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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.

Life Decisions and the Magic 8 Ball


Scott and I have become so indecisive that we have begun to rely on a Magic 8 Ball to make all of our decisions, both important and irrelevant. And when I say Magic 8 Ball, I of course mean an app on my phone, because I don’t travel around with an *actual* Magic 8 Ball. That would be weird.

“Should we get pizza tonight?” It says no, so we go pasta instead.

“Should we watch Boyhood at the cinema?” It says uncertain, so we cancel it altogether.

“Should we move to Amsterdam?” It says most definitely, so we do.

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.