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Public relations opens the public’s eyes to your business

April 24, 2014

After years of working in restaurants, I decided that I was through working for some one else.  I wanted to go out on my own and be my own boss.  I was sick and tired of seeing the owners of restaurants make the same mistakes time and time again.  I was finished allowing people who didn’t know the business well enough make the decisions that affected the establishment.  So I quit working for others and decided to start working for myself.  It took a lot to get going.  First of all, the business plan was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.  Secondly, the financing was extremely difficult.  Lastly, I discovered that I needed a public relations firm in order to get the word out that I was open for business.  I hadn’t saved enough money to start my own restaurant.  I called everyone I knew and begged for money.  That didn’t work.  I went to the bank and that didn’t work.  I had to change my business plan.  I decided that a restaurant was something that would have to come later.  I had enough money to start a food truck.  I chose to start small because I knew that if I could create a loyal following for my food truck, then I would eventually be able to turn that into a customer base for a restaurant.  The financial aspect of a food truck was nearly as difficult as it was for the restaurant.  But, I was able to find a food truck manufacturer who believed in me enough to finance me himself.  I created a menu, hired a few friends as employees, and opened up on a street corner in downtown Denver.  But no one came.  I tried to get the word out as best as I could, but I just didn’t know what I was doing.  So, I decided to reach out to a professional public relations firm.  The results were almost instantaneous.  Within a week of hiring the public relations firm, I had thousands of followers on social media.  They created several interview opportunities for me with the local press.  They also came up with the genius idea to leverage the popularity of other food trucks by creating weekly events that put all the different food trucks in the city in the same location, which allowed people to try all the different food truck options in town.  The gatherings also introduced new and different sets of food enthusiasts to each of the food trucks.  Within a couple months of hiring the public relations firm, lines started wrapping around the block every time we opened up for business.  Many people took notice.  Now, I am fielding many different requests to turn the food truck into a brick and mortar restaurant.  I am considering many of the offers.  But, I got into the business to work for myself.  So, I’m not sold on obtaining a partner or an investor.  Business is going well enough that I might just wait till I have enough money to open up a restaurant by myself.

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I Wish The Urgent Care Peoria Was Around When I Was A Kid

April 15, 2014

In this day-in-age, it’s important to know your options, especially when it comes to getting the medical attention that you and your loved ones need. There are pediatricians, physicians and specialists of all kinds working in medicine and depending on what you’re dealing with, it can get a little complicated. Have you ever dealt with a situation where an illness or injury you suffered from wasn’t something that you could get into your family doctor for in a timely manner, but it wasn’t so urgent that you wanted to go to the hospital emergency room for? Well, if you’re like me then it’s probably happened at least several times and you started to think that it would be nice if there was some middle ground between the two. If your family doctor can’t get you in today and an emergency room visit just seems unnecessary but you’d like to be seen sooner than later, urgent care Peoriaurgent care is there to help you out with just about any possible scenario. Surprisingly, you don’t even need an appointment to be seen by a doctor and that doesn’t usually take more than 20 minutes. Urgent care bridges the gap between the personal relationship you have with your family doctor and the immediate medical attention that you used to only be able to get at a hospital emergency room. At the urgent care Peoria, the knowledgeable, friendly doctors and staff will treat your ailment or illness seriously and get you the attention you need in a timely manner. Let’s say that you have an allergic reaction to something and you’re swelling up really badly and having trouble breathing. Do you really want to go waste your day in a hospital waiting room if you could just go to an urgent care down the street if they’re capable of taking care of you just as well in usually just a fraction of the time? Now, I don’t know about you but the few times that I’ve needed to go into the emergency room for stitches, a broken bone and severe dehydration, my experiences weren’t overwhelmingly positive. Don’t get me wrong though, I got the care I needed every time but it took forever and the emergency room was very busy each and every time. All of these things happened when I was a kid during the eighties, and there weren’t any urgent care facilities available at the time. If there was an urgent care Peoria in existence when any of that happened, I’m quite certain that they would have definitely been able to treat at least two of my issues. I may have ended up in a hospital emergency room for my extreme dehydration regardless, however I am positive that an urgent care facility would have been able to handle the stitches and the broken bone. I’m grateful for all of the avenues that we have for getting the medical treatment we need, I’m just particularly grateful for the the emergence of available urgent care facilities in the recent years.

Environmental preservation is critical to nature’s survival as well as our own

April 10, 2014

Jane Goodall is the woman who is famously known for “living with the apes.” She has since passed away, but she spent decades living near and with them, studying them, and recording what she found for history. While she has been memorialized in movies and books and can be portrayed as a somewhat wonky, slightly crazy old lady, her contributions to understanding the world of mountain gorillas are invaluable. We know more about their behavior and community than we could ever have learned without that kind of involvement in their world.

Generally speaking, she raised awareness of these animals and made them important to people. With the population on earth growing rapidly and expanding its living quarters, habitats for all kinds of different animals are suffering, apes included. Various countries have designated habitat preservation areas for apes and other animals that are a part of their ecosystems, and people can even visit them. They are also housed in zoos across the globe, which will prevent extinction of the species, but the importance of land preservation for these creatures should not be understated. The entire environment is a balancing act of nature with human beings, and if humans are not careful, they will win out completely – and the natural environment which provides for such a better quality of life will be ruined.

