Keep Flies Away With One Simple Trick…It Really Works!


Keep flies away the natural way…

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I recently saw a post on facebook about this trick…and I never thought about blogging about it until now, since so many people had never heard of this, I thought it would be worth sharing.

My wife’s family has been doing this for many years to control flies the natural way. I was skeptical until we tried it ourselves. It really does work. We would just put in 1 penny and sometimes a crumbled up piece of aluminum foil in a bag, filled it with water and then hung it by a tree, under a patio umbrella or wherever pesky flies would be. It definitely works!

Below are comments on this fly control idea.

Zip-lock water bags: #1 Says: I tried the zip lock bag and pennies this weekend. I have a horse trailer. The flies were bad while I was camping. I put the baggies with pennies above the door of the LQ. NOT ONE FLY came in the trailer.The horse trailer part had many. Not sure why it works but it does!

#2 Says:Fill a zip lock bag with water and 5 or 6 pennies and hang it in the problem area. In my case it was a particular window in my home. It had a slight passage way for insects. Every since I have done that, it has kept flies and wasps away. Some say that wasps and flies mistake the bag for some other insect nest and are threatened.

#3 Says:I swear by the plastic bag of water trick. I have them on porch and basement. We saw these in Northeast Mo. at an Amish grocery store& have used them since. They say it works because a fly sees a reflection& won’t come around.

#4 Says:Regarding the science behind zip log bags of water? My research found that the millions of molecules of water presents its own prism effect and given that flies have a lot of eyes, to them it’s like a zillion disco balls reflecting light, colors and movement in a dizzying manner. When you figure that flies are prey for many other bugs, animals, birds, etc., they simply won’t take the risk of being around that much perceived action. We went from hundreds of flies to seeing the occasional one, but he didn’t hang around long.

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Keep your Pets Safe and Cool in the Summertime


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Five Ways to Keep Pets Cool
Water play, shade and tasty treats…

In the heat of the summer, you may be cranking up the air-conditioning to stay comfortable, but don’t forget about your four-legged pals — especially if they’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Consider these five fun and easy ways to keep them cool and happy.

H2O and treats

It may sound obvious, but your dog and other pets need access to plenty of fresh, cold water. On a really hot day, you might toss a few ice cubes in the bowl to keep the water even colder. There are also ice cream treats designed specifically for dogs, or you can find recipes online to make your own. Here’s one clever idea — fill an ice cube tray with chicken broth or beef broth and then toss your dog a “pop” once the individual squares are frozen.

Water play

Many dogs love to get wet, whether they are splashing in a stream, swimming in a lake or jumping into a kiddie pool in your backyard. You can also set up a sprinkler for them to run through.

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There are always new products on the market to keep pets cool in the heat, such as cooling bandanas and collars, pet beds that can be filled with cool water, and a collapsible water dish that you can carry anywhere — from a hike to a car ride. Keep in mind that if you’re driving with your dog, do not leave him waiting in the car for you, even if you crack the windows. His body temperature can rise quickly in a hot car and prove fatal.

Limit activity in the middle of the day

If you’re heading out for a walk or involving your pet in other outdoor activities, make sure to plan your excursion during cooler parts of the day (morning and early evening). The middle of the day is usually the hottest, and too much activity during this time can lead to an overheated pet. Pay attention to your pet’s cues and seek the advice of a vet if she is exhibiting any health problems.

Provide shade

If your pet stays outdoors, make sure he has a shady place to retreat when the heat becomes too intense. If you don’t have any natural shade in your yard, consider getting a beach umbrella or invest in a doghouse.

With a little bit of thought and preparation, you can prevent your pets from suffering in the summer sun. And they’ll love you all the more for it.

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How A Homeowner Can Sabotage Their Own Appraisal…


 

For decades there has always been a difference of opinion with  homeowners and an appraiser when they need that critical number to match the refinance package that is underway with their lender.

The appraiser value opinion is only 1 opinion…but guess what, it’s the opinion that counts with your lender.

Here are some ways you can sabotage yourself:

1) Leaving the home untidy. Having an un-kept exterior or interior can cause an appraiser to decrease the value somewhat. Reminder owners – curb appeal is also important for an appraisal. Overgrown bushes or an un-kept home exterior could prompt an appraiser to take as much as 3 percent off the value, according to a CNN Money article.

2) Having incomplete remodeling projects. Don’t keep a remodeling project unfinished prior to an appraisal. If it’s a must, make sure you include details of the complete project and when it is to be finished to the appraiser.

3) Failing to list improvements or upgrades made to the home. Compile a list of upgrades and home improvements made to the home and provide it to the appraiser. While some items, like a new roof, may not help raise the appraised value, other items might.  Source: Realty Times

So needless to say, all the complaining in the world to your lender won’t overcome the self sabotage…take care of projects, clean up and focus on the homes overall presentation before starting your refinance package. Treat the home like you were getting it ready to go up for sale. Lots of preparation, repairs and primping is worth all the effort. Because, when the time comes for that appraisal value analysis…you’ll be glad you did! 

