DealDash Does Weekly Meal Prep

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Meal Prep Sunday is all the rage right now in health and fitness. Get some great ideas for MPS from DealDash.

Prepping your meals for the week on a Sunday is an excellent use of your time, and will make the rest of your week easier. The idea behind Meal Prep Sunday (MPS) is to prep as many healthy meals as you can within a few hours on a Sunday. Next, you divide them into containers and you have nourishing meals all set to go for your hectic work week. Prepping all of your meals on Sunday will save you both time and money. Here are some ideas from DealDash for MPS.

Burrito Bowls

Burrito bowls are delicious, filling, easy to make, and can be healthy if you choose the correct options. Want an interesting meal for MPS? Burrito bowls are a great choice for MPS. Here are the basic instructions, but feel free to change up the ingredients to suit your own tastes.

Ingredients

  • Lettuce (romaine, iceberg, mixed greens, your choice)
  • Rice (white or brown)
  • Corn
  • Beans (black or pinto)
  • Meat of your choice (chicken, carnitas, steak, or none)
  • Lime (or not)

Instructions

  1. Place 2 cups of lettuce on the bottom of your Tupperware
  2. Add 4-6 oz of your meat choice
  3. Next, add 1 cup of rice
  4. Then, add ½ cup corn
  5. Add ¼ cup beans
  6. Finally, squeeze lime on the top if you like

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Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • Pasta of your choice (I prefer bowtie or shells)
  • Cooked chicken cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Cucumber
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Red onion
  • Olives (if you like)
  • Almond slivers (if you like)
  • Your favorite vinaigrette dressing

Directions

  1. Add cucumber, tomatoes, red onion, olives, and almond slivers to the mixing bowl
  2. Drizzle your favorite vinaigrette dressing evenly on top
  3. Toss until all of the ingredients are evenly coated with the dressing
  4. Add your chicken chunks to the top

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DealDash on the Many Uses of Vinegar

 

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At the mention of vinegar you may think, “Eww, that stuff smells so horrible!”Then, perhaps you might find yourself starting to crave pickles. Mmm…pickles. Well, vinegar is good for more than turning cucumbers into a crunchy, juicy, and delicious snack. Let DealDash tell you about a few of the many uses of vinegar in the home.

Vinegar is an extremely versatile product that can be used for many things such as:

  • Cooking (of course!)
  • Medicinal use
  • Beauty and skincare product
  • All-natural cleaner and more

How Great is Vinegar?

You would think such an awesome and useful product would be pricey, but vinegar is CHEAP! At just a couple bucks a gallon you can have an all-purpose, environmentally friendly cleaner replacing several of your household cleaning products. I’m going to share with you a few ways that you can you use vinegar in your household.

Cleans up after Crayola Picasso

Have your children or grandchildren decided to make the walls a canvas for their masterpiece? Don’t fret. Vinegar will clean that right up. Spray or dab some white vinegar on the crayon marks and let sit for a minute. Then using a light scrubbing motion the colored wax should come right off.

A couple of years ago my children made the worst crayon mess at Grandma’s house when my husband and I were out. We returned to poor Grandma scrubbing the walls. When I showed her the vinegar tip she was amazed.

Laundry’s Best Friend

When it comes to laundry, vinegar really carries the load. Vinegar benefits your clothes from the washer to the dryer. Adding about ½ to 1 cup of white vinegar to your clothes in the wash does several things. The vinegar helps eliminate stains, gets rid of odors, brightens the clothes, and acts as a fabric softener. In the dryer, vinegar keeps lint from attaching to your clothes and makes them static free.

Personally, I hate the feel of fabric softener sheets. I refuse to touch them unless I put a sock on my hand! However, when you use vinegar in the dryer there’s no need for them! Whew!

Keep Fido and Whiskers off the Furniture

While you may be able to train Fido to stay off the couch, Whiskers answers to no one.  To keep your pets off the furniture, all you need is a spray bottle filled with vinegar. Spray it across wherever you want the pets to steer clear. They hate the smell of vinegar.  Spraying approximately once a week should do the trick, but if you notice a more frequent need, spray every few days. The vinegar smell will fade to humans as it dries, but our animal friends will still be able to smell it for a week or so.

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DealDash Skin Care – Makeup Removal

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Taking off your makeup nightly is a very important part of skin care. Let DealDash show you some tips and techniques.

Taking off your makeup nightly is one way to be sure that your skin stay healthy, glowing, and blemish-free. Washing your face with soap can leave your skin dry, itchy, and tight. Soap is a definite no-no when washing your face, especially in the winter. Read on to hear how to remove your makeup in a more healthy way for your skin, from DealDash.

Step 1

The first thing that you should do when taking off your makeup at night is to take off any eye makeup and mascara. You can use any makeup remover for this, the kind that contains oil, or oil-free for people who already have oily skin. If you don’t like the chemicals in the eye makeup remover you can also use coconut oil! Just warm up a little in your hand, apply with a cotton ball, and wipe off.

Step 2

Next, you can wash your face using a variety of products. You can use a regular cleanser, makeup wipes, or even micellar water. Micellar water is my favorite way to remove cleanse my face. It’s so easy to use and doesn’t even require water. You can use it on all areas of your face, including eyes and lips. Simply apply the micellar water to a cotton round, cotton ball, q-tip, or even a tissue to the face, eyes, and lips. Then wipe off makeup without rubbing.

Step 3

Finally, you should apply a toner to your face. No matter how well you cleanse your face and remove your makeup there is usually a small amount of residue left behind. Toner removes the leftovers and returns your skin to the proper PH balance. Simply wet a cotton round or cotton ball with toner and wipe your whole face including your neck. There’s no rinsing required! After applying a toner you should follow up with the moisturizer of your choice.

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DealDash Uses Activated Charcoal

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Activated charcoal has many uses for your body as well as household uses. Here are just a few from DealDash.

Are you familiar with activated charcoal? It’s not the type of charcoal you use to barbecue. This charcoal is a special type has been used for hundreds of years for uses such as reducing odors, water purification, and poison control. Here is some great information about activated charcoal from DealDash.

How is Activated Charcoal Made?

Activated charcoal is made by burning items such as wood or coconut shells to a char. Then, it is further heated to extreme temperatures along with certain gases to make the surface area of charcoal more porous.

How Does Activated Charcoal Work?

Since the activated charcoal is so porous it means it can absorb material over 1,000 times its weight. Isn’t that amazing? There are not many materials on Earth that can make that claim.

Activated charcoal doesn’t absorb things like a sponge. It acts more like a negatively charged magnet attracting positively charged compounds (think free radicals) to stick to its outsides and then sweeps it out of your system.

How Can You Use Activated Charcoal?

As a Tooth Whitener

Activated charcoal is non-abrasive but great at sweeping away plaque and stains on the teeth. Thus, activated charcoal will leave you with a brighter smile. You can use it alone or mix it with other ingredients like baking soda, coconut oil, or even clay to cleanse your teeth.

