Halloween is fast approaching and you and your children will be dressed up as different characters, but who will dress up as you?
After the recent Facebook breach, people realize that even social media isn’t safe from identity theft. Our information is out there and we can’t get it back.
So, what are some types of identity theft and what can we do about it?
- Social Security numbers. They like yours and your children’s!
- Credit cards, debit cards and bank accounts.
- Medical services. Getting treated in your name
- Drivers licenses
- Crimes committed in your name
- Cell phones/ Smart phones and computers
It’s absolutely vital that you have your information monitored on a regular basis as well as your children’s! That includes social security numbers, drivers licenses, passports, credit/debit cards and bank accounts, insurance policies, and even social media.
When your information is being used, you need to be notified immediately!
Trained “licensed” investigators need to find out the details.
Most importantly, the investigators must Restore your identity back to where it was 100%!
Identity theft continues to sweep across our nation and it is Your responsibility to protect your identity and your children’s.
Pat Moore is a Regional Manager for LegalShield & IDShield and serves on the Boards for the Northern Virginia Employer Advisor Council and the Shenandoah County Chamber of Commerce. For more information about protecting yourself, your family and your employees, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Or call: 540-305-9937
How to choose the perfect paint for your walls
Are you thinking of giving your walls a fresh coat of paint this spring? Having a hard time deciding what colors to choose? Here are some tips for selecting the perfect shades.
• Decide on the room’s entire look before selecting your paint. This will allow you to really pull the room together with color.
• Once you’ve settled on the design of a room and chosen the furniture and accessories, take inspiration from a color featured in a favorite area rug or throw. This will ensure your room looks pulled together.
• If you’re painting rooms that open into each other, make the transition seamless by choosing colors that are two or three shades apart on the same paint chip.
• Choose a neutral paint for rooms where something else is the focal point. Bold hues work best in rooms where everything else is understated.
• A tiny paint chip isn’t enough to let you know if the color will work in a given room. Instead, buy a sample and paint a small area so you can see the color during different times of the day.
No matter your style, following these tips will help you find the perfect new color for your walls.
How to get rid of clutter and organize your home
A tidy and organized home can feel like a refuge at the end of the day. If your home has become cluttered and disorganized, take the time to declutter and sort it out.
Going room by room, the first step is to get rid of anything you don’t need. It may seem overwhelming at first, but removing unwanted and unneeded things will be liberating. You may even find yourself throwing out more than you originally planned.
If you’re not sure where to begin, start by getting rid of items that don’t get used and articles you have multiples of. Donate things that others can find a use for and throw out anything too damaged or heavily used to be donated.
Keep in mind that the amount of things in a home needs to correspond to the amount of storage available. People who live in small apartments will end up keeping fewer things than those who live in single-family homes.
Once you remove the excess items from your home, organize everything else using storage containers, baskets and boxes. Articles that don’t have a home will probably end up being piled on your table or kitchen counter. Designate a place for everything in your home and make it a point to put belongings away as soon as you’re done with them.
Spring cleaning: three key items to deep clean
Cleaning your home this spring? Don’t neglect these three things.
If your curtains are made of a lightweight, washable material, all you have to do is run them through the washing machine. For heavier fabrics, or those that need to be hand washed, a steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment will do the job while your curtains are still hanging.
Your oven’s self-cleaning function fills your kitchen with smoke, and chemical oven cleaning products are enough to make anyone woozy. Here’s a more natural way to make your oven shine like new: remove the racks from the oven, make a paste of baking soda and water and spread it on all of your oven’s surfaces except the heating elements. Let the solution sit for 12 hours (wash the oven racks while you wait) and then scrape off. Wipe with vinegar and water a few times until it sparkles.
Once your curtains, carpet and oven are clean, make their upkeep a part of your regular routine to avoid needing to deep clean every spring.
Update your bedroom with new curtains and bedding
Does your bedroom need an upgrade? Change the look of the room with new curtains and sheets. Here’s how to choose the perfect new linens for your room.
When selecting curtains, think about the look you want in the room and then find a fabric that corresponds. Linen and cotton blends are more casual and cheerful, while silk and velvet are refined and regal.
Next, think about the color and pattern you’d like. You can match your curtains to the color of the wall and use pattern and texture to make them stand out. Alternatively, you could hang a multi-colored pattern and make them a focal point.
You don’t need to match your bedding to your curtain, but they should coordinate. You can pull a color from the pattern on your curtains or use a contrasting colors. If you’d like to use different patterns for your curtains and bedding, stay in the same color palette.
When buying your sheets, invest in high-quality, natural fabrics. Egyptian cotton is classic and comfortable, while silk feels luxurious and has the added bonus of being gentle on your hair and skin.
By changing the linens in your bedroom, you’ll wake up feeling like you’re somewhere new.
Families connect at home meetings
Busy family members can meet up and speak up at special weekly meetings.
According to Aha! Parenting, family meetings help kids to feel more important within the family. They also give everyone the chance to talk about their triumphs, disagreements, schedules, or any other topic of concern that they want to bring to the table. Meanwhile, everyone else has the chance to listen.
Try to schedule the meeting at the same time every week so everyone can plan to be free. Plan a fun snack to lure the reluctant and to keep the mood relaxed.
Be sure everyone in the house is invited — even the little ones.
Adults should plan to discuss schedules, school dates, appointments, holiday plans, and news of the week.
Kids can fill-in the schedules with upcoming events. It’s a good way for parents to iron out transportation plans.
Develop your own strategies for starting the meeting and keeping order.
Consider taking turns offering a prayer or creating a fun ritual like a song or poem that everyone can participate in together.
Some families make a talking stick to pass around so that speakers can speak and nonspeakers won’t interrupt.
Move through the agenda and be on the lookout for any problems that seem to be festering under the surface.
Nibbling in the garden? Edible flowers abound
Most anyone who owns a cat can tell you that felines go crazy for flowers. But did you realize that humans also like to nibble on them?
In the popular TV show The Great British Bake Off, contestants have used edible flowers for several seasons.
They look great on cakes, but can be delicious in other ways, too. Perhaps you remember your grandfather sauteing some dandelion leaves in a little olive oil and garlic and serving them with fried eggs, long before it was trendy.
The website The English Garden gave edible flowers a shout-out in an article about new flowering plants for 2019. The post was highlighted by a radiant photo featuring a mix from Thompson and Moran that included calendulas, nasturtiums, dianthus, and violas.
Southern Living Magazine published an article listing the 10 best edible flowers. The list included a bunch of blossoms which taste like cucumbers (and work equally well in salads as in cocktails); hibiscus, whose cranberry-like flavor is great in teas and, again, cocktails; nasturtiums, with a slightly peppery taste much like watercress; and pansies, roses, and violets.
Beware of picking flowers that have been treated with pesticides. If in doubt, wash them in cold water and let dry on a paper towel. And if you are thinking about trying it out, do your research and make sure the flowers you choose are edible — not all of them are.