Don’t just clean your house! Take your scrubbing and vacuuming outdoors this winter. Slush. Salt. Cinder. The winter weather can wreak havoc on your car! But with these cleaning hacks can keep your car clean.

1. Buy cheap mats. Purchase rubber car mats from your local dollar store and swap out the manufacture mats. You can easily wipe the dirt and grime away, and then toss the inexpensive accessory when the season is over without tossing out a ton of cash!

2. Break out the wipes. When your kids track in mud and cinders, you can easily wipe the mess away before it dries up, making it almost impossible to clean.

3. Line your cup holders. You’re more likely to sip hot cocoa and coffee in the car when the temperatures drop. You can combat sticky spillovers by putting cupcake liners in your cup holders. If you make a mess, simply throw away the soggy liner. If you want to splurge, pick up a pair of silicone liners.

4. Get a wax job. Before bad weather hits, protect your paint job with a wax sealant.

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Not long ago, Heather Hopson hosted a television show in the Cayman Islands. Today, she's back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. In her 15 years working as a professional journalist, this by far is her best assignment! Growing up, she dreamed of becoming Oprah Winfrey. She was the features editor for her school’s newspaper and a teen talk show host for her city’s most popular radio station. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Michigan State University. After graduation, she worked as a television producer and reporter at CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates throughout the U.S. Instead of heading to Chicago to join Ms. Winfrey on her set, she bought a plane ticket to the Cayman Islands instead. She arrived five days before a category five hurricane! She lived in paradise for seven years, hosted an award-winning television show and traveled the globe with a government delegation. She also served on the board of directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters and spearheaded a Send a Kid to Camp campaign. Then, she relocated to Washington, D.C. to obtain a teaching certification and instruct 8th grade reading at a high needs middle school. She later returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh, PA to raise her daughter Caitlynn, now 4-years-old. During her 10-month-stint as a stay-at-home mom, Caitlynn inspired her to create this blog, and Diary of a First Time Mom was born on Mother’s Day 2012. Two years later, she expanded the family to include 20+ writers. Currently, Heather serves as the communications director at Allies for Children. In addition, she is the owner of Motor Mouth Multimedia, which ranked #49 in Startup Nation’s Home-Based 100 Competition sponsored by Discover Card and Sam’s Club. Recently, The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments selected Heather to receive an Emerging Black Artist award to develop Diary of a First Time Mom.

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