Governments and not for profit agencies around the world have made strides to protect species and habitats with wildlife preservation systems, safaris to showcase wild animals in their natural environments, and national park systems that are dedicated to maintaining open space and environments in their natural beings. Conserving these elements for as long as possible and in as natural a state as possible is vital to the success of the planet. Each little ecosystem that gets destroyed was a part of the larger, global ecosystem, that relies on its smaller parts to maintain a safe and healthy environment in which living beings can thrive. This includes human beings, but if we are not careful, we might be the only living things left on the planet – and that means we will not survive our own success in the long run.

Environmental protection is going to be one of the things that sets us apart in history. Our successors will look back at this time and wonder why we did not do more, and why we left them with such a sorry state. Or, they will look back at this time in history and see that governments and policies rose to the challenge and dedicated themselves to the survival of the planet and future generations of human beings who would be living on it. I would prefer to be part of the latter, as would many other people. But it is taking us a long time to get there, and it might be too late by the time we do get there. Everyone has a part to play, from recycling to writing to your local politician to encourage them to pass environmental friendly policies. Find your part and play it today to help make a difference.

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Marijuana Potency Is A Good Thing To Understand

April 9, 2014

The marijuana industry is an interesting one and with it being so new, there are a lot of things that are still to be seen. California started the movement and was the first to legalize medical marijuana, then several states followed including Colorado and Washington State. Currently, there are 14 States that have legalized it for medicinal use and several that have also succeeded in legalizing it for recreational use. Much of society is coming around to the idea that living in a society where alcohol is so commonly accepted and attainable, how much sense does it really make to send people to jail for something less harmful? Well, I imagine that there are a lot of people that would disagree with that statement, but I’d venture to guess that they didn’t have much personal experience with it. Or, they’ve allowed whatever experience they have had with it to affect their opinion in an exaggerated sense. Alcohol is actually capable of killing people, even if it’s not over the course of time. There are reports of alcohol poisoning deaths every year, not to mention the many unfortunate lives lost to people driving under the influence of it. Marijuana can negatively impair one’s decision-making process when behind the wheel of a car, but its effects are so much less debilitating than alcohol’s that comparing the two in that regard is laughable. Plus, just like with alcohol, marijuana potencymarijuana potency is carefully measured and posted on the container in which it’s sold. At least, that’s the case with marijuana edibles and THC-infused beverages, so if you know how potent the edible is, it’s a lot easier to manage the experience you have with it. Many marijuana dispensaries and retail locations post the THC percentage of their strains as an advertisement if they’re particularly high in potency. Cannabis and CBD testing labs are available to marijuana industry establishments who are concerned about quality control or just want to understand where they’re at. Growing consistent product is a delicate and sometimes difficult thing to do, but knowing which direction you’re going in before you slip too far, can save a dispensary a lot of money and their reputation. ”Knowing is half the battle” is what they always say, that happens to be true in the marijuana industry as well. It’s important to understand through cannabis science where one stacks up amongst its competition, and if one has a competitive advantage because they know that they grow potent product, then they can and should use that to their benefit. Not many dispensaries make their own edibles, more used to but many edible companies have emerged and begun selling and distributing product directly to the medical dispensaries and retail establishments. The same trend is developing with hash oil and other marijuana concentrates, because growers are finding that their time is best spent making sure that they’re producing quality product. Out-sourcing edible and hash operations to specialists have freed up a lot of retail and dispensary owners to concentrate more on what matters most.

Neurosurgeons are often the Best Specialists to Treat Your Back Pain.

April 6, 2014

neurosurgeonsSometimes the symptoms your are experiencing may be coming from a different source than you may think.  Pain can occur in one area of your body that is actually unrelated to that particular area.  This is because your brain and nervous system are responsible for pain and many other symptoms.  Pain in one part of your body could be the result of a nerve being compressed in a complete different area.  Back pain is a common example of this.  People assume that back pain is a result of muscle tension in the back, but it is often the result of nerve near the spinal cord being compressed.  Because your spinal cord is connected to just about everything else in your body, even the tiniest bit of displacement of it can cause incredible pain and other symptoms.  That is why neurosurgeons are often the best specialists to treat your back pain.  If your back pain is the result of pressure on one or more of your nerves, you should definitely go to a neurological institute for diagnosis and treatment.  Because it involves your spinal cord and the rest of your nervous system, this type of issue is something to take seriously.  In fact, the condition could get worse if the pressure were to increase, somehow.  One of the most common examples of pressure being applied to part of the spinal cord or its surrounding nerves is losing cartilage in the disks between your vertebrae.  This can be incredibly painful because the bones begin to rub against the nerves that connect to the spinal cord.  In many cases, spine surgery is the only way to treat this condition.  In any case, it is the best way to treat it, as the other methods usually just cover up the symptoms.  Unfortunately, much of the time the only treatment for this sort of pain is a heavy regimen of painkillers.  Back pain is one of the most common reasons why people become dependent on pain medication.  This is not to say you should never take any of it, no matter how bad your pain is.  Nonetheless, you absolutely should be looking into actual treatments that will fix your condition and not just cover up the pain.  With surgery, you may be able to get yourself off of the pain medication altogether.  Otherwise, you are only setting yourself up for more pain in the future because people build up tolerances to pain medication, and it eventually stops working.  There are a wide variety of different back problems, and there are different ways to go about treating them.  Nearly all of them involve going to a neurological institute, though.  Also, even if they are not a traditional surgery, the treatments are usually considered surgical procedures.  Another type of back pain treatment that is utilized by neurosurgeons involves lasers.  Lasers have plenty of uses in various different healthcare fields, and in the world of neurosurgery, they have recently become useful.  Laser procedures are considered less dangerous than more traditional types of surgery.

