Going back to school can bring a lot of excitement to everyone involved, but let’s not forget the icky germs our kids and teachers will be bringing back home with them! Schools are a germ’s best playground because of how many kids are in one building!
face it – kids touch everything! Germs and bacteria spread like wildfire, and before you
know it, little Johnny or Susie comes home sick with a cold or flu. Not only
does this upset a family’s routine and causes the kids to miss some school, but
more importantly, it makes our kids feel absolutely miserable!
While we can’t stop our children from touching
everything around them and while we can’t stop them from getting sick, we CAN take some measures to prevent
them from getting sick as often. Below are 5 ways you can help prevent
back-to-school germs from affecting your kids:
Teach Your Kids Proper Handwashing
The best tried and true way to prevent germs
and from getting sick is to wash your
hands with soap and water properly.
While there are many hand-sanitizers out there to help with bacteria spreading, handwashing
is still considered the best
In an article written from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it states, “Regular handwashing, particularly before and after certain activities, is one of the best ways to remove germs, avoid getting sick, and prevent the spread of germs to others.”
Take the time to teach your children how to
wash their hands correctly. The
proper way to do this is to tell them to clean all sides of their hands with
lukewarm water, lather soap into their hands, scrub vigorously but gently, and
rinse with warm water. Once their hands are washed, tell them to make sure they
dry their hands all the way afterward.
Having your kids wash their hands correctly is
the best prevention to keep germs and
bacteria from spreading and making your kids, and other kids sick too.
Boost Your Kids Immune System
The immune system plays a significant factor in your kid’s health, so make sure your kids
have a healthy immune system! There
are many things you can do to help your kid’s immune system:
Make Sure Your Kids Sleep and
One of the best ways you can boost your kid’s immune system is to make sure they follow a healthy sleep and exercise pattern. Their little bodies need at least 8-9 hours of sleep a night, and they need to run off their energy and get some fresh air daily!
A way to incorporate this healthy routine into
their lives is to start a routine where you go for a walk once a night with
your family or have your kids do some running up and down the stairs!
Give Your Kids a Diet of Fresh
Making sure your kid eats a healthy amount of fresh vegetables daily will significantly help their immune system!
Green vegetables are especially important because they are chock-full of antioxidants and beta carotene that help fight off any bugs. Chop up some green
peppers or broccoli for your kids to have in their school lunch and also make
sure they get a good serving of hot, cooked vegetables or salad at every meal.
Give Your Kids a Daily Vitamin
It’s crucial to your kid’s health to take a daily vitamin to make sure he or she is
getting sufficient amounts of healthy
vitamins their body needs to stay
strong and to keep viruses away.
Give Your Kids Immune Boosting
While taking a daily vitamin is really healthy
for your kids, giving them an extra
added layer of preventative will help
a lot! You can buy or make your own
immune-boosting vitamins such as Elderberry syrup or gummies or Vitamin C.
Stay Up to Date on Your Kids
There’s a reason why Dr’s instruct us to get our kids vaccinated – because vaccinations can typically prevent our children and other children from getting severe, life-threatening diseases and infections. Your kid’s vaccinations must be up to date!
Use Essential Oils in Your Home
oils are a prevalent option to help prevent germs from
spreading, and with good reason! Did
you know that many people fought illnesses and prevented viruses from spreading
by applying or inhaling essential oils many
There are some incredible germ-fighting and
immune-boosting essential oils on the market that helps ward off germs and
prevent illnesses! They’re powerful in
how they work because they contain essential oils such as Lemon, Eucalyptus,
Tea Tree, Cinnamon, Clove, and Thyme.
You can choose to have your children inhale the oils once or twice a day,
using an essential oil diffuser before and after they go to school or you can
apply the correct oils topically on
their body by diluting it in a carrier oil like coconut oil.
