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  1. French country furniture can be beautiful.

    April 21, 2014 by Keanu R.

    One of the things that I am most proud about is the fact that I have had the opportunity to travel a lot.  This is less about me boasting or anything like that and more to do with the fact that I now have the chance to go and see a lot of world.  I am very excited to be able to do this and am looking forward to the opportunity to see more places.  One of my favorite places that I have been to is France.  It has such a unique position in the world following its place as such a pioneer in culture and food and how it has emerged following the wars of the 20th century.  As a result, there is a ton of history and opportunity to learn about the past in France and that is one of the thing that I really like about the country.  Nevertheless, there are also a number of less obvious things that I like about the country.  One of those things is its French country furniture.  I never would have thought that furniture would be such a topic of conversation, but seemingly every time that I travel, I am finding more and more people that just want to chat about furniture from different countries.  This is actually something that I find to be quite interesting.  That is the case because all of these different people are coming from across the world and they are all trying to find out more about different cultures, while at the same time trying to relate these new experiences to their experiences back home.

    French country furniture

    I especially noticed this when traveling in Europe because despite the size of the continent, there are many differences between the different countries.  I know this because I have seen it and experienced it.  Just take a look at Swedish furniture and note how vastly different it looks to French furniture.  I doubt that I would be able to place the two any other way.  This largely comes down to the history and current pressures of these countries, but is definitely something that I am excited to see develop further into the new year. In looking at all of these different types of furniture, I have also developed a new understanding of my own tastes.  I now know that I prefer to go after more European style furniture because I feel that it fits my apartment better than some of the big bursting couches of American furniture, for example.

    The subtle differences are what really makes a home great and I intend to try and sort out those differences to come up with a way to make my home inviting and lovely.  I am very excited to see how I can develop a better understanding of what it takes to have a house that is both welcoming and beautiful for everyone that comes.  That is what I am trying to work up to and I am excited to see how I can best develop this vision in my head.


  2. How GPS Tracking Made My Job Easier

    April 21, 2014 by Alex Savage

             It was my first week on the job, and I was confident in my abilities.  I had been driving trucks for a number of years, but I had just recently switched over to a new company.  I had been used to a number of standards and procedures, so I wasn’t quite used to the new rules I had to follow.  For my years in the truck driving business, I had virtually no accidents, and I rarely had any on the road scares, like accidentally merging into the wrong lame.  With that in mind, I always thought that I was one of the better drivers on the country.  I’ve never nodded off at the wheel during the late night long hauls, I’ve never had to take extra long breaks while on the road, and I prided myself on my outstanding driver safety record over the course of my career.  So you can imagine my surprise when I was given a score card on my driving progress over the past week, with many detailed stats about my driving habits.  This completely brought me down to earth when it came to my driving skills as a trucker, and I’m happy I found out that my company was using GPS tracking from Cartasite.  It has certainly improved my driving abilities.

        For example, I was doing another long haul through the Midwest.  As many of you might know, driving through the Midwest becomes a chore in and of itself, mostly because there is nothing to keep you super focused while on the road.  Stretches of road that seem to last forever don’t keep you properly engaged on the job.  Regardless to say, I found myself having to slam on the breaks every now and again to avoid everything from speed traps to families of armadillos crossing the road.  While I know it is better to avoid these problems in the first place, I never knew that my driving was being monitored so closely, down to my brake usage!  When looking at my score card and talking to my supervisor, I found that my sudden brake usage had a significant impact not only on my safety, but it was causing large amounts of stress on my truck, not to mention severely affecting my gas consumption.

        While I thought this was just a normal part of my job, I soon realized that my actions while driving were not signs of a good driver.  I soon pledged to become a safer driver, and was working toward getting higher marks on my weekly score card.  After a few weeks had gone by, I had noticed a significant improvement in my driving habits, but my scores weren’t up to my personal standards.  While I focused on the road, I made sure not to idle my vehicle too often, and I was sure not to slam on the brakes nor make sudden stomps on the gas pedal.  If it weren’t for Cartasite’s fleet management system, I would have never found that I had many areas of improvement!  Now I’m proud to say that not only am I a better driver on the road, I’ve saved my company precious resources for their fleet.

  3. Preserve Valuables With Rug Cleaning

    April 18, 2014 by Keanu R.

    Fine things require sophisticated preservation techniques. Consider the techniques used for preserving fine wine. From temperature control rooms to special ways of positioning the bottles while they are in storage, people would go to no lengths to keep a fine bottle of wine preserved. The reason is not just because it was expensive. It is also because the person believes that this is something worth preserving and keeping artful. Then if it is true that a fine thing requires sophisticated preservation techniques, why would you use your average household vacuum cleaner on a fine rug?


    For your fine rugs, make sure that you take it to the experts when it is time to clean it. Make sure that your rug cleaner is done by a company that values the rug in a similar way that you do. Your average household vacuum cleaner is going to damage your rug in the process of removing dirt from it. A vacuum cleaner does just what it sounds like: creates a vacuum. So it pulls and tugs upon the fibers of the rug. It creates tension upon the stitching on the rugs. It pulls out all of the detailed and intricate stitch work. In sum, it damages it. You may think that you are keeping your rug maintained by vacuuming it. In reality, you may be doing quite the opposite.


