Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning

 

Whether you hire an outside professional for help, or tackle the project yourself, now is a great time to get a jump on spring cleaning. Many people wait for warmer temps to start cleaning, but I think most everyone can agree that those weekends would be better spent outdoors, soaking up that sun. So, take some inspiration from the list below to get you started now on freshening up your home for spring.

 

It will only take a few hours to check everything off this list, and you’ll feel so much better enjoying the last few weeks of winter, knowing that when the warmer weather finally comes, you can get outside and really enjoy it!

 

Rotate your mattress. Most mattresses need to be rotated regularly in order to even out the overall wear and prolong the lifespan of your bed. However, keep in mind that Sleep Number and Tempur-Pedic mattresses typically should not be rotated. Always check with your manufacturer for their recommendations on your specific mattress. If you own an older mattress with no pillowtop, it should probably be flipped as well as rotated.

 

Clean your mattress. Strip the mattress of all linens and covers. Start by vacuuming the mattress with the upholstery attachment, paying close attention to crevices and seams. Next, sprinkle baking soda (up to a one-pound box) all over the surface of your mattress. Let this sit for at least an hour, but 24 hours is best. Then go back over your mattress with your vacuum’s upholstery attachment again. If you have a steam cleaner, break it out and go over your whole mattress. The steam will reach further into the mattress than your vacuum is able to, and kills dust mites. *It is generally not recommended to clean memory foam with a steam cleaner.

 

Organize & clean the laundry room. Clean the outside of your washer and dryer; scrape any dried detergent from crevices. Next, clean the inside of the washing machine. Most newer models have a self-cleaning cycle. If you have an older machine that does not have a self-cleaning cycle, run a cycle with hot water and a quart of white vinegar. After it is finished, clean the detergent dispensers, using a vinegar and water solution and a scrubber. If you have a front-loader, be sure to clean the rubber seal on the door. This area is prone to mold growth, so use an all-purpose cleaner or maybe even bleach to get under and around the seal.

 

Next, organize a bit. Throw away products you never use, replace damaged sorting bins, and don’t forget to clean out the dryer vent to prevent a fire.

 

Deep clean the fridge. Twice a year (or more), you should give your fridge a front-to-back, top-down scrubbing. Start by taking everything out and throw away anything that has expired. Next, remove all the shelves and drawers. Put them to soak in a solution of two tablespoons baking soda and one-quart hot water. While they are soaking, wipe down the interior of the fridge with the same solution. Then scrub, rinse and dry the shelves and drawers.

 

Next, dry the drip pan. Remove the base grill, and pull out the drip pan. If it’s full of water, mop it with paper towels and wash the pan with soapy water. If your drop pan is fixed in place, wrap a cloth around the head of a long-handled brush and use to clean the pan.

 

Don’t forget the coils. In order to keep your refrigerator running efficiently, unplug it, pull it away from the wall, and use a coil brush or your vacuum’s crevice attachment to clean the condenser coils. This should be done at least twice a year, unless you have pets in the home, and then you should do this three to four times a year.

 

Clean out spice cabinet. Throw away all expired spices and seasonings. Not only do these lose taste, they actually harbor mold and bacteria.

 

Clean out expired medications & vitamins If you have unused medications, please take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal.

 

Vacuum, wash, or steam window curtains

 

Wash window blinds

 

Add color to your table. Treat yourself to fresh flowers while waiting for the spring blooms outside.

 

And if you’re ready to get some deep cleaning done, check out this blog for the Ultimate Spring Cleaning Checklist.

Posted on January 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm
Ginna Demme | Category: Uncategorized

5 Alternatives to a New Year’s Resolution

The pressure to come up with resolutions and improvements always mounts near the end of the year, but everyone knows that statistically speaking, most of us won’t stick to our New Year’s resolutions much past February. So rather than give in to societal pressure, guilt, and feelings of hopelessness, I propose a shift in perspective this year.

Rather than viewing the New Year as catalyst for sweeping lifestyle and character changes, let’s instead take this opportunity to renew our sense of purpose and determination. Here are five ideas to make some positive changes in a different way this year.

  1. Express Gratitude

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” -William Arthur Ward. You will be amazed at the ways your life will begin to change simply by expressing gratitude regularly. It will help you maintain a fresh perspective day in and day out, and will help to keep stress at bay. Make a list of all the things you are thankful for in your life, big and small. Take some time to really lean in to this list and reflect on each one. Especially focus on why you are thankful for each of those things.

  1. Create a list of things to look forward to

This goes hand-in-hand with gratitude. What are you looking forward to this year? A vacation, a family member getting married, a new restaurant opening, a new novel or a new season of your favorite show. By focusing on the good things coming your way, it will be easier to keep a positive and hope-filled attitude.

