Happy Safe Halloween

Found this excellent short video on Halloween safety tips:

I also came across the post Halloween Safety and Fun which offers great tips for making Halloween safe for the kiddies. Many of our tenants at Showcase Property Management have children young and older who will be dressing up and hitting the neighborhoods to collect their bounty of candy all across Brevard County, FL

Some of the tips for trick-or-treating include:

  • Plan your Halloween ahead of time
  • Plan your trick or treating route
  • Make sure your kids are costumed for safety

All of us at Showcase Property Management are wishing you and your family a happy, safe Halloween!

Prep Your Environment to Reduce Allergy Problems

Millions of people suffer with allergy problems, in the US alone, more than 50 million Americans have nasal allergies, according to Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA). Allergy is the 5th leading chronic disease in the U.S. among all ages, and the 3rdmost common chronic disease among children under 18 years old. The best way to prevent allergy symptoms and minimize your need for allergy medicine is to avoid your allergens as much as possible and to eliminate the source of allergens from your home and other environments. 

Social and Economic Costs

  • The annual cost of allergies is estimated to be nearly $14.5 billion.
  • Nearly 85% ($12.3 billion) is for direct costs including $1.3 billion for doctor office visits and $11 billion for medications ($7 billion prescription, $4 billion over-the-counter).
  • Indirect costs of allergy (missed work or school, lost productivity, death, etc.) account for approximately $2.2 billion (15%) of the total annual cost of allergies in the U.S.
  • For adults, allergies (hay fever) is the 5th leading chronic disease and a major cause of work absenteeism and “presenteeism,” resulting in nearly 4 million missed or lost workdays each year, resulting in a total cost of more than $700 million in total lost productivity.

I am confident you will find the suggestions in this post to be helpful with prepping your environment to reduce allergy problems.

There are a number of things you can do to your environment to help reduce allergy problems:

  1. 1. Keep windows closed and use air conditioning if you're allergic to pollen. Don't use fans since they can stir up dust. If you do use fans clean them often.
  2. 2. Filter the air. Cover air conditioning vents with cheesecloth to filter pollen and use high efficiency particulate air filters. Clean air filters frequently and air ducts at least once a year.
  3. 3. Clean the grate to your refrigertator once a quarter, it's a magnet to collect dust and dirt. 

See more suggestions to allergy proof your environment

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Getting rid of fleas naturally

Everyone with pets at one time or another gets exposed to the aggravation of fleas. I found the following YouTube video, How to get rid of fleas

I also came across this post, Into the Garden: Prevent fleas in the yard naturally that claims, One preventative measure that keeps coming up from several sources is the use of diatomaceous earth. Made from the finely ground fossils of prehistoric freshwater diatoms, it kills common household and garden pests like roaches, ants, fleas, beetles, silverfish, slugs and other crawling insects within 48 hours of contact. A long-lasting control, it’s sprinkled into cracks and crevices where bugs hide. Insects cannot develop resistance, as there is no buildup of chemical immunity.

According to Yahoo.com, the fine powder absorbs lipids from the waxy outer layer of insects’ exoskeletons, causing them to dehydrate.

Diatomaceous earth can be found at Green’s Feed and Seed, Lowe’s, Home Depot and other garden stores. It runs $10 to $12 for a couple of pounds. For dry application, use a duster and cover the entire plant, and apply to both top and bottom of leaf. For young plants, as little as 2 pounds per acre may be adequate. For larger plants, 5 pounds per acre is probably sufficient. DE will need reapplication after a rain. It applies best when there is dew or after a light rain. 

I found even more at eHow, Natural Way to Get Rid of Fleas on Animals, I am sure one or all of these remedies will prevent and cure ailments with fleas.

Make More Room Declutter Tips

All of us let “stuff” accumulate and next thing you know we’re on a declutter mission. Found this short video that offers 7 great tips to declutter.

Moving in or out of property is a great time to to purge and prevent clutter, it’s the perfect time to make decisions about what you need and don’t need to move.

How do you make the decisions to get rid of things? The Unclutter suggests: “While there are many tips and tricks you can use to ease the streamlining process, it all comes down to 5 easy steps:

  1. Set yourself a goal “I am going to sort half this room before bed” or “I’m going to streamline the contents of this one box.”
  2. Figure out broad categories and where you are going sort each category into.
  3. Sort your stuff, moving systemically through the space, and not bouncing back and forth.
  4. Purge what you don’t want.
  5. Stop when you’ve reached your goal.
  6. Drop a comment below with your suggestion to keep organized and declutter.

Moving? Watch your back!

Feature post by Dr. Paul Grim, D.C

Is moving STRESSFUL? Of course! Not only is moving emotionally stressful, but it is also physically demanding too. From packing up boxes of memorable items to moving precious furniture, your move will impact the structure of your body. Young or old, there are positive stratagies to reduce potential injuries.
First, make sure your boxes weigh less than 50 lbs. The box should be easy to lift with out strain especially in your lower back. To prevent spinal injuries, work on a countertop that is at waist height instead of placing boxes on the floor when possible. Avoid bending and twisting of your spine since those movements increase the probability of slipping a disc.
Second, use a dolly to move heavy apliances or multiple heavy boxes. Make sure that you use a strap to secure items. The dolly will save you from carrying boxes too far.
Third, always lift properly! Bend your knees and not your back. Your leg muscles may be sore the next day, but it is better than a herniated disc. Bring the item as close as possible to your pelvis. Keep your back straight and look up to the ceiling.
Finally, if you have low back pain that lasts longer than 3 days, contact your local neighborhood Chiropractor. We can help!

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Spring Cleaning Tips for Tenants

Yes it’s the time year to spruce of for spring. I hope you enjoy this entertaining video with Ellen Degeneres, she really see the lighter side of spring cleaning.

It really is a good time to do spring cleaning before it gets too hot. This spring cleaning check list by Johnson provides a room by room guide to help you organize a plan of action. The Johnson guides advises, “why not approach the big job like a pro this year: create an action plan, assign tasks to specific family members (or even to a professional) and then reward everyone for a job well done. Don’t forget to hold a family meeting to brainstorm enticing and fun rewards that will inspire everyone to work hard!”

To help you out with your big spring clean, Johnson created seven handy and easy-to-use spring cleaning checklists: one for each room in your home, plus an extra to cover outdoor cleaning. If you get over whelmed, take a laugh break with Ellen Degeneres, she definitely see the light side when it comes to spring cleaning.

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