    What then is your alternative? Go to a professional. Now, I do not necessarily mean to go to a professional that specializes specifically in rug cleaning. You could do that, and they would probably do a wonderful job. But be warned: You are going to get what you pay for. And you will pay a lot. You will get excellent work, but is there a better way to get excellent work without an exorbitant price tag? Luckily, there is. Go to your local upholstery cleaning company. The people that professionally clean your carpets and furniture can give you the same detailed and excellent work without the crazy price tag.


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    Make sure that you ask if they provide Chem Dry cleaning technology. The tides are turning in carpet cleaning, and this is going to be the next wave of cleaning technology that everyone will be using. There is a number of reasons why this is the case. First of all, it is a more environmentally friendly technique. It uses less water. As people are beginning to realize the importance of leaving a small footprint on the environment, they are becoming more concerned about water conservation. Chem Dry fits this bill. But it is also perfect for rug cleaning because it is gentle on the carpet or rug. Furthermore, it does not  use much water, which means that there is a considerably lower chance of water damage. Instead of worrying about mildew and mold, you can rest easy knowing that your precious rug is going to be safe from becoming water logged and consequently getting moldy and full of mildew. You can get great preservation without paying top dollar.

  4. There are Different Kinds of Dental Care Specialists.

    April 10, 2014 by Ben

    dental careIt is very important that you take care of yourself, and a big part of taking care of yourself is being able to go to the doctor when you need to.  Healthcare is very important because most health problems cannot be diagnosed or treated on your own.  Of course, you need more than one type of doctor.  Oral health is an important part of your overall health that requires the help of a specialist.  Everyone knows that they must go to the dentist regularly, but there are other dental care specialists that are sometimes needed to correct various different ailments.  As most people are aware, braces are a common way to correct tooth alignment issues, and braces are installed by an orthodontist.  Orthodontists are one type of dental care specialist, but there are many others.  As a matter of fact, orthodontists cannot treat all tooth and jaw alignment issues.  If the problem has progressed beyond the point where braces or other procedures could correct it, you will probably need to see an oral surgeon.  In some case, especially those in which the person has not ever has orthodontic treatment, oral surgery is necessary to correct alignment issues.  Obviously, it is better if you can have braces or another type of corrective treatment when you are young, to avoid surgery.  If your dentist has determined that you need oral surgery, you will need to find a surgeon soon.  Of course, the exact timeframe for when you need to have your surgery depends entirely on your problem and general health.  Some surgeries can actually wait.  That is the case with wisdom teeth, much of the time.  Wisdom teeth are teeth that some people have and others do not, and they do not serve much of a useful purpose.  As a matter of fact, they are more of a problem than anything, as they often need to be removed.  For some people, the wisdom teeth will not come in all the way, and they will only stay below the gums.  This is not good, but it usually means you have more leeway as to when you need to get them removed.  It is strongly recommended that you get your wisdom teeth removed, when you are relatively young.  The older you get, the more serious the procedure becomes.  This is not to say they cannot be removed when you are older, it will only be more painful, and it may take longer to heal.  Another procedure that oral surgeons provide are dentures and dental implants.  Dentures and dental implants are different, but they work together.  Dental implants are implements that are placed into the gum tissue to provide a root for the artificial teeth.  One of the biggest reasons why people need dental implants is if their gum tissue deteriorates, as a result of periodontal disease.  Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can cause tooth loss, and it also, obviously, damages your gums.  Dental implants need to be carefully installed by a skilled oral surgeon, so that the artificial teeth can stay in place.

  5. Climbing Kilimanjaro was the experience of a lifetime

    April 9, 2014 by Keanu R.

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    A couple years ago I was approaching retirement and my wife asked me what I wanted to do with all of my upcoming free time. I suppose she thought I would say expand the garden or to join a bridge club but my response was simple, “climb Kilimanjaro” I said. My wife looked at me with a puzzled expression and said no really, what will you do. It was then that I explained how climbing Mount Kilimanjaro had always been a dream of mine and something I never had the time or money to do. Of course now that I have the time and money I didn’t have the sort of energy and zeal I once had but I still have good health and new I would be capable of some attending the mountain. All I had to do was convince my wife I was serious and physically capable of doing it. Also, and this goes without saying, I needed to contact an expedition company that could take me there and help me get to the top.

    With the help of my beautiful wife I was able to get on each expedition company’s website and do some comparative research. With such a daunting trip ahead I wanted to be assured that whomever I chose was first and foremost safe and had a good track record of bringing back their clients in one piece. Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is a dream I’ve always had but coming back broken would be a nightmare. I eventually signed up with alpine glow expeditions primarily based on the experience of their mountain guides. Because all of their guides are AMGA certified that means that they have had many hours not only climbing but training others to do so safely. I suppose I would have been happy with this expedition even if some attending the mountain never happened. Fortunately we ended up reaching the top but from the beginning of your trip the guides will tell you that simply reaching the summit is not your only goal. As I mentioned earlier the emphasis of these climbing guides is safety and education. If they are able to safely get you to the summit and back down while teaching you a thing or two about mountaineering that is considered a successful expedition. Their goal is to keep you safe but also to foster a sense of pride and interest in the sport in hopes that you come back for more expeditions or start to engage in mountaineering on your own.