Read Warning and Instruction Labels and Do Research
Make sure that whenever you’re using essential
oils, that you know the oils you’re
using are safe for kids and that you always read the instructions to prevent any harm or damage to their
Teach Your Kids to Disinfect Surfaces
Germs are all over the place, and they’re on
everything we touch, so you can just
imagine how many germs are in a classroom or a school bathroom! In addition to washing their hands
properly, teach your kids to also use disinfectant
wipes or hand sanitizers whenever
they use something in their school. Germ infested surfaces include the
classroom pencil sharpener, bathroom door knobs, lockers, and more.
Teaching your kids to disinfect surfaces with
bacteria is an added protective
measure, as long as it doesn’t
replace handwashing! Send them to school with a package of disinfectant wipes
or a travel hand sanitizer for you to get that extra relief that they’re
Teach Your Kids to Stop Touching Their Faces
The number one
way that germs spread as fast as
they do is by people, especially kids,
touching their faces! It would
surprise you if you knew how often
children touch their faces, and then
touch other surfaces that bacteria make a home on. Teach your children that
touching their faces will spread germs and get other kids sick.
Also tell them that if they do have to touch their face that they
need to properly wash their hands
with soap then, and if they choose
to, disinfect what they touched.
Germs are always
going to be a part of our world, and with our kids going back to school,
the risk of them affecting our children is large,
but we don’t need to be scared of
Germs are a part of life, and they do
help build ours and our children’s immune system. We shouldn’t completely avoid every single germ because that’s
also isn’t healthy, but preventing the
ones we can, can have a positive,
powerful impact on our children’s health!
We love our children, and we want the best for them – so let’s show them how
to properly keep their bodies healthy
by protecting themselves from a lot of germs and bacteria as they go back to
Share in the comments below: What is ONE thing you can do today as a parent to help your child prepare to fight against germs when going back to school?
Back to school season in Pennsylvania is just around the corner! Teachers and students are rushing like mad to get their things organized to prepare for the new season.
For those of you who have kids at home that will be starting school for the first time or going back to school, you’re going to need to get back into the swing of things shortly!
Get your tasks and preparations in order as soon as possible, and start right, because if you don’t, you can get stuck in the trenches of having to rush and you run the risk of not being well enough prepared. Not being prepared is a horrible feeling for starting off a new school year – so start off ready!
We need to also keep in mind those who help
with the unofficial start of the school year, particularly the administrators.
This is also a time of high stress for them as well, and just like the
teachers, students, and parents, they
need to be well prepared too!
Below are 4 things to keep in mind for preparing for back to school season:
Create an Amazing Experience for the Kids
Starting school for the first time or going
back to school is a stressful time for kids, and for some, it can even be scary. It’s essential that those who
help in decorating and preparing the school building, classrooms, and hallways
need to do so with the intent to create a fantastic,
fun experience for the kids. In helping to set up an exciting atmosphere,
the kids can jump into the school year with excitement and eagerness to learn!
Don’t forget to say and show a big
to those who decorate and prepare the school building for the students, because
a lot of their hard work goes into making sure your child starts the year off right and ease!
Check-in on Your Stress Levels
While back to school season can be an exciting time, we shouldn’t deny that it can also be an incredibly stressful time as well! While we need to tend to our children to see how their stress levels are, it’s equally important to ensure we have a good handle on our OWN stress levels. Whether you’re a parent, guardian, or a teacher, you will also be feeling the stress that preparing for back to school can hold and you need to be in tune with it and manage it.
When we are stressed in our lives, the person we forget about the most is ourselves. We often hear about the topic of “relationships” and how vital creating healthy relationships are to our mental and physical health. What we need to remember is that our most important relationship is internal! When we have a positive, healthy internal relationship with ourselves, we have a better chance of being able to have positive relationships externally as well! So, make sure to take great care of yourself because you can’t pour from an empty cup!
