? Wouldn’t it be fun to compare notes? It doesn’t necessarily have to cost any money to start looking for your roots.
  • Dig Out the Pictures. Whether your photos are digital or paper, it can be fun to reminisce over things you did growing up together. Sort, laugh, make scrapbooks!
  • Revisit a Childhood Haunt. Where did you hang out as kids? Was there a particular playground or ice cream shop you loved as children? Walk the routes you took to school. Find the house your crush lived in. Are they still around?
  • Road Trip! Especially if you live far apart, go for a weekend or longer for a long dreamed about get-together!

Mending Fences

Some of the fiercest rivalries are between siblings. If it’s been a few days or many years, being the first to throw up the white flag can be scary. Many would contend that DNA does not a family make, but if you feel a need to reconnect, National Sisters Day could be a good segue. Ways to start could be:

  • Send a Card or Letter. Maybe you made some bad moves in the past and want to make things right. Or perhaps you want to open the door to them if the rift was theirs.
  • Enlist Another Family Member or Friend. Because we call them “family”, it usually means there are mutual relationships. Is there someone who could help “feel” them out before you make contact?
  • Make a Donation in Their Name. Sometimes they’re not ready, so you have to nudge them in other ways. Often the problem boiled down to broken trust. Try rebuilding without direct contact. Donate to their favorite charity. Make sure they get a notice that you made the gift for them.

Sisterhood can be glorious or complicated. Divine or divided. Let those sisters you love know you love them! Even if it means swallowing a little humble pie!

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Helping Our Pets During the Fireworks

Helping Our Pets During the Fireworks

Helping Our Pets During the Fireworks

 

It’s probably safe to say that our Independence Day festivities are going to be big this year. With our country getting back on its feet after the pandemic, folks are keen to see and celebrate with family and friends. Many may be inclined to go ‘big’ on the firecrackers this summer.

We get that…but our pets don’t.

 Do You Hear What I Hear?

Even though some pets appear to have ‘selective hearing’, dogs, in particular, have a very acute audible range. Comparatively, humans are nearly deaf. So, just for a moment, imagine having a microphone and a cranked-up amplifier of the sound of fireworks right next to you. Would you think that it might be too loud? Probably so. This could be a good way to empathize with your dog (cats too) when it comes to using fireworks.

As humans, we know that we’re about to hear loud noises and can protect our ears in preparation. Each and every ‘POP’, ‘BANG’, ‘BOOM’ is a surprise to our animals, so they can get understandably upset. With the smells of smoke and the vibrations from being in close proximity to the massive public pyrotechnic displays, to them, the world is coming to an end.

“More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day, so you should take extra steps to ensure their safety.” ~CesarsWay.com

Animals process things differently than humans do. If loud noises are used with a dog or cat for disciplinary purposes, how will they know the difference between fireworks? If they bolt out of fear, they could put themselves, or the children chasing them, in danger.

What NOT to Do…

If your dog or cat is already particularly anxious, fireworks could just send them over the edge.

  • Don’t punish the dog for being frightened.
  • Don’t try to desensitize them by making loud noises. This kind of training takes time and patience to be effective. A few days before a planned event is not enough.
  • Don’t force the animal to come out of a hiding place until they’re ready.

Try these instead…

We know you love your pets and want to include them in your family activities. Experts say that the following are best practices for your animals with respect to fireworks.

  • Walk and play with them during the day when the fireworks are not as frequent. Love them up.
  • Leave them at home if you plan to go to a large gathering or public place with fireworks. Even if your dog is acclimated to these kinds of situations, other dogs in the area may not be. Puppies especially may learn to fear loud noises if another dog is demonstrating that same fear. Best for everyone’s sanity to just keep the pooches at home. Even better if a trusted person can stay with them.
  • Give them a place to hide, like a kennel or room where they feel safe. Soundproof the room or area as much as possible, and close windows and shades. If you’re using a kennel box, be sure to leave one part open so they can see out.
  • Surround them with favorite toys or even an item of clothing from a family member. Having something to chew on to release anxiety can help curb destructive behavior or self-harm.
  • If you must bring your pet, be sure their ID is secure and current in case they runoff. Keep a close eye on them and look for signs of anxiety and stress including:
  • Panting and drooling
  • Pacing
  • Shivering
  • Jumpiness

Make sure someone can sit with them and comfort them in low easy tones. Keep them leashed or safe in a kennel.