In Order to get the Best Domain Names, You should Purchase Ones that are in Use and are About to Expire.

April 3, 2014

domain namesThe internet has become so pervasive that it seems to be incorporated into every aspect of life.  There is really no way of escaping it, and there is no reason to try.  If you are a business owner or are responsible for running an organization or institution, you need to have an excellent and accessible website.  One of the key ingredients for a successful website is a good domain name.  In order to get get the best domain names, you should purchase ones that are in use and are about to expire.  Of course, that is merely a suggestion.  Some people would rather save money and come up with their own domain name that has never been used before.  This can be smart, insofar as it saves you money, but it can be a poor decision, in the long run.  The reason it is not necessarily the best idea to come up with your own clever domain name is the fact that most of the good or even decent domain names have been taken.  Seemingly, no matter what the topic of your website is, the domain name you want is probably already taken.  In order to avoid having to spend the money on a good domain name, a lot of people will add numbers and letters to their chosen domain name, until they get one that no one has used.  The reason this is not always very smart is the fact that most people will end up at the websites of your competitors because their domain names are less obscure.  Because of the way the internet works, sites with weird domain names are much more difficult to find.  The way you obtain any domain name is by purchasing it from a company that distributes them.  You can get an unused domain name for a very low price, so if you just want a website to have one, that may be a good choice.  If you are, in fact, a business owner, you may want to take your domain name more seriously.  If your company does a lot of its business online, you need to take your domain name even more seriously.  Of course, if your company strictly operates online, your domain name is one of the most crucial aspects of your business.  Though the best ones have been taken, people can only own a domain name for so long, before they have to renew their ownership.  Many times, owners will let their ownership expire.  The online companies that sell the domain names know exactly when the ownership will expire, so they sell them in the preceding months or weeks.  To get the best deals on the best domain names, you should be on the lookout for ones that are about to expire.  The other thing you need to purchase, in terms of data, are SSL certificates.  SSL certificates are a necessity if you are doing any sort of business or exchanging any important information online.  SSL certificates are basically codes to protect your information from cyber criminals.

Auto insurance is an often overlooked cost

April 2, 2014

When people are thinking about purchasing a vehicle, they often sit down and decide how much they can afford every month in a car payment. They may even figure in their car as a trade in value, and take that off the cost of the car that they want to buy. But many people get in over their heads because they want to buy a specific car, and they stretch the amount they can comfortably pay every month to make it seem like they can cover the cost of the car payment from the dealer. But what many people forget to include in their calculation is the cost of their auto insurance. It won’t likely stay the same as what they are paying now with their current car. Often, if the car is newer and nicer, the cost of their auto insurance is going to go up as well. This amount is often forgotten about when making the decision to buy a new car, and it can send someone over the total of what they can actually afford, especially if they have already stretched it a bit on the cost of the car. This can move people into really uncertain financial territory, and that is why it is so important to take an accurate stock of your income as well as all of your expenses every month before you make a decision on what you can afford for a car payment. And it can be difficult to not include the spending money every month, but you need to make sure you are accounting for every dollar that needs to go out, otherwise you may find that you really could not afford that car and it may have to go back to the dealership or be sold to someone else who can afford it. And including auto insurance in that list is a big part of getting the right number in your head when making the decision on how much you can afford to pay for a car. Another number that is often overlooked is the interest rate that you are going to get from the auto dealer. This is based on what you qualify for, and what their lender will give to you as a buyer. And with the interest rate out of consideration, you actually don’t know how much those payments are going to be. So you can’t really take into consideration the cost of the car payment every month and the cost of the insurance payment every month if you don’t know the amount of the interest rate that they are going to give to you. Because that will affect how much those payments are going to come out to every month, and how long those payments are going to go on for. Auto insurance and auto loan interest rate are both factors in determining the actual amount you will owe every month on that car, and that total amount is what you need to figure out if you can pay before you head to the dealership.

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When your business needs a boost, call Live Contact Leads

April 1, 2014

Generating sales leads does not have to be difficult. In fact, it can actually be quite easy. When you are looking to take your company’s sales to the next level, the best choice you can make is to call Live Contact Leads and let them help you set up what you need to take your business to the level; live transfer leads.

http://www.livecontactleads.comThere are many ways to acquire sales leads, and leads generation has especially taken off as more and more marketing companies work to make your sales dreams a reality. However, there are a few important things that set Live Contact Leads apart as your go to marketing company when it comes to changing the face of your company’s profit margin. Here are a few things to consider:

First, Live Contact Leads does not just sell you an old worn out lead that has been called so many times and sold so many times that its value has long since vanished. You will not find yourself wasting time on things that really do not push you towards your long term success. Not all leads are created equally, or at least, not all leads maintain equal value. You have to be careful when finding leads from an internet source, lest you be taken in by some internet scam and left with no resources for new leads and nothing to show for your efforts. That is why Live Contact Leads makes sure of two important things. The first is that the leads you have are new leads. They are, in fact, live leads. These leads are then transferred directly to your office or call center, so there is no waiting for to receive the lead until it is a day old or much much more. These leads are also exclusively yours, so you know that you will not be competing with many other companies offering similar products and services. This makes a huge impact on your ability to sell your product effectively and close the sale.

