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Bridgewood Farms has been serving Special Needs Adults in the community for 50 years providing day programs to enable individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to reach their highest potential. The programs that Bridgewood Farms offers builds both self-esteem and personal independence for the clients to lead productive lives.

Established in 1967 as Montgomery County Association for the Retarded, the organization was renamed to Montgomery County Children’s Center in 1971. The name changed again in 1995 to Friends of the Retarded, and in 1998 after purchasing 17 acres of a Christmas Tree Farm in Conroe, Bridgewood Farms was established.

In 2001 the organization received a grant from The Cameron Foundation to purchase 4 modular buildings and increase the capacity to serve up to 120 clients. The fifth modular building was added through a grant from the Texas Oilman’s Charity in 2003 to become the Adult Basic Education classroom. The additional 35 acres and 2700 square foot house was purchased late in 2005 funded by the Friends of Bridgewood and later reimbursed with a $250,000 grant from Houston Endowment. This home immediately was used for 3 clients as their “Forever Home” and named the Grace Manor. The second home was completed in December 2007 (Hick’s House) funded by parents and Texas Oilman Charity donations totaling $150,000. The third 4- bedroom residence home is known as the Men’s Home, completed in December 2009 funded through the Montgomery County Community Home Block Grant and Texas Oilman Charity. The fourth and last home was opened in December 2102 for 4 women, named Evelyn’s Manor. Currently 14 clients reside in their Forever Home on 37 acres of the total 53 acres of Bridgewood Farms.

Bridgewood Farms is asking the community to assist with the building campaign to raise $420,000 to build a 4 plex apartment building located on the campus. $180,000 is available through a Montgomery County Housing Finance Corporation grant, but matching funds must be raised by September 30, 2017 to receive the funding. Donations can be made online at or by sending a check to Bridgewood Farms at 11680 Rose Road, Conroe, 77303.

“As a parent of an adult with special needs we need to have the confidence that our “child” will be safe long after we are gone”, said Sherry Brown, Parent of Bridgewood Farms. “If there is no family to take care of your child, what are you going to do? Bridgewood Farms is the best solution for peace of mind with accessible daily programs that nurture their lifestyle while encouraging independence.

Community contributions can be made for as little as $100. A suggested model that will illustrate the growth can be tracked in the following diagram:


One brick                                       $100                                 1870 bricks                        $187,000

Porch Railing Section                       $250                                 12 porch railings                 $3000

Porch Posts                                    $500                                 12 porch posts                    $6,000

Windows                                        $1,000                                8 windows                        $8,000

Doors                                             $2,000                                8 doors                            $16,000

Roof Sections                                   $10,000                            20 roof sections                 $200,000


TOTAL                                                                                                                                      $420,000

Everyone is entitled to feel special. Bridgewood Farms is place where happiness abounds, where peer pressure does not exist and freedom takes on new meaning to improve the quality of life for the clients. Learn more about Bridgewood Farms by visiting their website at or follow them on Facebook at


About Bridgewood Farms:: Bridgewood Farms is located on 53 acres serving clients through day programs, respite programs, pre-vocational programs, and other social, wellness, and educational programs for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to promote self-esteem and personal independence. Donations are tax deductible and critical to the operating budget. Located at 11680 Rose Road in Conroe, visitors may schedule a visit to volunteer or receive services.

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How many times have you been to the doctor for an ailment and end up taking a load of prescriptions that have side effects? Then you take additional medications to combat the side effects from the first round of medications. Whoa! Let’s stop that crazy merry-go-round!

Dr. Donald Thigpen, DC, PSc.D, believes there is a better way and went back to further his education to learn what he could do to stop the cycle when he learned that his mother was battling a series of medications and their side effects. The certification through which Dr. Thigpen uses natural medicine  for health improvement is described as a Doctor of Pastoral Science and Medicine under the Pastoral Medical Association (PMA). PMA practitioners practice health improvements through positive lifestyle changes and other organic, natural methods that are scientifically based and professionally administered after appropriate tests are run.


“I test, I don’t guess”, is the motto from Dr. Thigpen a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic since 2004 and class valedictorian. His undergraduate degree was obtained from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, LA, where he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in pre-med biological sciences. He also has extensive experience instructing classes in human anatomy, physiology, and pathology.

