The Daily Green Restaurant

For healthy, organic eating in Gainesville, look no further than the Daily Green.  Located at 436 SE 2nd street, this restaurant offers a plethora of vegan and vegetarian meals that also happen to be delicious.  From kale-avocado salad, banana and walnut waffles, to the legendary tarragon yogurt chicken salad sandwich, you’ll be surprised at how satisfying healthy food is.  Wash down your meal with one of their organic fresh juices, fruit smoothies, or water grass and ginger shots.  Open seven days a week from 9:30 to 4pm on Mondays through Fridays and 11 am to 4pm on weekends, stop by today to get your healthy fix!

http://www.dailygreendowntown.org/

1982 Bar Music and Arts Cafe: A bar with a twist

What better kind of a bar to put in a college town than a bar that lets you play video games?  1982 Bar offers an extensive menu of vegetarian, vegan, and straight up carnivore options from BBQ pulled pork tacos, to veggie wraps, coffees, shakes, and of course, beers.  After guzzling down some tasty beers, play any of their Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Sega Genesis, or Nintendo 64 games and get super nostalgic.  On top of that, there are shows ranging from stand up comedy to theater as well as an art exhibit.  Located at 919 W University Avenue, in Gainesville and open from 6:30 pm to 2 am Tuesday through Friday and 7:30 pm to 2 am Saturday through Monday, come by to get your drink and video game on like it’s 1982 at 1982 Bar.

http://www.1982bar.com

Get a handle on those germs

Now that winter is upon us, the weather change will be sure to make a few people sick.  No matter how much you avoid contact with sick people in your school or at your work, you may be still be getting into contact with their germs in some of the most overlooked places… door handles, knobs, and light switches.  Be sure to keep some hand sanitizer with you and make sure to use it every time you use a door handle or knob in public, or better yet wash your hands frequently.  De-germ your home as well, by cleaning your own handles, knobs, and switches with a disinfectant once or twice a week to make sure they are squeaky clean!

http://www.goodearthproducts.net/blog/how-dirty-are-door-knobs/

 

How to naturally clean your oven after that hectic Christmas meal

Cooking such a large meal, you are bound to get a few spills and stains in the oven.  You could use a store bought cleaner,  but by just using a few ingredients you already have in your own kitchen,  you don’t have to deal with those harsh,  chemical smells and you’ll save a few bucks. All you need is:

  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons of coarse salt
  • Warm water
  • A small glass bowl
  • A scrubbing sponge

First,  in the small bowl,  add the baking soda,  salt, and enough water to make a paste.  Then apply the paste directly to the stained areas and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.  Get the sponge a bit damp and wipe off the paste and grim in seconds. Your oven will look good as new! Remember,  any cleaning method works best when you treat the problem area sooner rather than later,  so try to treat spills and stains as soon as you can. http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-clean-an-oven-with-all-natural-ingredients-apartment-therapy-tutorials-211840

4 places in your apartment home that you might be forgetting to clean

When you do your regular cleaning, you probably only clean the things and places that are right in sight. However, there are several places that you may overlook.  However, not taking some time to clean these places may contribute to allergies or even funky smells, and no one wants that!  Here are some things in your home that you might have forgotten to clean.

Under things

Whether it is under the bed, under the sofa, or under dressers, if these places are not attended to, it will lead to an accumulation of dust.  All that dust can cause musty smells and even allergies making it impossible to breathe freely in your own home. Make sure to run a vacuum under those places to get those dust bunnies out!

 Between couch cushions

We lay, sit, and even eat on our couches, so they are bound to catch a few mystery items, like loose change, hair pins, crumbs, or even remotes you thought were long gone.  Remember to clean in-between the cushions to get all of that gunk out.   Move the couch and vacuum under it too.

 Make-up brushes

For something you girls use on your face almost every day, it also happens to be a thing that you might forget to clean.  All that accumulation of old makeup, dust, and oil is not good to put on your face so be sure to wash your brushes regularly with some shampoo to get them like brand new again.

