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Cycling in the winter is still fun

Well, winter is here. Time to put away the bike and stare longingly out the window until spring arrives. Right?

Nope! Don’t let a little snow slow you down.

Here is a simple trick: If you want to keep on biking trough the winter, adding cable ties to your tires will give you traction to get through the snow and ice. Just make sure you bundle up properly — protect your feet, hands, face and wear your sunglasses — that snow is bright!

Bike trails are best in the winter. Stay away from icy roads and traffic if you can. Of course, the right bike rack will make traveling to your local bike trails a cinch. Happy cycling!

DIY Studded Snow Tires from Zip Ties

Photo courtesy greencupboards.com.

The Perfect Companion For Your Gardening Tools

Tool Rack w/ Casters

Tool Rack w/ Casters

If there is one thing in life I get as much enjoyment out of as bicycling, then I would say it has to be tending to a beautiful gardening. I am so glad that now that we have reached the summer, gardening season is in full swing and have been spending my weekends in the backyard. There is nothing more peaceful to me then tending to a large garden full of delicious fruits and vegetables, beautiful flowers and fragrant herbs and spices. Let’s see, my two favorite activities are cycling and gardening, can you tell that I love the outdoors!?

To keep my garden looking pristine, I like to have a wide variety of gardening tools at my disposal. Behind every great garden is a rake, a hoe, a spade, a shovel – there is no garden without the garden tools. I like to have all of the best tools so I can have a healthy garden – there is nothing better than making a home-cooked meal with all the delicious products from my garden.

This year I decided that before spring came along, I would get every single one of my garden tools in perfect order. They had been making quite the mess in my shed, so I knew something had to be done. Using the Tool Rack w/ Casters I was able to get my shovels, spades and the rest of my tools organized and off the floor of my shed.

My favorite features of the tool rack is that it has wheels, which makes it easy to pull out to the garden so I do not have to do a lot of back and forth walking to grab tools when I need them. What is nice about this product is that if you do not want the casters, you can get it without them.

The Luxurious Garage

I know what you are thinking.  How can a garage possibly be a luxurious place?  Well, it doesn’t have to be.  But if you have already upgraded the rest of your home, why not take a look in the garage and see if you could benefit from a little luxury in there as well.

Drymate Garage Floor Mat by RPM

Drymate Garage Floor Mat by RPM

Here are a few tips to get you started:
Storage and Organization – As I always say,  a clean, well organized home starts with a clean, well organized garage area.  This is because if you don’t have your garage ready to accept items for storage from the interior of your home, you will never get to that stage, which means the interior of your house will remain disorganized and messy.  A simple, affordable way to get organized in the garage is with plastic bins.  These are great for storing anything from out of season clothes to tools and a variety of other items.  If you can afford it, look for a specially designed rack that will hold each one of these plastic bins in its own cubby.  That makes it easier to reach what you need without having to dig through a stack of heavy boxes.
Bike Racks – and other sporting equipment racks. There are a great number of new sports organizers on the market, for everything from golf bags to lacrosse(!) storage racks.  My personal favorites are ones that mount directly to the wall.  This does two things. First, it protects your sporting goods from being run over by a car and two, it keeps your floor neat and tidy.
Finishing Touches – Finishing touches in the garage include actually finishing the walls so that you are not looking at joint compound over drywall.  Good lighting is a must and there are nice, modern choices for that.  Another great idea is to lay down a garage mat like the Drymate Garage Floor Mat – Large Size, SUV’s, Vans  which keeps your floor protected and lets you know when you’ve pulled into the garage enough!

Organize Your Yard and Garage with a Garden Cart

Gardening is my favorite part about spring and summer.  My house has a pretty good size yard; it’s not too big to the point where it’s too much to manage but it’s large enough to spread out and have all kinds of gardening projects.  I have a few flower beds, a couple of vegetable gardens, some lawn area and great fruit tress including an avocado tree – yum!  Even though mine is not a sprawling landscape, it still fills a few hours a week with maintenance but I don’t mind it.  Between watering plants, picking veggies, pruning and fertilizing it all adds up, which is why having a garden cart is a must.

garden cart

garden cart

Before I had a garden cart it was much more difficult to tend to my yard.  I’d have to go back and forth to the shed getting rakes, shears, etc. and at the end of the day they would end up strewn around the yard.  Needless to say, gardening tools would end up lost or hard to find.

But my garden cart is great because it serves two purposes.  It stores the tools, so I didn’t have to mount a permanent tool rack in the shed and it rolls around the yard with me so I don’t have to go back and forth to grab tools.
With this rolling tool rack, I can store every kind of gardening tool, small and large.  There are large slots to hold the shovels, rakes, pitchfork, etc. and pockets for my hand tools and gloves.  The best feature, which sold me on this garden cart, is the metal rack in front where I can stack bags of soil and fertilizer.  Not having to haul heavy bags is such huge relief!  And my cat seems to think it’s a place for her to plunk down and get a ride.  If you’re a gardener like me, save yourself some time and trouble and get a handy garden cart to help you with your yard work (your husband will appreciate that too).

