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Organizing Your Treasured Memories Through Scrapbooking

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there is not much being said if they are stored in a box somewhere. Learning to scrapbook is easy and a great way to display all those photos from special moments in your life. You’ll also create a treasured keepsake of memories for generations to come.If you’re new to scrapbooking, here are some easy tips to get started:1. SET UP A WORKPLACE AREA – Find an area in your house that can be dedicated to scrapbooking. You could set it up on the dining room table, but you would have to continuously put it away so you could serve dinner. Find a place that allows you to leave your materials readily accessible and organized.2. SELECT PHOTOS – Take time to organize your photos before you begin to scrapbook. It...

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Volunteer Firefighting Teaches Valuable Skills

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

Firefighting has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I was always around the firehouse with my family, so it seemed only natural that I would find my way to the service at some point.As a volunteer firefighter, I have made relationships with the men and women I served with and learned incredible lessons that will last a lifetime. As a firefighter, I fought the natural instinct to run away from fire and instead push strong into burning buildings. I have worked long hours fighting field fires and have spent numerous hours training. I have helped deliver babies and cheated death by resuscitating those on the brink.Firefighting is more than axes and engines; it is a way of life. It helps you learn to appreciate every moment life offers and...

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Ovarian Cancer – The Silent Killer

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Did you know that according to the American Cancer Society, about 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year, and 14,000 will die of the disease? Ovarian cancer has a higher mortality rate than many other cancers because it has very few physical symptoms, which makes it challenging to detect in its early stages. Currently, there are no screening tests that are approved for ovarian cancer detection for women at conventional risk for the disease. Recognize the signs/symptoms of ovarian cancer Bloating/increase in abdominal size Pelvic/abdominal pain Frequently urinating/bladder changesIf these symptoms persist for two or more weeks, consult your physician. He or she will likely recommend a pelvic exam. If a mass is detected upon examination, your physician will be more likely to order a blood test called a C125. If your C125 level is abnormal,...

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Safe Storage of Chemicals in the Workplace

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Blog, Small Business Safety

As a small business, you know what chemicals you need in the workplace to do your job. But do you know how to properly store them? Before storing any chemicals, please refer to our previous blog post entitled “Safe Handling of Chemicals in the Workplace” for information on identifying hazards and labeling of the chemicals.Improperly stored chemicals could result in fires, explosions, and other serious health hazards that could impact you, your business, or your employees. Therefore, it’s important to know how to store chemicals in your workplace.Remember, although tempting, don’t store chemicals in groups determined by container size or alphabetically. Alphabetizing your chemicals could mean that explosive chemical combinations end up next to each other on the shelf. That’s an accident waiting to happen.After you’ve consulted the Safety Data Sheets and grouped your chemicals according to their properties...

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Do I Need Rental Car Insurance?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Blog, My Favorite Things

Whenever you have rented a vehicle from a rental car company, have you been overwhelmed with the legal wording in the contract? When the car rental agent asks the question, “Would you like to purchase insurance or sign a waiver?” are you unsure how to respond? Do you know if your personal automobile policy provides rental car coverage? What if my child who resides with me wants to rent a vehicle; does my policy provide coverage for him or her to rent the vehicle? A Pekin Insurance® personal automobile policy provides coverage for a vehicle rented by an “insured” as a temporary substitute vehicle. An insured is defined as the individual named on the policy, their spouse (if a resident of the same household), and any resident relative. The coverage provided is the broadest coverage carried on your personal...

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Make Time to Laugh It Up at Work!

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Blog, Happy Together

Laughter in the work place makes me feel good. Laughter helps me keep a positive attitude throughout the day. I found this blog I would like to share because I live by this every day.According to a blog found on, laughter is an effective weapon to use in the workplace. Of course it is our responsibility to take our jobs and work seriously, but it is healthy to incorporate laughter and joy into your daily routine.According to the blog, laughter and friendly environments tend to make the workplace much more pleasant. Laughter tends to make us want to come to work and be around our peers.I can honestly say that laughter keeps me humble and in touch with reality. Things that may have seemed stressful to me at the time are not so stressful when you just add...

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