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Taking Care of Your Gas Stove

Clean Kitchen

You’ve got to do more than clean up spills on the stove top and wipe your oven down once in awhile. Sure, basic maintenance is critical, but you can’t neglect the elbow grease on those built-up stains, peppered with some regular TLC. This essential kitchen appliance needs regular maintenance to stay in tip-top shape. Better Homes and Gardens says gas and electricity ranges are the most common types of residential ovens, with gas ranges better for precisely controlling temperatures. Gas ovens are also generally more affordable than their electric counterparts. This cleaning regimen is even more critical when you have designer outdoor kitchens in Houston.

Keeping up with Everyday Spills

Never take an abrasive sponge to your stovetop, as you risk making small scratches that can damage the surface, says Reader’s Digest. Instead, use damp soft cloths and clean up the spills as they happen. If you let pasta sauce dry and harden, you’ll have a much harder time scrubbing at it. To make it easy on yourself, clean up the stove top every time you use it, such as after supper. If you’ve neglected a spill and it’s already baked on, use a simple mixture of dishwashing liquid, warm water and white vinegar, and gently scrub with a cloth or sponge.

3 Ways Your Home Can Pay for Your MBA

For many people, an MBA is a gateway to a better life – a higher salary, a bigger office, a management position – but paying for the degree can be a hardship. Campus Explorer says the average cost of an MBA is $80,000 ($40,000 per year for two years) – and that is just tuition. You also have your living expenses consider.

While student loans are always a possibility, according to Bloomberg, graduate student loan rates can be as high as 9.5 percent and you can only deduct up to $2,500 in the interest you pay on student loan interest payments a year. Instead of taking on a traditional student loan, you could use your home to pay for your MBA.

Making Your Living Room Even More Interesting

Living Room

Has your living room been looking blah and outdated lately? Does it lack interest and has it become plain old boring? Well, the fact that you can recognize this is the first step to recovery. The next step is to brainstorm ways to make this room really pop. You may be surprised to know it’s not always about decor and design. You may just need to add in some fun elements, such as games or other things that bring people together.


While you don’t want to go too crazy in the color department, you definitely don’t want a room devoid of brightness. The best way to achieve this is to have a base of earth tones, such as classic beige, off-white or coffee. The key is to add pops of color to those basics through maroons, greens, blues and even purples in the form of throw pillows, accent rugs, paintings and lamp shades.

Putting English Stereotypes to Bed

The other day I read this line in a travel blog from someone who has just moved to England: “Before I went to England I thought that they had the worst food in Europe. Because that’s what everyone always says.” Who started this rumour? This may actually annoy me more than the whole ‘London is the only city in England worth visiting’ ridiculousness.

I know we all do it. We stereotype without even really realising we are doing it. From an early age we judge people and places on first impressions or from tales passed down to us by others. No matter how hard we try to fight against them, we do unfortunately sometimes discover them to be true.

Maybe I have been oblivious to it for so long, but it has only really been in the last year or so that I have realised how many misconceptions people have about England, the people who live here, the culture and the food. I actually found it quite shocking. And yet, if I was to be brutally honest with myself, I have done it with other countries in the past and I feel ashamed for that.

If you are thinking of coming to England and are worried about brushing up on your Queen’s English because you won’t be able to understand anyone, then push your fears aside and read my guide to some of the most inaccurate English stereotypes.