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Spring Forward means Spring Cleaning

I know, I know. It is still technically winter, and FEELS like winter – but, did you know spring officially starts March 19th? That means SPRING CLEANING is upon us. Of course we clean our houses more than once a year, but spring cleaning is a time to “deep” clean the house and freshen it for the new year. The following are helpful tips on where to clean, what to clean with, and extra items that may help you out this time of year. I do not know about you, but when it comes to cleaning, I need ALL the help I can get (especially when it comes to using what product on what material). Who better to get tips on cleaning from than Martha Stewart?!

 

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Wipe Walls and Ceilings

Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser.

 

Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs

Synthetic carpets and rugs with waterproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.

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Dust Books and Shelves

Take everything off the shelves, and brush them (along with the books) with a feather duster. Use the dust brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.

 

Clean Upholstered Furnishings

Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.

 

Polish Metal Door and Window Hardware

Liquid polishes and polish-impregnated cloths work well for medium-tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are best for heavier work. If the tarnish doesn’t come off, try a stronger product.

 

Dust Your Home Thoroughly

This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. Avoid using dusting sprays.

 

Wax Wooden Furniture

Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dishwashing liquid. Apply paste wax, such as Butcher’s wax, a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let the wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.

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Ensure Fire Safety

Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.

 

Wash Window Screens

Using warm water and a mild dishwashing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.

 

Clean Window Treatments

Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dishwashing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.

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Wax Non-Wood Floors

Vinyl and linoleum floors that have lost their shine should be waxed with a polish designed for these surfaces. Most stone and tile floors can be treated with either a paste or a liquid wax designed for the material.

 

As for my two cents, I would suggest throwing out anything and everything that you don’t use. De-clutter your house by donating the clothes you don’t wear and items you no longer use. This small gesture can open up A TON of space in your home – plus, you are helping others out too!

 

https://www.marthastewart.com/267295/spring-cleaning-checklist

Hostess with the Mostest: Thanksgiving Table Must Haves

Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for many things – one being cute Thanksgiving tables! According to an HGTV article written by Erica Reitman, the following are MUSTS to create a one-of-a-kind Thanksgiving table! The best part of this list is everything is cute AND budget friendly! Reitman explains that most pieces can be found in your home or your local thrift store – SCORE!

  1. Napkin Rings & Linen Napkins

Erica Reitman explains that napkin rings are unique pieces that will make your table stand out above the rest! And, don’t worry – she explains in the article that you do not have to have all matching rings. Variety makes each table special. To go with your napkin rings, throw in some colorful linen napkins. Using linen napkins provide the opportunity to add color to make a table look simple and clean. The possibilities are endless!

2. Unusual Placemats

Placemats are essential – mix and match several kinds of placemats to make your table(s) pop! Reitman recommends using wicker or rattan mats of all shapes and sizes (Easy clean-up). Any left over mats can be used for your buffet or cocktail table to add texture and variety.

3. Unique Objects

Try looking for out-of-the box items to use as your centerpieces. A simple solution is to use pumpkins as a centerpiece to go along with a “fall” theme. If your budget allows, look to your local grocery stores for small pumpkins that will suite your table style. The white pumpkins, pictured below, are gorgeous pieces to add to your table!

4. Accessories 

Accessories can fall under the category of centerpieces as well! Your accessories are just additional pieces to add to your table to complete your Thanksgiving look! Look for accessories that you may have laying around the house to give extra life to your table.

5. Serving Pieces 

At Thanksgiving, there are plates and plates of (yummy) food! Why not throw some cute vintage serving pieces in to show off your hard-work? Personally, I have found that the best place to find these pieces – GRANDMA’S HOUSE. I recommend calling your grandma to see what she has and can lend you to complete your look.

6. Salt and Pepper Shakers

Last, but certainly not least, finish your table off with a few unique salt and pepper shakers. Typically, most tables are set with one salt and pepper shaker. However, try something different this year and add mini shakers to every place setting – sounds like it would be beneficial to everyone!

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https://www.hgtv.com/design-blog/entertaining/thanksgiving-kids-table-ideas

https://www.hgtv.com/design/make-and-celebrate/entertaining/15-stylish-thanksgiving-table-settings-pictures

Festival Fun in the Fall – Entertainment for Everyone!

Excited for the fall season? Looking for fun for the entire family? We got it covered!

On October 27th from 5-8PM, Burlington is hosting a Dark in the Park Festival!

The Dark in the Park Festival will have delicious food trucks, games, and amusement rides- sounds like entertainment for everyone!

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With all the activities, Burlington’s annual Dark in the Park Festival is sure to be a good time for all ages!

…And did we mention the festival will have games?! Life-size, cost-friendly, games will be available to play on Field #1 in the park. As well, carnival games will be hosted by local non-profit groups.

