Home Tips: Chase Away Ants Safely

by The Marc Austin Highfill Team 6. November 2009 07:15

Take a tip from local pest control companies! Here’s an easy and SAFE way to get rid of those pesky ants.  Try sprinkling cornmeal anywhere you see ants. The ants eat it and take it back to their ant colony. They can’t digest the meal, so it kills them. This is a safe way to rid your home of ants without harmful pesticides that can hurt pets or small children.

4 Simple Stressbusters

by The Marc Austin Highfill Team 4. November 2009 06:26

With Halloween now behind us and the holiday season suddenly looming closer, another name for this season comes to mind: the STRESSFUL Season. Even if the holidays don't phase you, everyone sometimes finds themselves wound up tight and ready to snap in work or life once in a while. A little stress in life is OK, but if you’re finding yourself on overload, you can try these simple rules:

  1. Learn to say “no.”  Are you a people pleaser? How many times have you volunteered to do something you didn’t have time to do, brought something to party you didn’t have time to make, or took on more responsibility than you could handle?  Just say no.
  2. Stop multi-tasking. Do you feel a constant need to achieve?  Doing more than one thing at a time raises your stress level. 
  3. Let go of worry.  Are you a perfectionist? Do you find you criticize yourself when you’re not perfect? Change your negative thoughts to positive beliefs about yourself. 
  4. Schedule time for yourself.  Do you deny yourself time off? Allow yourself to be a kid again —give yourself special “you time.”  Get outdoors, paint, get a massage…relax and enjoy yourself.

Next time you're feeling a little stressed out, take a deep breath and try to implement at least one of these tips. Your state of mind will thank you for it!

5 Tips For a Super Road Trip

by Marc Austin Highfill 26. October 2009 11:06

Ah…the open road, it’s your chance to get away from it all; maybe have some adventure and fun.  This time of year is especially great for hitting the road and seeing the changing of the seasons. But before you head out, here are five tips for making it a safe and enjoyable road trip this fall:

  1. Map out where you’re going, and where you plan to stay.  Make sure you know the route you’ll take. You can get updated maps and information online or at local travel agency.  Also, let people know your travel plans and when you plan to arrive at your destination.
  2. Check on the latest weather conditions.  Don’t get stuck in bad weather unexpectedly.  Go online or check with local, and cable weather channels to keep up on the local weather conditions.
  3. Bring along extra water.  Keep hydrated while you’re on the road to keep from becoming fatigued.  If you get lost, you’re prepared.
  4. Pack extra food to take along.  Plan to keep at least food for 1-2 days per person, and include healthy snacks (nuts, grains, fruits).
  5. Carry along a travel safety kit.  Include an emergency medical kit, flashlight, batteries, portable radio, cell phone, and blankets.

Now you're ready for a fun autumn road adventure! Drive safe!

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Just for Laughs...

by Marc Austin Highfill 22. October 2009 05:49

Found this joke and wanted to share a laugh for the day!

Tammy’s dishwasher stopped working so she called a repairman to fix it.  She left her key under the doormat while she was at work with a note:  “Please fix the dishwasher.  Leave the bill on the counter and I’ll send you a check.  Don’t worry about my bulldog…he won’t bother you.  But remember whatever you do…do not talk to my parrot!”


While the repairman went about his work the meanest looking bulldog he’d ever seen calmly watched him. 


The parrot, however, was driving him crazy with its relentless yelling and cursing.


Finally, the repairman couldn’t take it anymore and yelled, “Shut up you stupid bird!”  To which the parrot replied, “Get him, Spike!”

Ha ha ha! Have a great day!


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Lower Your “Diabetes 2” Risk

by Moe Mathews 21. October 2009 09:43

Diabetes can be a debilitating disease.  Today, there are over 20 million people in the U.S. who have diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA).  Between 90-95% of those diagnosed with diabetes have Type 2 diabetes.  Many of these cases are preventable.  Type 2 diabetes is the result from insulin resistance (the body fails to use insulin properly). 
Scientists at the American Institute for Cancer Research found that limiting saturated fat (which increases insulin resistance) in your diet significantly reduces your risk of diabetes.  Most high saturated fats are found in meat, whole fat dairy like cheese, whole milk, ice cream, and butter. Researchers recommend you limit your saturated fat to less than 20 grams per day for an adult male; less for females and children. 

