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Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 4 of 4

Lastly, but certainly not least, is to make sure that the neighborhood that you select is among residents that keep their homes and properties kept up. This is important for your own day to day positive outlook as well as the short term and long term value of your investment. Even if your home is well maintained, if you choose a location where your neighbors let their yards go and do not attend to home upkeep and improvement the same way you do, your home value will suffer for their lack of pride in their home and property. It is also likely to cause turbulence among neighborly relations when there is a disparity between your expectations and the reality of the situation.

In this regard, the Internet can aid you once again. Check out the county auditor’s website to find property values for homes in the area. You’ll be looking for trends within the information where appreciation and depreciation is concerned and to more fully understand the current and projected outlook for property values around your prospective home. This isn’t a step you will want to skip, a home is a large and potentially profitable investment– no one likes to watch their hard earned money go down the tube alongside a failing neighborhood.

Also, properly maintaining your yard and property is important for safety reasons as well as aesthetic value. Intruders look for home that have overgrown shrubs. Make sure you invest in a monitored home security system like the ones offered by ADT.

Choosing The Right Neighborhood For Your Family Part 3 of 4

After you have determined that the neighborhood you are considering purchasing a home in has a healthy number of families and school options that you are able to feel good about, the next element of a good neighborhood that you will want to consider is safety. Thankfully with the online resources that are currently available, this important task is quicker and easier than ever before. You’ll probably want to start by researching the crime rates in the neighborhood as well as gathering information on the number and whereabouts of convicted sex offenders that are in the area. Internet sites like http://www.RegisteredOffendersList.Org,, and can help you to accomplish this critical task. You could also subscribe to in order to recieve local crime statistics and other data from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department that will help you make an educated and realistic decision as to whether or not the area is the right place for you and your family to make a new home purchase.

Regardless of what you find out, it’s always a good idea to have a professionally monitored home security system installed in your new home. Make sure to use a trusted company that has been around for years such as ADT. The good news is that if you can afford to purchase a home, you are sure to be able to have a great security system installed. ADT offers free installation for new subscribers and advancements in technology have made these types of home alarm systems highly effective as well as highly attainable for just about any budget. You’ll love the added security and peace of mind that a system of this type will be able to offer you and family for years to come.

Summer Birthdays: Steps To A Fun And Safe Party Part 3 of 3

Food Safety

Consider offering foods that do not contain mayonnaise, cream, sour cream dips, or any dairy products for that matter. If you feel it necessary to provide these types of foods to your guests, make sure to keep them refrigerated up until you are ready for them to be consumed. After everyone has gotten their share, get them directly to cold storage for safe keeping. Although it is tempting to put out a huge spread of attractive foods to wow your guests, don’t fall prey to this unsafe temptation. If people are going to be continuously snacking instead of eating one sit down meal at the same time, put out the snacks and foods in a rotating schedule so that nothing stays out for very long. If perishable food is allowed to come up to room temperature, it will not be safe to eat, even after being chilled again. Don’t forget that some beverages such as juice have to play by these same rules as well. If the bottle says to refrigerate after opening, that should be taken seriously because it means that if it is allowed to sit out for long it will go bad and could pose a serious health risk to individuals at your get together. No one wants to be remembered for serving the food that made everyone sick and no one needs that guilt on their conscience. Play it safe and don’t take chances with the food you serve.

Another good idea is to place individual servings of foods in small paper cups or containers, include a plastic fork or spoon and make sure to cover them tightly. This will help to cut down on the number of people that will be handling and looming over the food, possibly contaminating it.

Basically, your goal should be to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. You can enlist the help of large bowls, buckets, or troughs of ice or, for hot foods, electric warmers in order to make sure your food stays healthy and edible.

Make sure to ask each guest to report any allergies to you BEFORE the party. If there are any, namely peanut, seafood, or wheat allergies, don’t take on the task of trying to keep the contaminated separate from the allergen free foods. This can be much trickier than it seems, especially if the allergy is severe. Instead, work you menu to avoid using the allergen at all, this way you won’t have to have the stress of trying to make sure the allergic person or people don’t come in contact with the harmful substance on your watch. Even so, it’s never a bad idea to have an epi pen handy in case a sudden onset of an allergic reaction. If the persons allergy is serious, don’t waste time before calling medical personnel.

If you’re looking for more ways to keep your family and others safe at your home you might want to consider an ADT security system. There are some great deals going on now at ADT‘s official web page.

