How to tell if your Thai food takeout is authentic

Part of the fun of eating out at different styles of restaurants is the ability to enjoy cuisines from all over the world. Without ever having to update your passport, you can set foot into a completely new place by experiencing all of the different types of foods that a particular region or country has to offer to you. Thai food is fairly ubiquitous in Denver, which can be good and bad. It is good because you have many different restaurants creating their own approach to traditional Thai food, which can help create a more well rounded idea of the actual food that you would find in Thailand. However, the drawback is that you could also find that many restaurants out there that will sacrifice authenticity in the name of trying to keep their operating costs down.

When it comes to Thai food, there are certain ingredients that might be local to a particular area that are very hard to find or perhaps even very expensive in the United States. When that happens, a Thai food takeout joint may decide to skip that particular ingredient entirely and try to produce a dish using other more affordable substitutions. This way they will save money by not having to order expensive ingredients and they can then continue mass producing dishes in order to keep themselves in business.

Over time, other restaurants may being to follow their lead by leaving out authentic dishes from the menu or dishes that are too time intensive to create in a Thai food takeout situation. Here are a few ways for you to recognize if the Thai food delivery that you are considering ordering is authentic to Thailand:

  1. Pad Thai. Pad Thai that is authentic is going to come with a lot of different components on it. It has become very easy for restaurants to cut corners on this dish, but you should not have to put up with that. An authentic Pad Thai dish is going to come with dried shrimp, pickled radish, bean sprouts, Chinese garlic chives and crushed peanuts. Many restaurants will try to cut corners by substituting in shredded carrots instead of radish, or they may leave off the peanuts and dried shrimp.
  2. Pad Kra Prao. This dish is another staple on most Thai food restaurant menus. The name it more commonly goes by is basil chicken, shrimp, or beef.  This dish is actually a popular dish to get from a street vendor, but there is one tell tale way to know if the dish is being prepared authentically: the dish should be topped off with a crispy fried egg.
  3. Lad Na. This is also a popular Thai dish both in the States as well as in Thailand. It is a classic Thai comfort food as the dish itself is essentially noodles and gravy – perfect for a cold winter day. This dish is straightforward and hard to cut corners on, but the condiments that come with the dish are what really make it authentic: it should come with a little bit of sugar, fish sauce, chili flakes and sliced hot chilies in vinegar.

Find a well rounded gymnastics training center for the best training

One of the most popular activities that parents seek out for their children are kids gymnastics classes. Kids gymnastics help challenge a child to grow in both their personal physical fitness as well as in their mental prowess. Whether you are looking for classes where your child can have fun and make new friends, or you are interested in placing them in gym where they can be part of a competitive gym, World Champions Centre is a great place for both objectives. They offer a wide range of classes that are geared towards different ages, abilities and long term objectives (recreational vs competitive.) Not only do they offer a wide range of different types of classes, but they are intimately familiar with what it takes to produce an Olympic winning athlete. Their athlete in residence is Simone Biles, who is the current gymnastics Olympic world champion. They have what it takes to find and train athletes that will go on to be winners, so if that is your goal, you will find all of the resources that you need at the World Champions Centre.

The World Champions Centre offers many different programs that are available for different skill levels. Some of their programs that they offer include competition programs, dance classes, recreational gymnastics classes, tumbling classes, trampoline classes, Taekwondo, American Ninja Warrior training, and preschool classes that are available to children as young as 2 years old. In addition to this wide variety that you can choose from, they are adding new classes all the time, so make sure to check out their calendar on their website to find out what new events are on the horizon.

In addition to all of the different programs that they offer at the Word Champions Centre, they also have event space available for rent. They can host special occasion or birthday parties in their gym, and include time for the kids to play in certain areas during their party. If you want to host a birthday party that is a cut above the rest, then you will not go wrong when you host it in a space that allows kids to run, jump and tumble in a safe space.

In the summer seasons, there are teen intensive programs that help to foster inspiration and the competitive spirit in young athletes. Their summer camp programs are usually four day long events that include time with special guest speaker and intensive training sessions where they can learn or perfect new moves with individual attention. It is not uncommon for these summer camps to be attended by current and past Olympic medalists or other elite gymnasts.

Becoming a gymnast means that you have to be a well rounded athlete. This can only be accomplished by supplementing gymnastics classes with other fitness training classes. That is why World Champions Centre also offers an array of fitness classes to complement your child’s training. These classes include yoga and pilates, High Intensity Interval Training, and standard cardio classes to help build muscle.

