Household tip: Pet odors

Getting rid of pet odors

Pet odors are some of the hardest smells to get out of carpets, clothes, and furniture.  Pet urine and oils contribute to the musty smell that’s associated with them.  When the obvious fixes like washing your dog and opening your windows to let the smell out just don’t work, try the following suggestions.

Use a black light to find urine.  Its an easy and relatively inexpensive way to combat the smells.  Purchase a black light from a pet store or home improvement store, turn out the lights, and start wiping up all the missed urine spots.  Try mixing three parts water with one part vinegar to wipe up the stains

Rent a wet vacuum if you still have smells left in your carpets.  Using urine -specific bio- enzyme cleaners in conjunction with the vacuum has been the answer for many people trying to rid themselves of the odor. Investing in a handheld carpet extractor ($50) is a great option if you have frequent carpet messes.

Prevent the smells by taking care of your pet’s breath by brushing or using some of the breath treatments from your pet store.  Cleaning the cat’s litter box can also be the remedy.  For you dog owners out there: make sure to wash and dry your dog thoroughly.  Sometimes the cause of the smell is because of a hasty wash and dry.

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Household tip: Getting rid of odors

How to get odors out of clothes

A common problem with an active lifestyle is getting the various smells out of the clothes.  Grease, body odor, smoke, and sweat all create lingering odors that sometimes won’t come out.  No matter how hard you try and how many times you wash it, the smell stays.

The simple solution:

White vinegar.  Putting white vinegar onto the problem spots or spraying it onto clothes will eliminate any of the smells you have left in your clothing.

A side tip: A half of a cup of white vinegar in your wash will help to eliminate static electricity and those annoying lint pieces from clinging to your clothing


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Parenting Tip: Tots and Tech

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Parenting tip: Tots and tech

Children and Technology

The world is so full of electronics these days that as many as 40% of 2-4 year old children use electronics daily, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Before you go running to take away the electronics from your toddler, consider this: not all of these media devices are bad.  It is important to note that no matter the quality of the media, without parental interaction, the media wont have much learning value. While there is no rock solid evidence showing the exact learning value that these media devices and electronics have on our children, there are some tips to help you get the most out of it.

Monitor content

This means that you should carefully select which types of media your toddler uses.  It also means that you should be interacting with them while they are using it, helping them to connect it to other things that they see/ do on a daily basis.  This will help them to remember what they are learning as well as create lasting connections with real world items or actions.

Set limits

Use your parental instincts and your best judgement to decide how much time your child spends on the media devices. You should also be monitoring them for any signs that the device is taking precedence over outdoor play or socializing. It is important as a parent to encourage outdoor play, exercise, and communicating with others. Too much of these media devices can stunt your child’s physical and social development.

Be the role model

Remember that your are the role model of your child.  If they see you using your electronic devices during every hour of the day, they will naturally assume that it is alright for them to do so as well.  Try to maintain a balance that shows them the value of the devices as well as the value of real social and physical interaction.


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Study Tip: Music Matters

What type of music helps when studying?

A huge question during back to school season is: Should I listen to music while studying?

The right types of music can have a profound affect on the way you study.  It can put you into a relaxed and focused state which helps with memorization and overall understanding.  Unfortunately the type of music that has been shown to help you study isn’t the most popular genre, but it helps to drown out distractions and help with studying all the same.

Baroque classical music is the type of music known to help you study and heighten your thinking.  Mozart’s music also has documentation that proves its effectiveness in boosting your thinking skills while you study.  The key is to listen to slow to medium paced music (about 60 bpm) without a loud drumbeat or bass.  Additionally, it should be played quietly in the background, like ambient noise, for the best results.

An example of classical music to study to: Baroque Music for Concentration

Beware that studying with music on isn’t for everyone.  If you feel that you can’t concentrate with the classical music on, this may not be the study tactic for you.


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Health Tip: Sleep Study

How much sleep do you need?

Children, teens, and adults alike are plagued with the question: How much sleep do I really need?

We all know the importance of sleep.  It lays the foundation of your mood and attentiveness for the day.  Students need the proper amount of sleep to do well on tests or perform their best for sports.  The health risks sleep deprivation are, as quoted from WebMD, ” high blood pressure, inflammation, weight gain, and diseases associated with these risk factors, such as diabetes and heart disease.” But the question still remains: What is the right amount of sleep for me?

This is a topic of hot debate in the health field, but it boils down to your own personal needs as an individual.

How much sleep do you really need?

The sleep foundation set these guidelines for sleep

Using the chart as a reference point, you can determine the estimated amount of sleep you need per night.  Of course, your individual lifestyle will determine whether you need more sleep or less of it.  Try sleeping for different amounts in-and-around the guideline for your age group for your personalized sleep amount.

However, if you feel that you have a sleep problem, talk to your doctor, who may refer you to a specialist.  You may be suffering from a sleeping disorder.

Tech Tip: Battery Basics

Extending the life of your Batteries

Electronic devices are everywhere in today’s society.  With them becoming such a huge part of our lives, maximizing their life span becomes important. Everyone wants to prolong the life of their batteries for their computers, smartphones, and tablets. But did you know that some common practices may be doing the exact opposite?  Follow these simple steps to get the most out of your batteries.

Unplug your device

Leaving your devices plugged- in when they’re fully charged is detrimental to the battery’s life.  Although inconvenient, try to remove the battery when it’ll be plugged- in for extended periods of time or keep the plug-in time at a minimum.  While this is inconvenient for some and impossible for others, there is hope. Newer laptops will sometimes stop charging the battery before it reaches full capacity, increasing its life.

Keep it cool

Leaving your device in a hot car or in direct sunlight where it can heat up won’t extend the life of your battery at all.  It puts extreme stress on the battery and causes permanent damage to it.  Try to keep it below 86°F to maximize your battery’s effectiveness.  Using a cooling pad for your laptop and refraining from using wireless charging for your phones will help to keep your devices cool.

Charge it just the right amount

The lithium- ion batteries used in most of today’s electronics don’t need to be drained and charged from 0 – 100% every time.  Unless you need to calibrate the battery’s charge gauge, your battery will last longer if you keep it between 20 – 80%.   While storing your device for longer periods of time, it is recommended that you charge it to 40% to extend its life.