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08/14/2022

Early Signs of Diabetes

August 12, 2022
Both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes can lead to levels of sugar in the blood that are too high. Either type of diabetes can begin at any age, but Type 1 diabetes typically begins in childhood or adolescence, while Type 2 diabetes typically occurs in people over the age of 40. 

Diabetes has several common symptoms. With Type 1 diabetes, symptoms may arise quickly and may be severe. With Type 2 diabetes, signs of the condition are often mild and easy to overlook. If you experience these symptoms of diabetes, see your doctor as soon as possible.

How the Body Normally Processes Sugar
When we eat, the body converts food into glucose that provides energy for cells. In a healthy person, the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin and secretes it into the bloodstream. Insulin helps sugar enter cells, which reduces the amount of sugar circulating in the blood. That prompts the pancreas to secrete less insulin.

How Diabetes Affects the Body
If your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, or if it makes insulin but your cells resist it, your cells won’t get the glucose they need. That can leave you feeling tired and hungry all the time.

If you have high blood sugar because of diabetes, your kidneys will try to filter it out of your blood by producing more urine than usual. You’ll have to use the bathroom more frequently and you’ll be thirstier than usual. Since your body will be using fluids to produce more urine, you may also experience dry mouth and dry, itchy skin.

If your body can’t get enough energy from the food you eat, it may use fat and muscle for fuel instead. That can cause you to lose weight, even if you haven’t changed your eating habits or started exercising more. Your body can also produce ketones, which can cause nausea and vomiting. If ketone levels get too high, that can lead to diabetic ketoacidosis, which can be life threatening.

Diabetes can produce other symptoms. Sores and cuts may take longer than usual to heal. You may also experience yeast infections or blurred vision.

If You Have Concerns, See Your Doctor
People who have diabetes often don’t have severe symptoms or don’t realize that the issues they’re experiencing can be signs of diabetes, which is why it’s important to know what to look out for. If you’re concerned about your blood sugar, your physician can discuss your symptoms and order tests. Be sure to visit your doctor for routine physicals and checkups.

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Some of the Best Things to Buy at a Drugstore

August 12, 2022
It’s tempting, in our busy lives, to do all of our shopping at the supermarket—and you can stay within budget if you watch for sales and save even more with coupons. But consumer watchdogs say there are at least seven things that are almost always cheaper at the drugstore, especially when combined with coupons.

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5 Designer Secrets for Mixing Wood Tones

August 12, 2022
The key to creating a designer-inspired space lies in the art of layering. Regardless of the material, layering textures and tones creates an intentional and inspired look. Mixing wood tones is an excellent way to design with depth and prevent the room from falling flat. Here are some go-to designer tips to seamlessly blend wood tones throughout your home.

Select a Dominant Tone
Identifying a single dominant tone is the first step in mixing wood tones. Selecting the primary tone creates the base on which to layer different wood tones, textures and colors. Depending on the space, the dominant wood tone will likely be the largest surface area, such as the dining room floors, the living room entertainment center or the kitchen cabinets.

Coordinate the Undertones
With the dominant wood tone selected, it’s time to layer in other wood tones. To ensure a cohesive look and feel, it’s important to choose complementary wood with undertones in the same family as the dominant tone. For example, if your prevalent wood is warm, it’s best to select accent woods with warm undertones. The same holds for cooler wood tones.

Use Repetition
To create a cohesive look that is visually interesting, incorporate each wood tone in at least two ways. This is the secret to making it look intentional. However, these varying wood tones also need to be spaced out to create balance. For example, if you group all the dark-toned woods together on the wall and group all the light-toned woods together on the built-ins, the room will look off-balance. 

Contrast Furniture and Flooring
In a room with hardwood floors and wood furniture, selecting different color woods with the same undertones will create a visual break. Different tones will create visual interest and break up the heaviness of the wood tone layered on top of each other. An easy rule of thumb is to select three wood tones in a space: light, medium and dark.

Soften Space With a Rug 
Even with contrasting wood tones, wood furniture on top of hardwood floors can feel a bit overwhelming. However, you can break up the wood-on-wood look by adding an appropriately sized rug to the space to provide a visual pause. The rug should be large enough to anchor the legs of every piece of furniture.

Accentuate With an Accent Color 
To complete the room, incorporating accent colors or patterns can act as the room’s jewelry. One or two accent colors or repetitive patterns can tie the space together and can be incorporated throughout the room in the upholstery, curtains, throw pillows, lampshades and more. Another way to break up the monotony of an all-wood space is to incorporate furniture pieces in various textures like leather, rattan, metal or painted wood accent pieces.

While there is no magic formula for mixing and matching wood finishes, knowing the basics can make the layering process feel less complicated. 