As a Purifying and Cleansing Face Mask

Since activated charcoal has such strong absorption properties, it’s great for the skin. Activated charcoal can pull out dirt and oils, leaving you with a fresh, clean face. You can mix activated charcoal with a bit of water to make a simple paste. You can also add ingredients such as aloe for a more soothing effect on the skin or bentonite clay for even more ‘pull’ of toxins from your skin.

There are just a couple of ways that you can use the amazing properties of activated charcoal. There are many other ways to use activated charcoal on your body or even around the house.

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DealDash Explores Myrtle Beach, SC

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Have you ever taken a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC? It’s not just for golfers anymore. Let’s explore with DealDash.

Growing up in Wilmington, NC was great, because so many nice vacation spots were just a short car ride away. One of these spots is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Just 1.5 short hours from where I grew up lies miles of beautiful beaches, a boardwalk with an amazing ferris wheel that has enclosed seats with AC(!), a Ripley’s Believe it or Not museum, multiple haunted houses, and so much more. Here are a few fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, from DealDash.

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Beaches

Going to the beach is always a favorite activity when on a trip, and Myrtle Beach has many beautiful ones to explore. If you don’t mind paying a few dollars, skip the public beach access points and hit up the Myrtle Beach State Park on the southside of town. It costs $5 per adult and $3 per child (under 5 kids are free) to get in, but then you have wide stretches of beach to yourself with less competition for a spot to put your beach towel. For the entry fee you also get access to hiking trails, a fishing pier, picnic shelters, and a nature center.

Alligator Adventure

When I was growing up in the south I had a few of my own up close and personal adventures with wild crocodiles, but Alligator Adventure is safe and supervised. There are more animals there than just alligators such as monkeys, birds, snakes, and more. The entrance fee is a little steep at $17.99, but well worth it in my opinion.

The Carolina Opry

After you’ve done the beach and kid’s activities all day, maybe it’s time for something a little more grown up. See a variety of concerts from Broadway to gospel, rock, country, and more at the Carolina Opry. There are also special events such as comedy shows, dancing performances, and lots of other entertainment. The tickets start at $50, though, so choose your show wisely.

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DealDash Experiments in the Kitchen

 

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Don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen. The worst that can happen is one ruined dinner. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Do you think that you aren’t a good cook? Do people occasionally make little jokes about your cooking skills? The main problem that people have who tell themselves that they cannot cook well is a lack of patience. They turn the burners up too high to get it done faster, or they don’t pay enough attention to the instructions in the recipe. They might not even have enough patience or confidence in themselves to master the recipe and put their own personal spin on it. In my experience, the skills that you need to possess in order to be a good cook is a will to follow the recipe’s instructions in addition to mixing in a little of your own creative spirit.

First, Pay Attention to the Recipe

Cooking is akin to going to a paint night in the kitchen. Imagine that the painting instructor is there to tell you what brush to use and what colors that you should use in each area. Now transfer this analogy over to the kitchen. The recipe serves as your instructor, it tells you what temperature to set the oven at, what ingredients to use, and most importantly, it tells you how much of those ingredients that are needed. Too much of an ingredient and it can overpower your dish, too little of an ingredient can make your food bland and boring. Have patience, follow the recipe to a “T”, and you will end up with delicious, predictable food.

Next, Throw in Some Experimentation

To be an excellent cook you must also be willing to experiment once you have mastered a recipe. Perhaps you have used parsley in a dish in order to jazz it up? Maybe the parsley made it more interesting and delicious. This could transfer over to another recipe that is similar in nature. That parsley could have been used in a chicken alfredo dish, but it would also fit into a simple spaghetti bolognese dish as well. Adding more variety to your ingredients translates into more intrigue in regard to the dish’s flavor.

Don’t be scared of the kitchen, be brave, have confidence that your dish will be delicious. Remember these key tips and you will be whipping up dishes to impress your loved ones in no time. 

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DealDash Does DIY Facials

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Everyone needs a little pampering sometimes. Here is a recipe for a DIY facial from DealDash.

Have you been looking for a way to unwind after a busy day at the office or at home with the kids?  Do you want to do something to relax and also help beautify your skin?  Maybe you have a daughter who wants to have a spa day.  Everyone deserves some pampering, especially hardworking moms.  Here’s your guide to a DIY facial on a budget from DealDash.

Products Needed

  • Makeup remover
  • Gentle cleanser
  • Water
  • Facial scrub – or Make your own with honey & granulated sugar –
  • Face mask – Make it with avocado, banana, and olive oil –
  • Moisturizer

Directions

  1. Get set up.  Get your products together, tie back your hair, and put on some relaxing music or light a candle.  This routine is easiest in a bathroom or somewhere with easy access to a sink.  
  2. Begin by removing any makeup and washing your face with a gentle cleanser.
  3. Fill a large bowl with steaming hot water, then hold your face over the bowl and drape a towel over the other side of your face.  Remain that way for 5-7 minutes.   This is similar to the steam treatment that many professional facials include, and both serve to open up the pores and allow other products to have deeper effects on the skin.
  4. Exfoliate the skin, either using a store-bought exfoliating scrub or by making your own.  A super simple recipe is to combine one part honey with two parts granulated sugar.  Sugar is an awesome natural exfoliate, and honey has antimicrobial properties that make it great for skin.
  5. Do a face mask.  There are a variety of store-bought masks available for purchase at a variety of price points, many of which are tailored to certain skin types, or you can make one of your own using ingredients you probably only have in your kitchen.  You may want to search online for a recipe that is specific to your skin type or one that uses a certain ingredient, or use this simple recipe: mix together half an avocado, a ripe banana, and one tablespoon of olive oil in a small bowl.  Apply to the face and let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then wash off with warm water.
  6. Pat your face dry with a clean towel, finish up with a moisturizer and enjoy your glowing skin!

This is only one of many ways to do an at-home facial.  You can mix it up with different recipes or products, or you could also combine this activity with painting your nails or deep conditioning your hair for extra relaxation and pampering.   However you choose to use these steps, it’s always worthwhile to take some time to unwind and care for yourself.  

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DealDash – The Benefits of Drinking Tea

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Tea is not only delicious but is also quite good for your health. DealDash is here to tell you some of the benefits.

Tea is Very Hydrating

Tea is extremely hydrating for the body. Luckily enough, tea is delicious and comes in so many different flavors. Water is fairly tasteless, so sometimes it can be difficult to make yourself drink the full 8 servings of water per day that you need. With all of the different flavors of tea that are available, you can drink your fill while hydrating your body.

Tea is Full of Antioxidants

As we talked about in the olive oil article the other day, antioxidants are extremely important to your body. Antioxidants do not occur naturally in the body, and they help prevent cancer. Tea is jam-packed full of antioxidants.

Tea Has Less Caffeine than Coffee

Do you love coffee in the morning but dislike some of the side-effects such as the jitters? Well, trade your coffee in for tea in the morning! Herbal teas have no caffeine, and black tea has less than 50 percent of what usually is found in coffee.

Tea is Good for Your Teeth

Unlike soda or juice, tea is good for your teeth. Yes, really! When you drink tea it changes the pH in your mouth. This can help prevent cavities. Also, unlike other beverages tea does not erode your tooth enamel.

