Five Tips to Finding a Safe and Secure Neighborhood

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When it comes time to move into a new location, it can be difficult to determine if the city or neighborhood is a safe area for you and your family. Safety is a parent’s number one concern, and finding a home in a safe neighborhood is a top priority.

Here are five tips to help you find a well-secured neighborhood.

1. Talk to the Locals
If possible, try to talk to the local police department or neighbors in the neighborhood you’re looking at. Locals will have the best information about the safety of the neighborhood and the surrounding areas. Likewise, the police department will be your best source for information on city safety as a whole.

If you’re still concerned over safety since the town is unfamiliar territory, investing in a security system is a wise idea. Ask the locals and police for recommendation, and use a keyword online search that includes your location like Roseville, CA ADT or something similar.

2. Crime Rate
Checking a city’s crime rate can alleviate any concerns you have regarding a city you are considering. Using a search engine to look up the best and worst cities, or searching about a particular city, will provide fairly sound results.

Most city websites have a crime listing that gives a crime percentage and timeline. Larger, urban cities tend to have more detailed crime statistics, while smaller, lesser known cities tend to have more general information listed.

3. Local Schools
School test scores and academic performance can determine if the students in the area are motivated and driven, as well as the quality of the teachers. Most often students who perform well tend to be less affiliated with crime.

If you can, take a tour of the school. Well-kept schools generally denote a safe school. Schools with bars around the windows, graffiti lining the walls, and metal detectors could potentially indicate the area is not entirely safe.

4. Drive Around
Most cities usually have a well-kept neighborhood somewhere. However, just because the city has one or two nice neighborhoods does not always determine the city’s safety as a whole.

Drive around the city and see how the neighborhoods change from street to street, what types of stores are in the area, and if people tend to loiter on street corners. Did you see an excess of graffiti? Does there appear to be vandalism, or broken storefront windows? These might be signs of an unsafe area. Also, neighborhoods tend to look different at various times of the day. Take a look at the neighborhood at night and on weekends to formulate a picture of what a typical day in the neighborhood looks like.

5. Property Value
Knowing the property value of the homes in the area can help to determine the fate of the city in a few years. If the value of homes have increased, that is a positive sign the area is trending upward. If it has decreased significantly, that could reveal the area is not being taken care of as well.

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How to Get Your Facebook Updates

How to Get Your Facebook Updates

If you use Facebook, you have probably noticed that you’re only seeing a fraction of the updates from pages you subscribe to. This is one of those things that has kind of been frustrating for us bloggers. We take the time to post deals and then post them on our Facebook pages, only for you to not see them. In addition, many of the deals that I post are very time sensitive, meaning that if you don’t see it within a few minutes (sometimes seconds) of me posting it, the free sample may be gone or the hot deal may be over, which can be frustrating for you.

I have a couple of quick fixes for you that hopefully will help you keep up with Facebook updates in general and hopefully with my page too.

How to Get Your Facebook Updates

Option 1: Get notifications. You know, on Facebook, when the little world on the top lights up red? That would be a notification. That is the fastest way to get notified when I (or another page) post something.

How to Get Your Facebook Updates

To set this up you will need to visit my Facebook page. Hover over “liked” and then choose “Get Notifcations”.

How to Get Your Facebook Updates

Option 2: On my Facebook page, hover over “liked”, then choose “Show in News Feed”.

How to Get Your Facebook Updates

Next, go to “Settings” and then choose “All updates”. You should then see all of my posts on your wall, theoretically.

I have been using option 1 for a while and it’s been working well for me. So if you are following on Facebook, please give these a try and let me know how it’s working for you. I’d like to get your feedback. Thanks!

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The Trouble with Facebook & How to Organize into Lists

With the recent timeline changes in Facebook you may have noticed that you are not being shown all of the updates in our feed. If this is true for you, I just wanted to give you a quick tip to help you get your feeds so that you can see all of the updates from your family, friends and favorite blogs.

The easiest way to organize your Facebook feeds is to sort them into lists. Let me walk you through a quick setup because it’s easier to show you than to just tell you how.

1: On your Facebook Sidebar there will be a section titled “Interests”. If you don’t see it, you will need to click on the “more” button on your sidebar.

2: Once you have that on your screen you will need to click on “Add Interests”.

3: Click on “Create List”

4: Scroll down the list or search for the blog or person you want to see updates from and click on the thumbnail photo. A check mark will come up when they are selected. Do this with as many people/blogs as you wish, then hit next.

5: Give your list a name and click “done”.

6: Now go back to your sidebar and click on the list you have just made. You should now be getting all of your updates from your favorite people/pages.

7: If you missed someone that you want to add to your list at a later time, simply click on their page and add just as the pic above shows.

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éclos Anti-Aging Skin Care Review & Giveaway #EclosBeauty

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It’s starting to happen. When I look in the mirror I am beginning to see signs of aging around my eyes. I thought it couldn’t happen to me, but is. The changes are very slight for now, but I know that getting older is inevitable. If I can slow down the aging process though and even reverse it, I will surely try. When I was offered a chance to try éclos Anti-Aging Skin Care for review, I thought, Sure, why not? Bring it on. Make me look younger éclos Skin Care!

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I received a sample kit from éclos which included the following items:

Facial Cleanser Skin Prep – This lifts away makeup and daily debris and helps balance the skin’s pH level. It also primes for the rest of the treatment.

Cellular Activator Face Serum - This serum helps to regenerate skin cells and helps them resist further damage, which helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream – This helps tighten sagging skin and postpones wrinkles. Yes! It also brightens dull skin and reduces lines and wrinkles.

Restorative Eye Cream – This helps slow the signs of aging and reduces fine lines in the eye area. It also firms delicate skin.

Instant Radiance Facial Scrub – This is a gentle microderm abrasion scrub. It helps to remove dull, dry skin cells and improves texture and tones of your skin.

Skin Renewal Clay Mask – This helps detox the skin. It works by absorbing dirt and impurities and tightens and reduces pores.

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After using these products for a couple of weeks, I can’t say that I see a huge difference, but I believe that is because I haven’t been using it for very long, but I can tell you that there is a difference in the way my skin feels. It feels soft and clean. While I love all of these products, if I had to choose only one, I would pick the facial scrub because it goes on warm and I can feel it working. Another bonus: All of the products smell great, which is another important factor for me. If it doesn’t smell good, I don’t want to put it on my face. You know? Overall I have been happy with these products and will continue to use them.

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