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  • Breast Cancer Awareness

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    Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer in women and the second leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer.

    Advances in screening and treatment for breast cancer have improved survival rates dramatically since 1989. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. The chance of any woman dying from breast cancer is around 1 in 38 (2.6%).

    The ACS estimate that 268,600 women will receive a diagnosis of invasive breast cancer, and 62,930 people will receive a diagnosis of noninvasive cancer in 2019.

    In the same year, the ACS report that 41,760 women will die as a result of breast cancer. However, due to advances in treatment, death rates from breast cancer have been decreasing since 1989.

    Awareness of the symptoms and the need for screening are important ways of reducing the risk. In rare instances, breast cancer can also affect men, but this article will focus on breast cancer in women. Learn about breast cancer in men here.

    Symptoms

    Regular screenings are important to reduce the risks of breast cancer.

    The first symptoms of breast cancer usually appear as an area of thickened tissue in the breast or a lump in the breast or an armpit.

    Other symptoms include:

    • pain in the armpits or breast that does not change with the monthly cycle
    • pitting or redness of the skin of the breast, similar to the surface of an orange
    • a rash around or on one of the nipples
    • discharge from a nipple, possibly containing blood
    • a sunken or inverted nipple
    • a change in the size or shape of the breast
    • peeling, flaking, or scaling of the skin on the breast or nipple

    Most breast lumps are not cancerous. However, women should visit a doctor for an examination if they notice a lump on the breast.

    House cleaning trick:

    To maintain a free flowing drain : be sure not to pour grease down the kitchen sink. And make sure sinks, tubs and showers have strainers to trap food, hair and other like objects from falling into the drain. Try this trick: weekly boil a gallon of water and pour down the drain. This will help loosen up anything that may have gotten stuck. One gallon of boiling water to each drain will help keep your drains flowing like new.

  • Remembering the Twin Towers

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    The Twin Towers were the centerpieces of the World Trade Center complex. At 110 stories each, 1 WTC (North Tower) and 2 WTC (South Tower) provided nearly 10-million-square feet of office space for about 35,000 people and 430 companies. They were the tallest buildings in New York City, and for a brief period upon their completion, they were the tallest buildings in the world. They attracted roughly 70,000 tourists and commuters every day.

    The North Tower rose 1,368 feet – 1,730 feet with a large antenna – and the South Tower stood 1,362-feet high. On a clear day, views extended 45 miles from the top of the towers in every direction – far enough to see all five New York City boroughs, New Jersey and Connecticut.

    The towers were massive. Each weighed more than 250,000 tons, contained 99 elevators and had 21,800 windows. Each floor was an acre in size and there was enough concrete in the towers to build a sidewalk from New York City to Washington, D.C. The complex even had its own zip code: 10048.

    The two towers were surrounded by five other buildings that comprised the WTC complex. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey had a police desk in 5 WTC, while 3 WTC was a hotel and office buildings.

    The Twin Towers were completed in 1973, though tenants began to arrive in December 1970. The other buildings were built over the next 14 years.

    In February 1993, terrorists with links to an Islamist extremist group detonated explosives in a van parked underneath the WTC. Six people were killed and thousands were injured.

    Where were you when all this was taken away from the USA? Do you remember?

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  • Labor Day

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    Summer’s final fling has arrived in the form of Labor Day. Yes, most of us get the day off, but this holiday triggers mixed emotions. While summer still has 21 calendar days left, it’s time to get serious. School’s starting and there’s a sense that summer vacation is over. So what’s behind Labor Day — and how did it earn a place as a federal holiday?

    Let’s take a look.

    What’s the meaning of Labor Day?

    Do you get weekends off work? Lunch breaks? Paid vacation? An eight-hour work day? Social security? If you said “yes” to any of these questions, you can thank labor unions and the U.S. labor movement for it. Years of hard-fought battles (and the ensuing legislation they inspired) resulted in many of the most basic benefits we enjoy at our jobs today . On the first Monday in September, we take the day off to celebrate Labor Day and reflect on the American worker’s contributions to our country.

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  • Cleaning the Microwave

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    If your microwave is looking a little unsanitary after one too many food explosions, don’t panic – it can be cleaned for free in just a jiffy. Just pop a heat-proof cup of water with half a lemon and its juice in the microwave on a high setting for a minute or two. 1. Leave the mixture in the microwave with the door closed for 5 minutes for the steam to do its work, then easily wipe down the inside of your microwave. The lemon will leave your entire kitchen smell clean and fresh!

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    Microwaves are the most overlooked appliance in the kitchen area. Most people shut the door and say “i’ll get that later”. Before they know it it’s weeks later and that same explosion is still in there. If you don’t have time to keep up on these tasks at least weekly consider hiring a cleaning company to help!