We at Clarkston Cleaning want to wish all of you and your pets an enjoyable, happy, and safe 4th.

Helping Our Pets During the Fireworks

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Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just Because It’s Summer

Just because it’s summer…  It’s back! We are looking at summertime like a long-lost friend! Seems like forever, doesn’t it? But just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we don’t have to keep up with regular chores. Some are made worse when it’s hot out! I know, I know… Here are some reasons why and what to do.

Warmth and Germs Love Each Other

Most people associate the warm months with vacations and beaches, patio dinners, and running through the sprinklers. In other words, being outdoors most of the time. But often, our “in”-doors get neglected regarding cleaning. Doors and windows are left open so there’s more air circulation and less-than-pleasant smells are not as noticeable.

Clothing, whether it’s work or play clothes, just the heat of this time of year makes us all sweat more. Do you know how your teenager’s room smells? Yeah, that. Except multiply that by all the family members. Try line drying the clothes for a few months. This will save money on your electricity bills and give your clothing a good dose of UV to kill the germs created by sweaty bodies.

Garbage, defined as: “wasted or spoiled food and other refuse, as from a kitchen or household” is the wet/sticky/scraps that we throw in our waste cans. Let them sit for a hot day in a closed container and you might just be knocked back a couple of feet by the smell. Meat waste like trimmings and bones are particularly susceptible to spoilage. Food poisoning is more common in the summertime and is no fun. Make a habit of taking the garbage out daily or having a special bag for just food leftovers and get them out of the house.

Dirty Dishes have a habit of building up as people run in and out of the house for snacks and cold drinks. Even the small bits of food left can create foul odors quickly. Encourage the family to scrape dishes into the garbage and/or rinse them off. Run the disposer at least once a day and maybe throw in a lemon or orange peel to freshen it up. Once or twice a month (all year actually) add a cup of baking soda and vinegar to it and let it volcano up in your sink and entertain you for a few seconds. (Good chore for kids?) Wash it down 10 minutes later with some hot-hot tap water.

 Rain or Shine

 In and out, in and out. Kids, cats, and dogs can’t seem to make up their minds about where they want to be. While it’s best to leave shoes at the door, it’s not so easy to keep up with the traffic. Who knows what everyone has walked or run through especially if there are pets around…you get the drift. Buy a bunch of dollar store flip-flops in assorted sizes for indoor use by the most used door for ease of rule enforcement. This will help keep the worst of it at bay.

DIY season

And then there’s the home repairs and remodeling that are so common this time of year. It’s also a fairly universal habit to just “let things go” while the work is being done because why clean when it’s just going to get trashed again until it’s finished. That’s fair logic to a point, but if one area gets neglected then often the whole thing gets neglected. And if it’s a BIG project, like remodeling a bathroom, then things can get out of hand quickly.

Whether you are doing it yourself or have a contractor, make it a point to have things tidied up at the end of the workday. Sweep up sawdust and other potentially hazardous debris and get the power tools unplugged and put away.

Keeping the house ship-shape, even during the lazy hazy days of summer! Sometimes it’s just easier (and worth the $$ spent) to let us help you keep up indoors while you go enjoy the “out”-doors!

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5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

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5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

 

1. Myth: If One Product is Good, Two Must Be Better.

Mixing cleaning products without at least a little basic chemistry knowledge can actually have deadly consequences. Here are a few major no-nos:

  • Vinegar and Bleach
  • Ammonia and Bleach
  • Detergents and Disinfectants that Contain Quaternary Ammonia

In short, acidic products, like vinegar, should never be mixed with alkali products, like bleach. Even combining one brand of bleach with another can be dangerous. When it doubt, stick to one product.

2. MythDIY Cleaning Products are Always Better.  5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

Now, to be clear, we’re not knockin’ on natural or DIY cleaning products. Nor are we throwing our support behind harsh, commercial cleaners. The problem, though, is that DIY cleaners can be ineffective at best, or toxic at worst. The big problem here is that many people automatically think DIY = safe, and store-bought = unsafe. As with most things, life just isn’t that simple. Do your research. Spot-check with certain cleaners to see if they’re effective.

