Friday, May 11, 2018 / by Debi Bolusi
Mother Always Said You Should…
My Mom used to tell me repeatedly to do this and do that, not to do this and not to do that. ALL, I recall, very valuable advice. Looking back on it, I can say she was, and still is, a very wise woman.
Time reveals, in fact, just about every caring Mother is a Wise Woman. I can see why we carve out a special day each year to acknowledge Mothers. So here is a shout out to all Mom’s – Happy Mother’s Day!!
And not to be outdone, my Mom's birthday is May 7th, which always falls very close to Mother's Day each year. Unfortunately, my mom is no longer here, which makes me very sad this time of year. I am sure some of you reading this can relate and have similar stories. For all of those whose Mom is no longer here, may you remember the best about them. Also, there are many who never knew their Mom due to unfortunate circumstances. But I'm sure someone played a leadership role in their lives and ...
Friday, May 11, 2018 / by Debi Bolusi
Is there a home maintenance project that’s been lingering on your to-do list for too long because you’re dreading the trip to the hardware or craft store? There are some projects you can tackle with items that are almost certainly already in your home.
Vinegar: There’s probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged showerhead), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.
Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.
Baking soda: This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and kitchens. Baking soda can also be used to absorb odors.
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Tuesday, May 01, 2018 / by Debi Bolusi
An accent wall can totally transform a room, taking it from boring and drab to bold and exciting. Accent walls create a new focal point for your space, add liveliness and contrast, and are typically a very inexpensive DIY project.
The starter accent wall
You can easily add an accent wall to your room in one afternoon by applying a new paint color. Deep blues and bright oranges are common choices for accent walls, but choose a color that will complement your existing decor and overall design aesthetic.
Bright, contrasting paint is a good starting point, but there are other options for accent walls that are even more eye-catching and distinct. Floor-to-ceiling wood planks can make your home seem both rustic and modern all at once and provide a natural, outdoors-inspired feel. It’s more work than simply painting a wall, but it’s still relatively inexpensive. You can source the wood from pallets on Craigslist and stain it yourself before attaching it to ...
Thursday, April 26, 2018 / by Ernest Van Glahn
Ask the Expert: What is a loss history report and how does it affect my insurance?
Q: What is a loss history report?
A loss history report is a record of insurance losses associated with a home or car. These reports provide a record of the type of loss on the home, the date of the loss and the amount and status of each claim going back five years. The information in this report is generally used by insurers when they underwrite policies.
Q: Where does the information on loss history reports come from?
Most Homeowners and Auto insurance companies submit claims information to a database known as the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (C.L.U.E.). The companies then use that information in underwriting and pricing policies.
Q: What does this mean for me if I am buying a home?
If you are buyi ...
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 / by Debi Bolusi
An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.
Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.
Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home e ...