“If someone is looking for a natural, holistic approach to their condition that is supported by advanced lab testing, they come to me”, said Dr. Thigpen. “Our country’s health care system is the best in the world for emergency and acute care, but we fail miserably at managing chronic symptoms and conditions.”

If the right lab tests are performed to uncover the underlying cause of a problem, then symptoms like fatigue, low energy, constipation, bloating, anxiety, high cholesterol, obesity, weight management, hormone imbalances, low libido, and attention deficit can all be supported through natural approaches. Tests are done to measure vitamin & mineral deficiencies, food allergies/sensitivities, gluten sensitivity, gastrointestinal function, hormone imbalances, advanced cholesterol risk factors, metabolic function, and brain chemistry. The evidence from the lab work helps determine what areas of the body are not functioning appropriately.

A wellness approach includes herbals, botanicals, nutraceuticals, supplements, vitamins, minerals, nutrition, and detoxification. Patients often work with their prescribing physician to wean off some of their medications. One of the most common challenges is weight loss. Gut dysfunction, deficiencies, food sensitivities, and hormone imbalances can all block weight loss. Without proper testing for deficiencies, the vitamins and supplement products may not work. It is all just guessing. Eliminate the guessing and start testing. Why wouldn’t you choose to eliminate the prescriptions and live your life more naturally if you could?

The rising costs for medical care, prescriptions, and unnecessary doctor visits make natural medicine an option worth considering. Small business owners often can’t afford their own insurance and natural medicine combined with therapeutic massage and chiropractic care is an alternative for pregnancy, newborns, youth, teens, adults, and the elderly.

Dr. Donald Thigpen is a member of the Texas Chiropractic Association, American Chiropractic Association, Pastoral Medical Association, Better Business Bureau, Business Network International, and The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce. Learn more about his practice using therapeutic massage, chiropractic care, and natural medicine at Core Health Chiropractic and Natural Medicine. To make an appointment call (281) 364-2673. The office is located at 10845 Kuykendahl Road, Suite 102, The Woodlands, 77382.  Stop by and visit! Check out the video.



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We Clean 4 You, a residential cleaning company, teams up with Cleaning for A Reason, an international nonprofit foundation throughout the year to assist women with cancer by cleaning their home.

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and We Clean 4 You helps women with any form of cancer to make their life a little easier. Year to date they have cleaned homes for 11 women undergoing cancer treatments and 28 cleanings-all with no fee to the recipients.

 “Knowing several friends and family members battling cancer and understanding the many challenges these patients face, it was a no-brainer to be associated with an organization like Cleaning for A Reason,” said Lucille Hutton. “Lifting the spirits of those who are struggling and providing them with a clean environment can be a big help in the healing process.”

 We Clean 4 You cleans the homes of women battling cancer once per month for four consecutive months at no charge. They prefer that the homes be within the company’s existing service areas of The Woodlands, Spring, and Conroe, but will go anywhere in the Greater Houston area if requested. For more information about this company, go to

We Clean 4 You offers outstanding and responsive customer service. All of the maids are insured, bonded, passed background checks and speak English. Every attempt is made to send the same maid to your home each time for cleaning to build a trusted relationship and offer consistency. Satisfaction is guaranteed with quality cleanings. No job is too big or too small with the integrity of your home the first priority.

“We all need to make money, but there is nothing more gratifying than helping a woman who is battling cancer for her life, with the gift of a clean home”, said Jeff Hutton.

Jeff Hutton recently left the management side to learn about cleaning first hand on an Owners Work Day Experience with Cleaning for a Reason. Ironically, it was his first time to clean a house for any client, let alone a woman that is ill from cancer treatments. He entered the home with all his cleaning equipment and of course an experienced maid. Not only did Jeff clean toilets and countertops, but he saw a doorknob in a package next to a door with a hole and took it upon himself to repair the door!

We Clean 4 You is more about the people they serve and causes like Cleaning for a Reason. It is not about giving your time, it’s about receiving a warm feeling of making things right for people if only for a short time.

