Resolutions Sticking?

Each New Year’s Day signifies the start of carefully thought out resolutions for millions of Americans. Unfortunately, resolutions do not tend to stick as we put too much pressure on ourselves to be perfect and end up feeling overwhelmed in the process. Come February, many are quick to overlook these goals. In order to help ease the pressure, instead focus on more attainable goals and less of them. Remember to be smart, stick to fewer things (or even one thing at a time), exercise the buddy system for more encouragement, celebrate your victories and be kind to yourself!

Do you have any helpful tips on ways to stick with your resolutions? Please share them below!

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Cold Weather Family Fun

‘Tis the season of colder weather! When it just feels better to stay indoors, we have some suggestions for some family fun to be had at home! From movie nights, reading a new book, learning to cook a fun meal, teaching your dog a new trick, and channeling your inner Picasso through art to playing board games, tackling a puzzle, absorbing new skills and building pillow forts, fun can definitely be had by all. What are your favorite activities for a chilly or rainy day?

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Heater Safety

Heater safety is important to follow at home. This winter season, and all year long for that matter, be sure to remain vigilant and follow safety recommendations. If your home does not have a heater unit, Do NOT use the stove as a heat source. Instead, use extra blankets, dress in layers, light a fire in your fireplace or use a portable space heater. Note that you should not leave children unattended near a space heater and the units should never be placed on top of furniture or near water. In fact, keep heat sources at least 3 feet away from furniture or drapes. Remember to always have a chemical fire extinguisher handy, working smoke alarms and up-to-date carbon monoxide detector.

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Cold Weather Prep

It is beginning to look a lot like winter!  In order to prepare you and your families for cooler weather, we have created a cold weather checklist! Check it out below and please add any ones we missed in the comments below!

  • Close off unneeded rooms and place towels or rugs over cracks under the doors to keep the warm air in and cool air out
  • If you have a fireplace, make sure you have a good supply of firewood that can keep you and your family warm in the event of power outages
  • Have flashlights and batteries available for blackouts and avoid using candles as they can become a fire hazard
  • Provide shelter for pets and the elderly
  • Bring plants inside to protect them from the elements
  • Use blackout curtains as they prevent heat loss
  • Reverse your ceiling fans to make them spin clockwise and create an updraft that pushes warm air around the room without creating a wind chill
  • Clean the gutters off of your roof as when clogged, rain and melted snow can cause leaks and damage to your home’s infrastructure
  • Maintain tree limbs and brush because wind, rain, snow and ice can cause them to break and fall

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Way Back Wednesday

Did you know? That prior to the first type of comprehensive homeowners’ insurance that was offered in the early 1950’s, an individual was responsible for purchasing separate policies for each type of potential peril. This means that “Way Back When”, coverage for fire loss, theft and personal property were not included in one agreement. As you could imagine, it did not take long for insurance companies to realize that creating an all-encompassing policy was beneficial for the homeowners and the next step in advancing the HOI industry.

If you would like to review your policy, feel free to call us at 877-WMUTUAL (877-968-8825), Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST/PDT

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