Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Kitchen Open Shelves

Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a great week!

I've seen a lot of kitchen open shelves lately. Around the web, at clients homes, magazines, etc.  Although it requires some work to maintain like dusting very often otherwise it gets sticky and also keep it simple and clutter free otherwise it a total mess! I have to say I'm loving the trend.  It looks really pretty and gives sophistication to a kitchen.  I will definitely consider this option when I have my own house (sigh!). Below are a few favorites that I found on where else, Pinterest!
Kitchen open shelving // smitten studio
Kitchen open shelves
Kitchen open shelving

Kitchen open shelves at Young House Love
Kitchen open shelves + gray bottom cabinets
{all images via pinterest}


Which one is your favorite?


Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

See it clear

Hello everyone, hope you all are having a great week!

Have you ever got something just because you need it but you didn't really love it?  Well, that's just what happened to me… About a year ago I needed new glasses because I lost mine. I don't know what happened as I can not understand how one can lose a pair of reading glasses, but that's what happened. So I got a new pair that I really liked, but I didn't love. And for over a year I've been looking around for the right ones.

I was so happy when I learned about Warby Parker. Their designs are just fabulous and they totally match my style.
Well, today they are launching their Fall Collection and I'm head over heals with their new styles. They are so classy and modern at the same time and so easy to wear for work or with casual weekend outfits. Below are my favorite ones (the first and third ones are the same but different color).


The only problem now is that I can't decide on just one so I may get a couple!  Which one is your favorite?


Thank for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cleaning common mistakes



Hello everyone! Hope you all had a lovely Labor Day weekend!

Working at different apartments and with so many clients I always find a few mistakes people tend to make.  Please note this is not a criticism but instead looking things from a different point of view and trying to help you avoid them. So here we go!

Mistake #1:  I don’t need a cleaning service
Nothing beats the feeling of coming home to a clean house.  Even better if someone else did it for you!  If you ever need some help please don't hesitate to call us!


Mistake #2: I only have hardwood floor so I don’t need a vacuum
A vacuum will pick up all dust from floors, corner, crevices that a broom can’t get.  Make sure a vacuum has Hepa filter (high efficiency particulate air) and/or it’s sealed.  A great option is Miele and Dyson.  A little pricey, but worth every single penny!



Mistake #3:  If it looks clean it is clean
There are places and surfaces that look clean, however they carry tons of germs.  For example:  sponges, handles and door knobs, faucets, light switches, etc.  They also need to be clean and disinfected.


Mistake #4:  The stronger the products, the better
Most people think they need to use bleach and strong cleansers in order to do the tough work.  There are a huge variety of natural options to kill germs and not your lungs. As a matter of fact vinegar and baking soda can go a long way. My favorite ones are from Shaklee.

Mistake #5: Forget about common appliances such as dishwasher, washer machine, etc
We tend to forget about this appliances. Actually, when people think of cleaning appliances first thing to come to our mind is the refrigerator, microwave and may inside the oven but  ave you ever clean inside your dishwasher or washing machine?  These are very important items and to cleaned as well!  You can read a little tutorial here.

Mistake #6: Using liquid dish soap on your dishwasher
Yes, they both clean dishes, but you should never use liquid dish soap in your dishwasher. Ever.  Both detergents are made with different ingredients and the one to hand wash dishes makes a foam. So if you put it in the dishwasher with the power of water will make a lot of foam (and I mean A LOT) making it very hard to clean up. You will have to rinse the machine more than a few times.



Now tell me, do you do some of these?  I have to say I  play guilty about washing my dishwasher. I have to remind myself about it all the time :)

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela

Monday, August 11, 2014

MB Green Cleaning New Website!

Hello everyone! Hope you all had a great weekend!

I'm so happy to announce that we are launching our brand new MB Green Cleaning website!  We've been working on this project for a long time and I couldn't be happier with the results.  I wanted something modern and fresh and I think we can say mission accomplished!  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Please take a moment to look and leave your comments below for the chance to win an MB Green Cleaning tote!  All entries in our different social media sites are independent so you can enter in all of them to have more chances to win!!





www.mbgreencleaning.com


Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hello...

This is what I would like to have today to celebrate
my {ever growing number} birthday! 
So sorry for the lack of posting but it's been quite busy around here, which is great but haven't had time to write.  I need to organize my time better - That's a birthday resolution!!
I'll be back next week, for now have a beautiful weekend!!

xo,
Marcela

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Cleaning the house: {10 Essential Cleaning Tools}

A question I get a lot is What are the best tools to clean?  Over the years in the business I've got my list of essential tools every home owner (or renter) should have.
So here are my 10 Cleaning Essential tools I can't live without:



1. Spray Bottles and Shaklee Basic H2:  Making your own solutions from an organic concentrate product is not only healthy for your home but also for the planet.  Hundreds of plastic bottles are saved from going to landfills.

2. Microfiber Cloths: You can use them dry to dust or damped to clean virtually every where in your home.  You will use much less paper towels which will save you money as well!

3. Sponges:  A sponge with a hard/scrub side is great to get rid of soap scum from bath tub and bath in general.  I personally have two different sponges for the bathroom, one of them is cut on one corner to use exclusively on toilet.

4. BonAmi:  Great for scrubbing and hard work without the chemicals of traditional powder cleansers.  Best part?  It's only $1.19.- can't beat that!

5. Gloves:  Cleaning the house requires a lot of washing, which will destroy that nice manicure you just got last weekend.  Using cleaning gloves will help to protect your hands.

6. Magic Eraser: I really love what this little thing can do.  You only have to add water and will get rid of every tough dirt on wall, shower glass doors, etc.

7. Swiffer:  Get to those hard to reach places, especially where the vacuum can't get to such as under furniture, cobwebs, etc.

8. Mop:  My favorite one is this one from Bona.  It won't wet your hardwood floors as much as the old fashion style.  I like that the microfiber cloth is washable and the cartridge refillable.

9. Paper towel:  Although I like to use microfiber for general cleaning I still stick to some paper towel when cleaning the bathroom, just for hygiene reasons :)  I like Bounty Select a Size because you can choose to get just a tiny piece for small areas.

10. Vacuum:  Last but definitely not least is the most important cleaning tool of all... the Vacuum!  I always recommend my clients to get a vacuum no matter what kind of floors they have.  If you have carpets a good vacuum is key to get them properly cleaned, however if you have hard floors this is a huge help to avoid dust going on the air after using a regular broom.
My favorite one are Miele and Dyson Animal.


And there they are my 10 Essential cleaning tools I can not live without.  Do you have a favorite tool?  I would love to hear what you guys use to clean your homes!

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela





Thursday, July 18, 2013

Pillows

I love how pillows can totally change the mood of a room.  They add glamour, a dose of color and coziness to any space!


{caitlin wilson}




Room View
{west elm}

I have a few pillows in my mind (including this one from west elm) that I would love to get to revamp a little our home!

How do you like to decorate with pillows?  Do you love them as much as I do?

Thanks for reading!

xo,
Marcela