Do you know anyone who could benefit from this service? Give Lucille a call at (832) 928-1690 or email

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About Cleaning for a Reason: Cleaning for A Reason strives to aid women who are battling cancer by teaming up with professional cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Together, these two forces offer free house cleaning to meet the needs of women, and since 2006, have donated more than $4.7 million in free services, helping more than 16,000 women with cancer. Based in Lewisville, TX, Cleaning For A Reason works with more than 1,200 residential cleaning companies and continues to grow and gain support. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see



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Easter can fall on one of 35 different days between late March and late April every year dependent on the cycle of the moon-but always on a Sunday. During Lent that begins on Ash Wednesday and follows for 40 days not including Sundays, Christians prepare for Easter with prayer, repentance, and mourning. On Easter Sunday a celebration of Spring, newness, purity, and joy surrounds the resurrection of Jesus Christ and is represented through an abundance of glorious flowers.

Easter Lilies

Flowers always symbolize emotions. Easter is a joyful time of new beginnings and re-birth. After the dryness of winter, the flowers bloom and the air is lighter with more sun prevalent. The Easter Lily is associated with the resurrection of Christ and is mentioned throughout the bible. Some say that the white lily sprang up in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept after his betrayal by Judas. Another legend is that white lilies appeared after Eve left the Garden of Eden. The Easter lily symbolizes the purity of Jesus when he died on the cross.

Daffodil, Tulips, Iris, and Passion Flowers

Although the Easter Lily is the most common flower to give at Easter many other Spring blooms are popular. The daffodil is often connected with Easter to symbolize re-birth, a new season, and hope. Baskets of daffodils are used in centerpieces and baskets during the holiday to bring good fortune. Never use just one-bad luck will follow!

A tulip is very elegant, light, and beautiful flower used in red, purple, yellow, orange, and pink to add color to an Easter basket arrangement. The bulbs can then be re-planted to have for next Spring. Tulips not only enhance an arrangement, but signify everlasting love.

The circle of petals in the passion flower are representative of the crown of thorns that Jesus wore and the 10 disciples that did not deny Christ. The flower usually lasts for 3 days-the same amount of days that Jesus spent in the tomb.

What about the iris? The iris has been a link from earth to heaven since Ancient Greek times. Purple irises were planted over the graves of women to summon the Goddess to lead the journey. It has now come to mean faith, hope, and wisdom.

Putting all these flowers together with a few brightly colored eggs, with some grass, or greenery brings significance to any Easter arrangement. It’s all about the fun, using pastel colors, bows, butterflies, bunnies, and FLOWERS!

Celebrate the Season with a Basket of Flowers

Baskets were originally created to supply a nest for the Easter bunny to leave eggs for the children in the early morning hours of Easter. Sending the right basket or arrangement for Easter is a way of sharing the joy of the holiday. Enjoy the season with various springtime flowers that are traditionally used to celebrate the sacred Easter Holiday. Easter floral arrangements are a very thoughtful, eco-friendly, personal, meaningful, and beautiful way to decorate your home that symbolizes renewal and happiness. Children enjoy baskets adorned with chocolates, stuffed bunnies, chicks, and Peeps! Anything can be custom made for you with a phone call!


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It is so easy to collect things you don’t need in your home. Less clutter-easier to clean also! There is probably excess mail, books, magazines, clothing, and even furniture you don’t and haven’t used in a period of time. Even food in your pantry that you won’t use! So let’s start by going room to room to declutter by categorizing:

Give Away to Charity

Garage Sale/Online Selling/We Sell Stuff 4 You


That’s all there is to it! The main areas to look for clutter will be the kitchen, closets, and bedrooms.

Food and Kitchen Area

Check out your pantry. Canned food has sell dates or “best if used by” dates on it. Add 2 years to the date unless it infant formula. Perishable food must be cooked or frozen by date stamped on product. When in doubt check the USDA recommendations. Canned food can be given to local pantries or the local food bank. Food banks allocate their food to the pantries throughout the communities. If it is damaged and you wouldn’t eat it-throw it out! Needed items are soups, ramen noodles, canned meat products-(tuna, Chef Boyardee, Vienna sausage), juices, diapers, macaroni/cheese, and peanut butter.

