Kitchen Update for a Luminous Cooking Space

The kitchen is a still a gathering room even if it isn’t the primary one as we’re sure you’ve noticed. We always want the kitchen to look pristine, but our main goal is to keep it light, fresh, and airy. We have some tips and tricks on how to achieve this feeling in your kitchen…

Clean Up Your Sink

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The sink can sometimes provide the room with odors that aren’t so pleasant and that we try to stay away from. There’s a trick to maintaining your drain to help with the smell. Try mixing 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of table salt and pour it down the drain. Immediately after, pour 1 cup of heated vinegar down the drain as well. Let the combination work its magic for about 15 minutes and then run hot water for about 30 seconds to rinse it out. This should effectively clean your drain and keep it from providing any odor in your kitchen.

Take In New Textiles

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Switch out your old tablecloth with an easy, light new old. This is your kitchen table’s easiest change up causing a dramatic difference. Try and accompany your tablecloth with linen runners and placemats. Find some light, casual napkins to top of your new, fresh feel that makes your kitchen so much more welcoming.

De-Clutter Your Countertops

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By cleaning off your counter tops, you can make your kitchen look so much more open and spacious. When it’s cluttered, you feel like it is too small and you can’t move around efficiently. Decluttering makes cooking so much easier. Try and find places for everything in cabinets and such instead of keeping so many canisters and appliances on the counter.

Kitchens Should Always Smell Good

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Try to freshen up the air. Typically people just think to open the windows, which is great and will definitely help, but try using an essential oils diffuser. We have a Young Living Essential Oils diffuser here in the store! Come by and pick one up for yourself. You can try out so many different scents. These oils actually mask the unpleasant cooking smells and provide a soothing feeling as well! How can you not want them?…

Decorate With A Fruit Bowl

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Using a fruit bowl as a decorative centerpiece immediately adds color and brightness to a kitchen. It’s a lively piece that is also healthy and tempting. This might be your key to making your family pick a healthy snack over junk food!

Grow Some Greens

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Our last tip is to grow your own herbs. It brings a freshness into the kitchen that can’t be compared with anything else. You can use them in your cooking and they actually make the food taste fresher. They have multiple pros over cons because greenery also lightens every room!

Now, you can turn your kitchen into a light, breezy wonderland for cooking! We hope these tips and tricks help! Let us know if you have any other questions or want more tips.

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Mother’s Day Gifts For Every Mom

Mother’s Day is coming up, and every mom deserves something she is going to love (and actually use). For all the husband’s and children that don’t know what exactly to get for your amazing wife or mother, we have complied a few different ideas together to make this Mother’s Day a breath of fresh air for everyone. We have separated the gifts into categories depending on what mom enjoys doing each and every day. There is “the active mom”, “the stylish mom”, “the outdoor mom”, and “the foodie mom.”

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This mother clearly likes to sweat it out whether she’s at the gym or doing some yoga at home. There is currently a craze over FitBit’s right now, and they have come out with girly colors to keep the craze going throughout Mother’s Day. It’s also always nice to get new versions of things you have, such as a new water bottle and a new yoga mat.  Some creative home workout equipment is always a great idea for a present as well.

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The Stylish Mom would be more than happy to get an item to hold all her glitz and glam such as a jewelry dish or even a jewelry armoire. A woman also can never have too many purses, so that’s always a safe bet. ALWAYS. Some type of beauty cream or wash would be lovely to any woman as well. We love to pamper ourselves, so any skin care system would work, too. This Spa Sonic Pro Skin Care System is an extremely popular mini-machine. It works wonders and would definitely be great for Mother’s Day.

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Join your mom outside for Mother’s Day! If she loves spending time outdoors on the back patio, fit in to her lifestyle (at least for the day). Ask her what the backyard is missing. If she doesn’t want anything specific, an outside doormat is always a safe bet. They get dirty very quickly and need to be replaced often anyway. If she enjoys have friends over for cookouts and such, a fruit infused pitcher is a great idea. Fruit infused water is a huge deal right now, because it is both healthy and refreshing. If you find a cute decor item that goes with her current outdoor furniture, pick it up! She’ll love it, we’re sure! Last but not least, if she is a gardener, she will love anything that adds to her garden, such as cute, extra elevated garden space.

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Does your mom spend all day in the kitchen cooking, baking, or meal prepping? Pick up something for her favorite room! If she doesn’t already own a KitchenAid mixer, she needs one. It is the best kitchen appliance in the world. It would be the ultimate gift for Mother’s Day. If she enjoys spending her time drinking coffee and reading magazines, a Keurig system might be in favor this year. If she already has all the appliances she could ever need, grace that room with some cute relatable decor. There are many pieces of artwork that have fun kitchen quotes that are sure to spruce up a room.

Remember to relate the present you get her to her every day life. If you know nothing about your mother (assuming you’re a teenager looking for Mother’s Day answers), simply just ask her. More than likely, she knows exactly what she would like. If no answers surface, create something for her. Mom’s always love presents that are made by hand with love.

All items were found at Target.

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