Different Teas, Different Cures

Many different types of herbal teas are good for different problems in your body. For example, it’s widely known that chamomile tea is an excellent solution for anxiety. Also, drinking ginger tea is excellent for nausea. When I was pregnant with my little boy I drank a lot of ginger tea to calm my nausea.

Tea Can Help With Diabetes (Type 2)

If you have diabetes and like tea, you’re in luck. Tea can be beneficial to people with Type 2 diabetes. Studies suggest that compounds in green tea could help diabetics better process sugars. Just be sure not to put any sugar in your tea, please.

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DealDash Helps- Fit Your Children for Shoes

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It’s very important that your children wear the proper size shoes on their growing feet. Let DealDash help you figure out their shoe size.

Shopping for children’s shoes can be an unhappy experience for you, the children, and even the salespeople. Many women enjoy getting new shoes and will try them on for hours, however, most kids, especially younger ones, don’t really like to go shoe shopping.

Getting the proper fit for your children’s shoes is very important, though, and children outgrow their shoes very quickly. Read this article from DealDash to learn some tips for getting your children’s shoes to fit properly.

When Should You Go Shopping?

Many children might not even realize that their shoes are too small for them, they just know that their shoes don’t feel comfy anymore. You could ask them on a monthly basis how their shoes feel, or you can follow these tips to help you figure it out without remembering to ask.

The first thing that you will want to check on the old shoes are the seams. If the seams are looking particularly worn, then that means that the foot is pushing outwards on them and it’s probably time to get a bigger size.

Next, check out the sides of the shoes. Are they bulging out, especially near where the pinky toe is located? If so, these shoes might not be wide enough. Your child might not need a larger size, but a wider width, instead.

Measure Them with the Foot-Sizer

Instead of having your children try on every size in the store, you should use the foot-sizer. If you are shopping in a store that has professional shoe salespeople, you should ask one of them to help you.

Some tips to note about using the foot-sizer are that one, feet should always be measured while standing up. Next, be sure to measure both feet. It’s extremely common for a person to have one foot larger than the other. Lastly, be sure that you buy shoes to fit the larger of the two feet. Otherwise, your child will be very uncomfortable after a full day of wearing their shoes.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on fitting your children for new shoes helpful. After a long day of shoe shopping, it’s time to take a break and relax with DealDash.

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DealDash Cooks With Olive Oil

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Olive oil is heart healthy and delicious. However, some people prefer to cook with butter or even canola oil. Let DealDash persuade you to use olive oil.

Do you prefer to cook a dish with canola oil, butter or olive oil? That is a question that many home cooks ask themselves when they are preparing to make a dish. I have often asked myself in the past which would be the best oil got the job, and a conundrum that I have seen on competition cooking shows such as Chopped. This is also a topic of discussion that I have seen on talk shows and in magazines as well. Let DealDash show you the best oil for the job. Hint – it’s olive oil!

The Best Oil for the Job

When you are cooking with high heat, most oils will dissipate. This makes butter seem like the better alternative if you are just looking for a quick answer. That might be the case at times, but olive oil will not dissipate like other oils such as canola or vegetable oil. It is also a much healthier alternative to the unhealthy and fatty stick of butter that you were thinking about for your dish.

Most people in this day in age want to cook as healthily as possible for their families. Gone are the days when butter or even Crisco was a staple in every meal that was cooked at home. Olive oil is a much better alternative; it has a wonderfully light and delicious taste as well as being significantly healthier.

How Can Olive Oil Be Healthy?

Olive oil might have some fats, but luckily for us olive oil connoisseurs, they have been proven to be the healthy varieties of fat. These fats in small doses will not negatively affect your health as long as you are eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Though the fats in olive oil are the healthy variety, moderation should be exercised with everything in life, and that applies to the olive oil vs. butter dilemma as well. Too much of anything is usually unhealthy, so use your common sense in the kitchen when you are preparing your recipes.

Olive Oil Contains Antioxidants

Another excellent win for olive oil when it comes to health is is the fact that olive oil contains antioxidants. If you are unfamiliar with antioxidants, antioxidants help prevent or stop cell damage caused by oxidants. Your body does not produce antioxidant vitamins naturally, so it is important to include antioxidants in your diet, be it through foods or supplements. Other foods that contain antioxidants are blueberries, cranberries, and pecans.

Ditch the Butter Stick

There are many reasons why olive oil is a better choice than butter in a dish. Butter is full of fat, and there are no positive health aspects to the addition of butter in your home cooked dishes. It provides flavor, but at an unfortunate cost to your health.

When using olive oil instead of butter, the positives outweigh the negatives. I find that in my experience in the kitchen, using olive oil can make some dishes much more tasty and exciting.

Olive Oil Garlic Bread, Anyone?

Try making some delicious homemade garlic bread with olive oil. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, sprinkle some olive oil and garlic salt on the bread, and put it in the oven. You can enjoy the results in about 8 minutes. It’s delicious and heart healthy as well. Enjoy!

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Cleaning Suede Boots & Shoes With DealDash

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Winter weather, snow, and salt are very bad for your boots and shoes. Cleaning them regularly helps extend their life. Let DealDash show you how.

Living in the Northeast is very hard on my shoes! I try to clean off the salt, slush, and show residue a couple of times every winter, but it always comes back. Shoes and especially boots are very expensive, so I like to try and keep them as long as they still look nice. Here are some ideas and tips from DealDash to help you clean your shoes and boots to keep them looking nice for longer.

Cleaning Suede Boots and Shoes

  1. Using a suede brush (or other soft-bristled brush), lightly brush away dirt that has accumulated on your shoes. Brush repeatedly in the same direction, like you are brushing a cat or dog. Once you get off this surface layer of, your shoes should look a lot better already.
  2. Scuffs occur when the suede’s grain gets pressed down in one direction. Lift the grain and remove the look of the scuff by brushing scuffed areas vigorously back and forth with the brush, unlike the step above to remove the dirt.
  3. If you have any stubborn scuffs on your shoes, try a pencil eraser! Scuffs that won’t brush out can sometimes be removed by using a pencil eraser, believe it or not!
  4. To make life easier, be sure to spray a coat of suede protector on your boots or shoes. This will help prevent further stains and marks. It won’t completely eliminate them, of course, but it’s a step in the right direction. (Get it?! A step.)

Removing Watermarks

Removing watermarks from suede boots and shoes can be tricky. The same water that causes the stains can correct the situation as well. Here are the directions, but please be careful, you don’t want to ruin your shoes.

  1. Put a light coat of water onto your soft brush and rub the shoes gently until the surface is evenly wet without visible water stains.
  2. Using a soft cloth such as a washcloth or kitchen towel (not paper towel) blot up the excess water from the shoes.
  3. Stuff the boots with crumpled paper to help them keep their shape while they dry. I don’t advise using black and white newspaper as that can discolor the insides of your shoes, but the shiny paper that they print the coupons and ads on will do the trick.
  4. Put them in a dry spot and let the water evaporate for 24-48 hours with the paper inside.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on how to clean your suede boots and shoes helpful. Don’t forget to read DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips daily. It’s the best way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash news and events.

