Thursday, May 28, 2015

For the Love of Lemons

While no one really knows the exact origin of lemons, they have been used for ornamental, medicinal, culinary and non-culinary purposes since the beginning of time.

It is believed that lemons arrived in Europe near Italy, around the first century AD, however, they were not widely cultivated. They were later introduced in the Middle east 700 years later, where they were used as ornamental plants. Lemons were spread throughout the Mediterranean region between 1000 and 1150.
The Italians were the first to substantially cultivate lemons in the middle of the 15th century. The lemon was later introduced to the Americas in late 1400's, when Christopher Columbus brought lemon seeds to Hispaniola on his voyages. Spanish conquest throughout the New World helped spread lemon seeds. 

In the mid 1700's, the Scottish physician James Lind's did experiments on seamen suffering from scurvy , which involved adding lemon juice to their diets, though vitamin C was not yet known. (Lemons are a major source of vitamin "C".)
During the 19th century, lemons were increasingly planted in Florida and California. Today there are more than 20 varieties of lemons in the US.

Below is the quick list of uses:

  • Produce preserver/cleaner
  • All-purpose cleaner/stain remover
  • Skin/hair/tooth/nail care 
  • Sore throat/nausea relief
  • Natural air freshener/deodorizer
  • Laundry booster
  • Salt Substitute
  • Brass/Silver Polish
  • Food Flavoring
  • Aromatherapy (Uplifting)

Below are some other resources - articles and Books - regarding Lemons:



Sunday, May 24, 2015

Books: Why Hiring a Housekeeper is Cheaper than a Divorce

Do you come home too tired after work to cook, clean or do laundry?

Do you argue with your spouse, room mate (or kids) about doing (or not doing) everyday household tasks?

You are not alone. It is estimated that American women spend on average, 25 hours weekly doing household tasks. That equals almost 100 hours a month, and more than 1,000 hours yearly of lost time!

What could you be doing with all of that extra "found" time?

Hiring a housekeeper is no longer just for the wealthy. It is a time management and productivity strategy for busy families and individuals, that will save hours of lost time, fatigue, and yes, even your marriage.

This book will show you the whys and the hows.


"Disputes between husbands and wives over the division of household labor are a leading cause of marital strife. And it's no wonder--women spend an average of 35 hours per week doing chores like cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, and laundry, while their husbands spend less than nine. Even when work is divided equally, how do busy families fit in the equivalent of a full-time job and still have time for more interesting and fun activities?

This book presents a solution that's been largely overlooked for at least a couple of generations--delegating those chores to a paid worker. Despite the cultural myths that label household help as a luxury only for the wealthy, author Kathy Fitzgerald Sherman shows that hiring help can be not only an effective time-management tool but also the best economic decision for a family. She offers some ideas for rearranging budgets to hire the help that will give busy women time for work, play, family, exercise, even needed sleep."

The author describes:
  • Why depending on husbands to share housework is unrealistic & futile
  • How to cost-justify a housekeeper's salary and sell the idea to a spouse
  • How to decide whether to hire a nanny, a housekeeper, or a cleaning service
  • How to define the job that needs doing and then find the right employee for that job
  • How to organize a household so that a housekeeper can work effectively
  • How to comply with the "nanny tax" laws
  • How to apply management skills from the workplace to treat a housekeeper fairly, while getting the best possible performance for every hiring dollar.

Filled with easy to implement information, this book will change the way you look at housekeeping services, the way you spend your money and the way you organize your time! It is available on To order your copy new or used, please click the link below!

A Housekeeper is Cheaper Than a Divorce


Thursday, May 14, 2015

What is an Eclectic Domestic?

Eclectic is defined as:
deriving ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.
Synonyms include:
wide-ranging, broad-based, extensive, comprehensive, diverse, varied, multi-faceted, miscellaneous, assorted.

Domestic pertains and relates to:
the running of a home and/or family relations, OR one who is paid to help with household tasks such as cleaning.

When I designed my list of services and offerings, it was with the idea that running a household entails so much more than simply cleaning it. It takes a wider range of skills than just dusting- skills that include home, hospitality and entertaining, and hence, I chose the name, "Eclectic Domestics-Home & Hospitality".

An Eclectic Domestic is one who educates themselves on a variety of subjects, and who is an expert at doing those tasks necessary for running a household-any household. 

We are not merely housekeepers or maids, but are a step above.

We are designers of living environments and a creators of atmospheres that are not only clean and organized, but serve as a peaceful sanctuary for visitors as well as all who live there. 

We take time to take care of our own needs (such as eating, exercising and stress management) and are mindful of our attitude and appearance when we meet with or work with our clients.

We are organized & efficient. We are punctual and enthusiastic. We think fast on our feet and go out of our way to solve problems before our clients have to ask. Serving the client is what drives our services. Honesty and Integrity are our middle and last names. 

We remember our client's birthdays, and we try to do a little something extra each time we visit (such as water the plants or wipe the hand and nose prints off the sliding glass door.) You work hard, and so do we. We charge fairly for the results we get, and we give back to the community whenever we can.

Are you in need of an Eclectic Domestic?

To learn more, and to schedule your complimentary consultation,
contact Barbara: 215-257-3193 or visit our web page at: 

Friday, May 1, 2015