Author Archives: Colette McCullough

Back to School 101: WATER – An Important Factor for Student Success

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As I waved good-bye to my children on the first day of school, I gave a big sigh. Life had been busy the past couple of weeks as we tried to get every last bit of fun in before summer vacation ended.

Since we’ve been out of the school-day routine for a few months, I began to make a mental checklist to make sure I had remembered everything.

Backpack filled with new school supplies? Check.
Lunches packed? Check.
First-day of school photographs taken on the front porch? Check.

Wait– What about the water bottle? In the rush of the morning, I had forgotten to tuck water bottles into their backpacks.

Although there are drinking fountains at school, many teachers allow and even encourage students to keep a water bottle on their desk –and for good reason.
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What to do during a Boil Water Advisory

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What to do During a Boil Water Advisory

When a water pipe broke just outside of Boston, more than two million people were left without clean water for three days. Within hours of the break, a “Boil Water Advisory” (BWA) was issued and cases of drinking water in stores quickly disappeared, restaurants closed their doors, schools sent children home, and hotels refused reservations.

While this incident affected millions of people and caused the governor of Massachusetts to declare a state of emergency, most water supply contamination events only affect a neighborhood or two. Yet thousands of BWAs are issued each year, so understanding what steps to take during a BWA is important.

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Water Bottle Totes to Help Kids Stay Hydrated this Summer

5 great water bottle totes for kids

With summer temperatures on the rise, keeping our families hydrated is a legitamate concern. Whether at an amusement park, a baseball game, or even the neighborhood pool, children and adults alike need to drink plenty of liquids in order to avoid heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses. 

Making Water Easily Accessible

The best way to ensure that plenty of liquids are consumed, is to make sure that water and other liquids are easily accessible. But if your kids are like mine, they complain about carrying a water bottle and often set it down the second we arrive at the park or other destination (never to be seen again).

Check out these fun crafts to do with the kids this summer: These crafts will not only put water literally right at their fingertips (and keep their water bottle from getting lost), but will also be something kids are proud to tote around town on their summer outings and adventures.
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Save Money With Homemade Cleaning Supplies

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The cupboard under my kitchen sink used to be crammed with cleaning supplies–dozens of different products I had purchased in hopes of finding that “miracle product” that would lighten my cleaning load.

But like many people, I’ve come to realize that the glitzy advertisements and fancy packaging of those cleaning supplies were mostly just cleaning out my pocketbook!  All the glam of the products didn’t necessarily make them work any better (or make my job easier) than simple ingredients I had around the house –that cost me next to nothing. Read more

The Cost of A Water Softener Will Quickly Pay for Itself

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Like many people, I look at the return on investment (ROI) on most everything.

I’ve analyzed (and purchased) the energy-efficient light bulbs that pay for themselves in energy savings. I’ve convinced my husband to install the “high-efficiency” showerheads that reduce water flow rates, to lower water usage and water heating bills. Then there’s the rechargeable batteries and the programmable thermostat—all have quickly paid for themselves.

When it came to investing in a water softener or conditioner, it made sense to analyze the ROI, as well.

Here are a few ways I discovered the cost of a water softener or conditioner can pay for itself—quickly!!

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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Best Tortilla Soup Recipe

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a delicious Tortilla Soup

Looking for a great Cinco de Mayo recipe to help you celebrate this year?

While it’s true that Cinco de Mayo is a holiday celebrated mostly in the U.S., May the 5th gives me an excuse to try a new recipe, as well as create a little family FIESTA at home! Some years I’ve decorated our kitchen with green, white and red streamers, other years I’ve simply brought out the sombreros and noise-makers. Either way—my kids like the excitement at dinner time. 

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Keep Produce Fresh Longer with Filtered Water & Vinegar

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Can filtered water and a little vinegar really keep produce fresher, longer?

Summer will soon be here and I’m looking forward to fresh berries from my local farmer’s market.  Early last summer, I came home with 10 pounds of strawberries with grandiose plans to make fresh strawberry jam. When I finally started my jam project (only 36 hours later), I was sick to find that many of the berries were already covered with a fuzzy mold.

A great tip that really works!

I’ve since learned a great tip for keeping fresh produce longer–and it really works!  Each time I come home from the market with fresh fruits and vegetables, I rinse the produce in a vinegar and filtered water solution.

This idea seemed counterintutive at first, because in the past, once I had rinsed fruit in water, the fruit seemed to go bad more quickly.  

I learned that the water and vinegar solution has the opposite effect and the fruit actually lasts longer because the acid in the vinegar kills mold spores and bacteria on the food. With the bacteria eliminated, produce does not decompose as quickly.

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