How to Have a BLAST on Your Next Snow Day

Are you dreading the next snow day?  Don’t want your kids to be cooped up in the house all day with nothing to do?  Here are 4 tips that will help you and your family have a blast on your next snow day and make great memories!

Bundle Upwinter boots snow

Go outside and play in the snow!  You’ll make great memories with your kids and wear them out in the process.  Need more ideas of things to do outside?  Blow bubbles and watch them freeze if the temperature is under 32°!  Whip up some snow paint with just water, food coloring (or Kool Aid), and squirt bottles.


Burn It Off!

kids laser beam obstacle course

Laser Beam Obstacle Course

If your kids aren’t worn out after playing in the snow, choose one of these awesome games to get them moving indoors.  First, grab an over-sized t-shirt for each child to wear, and stuff pillows inside.  Then clear out some space in your living room, and let them sumo wrestle!  Looking for an activity to do in a more contained space?  Make a laser beam obstacle course with your kids in a hallway and then watch in amazement how many times they’ll go through it!  Use painter’s tape, crepe paper or yarn and masking tape for easy clean-up.

 

Crafting FTW 

paper snow flake

Lisa Griffith’s 3-D Snowflake Tutorial

Need to do something a little quieter in the house?  3-D Snowflakes keep kids busy for ages, and older kids can do this craft by themselves after you show them how to do the first section of the snowflake.  If your kids enjoy science-themed activities, try making Borax Crystal Snowflakes with pipe cleaners!  Simply dissolve Borax in water and let the snowflake-shaped pipe cleaners sit in the Borax solution overnight.  The next morning, they’ll be amazed at the crystals that formed and can play with their creation without it breaking!


Sweet Break

white blue hot chocolate

Elsa White Chocolate from Baking Beauty

Don’t forget to take a time out from your day to enjoy a sweet treat!  After all, a snow day is the perfect (and, really, the only) time to make Snow Ice Cream.  Make this dessert by mixing together milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, and, of course, lots of clean snow.  Want something to warm you up instead?  Check out this easy recipe for Elsa-inspired White Hot Chocolate that just calls for milk, white chocolate chips, vanilla and blue food coloring.  Don’t forget to add Bailey’s in mom or dad’s hot chocolate or snow cream to take it to the next level! ;-)

Want to really get prepared for more snow days?  Check out this link with tips on how to make your own snow day box!   See our other blog post with even more tips on how to have a fun-filled, family snow day!

Prepping your Home for Snow + Free Checklist!

prepping for snow checklist

In North Carolina, we never know what to expect from the weather, especially in the winter!  Some years we have lots of snow and ice and power outages, and during other years we barely have a snowflake.  Whatever comes our way, it’s good to be prepared!  Scroll to the bottom of this post for the link to a Winter Home Maintenance Checklist to get your home ready for snow and ice.

Serious Snow Prepping
snow-shovel

Worried about possibly being without power for a few days if a snow or ice storm hits?  Buy gas heater or generator and have everything on hand and set up in advance.  Make sure that you have a thorough knowledge of safety hazards around a gas heater as it can be a serious fire hazard if used incorrectly.  Never leave a gas heater unattended, and keep it clear of any fire hazards, such as curtains and blankets.  Wouldn’t it be awful to think that you’ll have power in an emergency and spend time and money setting up a generator, only to not have it work?  If you have never had a generator set up before, have an electrician come to your home ahead of time to set it up so that you know that it is functioning correctly.


During the Snow Storm
winter-boots

If your car is parked outside, do yourself a favor and put your windshield wipers up and cover with old tube socks.  This prevents your wipers from sticking to your windshield and saves them from the ice and snow.  If temperatures drop below 25 degrees F, turn your faucets to just a drip so that your pipes don’t freeze.  If your pipes freeze in the winter, wrap your pipes in newspaper, towels or rags as needed.  Then warm them with a hair dryer if they freeze.

Make sure that you have charged electronics as needed if there is a threat of snow or ice before there is a power outage.  If you lose power, unplug important electrical equipment to avoid ruining it in a power surge when power is restored.

Click here to download the FREE Winter Home Maintenance Checklist!

Hopefully, we’ll have safe and happy snow days this year, and with these tips, you’re sure to have a peaceful rather than stressed snow day! 

Inclement Weather Policy

snow car door window

So far our winter has been pretty mild, but in North Carolina, the storm this past weekend shows that can change at any moment! Whatever comes for the rest of the season, it’s good to be prepared.

Safety is our number one priority!  Please be familiar with our policy during inclement weather.  We will work hard to accommodate each of our clients’ needs while also making sure our crews are not out in dangerous conditions.

During a normal workweek, Carpe Diem Cleaning follows the local public school systems to determine our hours of operations in the event of dangerous inclement weather conditions.  School system closures are determined by the safety of bus routes.  This provides a good indicator for both the safety of our crews coming to work from their own homes, as well as the safety of the routes to our clients’ homes.

