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.

Check out new products

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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Think Big, Shop Small ~ Spread the Word…


 

 Let’s start a movement…

SHOP SMALL STORES

As a local independent broker, I know how hard it is to compete with larger companies, but you can make it with good customer skills, marketing and word of mouth. Repeat customers and referrals is what keeps me in business. So let’s raise awareness of the importance of patronizing small businesses. 

Shop Small Stores is a buy-local campaign which promotes strengthening local economies through the support of local independent retailers. Buy gifts in small stores, eat meals at small restaurants.

As we do the rest of our holiday shopping and entertaining, let’s think first of small independent companies. Shop at your local toy or book store (if one still exists). Stop at your local home grown coffee shop or café and pick up a gift certificate. This will bring back business to the small business at a later time.

Small Business Saturday was a success to many towns and retailers that participated. However, we need to keep the movement going. Let’s all continue the movement by shopping in our local independent stores every weekend.  Let’s get the local economy rolling… 

Think Big, Shop Small.  Spread the word…

 Don’t forget to reduce, reuse and recycle!

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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County


NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

This weekend, May 20-22, 2011 is the annual Greek Festival (405 N. Dale St.).Come experience the sights, sounds and tastes of Greece at the 2011 OC Greek Fest: St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church’s 50th Annual Greek Food Festival celebrating the food, music, and culture of Greece! Authentic Greek foods and homemade Greek pastries; traditional Greek dancing and Greek music (live music by Fotia); an outdoor marketplace and expansive ‘Zorba’s Kidz Zone’ with carnival rides & games and other activities for the children-plus more!-are all ready for your visit to Greece right here in Anaheim. For more information you can call  (714) 827-0182

BREA

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BUENA PARK

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CYPRESS

Coming up this summer Saturday, July 23 from 9:00a to 5:00p is the annual Cypress Community Festival at Oak Knoll Park. This is a FREE event. Bring the entire family to the Cypress Community Festival featuring DJ Shawn Parr & Go Country 105FM. Enjoy the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast (7-11am), Chili Cookoff, Car Show, Family Games, Food Booths, Business Expo, Children’s Rides, Arts, Crafts & Continuous Entertainment. The 5K/10K Run/Walk starts at 7:30 am. This is the largest 1 day festival in Orange Co. drawing about 30,000 visitors. The event is sponsored by local businesses including: Toyota Grand Prix, Go Country 105 FM, ‘TheHomeMag’ of Orange County, The Cypress Event News & the News Enterprise.F or more info visit: http://www.cypressfestival.com or email: info@cypressfestival.com. The Cypress Community Festival is the signature event for the city of Cypress, CA and is held each year of the 4th Saturday of July at Oak Knoll Park. Businesses and individuals are invited to become sponsors and/or arrange for vendor booth spaces.

FULLERTON 

Coming up Sunday, June 5, 2011 is the annual5K VisionWalk (Cal State Fullerton Titan Sports Complex Field, State College Boulevard). VisionWalk is the national signature fundraising event of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since its inception in the spring of 2006, the program has raised over $15 million to fund sight-saving research. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m.

GARDEN GROVE 

Next weekend, May 27-30, 2011 is the annual Strawberry Festival (Euclid St & Main St). This festival is a parade and carnival celebrating the city’s strawberry-growing history! For more information you can call 714-638-0981.

LA HABRA

Coming up Friday, June 10 starting at 5:00p at Sonora High School is the annual La Habra Valley Community Fair. The 2011 La Habra Valley Community Fair is fun for the whole family. This event will feature car show (Saturday only), livestock shows, dog shows and agility trails, fair food, activities for kids, a petting zoo and much, much more. Admission is only $1.00 and all proceeds go to helping students in the surrounding FFA programs.

