Denise Perreault

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Denise Perreault is a writer and mother, originally hailing from Saint Paul, Minnesota. Growing up as one of seven siblings, Denise was no stranger to hard work. Each family member was expected to contribute to household duties, and Denise quickly learned she excelled in many areas. Her first job was with a local cleaning company, which serviced homes and small businesses around Saint Paul, eventually becoming the company's youngest manager. It was there that she learned many of the tips and business practices that serve her well today.

Following high school, Denise relocated to the NYC area, earning a Bachelor's degree in communications. It was during this time that she discovered her passion for writing, merging that with her previous business experience as a professional cleaner.

Denise has joined the CBS team as an educational outreach writer, sharing her tips, experience, and love of service. She lives in the NYC area with her husband, 2 boys, and their dog Jake.

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5 Home Appliances You Should Clean Right Now


Life can get pretty hectic, especially when you have two young boys running around the house like I do, so it’s understandable that sometimes, we don’t always clean our homes as thoroughly or as often as we’d like to. Even I’m guilty of sometimes finding a “science experiment” in the back of the fridge or smoking up the house because I forgot the clean the oven after the last time I made a pie. (Seriously, no matter what I do, I always seem to end up with blackened apple gunk on the bottom of the oven!) I’ll bet that there are even some appliances that you’ve pretty much never cleaned because you just never really think of it. Here are a few of the worst culprits I’ve found for that, the most overlooked appliances when you’re cleaning around the house.

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How To Stay Fit and Healthy With an Office Job


Your office chair is trying to kill you.

Well, alright, I’m being a bit dramatic there. But the truth is that sitting for extensive periods of time can be really harmful to your health. In fact, studies have shown that people who spend a large part of their day sitting have about double the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular problems compared to more active people. Add on top of that the aches and pains that can be caused by bad ergonomics at your desk, and having an office job can start to sound downright dangerous! But there are a few things you can do to keep active while you’re at work, and they don’t have to be as strenuous as going to the gym. Every little bit of activity helps.

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Easy-To-Prepare Snacks To Enjoy At Your Desk!


The holidays are upon us, and with them comes temptation in the form of a seemingly endless stream of holiday goodies brought into the office. When you’re working hard, trying to meet end-of-the-year deadlines, it’s easy to find yourself reaching for a little treat, a little something to reward yourself (or to quiet your growling stomach after you accidentally worked through your lunch break again). But there’s got to be a better afternoon snack than another gingerbread man or piece of fudge, especially since you’re bound to regret those snacking decisions when you get on the scale. I’ve found some good ideas for things you can bring in to eat at your desk that make much healthier alternatives to those holiday goodies. Here are some of my favorites:

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Spice Up Your Home or Office With These DIY Holiday Scents!


As the days turn darker and colder and we close up our houses against the chill, it’s easy for the indoors to start to feel stuffy and oppressive. There’s a reason why people get cabin fever after all, and part of it probably has to do with all of that stale air! It’s not exactly practical to open up all of the windows and let in the fresh air when it’s 10 below outside, but there is something you can do to freshen up the house. Try out these ideas for making your house smell more inviting, and you might just lift your spirits, too.

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You’ll Be Thankful For These Easy Thanksgiving Cleaning Tips!

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Turkey Day is almost upon us, and with it comes a lot of pressure. After all, this is an event that only comes once a year, and it’s steeped in tradition, so everything needs to be just right and just as people expect it to be: You’d better not mess up Grandma’s sweet potato casserole recipe when she’s sitting at your table! The pressure turns up another notch if your dinner guests are staying for the whole day or even multiple days. And that’s not to mention the added stress of prepping dinner under your mother-in-law’s watchful eye! Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to minimize the headaches and maximize your enjoyment of the holiday.

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