DIY Home Security: A Burglar’s 3 Main Targets And How You Can Avoid Being One Of Them

The Burglar

It may seem strange to think of it this way, but a burglar is a professional. He's got his tools, his uniform, and his hours. And, like all professionals, he sees the world a certain way.For example, city planners can't drive down a street without thinking about its size and placement. I'm a copywriter, so I'm always critiquing advertisements. A burglar sweeps his laser gaze over every house he passes, searching for signs that it'll be his next big score.But what exactly are those signs? … [Read more...]

Fabric Softeners And Dryer Sheets: Myths vs Facts

fabric-softener

There are all sorts of bold statements -- both for and against -- using liquid fabric softeners and dryer sheets these days.Of course, those who advocate living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle typically avoid using fabric softeners and dryer sheets¬†altogether, or they may advocate using only those that are made from all-natural products instead -- like these natural fabric softeners and these natural dryer sheets.Besides the eco-friendly reasons to stop using fabric softeners … [Read more...]

Best Moving Tips Revealed: Best Time To Move Into A House… Or Apartment

My first job out of college was as a property manager.  I worked in that field for several years.  As a property manager it became obvious that:May 30th to June 1st were the busiest days of the year in terms of moving. August 31st through Sept 1st ran a close second. The dates in between were pretty active as well (June 2nd through August 30th).Of course, the busiest moving days of the year are largely dictated by the region of the country you live in and the local school … [Read more...]

Kids & Moving: 7 Packing And Moving Tips For Parents With Young Children

Moving can be a scary venture for kids, especially the younger ones.The whole idea of moving to a new town (or even just across town) and having to go to a new school and make new friends can make children apprehensive.It's normal for kids to not handle the strain of moving well, but there are some things you can do as a parent to make the move less stressful for your children... … [Read more...]

Top 10 Cool & Unusual Gift Ideas I Found on HGTV

I was watching HGTV the other day... probably an episode of "I Want That" or something similar. And I remembered seeing an interesting new product called the Purse Pal.What's cool about it is the fact that not only does it give you a place to put your purse -- so it's always within your sight and up off the floor -- it also gives you a place to put your other things like your hat, your scarf, your gloves, and your shopping bags when you're out & about.Plus, it's small and compact, so it's … [Read more...]

Kids’ Toys Kicked To The Curb…

Never has the saying 'one man's trash is another man's treasure'¬†been so evident before as it is today -- in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.I had actually been meaning to write about this for awhile, but now it rings true on a whole DIFFERENT level... Kids' Toys Kicked To The CurbWhen I see children's used toys piled up at the curb on garbage day, I can't help but wonder if there isn't SOME little boy or girl who wouldn't find SOME value in a used (maybe even broken) new … [Read more...]

Police Warning: Do Not Park On Street

This is too funny...One of the (few) drawbacks to living in our subdivision is the disregard that many of our neighbors have for the Home Owners Association rule which states: "You are not permitted to park on the street."My reply: "Yeah, that's why you paid for a TWO-car garage and an extra long (very expensive aggregate) driveway which can comfortably fit FOUR cars... You've got options, please use 'em!"The reality: The "powers that be" at the Home Owners Association state that while … [Read more...]