LA PALMA

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PLACENTIA

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STANTON

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WESTMINSTER

Coming up at the end of summer Saturday, Aug 20 2:00p at The Rose Center Theater is the Ms. Senior California Pageant!  Eighteen Ms. Senior California preliminary finalists from San Francisco to San Diego will compete for the title of Ms. Senior California 2011.
YORBA LINDA

Coming up Sunday June 5, 2011 will be Celebration of the Arts (located at 3 locations – Yorba Linda Community Center, Thomas Lasorda Jr. Memorial Field House, & Hurless Barton Park). This is a very unique fine arts & music festival featuring nearly 100 exhibitors, including almost every type of visual and performing art that you can imagine. What makes it unique is that it very family friendly, offering free activities for all ages, sharing the creativity & talent of our community. This event is NOT a carnival, craft fair, “beerfest”, or fundraiser, but truly a day where talent & creativity is shared and inspired! For more information you can call 714-996-1960.

   

*As seen in orangecountyregister.com & orangecounty.net

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Caruso’s OC Happenings ~ North County


 

NORTH COUNTY

ANAHEIM

March 17th, ST. PATRICKS DAY will be the 4th Annual OPA Women’s League Taste of Ireland at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course Clubhouse (6501 E. Nohl Road) from 6pm-10pm. This is a fun St. Patrick’s Day evening of great food and entertainment. Tickets for dinner are $30 per person. For more info contact Rita Guarriello at 714-606-7794.

BREA

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BUENA PARK

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CYPRESS

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FULLERTON 

Coming up April 16 & 17 Green Scene Plant and Garden Show from10:00am-4:00pm.Green Scene is the perfect place for any gardener looking for new ideas to improve their gardens or outdoor habitats. This is the only major outdoor sales event in Orange County focused exclusively on the home gardener, garden accessories, environmental education programs and products. For more information you can call (714) 278.3407

GARDEN GROVE 

Thursday, March 24th starting 8:00p at Gem Theater, is the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee! Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.

LA HABRA

Coming up April 15, 16 & 17 is the Spring Citrus Fair! The La Habra Chamber of Commerce will produce its Second Annual Spring Citrus Fair – full of period charm – showcasing the history of the La Habra Valley.  The event will include entertainment, carnival rides, local food, exhibits & character mascots. For more information you can call 562-697-1704

LA PALMA

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PLACENTIA

Want to Quit Tobacco? FREE 5-Week Series at Placentia-Linda Hospital. This FREE series (for adults only) features a counselor-led group that addresses issues such as identifying triggers, developing coping skills, making lifestyle changes, creating a support system, preventing relapse and more. *Adults (18 and over) who complete all five behavior modification classes may be eligible for one-month supply of nicotine patches, while supplies last. For reservations, please call 1-800-554-7879 today!

STANTON

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WESTMINSTER

Sunday, March 20th from 9:00a to 3:00p at Temple Beth David will be the Spring/Purim Carnival and Fundraising Auction! Come to Temple Beth David for a great day of family activities at our annual Spring/Purim Carnival & Auction. The Silent Auction begins at 9am & includes one-of-a-kind items, sporting events and theater tickets, dinners, boat rides, art, jewelry & more. Browse the Sisterhood gift shop or take a break and enjoy tile painting. The Carnival begins at 11am. For $10, you will have access to 4 hours of unlimited games and activities. Enjoy hotdogs, popcorn, snow cones, and more. The price is $10 for 4 hours of unlimited games and activities!Come to Temple Beth David for a great day of family activities at our annual Spring/Purim Carnival & Auction. The Silent Auction begins at 9am & includes one-of-a-kind items, sporting events and theater tickets, dinners, boat rides, art, jewelry & more. Browse the Sisterhood gift shop or take a break and enjoy tile painting.

YORBA LINDA

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7 Deadly Sins with Caruso!


                

  SEVEN DEADLY SINS…

                When Dealing with a Buyer

1. MAKING CLAIMS WITHOUT KNOWING THE FACTS. If you’re relying on somebody else’s information and don’t check out the facts for yourself, you’re in trouble. Though there is a clear difference between dishonesty and laziness, to your client that distinction could be meaningless. What do you do when potential buyers are right there and want information, and you don’t have the answer? Stick to the old Three T’s motto: Tell the Truth, Don’t blame others and don’t apologize. Tell them you’ll get it; then get what they ask for in an accurate and reliable way. This cultivates trust.