    If you’re looking for an expedition and a group to take you there I would recommend alpenglow. Above all else I found the small size of our group to be very enjoyable. Anytime I had a question or wanted to make a comment it was not hard to get the attention of our climb leader  I really think that the Kilimanjaro climb was made even more enjoyable because of the small size of our group and the personal attention each of the climbers got.

  6. You should Invest in Professional Rug Cleaning.

    April 8, 2014 by Ben

    rug cleaningRegardless of how excellent you are about keeping things tidy, you need to have professional help with your cleaning, from time to time.  This is because many surfaces and materials in your home require special care.  In many cases, this special care includes regular cleaning by professionals with the right products, equipment, and techniques.  If you have been vacuuming your rugs regularly, and they still do not look clean, you should invest in professional rug cleaning.  If you have nice area rugs, there is no reason to allow them to get overly dirty and deteriorate.  With professional rug cleaning, they can be looking as good as new, in a very short amount of time.  As with any other professional cleaning service, it is important to only hire professionals who will do the job right.  It is actually fairly important to be choosey, when hiring cleaning professionals, as the techniques used by some companies are ineffective.  When it comes to rug cleaning, the techniques are similar to those used to clean carpets.  In both cases, it is important that you hire a company that uses carbonated extraction, instead of the old fashioned method of cleaning.  This is because the carbonated method is safer, better for the environment, and significantly more effective.  It is also more gentle on the materials being cleaned, so there is no reason to hire a company that uses any other method.  While the right time to invest in rug cleaning is up to you, it is strongly recommended that you have your carpets cleaned by a professional carpet cleaner every year.  Though this may seem like a major inconvenience to endure every year, it is very much worth it.  Not only that, with carbonated extraction, the inconvenience is greatly reduced.  After all, with the carbonated method, your carpet is dry within a few hours.  The old method, on the other hand, left your carpet wet overnight, which meant that you needed to spend the night somewhere else.  This only increased the cost of cleaning your carpets, as well as added to the inconvenience.  This led people to go far longer than one year between carpet cleanings, which was also unsanitary.  Of course, even when you do get your carpets cleaned, using the old method, they are not staying clean for long.  That is because the water in the carpet is the perfect environment for mold and bacteria to thrive in.  By cleaning your carpets in a way that uses too much water and leaves your carpet wet overnight, you are actually making your carpet even less sanitary than it was before.  On the other hand, carbonated extraction uses minimal water, so there is not a very large window for bacteria to grow.  Generally speaking, the faster something dries, the fewer germs can grow on it.  This means that cleaning methods that require soaking your carpet or other fabrics in water are not necessarily the most effective.  The carbonated carpet cleaning technique is clearly the better choice, in every way possible.

  7. You can customize your home theater.

    April 5, 2014 by Beth Cantrell

    home theaterA home theater is the best idea ever and you should really consider getting one right away. Argenta is the number one company for you if you are planning on getting a theater system in your home. And if you aren’t sure, please check out their website and see the different options they have to offer to individuals. You can pick the kind of theater seating that you want, bring you home automation systems, can help you build media rooms and can also provide security for your home. It’s such a fabulous company that is willing to offer a ton of different options for you and your home.

    Why would home theater be a good idea? Because you can watch some of your favorites movies just like they were on the big screen except they are on your big screen. Imagine seeing some of your favorite actors! You could watch Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Robert deNiro, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Matt Damon and many many more. You can even watch your television shows in a way you wouldn’t have been able to before. Imagine seeing your favorite characters from Breaking Bad, Mad Men, 30 Rock or Sex and the City on your big television. That truly is something you wouldn’t be able to see any where else. Well except for another home theater system. In fact, go try some other home theaters out so you can find one that feels just right for you and then you can customize it beyond that. What kind of chairs do you want? How similar to a theater do you want? How close together will the chairs be? And don’t worry, all of the chairs that Argenta offers have ergonomic support so you won’t have to worry about hurting if you sit too long so it will be perfect for anyone of any age. They design the chairs specifically for people who will want to get comfy and cozy for a few hours to watch a movie. That is a good thing because movies now are so much longer than they used to be! Most movies are at least two hours these days.

    Home theaters are some of the biggest rage right now so it’s important for you to find a company that you trust and Argenta is just that kind of company for you. They specialize in offering home entertainment to families and individuals because they people in home entertainment and that you should have a great time in your own home. You will have a great time making decisions about things like your home theater seating and where you want to put the mini fridge. You will even start thinking about what kinds of things you want to put in your mini fridge so you can entertain your guests in the best way possible. You definitely will have guests because people flock to home theaters! It is the best way to throw parties and to entertain guests. Just don’t forget that buttery and salty popcorn!

  8. You won’t find better customer service than at General Steel.

    April 5, 2014 by Beth Cantrell

    General Steel is well known throughout the United States even having had two different requests for steel buildings from the White House itself. That is a huge honor and speaks volumes about the quality products and services that General Steel offers. They have even helped non-profit organizations in Africa that act as orphanages. They are a company with compassion, vision and understanding in more ways than one. They go above and beyond for their customers time and time again. That is another reason they get such positive reviews.

