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By Shannon Register | Agent in Spring, TX
  • Want to STOP Junk Mail?

    Posted Under: Quality of Life, Going Green, How To...  |  August 27, 2012 1:48 PM  |  318 views  |  No comments

    Posted: 07 Jun 2012 07:14 AM PDT
    With all the hype over the Green Housing, you might be wondering how to stop all that junk mail that is delivered to your home.  Or maybe you moved to a new house and don’t want to have a “junk” drawer anymore.  You will have to complete some forms you can print from websites online.  Give it a little time and you should start to see your junk mail stack reducing.

     - Add your name and address to the free Do Not Mail registry at www.directmail.com.

     - Learn about the junk mail industry and how to keep unwanted mail out of your mailbox at www.donotmail.org.

     - Opt out of preapproved credit offers at www.optoutprescreen.com.

     - Learn about your direct mail options and keeping your name off mailing lists at www.dmachoice.org.

     - At www.catalogchoice.org, you can choose to keep receiving catalogs you enjoy while opting out of others.

    "Want to STOP Junk Mail?" was brought to you by the outstanding agents at Register Real Estate Advisors - http://www.RREA.com.

  • Tips for Safe Summer Grilling

    Posted Under: Quality of Life, Entertainment & Nightlife, How To...  |  July 3, 2012 1:39 PM  |  402 views  |  1 comment

    Posted: 15 May 2012 10:26 AM PDT
    I was shopping in Kroger and picked up one of their pamphlets off the meat market counter and thought you might like to have this info, too.  Now that summer is fast approaching, it’s a great time to start grilling!  I love Kroger’s meat market!

    1.  REFRIGERATE fresh meat promptly.
    - USE a cooler or chill bag to keep meat cold on the way home from the store or outside by the grill, especially on warm
    - SET your refrigerator at home to 40° F.
    - THAW or marinate beef, pork and poultry in the refrigerator, not on the kitchen counter.
    - KEEP cold food and perishables on ice at picnics and cookouts.
    - PLACE leftover cooked foods in a refrigerator or cooler with ice within two hours.

    2. CLEAN hands & surfaces often.
    - WASH hands with warm water and soap for 20 seconds before and after handling food.- WASH cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot soapy water after preparing each food item.
    - USE paper towels and soap to clean kitchen surfaces often.  Or clean cloth towels frequently in your washing machine’s hot cycle to kill bacteria.

    3. DON’T cross contaminate.
    - SEPARATE fresh meat from other food in your grocery cart, shopping bags, in the refrigerator and by the grill.
    - KEEP cutting boards and utensils separate to prevent spreading germs.
    - PLACE cooked food on a clean plate – never on a plate that held raw meat.

    4.  COOK to a safe temperature.
    - USE a food thermometer every time you cook fresh beef, pork and poultry to reach its
    proper internal temperature and kill harmful bacteria.
    - COOK ground beef and pork to 160° F, and cook ground turkey and chicken to 165°F.
    - CHECK this cooking temperature guide to safely grill other cuts of fresh beef, pork and poultry.
    - REMEMBER:  You can never tell if meat is cooked properly by looking at it.
    Safe Cooking Temperatures
    Internal temperature as measured with a food thermometer.
    Ground Meat
    Beef, Pork, Veal, Lamb    160° F
    Turkey, Chicken   165° F
    Fresh Beef, Veal,
    Medium Rare   145° F
    Medium   160° F
    Well Done    170° F
    Chicken, Turkey, whole    165° F
    Poultry parts     165° F
    Duck & Goose 165° F
    Stuffing (cooked alone or in bird)     165° F
    Fresh Pork
    All Pork     160° F
    Fresh (raw)   160° F
    Pre-cooked (to reheat)     140° F

    "Tips for Safe Summer Grilling" was originally posted as a blog post at http://www.RREA.com on May 15, 2012.
    © 2008-2012 | Register Real Estate Advisors | Spring Texas Real Estate

  • How to Prime & Paint

    Posted Under: Design & Decor in Texas, How To... in Texas, Moving in Texas  |  November 10, 2010 7:03 AM  |  751 views  |  No comments

    Make your project shine with a perfect finish.
    1) Select materials and supplies. After you decide on the type of paint you will use (interior or exterior; latex or oil-based), choose a primer that works with it. Use wide brushes for larger areas and smaller brushes on edges and details. Cover your work surface with a drop cloth, newspaper, or old tablecloth.
    TIP: Use paintbrushes with natural bristles for oil-based finishes and synthetic bristles for water-based finishes.
    2) Prepare. Use a finishing cloth to clean the sanded surface of your project. To make cleaning your paintbrush easier after painting, pre-condition it with a cleanser that is recommended for your primer and paint (water for latex paints and mineral spirits for oil-based paints). Squeeze the liquid from the brush.
    3) Prime. Stir the primer, and dip your brush halfway up the bristles. Dipping the brush halfway allows you to paint without constantly reloading. Apply one coat of primer, and allow to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Sand the primed areas with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth the surface.
    TIP: Always paint in a well-ventilated area.
    4) Paint. Use a clean, pre-conditioned brush for the first coat of paint. Be sure to apply smooth brush lines in long, even strokes. Avoid dabbing the brush on the project surface. Allow the first coat to dry, and then apply a second coat. Add subsequent coats if needed at attain full coverage.
    TIP: Paintbrushes can last longer than paint rollers if they are cleaned and stored properly.
    Antique Finish Give a new project instant character.
    Create the appearance of a well – loved piece of furniture with a few simple steps. Apply a light color over a dark color, and then sand to reveal the layers and raw wood.
    Your recent woodworking project looks and feels like a new piece of furniture – but you may prefer an aged – wood appearance, instead. Several techniques can mimic the finish of antique furniture.
    • Prep the wood for painting by cleaning and/or sanding all surfaces.
    • Apply your first coat of paint once you create a good bonding base. This color will be seen the least with you are finished. Let dry thoroughly.
    • Mimic a layered look by applying coats of one or two other colors. After reaching your desired number of layers, use coarse-grit sandpaper to scrape away paint on any portion of the piece that might be exposed to natural wear. You can continue this process using a finer grip paper.
    • Create an antique finish by applying a crackle glaze to the paint layers. This will make crakes and fissures in the paint surface. For another look, apply a wiping glaze or a thinner coat of dark latex paint over the entire piece, and immediately wipe with a rag. The darker pigment will look like grime collected in the crevices and corners of the furniture.
    • Add battle scars to the surface. Several well-placed hammer blows, a rap or two with a length of chain, and a few pokes with a screwdriver or an awl will do the job nicely.
    This article was first published in the Fall 2010 issue of Woodworkers distributed by Lowe’s.
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    "How to Prime & Paint" was originally posted as a blog post at Register Real Estate Advisors on November 7, 2010.
    Register Real Estate Advisors was named "Best Real Estate Blog in Texas by the Mays Business School Real Estate Research Center at Texas A&M University.
    © 2008-2010 | Register Real Estate Advisors

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