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How to Clean Hardwood Floors

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How to clean hardwood floor || Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner & Swiffer Sweeper || by Hayley Fiser || thehayleyfiser.com When we purchased our home in Gaylord, I was beyond excited to have hardwood floors. They look great and are so much better for people who have severe allergies, like my husband. After we moved in I realized I had no idea how to properly care for hardwoods. I was afraid that I would ruin them. Now I know that it's not so bad if you've got the right tools.

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Everyday Care

No matter how recently I've cleaned, there is always, dirt and dog hair. So, typically everyday I sweep the hardwoods. And, let's be honest, life happen and stuff spills. If it's a dry spill, like flour or cereal, we'll sweep or vacuum it up. For liquid spills, we do our best to it soak up and use a damp rag if it's something sticky. Just make sure you don't have anything liquid sitting on your hardwood for very long! As you probably already know, wood and liquid don't mix well. Over time it can severely damage the planks, and you'll have to replace it.

For a while I was using the Swiffer Sweeper with the wet mopping pads for those spills, but I haven't repurchased them in a few months. I don't know if they are really needed if you're cleaning up after messes as soon as they happen. I've also learned that if you diligently clean spills right away, you're floor will remain looking fresh and clean. This will save you time in the long run, because then you don't have to constantly deep clean your floors.

Deep Cleaning & Added Shine

A couple times a month I want to get a deeper clean and polished shine, and I use my Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner. This stuff is amazing! Plus, it's GreenGuard Gold certified, meaning it's environmentally friendly and is even considered safe for sensitive individuals making it acceptable to use in schools and healthcare facilities. Knowing that, it makes me feel good about using it in my own home.

First, I'll sweep or vacuum the floors. Then, I'll put a dry rag on my Swiffer Sweeper, spray a light mist of the floor cleaner, and go over my entire floor. I have read reviews of people who say if you use too much it will leave a film on your floor. I personally haven't had this problem. You really don't need to use a ton anyway, as a little goes a long way.

If there is a hard-to-remove spot, I'll use a rag and a little more floor cleaner and scrub it out. I guess it's not really scrubbing, because you don't need a ton of elbow grease to get those tough spots out when using this cleaner.  Bing, bang, boom! You've got some super-shiny hardwoods.

Do you have any helpful tips for keeping your hardwoods clean? Leave a comment!

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Step Into My Office

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Okay, so it's not quite an office as it is the corner of one of our spare rooms, but I'm very proud of this little corner. It's so nice having a place for all the miscellaneous things I use for my website. I even have extra storage for paperwork, which is oddly satisfying while also uncomfortable. It's amazing what having a little corner to yourself can do. I absolutely love it!

Don't forget to check out the reset of the photos below!

My Favorite Smoothie

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If you don't already know, I hate oranges. But! I love smoothies. After combing Pinterest for recipes, I found out it was really hard to find a smoothie recipe that didn't use orange juice. So after a little experimenting, it came up with this concoction. This is hands down my favorite smoothie, and it's loosely based off my go-to one from Topical Smoothie, the Kiwi Quencher.

What you'll need:

This recipe makes 2 servings

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 2 ripe kiwis
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup regular almond milk
  • a blender

First, I peel the banana, scoop out the kiwi insides, and put them in the blender. Next, I add my yogurt and almond milk. Then, I add the frozen strawberries. Finally, I blend them up, poor into a cup, and enjoy! :)

Taming The Jungle

Since the weather has been nice the past few weeks, my husband and I have taken on the daunting task of taming our back yard (or as Jason calls it, the Jungle). The photo above was taken in August when we moved into the house, and there were bees, spiders, snakes, poison ivy, and much more hiding in there. Needless to say, we do not want it to get that bad ever again. So, we started early, and have put a lot of blood and sweat into this backyard so far. We were even able to recruit family and friends to help one weekend. Ironically taming the backyard started with clearing out the front yard.

Jason started by removing a bunch of overgrown ground cover along the driveway and a fence that was falling down. We're going to replace most of this area with grass, but the part along the house has a beautiful weeping cherry tree, and I wanted to keep that here. So we moved daylilies and hostas from the jungle into this area, and added some lava rocks.

The daylilies were already quite large, so I started transplanting them all around the house; we even started giving some away, because there's so many. Our goal is to have as many daylilies and hostas transplanted, so we don't have to worry about killing them with weed killer and we can put down grass in the jungle area. I am still amazed at how many we have left to move. Once I got a decent amount of daylilies moved, we got some help to rake the area and look for the hosta that were just starting to sprout. We've found about 10 plants, but they're each 12-24 inches in diameter. Since there's so many and they're so big, we're still deciding where they're going to be moved to...

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The weekend we had people over to help my mom and I started planting vegetable seeds in cardboard egg cartons, and Jason built me a raised garden bed. I'm really excited, because seedlings started to poke through about a week ago and now I have at least 3 seedlings of each plant! I'll definitely keep you posted on how my first garden goes throughout the summer.

Last weekend Jason and I did the most strenuous thing yet: pulling out over 150 square feet of patio pavers that were hiding in the jungle last summer. There were soooo many! We've had a few ideas of how to use them, but I'm pretty sure they're going to stay next to the deck until we get grass back there. We definitely don't want to move them any more than we have to.

No matter how much blood, sweat and tears goes into this backyard, it will all be worth it. In the end, this is what makes a house a home.

What yard work have you started already year?

Cha-cha-cha-changes

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 10.53.39 AM My life will change dramatically after making two major moves in one month.

Home Life

The last few weeks have flown by, and with tons of help from family and friends our house feels more like a home. We moved out of our apartment within one week of having the house keys, which was a week ahead of schedule! Within that first week we were able to get the entire upstairs painted (that's 3 bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen, living room, and foyer), changed the light fixtures, added shelving in the storage room, and replaced all the doors the bank broke getting into the house when it was foreclosed.

After we moved in we hung our curtains and blinds, painted and replaced the lighting in the basement, and started organizing the house. Although the central air died on us a week ago, we're starting to get comfortable. Honestly, I am still amazed at everything our families and friends have given to us during this adventure, and I'm so thankful for that.

I haven't decided where I want to hang up photos and wall decorations yet, and we're still painting some furniture. So I'm not going to do any before and after posts of rooms for a few days (or weeks). However here's a sneak peek of the living room decor and color scheme - gray, red and white.

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Work Life

If moving into a new house wasn't enough craziness for one month, I am also starting a new job. Tomorrow marks my last day at Güd Marketing and next week I start my new job with a State of Michigan marketing department. It's bitter-sweet to leave Güd. I'm going to miss seeing my friends at work everyday, but I'm eager for what's to come.

I'm also excited to have time to write for my blog regularly, and I can't wait to share what happens next!

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New Adventure: House Hunting

Hello out there! I know I've been MIA for the past few months, but my husband and I have taken on a very sizable endeavor... We are going to buy a house! Needless to say, I didn't realize I'd be spending every weeknight and weekend looking at homes all across Ingham county - online and in person - instead of writing and filming for my blog.

We have put offers on a few houses during this time, but we have lost most of them to other homebuyers. We're optimistic we will find the perfect one very soon, but until that time, I do not foresee myself having much time to write for my blog.

Once we buy our home, I anticipate much of my Life section on this blog will be geared toward home improvements. I'm hoping to get back to beauty and style blogging soon, but it may not be the main focus of my blog entries until we have our home improvement projects completed.

Until then, thank you for reading and stay stylish!

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