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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Prepare Your Home For Winter’s Wrath

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Fall is such a beautiful time of year… but far too short and, unfortunately, winter won’t be far behind. While we’re enjoying the crunching of leaves below our feet, now is the time to think ahead to what needs to be done before the snow flies. Preparation is key during this time to make sure that you’ll be comfy and warm throughout the winter. With a little attention to your home now, all you’ll have left to do come wintertime is hunker down and relax! And shovel, but we won’t dwell on that yet.

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Cheap and Easy Halloween Costumes You Can DIY With Your Kids

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Every year, I struggle to get my boys to decide early what they want to be for Halloween. A firefighter? A ninja? R2-D2? They’d decide on their costumes at the beginning of October, I’d go out and buy everything they needed … and then about a week before the big day, they’d suddenly change their minds and decide that they wanted to be something totally different. This left me with two options: Waste money by not using the costumes I’d already bought (for which I usually couldn’t find the receipt by then), or make them wear them trick-or-treating anyway and deal with their grumpy scowls all night long. After a couple of years of this, though, I came up with a better idea: Why spend money and plan ahead to get costumes they’ll end up not wanting to wear when I could just wait until they were really sure of what they wanted to be and put something together (often for less money) myself? Better yet, some of the best DIY Halloween costume ideas are simple enough that the kids can help, too! Here are a few ideas I’ve come up with for this year’s costumes: Hopefully, they’ll sound like good ideas to the boys in another week or so!

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Experience Autumn In New York!

“Autumn in New York: Why does it seem so inviting?” The answers to the question in that old song are pretty obvious to me. I absolutely love fall, from the slight chill in the air to the flavors of cider and doughnuts (and yes, sometimes a pumpkin latte or two). New York City is a great place to live year-round, but this is definitely my favorite season. Here are some fun reasons why “it’s good to live it again.”

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It’s Time To Give Your Cubicle A Makeover!

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If you’re a white-collar worker, chances are good that at some point, you’ll end up working in a “cube farm.” Cubicles can be so dull, so impersonal, contributing to the sinking feeling that you’re just another cog in the corporate machine. But there is a way to both lift your spirits and make you feel more like a human being and less like a robot at the office. Try personalizing your space with these tips to make the most of your environment and make your cubicle a homier place to work.

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Here Is Your 15 Minute Clean Routine

Let’s face it: We’ve all got busy lives, and we don’t often have the time to make sure that our homes are sparkling clean. Or do we? There are a few strategies you can use to help keep your living space tidy, and many of them only take a few minutes at a time. Here are some tactics to cut down on your cleaning time and still have a presentable home. Continue reading