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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What Is Your Style?

Since I started working from home, I find my wardrobe shifting away from dress clothes and getting increasingly more casual. When I went to an office daily, I considered myself to be a "Business Casual Dresser", even on weekends. Now I don't know where I fall. So I decided to find out. Here's who I now am:

Casual Feminine

'You aren't right with the styles but you aren't behind them either. You just wear nice, normal, girly clothes that may go out of style in 10 years as opposed to the trendy stuff that only lasts about a year. You don't spend a fortune for your clothing but you own some nice things that will stand the test of time.'

That sounds about right. Here's the link to this fun quiz.


Let me know how you score.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Another Way To Green

I was recently in Panama City Beach, Florida. One morning while running, I noticed a shopping center watering their landscaping. My mind immediately went to water waste, but it was quickly stopped when I saw a sign posted in the area stating "This beautiful area is being cared for by grey water".

I was somewhat familiar with the concept because of my time at A Cleaner World and my very basic knowledge of commercial grade washing machines. I decided to learn more about 'grey water', and here it is in a nutshell.

Definition of Grey water - Any wash water that has been used in the home, except water from toilets. Dish, shower, sink, and laundry water comprise 50 - 80% of residential 'waste' water. This may be reused for other purposes, especially landscape irrigation.

We're all looking for ways to conserve.....this is another terrific idea!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Our Latest Stain Removal Issue

If it weren't for my son, I think I'd run out of laundry issues to discuss. Gray has just started playing baseball (well technically t-ball). He loves playing ball but the first time he got his uniform dirty, he totally freaked out. It has taken a lot of coaching from several sources to convince him that he's supposed to get dirty.

Always in search of ways to remove stains, I ran onto some more helpful tips from Heloise. Here's what she recommends. By the way -- these suggestions are for washable material only.

Removing Clay From A Baseball Uniform

'This ball-field mark is tough, but try these. Brush off dry clay. Measure out powdered detergent (containing no bleach) for a standard laundry load, then remove a little and combine with just enough household ammonia to make a paste. Apply using a cotton cloth. Let set about 10 minutes; launder in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Repeat if needed.'

Removing Grass Stains

'Treat area directly with liquid laundry detergent containing enzymes or with prewash spray (follow directions on container). Then wash according to care label.'

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vanity Sizing

It happened again recently. I went to a well known clothing store in search of a new pair of jeans. I tried on 'my size', and they were (as I frequently experience) too big in the waist and tight in the butt and thighs. The sales person suggested a different style in a larger size. I told him no thank you. I will not purchase a size larger than what I wear. This led me to two questions. First, why do men not care what size they wear? Second, why is it that I can wear a smaller size in one brand but require a larger in others?

I figured I'd ask my husband the first question. So I Googled to find answers to the second question. I stumbled upon an article entitled "Women's Issues of Clothing Size" written by Kellie Hayden in 2008 that talks about 'vanity sizing.' It turns out that clothing manufacturers have been in my head. Kellie says "Manufacturers have figured out the fact that sizing is very important to women. This is especially important when she is standing in front of the 360 degree mirror and trying to figure out if the pants 'make her butt look too big.' Even if the clothes do make her backside look a little larger, the woman may indeed buy the pants if they happen to be a size smaller than the size she usually wears."

It's true. I have a pair of jeans in the back of my closet because they are 8's, but I don't wear them because they make my butt look big. Crazy huh? How many pairs do you have in your closet?
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