Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Fall Cleaning Tips For Your Precious Gems


There is no doubt on days like today that Fall 2019 has arrived. While many of us think of “Spring Cleaning” as the time for cleaning everything from our closets to washing widows, you really should be doing a Fall Prep for winter and that prep should include your precious jewels. After all, holiday season will be upon is and you know that you’ll be wearing your sparkles at all of the season parties!

There is however, a proper way in which to clean your jewels and TME reached out to the experts at Ritani, who provided a few simple tips and tricks to clean your diamonds, and other gems, with ease and care. The best part about these tips is that you can employ these simple cleaning methods with regular household products.

Freshen Up: Baking Soda is a staple is every kitchen. Not only does baking soda make for tasty cookies and a fresh-smelling refrigerator, this versatile substance can also keep your ring clean. In fact, baking soda's mild, non-abrasive consistency makes it a great choice for cleaning all manner of metals and precious stones. For platinum rings, mix a dash of baking soda with water to create a simple cleaning solution. Rub along the band and around the setting, then use a lint-free cloth to wipe dry.

Minty Brilliance: Another common household item, toothpaste, also cleans engagement rings in a pinch. Take a bit of toothpaste -- the non-gel, chalky kind is best -- and apply it to a soft-bristled toothbrush. You might even want to invest in a child-size brush; they have smaller heads and softer bristles that are perfect for ring cleaning. Gently rub toothpaste along the band and around the setting with a soft bristle toothbrush. Rinse with water and it will look brand new!

A Deeper Clean: For an even deeper clean, simply squirt a bit of liquid dishwashing detergent on a toothbrush. Again, the small size and soft bristles of a child-size brush come in handy for ring cleaning. Add a tiny bit of warm water and scrub your stone and setting gently. Using dishwashing detergent and a small toothbrush, scrub your ring until it sparkles. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry.

Extra Shine: If you want to up the shine factor even further, clean your ring using one of the above methods. Then let the ring soak in a mixture of one part ammonia to three parts water for half an hour. Take the ring out and let it air dry to a bright sparkle.

Bring In The Professionals: If your ring has become really dirty over time, it may be best to visit your local jeweler. They will restore your ring to its true brilliance.

Our personal reminder is to check your gems. Often, we do not notice that a stone has loosened from its setting and from our personal experience, nothing is worse then losing a gem from a beloved piece! 


Thursday, March 21, 2019

Secrets Of People With The Perfect Kitchen


We hope that you’ve enjoyed our week-long Spring 2019 Cleaning Fest. Turning back to Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter, we look to tackle the horrors of the kitchen! Emma offers amazing tips for organizing your kitchen pantry. And those tips are applicable to the entire kitchen! 

Secret Number One: Start by clearing all the food out of the pantry to get a visual inventory of the items you have already. Don't be surprised if you find a duplicate, that’s the hazard of an unorganized pantry.

Secret Number Two: The trick to keeping your pantry organized is to make it easy for your family to keep the items they eat on a regular basis accessible without having to move everything else around. Keep your meal staples like pasta, rice, black beans, quinoa in clear containers so you can quickly and easily see when it's time to add them to your shopping list.

Secret Number Three: Save shelf space by using an over-the-door towel hanger to store lunch bags and soft coolers on the back of your pantry door.

Secret Number Four: Make room by storing infrequently used appliances in another closet, or up on the top shelf. Things like ice cream makers, tamale cookers, pressure canners, electric roasting pans, only get used seasonally, and shouldn't take up prime pantry real estate.

Secret Number Five: Onions, potatoes, and garlic should be kept in a basket out of direct light in a basket or wire bin. Unbox cereals and store in a tall clear container so you can always see when you need to pick up more from the grocery store. Some containers will hold two full boxes of cereal, so you can stock up, and save on pantry space. Save space by unboxing individually wrapped items like granola bars, sunflower seeds, chips, etc. and gathering them in a basket.

Secret Number Six: Use canning jars to store your pantry items. They are cheap, durable (made to stand boiling water) and since they are made of glass you don't need to worry about plastic toxins leeching into your food, or making room on the top rack of your dishwasher. Canning jars come in a variety of sizes from tiny half-pints to half-gallon glass jars. The lids are airtight, washable, and come in two standard sizes that fit all jars regardless of whether you found them at a yard sale or picked them up at Target.

Okay, so now that you've organized your entire abode it's time to go play and enjoy your super clean space! 



Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Secrets Of People Who Have Clutter Free Homes


Yesterday, we brought you Secrets Of Organized People with help from Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter. In our week-long series we move on to the next set of tips … Secrets Of People Who Have Clutter Free Homes! Yes, we know that many of you may be thinking that a clutter-free home in absolutely unattainable. Honestly, it isn’t. However, it does take a little bit of discipline and possibly a whole lot of re-working your mindset.

