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5 Tips for Cleaning Hidden Dirt and Grime

This post brought to you by BISSELL Homecare, Inc.. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most people are pretty good at keeping their house clean.  They may have clutter, but their houses aren’t dirty.  Or are they?  Did you know that there are tons of places in your house where dirt and grime are hiding? 

Where are the secret places that dirt and grime are hiding in your life?

Ceiling fans.  Even though a lot of designers say that they are passé and no self-respecting home should have one, most people have ceiling fans.  They can easily cut your utility bills.  And they are horrible collectors of dust and dirt.  If you really want a scare, climb up on a step-ladder or chair and have a look-see.  You’ll never forget to clean up there again. Use a vacuum with a hose attachment, a wand duster, or even an old sock on your hand.

Your computer keyboard.  Yeah, it’s kind of gross to think about.  One of the things you touch the most has the most dirt and grime.  Your keyboard is full of dust, debris, and skin cells that have shed.  Add in the random stuff that falls in there like cookie crumbs and little potato chip bits, and you’ve got a real mess.  A combination of canned air, a vacuum, and keyboard sanitation can work wonders.  A co-worker cleans her keyboard twice a month with cotton swabs and alcohol.  Ain’t nobody got time fo’ that!

The Dishwasher.  It seems counter-intuitive, but your dishwasher is probably harboring all kinds of ickiness.  Think about it – it’s a hot, steamy environment that gets lots of food debris passing through. There are dishwasher cleaning products out there, or use a bleach solution.  Be sure to run an empty cycle after cleaning your dishwasher, though!

Your car.  Think about all the times you get in and out of the car in a day or a week.  You’re tracking so much stuff from the outside into your passenger cabin.  If you’re anything like me, you toss spare change and other oddball things in your cup holder, and you rarely really clean those suckers out.  Don’t even get me started on the door handles and other parts of your car.  A car wash, vacuum, and a little elbow grease can work wonders.

Your carpet.  Yep.  Even though you vacuum regularly, there are still all kinds of horrible things in there.  Pet dander, dust, and allergens are just a few of the things hiding in your carpets.  That’s why people shampoo their carpets. 

Do you know what most of these places have in common?  The BISSELL Powerglide line of vacuums can help you keep them clean.  There are additional cleaning tips on the BISSELL website.

 5 Tips for Cleaning Hidden Dirt and Grime

The new PowerGlide® with Lift-Off® Technology is powerful yet lightweight enough to tackle the home’s toughest messes, including stairs, drapes and other hard-to –reach places.

Key Features:


  • No loss of suction and sealed system
  • One-step removable pod for portable cleaning
  • Long-stretch hose
  • Lightweight
  • Swivel steering for maneuverability
  • Adjustable handle for easy use and storage
  • 12-inch foot for stability
  • Large capacity dirt cup
  • 27-foot cord
  • Included TurboBrush® and crevice tool

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 5 Tips for Cleaning Hidden Dirt and Grime

6 Ways to Get Better Gas Mileage

This post brought to you by Pep Boys and Techron. All opinions are 100% mine.

I like to drive.  I drive a lot, headed wherever the open road takes me.  I’m pretty sure I inherited this from my mother, who regularly packed a lunch, and us, into the car and we would head off for parts unknown.  She always said that gas was cheap and adventure is priceless.  

Fast forward 20 or so years.  The lust for adventure still lives on, but gas is no longer so cheap.  When you’re pushing $4 a gallon, you’ve gotta make sure that you get your money’s worth.  There are a few ways that you can make sure your car is getting the mileage you deserve.  

Check your tires.  When your tires are inflated to the proper air pressure, your mileage improves.  Your vehicle is also easier to handle and the ride is smoother.  

Get rid of the extra weight. Each extra 100 pounds that you’re hauling decreases your mileage by up to 5%, according to some reports.  Clean out the extra junk that you’re hauling around.  

Fill your tank in the morning.  Molecules expand when they’re warmer, and gas is no exception.  In the morning, the molecules are smaller, so you’re getting more for your money.  It’s not considerably more, so don’t stress over it, but it can add up.

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Maintain your car.  Routine maintenance can increase not just your mileage, but also the life of your car.  Go to a reputable shop, whether it’s a mechanic or an auto parts store like Pep Boys.