Water Park ownership requires repair and maintenance

It takes a lot of work to start and maintain a water park, but if you do it right then you will also find that it is a lot of fun. If you are thinking of starting a water park of your own, then there are a few things that you should know to help you get started down the path of being the proud owner of your very own water park.

One of the first things that you need to consider is whether you are interested in building your own water park from the ground up or if you would like to purchase an existing water park. There are many out of use water parks out there that may just need a little rehab work in order for them to be fully functioning again. Water park restoration is no small task though and it requires a lot of working knowledge of plumbing, electricity and construction, so be sure that you know what kind of work you are in for before you make a purchase. There could be a strong possibility that many of the existing water slides are beyond repair, meaning that you will have to completely replace them with new ones. There could also be other issues under the surface that you will not know about until you start to get your hands dirty and it is too late.

That being said, there could also be a lot of possibilities available to you in the purchase of an existing water park. It is always a good idea for you to research a specific park and find out exactly why it closed in the first place. That could help direct your decision making on whether to buy or not. If they closed because they were in a terrible location, then you should definitely pass. If they did not keep up on the necessary water slide repairs, then that is a problem that you can tackle and you should buy. Did they not engage in enough marketing to bring in customers to keep their business afloat? Again, that is a problem that you can absolutely tackle. Maybe they were not able to find enough employees to staff their facility. That could be an issue that you can not help if you are in an economy where there are more jobs than there are people that are looking for them, but that could also be something that you can absolutely handle.

it is always a good idea to research other water parks and try to find out what they are doing that helps them succeed and what they are doing that is causing them to lose money. Find out what the laws are regarding water use and water recycling as well because that may affect your operating costs for a water park as well.  Make sure that you understand all of the different factors that are going to affect your success or failure in the industry and find out which ones you can control (maintenance) and which ones you cannot (weather.)

A look at common misconceptions about spider veins

It seems like it is inevitable that all women are going to get varicose veins at some point in their life. These veins start out as small spider veins that look slightly irregular and over time they can become larger and more noticeable. For a long time it was treated like it was a normal part of getting older or having children, as that is when it seemed like these veins started to show up in women, but we know now that varicose veins do not necessarily have to be a part of every adults woman’s future. Not only that, but without seeing out treatment from a varicose vein clinic, these unsightly lines can actually cause life threatening blood clots if left alone.

The cause of varicose veins is often complicated and it can not be traced back to one single cause. Age, weight, gender and lifestyle all have an impact on whether or not you will get varicose veins in the future. Sometimes it also can happen to people simply because genetics has dictated it will. There is a lot of misinformation out there about what you should do about varicose veins and if they are a normal reaction to your body aging, so let’s take a look and address those misconceptions.

Misconception #1: varicose veins happen to everyone and there is nothing you can do about it. Not true! There are certainly people that are going to be more likely to suffer from spider veins as they get older, but that does not mean that it is inevitable and that there is nothing that you can do about it. Just like someone that is at a higher risk for heart disease, there are changes you can make in your own lifestyle in order to prevent and treat varicose veins. For example, people that have a sedentary lifestyle or that are overweight are more likely to suffer from varicose veins. These are both factors that are completely within your control.

Misconception #2: The only way to get rid of varicose veins is through expensive and invasive surgery. This is also untrue. There are many different treatments that you can try in order to get rid of spider veins. The various treatment methods range from at home remedies such as massage and compression or mud masks, to out patient procedures that can be done at a varicose vein clinic. These out patient procedures are applied with only local anesthetic, so there you can go home the same day, and some say these treatments are even more effective than the more expensive surgical counterparts.

Misconception #3: This is a problem that only affects women. While it is true that women are more likely to be affected by varicose veins, this is not only a medical condition that just touches women. about 10 to 15% of men will get varicose veins at some point in their life, while at least 25% of women will, so there is a greater margin, but it still affects both men and women.

Replacement Window Prices will depend on what your needs are for your home

At this exact moment, chances are small that you are spending time worrying about what kind of windows that you will need to purchase for your home.  However, when the time to find and install new windows is upon you, you will be astonished at the sheer number of options and price ranges that are available to you. You will not be sure if you should just get the most expensive windows (after all, money equals quality, right?) or should you try to bargain hunt for the best and cheapest window you can buy? Or is every window out there virtually the same and just one big conspiracy to get you to reach for your wallet and get the highest price out of you?

