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Health Begins in the Kitchen

October 2014
When we talk about ?living healthy,? most of us think about eating right and exercising regularly. But healthy doesn?t stop there. Take your home, for instance. Is your home clean AND healthy? What about your kitchen? Germs and bacteria are mostly found in the kitchen since it is one of the most used rooms in the home. The kitchen is where food is prepared, children do their homework, and family and friends gather together, which is why the kitchen is an important place to practice good hygiene. How do you keep your kitchen healthy AND clean? Start by going green!

Staying Healthy This School Season

September 2014
The new school season has officially begun! The excitement of new teachers, new classes, and new school clothes fills the air, but unfortunately, so do the germs. With all this talk on the news lately about the EV-D68 enterovirus affecting children, I can't help but think about what germs are lurking around school hallways, classrooms and cafeterias. As a nurse and a mother of three, I am hoping the only thing my children bring home from school this year is homework!

Colleges in America Are Going Green

August 2014

Let’s face it.  Going green is in.  Not only are more Americans changing to eco-friendly ways at home and work, but schools are getting in on protecting our planet.  In fact, many of America’s colleges are not only inspiring students to learn about caring for our environment, they are taking initiatives in changing the colleges themselves to be more eco-friendly.

Get Fit This Summer

July 2014

Welcome summer! I love this time of year. Summer is such a great time to take advantage of the beautiful weather and the gorgeous outdoors for the next few months. Here in New York, we learn to appreciate the hot weather because we only have it for a short time. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, we try and do as much as we can outdoors, whether it is traveling, camping, going to the beach, working on the garden, or even exercising, we enjoy every minute of it.

Ten Ways to Power Clean Your Home So You Can Enjoy Summer

June 2014

Summer!  A perfect time to enjoy the outdoors and catch up on family time and relaxation!

But what about the house cleaning?  If you’re like me, house cleaning is not on my priority list during the summer months.

But it has to be done….and done right.  So what should you do?

The answer is simple.  Learn how to power clean your home quick and efficiently so you can enjoy the lazy days of summer!



Easy Ways to Reduce Allergens in Your Home

May 2014

Allergens are all around us.  They are substances that are foreign to the body and can trigger allergic reactions in some people.  Some familiar allergens are pollen, mold, and food.  My three children and I all have allergies.  

Appreciating Earth Day

April 2014
Did you know that the first Earth Day was April 22, 1970? Earth Day started because a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named Gaylord Nelson was concerned with the environment after the 1969 massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Twenty million people celebrated that first year.  Today over 500 million people participate in Earth Day events.

Five Quick Cleanups in Five Minutes or Less

March 2014
Cleaning, I don’t like doing it, but I don’t like when it doesn’t get done. For me, there is nothing better than coming home to a clean house. But with such a hectic schedule these days, it’s hard to set aside a large block of time to clean. Devoting half my day to cleaning always feels like a monumental task too. 

Make Time for You: 5 Things You Can Do For Yourself that Take 10 Minutes or Less

March 2014
It’s been a hectic few weeks. Besides work, chores, errands, homework and children’s afterschool activities seven days a week, I am preparing to shoot a pilot TV show with my good friend and radio co-host Leslie Reichert! The show is called “SLOBS” and I cannot wait to begin filming!

Ditch Those Winter Blues and Look Ahead to Sunnier Skies and Happier Days!

February 2014
Six more weeks of winter, at least that what Pennsylvania’s Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil predicts. As I anxiously await the beginning of this year’s Winter Olympics, eager to cheer on my friend’s son who is representing America on the Men’s Luge team, I cannot wait for warmer weather to arrive. 

Cheers to a Successful Year!

January 2014
Happy 2014! Another year has arrived! One week into the New Year and I have already battled two New York blizzards, one case of the flu and a summons to jury duty! It’s not the way I would have liked to start 2014, but on a positive note, look how much I have accomplished so far!

The 12 Stains of Christmas

December 2013
The holidays are here! What a perfect time to get together with friends and family and celebrate!
December is such a fun time for my family. Relatives from out of town visit. Our Christmas tree is filled with lights and hand-made ornaments from the kids. Special holiday cookies are baking in the oven, and presents are overflowing under the tree. School is out for ten days so there is nothing to do but eat, drink, and be merry!
Amongst all this celebrating, however, are stains, just waiting to show their colors. Don’t let stains ruin your holiday tablecloths and themed sweaters! Be prepared ahead of time to combat any stain that comes your way. 

Easy Ways to Stay Stress-Free Through the Holidays

November 2013
The holiday season is here….let the stress begin!
Every year I have Thanksgiving in my home. Not only am I preparing for the “big dinner,” but I also have to get my home ready for out-of-state guests that stay at my house through the holidays. Add Christmas shopping on top of that and my stress level is at its max! 
The holiday season always brings fun times, new memories, and cherished family time, but if you are not prepared ahead of time, it can get very stressful. The key is to try and keep a good balance. This way you can also relax and enjoy the holidays too.
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