A Clean Home is a Happy Home
I have a lot of passions, but cleaning is not one of them. I do, however, get excited about having a clean house when someone else is doing the “dirty work.”
Mom of three and owner of A Passion for Clean, Alisa Elswood, says I’m the reason she’s in business. “A clean home is a happy one, Alisa says. “We want to be part of the routine that helps make our customers’ lives happier, healthier and cleaner.”
There are a number of qualities that distinguishes A Passion for Clean from other agencies. Alisa prides herself on delivering licensed, bonded cleaners who are easy to communicate with and who arrive ready to provide excellent service.
“We start at the ceiling and work our way down to the baseboards,”Alisa says. “We pretty much hit every surface from cleaning lampshades to dusting the top of the bookshelves to removing all items from counters and tables, cleaning them up and placing them back.”
And that’s just the standard cleaning. For $5 more per hour, A Passion for Clean offers deep cleanings that can include the inside of refrigerators and ovens, interior windows and more.
“I enjoy knowing that I am offering families something of value,” Alisa says. “Our work is guaranteed as well. If you’re unhappy for any reason whatsoever, we’ll make it right!”
A Passion for Clean’s rates are $25 per hour for standard, $30 per hour for deep cleaning, and they are offering a special of $30 off new customer orders of 4 hours or more or $20 off for any 3 hour service.
A Passion for Clean strives to provide flexibility and same day service when possible, booking as late a 3 p.m.
“We want to win our customer’s business,” says Alisa, pictured below with her children.
Busy Mom Seeks Organization
Still sticking to your New Year’s Resolution goals, or have they taken a back burner to the realities and stresses of motherhood? Perhaps the missing piece to achieving your goals is a little bit of organization.
Is there any resolution that doesn’t require organization to execute?
You want to get fit? You will need to find your workout clothes, schedule time to fit in exercise on a regular basis, and organize your finances so that you can invest in a gym membership or yoga classes.
You want to eat better? You will need to purge your pantry of temptations, find time to organize a meal plan or a grocery list, shop, prep, and cook healthier meals.
You want to start saving money? You will need to organize your budget, track your spending, set financial goals, stop spending money on items that you already have and can’t find in your home.
“Organizing your life is VITAL to strategizing and following through on EVERY SINGLE RESOLUTION,” says Beth Deig, Professional Organizer and owner of Sorted Nest, a home organizing service. “I propose that we take January to get organized and cleared of clutter and then set our resolutions on Feb. 1st. At the end of a month of mental and physical clutter clearing, I promise you will have a much better sense of what you do and don’t want for yourself and where you want to go in the coming year.”
Though Beth only discovered the field of professional organizing a few years ago, she had a passion for organizing early in life…she even enjoyed organizing her toys as a child. But this San Diego mom is challenged with keeping her own little home organized amidst the chaos of two little kids and a husband just like the rest of us. “They are not neat at all. Nor is my husband!” Beth says.
“People get overwhelmed and grumpy living in a cluttered home,” says Beth. “I’m a mom. I really get needing help and being hesitant to ask for it, but I love to be able to help other moms reduce the stress and overwhelm in their homes.”
“One mother that I will never forget was in tears upon my arrival with a disorganized guest room filled with baby shower gifts. After a single 3-hour organizing session we were able to transform the room into an organized nursery where mom could sit and peacefully dream of baby’s impending arrival.”
In addition to helping her clients clear clutter, find homes for items, and create better systems in their homes, Beth gives tips on storage systems and where to purchase them. She also takes donations, electronics and batteries for recycling, and documents to be shredded with her at the end of each organizing session.
If you’re craving more peace, calm and order in your home, call your local professional organizer. Beth is offering mom’s guide readers a free 15-minute phone consultation as well as 1 free hour of organizing during your first 3-hour organizing session, after a paid in-home consultation.
San Diego Pediatrician & Mother Talks About the Flu Vaccine
Earlier this winter the mom behind the Mom’s Guide (me!) started to wonder if giving the flu vaccine to her family was necessary and, more importantly, safe. Just mentioning my concern on Facebook started a big debate. One of the 6,000 + followers of that page is San Diego mom and Children’s Physicians Medical Group pediatrician Jaime Friedman, M.D., and she asked to be able to present the medical facts. Of course I welcomed Dr. Friedman’s input, and I hope you do as well…
As a local pediatrician, and part of the medical group that partners with the Mom’s Guide to San Diego, I felt it was very important to respond to a recent thread of posts on the Mom’s Guide Facebook page regarding flu vaccines. The media often highlights extreme medical cases for the sake of the “story”, sometimes without providing thorough information on the topic for the viewer to come to their own educated conclusion.
Every year many thousands of people become ill with influenza. Of those, hundreds to thousands die. Unfortunately, while the very old, very young and chronically ill are most severely affected, many who die of influenza are perfectly healthy. Influenza should not be confused with the common cold or a viral illness causing vomiting and diarrhea. It is more severe, causing sudden onset of high fever, body aches and fatigue. Many people also experience a cough, headache, sore throat, or diarrhea. The illness is very uncomfortable and can result in pneumonia, bronchitis or sinusitis. It also can exacerbate chronic illnesses including asthma. Most people are sick for 1-2 weeks.
The best ways to prevent the flu are good hand washing and vaccination. The vaccine was first introduced in the 1940s for the military. Since then it has repeatedly been perfected and proven to be safe and effective. In fact, each year the vaccine is altered to keep up with the mutating virus. The vaccine works by introducing proteins from the surface of the virus into the body so that the individual can make their own antibodies to the virus. The injected vaccine is NOT a live virus and one cannot get the flu from the vaccine. Because the vaccine is given during respiratory virus season many people develop other illnesses around the same time as vaccination and mistake that illness for “getting the flu from the shot”. Also, it takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to be effective so exposure to the virus around the time of vaccination can still result in illness. Some common side effects include soreness at injection site, feeling achy and low grade fever for 1-2 days. These symptoms are far less severe than actually having an influenza infection. There is also a live attenuated vaccine available that is sprayed into the nose. While this is a live virus it is weakened so that it does not cause infection. However, side effects may be more prominent than injection, including runny nose, headache and wheezing. It should not be given to people with a history of asthma.
While serious reactions, such as allergy or anaphylaxis, are rare they do occur. Do not get the vaccine if you have had a reaction in the past or if you have a severe allergic reaction to eggs. Signs of a severe reaction include hives, paleness, dizziness, difficulty breathing and racing heart rate. The number of severe reactions to the vaccine is far less than the number of severe infections that occur every year.
Here at Children’s Physicians Medical Group we believe that vaccination is safe and the best way to prevent infection. Our doctors offer the vaccine to children 6 months and up. For more information, and to determine which type of flu vaccine is best for your child, please contact your pediatrician or go to the CDC website www.flu.gov.