If you are shopping for a gift, art, candle, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Gets Ready for Spring Cleaning

DealDash Spring Cleaning It’s not quite Spring yet, but it’s never too early to get started on your spring cleaning. Here are some tips and ideas from DealDash to help you get started.

Depending on where you are, your lawn, driveway, and house might still be buried in snow. But that’s outside! It’s not too early to start your Spring cleaning inside. Here are some tips, tricks, and ideas from DealDash to make your Spring cleaning a success.

Don’t…

I know you’re excited to get everything clean, but whatever you do, don’t clean your welcome mats yet! According to that pesky groundhog, there’s at least another month of so of Winter. If you live in an area where you have snow, slush, ice, and salt then hold off on cleaning those mats for a bit longer.

Clean or Replace Those Air Filters

Your air filters have been hard at work all winter filtering your air. It’s time to either change them out if you have disposable ones or wash them out if you have re-usable ones. Air quality inside your home is very important, and this doesn’t take very long to do.

Have the Air Ducts Cleaned

Have you had your air ducts cleaned recently? According to the experts, you should have this done every three to five years. Having the air ducts cleaned helps keep the allergens out of the air and help you breathe a little easier.

Fixtures and Fans

Now would be a good time to go around and give all of your light fixtures and fan blades a good dusting. Next, it’s easy to forget to do this regularly since they are on the ceiling and not eye-level, but it’s important to try and do this. Ideally, you should be doing this monthly, but it’s understandable if you don’t get to it every single month. Now is a great time to do them all at once.

Window Sills

You’ll need to give your window sills and insides of your windows a good cleaning after the winter is over. You should use the kid-safe cleaner that we talked about on the blog at this link HERE, to kill and prevent any mold growth. Mold is extremely unhealthy and needs to be taken care of right away.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on Spring cleaning ideas helpful. Read the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips to stay “in the know!!”

If you are shopping for a sculpture, clock, or art piece, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Makes Kid-Safe Cleaners

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Kids are great – they are funny, cute, and want to be like you. Let them help you clean with these kid-safe cleaners from DealDash.

Every little kid wants to be like their mommy, daddy, or grandparent. Put that wonderful fact to good use by letting them help you clean. But wait – those cleaners full of chemicals can be dangerous to little people who might accidentally get it in their eyes or mouth. Fix that dangerous problem by making some homemade cleaners with ingredients that are kid-safe. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

What Do I Need to Get Started?

  • A few spray bottles. You can purchase some from the dollar store, or clean out your old ones and reuse them.
  • Box of baking soda.
  • Table salt.
  • Bottle of white distilled vinegar.
  • Natural liquid soap, such as Dr. Bronner’s or Mrs. Meyer’s.
  • Water
  • Organic essential oils – Your choice, but some good ones to keep on hand are tea tree, lavender, and lemongrass.
  • You can use paper towels to clean, or re-use old rags

What Different Cleaners Can I Make?

  • Window cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Mold killer
  • Many others

How Do I Make These Kid- Safe Cleaners?

  • Window cleaner – Mix 3 tablespoons white vinegar with 2 cups of water (or for a bigger job – 1/2 cup vinegar to 1 gallon water) and spray directly onto your windows.

Vinegar works great on glass, however it’s rather stinky. If you prefer a non-vinegary window cleaner, you can also use straight fresh lemon juice or club soda to get your windows and other glass items sparkling clean. I personally prefer the vinegar, though, because it can kill (some) kinds of bacteria as well as making the glass shine. Vinegar is great to use in kid-safe cleaning products, and it’s also pet-safe as well.

  • All-purpose cleaner – Mix 2 cups water, a few drops of natural soap, and 15 drops each of tea tree and lavender organic essential oil. You can spray this on many kinds of home surfaces such as fabric furniture, baby changing tables, cutting boards, welcome mats, toilets, bath mats, sinks, walls, and more. However, don’t use this on glass, it will cause streaking.
  • Toilet cleaner – Add vinegar, lemon juice, and baking soda to the toilet bowl and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush. This concoction will also clean sinks to sparkling clean.
  • Mold killer – To kill mold or prevent it from growing, mix two cups of water and three drops of tea tree essential oil. Once per week, spray your walls (especially in damp places such as the bathroom and laundry room) with this solution and wipe dry. This mixture fights stains and the natural antiseptic qualities of tea tree oil prevents mold and mildew from growing.

Teach Your Kids, Keep Them Safe

Remember, it’s your responsibility to your kids to teach them how to do chores and clean the house. Otherwise, who will? Start them young, and let them help you clean using these kid-safe cleaners.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on kid-safe cleaners helpful. If you are shopping for a toy, baby item, gift, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

 

DealDash Does Computer Yoga

DealDash computer yoga

Computer yoga is the newest rage for people who are short on time but need to get a workout in. Read on for some tips and tricks from DealDash.

If you’re sitting at your computer right now, I bet your neck muscles and upper back are a little tight and sore. Did you know that you can fix that right from your computer chair? That’s right, there’s no need to go to the gym or even leave the office to do computer yoga. Let DealDash explain computer yoga to you.

Why Do Computer Yoga

Computer yoga is an excellent solution for people who would like to do yoga but simply don’t have the time. Computer yoga is also great for people who are extremely out of shape and need to take things slowly and carefully during yoga. There is a class at the YMCA called “Gentle Yoga,” but this is even more gentle than that!

When Should you Do Computer Yoga?

You should do computer yoga when your muscles are feeling tight from sitting and staring at your computer screen for too long. Take a little break. Do this computer yoga exercise whenever you can. It’s very easy, and you’ll be relaxed in just a few minutes. Computer yoga will help to take away some of the tension felt in your body, especially in the neck and upper back area. It will calm your mind through meditation and self-questioning. Computer yoga is the office worker’s and writer’s answer to remaining positive through the day; ideally, practicing computer yoga daily will help you to remain positive throughout your daily routine.

It will calm also your mind, not unlike meditation. Computer yoga can help you relax and feel relaxed and positive throughout your day. If you are able to maintain a regular schedule of computer yoga, your body and mind will thank you. Here are some simple computer yoga exercises that you can do at your desk.

Try These Computer Yoga Exercises

  • Turn your head left and right slowly 10 times. Next, forward and backward 10 times. This will loosen up your neck muscles.
  • Move your shoulders up and down, trying to bring them to your ears. Do this 10 times. Find the way that works best for you. Next, roll them forward for 10 repetitions, and then roll them backward for 10 repetitions. This will loosen up your shoulder muscles.
  • First, inhale and lift your arms; clasp your hands and invert your palms. Lean to your left. Hold for 5 breaths, then switch sides.
  • Then, turn to your left. Use your left hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Hold for 5 breaths, then twist to the other side.
  • Finally, sit at the edge of your chair, press your hands down on either side of your hips and raise your legs and bottom up off the seat. Tense your deep abdominal muscles and try to keep the tops of your shoulders down; hold for 3 breaths. Lower and repeat 2 more times.

