DealDash Pets: Bunnies

Rabbits are a wonderful pet for kids and adults. Let’s look a little closer at their care.

Do you know anyone who has a pet bunny? Rabbits are easy to care for, soft, cuddly, fairly inexpensive, and can even learn how to use a little box! Rabbits only need a few supplies, and a lot of love and attention from their family members. Here is a list of what you would need to procure before you get a rabbit as a pet.

  • A house. There are many commercially available bunny cages, hutches, and condos out there. Alternatively, you could “bunny proof” a room of your home and let your bunny live there instead of in an actual cage. Bunny proofing requires an eye to detail, and can be time-consuming. If you go the cage route, be sure to get as big a cage as space and budget allows.
  • A litter box. As with the cage, the bigger the better when it comes to litter boxes. Try to get the largest litter box that can fit comfortably in the space that you have allotted to it. You don’t even have to buy an actual litter box. Get creative! A fairly shallow storage bin, like the kind meant to go under a bed would work great. Don’t forget to get the litter! Try the kind made out of recycled paper, bunnies like that kind the best.
  • Water bowl. A large heavy bowl works great, and as an added bonus you can just pop it right in the dishwasher when you are doing the dishes.
  • Hay. The biggest part of your furry friend’s diet should be Timothy hay.
  • Food pellets. You don’t need a lot of food pellets, but variety is the spice of life, so be sure to pick up some food pellets for your bunny to supplement his hay diet.
  • Love. Lots of love. Be sure to hold and cuddle your bunny friend daily. Let him run around in a rabbit proofed area every day and he will be a happy and healthy pet.

DealDash often has animal supplies up for auction. DealDash carries dog, cat, bird, fish, and yes, bunny supplies. Just click right here and it will take you to the area of DealDash where there are pet items. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Become a Great Listener

Are you the person that friends and family turn to when they need someone to listen to their concerns? If not, maybe you need a little help in becoming a good listener.

Sometimes your good friends or family might need someone to listen to them, they might be having a problem at work, with another family member, or just be feeling a little down. Being a good listener is a wonderful skill to have, it can help you personally as well as professionally if you become known in your circles for being the person to talk to when problems arise. Here are a few tips on how to be a great listener.

  • Set the scene. If you know that one of your friends or family members is having a tough time with a problem you don’t always have to wait for them to come to you. They might be too embarrassed to bring up their problems to you, or think that you might not care enough to listen. If you would like to help them feel more comfortable disclosing their problems to you then you should arrange a time and a place for them to be more comfortable with sharing, such as at a quiet coffee shop, an afternoon walk around the neighborhood, a chat on a park bench, or even over a cup of tea at your house.
  • Be an active listener. Don’t just zone out while they are talking, be sure to keep eye contact with them, nod in appropriate places, and ask respectful questions when they are done speaking. Try to repeat back to them what the major problems were to clarify, and to show them that you were paying attention.
  • After they are done talking about their problem, be sure to ask if there’s anything that you can do to help them. Most people just want to feel like their problem was heard and understood, but in some cases there might be something small that you could do to help them with their problem. Remember, what goes around comes around and you might be the one needing a little help the next time.
  • Lastly, be sure to check back with them in a day or so, even if it’s just a quick text message or email to let them know that you are thinking of them.

If you can master all of these steps with enough confidence to do it naturally then you are on your way to becoming a great listener.

Speaking of listening, are you in the market for new headphones? DealDash has a large variety of different types of headphones at many different price points. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash where you can browse the selection. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Beats by Dr. Dre  Drenched Solo On-Ear Headphones, Black

 

 

DealDash Cooks: Great Food for Cheap

Everyone wants to eat fresh and healthy foods, but sometimes that can be difficult to do on a tight budget. Here are some tips and tricks to stretch your food budget while staying healthy.

Cooking fresh and healthy foods can be very expensive. However, most people, especially those with small kids to feed want to cook as healthily as possible. Sometimes cuts of lean meat and buying fresh fruits and veggies instead of canned ones can almost double your grocery bill. Luckily, there are ways to stretch that budget and make great healthy choices as well.

One great way to save money and boost your health as well is to use less meat in your cooking. Meat is usually the most expensive item on the menu, so if you are able to cut the portions of meat in your cooking by half then you will be able to save quite a bit of money.

Depending on what you are cooking it’s easy to substitute half of the meat that is called for in a recipe with beans, such as when you are making chili, stews, or even skillet dinners. If you like to make stir fry, take out half of the chicken that you would normally use and put in a block of tofu instead. Tofu has no taste, it takes on the flavors of what it’s cooked with. If you are making a stir fry and using seasonings such as garlic and soy sauce, that’s exactly what your tofu will taste like.

Another great way to save money, be healthy, and have some fun as well is to have breakfast for dinner! Breakfast foods such as eggs, wheat toast, unsweetened cereals (such as Cheerios), orange juice, and milk are all healthy and relatively inexpensive. Last year when there was a shortage of eggs this wouldn’t have been a good idea, but now my local supermarket always has a dozen eggs for .99! Kids always love to have breakfast for dinner. For added fun, let them change into their PJs for dinner!

My last suggestion to you today is instead of buying fresh seafood at the seafood counter go ahead and buy frozen seafood. Frozen seafood is put on ice and frozen immediately after being caught, so it tastes just as fresh as “fresh” seafood from the fish counter, and it’s almost always significantly cheaper.

I hope that these tips were helpful for you in thinking about how to cook and eat healthy foods on a budget. If you’re in need of anything for the kitchen or the home be sure to check out DealDash. They have everything you can possibly need, from kitchen implements to massage chairs! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Take Care of Seniors

In other cultures family tends to take care of their senior citizens. However, in America that’s not always the case. How can we help?

One of the most prevalent problems that senior citizens  can face is loneliness and isolation. There are lots of ways that you can help your senior citizen friends that you know personally. One great way that you can help them is to offer transportation. Many of our older friends can’t (or won’t) drive anymore. If you and your family are going out for a quick trip to the grocery store, coffee shop, or local big box store why not invite them along? They would surely appreciate the outing as well as the company.

Another way that we can help our senior citizens out is to encourage them to participate in clubs, hobbies, or even church. Sometimes all a lonely senior citizen needs to get out and about is a little gentle encouragement. And as an added bonus, the senior citizen in question might even make a new friend or two in the process.

If you know a senior citizen that is isolated geographically from family perhaps you could help them learn how to use some of our modern technology such as email, texting, and Skype or Facetime. Some seniors don’t have access to home WiFi or computers, so if you were so inclined you could show them how to use these things at the library, where there is always free access to computers and the internet. If the senior citizen that you know has a little extra money to spare, how about showing them how to bid on DealDash? DealDash would definitely put some fun and excitement into their lives as well as saving them some money on the essentials.

Lastly, how about inviting a senior citizen to your home to have dinner with your family? I’m sure that the senior would enjoy spending time with your family as well as the home-cooked meal. If the senior citizen you know is more of a homebody how about bringing a meal to them? If you are making a recipe at home for your family that is easy to double or even triple such as pasta, chili, or a stew you could easily put the excess into containers and bring it to your favorite senior. That way they could re-heat it whenever they feel hungry.

Today we discussed how to help your local senior citizen, and there were quite a few different things that were mentioned that you could procure on DealDash to help them. If you are in need of a new computer you could always get one on DealDash and give the senior you older model. That way you both win! Simply click this link right here and it will take you to the Electronics and Computers category on DealDash and you can see how much you can save! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Acer Granite Gray 15.6-inch Chromebook PC

DealDash Pets: Calm in the Storm

Does your dog hide and your cat cower when there is a storm raging outside? Let’s discuss how to help your beloved pet when it’s scary outside.