Delete, Delegate, Defer, Do
As mentioned above, you can’t pour from an empty cup and therefore you should not expect to do everything yourself. Now is the time to create a to-do list in preparation for the school year and determine where you can solicit for some extra help.
What tasks can you delete that aren’t important?
What tasks can be delegated and to whom?
What tasks can you defer to a later date?
What tasks are ones you can do?
While getting your family ready for the changes coming because of the school year, oftentimes, parents neglect their home. Once the kids are off to school they take a look around their home and it’s as if a tornado went through it.
Don’t let that happen!
Contact your local maid or cleaning service to check off a few tasks on your “honey-do” list. This will ease your mind, reduce your stress, and allow you to get the much-needed rest.
In fact, give Maid For You a call! We’ll gladly clean up the mess while you put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the peace and quiet before the kids get home!
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Empathy goes a long way when a new school year
starts because while there may be stresses you’re
not necessarily feeling, it doesn’t mean others aren’t feeling anxiety in other areas, and they need your
care and compassion.
The start of the school year brings an array
of different emotions for various educators, parents, and students alike, and
all of those emotions need to be accepted as OK!
Many people can get very anxious about starting school or going back to school, and the
change to their routine can be very stressful. Whereas other people can’t wait to start the new school year and
they embrace the routine they had to put on hold in the Summer.
Some parents may feel the excitement that their child is starting a new school year, and yet another parent may feel sadness that their little one isn’t going to be home with them during the day anymore. Some are even faced with the fact that their kids are getting older. Other parents may feel relieved that school is starting up again if they have unruly teenagers in their home, whereas another parent is upset because they had such a great Summer with their child and they hate that the routine has to change.
Some teachers may feel stressed about a new year because they are a new teacher or because
they will have a classroom full of brand new students, and other teachers may
feel exuberant about the adventures
the new school year holds.
One student may be very despaired about school starting because they will miss spending
time with their family and friends as they did over the holidays, or they are fearful of being bullied in school.
Another student may be very excited
about going back to school because of the new friends he or she can make or to
hang out with their old friends they didn’t see over the Summer.
Consider that everyone is going to have different emotions and try your best to
put yourself in their shoes so that you can be there for everyone.
Have a Successful School Year
A fantastic way to ensure you or your loved one has a great start to a new school year is to try very hard to enjoy getting ready for going back to school. Also, plan to have an exciting, successful year for yourself or your child by following a healthy food, sleep, and stress-free lifestyle.
Preparing for the new school year and acknowledging
that it’s going to have some impact
on you and your family is the best thing
you can do to start the back to school season off right and helping the rest of the school year to go smoothly! Try to
build excitement for yourself or your children and practice having a positive mind-set!
Wherever you fit in going back to school this season, take care of yourself, and have a fantastic start to the school year!
Share in the comments below: What is ONE thing you can do today to help you prepare this month for going back to school?
Finding time to clean our homes is a difficult task in and of itself and one that many of us struggle with. Another thing we find hard to do is to clean our homes with a “green” thumb.
I am talking about “Green Cleaning.” Wikipedia refers to “Green Cleaning” as “using cleaning methods and products with environmentally friendly ingredients and procedures which are designed to preserve human health and environmental quality.”
It also states, “If the manufacturing process is environmentally friendly and the products are biodegradable, then the term “green” or “eco-friendly” may apply.”
So, do you Green Clean? Let’s look at the opposite of this!
The opposite of Green Cleaning is by use of chemical cleaning products that are very harmful to our lungs, our eyes, our skin, and our overall body.
Considering how many terrible germs and bacteria cloud our earth and homes and how tough some cleaning jobs can be, it’s no wonder why we choose to clean with powerful, active chemicals! Not to mention, we cater to products that offer convenience and affordability these days, and these chemical cleaning products provide just that!
However, while we want to protect our health, our loved one’s health, our time, energy, and wallets by using these cleaning agents, we equally endanger our loved ones as well because of the toxic chemicals these cleaning products contain.
