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13 Must-Know Cleaning Tips for Pet Parents

By christine | Apr 17, 2019 |

Spend more time cuddling with your furry family members and less time cleaning up after them with these smart tips. Read More…

29 Must-Do Spring Cleaning Tasks

By christine | Apr 13, 2019 |

Around the House Curtains are definite dust collectors. If you simply need to clean dirt and pet fur off the lower part of your drapes, consider using a sticky lint roller. For a deeper clean, take them down, remove hooks, and run them through an air-fluff cycle in the dryer with a damp towel for…

10 Tips for Adjusting Your Pet to a New House Make the transition as smooth as paw-sible.

By christine | Apr 3, 2019 |

Send Them to Grandma’s on Moving Day Trust us: There’s no better day to send your furbaby to Grandma’s than the day when all their treasured toys and blankets are being tucked away into big boxes, by big strangers, and packed into a big, strange moving van. Throw their go-to chew toy and some drool-worthy…

IRS Loosens Tax Penalty for Millions, But to get your money back if you’ve filed already, you’ll have to send in a new paper form

By christine | Apr 2, 2019 |

The IRS said Friday that because of changes and confusion caused by the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, it will penalize fewer taxpayers who didn’t withhold enough federal taxes in 2018. Before the ruling, taxpayers who had arranged to have their employers withhold just 85 percent of what they really owed would have been…

Magic erasers are one of my very favorite cleaning tools, and I’m always discovering great new ways to use them! Check out 7 of my favorites here.

By christine | Apr 1, 2019 |

When faced with the task of removing stubborn grime and scuff marks, I always reach right for my box of magic erasers. They are truly one of my favorite cleaning tools! In fact, I love them so much that I’ve already written a full blog post on ways to use magic erasers. Despite already having written…

It can be easy for the exterior of your home to look a bit worn after just a few years.

By christine | Mar 27, 2019 |

Clean Your Gutters Depending on where you live, your gutters may need a lot of help. Take a few minutes to do a quick overview of the condition of your gutters—cleaning them out is a great first step to making them more efficient in getting excess water away from your home. You should also make sure…

Pet Smarts: 8 Reasons Having a Dog or Cat Is Good for Your Health

By christine | Mar 11, 2019 |

Simply petting a dog or a cat can lower your blood pressure. Stroking a snake works, too, one study found — but probably only among people who own snakes! “Holding a pet triggers a relaxation response,” explains Alan Beck, ScD, director of the Center for the Human-Animal Bond, at Purdue University. “It helps you stay…

Apparently you really do have to clean the machine…that cleans your clothes! Interesting.

By christine | Feb 27, 2019 |

Somewhere along the way, I failed to pick up on the fact that cleaning your washing machine should be done with some regularity—not, like, never. I figured that the soap in the detergents kept it squeaky clean, and why wouldn’t anyone? Oops. The thing is, soap residue and minerals in commonly used detergents are apt…

Here’s The Nitty-Gritty On Sandpaper… It can be used for more than just sanding wood…check out these ideas below!

By christine | Feb 25, 2019 |

I just love the idea of repurposing common household items and making them useful for other purposes. The other day I was using a super dull pair of scissors and remembered reading somewhere that you could sharpen them up using some sandpaper. I decided to give it a try and by golly it worked!! This of course…

Does Your Carpet Look A Little FUR-OCIOUS? Check out these vacuums rated best for pet hair.

By christine | Feb 18, 2019 |

As far as we know there’s no vacuum called the Golden Retriever Fur Reliever, but there are a lot of vacuums that make fuzzy claims and use “pet” in the model name. Do they work? Well, some are capable vacuums overall, but others are good at pet-hair pickup and little else. To test such claims,…

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Pittsburgh Home Loans brought to you by a wonderful mother daughter team

Purchasing a New Home? Or Want to Refinance?

Exciting, but scary at the same time. Don't worry, we will make the process simple and take the fear out of it.

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equal-housing-lender

Christine Ralston - NMLS 406279 Joanne Ralston - NMLS 429807

Equity Resources, Inc. is an Equal Housing Lender. NMLS 1579 (NMLS Consumer Access). Certain limitations apply, call for details. Corporate Office 25 S Park Place, Newark, OH 43055. Phone Number (412)334-1342

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