    General Steel has done business with a myriad of markets throughout America and so they have a tone of General Steel contractors peppered throughout the nation. If you are in the middle of project or need some additional help at any point, you are in luck, because one of General Steel’s contractors will come help you. They will be reliable and reputable contractors who will be able to provide you with the absolute best services around. Call your General Steel customer service representative and tell them what it is you are looking for. Then they will connect you with someone who will help you get the job done well. General Steel is a corporation that supports local and wants to help you get your needs met in the best way they can. All you have to do is pick up the phone and dial General Steel’s eight hundred number.

    As you can see General Steel’s understanding and compassion is apparent in the way they do business so you can imagine they must have the most exceptional customer service around and you are right. They have customer service representatives available on instant messaging on their website so they can help you get your questions answered as soon as possible. All you have to do is visit their website. And don’t worry if you are on line too late and there is no one on line. You can just leave them a message through their instant messaging system and then someone will get back in touch with you as soon as possible. Or you can just sign on the next day. Customer services is something that they are dedicated to and they are very proud to admit that. They have more than one department that is set aside especially to provide excellent customer service so you can be sure that no matter what your needs are, they are going to be met with compassion and understanding. Even the Better Business Bureau reflect their excellent customer service rating them with an A plus and also calling them the best in their industry. People now relate General Steel with excellent customer service and their customer service methods have become and industry standard. There is no other steel building company that is going to offer this high quality of customer service.

    There is no contest when it comes to choosing a company to get you your pre manufactured steel building. General Steel is committed to giving you the best service and that’s all there is to it.General Steel

  9. Do-It-Yourself Garage Door Repairs

    April 4, 2014 by Keanu R.

    There are two major components to a garage door: the door and the opener.   This would help you troubleshoot your garage door problems before signing up for garage door replacement.  While there may be other problems that keeps the door from opening which are most commonly caused by broken springs, other parts could be also be keeping your door from functioning properly.

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    If the garage door is jammed

    Cause: Track maybe bent

    Solution: Straighten, adjust or replace track

    Cause: Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Replace the worn pulleys

    Cause: Broken extension spring cable

    Solution: Replace extension spring cable

    Cause: Broken torsion spring cable

    Solution: Replace torsion spring cable

    If the garage door opens slowly

    Cause:  Broken torsion spring

    Solution: Replace the broken spring

    If the garage door won’t stay open

    Cause:  Spring has taken a set

    Solution: Adjust spring or springs

    If bottom of the door is up on one side

    Cause: Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Change the worn pulleys

    Cause: Tattered extension spring cable

    Solution: Change extension spring cable

    Cause: Tattered torsion spring cable

    Solution: Change torsion spring cable

    If the door is cocked

    Cause:  Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Replace the worn pulleys

    Cause:  Broken extension spring cable

    Solution: Replace extension spring cable

    Cause:  Broken torsion spring cable

    Solution: Replace torsion spring cable

    If the door squeaks

    Cause:  Dry rollers, bearings or hinges

    Solution: Lubricate as required with motor oil

    Popping sound as the door operates

    Cause:  Worn rollers

    Solution: Change the worn rollers

    Door won’t close all the way     

    Cause: Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Replace the worn pulleys

    Cause: Track is bent

    Solution: Straighten, adjust or replace track

    Cause: Door ties in tracks

    Solution: Adjust tracks spacing or trim molding

    Door closes only if you hold in the push button

    Cause:  Misaligned, dirty, or defective photo eyes

    Solution: Align, clean or replace as needed

    Scraping sounds

    Cause: Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Replace the worn pulleys

    Cause: Misaligned reinforcing strut

    Solution: Space the strut evenly on the sections

    Cause: Tattered extension spring cable

    Solution: Change extension spring cable

    Cause: Tattered torsion spring cable

    Solution: Change torsion spring cable

    Door closes part way and then reverses
    Cause:  Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Change the worn pulleys

    Cause: Track is bent

    Solution: Straighten, adjust or change track

    Cause: Misaligned, dirty or defective photo eyes

    Solution: Align, clean or replace as needed

    Cause: Dry rollers, bearings

    Solution: Lubricate as needed with oil

    Cause: Close force not properly adjusted

    Solution: Adjust the force

    Cause: Broken extension spring cable

    Solution: Change extension spring cable

    Cause: Broken torsion spring cable

    Solution: Change torsion spring cable

    Door won’t close all the way – it is uneven                        

    Cause: Worn extension spring cable pulleys

    Solution: Change the worn pulleys

    Cause: Broken extension spring cable

    Solution: Change extension spring cable

    Cause: Broken torsion spring cable

    Solution: Change torsion spring cable

    Door won’t stay open

    Cause:  Spring has taken a set

    Solution:  Adjust spring or springs

    If you are still having some difficulties after doing your own garage door repair, you want to look up options for garage door services that can help you fix the problem.

  10. Choosing Urgent Care Extra Dobson for the best in health care

    April 3, 2014 by Shauna

    When facing decisions about where to get the best medial treatment, many people think they only have two options, their normal doctors office if they notice the problem in time or the emergency room for when it is too late. There is another option though that people should know about, Urgent Care Extra Dobson.