By removing older food from your refrigerator you will begin to see what you really need to eat nutritionally and safely. Any crystallized product should be thrown away immediately. Eggs are only good 3-5 weeks. When in doubt-throw it out!

What is on your kitchen counter? Appliances, canisters, food, mail, and what else? What do you really need on there? How often do you use the mixer or blender? If you use it more than 2 times a week, then keep it on the counter. Otherwise store it away to give you room and peace of mind. Same thing for canisters of flour, sugar, coffee, and other items. If you don’t use them-move them. Mail should be sorted daily into bills, announcements, and other family member mail. Old events, announcements, and coupons should be thrown away if not useful. Keep refrigerator decluttered of old flyers too. Keep the current pictures and children artwork up and frame the older items. Get a colored bin for each member of household. As you declutter take their personal items and put in appropriate bin for pick up that day.

Bedrooms and Closets

Can you easily open the closet doors? If not, start with the items on the floor. Get a large plastic bag for the trash, and 2 storage bins to use for Charity or Garage Sale (if you intend to have one!). If you haven’t used it and don’t intend to use it-move to a bin. Look at jackets that haven’t been worn, sports equipment, boxes, and toys. Shoes can be divided into boots or winter shoes, sandals or summer shoes, dressy, and casual. Use rubber baskets or totes for each shoe category in the closet. Keep the current season shoes in view, and others in baskets. Scarves, belts, and other accessories can be grouped together in separate baskets.

Dresser drawers should be gone through every 6 months. Are there dated sweaters that have not been worn in over a year in your closet or drawer? What about bathing suits that are worn out or you know don’t fit? We tend to hang on to clothing that bring back memories but we don’t wear. Get out the sorting bins for Charity, Trash, or Garage Sale. Holey socks-thrown them out! Suddenly there is more room everywhere!

Consider giving away or boxing old books and magazines also. Dust mites thrive in books and paper goods. De-cluttering will help to de-stress and relax your whole cleaning experience. Need extra help-Call We Sell for You!


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Flowers are a way of telling someone you are thinking of them, you are sorry, congratulations, or that you hope they feel better soon. The history of flower giving goes back thousands of years. Egyptians adorned funerals and tables with flowers to symbolize religious beliefs. Greeks and Romans awarded athletes with garland and laurel wreaths to honor achievement. It was considered to be impolite for Victorians to show their emotions, and sent flowers as an acceptable form of expression. Floriography is the art of communicating through bouquets and flower arrangements. Today flowers are sent to make someone feel good and valued.


Flowers Effect Moods

Research at Rutgers University discovered that there is definitely a link between flowers and moods. People feeling low almost immediately felt better after receiving flowers. Flowers offer a healing touch, make us feel happy and less stress. The research revealed that people who send flowers instead of other gifts tend to be successful, thoughtful, caring and emotionally balanced individuals. Traditionally only men sent flowers. Today both men and women receive and send flowers for many occasions. Giving flowers sends the message that you are in tune with your own feelings and want to share the feeling with others. Both the giver and the recipient win big with flowers. Females that receive flowers tend to have a smile on their face that persists for days.

 What message do different arrangements mean?

Victorians came up with their own rules for flower giving. If you were to present a bouquet of red roses upside down-that meant you were angry with them. If you offered a flower with the right hand-it meant “yes”, the left hand means-“no”. Flower arrangements have different meanings too. The lily symbolizes beauty, roses have always been representative of love, and junipers for protection. Burned juniper berries release a perfume believed to ward off evil spirits. Lavender has a fragrance that lowers stress and brings good luck. Sunflowers can represent loyalty, dedication, and boldness! And they are happy!


Do you have a “crush” on someone and want to let them know through flowers? Send a bouquet of gardenias to show that you have fallen in love. In a long term relationship and want to demonstrate that you do not take them for granted? An orchid represents beauty, maturity and femininity with simple elegance.

Your florist will be able to assist with the right arrangement to bring happiness to the recipient. Often times the simple pleasure comes from a hand-picked bouquet from a child!

