March 5, 2015

Looking After your carpets without nasty chemicals

This post is brought to you by Absolute Domestics 

Looking After Your Carpets Without Nasty Chemicals Carpet stains can take your home from looking pristine and immaculate to daggy and outdated. There are a few ways that you can look after your carpets to keep them in peak condition without the use of nasty chemicals. There are some occasions where carpets and cleaning require professionals though; in this case, call someone like Absolute Domestics for help and they’ll have you sorted in no time.
In the meantime, if you’re determine to keep your home clean yet simultaneously free of awful chemicals, here are some tips to help you achieve this.

Prevention Is Key

It might sound obvious, but there are a few simple things you can do to prevent deep stains from forming in your carpet to begin with. Try and encourage people to use a mat at the front door or – better yet – take their shoes off so they don’t bring in elements from the outdoors with them.
Another preventative method is vacuuming your carpets 1-2 times per week. This will suck up anything before it gets moistened or engrained into the carpet permanently. Dirt or dry elements in themselves shouldn’t cause stains, but when they’re mixed with any liquid or just over time, they can mark carpets. It’s better to get to them before this happens.

Immediate Attention

As soon as a spill occurs, use a paper towel or cloth to soak it up. Be careful not to rub it in further with scrubbing. Once you’ve absorbed the excess liquid with a cloth, mix together one cup of water and ½ teaspoon mild liquid detergent and blot gently until the stain is removed.
Patience is key here. It’s so important not to start scrubbing in frustration. Once you’ve removed the stain, rinse the area with three teaspoons of white vinegar in one cup of water and blot with a fresh towel.

Baking Soda Is Your Best Friend

Always make sure you have some baking soda in the cupboard for any nasty grease strains! As soon as anything oily has been spilt on carpet, be sure to sprinkle it with baking soda. If you don’t have any, try corn starch instead. Leave it there overnight and then vacuum it up the next day.
Use your faithful vinegar mix (1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 warm water) and use a cloth to blot until the stain is removed completely.

Steam Cleaning

Steam cleaning your carpets every six months will keep them in near new condition. You can pick up a carpet cleaner from your local supermarket or hardware store. Keep it simple and just use vinegar and water instead of any cleaning chemicals. Don’t forget to open up the windows once you’ve steamed the carpets so they get the chance to dry properly.
Keeping carpets in immaculate condition can be impossible to do, but it is possible to keep them looking in fabulous condition minus the chemicals. With a little consistent work, you can keep your carpet looking (almost) good as new! Have you found any particular natural remedies for looking after carpets?

March 3, 2015

The Wiggles: Rock & Roll Preschool and Giveaway

I am a massive Wiggles fan from way back and although there has been some changes to The Wiggles group over the years they still come out with catchy songs for everyone and an equally entertaining DVD

The Wiggles will be releasing their latest DVD tomorrow, 4th of March 2015, called Rock & Roll Preschool

Join Anthony, Emma, Lachy and Simon at the school where you can sing and dance all day long. 
20 Brand New songs will have everyone singing, swinging and dancing the day away

To celebrate the release of The Wiggles: Rock & Roll Preschool I have 2 copies to giveaway thanks to Roadshow Entertainment 

Simply comment on this post answering the below question for you chance to win 1 copy

What Rock & Roll Move you would showcase at The Wiggles Rock & Roll Preschool?

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1. This giveaway is open to Australian Residence Only
2. Please note that this is a game of skill and winners will be chosen on their answer of the above question
3. Giveaway opens 3rd March at 6:30am AEST and closes 13th March 12pm AEST
4. Please leave a valid email address
5. Winners must respond to the email by 16th March 12pm AEST or winners will be redrawn
6. Prize will be sent via Roadshow Entertainment 

March 2, 2015

7 Simple Steps to live healthier

2015 is the year of goals for me and whilst I am no professional in the matter of nutrition, I am sharing 7 simple steps I have changed and added to my life this year to live healthier. 

These steps are all part of my live healthier journey

1. Drink More Water - I have been ensuring that I drink more water during the day, I have set-up daily alarms to remind me to drink another litre. Since drinking more water during the day I am feeling better and don't seem to be snacking as often as I would 

2. Set a goal - I use my fitbit as a goal - I don't always make the goal but it is a good benchmark to achieve. The fitbit is great as it keeps track and monitors my progress which makes me accountable for my goal

3. Prepare Lunch and Dinners - Lunch used to be one of my worse meals cause I would never prepare  anything nor eat until lunchtime when I would make bad choices. Now I have been preparing my lunches and making better choices I am not hitting the 3pm slump or reaching for chocolate (as often)

4. Cut down on Processed Foods - Whilst I didn't believe I was consuming a lot of processed foods it shocked me at how much I was actually consuming. Whilst I have not cut out all processed foods (I'm only human) I have cut down and feel a lot better

5. Exercise Regularly - While my time is limited I like to go for a small walk each day whether that is a proper walk, parking my car away a little further away to ensure I get some sort of exercise in. We have also been doing some nice weekend walks which have been fun and also work with my step of setting a goal

6. Eat Breakfast - As previously mentioned I was not eating until lunch time some days but with a small change like eating breakfast I am feeling better and also ready for the day without that sluggish feeling

7. Live Life - Be Happy and live each day to the full! This is still a massive learning curve for me but I need to stop sweating on the small stuff and live each day to the full. 

