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Better Than Paper Towels…

This blog will completely change your view point on “Coffee Filters”…

25 different uses for Paper Coffee Filters:


Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in microwave. (no splatter)

Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome…  Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish

If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.  (Great tip if you are a wine drinker)

Protect a cast-iron skillet.  Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

Apply shoe polish.   Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

Recycle frying oil.  After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

Weigh chopped foods.  Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

Hold Tacos.  Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

Stop soil from leaking out of a plant pot.  Line a plant pot with a filter to prevent the soil from going through the drain holes.

Prevent a Popsicle from dripping.  Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows?    Use strips of coffee filters.

Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French Fries, chicken fingers, etc on them..  It soaks out all the grease.

Keep in the bathroom.  They make great “razor nick fixers”.

As a sewing backing.  Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

Use a coffee filter as a spoon rest while cooking.

Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or cutting a piece of fruit or veggies. (Saves on having extra bowls to wash)

Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

Use to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.  (I needed this one last month!)

Use to sprout seeds.  Dampen the filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

Use filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Put the flowers between 2 filters and put the filters in a phone book or family bible.

Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, nuts,  candy, etc.

And, by the way – They are GREAT to use in Coffee Makers!

Hope you enjoyed this week’s blog.

I hope I’ve given you some great ideas and inspired you to turn your home into…

Cathy C

The Trendy Home

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Trendy Spring Home Maintenance Tips.

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It’s spring, which means flowers, rain, baseball, gardening,  Bar-B-Q’s,  desperate attempts to get in shape before swimsuit season,  skipping work to be outside before it gets unbearably hot…

Spring also means it’s time for home maintenance after a winter of neglect, and you are NOT alone on this one.   I have already started the “Honey Do” list of items for this weekend.

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But lets be honest, our home is our biggest investment that “most” of us will ever make and we need to protect that investment.  Doing your seasonal maintenance duties will only help to ensure your investment, and help you give you that pride of ownership that we should feel about owning our home.

Spring and Winter are too season’s that one should really look at their home and make sure it’s ready for the climate change.

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It’s time to open up those windows and let the sun shine in.    When I was a little girl it was a family affair, my father would get the ladder out and my older brother and Dad would take down all the storm windows for the winter.    My older sisters would wash the windows, and us “young ones” got to wash the screens all before my Father would put the clean screen back up over those nice clean windows.    Making it fun and most of the time we would all be soaked when we were done, but we would all be laughing and here I am talking about those memories 50 years later.

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Taking the time to do some Spring maintenance on your home can ensure a summer full of fun.  Check your hoses, did the winter season make them brittle,  or freezing water split them at the seems, or do they just need new washers?

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Maintaining your home’s weather-resistive properties is a simple but effective method of protecting your investment for years to come.  Use a screwdriver to probe the wood trim around windows, doors, railings and decks.  Make repairs now before the spring and summer rains do more damage to the exposed wood.  Chalk it up to Caulking!

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10 Home Maintenance Tips

Schedule an annual tune-up for your heating and cooling system.  Clean or change air filters and remove dust from around grills and ducts.  Outdoor air conditioner condensers need attention now, too.  Disconnect the power from the condenser and clear away any leaves and debris with a vent brush or power blower.  You can minimize problems with debris by wrapping fiberglass mesh around the condenser coil;  just be sure to regularly check and replace the mesh as needed.

If you have window air conditioning units, remove the covers and clean the filters.  Make sure they’re running properly before the hot weather arrives.

Remember, not all spring maintenance is outside!

Now’s  a good time to make your home  “The Trendy Home”!

Thanks,

Cathy

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Trendy Projects for the New Year

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Here’s some great Trendy, easy weekend decorating projects to start of the New Year with a new look.

1.  Refresh your bedroom:  New bedding, a fresh coat of paint, and unique lighting will give a bedroom a new personality for the New Year, and it can be finished in a weekend.

2.  Update your Window Treatment:  Take down the old, add a new color, add a Valance with shutters, and it can be finished in a weekend.

3.  Pain Fun Stripes:   Stripes are the perfect way to add pizazz to a space.  While they’re not difficult to achieve, be sure to spend the time prepping so our stripes turn out perfect, and it can be finished in a weekend.

4.  Add Wallpaper:  With wallpaper’s recent comeback – look for oversize patters to create a Sophisticated and Dramatic look, and it can be finished in a weekend.

