This is Daly, Carpe Diem’s branch manager, checking in today with an interview of Bertha, one of our long-standing cleaners!
Q. How did you start at Carpe Diem?
A. I was referred by a friend to Carpe Diem about 7 years ago.
Seize a Clean Day!
Q. How did you start at Carpe Diem?
A. I was referred by a friend to Carpe Diem about 7 years ago.
Hey! This is Madeline, Carpe Diem Cleaning’s General Manager, letting YOU know why we want your feedback. If you call or email the office, you’ll talk to either me, Andi or Daly. We will be jumping onto the blog more often to tell you who we are as a company and why we do some of the things that we do.
Many times people only want to know when they’re doing well. They dread getting bad feedback about how they or their team is doing. Not so at Carpe Diem!
Today let me just tell you why we want your feedback. We welcome hearing from our clients, whether what they have to say is good or bad!
Good feedback is helpful so that we know when we are doing a good job and that our clients are happy. Bad feedback is helpful so that we know what we need to address with our teams and fix to make our clients 100% happy.
Our teams’ are competent and are committed to helping you seize your clean day! If a mistake is made on our end, we will fix it. However, if we don’t know when something isn’t right, it is very hard for us to fix it.
Please be proactive in your communication with us, and we promise to be proactive in our communication with you.
St. Patrick’s Day is THIS Friday, and we can’t wait to celebrate! Whether you want to make this St. Patrick’s Day fun for your kids or for you and your significant other (or both!), we’ve got you covered!
Here are the best foods, crafts and sweet treats for you to enjoy this Friday or all weekend long!
You can even make rainbow fruit skewers to go along with breakfast (and make it a little healthier ;-). Simply pick 5 different colors of fruit, put them on skewers, and you’re done!
If your children enjoy making crafts, then they’ll love these St. Patrick’s craft ideas! For younger kids, try this marshmallow stamping craft to work on fine motor skills.
For an easy meal that the whole family will love, throw this Slow Cooker Irish Guinness Beef Stew in the Crock Pot in the morning and let the slow cooker work its magic all day. Or, make the classic Dublin Coddle instead.
Either way, be sure to bake this simple Irish Soda Bread with Orange Cream Cheese to go along with dinner. Don’t skimp on the cream cheese if you’re saving some of the bread for breakfast. With only 3 ingredients, you can be whip it up in just a few minutes! Trust us, you won’t regret it.
End your night on a sweet note with any one (or more!) of these desserts. The whole family will love these mint-flavored St. Patrick’s Day muddy buddies. Here’s a kid-friendly Shamrock Shake recipe, and here’s an adult-friendly Shamrock Shake recipe. ;-)
If you really want to celebrate this holiday to its fullest, make these Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes. Even though they’re made with Guinness in the batter, whiskey in the ganache and Bailey’s in the frosting, these are surprisingly kid-friendly (though you might want to keep them all for your self).
Looking for ways to save on heating and cooling costs while keeping your air at home healthy? These two tips will improve your air quality, the life of your HVAC system (one of the most expensive appliances to replace) and keep your home at just the right temperature for YOU.
One of the best ways to build habits is to set triggers around those habits. This Sunday is Daylight Savings Time, and though we’re losing an hour, it’s the perfect time to change your filters and fans. Set a reminder on your calendar to turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, March 12th (2:00 am will become 3:00 am).
Call your HVAC guy to come and check out your system and give it a tune up. You’ll be beating the rush of all those calls he’ll get when things start heating up in March.
Haven’t changed your air filters in a while? Make sure that you’re changing them monthly during winter and summer when your HVAC system is working the hardest. During spring and fall, you can change them every three months if you have a pet-free home and good quality air filters.
If you suffer from allergies or notice your air quality going down, changing your filters will improve your air quality and preserve the life of your HVAC system since it keeps out dust and other particles that clog up the system. Let’s take a second to breathe that in.
When you turn your clock forward, it’s time to turn your ceiling fans back! Make sure your ceiling fans are spinning counterclockwise to force cool air downwards. When your fans are spinning clockwise they will create an updraft that will force warm air down downwards. In spring, we want to prepare our house for the summer heat and use our fans efficiently.
This downward flow of air creates a windchill effect, which will make your home feel cooler than it is! Then you can raise your temperature and save your hard-earned money for something more fun–like spring break!
Pollen season in North Carolina lasts pretty much from March until September, with the worst of the yellow stuff plaguing us through March and April. Get some allergy medicine (antihistamines and/or nasal washes) now so you’ll have it when you need it!
Are you ready to get the musty winter smells out of your house and get a jump start on spring cleaning? The Sh-mop and Carpe Diem’s steam cleaning service will give you back your fresh, clean floors just in time for spring!
The Sh-mop is easy to use and reuse — simply toss the reuseable mop cover into the washing machine and you’ve got a fresh mop.
At Carpe Diem we love the Sh-mop! It helps us clean your hard-surfaced floors easily and effectively, and since the mop cover is removable we’re able to use fresh covers in every house.