You’re done! Try to find the time to do these simple exercises every day to keep your blood flowing and your mind focused.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on computer yoga helpful. If you are shopping for a computer, desk chair, or exercise equipment, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make you happy and healthy. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Happy Valentine’s Day From DealDash

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Happy Valentine’s Day from DealDash! Here are some ways to show your love to the people around you.

How do you show your love and appreciation for those around you? You see so many people every day from your family and co-workers, to people outside such as cashiers, the mailman, and many others. It would just make someone’s day to show some warmth and appreciation for everyone that you meet today, let DealDash give you some ideas.

Get Your Co-Workers Coffee

On your way in tonight, why not grab your co-workers some coffee? If you work in a large office, you could just stop by Dunkin’ Donuts and get a “Box of Joe,” and some of the fixin’s such as cream, sugar, Spenda, napkins, and stirrers. It would absolutely make their day, and feel very kindly towards you indeed.

Pick your Husband/Wife/Partner Up Lunch

If you have some time at lunch, why not go get your Husband/Wife/Partner some lunch today? If you’re at work, try to pop out for lunch and grab them some lunch, too. It would be such a nice surprise for them, and they would know that you were thinking of them. They would love you for it!

Pass Out Valentine’s Day cards

What would you do if a total stranger gave you a Valentine’s Day card? It would probably make you smile, as long as they didn’t do it in a creepy way, of course! It would also bring joy to a few people who you semi-know such as your UPS man, your favorite postal worker, or other person that you see on a semi-regular basis.

Get Your Kids or Grandkids Chocolate

Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for your Husband/Wife/Partner – why not show some love to your kids as well? Get them some chocolate, or even make them up a little gift basket to show them how much you love and care about them this Valentine’s Day.

In that same vein, why not have your kids help you make and deliver some cards to your local senior citizen’s home? Or even just to their grandma and grandpa. It’s Valentine’s Day, spread the love around!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on Valentine’s Day ideas helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash happenings.

If you are shopping for a gift, art, candle, or perfume, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make youand your family happy. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Makes Yummy Cheesecake Pops

DealDash Recipe

Cheesecake pops are as yummy as the original but small and portable. They are delicious and fun to make. Enjoy this DealDash recipe.

If you’ve never had cheesecake pops, you’re in for a treat! These are extra yummy, and you will consume far less calories (if you can eat just one or two!) than if you had a regular-sized slice of cheesecake.

These sweet and creamy cheesecake pops make wonderful light desserts for a party or event, to take as a hostess gift, as a teacher present, or great for a kid’s birthday party.

They are as versatile as they are delicious, you can dip them in an array of toppings such as melted chocolate, caramel, rainbow sprinkles, or just about anything else you can think of! Please enjoy this recipe from DealDash.

Cheesecake Pops

  • 3 (8 ounces) packages cream cheese, softened
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 Large eggs
  • 10 ounces white chocolate

Directions

  1. Grease and flour a 9-inch cake pan.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  3. In a large bowl, mix the sugar and softened cream cheese until smooth.
  4. Add the sour cream, flour, vanilla, and salt.
  5. Mix until well-combined.
  6. Add the eggs and mix again.
  7. Pour and scrape the cream cheese batter into the greased cake pan.
  8. Bake the cake for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown on the top.
  9. Cool for approximately 5-10 minutes.
  10. Chill the cake in the fridge for 3-plus hours.
  11. Scoop out the cheesecake into 1-1.5 inch round balls using a small ice cream scoop or melon baller.
  12. Place the cheesecake balls on a tray covered with waxed paper.
  13. Place a lollipop stick into the middle of each cheesecake ball.
  14. Freeze the cheesecake balls in the freezer for approximately 30 minutes.
  15. Melt the white chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Stir every 15 seconds with a spoon. Microwave until the white chocolate melts and is smooth.
  16. Dip the cheesecake balls into the melted chocolate. Twirl the cheesecake pop around to remove any dripping chocolate.
  17. Chill the cheesecake pops into the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on making cheesecake pops helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog every day is the best way to keep up with what’s going on with DealDash.

If you are shopping for a kitchen item, home decoration, or something else, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to help you fill your kitchen with nice items. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Tips to Be an Organized Bidder

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Being organized on DealDash is a key element to being successful. If you’re a new bidder be sire to read these tips so you can start off ahead of the game.

When you first sign up to DealDash you need to get (and stay) organized. An organized bidder is a winning bidder. One of the first things that I would suggest that you do is make yourself an Excel spreadsheet. This spreadsheet will be useful for many things that I will tell you about later on in this article. The information will help you make educated decisions when bidding in DealDash auctions.

Keep Track of Bidders

One of the first things that you are going to want to keep track of on your Excel spreadsheet is bidder names. You’ll want to make a notation of any Power Bidders that you recognize, what they’re bidding on, and what price the auction ended up costing. This will be important information, you will eventually uncover different patterns in their bidding preferences and styles.

Keep Track of Auctions

Next, you’ll want to make a notation of the DealDash auctions that you enter. You’ll want to put the name of the auction and how many bids that you placed. You’ll also note the final auction price, and if you won or lost. Finally, you’ll want to note the time and date that the auction started and finished. This information will become useful in figuring out popular bidding days and times.

Your Wins and Competition

You’ll also want to keep a separate area with just your wins.  This will help you stay organized when bidding, and you can be sure that you aren’t “double buying” anything. It will also be helpful to note which bidders were your stiffest competition, and what dollar amount they dropped out at.

Your Budget

Don’t forget to write down every time you make a purchase of bids or BIN (Buy It Now) to help keep you on your budget. Sometimes it’s hard in the heat of bidding to not pay attention to how much you are spending. Keeping a list of bidding and BINning expenses will help you stick to your budget.

I hope that you found this new DealDash Tips article on staying organized helpful. If you are shopping for a home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to help you. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashReviewed.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Recipe – Mushroom Risotto

DealDash Mushroom Risotto

Mushroom risotto is not only delicious but very versatile as well. Here is a yummy recipe from DealDash.

Risotto is a delicious Italian rice dish that is easily customized to your taste once you get the optimal technique down. This isn’t your garden variety white rice which cooks without any babysitting needed in a rice cooker. Risotto needs to be stirred and watched the entire time it is on the stove. The result is worth it, though. Mushroom risotto is a rich, creamy, and textured rice that can be served as an appetizer, main course, or side dish. Here is a recipe from DealDash for you to enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups arborio rice.
  • 1 lb sliced portobello and/or crimini mushrooms
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 6-8 cups of chicken, vegetable, or beef broth
  • 1/2-1 cup dry white wine, like a Sauvignon Blanc
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in your largest skillet on medium heat.
  2. Dice 1 small onion and 2 cloves of garlic and add to the oil.
  3. Remove stems, and thinly slice your mushrooms while the onions & garlic cook.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the skillet after 3-4 minutes
  5. Add salt and pepper and stir to coat the mushrooms in oil.
  6. Using a sauce pot, heat up 6 cups of broth while the mushrooms are cooking. Do not heat all the way to boiling.
  7. Cook the mushrooms for 3-5 minutes
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of butter
  9. Add the 2 cups of arborio rice and constantly stir. Once the butter has melted, add the rice and stir so that it is coated with the oil and butter. Cook for 1 minute before adding any liquid.
  10. Add 1/2 cup of white wine. Add the white wine and stir into the rice. Cook together until almost all of the wine is evaporated or absorbed into the rice.
  11. Add one ladle of hot broth. Once the wine is absorbed, use a ladle to add the first cup of broth to the rice mixture
  12. Constantly stir the broth and rice. You cannot stir risotto enough.
  13. Add another cup of broth once the first has been absorbed. Once most of the broth has been absorbed by the rice, add another cup.
  14. Repeat until the broth is gone or the rice is your desired consistency. The rice should be slightly firm and creamy, but never mushy.
  15. Repeat until the broth is gone or the rice is your desired consistency. The rice should be slightly firm and creamy, but not mushy.

