Archive | September, 2013

Got Dirt? Get BISSELL

September 18, 2013

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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of BISSELL Homecare, Inc. for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I was too busy this year do any spring cleaning, so you know what that means, boys and girls, right? Yes, my house is an absolute disaster. Couple that with a few small renovation projects (spackling, painting, finishing our huge built-in bookcases), and we've got dirt. I had the girls survey the condition of the undersides of our couch cusions… *shudder*. Fall cleaning is going to be a doozy this year, yes indeedy.

It's OK, though. We're turning to BISSELL. I've been a devoted BISSELL fan for many years now. The vacuum machines are affordable, and seem to slurp up the gobs of pet hair, debris, and other crud that appears out of nowhere. And just in time for the fall cleaning and holiday season, BISSELL is having a promotion to make things a little easier (and cleaner). Right now, use the promo code POWERGLIDE to get $20 off plus off shipping on the following BISSELL machines until November 30, 2013:

· PowerGlide Pet Vacuum with Lift-Off Technology – 2763
· PowerGlide Pet Bagged Rewind Vacuum – 38631
· PowerGlide Pet Vacuum – 1044

I am very interested in the new BISSELL PowerGlide® with Lift-Off® Technology. That sucker looks like a lean, mean, cleaning machine. It's got a sealed system for the attachments, which enables you to clean stairs, curtains, between the washer and dryer, under the beds, and other difficult-to-reach places without the typical "loss of suction" from other machines when using attachments. And I LOVE the 27-foot cord, long stretchy hose, and removable pod! It's light, too. Very impressive.

BISSELL is giving you loads of opportunities to make your pre-holiday cleaning fun, too.enter to win a $250 SpaFinder gift card and a BISSELL DeepClean Premier or SpotClean machine. And check out some of the neat cleaning tips on the website.

Why make cleaning harder than it is? If you've got dirt, BISSELL can help!

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Elements of the Master Planned Community with Touraj Vedadi of Titanium Builders

September 14, 2013

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Master planned communities are increasingly popular throughout the United States and Canada. These meticulously designed developments blend industrial, commercial and residential areas to create cohesive and largely self-contained communities. Master planned developments offer numerous advantages for residents and businesses, including the following:

• Easy access to retail shopping, including groceries and pharmacies
• Green spaces for outdoor activities
• Walkable neighborhoods that reduce fuel consumption and increase foot traffic
• Convenience for residents and retailers
• Stable property values and enhanced price protection
• Cost-efficient and economical land use

Planned developments like those constructed by Titanium Builders and Touraj Jason Vedadi offer a cohesive and workable environment for families, retail companies and industrial concerns. Here are some of the basic elements to consider when creating the design for a master planned community.

Density of Population

Before groundbreaking and construction can begin, the desired density of commercial and residential populations within the finished community should be considered and incorporated into the planning process. While local zoning boards will have something to say on this issue, the primary responsibility remains with the builder. Touraj Vedadi looks for a balance between easy access for residents and plenty of green space to reduce the overall load of foot traffic in the communities he builds. Lot sizes can also make a significant difference in the population density. Larger lots tend to attract upscale businesses and higher income residents. Smaller lots can increase profit margins and are useful in building a labor base for local industries and retail outlets.

Utilities and Transportation

The right location can provide easier access to city or county utilities and can ease transportation issues for residents and retailers. As the founder and owner of Titanium Builders, Touraj Vedadi is experienced in sizing up various locations and assessing their suitability for planned communities in a range of sizes and configurations. Locations that are close to utility build-outs, cable television hubs and public transportation can provide added incentives for residents and commercial establishments to consider these advanced housing and mixed-used communities.

Allowable Use and Zoning

Most metropolitan areas and smaller cities are eager for the added traffic and tax revenues created by working mixed-use communities. Establishing solid relationships with the cities under consideration for these projects is an important element in ensuring their ongoing success. Touraj Vedadi is experienced in building relationships within the construction industry and with influential players in the zoning, allowable use and city code departments. According to Vedadi, presenting clear information on the planned development and working with these key personnel to create a workable and mutually beneficial solution can help to clear the way for groundbreaking on these modern construction projects.

Retail and Industrial Support

Master planned communities depend not only upon sales of residential properties but also on the retail and industrial firms that contribute to their success. Finding the right retail and industry partners to create a blended community can help to attract added residential sales and can create a more attractive environment for families, businesses and service providers. Touraj Vedadi has extensive experience in building these connections and providing the right incentives to retail anchors and other commercial enterprises.

By focusing on these key elements of success in the master planned community marketplace, builders can expand their portfolios and add to their expertise in the modern construction industry.

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Find the Kitty Friday and YES We Have Been Doing Something This Summer

September 5, 2013


We got to a late start this summer. With me working, and some crazy things happening the past year, it seems that home renovation has taken a back seat. Make that a stash-in-the-trunk kind of seat. But it IS going on.

I’m finally getting around to patching the siding around the new kitchen window. Well, the kitchen window isn’t exactly new anymore. Remember that 2010 kitchen renovation? It was new then. And I, um, never finished patching the siding til this week. Heh heh.

By the way, can you “Find the Kitty” in this photo?

Fixing Siding

Yes, the house is suffering. I’ve completely neglected the back because the interior has needed so much work. We only have the downstairs completely done… I have such nice, neat little plans to finish the downstairs bathroom, gut and restore the upstairs bedrooms (they are still 1855-style with the original plaster and all), and then get to the siding and porches. But the house has other plans. It’s been clamoring for attention in areas that are NOT in my schedule!

The tub decided to spring a leak (blast those fiberglass cheapos!!!) and ruin the kitchen ceiling. The large garage door spring broke off and we have to manually haul the 100-pound door up and down whenever we want to get into the garage (there’s no “regular” entrance into the garage). The insurance company loudly complained about our “lack of siding” around the kitchen window — although we DO have plywood siding beneath the tar paper but they don’t care, all they see is tar paper so they think it’s just bare wood framing beneath, sigh. Add to the mix a myriad of other problems like flooding damage and the front porch sagging terribly due to excessive water and a washed-out foundation… tired yet?

SO as much as I would love to give the kids a summer vacation where they can play cool video games and play their guitars and keyboards all they want, I must be a meany mom and make them help me. I sometimes feel like the house is going to swallow me up. It’s SO needy. But I love the old thing and it gives me a chance to tinker and build stuff, which I love to do. I just wish it wasn’t so consuming and so durn expensive. I hope that by the time I finish all the “big” renovations, I’ll still be around to enjoy my labors!

What have you been doing this summer? Are you glad to see the season end?

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