It’s almost spring cleaning time! Get a jump start on your spring cleaning by scheduling your carpet cleaning with Carpe Diem. We even clean upholstery! Once your floors are clean and fresh, you’ll be ready to tackle the rest of your home. Go ahead and download our Carpet Cleaning Checklist to get things started.
You can give us a call 919-682-5326, or shoot us an email email@example.com to schedule your carpet cleaning today!
Do you want to live more simply this year? Or, do you just need to make room in your house for what you love? This is a great time of year to declutter and get your house in order! Marie Kondo’s book will help you to re-examine your space and things in a ruthless yet refreshing way.
We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what to get rid of. – Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo is a Japanese decluttering and organizing expert who has helped hundreds of clients tidy their homes. Impressively, none of them have relapsed into how they managed their clutter before her. Her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has sold over six million copies worldwide.
Her main theme is that you should only keep items in your house that spark joy. Any items that don’t bring you joy should be released with gratitude towards what they have done for you without guilt. While some of her suggestions are quirky to our Western culture, the framework will help you to efficiently declutter your entire house. She insists that this tidying process be done quickly in no more than 6 months. This way, the dramatic change will affect you in such a way that you do not go back to your old ways of collecting clutter.
Here are the things to declutter (in order) so that your decision-making skills are honed by the time you discard photos and mementos:
Clothes – Don’t let unwanted clothes be turned into lounge wear.
Books – Arrange books on your shelves so that you can see only books that you love without stacking them on top of each other.
Documents – Recycle (and shred as necessary) all documents except for ones such as birth certificates or passports. Find documents online as needed. And do you really need that pay stub or mortgage payment from 3 years ago?
Miscellaneous – Go through all other categories of items in your house separately. These include such as skin care products, electrical equipment, household supplies, kitchen goods, etc.
Photos/Mementos– Set these items aside until the end of the tidying process, and discard what you don’t love. This will make the things that spark joy feel even more special.
Gather items by category so that the entirety of that type of item is in one place when you sort through it. This way, you only have to make the decision once regarding what things to donate or throw away. For example, you might have six different pairs of scissors throughout your house when you really need only three. Would you really remember where the best ones are? However, if you organized your house by room over the course of several weeks, as many decluttering experts recommend, you wouldn’t use the best scissors.
Deciding where every item in your house goes is an essential part of Marie Kondo’s decluttering process. Often things that belong nowhere end up everywhere. Store things where they are easily put away so that you don’t continue to clutter up your house. Marie Kondo suggests that you not stack things on top of each other since things on the bottom often are forgotten. Instead, she says to use boxes to organize your things. Shoe boxes work well for larger items such as clothes, and iPhone boxes work well for office supplies and makeup.
Her folding method for clothes is a game changer, as it allows you to see all of your clothes in each drawer and actually fits more clothing in the drawer. Fold your clothes in thirds twice, and place upright in your drawers. Never again will you look in a drawer without being able to see everything at a glance!
Are you as excited about the Academy Awards as we are?! If you’re looking forward to seeing the gowns, laughing with Jimmy Kimmel, and seeing La La Land win Best Picture (we can hope, right?), don’t do it alone! Here are tons of ideas on how you can throw an Oscar party fit for the stars!
Use this free online official Oscars invitation to invite your friends to party in style. Add some Oscar-themed flair to your house by spray-painting Mason jars or wine bottles gold. Or wrap old film around battery-operated candles or votives to keep the movie theme involved. Keep the wine theme going, and hand out sparkling wine in champagne flutes as your guests arrive.
Have these Rate the Red Carpet printables from Hey Let’s Make Stuff ready and have fun seeing who’s dresses are the favorites of the night.
Let’s be honest, as much as we love the Academy Awards, waiting to see who wins Best Picture can get a little boring somewhere around Best Sound Editing. Oscar Party Bingo can be played throughout the night, and Name that Best Picture can be made once and then recycled year after year and be kept fresh with just a few changes here and there.
Want to keep track of who’s winning which award? Print out this Free Oscar Ballot from bidvine!
Keep these cranberry meatballs warm in the Crock Pot all night so that your guests can go back for seconds…and thirds!
Really want to go all out? Make these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cakes in a muffin pan and wow your guests with the chocolate truffle drizzle presentation.
Looking for a new restaurant to take your sweetheart to on that special date night? Here are our favorite restaurants in Durham and the Triangle with delicious food and that killer atmosphere that you and your date will love! Don’t forget to get reservations if you plan on visiting on a holiday or a busy night of the week.
JuJu 737 Ninth St. #210
$$ – Contemporary Asian tapas
Order several small plates to share with your date! The Braised Beef Short Tip Won Tons are to die for, and try sitting on the patio if the weather allows.
Mothers & Sons Trattoria 107 W. Chapel Hill St.
$$ – Seasonal Italian cuisine specializing in homemade pasta
Come prepared to try the Primi and Secondi courses. The Bombolotti cacio e pepe is simple pasta at its finest, and the swordfish will make your night!
