Wonderful Together: 5 Ways to Care for Hardwood Floors

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So happy together. So wonderful together. What are things that go well together?

Peanut butter and jelly, or if you’re me, peanut butter and chocolate! (much less messy – but don’t worry about your floors after reading this) I also love meat and potatoes, a dog and a cat, and coffee with whipped cream. My last one might be unexpected, but I’ve certainly gone all domestic on you all! It’s Bona Hardwood Floor Mop and the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaning solution. The perfect duo! You will be amazed at what they can do. I know I have been. And let me explain.

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As you know, we just went through a major home renovation. It’s about 99% done. I can’t say 100% because there are little things here and there that have to be tweaked, fixed, decorated, etc. And eventually we’ll move onto Phase 2, which involves a whole garage and two new bedrooms. WOW. For Phase 1, we expanded our second floor to have a larger master bedroom, a large master bathroom with tub, and a walk-in closet for us both. The final project was to refinish our hardwood floors – both the upstairs ones and the main level ones. They were all badly overdue! It was a tough few days for the family.

And then we came home to the most gorgeous floors!

Now is the tough part. We love our floors but we need to keep loving them. I don’t want any dirt or dings or smudges or scratches on our new beloved and clean floors! That’s why I got the Bona Hardwood Floor Mop, AND the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaning solution. Magic! So wonderful together! Just in time for Valentine’s Day. Why are they perfect together? Simple. You can use a variety of Bona hardwood cleaner products with your mop of choice from the Bona family of mops, depending on which you prefer. They’re paired perfectly. It takes all the guesswork out of choosing quality products.

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This is the next generation of wood floor mops, and exactly what your home needs! It’s the only thing that makes Bona’s wood floor cleaning solution even better than it is! Also, my kids AND my pets are totally enamored with it.

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Here are five ways to take care of new or newly refinished or older hardwood floors:

1 – Put mats in your home in places of entering and leaving the house. When you enter a house, especially in the winter, you have little rocks that stick to your boots that can put dings and scratches into soft wood floors.

2 – Vacuum your floor at least once a week.

3 – Close windows and doors when expecting rain, and put trays under house plants so they don’t leak water on floors.

4 – Protect high-traffic areas with area rugs and furniture pads.

5 – Enjoy the perfect pairing of Bona’s family of mops, and their family of hardwood floor cleaning solutions! They are meant to be together, and will clean well together.

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Check them out here to see where you can pick up the product for yourselves and test out this proven pair. You can visit the BonaFide Fanatics page on the website and receive free shipping plus $5 off a mop!

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What’s your favorite duo?

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5 Ways to Have a New Year Home Refresh

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I partnered with MONI Smart Security on this post, but all opinions are my own.

AD We are so excited to share all of the aspects of our home that make us feel safe and secure, and to show how easy it can be to do so. It's the new year and time for a brand new home refresh. Here are 5 ways to refresh, all within your reach!

One of the most exciting parts about the new year has been our home renovations.

We’ve had a lot of delays and we’re nowhere near done, but somehow only days before New Year’s Eve, we had a new bedroom to sleep in, and a brand new bathroom to enjoy – only seconds before our house guests were due to arrive for five days! Now that the rooms are usable, the fun part begins. I’m talking paint colors, DIY projects, reading nooks, revamps, and of course – home security. Just changing two rooms has caused us to rethink the rest of the house too. It was time!

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We live in the middle of four acres of New England woods. When we bought our house several years ago, the locksmith suggested we needed security for our home – especially with a toddler and a baby on the way – but we weren’t ready for that step yet. Luckily we weren’t, because we hadn’t yet imagined the way technology would make it easier than ever for us to have a safe and secure home. Now we’re working on a smart home, piece by piece, and we’ve had the best luck with MONI Smart Security. That’s why I’m so excited to share my 5 ways we’re doing a home refresh for the new year.

It will indeed be a happy new year with these 5 ways:

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1 – Create a passion space. I say passion because that can vary. For example, in my sister’s house, she’d create a fitness space. Here, it’s all about creating a reading space. It’s a place to dream and be quiet and better yourself. I always creating a room for quiet, too, whether in this space or another one in your home. You can find a small table or nightstand, pillows, candles, books, etc. In our house, we’re doing that with our bedroom since it’s going to be quite big.

2 – Have fun with one accent shade. We have bold taste in our house, but we keep the boldness to the numerous photographs and pieces of art on the wall. It’s such fun to narrow it down to using just one shade of an accent color. In our case, it’s a dark blue. You can find it all over the house, and even on the front door. We have one dark blue wall in our bedroom and bathroom, as well as the hallway leading to the master suite. And we have dark blue linens! We love it.

For a bonus tip, splurge on new linens and towels – and find them in that accent shade!

(That mannequin is going to hold a costume my husband made. It isn’t as random as it looks!)

3 – Rearrange your accessories and art. Every now and then we need a revamp, don’t we? We’ve had the same photo gallery up for ages, and I keep saying to our guests, “Those photos are so old!” I’m a photographer so we need to switch it up with new family photos! We also move small shelves, bookends, pillows, and rugs every now and then just to see how it will look.

4 – Let there be lots of light! I love light personally, and depend on it for my mood and for my photography. That’s why it’s cost-effective to buy a fun new light fixture or bed lamp, or to work on new shades/curtains/blinds. Feel that freshness!

5 – Explore the amazingness of MONI Smart Security professional monitoring. Now that we’re making such important home updates, it’s time to stop putting off what should be #1 on your to-do list. Not to mention it’s so easy to protect your family with MONI professional monitoring. This monitoring experience is different from any other home monitoring experience.

How so? It’s because MONI delivers unmatched speed and personalization in home security through the integration of the latest smart technology with their award-winning monitoring capabilities. My family feels safer with MONI, because we are safer with MONI. MONI has 24/7 monitoring capabilities that has allowed them to be trusted advisors and providers for nearly 25 years. As a result, their over 1 million customers (like us!) feel more secure every day.

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They have also responded to customers – as illustrated through high customer satisfaction rankings. MONI knows people want options in home and life security, and this is one of many reasons they offer a variety of equipment that includes the latest smart home technology and setup options. There’s everything from activate yourself options (like the Nest Secure system) to professional activation. On a personal note, the activation could not have been easier! There’s always a friendly team of professionals to help monitor your home 24/7. The setup and enrollment process took only minutes. The sense of security?

That’s sticking around for a lifetime.

I love MONI’s commitment to the future of a connected home. I also love that with using MONI, the burden is off of me to check my notifications and contact authorities myself. That is all taken care of by MONI. Such a feeling of security.

What would you do for a home refresh in the new year?

AD We are so excited to share all of the aspects of our home that make us feel safe and secure, and to show how easy it can be to do so. It's the new year and time for a brand new home refresh. Here are 5 ways to refresh, all within your reach!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of MONI Smart Security.