Outdoor cleaning tips that could help save you thousands

(BPT) – The sounds of birds chirping, longer daylight hours, and budding trees and flowers are early signs that warmer weather and spring are on the way. That means more time outside to enjoy nature, but it’s also a sign it might be time for a little spring cleaning. “Cold temperatures, snowfall and winter rains can have a big effect on houses and landscaping, so now’s the time to check for potential home repairs and maintenance,” said Christopher O’Rourke, Mercury Insurance vice president of property claims. “Spring cleaning isn’t just about getting rid of belongings you no longer want or …

Seasonal Home Supplies for Spring

(Family Features) Between spring cleaning and spending additional time outdoors (or both), the spring season can bring a lot of changes to your home. From insect prevention to rethinking home organization and adding style to your favorite spaces, it’s an opportunity to reimagine your living areas while planning ahead for potential problems. Visit eLivingtoday.com for more ways to spruce up your home for spring. Combat Carpenter Bees with Early Prevention Don’t let carpenter bees get a foothold in your home where they can damage wood. One of the easiest ways to prevent carpenter bees from boring into your house is …

Free Family Entertainment from Home

(Family Features) As people from coast to coast hunker down at home, some with children, taking a mental break from a new and unfamiliar lifestyle with the world of entertainment can be a way to relax and disconnect. All you need is a TV with a Wi-Fi connection to access free, family-friendly movies to keep the kids entertained while at home, as well as other films for parents to watch after the kids have gone to bed (or after a day in the home office is done). An option like Tubi, the world’s largest free, ad-supported movie and TV service, …

5 tips for Better Home Safety This Spring

(Family Features) As people become more active during the warmer months, keeping home safety top of mind can sometimes go by the wayside. However, when it comes to fire and carbon monoxide safety, you can never be too prepared. Whether you are just beginning to take a stronger safety-first approach or looking to upgrade existing home safety equipment, keep these tips in mind as you spruce up your home for the season. Don’t Just Check Batteries, Check the Alarm   It’s a good idea to review your safety equipment and ensure everything is in good working order at least a …

Deep Cleaning Your Home

The Most Important Parts of Home that Need Deep Cleaning Every once in a while, everyone’s home requires a thorough cleaning. And this process is something many people underestimate. Remember; if you want to keep your home as hygienic as possible, you mustn’t forget to perform a detailed cleaning from time to time. With that in mind, we’ll go over a couple of areas you don’t want to forget about! Deep Cleaning Your Kitchen Obviously, in terms of basic home hygiene – your kitchen is pretty important. That’s where all of your food is, and if you don’t keep it …

The Power of Pigment: Using Paint Color to Sell Your House

Hoping to sell your home? Make sure you create a blank slate for potential buyers—look here for more info on using paint color to sell your house. When you live in a home, you do what you can to personalize it and make every little aspect fit your style. Your paint colors, decorations, and furniture all fit who you are, and that’s important. But when you’re thinking about selling your house, you need to create a blank slate so that the new owners can create their own sanctuary. If you need help deciding how to paint your home for the …

4 Ways to Share the Holidays With Your Pet

(Family Features) The holiday season is filled with traditions, seasonal meals and festivities. With busy calendars, it can be easy to get caught up with a long to-do list when the true joy of the season is in creating meaningful memories with loved ones, including pets. It can be easier than you think to share the season with your furry companions simply by incorporating them into your regular holiday activities. Consider these tips to include your pet this holiday and find more ways to indulge your pup at cesar.com. Enjoy the Season with a Stroll Many families brave winter weather …

Spruce Up Your Guest Room for the Holidays

(Family Features) The holidays are typically a time for lots of merriment and cheer. They also often include an abundance of guests visiting your home, which means it’s time to get the guest room ready for family and friends who’ll be spending time with you this season. If sprucing up your guestroom induces panic, fear not. Consider these easy tips to help transform your guest room into a comfortable and restful retreat. Clean and Clear The first step in creating a welcoming get-away for guests is giving the room a good cleaning and clearing out clutter. If your guest room …

Holiday Gifting Made Easy

Gift ideas for everyone on your list (Family Features) No matter who you’re buying for this year, putting some extra thought into the personality and hobbies of your recipient can help brighten the holiday season. Whether your list is on the shorter side or long and complex, these gift ideas – ranging from a thoughtful card to a flavorful meal or a pretty piece of jewelry to tools for the outdoors or classroom – have you covered. Check those names off your shopping list with even more gift ideas at eLivingtoday.com. A Gift Full of Flavor If you’re looking for …

How to throw a fun themed holiday party

(BPT) – This year, why not choose a fun theme for your holiday party? You can create a great atmosphere while providing entertainment for all ages with a little creativity — and local resources. You could do the usual “white elephant” gift swap, or hold an ugly sweater competition, but that’s so last year — why not brainstorm a few new ideas? Silver screen soiree How about designing your party around a favorite movie? Choose a film or movie franchise that means a lot to you and your crew. Is it something you all grew up on? Or a current …