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10 Steps to getting your house ready for Thanksgiving

Shelly Corken - Friday, November 17, 2017
Hosting Thanksgiving is a big deal. With everything you've got going on in the kitchen, who has time to deep-clean the house? You shouldn't stress about washing your windows or mopping the floors. This is a time for family, food, and fun. Here are 10 steps to getting your house ready for Thanksgiving ready. 

  1. Clean the bathroom. If you only have time to clean one room in your house other than the kitchen, make it the bathroom. Most guests can handle a little dust on the coffee table or lint on the carpet, but a dirty bathroom is most unpleasant. Scrub and and wipe down the toilet and sink, wipe the mirror, re-stock the toilet paper, empty the trash can, put out a fresh hand towel, and then light a candle right before everyone arrives.
  2. Wipe the kitchen countertops. You've worked hard over the last few hours, and your kitchen shows it — but it'll show it less if you wipe off your counters

  3. Vacuum. Quickly run the vacuum in the rooms where your guests will be: entryway, bathroom, dining room, living room, maybe a guest room.
  4. Empty the kitchen sink; load and start the dishwasher. Let the first of (likely) many dishwasher cycles run while your guests are arriving. If you have time, unload it before everyone sits down to dinner. If you don't have time, no worries. At least you'll have a clean sink and no dishes stacked on the counter.
  5. Sweep the kitchen floor. The same goes for the kitchen floor. Sweep away the crumbs and quickly wipe up any drips or splatters you see.
  6. Straighten and dust. Again, focus on where your guests will be. Remove clutter and then dust the major surfaces. I usually focus on my coffee and side tables, electronics, and low shelves.
  7. Fluff the living room pillows. 
  8. Adjust the lighting. Turn off overhead lights and turn on lamps. Light some candles. This draws the eye away from any areas that weren't deep-cleaned, and just makes everyone feel cozy.
  9. Clear a place for coats and bags. If you have a coat rack in your entryway, empty it to make room for your guests' belongings. Or, make up the bed in your bedroom or a guest bedroom for everyone to drop their coat and bag.
  10. Put on some music. You've done the minimum amount required to get your place looking good, and that's totally fine! Now, put on a little music and you're done.
So that you don't stress yourself out, make a checklist:
1) Who's coming? Getting a head count so that you know how many place settings you may need and the size Turkey. 
2) What is on the menu? Getting a menu in place will hopefully prevent having too many casseroles and not enough pie. 
3) Grocery list~This is key so you make sure that you have all of your items needed for dinner
4) Last minute cleaning


Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24, 2017 in observance of Thanksgiving.

“Thanksgiving dinners take 18 hours to prepare. They are consumed in 12 minutes. Halftimes take 12 minutes. This is not coincidence.” -- Erma Bombeck

Until next time..........

Time for another blog

Shelly Corken - Tuesday, November 07, 2017

I don't know about you but the change in time as really thrown my body for a loop. I always found it hard to get out of bed because it was so dark and it still felt like "night-time" to me. I just wanted to say in my bed and snuggle with my doggies. It was also harder for me to fall asleep because when I went to lay my head down at night time, it just didn't feel like night time. Now, with the change, I am hoping out of bed every morning and ready to go. The nights are where I am finding it super hard. When I get home from work it is almost 5ish. We get dinner done about 6ish. It is super dark out and I am so tired that I am ready to crawl in bed and go to sleep but I can't. I look at my clock and I find myself stunned that it is only 7pm. I know I am "old" but I am not THAT old. 


I also don't like the colder weather. I thought fall meant like low 60s not low 40s. I feel like it is getting colder sooner rather than later. Does this mean we are in for an early winter with lost of snow???? I sure hope not. I am not a BIG snow person. I can't wait until I can be one of the winter birds that head to Florida for the winter. With it getting cold make sure you check your furnace filters. I can say that enough. A dirty furnace filter can lead to all sorts of problems. Also,. make sure your gutters are cleaned. With the leaves falling like they are, you don't want to have a leak on your hands. 


One of my favorite things about fall is the smell. My husband brought home pine cones a few weeks ago and every time I walk into my house it smells like cinnamon. It is so good. Baking is another smell that I just can't help but love. The smell of cookies in the oven, YUMMY!!! I love making chocolate chip cookies from scratch. You want to know something funny? I can't make sugar cookies to save my life! They are one of the hardest things I have ever tried to make. Now, I can make a mean peanut butter pie but there is no baking involved in that. 