Second, Live Contact Leads utilizes superior technology to ensure that you are truly getting the very best they have to offer. They use a number of technology systems that ensure that you are leading the way in your industry in sales. A few of the technological innovations they use to boost your services are their online platforms. Their live call transfer system via a predictive dialer means that your call center and sales team will always be receiving phone calls to ensure that they are selling your product quickly and effectively. They even include a sales script to help your sales team close the deal. They also will help you develop your out going script development as well as pre recorded message. You can select from their stock set or work with their creative department to get you the business you need. They also will scrub the national Do Not Call list as well as their personal internal list to provide you with the most productive leads generation ever!

I need of a crisis management team

March 14, 2014

When crisis strikes a company, there is not really enough time to sit down and think about it. Suddenly, everyone is on the defensive and everyone is trying to figure out what to say in order to keep themselves clean from the disaster.  This is when a crisis management team comes in handy, and when they really are necessary in order to keep everyone afloat.  The best case scenario is to have a crisis management team that is already on staff and already invested in the company. But the worst case scenario is that they will have to be brought on at the last second and brought up to speed as quickly as possible so that they can start fighting for the company.  A crisis management company is the best option when it comes to needing a spokes person who can comment to the media, but who also can put together the media relations strategy for the rest of the company employees to use in their own interactions with everyone outside of the company. The crisis management company that is chosen to help will do more than just communicate with the media and put together a media package for the rest of the company. They will also help to track the inside story and put together a narrative that will go out about the crisis or the inside story. Whatever needs to be clarified and cleared up, this is what the crisis management team will control and take care of.

A crisis management team is also going to be the life line to the planning on the inside. They will figure out the best way to get in front of the story, or change the narrative in the media, or do whatever needs to be planned for so that the company can come out successful on the other side of the crisis. They will deal with government communications if this is an area that is necessary and where no one inside the organization has enough experience with. They may not be the public face of communicating with the government, but they will plan the strategy from within the company and behind the scenes. The crisis management team will also come up with a plan and strategy for repairing any damage done to the reputation of the company itself or any of the individuals in the company who have a public face and reputation. The main reason for the crisis management team is going to be to ensure that the crisis can be weathered, if not averted entirely. This is why it is important to have them on staff before the crisis gets out of control, because they can help to avert the damage before they are forced into responding to the damage. In the event that they only have time to respond, they will be the best prepared to keep a crisis from happening at any point in the future, and they will be sure to keep the company out of the negative news cycles.

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Orthodontics Help in the Development of Human Teeth

March 12, 2014

Dental problems come naturally throughout one person’s lifetime. It comes in different phases as well. During infancy, the problem of the growing teeth can cause serious discomfort in infants that it leads to unusual baby cries that lasts longer than usual. It also can cause other serious illnesses like fever, manifested by high temperatures in infants. A growing tooth can also cause irritation on a baby’s disposition and even long cries at the middle of the night that also leads to sleep discomfort.

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Opposite during the sunset ages of life, people become accustomed to the uprooting of their teeth. Some teeth go unnoticed as it breaks from the gums even. Most of the time, after a considerable age, the teeth wear out as fast as they grow that it does not have a strong sensation when it falls from the gums.  Unlike the early stages of life when extracting a tooth causes too much of a problem, people in the latter part of life become easy in handling it and even forcing out a teeth out of its way when it gets old. This shows that teeth also grows old with people, and is an accurate predictor of age.

But according to orthodontics, most of the teeth problems occur during childhood and adolescence to early adulthood, when the teeth become too erratic and shifts from one area to another, or teeth becomes easily old that it forces itself out of the gums. That would really hurt even just imagining it, right?

During childhood, the teeth become so flexible as they move slowly and unnoticeably from one part of the gums (or mouth) to the other. They move to fill in gaps of other unborn teeth. That is how an orthodontist explains it. Childhood teeth also still have a very soft characteristic as they are still young and new in the gums, but already deeply rooted. During childhood, a lot of dental complications happen because of the energetic nature of the child to play and roam around and eat a lot of sweet stuff that feels good melting in the mouth. The childhood stage can wreak havoc to newly formed teeth by the food intake of a child. This is the time when candies, chocolates and the rest of sweets become mouth watering. A child’s favourite habit is to eat a lot of them. This shows that during childhood, forming habits of brushing the teeth regularly is important, as well.  This helps reduce the number of children having problems with their teeth and consulting orthodontics specialists in the future.

While the adolescence stage prepares the adult teeth, it also paves the way to make the teeth the permanent or the adult teeth that people will be having for the rest of their lives, until they break away and fall apart on their own. This is the stage where orthodontics can significantly help people in treating dental deformation through dental braces, like Invisalign, and other dental operations as well.

To reiterate, human teeth grow with time. The different stages of life come with the growth and fall of human teeth.