Dogs and cats have come a long way from their brave and fierce ancestors who lived out in the wilderness. Our pets today have cushy lives with their own beds, bowls, and even clothing! Since we coddle our beloved pets they have lost the fearlessness and have become softies for the most part. Here are a few quick tips on how to make your dog or cat feel better when there is loud booming thunder and flashes of lightning outside.

The first tip, of course, is to let your pet inside! If you have an indoor/outdoor cat be sure that he comes in when it starts to rain. If you have an outside dog that you really don’t want inside on your couch or bed, at least let him into your garage or basement for the night. It will make him feel better, and you won’t have to listen to any terrified barking or howling all night.

Next, did you know that you can swaddle your dog or cat just like you would a newborn baby? There are actually special shirts that you can buy from the veterinarian or the per store that are made for this purpose, but instead of spending $40 and up on a special shirt, you can just wrap up your “baby” and snuggle up with them on the couch. It will make them feel a lot better, and it will most likely improve your mood as well.

Finally, be sure that you have a pet crate or carrier available to your dog or cat if they want to use it. If you normally keep their crate or carrier in the garage or in a closet bring it out and put it in the living room or your bedroom so they can retreat to the safety of their “cave” if they feel more safe and secure in an enclosed space. You can even make it more inviting by putting in a soft blanket, pillow, or even a toy inside to calm your beloved doggie or kitty.

I hope that you found these tips helpful for helping your pet feel more safe and secure in a storm. If you are in need of anything for a pet such as a nice comfy pet bed be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has lots of items that will pamper your pet and make them feel loved. Just click this link right here and it will take you to some great pet-related auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

PAW Orthopedic Super Foam Pet Bed, Large

DealDash Cooks: Chicken With Egg Noodles

Slow cookers are usually associated with cold weather foods like stews and pot roast, but here’s a delicious meal that’s just perfect for any kind of weather.

I always hate putting away my slow cooker for the spring and summer seasons. Slow cookers make life so much easier by helping you make delicious home cooked meals without spending too much of your valuable time in the kitchen. I’m always on the lookout for recipes that allow me to use my slow cooker for a seasonally appropriate meal.

Below is a delicious recipe that has become a staple in my household in any season. Even the pickiest kid will eat it, and that’s saying something!

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. egg noodles
  • 1 pound of chicken legs and thighs, skin removed
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 slice thick-cut bacon (about 6 ounces)
  • 1/2 c. dry white wine
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tbsp. tomato paste
  • salt & pepper (to taste)
  • 3 medium carrots, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 3 clove garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 2 stalks celery cut into 2-inch pieces

Directions:

  1. Microwave the bacon between sheets of paper towels until cooked through, then cut into 2 inch pieces. If your family loves bacon then double the amount.
  2. Using your slow cooker, combine the wine, flour, tomato paste, salt (to taste), and pepper (to taste). Then using a whisk add in the chicken broth. Next, add the celery, carrots, onions, garlic, and bacon. Whisk until combined.
  3. Place the chicken in the slow cooker, meat (not bone) side down. Cook in the slow cooker approximately 3 to 4 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low.
  4. Just before dinner, cook the bag of egg noodles in salted boiling water until al dente. Transfer 1/4 cup cooking water to a skillet. Stir in olive oil, a squeeze of lemon juice, and salt and pepper (to taste).
  5. Serve chicken and veggies on top of the egg noodles.

This meal should only take about 30 minutes to prep, and then it can cook while you are at work, running errands, or bidding on DealDash all day! This is a wonderful meal that can be paired with a Pinot Grigio wine if desired.

If you’re in need of a new slow cooker or kitchen knives to do your food preparation with, be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has all of these kitchen items and more. Just check out the Kitchen and Dining category at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Hamilton Beach 5-Quart Portable Slow Cooker

 

DealDash Makes: A Chalkboard Calendar

As a busy mom of three sometimes I struggle with remembering who has a doctor appointment, who has a dentist appointment, and what I have planned for the week’s dinners. Enter the chalkboard calendar.

There are different kinds of pre-made chalkboard calendars out there, and of course there are plenty of plain chalkboards, but I was looking for something more special than that. I was planning on giving it a prized position in the kitchen above my new buffet cabinet, so everyone could easily see what was going on the upcoming week. I looked and looked, but I had a hard time finding one that was big enough, framed tastefully to match my kitchen, and wasn’t $180. Yes, the only one that I found that I liked was $180.

So I decided to make my own! It’s really very simple and easy. You only need a few items to make your new chalkboard calendar, and you can spend only a few dollars on up to as high a limit as you would like to go. The smaller chalkboard calendar that you make the cheaper it will be, because the most expensive thing that you are going to need is a picture frame, and picture frame prices seem to raise exponentially with size.

Materials:

  • Picture frame – Any size that you want that will fit your space and your budget. I personally went to the craft store and used a 40% off coupon on a beautiful bluish-gray frame that was sized 16X20. After the discount I paid around $20 for it.
  • Chalkboard contact paper – They sell rolls of this at the craft store, and also at Wal*Mart in the drawer liner section. The chalkboard contact paper is very inexpensive.
  • Paint pen – You can get them at the craft store in any color that you like.
  • Chalk or chalk markers
  • Hanging supplies for your frame
  • Ruler, scissors

Instructions:

  1. Measure a piece of chalkboard contact paper that will fit your frame and cut it out.
  2. Draw on the chalkboard with your paint pen, this information will be permanent. I chose to put our last name at the top, the days of the week, and then a section for “To do”.
  3. Peel off the backing on your chalkboard contact paper and stick it right on the glass of the picture frame.
  4. Hang up your picture frame.
  5. Bam! You’ve got a personalized chalkboard calendar! Use those chalkboard pens and write out your agenda, dinner plans, appointments, anything that you would like to remember. The chalkboard paint should rub off easily with a cloth and a little water, but the paint pen words should stay put. You may have to refresh them occasionally, or you could just peel off the chalkboard decal paper and put a new and fresh one on occasionally.

Wasn’t that easy? I found that it was really fun to make and looks very nice when hanging on the wall. It’s nice because you can get any frame you like from the craft store to match your decor. If you are shopping for any other decor for your home be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has decorative items as well as furniture. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Deals with Dental

Everyone knows that you should be brushing twice per day and flossing once, but what other dental chores have we been skipping? Let’s find out.

Since childhood we have all been told to brush in the morning and before bed brush and floss, but did you know that you could be doing more for your dental health? You should actually be brushing after every single meal. Yes, you should be taking a travel toothbrush to work with you and brushing after lunch. As crazy as that sounds, if you were to brush after every meal you are significantly less likely to have any cavities at your next dental check up.

If you don’t have time to brush after every meal then perhaps you could compromise with swishing your mouth with mouthwash, or even just chewing a piece of sugar-free gum after your lunch. Though it might sound counterintuitive to chew gum for your oral health it actually makes sense if you know the science behind it; Chewing gum increases the flow of saliva into the mouth. This neutralises and dilutes the acid that swirls around after the breakdown of food by bacteria that normally live around your teeth and gums. These acids typically stick around in the mouth for 20 minutes after eating. Just make sure that your gum is sugar-free and you can feel good about contributing to your good oral health by chewing gum.

