Tips on Hiring a Locksmith

When you find yourself locked out or need a hasty change of locks on your doors, you probably aren’t thinking about taking the time to find the best local locksmith. However, the difference between an “okay” locksmith and a good one—to say nothing of the difference between a bad and a good locksmith—matters a lot when it comes to home security. Here are some pointers to keep in mind as you search “locksmith DC” online.

Do Your Research

Take the time to review your options among local businesses. Start by reading online reviews and asking around to see which locksmiths others recommend based on their experiences. However, make sure to look into any locksmith you consider hiring—verify whether or not they’re licensed, whether their work is ensured, and any identifying information on their business. Read and reread all of the paperwork you receive, as well. This includes invoices, contracts to sign and any licenses or certificates.

Know What You Need

Sometimes, the service you think, or are told, you need isn’t the best option. There may be cheaper, safer and less time-consuming alternatives. For instance, if you’re looking into new locks, consider if rekeying, which is usually less expensive, may work. Another example: you may be told that your locks need to be drilled and replaced when you just need them unlocked—it’s rare that a trained locksmith will lack the tools and skills needed to unlock a lock and be required to remove it entirely.

Save the Number!

If a local locksmith does a good job for you, keep their info on hand. You can skip the search the next time you need a locksmith’s help, because you now already know who to turn to. This is especially valuable in the event that you’re in an emergency situation and don’t have the time to hunt down local businesses to turn to.


3 Great Tips for Upgrading Your Outdoor Space

Looking to improve the look and feel of your yard this summer? With the right outdoor improvements, your yard will soon become your favorite place to be. Here are three great ways to upgrade your outdoor space this summer.

1. Install a Deck

A deck can truly transform a boring backyard into the perfect spot for relaxed outdoor gatherings. Consult professional deck installers to help you design and build this great outdoor feature. You’ll definitely want your deck to be maintenance-free so that you can spend your time enjoying your outdoor space instead of constantly working on it. Expert installers of fiberglass decking Texas will create a deck that will look beautiful and, most importantly, will stand up to the outdoor elements.

2. Improve Your Landscaping

If you plan on spending your summer outdoors, you’ll need to be sure that you have beautiful surroundings to enjoy. There are some simple landscaping tricks that will transform the look of your outdoor space. If you have a yard that is awkwardly shaped, divide it into separate spaces by using trellis or by planting large hedges. You can also add height to a garden by supporting the growth of climbing plants throughout your yard.

3. Add a Fire Pit

Gathering with family and friends around a warm, crackling fire is a summer activity that everyone enjoys. Luckily, it’s not too hard to add this fun feature to your yard. Construct a simple fire pit on a flat surface like a patio or even a leveled-out portion of your yard. Use brick or concrete pavers to ring the fire pit area. All that’s left to do is surround your fire pit with durable outdoor seating, and you’ll have a great outdoor hangout spot!

These improvements will help your yard become your very own private oasis. By following these tips, you’ll enhance your outdoor space and be sure to have the best summer ever!

3 Old-Timey Crafts You Can Learn at Home

If you are like many people around the world, you’ve been spending a bit more time at home lately. Although the circumstances are trying, good can emerge from the experience. Learning a heritage craft builds confidence and dexterity while also helping to preserve skills that are quickly becoming lost to future generations. 

1. Leatherwork

Maybe you’ve always enjoyed the feeling of skipping into a brand new pair of shoes. Take that to a whole new level by trying your hand at making those shoes yourself. You’ll control the entire process from tanning the leather to putting final stitches on their design. If you find a new passion for working with leather, there are a range of products you can make: bags, wallets, key fobs -if you can think of it, you can create it once you find a reliable source of wet and salted cattle hides Bronx NY

2. Knitting

It’s almost magical how two plain knitting needles can transform yarn into anything from practical socks to elaborate lace. To experience the wonder yourself, use this time to learn how to knit. Once you master the basic stitches, learn how to read patterns so you can work up to bigger and more complex projects that make great gifts for friends and family.  

3. Baking

More and more people are discovering the satisfaction that comes with being elbow deep in rich, yeasty dough as they look for simple and comforting ways to pass the time at home. Start out slow with a simple shortbread or chocolate chip cookie recipe. Work your way up to more complex projects like sourdough or yeast bread. You might even find a fun and informative online cake decorating class to help you dress up your creations in style. 

What heritage crafts have in common is that you can make something out of seemingly nothing. There is a great sense of comfort and accomplishment that comes from turning a pile of flour into warm and delicious bread or a cowhide into footwear. 

