SOS – Save our Sweaters!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, College Student, Drying Racks, Green Living, holidays, Laundry, Line-Drying, new parents, Saving Money | Posted on 01-12-2015

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This time of year is commonly referred to as “the most wonderful time of the year”.  Not so for many of the clothing articles that we have to work into our daily wardrobe.  Colder weather means lots of sweaters and bundling up with soft, fuzzy items that haven’t seen the light of day for months.  Many of us have a favorite piece, either because it’s been given to us by someone special or it holds special meaning in other ways, and it’s important to take care of these “delicates”.  Whether these items are super expensive or more reasonably priced does not affect their personal value to the individual.

Using a mechanical dryer can do damage to our most treasured items, and even those not-so-treasured (those we may not care about as much)…the excessive heat can dry out elastic, break down fibers and shrink items that we would like to use for years to come.  Did you know that the lint that collects and needs to be removed from the dryer filter is composed of broken down fibers from your clothes?!  A simple way to combat this and preserve the life of your clothing is by using a drying rack to dry delicates and those special sweaters, be they cashmere or not.

The Hills Trident 3 Clothes Rack has 3 tiers to save floor space, combining height and lots of drying area with a small footprint.  These are perfect not only for apartments, but for anyone, anywhere who’d like to be gentle to those items that can’t go into the dryer (hint, hint:  in the laundry room, the bathroom, anywhere!).

Click here for a video about how best to wash a cashmere sweater at home.  Though a mesh drying rack is recommended in this video, a rack like this needs counter space to dry…a Hills drying rack can accommodate not only this sweater but other items as well, without eating up valuable counter space.  One level of the 3 Tier can be dedicated to a single sweater and the remaining levels used to dry other items. Drape your clothes over the “lines” or use pegs to hang and decrease drying time, whichever you prefer.  (It is preferable to dry sweaters flat to decrease on stretching the fabric.)  Our drying racks also have specially designed lines, thin enough to accommodate pegs to hang the wash, but durable enough to handle even the wettest pair of jeans.

Check out the Hills 3 Tier, currently on SALE!, and some of our other fantastic racks at www.breezedryer.com.

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Children’s Online Consignment Made So Simple!

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Posted by laurabuck | Posted in Consignment, new parents, Saving Money | Posted on 16-10-2014

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If you have kids you certainly know what it is like to find that they have outgrown all their clothes . . . like suddenly! My 11 year old son went to camp this summer for only one week and returned with a great new confidence and added height – a whole inch and a half taller!  The clothes I had to buy in the Spring due to a later winter growth spurt no longer fit this fall and they are almost like new  . . .

So I am staring at this pile of clothes and cringing at the thought of trying to sell some of the name brand clothes as I do when I get on my usual eBay roll.   But the thoughts of taking pictures, creating listings is just too daunting right now as I am still reeling from back to school, work, meals, housework, walk the dog and not to mention the holidays countdown clock is starting to tick louder everyday in the background. So by some leap of faith I happened to stumble upon Swap.com.

This online consignment shop is targeted to moms like us with too many wonderful outgrown clothes in a pile in the corner of our kids room waiting for a home. The premise is easy  as you start by sending them a box of good to excellent condition clothes. This is the part that made me do a double take – Swap.com charges a flat fee of $8.90 for sorting, photographing, listing and storing all of items you send and the UPS shipping fee from your house to swap.com in Illinois is included. Not to mention my first time is free!!  If you don’t have shipping supplies they will send them to you as well. Their fee is reasonable – $1 for each item sold and 20% of the sale price . You set the sales price and once an item is sold you can either receive your payment via PayPal or use your credit to swap for other items that you want to get for your own kids. If you items don’t sell within 45 days swap.com will buy them from you. They will also accept Toys & games, Baby Gear, Books, Decor . . . anything kid related which is a good motivator to finally clean out the closets. So check it out . . .I will keep you posted on how this journey goes for me! www.swap.com

 

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Springtime tune-up…

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents | Posted on 22-05-2014

Spring is definitely upon us now, no sign of Old Man Winter…he clouded our days long enough here in PA.  Always grateful for the seasons, however, as they make me appreciate what lies ahead.  I am always eager for Winter to come, and then just as eager to see it go and see the buds of Spring.  And so on, and so on.

