D.I.Y Car Wash

It’s probably been weeks since you last washed your car, maybe even moved it. And on top of that your go to car wash place may be closed but you now have all the time to do it yourself. Here are some D.I.Y tips on how to get your car sparkly clean as if just came out of the wash tunnel;

  1. Start by cleaning the inside of your car first, vacuuming mats, seats and trunk. To maintain a fresh scent place dryer sheets under each floor mat for a continuous clean smell
  2. Don’t have any Armor-All to wipe the dashboard? No worries, mix equal parts water and baby oil and add a tablespoon of white vinegar. Spray onto paper towels and watch your interior shine
  3. When cleaning your window’s run a piece of lemon across the glass first, it will remove dried tree sap, sticky fingerprints and much more. Then apply your window cleaner and wipe away with newspaper for a streak free shine
  4. Foggy head lights? Squeeze some toothpaste onto a moist rag and rub onto headlight vigorously, then just wash away
  5. Use the same mixture you made for your tires for a nice glossy finish
  6. Try to wash your car in a shaded area and wash it in sections, this will allow you time to wipe it down properly and avoid getting dried water marks from the sun

We hope these tips and tricks help you getting that car looking like new again!

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Weekend Grill Hacks

A long holiday weekend calls for some good BBQ and tasty grilled food.

The following are some grill hacks for an enjoyable, safe and yummy time:

  1. Forget using expensive cleaners to wash off your grill grate, simply cut an onion and rub across each rung. The acidity will cut though residual grease and actually leave the flavor for whatever your grilling
  2. Use your empty paper egg cartons to place your coals in for a charcoal fire, this will act as your fire starter and allows you to recycle items you would have disposed of anyway
  3. If kebabs are on the menu, soak the skewers in water for at least 15 – 30 minutes before using to avoid them getting burned on the grill and breaking off when you lift them up to eat
  4. Checking propane tank levels has never been easier, heat up some water (not boiling but warm) and run down the side of a cooled tank, then run your hand down that same side…where you feel that the tank goes from warm to cold will show you the level of propane left. Please remember to do this before turning on the tank for grilling.

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Water Safety Guide

As the days become longer and the temperature’s rise, so will the urge to jump into a pool or the ocean. A quick cool off is all some people need to make it through the hot summer months and we totally get it. Just remember to practice safety in and around the water to avoid any serious injuries.

Some things to always remember;

Practice the buddy system when going to the beach or when you’re out by the pool, this will avoid any unexpected accidents

Always watch over small children and explain the importance of wearing life-saving gear

Protect your skin by wearing bathing suits made of rash guard or apply sunscreen every few hours

Never use glassware to serve food or drinks especially on a pool deck

Check batteries on door alarms that lead out to your pool or the latch to the pool fence to ensure all safety measures are up and running.

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Planning a Successful Week

It’s Monday and a new week lies ahead with endless opportunities and ample time to begin or complete all those tasks that the weekend disguised as unimportant. Knowing where to start is usually the tricky part, so we’re here to offer you some advice on how to make these next seven days’ worth it.

Begin with making a list of one thing you want to accomplish each day. This can be something as small as vacuuming your living space or as big as rearranging your room.

Next, choose block out times where you allow yourself to rest, eat or do anything other than your goal at hand.

Follow that by removing distractions that enable you from completing the job and think of items that could help you such as a sound speaker or lighting an incense to create the right ambiance.

Lastly, make an effort to begin each task with the mentality that it will get done before you do anything else. This creates a positive determination which will compel you to complete it and in return … a successful week.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

Roses are red,

violets are blue,

plant sunflowers and marigolds,

for a pretty Spring view.

As April comes to a close, so do the wet stormy weekends…hopefully.

And with a hotter month ahead of us, why not make it a colorful one?

Plant some May flowers that thrive this time of year and add some color to your garden.

Sunflowers, Marigolds, Zinnia’s and Cosmos are all bright blooms that require a little dirt, a splash of water and lots of sunshine.

Add these to your garden for a beautiful and vibrant yard, happy planting!

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Meet our Sales Agents

For over 78 years our company has provided exceptional service and has been recognized as one of the top insurance companies time and time again. Western Mutual appreciates the accolades and the opportunity to serve you and your family.

We would like to take this moment and introduce part of our team- our sales agents- who are here to help you acquire a policy and save you money while doing it.

They have been in the insurance industry for over a decade, each capable of assisting our Spanish customers as well.

Give us a call and let us help you 1-877-968-8825

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Preventing Kitchen Fires

According to the American Red Cross, kitchen fires are the leading cause for structure damage and/or total loss. Research based on property claims show that fires are more likely to start in your kitchen than any other room and 90% of them are preventable.

As a preferred homeowners insurance company we know that dealing with this is not only stressful but tragic. We would like to provide you with some tips on ways to prevent and avoid ever having to deal with this situation:

  • Check your smoke alarms regularly and change batteries every year
  • Never leave your stove top unattended as 40% of all kitchen fires occurred while food was still in the pot/pan
  • Always heat oil, water or any substance slowly and be vigilant of your heat controls
  • Never put hot oil or fatty liquids in water as it will make thick smoke and can cause damage to surrounding areas
  • Keep appliances and flammable products such as lighters, cartons, etc. away from the stove top
  • Always use your air vent to help heat and smoke escape safely
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and check expiration date on it
  • If a grease fire starts, do NOT attempt to put it out with water, this will combust and become a very dangerous situation. Instead, cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet, turn off the heat.  If you can’t cover it, dump a cup or more of baking soda on it.

We hope these tips were useful in helping you prevent such a devastating situation. For more information visit redcross.org/homefires

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