I am sure this list will expand over the journey but 8 weeks in and I am seeing some changes and my sleeping pattern is slowly getting better so I can not wait to share more of my journey

What steps do you follow to live healthier?

March 1, 2015

Things are not what they Seem by Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks -Book Blast

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 About the Book
Title: Things Are Not What They Seem | Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks | Publication Date: April 9, 2014 | Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing | Pages: 268 | Recommended Ages: 10+ Summary: What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench, minding your own business, and one of those annoying pigeons suddenly started to talk to you? And what if the pigeon didn’t just talk to you – in a meticulous British accent, no less – but pleaded with you to help untangle a piece of string that had accidentally attached his leg to a wrought iron fence surrounding the playground? And what if, while you are still convinced that this is all a big nasty trick, a hawk swoops down out of the sky and starts cursing at you, also in the King’s English, for getting in his way when he wanted to execute the pigeon? That is the quandary in which Jennifer (almost 13 years old and probably a bit too smart for her own good) finds herself one sweltering July morning while babysitting her 11-year-old (very precocious) brother James and his mopey, allergy-prone friend Sleepy. She soon learns that the bird is actually a man named Arthur Whitehair, a 19th-century Englishman who had been turned into an eternally-lived pigeon by misreading an ancient spell that was supposed to give him eternal life as a human. Likewise, an unscrupulous colleague of his, named Malman, had been turned into a hawk by Whitehair’s blunder. After years of searching, Whitehair claims (half-truthfully) that Malman has found him hiding in Central Park and is now out for revenge. On top of all this strange business, Jennifer has recently begun having weird dreams in which a crazy-looking man with curly red hair speaks cryptic phrases in Latin. Are they random phrases, or messages? And why would some sketchy guy be sending her messages in her dreams?

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Things are not what they seem is such a touching chapter book, an adventure like no other. The world is not what it seems to an individual and Anne Rothmans-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks takes you on an amazing adventure with fantastic characters who you will love by the end of the book.

Things are not what they seem is perfect for children of all ages whether they read it by themselves or it is read to them over a few nights, the story is perfect for all ages.

What would you do if you were sitting on a park bench and a pigeon came and spoke to you?

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"I LOVED "Things Are Not What They Seem"!! It is funny, exciting, and touching, and very fun to read. The characters are relatable and interesting, so I really cared about all of their adventures while I was reading. "~ 5 Stars, Hermione, Amazon
"The story line is original and makes for an incredibly fun read. This is a book which is VERY hard to put down, all of their adventures will definitely have you on the edge of your seats and you read from page to page. All of the characters in this book (both large and small) are well developed and their personalities definitely come off the page." ~ 5 Stars, Alex, Goodreads
"The characters are well-developed and fun. The story moves along at a brisk pace. Lessons on love, friendship, kindness, and finding your inner strength shine through. And the humor is plentiful! Great for tween readers, as well as a quick, fun read for adults. " ~ 5 Stars, HFBrainerd, Amazon
"Things Are Not What They Seem is a well written story and a joy to read. I was hooked from the start." ~ 5 Stars, Granny's Hill, Amazon
"What a sweet, interesting, and overall wonderful book! I love the interesting, multi-layered, realistic characters, the numerous, unexpected but extremely interesting plot twists, and the use of Latin phrases to enhance the magic. I love the simple, yet powerful message that was woven throughout- that things are not what they seem- even in the rough, harsh world of New York City. That message strongly resonates for kids, teenagers, adults, and anyone in between. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who reads this review!! " ~ 5 Stars, Pat D., Amazon

About the Authors: Anne Rothman-Hicks & Kenneth Hicks
Anne Rothman-Hicks and Kenneth Hicks

When Anne Rothman was a student at Bryn Mawr College and Kenneth Hicks was a student at Haverford College, they began writing together in an independent-study course with one of Ken’s professors. A brief interlude ensued while Anne wrote wonderful poetry and Ken wrote a book about hitchhiking (The Complete Hitchhiker Tobey Publishing, Dell Distribution), but they soon got back together as writers when Ken was in law school at Columbia University and Anne was paying the rent by working in publishing. They have continued to write together for about forty years and in that time have published four adult novels, eleven non-fiction books for children, two fiction books for middle readers, and two photography books. They also produced three children whom they love even more than writing. Their most recent middle reader book is Things Are Not What they Seem, published by the MuseItYoung division of MuseItUp Publishing, and available in all formats. Their three latest adult novels are Kate and the Kid, a mainstream novel, Mind me, Milady, a mystery thriller, and Praise Her, Praise Diana, a thriller. Between projects, they started a web site In case you were wondering about the address, “R” is for Rothman, “H” is for Hicks, and “71” is the year of their marriage. No secret codes or numerology anywhere.

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