Thankfully, there are a lot of safer alternative cleaning products out there that are entirely safe, toxin-free, and get the job done well! Let’s look at 5 of safer cleaning alternatives that are much safer for you and your family.
DIY Cleaning Products
DIY Cleaning products are a fantastic choice because of how safe they are, how affordable they are and how you can custom make your products to suit your needs. If you browse Pinterest, you can find a host of different DIY cleaners that you can easily make in your home. Plus, your kids can help because it’s all safe!
What is so fun also about this method is you can experiment with different essential oils to give your cleaners a fresh, clean, beautiful scent! Popular choices are Lemon, Orange, and Lavender Essential Oil. Just 2-3 drops per your DIY cleaner will do the trick!
One example of a DIY cleaning product is an all-purpose cleaner that works on multiple jobs. Here’s a great recipe:
Using equal parts vinegar and warm water with 1 TBSP baking soda, mix really well and add to a spray water bottle, ready to use on any messy surface with a clean cloth when you need it! Add some essential oil for a fresh scent. Use this with a newspaper or paper towel for squeaky-clean mirrors and windows!
Toss the Bad
To effectively safely clean your home, you need to start with a clean slate by getting rid of any toxic house cleaners. These can include bleach, Lysol Wipes, toilet bowl cleaners, laundry soap, shampoo, and more.
Know the ingredients
There are so many dangerous, toxic ingredients to look for when adding any house cleaning product to your home. In Experience Life, Jessie states what harmful ingredients to look for, and they are:
Perchloroethylene or “PERC”
Quarternary Ammonium Compounds, or “QUATS”
She also states that there is something called “Greenwashing,” which means that a company or product can claim to be a Green/eco-friendly cleaner but actually isn’t. That’s why it’s imperative that you carefully check the ingredients on every cleaner you purchase!
Now that you know the ingredients to avoid, toss any cleaners that have them in them! Be careful not to pour them down the drain or in the garbage but instead take them to your nearest municipal household hazardous waste center where workers will get destroy them safely.
While it is at your own risk, if you choose to clean with toxic cleaners, these next steps are critical to your health!
Reading Labels is Crucial
Always, ALWAYS read the labels on every bottle and container and make sure to follow the safety precautions as mentioned on each cleaner.
If you feel any pain or irritation in your eyes, throat or nose, stop using the product immediately! Also, always wear protective gloves when cleaning to avoid chemical burns.
Let Fresh Air in
Open the windows and let the air in! A lot of hazardous cleaners contain ingredients that can cause dizziness, fainting, headaches, and worse health problems. Open a window nearby to let in the healthy air to combat the harmful air you’re inhaling. If you don’t have a window nearby, wear a mask and walk out of the room often! You don’t want to risk falling and hitting your head while cleaning!
Don’t Mix Cleaning Chemicals
You may have heard recommendations from a friend or family member to combine different cleaning products with one another for a more effective clean. However, this is extremely dangerous and should be avoided because mixing different chemicals can create a hazardous gas that you could inhale.
Just because it’s more effective, doesn’t always mean it’s safe!
Safer is Always Better Than Sorry
While a lot of the chemical cleaning products sold in stores are effective on the toughest germs and jobs and are generally affordable, they are also effective in destroying the health of the environment, your health and the health of your loved ones.
When it comes to cleaning your home, safe is always better than sorry! In fact, we highly recommend you follow these safety tips very carefully and incorporate them into your life immediately to avoid more toxin exposure.
Share in the comments below: What is ONE change you can make in your home cleaning routine, immediately, to create a safer environment for you and your loved ones?
Spring is here, and it’s time to think about spring cleaning and decluttering! Let’s adapt to the mindset of – out with the old, in with the new!
With the sun shining, the longer days, the singing of the birds and the blossoming flowers, it’s the time of year when we’re all ready to relive. I’m very grateful to spring for finally showing its face! It has been a rather hard winter, and it seems that we have passed the dark and stormy days of that season.