Climbing Kilimanjaro Was All I Had On My Mind

March 12, 2014

I was nailing down the final details of my trip, we were meeting up with a friend who was a mountain guide and he was going to take us up the mountain and camp with us along the way. I’d never been to Africa before so besides what I’d read about or heard on the news, I didn’t really know what to expect. Lots of African countries have been through some very tumultuous and violent times as of late but Mount Kilimanjaro was located in Tanzania and was considered a safe place for tourists to travel. I’d hiked almost half of the fourteeners in Colorado but had never hiked anything taller than that, Kilimanjaro was almost 20,000 ft tall. Mount Kilimanjaro includes three distinct volcanic cones and they are named Kibo, Mawenzi and Shira. The smallest of the three is only 13,000 ft above sea level and the one in the middle of the two is at about 17,000 ft. It’s the largest free standing mountain in the world. I wasn’t totally sure but our climbing guide and friend was going to get us to the top so we could walk the ridges of the mountain and travel to every one of it’s respective volcano cones. Climbing Kilimanjaroclimbing Kilimanjarois like no other experience on the planet and the mountain itself is incredibly unique. Mount Everest is much taller than Kilimanjaro but it is in the largest mountain range in the world and it that stretches for miles, while Kilimanjaro seemingly rises up from nowhere, all by itself. I was working a job that I considered to be quite insufferable while trying to save up the rest of the cash that I needed. I think my boss had caught wind of my intentions to quit so I could go traveling because she came by my desk the other day and randomly asked if I was going to be “sticking around”. Maybe she’d seen the climbing Kilimanjaro traveling guides and books that I’ve brought into work and left sitting out on my desk. So, I didn’t know what to think, I was more or less biding my time until I reached my savings goal, which I was a little less than 2,000 short of at the time. Basically, I was less than four paychecks away from putting in my two weeks so as long as I didn’t get fired for any reason before that happened, everything should work out just fine. Going to Africa is going to cross out a big part of my bucket list because I’ll only have two more continents to visit before I’ve seen them all. I wasn’t counting Antarctica in the list because I had no desire to go there, I wasn’t a hardcore scientist or anything like that so I didn’t see the point because there was nothing to do there. Africa was an incredibly diverse continent and it definitely had a lot of places that it wasn’t safe to travel but when we were done hiking Kilimanjaro, we were going to fly to South America and check it out as well.

Hunter Douglas Blinds Are A Great Choice

March 11, 2014

shadesThere are a lot of different types of window coverings that you can choose from to protect and cover the windows in your home. From window shutters to window sheers and everything in-between, there are so many choices that you may not know where to start. If you have decided to update or upgrade the window coverings in your home and the people at the Apex Decor Center in Seattle, Washington know this.

This is a company that knows how important it is to find the right window coverings for your home, no matter if you are building a completely new house or redecorating your current one. Not only is this an Seattle design company that is dedicated to making sure that their customers and clients are getting the best and highest quality products, from paint to window coverings, but they are also committed to making sure that their customers and clients are really able to express their feelings and attitudes and desires when it comes to what you want for your home. They know that it is important to have a home that you and your family feel comfortable in and a part of feeling great in your home is having it decorated the way that you want it. The people at the Apex Decor Center in Seattle, Washington know that not everyone has the same tastes when it comes to home design and that is why they offer a wide variety of products, including Hunter Douglas blinds, to accommodate the needs and wants and design desires of their customers and clients. The Apex Decor Center in Seattle, Washington is one that knows what its clients and customers are looking for and also knows just about everything that there is to know about home design and that is why they are there to help you. There is no need to worry when it comes to decorating or redesigning your home when you have the experts like the ones at this Indiana decorating center on your side. No matter what you are looking for when it comes to drapes, blinds, sheers, and shutters you will almost be guaranteed to find it at the Apex Decor Center in Seattle, Washington.

These are the design and decorating professionals who know how to use color, especially color when it comes to window coverings, to add life to your home and they will help you determine the amount of color as well as the right colors that will work well for your home and make you and your family feel comfortable and happy in your house. When you are looking for the best window blinds, shades, sheers, and shutters then this is the decorating center for you.

Remodeling Job Includes New Garage Doors, Floors, and Kitchen Appliances

March 7, 2014

My boyfriend and I had purchased our first house together a few months ago, and it was a fixer-upper! We had wanted to do a lot of the remodeling work ourselves and then decide whether we were going to stay there or sell it at that point. The house needed new floors, new tile, new paint and blinds, as well as a lot of new appliances and fixtures in the kitchen and bathrooms. New molding would spruce up the bedrooms along with new lighting, and we were excited to get started and learn how to do all of these things on our own.

It took us several weeks to lay down the new hardwood floors and tile throughout the house, and ultimately we needed a plumber to come in and do the installation of a new toilet and new sinks in the kitchen. While he was working on that we decided to do some of the exterior work. We stripped the old paint and painted the entire house, which took several more days, and added a lovely trim to it. We then matched the garage doors to the trim to bring the whole look together. It occurred to us after having painted the garage doors that we should probably add a remote feature so that we would be able to open and close them from the car, but I was not sure whether or not we would be able to do that ourselves or whether we would need a professional garage door installation firm to help.

