April 16, 2020

Fun Facts About Earth Day

10 Fun Facts About Earth Day

You Probably Didn't Know About


 

1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.

2. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.

3. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.

4. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million of people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution. An environmental movement was born as the result of the protest.

5. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean yup coral reefs, show movies, and plan for a better future for our planet.

6. Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.

7. Earth Day was renamed official by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.

8. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,00 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.

9. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.

10. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevents their extinction in honor of Earth Day.

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April 9, 2020

Easter Egg Decorating

 

 

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April 2, 2020

National Burrito Day

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March 26, 2020

March Housing Update

 

March 19, 2020

Activities for Spring Break

 

Don't know what to do during Spring Break, here are a few awesome ideas to do with the family during the break.

 

 

Plan a family game/movie night (Redbox, Hulu, Netflix,Disney+, etc.).

Who would have though that a shower caddy would have another great use. Here is how you can use the shower caddy during a movie/game night. Everyone can get a personalized snack basket with their drinks to have during the movie. 
Transform your living room into one big fort, like use the entire living room, use all the blankets, chairs, and sofas.

 

 

Transform your living room into one big fort, like use the entire living room, use all the blankets, chairs, and sofas.

 

 

Sunny day during the week and want to do something fun in the sun with the kids. Create some fun gardening/yard art work with them. Here are some simple fun art that you can do with the kids to either decorate your yard or garden.

 

Hike a trail: Pack some snacks and a water bottle and go explore! It doesn’t have to be an all day trail either, pick one the meets your family’s level of fitness. Then plan to wander by a creek, collect rocks and study bugs.

Picnic time: While you’re visiting one of those parks you can pack a picnic! It doesn’t have to be complex, one of my favorite things to do with the boys is grab lunch at a drive through and picnic at Laurimeir Sculpture Park. Bonus if you pack a kite or some paper airplanes!

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March 12, 2020

National Pancake Day

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March 5, 2020

Get Your Home Ready for Spring!

When spring is nearing everyone likes to wander around the home taking notice of all the cleaning and organizing that will need to be done. It comes to the point where none of us can’t keep track of it all.

We found this amazing spring cleaning checklist to help with the overwhelming feelings that Spring Cleaning comes with.  It is a simple yet detailed list that helps one focus on what spring cleaning needs to be done.

This checklist can be very invaluable year after year! It has the potential to be helpful and useful that you wouldn't want to throw it away.

All Rooms:

  • Wipe down any ceiling fixtures such as fans, chandeliers, vents, etc.
  • Wipe down and dust wall décor, walls, baseboards, crown moldings,
  • Window ledges, door frames, and vents.
  • Wipe down windows and door glass with an appropriate glass cleaner.
  • Wipe down or wash blinds, curtains, and valances.
  • Sanitize light switches and doorknobs.
  • Polish any metal hardware on windows and doors.
  • Remove any floor mats and rugs. Vacuum, take outside and beat, wash, or replace them if needed.
  • Vacuum carpeted floors or shampoo if needed.
  • Clean and polish hardwood, tile, or linoleum floors with an appropriate cleaner for your floor type.

Kitchen:

  • Refrigerator: Wipe down the entire outside of the refrigerator starting from the top and work your way down. Remove all items from the refrigerator. Wipe down all shelving, drawers, tracks, sides, top, and base. This would be a good time to pull the refrigerator out from the wall and vacuum behind it. Do not forget to clean the vent typically found at the front base of the refrigerator.
  • Microwave: Clean inside and outside of microwave oven with a cleaner that is safe for your microwave.
  • Stove/Oven: Remove rack from oven and remove grease and grime with an oven safe cleaner. Also clean and degrease the inside of the oven. Wipe down the stove top, sides, and base of the entire unit.
  • Other Appliances: Clean dishwasher, toasters, coffee makers, blenders, food processors, or any appliance that needs extra or specialized cleaning.
  • Sharpen knives and other cutting devices.
  • Cabinets and Drawers: Remove items from cabinets and drawers. Any items that are not used, broken, aging, or are simply not needed can be put in a box to be given away, put in a garage sale, or be thrown away. While items are out, wipe down the inside of the cabinets, drawers, and doors. When finished, replace items you removed and reorganize as necessary. This would be a good time to add any organizational items or try new organizational methods and ideas.
  • Trash Receptacles: Clean and sanitize trash receptacles and the area around.
  • Sink Area: Clean and sanitize sink basin and faucets. Be sure to remove hard water stains from faucets and polish to a shine. Clean and sanitize all counters, food prep areas, and ledges. Wipe down or clean any décor, utensil holders, racks, etc.
  • Wash table linens, cloth napkins, placemats, etc.
  • Make sure you check to see if your fire extinguisher is the proper type and up to date. Replace it if needed.

Pantry:

  • Remove all items from the pantry.
  • Wipe down all cabinets, shelving, containers, racks, etc.
  • Add any new organizational items, cabinets, racks, containers, etc.
  • Return back any food items previously removed. Pay attention to expiration dates. Remember FIFO (First In First Out). Newer items to the back and older items to the front to be used first. Any expired items should be thrown away. Try to keep like items together and not scattered about.
  • Items that are not expired that you will not consume can be boxed and donated to a local food pantry.
  • Any other items removed can be added back to the pantry.

Bathroom(s):

  • Remove all items from drawers and cabinets. Throw away any unneeded items. Wipe down inside of empty drawers and cabinets. Any bathroom medication should be checked for proper seals, safety caps, and expiration dates. Medications out of date should be disposed of properly. Medications should also be stored in a safe place out of the reach of children.
  • Clean and sanitize sink area. Remove hard water spots and polish faucet. Replace lotions and soap if needed.
  • Clean and sanitize toilet from top to bottom and outside to in. Sometimes it is best to remove the toilet seat as buildup can found under the hinges. This would be a good time to completely replace the toilet seat if needed. Caulk around the base of the toilet if it is in bad shape.
  • Clean and sanitize bathtub and shower with an appropriate cleaner. Be sure to scrub shower doors, polish faucets, shower heads, caddies etc. If you have shower curtains, be sure to wipe them down also. If they are worn or stained this would be a good time to replace the curtains with new ones. Re-seal grout or tile if needed. Also, it is a good time to re-caulk around the bathtub or shower if needed.
  • Bathroom linens and floor mats should be cleaned or replaced.
  • Expired makeup, lotions, soaps, and hair care products should be properly disposed of.
  • Bathroom closets should be cleaned and organized.

Laundry Room:

  • Clean and sanitize sink area. Remove hard water spots and polish faucet.
  • Wipe down and organize cabinets. Be sure to discard any items no longer in use.
  • Wipe down washer and dryer. Pull them out and clean behind.
  • Clean out the lint trap and check dryer exhaust for any lint obstructions.
  • Wash all clothing & linens.
  • Install any space saving or organizing items that you feel are necessary.

Bedrooms:

  • Dust and polish all bedroom furniture.
  • Remove clothing and other items from drawers, cabinets, and closet. Wipe down the inside of drawers, cabinets, and shelving. While you have your clothes out, this would be a good time to sort through all of them. Any unused or out of date clothing should be boxed and given away or sold at a garage sale. Winter clothing can be stored and replaced with spring and summer clothing.
  • Move furniture so the floor, the wall, and the back of the furniture can be cleaned as well.
  • Remove and wash sheets, comforters, and pillowcases. Some pillows are machine washable so now would be a great time to get them washed as well.
  • Rotate mattress and remake bed with spring/summer bedding or your freshly cleaned and dried set.
  • Remove stored items under bed and sort. Anything that is not needed anymore should be given away or sold at a garage sale.