Nana’s 2514 University Dr.
$$$ – Southern Regional Cuisine with European influences
You won’t go wrong if you order the risotto with three types of mushrooms and truffle butter. Nana’s Truffled Chicken Liver pate is another staple in this classic Durham restaurant.
Sushi Love 2812 Erwin Rd. #204
$$ – Sushi rolls and Japanese steak and seafood
You can buy one get one free sushi rolls every day at Sushi Love! The Durham Cares roll and the Sunrise Lava Roll are delicious, and order their Asian Pear martini to go with your meal.
Vin Rouge 2010 Hillsborough Rd.
$$$ – Authentic French cuisine
There’s no place better in the Triangle to eat raw oysters or the hangar steak with blue cheese. The bacon and gruyere macaroni and cheese is impeccable as well!
The Little Dipper 905 West Main St. #21A
$$$ – Local Full-Service Fondue
Try the Surf ‘n’ Turf entrée for two, which includes steak, lobster and ravioli. Finish your night with the Mocha Amaretto fondue with marshmallows, strawberries and more!
Dos Perros 200 North Magnum St.
$$ – Upscale Mexican serving vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free cuisine
Start with the Plantain Fritters, and for dinner go with the Carnitas or Carne Asada! Try the classic Top Shelf Margarita or mix things up with the spicy Hot Guava Margarita.
18 Seaboard 18 Seaboard
$$$ – Contemporary Southern, Locally-Sourced Grill
The menu changes often, but try the Big Rock Yellowfish Tuna or the Black Angus filet mignon if they’re on the menu! You can’t go wrong with the Crème Brûlée of the Day for dessert.
Brasa Brazilian Steakhouse 8551 Brier Creek Pkwy
$$ – Authentic Brazilian Steakhouse and Salad Bar
At this all-you-can-eat steakhouse, put your rock on green if you want more meat, and put it on red if you want to take a break. Try the pork, lamb or steak, and the coconut flan for dessert!
The Pit 328 W. Davie St.
$ NC Whole-Hog, Pit-Cooked Barbeque
Order the pulled pork or ribs, if you know what’s good for you, and enjoy the complimentary hush puppies! Try a local beer on tap to go with your meal.
Mint 504 W. Franklin St.
$$ – Contemporary Indian Cuisine
The portions at this restaurant are sizeable, and the garlic naan, tikki masala, or the chicken pasanda are to die for. For dessert, try the delicious gulab jamun!
Lantern 423 W. Franklin St.
$$$ – Award-winning Locally-sourced Asian cuisine
While the menu changes frequently, the Poulet Rouge chicken and crispy whole black bass are worth ordering for dinner. Try the warm chocolate cake for dessert or any of their amazing cocktails!
Glass Half Full 106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro
$$ – Contemporary American Kitchen & Wine bar
Start your meal with the charcuterie plate, and then order the duck confit or the crab mac and cheese. Ask your server for recommendations for wine, or bring a bottle home with you from their shop!
Oakleaf 480 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro
$$$ – Sophisticated Farm to Table American Dining
The menu changes constantly, but order the steak or gnocchi if you can! Ask the bartender for drink suggestions to go with your meal or try whichever crème brûlée is on the menu for dessert.
Lucky 32 Southern Kitchen 7307 Tryon Rd., Cary
$$ – Local Southern and American Cuisine
Start with the Voodoo Pig Bread, and order the catfish for dinner. Make sure that you order a drink from their extensive wine and local beer list!
Little Hen 5160 Sunset Lake Rd., Apex
$$ – Modern Farm to table American dining
While the menu changes seasonally, the local cheese and meat plate appetizer is always a hit! Try the locally-sourced pork for the main course and add one of their unique cocktails to your meal.
Sushi IWA 2026 Creekside Crossings Dr., Apex
$$ – Sushi Bar and Asian Restaurant
You can buy one get and one free sushi roll every day here, so check out the My Girl roll or any of the salmon rolls. If you’re not interested in sushi, try the bacon fried rice or the Imperial Chicken dish!
The last time the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl was way back in 1999, so it’s been a long (and often hard) wait. After a rocky start to the season, the Patriots have fought their way back to the big game. Whether you’re cheering for the underdog Falcons or the comeback Patriots, ladies and gentlemen, it is time to get our party on!!
You know Super Bowl parties are all about the food, so check out these mouthwatering menu ideas and get ready to party like a champ!
Enjoy the pregame and kickoff with some adult beverages, like these simple Red, White and Blue Layered Shots for Patriots’ fans. Or Falcons’ fans can try this Dirty Shirley cocktail. Into Jell-O shots? These can be made to support the Falcons or the Patriots! You can also create the perfect drink for your party with Gatorade Jell-O shots!
Check out Bertha’s anniversary interview with Carpe Diem! We’re so glad that you’re a part of our team, Bertha!
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