3. Myth: Bleach (or Vinegar, or Whatever Else) is the Only Product You Really Need.  5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

There are plenty of multi-purpose cleaners out there that will do just as well on your counters as they will on your floor. But that doesn’t mean that bleach, for instance, should be used to clean dirt — it doesn’t — or vinegar should be used on your hardwood floors — it’ll dull the finish. There is no single product out there that will work for all of your needs.

4. Myth: The More Product You Use, the Better.

More is not always better! More soap on your counters will just lead to buildup. Too much detergent use is one of the most common reasons dishwashers need to be repaired. Too much carpet cleaner will only make your carpet get dirtier faster. There are directions for a reason — follow them!

5. Myth: The Amount of Detergent You Use Doesn’t Really Matter.

Washing machines and laundry detergent have gotten much more efficient in the past few decades — so why are we using the same amount of soap? It might not seem like a big deal, but using the appropriate amount of laundry detergent for your load will extend the life of your washer and your clothes.

source: care2.com

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How to Have a Real Vacation

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How to Have a Real Vacation

“I need a vacation from my vacation!” How many times have you heard someone say that, or even uttered the words yourself?

Sometimes getting away is more work than it should be, right? It’s supposed to be relaxing and refreshing and give us new energy for our family and work. Ah…tis often not the case. We’re here to help you make the most of your time off with some tips on how to have a real vacation.

(Way) Before You Go…

Because last year many travel plans had to be canceled, you may be doubly anxious to get the heck outta Dodge, but…not so fast pardner! The pandemic is still a major factor for numerous popular destinations, so it’s time to work out a couple of Plan B’s. We say: ‘Preparation is never a waste of time’ and how well the preplanning goes may well determine the quality of your time off.

  • Money is, of course, the #1 factor. Make a solid budget. You hopefully already have a cash stash for your getaway. Scale back your plans if it’s not a lot. Keep credit cards for emergencies only so you don’t create another financial stressor. Be realistic about how much things cost, and the extra expenses involved with traveling.
  • Research your desired destinations. Pricing has changed dramatically since last year and you may have to rethink where you want to, or can, go. Outside the country is still pretty restricted. Why not travel to our country…lots to see here and you’ll help bring our economy back up.
  • Car Maintenance, if you are taking a road trip, should be part of your pre-trip costs. Get the oil changed, fill the fluids, maybe have the interior detailed, rotate or buy new tires if necessary. Tell your mechanic your plans if you have an older vehicle and ask if your car is in good enough shape for the trip. Renting a car may be cheaper than risking a breakdown midway (and less stressful).
  • Try clothing on in advance. The “19” in Covid-19 could possibly stand for the extra weight gained last year. So you don’t tap out your budget on new outfits, try shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops for your travel wardrobe! New clothes for cheap! Win!
  • Make a Checklist when you’re not in a rush. Look around your house to see what might trigger a “to-do” for when you leave. Nothing is worse than walking out the door and forgetting a major task, like paying your utility bill or buying dog food for your house sitter.

During Your Trip!

Yay! You’re on your way! Whatever your plans, make sure that the “getting away” part is actually fun and relaxing. Some tips to enjoy your trip more are:

  • Don’t try to do too much. Frantically cramming in as much as possible will surely spoil all the fun. If your itinerary has something to be accomplished every day, you’re missing the point of a vacation.
  • Be flexible with your time. Spontaneity can add a lot of spark to your holiday.
  • Down. Your. Phone. If you feel the need to post nearly every moment of your time away, then you haven’t really gone “away”. Yes! Take pictures and maybe post one or two but save the bulk of your “insta” and another social media posting for when you get back.
  • RE-LAX! Sleep until you wake up. Sit and read a book (a FUN book…no self-help or politics) all day. Have midday cocktails. Find out where the locals go for fun. Eat the ice cream or yummy dessert. Try new foods.

As a final treat, and maybe the best one, for your vacation…hire Clarkston Cleaning to scrub your home while you’re gone!  When you get back, all you will have to do is unpack and do some laundry. What a great finale for your trip!

