It’s time to get the whole family saving for that big vacation you all want to take before the year ends. These 4 simple tips work like a charm and will help you a lot.
It’s time to get the whole family saving for that big vacation you all want to take before the year ends. These 4 simple tips work like a charm and will help you a lot.
Life can be messy. From sipping some wine to lying on the grass and everything in between, your clothes can get stained from a lot of things, and each one seems more difficult to remove than the last. But don’t be discouraged! Different as they are, all stains can be removed by trying a few variations of the same method. Here are the ones we recommend!
These stain removal hacks work better when the stain is fresh. Before trying any of them, make sure to keep the affected area damp to prevent the stain from drying, and try not to apply too much pressure on the fabric so that you don’t help it bond with the fabric.
Oh, the horror of spilling wine all over your clothes! Thankfully there are ways to take it out before it becomes permanent. Do as we said above, then cover the stain in salt to absorb the red color (you’ll notice that the salt turns pink when you apply it), then let it soak overnight in cold water with an enzymatic detergent—these are detergents made with enzymes and good bacteria that are great for breaking down organic materials; good options are Mister Max’s and Rocco and Roxie Supply Co. Don’t despair if you can still faintly see the stain the next morning, simply let it soak again, then wash it as normal.
Few things in life are as distressing as spilling some candle wax on your clothes, because you immediately think that it will ruin them forever. Don’t lose hope just yet! First, scrape off as much as you can using a dull knife – remember not to press down too much on the fabric. When you’re done, place the stained area between two paper towels and press gently on them with a warm (not hot) iron, replacing the towels frequently after they absorb the wax. Finally, put the stain face down over clean paper towels and dab a sponge damp with stain remover, then let it dry.
This is another drink that’s guilty of ruining countless items of clothing. Luckily, it’s not as hard a stain to remove as others are. First, soak the stain in cool water, then apply stain remover or laundry detergent and water with a sponge. Next, depending on what’s best for the fabric, wash using sodium hypochlorite bleach or oxygen bleach. This method is good even for coffee stains that are a little older if you weren’t able to treat it in time; just add some detergent with enzymes to the water where you soak your clothes.
Perhaps the most infamous of all stains, grease can really make a number on any article of clothing. Thankfully, now we know how to defeat it! Rinse the affected area immediately with cold water, then rub the stain gently using a liberal amount of dish soap to help loosen it, and rinse again. Repeat this step a couple of time if necessary. The next step is to apply stain remover directly over the area and rub it gently, saturating it completely before letting it rest for a few minutes. Finally, throw the item into the washer without rinsing off the remover, and wash using the hottest temperature indicated on the label.
Annoying as they are, these ugly stains are surprisingly simple to remove. All you have to do is soak the item in warm water with an enzyme detergent, then gently rub the fabric against itself to remove the stains. Rinse and wash normally in the machine. If the stain is too stubborn, wash it again using sodium hypochlorite or oxygen bleach, depending on what is safe for the fabric.
There are two ways to follow depending on the type of paint on your clothes. For water-based paint, simply rinse the affected clothes in warm water before the stain dries. Let it soak for a few minutes, and launder as normal.
If the paint is oil-based, use a the thinner or solvent recommended on the paint can label – or, if unavailable, use turpentine. Rinse it off and apply stain remover or regular detergent over the stain, letting it sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing again then washing as normal. It’s very important that you don’t let the paint dry at all, or it will be impossible to remove.
There you have them! Be sure to follow the steps we mention at the beginning to stop the offending substance from bonding with your clothes. There are many other substances, but we think these are the most common one that people face once in a while. This is only for clothes, though. If you need some professional stain removal in a housekeeping context, let us help you!
There’s more to a summer party than just throwing some cool snacks on a plate and looking good in a swimsuit. You should also make sure that your pool’s chlorine levels are not too high, for example, although that’s not what this article is about! As you can imagine, summer’s warmer and longer days lend themselves perfectly for a more colorful and festive mood, and your social events should reflect this well.
We’ve collected some of our favorite DIY summer party decorations on a budget from around the internet and listed them in this article for you to get inspired and throw a bash like none of your guests have seen before. We tried sticking as close a possible to the idea of “less is more”, but some of them were so cool that, despite being a little more complex than the rest, are still great suggestions for someone trying to wow visitors. Let’s get decorating!
If you’d like all the fun of being at a beach party with all the convenience of staying at home, you can with only a few props and some elbow grease. For this theme, you’ll want to keep the focus on your pool as the central attraction of the whole event, and work up from there. First of all, get some floating coolers, float beds, a few rafts, and assorted inflatable toys for the people hanging out inside the pool, making it as attractive as possible for people and letting the swimmers feel as a true part of the event. Meanwhile, make some seating areas and snack tables for the landlubbers, prioritizing seafood and tropical fruits.
For the music, don’t go for stereotypical ukulele and surf rock affair; instead, just play out the season’s most popular bangers to keep everyone invested and not rolling their eyes. If the party’s at night, focus colorful nights over the dancefloor, pool, and snack tables.
