Never Forget To Set

February 23, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Posted in Current Products | 1 Comment
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It’s hard to believe, but Daylight Saving Time is just around the corner (March 11th). I LOVE when it arrives, because it means Spring is not far behind. What I don’t love? Remembering to change my clock. Ugh! I have a lot of clocks too. You never realize how many you have until it comes to this time of year (and when we fall back).

What I have started to do is replace my clocks with Set and Forget Clocks.

Set & Forget Clock

Set & Forget Clock

Why? Because these nifty clocks remember to do the time switch for you. How cool is that? Another neat feature – they automatically reset if the power goes off. I live in a windy area and my power goes off a lot. It’s a great feeling knowing I do not have to fiddle with those tiny buttons. It also gives me peace of mind knowing that my alarm will always work and be set to the correct time. We have many different models to choose from, including one that projects time on your wall (fyi).

So, now that we are “Springing Forward”, do you have any big plans? We’ve had a mild winter here, but I still look forward to the first tulips blooming, the first 70 degree day of the year (ah, can’t wait) and going outside without a jacket. Patience my friends, patience.

Spring color is coming!

Spring color is coming!

Here’s to a Spring in your step!

 

-Connie

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Tis the Season!

December 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Posted in Current Products | Leave a comment
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How are your holiday preparations going?

My goodness, time goes by fast – it’s hard to believe that the New Year is right around the corner. The following photo was taken at our holiday party last year. We had a “Decorate Your Own Cupcake” bar. It was a lot of fun and pretty easy to do. This is something all ages love.

Decorate Your Own Cupcake bar

Decorate Your Own Cupcake!

Speaking of decorating, I put up my Christmas tree last night. It never fails, I get everything out and I discover a dead bulb. Ugh! Thankfully, I had this Light-Bulb Tester.  I used it to find the bad bulb in just seconds! It’s really simple to use. I also like the fact that you can use this while the lights are on the tree (or wreath), indoors or out. This is one of those products that is nice to have on hand. Plus, the Bulb Tester  works with color and white string lights.

Light Bulb Tester

Check out our Light-Bulb Tester!

Now that my tree is all set, I can focus on my second favorite part of holiday prep – baking! Not sure what my specialty cookie is going to be this year. Advice welcome. 🙂

Decorated Xmas Tree

All the lights now work!

Happy holidays to you and yours!

-Connie

Fall Fun

October 13, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Posted in Current Products | 1 Comment
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We were so fortunate in Upstate New York this weekend to enjoy warm weather. The photo you see here was taken at a nearby Fall festival.

Beautiful weather!

It was a delightful day to be outside. Dry, mild conditions also made it perfect for completing those outdoor chores – mowing the lawn for the last time, raking leaves, cleaning out the gutters, etc.

So, what is on your “to-do” list this month? Mine includes putting away my deck furniture. I try to wait until the last possible moment, but that can be a problem.

October Snow. Don't let this happen to your furniture!

Last year, it snowed before Halloween. Oops! This year, I will be better prepared.

If you have heavy outdoor furniture like I do, moving it inside is not always possible. Or, you may not have the space. That is also my issue, as I have a small shed and one car garage that really limits what I can store behind closed doors. Furniture Covers solve both problems instantly. I have been using these covers for years. They are the easiest way to keep rain, snow, slush, mud and debris out. Think of it this way – you would never leave your house in the dead of Winter without a coat on, so why would you leave your outdoor furniture uncovered in the same conditions? Enjoy the rest of the season!

Autumn is Apple Time!

September 9, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Current Products, Recipes | Leave a comment
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Autumn is upon us!

I know it’s still officially summer, but here in upstate NY, the days are getting shorter and you can feel Fall in the air. As Fall approaches, my thoughts turn to fall fun like apple picking and baking apple pies. This year, I wanted to try making a pie with my favorite new apple, the Paula Red. Have you ever had one? It tastes a little like a macintosh but with a hint of a strawberry taste. They are a firm apple, but can get soft when cooked, so they are better suited for a recipe like applesauce (as opposed to a pie).

If you do like making apple dishes, our Apple Peeler & Corer really comes in handy. It saves a lot of time and effort, giving you more time to enjoy the great outdoors. So, let’s get out there and start baking! Need a recipe to get you started? Click here for an easy applesauce recipe for you to try!

Apple Peeler & Corer

Apple Peeler & Corer does the hard work!

Feel free to let me know what you think of the recipe and Paula Red apples. I would love to hear about your seasonal favorites as well, so drop me a line. 🙂

Here’s to a fun Fall!

-Connie

August 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Posted in Current Products | Leave a comment
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I love spending time outside during the nice weather, but I don’t love the insects that seem to follow me. Have you had that problem this year? I also ran into a bit of an ant issue in my kitchen. We’ve been experiencing very warm temperatures and a bit of a drought here in upstate, NY.  I was told that ants come inside to search for water. Be gone I say!

flowers

Beautiful flowers, but boy were the bugs out this day! It had been raining the night before, so it was the perfect storm.