Photo Credit: Photo by Nubia Navarro (nubikini) from Pexels

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Top 8 Signs It’s Time to Hire a Cleaning Service-Auburn Hills

Today, many Americans are busier today than ever before. We are stretched to the limit by work, school, and parenting. Some, have eldercare responsibilities. Cleaning services can help modern families.  Moreover. you will have more of life’s most valuable commodity, precious time.

Adults are working more hours and often continue to labor when they arrive home. Also, many in the “sandwich generation” attend school plays and chauffeur their children to soccer practice. Some must also see to the needs of grandparents or parents. In addition, they are also taking them to doctor’s appointments, helping them with household tasks, and shopping.  Clearly, finding a little downtime for themselves or time to spend on leisurely family activities can be nearly impossible.

One way working adults can claim back a little of their “me” time is by hiring a maid service. A housecleaning service will take care of their household cleaning needs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals over the age of 15 spend on average about 21 hours per week on unpaid household labor. We are preparing meals, clean, maintain, and repair. Hiring a cleaning service can help men and women reclaim valuable time. Now, they can spend time on hobbies, with family and friends. Maybe, just resting and recharging.

When It’s Time to Hire a Cleaning Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

If you’re not sure whether hiring a cleaner is right for you and your family, consider these tips. Afterward, you will know for sure when to put down the Swiffer and call in a professional:

• If you’re working long hours Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

Whether you’re a mechanic in an auto shop or a white-collar office worker, long hours at work take a lot out of you physically and mentally. Having to come home to a mountain of laundry or a sink full of dishes isn’t going to help your stress or fatigue levels. Having a professional cleaner take care of the cleaning leaves you better able to focus on your work.

• If cleaning isn’t your thing  Top 8 Signs-Hire A Cleaning Service

We all have different talents and different weak spots. Some people just aren’t good at cleaning. Why end up spending hours doing a poor job on tasks other people can complete quickly and nearly effortlessly. If you’re spending hours on a no-win battle against dust and dirt calling in a maid service might be a good idea. Maids specialize in cleaning, it’s their job. Leaving cleaning in their hands ensures that the job gets done right.

• Special occasions

Some households don’t require a regular cleaning service. Many, just need help getting ready for special occasions like engagement parties, weddings, birthday parties, and other events. A cleaning service can help organize your home to prepare for special days in the life of your family. For once-in-a-lifetime events, you want your home to be in excellent condition. House cleaners make this much easier and are often more effective in deep cleaning than individuals. In summary, you will be busy with invitations, guest lists, catering, and other tasks. Let a Cleaning service help.

• Do the math

Calculate how much you get paid per hour at work and determine how many hours you spend per week on cleaning. Tasks like mopping, dusting, and vacuuming. Then, consider how much a weekly or monthly cleaning service would cost. Chances are that hiring a cleaning service would be cheaper than the amount you would pay yourself for these tasks.

• Helping your parents

Many men and women today are taking care of their parents and grandparents as they get older. They find themselves helping them with various household tasks such as lawn care and cleaning. This detracts from the time that they can spend in their own homes or on leisure activities. Hiring a maid service can provide your parents or grandparents with help cleaning. This will allow you a little downtime.

• Lack of leisure time

When was the last time you had a drink with your co-workers? When did you last get to go on a vacation or just to a movie? If it’s been a while, you may want to consider cutting down on your home cleaning commitments. Obviously, this will help to free up time to do the things you love. A few hours saved each week can add up over the course of a year to quite a bit of free time.

• Getting ready to sell

If you’re preparing to sell your home, it pays to have it cleaned by professionals. Appearances are everything when it comes to selling real estate. A move-in/move-out deep cleaning by a professional cleaning service can help get your home ready for prospective buyers. Professional cleaners have the tools and training to get your house back into mint condition. This will allow you to negotiate higher sale prices from people interested in buying your home.

• Consider your health

Chemicals associated with cleaning, such as sprays, bleach, or mopping solutions can be harmful to your health. Especially with people with respiratory or other medical issues. If you feel ill after cleaning, or if the tasks involved exhaust you, hiring a cleaning service will help. Professional products will help ensure that your home stays clean and you stay healthy.

Downtime Essential for Health

Finding time for rest and leisure activities is important for physical and mental health. Experts suggest that adults get at least eight hours of sleep per night to maintain good physical and mental health. Studies also warn that adults who work more than 60 hours per week are at greater risk for heart attack.

source: 2localgals.com

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