Secret Number One: Save time straightening your house with this simple technique. Grab an empty laundry basket with paper towels, all-purpose cleaner, and a small garbage bag. Work clockwise through each room, wiping down surfaces as you go, and using the laundry basket to hold items that don't belong in that room. Before moving to the next room, check the basket to see if there is anything you picked up from another room that needs to be put away, and then repeat in the next room.

Secret Number Two: Make the most of your kitchen and closet storage by rotating out seasonal items to make more space for the things you use more frequently. Holiday cookie cutters, fondue pot, tamale cooker -- if you only use it during the holidays, it's time to stow it all away to make space for spring and summer items.            

Secret Number Three: Make the most of your cleaning day by hiring service startups to come directly to your door and handle boring tasks while you get your spring cleaning done. Get all your seasonal items safely stored away (and out our your way) by scheduling a storage pick-up with Clutter.com. Use STRATIM to get your car washed, gas tank filled and returned to your driveway. Or use Handy to get help with everything from furniture assembly, window washing, to fixing your garbage disposal.



Happy Organizing!


Monday, March 18, 2019

Secrets Of Organized People From Expert Emma Gordon


With Spring 2019 kicking off this Wednesday, March 20, we have been on a major Spring Cleaning kick. It began with cleaning out our products closet and has led to the office and beyond. When you start a major cleaning project we think that most people often ask, “How did things become so disorganized?” At least that was the question that we were all asking.

The answer is that life happens -- we all get busy with work, school and families. But, it is actually possible to have a very busy life and a well organized one too. Turning to Organizing and Storing Expert, Emma Gordon of Clutter, we found out about a few brilliant tips and secrets … Secrets of organized people! So read on and check back all throughout this week as we share tips from our own in-house experts!

Secret Number One: Clutter piles up quickly when you're not paying attention. One of the easiest ways to prevent clutter is to follow a simple rule … when you have an object in your hand (book, jacket, house keys) don't just put it down anywhere, put it away.  When you challenge yourself to put things away in their designated places, not in the most convenient location at the moment, keeping your home organized or office becomes second nature.

Secret Number Two: If a task takes less than two minutes to complete, do it immediately. Small tasks that are allowed to pile up will turn into fodder for procrastination later.

Secret Number Three: It is really easy to schedule away your time and be left with no room for bigger projects that require more concentration. If you're having a hard time making progress on personal projects, a major presentation, or other “deep work,” put it on your calendar as if it’s an appointment. Then treat it like an appointment … don't be late, turn off your phone, don't cancel at the last minute. This is especially helpful if you share your calendar with others to book appointments.

Secret Number Four: Whenever possible, outsource mundane errands. Use on-demand storage like Clutter.com rather than wasting driving your stuff to and from storage. Instead of running to the grocery store, use Instacart or find a tasker on TaskRabbit. Everyday a new service company emerges who can lighten your task list for a small fee.




Monday, November 12, 2018

Fall Cleaning Tips For Your Precious Gems


There is no doubt on days like today that Fall 2016 has arrives. While many of us think of “Spring Cleaning” as the time for cleaning everything from cleaning our closets to washing widows, you really should be doing a Fall Prep for winter and that prep should include your precious jewels. After all, holiday season will be upon is and you know that you’ll be wearing your sparkles at all of the season parties!

There is however, a proper way in which to clean your jewels and TME reached out to the experts at Ritani, who provided a few simple tips and tricks to clean your diamonds, and other gems, with ease and care. The best part about these tips is that you can employ these simple cleaning methods with regular household products.

Freshen Up: Baking Soda is a staple is every kitchen. Not only does baking soda make for tasty cookies and a fresh-smelling refrigerator, this versatile substance can also keep your ring clean. In fact, baking soda's mild, non-abrasive consistency makes it a great choice for cleaning all manner of metals and precious stones. For platinum rings, mix a dash of baking soda with water to create a simple cleaning solution. Rub along the band and around the setting, then use a lint-free cloth to wipe dry.

Minty Brilliance: Another common household item, toothpaste, also cleans engagement rings in a pinch. Take a bit of toothpaste -- the non-gel, chalky kind is best -- and apply it to a soft-bristled toothbrush. You might even want to invest in a child-size brush; they have smaller heads and softer bristles that are perfect for ring cleaning. Gently rub toothpaste along the band and around the setting with a soft bristle toothbrush. Rinse with water and it will look brand new!

A Deeper Clean: For an even deeper clean, simply squirt a bit of liquid dishwashing detergent on a toothbrush. Again, the small size and soft bristles of a child-size brush come in handy for ring cleaning. Add a tiny bit of warm water and scrub your stone and setting gently. Using dishwashing detergent and a small toothbrush, scrub your ring until it sparkles. Rinse with warm water and wipe dry.

Extra Shine: If you want to up the shine factor even further, clean your ring using one of the above methods. Then let the ring soak in a mixture of one part ammonia to three parts water for half an hour. Take the ring out and let it air dry to a bright sparkle.

