Easy Entertaining Celebrate It! Simple Pleasures Recipes Tips From the Cleaning Lady HOW TO CLEAN YOUR CEILING FAN Have you checked out your ceiling fan up close and personal lately? If you haven't, chances are it's time to clean it. The amount of serious dust and debris that can accumulate up there is truly amazing... TIME TO CHANGE YOUR MATTRESS In the world of bed bug infestation, it's important to take a look at your mattress and consider its lifespan and care... HALLWAY OVERRUN WITH SHOES? SHOE CLUTTER SOLUTIONS. Shoes shoes shoes. When I walk into my house I am often greeted by a pile - or sea- of shoes. Amazingly, this doesn't seem to bother the other four humans (or two dogs) with whom I share my home... HOW TO DEAL WITH FRUIT FLIES Thanks to the overripe bowl of peaches on my counter, I recently had an infestation of fruit flies. In the past I have had one or two that I could catch in my hand and that was that... EASY FLOWERS FOR CONTAINERS OR POTS Now that the snow has finally melted, gardening season is upon us. I think a lot of us would love to have a full garden but don't have the space and/or time... IS THERE A NATURAL WAY TO KILL WEEDS ON YOUR LAWN? I was with a friend the other day and we were talking about gardening plans - mine is just to get some plants in some pots and try to keep them alive until August... SHOO FLY - KEEP FLIES AWAY WITH A BAG OF PENNIES AND WATER? I recently was at my friend's house and we were eating outside under her umbrella-ed table. I looked up and there were a few zip lock baggies half full of water with 5 or 6 pennies in each... KEEPING PESTS OUT OF YOUR GARDEN Have you ever taken the time to plant flowers and vegetables only to have them ravaged by spiders, bugs, rabbits, or other unwanted visitors?... CLEANING OUT YOUR CLOSET? DON'T TRASH! TRADE, DONATE OR SELL INSTEAD Even though a lot of people typically do a thorough house cleaning in the spring, fall is also a great time to take stock of your house, go through your closets and do an overall purge.