Get Everything Under Control With A Bin Organizer

When you have a large and growing family of six, storing all of their possessions can get to be quite a difficult issue. Just some of the things I need to find space to store includes sporting equipment, camping gear, old clothing, trophies, books, old artwork, holiday decorations and so much more! Finding a place to put all of this stuff can become quite a burden on our attic and basement, with cardboard boxes upon cardboard boxes piling up everywhere! Another huge issue with storing things in cardboard boxes stacked on top of each other is that they always seem to fall apart – and it always feels like the boxes wait until you are carrying them to suddenly give out! That’s why bin organizers are a must.

Box Organizer PVC Storage Unit for Bins

Box Organizer PVC Storage Unit for Bins

So, while I was doing my yearly spring cleaning task, I decided that something had to be done about all of the clutter that was filling the basement and attic. I wanted something that would organize all of my family’s stored possessions in one easy-to locate place. What I was able to find that works perfectly is the Box Organizer PVC Storage Unit for Bins. This unit is made from durable PVC material, providing storing for up to 12 boxes! There are two types of storage bins that fit into this PVC unit – the 32-Gallon Folding Nylon Bins w/Lids – Set of 4 and the Plastic Storage Box (set of 4) 30 gallons.

The bins fit perfectly into the PVC unit, and can be slid out and opened. Now that I have this bin unit, I am sure where everything is at all times. I can even label the bins so it is easy and quick for me to find exactly what I am looking for. With up to 1200 pounds of storage capacity, I am still looking for items to store in this incredible storage unit!

Stacking Shoe Rack – A Tool With Many Uses

Organizing your home can be one of the most rewarding things to do.  It has been found that when your home is tidy and things have a proper place, you feel more relaxed within your space.  Organization cuts down on wasted time spent looking for items you own, while giving you a sense of confidence that you have done your best to take care of the belongings you have worked so hard to own. A stacking shoe rack is the perfect storage solution.
My favorite place to organize is in the closet.  Anyone can do it, and just about everyone needs it.  Because we are not cartoons – we do not wear the same outfit every day, so it is safe to say that if you own more than a few outfits and more than a few pair of shoes (and most people do) then you can use a system for keeping the closet tidy.  I have a small walk in closet that is more like a passage way between the bedroom and bathroom.  Keeping a tidy closet is especially important for me because my closet needs to have a clear pathway in order to walk through without tripping.

stacking metal shelf

stacking metal shelf

And shoes are my biggest issue because I own so many of them.  Like a lot of women, I love shoes.  For me, they’re a way of accessorizing, like wearing a dazzling pair of earrings or a cool belt.  When there isn’t enough time to pick out a snazzy outfit, or I just feel like it is a “T-shirt and jeans kind of day”, a great pair of shoes will make me feel not so dull.  It is no shocker that I store my shoes on a freestanding shoe rack at the bottom of the closet, but what I like most about my stacking shoe rack is that it can hold more than just shoes.  I use additional stackable shoe racks to hold sweaters, purses and even food items in the pantry. I also use them in the garage for bike accessories!
How many ways could you benefit from this chrome shoe storage rack?

Outdoor Storage Bench For the Patio Or Garage

Summer is right around the corner!  That means it is time to get the backyard into shape and looking great for all the fun outdoor activities with an outdoor storage bench.  My family loves to have the neighbors over for barbecues, and all of my children have summer birthdays so we end up having a lot of parties in our back yard.  But with all of the summer fun comes summer clutter!  Pool toys, soccer balls, bikes, sand toys, basket balls, beach towels – you name it, we’ve got it laying around.

Storage Box - Deck Box

Storage Box – Deck Box

So I keep all of those outdoor items stored away in a storage box – deck box.   This outdoor storage bench is just the right size, and it makes it easy enough for the kids to toss items inside when they’re done playing.  That way, I can enjoy my glass of wine on the patio in the evening without having to look at a messy yard.  With a fifty gallon capacity, this outdoor storage container has ample space for sports equipment and even some gardening tools.  It’s made from weather resistant material, so I don’t have to worry about it deteriorating and I know my money’s well spent.  Also, the putty finish and bead board style accent panel make it an attractive solution for concealing those unsightly things.

But the thing I appreciate most about my outdoor storage bench is that when there aren’t enough chairs at our summer cookouts, a few guests can use it for sitting. Don’t let patio clutter keep you down this summer and keep you from enjoying the sun! Do what I did and pay attention to your outdoor clutter as much as do inside the house. Without a messy backyard to worry about you can sit back, relax and enjoy the perks of summer!