No matter the size of your event, everyone’s going to love the feeling of being in a backyard BBQ like the ones from their childhood. Set up a few tables and cover them with red-checkered picnic mantles, then get some derelict round grills and breathe new life into them by storing all your beers and drinks in them. That is a novelty, but it’s sure to get a few laughs, and people will like how they don’t have to bend over just to grab a cold one. If you want to push the “BBQ dad” angle up to eleven, get an apron for every guest with phrases such as “Kiss the Cook,” “Hot Stuff” and “We Be Grillin’,” amongst other fatherly classics.
In this scenario, snacks are super easy, since all you need is a few bowls of chips (refill them as necessary) and whatever finger food you like, such as small sandwiches and dips. The main course, however, has to be a freshly grilled hamburger or hot dog for everyone!
Bright colors and delicious food as far as the eye can see! Despite how simple it might seem, there’s a fine balance between fun and tacky when it comes to running a Mexican theme over your fiesta. First things first, you have to use a wide variety of Mexican-themed decorations, all very colorful and authentic-looking, because no one has ever had fun at a kind of Mexican party. We’re talking about sarape table covers, small cactus centerpieces, paper hangers, piñatas, garlands, the whole shebang, spread out over the whole place. Adding a nacho bar and margarita station will make sure that guests can take care of their own snacks and booze while you take car of other hosts duties. For food, tacos are a must, and the great thing is that if you leave the ingredients at a table, people will make their own!
Not every summer party has to be an absolute blowout of color, noise, and fatty foods. You can have an excellent time talking with friends and sipping wine on a warm summer afternoon with minimal, tasteful decorations. Get a large enough table that no one has to get up for anything (except bathroom breaks, of course), and a variety of wines that has everything from a large Chardonnay to a deep red Cabernet, and the champion of summer wines, the pinot noir. This is because you’re going to be exploring different pairings with a charcuterie board, a cheese platter, and different fruits (such as figs, dates, etc.). If night falls, have some candles at hand and keep the party going!
We suggest decorating with some simple flower arrangements at the center of the table, while fresh glasses are kept separate. Have some coffee beans or grounds nearby so people can cleanse their palate. Instead of noisy club bangers, you want to music to be nice and unobtrusive without being boring, but you can change it up later when spirits get high.
All these summer theme party decorations are really easy to do if you put in enough time and effort into them, but we realize that can be a little difficult considering that you first have to get the stuff, prepare the food, put all the decorations in place, and of course, clean up the place. Well, the last part you can totally forget about if you let someone else take care of it for you, right?
Oklahoma City is not your run-of-the-mill state capital in the middle of the country. It has plenty of exciting spots to visit and fun things to do. This bustling city, located roughly in the center of the southern portion of the Great Plains, feels like that elusive sweet spot between rural tranquility and an urban, modern environment. It’s no surprise, then, that OKC is also known as “The Big Friendly,” but if you think that means nothing is exciting, think again.
There are plenty of top-rated restaurants, museums, historic districts, shopping centers and more to keep you busy for days on end. But if you want to make the most out of your visit, then we’re glad to help; we’ve brought together a list of what we consider to be the five absolute best spots to visit in OKC, and the ideal family weekend of fun, eating, learning and much more.
A former warehouse district, the Bricktown Entertainment District is now a picturesque neighborhood and home to museums, shows, restaurants, and even the Bricktown Canal that you can ride on small water taxis. The only hard time you’ll have in Bricktown is choosing which of its many first-class venues you will visit first. If you want to grab a bite before venturing further, there’s Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Café and Chelino’s Mexican Restaurant, both of which let you have a delicious outdoor meal while people are watching. Or try Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill for some fried catfish or chicken fried steak and a country atmosphere; couples will love to spend some time at the winery or dueling piano bar, then dancing the night away while having a drink at TapWerks. It’s a great district to keep in mind when thinking about things to do in OKC at night.
The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens are more than just a regular inner-city zoo. It is a world-class wildlife and botanical reserve, teeming with fantastic, exciting and family-friendly exhibits. Over 1900 animal species call this zoo home, including rhinos, gorillas, lions, grizzly bears, Galapagos turtles and a family of Asian elephants. Children will be able to visit a great children’s zoo, but the main attraction is the big guys in the Great Ape Escape, African Safari and other large animal exhibits around the 119 acres of space that this amazing zoo offers. Other interactive experiences include the wallaby enclosure, behind-the-scenes elephant demonstration, giraffe feedings, and lorikeet dome.
Few periods in our country’s history are as iconic as the Wild West, and this museum, also known as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, houses an incredible collection of pictures, sculptures, and artifacts created about this famous era. With such long and storied roots in cattle trails and ranches, Western film stars, country musicians and more, it’s no surprise that this museum feels right at home in Oklahoma City, going so far as to include a separate hall of fame to on-screen cowboys to give the rodeo champions their well-deserved unique space. Apart from celebrating America’s western roots and art, there’s a large collection of American Indian artifacts and art.