Time to Plan and Prepare
Now is the time for planning and preparation, time for dreams, and time to take steps towards them.
First, we must clear the way to our dreams. We must free ourselves from the darkness of winter and, literally, make room for the new things we want in our lives. It is the natural cycle of the seasons, and spring is the season of rebirth, growth, and expansion.
Now that you’ve opened up to the power to free the old to make room for the new, I have some Spring tips to help you declutter and organize your home.
Here is a list to help you start decluttering your home from room to room.
Declutter Your Home
Decluttering the Garage, Basement, and Attic
It is said that spaces like your basement reflect the subconscious. It is these hidden areas that we often throw things that we no longer need but do not have the strength to face or eliminate.
With these areas, it’s best to start with one place and one element at a time, making sure to complete it first before moving on to another. For example, if you are going to do your garage, I suggest you start with the workbench area first before tackling your storage containers.
Get Rid of Excess or Unused Tools or Instruments
Do you ever struggle to find that one tool you need? It’s a sign you need to declutter your toolbox!
Chances are, you own more than at least one of the same tool. I understand that decluttering your workbench is a difficult thing to do, especially for men, but it’s even harder when you have to dig good and hard around the extras to find the one tool you need.
Get rid of the clutter by minimizing how many tools you actually need and how many you use. Prepare a small tool bag for the car, one for the garbage drawer at home and then carefully weed things out to keep on your workbench.
Dispose of Old Paint, Oil Cans, Containers, Newspapers, and Boxes
Some places accept donations of paint, oil, and chemicals that they check and then give to someone else who could actually use them. Keep only a limited number of boxes and newspapers if you use them for projects or packing. Once the area or shelf is full, do not store more than the assigned amount.
Sell Your Old Exercise Equipment
If you haven’t already used it, you won’t use it. Go for a walk instead! Going outside for a walk will help you get some exercise, more fresh air and will give you a more pleasant-looking basement that’s not cluttered with unused equipment.
Declutter Your Home Office
Everyone has a place to keep documents. Even in this age period without paper and digital material, it seems that there is still a load of paper that enters our lives, and that needs to be dealt with regularly. If you continue to do so, you will be grateful later.
It is necessary to bring together all the paperwork together in one place, so go around and get all the documents together. Then separate them into the categories such as “reading/files,” “read/recycle,” “read/do something” etc. Try not to get distracted and do them until you have decluttered your documents.
Declutter the Bedrooms
Be ruthless with decluttering your clothes. This is an especially hard one to do too! Throw everything away that is old, torn (and that you know you’re not going to fix), that you don’t wear, is obsolete or too small.
Do the same with accessories like jewelry, bags, scarves, shoes, and ties. Be picky! So many of these things are outdated, or you are saving for “just in case.” Go ahead and get rid of them! Many of them no longer fit into your lifestyle, and you need to face that fact and get rid of them.
Remove anything in your bedroom that you don’t use for sleeping and dressing. Do not use the bedroom as a spare room. Your bedroom is particularly essential while decluttering your home.
In decluttering your home, you will find you make mental room for yourself to take on the tasks that are a high priority. Decluttering is like giving your brain a cleanse, and it’s completely worth it and is incredibly freeing!
Please share in the comments: Which of these decluttering tips are you going to start implementing this spring?
Do you know anyone that has not
been touched by cancer?
The big C. I can honestly say
that I wish I knew not one person living with cancer. I believe that cancer has touched us in some
way, a family member, a friend, an acquaintance, a co-worker.
I first heard of Cleaning for A Reason ten years ago while cleaning at the Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia, formerly known as Gilda’s Club, located in Warminster, PA. Giving back to my community has always been of importance to me.