  • Cleaning Tips and Tricks

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    Clean your blender with soap.But it’s actually easy to remove that stuck-on gunk by pouring some warm water, a little baking soda, and a little dish soap in your blender and pulsing it for a few seconds. Afterward, just give it a good rinse or pop it in the dishwasher to get it looking like brand new once again.

    Does cleaning overwhelm you? Try using a cleaning service to help you get your cleaning done. We offer Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or even just a call as needed.

  • Cleaning a litter box

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    When cleaning a litter box you should use hot water and a hand dishwash liquid to clean the surfaces. Avoid using chlorine bleach for cleaning. Fumes are created through a chemical reaction between the bleach and residue ammonia remaining in a litter box after it has been emptied.

    For help with cleaning the “human litter box” or toilet give your local cleaning ladies a call. They will help get all the hard to reach dirt, dried up pee or whatever is around the outside of your toilet clean.

    Quick Tip to cleaning your toilet bowl:

    First, flush.

    Next, grab some bleach. (The bleach will help break up mold or any stains that may be in your toilet) Pour a cup into the bowl, and brush around the sides and under the rim. Let sit for five minutes, then flush again. Your toilet bowl should be sparkling clean.

  • Hand Dish Washing Liquids

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    Hand dish washing liquids are formulated to facilitate removal of greasy soil from dishes. They also suspend the soil in the wash water to facilitate rinsing. Although a hand dish washing liquid does not have to produce any meaningful amount of suds to be effective at removing soil, suds stability has become accepted as an indication of product’s remaining cleaning power.

    Consumers union surveyed staff members regarding their dish washing habits. The respondents reported using one or more of the following methods. In fact, many of the respondents reported using all three methods.

    • Squirt a quantity of hand dish washing liquid into a sink before or during the process of filling it with water. Then clean the dishes using a sponge, brush, scrubby or dishcloth.
    • Squirt some detergent into the dish and wash it using a sponge, brush, scrubby or dishcloth.
    • Squirt some detergent directly onto a sponge, brush, scrubby or dishcloth, which is then used to wash the dishes.

    Most test methods for hand dish washing liquids are based entirely on the products’ ability to sustain a head of foam in hard water while challenged by soiled plates. The number of plates that hand dish washing liquids will wash before the suds are depleted varies from product to product and is affected by water hardness. Several well known national brands washed more that 12 plates in both hard and soft water. Most of the brands will not to much worse.

    **Tip of the day: DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT use a hand dish washing liquid in an automatic dish washer– it will OVERSUDS.

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  • Pet hair in your car?

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    Here’s a quick hack for you!

    Taking your pets with you in the car can be fun, but the mess they leave behind is neither wanted or encouraged. But, they can’t help it, so instead of keeping your fur babies home, here’s a super easy car cleaning hack. Have a spray bottle with plain water in it. Mist the seat where the pet hair is. Don’t soak the seat. A little water goes a long way. Using a squeegee, run it over the upholstery. It will pull all the pet hair with it.

  • Helpful hints

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    It is not necessary to clean things that are not dirty. Sometimes, all that is needed is a touch-up. You do not need to dry-clean a suit when it only has to be aired, brushed, or pressed. If there is a hand print on and otherwise perfectly clean mirror, don’t feel you have to clean the entire mirror; just attack the hand print and be done.

    Surfaces that you and your visitors can’t see like the top of a cabinet, don’t have to be cleaned regularly. Put some paper down, and when it gets too dirty, pick the paper up and throw it out.

  • CHORES

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    Daily: Dishes should be washed, dried and put away. Kitchen counters should be wiped after each meal. Clean the kitchen sink and wipe the range surfaces (including the microwave) once a day or, even better after each use. Picking up will become like a second nature.

    Weekly: Dust furniture and shelves; vacuum and where applicable brush upholstered furniture. Vacuum rugs and floors. Clean under furniture and behind it. Damp mop the kitchen floor. Dust radiators, woodwork, pictures and mirrors. Wipe window sills, and brush shades and blinds. Clean kitchen range burners. Wipe the refrigerator and kitchen cabinet fronts. Polish metal surfaces.

    Monthly: Do one or more of the following special jobs in several rooms on the same day: vacuum and where applicable brush curtains and draperies. Wipe wood trim and where needed wipe walls and around doorknobs. Wash windows. Wash and if necessary wax the kitchen floor. Polish wood furniture and vacuum upholstered furniture, paying special attention to cleaning under cushions and in crevices between the back of the cushion support. To prolong life, turn over mattresses, end to end and side to side. This will help equalize the wear. In hot water clean air conditioner filters according to manufacturer’s recommendations.

    THIS MAY SEEM LIKE A LOT OF ODDS AND ENDS TO KEEP UP WITH. THE DUSTING OF THE FURNITURE CAN BE OVERWHELMING. THIS IS WHERE WE COME INTO PLAY. TO HELP YOU KEEP UP ON ALL THESE ODDS AND ENDS AROUND YOUR HOUSE.