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Dec 18 2015

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Holiday Safety: 7 Helpful Tips – The Garage Plan Shop

Christmas TreeSometimes we get so wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays that we throw caution to the wind. Thanksgiving is near and as soon as it passes, we go into Christmas mode. Now is a good time to think about holiday safety. These are just reminders for things you already know, but may get too busy to give your full attention. Take a moment to review and truly have a safe holiday.

 

  1. Smoke Alarms – Test smoke alarms to make sure they are functioning. Batteries should be changed twice a year. Make sure family members know what they sound like and what they should do when they hear them.
  2. Escape Plan – Review escape routes and designate a meeting place outside of the house for everyone to gather.
  3. Fireplace Safety – Keep the chimney clean and have it inspected. Use a fire screen to prevent sparks from entering the room. Don’t add anything to the fire. It is tempting to watch that flash of flames from discarded plates and cups or that big ball of wrapping paper, but don’t jeopardize you and your family’s safety. Someone should always be in the room when a fire is burning and put the fire out before going to bed.
  4. Candles – Like the fireplace, this is an open flame that you are allowing in your home. Don’t discount the damage it can do because it is small. Keep candles a good distance from other decorations and extinguish them when leaving the room.
  5. Cooking – Leave nothing unattended. Banish small children from being underfoot in the kitchen. Be aware that your holiday clothing doesn’t flow into a flame. Review how to put out stove top fires and have a working fire extinguisher close by. Unplug any small appliances that you are not using.
  6. Water the Tree – If you keep a live tree in the house make sure you water it every day.  Keep it at least three feet from any heat source. Don’t let the rearranging of your house to accommodate it, block any exit routes.
  7. Check the Lights – Check cords for wear and don’t run any wires under carpets. If your lights blink and they are not supposed to, discard that strand. Don’t overload your circuits and turn all lights and decorations off when going to bed or leaving the house.

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Aug 06 2014

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Tips to Manage Back-To-School Stress – The Garage Plan Shop

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School Bus StopThe end of summer vacation is fast approaching and it is time to get ready for the kids to head back to school. However, preparing for the upcoming school year can be stressful for your whole family. The tips below will help you remain stress-free as your family gets ready for the new school year.

 

  1. Who’s riding the bus? – If your children will be taking the bus, visit their bus stop head of time and determine the best walking route to the bus stop as well as go over who will be walking them to bus stop and who will be there to meet them when they get off the bus in the afternoon. If you’ll be driving your kids to school, determine the best travel route before the first day of school. Additionally, if you’ll be heading to work after dropping your kids off, it would be a good idea to plan your entire route from home, to school, to work and back again.
  2. Backpacks and belongings. – Before school starts, designate a space in your home for the children to store backpacks, school IDs, jackets, etc., when they get home from school each day. If they place their belongings in the designated space, everything will be easy to find in the morning.
  3. Establish a routine. – Having a predictable routine works well for kids. They know what is expected of them and what will happen next. Establish a routine for everyone in your family from waking up, to eating breakfast, getting dressed and heading out the door. With a predictable morning schedule, your kids will remain stress-free. If that are stress-free, chances are you will be too.
  4. Make time for breakfast. – We know breakfast is good for us, so make time to eat something before you head out the door. Breakfast staves off hunger, provides energy and improves mood. If the kids are energetic and in a good mood, they’ll be ready to start their days. Make sure you eat breakfast as well.
  5. Shop strategically. – There is no need to run out and buy 5-10 new outfits for each child before school starts. Instead, determine what each child has outgrown and replace those items or fill in the gaps with clothing each child will need. This will prevent overbuying and keep your budget in check. Additionally, only purchase school supplies on the list that is provided by the teacher/school. There is no sense in spending money on unnecessary supplies.
  6. Get sleep. – You cannot expect your children to stay focused at school (or you at work) without proper sleep. Aim for seven to nine hours of sleep a night. Establish bedtimes for each child and stick to them. With proper sleep, your entire family will be well rested and ready for the next day.