Delicious and Versatile

You can add any extra ingredients that you would like to the mushroom risotto such as cheese, truffle oil, spices, or even meat to bulk it up into a main course. See how versatile it is?

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on mushroom risotto helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews blog and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog  daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash happenings.

If you are shopping for a kitchenware, art, appliances, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your kitchen fully stocked. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

How to Keep Busy When Snowed In – DealDash

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Being snowed in and unable to leave the house is no fun! Here are some inside activities to keep you busy while you wait.

Young, middle-aged, or older, there’s nothing fun about being unable to leave the house if you want to. You never realize how much you need a little time outside of the house until you can’t go further than your driveway to shovel or snow blow. Here are some ideas from DealDash to keep you occupied.

Clean Out the Fridge

There’s no better time to use up all of the leftovers and random items in your fridge than when you’re snowed in. You never know when the power might go out due to too much ice and snow on the power lines, so figure out what you can cook and eat today and what needs to be thrown away.

Build a Donation Pile

Today is the perfect day to go through all of your winter clothing and see what is appropriate to donate. Give away anything that is too small or that you haven’t worn yet this winter. Also, donate items that you don’t plan on wearing anymore after this winter is over.

Besides clothing, see if there are any old towels, sheets, or comforters that you can donate. If you’re planning on getting new bedding or towels in the near future, why not donate these now? Then see if you can win some new ones on DealDash? If you don’t happen to win you can always BIN (Buy It Now). You will receive all of your bids back as well as get free shipping on the items. Isn’t that a great deal?

Binge Watch That TV Show

Binge-watching TV isn’t usually an activity that I recommend. However, if you’re stuck inside your house for the next day or so, why not? Make some hot cocoa, pop some popcorn, and settle in for a long day of TV watching. Enjoy the show!

Bid on DealDash

Hey, you’re stuck inside anyway, why not spend the day bidding on DealDash?! DealDash will keep you busy all day with auctions in all categories such as Computers & Electronics, Fashion, Health, & Beauty, Gift Cards, and more! When you’re bidding it’s not just wasting time, for every second that you’re the highest bidder in an auction you’re working towards free bids on your bid meter. 

Reading the DealDash Tips Blog and our sister blog DealDash Reviews daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to upcoming promotions and sales.

I hope that you found this new DealDash Reviewed article on ways to stay busy in a snowstorm helpful. If you are shopping for a new home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to entertain you and save you money. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Fun Valentine’s Date Ideas

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Valentine’s Day is coming soon, do you have a date planned out for you and your sweetie? Why do the same old dinner? Here are some different ideas from DealDash.

Dinner and a movie might be a standard date, but why not try something new and different for Valentine’s Day? Some of these ideas from DealDash might not be romantic, but they will be fun quality time spent with your date, and isn’t that the important part?

Comedy Club

It’s said that laughing is a great bonding experience for couples, so perhaps a Valentine’s Day date to the comedy club is in order. Check your local Yelp or Google Guide to see if there’s a comedy club near you. Next, be sure of the hours and if you need tickets in advance. Have a fun time laughing the night away with your honey.

Paint Night

Many smaller restaurants and bars have what’s known as “paint night.” Paint night is a super fun activity that includes instruction from an art teacher how to paint a simple painting, and you can usually purchase wine or bring your own. Have a lovely time bonding with your mate while painting and sipping.

Couple’s Massage

Forget the dinner and a movie, I would trade them both for a massage! Couple’s massages aren’t always offered at your standard chain massage businesses, but sometimes they offer them as a special for Valentine’s Day. If you can’t get a couple’s massage, just get two regular massages booked at the same time. Once you’re face down on the massage table you won’t notice that the other person is in the room, anyway.

Cooking Class

What’s more romantic than Italian food? Italian food that you make yourself! Enroll you and your honey in a cooking class and learn how to make a meal together. The bonding experience will be great for your relationship – and if not, at least you will get a meal out of it!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on Valentine’s Day date ideas helpful. Reading the DealDash Reviews and our sister blog DealDash Tips Blog  daily is one way to stay “in the loop” when it comes to DealDash happenings.

If you are shopping for a gift, art, candle, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now and get your Valentine’s Day sweetie a gift! DealDash wants to help you. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Winter Weekend Fun Ideas

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Winter, snow, and fun aren’t normally words that I would put together. However, here are some ideas from DealDash to make this wintery weekend lots of fun.

No matter what the weather outside it seems like my kids always want to go outside and play. I guess that’s what I get for limiting their screen time! Being originally from North Carolina I have an intense dislike of Boston winters, but I try to find fun outside activities anyway. Here are some fun outdoor activities from DealDash that you can do in winter. Some are for kids specifically, and some are for anyone 5-95!

Snow Painting

No, you don’t use real paint for snow painting, though it does require a couple of materials that you will have to be sure that you have on hand. You’ll need a clean squeeze bottle of any kind such as a ketchup, mustard, or shampoo bottle. You can also buy bottles at the dollar store that are meant to store ketchup and mustard. When you have your empty (clean) squeeze bottles, fill them with water that is colored with food coloring. Take them outside and draw pictures on the snow.

Snow Creatures

If the kids are tired of making the same old snowman every snowstorm, why not try to make snow creatures next time instead? There are plenty of critters that are fairly simple to make out of the snow such as a sea turtle or a snake.

You don’t have to stick to real animals, either! Have a contest to see who can make the most interesting snow creature using the snow and whatever other materials that can be found in your yard such as stones, sticks, leaves, etc.

Winter Walk & Animal Hunt

Not that kind of hunting! Before you leave your house make a checklist of animals that you are reasonably likely to see in your neighborhood or local park such as rabbits, birds, squirrels, skunks, possums, deer, etc. See if you can find all of the animals on your checklist.

Snow Throw

Make a large bullseye target out of a cardboard box and take it outside. Mount it in a tree, on a fence, or on top of the car. See who can get the most direct hits to the target with snowballs. You could also make multiple targets and put them at different distances so younger and older players have a fair playing field.

