Halloween is coming up next week and it’s so exciting to see
the kids’ faces when the costumes are put on and decorations come out! Once you're too old to trick-or-treat, it
could feel like all the excitement has passed you by. But although you might
spend the day with little ghosts and goblins, there will come a point when the
little ghouls finally lapse into sugar comas. So while the kids sleep, why not
host a Halloween party and let the adults come out to play?
Halloween is definitely not a holiday -- like Easter,
perhaps, or Thanksgiving -- where you have to keep it elegant. Yes, some people
might hold formal masquerade balls or elaborate costume parties, but we say the
cheesier the better!
1. First off, who
wouldn’t come to a party where the invitation was a severed finger?
2. Food is the most important aspect of any
party. If you mess up everywhere else and have good food, people will enjoy
Whether you’re throwing the scariest party on the block or just celebrating the
fun holiday, scare everyone into having a great time with frightening
tombtones, skulls and ghosts displayed around the party room. If you’re hosting a dinner party, set up the
table with plates and napkins in orange and black colors that feature witches,
jack-o’-lanterns and cobwebs. Halloween party supplies are cheap and many of
them can be reused for years and years!
Costumes & Makeup
There are so many great characters to portray on
Halloween! The costumes and make up can
get VERY elaborate. If you want your
costume to stand out, put a little effort into it with special makeup! You can find some phenomenal makeovers from
Once you have your costume, make sure it’s steamed and
doesn’t look like you just pulled it out of the bottom of your closet!
5. Haunted House
Don’t waste money on big blow-up Halloween decorations for your
front yard. Instead use these clever ideas and your crafty skills to make
one-of-kind decorations. You’ll be the envy of the neighborhood, and save a lot
of money. Use simple lights like in the
photo below. It’s very festive! Have a safe & happy Halloween!
What makes you scream at your steamer? Could it be that your
steamer works poorly or cycles ON and OFF while steaming? Or that green
indicator light doesn’t illuminate when turned to the ON position? Well here
are some tid- bits to hopefully keep your day steaming right along.
J-1, J-2, J-200, J-2000. When the steamer spits water from
the steam head be sure to check and make sure it is not cracked or damaged. It
could be that the unit has been overfilled or that the rod set is not fully
J-4000 Model. When the steamer leaks water at the base
of the unit, there may be a hole in the tank. The brass couple between the hose
and unit may be loose. Or it could be that the silicone sealant around the tank
assembly is leaking.
Esteam. When the red indicator light illuminates but the unit
never heats or steams, it is possible that the unit has blown a fusible link
wire or an element.
For more information on troubleshooting your steamer checkout
our link below.
What happened to June & July? August is here and
the kids have already started back to school. I'm sure your mornings are
completely hectic and almost impossible to get out the door.
you fear the alarm clock or not, these time-savers will simplify your mornings
and give your day a smoother start.
pre-packing easier by creating inboxes and outboxes for each person. Have
each person unload their backpack (or your purse or work bag), and keep
important papers and must-haves for next day's use. Also unpack
lunchboxes for fresh food the next morning!
your clothes, steam anything that needs it. When possible, buy
wrinkle-free. O Creative Director Adam Glassman says, "Go for
low-maintenance fabrics: stain-resistant, wrinkle-free pieces that emerge from
the washer and dryer looking polished. And develop a stylish, authoritative
uniform: a well-fitting top and pants or trouser-style jeans." Make
sure the kiddos are wrinkle free too!
Your Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed
of having your phone or other alarm clock right next to your bed, place it
somewhere that requires you to get up in order to shut it off. You still
might hit the snooze button and run back into bed, but once you’re
actually out of bed, there’s a better chance that you’ll stay out. And
once you realize how much more time you have when you get up earlier, you might
find that mornings are actually enjoyable. Plus, I don’t think we should be
sleeping with our cell phones near us anyway – I think it’s best to stay away
from that radiation whenever possible!
Ready...set...shower! If you tend to linger too long when
you check email, eat breakfast or any consistent daily task, It might be best
to set a timer to keep yourself on track.
can flare when children are still half asleep. Prevent sibling spats by making
sure your house rules cover things like sharing clothes, bathroom etiquette and
sharing front-seat privileges on the way to school.
you have any tips to making mornings smoother? Please share!!
Going on a
trip or long weekend getaway this summer?
Most of us pack ENTIRELY too much for a trip and each time we ask
ourselves why. We have a list of
things that might actually help your packing process!
out by selecting everything you think you need for the trip and remove half of
the initial cut, lay out your clothing and determine how many travel outfits
you can make. Have a private fashion show and play around with the clothing.
You’ll find out that you can mix and match your clothing in more ways than you
imagined avoiding the need for too many items in your bag or suit case.
3. Try to
choose clothing that has multiple uses and can be worn in more than one
3 pairs of travel shoes is usually a good quantity to pack for any trip. For
vacation you might need a pair of flip flops, nice sandals, and heels while for
a backpacking trip it would be recommended to switch out those heels for some
pack “just in case” items. If you need it, you can buy it there. And you can always find a place to do
packing full size toiletries. If you absolutely cannot live without a certain
brand, use reusable travel size containers for these items. Most hotels offer
basic soap and shampoo, and if you’re a backpacker you can replenish travel
size toiletries as you go along. You’ll be surprised how far you can stretch
travel sized toiletries.
packing too many electronics by choosing one that can do it all. If you want
internet access and an e-reader, choose a tablet like a Kindle Fire. If you
want some internet access and music, use an iPhone or iPod. Better yet, make
the most of your travels, and leave the electronics at home.
