1000+ Girl Dog Names for Your Fur Baby

Are you looking for a classic girl’s name to give a new puppy or an adult dog you’ve just adopted? We’ve been searching through the Social Security files for old-fashioned…



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Scooby Doo Day

On September 13, 1969 everyone’s favorite Great Dane and the rest of the Scooby Gang solved their first supposedly supernatural caper when the premiere episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! aired….



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Saturday Survey: COVID-Sniffing Dogs

COVID-sniffing dogs are now being used to screen employees at the Miami airport. How would you feel about that if you worked there? Until next time, Good day, and good dog!


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180 Halloween Dog Names

Are you a new pet parent in search of a frightfully fun name for your four-legged friend? From classic Halloween-themed words to ghost, vampire and witch names, we’ve scared up a monster list…



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7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home

7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home

This post has been sponsored by PINALEN. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I’m going to start off by reminding you guys that I am not an innately neat person. Keeping things tidy does not come naturally to me. That doesn’t mean, however, that I don’t like a clean house. In fact, there is little I enjoy more than a clean, bright, fresh smelling space. It just means that I don’t like doing the actual cleaning. And when summertime arrives and my kids are home from school, keeping things clean and fresh becomes even more challenging. Thankfully, I’ve discovered that when the house cleaning process is simplified, it’s actually kind of cathartic and I start to (gasp!) even enjoy it. If you’re like me, here are seven tips and tricks to help you get a clean, fresh scented summertime home the easy way!

7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home

7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home


1. Start with the kitchen.
I think if we were asked which room in our home is usually the dirtiest, most of us would say the kitchen. It’s where a lot of the action takes place, and well, preparing food is messy. My biggest way to simplify tackling the kitchen is to use just one cleaner for everything: PINALEN® Multipurpose Cleaner. I dilute 1⁄4 cup of it in a half gallon of water, and use it to clean and degrease my stove top, range hoods, kitchen cabinets, and refrigerator doors. It’s non-abrasive, which means I can also use it everyday on my Formica® countertops to keep them fresh and clean by diluting1⁄2 cup in a half gallon of water, cleaning with a sponge, and rinsing. The whole kitchen is left sparkling clean and smelling summertime fresh. 
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
2. Get the dishes over with.
Since we’re already in the kitchen, let’s get those dishes over with. I love PINALEN Dishwashing Liquid because it’s super tough on grease (even removes stuck on food), but it’s safe for my sensitive skin. It also cleans up to 1200 dishes per bottle! The light, clean scent of Cucumber Crush makes the whole dish washing experience more enjoyable and motivates me to get the dishes done. 
 
3. Tackle the odors.
Anyone else get excited to finish cleaning and then realize there are still lingering odors? This happens to me a lot, thanks to my kids constantly throwing gross things in the kitchen trash can, especially in the summer when they’re bringing all kinds of interesting finds in from outside. To deodorize my trash cans, I add 1⁄4 cup of PINALEN Multipurpose Cleaner to a half gallon of water and wipe down the interior.
 
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
4. Simplify the bathroom cleaning.
I discovered a few months ago that I had seven different cleaners for the bathroom. Seven. Pulling them all out and using a separate product for each part of the bathroom just intensified my disdain for cleaning it. Now I just use 1/4 cup PINALEN Multipurpose Cleaner in a half gallon of water for the entire room. I use it to clean and deodorize the toilet, remove dirt, soap scum, and toothpaste from the tile and surfaces, and even to clean the floors (safe for linoleum, laminated hardwood, or tile floors). I love the summer fresh scent the Floral Delight leaves behind. 
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
5. Don’t ignore the stains. 
We’re going to beat all the cleaning procrastination this summer, friends! Dealing with stains is the worst and honestly something I often ignored when cleaning. Now that I know I can use PINALEN Multipurpose Cleaner on stains from those my little ones have made (so many permanent marker scribbles) to wine or coffee spills on my carpet, it seems a lot less daunting. For stains on carpet, I dilute 1⁄4 cup of PINALEN Multipurpose Cleaner in one gallon of water, and use a cloth to blot it out. (Make sure to test for color fastness first.) For kids’ messed like marker or handprints, I dilute a cup of it in 1/4 gallon of water and wipe them away.  The bonus is the fresh, clean scent that fills the room afterward.
6. Easily wipe away summer dust.
Our windows are open on any summertime day below 80 degrees, which means lots of extra dust and dirt on surfaces. 1/4 cup of PINALEN Multipurpose Cleaner in a half gallon of water makes the best solution for dusting. I soak a cloth in it, wring it out, and quickly wipe surfaces, leaving behind a fresh summertime scent. 
 
