How to Prepare for a Power Outage

Weather can be unpredictable, and we need to keep ourselves and loved ones safe during a bad storm. Here are some basic things you can do to prepare your home for loss of power any time of year:

Things to do before a power outage

  • Be prepared for injuries. You should have an emergency kit at your home that’s fully stocked with bandages in various sizes, sterile dressings and gloves, hand sanitizer and antibiotic towelettes, a thermometer, pain medicines, tweezers, and scissors. Make sure you purchase or build your own first aid kit that is large enough for your family.
  • Make sure your generator is up and running. Review generator safety tips before using your generator for the first time
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Wine Cooler Buying Guide

Whether your hobby is to collect exotic or rare vintages, or you just enjoy having plenty of wine on hand for impromptu guests, proper wine storage is a smart investment for you. If you are serious about the quality of your wine, a wine cooler will help support its preservation.

Here are some quick tips to help you decide which wine cooler is best for you!

Bottle Capacity & Location

This should be the first thing you consider. Are you a big-time wine collector, or just a casual wine lover? Wine coolers come in various capacities. The depth of your collection ultimately determines which cooler you should be looking at. Small coolers can store as low as 6 bottles, while … Read more...

How to Keep Your Devices Safe in the Cold

Stepping out into the bitter cold doesn’t only affect you, but the blast of arctic temperatures could put your electronics on thin ice! Smartphones, notebooks, tablets, and laptops can all lose functionality as the temperature drops. Here are some problems that may occur during these chilly days:

Battery Drain: This is the most common and most immediate effect of cold weather. Your device may spontaneously power off with a dead battery in extreme cold. If your smartphone is exposed to cold temperatures for an extended period, you risk killing the battery altogether.

Screen Issues: LCD displays on smartphones, Apple iPads or Android tablets are sensitive to the cold. Users may experience delayed touch screen reactions as well as smudging or … Read more...

Gift Ideas for Foodies

We all have that one person in the family that loves to cook. The one that supplies half the food at the holiday party and always has a fun, new dish that “you just have to try!” For that special food lover, we have some great gift ideas that will not disappoint:

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

A must-have for anyone that loves to bake is the iconic KitchenAid stand mixer. It comes in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offers much more versatility than basic hand mixers. It has the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet it’s simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to … Read more...

4 Ways to Keep Up Your Resolution for a Healthier You

With every new year comes the opportunity for a fresh start. You make your list of resolutions and imagine the new you, but did you imagine the steps and work you’ll need to put in to achieve your goals? Many people don’t, and if you don’t go in with a plan, you’re less likely to succeed.

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and get fit. If living a healthier lifestyle is on your list, we’re here to help you reach your goal. Aside from getting a gym membership, other tools that can help you achieve a healthier version of you this year:

Eat Healthy

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Top 10 Stocking Stuffers Under $50

Have you been looking for some gift ideas to stuff those stockings with? Well, not only do we have great ideas, but we have great prices to match them! We’ve listed our top 10 favorite stocking stuffers that cost under $50… check ‘em out!

1. Headphones

In-ears, on-ears, earbuds… you can find a wide variety of headphones in different colors and styles for under $50. Some even have additional features, like smartphone controls or noise cancellation!

2. Bluetooth Speakers

A portable Bluetooth speaker is a welcomed gift by anyone! They’re easy to pair with a smart device and have good battery life. Some are waterproof or can be paired with other speakers for a home-wide, wireless sound system. There are … Read more...

Front Load vs. Top Load Washers: 7 Important Differences

It’s time to buy a new washing machine, but which do you choose: the traditional top-load washer, or the stylish front-load washer?  Both have their advantages and choosing between the two usually comes down to personal preference. The top-load washer, referred to as the traditional washer, is believed by some to be the more well-known and reliable choice, while front-load washers are known for their stylish design, convenient features, and energy efficiency. To help you decide which washer is right for you, we’ve outlined some of the biggest differences between top vs. front load washers.

Here are the top seven points to keep in mind when choosing a front-load or top-load washer.

Size and Space

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Parent’s Guide to a Safe & Fun Halloween

From costumes to candy, Halloween is jam-packed with fun and treats! As parents, we want our little ones to enjoy trick-or-treating, but we also want them to be safe.  Here are some great safety tips that will ensure a happy and safe Halloween:

Trick-or-Treating in Your Neighborhood: Safety Tips

  • Plan ahead. Plan your route before heading out. Map out a direct route that has sidewalks or safe pathways to walk and the fewest street crossings.
  • Young children should never be out alone without adult supervision, especially during the night. If you can’t go trick-or-treating with your children, make sure they’re going with a group and an adult who can. If you have older children that are mature enough to go out
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Creating the Ultimate Backyard Tailgate

Football season is here! If you follow the games or not, there’s room for everyone to get involved in the excitement. Game day is a great excuse to get friends and family together for some fun and good food. If you like throwing parties and want to impress your friends, here’s everything you need to throw the ultimate backyard tailgate:

The Big Game on a Big Screen 

Don’t make a rookie mistake and use an indoor TV outside. Even if you plan to take the TV back inside after the game, you run a risk of damaging it and voiding your warranty. Instead, try a SunBrite Outdoor TV or outdoor projection screen.  It may seem like a bit of … Read more...

The Ultimate Drone Buying Guide

Drones put you into the pilot’s seat without ever having to leave terra firma. With a hobbyist drone, you can enjoy a thrilling flight from a pilot’s viewpoint. Some drones are perfect for performing aerial stunts, while others are designed for racing. Depending on the drone’s camera quality, you can experience vibrant and detailed pictures or video shots that are accessible only from a bird’s eye view.

Drone prices vary greatly, and the drone you choose will depend on the type of experience desired. Do you plan to take hundreds of aerial photographs of your neighborhood and your home? Are you looking for a comprehensive flying experience? Do you dream of hours practicing loops and other aerial stunts to show … Read more...