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6 Surprising Food Safety Tips

6 surprising food safety tips with titleFood safety tips that may surprise you You probably learned some basic food safety tips from your parents or in school. But here are some important rules you may not know about. The order you shop in matters: Food safety starts at the grocery store. Pick up frozen and refrigerated items last, then move to checking out. Peeling isn't washing: Even fruits and veggies you peel should be washed before eating, since it’s very easy for bacteria to transfer from the peel to the part you’ll eat. Toast flour if you're not baking it: We all love raw cookie dough, but read more...

Avoiding LinkedIn Scams

Avoid linkedin scams with title LinkedIn Scams Coming Around Again Savvy as we may be about online scams these days, scammers are always coming up with new ways to swindle the unsuspecting. Some of the latest are on the job-hunting and networking site, LinkedIn. Scammers want to infect your computer with malware by having you open links or files – including fake job applications. Here are some ways to keep your data safe. Accept connections carefully. Look over accounts to see if they look real, before simply accepting the connection request. Fake account warning signs include not having a photo and little to no personalization or read more...

5 Thoughtful Questions for Your Next Interview

5 thoughtful interview questions with titleHere are 5 great questions to pull out for the  next interview you go on Landing a job interview is cause for celebration. But are you prepared for the dreaded, “Do you have any questions for us?” With this list, you will be. • What is a typical day like for the person in this position? • What metrics will be used to measure performance? • What are some of the short-term and long-term goals for the growth of the company? • What are advancement paths for someone in this position? • What is the corporate culture like? Now that read more...

Home Heating Hacks

home heating hacks with titleThese Helpful Heating Hacks can save you a bundle As temperatures drop, the heating bill rises. Before the shock of your first higher-than-average bill, here are some things you can do to your house to make sure you’re not wasting money. Keep Heat Inside – Close the fireplace flue or damper tightly when you’re not using it. Replace worn weatherstripping around windows and doors. Add caulk or foam sealants around your electric outlet boxes. These small measures can add up. Adjust Temperatures – Lowering the thermostat by only 2-3 degrees can make a big difference. Having a programmable thermostat is even better since you read more...

Reading Bingo for Kids

reading bingo with titleKicking off the school year right: Reading Bingo for Kids Create a checklist of fun reading “assignments” on a bingo card and offer rewards for completing it. You can increase the fun and difficulty as the year goes on!  Start out with a 3 square by 3 square Bingo board.  Here are a few ideas for the boxes: Read something written the year you were born. Read a poem. Read every article in one magazine. Read a few pages to your parents from your favorite book. Read while wearing a swimsuit Read on the floor of your local library. Read read more...

How can I improve curb appeal without spending too much money?

1325 W Cucharras St.How can I improve curb appeal without spending too much money? A.First impressions are important! A well-groomed exterior tells a buyer that the inside of your home is also well-maintained. Here are some easy ways to make your home look more inviting. Spruce up your landscaping. Mow the lawn, trim the trees and bushes, and add some new plants and flowers. Inspect your exterior paint. Paint the front door and do some touching up. If touching up isn’t enough, consider spending some money for a complete paint job. Wash wood, aluminum and vinyl sided homes. A pressure wash can do a world of read more...

Eggless Cookie Dough for Ice Cream and Eating

eggless edible cookie dough with titleTry this Eggless, Gluten Free Cookie Dough for your noshing delight Who doesn't love a clandestine bite of cookie dough?  Make your own with this recipe: Cookie dough is a passion of mine.  I love to steal a little from the tub as we make cookies and I've been on a quest for a safer alternative.  Naturally, eating raw eggs is NOT a good idea, but I was also sad to learn my raw flour was an accident waiting to happen too!  So, I found a great tasting and easy chocolate chip cookie dough recipe that you can leave in read more...

Which is better: Hire a professional stager or stage my home myself?

which is better hire a professional stager with titleDo I have to hire a professional stager or can I stage my home myself in order to sell it? Staging your home creates a great first impression, makes pictures pop on the Internet, and will boost your sales price. First, consult your REALTOR® . You can do the staging yourself if you have the time. Here’s how: Clean the inside and outside from top to bottom. You may just want to hire professional cleaners to do this part. Remove clutter, extra furniture and personal items so your potential buyers will “see themselves” living in your home. Paint the walls a neutral read more...

Color Me Surprised: Using Color in your New Home

color me surprised with titleCreate a specific feeling using paint colors Scientific studies have found that colors, especially in logos, evoke certain thoughts or emotions: • Blue improves performance on creative tasks and red improved performance on detail-oriented tasks. • Black and red are associated with strength. Grey and white are associated with weakness. • Brown and blue are associated with stable brands. • Green logos are associated with being masculine, rugged, or outdoorsy.  In many cases, you can use paint to lighten, warm, enlarge, or draw focus.  Paint is a powerful and low cost option to help you make your home more appealing to potential buyers.  As read more...

Soundproofing Your Home

Soundproofing with titleSoundproofing can help you rest better in your new home From loud electronics and kitchen equipment to noisy neighbors and street sounds, an otherwise serene home can easily become an unpleasant cacophony of disturbances. Keep the peace with a few simple soundproofing tips. Install interior doors that aren't hollow. Particleboard-core, composite-core, or solid-wood doors are all better options.   Add sound-dampening throw rugs and fill bookshelves in the most voluminous rooms. Maintain appliances or invest in quieter ones when it's time for replacements.   Keep external noise to a minimum by closing the garage door, installing triple-pane glass, and using read more...