  1. Pick a word for the year

Before the year starts, take some time to look at the big picture of the coming year. Find the theme of what you would like to accomplish or focus on, and chose a theme word to guide you. This will give you clarity and focus. Maybe your word for the year is Intentional. Simplify. Peace. Discipline. Fun. When you have your theme word for the year, share it on oneword365.com

  1. Schedule a quarterly retreat

Life happens, and trying to balance work, family, social life, friends, and other commitments often results in very little time for you. Take some time before the new year starts and schedule yourself a quarterly one-day (or weekend!) retreat to focus on YOU. Remember, if you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else.

  1. Try a 30-day challenge

A 30-day challenge consists of setting a small goal that can be achieved in 30 days, as well as a small, specific action that you will take each day to achieve that goal. For example:

Declutter: every day for 30 days, choose 3 items to donate, sell, give away or throw away.

Random acts of kindness: every day for 30 days, perform a random act of kindness such as: leaving change in a vending machine; buying the coffee of the person behind you at Starbucks; send a thank you email to a coworker who deserves more recognition. Spreading kindness will always come back to you.

 

 

Happy New Year!

Posted on November 28, 2018 at 10:39 am
Ginna Demme | Category: Uncategorized

Outdoor Movie Schedule: Summer 2018

Don’t forget your blanket and the popcorn! It is the time of year when it’s nice enough to grab a movie outdoors – how fun! Here is a list of local outdoor movies planned for this summer.

South Snohomish
Arlington’s Old Time Movies
Terrace Park
7/6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (at the Airport Fly In)
7/12 Early Man
7/19 Peter Rabbit

Edmond’s Outdoor Movie Night
Frances Anderson Center Field
7/27 Moana
8/3 Wonder

Everett’s Cinema Under the Stars
Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson Field
7/20 Early Man
7/27 Coco
8/3 Wonder
8/10 Moana
8/17 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Marysville Popcorn in the Park
Jennings Park, Lioins Centennial Pavilion
7/14 Despicable Me 3
7/21 Jumanji
7/28 Cars 3
8/4 Wonder Woman
8/11 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sundquist Family Movies in the Park
Willis Tucker Park
7/12 Jumanji
7/19 Ferdinand
7/26 The Greatest Showman
8/2 Coco
8/9 Wonder
8/16 Beauty and the Beast

Eastside
Bellevue Movies in the Park
Downtown Park
7/10 Despicable Me 3
7/17 Boss Baby
7/24 The Lego Ninjago Movie
7/31 Goodbye Christopher Robin
8/7 Paddington 2
8/14 The Greatest Showman
8/21 Ferdinand
8/28 Ghostbusters

Crossroads Movies in the Park
Crossroads Park
8/2 TBD
8/9 TBD
8/16 TBD
8/23 TBD

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies
Carillon Point Plaza
7/7 Despicable Me 3
7/21 The Wedding Singer
8/4 Jumanji
8/18 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movies at Marymoor
Marymoor Park
6/28 The Goonies
7/5 Wonder Woman
7/11 Jumanji
7/18 Coco
7/25 The Greatest Showman
8/2 10 Things I Hate About You
8/8 Thor: Ragnarok
8/15 Ferdinand
8/22 Black Panther
8/29 The Princess Bride

Seattle Area
Bite of Seattle
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
7/20 A League of Their Own

Cinema under the Stars
Columbia Park
7/14 Best of the Children’s International Film Festival
8/18 Coco

Movies at the Marina
Shilshole Bay Marina
8/3 Overboard
8/17 Moana

Movies at the Mural
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
7/28 The Princess Bride
8/4 Get Out
8/11 Little Shop of Horrors
8/18 I am Not Your Negro
8/25 Wonder Woman

Seattle Outdoor Cinema
South Lake Union Discovery Center
6/16 The Goonies
7/21 Jurassic Park
8/25 Black Panther

West Seattle Outdoor Movies
Fauntleroy Triangle
7/21 Wonder Woman
7/28 The Secret Life of Pets
8/4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
8/11 A Wrinkle in Time• Outdoor Movie Schedule: Summer 2018

Don’t forget your blanket and the popcorn! It is the time of year when it’s nice enough to grab a movie outdoors – how fun! Here is a list of local outdoor movies planned for this summer.

