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4th of July Events Around Atlanta – 2013

Posted on June 27, 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Looking for something to do in Atlanta during this 4th of July holiday? We’ve put together a list of  (mostly free) fun events.

Lenox Square Legendary 4th

Celebrate 4th of July at Atlanta’s Lenox Square Mall

For over 50 years, Lenox Square has celebrated Independence Day with fun events for the entire family. The largest fireworks display in the Southeastern United States will also feature musical entertainment, food concessions and the ‘Atlanta’s Next Legend’ talent search.

Date:  Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time:  10am – 10pm

Place:  Lenox Square Mall | 3393 Peachtree Rd. NE | Atlanta, GA 30326

Fee: Free

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Red, White & Brew @ The Georgia Aquarium

Red, White & Brew Proceeds Benefit the Aquarium’s Educational Programs

(From the website.) Sample an unlimited amount of beer and enjoy classic 4th of July fare at the coolest location in the city to view the Centennial Olympic Park fireworks show. Features live music by Yacht Rock Schooner, a photo booth by OMG Booth and other fun surprises!

Date:  Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time:  6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Place:  Georgia Aquarium Oceans Ballroom and parking deck rooftop

225 Baker St. NW | Atlanta, GA 30313

Fee: $55 (+tax) until July 2nd

Red, White & Brew Proceeds Benefit the Aquarium’s Educational Programs.

For Information: Click Here

Red, White & View @ The Georgia Aquarium

Enjoy the best view of the Fireworks at Atlanta’s Centennial Park

(From the website.) Atlanta families also have access to the city’s BEST VIEW of the Centennial Olympic Park Fireworks show from 7:30 – 11 p.m. during Red White & View. Your ticket includes access to the Aquarium’s prime firework viewing area, fun activities for kids, summertime treats and desserts and beverages for all.

Date:  Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time:  7:30 pm – 11:00 pm

Place:  Georgia Aquarium | 225 Baker St. NW | Atlanta, GA 30313

Fee: $15 (Kids) $20 (Adults & Seniors)

For Information: Click Here

Sparkle in the Park – Lilburn, GA

Family friendly entertainment, including the A1A, recognized as the Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show.  Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy an evening of children’s activities, a live band and fireworks.

Date:  Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time:  4:00  pm – 10:00 pm

Place:  Lilburn City Park | Main St NW & Railroad St NW | Lilburn, GA 30047

Fee: Free

For Information: Click Here

Dunwoody 4th of July Parade

(From the website).  The Largest 4th of July Parade in Georgia! On Thursday, July 4, 2013, the Dunwoody Homeowners Association and the Dunwoody Crier Newspaper will host the annual 4th of July Parade featuring marching bands, floats, clowns, and  local celebrities.  The 2.2 mile parade route steps off from the intersection of Mount Vernon and Jett Ferry at 9:00 a.m., and proceeds west on Mount Vernon to Dunwoody Village Parkway.

Date:  Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time: 9:00 am

Place:  Mount Vernon & Jett Ferry – Dunwoody, GA

Fee: Free

For Information: Click Here

Centennial Olympic Park 2013 4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Come celebrate Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration with a night of fun and entertainment for the entire family, including downtown Atlanta’s best fireworks display.  Please adhere to park guidelines which are outlined on the website.

Date:  Thursday, July 4, 2013

Time: 6:00 pm (Gates Open) 9:40 pm (Fireworks Start)

Place:  Centennial Olympic Park | 265 Park Ave West N.W. | Atlanta, Georgia 30313

Fee: Free

For Information: Click Here

What are your plans?

What fun things do you have planned for the 4th of July?

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How to Clean your Bathroom in a Flash!

Posted on June 20, 2013. Filed under: Bathroom Cleaning Tips | Tags: , |

The bathroom. The home of messy spills, dried  on toothpaste, scum attracting showers, the pernicious boy bathroom smell and much more. It’s also the room your visitors are likely to spend the most time inspecting. (Did you know 40% of people admit to snooping in medicine cabinets?)

Clean-Bathroom

Guests coming over and you need to get the bathroom cleaned quickly? Here are a few ideas.

  1. Gather your Supplies
    One of the biggest time wasters is having to search for items as you need them. Save yourself the trouble by collecting all of your bathroom cleaning supplies and tools before you get started.
  2. Work from Top to Bottom, Corner to Corner
    Eliminate the need to backtrack to clean an area more than once by working from top to bottom.
  3. Spray the Tough Areas
    If possible, spray the areas that need a little bit of  “elbow grease” first. As you work in other areas, you will give the cleaning products time to work on stains. Read the instructions to make sure you don’t let the products “sit” beyond the recommended time.
  4. The Quickest Route to a Clean Bathroom
    Last but not least – the quickest way to get your bathroom clean is to hire a professional Atlanta maid service.  A professional service has the expertise, tools and equipment to get all of the nooks, crevices and crannies cleaned. Having a service come in two or three times a month keeps the mess at bay.

    Here are some reviews from our long-term customers.