We decided to wait a bit before making a final choice about the doors, and let the paint dry both inside and outside. Our next project was to tackle the counter tops in the kitchen, but I could not get that remote garage door idea out of my head. My boyfriend agreed, and we called in the experts to set it up for us. While we worked on our kitchen counter tops, the company hired was able to quickly and for a very affordable price upgrade our existing doors so that they would open and close on a remote and undoubtedly improved the value of our home. We were nearly finished. After the kitchen counter tops were done, we needed one more coat of paint throughout the house, and the molding was also in need of paint.

Once all of the paint was complete, we began installing all of our new window and light fixtures, which really put the finishing touches on the home. The entire remodeling job from start to finish took nearly nine months, but we were so pleased with how it turned out! The house was beautiful, and we knew that if we did not want to stay there in the long run that we would be able to sell it for a lot more than we had purchased it for, even after accounting for all of the money we had put into it. It would be a nice profit if we ever decided to move again, but for now, we are enjoying our beautiful home!

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General Steel Provides Hangar For Airplanes at Local Airport

March 6, 2014

The local airfield has been in need of new buildings and a lot of repairs for the past several years. The city and county have been resistant to spending money on it, but this past year it has gotten significantly worse, while traffic has actually gone up. There is more demand to use the airfield by businesses, and local pilots who want to store their aircraft there, but particularly rough weather has taken a toll in the past year and space has filled up quickly, leaving certain people to look elsewhere.

The city and county have been arguing and haggling with the various local business who rely on the airstrip for deliveries and other transportation, and it finally reached its peak last week when one end of one of the hangars collapsed. Luckily no one was hurt, but a solution was needed and fast. Several temporary pre-fabricated steel buildings were procured from General Steel to serve as shelter and cover for the planes in the short term while officials figured out what to do with the airfield and small airport in the long run. It would be tough to get everyone on the same page but it would have to be figured out.

City and county officials, while recognizing the value of the airport, still did not want to financially be on the hook for its maintenance and upkeep, and now the major overhauling that would likely be required. Raise the rent and runway space prices too high, and businesses would stop using it. The temporary General Steel pre-fabricated buildings would work to provide cover for the airplanes for longer than initially thought, but no one had put any thought into keeping them there long term so that needed to be revisited as well. Officials realized once they got the buildings there that they could actually convert them into a proper airport, so decided to redo the design and see what they could come up with.

After a few weeks of haggling over the plans and the layout, officials scrapped the temporary plan and decided to purchase more General Steel buildings and rearrange the current ones to finish off what would become an updated airport. The buildings being temporarily used as hangars were rearranged and put together, along with additional structures for passengers, crew, and other staff to eat, work, and travel in and out of. It did not take long for the differences to become apparent, particularly once the structures to handle staff were put in place.

The small airport quickly became smoother and more efficient, and people and packages were getting in and out of the airport in a more timely manner. It was safer, and the plans and people were better protected in the new structures. The small businesses were thrilled because their deliveries were getting in and out efficiently, and they were no longer losing money or customers. A simple change just as a pre-fabricated building, or several buildings, ended up changing the course of this small town and keeping its economic vitality alive for years to come.

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Proof your website design by searching for it

February 24, 2014

Website designs are important for several reasons. If your website is set up correctly it will be easy to find and easy to find what you are looking for on the website. By being able to go back and double check once the website is designed if you can find the website and find information easily you can realize that is the right set up for you.  By looking in paying attention to the details you can really find out what works to help people to navigate to your site. Design is very important due to the fact that people’s eyes are attracted to certain things, to illustrate this think about the design of a casino floor. Casino floors are designed not to be attractive and pretty there designed to keep it was attentions looking up so they’re looking at the slot machines and the gaming to continue playing.web development  If you design your website to get the attention that the casino floor gets you will probably get the same response to confusing too much going on it’s not going to be pleasing for people to look at. The rise quickly turns away and they’re on to something else.  It’s the machines that have all the bells and whistles in attracting the attention at the casinos. They have the funny noises the sparkling lights and draw in the eye. Consider this when putting your website together. If you can click on to your website and have good organization cleanliness and something unique at the same time people will stop pause read and learn. Aesthetics are very important to making sure that your website looks the right way. By being able to have the right kind of topography you can also have a good website design incorporating the right kind of colors and size is of font to make it look more professional and easy for people to navigate their eyes to where they are searching for the questions. Images and videos can also be a great way to boost your website ranks as well as a good design the keeps people’s attention. Overdoing it like a casino floor is not the way to go don’t pile on the pictures overlapping them and making it too much for people to look at. Use the right amount and people will read and follow where they need to go. Once the website development is done to a point where you feel like it can run successfully makes sure you proof your website by searching for it. It does take some time if you are starting a new website to get a recognized on the search engines. But also ask the right kinds of questions that you think people will be looking for in your business and on your website. Make sure you bacon quickly answer their questions and navigate as needed to find them easily.  Remember me to make sure that your website development does not look like the casino floor. Make it look like all the bells and whistles that it should be and you will get the responsive web development that you were looking for any website.