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Do people know you have pets in your home before they even walk in? I’m not talking about the rush of dogs or the sound of barking at your entrance. Often you can smell the cat/dog before you even walk into the house. The odor of pets in a home can be the one thing your guests remember about you after they leave.

Why do dogs have odors? Dogs sweat. They are inside/outside and their paws collect odors on the pads. Dogs’ ears are filled with glands that collect wax. Tiny micro-organisms collect in the ears and can produce a stench. Dogs also mark their territory to other dogs with an odor. This odor is what stays in your home.

Eliminate Odor

There are a few simple things you can do today to minimize per odor in your home. Baking soda sprinkled on your carpet, in the cat litter box, and even on furniture can leave a fresh just cleaned smell. Add a teaspoon of baking soda and a tablespoon of white vinegar to a spray bottle filled with water. Spritz the furniture, flooring, and air in room with the mixture to neutralize and eliminate pet odor. Baking soda can also be used on animal urine to eliminate stains and smells.

Clean or change your air conditioning filters monthly. This will improve the efficiency of your unit and neutralize any airborne odors in the home. Air out your home by opening windows and doors when weather permits.

Clean Regularly

How often do you really clean the living spaces in your home? Vacuuming, mopping, and dusting weekly or bi-weekly is imperative to keep down pet dander. Use the extra nozzle on the vacuum to clean the crevices of your upholstered furniture. Wash the pet blankets and beds weekly. Do you have any old battered towels? Keep those just for pet clean up. Your dogs should be bathed weekly also. Bathing will keep their coats healthier and protect their skin from any infections. Dog grooming is a must also. Try to keep their hair cut short or brushed out. Short hair collects less dander and refuge for odors to linger. Keep a baby wipe handy for easy clean ups. Cleaning regularly the living spaces and the dog will help with allergies too.

Does your pet have toys? They need to be picked up regularly and put in an accessible basket or box for them. Show the cat or dog where they are and they will remember. If possible, throw the toys in the wash with the pet bedding once a week.

Litter Boxes

The recommended ratio is one litter box per cat. Choose one that has a cover and is large enough to accommodate your cat. It may take time to find the right kitty litter that keeps odor under control. Litter box should be scooped out daily, and more often if possible. Is your litter box in a remote area that has low traffic? Even a laundry room or clos4et may work. Add a little baking soda to the litter to assist with minimizing odors.

Our pets are family. They snuggle with us on the couch, our beds, and even go on trips with us over the holidays. We love them. Remember to be careful of using harmful chemicals or toxic chemicals around your pets. This can be poisonous to them. Use unscented or organic solutions with baking soda, vinegar or lemon around your precious babies.

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New Year, new resolutions? Or do we try it out and then shift back? What exactly is kale and why is it suddenly everywhere? And what is Gluten-Free? Is gluten free mean lower in calories to help you lose weight?


Kale is a “hot” topic on talk shows, in conversations on social media, and on menus for restaurants. It is a crowd-sourcing topic. But why? Kale is one of the most nutritious plant food available. It is in the cabbage family with a single cup of kale consuming 33 calories, 6 grams of carbohydrates (2 grams of fiber), and 3 grams of protein. It is often substituted for beef due to the high iron without the fat associated with beef. Rich in fiber, B-12, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K with magnesium, potassium, copper, and calcium. Kale has more Vitamin C than even an orange! It is also anti-inflammatory used to prevent and reverse heart disease, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases. Free radicals and oxidatives are believed to be causes of cancer and aging. Kale is also loaded with compounds that offer a shield to cancer cell growth. Studies have shown that kale may significantly reduce the risk of some cancers, according to the National Cancer Institute. Consuming kale can help your body produce Vitamin A through the beta-carotene antioxidant found in kale.


Can kale help you lose weight?

Yes. It is low in calories, rich in protein and fiber, and has a high water content. Adding kale to your diet can help promote weight loss. Add to salads, smoothies, sandwiches, and pasta! Kale tastes great seasoned with garlic, drizzled with virgin olive oil and either steamed or baked in oven. Do you want to boost your nutritional intake, eat smart, and feel good? So, Popeye, load up on the kale and throw away the Spinach!