You should also having regular dental exams. The average is twice per year in six month intervals. The dentist can clean your teeth well by scraping the plaque off, and checking for any small issues before they turn into big problems. Most dental insurance plans cover bi-annual visits. Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rechargeable Toothbrush

There are a few products that can significantly increase your oral hygiene, and those are a quality electric toothbrush and a waterpik. I personally prefer the Sonicare toothbrush for myself, but my husband loves his Oral-B. It’s all about preference, go ahead and go to DealDash and check out the toothbrushes and water flossers at this link right here and get yourself on the road to excellent oral health. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Makes: A Fairy Garden

The number one rule about making a fairy garden is…There are no rules! Yes, you can feel free to make your fairy garden exactly as you would like it to look.

Fairy gardens can be as simple or intricate as you would like them to look. As I said, there are no rules, so let your creative side shine. Here are some simple directions that you can use to get started in making your fairy garden. Feel free to substitute any of the materials or techniques that I mention and enjoy your own personalized fairy garden.

  1. The Vessel – Fairy gardens can be created in pretty much any sort of container including a regular flower-pot, a large bowl, a sand bucket, or even an aquarium! Just make sure that there are drainage holes. Remember the larger the surface area the more room you will have to create your fairy garden landscape.
  2. Real Estate – Where you place your fairy garden totally depends on the plants that you plan on including inside. You can put your fairy garden inside or out, but be mindful that it should be sheltered from the worst weather, yet still be able to have access to the sunlight to grow.
  3. Creating your world – You can put a mishmash of tiny objects in your fairy garden if you like, but most people choose to focus on a theme such as a country garden, a tea party, an enchanted forest, or even a spooky forest!
  4. Let’s get planting – Visit your local nursery/gardening center to choose your new plants. Please be mindful of what grows well in your area and climate. It’s very important to choose plants which have  the same growing requirements. This will also help you choose where you place your fairy garden at home. Choose a few different plants that you love. If you have a certain idea of how you would like your fairy garden to end up looking in the end, then go ahead and make a rough sketch before you go to the gardening center, and ask a nursery associate to help make your vision become a reality.
  5. After you have purchased your plants and accessories then plant your new little world according to the sketch that you made previously. If you don’t like how the fairy garden looks then move around your little fairy accessories, get different ones, or even make your own!
  6. Place your new fairy garden in its new home and delight in its adorableness.

Making a fairy garden can be a wonderful experience to share with your children. Let them have a little bit of input on the fairy garden such as what color plants they would like and what sorts of accessories they would like to put in the garden. The more involved they are in the process or making the fairy garden they are, the more likely they are to remember to water it! Check out DealDash for all of the gardening supplies that you will need at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Presents Toys for Toddlers

If you have a child or grandchild who is a toddler you know that sometimes they are hard to please. Here are some fun games that you can enjoy together.

Spending time interacting with your small child in the form of play is very important. It’s hard to set aside time from work, chores, and other things that adults need to get done in a day, but make playing with your toddler a priority every day, even if it’s only for 15 minutes. It’s good for both of you. Here are a few simple games and activities that will entertain your toddler and won’t break the bank.

Phoning it in – Charge up a couple of your old outdated cell phones and hand a phone to your child and keep one for yourself. Pretend to make calls, and hold conversations with each other or other relatives that aren’t home at the time. For older toddlers show them how to take pictures with the camera feature, and enjoy all of the wacky pictures that they will end up taking.

Cheerio Counting – Kids all seem to love Cheerios. Why not teach them how to count to 3, 5, or even 10 with the Cheerios? You can even teach simple math to older toddlers, i.e “I have 3 Cheerios, and I eat 1, how many do I still have? Count them! 1, 2!”

Paper Towel Tubes – Paper towel tubes are fun! You can pretend that they are a telescope and play pirates, you can get two and use them as drumsticks to play a song, or for extra fun you can each take a tube and talk to each other through it, making silly sounds and voices. Give it a try.

Playing House or Fort – If you have gotten a large auction win from DealDash that came in a large box, how about taking the time to cut out an entrance and an exit, and encourage your child to go in and out. Pairing that with some pretend play, such as knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell, and asking if anyone is home is sure to delight your little one.

Now head on over to DealDash so you can win an auction for something that will arrive to you in a large box so you can make a play house! If you’d rather buy your toys pre-made be sure to check out DealDash’s Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games category located at this link here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

DealDash Cooks: Asian Chicken Stir Fry

I have often talked about my Mother-In-Law, a lovely lady who has been in the USA for over 30 years but still has many wonderful Asian recipes to share.

Today we are going to talk about how to make a stir fry with an Asian flair. This recipe is made with chicken, but you could easily substitute either pork or even tofu for you vegetarians out there.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Combine both soy sauces, brown sugar, and corn starch in a small bowl; stir until smooth. Mix ginger and garlic into sauce; coat chicken with marinade and refrigerate for 20 minutes or more.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, and onion until just tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove vegetables from skillet and keep warm.
  • Remove chicken from marinade, saving the liquid. Heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir chicken until slightly pink on the inside, about 4 minutes ; return vegetables and saved marinade to skillet. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until chicken is no longer pink in the middle and vegetables are tender, 5 minutes. Serve over prepared rice.

Yummy! This is a very healthy and nutritious dinner that can be made even healthier by using brown rice or quinoa instead of white rice. However, I like the classics so I always serve the stir fry over fresh white rice made with a rice cooker.

If you are in need of anything for the kitchen the be sure to check out DealDash. They have everything you can possibly need for the kitchen such as pots & pans, knives & knife sets, cutting boards, and more! Good luck and happy bidding everyone.

Frying Pan Set with Textured Nonstick Coating

DealDash Summer Safety: Bugs

Unfortunately bugs and summer go hand in hand, let’s look at the kinds of bugs that you might encounter and what to do if you get bitten.

There are many many types of bugs, and most of them are completely harmless. Sometimes you run into a bug that bites or stings, though. Here is a quick and handy guide to what you should do in case you get into a confrontation with a bug and end up with a little injury.

Bees – There are many many types of bees out there such as Bumble, Honey, Carpenter, and Africanized. These bees are peaceful for the most part with the exception of the Africanized bee. Bees will be especially active during the second half of summer and early fall when the colonies forage for food to sustain them during the winter months. Try your best to just avoid the bees and they will most likely leave you alone. If you do happen to get stung you will want to remove the stinger as soon as you can. It just takes a moment for all of the venom to enter your skin. Next you should scrape the area with the edge of a credit card or business card to remove it. If you use tweezers or your fingernails to remove the stinger you might squeeze it and inject more venom. After the stinger is out wash the area with soap and then put an ice pack on the area. You can take an OTC pain reliever if you need it, and you should be all healed up within a few days. If you are showing any signs of an allergic reaction such as wheezing, trouble breathing, or a racing heartbeat be sure to visit the urgent care clinic or even the emergency room right away.

Spiders – Almost all spiders have a fairly harmless bite. There may be a bit of pain, itchiness, and swelling but nothing to be too concerned about. You can wash it with soap, take a little OTC pain reliever, rub it with an antihistamine cream and be on your way. However, if you have the bad luck of being bitten by a Black Widow or Brown Recluse you are in for a bad time. If you suspect that you have been bitten by a Black Widow or Brown Recluse you need to get medical help immediately. These spider bites are not a thing that you want to ignore.

I hope that you found this article helpful. If you are in need of anything for summer fun be sure to head over to DealDash. They have pools, grills, sports equipment and more that is sure to make your summer more enjoyable. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Wants You to Have Budget Fun

The summer is well underway but there is still time to have fun before school starts again and you and your kids are locked into a schedule. Here are a few free or low-cost ways to have fun.