If you decide to stay indoors instead, don’t forget to read the DealDash Tips  and Reviews Blogs daily to stay “in the loop” when it comes up upcoming DealDash promotions and sales.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on outdoor snow fun helpful. If you are shopping for a home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

Try These Before Bed Routines From DealDash

DealDash Bedtime

By this point in your life you have probably settled in with a bedtime routine. Try to incorporate these ideas from DealDash to make bedtime even better.

It’s said that it takes a minimum of 21 days to form a new habit, so consistency is a key factor in adding or removing things to your bedtime routine. What you add or remove from your current routine is up to you, but give these ideas from DealDash a try.

Skin Care

Washing and moisturizing your face is a must. If you aren’t currently doing these two things before bed you should start as soon as possible. Washing your face can be a bit of a chore sometimes, so feel free to use make-up wipes to cleanse your skin if you prefer. There is also a product called micellar water that is used by putting it on a cotton ball to cleanse the skin, no water needed. After cleansing, be sure to put on a moisturizer, especially in the winter.

Turn Off the Screens

Try to get all of your DealDash bidding in before bedtime. Turn off your phone, computer, and tablet an hour before you go to sleep. The light emitted from the screen promotes wakefulness. Not only that, but the content can sometimes keep you awake longer than planned and interfere with bedtime.

If you would like to do an activity before bed to help you relax try reading a novel, puzzle books, magazines, knitting, or listening to music.

Think About Your Day

Before you drift off to sleep, give some thought to your day. What was great, what could have been better? How can you make tomorrow into a great day? Is there anything that happened today that you’d like to correct tomorrow? What do you have to look forward to the following day or the rest of the week?

Give Thanks

Whether you’re the sort of person who likes to pray, meditate, or both, giving thanks is an excellent way to end the day. Think about the positives in your life, your loved ones, and your friends. No matter what’s going on in your life, there’s a pretty good chance that it could be worse, so give thanks that it’s not!

Thinking about all of the things that you are thankful for at the end of the day can promote happiness. It can also promote good dreams, restfulness, and peaceful sleep. Just think, maybe the next night one of the items on your “thankful list” might be “I had a great night of sleep last night!”

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on bedtime tips and routines helpful. If you are shopping for new sheets, a comforter, or other home item, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all, and more! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Advises on Laundry Stain Removal

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Washing your clothing is easy, but what about when there’s a tough stain? Here are some suggestions and tips for laundry stain removal from DealDash.

It’s happened to the best of us – you’re out to dinner and you get a drop of red wine, sauce, or other food stain on your brand new light-colored shirt. Or perhaps it wasn’t you, but one of your kids spilling something on your outfit when you’re out in public. You attempt to rub it off with a napkin, but it only gets worse. You aren’t headed back home for hours, are you doomed to have a stained outfit? Maybe – but maybe not! Read these helpful tips from DealDash for removing laundry stains from your clothing.

Ink

Did your or your husband get ink on your clothing at work? Or maybe it was the kids playing in the pen drawer! Is it possible to get out ink stains? Yep! Grab a can of hairspray! It might sound a little strange, but the alcohol in the spray will help to lift the ink from the fabric – apply directly onto the stain, leave on for 30 – 45 seconds, and wipe away with a damp cloth. Launder after.

Paint

It’s possible to get paint out of clothing, and luckily most paint that is marketed towards children is water-based (acrylic) This paint can be removed by rinsing the back of the stain with warm water. Next, wash in the machine with your regular laundry detergent.

Unfortunately, oil-based paint is a little bit trickier. First, check garment care label and do not attempt this method if your clothing is made from rayon, acetate or triacetate. Next, test on an inconspicuous area of the garment first. Be sure to wear rubber gloves. If this doesn’t work, take it to the dry cleaners. Maybe they will have better luck.

Blood

Small cuts and scrapes can result in tough blood stains. The trick here is to use cold water to rinse the affected garment ­– hot water will merely set the stain further. Try spraying or pouring on a little hydrogen peroxide before you rinse the garment in cold water. It should bubble away most of the blood.

Tomato Sauce / Ketchup

Amazingly,  lemons can help get rid of many red sauce stains. The acidity in the lemon juice works to cut through the oil – just rub a cut lemon over the stain before rinsing with water.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on laundry stains helpful. If you are shopping for Tide pods, an iron, art supplies, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your life easier. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Organizes Your Kitchen

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An organized kitchen looks cleaner, is easier to cook in, and is a lot more fun! Cooking isn’t a chore with an organized kitchen.

Could your kitchen use a little organization help from DealDash? Most people’s kitchens are a bit disorganized, and it makes cooking more difficult and time-consuming. You don’t want that! You want things to be easy, right? Well, follow these tips from DealDash and you will be cooking in your beautiful, organized kitchen in no time!

Over-the-Sink Cutting Board

To give yourself more counter space and keep it clutter-free while you’re cooking be sure to pick up an-over-the sink cutting board. These cutting boards are like magic – they make the clean-up vanish! Just push all of the scraps off of the board directly into the dish disposal and presto! All clean!

Forget the Spice Rack

Forget the spice rack, get yourself some magnetized strips and mount them to your wall or side of the cabinet. Then get some round metal containers to put your spices into, and stick them onto the strips. It will save you counter space, cabinet space, and look very clean as well.

Speaking of Magnetized Strips

Speaking of magnetized strips, get another strip and mount it on your backsplash area to hold your cooking knives. This will save you some counter space because you won’t have to have a knife block out, and it will look very professional as well as keep the knives within quick grasp when you need them.

Hooks A-Plenty

If you’re wondering where you can store all of those tongs, soup ladles, spatulas, and others – hooks! Designate a place in your kitchen that you can install hooks, and hang up all of those pesky, hard to store cooking implements. You can even install the hooks on one side of the fridge if you get the ones that are made to be removable – they are made by “Command,” and they don’t leave a mess when you remove them. I love these hooks and use them for many things in my home. I can attest that they don’t leave damage when you remove them,

These hooks are awesome and I use them for many things in my home, and can attest that they don’t leave damage when you remove them, however if you are removing them from a painted wall you have to do it very slowly and carefully otherwise it will chip the paint.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on kitchen organization helpful. As you might already know, DealDash is the place to check first if you need anything for your kitchen.

If you are shopping for a home item, tool, kid’s toy, computer, or garden implement, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Helps You Be More Outgoing

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As I have gotten older it seems that I run into more and more people that are shy. That’s fine if you are happy, but if you would like to be more outgoing let DealDash help.

Many people have mentioned to me that they would like to make YouTube videos like I do, or they would like to make presentations or teach a class, but they are too shy to do these things. They have often asked me how they can get over their shyness and become more outgoing. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Dress Confidently

It seems that many people who are shy tend to dress very plainly to blend in. If you were to look into their closet you would see a lot of black, beige, and gray. If these are the colors that you prefer to wear that’s fine but try to spice up your wardrobe with some pops of color. Try a pretty scarf, belt, or more colorful pair of shoes for the ladies, and a brighter tie or shirt for the men.