For any youngsters that may want to show off their costumes,  a costume contest for children 12 and younger will be held at 6PM.

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And at the end of night, you can turn your eyes to the sky to see the festival’s annual fireworks- so come out and enjoy the view!

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Plan on attending? Make sure you take a picture and hashtag #119South on your social media!

 

For more details, click the link below.

 

Dark in Park & Fireworks

Mr. B’s Pumpkin Patch!

Looking for a Fantastic Fall Fun time?

Look no further than Graham’s very own Mr. B’s Pumpkin Patch!

It’s a super cute locally owned farm that you can get your pumpkins from this year!

No matter what your family set-up looks like, it is a guaranteed great time – pumpkin patch, petting zoo, and hayrides all galore!

Alamance County is filled with little hidden gems like this and we know you will love every minute you spend there!

Just make sure you snap a picture and hashtag #119South on your social media when you post it!

Get to know Mebane: Visit Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs!

Nothing says Summer like Hot Dogs followed up with Banana Pudding!

Okay, what do you do if it’s a day that is hotter than the sun and your wallet is as dried up as some of the greenery around you?

Easy! Go to Jimmy’s Famous Hot Dogs right near the corner of 5th Street and Mebane-Oaks Road!

I’ll be honest, I almost don’t want to tell you about this gem because I want to keep it all to myself. That’s how good it is.

You can literally eat for the money you can find in your car seats – just look at this menu and its pricing!

That pricing is beautiful, isn’t it?

The best part is that every single day of the week has a different special – two of those days, hot dogs are only a dollar a piece!

I mean, just look at those things! Aren’t they beautiful?

Like I said, I almost regret telling you about this place – if I ever go and you’re in my booth near the tall statue in the corner, just know you owe me a dog!

DIY Ice Melt!

Winter is here and the snow is coming! Having ice melt on hand can be very useful when you have those random snow days. This DIY project is super easy and safe for your family with using everyday household products you may have hanging around your home. Follow the link below for the recipe!

http://www.twokidsandabudget.com/easy-diy-ice-melt-safe-kids-pets-concrete/

 

Hot Chocolate Fudge Bites!

Who doesn’t have a sweet tooth?! Hot Chocolate is one of the best go to drinks during the holiday season!  With the cold weather, it’s for sure to hit the spot to warm you right up! What if we made our favorite Hot Chocolate drink and turned it into bite size snacks?! Exciting, right?! This is a treat you will definitely want to make for your guest or family this holiday!

 

Hot Chocolate Fudge Recipe

‘Tis the Season

We are giving back in three different ways this holiday season! Our office staff have decided to be Santa’s helpers and spread the gift of giving back to our community!

First, 119 South Apartments has adopted a family to help bring the holiday cheer into their home. While the holidays are time to be joyous and cheerful for a lot of people. Unfortunately, there will be millions of families that will not be able to celebrate the holidays however, if we can make a difference for one family that will be a great achievement. Help us help them make their holiday a memorable one!

Second, it’s no secret. Fighting hunger takes an army! 1 in 6 Americans experience hunger, not necessarily from a scarce source of food but from the prevalence of poverty. 119 South wants to give back this holiday season. We will be running a food drive for the month of November to help our community! You can find our donation station at our Leasing Office ?. Help us make a difference in our community!

 

Last but not lease, stay continued for our third way of giving…

Halloween Family Movie Night!

 

“This is Halloween, This is Halloween.” Halloween movies are starting to make their appearance on our TV’s and Halloween is quickly approaching. Check out some of these great Classic movies to watch with your family this year!

1.Hocus Pocus

2.The Nightmare Before Christmas

3.Hotel Transylvania

4.Casper

5.The Addams Family

6.E.T

7.Haunted Mansion

8.Halloweentown

9.Monster House

10.Little Vampire

11.Coraline

12.It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

13.Dr. Seuss: Halloween is Grinch Night

 

Check out more movie ideas for your Family Halloween Night at http://www.redbookmag.com/life/mom-kids/advice/g534/halloween-movies-families-children/?slide=2

photo by: http://www.raritanboro.org/2017/08/free-outdoor-movie-night-for-the-whole-family/

Happy Fall Days

It’s that time of the year! The crisp cool air has arrived in the mornings and evenings, pumpkin spice everything is in full effect, and hoodie weather is finally here! What better way to enjoy the weather while drinking a cup of coffee when you first wake up or a glass of wine after a long day at work in front of our fireplace at our Clubhouse?!

Our outside color changing fireplace will be sure to have you cozying up next to your loved ones for the fall, and if your anything like me and can’t bear the cold weather we have one inside just for you?. What better way to bring in the fall, right?