February 15th, 2017 | Author:

An organized home has an amazing way of making everything easier. It’s easier to find things when you need them, and it cuts the time it takes to complete a task down considerably. If you are a parent, you understand this. An organized home is a home equipped to make dealing with any and everything, planned or not, much easier.

Being Organized Reduces Stress

Looking for lost or misplaced items can be quite stressful, especially if finding these items is a time sensitive matter. The time that you spend looking for a lost item and not finding it can be both stressful and serious. Imagine losing the deed to your house or the title to your car. Of course, the items you lost can be replaced, but not right away. It may take days or weeks to replace an important item or document. This is why making a practice of having a place for important documents, as well as other household items, is not only practical, but highly important.

Being Organized Saves Time

An organized home means less time spent looking for things. This also means that you get to spend more time doing the things that you really want to do. That weekend getaway that you’ve been delaying until you get the house in order becomes doable. Your home will run smoother, making it much easier to multitask and do more of the things that you really enjoy. Being organized can also help in your profession as well. If you’re scheduled for an arc flash data collection to determine the safety of your facility, an organized employee will take the time to prepare well in advance, and make sure that everything is in place.

Being Organized Saves Money

When your household is well organized you know what you have and what you don’t. Simple knowledge of what you have means that you don’t spend precious money and time buying the same things over and over again. Over time, this can save a substantial amount of money.

Something as seemingly simple as being organized can have a huge impact on your life. An organized home reduces stress levels, saves you time and money, and allows you to pursue more enjoyable activities. The energy and peace that you gain from having a place for everything are invaluable.

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January 27th, 2017 | Author:

My nephew who is visiting from the United States can’t believe he found a pair of Vic Firth American Classic Extreme Drumstick from our local store. He said he’s been looking for this in America, but only a few stores carry the brand. In his excitement, he bought a few pairs for him and his friends. He started with the drums when he was 12 and all the while I thought he stopped playing when they migrated. It’s good to know that he’s still at it.

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January 10th, 2017 | Author:

Our lives can be extremely hectic, filled to the brim with our daily tasks and everything else that comes along with them. We can get so caught up in our schedules that the days seem to run together leaving us frazzled and stressed out. Taking time out to reconnect within is a practice that can help us to slow down, relax and take a personal inventory of our lives to make sure that we are headed in the right direction.

Before Things Get Out of Hand
Much of life’s success is built on the concept that an ounce of prevention is worth a ton of cure. This well-known quote is true of many wide and varied situations. This is why it’s always wise to create checkpoints in our lives where we slow down and reflect inwardly. This helps us to rest both mentally and spiritually and refocus if we need to. This important step is often the difference between walking around exhausted and stressed out or remaining calm and centered.

Learning to Pace Ourselves
Rome wasn’t built in a day and the baby’s nursery won’t be either. We all have a long list of things we want to accomplish however trying to get everything done in a short period of time is unrealistic and stressful. Learning to pace yourself by breaking big tasks down into small manageable tasks is the best approach. Bite-sized tasks help you chip away at your goal little by little until you’ve reached it.
Making Changes Along the Way
As we take these much-needed breaks in our busy lives we have time to make changes as we see fit. If we notice that Monday’s are extremely difficult for us because of the different commitments we’ve made on this day we can shuffle our schedule to create more balance or let go of a few commitments that may not be as important as we thought they were. If we promised our son that we’d take him to get autographed NFL jerseys but see that time is short and there will be another opportunity to do this later in the week, we should reschedule.

One familiar quote states that life is short. This is true but it’s also quite long when you think of all the seconds, minutes, and hours that must be filled on a daily basis. Learn to take your time and slow down. This will help you to take the necessary measures to make sure that you are on the right path.

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November 05th, 2016 | Author:

If you are a homeowner, there will likely be a time when you decide to undertake a remodeling project. Once you have made that decision, you may find yourself feeling somewhat overwhelmed by all the details that require your attention. Before you panic, you might pause, refocus your thoughts, and look for places where you can find the help you need to get your project started on the right track. By visiting sites like renovationexperts.com, you can find contractors today that are highly qualified and can do the job right.

Increase Your Home’s Value

Remodeling can increase your home’s worth by an amount far greater that what you spent on the remodeling project itself. If you think you might want to sell your home within the next few years, your remodeling project can actually become a profit-making endeavor because of the gain in value you will be able to enjoy. This is in addition to the intangible benefit you get by enjoying your home more while you are living there.

Adding Space

There are a number of ways you can add living space to your home through remodeling. You can always expand the square footage footprint by adding one or more rooms to the main floor. This, of course, assumes you have the yard space that you are able or willing to sacrifice in order to gain more indoor living space.