Storage Boxes with Industrial Strength!

Looking for a storage box with industrial strength?  Look no further than this storage box, which is designed for heavy duty storage anywhere in the home, inside and out or even at the office.

Storage Box

Storage Box

To start, this plastic storage box utilizes a heavy grade of plastic on all of its parts, it’s not the kind of plastic that you will cut through with an exacto knife – this one is made to last for years of handy storage to come.  Another great thing about this plastic bin is that the lid is designed to reduce water damage to your stored contents, starting with the grooves built into the top that channel water away and don’t allow pooling.  Then the lid wraps around the side by a few inches, so there is little chance of water getting into the box when you take into account the heavy duty locking mechanism on each side.  The extra dark green plastic design also keeps the sun from damaging stored contents, a big plus when looking to store outside!

Here are some fresh ideas to get you started on what to store inside this great plastic box:
·         Pool and Other Water Toys:  Whether you have an in ground pool or an array of sprinklers for the kids and grandkids to play with, this extra large plastic box is great for storing all of their outdoor toys, even those fun Styrofoam noodles!
·         Gardening supplies! Keep your short handled hoes, spades, gloves and any other gardening tools that you use on a daily basis outside where you need it, but free from rust and damage caused by wet weather.
·         Kids Treasures Storage – In the attic or garage, assign one of these great bins to each kid in the home, as a place where you can keep their most precious art work and school work over the years.  It packs up easily when you are ready to pass it along to them someday!

Keep Your Patio Furniture Fresh For Spring With Furniture Covers

For those of you that live way out on the East Coast and in the South, you surely know what a huge pain the summer can be when those massive thunderstorms roll around, especially if you own cushioned or weather-sensitive patio furniture.

outdoor furniture covers by laminet cover

outdoor furniture covers by laminet cover

Of course, most folks just deal with it and move the furniture to drier ground when it looks as if a storm is a-brewing. The only problem with that solution is that it always seems like thunderstorms strike at the worst possible moment. There is just no possible way to be there for every single storm all summer. Because of this most just suck it up and replace the furniture’s cushions every year; the problem is even worse for those with weather-sensitive items, in which entire sets must be replaced every few years.

However, there is a simple and practical solution to summertime storms ruining your patio furniture. The easiest, quickest and, most importantly, least expensive solution I have heard about is purchasing outdoor furniture covers by Laminet Cover. These covers are available in sizes specially made for round tables, chairs and chaise lounges. Made with two levels of polyethylene material that has been UV-stabilized, these covers really get the job done.
What is also great about the UV stabilization is that bright, sunny days will not dry out the covers, leaving them susceptible to cracking and tearing. In fact, these covers are tear resistant. This is great because it would be really annoying to have to bring your furniture inside on sunny days to keep the covers from cracking and tearing!

At the base are round grommets, and a set of nylon tie-downs are included. These features allow tying the base shut, keeping your furniture really safe from moisture and keep the furniture covers from blowing away in the wind.
All of these furniture covers and other outdoor furniture accessories can be found online at Stacks and Stacks!

Raise the Roof with a Hanging Bike Rack!

Well, you certainly don’t have to be a super-human type being to get up on the ceiling. And you don’t have to be a rock climber hang upside down. And you really don’t need to work for the phone company, either. How do you do it? Let me explain to you how. Feast you eyes on some serious awesomeness. This amazing Aluminum Overhead Garage Rack and Hoist takes your bike, and HANGS IT! That’s right a hanging bike rack, perfect for the garage.

Pretty neat, huh? The first time I installed one back in 2003, my kids and I stood and stared. My wife said it looked like a scene out of her favorite film, “E.T. The Extra Terrestrial”. She was exactly right, and the Aluminum Overhead Garage Rack’s tough cam lock and frame is exactly right as well. You know what? It also holds ladders, if your bike is out in the shop. Or you’re out riding it. It’ll actually safely hoist up anything you want, up to 75 pounds! That was great for my cramped garage, since it freed up floor space in a snap. There is just so much stuff around in there, the Aluminum Overhead Garage Rack really helps. It helps your bike “rise above” all the clutter! (Ha-ha, sorry, bad pun.)

I’d nab one of these Aluminum Overhead Garage Racks quick, and hang your goods up, if I were you. You’ll be envied by your neighbors, and like I said, your kids will love watching things float up there. My wife was so happy after I bought one, that she said that she could overlook all of my “wacky eccentricities” because I finally came though on something I said I could: I made a bike float in the air. Ha-ha! Peace! You’ll be enjoying yours and all the storage it offers for years to come.