As a single mother of four, I understand the immense responsibility and work it takes to maintain a clean and comfortable home. Over the past twenty plus years cleaning for my community, my customers have become like family. We share our struggles, joys, and milestones with each other. We not only celebrate our successes but also empathize with each other’s hardships. This is why I have partnered with Cleaning For A Reason.
Moreover, Cleaning For A Reason ensures those suffering from cancer and undergoing treatment are able to have a clean, comfortable home and environment. They are able to focus on their recovery while we focus on their home.
In fact, many of my clients that
we have served through Cleaning For A Reason have stated that having a clean
home not only takes care of the physical aspects of recovery but also the
heart, mind, and soul.
The nonprofit organization
originally started with a phone call from a woman with cancer to Bucket and
Bows Maid Service located in Texas. That
woman could not afford the service and hung up.
Debbie Sardone, the owner of that maid service, then started Cleaning
For A Reason.
Additionally, Cleaning for A Reason initially provided free home cleaning services to women across America and Canada. This year Cleaning for A Reason has opened up their services to women, children, and men. We believe that no one should face cancer alone and until there is a cure, there is Cleaning for A Reason. To date 33,000 women have been served, 1200 participating maid services and 11,000,000 donated house cleaning.
Being part of this movement and non-profit gives me great satisfaction to serve many people struggling with this illness. Not only have many of my customers undergone cancer treatments, but I have witnessed many friends and family struggle with it as well.
PLEASE HELP US GIVE THE GIFT OF A
CLEAN HOME TO MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN NEED!
Lastly, if you are interested in donating to this cause and being a part of a movement to support those battling cancer, please consider making a donation to Cleaning For A Reason.
As a thank you for your support and donation, your name will be entered to win a Top to Bottom Deluxe Cleaning valued up to $500.00 with your minimum pledge of $10.00. Kindly make your donation at the button above. Winner must reside within 15 miles of Warminster, PA. This campaign will run from April 12, 2019 thru Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2019.
Every once in a while we look at our homes and think: this really needs to be flipped up! Whether that be changing up the furniture, rearranging everything, or just giving it a thorough clean, we just want a change. Reorganizing your home is a great excuse to declutter and finally cycle out the things you no longer need (and why not throw a deep clean into the mix?).
Having a clean home is one thing, but an organized one helps you increase your productivity and be more effective for certain tasks. In fact, studies have shown that cluttered homes tend to cause stress, anxiety and even depression. A study conducted by CELF from 2001 to 2005, which looked at several family homes, concluded that “the American workplace is intense and demanding; when we come home, we want material rewards”, “It’s difficult to find time to sort, organize and manage these possessions. Thus, our excess becomes a visible sign of unaccomplished work that constantly challenges our deeply ingrained notions of tidy homes and elicits substantial stress.”
With spring just around the corner, it’s a great time to start getting rid of clutter! We thought about a few tips that are really useful when you’re going through the process of decluttering your home. Here they are!
What’s Your Goal
To begin, it’s always a great idea to identify the reason that you want to declutter and re-organize your space. Do you want some spaces to be more effective? Do you want to dispose of items you don’t really use, or do you want to start living a more minimalist lifestyle? Think about which benefits decluttering will bring to you so you can have a plan in mind and complete the task in such a way that it’ll have the exact result you were looking for.
What’s Your Plan
To really get to that goal you have to think about how you’ll do it, the best guess is to work in one space at a time. Think about which parts of your home need the most work and which ones are more important to you. Once you have a good idea, you can start tackling each of them in order of priority. Now to do this, you’ll also need a method.
How Will You Get it Done
There are tons of ways to start tackling decluttering. We’ve heard of the konmari method, going minimal and keeping only what you need, etc. There are many ways to do this, but the simplest is to pull out all the things you have in a certain space (closet, drawer, countertop, coffee table) and then sort it all. To do that, you can sort them in a “three bin” fashion: what you’ll keep, what you’ll donate/gift/sell and what you’ll throw away. Alternatively, you can sort them by category depending on the items and then look through each of them to see which ones you’ll be keeping or disposing of.