Gluten Free

Do you know what gluten is? It is a mixture of proteins found in wheat, barley, and rye. It is the glue that holds food together to maintain its shape. Found in breads, baked goods, soups, cereals, sauces, French fries, candy and pasta many individuals cannot digest the protein found in gluten. The body will bloat, suffer indigestion and may be indicative of Celiac Disease that leads to damage in the small intestine. Left untreated Celiac Disease may lead to Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, migraines, and intestinal cancers. If you begin to show symptoms of diarrhea, stomach upset, abnormal pain or bloating, see your doctor to get a blood test to determine if you have Celiac Disease. You may just not be able to digest the protein found in gluten.

Is Gluten-Free a Diet Plan?

Should you get on the Gluten-Free bandwagon? Books, websites, and studies have shown that gluten free diets can assist with weight loss, autism, and other conditions. Try eating some gluten free foods (pasta/pizza) and see if you can feel the difference. If you ditch gluten because it’s a fad you may be doing yourself more harm than good for your health. Whole grains are a valuable source of fiber and essential vitamins/minerals. Restricting gluten unnecessarily eliminates the nutrients. A better diet would be to eliminate refined sugar and flour products-cakes, pies, cookies, and add fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole wheat, and good fats. Changing your eating habits will always be beneficial and make you feel better!

Healthy Eating

Yes, you can find many restaurants that now offer vegan, gluten-free, and lactose intolerant options for diners. Kale is used in salads, soups, chips, and sandwiches. Russo’s NY Pizzeria has menu items for all diets.


  • Spinach, kale and artichoke pizza
  • Spinach, kale, and artichoke dip
  • Chicken and kale cannelloni pasta
  • Chicken and kale pesto pasta salad
  • Tortellini brodo zuppe (kale added in soup by request)
  • Any sandwiches may add kale or substitute for lettuce/spinach

Gluten Free

  • Pizza-request
  • Pasta-request
  • Caesar Salad-crisp romaine lettuce tossed with homemade Caesar dressing, and grated Parmesan
  • Greek Salad-romaine lettuce sprinkled with feta cheese, garden fresh vegetables, and house balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • Mediterranean Salad



  • Caprese flatbread sandwich-mozzarella cheese, sweet basil, crisp red onions, tasty Roma tomatoes, homemade pesto dressing
  • Mediterranean, Caprese, Caesar, House, Greek, and Cucumber/Feta Salads
  • Minestrone and Tomato Basil soups
  • Eggplant Rollatini- Stuffed eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, served in a tomato cream sauce-yummy!
  • Pomodoro Bruschetta-Roma tomatoes, Sicilian extra virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, and basil
  • Fettucine Alfredo
  • Ravioli Pomodoro-Jumbo cheese ravioli, basil, and homemade marinara sauce
  • Baked Ziti-penne pasta, ricotta cheese, mozzarella cheese, pecorino romano, sweet basil, with homemade marinara
  • Pasta Primavera, Rigatoni Rosso, Penne Arrabbiata, and Pasta Flava!

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Russo’s NY Pizzeria has these dishes listed and many more salads, sandwiches, soups, calzones, and appetizers.  Of course pizza in many varieties, specialty pizzas, and 28” Party Pizza! Mangia Bene literally is Good Eats.



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3915 W. Davis                                                           3335 College Park Dr

Conroe, 77304                                                           The Woodlands, 77384

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These days there are many cleaning and maid services to choose from. How do you decide on the right business that will not only clean your home to your specifications, but be honest, not steal your belongings, and be worth your money invested in the business? Did you know that maid service is now available to everyone (not just the wealthy) for about $35/hour? It is affordable, accessible, and usually only takes a couple of hours if you get regular service. And you can prioritize the places you want cleaned to keep it within your budget while hitting your home area that needs it the most.


Google maid services in your area. Do they have a website with testimonials? Do you have friends that have used their services? Is the service professionally bonded and insured? It is a good idea to call and speak to someone and ask for personal references. Then call them! No website, re-think your investment in this business. If they aren’t willing to invest in their business, why should you?