8. The worst thing you can do is forget your
Jiffy ESTEAM travel steamer. That needs
to be one of the first things to go in.
If you have wrinkled clothes, your trip just won’t be the same. ;)
It's the middle of May and you know what that means...GRADUATION! Graduation invites are gradually coming in the mailbox and you've got to get presents for these seniors! We have a list of a few graduation presents that won't break the bank and can actually be used!
5. Bullhorn Speaker
A modern day spin on the old-fashioned wind-up gramophone is now available for iPhone 5! Slip your iPhone into the base of this adorable, portable amplifier and let 'er blast up to 13 decibels of volume with no batteries needed.
4. Personal Mini Fridge
If your grad is headed to the dorm, consider buying a mini-fridge. They get a lot of use because dorm-dwellers often don’t have access to a full kitchen.
To buy: www.danby.com
3. Cordless Vacuum
I know, vacuums are SO BORING, but if you happen to live in a place with a floor, having one feels like a visit from the Cleaning Fairy. And there are models that are cordless, not very heavy, and can easily be tucked away in a corner.
2. Personalized Calling Cards
No more scrambling to find a scrap of paper to jot down your contact information. Keep a stack of contact cards in your bag and forget the fret.
1. The Jiffy ESTEAM Travel Steamer
Jiffy Steamer’s ESTEAM ® is the most powerful hand-held steamer on the market. This simple-to-operate steamer is ideal for use at home, in the dorm or on the road. The ESTEAM ® provides a convenient way to remove wrinkles, without the use of an iron, with 3 times more power than most other hand held steamers on the market. The ESTEAM ® has a quick heat up time of less than 2 minutes and will steam continuously for 15 minutes per filling.
To buy: www.jiffysteamer.com
SPRING! I think we can all agree that
this has been a rough winter and are extremely excited to put away the ski
suits and snow boots. If your closet was
looking anything mine it’s looking a bit of a hot mess. Boots scattered all over the shelves and
floor accompanying gloves, scarves and pajama pants. It’s reminding me of my bedroom when I was in
high school. YIKES.
I’m here for your motivation! Take a couple hours out of this weekend to
declutter your closet and make it fabulous again! First step is to look at each piece and ask
yourself these questions. Does it
fit? Does it flatter you? Is it in
fashion? Have you worn it lately? Do you feel good in it? Follow
the chart below because it helped me open my eyes to what needed to be donated
After you’ve reluctantly pulled out the clothes, shoes and
accessories that you won’t put on anymore, make sure you bag them up and take
to your nearest donation store. Your
trash is their treasure! After pulling
out the donations, I put shirts together, pants together and then separated by
color. I cannot express how much easier
it is having the colors separated!
Very little room to work with? Replace your hangers with slimline ones designed so you can fit more
on your hanging bar – plus, they’re covered in a velvet material that will keep
even the skinniest spaghetti strap from slipping.
Shelving is a must! Closet shelves can be great for stacking
folded items. To keep your piles neat and upright, try using shelf dividers.
How’s the jewelry situation? Use the inside of your closet door to display
your collection. Hang a simple bulletin board and use tacks as pegs for your necklaces and bracelets for a
tangle-free solution. There are a
million ideas on Pinterest. Make sure you have your Jiffy Steamer nearby to steam those wrinkles away before slipping on your Spring & Summer fashions! Just do it! There's your motivation. We hope it works.
Do you know who you’re sleeping with? Chances are you’re probably not alone!
Bed bugs and dust mites are common dwellers of your evening retreat. Bed bugs and dust mites are commonly mistaken for each other – when in reality they are two entirely different critters. However, they do have one thing in common. They can be a serious problem!
Our Jiffy X-Series can help alleviate your allergic symptoms to dust and get rid of the bed bugs that inhabit your bed. You deserve a solution to help combat against these invaders and help lead you to a peaceful night’s sleep.
With the fast, effective power of pure steam, the Jiffy® Steamer X-Series steamer easily kills dust mites and bed bugs on contact without the use of a single chemical or fumigation product. Best of all, it’s safe for your family and the environment.
Dust mites, microscopic pests that feed on your dead skin cells, are a leading trigger of asthma and allergy symptoms across the globe, making their presence a particular concern for parents and families. Of the 24.7 million documented asthma sufferers in America, over 20 million have a dust mite allergy.
Bed bugs are not just found in hotels—they have been documented in places like movie theaters, office buildings and high-end retailers as well. Often associated with unclean or unsanitary environments, bed bugs can live in any environment where people sleep or rest, as they feed on human blood.
The Jiffy Steamer X-Series works by utilizing the power of steam. Clean water is contained within a one-gallon reservoir which uses a heating element to boil the water. Hot steam is generated and transferred through the 7.5’ hose to disperse evenly from the unit’s 6" wide steamer head. This hot steam penetrates deep into fibers, killing dust mites and bed bugs.
That’s it—no chemicals, no fumes, no costly add-ons or time-consuming treatments. Bed bugs and dust mites are killed on contact.
For more information, visit www.jiffyxseries.com.
Infographic from Asthma Allergy Tech