Obviously, my favorite way to have fun is to play on DealDash, my best way to entertain myself no matter what the season. However, the kids prefer to get outside in the warmth and the sunshine, so I guess I will just have to use my DealDash app on my phone to bid on the go!

One of my kid’s favorite ways to have fun and stay cool this summer is going to the sprinkler park. If you have kids that are in the pre-school to elementary school age you should check and see if there is a sprinkler park near you. If you just Google “Sprinkler park near me” it will show you all of the locations that are within 15 miles or so. There are 9 of them within 12 miles of me, so I bet there are some near you, too!

Speaking of elementary school kids, if you check your local town’s website or your local library website you will be able to find all of the low-cost summer activities that your town offers this summer. There are things for all ages, but the majority of them are for kids ages 6-12. For example, I signed my son up for “drop-in” camp that’s hosted by the town for $145 for the entire summer! It’s Monday through Friday for 3 hours per day. That’s an amazing deal, less than a dollar per hour if I drop him off every day for the entire 3 hours. Not only is it cheap, he has an awesome time! There are other cheap activities that are offered by the town such as Lego days, dance classes, and field trips to roller skating rinks and trampoline parks. Check out your town’s website and see what they have to offer!

Another really fun thing that happens in the summer is that most towns have – festivals! Around here there are strawberry festivals, school festivals, blueberry festivals, Italian festivals, Greek festivals and more. They are all free to attend, and have food, games, prizes, and entertainment. All of the extras you have to pay for, of course, but they are usually minimally priced. Just Google “festival near me” and Google will tell you what’s happening near you!

If you’re in need of any other summer fun activities be sure to check out DealDash’s Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games category. There are lots of ways to have fun, and DealDash has some great examples! Go out and enjoy that weather, remember to bring your DealDash app with you. Good luck and happy bidding!

DealDash Helps: Visiting at the Hospital

If you find yourself visiting someone in the hospital you might want to bring them something to cheer them up. Flowers are nice, but let’s look at other options.

Depending on why the person is in the hospital you might want to bring them some of their favorite food. Everyone complains about the taste of hospital food, so why not cheer up your friend or family member with something that they love to eat? If you get the OK that it’s fine to bring your friend some food be sure to bring something that doesn’t have to be eaten right away. For example, ice cream would be a bad choice. A large portion of time spent in the hospital is spent talking to nurses, doctors, and aides and getting poked, blood drawn, and vitals taken. If you happen to arrive at an inopportune moment you won’t want the delicious treat that you brought melting or otherwise going bad if it can’t be eaten immediately.

If your friend is going to be in the hospital for more than a day or so they would probably appreciate a nice soft bathrobe and slippers. The scratchy johnnies and slipper socks that they give you when you are admitted to the hospital are adequate but a nice fresh soft robe and slippers would bring a smile to your friend’s face. If their illness or injury doesn’t require the doctors and nurses to frequently check their bodies then you might even want to bring them a set of pajamas as well. Try to get the type that is pants and a button up top, it will be easier for the doctors and nurses to check them when they need it.

If you’re visiting a child in the hospital they would appreciate a toy or game, of course, but don’t forget about their parents as well. There are very few things that are worse than your child bring in the hospital so Mom and Dad could use some cheering up as well. Photos or scrapbooks of friends, pets, and family would also be a gesture that would be very much appreciated. If the child is older they will enjoy looking at them if they feel homesick.

VIsiting a friend or family member in the hospital is never a fun occasion (unless they just had a healthy new baby, of course!) but it’s important to be sure to make time in your schedule to go visit your friends or family in the hospital to boost their spirits. If you are looking for a lovely gift to bring when you go visiting be sure to check out DealDash. They have nice gifts as well as gift cards that could be useful for the other family members staying in the hospital with the patient. Check out DealDash and I’m sure that you’ll find something that you love. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

 

A Little More Fit with DealDash

No more excuses! No matter if you’re older, overweight, or have zero free time it’s time to get a little more fit. You don’t need a lot of equipment or money to get started. Let’s make a plan…

The very first thing that you are going to need to do before you start your new fitness program is to visit your primary care doctor and get a check-up. While you are there making sure that you are healthy enough to start an exercise program you can also talk to your doctor about setting reasonable fitness goals for yourself. Not everyone’s goal needs to lose enough weight to be able to fit into a size 2. Your personal fitness goals might be to gain strength or just to be able to walk a mile without resting. Talk to your doctor and see what he or she recommends for you.

After you have seen your doctor it’s time to figure out how to achieve your personal fitness goals. Here are a few tips for just about anyone no matter what your fitness goals are:

  • Drink more water. The rule of thumb is 8 ounces of water 8 times per day. It’s called the 8X8 rule, and it’s easy to remember. However, if you would prefer a personalized water consumption guide I have also read that if you take your weight and divide it by 2 that is the correct number of ounces of water per day that you should be drinking. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds you should be drinking 160/2=80 ounces of water per day.
  • Take a walk. It doesn’t have to be a long, fast, or strenuous walk. An idle walk around the neighborhood with your dog, child, grandchild, spouse, or by yourself can only help your fitness levels improve. If you strive to take even a short walk every night after dinner you will improve your fitness level faster than you might think.
  • Stop eating fried food (at least at home). Toss out your unhealthy oils at home and stock up on olive oil and avocado oil. Saute your foods in an oil substitute spray like PAM. If you must eat fried food keep it to when you go out to dinner on a weekend.

If you would like to add some exercise on an exercise machine such as a treadmill, elliptical, recumbent exercise bike, or weights be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has some awesome exercise equipment up for auction. I personally won a rowing machine and absolutely love it. If you’d like to check out the exercise machines on DealDash just click right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Loves Horses

When you were a little kid did you always dream about growing up and buying a pony? Do you yearn to take riding lessons? Horses are wonderful animals, and so fun to ride.

Most people never get to own their dream horse when they grow up, actually the only person that I know that dreamt of owning a horse when she was a child and grew up to own her own horse was my sister! She was always an outdoorsy girl, and now as a grown woman with children she owns a horse, a donkey, and a coop full of chickens.

Horse ownership can be extremely rewarding, but also extremely expensive. If you were someone who dreamt of owning a horse when you grew up and weren’t able to make it happen due to finances there are a few alternatives that you could explore.

The first way that you can get in some face-time with a horse is horseback riding lessons. Lessons are a great way to see if you are truly interested in riding and basic horse maintenance. The thought of horse ownership is very appealing, but perhaps not as appealing when you are taking care of shoveling out the stable. Most group lessons range in price from $15 to $50 per lesson, while private instruction may cost as much as $100 or more per hour. Take these lessons for a minimum of 6 months before you even begin to think about purchasing your own horse.

Another way to spend some time with horses without having a big expense to budget for is by volunteering at a stable. Call around to your local stables, horse rescues, and horse therapy programs to see if they’re currently recruiting volunteers. Some places are willing to provide free lessons or riding time in exchange for volunteering at the stable. Even if the organization doesn’t provide lessons or ride time, you still may enjoy volunteering to groom, bathe, and otherwise care for the horses. If you want to pay for the privilege of owning a horse, why not first try out ownership for free by volunteering?