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How to Get Your Kids Involved in the House-Hunting Process

August 11, 2022
Preparing to move can be confusing and stressful for kids, in part because they generally have little or no involvement in the process. Including your children in house hunting can calm their nerves, and your own, and help them get excited about relocating.

Discuss the Upcoming Move With Your Kids
Tell your kids where you plan to move, when and why. Explain that you need to find a new house and ask what features are most important to them. When you look at houses online, focus on critical factors such as the number of bedrooms, layout and price, but also keep an eye out for the things your children mentioned.

Narrow the List of Houses
If you’re moving locally, it might be a good idea to visit several houses without your kids, narrow the field to a handful of top contenders, then take your kids along for a look. If you will be moving a long distance and will need to travel for two or three days to look at homes, do your best to limit the number of home tours so your kids won’t feel overwhelmed. If you cannot bring them along, consider video chatting during your walk-through to keep them involved from home.

Create a Home-Viewing Strategy
You know your kids. If they have limited attention spans and throw tantrums when they’re bored or frustrated, don’t try to fit in too many home viewings without giving them a break. If your children take naps, make sure viewing houses won’t interfere with naptime. Bring some snacks, toys, games and books to keep them occupied on the drive and when you’re talking to the real estate agent.

As you walk through houses, talk to your kids about features and point out any that they said were important to them. Discuss how they might decorate their rooms, where they would play and where you would eat dinner as a family. If your children are old enough, ask them to take notes about the characteristics of each house so you can review them and compare houses together later on.

If you have young kids, keep an eye on them at all times so they don’t touch something they shouldn’t, climb on furniture or do anything else that could cause damage or injuries. When you need to talk to your real estate agent, make sure your children are within your sight at all times, or bring along an older sibling, spouse or family friend to keep an eye on them.

Leave time in your schedule to explore the surrounding area. Look for places and activities that your kids would enjoy, such as restaurants, parks and movie theaters, so they will be able to envision the area as their future home.

Know How Much (and How Little) to Involve Your Kids
It’s a good idea to include children in the search for a new home, but parents have to make decisions based on factors such as home prices, property taxes, school quality and distance to work. Make sure your kids understand that while you value their input, you will make the final decision.

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How to Get Your Kids Involved in the House-Hunting Process

August 11, 2022
Preparing to move can be confusing and stressful for kids, in part because they generally have little or no involvement in the process. Including your children in house hunting can calm their nerves, and your own, and help them get excited about relocating.

Discuss the Upcoming Move With Your Kids
Tell your kids where you plan to move, when and why. Explain that you need to find a new house and ask what features are most important to them. When you look at houses online, focus on critical factors such as the number of bedrooms, layout and price, but also keep an eye out for the things your children mentioned.

Narrow the List of Houses
If you’re moving locally, it might be a good idea to visit several houses without your kids, narrow the field to a handful of top contenders, then take your kids along for a look. If you will be moving a long distance and will need to travel for two or three days to look at homes, do your best to limit the number of home tours so your kids won’t feel overwhelmed. If you cannot bring them along, consider video chatting during your walk-through to keep them involved from home.

Create a Home-Viewing Strategy
You know your kids. If they have limited attention spans and throw tantrums when they’re bored or frustrated, don’t try to fit in too many home viewings without giving them a break. If your children take naps, make sure viewing houses won’t interfere with naptime. Bring some snacks, toys, games and books to keep them occupied on the drive and when you’re talking to the real estate agent.

As you walk through houses, talk to your kids about features and point out any that they said were important to them. Discuss how they might decorate their rooms, where they would play and where you would eat dinner as a family. If your children are old enough, ask them to take notes about the characteristics of each house so you can review them and compare houses together later on.

If you have young kids, keep an eye on them at all times so they don’t touch something they shouldn’t, climb on furniture or do anything else that could cause damage or injuries. When you need to talk to your real estate agent, make sure your children are within your sight at all times, or bring along an older sibling, spouse or family friend to keep an eye on them.

Leave time in your schedule to explore the surrounding area. Look for places and activities that your kids would enjoy, such as restaurants, parks and movie theaters, so they will be able to envision the area as their future home.

Know How Much (and How Little) to Involve Your Kids
It’s a good idea to include children in the search for a new home, but parents have to make decisions based on factors such as home prices, property taxes, school quality and distance to work. Make sure your kids understand that while you value their input, you will make the final decision.

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Tips to Properly Clean an Oven

August 11, 2022
From day-to-day cooking to baking your show stopping dessert that everyone requests at potlucks, it’s no wonder that your oven gets its fair share of grime and buildup. While cleaning your oven might be a chore that everyone loathes, modern ovens make it more simple than ever before. With a few key tips, you can keep your oven looking great for years to come.