Wanna Have Dinner Together?

Because of covid19 pandemic, most of us stay at home. In my place we were lockdown for two months. No one was allowed to go out except those who are working as frontliners like doctors, nurses, military personnel, policemen, and those who provide essential services.

Only one household member with a quarantine pass could go out once a week. There were no public transportation systems available. This one was really hard specifically to those who don’t have their own vehicles since its difficult to walk home while carrying heavy groceries. Thanks to my sister for lining up, buying, and delivering my food during the 2-month quarantine.

I bet not only here in the Philippines experienced lockdown but other countries as well. So, what did you do when you were lockdown in your abode?  Me, I cook a lot until now when not in work, I do cooking. For two months in the house, I didn’t imagine that I will be cooking different dishes from fish, meat, vegetables, bread and desserts. Honestly, I am not a good cook but I have no choice because if I won’t cook we will not eat. Well, I learned different dishes from these months of staying at home. Thanks to google and youtube because they always provide help anytime of the day. Whatever recipe you need these two will provide what you are looking for.

So here are some of the foods I cooked last 2-month quarantine period. I will share more next time. You can also view the food I made on my Youtube channel https://youtu.be/h-855BEVvR0

4 Ways to Prepare Your Backyard For Spring

Late spring is the ideal time to prepare your backyard for the upcoming summer. Summer brings higher temperatures and longer days, and the seasonal changes have a profound effect on your backyard environment. Before you enjoy your backyard this summer, you should thoroughly clean the pool, pressure wash the patio, mulch the trees and bushes and add fertilizer to your plants.

1. Clean the Pool

Your backyard pool was not too active in the winter or early spring, but you’ll want it in perfect shape for summer. Before you add chemicals to the pool, scrub off the mildew, clean with a robot, and remove any debris with a net. Next, shock the pool with chemicals and initiate a weekly water testing routine. Your family and guests will stay safe if you contact water testing manheim pa.

2. Pressure Wash the Patio

Throughout the winter and early spring, your paved surfaces and concrete areas have experienced a lot of abuse. To get your patio areas ready for summer, use a pressure washer to clean off the mildew and grime. Before you begin cleaning, put on protective eyewear and sturdy boots or shoes.

3. Mulch the Trees and Bushes

Mulch helps retain moisture, inhibit weeds, and provide protection from the heat. Before the summer heat becomes intense, replace the mulch around your trees and bushes. Remove the old mulch and add an inch of loose, hardwood mulch to your plants.

4. Fertilize the Plants

After you add a new layer of mulch to your beds, you should use an organic fertilizer with low nitrogen to kick start your plants for summer. Sprinkle the fertilizer around your plants and water thoroughly.

Although the searing heat of summer has not hit most of you, the dog days of summer will return soon. If you prepare your backyard area before the next season, you will enjoy a pleasant experience during a long summer.

Let’s Take Part of Shopee Bayanihan

Shopee is my partner when it comes to buying online. I have my trust with them so I didn’t hesitate to take part on their Bayanihan in order to combat covid-19.  They come up with a true bayanihan spirit, Shopee partners with various charitable organizations like PGH Medical Foundation, Inc., PAGASA (People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action), Philippine Red Cross, Caritas Manila, Kaya Natin, Save the Childfren, yFACTph, Lung Center of the Philippines and World Vision.

This bayanihan aims to raise funds to support different communities most affected by COVID-19 pandemic. Among those in need are hospitals that faced with limited medical equipment, and low-income households who face difficulties in securing daily necessities.

Under Shopee Bayanihan, users can make a direct donation to these organizations via Shopee starting from March 26 onwards. All Filipinos can make a donation to their partner organizations of choice in amounts of P10, P50, P100, P500, and P1,000 via Shopee Bayanihan. All donations that would be accumulated will be given to chosen organization by Shopee Philippines Inc.

Here’s how:

1. Select the amount of Shopee Bayanihan donation voucher you wish to purchase.

2. You can increase the quantity of Shopee Bayanihan donation vouchers in your cart.

3. Complete purchase by paying through ShopeePay.

4. Receive confirmation of Shopee Bayanihan donation through a push notification.

According to Shopee 100% of proceeds will be donated to their partner organization. Here are their partner organizations and where the accumulated donations will go.

Lung Center of the Philippines – funds you helped raise will be used to provide medical supplies and other items to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Caritas Manila – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Caritas LIGTAS Covid-19 kits and Caritas Manna bags to help 6,000 less-fortunate communities and families in Metro Manila.