Thanksgiving is coming up and it is one of my favorite Holidays ever. It makes me happy to be around so much food and family. We have a lot of food. We do a turkey and a ham, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, rolls, and tons of desserts. We talk about how well all the kids get along and how much they have grown. We talk about remembering when we were their ages and how the world has changed. One thing that amazes me still to this day and I love.....the kids aren't on their devices. They are actually talking and playing with each other. It is so awesome. 


I have checked the forecast for the next several days and it is going to be cold. 

Check your furnace and make sure that it is running properly. 
If you have ceiling fans make sure you reverse it to push the heat down

Clean the gutters

Make sure all the water pipes on the outside are shut off. 


Halloween

Shelly Corken - Friday, November 03, 2017

Happy Birthday weekend to the world's greatest husband, dad, brother, son, and friend.


On Sunday, not only is it Daylight Savings Time (remember to set your clock an hour back), it's also my husband's birthday. He will be 35 yrs old. We aren't planning much, just dinner with some friend's and family. I have had a hard time figuring out what to get him. I wish I could give him everything that he could hope for but, he ended up with me so how much more could he want (lol). I am really excited to celebrate him. He is a truly wonderful human being. He is a great cook and always makes me whatever I want to eat, even when he really doesn't want it. The good lord above broke the mold when he made this man. I am so thankful for him each and every day of my life. 

  
We just celebrated Halloween. Not much to celebrate really. I am not big on decorations for Halloween. Not my favorite "Holiday". My son doesn't go trick or treating but my daughter is still all about it. Especially, since this is the first year she has had her braces off. She was Carrie White from the movie Carrie. She even went as far as watching the movie the night before so that she could get in character. I didn't know that you could look so cute. 

 

We also got to spend some much needed time with so friends from out of town. Tracey and Lonnie came in town for the wedding of Tracey's middle son Trey. Trey had the honor of marrying his love Taylor. They are super cute together. They even have a cute nickname Treylor! It was a beautiful wedding in a remodeled barn. The wedding was upstairs and the reception was down. It was such a cold evening but there were plenty of heaters to keep the bar warm and you were sure to work up a sweat on the dance floor.  


That got me thinking. The weather. It has been super cold out however, this weekend is suppose to be nice. This is the change to winterize your home. 

1) take a pool noodle and cut down one side. Slide under your door to prevent air from coming in. Cut to size. 

2) replace your furnace filter

3) use blackout curtains 

4) Tweaking your thermostat so it isn’t running when you’re away from your home is a smart way to save money. You can create a different program for your days off so your house stays warm. For extra savings, try dropping a few degrees from your normal setting. 

5) Stay warm and safe


Until next time........



Friendship

Shelly Corken - Friday, September 15, 2017
“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” 
"What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies."
“Time doesn't take away from friendship, nor does separation.”


 
Friends are the greatest. I don't get much time with mine between work and kids but when I get to see them, I am super happy. The pictures above are just some of my friends. We all got to gather this last weekend to celebrate the love of our friends Bill and Stacey. It was great to see so many people that I care about in the same room. Friends are good for laughter, a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen or to just have your back. I might not see them all the time but I sure do love them. 

Fun things to do with your friends:
The Ale Emporium ~http://ale-emporium.com/ They have a great dinner special on Tuesday Nights. You receive a Soup (chili or chicken rice), a Salad, steak and a side for $7.99. You won't leave with an empty stomach. 

Movie marathon. Log into Netflix and watch every episode of "Orange is the New Black." Or do an '80s movie marathon, watching "Pretty in Pink," "The Breakfast Club" and all of our old favorites. Don't have a Netflix membership? Get the free trial just for the marathon!

Iron Chef night. Bring your friends over and have an Iron Chef night where you cook dinner out of only the items in your pantry. No buying anything!

Go on a walking tour of your town. Most towns or cities have a historic district. Find out if there is a walking tour available. If not, make one up!

Walk down the street, saying "good afternoon" to random people. 

Swap identities with a friend. 

Meeting at the local bar for drinks after work. 


Make sure you find some time for your friends this week and enjoy so laughter.

Until Next Time



Summer Time Fun

Shelly Corken - Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Well, July was a great month for us. Not only was it the 4th of July and we spent it with our friends and family celebrating with food and fireworks but, we were able to take our children on two nice vacations. It is GREAT having a large family that lives throughout the United States so you can have a place to stay for free. Makes for a cheaper vacation when you don't have to pay for lodging. 