With the warmer weather also comes the quiet peacefulness, in my humble opinion, of being able to dry the wash outside.  To me, one of my favorite sights in my yard in Spring and Summer, after watching the kids at play and the plants sprouting forth, is to see the clothes waving in the breeze on our Hills Rotary.  Relaxing.  And I love it.  I have written about the qualities of the Hills Rotary time and again, but thought it was time to mention a few things that may pop up and enter your mind after the winter months.

If you put your Hills Rotary Hoist away for the winter (yes, we have accessories for that!:  the Hills Wall Bracket can be found on www.breezedryer.com.), taking it out again for warmer weather use may present with a situation that may surprise you.  Checking to be sure that the lines of your Hills Rotary Hoist are not tangled over an arm or draped over an arm will save some time and concern once you get the clothesline into the socket and ready to work for you.  The lines draping over an arm will not allow the head of the rotary to be secured by the latch.  A simple check beforehand will free you of that issue.

Making the Rotary Hoist part of the yard

Making the Rotary Hoist part of the yard

 

If the special spot you’ve chosen for your Rotary Hoist is central to your yard (or wherever it may be), why not consider an Umbrella Conversion Kit?  This kit is specially designed for Hills Rotary Hoist sockets (will not work with other rotaries), and contains socket adapters to fit almost any type of umbrella.  Voila! Instant umbrella location in your yard and you’ve taken back your yard space in one easy step.

Look to www.breezedryer.com for all of your part needs as well.  We carry a full line of parts for your Hills Clothesline, and are proud to say that Hills products are made with the expectation that they will last for decades, not a year or a few.  Sustainable products for you and your family.  Enjoy the warm breezes of Spring.

A painting by Daniel Garber from the Michener Museum

A painting by Daniel Garber from the Michener Museum

 

 

 

Simple Tips for Parents – Living Green

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Clothesline Features, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents, Uncategorized | Posted on 19-04-2014

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Springtime always reminds me of birth.  Having a baby can (and will!) change your life, in more ways than one.  It may make you begin to think about or reconsider how you live, what you want to expose your child to, or even consider living “green” now that you have someone to personally pass the torch to, so to speak.  If you know someone who fits this description, some interesting tips can be found at this link from Living Green magazine:

Simple Tips for Living Green

Number 5 is part of our mission…helping you save electricity!  A SupaFold Folding Frame Clothesline makes a fantastic addition to a new mom’s laundry room…mounted near the washer it is the perfect place to hang all of those cloth diapers during the winter months, and then a Hills outdoor line for the warmer months makes the job simple.  Let the sun and breeze do your drying, naturally.   There can be many stains that appear on baby’s clothes that can be challenging to remove; the sun is a wonderful bleaching agent and can get the job done on some of the toughest spots.

Earth Day is just around the corner, every small thing we do does make a difference.

 

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Fun things to do…

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Apartment Lving, College Student, gifts, Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents | Posted on 27-02-2014

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Some things may seem like more work than they actually are, once you give them a try.  And if one is lucky enough, those projects or things we take on turn out to be more fun than we imagined, or maybe fun isn’t the right word…how about rewarding?

Line drying is no chore for us, we love, love, love to do it.  It is therapeutic for both of us and the kids even get in on the action.  It’s a relaxing way to get some fresh air and sun and take a minute to be mindful while stepping away from the grind of the day and hanging the wash…

Some may also want to look into making other changes beyond using the dryer less, and making one’s own laundry soap may be the next step.  I found this recipe for borax-free detergent that may fit the bill for those of you who want to give it a try.  A natural and simple thing to do; as much as we can avoid chemicals in our lives, we will.  Especially for our children.  Everything we do is for them…

Make your own laundry soap.

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Have fun with this recipe and here’s looking forward to Spring!  It’s out there somewhere…

It’s still winter!

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Posted by Gayle | Posted in Green, Green Living, Line-Drying, new parents, Uncategorized | Posted on 15-02-2014

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Winter this year in the Northeast has been challenging, and fun, depending on your point of view.  As parents, we have tried to adopt the perspective of our children a bit, and get out and enjoy the snow.  If we can’t enjoy it, it will overwhelm us, so we may as well look on the bright side.  Spring is out there somewhere, but until the time when the snow melts, the buds bloom, and the warm breeze returns, thought we could all use some suggestions on how to help beat the winter blues.  If at least one is helpful, it’s worth sharing!

Boost your Winter Mood!

Loving Winter