    Urgent Care Extra centers started popping up around the 70s all around Arizona and Nevada and provide a great alternative to people who need medical attention but do not want to go to the emergency room. Urgent Care Extra Dobson can also handle almost any medical issue that you have. However, their staff suggests that for things such as amputations, surgery or a life-threatening situation, you go to the emergency room or a hospital where they have doctors and machines specifically for that type of serious situation. For anything else however, Urgent Care Extra is there to help you with whatever you want at a better price and with less wait than you typically find in the emergency room or a walk in clinic. Urgent Care Extra DobsonThe most common issues that Urgent Care Extra Dobson helps patients with is things like the common cold and minor injuries such as cuts, pains or infections, they also help patients with physicals and some medial weight loss procedures depending on which branch you visit. While the common problems people face such as the cold are what the clinics deal with the most often, they are also equipped to handle almost any other problem you might have including allergies, unitary tract infections, gastrointestinal disorders or gynecological complaints. The base price for getting something taken care of at Urgent Care Extra Dobson is usually between seventy and one hundred and twenty dollars. This does not include things such as tests or medications but you can still save hundreds by going to the urgent care clinic instead of the emergency room or your family doctor. Another plus of going to Urgent Care Extra Dobson instead of the emergency room or your normal doctors office is that on most days they are open thirteen hours a day, from 8am to 9pm. This includes most holidays which sometimes can be packed at the emergency room and when most other doctors’ offices are closed. Also, no appointments are ever needed so as soon as you need something you can come right by Urgent Care Extra Dobson and their staff will work on getting you fixed up as soon as possible. Urgent Care Extra also has twenty-five locations in Nevada and Arizona so no matter where you are, you are close to an Urgent Care Extra. The next time you or someone you love needs medical care from knowledgeable doctors and nurses quickly and at a good price, just do an online search and find which one of Urgent Care Extras locations are nearest to you. It will help you ad your family save time, save money, and get back on your feet as quickly and as easily as possible.


  11. Hunter Douglas shades for the kitchen nook

    March 20, 2014 by Melissa

    I have finally convinced my husband to go ahead with the remodel that we have been wanting to do for years. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen, because its warmer there and I just like to be in the kitchen. I love to cook and bake, but I also have a reading nook in the kitchen where I take my tea and read the paper or a book on a slower day when I’m not working too much. So my kitchen is really my favorite place in the house, but there are updates that could be done and things we have always wanted to add. The biggest and most important thing for me is replacing all the windows. I am just sick of these old ones that we have, they are single pane and they don’t hold in any heat or keep out any of the cold weather. They get foggy and they ice over when its cold outside, and I just don’t want to deal with them anymore. I have my eyes and my heart set on these windows that have the Hunter Douglas shades that are packaged into the two panes of glass.  The shades never get bent or stuck, and they never get dirty or dusty. I didn’t want shades that would be on the windows near the stove and over the sink, because I was afraid that they would get dirty with food splatters or grease. And so when I saw these windows, I figured they were going to be perfect. There are no exposed shades, and so there is only the glass that could get dirty, and that is really easy to just wipe off. The shades are raised and lowered with a button, and so there are no long strings to break or get in the way. I have wanted them for the last several months, and now I have decided that its time to move forward. It is nearly winter again, and without the new windows and the enclosed Hunter Douglas shades, the weather is going to come right into the kitchen through those old single paned windows. There are a few other things I want to do with the kitchen as well, we need a new floor and new appliances. There are some changes I want to make with the cabinets and the counter spaces, but the biggest thing that I want to focus our efforts and money on is the window replacement at this point. There are several different styles and colors that we can choose from, and so we can decide how we want our kitchen to look and start with those windows and Hunter Douglas shades to go that way. Then everything else we buy will just fall into place and match the windows. I think that once we get those, once we get started, then we will be able to really move forward on the rest of the place. That would be perfect, and my reading nook will be my favorite place again.

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  12. Keeping a safe home and a safe family in the face of water damage to your San Antonio home

    March 19, 2014 by Shauna

    If a flood or other serious water damage happens in San Antonio, would you know what to do in order to protect yourself, your family or your home? Many people do not think about what would happen if a flood occurred and yet floods are the most common natural disaster in the United States. Even if San Antonio hasn’t had a flood in awhile, it doesn’t mean that it can’t suddenly happen at the drop of a hat. Whether from rainstorms, a broken pipe or a broken dam, anything can happen and it is important that you are prepared. If you want to see just how likely your area is to suffer from any kind of flood, FEMA provides a lot of information as well as flood risk maps for any county in the United States. In addition to knowing that floods are a possibility in your area, there are a few other measures you can take. First of all, have some sort of plan on where your family would meet if your house were to ever have serious problems of flooding where you couldn’t get into your home. This is if course a very extreme situation but it is the over the top problems that are the hardest to deal with. For smaller flooding or water damage problems, make sure that you don’t have anything that is incredibly valuable to you, either financially or sentimentally, down at the lowest point of your home. Things like basements are always the first to flood. If you notice that water is coming into any point of your home, call a San Antonio water damage company as soon as possible. water damageA little bit of the work you can do yourself like getting the big chunks of water out of your home but when it comes to the bottom few inches and especially all of the moisture that usually lags behind, it is important to have a professional San Antonio water damage team helping you to get out all of the remaining moisture and water. If it is left in your home to sit, it can cause a number of problems throughout the next few years including rot or damage to the wood in your home which can, in its worst case, severely damage or even ruin your home. Another common problem with water or moisture left for too long is that eventually mold can start to grow. Depending on the type of mold it can either put serious strain on the structure of your home or it can get into the air and cause serious health problems for your family. Problems of rot and mold usually go unnoticed for quite some time until the problem gets totally out of hand and your home and your family are put in danger. That is why it is so important that if you ever have problems with water damage to take care of it the right way right away so you don’t have to worry down the road about it.