One of the main reasons that there are so many different options on the market when it comes to replacement windows is that windows can be made in order to hold up against a different set of environmental conditions. For example, you may not want to purchase the same windows in Denver as you might install in a home in Florida. Manufacturers are not trying to confuse you, but with the age of the internet, all window options are always available to all home owners, all of the time, no matter what your location is. So, when you start shopping of new windows, it can be helpful to take a step back from the internet and go to a local window provider in your area. A place like 1st Choice Windows and Siding is going to be more likely to offer products that are specific to the weather and climate in your area and can also make recommendations on the best products for your budget.

Another window feature that is going to affect the price of the windows that you purchase is the expected lifespan of the window itself. Depending on the material that the window is made out of, there could be a drastic different in how many years that the window should be good on your home. Some windows have a linespace of 10 to 20 years, where others may be much much higher and go up to 80 or 90 years. The longer the window’s expected lifespan, the higher the price tag will be. This does not mean that one type of window is necessarily better than the other, but you will want to sit down and evaluate the pros and cons of investing in better quality windows for your home. Are you planning on living in your home for at least the next ten years? If you are then it may benefit you and your family to buy and install windows that have a longer warranty. Otherwise, there is a possibility that you will be going through this whole process again in another ten years. It is also important to look at how better windows may impact your homes value in the next ten to twenty years. Spending more on windows on a home that you intend to sell could help you increase your asking price on the home.

Custom Garage design ideas for your home

Being a homeowner means that you have the luxury of deciding how each aspect of your home is going to be used. Just because you have a garage does not mean that you have to park your car in it. Instead, you can create a completely custom garage space that will complement your life. The sky is the limit when it comes to design ideas, so if you love to remodel or redecorate your home, then do not forget that you have a garage space that is just dying to receive a little special love. Here are a few ideas to help get the creative juices flowing.

  1. Make it into a workshop. So this may not seem that groundbreaking, but you can create a custom garage that is built around your specifications. If you want a state of the art workshop, then you can have additional outlets installed above your shelving so that you can easily access all of your electrical tools. Consider adding overhead cabinets as well as cupboards so that you can easily organize and store all of your tools and access them when you need them.
  2. Game room. Turn your garage into your play space. This is a great idea especially if you have a detached garage as it allows you to make more noise in the game room without disturbing anyone that is inside of the home. To turn your space into a perfect game space, you will need the combine the following elements: some sort of refrigerator to store snacks and drinks, plenty of seating, a television or a stereo system to play music, and the games of your choice. You can go high tech and install pinball machines, skee ball and other machines, or keep it low tech and put a ping pong table or other physical games like foosball. If you prefer to make it more of a tech gamer’s dream, you can install a high definition TV along with some gamers chairs or couches. You can also lay down carpeting to keep it more warm and cosy while you are in there.
  3. Storage and more storage. Perhaps you need to keep your garage as a place to store your car. Maybe you even have too many cars for your garage and you want to find a way to keep them all covered when they are not being used. You can turn your garage into a super storage area by putting in a lift for your car. This will allow you to store one car directly over the other one! If you have a vintage car that you do not take out very often, or an old collectible that only gets pulled out for shows and parades, then this can be an especially great option. Not only does it allow you to store both of your vehicles in one garage, but it also gives you some added security. When one car is suspended over the other one, it makes it a lot harder to steal.

Convenience stores are stepping up their game with more food choices

Imagine you are on a long road trip with your family. You have carefully mapped out the route that you will take in order to get to your destination and have preplanned where you will stop to get gas and take a short break along the way. You likely have also set aside some time to stop for food during your gas breaks, but you know that you will likely end up having to settle for whatever fast food options are available near and around the gas stations that you stop at. For many families, that will mean that you are stuck with a limited amount of options, especially if you are looking for something quick and easy – and preferably available in a drive through format. Most likely the options that are going to be available to your and your family are not the most diverse or the most healthy choices. In fact, you are likely stuck between choosing a burger joint or… another burger joint.  Maybe some tacos in between if you are lucky.

The lack of food options on a road trip can be an annoyance at best and a serious issue at worst. Especially if you have some kind of food allergy or special diet that you have to be mindful of. Many people on road trips get so sick of fast food that they try to seek out some fresher and healthier food options from what is available at the convenience store that they stop at along the way. Fortunately, many of the gas stations that are along popular travel routes are recognizing the change in demand for healthier food options that are also convenient, and they are responding to the demand.  The Creek Convenience Store in Atmore, for example, has made it even easier for families that are passing through by turning their location into a one stop shop for everything that you need to refuel and get back on the road.