5.  Add or Upgrade Molding:  From grand Crown Molding to handsome baseboards – mill work can really elevate a room, and it can be finished in a weekend.

6.  Big Impact with Little Fabric:  If you love your lamp base but the shade needs help, give it a face lift with a modern fabric.  Working with a dram shade allows you to use almost any textile;  a tapered shade looks best with a small print or a solid fabric that doesn’t require a pattern match, and it can be done in a weekend.

7.  Create a Custom Shelf:   Make a custom shelf with a piece of wood and shelf brackets  from your local hardware store,  in just a few hours to finish off an entryway, bathroom, or bedroom wall with custom pictures and a small flower vase, and it can be done in a weekend.

8.  Make a new Headboard:  Be creative, take an old window from an antique store, take the glass out and replace with fiberboard or foam board to cover with any fabric or wallpaper design to add color and style to any bedroom.  Leave the window frame rustic or paint it RED or BLACK to give a dramatic look, and it can be finished in a weekend.

9.  Dress up your Bedroom with Mirrors:   Mirrors can make a room seem larger and brighter.  A symmetrical arrangement stands out for both its space-enlarging reflections and its graphic simplicity, and it also can be finished in a weekend.

10:  Change your Bed Skirt:   Change the color, change the style, change the fabric – going from a tailored bed skirt to a new ruffled in Satin or Chintz will add sophistication to any bedroom.  Dress up that bed and have fun doing it.  Pull out a color from your comforter or wallpaper and add a bed skirt, pillow shams and even your lamp shades in this new color to give your room a fun new look.   Visit The Trendy Bed for a great selection in Bed Skirts, Pillow Shams, and even throw pillows to accent any bed.

Have fun and remember,  Visit The Trendy Bed, the one place for all your Trendy Bedding needs.

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12 Trendy Ways to Get Ready For Fall.

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With the longer days and colder nights, the arrival of autumn sparks the urge to nest and nurture.  Here are some tips to prepare your home, and yourself, for the season ahead.

  1. Add Accents;   Spruce up your space with a few inexpensive additions that make a cheerful impact.
  2. Bring Nature Indoors;   Put fresh flowers in the home, gather branches, berries, and leaves to add a lovely element to your home.
  3. Clear The Air;   Replace your filter on your HVAC, add some indoor plants such as English ivy to help clear the air.
  4. Pare Down and Pack Up;   Rather than stow all your summer gear, determine what might last another season ans what won’t.  Cut your clutter and your storage space.
  5. Hang Mirrors;   Reflective surfaces get you more bang for your lighting buck, opening up the rooms of your home and expanding tight spaces.
  6. Overhaul The Pantry and Kitchen;  Clean out your cupboards and fridge, using up what’s there, throwing out the old and expired stuff, and assessing what I need.
  7. Revisit The Life List;  As we near the end of another calendar year, return to the bigger questions about what you’d most like to accomplish.  Jot down the goals, dreams, and ambitions that have been taking up the most mental real estate lately. Then plot steps to get there.
  8. Stoke The Hearth;  One of the best ways to make your house feel homey has nothing to do with decor.  Start cooking again!  Nothing creates a cozy indoor atmosphere, especially when it’s cold out, then the smell of a home-cooked meal.
  9. Get Grounded;  Before the hustle-bustle of the holidays, take some time to reconnect. It’s important to get back in touch with the ground beneath you.  Lie on your back and your eyes closed, listening to your breathe and feeling the earth support you and breathe.
  10. Breathe Deep;  In response to cold, dry weather, the lungs begin to constrict.  To keep yours healthy and strong as cold and flue season approaches, draw in a deep breath for a count of 10, expanding your abdomen and then filling your lungs then exhale, squeezing out all the air you can.
  11. Tap Your Inner Heat;  If you walk, walk more briskly;  if you lift weights, ass more reps to your session. If you do yoga, do more heat-building poses like plank and chair poses.
  12. Reach Out;  As the days get shorter, keep stress and depression at bay by nourishing your network and putting vital friends and family support in place.  Make coffee dates, play dates, and even potluck dates to bring everyone together.

I found this article in Martha Stewart’s Body and Soul October issue and wanted to share with my friends and readers.    From The Trendy Bed, I wish you all a great Fall experience in and out of your home!

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