  13. Invisalign Ortodoncia Is Available In Mexico

    March 15, 2014 by Keanu R.

    ortodoncia invisibleInvisalign ortodoncia is available in the country of Mexico and the orthodontist Dr. Robert Carrillo and his skilled associates are one of the orthodontic practices in this country that are offering these clear, mouth guard-like braces to their patients so that they can correct and adjust their smiles. Invisalign orthodontics is a relatively new and modern technique that is being used by many orthodontics to help their patients fix and adjust their smiles so that they can live a more confident life. Your smile is such an important part of your overall appearance and it is so important that you feel good about it. Not all orthodontists are offering invisalign aligners to their patients, but the ones that are know that they are a great alternative to traditional metal braces. Traditional metal braces are not the only option when it comes to adjusting your smile and they may not even be the right one for you. In order to determine whether or not these plastic, clear, and almost invisible aligners are right for you it is important that you visit an orthodontist that knows what they are talking about and is knowledgeable about invisalign braces. You will never know if invisalign braces are right for you unless you make an appointment with an orthodontist who is certified to help you with these plastic aligners. Dr. Robert Carrillo is a ortodoncista in Mexico that will be able to help you with everything and all things related to invisalign braces if you are interested in them Dr. Robert Carrillo and his associates are there to help answer all of your questions and address any concerns you may have about getting braces.

    A lot of people may be scared or nervous about getting braces because they think they are going to need to get painful metal ones put on there teeth and will have to wear them for a long time in order to get results. While some people may still be ideal candidates for traditional metal braces, like younger children or adults who need sever correction, there are still a lot of people out there who are perfect candidates for invisalign braces. Invisalign braces offer so much to the patient in terms of ease of use and care. When you are using invisalign braces, as opposed to metal braces, you are able to go about your daily life as usual. With invisalign braces you never have to worry about unsightly metal braces getting in the way. Invisalign braces are a great option for adults who work with or in front of a lot of people and need to continue looking their best no matter what. Dr. Robert Carrillo and his orthodontic associates know that it is important to feel good about yourself no matter what, and you can do this while you are straightening your teeth with invisalign braces, or ortodoncia invisible. When it comes to ortodoncia invisible in Mexico Dr. Robery Carrillo and his associates are some of the absolute best in the country.

  14. Blinds help sell a house

    March 13, 2014 by John

    I learned a lot about the real estate market recently when my wife and I decided that it was time to sell our condo.  One of those things that I learned was how important blinds were.  We had always know that we would sell eventually.  I think that both of us thought that when we sold, we would be upgrading.  That is, we thought we would sell our small condo in order to buy something that was bigger, much bigger.  Instead, we decided to forego the rat race and liquidated all of our assets.  Truth is, we didn’t make much off of selling our condo.  Although, we learned that with a properly staged home, we could make a lot more than we would have otherwise.  We made a little bit of a profit.  But, it was hardly enough to justify the effort.  No, we decided to sell because we wanted to get rid of the mortgage that had come to enslave us.  When we were younger, we loved the idea that we could be home owners.  But, later in life, we realized that somewhere in the process of taking our a mortgage and trying to keep up with the Joneses.  We decided that we wanted to be young one last time before it was too late.  Step one was getting ride of all of our debts.  That meant living frugally and saving.  We also got rid of our car loans by consolidating into one vehicle.  The biggest challenge was selling the condo.  We knew that there was a chance that we could take a loss on it.  A loss would have sabotaged our plans.  Not only could we not take a loss, but we also had to make a small profit.  We wanted something in the fifteen to twenty thousand dollar range.  So, at first thought that we wouldn’t use a real estate agent.  We thought that by saving the fees that an agent would collect, we would be able to make a lot more money.  We were wrong.  All of our initial offers came in way under what we thought the place was worth.  So we decided to bit the bullet and take the risk of hiring a real estate agent.  It was a smart move.  The first thing that we learned was that potential home buyers don’t want to see an empty space.  Our real estate agent told us that they don’t have imagination.  They want to see a house staged as if it was still being lived in.  So we had to actually rent furniture to stage the house with since we had sold or given away all of ours.  The one thing that we never thought would matter was blinds.  When we showed our place to the first potential home buyers after we got a real estate agent, the offers were in the neighborhood of what we wanted.  But, when we put up new blinds, the offers went through the roof.  We were able to make more of a profit than we thought.