 Ask for Same Maid

Getting the same maid each time will familiarize the maid service with your expectations, you will gain trust, and the cleaning will be faster and more efficient. Periodic deep clean service in bathrooms, sleeping areas, and kitchen will enhance your home and keep it in good condition for a longer period of time. The hygiene will also be an advantage with less illness! Smaller maid services will be happy to meet you personally first and keep the same maid cleaning your house each time.

 Basic Clean or Deep Clean?

What is the difference and how often do you need either one?

 Basic Clean-by monthly

  • Bathroom-floor sanitized/vacuumed/cleaned, fixtures wiped down, toilet clean/sanitized, vanity, sinks, and shower cleaned.
  • Kitchen-counter tops cleaned, sinks cleaned/shined, stove top/front/range hood cleaned, floors mopped/vacuumed, window sills and blinds dusted, microwave cleaned, cobwebs removed, and dishes done
  • Living room and bedroom-ceiling fans dusted, doors wiped down, picture frames dusted, lamp shades dusted, cobwebs removed, floors vacuumed/wet mopped, and baseboards cleaned

Deep Clean-first time before basic clean and every few months

  • Bathroom-tile grout scrubbed, baseboards/cabinets wiped down, floors, sinks, and showers given extra attention to remove scum and soap residue.
  • Kitchen-inside of stove hood cleaned, drip pans cleaned, doors and baseboards all wiped down, appliances wiped down, cabinets wiped down, windows cleaned, and refrigerator cleaned inside/outside
  • Living room and bedroom-all window sills, door frames, baseboards, and furniture hand wiped, carpet edges vacuumed, furniture moved and vacuumed, and all small items individually cleaned

 Take back your time to walk the dog, visit with friends, utilize your time more productively!

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Christmas centerpieces make great gifts, and bring a touch of nature into your home or office. The fresh scent can be just what you need to get you into the Holiday spirit!

Often the focal point of any celebration that includes a dining table or banquet, centerpieces make a visual and sensory impact on the entire food display that will long be remembered. Just as wreaths are used on the outside doors, evergreens are often used in the arrangement to bring the aroma of nature and life inside to complement a meal.

Evergreens, Holly, and Mistletoe

Evergreens can endure harsh winters when most other plants cannot. Christians in the 16th Century bought the trees inside to offer hope of the Spring to come. They also represent eternal life that Christians believe is present in the birth of Jesus Christ. By displaying the evergreens on their doors and inside their homes they would honor the strength of Jesus to endure prosecution and keep evil spirits and illness from invading the home. The foliage was then expanded onto the food table to keep hope of prosperity, health, and everlasting hope.

Elaborate food tables were a mainstay of the Roman times to reflect great wealth. Their feast were decorated with evergreens to honor the God of Agriculture during the season of solstice. High towers of fruit and marzipan were displayed during feasts to show their rank in society. This type of centerpiece was an important public display on tables throughout the 18th Century for any formal gathering. Marzipan often resembled animals and people in the community.

As time when on additional items were incorporated into centerpieces-candelabras, themed objects, and of course flowers.

Thousands of years of history is represented in evergreens. Holly, ivy, and mistletoe are used in many Christmas centerpieces. Why? They too, are evergreens and represent eternal life, or enduring hardship. The berries in Christmas holly represents the blood of Jesus and the prickly leaves often are used to represent the crown of thorns. Mistletoe was thought to ward off poison and an antidote to embrace fertility if ingested. The Victorians used mistletoe over doorways to allow socially acceptable kissing-but a berry must be plugged for every kiss. When the berries were gone, the kissing stopped!

What about the Poinsettia?

There is a legend that a young girl from Mexico had no gift for the Christ child on Christmas Eve. She stopped to pick up weeds along the roadside and made them into a bouquet. She presented the bouquet as she walked into the village chapel. Suddenly she remembered the words of her brother, “even the most humble gift if given in love will be acceptable in His eyes”. Suddenly the bouquet transformed into bright red flowers, or the poinsettia. The Christmas legend still carries on!

Today Christmas centerpieces still use the evergreens, holly, ivy, and many other objects from history, including the poinsettia, to enhance any Holiday meal with memorable moments. The fresh fragrance of a live centerpiece will bring smiles to your Christmas party! Check out some of our Christmas Centerpieces.


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