Living Room:

  • Dust and polish coffee table, entertainment center, end tables, and shelving.
  • Dust lamps and lampshades.
  • Remove cushions from couches and/or recliner then vacuum.
  • Clean cushions/cover according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Throw pillows can be vacuumed or cleaned according to the manufacturer’s recommendation.
  • Pull out large furniture and vacuum underneath and behind.

Home Office:

  • Dust computer, printer, monitor.
  • Organized file cabinet. A general rule is to keep at least the last 5 years of documents. Any documents that are no longer needed should be shredded.
  • Dust and organize bookshelves.
  • Desk drawers and shelves should be emptied and cleaned. Items throw away items no longer needed. Replace needed items back in a well-organized manner. Add any organizing items such as racks, containers, etc. if needed.

Outside:

  • Inspect and clean out gutters. Check for leaks in corners and make sure they are sloping towards downspouts.
  • Power wash siding.
  • Clean windows.
  • Tighten bolt and fix loose nails in siding, trim, railings etc.
  • Repair and re-seal/repaint decking and fencing.
  • Sweep or power wash outdoor porches.
  • Remove oil spots and other fluids with a dry soak compound and then power wash driveway. Look for and repair cracks in the driveway and in sidewalks.
  • Clean and organize tool shed. Provide spring maintenance on tools such as lawn mowers, trimmers, chainsaws, etc.
  • Clean and organize the garage. Be sure to get rid of any items that are no longer needed by donating them, selling them in a garage sale, or giving them away.

Have Fun

Be sure to have fun with your spring cleaning! Get together as a family and throw on some music and a smile. Sing, laugh, and dance together as you clean. It is amazing what this can do for you as a family.

 

Posted in Family Time, Tips
Feb. 27, 2020

Before & After

Remodel? Make-Over Projects?

 

The Lynne Gately Team loves not only helping their clients find their dream home, we also love to see the changes they have made to their dream home. Take a look at some before and pictures of one our client's home. If you have any pictures you want to share with us, go ahead give email us the photos at info@thelynnegatelyteam.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Home Improvements
Feb. 20, 2020

National Love Your Pet Day!

Strengthen the Immunity Systems of Children

Children in households with pets didn’t just have less allergies to the particular animal in the home, the children also had stronger immunity systems overall. Studies have shown that children who live in homes with pets miss less school due to sickness than children who grow up in pet-less homes. Pets spend a lot of their time outside and therefore bring all sorts of dirt and germs into your home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though – the additional germs can help improve your immunity to colds and other mild illnesses. In fact, previous studies have shown that babies who live with a dog tend to experience fewer infections and are generally healthier than those who don’t.

Improved Heart Health

Another benefit to owning a pet, according to the latest research, is that it may improve heart health. Studies have shown that owning a pet (and men in particular) can lower blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels in their owners. Which can lower the chance of a heart attack. Although dogs are often touted for their health benefits, cat owners can see gains, too. Felines are just as beneficial to your health as dogs. "If you have a cat, you're 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and you're 40 percent less likely to have a cardiovascular incident like a stroke," Dr. Becker says.

May Improve Fitness Levels

Your dog may help prevent you from becoming obese. Studies have shown that walking you dog on a regular basis helps pet owners lose weight, or at the very least maintain it. Of course, dog owners who didn’t walk their dogs on a regular basis saw no such benefit.

 

May Improve Depression

Pets have been shown as a great cure for the blues. Which is why it’s becoming more and more common for using Pet Facilitate Therapy (PFT) in hospitals and nursing homes. Many people immediately feel better just by petting a dog or cat. Just another benefit that our pets provide to us.

 

Pets help lower your stress levels

Modern life is stressful and high levels of anxiety can lead to numerous health problems. Luckily, pets can really help us relax – stroking your cat or simply watching fish swim around in a tank can make your worries melt away. Previous studies have proven that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet. That means having a furry pal can decrease the chances of suffering a heart attack later in life.

Posted in National Days
Feb. 13, 2020

Rice Krispie Valentine Hearts

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