Keeping Your Home Clean With a Dog

Dogs are the best, right? Yeah, that is until they splash in a mud puddle and run through your freshly shampooed carpets. It happens and though it can be hard to really blame them, there are a few ways you can make sharing a house with a dog a little less messy. Let’s take a […]

Sparking Joy: Jumping on the Marie Kondo bandwagon

I admit it: when it comes to TV viewing, I’m a follower of the masses. From the “Must-See TV” of the 1980s to the Melrose Place/Beverly Hills 90210 dramas of the 1990s to the turn-of-the-millenium original reality shows like Survivor, I’ve always enjoyed jumping on the bandwagon for a new fad. So perhaps it comes […]

Tackling Paper Clutter

“Paper, paper, everywhere, but not a drop of ink.” That’s the current state of my kitchen as we strive to get back to normal after the holidays… Christmas cards have been cherry-picked out of stacks of mail, so that now bills and junk mail are all that remain on the island, waiting to be sorted. […]

Why Quality Cleaning Products Make a Difference

When it comes to your home, cleanliness does matter. After all, this is where you live. It may be that you are raising a family, and/or fostering pets. You prepare food, eat meals, entertain guests and hopefully you find time to relax inside your home. When maintaining the cleanliness of your home, it’s important that […]

Five Holiday Preparation Tips from an Empty-Nester

This year I will celebrate my 51st Christmas—my 23rd as a mother. That makes me “experienced,” which is basically just a kinder way of saying, “old.” With experience and age come wisdom, so please indulge this empty-nester as I share some of the things I have learned about preparing for the holidays—tips that I hope […]

How to be the Hostess with the Most-est

It’s October, y’all! That means the big “hosting” holidays begin next month. Are you ready? Because my family lives in a college town, our hosting duties are not limited to Thanksgiving and Christmas. We have overnight guests for just about every home football game, as well as other big events like festivals and concerts and […]

Cleaning for a Reason

Cleaning for a Reason and Immaculate Clean give practical help to cancer patients Next month is Pinktober® , aka Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Founded in 1985, this campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer has been tremendously successful, at least from the standpoint of making the color pink synonymous with breast cancer. Think about it— […]

Find joy in life’s messes

Sometimes, just when we need a dose of inspiration, it strikes from out of the blue. Maybe it’s something you hear in a sermon, maybe a passage you read in a book, or, in these modern times, it’s likely it comes in the form of an internet meme. That last thing happened to me just […]