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Jul 17 2014

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Caring for Your Lawn & Landscaping During Summertime Drought Conditions – The Garage Plan Shop

Front Yard ImageSummertime drought conditions can cause havoc for your lawn, garden, trees, and other landscaping. Below are a few tips to help beat the heat and keep your green spaces looking vibrant, healthy and strong:

 

  • Plants: An easy way to protect plants in dry conditions is to use mulch around them. Experts suggest using three to four inches of organic mulch around plants to lock in moisture and prevent water loss due to evaporation. Mulch also prevents soil compaction, reduces soil temperature, and prevents weeds that use up valuable water.
  • Lawn: The more compact your soil is the more water will be lost from evaporation. It is a good idea to aerate your lawn from time to time and water the lawn slowly with some type of sprinkler system or a simple lawn and garden sprinkler.
  • Trees: Your tress should be your top priority. When in good health, they create a shaded canopy over your lawn keeping it cooler and less “thirsty” for water. Experts suggest drilling several holes in the soil around the base of the tree. The holes should be at least 24 inches deep. Fill them with compost. This will help water penetrate the ground more easily and reach the tree’s roots more efficiently.
  • Bugs & Pests: Keep an eye on your lawn and other vegetation for bugs and other pests that might find their ways into your lawn, garden, etc., in search of food during drought conditions. Contact a local exterminator or seek professional advice from a lawn and garden center about killing or removing these pests.
  • Conserve Water: Water your plants and lawn early in the morning when you’ll lose less water to evaporation. Make your own rain barrel and collect roof water from downspouts. Use this water before you turn on the hose. Also, water your lawn slowly using a sprinkler, allowing the water to soak into the ground. This will prevent water from sitting on top of the soil where it will simply evaporate.

 

Following these handy tips will help keep your lawn and landscaping healthy, green and strong through summertime drought conditions.

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Apr 01 2014

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Protect Pedestrians with Safe Driving – The Garage Plan Shop

Protect Pedestrians with Safe DrivingSometimes we become so preoccupied at watching out for the other driver that we forget how many pedestrians are on the road. Whether walking, running or biking, they may not be immediately visible or may accidently step or fall into the street. April 4th is National Walk to Work day. A greater number of pedestrians are expected to be using our sidewalks, crosswalks and road on this special day. Below are some reminders for drivers to help keep pedestrians safe on April 4th and every other day of the year:

1. Be especially alert when driving anywhere there are groups of people moving about like residential areas, school zones, bus stops, or near parks.

2. Avoid distractions like using cell phones or tuning the radio.

3. Give pedestrians the right-of-way. They are assuming that you see them.

4. Slow down when entering and exiting driveways and alleys. Take an extra look when pulling out of a parking space whether it is on the street on in a parking lot.

5. Be prepared to stop when entering a crosswalk area.

6. Use extra caution when visibility is limited at night or when it’s raining.

7. Don’t pass vehicles that have stopped for pedestrians.

8. When passing disabled cars on the side of the road give them some space. If you are not stopping to help, move over into the next lane.

9. At intersections, wait for pedestrians to cross. Look them in the eye so they know that you have seen them but don’t wave them to cross in front of you. Drivers coming from the opposite direction or from behind you may not stop.

10. If you see a ball or toy suddenly roll into the street, be prepared to stop. There is often a youngster close behind it.

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Jan 27 2014

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Travel Apps for Your Next Get Away – The Garage Plan Shop

Map appBefore you take your next vacation, road trip or getaway, do a little research and download a few travel apps that will help you along the way. We’ve listed some handy apps below, but there many more out there related to maps, travel time, things to do in specific cities, gas prices, places to shop and eat, flight arrival times, hotels, and countless more. Below are a few that we like to use:

AccuFuel

American Airlines

City Maps 2Go

Flight Predictor

FlightView

GasBuddy

GoogleMaps

greenMeter

Hotel Finder

iGasUp

MapQuest Gas Prices

My Max Speed

Orbitz

Southwest Airlines

Trapster

Travelocity

TripAdvisor

TripAlyzer

TripGo Real Time Trip Planner

WiFi Finder

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