Get quality gas.  I don’t know about where you live, but we have some janky gas stations here.  They get water, dirt, even mud in their holding tanks, which then gets into your car.  No one wants that.  I’m not saying you have to buy premium, either.  Just be wary of the ‘bad gas’ stations.

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Fuel Cleaners.  Fuel cleaners can help clean your engine, which will help use gas more effectively.  A product like Techron Fuel System Cleaner is a great additive. It's easy to use, as you can see in the video. 

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Otter Pops for a Classic Summer Treat #OtterSummerScramble #YOLO

This post brought to you by Jel Sert. All opinions are 100% mine.

Do you know what one of the best parts of summer is? It’s when Otter Pops show up on store shelves. That’s the first real siign of summer. One of the great things about Otter Pops is that you can take them everywhere! Go to the beach? How about the park? Are you just kicking it outside in your own yard? Otter Pops are a great treat in all of these situations. There’s no big package or dangerous glass bottle to throw away. Just a tiny little plastic tube that can be disposed of practically anywhere.

Even as an adult, Otter Pops are still one of my favorite summer treat. You know what Otter Pops are, right? They are those frozen slushy popsicle treat that come in plastic tube. You take them home and freeze them. There’s something about sucking that slushy mixture out of the tube that makes me happy. Personally, I like the tropical flavors. Mainly because I have to be different. [Read more...]

Please Pardon Our Mess

Please Pardon our Mess while we have a touch of a makeover in honour of our upcoming birthday., 


Thanks for your patience!

My Fantastic Fitness Voyage

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I am making another go with getting fit.  I have said this for a while now, but this time, I’m going to do it.  For reals. 

I really don’t know why it’s taking me sooo ling to get back into it.  I can use the excuse that it’s been cold outside, which it has.  Or I can use the excuse that I was pretty sick for a while, which I was.  Well, that’s actually a really good excuse, now, isn’t it?  But the real thing is, I’ve just been a slacker. 

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Oh My It’s Chilly!

We had a few days of really nice Spring weather, and today we are back to the cold and dreary rain.  I am looking forward to Spring – the calendar says it will be here next week, but I have my doubts.

I can keep my apartment pretty cozy, but if my feet get cold, I am cold all over.  Nothing will change that until my feet are warmed up.  I don’t like wearing socks around on the bare floor, but I do love slippers.  I have a pair that I got from that I have been wearing lately – and after being on my feet all day at my job, they are really comfy and cozy.  It is like having little warm clouds on my feet!

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An Ode to Avocados

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Avocados from Mexico. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Oh, avocados, how do I love thee?  I love you in salads like a Cobb.  I adore you in sandwiches like turkey and avocado on a croissant.  You are the main ingredient in my favorite dip – guacamole.  Furthermore, you were the basis of one of my favorite grade school science experiments.  You know the one, where we try to sprout your pit and plant it?

I’m not sure when our love affair began, but I do know it was love at first bite.  Growing up in California, we had Avocados from Mexico quite often, and with just about everything.

I’m sure I’m not the only one that has this love/love relationship with avocados.  If you have a friend that feel similarly to how I do, share the avocado love!  With the Share the Avocado Love Facebook app, you can send your avocado lovin friends all kinds of things, like screensavers, ringtones, and badges that proclaim their love for avocados.  

If you feel the need to share your love of avocados with the world, you are in luck.  There’s an Avocados from Mexico Cafe Press store that has all kinds of avocado branded merchandise.  Yes, you heard, errr…read that right!  There’s the normal things like tote bags, and I love Avocados tee shirts, even aprons.  You can also pick up a serving tray or a coffee mug.  

However, I saw this avocado Calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls) tee shirt, and I knew it had to be mine.  

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I mean, seriously – how great is that?  I especially love the avocados as eyes!  I think that you could share your avocado love without it screaming “YO!  I LIKE TO EAT AVOCADOS.”   Of course,  they also have a shirt that has an avocado dressed up as Santa Claus, and both a stocking and a trick or treat bucket filled up with avocados.   Sounds like a good holiday to me!

What’s your favorite way to have avocados?

 An Ode to Avocados