 

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Orange County Mid October Events


October Orange County Events

Haunt at Heritage Hill     Oct. 19
Dare to take part in the “Friday Night Fright,” as the park is transformed into a haunted adventure that is fun for teens and adults alike. Heritage Hill Historical Park: 25151 Serrano Road, Lake Forest. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill

Golf Tournament & Helicopter Golf Ball Drop     Oct. 19
Enjoy a fun, relaxing day of golf while supporting animal rescue. Entry Fee includes: Golf, cart, range balls, lunch, dinner and FREE BEERS and water while you golf! Tijeras Creek Golf Club: Rancho Santa Margarita. www.greatpets.org

 Silverado Days     Oct. 19-21
Community festival includes games, crafts, contests, rides, food and fun for the whole family. Featured contests include World Amateur Arm Wrestling Championship, Amateur Horseshoe Contest, Baby Contest, Dog Show, Chili Cook-off. William Peak Park: 7225 El Dorado Dr., Buena Park.

Autumn Harvest Festival     Oct. 20
Festival with family fun attractions that include the Princess Bride trick-or-treat stations, The East India Trading Company Pirate Adventure Maze and the Harry Potter School House. Heritage Hill Historical Park: 25151 Serrano Rd., Lake Forest. www.ocparks.com/heritagehill

Great Park Pumpkin Harvest     Oct. 20
Experience the time honored tradition of fall activities and family fun including: pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating, pumpkin carving demo, treat stations, mini hay maze, train rides, art and craft activities, and more. OrangeCounty Great Park: Irvine. www.ocgp.org

Blackie’s Longboard Assoc. Halloween Costume Contest     Oct. 27
Blackie’s by the Sea, a Newport Beach surfing institution, calls out costumed surfers to compete in this fun event off of Newport Pier, judging surfers not only by their surfing technique, but by their spooky and outrageous Halloween costumes! www.visitnewportbeach.com

Rancho Los Alamitos Family Festival     Oct. 28
California on the Move, a family festival with demonstrations, maps, music and activities. Explores how people got to California, where they were coming from and how they moved around. 12-4:30pm. Rancho Los Alamitos: 6400 Bixby Hill Rd. Long Beach. www.rancholosalamitos.com

Wings, Wheels and Rotors Expo     Oct. 28
Civilian and military helicopters and aircraft, plus a custom car show featuring classics, muscle cars and more than 300 varieties. Vendor fair with more than 100 exhibitors. 9am-4pm. Joint  forces Training Base, Los Alamitos. www.wwrexpo.net

  

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Caruso’s *EASTER* OC Happenings ~ Central County


CENTRAL COUNTY

 

COSTA MESA

TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm is the annual Easter Festival and Treasure Hunt! Bring your baskets for a free treasure hunt from 10 am – 2 pm. There will be a FREE gift to the first 500 kids in line! Face painting, photos with the Easter bunny, Easter crafts and puppet shows. The event takes place at The Orange County Market Place (88 Fair Drive – Orange County Fairgrounds). AND on Saturday as well from 9:30 am – 12 pm is the Egg-Citement 2012 which is FREE and open to the community! Enjoy a morning in the park with your friends and neighbors. There will be Easter egg hunts done by age group, pony rides, a petting zoo, bounce house, concessions sold by local school groups and much more! The event takes place at Tanager Park in the Mesa Verde neighborhood of Costa Mesa!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

TOMORROW from 8:30-11:30am is the annual Easter Egg Hunt! The event includes free crafts, carnival games, bounce houses, egg hunts, and more! Egg hunts will run continuously from 8:30-11:00am.Enjoy a pancake breakfast for $5 per person or get your picture taken with the Easter Bunny ($2 per picture). The event takes place at the Fountain Valley Recreation Center & Sports Park (16400 Brookhurst Street). For more information you can call 714-839-8611.

HUNTINGTON BEACH

TOMORROW April 07, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. is the Annual Easter Hunt! The City of Huntington Beach, Community Services Department, and the Huntington Beach Kiwanis Club present the 22nd Annual Easter Hunt! This event will feature an Easter hunt, game booths, entertainment, exhibits, and refreshments. Come early and enjoy a day at the park with music and events for the whole family. Easter Bunny photos, snacks and other refreshments will be available for purchase. The Easter hunt is open to children up to age 8. Please have each child bring a container for their treats. The hunt will take place at Huntington Beach Central Park. For more information you can call 714-536-5486.

