iOS 7 — House Style!

With all of this talk about the new iOS 7 upgrade for the iPhone, we began thinking, ‘what if your house had periodic upgrades where you didn’t have to do a single thing but push a button and then 15 minutes later (or an hour later if your upgrade froze) you would have the latest technology?’ This would be amazing!!


This is what your new house could look like with this idea:


Before and After 001


All it took was a little paint on the cabinets! The wall paint is even still the same, but what a huge change!


Houzz before and after


Now this one took a little demo work, but holy cow! What a change!! This updated kitchen definitely adds value to this house!


Front Yard, Before and After


Curb appeal doesn’t just attract new buyers, but it also makes your neighbors happy! Just a few plants can create the oasis you always wanted!


Get rid of that builder grade oak! Use GEL stain.

Bathrooms bring in money to a house! Having updated fixtures and a nice finish on the cabinets can really transform the look and feel of a dated bathroom!


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Giving is the best form of communication.

Today, this video has been posted on our Facebook, Twitter, and now WordPress.


When I began watching this video, the first thing I noticed was the poverty-stricken community that it was set in. I then assumed that this video’s premise was to evoke enough emotion out of me and the other viewers to donate something like a dollar a day to the less fortunate, and because, as I’ve said many times, I am a huge emotion-loving sap, I intensely kept watching. I watched as the middle-aged female shop owner scolded the little boy who stole from her and I kept watching as the middle-aged man came over to see what was going on.

At first I wasn’t sure what the little boy had taken from the woman until the older man had asked if the little boys mom was sick. I sat in pain as I watched the ashamed little boy stand with his head down awaiting his punishment because I knew that the little boy just wanted his mom to be better, and possibly was even told by his mother to steal the medicine. When the older male shop owner not only bought the medicine but made the little boy soup to take home to his mom, my heart was filled with warmth again. The little boy was in shock by the mans generosity despite his prior thieving actions. The male shop owner knew he would not be re-payed by the little boy or his mom but gave without question and expectation.

As the video continued and thirty years had past, you were able to see the unfaltering character of the now even older shop owner who had helped the little boy. He was constantly giving and continuously loving. He gave without expecting or thinking twice, even when his daughter gave him looks of confusion and even annoyance. The story took a turn when the shop owner fell and hit his head, sending him into the hospital with a major brain injury. If this wasn’t heartbreaking enough, it caused his daughter to be left with taking care of him, his shop, and all of his increasing medical expenses.

Putting myself in the daughters shoes, knowing how difficult it is to experience a loved one sick/hurt/dying, I also sat in pain as I watched her cry at her fathers hospital bedside. It was then the daughter noticed an envelope on the bed. She opened it and it said that all of her fathers medical expenses had been taken care of 30 years ago with a bowl of soup and medicine that he had given to a little boy in the streets. The letter stating her father had no medical expenses was signed by the doctor; it was the doctor who the shop owner helped 30 years ago.

This shot chills down my spine and made me realize the power of giving– not just because of how the now grown little boy re-payed the older shop owner, but because without the help of the shop owner thirty years ago, the little boy might not have even been able to become a doctor. It is the smallest acts of kindness that can really change someones life.

This video truly shows how “giving is the best form of communication” because even though this video was set in an entirely different culture from mine, with a language other than English, I was still able to receive such a strong message from it, and you know what is even more incredible?… At the end of the video, I wasn’t even asked to donate a dollar a day to children in need… but I have this overwhelming feeling inside me that very much wants to. This is how you know the message was received. — Give without expectation.

Now, obviously I am not telling everyone to run out and donate all of your money to various shelters and charities, but I am just wanting to remind you that the next time you are in a situation where you have the opportunity to give, I hope you remember that giving is the best form of communication. It just could change someones life… even your own.

Ashley Rosa
Communications Coordinator

Ten must-have apps to help you survive a storm

Use these smartphone apps to help you get prepared, remain connected and stay safe during bad weather:

StopDisaster – This iPhone app walks you through preparedness checklists for hurricanes, earthquakes, blizzards and other disasters.

Dropbox – Install the program on your PC or Mac, upload files to your folder, and they are instantly available on all your other computers.

MotionX GPS Drive – MotionX GPS Drive is the cheapest and most popular way to guide you out of town on an unfamiliar route.

Flashlight by Rik for iPhone and Brightest Flashlight – These apps turn your phones into flashlights.

Hurricane Tracker – This hurricane-tracking app is for serious weather junkies and people who want to be better-informed.

Life360 – The family GPS tracking system can help you find your loved ones anywhere.

5-0 Radio Police Scanner Lite – Pick up police band radio.

USAA – Report or view the status of an auto or property claim, submit photos, schedule an appraisal through one of USAA’s approved repair shops, or reserve a rental vehicle.

GasBuddy – Uses your GPS to display up-to-the-minute gas prices near you, so you can avoid price gouging.

Hands-Only CPR – App walks you through the two-step checklist: call 911, start chest compressions.

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Why would you need legal assistance? You might be surprised

Based on what you see on TV, you might assume you’d only need legal help if you experienced some dramatic and life-altering event. But the truth is most people will have a legal need at some point in their lives – usually under fairly common circumstances.

In fact, many legal needs don’t involve ever setting foot inside a courtroom and revolve around tasks like document preparation or contract reviews. ARAG, a global provider of legal solutions, offers 10 examples of common situations where you might need legal help.

* When purchasing or selling a house, you may need a lawyer to review the purchase agreement and contract.

* Your college-age son or daughter has moved out of a rental property and needs legal help in getting a security deposit returned from the landlord.

* Someone in your family experiences identity theft and needs help recovering assets.

* You are working on a major home remodel and need someone to review the work agreement you’ve established with your contractors.

* You’re drafting or revising your will.

* You need legal advice during an IRS audit.

* A car breaks down while under warranty, and you need help getting the manufacturer or dealer to honor the warranty.

* You’re adopting a child and need a lawyer to help you complete the necessary paperwork and guide you through the adoption process.

* You notice a mistake on your credit report and need help getting it corrected.

* You believe you were issued a traffic violation in error and decide you want to fight the violation.

Because many routine life events require legal assistance, enrolling yourself in a legal plan can help lead you in the right direction when you need legal help. Some employers offer legal plans as part of their benefits packages, giving employees the option to enroll.
When you are enrolled in a legal plan like those offered through ARAG, you gain access to a network of attorneys who can provide legal advice and help with everyday legal issues. If you need representation, your plan may also allow you to hire a lawyer for a reduced out-of-pocket rate or no fee – which can result in significant savings considering the average rate charged by an attorney with 11 to 15 years of service is $312 per hour, according to The National Law Journal and ALM Legal Intelligence. For more information on how legal plans work, visit

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