Since our office and operations are based out of Durham, we follow the Durham County schools for closings or delays.  However, our route schedules into specific cities will follow the local schools for their respective counties (Wake and Orange).  For example, if Durham schools are open, but Orange County schools are closed, the Carpe Diem office will be open however we will not service homes in Orange County that day.  (As an alternative example, if Orange County schools are open, but Durham schools are closed, our office will be closed with the Durham schools and will not be in operation in any county that day).

If Carpe Diem is delayed for the day, your cleaning team will likely arrive in a different time window than normal or could possibly be switched to another day.  If your cleaning is switched to another day, we will contact you as soon as possible; otherwise expect the crew on a delayed schedule that same day. Please contact us that morning if this is a problem or if you have an urgent scheduling need.

InclementRoadIn the event of a closing or delay, our office will quickly respond to all email and phone communication as soon as we are able. If you have any questions regarding how we handle scheduling during inclement weather, please feel free to contact us at any time. While safety concerns can necessitate schedule changes in dangerous weather conditions, we will work very hard to accommodate each client’s scheduling priorities once we are back in operation!

You can also “Like” our Facebook page where we’ll be posting information about delays and closings. 

Post-Holiday Carpet Cleaning + Inclement Weather Policy

Many thanks to all our amazing clients, friends, fans, and family for an incredible 2016! We couldn’t do this without you! We are so excited for all that 2017 holds! 

Post Holiday Carpet CleaningCarpet Stain

Congratulations – you’ve survived the holidays! …But did your carpets? The holidays are a major source of activity in your home, often bringing extra foot traffic and brightly colored food and beverages.

The parties are over and the guests are gone – now is the perfect time to have your carpets steam cleaned! We’ll take care of any unfortunate party-induced stains your carpet may have suffered over the holidays, leaving it clean and fresh for the New Year. We even clean upholstery! 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 info@carpediemcleaning.com to schedule your carpet cleaning today!

Inclement Weather PolicyInclementRoad

So far our winter has been pretty mild, but in North Carolina, that can change at any moment! Whatever comes, it’s good to be prepared.

Here’s a quick summary of our Inclement Weather Policy:

In the event of inclement weather, our Main Office and Southpoint Office will follow the Durham county schools for closings and delays, and our Cary-Apex office will follow the Wake County school system. School system closures are determined by the safety of bus routes. This provides a good indicator to us for both the safety of our crews coming to work from their own homes, as well as the safety of the routes to our clients’ homes.

Our route schedules will also follow the local schools for whatever county they are in. For example, if Durham schools are open but Orange County schools are closed, the Carpe Diem office in Durham will be open, but we will not be servicing homes in Orange County.

For a complete explanation of our Inclement Weather Policy, you can refer to our blog post.

You can also “Like” our Facebook page where we’ll be posting information about delays and closings. 

QUICK LINKS TO CHECK OUT

So You Want to Build a Snowman…

It seems like every year Snow Days in NC are becoming more and more common. Whether your kids are home from school, or you’re just a kid at heart, make the most of your snow day with these creative activities!

Nathan Shield's delicious pancake art!

Nathan Shield’s delicious pancake art!

Pancake Art

Start your morning off right with a breakfast that’s both delicious and fun! Watch Nathan Shield’s hilarious pancake tutorial (or any of his incredible videos) for some inspiration. From Disney Princesses to dinosaurs to David Bowie, all you need is a squeeze bottle and a little creativity.

Frozen Bubbles

Ready to see something super cool? Bubbles will actually freeze if the temperature is below 32 degrees Fahrenheit! Whip up some homemade bubble solution — 3 cups water, 1 cup liquid dish soap, 1/2 cup white corn syrup (sugar makes your bubbles extra strong) — grab your coat and mittens, and head outside. Blow your bubbles into the air, then watch them freeze when they touch the ground.

Snow Ice Cream

While you’re outside braving the cold, scoop up some clean snow to make a delectable treat. All you’ll need is a little milk, sugar, and vanilla to make your own Snow Ice Cream – click here for the recipe.

Frozen Snowflakes from Anthony Herrera Designs!

Frozen Snowflakes from Anthony Herrera Designs!

Paper Snowflakes

Ready to come inside and warm up? Make your own snowflakes with paper and scissors! Download PDFs of Frozen themed snowflakes from Anthony Herrera Designs (or check out his amazing Star Wars designs!). For littler folks who can’t use an exacto knife yet, try these simpler designs from Disney.

Homemade Playdough

So you want to build a snowman, but one that’s not so cold and wet? With homemade playdough you can build just about anything. You’ll need flour, water, salt, oil, cream of tarter, and food coloring – follow this super easy recipe for play-ready playdough in less than 10 minutes.

Time to De-clutter!

Time to Declutter

De-Clutter Diva

Looking for a practical project? A snow day can be a great opportunity to do a little de-cluttering! Pick a spot in your home that needs some help, maybe it’s a closet, a desk, that corner of the bedroom, or the shelf in the garage. Start sorting! Have bags handy for trash, recycling, and items to donate. Put away any items you’re keeping that have a home somewhere else in the house. Focusing on one spot at a time can be more productive than trying to tackle the whole house at once. You’re taking on a manageable, bite-sized project that can easily be accomplished in a short amount of time.