Not only does the Atmore convenience store offer a variety of gas options that will meet the needs of any kind of vehicle, but they also have changed the focus of their convenience store to include a variety of fresh and healthy food options. Whether you are looking for a snack to tide you over until your final destination, or perhaps you need a whole meal that will satisfy the diverse needs of your family, they have you covered. From freshly brewed coffee that will keep you alert on the road down to a hearty meal, they have all of their bases covered. If you are in a hurry to get back on the road, then you can even take advantage of their drive through option at the store, where you can pick up whatever items you need quickly and efficiently so that you can get your family back on the road. They even keep a variety of tobacco products in stock including e-cigarettes so that you do not have to hunt around at various stores to find what you need.

Understanding the costs to Residential Electricians can save you money

Any kind of home repair work always seems to come with a hefty price tag attached. Whether you need a plumber or an electrician, many homeowners cringe when it is time to bring in the professionals. Residential electricians make the majority of their income through small home repairs and rewiring bad fuses as well as remodeling work or additions and add ons to a home. If you own a home, there is no doubt that at some point along the way you will need to enlist the help of an electrician’s services, but that does not mean that you will also have to cash in your retirement in order to pay for them. Below are a few ways to keep your electrician costs low.

  1. First, one of the very best ways to keep your costs down is to be a diligent homeowner. If you can catch small problems before they become really big problems, then you will also be able to save money on the repair costs. A replacement fuse costs about 35 cents, but to rewire your entire home costs upwards of $10,000. Remember that when you start to see your lights occasionally flickering or you notice that your switch box starts to frequently trip itself. Catch these minor things first and you will save money in the long run.
  2. Understanding the reasons that electricians can be so expense will help you learn how to avoid costly visits. Look at the reasons that you need to have an electrician come to your home. Do you have big repairs that need to be done that will involve ripping out a wall or several walls? Are you creating a whole new section of your home through a remodel or an add on building? Is it easy to spot the source of a problem or will testing need to be done before they can find and fix the issue? All of these are pretty big issues that are going to be pricey to have fixed, but they are also all issues that an electrician MUST fix. In order for a renovation or repair to pass inspection and be deemed up to code, they must be presented with a building permit and a licensed electrician that completed the work.
  3. Ask for detailed estimates before any work begins in order to make sure that you are prepared for the final total that you will be paying. Many electrical contractors will provide you with a free estimate that will outline their hourly rates and combine in the cost of supplies, permits and any other additional costs. If you do not understand your estimate, do not be afraid to ask questions, or to tell them the lower rate that you were quoted for the same work. It never hurts to ask if they will meet a price of a competitor. That being said, also remember that electricians that have been in business longer and have achieved their master electrician status are always going to be more costly and you should expect to pay more for them.

5 reasons to check out Aloy Modern Thai

Aloy Modern Thai is the new Thai spot in Denver. Its traditional-yet-modern approach to Thai food promises to deliver an exciting combination of flavorful and healthy dishes, but you don’t have to take my word for it, just check out the five reasons below why you should head over to Aloy Modern Thai, post haste.

  1. They believe in sustainable business practices. Their farm to table model allows them to source ingredients from local farms in order to help them create their authentic and unique Thai dishes. The sister-owners believe that in order to provide the best dishes, they first have to start with the best ingredients. That is why they always try to source from fresh and in season options that surround them. In this practice, they not only create meals that taste better and more alive, but they also help to support their surrounding community. Speaking of community involvement, when you dine at Aloy Modern Thai during one of their community table nights, then a portion of the profits from your meal are donated to a local nonprofit organization.
  2. The chefs come from Bangkok: Not only do the recipes hail straight out of Bangkok, but so do the chefs – and most of the staff as well! Some of the best chefs of Bangkok work with secret family recipes in order to bring these dishes to life. You get the pleasure of sampling dishes that have been passed down through generations in Thailand and are now being brought to you halfway around the world for your enjoyment.
  3. Options galore: Aloy Modern Thai has a large modern dining area that patrons are welcome to visit for lunch, happy hour, dinner and weekend brunch, but they also still continue to offer Thai Food delivery and takeout options for people that are on the go or would just prefer to eat at home. Since they are promoting the idea of a modern Thai restaurant, they also have the ability for takeout and delivery orders to be placed directly on their website. This way you can order at your own pace and submit it whenever you are ready.
  4. The ambiance is unlike any other Thai Food restaurant in Thai food joints can be found scattered throughout the Denver area, but you will never experience another space quite like Aloy Modern Thai’s. They have a modern dining space that leans more towards upscale than local dive. While they still continue to offer takeout and delivery options, their dining space is large and open and invites groups and families to come in and be at ease and share a meal together.
  5. You can order all the standards that you would expect, but with some surprises. Since Aloy has worked to fuse together traditional Thailand recipes with local fresh ingredients, you will immediately notice how much fresher, lighter and healthier the meal options are at Aloy Modern Thai than other Thai spots in Denver. No one else is offering what Aloy Modern Thai has, so it is a completely unique experience.