IRVINE

TOMORROW is the last day for the Irvine Park Railroad Easter Eggstravaganza. At Irvine Park Railroad’s Easter Eggstravaganza, children and adults can ride the train through beautiful Irvine Regional Park. Children ages 2 through 12 can participate in an Easter egg hunt. Each egg is filled with candy or a prize. Easter egg hunts begin daily at 10:00 AM and tickets may be purchased to participate in an egg hunt at a specific time. Please bring an Easter basket for each child that will be participating in the Easter egg hunt. Irvine Park Railroad also offers Easter baskets for sale. Tickets must be purchased on the day of the event in order to receive a wristband for the Easter egg hunt. Children can also meet and have their picture taken with the Easter bunny (visit web site for cost). Other activities include hay rides, Easter cookie decorating, face painting, carnival games and a lot more. Additional Irvine Regional Park activities inside of the park include Irvine Park Rentals’ paddle boats and Wheel Fun Rentals® bikes (single surrey bikes, deuce coupes, choppers, beach cruises and more), the Orange County Zoo and pony rides. Visit web site for costs and full details.

LOS ALAMITOS

TOMORROW, Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9am to 11am is the annual Spring Carnival! This event includes egg hunt, family style carnival games, face painting, bounce house and more. This is a FREE event located at Laurel Park. For more information you can call (562) 430-1073.

NEWPORT BEACH

TOMORROW is the last day for EASTER BUNNY PHOTOS! Children are invited to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny in the spring garden on Atrium Lawn from 11am to 6pm daily. Packages begin at $14, and families are permitted to use their own camera for a photo with the Easter Bunny at no charge (limit one shot per family). The Easter Bunny will be at Fashion Island Mall. For more information you can call 949-721-2000.

ORANGE

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SANTA ANA

TOMORROW, Saturday April 7, 2012 from 12:00-4:00pm is the annual Easter Displays, Cookie Decorating and Tea with Santa Ana Historical Preservation Society! Put on your best Easter bonnet and join us for a special spring Open House at the Dr. Willella Howe-Waffle house. Included with your tour of this 1889 Victorian gem are delicious tea and Easter sweets, and displays of vintage clothing and Victorian Easter cards. Join in our Easter cookie decorating event; unleash your creativity as you embellish your own cookies to take home! Join in an old fashioned “guess the number of jelly beans” contest for a chance to win a special prize. Admission: Adults $5, Seniors & Members $4, Students K-12 $3. The event is located at 120 Civic Center Drive.

SEAL BEACH

Nothing to report

TUSTIN

TOMORROW from 8:30am – 11:30am is the annual Easter Egg Hunt! Bring a basket or a bag to collect all the treats! The hunt starts at 9am.There will also be a bounce house, petting zoo and pony rides. The event takes place at Tustin Sports Park (12850 Robinson Dr., Tustin). For more information you can call 714-573-3326.

VILLA PARK

Nothing to report

*As seen in the ocregister.com & orangecounty.net

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Happy 3rd Anniversary Michael!


Michael Caruso owner of Michael Caruso Real Estate Group has been recognized by the prestigious Institute for Luxury Home Marketing for the 3rd year in a row on his performance in the million-dollar and above luxury home market within Orange County, California “Real Estate professionals who have earned admittance to The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild not only have specific upper-tier market knowledge, but they also understand the unique needs of affluent buyers and sellers and recognize the importance of being discreet,” said Institute President Laurie Moore-Moore.

“Whether you’re buying or selling a multi-million dollar property, you can depend upon The Institute’s Million Dollar Guild members to have the competencies necessary to help you meet your objectives.”

“To have this recognition of my accomplishments in serving Southern California is an honor,” said Michael Caruso. “It has strengthened my commitment to the community and its residents and I can proudly offer my Luxury Home Marketing expertise to the upper-tier homes throughout Orange County.” Members of the Million Dollar Guild are Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialists (CLHMS) who have documented their success in assisting affluent buyers and sellers with million-dollar properties.

The recognition is awarded by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing which trains real estate agents in the luxury home market and awards international designations to those who meet stringent performance standards. 

Michael Caruso is an award-winning real estate Broker and 2007 President of the Orange County Association of Realtors, specializing in the Southern Orange County market in Residential Sales, Buyer Representation, Luxury Home Sales, Relocation Services and High Rise Condo Sales. Michael Caruso boasts 3 decades of experience in Real Estate Sales and Real Estate Development/Management. Michael has owned his own Real Estate Brokerage since 1994 after working many years for large franchise brokerages and being ranked at the pinnacle for Sales and Service. He has served on numerous California Legislative and Professional Standards committees and on various committees for the National Association of Realtors.

Michael is an ardent community volunteer and has served on the Executive Advisory Board for California State University at Fullerton. Special skills include listening to clients, continuing professional development and serving the community and surrounding area.

For current information on the upper tier market, contact Michael Caruso at 949-753-7900 or e-mail Michael@MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com. Visit michaelcarusorealestate.com and carumic.featuredblog.com for market information, listings, and more.

About The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing

The Institute for Luxury Home Marketing exists to help real estate professionals around the world provide high quality service to buyers and sellers of luxury properties. Institute members have completed special training to build expertise in the marketing of upscale homes and estates and those who meet performance standards may earn the prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist designation. Information and an international membership list can be found at CLHMS.org. Members are also listed on the Wall Street Journal’s RealEstateJournal.com website.

 

 

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