15 Extra Simple Cocktails for your Snowday - from The Kitchn

15 Extra Simple Cocktails for your Snow Day – from The Kitchn

Snowed-in Cocktails

What an action-packed day you’ve had! Time to put up your feet and relax with an adult beverage. Check out these extra-simple cocktails  that use ingredients you’re likely to have in your cupboards.

Enjoy the Holidays with Carpe Diem!

The Holidays are a busy time – for us here at Carpe Diem and for you, our clients! We’ve put together some tips on how to make your holiday experience the best it can be. So keep calm and celebrate on!

A Change in Decor?

Holiday DecorHomes can get a little cluttered during this season as extra decorations go up for the Holidays. We recommend putting up your decorations after you’ve had your cleaning – this way your team will still have full access to the surfaces in your home and won’t have to work around Rudolph and The Abominable. However, we know you can’t plan your entire life around your cleaning schedule. So if candles and garlands need to go up before your cleaning appointment, give us a call (or shoot us an email) letting us know if there are any areas with especially delicate decorations that should be omitted from your cleaning, or areas that should still be cleaned but with extra caution.

Rescheduling: When & How

We will not be servicing homes on Christmas Day or the day after Christmas: Thursday the 25th and Friday the 26th. We will also be closed for New Year’s day on Thursday, January 1st. If your regular cleaning falls on any of these days, it will need to be rescheduled. If you have family or friends coming to visit, you might also need to reschedule your regular cleaning depending on their itinerary. Reschedules are made on a first come, first served basis, so please contact our office as soon as possible!

Let it Snow! …just not too much…

InclementRoadAll of us at Carpe Diem are hoping we don’t get a repeat of last year’s historically bad winter storms. Our fingers are crossed, but in the case of inclement weather, Carpe Diem will be following the school systems for delays and closings. Our Main Office and Southpoint Office will follow the Durham County schools for closings and delays, and our Cary-Apex office will follow the Wake County school system. Our individual route schedules will also follow the local schools for whatever county they are in. For example, if Durham schools are open but Orange County schools are closed, the Carpe Diem office in Durham will be open, but we will not be servicing homes in Orange County. Click here for a complete explanation of our Inclement Weather Policy. You can also “Like” our Facebook page where we’ll be posting information about delays and closings.

Tipping Your Team

HolidayTippingIf you’d like to gift your cleaning team with a holiday tip this season, you can leave cash or check in a clearly marked envelope for them to pick up at the time of your cleaning. If you prefer to give via credit card you can contact our office to have a tip added to your regular credit card payment. Your team members will receive the tip as an addition to their next paycheck, clearly marked with which client it’s from. Click here to read a full discussion on the topic of Holiday Tipping.

Carpets: To Clean, or Not to Clean?

Carpet StainThe Holidays are a major source of activity in your home – often bringing extra foot traffic and brightly colored food and beverages. A lot of our clients wrestle with the question of whether they should go ahead and get their carpets steam cleaned before the holidays. The facts are these: if your carpets have numerous unsightly stains and need some major rejuvenation, go ahead and give us a call – however, if they’re looking alright for the most part, we would actually recommend scheduling your steam clean appointment for January. This way we can clean up any of those unfortunate party-induced stains your carpet may have suffered over the holidays, leaving it clean and fresh for the New Year. Click here to download our Carpet Cleaning Checklist.

Get Ready for Company!

You’ve got celebrations planned and visitors on the way, you know you’ve got a lot of prep to do before their arrival, but you’re not quite sure where to start. Not to worry, we’ve created a handy checklist that will get you well on your way towards a stress-free holiday experience for hosts and visitors alike! Click here to download our Prepping for the Holidays Checklist.

INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

InclementRoadSafety is our number one priority!  Please be familiar with our schedule policy during inclement weather- we will work hard to accommodate each of our clients’ needs while also making sure our crews are not out in dangerous conditions.

During a normal workweek, Carpe Diem Cleaning follows the local public school systems to determine our hours of operations in the event of dangerous inclement weather conditions.  School system closures are determined by the safety of bus routes, which provides a good indicator to us for both the safety of our crews coming to work from their own homes, as well as the safety of the routes to our clients’ homes.

Our office and operations, being based out of Durham, follow the Durham County schools for closings or delays.  However, our route schedules into specific cities will follow the local schools for their respective counties (Wake and Orange).  For example, if Durham schools are open, but Orange County schools are closed, the Carpe Diem office will be open however we will not service homes in Orange County that day.  (As an alternative example, if Orange County schools are open, but Durham schools are closed, our office will be closed with the Durham schools and will not be in operation in any county that day).

If Carpe Diem is delayed for the day, your cleaning team will likely arrive in a different time window than normal or could possibly be switched to another day.  If your cleaning is switched to another day, we will contact you as soon as possible; otherwise expect the crew on a delayed schedule that same day. Please contact us that morning if this is a problem or if you have an urgent scheduling need.

In the event of a closing or delay, our office will quickly respond to all email and phone communication as soon as we are able. If you have any questions regarding how we handle scheduling during inclement weather, please feel free to contact us at any time. While safety concerns can necessitate schedule changes in dangerous weather conditions, we will work very hard to accommodate each client’s scheduling priorities for once we are back in operation!