Bring In The Professionals: If your ring has become really dirty over time, it may be best to visit your local jeweler. They will restore your ring to its true brilliance.

Our personal reminder is to check your gems. Often, we do not notice that a stone has loosened from its setting and from our personal experience, nothing is worse then losing a gem from a beloved piece! 


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Secrets Of People Who Have Organized Bathrooms


We hate to name names, but the same person who has her perfectly organized closet also has a perfectly organized bathroom. Our editor believes that the bathroom is a sanctuary and should be kept immaculate at all times. We used to think that she was off her nut (okay we still do) but she’s right about easily keeping your bathroom a clean, organized and lovely space.

Secret Number One: Bathrooms can become overwhelming disorganized, especially if you’re sharing one bathroom. Just as with cleaning your closet, you want to create to piles for your bathroom items -- keep and discard. Yvonne’s tip is to go through every drawer, cabinet and basket because you know that you’re going to find those dumb sparkly butterfly mini-clips from the 90s in one of your drawers, as well as a 2-year-old can of hairspray that need to go.

Secret Number Two: After you’ve disposed of items that you’re never going to use (yes, parting with products is never easy), get creative with storage. If you’re short on drawer and cabinet space, go upward and invest in shelves. Baskets are a great way to keep your items organized and if they’re on “display” in the bathroom, you’re sort of forced to keep them clean. Check out our “DIY Makeup Brush Holder” to get the creative juices flowing.

Secret Number Three: Life is busy, we know. And you don’t always have time to scrub the bathroom from top to bottom. However, it takes seconds to wipe down the mirror and sink. Keep a container of paper towels, glass cleaner and disinfectant wipes under the vanity -- that way they’ll always be right at hand and it will take five minutes to “freshen up” the bathroom.

Secret Number Four: Of course you can’t “freshen up” the bathroom if it’s filthy to begin with. So, you may need to begin with a full-on scrub-fest. If you have serious soap scum in your shower/bath the easiest way to remove it is to first use a magic eraser followed by a proper bathroom-cleaning product. To remove water spots and gunk from around faucet fixtures use vinegar, rinse and follow with glass cleaner to make them shine.





Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Golden Door Offers A Little ‘Me Time’ For A Better You


After a day at the spa your skin feels supple and luxurious and your mind is Zen and relaxed. You want to hold on to that feeling forever. But, how? With insanely busy lifestyles leaving little time to ourselves … let alone a day at the spa … it simply isn’t always a feasible endeavor. The Makeup Examiner’s Editor and Founder came up with the perfect solution long ago.

Being an ardent believer in “me time,” although she’s not popping over to the spa on a weekly basis, she has a strict routine of at-home spa Sundays. Taking time to focus upon one’s self and pamper from head-to-toe is what keeps her level. And, she encourages all of us to do the same. Recently, she was introduced to products from the world-renowned Golden Door Spa and is recommending four amazing, must-have products for you to use at home!



Golden Peel-A-Way Masque ($72) - This elegant, gold masque instantly refreshes the skin by deeply lifting away impurities and dead skin cells. As it sets on the skin, a select blend of botanical extracts and sugar enzymes work together to nourish, hydrate and aid in the skin cell renewal process promoting a glowing complexion. The Golden Peel-A-Way Masque is suitable for all skin types and has a lovely aromatheraputic scent to give a full relaxed experience.

Bamboo Face Scrub ($64) – This delightfully aromatic facial scrub effectively exfoliates dead skin cells leaving a deeply cleansed, smooth, even-toned complexion. Designed for all skin types, except extremely sensitive or couperose, this scrub’s unique blend of bamboo powder and berry seeds along with healing, hydrating and nourishing plant extracts leave skin clarified, soft to the touch, wonderfully glowing and better able to accept other treatments more readily.

Yuzu Sugar Body Scrub – Japanese Citrus Blend ($58) - This aromatic and invigorating body scrub contains an extraordinary combination of selected ingredients to immediately improve the appearance of the skin. Sugar granules meticulously exfoliate while nourishing sesame, sunflower, safflower and jojoba oils deeply condition and moisturize the skin leaving it radiant and silky soft. The Yuzu aromatic blend is mood enhancing while it promotes a feeling of clarity.



Golden Door Orange Blossom Candle ($50) – Each of us at TME love our candles and this particular one is simply luscious. It is highly fragrant without being overpowering – you can smell the calming fragrance without even lighting the candle! The Golden Door Orange Blossom Candle is an exotic and heavenly blend of Néroli (Orange Blossom), Jasmine, and Rosewood combined with Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Green Leaf, and a touch of Honey Wood. This all-natural candle is created with vegetable wax, essential oils and 100% cotton wick.


Always made with love, 100% of Golden Door’s profits go to select charities across the U.S. dedicated to transforming the lives of children. To get a few must-have “me time” products, visit Golden Door online!