Thai food works well with many diets

If there is one food trend of the twenty first century we will remember in the future, it is that of the elimination diet. Whether it is gluten, or dairy, fat, sugar or all carbs in general, it seems like every new eating plan that pops up and claims to be the new “right” way to eat is eliminating one of the food groups that is found in almost every meal. While we do not claim to know what the perfect diet is composed of, at Aloy Thai Cuisine, they can offer you a delicious meal that can be catered to whatever your current elimination diet is.

Thai food in general is lower in saturated fats than most fast casual or casual restaurants, so they start you off on the right foot in your journey to healthy eating. They also have a much larger variety of menu options than other restaurants that can fit into almost any diet with very few substitutions. For example, if you have vowed to stay away from all food options that contain gluten, then you are going to find many of your meal options are severely limited at most other restaurants. You may be able to substitute out your cheeseburger bun for a lettuce wrap, but there could also be some pesky gluten hiding in your mayonnaise, or in your salad dressing (in fact, it is extremely likely that your salad dressing has gluten in it unless you are ordering oil and vinegar.) But when you eat at a Thai food restaurant, many of the entrees available are already naturally gluten free. Rice noodles are the staple in most Thai dishes and they contain no gluten. They also do not use soy sauce or MSG as a flavor enhancer like most Chinese food restaurants, which are two ingredients that also contain gluten more often than not.

Thai food not only has a wide range of gluten free options, but traditional Thai food does not contain any dairy. Curries, noodle dishes, and wok fries are all made without the addition of dairy. Instead of dairy milk they often use coconut milk, and instead of butter they cook with some kind of nut oil.

Another benefit of choosing to eat Thai food when you eat out is that many of the dishes are high in protein and vegetables. If you are looking for vegetarian options there are quite a few to choose from, or you can also just opt for tofu in your dish to replace the meat. For people that are trying to lose weight, Thai food is also a great choice for several reasons: spicy foods are known to help to give the metabolism a jump start. Thai dishes are also seasoned heavily with garlic and turmeric, which are two ingredients that are known not only for their good flavor, but also for several health benefits. Garlic is great for the immune system and turmeric has been shown to be an antioxidant as well as an aid for detoxing the system.

How to find a real estate lawyer

If you are a person that has ever had to go through a real estate transaction, then you might already be familiar with the role of a real estate lawyer.  These specialized lawyers are there to help guide you through the legalities of a real estate business decision. Real estate lawyers rarely need to get involved in a regular personal home purchase or sale, but if someone is a real estate investor, then they will likely have a frequent and reoccurring need for the services that a real estate lawyer can offer.  We spoke with an expert law office, The Hickey Law Firm, in the field of real estate and asked about the top questions or considerations that a businessman should be asking to any law firm that they are considering using for their real estate needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind when you are interviewing law firms to hire a real estate lawyer.

  1. Not all law firms are experienced with real estate law. Just because a lawyer is licensed to practice law does not automatically make them an expert in the ins and outs of real estate transactions. Look for law firms that specialize in this particular type of practice. Also make sure that they are local or at least have experience in your state laws as the laws that guide real estate transactions can vary from state to state.
  2. Look for experience. It is okay to ask a lawyer how long they have been practicing law. It is also okay to inquire about how long before that they received their law degree. You want a lawyer that is going to be at ease with all of the many different types of situations come up in real estate transactions. You also want to feel at ease taking their legal advice. If they just started practicing real estate law after a 20 year absence working in a different field, then you may not be as comfortable working with them and you may want to continue your search.
  3. Ask about their billing practices. You will want to know up front how your lawyer plans to work their fee schedule and how they plan to bill you. It would be unfortunate if you were to find a nasty surprise in your mailbox later in the form of an unexpected bill. Know their fees ahead of time to avoid this. Many lawyers bill on an hourly basis and will have set fees for the work that they will do.
  4. Find out who will actually be doing the lawyer-ing for you. Many law firms will have smaller projects handed down to their paralegals or junior attorneys that are getting ready to pass the bar exam. While there is typically not an issue with this, many people end up working more often with that lower level person that is handling their case as opposed to the lawyer. Make sure that you are comfortable with that person as well as the lawyer in general before signing on with them.