The first one was to the Adirondack Mountains in New York. We stayed in a house that gave us the most beautiful view of a private lake. We were able to lounge around and enjoy the view. It was extremely peaceful. All you heard was the beautiful loons making the most amazing noise. It was unlike anything I had ever heard before. The kids got to go on a hike and go creek stomping. They swam and kayaked. We had the lake all to ourselves. We drove up to Gore Mountain and saw some stunning views. We drove into town and went shopping. We were able to make a lot of wonderful memories. I can't wait to go back. 

   
We were home long enough to wash our clothes, kiss our dogs, and go back to school shopping. We were off again for a long weekend to Michigan. We have been a few times before but, each time is even more wonderful. We go Jet-skiing, tubing, fishing, and we get to spend time with lots of family that we don't get to see and we get to eat the BEST ice cream. Oh and the view is breathtaking. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to sleep. 
 

Now that I am finally back to Indiana and here to stay for awhile I really need to get some house cleaning done.  
Here are some quick tips to help you get a better looking home. 

1) If you have 1/2 of a lemon you can use it to clean stainless steel. 

2) Clockwise cleaning. Move clockwise around each room, putting away clutter and mislaid items. Stash any stuff that doesn't belong in the room outside the door to sort and put away later. Don't get side tracked. 

3) Change bedroom linens. Wash linens in hot water weekly to clean and disinfect them.

4) Prevent shower mold and mildew by simply keep your bathroom exhaust fan running while you take a bath or shower, and for 30 minutes afterward. You can also use your towel after you are done drying off to wipe of the walls. 

5) Spray down trash cans outdoors with a hose and a little dish soap. This will help prevent unwanted odors. 

I know some kids have already started school and I am waiting for mine to start. They don't start until the 15th of August. The last fun thing of the summer we get to do is go to the Indiana State Fair. I can't wait to try all the fall foods however, I think we will stay away from the rides this year. 

Until Next Time.............


4th of July

Shelly Corken - Monday, July 03, 2017

Tomorrow is the 4th of July. I love the 4th of July. Fireworks are going to be coloring the skies, grills are going to fill the air with a wonderful aroma of yumminess and kids will be laughing and swimming in the pools. Parades are going to line the streets and it is all about Family, Food, Fireworks, Fun, Friends, and Freedom. My family is always very patriotic but we love our Red White and Blue however, we go all out on the 4th

I can't wait to go and watch the parade and see all the cool floats. I can't wait to go to Carmelfest and smell all the good food and look at all the fun stuff. Afterwards, Chris and I will probably go on a motorcycle ride and then grill out for dinner. Brats, Burgers, and I am going to try and convince my momma to make her homemade potato salad. 

This past weekend we went to our friends' Craig and Stephanie. They had a few of their closest friends over and we hung out by the pool and ate a bunch of food. Later, Craig and Julian set off fireworks. It was pretty awesome just hanging out and laughing with everyone. I really do have a great group of friends. 

Kristin and Kristen really love my daughter Ali. They just think she is the cutest and because I can show favoritism, I agree with them. Ali could live in the pool if you would let her. She has to be a little bit mermaid LoL. 


If you are looking for things to do the next few days check out these local activities:

July 3rd Fishers: Concert: My Yellow Rickshaw @ 7:00pm Fire works start at 10pm. Pack a dinner or check out all the amazing food trucks. Saxony Blvd


July 4th 21+ Metazoa Block Party. 140 S. College Ave: Doors open at 2 music starts at 4. Bring your pets. Live music, Fireworks can be seen from downtown. Lawn chairs welcomed. Food from Union Jack, Nicey Treat, MJs BBQ. 

Music by Busty and the Bass | Michigan Rattlers | Audiodacity|Lazer.Lloyd |Levi Driskell


July 4th IPL Freedom Fest Downton @ 6:30. Music by Lemon Wheel, face painters, bounce houses, games, and fireworks at 10pm. 


July 3rd and 4th CarmelFest 2017 will be held Monday-July 3 (3pm-10pm) & Tuesday-July 4 (noon-10:30pm). The two-day outdoor festivities will take place at the Carmel Civic Square. FREE two-day outdoor festival, the "CarmelFest Parade" (July 4th at 10:30 am), the spectacular Fireworks - July 4th 9:45 pm (simulcast on WHJE 91.3 FM radio), an interactive KidZone, CarmelFest Has Talent Vocal Competition, live entertainment on three stages and the Freedom Run. 


TBH Management would like to wish you a very Happy and Safe Holiday. 

Until next time..........



