Pinteresting Picks for March

Hooray for the last day of March! We’re super excited for the change of seasons, and, judging from what Pinterest shows us, our customers are excited for warm weather, too.

Here’s our list of the products most pinned for the month — our Pinteresting Picks for March.

Sidewalk-designerThis Designer kit and 50-Ct. Chalk set brings back memories of hours on the sidewalk and days inside crafting. The Magic Art™ Spiral Sidewalk Design Kit lets kids go beyond the hum-drum hopscotch to create amazing designs on the concrete on the backyard patio or in the front on the driveway.  The wheel stencils help create clever  patterns that will keep kids occupied for hours on sunny days. The Bucket of Chalk features thick bright sticks of pink, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple and white all in a plastic tub.tipsy-tower

Here’s a new twist on the vertical garden — the Tipsy Tower Plant Stand is an easy and creative way to give height to your garden using your own planters.  It works by sliding the down the bar at an angle, allowing each pot to rest slightly on the one below it, creating a fun, gravity-defying look. 4-Ft. tower can be used in 4 different configurations as the upright tower rod is actually 2 pieces. It’s designed to accommodate 4 or more pots. 2-Ft. tower can be used in 2 different configurations and is designed to accommodate 3 to 5 pots.stove-top-cover

With warm weather on the horizon, there won’t be as much use for the stove top this summer — but the space shouldn’t go to waste! This Wooden Stove Top Cover goes right over the burners giving you more surface area for working with food, cookbooks or whatever you don’t have room for on your counter tops. It’s easy to take off and put back on using the handles.Sliding-bathroom-storage

Everyone has spring cleaning on the brain and one of our more popular Pinteresting Picks helps keep the bathroom tidy. 2-shelf Sliding Bathroom Storage unit makes use of space by adding a shelf to your cabinet while also making access easy by allowing you to slide the shelves in and out as you need. It lets you add more stuff without adding to the clutter.


Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items for the Week

You finished doing your spring cleaning months ago, but have you really been trying your hardest to maintain the neatness? It’s always easy to allow your home to revert back a total state of disarray, but maintenance doesn’t always have to be such a chore. After all, you’ve worked so hard to organize, tidy up, and get rid of the clutter, you should be able to enjoy it for more than just a month or two! The best maintenance is hassle-free and doesn’t interfere with your daily or weekly cleaning routines.

For instance, if you have pets, you already know how hard it can be to perpetually make sure that your couch and the furniture stay clean! Furniture covers are a great way to keep dander, and pet fur from consuming your time. Their quilted design and plush armrests make them comfortable enough to be the perfect lounging area for your pet. Need to entertain guests? Removal is a breeze. Also, storage is very simple as they fold really well to fit into tight spaces. Since they come in such vibrant colors, we love to use these to spruce up old or dull pieces of furniture. Whatever your needs are, take advantage of these to maximize your spring cleaning efforts!

Paying attention to cleanliness is just the start, though. Even a clean house can look dirty if things are strewn about. Do you own many pairs of shoes? These are almost always the worst offenders to cleanliness.  They have the uncanny ability to make an area appear extremely messy within mere seconds. Cabinet storage is the best way to keep your floor free from any unnecessary clutter. These are available in either 24-pair or 36-pair units to accommodate shoe collections of all sizes! They come equipped with a zippered sheet so you’ll never have to worry about trying to find a lost shoe again. Vertical storage is absolutely the best way to open your floor plan for more space.

After a vigorous cleaning, the last thing you want to see is a dull floor. Unfortunately, hardwood floors quickly lose their luster, especially in high-traffic areas. The result is that people often get fed-up and end up neglecting their floors. Floor runners are the perfect solution for these kinds of problems. Not only do they stay in place, but they protect your floors from unnecessary wear and tear. These runners come in 60”, 90”, and even 120” to meet the particular needs of any floor. Also, select from a myriad of colors to match your décor, and make the most of it!

These are just a few of our favorites from the week to help you maintain a clean and beautiful home. Don’t put up with a month of beauty and neatness, and eleven months of mediocrity. These simple solutions can save you a great deal of time, and most importantly, a great deal of extra work. Explore our collection for new and exciting ways to make your spring cleaning efforts last well into the summer months, and beyond!