Beginning Arbitrage Compliance

Arbitrage investments can be tricky, and you want to make sure that you do not make a costly mistake when you being your investment journey. Before you begin any kind of investments, it is important that you make sure that you are familiar with all of the risks and laws that are associated with a particular type of investment. Arbitrage investing can be tricky because of the laws that are surrounding the rebates that must be paid out on each investment.  Here are some of the basics of what you need to know if order to get started with investing in the arbitrage field.

Arbitrage is when an investor purchases a tax exempt bond that they will then immediately sell or invest into a taxable bond in order to generate an additional profit. Arbitrage investing is often done by day traders or other stock market experts that have a strong understanding of how investing in bonds is done. They also have to pay close attention to the markets so that they can understand what areas or bonds are being sold for a lower value in certain markets and how they can reinvest or sell those same bonds for a higher price and make a profit off of them.

When you work in arbitrage, then you are also going to be working a lot with arbitrage rebates. The arbitrage rebates are a payment to the US Federal government that are enforced by the IRS. The rebates exist in order to prevent an investor from abusing arbitrage laws.  Since many traders are purchasing tax exempt bonds and then rolling them into taxable bonds, the rebate that they pay to the US Federal government controls how the money from the tax exempt bonds are used and makes sure that tax laws are followed correctly.

The amount that will have to be paid back in the arbitrage rebate to the government is going to be the same or equal to any extra profit that was made off of a bond that you did not reinvest in the government approved methods (i.e. you did not reinvest it into another tax exempt bond.) The process of calculating the exact amount of arbitrage rebate can be complex. It involves looking at the total yield that an individual bond received, and then also at the total amount of earnings that were paid out on investments that were made with that particular bond. You also have to factor in when the bond was issued and when it matured. It can be a complex process, which is why many investors seek the assistance of Arbitrage Compliance Specialists. They are experts in calculation of arbitrage rebates and can make sure that you are paying out the correct amount of rebate to the government.  Arbitrage rebate calculations are done and rebates paid out about every five years, but it is important that you maintain all of your documents of the bonds during that period of time in order to make sure that your calculations are correct.

Residential Roof Repairs catch problems before they get out of control

One way that you can help to ensure that your roof has a long life is to make sure that you are keeping up on any roof repairs that are needed as the roof ages. Each year, your roof endures rain, and high winds, is battered by hail and is left to sit under snow for days at a time. All of these conditions can cause damage to your roof, but if you are conscientious about inspecting your home for damage twice a year, then you can find and repair any issues before they become big expensive problems.

If you have had a residential roofer come and put a brand new roof on your home in the last few years, then chances are good that they left some of their extra roof shingles at your home when the installation was completed. No, they were not being lazy or careless, they did that on purpose. As trends in roofing change, often older types of shingles can be harder to find and more expensive to procure. Your roofers may have just saved you a little money and a lot of time in tracking down matching roof shingles by leaving extras at your home, so whatever you do, do not throw those away!

When you are completing your survey of your roof, you want to examine the roof inside and out. That means that you want to try to get into your attic so that you can look for any problem areas. Take a flashlight with you, and look around for any dark spots or discoloration that could indicate a possible water leak. Water damage can start slowly and be sneaky, but it can cause some very big problems in your home if you do not catch it and stop it at the roof.  When you are in the attic, you should also look for outside light. There shouldn’t be any light entering into the attic from the outside, so if you suspect this is happening, I would suggest you have your residential roof repair contractor come out to take a look at it.

Once you are done with the inside, it is time to move out to the roof. On the roof, look for shingles that are torn or damaged, and also for areas where shingles are missing completely.  If a shingle is in place but the edges of it have started to curl upwards, then this is also a shingle that should be replaced. You should also check your gutters for signs of shingle granules. If you see dark grit or sand in there, then  that is a sign that your shingles are getting worn down and are going to need to be replaced soon.