Clean It Regularly
Like any other cleaning task, the longer you wait to complete it, the more difficult the job. For this reason, experts recommend that ovens should be cleaned every 3-6 months. Just like any cleaning job, expert recommendations should be taken as guidelines, if your oven starts looking grimy sooner, it’s time to tackle the task. Remember that prominent splatters or grease stains’ scent can alter your food’s flavor and even cause harmful smoke when baked.

Get Your Oven Ready to be Cleaned
A self-cleaning oven may sound like a “get out of jail” free card, but there are still some essential tasks you need to complete before you use the cleaning setting on your modern oven. Whether you opt for the steam cleaning or self-cleaning method, there are some steps to take. First, be sure to remove any items from your oven, including the oven racks. Next, remove any excess crumbs or food residue with a damp cloth, avoiding letting water or cleaner enter the slots on the doorframe. Food can react with porcelain at high temps, which can cause superficial pitting or scratches in your oven if not removed. Since a self-cleaning oven gets extremely hot (900-1000 degrees), don’t leave any items on your oven’s top surface, as they could melt.

Avoid These Common Mistakes
After the self-cleaning process has occurred, you may think that you’re home-free, but there are still a few important rules to remember. Once your oven has self-cleaned, use a damp cloth to clean out any remaining ash, but be careful to avoid touching the oven door’s glass with a damp cloth. Wait until the oven has completely cooled before you begin cleaning. Once you’re completely finished, you may be tempted to ward off future spills by placing aluminum foil on the bottom of your oven. Do not do this as the foil can cause permanent damage to your oven’s finish.

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3 Simple Tips for a Great Road Trip

August 11, 2022
A relatively inexpensive way to travel and a guaranteed way to inspire family memories, it’s no wonder that road trips are a popular way to spend time off. Unfortunately, road-tripping without the proper planning can make an otherwise good vacation lackluster. For your next trip, follow these simple tips to make sure that the journey is just as fun as the destination.

Pre-Plan Your Stops
A good road trip plan always includes stops at reasonable times. If you are traveling with elderly adults or young children, you may want to increase the frequency of your stops. Allowing everyone a chance to use the restroom and stretch their legs is key. Consider adding a few park stops on your route. Stopping at parks can ensure that kids get a chance to play and adults can prevent health issues like blood clotting from sitting for too long. Park tables are also a much more pleasant way to eat a packed lunch or takeout, plus the greenery can be a refreshing site after being on the road for a long time.

Bring a Variety of Snacks
Road trips and fun snacks go hand-in-hand. While comfort food, fast food and fun snacks are often road trip staples, it’s important to keep your body properly fueled. Pick out your favorite crunchy chips and candy, but be sure to add in some good sources of packable proteins, fruits and veggies to prevent feeling uncomfortable from overindulgence. Be sure to also bring water bottles and low-sugar juices to keep everyone hydrated. After all, no one wants to have an upset stomach or suffer through a sugar crash when there are still hours of traveling ahead.

Pack Smarter
Instead of trying to fit everything in your car, consider what you could borrow or rent at your destination. You may be tempted to shove everything in the back, but too much in the trunk can create less visibility (depending on your vehicle model) and hamper fuel economy. Items like strollers, cots, playpens and bedding can all likely be rented or borrowed from your hotel upon arrival. Since everyone will likely feel more comfortable with their favorite pillow, consider bringing this from home. This also allows passengers, especially children, to easily rest during the drive. Be sure to leave space in your car when you first leave to ensure there is room for souvenirs, as well as a separate bag for dirty clothes.

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Daily Tasks to Make Bathroom Cleaning a Cinch

August 10, 2022
No one likes to spend their day completing household chores, and few chores could be classified as fun. Of all the tasks on everyone’s to-do list, cleaning the bathroom is often the most dreaded. If you want your bathroom to sparkle with minimum effort, simple daily tasks are the best solution. 

Squeegee Shower Walls
Soap scum can be difficult to clean, and it looks unpleasant. With most cleaning tasks, the best cleaning tools and techniques can’t be completed with small and consistent efforts. Keep the cleaning to a minimum by using a squeegee on your shower walls and doors after each use. By using a squeegee you quickly wipe away the moisture that would otherwise build up to create mildew or soap scum. Get an inexpensive squeegee with a suction cup to keep this item close by after every household member showers. 

Quick-Wipe Countertops
Hair spray, makeup, toothpaste and dust all come together to create nasty grime on bathroom countertops. Instead of trying to tackle a caked-on mess, simply use a cloth or cleaning wipe every day after you have completed your nightly ablutions. On a regularly cleaned counter, this wipe down can take less than a minute, but if you wait, the scrubbing can involve quite a concerted effort. 