Your rootin’ tootin’ cowboy shootin’ experience is not complete without a visit to a piece of authentic Western frontier lifestyle: the Historic Stockyards City, one of the largest livestock markets in the world and home to restaurants, places to shop Western clothes, Native American art pieces, and more. Once you’re newly outfitted in your Wrangler jeans and custom cowboy hat from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, sink your teeth in a juicy steak from Cattlemen’s Steakhouse and catch the live show at the Oklahoma Rodeo Opry, all alongside real cowboys.
As far as museums fo, OKC has two solid contenders: The Oklahoma City Museum of Art and the Science Museum of Oklahoma. But, interesting and beautiful as they are (and you should definitely visit them sometime), we wanted to end on a more original note, which is why the fifth entry is the Museum of Osteology, an unusual but captivating look into the literal insides of the animal kingdom, and the only skeleton museum in the United States. Over 800 different skeletons, most of which are in lifelike poses, offer a unique opportunity for kids and adults to learn about the anatomy of the many animal species that share the world around us, and to foster a desire for their protection and conservation.
So there you have it, just a couple of exciting things to do in Oklahoma City today, tomorrow or whenever. The city, like we said before, rides the line between a country and urban environment, and what you’ll find inside also follows this line; bustling entertainment districts and an active cowboy community. Considering that, you’ll be surprised at how pretty and clean it all is, and if you want to know the secret behind it, it’s all about getting the pros on the job.
We’re almost a month into spring, which means that your kids are probably itching to play outside every single day now. Whether you’re a local trying to shake things up a bit, or are just traveling with your family and need a safe place to let the kids spend some energy for a while, the following list will surely give you some really good ideas about where to stop and give your children some outdoors time.
We’ve compiled some of our favorite playgrounds and parks in Oklahoma City that will have the whole family active and entertained throughout the day, and all of them hold their own on repeat visits so you don’t have to change venues every single day. Do you like vast open spaces? How about animals? A lake, perhaps? There’s good variety here, so everyone’s taste should be accounted for. Plan your day accordingly and enjoy yourself!
Offering over 15 acres of green, blossoming beauty right in the heart of Oklahoma City, the Myriad Botanical gardens are one of the most beloved natural spaces in the downtown area. More than a simple piece of land with some grass on it, the MBG houses a children’s garden, picnic area, dog park (no leash required in this area!), jogging trails, and even its own restaurant. You can even attend concerts at the Crystal Bridge Conservatory and the Bandshell, and if you have a little more time to spend, there are several programs on horticulture for both children and adult. It’s a box of surprises for the whole family and one of the best parks in Oklahoma City!
Covering 119 acres and housing over 1900 animal, the OKCZ features a number of exhibits starring many of their most famous residents, such as a herd of Asian elephants, two different troops of gorillas, a family of orangutans, all sorts of big cats, a butterfly garden, Galápagos tortoises and many, many more. A children’s zoo is also available for kids to explore and play alongside flamingos, goats, monkeys, and birds, and they can explore a gentle play stream while doing so. The OKCZ is an Oklahoma City institution, and you’ll realize why it’s called a living zoo by many once you set foot inside.
If you prefer open spaces without too much hassle, the serene shores of Lake Hefner and the lovely park on the eastern side of it has plenty of great picnic spots to spend a quiet family afternoon. There are many clean, safe walking and biking trails, some of which go all around the 10-mile shoreline, which is not something you’d expect to find in Oklahoma (the lake is man-made, so don’t be surprised to learn that their quaint lighthouse is a replica). You’ll also be able to find delicious restaurants surrounding the area, so you don’t have to carry a ton of snacks with you along your walk. Finally, if you’re an avid golfer, you’ll be happy to know there’s a golf course close to the water offering great views of the area.
If you’re visiting Oklahoma City around Spring, you should definitely set some time apart to enjoy Will Rogers Park, a delightful park and something of a hidden gem in the city. WRP is perfect for taking a nice, quiet stroll with the kids while you stop to enjoy the pond with geese, ducks and koi fish, which make for a fantastic photo opportunity. Around this time, of the year you’ll find it blooming in all sorts of color while the many bodies of water are teeming with life. There are also, of course, plenty of picnic tables and areas where you can stretch for a bit and maybe play some frisbee with the kids, making this one of the best playgrounds in OKC.
Overlooking the Downtown Oklahoma City skyline, the Wheeler Ferris Wheel is a 100-feet tall ride located in the Santa Monica Pier near the Oklahoma River. The view alone is worth the visit, and it can be enjoyed best around sunset or at night when the OKC skyline is at its most breathtaking. After the ride, you’ll want to walk along the river or enjoy some food from one of the many street vendors around the area. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a slow-paced evening without going too far from the city nor ending up too tired at the end of the day.
Oklahoma City is home to many beautiful parks and playgrounds which the whole family can enjoy, and you won’t even have to worry about neglecting spring cleaning if you know who to call. Go out there, have some fun and re-discover your love for this amazing city.
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