Is your New Year Resolution to keep on top of the laundry ?
We all start with the best of intentions. When Christmas is over and the decorations come down we start making so many goals in our head. Some to get fit or loose weight, some to be a better person, more time with kids and family etc. Or it could be to be more organised and to keep on top of the laundry, which is a hard one in this Irish weather!
Time to order your Clothesline Canopy so you can dry your clothes outside under an all weather covered clothesline.
No more running in and out in the rain, giving you more time to do other things, half a cup of tea or go for a walk ...( me time) or spend it with the kids!
Drying your clothes outside also saves you money on your dryer bills!
You can order online http://www.clotheslinecanopy.com/prices and we deliver free nationwide.
Here's wishing you all a great 2018 no matter what your goals are!
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For #BlackFriday weekend we are entering all those who order a Clothesline Canopy into a draw to win €100 One4all Ireland gift voucher. Just in time for Christmas!
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Winner announced on our Facebook page on Tuesday 28th Nov. Best of Luck!
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.
To read the full article click here.
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