Lung problems sent me to Urgent Care Extra in Dobson

February 16, 2014

I hate getting sick.  I have a pretty good immune system.  So I don’t get sick that often.  When I do, it’s always something to do with my lungs.  I don’t know what it is, but my lungs are weak.  I recently had to go to Urgent Care Extra in Dobson in order to get steroids to help with my bronchitis.  I remember when I was a boy.  It was always bronchitis.  I never got colds or the flu.  It was always issues with my lungs.  I didn’t get sick too often though.  When I was growing up, my family was poor.  We had a septic tank that was broken and the result was that there was a cesspool in our front yard.  No matter what sport I was playing, the ball would always end up in the cesspool.  I got that stuff on my hands a lot.  I think that added to my already strong immune system.  But, later in life there were a couple things that affected my lungs and weakened me.  First off, I worked in construction for years.  Construction is really bad for your lungs.  All the materials that are used in construction are toxic.  I used to use chemical stripping agents on projects.  That stuff was bad.  I did demolition on properties that I later found out had asbestos in them.  I scraped paint that had lead in it.  I worked with compounds that were bad for the lungs.  But it wasn’t until I opened a refrigerator, that I ended up in the Urgent Care Extra in Dobson.  I was remodeling a multi unit compound outside of Dobson.  I shouldn’t have taken the job but I needed the money.  There was one unit in the back that was so bad that I told the owner that he should tear it down.  He didn’t listen.  It was much like a horror film.  The place was dirty and decrepit.  There was an old refrigerator in the kitchen that was soiled.  It was closed and I didn’t know how long it had been without power.  I knew that no matter what, I couldn’t let the refrigerator open.  Whatever bacteria was growing inside it was sure to be toxic.  I actually taped the door shut.  I was using a dolly to get it out of the building.  Unfortunately, I was by myself.  A floor board cracked while I was taking the fridge out of the building and it fell off the dolly.  The tape broke and the fridge opened.  I tried to run out of the building but I took a breath of air before I could get out.  I tasted the old air from inside the refrigerator.  It burned my lungs.  I knew that I was in trouble.  I took the rest of the day off.  When I awoke the next day, my lungs were on fire.  I didn’t know what to do.  I went to Urgent Care Extra in Dobson where I was prescribed steroids.  Whatever was in that refrigerator burned my lungs like a noxious gas.

I found a natural solution to carpet cleaning

February 7, 2014

I never wanted to have kids.  But after several years of marriage, there simply wasn’t anyway around it.  The day came that my wife said if I didn’t want to have kids then she was leaving.  I am never to good with ultimatums so I caved in.  She got her wish.  A little under a year later we welcomed our son into the world.  There was so many challenges that we face by having a kid.  I sometimes think that when my son grows up, he’s going to hate me for not trying hard enough.  But, what can I say?  I’m trying my best.  One of the issues that we ran into was our carpets.  The carpets were giving the kid problems.  He spent a lot of time crawling all over the floor and it seemed like he was allergic to it.  I called and had a carpet cleaner come over to clean them up because I thought that the answer would be that simple.  But there was no affect.  The next step was consulting an allergy expert about what we should do.  I was thinking that they would recommend that we rip the carpet up entirely and put down a hard wood floor.  To my surprise, my son’s condition was very common and the allergy expert suggested that we simply clean the carpets again but this time use a company that uses a natural solution to carpet cleaning instead of a chemical one.  Curtice Chemdry is a carpet cleaning company that utilizes a unique and natural approach.  They use the power of carbonation to clean the carpet more thoroughly and get out more dirt, grime, and allergens.  The process uses a lot less water and steam and the result is that the carpets clean a lot faster, which in turn means that there isn’t any mold or bacteria that can grow in the carpet as it dries.  It is a totally non toxic and green solution to cleaning carpets.  The company was very easy to talk to on the phone.  The carpet cleaner showed up right on time and was gone in a couple of hours.  I had a very positive experience with the company.  The best part about it was that when we put the kid back on the carpet, he had no negative reaction.  I was thrilled.  While it did take a lot of time and energy to figure out what the problem was and how to fix it, the cost was pretty manageable.  It was a lot cheaper than ripping all the carpet out, that’s for sure.  Although, I would have done that if I had had to.  Being  a father is pretty crazy.  It has definitely changed my priorities.  I think about my son’s well fare first and foremost now.  The next thing that I now have to figure out is what preschool he is going to attend.  There are several in my area and they are all out of my price range.  But, my wife assures me, preschool determines which college he will attend.

Clin-ons for braces

February 6, 2014

It really took so much for us to convince my daughter to allow the orthodontist to put braces on her teeth, I never thought that once they were on it would get better. I actually thought that once she had the braces on, it would be much more difficult to convince her to keep them on for the recommended amount of time. I figured that she would be in pain from the tightening and pulling of her teeth back into their proper place, but I also thought that she would be unhappy with her smile and what other kids would say. I figured that we would have to really focus on making it into a positive experience for her and keep pushing her to leave them on. But of course, she always surprises me, and braces were no different.  First it was the colors that she discovered. After her first appointment, she found out that she can change the colors behind the braces, on the piece that connects to her teeth. She can change the bands her self or when she goes in for adjusting she can have them change the colors for her. So for awhile she would wear rainbow colored bands, or all neon or all bright colors. One time she wore the high school foot ball colors for the team when they had their homecoming game. She is on the cheer team, and everyone loved it.  It was a great way to be happy about having to wear braces.  But the last time she went in to see the orthodontist, she discovered that they have clip-ons that you can snap to the front of your braces, and they have them in nearly every color and shape and size. It really is incredible, the things that people think of to make something that is unpleasant into something that you can use to express your style. She came out with these little pink hearts on her teeth, and it was so cute we couldn’t stop laughing.  What a great idea and innovation, because now we are surely going to be buying a lot of these clip ons. I can see it already, she is going to want to change them to match her outfits, and to match her mood or the holiday. They have green Christmas trees, and they have red bells, pink hearts, and all kinds of food shapes. Those are the funniest ones to me. But they have smiley faces and french fries, and lamps and plants and animal shapes. Nearly anything you could think of they have. And they also have hearts in every color, and a few other shapes, like stars and light bulbs, in every color. So that way it can be matched to the outfit or uniform, which really is great because it means she can change them every day, not only when she goes in to the orthodontist for a check up.  And I am all for that, because it keeps it new and exciting, it makes it fun. And without the fun, she would never want to keep wearing the braces.