We love to use the six-month rule as well, it’s very simple: if you haven’t used it in six months, it’s time for it to go!
What to do with Unwanted Items
When you decide what it is that you want to have out of your house, it’s time to see where those things are going. Anything that is useless or too damaged to be repaired should go in a trash bag. Then, see what could be repaired and decide whether you’d like to keep it after it’s working again. If not, you should put it alongside anything that you would be donating or selling. Remember: someone’s trash is someone else’s treasure.
Reorganize Everything Immediately
Finding the most effective ways for you to organize certain spaces in your home is the best way to maintain order. Look for what best suits you and try to really stick with it, that’s the secret to keep your home how you really want it to! Some of us look for ways to make our spaces more functional, others simply want it to look more put together, and others want to optimize their storage. Depending on what you’re looking for, you should always plan ahead and see if your current systems are effective or if they should be changed.
Implement Long-Lasting Change
It’s one thing to declutter and organize as a single act, but keeping it that way may not always be so easy. Making the lifestyle change to a tidier, scaled down home takes consistent practice. Some recommended reading to help adapt these changes over time are, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo and Declutter Your Way to Success, The Key to Organize Your Life by Terri Savelle Foy. These reads will help you maintain the mindset of a decluttered home.
Remember that having fewer things equals less cleaning, it’s in your best interest to only have the essentials. Keep what’s useful and what brings you joy!
Christmas, my favorite time of the year.It is at this time that I choose to reflect on the reasons we are on this earth.To me, we are here to love, serve and to give back to others.What better time than this.It is at this time I try my best to serve a family in need in some way, whether it is to run a fundraiser, to sponsor their Christmas.
We are helping one of our Cleaning For A Reason clients to have a Christmas.It is so rewarding to give of myself, to spend time and be there for my community, family, and friends.
For those of you that know me personally, know that food is also my thing. As well as cooking for friends and family is what truly makes me happy.It is my greatest gift.I love the traditions of this time,especially, Christmas Eve, which is known isLa Viglia dei Natale, Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes.
Growing up with American-Italian parents, I became deeply rooted in food and all the tradition that goes with it. From a very young age, I can remember helping and learning from my Grandmom Mary, my father’s mother.In fact, here real name was Angela Maria, which I never knew until she went to be with Our Lord, but I digress, that is a story for another time.
My Grandmom never used a recipe, it was always a little of this and a little of that. It all was in the feel, smell and sometimes taste of whatever we were making.I love to think back on a time when FAMILY was most important, sitting around the table on a Sunday with all the family, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, cousins, great Aunts and great Uncles, listening to old family stories, the men playing cards, the woman cooking a feast.
To this day, I think back on this time and always SMILE.
But back to my most favorite holiday. Feast of the Seven Fishes.This is more special to me that Christmas Day, with the presents under the tree. My Grandmom, Mom, and Aunts would tirelessly be prepping for perhaps the biggest feast of the year!
This most treasured feast has been passed down the generations. First with my Grandmom Mary, then my Mom and Dad, and then to me.I wonder which of my four children will take this over when the time comes for me to hand over the reign of this night.
The excitement and love begin days before with the list making and prepping of the 7 various fish dishes.Look out when you walk into my house on Christmas Eve at 4:00.The stage is set, maybe a little chaos too. My kitchen becomes an obstacle course, with those arriving pitching in and helping to put out all the courses of food. The stove is stacked with pots of boiling water, clams and mussels sitting aside waiting to be cooked, shrimp, lobster bisque, clams casino, deviled clams, calamari, crab cakes or salmon cakes.So much food that every year I say I am cutting back.I usually have gravy (sauce to some) and meatballs, pizza and all types of antipasto dishes for the fish haters.I have vegan dishes for those who eat neither.