Ready for the Weekend

Shelly Corken - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

This week is one of the toughest weeks I will have. It is the anniversary of my baby doggie Marley's death. Friday will mark the one year ago that Marley had a tumor in his spleen that was rapidly growing and the only thing we could do was to put him down. It was one of the hardest days of my life. If you know me and my husband, our dogs are like our children. They sleep in bed with us, we talk to them like they are going to respond, and we tell them that we love them. Marley was our first family dog. He came to us at 5 weeks old. He looked like a little fur ball. He was super cute. Marley was half beagle, half yellow lab. He had the cutest face. He was the runt of his little so his growth was stunted. He had the lab face and the beagle body. Marley was our 3rd child. He was so sweet and lovable. Everyone loved him. He was the only dog we had for years until we adopted Cooper. After Cooper, we got Brantley. At first Marley wanted NOTHING to do with puppy Brantley but as Brantley out older he and Marley were always playing together. Marley was our alfa dog. He KNEW he ruled our house. It didn't matter that Cooper was older and both Cooper and Brantley were bigger. Marley was the BOSS!!! After finding out that we had to put Marley down, we spent the next 2 days showing him how much we loved him. He got ice cream, milk, beer, steak, a long walk, a bath, and lots of love (which he never lacked). So many tears were shed. After it was all said and done we brought Marley home to his final resting place, under our bedroom window. He has a headstone and flowers. We still go outside and talk to him. It is like he is still with us. Marley was the best dog ever. There will forever be a place in my heart just for him. We were so lucky to have him for the 7 years that we did. They were some of the best memories we have.  

 

So, now that I am done crying and I have dried my eyes let me tell you why I love this weekend. IT IS 4th of JULY weekend. Nothing like family, food, friends, fireworks, and FUN!!!!! Our friends always throw the best party. We sit around the pool drinking and eating. Then, when it finally gets dark, we shoot off a bunch of fireworks. It is so awesome. We go all out with red white and blue jello shots, we all dress in our red white and blue (which is abnormal for my crew). My husband makes homemade guacamole and salsa which is the BOMB. I make either a red white and blue cake or cupcakes. I can't wait to share my pictures with you next week.



I want everyone to have a safe and happy fun filled weekend. 


Until next time........

Summer Time

Shelly Corken - Monday, June 12, 2017
School is out and the streets are filled with children. Summer hasn't officially hit but it has been warm enough to feel like summer.

My son (15) found himself a job this summer. He is going to save up and get a car. In his free time he goes to the monon center to swim. My daughter (13) babysits on Monday and Fridays, she is saving up for a phone. The rest of the week she is working on her surfing skills at the monon. She pretty much lives there. 

Sometimes with so much going on it is hard to find things to do that aren't uber expensive. I have found a few websites for you to take a look at. It is free or super cheap things you can do with your children over summer break. 

https://www.tripsavvy.com/free-indoor-playgrounds-in-the-indianapolis-area-1955615

https://www.garfieldgardensconservatory.org/

https://indyarts.org/artsgarden

For the next few weeks I will have what I don't get very often and that is FREE TIME!!!! My kids aren't in any sports right now THANKFULLY!!! That means I can sleep in on the weekends and spend time getting caught up on my house work. I have a list of things that I would like to get down while I have the time. In July we will be taking two family vacations and I won't have the time to do it so I need to jump on it. August is when school starts again so.....I guess I need to get on it. 

I know I have said this a million times over and over but it is the only way I can get things done. I need to make myself a list and work on it piece by piece. Doing all of it at once only stresses me out and things don't get done all the way or the right way and that just drives me CRAZY. 

Well until next time........

Mother's Day

Shelly Corken - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

My Mother's Day started off with a big bouquet of roses from my husband and kids. I was also treated to breakfast with my mother, father in law, husband and kids. I got a shirt that I really wanted and later in the day my husband was going to get me a Tattoo!!! I was super excited for. Unfortunately, the tattoo was scheduled during the same time as my son's soccer game so I had to miss it. Everything in my gut told me that he was going to score his first goal while I was gone. Sure enough at the exact moment I called my step mother, Julian was kicking his first goal of the season. He played so well that he was able to score another goal within minutes. My heart ached because I really wanted to be there for him but I am so thankful that my wonderful step mom was there to cheer him on. 