Lastly. if you’re certain that you want to own a horse, how about leasing one first? Leasing a horse can be a good way to figure out if owning a horse is truly for you. It’s less money upfront than buying a horse outright, and you can return the horse if you find out that horse ownership isn’t for you – or if your living or family situation changes. Traditionally, a horse lease agreement is entered into with the horse owner, and you take on most if not all of the expenses affiliated with horse ownership. The one difference is that you pay a monthly fee to the horse owner for use of the horse. Think of this like a car lease, but for a horse.

That’s it, folks. If you are interested in owning a horse I am guessing that you are a lover of smaller animals such as dogs and cats, as well. DealDash has an awesome selection of everything pet related, from pet food to pet beds and everything in between. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash to explore their pet items up for auction. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Rules Summer

How is your summer going so far? We’re done with the 4th of July, the next big holiday is Labor Day on Monday, September 5th. Let’s make the most of the summer before it’s over!

Have you and your family made any fun day trips yet this summer? Depending on where you live there are most likely many fun places that you can go to spend the day, feel like you had a little vacation, but not spend money on plane tickets or hotels. There are lots of fun places that you can visit that don’t have to break the budget. If you have small kids all the way up to teenagers amusement parks like 6 Flags, King’s Dominion, Busch Gardens, or even smaller local theme parks are always a hit.

If you and you family are more outdoorsy than thrill-seekers, then maybe you could take a trip to a local beach, lake, or pond and have a picnic, then break out the kites for some high-flying family fun or the kayaks for some fun in the water. If time by the water isn’t your thing, how about a hike on some local trails or a family bike ride on your town’s bike path, or even around your neighborhood?

Another fun family activity that is fun and can save you money as well is visiting your local farmer’s markets. I live in New England where the towns are so close together I could easily pass through 3 different towns in 15 minutes, which is a great thing if we are talking about farmer’s markets. Each of the 3 different towns has their own separate farmer’s markets that are held on different days. Some of the farmer’s markets are better than others, offering face painting and balloons for the kids, but all of them have great deals on freshly grown produce, honey, and other artisan products.

If you’re going to go out and have some fun this summer I suggest that you visit DealDash first. DealDash has lots of fun things for the summer in their Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games category. If you click on this link right here it will take you to DealDash and you can browse all of the exciting deals that are going on today and in the future. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Airhead Travel Kayak, Deluxe, 12 ft, 2 person

DealDash Makes: a Pillow iPod Stand

You might not realize how much you need an iPad pillow stand until you have one. Here is a quick and easy lesson to get you started on your road to comfort with your iPad as your co-pilot.

The iPad pillow stand will cushion the iPad and keep it standing, and it will also be a very comfortable stand that can be placed on your lap or stomach while you are reading, FaceTiming, or browsing on DealDash.

Materials:

  • Pattern
  • large piece of soft and comfortable yet sturdy cloth for the pillow’s exterior – This should measure at least 16 inches long and 45 inches wide
  • Scissors
  • Chalk or a fabric pencil
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Box cutter/Razor knife
  • Ruler
  • Large chunk of craft foam for the soft body of the pillow – You can get this at a craft, hobby, or sewing store
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Instructions:

  • The first thing that you are going to need is a pattern. You can get the pattern from this link right here: http://blog.ipevo.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/PadPillow_sewing_pattern.pdf 
  • Print out the pattern from the link. It will print the size that you need. Cut out the pattern, trace around them on your fabric with the chalk, and then cut out the sections from the cloth with the scissors.
  • Follow the directions that are enclosed in the pattern .pdf. You can then sew the pieces together using a sewing machine or the needle and thread. When you’re done sewing all three fabric cutouts together, you’ll have the basic shape of the iPad pillow stand. There will be an unsewn space in the back of the pillow to allow you to stuff the foam inside the fabric stand.
  • Next you need to cut the pieces of craft foam. Cut the first piece of craft foam using a ruler and box-cutter-type knife. This smaller piece should measure 12.6 x 9.1 x 1.6 inches.
  • After you have cut the basic shape and size then you need to shave down one side of the foam piece to form a semi-triangular shape instead of than leaving it as a simple rectangle.
  • After you’re done with the first piece of foam, cut the second triangular piece of foam. This larger piece should measure 6.3 x 5.7 x 12.6 inches where 6.3 inches is the base of the triangle, 5.7 inches is the height, and 12.6 inches is the length.
  • Next, put them into the fabric cover that you have sewn. Just add them one at a time, shoving them in through the opening of the fabric cover.
  • Lastly, sew up the seam that you have left open.

See, simple, easy, and fun! If you are looking for a project to do with your child, this would be a fun one, as long as your child is responsible enough to use the sharp materials. Please supervise your children closely.

If you’re in need of a new iPad, iPhone, iPod, or other tablet be sure to check out DealDash. Apple products are very popular and come up often on DealDash, be sure to load up your BidBuddy to be sure that you have an edge in the auction! Just click on this link here to be taken to the Apple products on DealDash.

Apple iPad mini 4 128GB Wi-Fi, Gold

DealDash Cooks: Apple Crisp

Apples are America’s favorite fruit, and while they are awesome by themselves they are even better when baked into an apple crisp!

Did you know that 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the US alone? Even more amazing than that, 7,500 varieties of apples are grown around the world. That’s a big difference from the choice of Granny Smith’s, Red & Golden Delicious, and Gala apples that are available in your local supermarket. Apples are grown in all 50 states, however, so no matter where you are in the US you should always be able to buy apples. Other than just eating them apples have lots of different uses such as making baby food, juice, apple sauce, apple butter or jelly and vinegar.

In my opinion, though, none of those uses are quite as delicious as making your apples into an apple crisp! Making an apple crisp is simple and fairly quick, please read on below for the recipe.

Ingredients:

  • 6 Gala apples (peeled, cored, and sliced up)
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon & 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (separated)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cold butter

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Mix apples with white sugar and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in a bowl to coat; out into a 9-inch square baking dish
  • Mix brown sugar, oats, flour, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in another bowl. Use a potato masher or 2 forks to mash cold butter into the oats mixture until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs; spread over the apples to the edges of the baking dish. Pat the top gently until evenly coated.
  • Bake in preheated oven until golden brown and sides are bubbling, about 40 minutes.

That’s it! Once that bad boy comes out of the oven serve it up warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side. Yum yum! Everyone I’ve ever served my apple crisp to has enjoyed it — or they are all really good at faking it!

If you are in need of any of the supplies mentioned in the recipe, such as measuring cups, measuring spoons, cutting boards, a baking dish, or a new set of kitchen knives to slice up the apples you should definitely check out DealDash. DealDash has all of these kitchen items and so much more to explore and bid on. You can check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining category located at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Be More “Green”

We only get one Earth to make our home upon. Let’s treat it kindly by being environmentally friendly.

Most people have heard the phrases “Going green” or “Eco Friendly” and agree with their sentiments in theory, but are they putting any effort into being kind to the environment? Here are a few simple tips and easy ways to lessen your footprint on the Earth.

  • Recycle – Most companies have recycling bins at every printer and copy machine, but are you doing your part to recycle at home as well? My family tries to do our part, and luckily the town that I live in offers the “no sort” recycling bins, so we can toss all of the recyclable items such as cans and bottles, newspapers and magazines, and cardboard boxes all into one big recycle bin that is picked up every week. Go to your city or town’s website and find the waste management section. From there you will be able to find out your town or city’s policy on recycling.
  • Save Electricity – Turning off the lights when you exit a room is a given, but there are so many other ways to save on electricity such as turning your thermostat just a few degrees up or down, depending on the season. I personally would prefer my house to be at 70 degrees year round, but in the winter we turn it to 68, and in the summer to 72 to save on power. You can also save a lot of electricity by setting your computer to sleep mode when you are away for short periods of time. Be sure to go to your computer’s control panel and adjust the power management features to power down to lowest energy use, or sleep mode. A computer in sleep mode can save 60-70% of power!
  • Cook at Home – Surprisingly cooking at home can be very environmentally friendly. Not only can you recycle the packaging that your ingredients come in, you can also save your leftovers in plastic tupperware instead of using a styrofoam take-out container. Another big plus of eating at home is you are not using your car and burning gas to get to a restaurant.

