Best seasonal switch
Dont forget to turn your clocks back one hour before bed Saturday for Eastern Standard Time, which begins Sunday. Its also a great time to check some things off your annual or seasonal To do checklist. The Innovatively Organized website suggests that you:
• Check/replace your batteries in your smoke- and carbon monoxide-detectors.
• Check/replace the light bulbs with fluorescents.
Check/replace flashlight batteries.
• Check/replace expired items in your first aid/emergency kit.
• Check/replace furnace filter.
• Check pressure of fire extinguisher.
• Check/replace kitchen water filter.
• Clean your oven/stove.
• Toss outdated food in your refrigerator and pantry.
Check expiration dates on your medications; dispose of outdated ones.
• Clean out the dryer filter and hoses.
• Reverse direction of your ceiling fan to draw warm air into living spaces.
You can see the complete list at http://tinyurl.com/8r8lrga.
Readers mom knows best
Leslie Mahan of Raleigh shares her moms solution for cleaning hard-water stains from her toilet. My 90-year-old mother was raving about this cleaning block that gets rid of the hard water stains in the bathroom johns. I have tried everything. Sure enough, she reports, Earthstone bathroom cleaning blocks work. You can find the blocks at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/8nkwbj4
Best DIY website
If youre strapped for cash or a wannabe do-it-yourselfer, Familyhandyman.com aims to be your new best friend.
Visit http://tinyurl.com/cfyvobb for easy-to-follow how-tos on doing everything from fixing a bifold closet door and creating a sleek and creative coat rack to customizing a closet and repairing appliances.Theres a DIY advice blog and tips forum, handy plumbing and painting tips and much more. So what are you waiting for? Dont just sit there. Do it yourself!
Best for home fragrance
Hundreds of Web pinners are apparently taken with the aroma that occasionally hits shoppers at Williams-Sonoma stores. So says the feed blowing up my Pinterest account lately. Heres how the One More Moore blogger, a former W-S employee, brings that scent home in a way you can copy. http://tinyurl.com/8gcrznd
• A small stockpot filled about 2/3 full with water.
• 1 lemon, sliced
A few sprigs of rosemary
• 1-2 teaspoons vanilla
The blog says you should bring this mixture to a boil, then turn the heat down.
I let it simmer all day long, adding water as needed. You can use the same mix for about 2 days. Its this wonderful scent of citrus with the warm vanilla and the rosemary. Your home will smell mahvelous!
The Creativity Exchange blog says you can transform a room by simply switching out lampshades with an updated style. Adding fun patterned fabrics to a lampshade is another fun way to update lamps and incorporate your favorite fabric. Its a great way to update an old lamp for a lot less than buying a new one. Find a tutorial for covering an old lampshade with fabric at http://tinyurl.com/9r4ubv5.
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Best of the tube
Amazing homes: What would it be like to furnish your home with unlimited amounts of money? Million Dollar Homes takes you inside the retreats of some of the worlds wealthiest homeowners. See a one-of-a-kind in-home yoga studio, where millions were spent to replicate Mother Nature, and a bedroom in Thailand thats so massive it has its own building. These homes have it all. Tune in at 7 p.m. Sunday.
A place of their own: Whitney and Wyatt have tried living in the same cramped quarters as her parents. Theyre ready to buy their first home, but have a limited budget. Property Brothers Drew and Jonathan help them see value in renovating an old home. The design plan soon hits a snag, making the anxious owners wonder if theyve made a grave mistake. Property Brothers airs at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
$75,000 master suite: TV host Elizabeth Jennings and her businessman husband Alex are feeling cramped in their master suite. The solution? A huge $75,000 renovation/addition! The problem? They only have two-thirds of that to spend. Can the Money Hunters manage this budget, or will they fall short? Watch Money Hunters at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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