Last year my sister in law Amy had suffered two strokes the day before mother's day. She nearly lost her life. For the next year she had to fight hard. Luckily, Amy fought hard and strong. She survived the unthinkable. Last year, right after mother's day, a small group of her friends and family got together and got a bird tattoo in support of Amy. This year Amy was able to join us and get the same tattoo along with her husband, who has been waiting to get it with her. She was super excited. She watched as the same guy that did our tattoo do hers. Amy was mesmerized the entire time. It was extremely meaningful for all of us. I even think the tattoo artist was happy that he was able to give Amy her tattoo.  


Another fun thing happening this month is the INDIANAPOLIS 500. A few of us from work were able to spend the day out at the track on Friday. It was so much fun. We were able to meet Tony Kaanan and Connor Daly. It was a lot of fun. The Indianapolis 500 is running this weekend for the 101 time. I am not a big track person on race day. I will hopefully be enjoying food, friends, and swimming. If you are going make sure to stay safe and drink plenty of water. 


Now that the weather is warmer and less rainy, we have been able to do some SPRING CLEANING to the outside of our house. Getting rid of old stuff that we don't need and cleaning out the garage. Now, I just need to get my back yard together and I will be ready for a party. I love grilling out on those cool spring nights. The kids are out of school after tomorrow and I will be able to put them to work on that. I can't wait!!

Helpful hints for an easier spring cleaning:
1) Load plastic toys, Dish Sponges, Toothbrush holder and soap dishes, pet toys, plastic brushes and toothbrushes, light fixtures, and removable cup holders in your dishwasher for an easier clean. 

2) Clean your windows on a cloudy day. This way the sun doesn't dry up your cleaner before you have a chance to actually clean it. Also, use old newspaper to get a really good clean. 

3) Purge your closet. All your old stained clothes that you don't wear anymore throw them out. Take all of your hangers and have them "hooked" in backwards. When you wear something, wash it and replace it normally in the closet. After 30 days any clothes with hangers in the backwards position means you don't wear them and you should probably get rid of them. Laundry is a big enough hassle so, why have extra clothes. 

4) Did you know that you can clean drains and help them from getting clogged by mixing 1/2 of baking soda with 1/4 cup of salt, pour down the drain. Heat 1 cup of vinegar and pour it down the drain. It will foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15-20 minutes while you are cleaning the rest of your bathroom. After you are done let the hot water run for 30 seconds. 


Hope that was helpful. 
Until Next Time........

Busy Weeks

Shelly Corken - Wednesday, May 03, 2017

I feel like, no matter how hard I try, I can't seem to find the time to catch up on everything. Between both kids being in sports, working full time, and all of our daughter's appointments, WHEW! It is hard to catch my breath. For the past several weeks I have been coming into work early and leaving late just so I can get caught up. Now that my work schedule is back to normal I can work on getting my home life back. One thing I can't seem to ever catch up on is LAUNDRY :( it is super frustrating. I get so close and then it is like both my children come to me with a month worth of laundry that they have been hiding in their bedrooms and I just want to fall to my knees and cry. 

I was hoping to get some SPRING Cleaning done but goooooooood grief that ran hasn't let up and the sun hasn't come out to play. I have so much winter yuckiness still in my house that I want to get rid of. I am needing to trash some old stuff and get some new stuff. I am really wanting to get new patio furniture so that I can enjoy my back porch when it isn't 100 degrees out side but I need to fix the screens first. It is always something ya know?


Mother's day is coming up and I am really looking forward to it. My mom and mother in law are all going to get tattoos for Mother's Day. We are all going to get the infinity symbol with the word "Family". It looks super cute. Hope it doesn't hurt.


The next few months are going to be heartbreaking for me. May 7, 2016 my sister in law suffered not one but two massive strokes. She survived but she is paralyzed on her right side and has global aphasia. That means she can think of what she wants to say but can't get the words to come out. It was a long battle for many months just to get her well enough to come home. In those dark days we unfortunately had to put our "baby" Marley down. He had a tumor in his spleen the size of a softball. It was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Marley was our first family doggie and was like a 3rd child to me and my husband. Still to this day I miss his sweet face. 


Both of my kids are playing soccer right now which in a way is super cool because they both play at the same fields so I don't have to drive all over the place but the bad news is that Ali's is at 8:30am and Julian's is at 11:30am. So I am at the fields from 8am until 1:30pm. It wasn't bad the first week but the second week was super COLD. 


Tips: 

Make sure to clean out your gutters. 

Change your linens~Put away your heavy blankets, change your sheets, and renew your pillows.

Mow your lawn~Don't wait too long or it will be too long for you to cut it. 


Until Next Time.........



 


 

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