Monthly Archives: March 2015

Three Super Easy and Simple Ways to Give Back When You’re Pressed For Time

Clothes donation

If you think that life now seems a lot busier than it used to be, you’re right. Between hectic schedules filled with work, school, family, and unplanned circumstances, it can be difficult to juggle and fulfill all of your responsibilities, let alone find time to donate.

According to recent research, 70% of Americans make charitable donations in some way each year. That means you can too, even if you’re short on time. There are a variety of ways to give back and make a difference in as little as half an hour. Here’s how.

Clothing donations

Donating clothing to charity is perhaps one the fastest and most effective (more…)

26 Mar 2015

An Owner’s Guide to Pergolas

Bowback chair

Most homeowners like to take as much advantage of their outdoor space as possible, which usually means buying some sort of structure for outdoor recreation and entertaining. One of the most popular types of structures for these purposes are pergolas. Buying a new structure for your property can be a pretty big decision, so it’s important to make sure that you’re well informed before you commit to buying anything. Here’s a short guide to buying and owning a pergola.

What is a pergola?
Pergolas are outdoor structures that consist of four upright posts and an ope (more…)

25 Mar 2015

What Is the Real Value of Charitable Donations? You May Be Surprised to Find Out

Charity clothing donations

According to research estimates, roughly 70% of Americans give to charity at least once annually. In 2012, the monetary amount for that giving was around $316.23 billion, including the value of charitable donations of clothing and other items. However, if that number went up, charitable giving in the United States could surpass that amount and go toward helping more people in local communities and throughout the globe.

But how do your donations to charity help the world, you may wonder? Here is what you should know about the real value of charitable donations:

    1. Donating clothing, household goods, and other items can help save the planet. It’s an unfo (more…)

25 Mar 2015

Why Clothing Donations for Veterans Are an Essential Part of Charitable Giving

Purple heart charity pick up

Each year in the United States, thousands of brave men and women come home from active duty in the military. However, these individuals sometimes have trouble supporting their families or finding employment. Many who have already returned are wounded and have sustained permanent injuries. In short, life can be difficult for those who have served in the military, and resources for helping military families may be limited.

However, there are ways that the average person can help others, especially through clothing donations for veterans. Why is donating clothing to charity so important? Here are just a few reasons why this service is great for helpi (more…)

24 Mar 2015

Interested in Helping Families in Need? Here’s How to Give Donations of Clothing to All Age Groups

Veterans clothing donations

Each year in the United States, Americans donate approximately 4.7 billion pounds of clothing to charity organizations. These donations help to provide clothing options for families and individuals in need, often at no cost or, for around one-fifth of all donations, at a reduced price in secondhand shops.

But just what should you donate if you’re looking to give away your gently used clothing? Here are a few ways you can help family members of all age groups, including people with special needs:

Children

As any parent knows, it’s difficult to keep up with the needs of growing children, especially when it comes to buying clothing. One of the easiest ways of helping families in need (more…)

13 Mar 2015

Three Reasons To Rent an Apartment

The best apartments

If you’re looking around for a new living opportunity and you can’t decide if you’re ready to splurge on a house or you’re better off sticking with a loft or apartment rental, here are just a few advantages of apartment rentals that might convince you to step away from the housing market for a while:

  • Security: When you live in an apartment building, you automatically have better security and safety features in many different ways. Financially, the best loft apartments for rent come with management services that provide greater security regarding your personal information and your property. Luxury apartment rentals often come with enhanced building (more…)

11 Mar 2015

How a Public Adjuster Can Help You in the Event of Theft or Vandalism

Public adjuster

Every day, homes and businesses across the country fall victim to theft, burglary and vandalism that results in destroyed or damaged property. And while it might seem like you have nowhere to go for help, your homeowner’s insurance policy covers this type of damage — and as a result, you’ll want to file a claim to be sure you get the help you need with recovering from this event.

However, it’s important to take the right steps after discovering you’ve become a victim of theft or vandalism — if a mistake is made, your claim could ultimately be invalidated. To make sure you are able to get the best possible insurance claim after your have fallen victim to theft or vandalism, be sure to closely follow these steps in order:

Step 1: Make sure you’re safe

If you believe your home ha (more…)

11 Mar 2015

Three Factors To Keep in Mind When Looking for an Apartment

Conshohocken pa apartments

Choosing to rent a loft apartment can be a really great choice — it gives you the opportunity to build up your credit and have your own living space in a convenient location without making any long-term commitments or taking out huge loans that will tie you down for years. But there are a few things that are important factors when determining the best apartments for your living style and personal preferences, and if you’re looking around for a new place to live, it’s essential that you keep these things in mind in order to find the best loft apartments:

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06 Mar 2015

So You Want to Design a Nautical Themed Room, Eh?

Nautical wheel

If you’re looking to redecorate, but are stumped for ideas, consider a nautical theme. It’s light, elegant, tasteful, rustic, and peaceful — everything you could ever want in an interior design. Here’s how to pull one off.

The Basics.

First things first, you’re going to want to get your color palette right. Most interior decorators use navy, white, and khaki as their primary colors when doing a nautical theme, and red, black, and yellow as their second. Often times, they’ll also incorporate white and navy stripes into the design to add a bit more dynamic to the room. These two are also the most popular colors used to create a nautical theme, but any of the aforementioned hues will work.

The Details.

Once you’ve decided what colors you’ll use throughout th (more…)

03 Mar 2015