Any areas where there are missing shingles or torn shingles you can repair yourself.  Use a hammer to pry up whatever is left of the existing shingle and lay down a new one in its place. Hammer it in using four nails, one in each corner. Do not nail down a new shingle over an old one.

The benefits of marijuana friendly hotels

Recreational marijuana is currently legal in Washington, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska and in the District of Columbia. With pot on the ballot in many more states, it is easy to see that the demand for legal week is on the rise. One of the fastest growing tourist industries is pot tourism. For states that offer legalized marijuana, they are seeing an influx of people that are visiting their fines states in order to enjoy all of the different types of new and innovative marijuana products are now available on the market thanks to laws that now make it legal to produce them on a large scale.

The benefits of staying at a 420 friendly hotel:

  1. Free samples of cannabis are given out when you check in at many marijuana friendly rentals. If you are looking for a vacation that allows you to try as many different types of pot as possible, then a great way to start your vacation is when a personally selected strain from an expert in the area.
  2. Get the local scoop on the best marijuana dispensaries to check out. Some dispensaries even offer discounts to people staying in cannabis friendly hotels.
  3. You have a place to enjoy marijuana that is secure and is a safe environment. In a cannabis friendly hotel, you can sit back and relax and enjoy all of the different types of weed that your adopted city has to offer, with the hassle of paranoia that you will be fined or asked to leave your hotel if you are caught.
  4. Meet new people. Many cannabis friendly rental owners are people that are warm and welcoming and would love nothing more than to show off their city to you. For those travelers that want to experience everything a marijuana vacation can offer them, your hosts can be a great resource for where to go to find the best dispensaries, or what types of edibles they would recommend that you should try. They can also direct to some of the best places in the city to see and experience while you are there.
  5. You can enjoy cannabis themed activities. Many cities that have legalized marijuana also now offer a host of different tours and activities that are cannabis themed and aimed at making the experience interesting and well rounded. Many cities now offer full day bus tours that can offer a fun as well as educational tours that stop at different dispensaries and allow you to sample different types of products. They also have pot themed cooking classes that you can take and even a pot painting class. In addition to the fun activities that they bring to the table, they also help to educate you on safe consumption to make sure that you are having a memorable vacation that you will want to repeat again and again.

When marijuana is enjoyed in a no judgement zone, it can be the cherry on the cake of a perfect vacation. When you try a cannabis friendly hotel, you will never go back to regular hotels again.

How your property management association spends your money

When first time home buyers are searching for their new home, they often forget to factor in the cost of homeowners association or property management fees. Many homeowners complain about the added cost of HOA monthly dues, but when the fees are balanced out against all of the work that a homeowners association does for its community, it is easy see all of the good that an HOA accomplishes for its’ residents. Without an HOA at the helm, there are many community aspects that fall into disrepair. An HOA is a vital component of a thriving housing community and one of the major tasks that fall to the board is the repair and upkeep of the communal areas. This keeps the community as an established and desirable place to live and also helps to prevent home values from falling.  A well-functioning community property management is one that utilizes the funds provided by its residents to establish good relationships with reliable vendors and contractors that help keep a development looking beautiful, while an inefficient community management company can end up costing the community money unnecessarily. That is why it is so important to make sure that you are an active member of your community and that you hold your HOA accountable for where your community funds are being spent.

One of the ways that you can help to lower the spending of your property management association is to make sure that they are bringing a detailed budget list to all of your HOA meetings. This includes money brought in through community dues and money spent on vendors and improvement projects. It should also include a projected budget for the next quarter that shows all of the planned projects that will be taking place in the community. For example, if you live in a community of town homes and the fronts of the building are due to be painted, the budget should include a detailed quote from the painters that shows how long the project should take and all of the costs involved.

Do not be afraid to ask for more information about the vendors that your community is hiring. If you have a landscaping company that has quoted the community a price twice as high as a different landscaper that is information that you as a resident have a right to know about.  The HOA should be able to break down exactly what a vendor is charging the community and why, and they should also be open to receiving vendor quotes from other alternatives if you think the price that they are paying is too much. Your homeowners association is there for the betterment of its residents, and that includes you. Taking an active part in the planning and running of your community is up to you to get involved in. If you ever feel that your voice is not being heard in your HOA meetings, you can also consider hiring a new HOA management company that you feel will be a better fit.