There also are several lifestyle changes you can make to reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes.  The ADA recommends eating a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, daily exercise (walking, biking, swimming), and keeping trim.

Avoid the Flu in Any Season

by The Marc Austin Highfill Team 12. October 2009 02:23

Do you remember your mom telling you the simple way to avoid a cold or the flu was to go outside and get some fresh air? She thought it was breathing dirty air that caused the infection. Well, as it turns out, she was correct in her wisdom – but for a different reason.

We now know that viruses cause colds and the flu, however, researchers at Harvard University discovered that a lack of daily sun…especially in winter…prevents our bodies from making the one thing it needs to fend off colds and the flu: Vitamin D. Vitamin D is deficient in most non-tropical areas, and during the winter it gets worse due to an even lower exposure rate.

So how do you avoid colds and the flu? Spend some time in the sun. If you can’t expose yourself to regular sun, then take cod liver oil (extremely high in Vitamin D) especially during the winter. The best cod liver oil comes from the cold waters of Norway. It’s natural, pure, and free of mercury.

Airport Survival 101: Stay Serene, Safe and On Time!

by Moe Mathews 9. October 2009 05:11

In these times of uncertainty, air travel can be a frustrating maze of ticket lines, security checks and flight delays. The Department of Homeland Security has issued several recommendations that can save you from secondary screenings and maddening luggage searches.

1. Passengers should place all metal items in a carry-on bag while waiting in line. Avoid wearing metal jewelry, belts or clothing. Avoid over-packing luggage and keep presents unwrapped. If possible, use see-through bags for clothes and toiletry items. If your luggage is inspected, it will make it a quick job for security personnel.

2. Be advised to take all computer laptops and other electronic devices out of their cases while standing in line.

3. Any jackets or long coats should be taken off and ready to be screened.

4. Wear slip-on shoes. You will need to remove your shoes for security screening, and loafers or hush puppies will make the process easier.

5. All shampoos, mouthwash or other liquids must be in a container of 3.0 oz or less. The container must have the quantity (3 oz or less) marked on the label – otherwise it will be removed. Finally, all liquids must be placed in a quart-sized clear plastic bag to go through security.

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3 Simple Secrets for Retiring Early and In Style!

by Marc Austin Highfill 7. October 2009 01:17

Perhaps you crave an early retirement (let’s say, by age 55) so you can travel, play golf or write the great novel. Or maybe you want to switch gears at some point and pursue a new career direction without worrying about money. Either way, there are common-sense steps to reaching your financial goals. Here are a few sound money strategies you can start using to get out of the “daily grind” and into your retirement “fun zone”!

* Start saving early, frequently and as many ways as you can! Use automatic payroll deductions and take full advantage of tax-advantaged 401(k) s and Roth IRA accounts. Here is a prime example of building a solid nest egg: Let’s say you start saving $500 a month at age 40 with annualized earnings of 8%. By age 65, you would have saved about $475,000. If you had started at age 30, you’d have that amount by age 55. If you leave it intact in your savings account for another 10 years, it would grow to over $1,054,000 without adding another cent to it! Based on your lifestyle, you might want to estimate that you need 70% to 100% of your present yearly income to cover expenses during retirement.

* Practice reality-based investing. The best solution is to hire a qualified financial planner and work together to structure a diversified portfolio. Look at the whole gamut of asset classes, with special attention paid to your risk tolerance and time-line. Conduct a yearly review to re-balance your portfolio to bring it back to consistent earnings.


* Don’t reach into your retirement savings until retirement. Here’s where many people backslide: They begin to eye the money for new houses, cars or fancy vacations. Retirement seems far off in the dim future so lots of rationalizations can be created for dipping into the money now. Remember, you may be less flexible to build-up the same amount of money later in life. If you absolutely NEED to tap into your retirement funds, do so as a last resort and replace them as quickly as possible. Make savings a habit, wise spending a discipline, and you’ll be on your way to an early (and comfortable) retirement.


Learn How To Maximize The Value Of Your Home! 

Did you know there’s a free consumer report showing which repairs and fix-ups will net you the most value for your home?  It’s call the “Homeseller’s Guide To Money-Making Fix-Ups,” and it’s great even if you’re not planning on selling soon.  You can get a free copy by visiting our webstie at…


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