Updated: Apr 8
As public health officials and community leaders work to slow the spread of COVID-19, many families are spending more time at home. The impacts of the Coronavirus may disrupt the normal routines your family enjoys. However, to help fuel your family's passion for learning, as well as time to beautify your home, we invite you to consider the resources and activities below!
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Home Improvement Wednesdays - April 8, 2020
Happy Wednesday! We hope you are enjoying your time at home. Today we bring you more tips on how to beautify your home. The outside of your home is like any first impression; it sets the tone. Whether it's a quick glance from a neighbor passing by, or the reaction from friends and relatives, those who see the outside of your home will see it as a reflection of you, your taste, and the level of pride you take in your home.
With Spring in the air and the rainy weather behind us, now is the time to tackle dirty stucco. If you discover mold, mildew, or stains on your stucco, an affordable solution of 1 part water and 1 part bleach applied to the stucco should do the trick. Allow it to soak for about 5 minutes. Once the solution has soaked into the stucco, it will typically remove the mildew, mold, or stain. It’s that easy!
Let’s not forget about your windows….Cleaning windows doesn’t have to be at the bottom of your to do list. Here’s an easy method that will leave your windows sparkling clean. Fill a bucket with a mixture of vinegar and water. Rinse the windows with the hose. Wash with a soapy water mixture. Apply the vinegar and water mixture across the window's surface. Rinse with clean water. Dry the window with a squeegee. Touch the window up with a microfiber cloth.
Home Improvement Wednesdays - April 1, 2020
During these unprecedented times, it’s comforting to know we live in a community that supports our State’s mandate to “Stay Home.” After all, home is where the heart is! For many of us, our home is our happy place. What better a time than now to tackle a few of the home maintenance projects you never have time to do? Many projects can be completed with items you already have in your own garage. Beginning today, SAMLARC will offer a weekly article, “What to Do on Wednesday,” to inspire Members to beautify their homes. Our first project is:
Pull Weeds Wednesday
With warmer weather and longer days, now is the time to tackle the task of pulling weeds. Weeds can pop up in your grass, flower and vegetable gardens and even in the cracks of your driveway. The correct way to pull a weed is to use a pinch and pull method. Pinch the weed close to the base of the weed plant and gently, but firmly, pull the weed out of the ground. At least a few (and hopefully all) of the roots will come away with the weed plant. If you want to pull small weeds away from small, desirable plants, hold the soil down with one hand while pulling the weed out with the other hand to minimize the disruption to the soil. For weeds with a deep taproot, grasp the top of the taproot, rather than the plant’s leaves, and pull the root up with a slight twisting motion. Be sure to dispose of your weeds in your green trash receptacle.
Easy Homemade Weed Deterrent
3 cups distilled white vinegar
3/4 cup regular table salt
2 tsp Dawn dish soap (some gardeners find that blue works best)
3 tsp liquid arthritis rub
In a spray bottle, add all the ingredients plus the capsicum type rub found at the dollar store and grocery stores for only a few dollars. Shake until well mixed. Apply directly to the leaves of the weed. It starts working almost immediately, by 24 hours the weed is almost completely gone. It will continue to die and wither away!
Fork Flowers: Create a beautiful painting using the kitchen's handiest utensil. Dip the back of large and small forks into craft paint and use as a stamp for tulips of all sizes.
Sidewalk Chalk Art: Join the fun with SAMLARC’s daily activity. Show us your creativity with sidewalk art! Draw yourself flying in the sky, or swimming through the deep blue sea, the ideas are endless! Share your masterpiece by tagging @SAMLARC. We hope you have fun!
Butterfly Coffee Filter:Coffee filter papers – you need 4 circles for each butterfly, Washable felt pens, Pipe cleaners, Pipette/spray bottle/large paintbrush and Water. Step 1: Decorate the circles Step 2: Drip water all over them! Step 3: Let them dry Step 4: fold each circle Step 5: Bring the filters together Step 6: Tie the wings together Step 7: Fan out its wings.
Scholastic Learn at Home: Free digital stories, articles, videos, and learning challenges.
Google Arts and Culture: Virtual tours of museums and major landmarks, in-depth exploration of paintings, and more.
This post will be periodically updated with new opportunities to learn, play, and grow together during this season. The resources above have been compiled for Members’ information only. SAMLARC and its Management Company, FirstService Residential LLC, are not affiliated, associated, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the organizations listed above.