Check-list for Post Winter Home Care

Tool-box-spring The sun has come back, the crocuses and daffodils are blooming wild—winter is leaving! It’s warming up and you’re shedding your boots for thinner flats or possibly even sandals, because you are so ready for summer…aren’t you? Now that winter is over, your home has taken a beating and it’s time to show it some love and care.

Windows are an important transition—you need clean ones to soak up the sun! Now it will be warm enough you can open the windows and get the window track nice and clean—no more dirt, no more dead bugs! As you clean, inspect the windows for cracks or holes—fix them now! As for the outside, special bottles of outdoor window washing cleaner hook up to your hose and enable streak-free cleaning of large, hard-to-reach windows with ease.

Soon you’ll be discontinuing use of your heater for about three months, and switching to your air conditioning…at least you think so. There’s nothing worse than realizing just as you need it that your air conditioning unit is broken. If you think it might be broken, or just want to check and perform preventative maintenance, try to find a local, trusted HVAC technician in your area. If you are looking for air conditioning in Salt Lake City, it’s as simple as going online, searching “Salt Lake City air conditioning” and seeing which companies or individuals have good customer reviews.

Once the HVAC unit is definitely up and running, it’s time to turn you attention to the rest of your garden. Do you know what you’ll be planting this year? If not, find out what climate zone you’re in and plan accordingly. If you have saved seeds from last season, start them sprouting now if you haven’t already, and plant them after your city’s last frost—you can find that out easily through online almanacs. In the meantime, get your soil prepped! First, get any weeds out that popped up, then dig up the soil to aerate it and add that compost or other fertilizer! Now you’re ready to plant.

Your porch will need a little care right now as well. Make sure it’s clean of salt, muck, or any other grime that built up over winter. If you have a stained wood porch, you may need to re-stain it, especially if it gets the harsh rays of sun that make spring and summer so warm. Clean it with either deck wash or a mixture of vinegar and baking soda (depending on how dirty it is, you may need to scrub it and use the baking soda mixture). Then apply two even coats over the course of around four days, to ensure the stain is adequately dried. Your porch or patio will now be ready.

You may not think to clean your garage—really, who even likes to think about it? But this is important. You don’t want to be tracking in winter muck all summer long, you’ll need different tools to be easily accessible in summer than in winter, and who wants to drive a clean car into a dirty garage?

That was a great feat of home care, so sit back on your patio chair with some lemonade and enjoy the summer sun—your house is ready to face the warmth, and you’ve more than earned it!

Leslie Mason is a home-maker and gardening expert. She loves writing, gardening, do-it-yourself projects, and fixing up her house.

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5 Ideas to Do Once The Weather Breaks

snowmanToday is the day many of us have been thinking about since the cold weather hit—it’s spring! However, some of us are still feeling the icy chill of winter. It may not seem like it now, but soon we will be enjoying the sun, barbequing with our loved ones and heading to the pool. Below is a quick list of cost-friendly things to do once the weather finally does break.

Enjoying the warm sun, watching your kids play at the park and snacking on a sandwich can be a perfect weekend outing. All you have to do is grab a blanket, pack a lunch and you are ready to go! If you have problems keeping your soda can sturdy, check out our outdoor beverage holders. They make a great addition to any picnic or outdoor event.

Start a Kick Ball Team
Sports are a great way to have fun and socialize. Why not gather a group of friends and start your own kick ball team? Parents and kids alike can enjoy the fun. Get everyone in the spirit by getting matching T-shirts. Nothing says team like matching outfits.

Spring Cleaning
After months of a closed up house it’s time to open the windows, let in the fresh air and clean up the clutter. To get kids motivated make a game out of the day. See who can organize their room the best. If you chose to do this, make sure there is a prize for the best room. It can be something as simple as a soda or more fun like a croquet animal game set.

Throw a Beach Party
You don’t have to live at the beach to party like you do. Go all out and buy beach theme decorations for the occasion. Find some great beach towels and hang them around the house. Cook some hot dogs and hamburgers and you are on your way to a great beach party—who needs the beach anyway?

Scavenger Hunt
This takes some planning, but who doesn’t like a good scavenger hunt. You can set one up in your backyard, enlist the help of your neighbors for a larger scale event or host it at your local park. Get your creative juices flowing and plan for a day of fun and excitement.