If your house has an unfinished basement, you can gain living space without expanding the footprint by converting it into one or more additional rooms. Basements are often converted into family rooms, extra bedrooms, offices or workshops with tremendous success.

Energy Efficiency

In many cases, remodeling can save you money in the long run by making your home more energy efficient. This is especially true if you live in an older home. Many older houses were constructed when energy was cheap and things like good insulating material were not available. Consequently, energy efficiency was not a major concern when these houses were designed and built. Today’s technology allows for the use of more energy efficient appliances and much better insulation in the structure itself.

There are many other reasons you might want to consider remodeling your home. It may be that you simply want to keep it from becoming outdated. Whatever the reason, a good contractor can give you tips on how you can make maximum use of what you have.

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November 05th, 2016 | Author:

There are many unfortunate events that can lead to a stressful litigation. It can often go on for years and make something like an audit from the IRS look like a walk in the park. When litigation happens, it can lead to the selection of a financial expert witness. It is best to search for one early on in the process. However, it can be difficult to know what to look for when finding the right expert for your case. While it does seem very confusing at first, it doesn’t need to be. Below are some factors to consider when searching for an expert witness for your case.

In For The Long Haul

You will want to hire a witness that is going to be there with you through the whole case until the end. Many professional witnesses like to try and avoid depositions and testimonies. Find an expert witness that will fulfill all of their obligations until the end and take the stand if it is necessary.

A Witness With A Team

A litigation has the chance to drag on for a very long time. This can oftentimes leave you without a witness when the time finally comes for witnesses to be seen. Find a witness that has a strong team behind them so you will have continuous support through the whole process if your original chosen expert witness is not able to see the whole case through.

Qualifications Are Important

Even though a witness with the CPA designations is very high respected, evaluate whether or not your case could benefit from an expert that also has other industry credentials. Some witnesses have specialized valuation or some fraud designations.

Have Options

While you may have had a great experience with a witness in the past, be open to looking at other options. Each case is different and unique and a different witness may be a better option. Speak with a few witnesses to be sure you pick the right one. You are going to want to hire a witness that has the best chance of getting you the results you desire.

Finding the best financial witness for your case can be tedious. It is an important step to having a good outcome on a litigation case. Choosing a good financial litigation support specialist such as Michael F. Richards of mrichardsconsulting.com can mean the difference between a good or bad outcome of your litigation case.

October 12th, 2016 | Author:

There is absolutely no doubt about the fact that when your house is full of clutter and is completely unorganized, you feel frustrated. You are not able to find the basic things that you need. Just think about the last time you lost your keys in your cluttered house. You were likely late for work or an appointment. You probably spent a lot of time searching through baskets, cupboards, drawers, pockets, and other areas for your keys. A day that could have been completely calm and free of stress turned into a nightmare. The following tips can help you keep your house organized and your life calm.

The very first thing that you need to do is get rid of clutter. You need to go through each room in your home, especially the rooms that you use most often, and get rid of things that you no longer need. This can be hard, but be realistic when thinking about how often you really use an item. If you have not used it for the last six months, donate it, sell it, or throw it away. Many individuals find that when they get rid of things that they no longer need, not only does their house look nicer, but they feel weight lifted off their shoulders.

After getting rid of clutter, go through your home and clean everything. Dust everything, vacuum your home, sanitize the kitchen and bathrooms, and take other steps to not only make sure that your home is free of dirt, but smells better. This is going to make you feel great when you are in your home.

The next thing you want to do is buy items or use items you already have in order to keep things organized. For example, you want to label drawers, jars, and other things that you use often so that you can find things quickly. It is possible to find cute or even custom industrial labels online. Or you can just make them yourself. Next, think of things that you use often and put these in an area that is easy to access. For example, if you always put your wallet and keys down as soon as you get home, put a basket on the table that is near the front door for these items. Or think about the area where you kick off your shoes and hang your purse. Make sure that this area is clutter free and has space available for the items you use most often.

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October 12th, 2016 | Author:

Medical instruments must be protected because they help surgeons and doctors resolve minor and major health issues that affect patients. If any surgical tools at your facility are accidentally damaged, you can fix them by working with a company that specializes in medical instrument repair. Corrosion, however, is a bigger problem since it affects many instruments that are often used in medical environment. In order to prevent corrosion, you may want to invest in surgical equipment that’s passivated.

The Passivation Process

When the technicians at medical instrument manufacturing companies make tools that are passivated, they remove all iron compounds from the steel materials. During this process, a special chemical treatment is applied on the instruments. Then, an acidic substance will be used to prevent contamination around the passive coating. The protective layer that’s used on stainless steel instruments isn‘t thick.

