Posts Tagged ‘ kitchen ’

23 Spring Cleaning Secrets Revealed

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

A recent Parents poll shows most moms spend 15 hours or more each week sponging, scrubbing, sweeping, and vacuuming. To help slash that time, we enlisted the help of our editors, as well as cleaning experts, to deliver clever tricks and products for every room in your home.

In December, I sent 22 editors home with more than 30 of the latest and greatest cleaning supplies on the market. I assigned everyone a mission and they each went home to dutifully vacuum pet hair from carpeting, scour bathroom grout, steam hardwood and tile floors, wash windows, and scrub stoves—hey, we’re not above manual labor! Every sponge, brush, vacuum, and scum-busting solution was put to the test and if our real moms and dads weren’t impressed, we cut it from our list.

To see which products shined, check out our room-by-room guide to spring cleaning:

Your Kitchen
The room that’s the heart of the home is also its most mess-prone. Food prep plus eating is a recipe for sticky counters, gritty floors, and crud everywhere else. Here’s how to cut kitchen cleaning time in half:

Your Living Room and Bedroom
These spaces have a lot in common: soft, comfy furniture, plush carpeting, and personal clutter. They also share the cleaning challenges of upholstery stains, dirty carpeting, and dust. Use our tips for tricky messes:

Your Bathroom
Make the place where your family gets clean spotless. Tackle soap scum, mildew, stained grout, and more:

Find The Best Vacuum for You
We tested the latest vacuums to find the right tools for your home’s carpet, tile, and wood. Find out which is right for your family:


Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?
Household Chores During Pregnancy: Safe or Not?


Which family space do you need the most help keeping tidy? Let us know in the comments!

Image: Dad and daughter vacuuming by Stephanie Rausser

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

All of us grown-ups are likely to be in our kitchens over the next few days…chances are, our kids will be underfoot. Especially toddlers, who love to imitate. Well, guess what I have here in our prop closet? A brand-new Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table! Set this little beauty up near your kitchen and your kid can go nuts being his or her own chef, leaving you better able to actually get your cooking done.

Of course I can’t get it to a winner by tomorrow, but leave a comment here and you’ll be entered to win it in time for December holidays. You can comment up to once a day, between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, November 28th. Don’t get freaked out if your comment doesn’t show right away; our server can be slow. You can read the complete rules here. Goody luck!

My daughter (here at Thanksgiving with her Aunt a few years back) resists dressing up for the holidays, leaving me wishing for the times when I could dress her up like a little doll. Check back next Thursday when I’ll be giving away some cute new baby holiday outfits from Disney, The Children’s Place, and Tiny Tillia for Avon! Think stuff for 6-month-old boys and girls! Have a Happy Thanksgiving. 

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A is for Adorable Aprons!

Thursday, March 8th, 2007

With Easter and Passover fast approaching, I know most of you will be
in the kitchen cooking and baking all sorts of goodies with your kids. And what better way to get them into the
groove than with a totally fun apron. I flipped for these
retro-inspired ones from the Williams-Sonoma website (I love, love, love the vintage cars for boys!) At $34 each, they’re on the
splurge-y side but well worth it if your kids love getting messy in the
kitchen or at the crafts table.

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