Kaya Natin Movement – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE sets) and food care packs to help our frontline health workers fighting Covid-19 in the Philippines.

People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action (PAGASA) – funds you helped raise will be used to provide food packs to help low-income families that need to stay at home to contain the virus, but have no other means of earning a living.

Philippine General Hospital (PGH). – funds you helped raise will be used to assist the various projects of PGH to help health workers and patients in the fight against Covid-19.

Philippine Red Cross – funds you helped raise will be used to provide supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Save the Children – funds you helped raise will be used to provide hygiene kit and educational materials to help 1,500 households in the following cities: Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, and Parañaque.

World Vision Inc. – funds you helped raise will be used to provide sanitation kits, basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) disinfectant kits, tents that will serve as isolation units, and cash distribution that will serve as temporary income to help medical workers and caregivers, poor communities, and the most vulnerable families.

Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking  (yFACT) –  funds you helped raise will be used to provide a relief kit, consisting of face masks and other essentials goods to help low-income communities, medical staff, journalists, volunteer workers, and quarantined individuals.

Lung Center of the Philippines – funds you helped raise will be used to provide medical supplies and other items to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Caritas Manila – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Caritas LIGTAS Covid-19 kits and Caritas Manna bags to help 6,000 less-fortunate communities and families in Metro Manila.

Kaya Natin Movement – funds you helped raise will be used to provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE sets) and food care packs to help our frontline health workers fighting Covid-19 in the Philippines.

People for Accountable Governance and Sustainable Action (PAGASA) – funds you helped raise will be used to provide food packs to help low-income families that need to stay at home to contain the virus, but have no other means of earning a living.

Philippine General Hospital (PGH). – funds you helped raise will be used to assist the various projects of PGH to help health workers and patients in the fight against Covid-19.

Philippine Red Cross – funds you helped raise will be used to provide supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) to help complement the work of public health officials and expand local capacity to address all aspects of the outbreak as efficiently as possible.

Save the Children – funds you helped raise will be used to provide hygiene kit and educational materials to help 1,500 households in the following cities: Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Pasay, and Parañaque.

World Vision Inc. – funds you helped raise will be used to provide sanitation kits, basic Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) disinfectant kits, tents that will serve as isolation units, and cash distribution that will serve as temporary income to help medical workers and caregivers, poor communities, and the most vulnerable families.

Young Filipino Advocates of Critical Thinking  (yFACT) –  funds you helped raise will be used to provide a relief kit, consisting of face masks and other essentials goods to help low-income communities, medical staff, journalists, volunteer workers, and quarantined individuals.

I chose all the organizations above and gave P20 each. I know this is little but I believe everything starts in small. Little actions can create a big change. So, I am encouraging you all to give and response to Shopee’s Bayanihan. This is for a good cause guys. Let us do our part to help. I’m pretty sure this will go a long way if we do this together.

By the way, I received nine (9) confirmation of my donation. It is a nice feeling knowing you help others even with small amount. This is the confirmation looks like..

By the way Shopee donates 2,800 KFN4 respiratory masks to support the health workers in the Philippine Lung Center in their battle against the virus. Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It was launched in 7 markets in 2015 to connect consumers, sellers, and businesses in the region.

Enhanced Community Quarantine – Day 10

It has been ten days since President Rodrigo Duterte placed the entire island of Luzon under “enhanced community quarantine”  as COVID-19 pandemic cases continue to increase in the country.  We didn’t expect this thing to happen but we need to accept the fact that this is happening right now. Under Enhanced Community Quarantine strict home quarantine should be observed in all households, no public transportations are allowed to operate, facility for food and essential services shall be controlled. By doing this government believes that covid-19 patients will be lessen.

I know this is not easy. The last time I went outside was March 16 to buy some goods. I still have stocks and able to survive the coming days but not all are like me. Many are complaining how they will eat; good thing local government units are doing their part. They give food especially to those who really needed assistance at this time. Here in my place, I received 2 -3 kilos of rice, 2 sardines and 4 pieces of coffee. I’m thankful for this but this is not enough if home quarantine will continue for a month.

I’m with the government and will follow home quarantine. I hope others will do their part. This is for us guys don’t be argumentative and just obey our government officials. And for the administration please continue to give aid especially to those who really need assistance. And for my fellow Filipinos, I know the government is doing everything in order to fight COVID-19. Let us cooperate; stay at home so virus will stop spreading, don’t forget to pray. I know God is there for us He is just waiting for us to call Him. Be strong soon we will witness Philippines is free from this threatening virus.

