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DIY Home Décor Project for Summer: Succulent Bowl

Bring low-maintenance life indoors! The season of summer is almost upon us, and many of us are making the most of the beautiful flowers. However, if you’re not quite the horticulturist that you’d like to be, even your most careful attempts at keeping flowers alive fail. Why not choose charming and unique plants? Opt for succulents! They are low-maintenance, almost impossible to kill, and make delightful additions to the home. Here’s how to plant a succulent bowl for summer! What you need: A bowl – Any cereal bowl, mug, or pretty decorative bowl will do. Avoid wood or plastic. Succulents – They should go well together with varied colors and sizes. Usually warm and cool colors should not be potted together. You can find succulents at any home and gardening store or your local nursery! Cactus potting mix – This is important for the health of your succulents. Gardening shears – For a ... Read more

Spring Recipe: Quinoa with Garden Vegetables

Dive head first into seasonal dishes with this spring recipe! Now that Oakley, California is in the midst of the spring season, many of us are stocking up on seasonal produce and enjoying lighter meals. With summer just around the corner, getting in shape is certainly in the cards. Fortunately, you don’t have to starve yourself to eat healthily and be satisfied! Check out this seasonal recipe of quinoa and garden vegetables for a filling lunch or a light supper! Ingredients 1 cup quinoa 1½ cups water juice of ½ lime 1 red onion, sliced thin ¼ cup vegetable broth ½ medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise and sliced thin (about 2 cups) 2 cloves garlic, minced salt/pepper to taste 8 oz sweet green peas 3-4 large swiss chard leaves, stems removed, chopped (about 2 cups) 2 tbsp dijon mustard 1 tbsp pure maple syrup 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar ⅛ tsp salt, or to taste Directions  Rinse quinoa in a fine sieve under cold water. Cook quinoa in a large pot on the ... Read more

How Do I Choose the Right Home Insurance Deductible?

When selecting your deductible, be sure to know what you’re signing yourself up to. Homeowners know that their insurance policy is designed to protect their house and belongings throughout perils and lengthy lawsuits. However, when deciding on a policy, it’s important to understand what the deductible means for you policy. What is a deductible? Within your homeowners' insurance is a deductible. This is the total amount “deducted” from an insured loss. When filing a claim to repair your home or replace your personal belongings, the deductible would come out of your pocket. There are typically two choices of deductible types: Dollar-amount: For example, $500 “dollar deductible”. If your claim was for $10,000, your insurance company would take care of $9,500 while you paid the remaining $500. Percentage based: This is based on a percentage of your home’s insured value. If your home is insured for $100,000 and your insurance policy has a 2 percent deductible, $2,000 ... Read more

How to: Protect Your Business’ Outdoor Areas During Spring

Does your business have what it needs to protect your outdoor property through the spring season and beyond? Spring brings bright sunshine as well as unpredictable weather and torrential rain. For your business, it’s important to protect your outside property as well as the interior equipment, documents, and other important items from outdoor perils. Whether your business is at risk of theft during the lighter nights or your sign can suffer from wind damage, protecting your outside is essential! Below are a few items that are outside your office that you should consider covering: Exterior signs, glass lettering, ornamentation, anything permanently attached to the building: You may want to consider adding these items to your business owner’s policy to ensure that if they are damaged in a storm or another listed peril, they can be repaired and replaced at little expense. Offsite equipment: Does your business have expensive equipment? Items like sound systems or ... Read more

Mother’s Day Gifts That She’ll Love!

Don’t forget - Mother’s Day is on May 8th, 2016! What do you buy for the woman who has done and will do anything in the world for you? This year, put some extra thought in for your mother and make her day with a special gift. With Mother’s Day around the corner (Sunday, May 8th), we’ve compiled a list of items that are are sure to put a smile on her face. And to our mothers, we just want to say, thank you! Under $50: Candle of a relaxing scent (think lavender, vanilla, fruits, fresh air) Yoga mat for when she needs to breathe out the day Mini heirloom utility watering can to brighten her day Kaleidoscope cosmetic case for her on-the-go beauty touch ups Madewell gold bangle to glam up each outfit Windswell vase for the lovely flowers you’ll pick up! Under $100: Sea Foam Wind Farm patterned throw Perfume – you can’t go wrong with Calvin Klein Eternity fragrance Pajama set ... Read more
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