  15. The steps for a perfect window treatment experience

    March 11, 2014 by Caroline Yates

    Selecting in home furnishings is an important part of making your home the perfect place for you to inhabit. After all, we spend so much of our lives busy with a variety of occupations. We work, we spend time with family and friends, we attend sporting events and concerts, we live our lives. When we arrive at our homes, we want them to be the perfect place of tranquility and comfort; we want to feel at peace when we arrive there. This goal is the most important to achieve, especially when selecting items like upholstery and window treatments. So, Colby’s of Ridgefield has made this process simple for Ridgefield residents. Here are a few steps to ensuring you are making the best decisions for your in home furnishing! Select a drapery and shutter store to work with you on your project. It makes a world of difference in your planning when you have an expert alongside of you in the design process, and Colby’s of Ridgefield has design consultants on hand make the steps below as simple and pain free as possible. Don’t go it alone, have a stylist by your side! Choosing a store that is locally owned and operated also makes a difference in this selection. That way it is easy to visit their showroom and see and feel the products you are looking at buying. Local consultants also know exactly which styles are the best for you in your region and locality.

    2. Think about your personal style and the feeling you want your home to engender. Setting the mood can be a tricky beast, but with the right colors and styles, you can easily achieve it. My first suggestion is to brainstorm this energy, then figure out which colors and styles and fabrics best complement this goal.

    3. After pondering the mood and color scheme you wish to select, go see the options in person! There is nothing like seeing something up close and personal to be sure that it is what you are going to like, and doing this early on in your design process means that you will have a bunch of options to choose from. When you put these ideas in your head early on, you will be picturing these options in your home throughout the process. The more you do that, the more likely you are to end up with a shutter or upholstery that truly does fit your home and your character. More than that, you will be able to try out the products to make sure that they will work for you.

    4. Remember that design consultant I mentioned in step one? Now is the time to lean on them to help you out. They have the expertise to help you truly make your home have that distinctive look that makes you so unique, and that fits your budget to boot! The consultants will walk you through the process, every step of the way!

    5. The final step- after making your selection, that is- is to meet with your designer in your home! Once you have tried out all our your selections, you are all set. Viola! Colby’s of Ridgefield makes in home designing easy.

  16. Sheers will make a room darker.

    March 10, 2014 by Keanu R.

    When I was in college, I did this project for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability that was taking a look at all of the different environmentally proactive things you could do to old houses within the limits of the law.  The law states that you can’t change the structure, foundation, windows, or anything on the exterior of the house if it is considered for historical preservation.  Due to those limits, it is often difficult to make a house more engery efficient.  This is the case because lots of times you would want to make the windows double paned and the doors thicker so that less cold air in the winter comes in and more of the hot air in the summer stays out.  There are also a number of different things that you would want to do with the heating and cooling systems to make them more central.  Unfortunately, this was difficult to do due to the historical preservation laws. To counteract these laws, there were some simple steps that you could take to make the houses more efficient.  The first was to add heavy Hunter Douglas Shutters.  Shutters would go on the outside and just inside of them you would add sheers.  The sheers would allow for the sun to come in during the day, but would form a small insulation barrier between the window, which is letting in a bit of cold air due to the fact that it is single pane, and the rest of the house.  Air when it is stagnate and actually pressured a small bit acts as a great insulator.  The other thing that you could do was to get some very heavy drapes.  The drapes do an excellent job, but completely take out all of the light that you would naturally get from the sun.  It eventually comes down to preference in terms of what you are looking for.  I know that if I had to do a home purchase again, I would definitely be looking for these small improvements that could be made.  They make a huge difference in the end and really do save you a lot of money.  Hopefully, this is something that I can continue to consider when I am making the small adjustments to my house.  It would mean that I am able to develop more understanding of the energy efficient needs of the house.  Hopefully, I can do this sooner rather than later.  I am not sure if I will have the opportunity to by more window treatments in the near future, so this is something that I am going to have to consider over a period of time.  The great thing is that now that I own the place, I have the time to make these adjustments.  Hopefully, I do not have to do too much over the next period of time.  Hopefully, everything just kind of falls into place and I can get everything together just how I want it.  It will require me just to do it.

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  17. Going To An Orthodontist Could Be Good For Business