Why Passivation is Beneficial

If a medical instrument lacks a passive layer, the metal surfaces will corrode slowly over time. When a surgical tool has a protective coating, the mental surfaces will last longer because rust won’t generate as quickly.

Passivation Procedures

Before any procedures are implemented, every instrument is washed thoroughly. If some items are covered with polishes, traditional substances, or mineral oils, the coatings will be removed. These preparation procedures are vital because harsh elements won’t be removed during the passivation process.

Once the instruments are prepped, they’re tossed in baskets, which rest on various tanks. Copper sulphate, nitric acid, and water are found in each of the tanks. These substances help workers conduct tests in order to determine whether are not a medical instrument can resist corrosion. During the testing process, lab technicians always consider the temperature, time, and concentration.

Buying Considerations

If possible, try to buy medical instruments that have been passivated twice. When tools are treated before and after laser procedures are implemented, the protective coating is much stronger.

Overall, by investing in surgical tools that have a passive coating, you won’t have to worry about severe corrosion. Whenever your instruments are bent or chipped, a reputable medical technician can repair them.

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September 10th, 2016 | Author:

One thing I love about Fall is the apples. I’m not really a great fan of this fruit, but I just love it when my wife makes some amazing Apple Crumble.

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This is the only way I could eat apples and I have to tell you that this is the yummy way to enjoy the fruit. This and some music playing in the background would make my night. Which reminds me, I have to bring my son’s guitar to lancaster music for repair this weekend. Anyway, back to my Apple Crumble. Do you want her recipe? Here goes…

Apple Crumble

Ingredients:
4 large Golden Delicious apples (about 3 pounds)
1/4 cup sugar
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Topping:
1 cup walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch fine salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold butter, cut into small pieces
Vanilla ice cream, for serving, optional

Directions:

Position an oven rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.
Peel, core, and slice apples into 1/4-inch slices. Place apples in a large mixing bowl and toss with sugar, lemon juice, flour, and cinnamon. Pour into a lightly greased 9 by 13-inch baking dish, and spread out into an even layer. Set aside.
In another large bowl, mix together the nuts, flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, and salt for the topping. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, gently work in the cold butter until pea-sized lumps are formed.
Top apples evenly with mixture and bake until apples are bubbly and topping is golden brown, about 45 minutes, rotating once halfway through cooking.
Serve warm or at room temperature with vanilla ice cream.

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September 10th, 2016 | Author:

I surprised my wife with a new set of workout outfit from Victoria’s Secret and a new yoga mat for her birthday.

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She loved them and says I’m the best. Anything to make her happy. I knew she wanted that outfit when she saw it from the mall last time we went there, so I thought it would be the perfect gift. If I know her (and I know I do!), she’ll get me that guitar from musicans friend I’ve wanted for so long for Christmas. Winks

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September 09th, 2016 | Author:

Thermal curtains are more suitable for room temperature control than vertical blinds. The insulating features of thermal curtains make them a popular addition in many homes. However, several techniques can help make vertical blinds more energy efficient.

How Insulation Works
Air has excellent insulation properties. Air trapped between two layers of vinyl or fabric provides better insulation than the same air trapped between a single layer of vinyl or fabric. Therefore, window treatments containing more than one layer are better insulators than those with a single layer. The more the number of layers in a window treatment, the better insulation they provide.

R-Value: Measurement for Insulation
The ability of an object to resist heat flow is referred to as R-value. Items or objects with higher R-values provide better insulation and vice versa. Most insulation materials used in today’s homes have R-values of more than 40. However, it is important to know that not all window treatments have a rated R-value.

What Makes a Blind a Good Insulator?
Window blind’s R-values are influenced by two main features. Firstly, additional layers translate to more insulating ability. Blinds that have vanes with pocket air in the middle will insulate more than vertical blinds made of a single layer of fabric or PVC vinyl. Another feature that affects R-value is the tightness that the blind has against the window.

What Makes a Curtain a Good Insulator?
Just like window blinds, the R-value of a curtain is determined by the quality of the fabric a thermal curtain if made from and the number of layers it has. Most thermal curtains have several layers and are therefore, good insulators. Another factor that affects curtain insulation is its window fitting. The curtain’s ability to sufficiently insulate a room is lowered by the presence of gaps around the edges of the window. Consider choosing curtains that fit perfectly around the sides of your windows. Window draperies and quilts can hold an R-value of between three and five.

Other Factors
Heat may be lost in a room due to poor insulation of doors and windows. Weather stripping and caulking can help reduce this problem. Single paned windows have less insulating values than double paned windows. Insulating blinds and louvers can enhance insulation in a room, but cannot stop air from leaking into or out of a room. This can only be solved by weather stripping or caulking.

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