Swish Toilet Bowl
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, particularly when it comes to a cleaning task as unusually gross as cleaning the toilet. Between dust buildup and other unmentionable grime, cleaning a long-ignored toilet is not for the faint of heart. Instead of facing a daunting task that requires strong chemical disinfectants, use a gentle soap or mild cleaner to swish and clean your toilet bowl every day. 

Quick-Wipe Your Toilet
Get the most out of that cleaning cloth or wipe that you used on the counter. Use it to quickly wipe the back, lid and seat of the toilet bowl. When you’re finished, simply toss or wash your clothes accordingly.

Between shower scum, dried-up toothpaste and a host of unpleasant germs, it’s no wonder some people avoid cleaning the bathroom as much as possible. Efficient cleaners know that keeping the bathroom clean doesn’t have to be a terrible chore and that a few wise daily tasks can make the job a breeze.

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How to Make Your Dishwasher More Effective

August 10, 2022
Doing the dishes may be a dreaded chore for many, but that chore has been made much less difficult with modern dishwashers. If you are ready to make your dishwasher as effective as possible, there are a few tips you can use to make nightly clean-up a breeze. 

Don’t Pre-Wash Your Dishes
You may think you are making the washing cycle easier for your dishwasher by rinsing or pre-washing your dishes. If you have a newer dishwasher though, this may not be the case. Guarantee the most optimum clean from your dishwasher by removing any large debris and allowing the soap to do the rest. Your dishwasher detergent has enzymes that can break down food, however, it may damage your dishes over time if there is no food to break down. Modern dishwashers will also sense the cleanliness of your dishes; if you pre-wash them, you’re not likely getting your dishwasher’s most powerful setting.

Make Sure Your Water is Hot
Your dishwasher relies on hot water to clean effectively. If your water heater is set too low or your water takes a long time to heat up, your dishwasher’s performance may suffer. Check your manual to make sure your water heater is set to the optimum setting for your dishwasher. Consider running your kitchen faucet on hot for a while to ensure that your dishwasher will be using hot water at the beginning of the cleaning cycle.

Change Your Cleaning Cycle
Your dishwasher likely has a standard dishwashing mode that you use often. If this is consistently the only setting you use, however, you may be missing out on extra cleaning power. Check your manufacturer recommendations for which setting to use for a particular load of dishes. You may find that your dishes can be cleaner and your dishwasher can be more efficient if you know what cleaning settings are available and when to use them.

Clean Your Dishwasher Regularly
Your dishwasher may be doing the hard work of cleaning your dishes, but it still needs a little help sometimes to stay clean and perform at its best. Be sure that you clean out the filter and check the spray arm for any clogs. To keep your dishwasher truly clean, use a commercial dishwasher cleaner once a month. Be sure to use the washer cleaning cycle and avoid putting dishes in while the cycle is going.

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Tips for Weatherproofing Your Home

August 10, 2022
Weatherproofing your home can be an inexpensive way to make your house more eco-friendly and to ensure that your pocketbook isn’t getting lighter unnecessarily. While proper weatherproofing does require an investment of time, the payoff can be larger than you would expect. Save on electricity and keep your home more comfortable throughout the year with these weatherproofing tips.

Install Door Sweeps
The gap under your door may seem small, but it can have a surprising impact on your home’s overall efficiency. Stop letting in the outdoor air during inclement weather by installing door sweeps to add a layer of protection from the outside. These are inexpensive and relatively easy items to install on any exterior doors, making them the perfect weatherproofing item to put at the top of your list.

Add Weatherstripping
Small cracks, gaps and holes by windows and doors can wreak havoc on your heating and cooling efforts. Using caulking and weatherstripping can eliminate this issue with ease. Purchase weatherstripping at your local hardware or home improvement store and you will not only lower your electricity bill, but help seal out drafts, moisture and dust. This can help mitigate mold buildup around your windows and keep out bugs.

Use Blackout or Thermal Curtains
Blackout curtains can be effective for promoting sleep, but they can also offer a small amount of insulation. During a heat wave, they can provide an extra layer of insulation from the outdoor air. In the cold winter months, blackout curtains can offer a small benefit of keeping the cold air out and the heat inside, but if you want to get the most effective protection, opt for thermal curtains instead.

Purchase a Water Heater Tank Cover
Your living space is not the only area that needs extra protection during certain times of the year. If your basement is chilly during the winter months, you are likely making your water heater work harder to keep your water warm. To prevent your water heater from losing heat, purchase a water heater tank cover to further insulate it against the cold winter temps.

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