With the kids well back to school and school uniforms making up a large % of back to school costs, we hooked up with MyKidsTime to share some tried and tested tips on caring for school uniforms to make them last longer .
My top tip on caring for school uniforms would be to get the kids to change as soon as they come home. Apart from being more comfortable, it avoids the possibility of spills at dinner, rips and tears from play and keeps school uniforms fresher for longer.
If they have after-school activities or play dates, simply pack a change of clothes and teach them to fold their school uniform neatly in the bag!
As soon as my kids come home on a Friday afternoon everything goes in the wash and out on the clothes line. There is nothing worse than a plaintive cry on Sunday evening bemoaning that fact that their school uniform is not clean or they forgot to add their PE gear to the wash. It is now second nature for my girls to gather all school uniform items and add the to the wash basket on Fridays.
Being in the West of Ireland does mean that we are often blessed with rain! Preferring to dry all my clothes outdoors, I have found the clothesline canopy a real lifesaver. Not only does drying clothes naturally give them a lovely fresh aroma, clothes keep their shape and become less worn than using alternative drying methods.
Common Sense :
The following tips are really just common sense, but no harm reminding you of them.
- Check the care labels on all items before you wash them. Some items like jumpers will require a cooler wash than cotton shirts.
- Separate darks from whites, again this may seem obvious, and while it can be tempting to just throw everything in together, as the school year rolls on, you will notice the difference if you don’t separate.
- Use the correct detergent too. Some have bleach and are suitable for lighter colours, some have built in fabric conditioner and others are best used on darker garments.
- Wash anything with a school crest of embroidery inside out, this will help to keep them from catching or fraying.
- And finally, check care labels for ironing. Not everything will be suitable for ironing and strong heat could damage delicate fabrics.
It will extend the life of your school uniforms if you take care when washing them.
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Thanks to www.mykidstime.com.
BORDERS, LANDSCAPING, PATHS AND PERENNIALS
Our guest blogger this month is Debby from MD'O'Sheas DIY Superstore and Building Merchants.
When a blank canvas is presented, in the form of an expanse of earth, the average new gardener sows a lawn, and maybe plants a few plants at the edge, or safely in a corner. Don't get me wrong, there is nothing at all wrong with this approach, it's easy, fast and low maintenance. However, if in your dreams you imagine a garden full of flowers and interest, there is some planning required. If you are working with a large space and your time is limited, cordon off an area near the house, or shed, where you will have definite parameters. Create a simple winding path, from one point of interest to another, say, the patio to the compost bin. Along the way incorporate an arch, such as the beautiful timber Woodford Arch, or the cost effective Smart Arch. Plant some sweet peas, or a rambling rose such as New Dawn, or Paul's musk, and instant height is created. More height can be achieved by using obelisks, such as the Smart Obelisk, or even wigwams made of bamboo canes. Again, use Clematis, or Sweet pea to climb up it. Use small standard trees, such as lollypop baytrees to create more interest. In using tall shrubs, such as David Austin roses at the back of the border you will create a framework, around which you can plant a wide variety of perennials such as hardy Geraniums, Campanulas, Verbena bonariensis and Thalictrum. Peony roses are also a beautiful addition, and using frames such as the Smart beehive, will give interest throughout the year, while supporting plants as they grow taller. Use low growing plants such as Alchemilla mollis, (lady's mantle), or herbs, such as creeping thyme and marjoram, to spill over the side of the border and onto the path, softening the edges of the path. The quickest way you will have a full looking flower garden is to plant closely together, and then, every three years or so, divide the perennials, and expand your flower patch! Repeat some of the plants as you go to give the feeling of continuity. Use bulbs in Spring, and fill any spaces in summer with bedding, especially taller varieties such as snapdragons and Nicotiana.
It is important to work WITH your garden, as opposed to hoping you have the ideal circumstances, which really, nobody has. A clay soil is difficult to cultivate, but is fertile, and light sandy soil, in general is easy to work with and well-draining, but dry and infertile. The main thing with all soils is to incorporate organic matter, such as Farmyard Manure, or compost such as Jack's Magic. Mulch often, at least once in the Spring to keep down weeds and retain moisture. With a little advice, even the most inexperienced gardener can achieve a great result.
So thanks to Debby in MD O'Sheas
We were delighted to install a 12ft Clothesline Canopy for Kerry All Star Kieran Donaghy a few months ago. Kieran or 'Star' as he is better known to us in Kerry has won four All-Ireland senior football medals, eight Munster championships, two national leagues as well as Footballer of the Year and that's just with football alone. Not to mention an outstanding basketball player also with Superleague successes.
Along with his day job he is a husband and father also.
Now that's one busy man ... can you image the amount of laundry that presents - Jerseys for Kerry GAA, Austin Stacks & Garvey's Tralee Warriors Basketball Club and the work shirts for PST Sport, not to mind the rest of the family, so he contacted us to help him out.
Tadgh installed a 12ft all weather covered clothesline at his house so he doesn't have to worry about having his training gear ready on time.
We went back to visit him recently and he is delighted with it.
Oh, we forget to mention he also wrote a book 'What Do You Think Of That?' which won EirSports Book of the Year 2016, ideal for summer time reading.
We ran a sale for Mother's Day and so many of you asked to keep things equal and run one for Father's Day.
What could be say only YES of course we would :-)
SO we have 10% OFF our all our Clothesline Canopies until midnight Monday 19th June.
They come in 3 lengths 8ft, 10 ft or 12ft. Delivered straight to you door inculding full instructions on how to install.
All that's needed is a masonry drill. Order online now
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Freshly Dried Laundry, Outside, All Year Round :
- Save Money - No need for tumble dryer
- No more clothes horse or clothes on radiators
- Manage time better - hang out laundry anytime - no running between showers
- Protect your Health - drying indoors can be harmful to your health and cause condensation and dampness
- Drying clothes will no longer be a problem!
Happy Father's Day !
To celebrate Mother's Day we have 10% all our Clothesline Canopies.
Do you know a mother who is always 'watching the wash' as every passing cloud? Are you tired of trying to get clothes dry?
Well wait no more, the answer to every mothers dilemna is here, the Clothesline Canopy - a robust permenent covered clothesline.
Order your preferred size of Clothesline Canopy either flatpack or installed and receive 10% off the total price.
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- Save – Time – Money – Energy
- Dry outside regardless of weather or time of year
- Save money on energy bills - you will rarely use a tumble dryer
- Remove the clothes horse and resulting damp and mildew indoors; no more clothes draped over radiators
- Takes up very little space yet holds a large amount of clothes due to multiple lines.
- Lines stay clean; no damage to clothes pegs; no bird droppings!
- Super strong aluminium frame; Top quality Perspex canopy; Very solid unlike rotary or free standing models
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Happy Mother's Day!