I hope that this article got you thinking of small ways that you can implement into your daily life to become more green. If you need any kitchen supplies or tupperware be sure to check out DealDash. They have everything that you need for your kitchen, and more. Just click this link right here and it will take you to the Kitchen and Dining category. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Builds: a Bench

Building a simple bench from scratch is very easy even with a minimum of woodworking skills and can even be a fun family project.

Building a bench from scratch can be a wonderful bonding experience with your kids, and should only take an afternoon unless you decide to turn the “simple” bench into a much more intricate one.

The first thing that you are going to need to do is make sure that you have the proper materials for the job. The bare minimum of what you will need is listed below.

Materials:

  • Saw (or pre-cut wood)
  • Paintbrush
  • Drill
  • Wood screws
  • 2×10 wooden board
  • 2×2 cut to 8′ length
  • 1X4 wooden board 8′ (2)
  • Wooden dowl rod
  • Paint or wood stain

Directions:

  • Cut the side pieces for your bench. Take a single 2×10 wooden board and cut two equal sized pieces to the height of your new bench using a saw.
  • Attach the brace bar. Using wood screws for each bar, attach a 2×2 cut to 8′ length to each side piece. This 2×2 should be attached 1 ½” from the top of the side pieces. Be sure not to use the screws closer to any of the edges of the board so your wood doesn’t split.
  • Attach the sides of the bench to each other. Use two 8’ 1x4s to attach the sides of the bench to each other. The top edge of the 1×4 will be flush with the top of the side pieces.
  • Drill dowel holes into both ends of the 2x2s and the matching location on the 1x4s. Use dowels to attach these and then use your wood screws, pass from the outside of the bench sides and into the 1x4s, use two screws for each end of the 1×4 boards.
  • Add the seating area. Use two 8’ 2x4s. Use long wood screws, go through the side boards and into the seat boards, please use 6 screws on each side.
  • Paint your creation. If you made this bench with your kids, how about letting them paint this bench however they would like? When they get sick of it being lime green or hot pink you can always paint it a more “grown up” color.

That’s it, folks. If you need to get some supplies before you get started on your project make sure you visit DealDash. DealDash has the tools that you will need for this project as well as just about any other home improvement that you can think of doing. Just click on this link here and it will take you to the Home, Garden, and Tools category.

DealDash Talks about Sun Safety

Skin cancer might not be a fun subject to talk about, but since we are in the thick of summer it’s an important thing to think about.

By this time everyone know that going outside in the hot summer sun without any kind of SPF sunscreen or protective clothing such as a hat or sunglasses is not a good idea. Sometimes we need a little reminder, though, so here is yours:

Be sure to wear your sunscreen this summer.

Sometimes even if you are extremely diligent in protecting yourself against the sun’s harmful rays they can sneak past you anyway. Skin cancer is no joke, and early detection is important and can be life-saving. Early detection of skin cancer isn’t difficult if you are diligent in examining your body for the telltale signs of skin cancer beginning to form. Luckily, if you detect skin cancer early you can prevent it from spreading and will be able to get it removed, usually with minimal lasting problems. Since early detection is so crucial to diagnosing skin cancer, you should make checking your body for moles and other suspicious spots a habit.

The safest way to check yourself for skin cancer is to examine yourself on a monthly basis in the summer months and on a bi-monthly basis in the winter months. You should examine yourself monthly year-round if you live in a hot sunny climate where you are outdoors frequently all year-long.

When performing your skin examination choose a specific time each month to do your exams – you can choose a specific day, but I personally find that it fits better with my schedule to pick a weekend (the first weekend of every month) and check everyone for skin abnormalities. When doing your examination you should evaluate each area of your skin, leaving no part unseen. It is very helpful to have a skin examination sheet that you can print off and use each month. I am including one below that is free from the American Academy of Dermatology. There are others online for free if you would like a different style.

I hope that you found this article helpful in reminding you to be aware of the dangers of skin cancer. DealDash is serious about the safety of its DealDash customers, and is happy to provide articles like this to remind us how to stay healthy. DealDash offers sun protection in the form of tents, sun umbrellas, beach cabanas, and more. Just check DealDash’s Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games category at this link right here and see all of the great items up for auction. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps Kids Be Pet Owners

No matter what kind of pet your family has, from bird to bunny to turtle to the more traditional cat or dog your child should learn how to take care of the family pet.

What kind of pet does your family have? If its a less hands-on pet such as a bird, fish, or reptile the most loving thing that your child can do for the pet is to take good care of it. Taking good care of it means feeding it on schedule, changing its water, and cleaning it’s habitat. As far as I know turtles don’t really enjoy snuggles, so for these finned, shelled, and feathered pets sharing in the work of feeding and cleaning is a great way to help your child show love for your pet.

If your family has a little furry pet such as a hamster, bunny, gerbil, ferret, or guinea pig your child can definitely do all of the chores as discussed above for the more hands-off pets, but when you get into little tiny furry rodent-type pets then taking care of them can be even more fun. All of the pets that I mentioned above like little treats such as alfalfa hay, chew sticks, fruits and veggies, and more. Just read up on your family pet’s favorite snack and let your child show their love for the family pet by giving them little treats. If you start petting and handling these little pets from the time you get them they should enjoy (or at least tolerate!) being petted or held for short periods of time. Encourage your child to pet or hold their little friend for a few minutes every day, at the same time of day as possible. Pets like a routine, and kids usually do best with a routine as well!

If your family is lucky enough to have a cat or a dog then showing love and affection to these types of pets is the easiest! Almost all dogs and cats enjoy being petted. If you have a kitten or a puppy be sure to pet, love, and hug them as much as possible. That way they will come to enjoy and look forward to these hands-on displays of affection and won’t bite or scratch even when your child accidentally gets a little rough with them as little kids tend to do sometimes. Make sure to include your kids by letting them help you with the daily care of walking and grooming your dog, and feeding and playing with your cat.

If you’d like to show your pet some extra love be sure to check out DealDash. DealDash has lots of pet supplies that your cat, dog, or other little animal will love. Check out this link right here and it will take you to DealDash so you can browse the options. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

DealDash Helps: Clean Out Your Closet

Do you ever feel like the lady in the picture above? Your closet is packed to the gills, yet you feel like you have nothing to wear? It’s time to clean that closet out.

It might seem a bit counterintuitive, but when you clean out your closet and have less clothing to choose from it is often easier to find something to wear. The reason behind this phenomenon is when your closet is so tightly packed together it’s very easy to overlook clothing items, and in time you forget exactly what clothing that you have to choose from.

You should do a closet clean out twice per year – once when you put away your winter clothing for the year, and once when you put your summer clothing away for the year. The first year of bi-annual closet clean-outs will be the most difficult, it will only get easier the subsequent years. Let’s get down to the business of closet cleaning.