    An Excellent Job for 15+ Years:
    Sponge & Sparkle has been cleaning my office and home for over fifteen years and always does an excellent job. I can recommend them without reservation.“Fussy” Homeowner Says “It Sparkles”
    We have had Sponge & Sparkle for a few years now and I am a fussy homeowner. They do a fantastic job–coming home after a hard week, it is so wonderful to have everything so clean it sparkles. Baseboards, blinds, all the surfaces are spotless. And they come on time every time. Great cleaning service.

    Loves to Come Home Every Other Wednesday
    My daughters says it best … I love to come home every other Wednesday! S & S do a wonderful job on our home and treat our things like they were their own.

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Read more Atlanta maid and house cleaning service customer reviews on our site.
Request a cleaning quote.

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Are These Myths Stopping you from Hiring a House Cleaning Service?

Posted on June 13, 2013. Filed under: About Sponge & Sparkle, Time Management | Tags: , , |

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You know you need a house cleaning service.

You can’t wait to feel the way our client Judy does:

… coming home after a hard week, it is so wonderful to have everything so clean it sparkles.

So, what’s stopping you? If you haven’t hired a professional Atlanta house cleaning service yet, one of the following myths is probably getting in the way.

Myth #1 – “They” Will Judge Me

My team is there for one reason – to get your home sparkling clean.  My customers provide the business that I have had since 1981 so that I can employ a wonderful team of Sparklers and stimulate the economy.

In short, we are not judgmental. We are grateful your home needs to be cleaned.

Myth #2 – I Need to Clean a Little – First

This myth is related to first one.  A trained, professional house cleaner can get your home top to bottom clean in a fraction of the time. So don’t pile the stress on yourself, call the experts!

Myth #3 – House Cleaning Services are Only for Rich People

This is a uniquely North American myth. House cleaning services are not just for the wealthy. In fact, in most countries around the world, middle class families have a full-time housekeeper (and chauffeur) on staff.

Myth #4 – It’s for Lazy People

House cleaning services are for people who want to work smarter, not harder. What is a better use of 2 hours – spending time with friends and family or cleaning the bathroom?

Imagine – what could you do with an extra 28 days a year? That’s the average amount of time (685 hours) spent cleaning.

Myth # 5 – I Don’t Want People In My “Stuff”

The only time you need worry about security is if you hire a “trunk slammer” and not a professional cleaning service. All of our employees go through background checks and training. In addition, our employee retention is 15 to 20 times the industry average. While the industry turnover is 3 to 4 months, our employees stay with us an average of 5 years – and many have been with us for much longer.

Myth #6 – My Mother Could Do It – Why Can’t I?

Life is much more complicated than it was even 30 years ago. More information, more toys, more choices, a longer commute and a much longer workday means you are juggling more than your parents ever dreamed.

Isn’t it time you stopped measuring yourself against an unobtainable standard?

Make a list of what you are going to do with an extra 685 hours a year and call Sponge & Sparkle at (404-633-9652) to get your home sparkling clean.

You deserve it!

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Read more Atlanta maid and house cleaning service customer reviews on our site.
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Before You Use Any Antibacterial Product, Read This

Posted on June 6, 2013. Filed under: Green Cleaning |

If you are using anti-bacterial soap, there is a good chance it contains triclosan, an antibacterial agent. I recently read an article about the effects of triclosan which gave me pause. It turns out that this chemical, which is included in many consumer products, has side effects worth exploring.

Hand sanitizer's in a building's lobby.So what should you know about triclosan?

It’s Everywhere

Triclosan is not just found in soap. It is an ingredient in many other consumer products, including: toothpaste, face wash, deodorant, mattresses, toothbrushes and even shoe insoles.

It’s Also a Pesticide

Did you know triclosan was registered as a pesticide with the Environmental Protection Agency in 1969?

It’s Linked to Health Risks in Animals

Triclosan has been linked to what scientists call “really dramatic” effects on cardiac function in mice – heart muscle function was reduced by 25% and grip strength was reduced by 18%.

Animal studies have also shown a link between triclosan and suppressed thyroid hormone. According to the FDA, “animal studies have shown that triclosan alters hormone regulation.”

Some scientists are concerned triclosan could affect the risk of infertility, early puberty and other hormone-related problems in humans.

Due to increased public pressure, the FDA is studying the effects on triclosan to determine whether or not it should be used in consumer products.

 You Don’t Need it to Kill Bacteria

If you are trying to kill bacteria, soap and water will do the job. According to the FDA, “the agency does not have evidence that triclosan in antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water.”

It Lingers in the Environment

The chemical gets in our water supply and flows in to our lakes and rivers. This is unfortunate since studies provide that Triclosan harms fish and other aquatic life.

 Using it Defeats the Purpose

The American Medical Association has found that Triclosan could lead to antibiotic resistant bacteria. So instead of killing germs, prolonged use over time might lead to stronger, more resistant ones.

Fortunately, you can check your product labels to see if triclosan is listed as an ingredient.

 For More on Triclosan

Health Dangers in Personal Care Products

FDA Consumer Guide on Triclosan

EPA – Triclosan Facts

Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Triclosan

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Request a cleaning quote.

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