Air vents

Just like the dust under your bed, the dust on your air vents can contribute to musty smells and allergies.  All of that dust being blown into your home is not good, so be sure to wipe them down regularly with a microfiber cloth or duster

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/six-things-youre-probably-forgetting-to-clean-211953

2 ways to naturally add moisture in the air

With winter comes the cheery holiday season, decorative lights, and cool, crisp weather… but cool, crisp weather can also be a bit dry. If you have found that the air in your apartment/home is bone dry and you are coughing, having dry skin, an itchy throat, or an irritated nose then you’ve probably thought about getting a humidifier. Considering that it is the holiday season and you have probably (or will soon) spend a bit of cash on holiday presents, you may not be ready to invest in a humidifier, so here are 2 ways to get a bit of moisture in the air, cheap and natural.

-You can fill vases or bowls about ¾ of the way full with water and let them stand around the house as they slowly evaporate, adding the much needed moisture to your home. Get decorative by adding flowers or marbles in the water or you can get seasonal and add fake snowflakes to the water as well.

-You can also simmer some water in a pot on the stove (make sure to keep an eye on that pot so it doesn’t go dry) to get faster results. Add cinnamon sticks, vanilla, orange or lemon peels to the simmering water to fill your apartment/home with a delightful aroma.

This winter weather does not have to dry out your apartment/home.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/moisture-home-humidifier-26340.html

Manuel’s Vintage Room

If you adore authentic Italian cuisine accompanied with delicious wines but you don’t have the time or money to book a trip to Italy, I can assure you that you will find the next best thing at Manuel’s Vintage Room.  Located at 6 South Main Street, Gainesville, Florida, this menu will be sure to have your mouth watering. From Tuscan bean soup,  to goat cheese pizza,  to lobster ravioli, this menu will not disappoint you.  You can even opt to have Manuel’s cater just about any special occasion you may be hosting, from a graduation party to a wedding party.  Manuel’s even host monthly wine dinners.  For just $85, you can enjoy 5 wines with a 5-course meal on the last Monday of the month.  Open from 5 pm to 10 pm on Tuesday through Saturday and 5 pm to 9 pm on Sundays, stop by soon for a remarkable meal like no other!

http://manuelsvintageroom.com/

Get that grease out of your kitchen!

From frying chicken for dinner to preparing a bacon breakfast, grease stains are almost impossible to avoid.  However, no matter how delicious these fried goods are, grease stains are not fun at all and they are a pain to clean. Here are some ways to wave goodbye to those nasty grease stains using vinegar or baking soda.

Vinegar

Pour some undiluted vinegar into a small spray bottle and spray it directly on the grease spots.  Don’t be afraid to spray generously!  Leave the vinegar for 5 to 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a dishcloth.  Viola!  The grease is gone!

 Baking soda

As you know, baking soda is one of your best friends when it comes to natural cleaning products, and the case is no different here.  To get rid of stains on your surfaces, sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge and scrub the surfaces. Afterwards, take a clean, damp sponge to remove any excess powder.

Another tip, if you happen to get grease on your clothes, sprinkle, a generous amount of baking soda on the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. The baking soda should soak up the grease!

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-green-clean-grease-from-138621

Christmas tree color schemes

Thanksgiving has come and gone, so the next big holiday is a big time favorite:  Christmas.  It’s a time for friends and family to get together, a time for sharing, caring, and of course, decorating.   If you are like my family, you went out and got a tree the day after Thanksgiving, but have no fear, there is still plenty of time to get and decorate that big old evergreen.  Here are a few color schemes to get your creative juices flowing.

Blue, green, and silver

For those of you who were born and raised in Florida, this is a perfect color combination.  It’s festive enough to remind you of the holiday season, but the blues and greens also remind you of that clear ocean water that Florida is famous for!

White and silver

There also might be those of you who want to be enveloped in all that is winter especially at Christmas time.  White and silver gives the effect of a beautiful snow scene.

Blue and orange

What better way to combine UF school spirit and the holiday spirit! “Go Gators”

Red and Gold

Simple but classy, these colors will add warmth and a feeling of serenity to your Christmas tree.

Red, white, and green

There is nothing wrong with adding classic Christmas colors to your tree.  Let your guests know you mean business by adding these timeless holiday colors to your tree

Go on, get to decorating!

http://www.bhg.com/christmas/indoor-decorating/christmas-color-schemes/#page=1