Organizing Your Kitchen

A home isn’t a home without a kitchen. It is the heart and soul of every home. To have an organized and eye catching kitchen renovate or rearrange things accordingly, a good practice that will absolutely change your lifestyle.

I love rearranging things around the house when seasons changed for a good vibes. Also, moving things allows you to check and clean the back side of your cabinets, cupboards or working desk if possible. I placed fresh flowers and indoor plants to add some colors and vibrant. Sometimes I change the color combinations to coordinate with the seasons. Like red and green combinations for winter or yellows and greens for summer time.

However, a kitchen is even more enchanting if you have a kitchen lighting. I was fascinated when I saw a wide range of kitchen lighting in different style and size. A modern kitchen lighting can be use either on cupboards, counter tops, toe kicks or even on drawers and cabinets. What’s good in them is it is not hot and it is power saver.

On my next kitchen renovation list (yes, I have a binder of all the things I want to have for my next kitchen), is to get kitchen lighting fixtures to make it even more inviting and lustrous. Those lights with a remote control for different brightness and warmness will be perfect. You could do a romantic dinner or a fun kids party at the same place.

Besides interior design planning on my kitchen on my spare time, I experiment a new menu to also dramatically change every meals. Because the foods are the main essentials to have a winning kitchen, don’t just serve your family the same menu all the same. From time to time I open my cookbooks or checkout online for new ideas.  I must say that I enjoy my stay at the kitchen like I am a culinary expert.

Renovating or rearranging our home can be pushy and strenuous. It could be so tough moving heavy things around, but to me, the more I define our kitchen the more I get inspired. After a long day I am satisfied to see my family enjoying their foods while sharing jokes and laughter.

Dust Bunnies Beware! Vacuum for Hardwood Floors


I have pets. Two little dogs and a whole lot of little dust bunnies. They scurry around all over the place and it was only recently I discovered how easy it is to use a vacuum for hardwood floors.

For the longest time I used different mop types of floor cleaners for my hardwood floor. First a broom and a dustpan, then a dust mop, and still those wascally wabbits got away from me, because the slightest breeze would send them scampering under the couch or into the corner or under the closet door. Then I got a new vacuum cleaner.

Finding the best vacuum cleaner for pet hair was not an easy job, and I’ll tell you why. Most vacuum cleaners will clean any floor surface, but some vacuums will damage your hardwood floors doing it. The best kind of vacuum for a hardwood floor is the canister kind with the long hose and a wand attachment with a felt or brush head. Canister vacuums also normally have rubber wheels, which won’t scratch your floor.

Upright vacuum cleaners have beater bars or brushes, and not all can be raised to keep them from beating your floor. Designed to agitate carpets and shake dirt loose, those same bars can do some real damage to your oak, pine, or other hardwood.

Other considerations are weight, versatility, accessories, attachments, and of course, suctioning power. I want to be sure to get all the dog hair and grass that my dogs drag in, not to mention those elusive dust bunnies, and that requires good suction. The features that make the canister vacuum ideal for hardwood floors also make it optimal for drapes, furniture, walls, ceilings, stairs, curtains and lamps as well. This is one tool that can make housecleaning a breeze.

The best advice I was given was to choose one of the most popular brands. The warranty and guarantee that normally goes along with the best loved brands make it worry-free, knowing that the popularity of the brand has been earned. It would be very disappointing to spend a lot of money on a vacuum cleaner only to have it not work up to expectations. Most major brands are available online, making it even easier to purchase. And one of the best parts of choosing a vacuum for hardwood floors online is reading customer reviews. Customers tend to be very upfront about both successes and failures and they will tell you things that are not covered in the manufacturer’s literature. So go find you a vacuum for your hardwood floor and catch yourself some bunnies!

Photo Source: Eva Rinaldi

Steps to a Good Health

Shape up in and out, how? No matter how you balance your diet if you are not going to take some time to exercise, your body becomes weaker and lousy. Have a few steps a day to strengthen your muscles and stability.

If you are busy like me, with all the kids and house activities, just taking a few walks can make a big difference. We do not have an exercise machine at home as no room for that anymore. So what I did is just go outside and look for a riverside or a park to at least have a 10,000 walk a day. This is my doctors advice to let my blood flows smoothly and my heart function normally.

I just make sure to walk outside in a good weather. For me the perfect time to have a walking exercise is after I send the kids to school in the morning. Weather temperature in the morning is warm and safe from harmful uv rays. With my running shoes, and step counts checker plus a bottle of lemon water and some good music I am geared up and ready to count my 10,000 steps a day.

Walking outside is beneficial to both you and your wallet. Thus walking at the park is free anytime rather than going out to the gym. I save from monthly membership fee and you could do it anytime you are free, it’s so much more flexible than joining a fitness class at gym. Aside from budget it is also beneficial to my health as I can inhale fresh air and can take a quick rest whenever needed. At the park or at the riverside unlimited view of nature helps me broaden my mind. This is my free time to brainstorm things that should be done throughout the day or in the future. Or if not I just free my mind from thinking to refresh and allow new ideas or just relax.

Keeping yourself busy with all the work to be done is always good, but to set a time for your health is even better. Don’t lock yourself with the households, give time for your health to keep you strong and healthy. Our family needs us, so always keep in good shape.