Miller Orthodontics

361 Walker Drive

Warrenton, VA 20186

540-349-1331

 

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Roof Repairs are Worth the Investment.

February 3, 2014

Over half of my monthly income goes towards my home. Thusly, I feel it is exceedingly important to ensure the little maintenance is up-to-date that way I can guarantee the quality of my house and make sure my investment last me the rest of my life, and perhaps even is still available for my children and their children. “They” use to always say the weather was unpredictable in Texas, but after moving to Colorado I kindly laugh at that statement. In Texas there are two seasons, unbearably hot and moderately cool with the occasional rain which is usually treated like a rare and loved holiday. Oh and don’t forget the humidity. While in Colorado you have to deal with not only the warm summers but everything from raging thunderstorms full of lightning and hail, to the blizzard like winter weather complete with snow, ice, sleet, and yes it can be sunny in the morning and by the evening everything can be layered in snow. This is why it is absolutely paramount to have your roofing checked annually in Colorado! The most valuable piece of information I can give you about having roofers come and inspect your roof, is that you must have this done in the limited dryer and warmer seasons of the year while living in Colorado. This way if your house is in need of repair, from a whole new roof to just a few new shingles, the company you choose to use can fix it without putting their valuable workers in danger. Let’s face it; can you imagine trying to repair a roof in the dead cold of a Colorado winter? That is a nightmare of a thought, and what is more terrifying though is the reality of your roof, your sanctuary, your safe haven from the desolate winter, caving in on you just as you are about to enjoy a nice cup of hot chocolate and the snow begins to fall again.Roof Corp Therefore it is in the Spring, after the snow is out of sight, that you want to have your roof checked. If you are around the Denver area I would highly suggest using Roof Corp for your roof repair needs. With almost two decades worth of experience, they are professional, punctual, and even offer free estimates! This way you can save yourself the hassle of getting up on your roof and honestly it is best to have a professional inspect it because if you miss something, I guarantee you will regret it in the future. This is due to the fact that a small amount of damage to your roof, such as a few missing or aged shingles, can quickly evolve into your whole roof needing a repair and possibly even more repairs needed inside to the drywall and infrastructure of your house. Not to mention the potential damage to your valuables that lay tucked away under that roof (i.e. all of your belongings and your family).  The list supporting the fact that you should have your roof checked at least once a year is endless, and is something so important , everyone should be informed!

If you want peace of mind knowing that your possessions are safe from burglars, invest in a home security system

February 2, 2014

home security systemOne of my favorite television shows that I used to watch when I had cable was one in which a duo of former home burglars would go around finding houses that were susceptible to intrusion. One of them would approach the house and make an interesting offer to the residents. The offer was to see how their current home security system would hold up to a break in by the other member of the duo. The house would be rigged up with cameras to watch the potential intrusion and if their security system didn’t hold up, they would install extensive security measures for them and give them home security advice. Nearly every show the house would be broken into. To be fair, they would go after houses that had a lot of red flags that a burglar would be looking out for when casing out a neighborhood for a job. Some of these common mistakes that people would make would be having an entrance that didn’t have a strong enough lock, an extra key hidden in an obvious place on the premises, or a ladder or easily climbable tree for window entry. They demonstrated how quickly a burglary would take place, as the expert thief would typically be in and out of the house with a sizable amount of possessions within ten minutes. One of the things that I found very interesting about this show was how the intruder could so easily perform these burglaries in the middle of the day. There were even times when a neighbor would randomly stop by to visit the residence, and the thief could easily charm the neighbor into thinking he was simply a friend, family member, or service worker hired by the resident.

This show really illuminated just how important a good security system is for protecting a home. A thief can easily break in a window or kick down a weak door without drawing too much attention to them, and they could find all the valuables so quickly. They could perform this in the time it takes for you to go to the post office. One of the worst things about these intrusions was how the home owner felt when they went in to see the results with their own eyes. Invariably they felt that their home, their sanctuary was violated, and they were often quite upset when they met the man who did the deed. Of course, this anger quickly subsided when they got a free security system installed. They would get the works, with things such as security cameras, burglar proof glass that cannot be broken, and alarm systems that can be triggered by motion or by a door being opened. After the system was installed, the man acting as the thief would attempt another break in and he would inevitably fail even though he was a professional cat burglar. The only times he didn’t fail was when the owner failed to activate the system before leaving, which highlights the importance of being consistent with your home security devices.