No More False Alarms: Two-Way Voice Home Security

Having a home security system is one of the best ways to protect your family and property. Whether you are home or not, your house can be continuously monitored for intruders, fire, smoke, carbon monoxide, and even water damage. Now, due to technological advances, home security systems have just gotten even more practical. In addition to having become increasingly affordable over the last few years, there are new features available such as two-way voice intercom service that make having an up-to-date home security system more effective than ever before.
When a traditional home alarm is triggered, a signal is sent to a dispatch station where a dispatcher will then attempt to place a call to the residence in order to confirm the emergency. If the emergency is confirmed or no one can be reached, the dispatcher will next contact the local police station and have an officer dispatched based on the information they have been able to gather. Unfortunately, if no one is at home to confirm the emergency (which is most often the case in the event of an intruder) or for any reason cannot get to the phone to answer it, the police are dispatched on an “unconfirmed break-in”. This type of emergency does not carry nearly the level of priority as that of a confirmed alarm and, oftentimes, it can take much longer for personnel to respond.
Two-way voice intercom service stands to change all that. In a house equipped with intercom technology, the dispatch station has the ability to talk and listen by way of a speaker/microphone unit built directly into the security system that will activate any time the alarm is tripped; there is no button to push or hold in order to talk, in fact, there is no need to even be near the intercom unit because its microphone is sensitive enough to detect noises coming from anywhere in the home. This means the dispatch station will be able to identify any movement or other noises that could indicate more than just an “unconfirmed break-in” and dispatch police accordingly, a feature that, during an emergency, could very well make all the difference.
For the best in holiday home security, I recommend selecting one of the premium home security systems from ADT, the nation’s leading provider of security services. ADT home security systems can provide a critical lifeline to emergency response services in case of home invasions, medical emergencies and fires.

Holiday Home Security Tips

The holidays are traditionally a time of generosity and good-will towards all, yet, unfortunately, it’s also a time when families and individuals should be extra cautious to not fall victim to common holiday safety threats. If a safe home and family is on your Wish List this season, following these simple guidelines you can greatly reduce the likelihood your family’s holiday festivities will be derailed due to accidents or crime.

• Keep doors and windows locked at all times with high quality hardware and, for additional protection, consider using secondary blocking devices such as pin locks.
• If you have a security system installed in your home, make sure it is armed when no one is at home and place stickers or signs on and around your home to make its presence known.
• Make sure wrapped or unwrapped presents are not visible to someone looking in through your windows
• If you have an attached garage, keep it closed when not in use and always keep doors leading in to the house locked
• Do not leave boxes of large or expensive gifts laying out where they can be seen by non-family members
• Make sure to check any electrical decorations carefully for frayed cords or other signs they could present a fire hazard
• Keep sharp, breakable ornaments and decorations away from children and pets
• Educate yourself about holiday plants and foliage you buy or receive as gifts- many are highly poisonous and can be particularly harmful to small children and animals
• Watch out for holiday fire risks such as stockings hung in front of an open fire that can be just as dangerous as they are charming.
• As you unwrap gifts, immediately collect and discard any plastic wrap or bags that might pose a suffocation risk to children and make sure items small enough to swallow or choke on are kept well out of reach.
• Take a holiday inventory of your home by photographing or engraving all your valuable items or at least making a list complete with serial numbers.

During the holiday season, don’t forget to protect those you love and care for the most with a home security system, which can provide a lifeline in case of medical emergencies, fires, and of course burglaries. I personally recommend ADT home security systems. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years of experience.

Happy Holidays!

Healthy Holiday Meal Substitutions

It’s become almost impossible to ignore the mass shift toward healthier eating. Sure, there are still the die-hards (heh- no pun intended) that still rely on fast food lunches to make up for the breakfast they skipped and then round out the day by pulling dinner out of a box but, by and large, the rest of us have become increasingly diligent when it comes to choosing foods for ourselves and our families. That having been said, the holidays can be an extra stressful time overloaded with chores, activities, and events that can cause us to let our healthy eating take a back seat to either tradition, our busy schedules, or a combination thereof. However, there are many simple substitutions you can choose to make that will have your holiday menu providing more of what bodies need and less of what they don’t, without catching flack from any family-members-turned-food-critics that might be hanging around.
Personally, my biggest weakness around the holidays (and most other days) is homemade mashed potatoes. Yet, as much as I love the starchy pleasure of carbo-loading on all that fluffy, white goodness, there are alternatives that taste just as good and, from a health perspective, have regular mashed potatoes beat. This year, consider oven-roasted potatoes seasoned with garlic, rosemary, and olive oil instead of mashed for a delicious and elegant looking side item. Oven roasting the potatoes as opposed to mashing them forces your body to work harder and longer in order to separate out the carbs, convert them to sugar, and start releasing into the bloodstream resulting in a more gradual and therefore healthier rise in blood sugar. Another even better option is to skip the potatoes altogether and use steamed cauliflower instead. It might sound a little iffy but, as a southern girl with a past history of potato addiction, I can assure you it actually tastes pretty darn close to the real deal. Throw in a carrot or two while steaming the cauliflower and mash them both together when soft for an even tastier, vitamin-packed, and attractive dish. Oh, and one more thing, there’s no law that says you have to tell them it’s cauliflower until after they’ve tried it.
But what about dessert?! Moderation is always a great place to start when dealing in sweets but there are also plenty of dessert ideas that bring more to the table than just being tasty. You can easily boost the nutrition value of the treats you offer this holiday season by looking for a recipe that calls for the use of whole grains instead of bleached flour and brown sugar instead of white, refined sugar.
Don’t forget that during the holiday season, when many of us use our ovens and stovetops more heavily, light fires in the fireplace and string lights on Christmas trees, the risk of home fires can increase. I recommend that you help protect your family with an ADT home security system, including a monitored smoke alarm. A monitored smoke alarm ensures that the fire department responds in an emergency, even if you are asleep or away visiting family. ADT is the leading provider of home security systems in the U.S., with more than 100 years in business.