Posture is Important

If you’re not outgoing or extroverted you might slouch a little to make yourself less conspicuous, and might not meet people’s gaze. Try to correct that. Stand up straight, try to align your ears with your shoulders. It will do your back a favor along with your confidence. When you walk into a room make sure that you look people in the eye when you say hello, and keep those shoulders back.

Speak Up!

To gain people’s attention, be sure to speak up. Don’t mutter or look at the floor when you’re speaking. You don’t need to overdo it and yell, of course, but speak in a medium tone, and try not to let people interrupt you. If you are accustomed to people talking over you when you are trying to speak, try to be a bit more forceful and say “Excuse, me, I would like to finish my thought first.” or “Excuse me, I’m not done speaking yet.”

Speak to Strangers

Speaking to strangers goes against everything that we were taught as children, but to be more outgoing you’re going to have to do it. Start small, chat with the person you’re standing next to in the line at the store. Next, chat with the cashier, then say hello to the person next to you at the bus stop. The opportunities to make small talk with strangers are endless.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on being more outgoing helpful. If you are shopping for a computer, tool, gift, or other, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make you happy. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

Habits to Cultivate to Be More Creative

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Many creative people have certain habits in common. Here are some tips and ideas from DealDash to cultivate these habits.

People tend to be either born creative – or not very creative. However, if you can attempt to cultivate some of these habits of creative people you will start thinging of yourself as a creative person. As with many other things in life, just try to “fake it til you make it!” Being born creative means nothing without persistence, hard work, and effort. Try to incorporate these habits to help turn creativity into your daily routine. Here are some ideas from DealDash.

Observation

Creative people tend to be extremely observant. Luckily, this is a fairly easy habit to incorporate into your daily life. Start small, go to a coffee shop, mall, or other place where you can sit and observe people. Sit and watch everyone. People watching can be an extremely fun and addicting hobby.

Every time you go out and practice your skill of observation try to pick out a few people and make up some imaginative stories about them in your head. Look at that! You’re being creative already. Once you have mastered the art of people watching and making up stories about them try to go home and write these stories down. Add some details here and there, and look at that! You’ve got yourself a book of short stories.

Introspectiveness

We’ve all heard of the “angsty” creative person who keeps to themselves. I’m not advocating for that, but spending a little time by yourself and thinking about things will do wonders for your creativity.

Spend some time meditating each day, sitting in stillness. Think about life, about the good things and the bad. Think about what you would like to do differently, how you can improve your creativity. The habit of becoming more introspective will fuel your creative spirit.

Easygoing Attitude

Finally, creative people tend to either have an extremely easygoing or high-strung attitude. There are few truly creative types that fall in-between. For your own health and sanity, try to cultivate an easygoing attitude. An easygoing attitude will help your creative juices flow and is an excellent habit to develop.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on the habits of creative people helpful. If you are shopping for a piece of art, home item, kid’s toy, or anything else, check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your home more beautiful. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Plays Indoor Sports for Kids

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Having little kids is exhausting. Here are some more fun indoor sports you can play to tire them out.

By this time everyone probably knows that I have three little kids, two of which are a handful! There are a few upcoming days off of school before February Vacation starts later on in the month, so I am trying to be prepared. Here are a few fun indoor sports ideas that I have come up with to keep the kids busy. If you’re a busy parent or grandparent, you’ll want to try these, too. Let DealDash show you some tips and tricks to keep the little ones busy.

Indoor Mini Golf

Indoor mini golf requires a few materials, so when you get some free time you’ll want to hit the dollar store. You’ll need some cheapie plastic golf clubs – 1 for each kid. If your dollar store doesn’t have them you can make do with the long cardboard tubes that wrapping paper comes on. You’ll also need some golf balls if your kids are a bit older, or ping pong balls if they’re younger. And boxes. Lots of boxes of varying sizes.

Basically, the idea is to make an indoor mini golf course using the boxes. Simply cut out a little door for them to hit the ball into. You can place the boxes in different areas of your house, make little ramps that they have to shoot the ball up, and little tunnels to shoot the ball through.

The best part about this game is that the boxes can be rearranged as many times as you like, so it can be played for hours. You can also save the boxes in a closet or basement for the next time they want to play, and it will be a lot less preparation next time.

Indoor Bowling

Continuing the fun, indoor bowling is up next. This is another game that you can use items around the house or go out and purchase a lightweight bowling set. I prefer to get crafty (and frugal) and make my own things.

A great way to make your indoor bowling pins are water bottles. I suggest saving up your empty water bottles for a couple of weeks until you have 10 of them. Once you have 10 you can either paint them white, let the kids decorate them, or just leave them as they are. It’s your choice, but I find painting them with acrylic craft paint to be the most fun and entertaining for the kids.

For older kids, fill up the water bottles about halfway to give them some weight, and line them up at the end of your hallway. Place a line of painter’s tape or washi tape as the starting line. Grab a medium-sized indoor ball and start bowling! For younger kids you can fill them only a tiny bit for stability, and use less bottles if you prefer.

See who can bowl the first strike! The youngest player gets to go first. Have fun!

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on indoor kid’s sports helpful. If you are shopping for something for the kids such as a toy, game, or nightlight check DealDash first. DealDash has it all! Visit DealDash now. DealDash wants to make your kids happy. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.

DealDash Likes Coconut Oil

 

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Coconut oil is a very healthy and useful product. It can be used for many things. Let DealDash give you an overview.

Using coconut oil seems to have gained popularity in the past 5 years or so. It’s a very healthy oil that is high in natural saturated fats. Saturated fats might sound bad, but it actually increases the healthy cholesterol (known as HDL) in your body, but also helps to convert the LDL “bad” cholesterol into good cholesterols. Here are some of the many benefits and uses of coconut oil.

Lose Weight

They say that you can lose weight by consuming coconut oil because it’s metabolized differently than other oils. So by swapping out your canola oil for coconut oil you can reduce your calorie intake. Coconut oil is also said to keep you fuller for a longer period of time, reducing the total amount of calories that you are consuming in a day.

Conditions Hair

Many people like to use coconut oil as a deep-conditioning treatment on their hair. If you saturate your hair with coconut oil and put a shower cap on for a few hours it will be extremely healthy for your hair.

Coconut oil can also be used as a “sunblock” of sorts for your hair, one study has shown that coconut oil can block about 20% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays when applied to your hair.

Moisturizes Skin

You can use coconut oil as a skin moisturizer. Research has shown that coconut oil improves dermatitis and other skin disorders at least as well as mineral oil and other conventional moisturizers, and has the added benefits of being 100% natural as well as pleasant smelling and inexpensive. In a study of patients with eczema, 47% of those treated with coconut oil had major improvements in their skin.

You can also use coconut oil as a spa treatment for your dry winter feet. Coconut oil can help repair your cracked heels. Just apply a thin coat to your heels at bedtime, and cover with thick socks. Continue this treatment on a nightly basis until your heels are smooth and repaired.

I hope that you found this new DealDash article on coconut oil helpful. If you are shopping for a home item, kid’s toy, garden implement, or other, check DealDash first. Visit now! Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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This blog was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Read even more at DealDashBlog.comDealDashTips.com, or on her own blog, DawnBlogtopus.