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
7. Freshen summer laundry. 
I wish I felt like my house was clean when I ignore the laundry, but alas, it doesn’t work that way. Summertime laundry can be brutal too because there’s just so much of it – wet swim uits and towels, sweaty t-shirts, dirty-stained shorts, smelly socks. I tackle all of the summer laundry challenges at once by adding a cup of PINALEN Multipurpose Cleaner Fresh Pine with my regular detergent. Clothes and towels come out clean and smelling fresh. I also apply it full strength to remove stains. 
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
Bonus tip: Keep a PINALEN Max Power To Go Pack in your car and one in your pool bag or summer purse. These wipes eliminate dirt and bad odors and remove grease, and their long lasting scent (I love Summer Fresh and Lavender Dreams) is summertime perfection. 
7 Summertime Cleaning Tips for a Fresh Smelling Home
I hope these summertime cleaning tips help you create a clean, bright, fresh smelling summer oasis in your home. (Or, if you’re a parent like me, at least until your kids get to it.) As you can probably tell, PINALEN cleaners are my summer cleaning BFFs. They simplify the entire cleaning experience by being truly multipurpose, cleaning well, and leaving behind a scent that makes everything summertime fresh. And I really appreciate that PINALEN is a family-owned company that cares about the earth – their pine oil extraction process doesn’t harm a single tree, and they work with non-profit organizations to promote tree planting. Learn more at https://PINALEN.com, and use their store locator to find PINALEN products near you!
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Apple Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Every year, as soon as September hits, my kids ask when we’re going apple picking. I mean, let’s be honest, I start the countdown once September hits too. We go at the end of the month annually, and it’s so much fun. The best part, of course, is that we come home with an admittedly excessive amount of delicious, fresh apples.

Having dozens of apples on hand is great and all, but after a while eating them plain or making them into pies or apple sauces gets a little old. So I like to experiment with different ways to eat them, which is what ultimately led to these apple and spinach grilled cheese sandwiches I first made a couple of years ago. They’re easy to make, and you can play around with different cheese (or even plant-based cheeses, which is what you see in these photos.) 

Apple and Spinach Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients
2 slices of cheddar cheese (also great with swiss, or plant-based cheddar as seen here!)

1 organic apple (We like Honeycrisp or Fuji))
handful of organic baby spinach
2 slices rye bread
coconut oil or butter

Cut apple into thin slices. Spread coconut oil or melted butter on one side of each slice of bread, and place buttered side down onto a preheated medium skillet. Top with two slices of cheese, followed by a few apple slices, followed by a few pieces of spinach. Place the other piece of bread (butter/coconut oil side up) on top. Cook in a skillet over low to medium heat, turning occasionally, until the cheese is melted.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts if you make either of these grilled cheese recipes! Between you and me, the apple is my favorite, but they’re both ridiculously good.


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Shelter Sunday: Jasper / Safe Haven Rescue Kennel / Yerington, NV

Meet Jasper! This handsome boy wants to be an only child for some lucky family. Here’s what his rescuers have to say about him: Jasper is a young 1 yr old husky mix. Active family home that will have him indoors and love on him. However, no small children as he is nippy and too … Continue reading Shelter Sunday: Jasper / Safe Haven Rescue Kennel / Yerington, NV


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What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?

As you know, I love preparing special treats–from dog chews and biscuits to frozen dog treats–for Tiki and Barli. But it’s important to know WHICH foods you can incorporate in your…



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Friday Funny: Guard Dog?

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