2. ARGUING WITH PROSPECTS. You won’t hit it off with every buyer no matter how good you think you are. If you meet a buyer you can’t work with, handle the situation like a pro. Stay calm; don’t argue. Recognizing that you can’t be all things to all people isn’t a blow to your professional pride; it’s a reflection of maturity and self-confidence. A conflict won’t achieve a sale and might damage your company’s image. Suggest that perhaps one of your colleagues could assist the person.

3. GIVING TOO MUCH INFORMATION. Like your favorite software, you should be Auser friendly. By getting to know buyers right from the start, you can assess what buyers are looking for and what they want to know about the home purchase. Tech heads want technical info and can’t get enough, so give them an overload. Other prospects tune out the onslaught of unsought data. Provide what your customer wants and no more.

4. FAILING TO BE POSITIVE. Your belief in yourself as a human being and as a sales professional, your pride in your career and company, and your pleasure in working with other people are all reflected in your attitude, your enthusiasm, and your energy. Check yourself out; anything negative going on within you will be detected by the people you deal with. You can’t fool them, so don’t try. Strive to be positive in all aspects of your work.

5. POOR PREPARATION. Make the best possible use of your time. Your job is to match prospects with properties. You need to know precisely what’s wanted and the range of properties that might interest these buyers. A checkpoint: How many times do you say “I don’t know” in the first three minutes? Three times and the prospect usually say, “You’re out! You didn’t do your homework.”

6. TALKING TOO MUCH. Scene: Your prospects have made a 20-minute appointment with you. How much of that time should you be doing the talking? They say if you talk for more than five of the 20 minutes, you’re telling not selling. What do you do for 15 minutes? Listen, nod, and smile. Then listen some more.

7. FAILING TO CLOSE THE SALE. Would you like fries with that? That simple question helped sales of fries skyrocket at your favorite fast food restaurant. Rarely will buyers initiate the purchase decision- they have to be asked. Sometimes salespeople are so afraid of the decision, they refuse to ask; that wastes time and effort. If the buyers say yes, great, and you can close. If they say no, move on to the next property. But you’ll never know unless you ask.

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Consumer Confidence with Caruso..


Recently I read about The Consumer Confidence Survey which is based on a representative sample of 5,000 U.S. households. There were some inceases, but also decreases as well. Consumer confidence, while slightly improved from September levels, is still hovering at historically low levels. Consumers’ assessment of the current state of the economy is relatively unchanged, primarily because labor market conditions have yet to significantly improve. And, despite the uptick in Expectations, consumers continue to be quite concerned about the short-term outlook. Both present and future indicators point toward more of the same in the coming months. Consumers’ appraisal of current conditions was somewhat mixed in October. Those claiming business conditions are “bad” decreased to 41.9 percent from 46.0 percent, while those claiming business conditions are “good” edged up to 8.5 percent from 8.2 percent. Consumers’ assessment of the labor market, however, was less favorable in October. Those claiming jobs are “hard to get” rose to 46.1 percent from 45.8 percent, while those stating jobs are “plentiful” decreased to 3.5 percent from 3.8 percent. Consumers’ expectations, while still quite bleak, were less pessimistic in October. Those expecting an improvement in business conditions over the next six months rose to 16.0 percent from 15.0 percent, while those expecting business conditions will worsen declined to 14.1 percent from 16.6 percent. Consumers were mixed about future job prospects. The percentage of consumers anticipating fewer jobs in the months ahead declined to 22.0 percent from 22.6 percent. However, the percentage anticipating more jobs declined to 14.1 percent from 14.5 percent. The proportion of consumers expecting an increase in their incomes declined to 9.1 percent from 10.3 percent. And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection. http://www.MichaelCarusoRealEstate.com Best regards, Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CLHMS CRB CRS GREEN GRI 2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors (949) 753-7900