After hours of feasting, we start the desert with a birthday cake. We sing to Baby Jesus and my Mother, whose birthday is December 29.She will be 85 this year and are grateful that she will once again be at the table.In the past, we would go to midnight Mass, today we usually go to service before everyone arrives.
To say I love Festa dei Sette Pesci, feast of the seven fishes is true, but perhaps I cherish it more because of its history within my family, from my Grandmom Mary, to my Parents and then passed down to me. A special evening filled with food, family, friends and much love. My door is always open, feel free to stop by!
I’d love to hear about your traditions, drop a note or e-mail and share, share, share.Remember what this day is about!May God Bless you all, Buon Natale, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza and a Happy New Year!!
This holiday season, I would like to pause and reflect on what I am personally thankful for. As a business owner, life moves pretty fast. It is easy to focus my energy on the next “to do” on my list instead of taking the time to remember why I do it in the first place.
Like most people, I work hard to support my family, who mean everything to me. However, I am so fortunate to also be able to help my community as a business owner.
It is such a blessing to be able to participate in Cleaning For a Reason. It gives me the opportunity to clean for men, women, and children that are battling cancer in our local community. This level of charity would not have been possible without the success of running my own business. So for that, I’m truly thankful. In my opinion, making a difference in people’s lives is why we exist on this earth. Lucky for me, I get to do that each day at Maid For You.
I am also lucky enough to have the best team in the industry by my side. The Maid For You team is some of the most genuine and hard-working people that I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. I’m so thankful each day to have them by my side. They look forward to brightening the days of others every day and continually work to represent our company in the most positive light possible. I’m so incredibly proud of them and blessed to work with them each day.
When all is said and done, my family is the foundation for what I do. My beautiful daughters, Gianna and Olivia, and my amazing sons Anthony and Mario surprise me every day and remind me what is really important in this life. Without them, I could never have made it this far and with them, it only motivates me to keep going.
So, yes, this post was sappy; but it is important to take time out of our hectic lives and remind ourselves what truly matters. My family, employees, and our community are my reasons for getting up in the morning. What are you thankful for this season? Feel free to send me an email telling me your story or share it with the Maid For You team on Facebook!
We aren’t just cleaning; we are cleaning for a reason!
Maid For You is a proud partner of the non-profit organization Cleaning For A Reason; which has been able to provide almost 40 free cleanings for our local cancer patients to date.
House cleaning is not something that goes away or pauses when you get sick. Unfortunately, it continues to pile up and gets increasingly harder to maintain once cancer treatment has started, and energy depletes.
Maid For You is here to help!
Cleaning For A Reason is a non-profit organization founded by Debbie Sardone. Its focus is to give cancer patients a clean home so they can take care of their health and families.
The organization matches people battling with cancer with professional house cleaning services that have pledged to donate free house cleaning to their local cancer patients.
Sardone founded Cleaning For A Reason after receiving a call from a cancer patient asking for an estimate. On an interview withTODAY.com, Sardone told her story. “She said, ‘Maybe I’ll call you when I can afford it,’ and hung up. And that was before Caller ID. I had no way to call her back”.
Right after that, Debbie made the decision that the next time a woman going through cancer treatment needed her home cleaned, she would do it for free.
Debbie shared the story at a professional cleaning convention and many other company owners, big and small, said they wanted to do just the same.
That’s when she finally took it upon herself to make it happen and created Cleaning For A Reason. Currently, the businesses who offer their services do not charge anything to the patients. However, the employees do get paid for their work.
Its an honor for Maid For You to be a part of this organization. So that we can bring happiness and relief to many women in our town, it is a blessing to lighten a load for these patients by relieving some of the burdens of their situation.
“To be able to provide a little light on their darkest days is a feeling unlike any other” – Lisa Ciao, Owner
Currently, there are 1200 maid services associated with Cleaning For A Reason. We only hope to see the number grow! Please share and help us help our community!