    March 8, 2014 by Caber Harmon

    There are things about ourselves that we want to change. We’re all different and have individual strengths and physical attributes that we were blessed with, on the other hand, we have weaknesses as well. We all have the ability to be of some value to this world in a lot of different ways but no matter where you’re from, in this day-in-age, you’d prefer to face the world with straight teeth instead of crooked and/or discolored ones. Studies have shown that one of the biggest confidence killers that exists is the insecurity that people have about their smiles. Whether your teeth are missing, crooked or discolored, if you’re not comfortable smiling then you could benefit from modern dentistry and orthodontics. A lack of confidence isn’t usually the reason why someone fails, it’s the reason why they don’t ever try in the first place. So, if you think about it, being comfortable with your smile can increase the likelihood of you being successful and if that’s a fact, then don’t you think it’s worth the investment? Sure, it wasn’t our fault that we didn’t get braces when we were kids but now that we’re grown adults, isn’t our fault if we’re still not getting them? Life is like a game of cards; you can’t control the hand you’re dealt but you gotta play it the best you can. At some point, you need to take control of what you can in this life and if that means that you need to save up some money and look into your company dental plan to see what you’re dealing with, then do it. Get up, stop avoiding the issue and figure out how you’re going to change your life starting with braces or invisaligninvisalign. It’s like someone who’s trying to change their career path and they finally make the decision to go back to school. That’s what you need to do about your smile if you’re uncomfortable with it or at all insecure about it. It’s going to take a commitment and some sacrifice but it’s going to pay dividends in the end. Can’t you see that? We can think about and talk about anything we want all day long but unless we actually take some action, nothing will ever come of our thoughts or our words. Only our actions define us as individuals and taking the actions to go to the orthodontist to get braces is a defining step on the staircase to a better life for yourself. Don’t you think that you’d have a more firm grip on the world if you felt that you could face it with a maximum amount of confidence? Then tell me how you believe that you can compensate for the confidence you’re lacking based on the insecurity you feel about your smile? Your body is a business, it’s the storefront to who you are and if you want people to want to come inside and buy a piece of you, you’ve got to entice somehow from the outside.

  18. Website Design is Important to Online Branding

    March 6, 2014 by Keanu R.

    Every business aiming to market their brand online should invest in top quality website design. Your website should be designed in such a way that it reflects your brand, communicates your message and attracts potential consumers.

    A well-executed website design will surely boost your visibility online. However, the only way to ensure this is if you have a professional web development team working on it. It may be tempting to take advantage of cheap offers, including having someone you know with previous experience in the I.T. industry do it for you as a favor. The most obvious disadvantage to this option is that you get what you pay for, which is cheap design that gets you nowhere.

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    Not many businesses understand the value of web design in the overall performance of their marketing campaigns. What they fail to comprehend is that their website is the foundation of their online marketing strategies. It has the power to make or break any marketing campaign, especially for those businesses that rely on web activity for sales and conversions. What do you think potential customers will do when they reach your site and find it difficult to understand? Or what if they never find your website at all?

    Various studies have been conducted that showed a significant majority of people will judge the credibility of your business based on how efficient and creative a website is designed. When people find you a trustworthy source, this also translates to improved chances of these people considering a purchase on your site. They will not hesitate and doubt the legitimacy of your business and they will be more willing to engage in transactions with your brand. On the other hand, when you engage in e-commerce and you have a poorly developed website, this turns off customers and the consequences include losing a lot of potential purchases. In order to attract visitors to your page and convert these visits to sales, you should consider first-rate website development and design.

    How does website design impact conversion? There are elements in developing a web page that can amplify your marketing campaigns and generate lifts in conversion. Even small lift conversion rates in advertising channels can help give anyone an edge against their competition. The more profits you earn from advertising also allows you to push out more ads of your own. When you have gained visibility, even when people see your ad on offline channels, they will check out your website. Once they visit your site, your website should present a compelling visual presentation of your business in order for them to stay, read through what you have to offer and probably even make a purchase.

    Your website should be your online business card. It should be able to make a compelling first impression and it should be able to create an imprint on anyone who visits. Never compromise the quality of your business website by investing in a convenient website development and design option. And never underestimate the power of a well-thought of website design.

  19. Buying an AK parts kit

    March 5, 2014 by Shauna

    If you are looking to buy an AK parts kit, thanks to the Internet and an ever-increasing array of gun and arms retailers, you have a wide range of options. Of course availability will depend a bit on what kind of AK you are looking at and what kind of parts you need. For example though, the AK 47 has sixty-seven different parts to make the complete rifle. No matter if you want pieces from old military use or more recent technological developments, it is fairly easy to find any piece in any variety. There are thousands and thousands of gun refurbishing stores around the United States that will most likely help you find any piece you are looking for even if they have to do a little work to pike around and see if anyone else has the part. Some of the more knowledge AK part kit retailers can even help you put the piece in if you are looking to either replace a broken piece or if you are building a new AK. Unless you really know what you are doing, having a professional there to show you how everything needs to come together can be incredibly helpful and make the process of building or repairing your AK easier and safer.  M10 AKIf for some reason you and your local AK parts kit retailer still can’t find a piece you are looking for, you can always find anything on the Internet. Buying guns, either in pieces or as a whole functioning gun over the Internet can be a little complicated though. What is particularly important is that you find a trustworthy retailer who seems to know what they are talking about when it comes to AK parts kits and over guns as a whole. Another thing to check into is to make sure that any online AK parts kit retailer is following the laws on making sure that any purchase is prefaced by the proper paperwork and background checks. It may be an obnoxious process but it is worth the annoyance to make sure that everything is done the right way.

    If you have been able to figure out how to do small replacements and repairs on AKs, many gun enthusiasts find it to be a nice project to see how far they can get fully assembling an AK. If you decide to give this a shot, one thing you need to pay special attention to is all of the very specific pieces, model numbers, what can fit together with what and if the specific gun you are trying to build is compatible with any other parts. Just like building any other complicated device, it requires a lot of time and a lot of close attention. There will be of course mistakes but keep trying to work through them.  Most of the time if you run into problems or have questions either people working at gun shops or trade shows can answer most questions or of course there are always Internet forums that answer any question that might come up.