It’s just becoming summer now, let’s assume that you haven’t yet put away your winter clothing yet. The first thing that you are going to want to do is pull out all of your winter clothing. Shirts, sweaters, pants, wool socks, scarves, everything. Pile it all onto your bed or couch. The next thing you want to do is make piles. I personally make a keep, donate, and trash pile.

There are very few things that go into the trash pile, mostly worn out socks and tights, but if you are harder on your clothing than I am you might have pants with knee holes, or other imperfections.

The donation pile can include things that are worn out but still usable, items that don’t fit, or things that you bought or were given and just don’t like. If you are the type of person who claims individual charitable deductions on your taxes instead of taking the standard deduction you should make a list of the items that you are donating so that you can attach it to your donation receipt.

The keep pile should be neatly packed away, clean and ready for the next season. I like to toss in a few of the wooden cedar rounds that are meant to be put in dresser drawers to keep things fresh, but other people prefer to put in a fabric softener sheet or two.

Now, it’s time to put up your summer clothing. as you are putting your clothing on hangers be sure to hang the hangers backwards in your closet as you are hanging them up. After you have worn the item, washed it, and are putting it away again you can put the hanger as your normally would. This will make things easier when it’s time to clean out the closet again when the next season comes, because any clothing item that is still on a backwards hanger means that you haven’t worn it all season, and it’s time to donate it.

See, wasn’t that easy? Now, believe it or not, I have gotten all of my storage items that I use from DealDash! DealDash has all sorts of different storage items including bins, cabinets, fabric cubes, and more. Just click this link right here and it will take you to some storage items on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Contico Storage Locker

DealDash Recipes: Homestyle Meatloaf

My kids might not agree, but I think that meatloaf is delicious! I am definitely not the best cook that I have ever met, but I have to brag a little when I say that my meatloaf is delightful.

Now that we are into the full swing of summer a lot of the local supermarkets around me are having really great sales on ground beef assuming that people are going to buy it to grill hamburgers. It’s only July and I am already a little tired of burgers. Let’s take that ground beef and turn it into yummy meatloaf.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 pounds of ground beef (or turkey, or pork, or a combination)
  • 1 slice of stale (or lightly toasted) bread very finely chopped into breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1 very small white or yellow onion, chopped finely
  • 5 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup of milk

Directions:

  • Combine all meat loaf ingredients
  • Form into loaf shape
  • Place into a loaf baking dish
  • Bake at 350 for 60-80 minutes, until done

Some people like to add additional ketchup to the top of the meatloaf for the final 15 minutes of baking. You can do this, or you can make a simple sauce to serve on top of the meatloaf when it’s served. You can make a sauce out of 3 Tablespoons brown sugar, 3 Tablespoons  apple cider vinegar, and 1/2 cup ketchup. Delicious!

This Homestyle Meatloaf recipe should serve about 4 adults, but if you are having a family dinner with the grandparents or the aunts and uncles it’s a very easy recipe to double and make two separate loaves and bake them at the same time. This Homestyle Meatloaf also goes wonderfully with homemade mashed potatoes and corn on the cob. Yum yum!

If you are in need of any of the supplies mentioned in the recipe, such as measuring cups, measuring spoons, a baking dish, or a new set of kitchen knives you should check out DealDash. DealDash has all of these kitchen items and so much more to explore and bid on. You can check out DealDash’s Kitchen and Dining category located at this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

BakerEze 6-Piece Non-stick Bakeware Set

DealDash Cleans: Your Baseboards

If you were under the impression that there was only one way to clean your baseboards you would be mistaken. There are a few different ways, and here are some tips and tricks to getting your baseboards their cleanest.

Cleaning your baseboards isn’t fun or glamorous, but it is the sort of task that when you’re finished  makes your home look better in a semi-indescribable way. No one will probably ever come in and compliment you on your clean baseboards, but if your baseboards aren’t clean your guests might notice, or just have a general sense that your house isn’t as sparkling clean as it could be.

Today I cleaned my baseboards, and I did it the old-fashioned way – I handed my son a rag and a basin full of soapy water and told him to get scrubbing! However, he wasn’t doing that great of a job, so I started doing some research online of better ways to get your baseboards clean. Here are my results:

  • You can use a tub of Lysol wipes. That way you don’t have to do anything with the wash basin or the washcloth. Just pull one out, wipe the baseboards until the Lysol wipe is dirty, throw it away, and repeat. This way is what I would suggest if you have some last-minute guests and want to make the main living area a little bit more presentable.
  • Fabric softener sheets! You can save up used fabric softener sheets from drying your clothing and use them to dry wipe your baseboards. This only works if your baseboards are just dusty – it won’t work if you have actual dirt from people’s shoes or from pets or children making a mess.
  • And lastly, my new favorite way to clean the baseboards…Magic Erasers! I am a big fan of Magic Erasers for other cleaning projects, but I had never thought to use them to clean the baseboards. It’s basically the same concept as using the washcloth, but it works so much better, and it has the added bonus of saving time, because you can clean up any marks on the walls while you are cleaning the baseboards instead of making it into two separate cleaning projects. Just use your regular wash basin that you would have used with your washcloth, but put in about half as much water and dish soap as you would normally put in. Then just clean as you normally would with the washcloth, but you will significantly reduce your need to scrub, and they will come out looking awesome!

If you are in need of any cleaning products such as Clorox, Tide, paper towels, etc then be sure to check out DealDash. They have a wonderful category called Home, Garden, and Tools that you can check out by clicking this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

 

Building a Bird Bath with DealDash

You might remember the DealDash article a few weeks ago showing you how to build a bird house. If you enjoyed that, perhaps it time to build a bird bath.

A well-constructed and thoughtfully executed bird bath can bring new species of birds to your yard for you to enjoy. The bird bath’s placement is very important so that the birds feel safe visiting the bath. Bird bath construction is very easy and can be completed quickly without extensive woodworking knowledge needed.

The first step in constructing your new bird bath is to decide where it will be placed in your yard. You want the bird bath to be easily visible to you when you are on your deck or inside your house. It’s also very important that the bird bath has some protection, either from a tree, bush, your deck, or even from the side of your house. If your bird bath is out in the open yard the birds won’t feel comfortable because it’s very likely that a hawk or other large predatory bird might swoop down and carry off your new birdie friends.

Next you will need to place a wooden post in the ground where you have decided to put your bird bath. A wooden post that is made for a mailbox is just perfect! If you have ever dug a hole and placed and sealed in a post for a mailbox it’s virtually the same thing. They sell “Quick Concrete” that’s in single-serve bags that meant to put in one mailbox post. It’s very simple to use, just pour the powdered concrete in, pour the correct measurement of water in, hold the post steady for 10 minutes, and bam! You’ve got yourself a post.

The next thing you’ll want to do is secure whatever vessel that you have chosen to be your bird bath. Many people like to go with a simple terra-cotta pot and saucer, or even just the saucer. You can put the pot facedown on the pole, secure with a putty or silicone, and place the saucer on top – this allows for easy cleaning. Simply take the saucer off and put it back on when you need to clean it.

That’s it! Simple, easy, and a lot of fun once your little birds start coming by daily. Be sure to change the water often, and the birds will be very happy.

If making a bird bath sounds like it’s just a little too much work for your busy lifestyle, how about getting either a bird bath or a fountain from DealDash? It will save you some effort, and you can have fun bidding on your new yard ornament. Just click here and it will take you to the DealDash page with the lawn ornaments. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Entertain Us on a Trip, DealDash

Taking a car trip can be fun for the whole family, but sometimes it can be hard to keep everyone entertained. Here are a few tips to keep everyone busy.