Orthodontics can treat a variety of dental issues

Orthodontists are trained to diagnose and create treatment plans for a variety of dental issues. They have all of the same training as your family dentist, but they have added additional years of training in order to specialize in the treatment of malocclusion, or bad bite. If you have an issue with your bite, it is very important that you seek and receive orthodontic treatment because when you have teeth that are crooked or too close together, they are very hard to keep clean.  When you are not able to keep your teeth clean, then plaque starts to build up and can create gum disease as well as tooth decay.  Tooth issues can also cause you to chew inefficiently and cause parts of your teeth to wear down faster than other parts.  We spoke to the experts at Fruge Orthodontics and they gave us a rundown of the most commonly treated orthodontic problems:

  • Crowding – this can happen if the dental arch is too big or too small, or if you have teeth that are larger than the arch. When teeth are crowded together in the mouth, they can turn and become crooked. The bones and the gums of the teeth can also become thin and frail. Not only is this bad for the health of the teeth and gums, but it is also not extremely fattractive, which can cause issues with self-confidence.
  • Protruding upper teeth (overjet) – This is when the top teeth come down in front of the lower teeth. This is bad for a couple of reasons: you are more likely to cause an injury or knock out your front teeth when they protrude, and it is likely that your molars are not making the right kind of contact with each other which can cause inefficient chewing.  This is commonly seen when someone has (or had) a thumb sucking problem.
  • Deep bite, or deep overbite –  A deep bite is when the bottom teeth are coming down too close to the inside of the upper teeth. Sometimes they even bite into the gums that are behind the top incisors. This can be uncomfortable as well as bad for the bone.
  • Open bite – An open bite is when the front teeth of the top and the bottom teeth are not able to touch each other. The puts more pressure on the back teeth because the impact of chewing is being absorbed by only the teeth that can actually touch. This can also cause issues when you are trying to eat because any snipping motions that are usually the job of the front four teeth are not able to be completed.
  • Gapping or spacing – Spacing is when there is a gap between the teeth. This could happen for a variety of reasons such as teeth that are missing, or teeth that are too small for the mouth.
  • Lower jaw protrusion (underbite) – This type of bite issue is when the lower jaw is actually a little bigger than the upper jaw. This causes the lower teeth to jut out further than the top teeth.

DIY Ideas for your Kitchen Remodel

Renovating a kitchen can be a hefty task. Many homeowners are looking for ways to  update their kitchen on their own without breaking the bank. Here are the most popular ways that you can update your kitchen on your own without having to bring in an expensive contractor.
Install countertops that are made of materials that are not granite. Granite is no longer the only classy option for countertops. There are countless other materials that you can use to create a custom kitchen that are more affordable. Among the many options out there is stainless steel, wood, cork, laminate, quartz, and even concrete. Some homeowners are even using materials for their floor as a countertop.

Instead of completely replacing the storage cabinets and cupboards in your kitchen, consider removing just the doors and painting them or resurfacing them and replacing the hardware. This will give them a new look without having to have a professional come in and completely demo and rebuild your cabinets.

If you do not want to have painted cabinets, you can also remove the doors and replace them with new ones.  This is a great DIY option for kitchen renovations because you can install the doors easily on your own and it will give the room a whole new look. Popular styles right now doors with glass on them so that you can see into the cabinet.

Add a kitchen island to you kitchen for extra counter space. You can build your own island, which is a great conversation piece, or buy one for relatively cheap and paint it to match the décor of your kitchen.

Install a new sink. This seems like an obvious choice for a kitchen renovation, but for the DIY person this can actually be something that is fairly easy to install on their own, and it completely changes the appearance and theme of the room. If you do not want to change out the entire sink, you can also consider just replacing the faucet and knobs for an updated look.

Do your own backsplash. It is surprisingly easy to learn to lay tile and grout them. A custom backsplash immediately elevates the look of the room.

Change out your light fixtures. Remove the standard track lighting and opt into some more modern fixtures.

Update your walls. Remove dated wallpaper or paint over old paint to give the room a fresh look.

If you are an especially accomplished DIY-er, look into replacing the flooring of your kitchen. If you have laminate or vinyl flooring it can be pretty easy to pull up and you can replace the cheap flooring with a nicer tile floor, or you can even find affordable quality cork or replacement vinyl that will still give the room a fresh look.

You can add additional lighting to your kitchen in the form of under cabinet lights. You do not even need to have electrical wiring experience, you can purchase affordable battery operated lights to the underside of your cabinets.