South Snohomish
Arlington’s Old Time Movies
Terrace Park
7/6 Star Wars: The Last Jedi (at the Airport Fly In)
7/12 Early Man
7/19 Peter Rabbit

Edmond’s Outdoor Movie Night
Frances Anderson Center Field
7/27 Moana
8/3 Wonder

Everett’s Cinema Under the Stars
Thornton Sullivan Park, Camp Patterson Field
7/20 Early Man
7/27 Coco
8/3 Wonder
8/10 Moana
8/17 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

Marysville Popcorn in the Park
Jennings Park, Lioins Centennial Pavilion
7/14 Despicable Me 3
7/21 Jumanji
7/28 Cars 3
8/4 Wonder Woman
8/11 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sundquist Family Movies in the Park
Willis Tucker Park
7/12 Jumanji
7/19 Ferdinand
7/26 The Greatest Showman
8/2 Coco
8/9 Wonder
8/16 Beauty and the Beast

Eastside
Bellevue Movies in the Park
Downtown Park
7/10 Despicable Me 3
7/17 Boss Baby
7/24 The Lego Ninjago Movie
7/31 Goodbye Christopher Robin
8/7 Paddington 2
8/14 The Greatest Showman
8/21 Ferdinand
8/28 Ghostbusters

Crossroads Movies in the Park
Crossroads Park
8/2 TBD
8/9 TBD
8/16 TBD
8/23 TBD

Carillon Point Outdoor Movies
Carillon Point Plaza
7/7 Despicable Me 3
7/21 The Wedding Singer
8/4 Jumanji
8/18 Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Movies at Marymoor
Marymoor Park
6/28 The Goonies
7/5 Wonder Woman
7/11 Jumanji
7/18 Coco
7/25 The Greatest Showman
8/2 10 Things I Hate About You
8/8 Thor: Ragnarok
8/15 Ferdinand
8/22 Black Panther
8/29 The Princess Bride

Seattle Area
Bite of Seattle
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
7/20 A League of Their Own

Cinema under the Stars
Columbia Park
7/14 Best of the Children’s International Film Festival
8/18 Coco

Movies at the Marina
Shilshole Bay Marina
8/3 Overboard
8/17 Moana

Movies at the Mural
Seattle Center Mural Amphitheatre
7/28 The Princess Bride
8/4 Get Out
8/11 Little Shop of Horrors
8/18 I am Not Your Negro
8/25 Wonder Woman

Seattle Outdoor Cinema
South Lake Union Discovery Center
6/16 The Goonies
7/21 Jurassic Park
8/25 Black Panther

West Seattle Outdoor Movies
Fauntleroy Triangle
7/21 Wonder Woman
7/28 The Secret Life of Pets
8/4 Star Wars: The Last Jedi
8/11 A Wrinkle in Time
8/18 Coco
8/25 Black Panther

*Check websites for start times, pre-movie activities and to make sure your favorite movie hasn’t been canceled or changed!

8/18 Coco
8/25 Black Panther

*Check websites for start times, pre-movie activities and to make sure your favorite movie hasn’t been canceled or changed!

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm
Ginna Demme | Category: Uncategorized

Where to Watch Fireworks 2018

The Fourth of July is right around the corner.  With it being on a Wednesday, keeping it local makes sense.  Here is a list of local firework shows to help you celebrate the great U.S. of A!

Bellevue – Downtown Park 10:05 p.m.

Des Moines – Marina 10:20 p.m.

Edmonds – Civic Stadium 10 p.m.

Everett – Port Gardner Bay 10:20 p.m.

Federal Way – Celebration Park 10:15 p.m.

Kent – Lake Meridian Park 10 p.m.

Kenmore – Log Boom Park 10:00 p. m.

Kirkland – Marina Park 10:15 p.m.

Lakewood – Joint Base Lewis-McChord 10 p.m.

Newcastle – Lake Boren Park 10 p.m.

Renton – Coulon Park 10 p.m.

SeaTac – Angle Lake Park 10 p.m.

Seattle – Lake Union 10:20 p.m. BIG!

Tacoma – Ruston Way 10:10 p.m. BIG!

Tukwila – Fort Dent Park 10 p.m.

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 12:57 pm
Ginna Demme | Category: Uncategorized

Local Splash Parks

 

It is that time of year when the sun comes out and the kids need to cool down and get their wiggles out outside. My blog has a list of local splash parks that are sure to beat the summer heat!

 

South Snohomish

Daleway Park

19015 64th Ave W, Lynnwood WA 98036

 

Edmonds City Park

600 3rd Ave S, Edmonds WA 98020

 

North Lynnwood Park

18510 44th Ave W, Lynnwood WA 98037

 

Rotary Centennial Water Playground

802 E Mukilteo Blvd, Everett WA 98203

 

Willis D. Tucker Park

6705 Puget Park Drive, Snohomish WA 98296

 

 

 

Seattle

Georgetown Playfield

750 S Home St, Seattle WA 98108

 

Northacres Park

12718 1st Ave NE, Seattle WA 98125

 

Pratt Park

1800 S Main St, Seattle WA 98144

 

 

Eastside

Crossroads Water Spray Playground

999 164th Ave NE, Bellevue WA 98008

 

Grass Lawn Park

7031 148th Ave NE, Redmond WA 98052

 

Sammamish Commons

801 228th Ave SE, Sammamish WA 98074

 

 

Posted on June 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm
Ginna Demme | Category: Uncategorized