The first thing that you need to keep in mind when you are planning your trip is how long you are planning on being in the car, what stops that you are going to make, and if it’s likely that the passengers will have to be entertained the whole trip or if there will be some napping along the way.

If you are going on a long car trip with the family I am going to assume that you will have at least 1 or more kids in the car. With that said, it all depends on the age of the child/ren exactly how much entertaining that you will have to do and how much of the entertaining that they will be able to handle for themselves.

One of my favorite things to do before a trip is to make a playlist for the trip of songs that my family likes to sing along with. My kids (especially my daughter) love music, and will sing along to the latest Katy Perry and Taylor Swift songs like any little kid, but she also takes pride in the fact that she can sing along with songs that I grew up enjoying in the 90s! The playlists that I make I put on my iPod, which is such a time-saver. If you need to replace your iPod I would suggest checking out DealDash. Just click here and you will be taken to a page with the iPods that will be available to bid on or set an alert on. Just click the blue “Alert me” button and DealDash will send you a quick email when your item will be coming up for bid.

Another thing that my family finds very entertaining on road trips is snacks! There’s nothing like a chorus of children (and one husband) all whining “I’m hungry, I’m starving, feeeeeeed meeeee!” So I always make sure that I pack enough snacks for everyone to enjoy. In the case of the children I like to get the little snack sized bags and pack them each a bag of goldfish, pretzels, raisins, and fruit snacks. If I don’t pack them the exact same things it starts a big pout-fest, so I am sure to make things even.

The last thing that I always pack for our road trips is a neck pillow and blanket for everyone. I love to sleep on long trips if the kids are quiet, and I have a much higher chance of being able to nap myself if the kids are able to get comfy in the car. A word of caution, though, don’t give any kids under the age of 3 a neck pillow, please. It’s unlikely anything bad would happen, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

I hope that this article gave you some ideas on how to entertain your family on a trip. Be sure to visit DealDash and check out the iPads, ipods, portable DVD players, and more in the Electronics and Computers category, located here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Use Natural Cleaners

Do you have allergies, sensitive skin, or small kids in your house? If so, it might be a smart idea to use natural cleaning products in your home instead of chemical-based cleaners.

It’s easy to understand that using natural or plant-based products can contribute to healthy living, but it can be a little confusing when you first get started. This blog article will introduce you to some of the easiest and best natural cleaning products out there.

White vinegar 

White vinegar is awesome for cleaning, disinfecting, and deodorizing many different surfaces. I personally use a spray bottle of straight white vinegar to clean my granite countertops. There’s a very strong vinegar smell at first, but that dissipates after just a few moments and you are left with clean and safely disinfected countertops.

Another use for white vinegar is to clean your microwave. You can just spray it with the same spray bottle and wipe – but an even better (and more fun!) way to clean the baked on gunk and stains on the inside of your microwave is to put a cup of white vinegar in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 2 minutes. The vinegar will steam and loosen the caked on food so it’s easy to wipe away. They have microwave cleaning bags that do the same thing, but this will cost you about .49 for a small bottle of white vinegar that will last you a few uses versus a few dollars for one use.

Baking soda

Most people know this easy trick – just put an open box of baking soda in the back of your fridge and it will absorb all of the extra odors.

You can also sprinkle baking soda on your carpet, let it sit for 10 minutes, and vacuum it up to clean the carpet. It will absorb the odors and make everything fresh and clean.

Salt

If you have a pan that is greasy from meat just sprinkle some salt in it, then you can scrub it with your soft sponge like normal. The salt won’t scratch the finish because it will dissolve in the water.

Lemons

Lemons are wonderful for cleaning and deodorizing. You can slice up a lemon, add a few ice cubes, and toss it down your dish disposal. It will clean the disposal beautifully and make it smell like fresh lemons.

I hope that you found this article helpful for using natural cleaners. If you need some other cleaning items such a new vacuum or perhaps a spot cleaner for your carpet check out DealDash. DealDash has an amazing selection of products for the home. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cares About Your Skin

Having beautiful skin comes naturally to some people while others have to work for it. Here are some tips to show off your best skin.

Some people wake up with beautiful skin, do nothing to it, and have it look great with no effort required whatsoever. Other people have the worst luck with eczema, others have problems with comedones. Comedones are what most people refer to as pimples. Open comedones are blackheads; black because of surface pigment (melanin), rather than dirt. Closed comedones are whiteheads; the follicle is completely blocked.

Comedones are fairly easy to stay on top of by using a quality cleanser and a facial scrubbing-brush. Eczema is a little more difficult, there is actually no known cure for eczema, only treatments to manage it. People are usually diagnosed with eczema when they are babies, and some people eventually grow out of it. For others their eczema needs to be managed with high-quality creams and the dedication to use them daily.

In addition to these skin care tips you should also remember that daily sunblock is very important. When you are getting ready for the day it’s important to remember to apply a facial moisturizer or a sunblock that’s meant for the face. 30 SPF is the protection factor that I always advise for someone who wants to start an SPF daily ritual.

It’s also important to remember that whatever your skin type, be it normal, oily, dry, or combination you should be using a high-quality cleanser that is meant to be used on the face. A lot of people have asked me why they can’t just use the soap that they use on their body if it’s a “gentle” type soap. The truth of the matter is that soap dries out your skin. The drying effect on the skin of the body isn’t usually noticed, but it can be very damaging to the facial skin.

I hope that these skincare tips can help you in your daily life. If you are in need of a great facial cleansing brush you should check out DealDash. I have gotten a few of the face and body cleansing brushes from DealDash and I enjoy them very much. I actually gave one to my Mother-In-Law as a gift last year and she loves it as well. If you’d like to check out the cleansing brushes on DealDash just click this link right here. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Effortless Health

Most people want to be healthy but few have the time and energy to devote a lot of time to improvement. You can make minor everyday changes that make a big difference in your health.

There are so many small things that you can do daily to make a big difference over time in your overall health. If you do many small things per day they can add up to big health benefits. Here are a few examples of small things that you can do daily that will improve your overall health without a lot of extra time or effort spent.

One of the most common things that you can do to improve your health without too much effort is to park in a spot as far away from the door as possible when you go shopping. For someone like myself that can add up to big benefits because as a Stay At Home Mom I go shopping almost every day. Not only do I get the benefits of the further walk, but I also get additional health benefits from having to carry my 15 pound infant son in his “baby bucket”. It’s cardio without having to drive to the gym!

Another small thing that you can do for your health is to replace your fat and calorie laden desserts with a healthier option such as fruit, low-fat yogurt, or even a popsicle. This change can make a dramatic difference in your weight if you normally eat cake, ice cream, or cookies every night for dessert. By cutting these things out and replacing them with a healthier option you can easily shave off 200-300 calories per day which will eventually turn into pounds lost over the next few months.

The last tip that I am going to suggest is extremely easy and very effective – drink more water! It takes zero effort on your part to swap out soda, juice, and other beverages for water and you will reap huge health benefits. Water is essential for your body to function, and you will feel much better once you are not in a constant low-level state of dehydration. In addition to the health benefits drinking more water can also benefit your wallet. If you have a water filter on your fridge or a Brita pitcher then your water will cost you less than 5 cents per cup, which is a huge improvement over $1+ for a bottle of soda.

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I hope that this article got you thinking about small ways to improve your health. If you’d like to improve your health in even more ways check out DealDash! DealDash has lots of different exercise equipment that will help you on your road to fitness and health. Just check out the Hobbies, Toys, Outdoors, and Games section on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!