Although it might not seem like it now, warm weather will be here before you know it. It’s the first day of spring after all. Do you have any traditions you and your family like to do once the warm weather breaks? Let us know in the comments below.

It’s Official–One More Month Until Spring Begins. Are You Ready?

spring-blossomsIt might not seem like it now, but spring is just around the corner. Soon we will be replacing our snow boots for stylish sandals. From spring cleaning to planning your perfect garden, springtime is a fun and exciting time for us all. Are you ready for the weather to break? Make sure you have the following tasks on your springtime to-do list this year.

Donate  Used Clothes
When transitioning from your winter to spring wardrobe take a closer look at the items you actually wore this winter. Did you really wear that sweater? How about that scarf—how often did you really use it? Taking a critical eye to the items you hardly wore is a great way to get rid of clothes you just don’t need. Instead of them taking up space in your closet, donate them to your local Goodwill or other local charity.

April Showers Bring May Flowers
Do you have a green thumb? Planning for your garden now can save time and allow you to find the perfect garden accessories come spring. Whether it is a new fountain, or a cute birdbath, garden accessories can add some personality to those beautiful flowers you plant.

Organize, Organize, Organize
Nothing can add stress to your busy schedule like coming home to a disheveled mess. Some days that is just unavoidable. However, organizing can help in the long run. Our fun animal print storage units add character to a room while achieving your organizational goals. Running out of space in your kid’s room? Utilize the walls. Shelves are a great way to organize and can save on your square footage.

Pamper Yourself
We’ve survived all that old man winter has thrown at us this year, and can now focus on the warmer weather waiting for us. We all could use a little pampering every now and then, so why not focus an hour or more on you this spring? You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a spa day, when you could have our spa tub mat. Sometimes a nice relaxing bath can do wonders.

It’s Tool Time!
Anyone else remember the TV show Home Improvement? Well, hopefully you have better DIY skills than Tim Taylor. but whatever your skill set, home improvement projects are a great idea for spring. The weather is finally warming up so you don’t have to battle the cold while starting your new project. If you are the do-it-yourselfer check out our peel and press Berber carpet tiles. They are great for basements and playrooms.

As we count down the final 30 days of winter, let’s all try and focus on the great weather and activities that lie ahead. Do you have some great spring plans? Let us know how you are getting ready for spring in the comments below.

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Spring Fever? 5 Ways to Cure the Winter Blues

spring-feverThe days are gray and dreary, the holidays are history and those festive decorations from last month are now back in storage boxes. The thought of Spring seems so far away and brings little hope during these months of Winter blah. You long for the day when you don’t have to pile on three layers of clothing just to survive the walk to the car. Spring fever? Why not bring a little spring into your home early this year?

Plan Your Garden
The thought of gardening might give you the chills, but finding the perfect garden accessories now might excite you for what’s to come. Having the best garden on the block is no easy feat, so the more you plan, the easier it can be. Our Rock Garden Friends is a great addition to any garden.

Start Spring Cleaning Early
We all have heard the phrase “spring cleaning,” but who says it has to get done in the spring? Why not do it earlier so you can enjoy the warmer weather once it hits? Organize your home office with these 24 File Folders or File Basket or donate all of those clothes you never wore this winter. You’re spending a lot of your time in-doors anyways, so why not get a leg up on your spring cleaning?

Add Some Color to Your Home
You don’t have to undertake a major makeover to give your décor a big boost according to interior designers. Fresh colors and a few new or repurposed accessories can go a long way toward perking up winter-weary rooms. Our 5-Pc. Reflection Curtain Sets are a great way to do this. Plus, pops of color are going to be a trend this spring.

Throw a BBQ Party
Spring can be the kick-off to BBQ season. Friends and family coming over to grill is something most of us enjoy during the spring/summer months. Why not host a party to celebrate that spring is almost here? You can have friends bring their favorite summer dishes, or have a luau themed party.

Buy Flowers
If you can’t wait for spring to get your garden started, why not bring some flowers into your home? It’s a great way to bring life into the home and it can inspire you for what’s to come this spring. Plus, coming home to a floral scented room is a great treat after tracking through the bitter cold.

Are you ready for spring? What are you doing to welcome the warm weather? Let us know in the comments below.