The only insect I can’t stand more than ants are mosquitoes. They seem to love me. I’m a bit wary of spraying chemicals on myself, so I was very willing to be the product tester for Buzz Away.  This is one of our new items. It claims to be sweat proof, waterproof and Deet free. It also keeps black flies away for up to 4 hours. I tested it one evening at an outdoor concert. I give it a big thumbs up – no bites! It does not stink either, like other sprays do.

Buzz Away Natural Bug Spray

I give this natural insect repellent a thumbs up. Easy to apply, long lasting and it does not smell bad.

Some people (like me) seem to be more prone to getting bit than others. If you are in the same boat, here are some tips to ward off biting bugs:

  •   Mosquitoes love dawn and dusk, so if you can limit outdoor exposure at those times, you reduce your risk.
  •   Dark clothing is a big draw to bugs, so dress in lighter colors or white. You’ll stay cooler too!
  •   Situate yourself near a fan. Your scent won’t be detected. I did not believe this one, but it really works!
  •   Perfume, scented soaps and sweat are a bug draw to these bugs, so limit fragrances and excess activity as much as you can.
  •   Get rid of any standing/stagnating water in and around your home. It acts as a bug breeding ground.

Hopefully, these ideas will help you keep bugs away!

Enjoy the rest of your Summer,

Connie

A Whole Lotta Shaking Going On! Vibe-Away Washing Machine Anti Vibration Pads – Do they really work?

July 14, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Current Products | Leave a comment
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Have you ever had your washer “walk”? Not only can it be loud, having a washing machine or dryer that shakes, rattles, rocks and moves can cause damage to your floors or even your dryer. In addition, there is the chance for your washer to become unplugged and the potential for flooding. Uneven flooring is often the culprit.  The good news is – there is a product that alleviates the issue. Vibe-Away Anti Vibration Pads go underneath your washer or dryer, absorbing and eliminating noise, vibration and movement.

One of my coworkers was experiencing this problem and agreed to report back on her experience with this item. According to Marie, her washer was becoming increasingly louder. “It inevitably would happen when I was upstairs. I could hear a thump, thump sound – not only was it annoying, I was worried about my washer walking and moving around my basement.”

Marie ended up using just 2 of the 4 pads to eliminate the noise and movement. Normally, you use 4, but due to the unevenness of her flooring, 2 did the trick. “It was a really simple solution to an aggravating problem,” she says. If you have this issue, this may be your answer. The pads are a “green” product, made from recycled tires. So, they’re not only good for your laundry room, they’re good for the earth! 🙂

Here are some photos she took of the process.

Lifting the washer to slide the Vibe-Away under.

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A view of one of the Vibe-Aways in place.

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Another view of the Vibe-Aways in place.

If you too are tired of your washer or dryer scooting across the floor, leave us a comment. We’ll choose one lucky person to receive a set of Vibe-Away Pads! And don’t fret if you don’t win, you can always order them by clicking here.

Let us know what you think of this item, this blog or drop us a line with any other laundry/cleaning/organizing issue you want us to investigate.

Keep on cleaning,

Connie

Clean Screens

June 20, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Posted in Current Products | Leave a comment
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It seems like everyone today is glued to their iPads, Smart Phones and other electronic devices. These items are a great convenience, but they sure get dirty fast. My cell phone is so easily smudged. I barely have to touch it and the screen shows the fingerprints. I also worry about germs, since who knows what gets on there when I just grab my phone and go.

Unfortunately, you can’t clean electronics with regular cleaners because they are too abrasive and liquid cleaners can damage the components. So, in an attempt to remedy this problem, we looked for a gentle, yet effective cleaning cloth. We tested quite a few. Some were too harsh, some too soft and others just didn’t work. After contacting a few manufacturers, we finally found a cleaning cloth that works wonders. This lint free blue cloth not only removes smudges, dust and dirt – it cuts down on glare. Imagine that – being able to see and read the screen! You do not use cleaners or water with this cloth. Just rub gently over the screen’s surface. Don’t worry, it won’t scratch or stain. You spend hundreds on your phones, etc. so it makes sense to keep them clean and make them easier to see/use.

We believe so strongly in this item that we have decided to give you FREE shipping on it. $5 seems a small price to pay for preserving your lifeline to your family and friends. Use the code LOOP when you order. Click here to check the item out.

 

Touch Screen Cloth

As always, let us know what you think about this blog and our products. We’re working on a blog about “green” cleaning next. We would love your input on that. Also, before I forget – thanks to everyone for their comments on our Facebook page about our first blog. If you have not “liked” us yet, please consider doing so by clicking here.  We really want to be a community and source of facts and fun for you.

Until next time – clean on!

Connie

P.S. That’s my hand in the shot! I sometimes fill in as a hand model. We do use vendor shots for some items, but we also have a professional photographer on staff!

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