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4 Ways To Cultivate Friendships With Your Neighbors
Building strong, lasting relationships with your neighbors is possible with some time and initiative. Consider trying these four ideas to get the ball rolling.
- Start a conversation. If you're feeling uncertain about where to start, try making a comment about the weather, ask about your neighbor's work or family, or compliment their yard or home.
- Spend time outdoors. The more visible you can be out in your front yard or community areas, the more likely you are to meet the people around you.
- Ask for help. People love feeling useful, so consider asking your neighbors for advice on a home maintenance issue, information on the best attractions in the community or recommendations for a trusted service provider.
- Connect online. Start a Facebook group or connect on the Nextdoor app to communicate about neighborhood-related topics and to offer or request assistance. With your neighbors' permission, you could also create and distribute a directory of phone numbers and emails for residents in your area.
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National Safe at Home Week: Are You Prepared?
With many of us spending more time at home than ever before, it's important to prevent accidents by making sure your property is as safe as possible. In the spirit of National Safe at Home Week (the last week in August), here are some tips for keeping your home and yard safe.Cook wisely – The kitchen can be a danger zone for both kids and adults, so take time to observe the following precautions:
Be aware of dangers in the bathroom – Common bathroom accidents include electrocution and falls. To prevent these injuries, make sure hair dryers, curling irons and electric razors are used away from water sources and are unplugged when not in use. Add nonslip rugs and bath mats to prevent slipping on wet floors.
- All flammable objects are stored far away from stove tops, ovens and toasters.
- Cleaning solutions are kept separately from food storage and out of the reach of young children and pets.
- Sharp utensils or heavy objects, such as knives and pots/pans, are put away when not in use. When on the stove, make sure pot handles are turned away from the edge of the counter.
Prevent falls – Falls are the No. 1 cause of home injuries for all ages as well as the leading cause of fatal accidents for people over 65, according to SureWise.com. To help prevent these dangers, keep your floors clean and dry, install stable railings on all staircases, and make sure you have proper lighting throughout your home.
Don't forget about your yard – Keep outdoor areas safe by maintaining fences and gates, making sure pools are gated and locked at all times, and placing the grill at a safe distance from trees, decks and outdoor furniture.
Stock Up Your First-Aid Kit
Injuries and other types of emergencies can happen anywhere at anytime, which is why it's important to have quick access to first-aid supplies both at home and in your car. Several important items to keep on hand include:
Find an in-depth list from The American Red Cross at RedCross.org.
- Absorbent compress dressings
- Adhesive bandages
- Adhesive cloth tape
- Antibiotic ointment
- Antiseptic wipes
- Sterile gauze
- Cold compress
- Latex-free gloves
- Hydrocortisone ointment
- Digital thermometer
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Quirky Holidays in August
Don't let the end of summer drag you down. Celebrate these quirky holidays in August.
8/6: National Root Beer Float Day
The first official root beer float, originally named the "Black Cow" after Cow Mountain, was made in 1893 by Colorado miner Frank J. Wisner.
8/10: Lazy Day
Unsurprisingly, not much is known about how or when this holiday originated.
8/10: National Spoil Your Dog Day
Treat your canine companion to an extra special toy or a spa day at home.
8/12: Middle Child's Day
Created in the '80s to give middle children, who often feel overlooked, some extra love and attention.
8/19: National Potato Day
In 1995, potato seedlings were the first plants grown in space aboard the Columbia.
8/22: National Take Your Cat to the Vet Day
Archaeologists tell us that the first veterinarians began practicing in 3200 B.C.
8/24: Pluto Demoted Day
Pluto lost its planetary designation in 2006, but did you know it was originally named by an 11-year-old in 1930?
8/30: Frankenstein Day
Honor the birthday of Mary Shelley who authored the story of Victor Frankenstein – the fictional scientist who created a monster (inaccurately known as Frankenstein).
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Oatmeal Breakfast Cookies
1½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats, divided
1½ cups oat flour
½ tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. kosher salt
5 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted and cooled slightly
5 Tbsp. honey
½ cup applesauce, room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature, beaten
Preheat oven to 350° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a large bowl, add 1¼ cups oats, oat flour, baking soda, and salt. Whisk to combine. Form a well in center of dry ingredients, and add oil, honey, applesauce, and eggs. Mix to combine. Dough will be very soft. Chill in refrigerator until firm, about 10 minutes.
Using a medium cookie scoop, divide dough into 10 equal portions on prepared baking sheet. With wet fingers, press down gently on each cookie to flatten slightly. Press remaining ¼ cup oats into the tops of cookies.
Bake for 14-16 minutes until golden brown around edges.
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