September 8, 2015 rummy

For many of us, Labor Day means one more short vacation after summer ends and before we hit a long stretch of hard work until Thanksgiving gets here. Unfortunately, many people don’t get the day off from work – even though Labor Day is a celebration of the changes that were made over 140 years ago to stop the practice of ultra-long work hours and dangerous conditions for workers. If you ask many people these days, most of them don’t know how important Labor Day is in the history of the United States after the explosion of the industrial revolution….

September 4, 2015 rummy

While autumn’s weather remains relatively mild, spend some quality time caring for your home and yard. Read on for reminders on which tasks to tackle this time of year. 1. Keep Gutters Free of Leaves To cut back on gutter-cleaning duty, consider installing aluminum, foam, or vinyl gutter guards that help block debris from entering while allowing water to drain. Remember that nothing is foolproof, so look for models that can be removed for periodic cleanings. 2. Clean Pots Scour pots with a stiff-bristled brush and rinse. Try to find one with a solid-wood handle and palm fibers. 3. Stack…

September 3, 2015 rummy

This reclaimed New York cook space (dating back to 1755!) proves everything old is, in fact, new again.Think your kitchen needs a remodel? Imagine how homeowner Daniel Flebut felt when he first laid eyes on the cook space of his overgrown 1700s stone house in New Paltz, New York. Fortunately, the architect-by-day welcomed the challenge of restoring the room to its old glory. Here’s how he and partner William Charnock paid tribute to its past while adding a few modern-day upgrades. Better With AgeImperfect floors. Rather than replace the “flawed” flooring where the fireplace once stood, Daniel embraced the pieced-together texture, leaving the…

August 31, 2015 rummy

The housing market has made a strong recovery, not only in sales and prices, but also in the confidence of consumers and experts as an investment. In a New York Times editorial entitled, “Homeownership and Wealth Creation” they explain: “Homeownership long has been central to Americans’ ability to amass wealth; even with the substantial decline in wealth after the housing bust, the net worth of homeowners over time has significantly outpaced that of renters, who tend as a group to accumulate little if any wealth.” Many of the points that were made in the article are on track with the research that the Federal Reserve has…

August 25, 2015 rummy

We’re all conditioned to believe that some lies are acceptable. But, in reality, there are costs and consequences to our lives whenever we lie, including stress, low self-esteem and even disease. Seventy-eight percent of the 6.5 billion people on the planet operate under the conscious level of integrity, as reported in an article featuring Gary King and The Power of Truth™ in Oprah Winfrey’s O Magazine. This week, we want to challenge you to take the 24-hour truth challenge. Here’s how it works: Starting right now, and for the next 24 hours, you decide to be honest and authentic in everything…

August 25, 2015 rummy

Some say that time is money, but ideally, time is truly more valuable than money. It’s virtually impossible to put a dollar value on the time you spend with a loved one, doing your favorite activity without interruption or enjoying a vacation. Take a minute today to reflect on how you use your time and with whom you spend it. Make sure you’re getting the most out of the time you spend each day so that you can enjoy a stellar life. Treasure every moment you have. To Realize… To realize the value of one year:  Ask a student who…

August 25, 2015 rummy

The weather is hot and so is the market. Home prices are on the rise faster than they have ever been since 2006 and the interest rates we’re seeing, while on the rise, are still very low.   You’re considering putting your home on the market to catch the wave, but you’re not sure what to do to your home to garner the best offer. Should you put in hardwood floors, granite counter tops, finish unfinished space, paint, etc? And if you did do any of these things, which one is going to get you the biggest return on your…

August 25, 2015 rummy

Everybody wants to know the secret to being successful in life. Whether it be in your career or personal life, we all want it all. The real question is: How do we get it? The answer’s a simple one: You have to fail, and you have to fail often. You have to learn all there is from each failure. It’s that simple. The only other factor is you have to be mindful enough to fail at the right things. There are certain failures in life necessary for the fruition of success. Without them, you’ll be missing a piece of the…