Reasons to Use Mediation Services

Whether you’re going through a stressful divorce, seeking child visitation rights, or facing a domestic violence dispute, you may want to hire a family lawyer who can protect your rights and advocate for you. Family issues can be mentally and emotionally draining. Spending time arguing with your spouse or partner can only add to the pressure and stress you’re experiencing. However, a family lawyer who offers mediation services pembroke pines fl can act as an unbiased third-party and help quell frustrations you’re having with the legal process. There are many benefits to receiving mediation services.

Reduce Divorce Costs

Litigation can be an expensive process. Lawyer fees, private investigation, expert testimony and court and filing fees can add up pretty fast, raising the price tag of divorce. As you’re likely already stressed over breaking up your family, you don’t need the added stress of financial problems. Divorce can be devastating, but it doesn’t have to be expensive too.

Mediation is a more cost-effective way to handle a divorce. Both parties can pay one mediator, sharing the costs, instead of paying lawyers and other court-related fees individually. Because there are fewer individual fees, mediation can be a more affordable option. 

Improve Communication

Mediation provides a neutral setting for two parties who may disagree with each other. Because options are more flexible, you and the other party can find unique solutions to the specific issues your family is facing. The mediator will be there to discuss options and encourage openness and cooperation throughout the process. This helps create an agreement that leaves both sides feeling satisfied.

Dealing with difficult litigation can be expensive and downright frustrating. However, with the help of a mediator, you and the other party can find common ground and agree on the issues that matter.

How To Give Great Gifts

Birthdays, special occasions and holidays are causes for celebration, but they can be stressful, too. Finding the perfect gift for someone, even if you know the person really well, can be challenging. Armed with a little knowledge about the recipients, however, you can find a great present that they will love.

Custom Jewelry

Jewelry is a classic gift. Almost everyone likes receiving something beautiful to wear. A custom piece designed specifically for a special person makes it even more meaningful. Jewelry stores near me Williamsburg VA, often specialize in custom work, choosing just the right gem stone and setting to make your loved ones feel cherished.

Gift Baskets

It’s easy to buy a prearranged gift basket for someone. Creating your own adds an extra touch. Find out what the gift recipient loves, and construct a basket of treats. For example, if your friends who just moved into their new home are wine lovers, you can always give them a couple of bottles of their favorites. Include a gift certificate to their favorite specialty cheese shop, and they have the opportunity to find something delicious to pair with the wines. Custom gift baskets go beyond a simple present and give the recipients an experience.

Personalized Items

People love getting gifts, but an item that is personalized with their name or initials makes it even more exciting. Recent graduates are likely to love a new briefcase monogrammed with their initials. Writers may enjoy a stamp personalized with their name or initials to use on correspondence or books that they loan to friends. Giving a present that not only reflects their wants or needs but also is marked with their name shows that you put a lot of thought into the selection. 

Being thoughtful doesn’t have to be stressful. Just a little extra effort and knowledge of the recipient is all it takes to give a great gift.

Three Ways to Drop Shaving from Your Beauty Routine

Shaving can be a tedious and unrelenting task in your shower routine. Depending on your hair type, you may even have to shave every day. This often results in razor burn or stubble. What can you do instead?

Laser Hair Removal

To permanently remove hair from almost any area on your body you can opt for laser hair removal columbia md. This is a long process, sometimes up to 3 months long, but well worth it in the long run. Most people require between 6-8 sessions of hair removal because the follicle needs to be targeted at every stage of the growth process in order to completely eliminate the hair. Then you will go through a few weeks of a “shedding” phase. However, you’ll never have to worry about shaving again.

Waxing

One solution that is less drastic than laser hair removal, but more effective than shaving, is waxing. Waxing usually pulls the hair up by the root, so it will take longer to come back. This gives a smoother finish and a longer period of time between hair removal sessions. Some people are nervous about the pain, but it is usually very quick and easy to get used to. You can either get it done professionally or buy wax kits to be used at home.

Stay Hairy

If you are only removing hair from your legs, armpits or arms because you feel it is what society requires, but don’t actually want to be doing so, why continue? It is becoming more commonplace to see women with hairy legs and armpits, and men who practice hair removal. Do what you feel is best for you, not what other people tell you to do. You can even dye your armpit hair once you start to enjoy it. No shame whatever you decide!

You can do away with the expense of endless razors and unpleasant reactions to constant shaving by trying out an alternative. There are plenty of options to fit any lifestyle.