Archive for March, 2012

UCO Celebrates Annual Disability Awareness Week

In celebration of its annual Disability Awareness Week, the University of Central Oklahoma will be hosting a hands-on educational experience for the public April 2 – 6.  The activities are designed to teach people about the different challenges that people with disabilities face every day, and there will be a variety of activities and games sponsored by the UCO’s Students for an Accessible Society (SAS).

For years, UCO has been providing support services and accommodations to students with disabilities through the Office of Disability Support Services.  As a result, disabled students have the opportunity to participate in school activities and enjoy their school life just as much as their classmates without disabilities.

This year’s Disability Awareness Week activities will take place on the UCO campus next to Broncho Lake from 10 a.m. to 2.p.m.  On Monday, April 2, participants will be challenged to a blind and visual game, where they will be blindfolded and forced to use goggles and canes to maneuver around trashcans, tables, and bystanders as a blind or visually disabled person must do.  There will also be games with jigsaw puzzles, writing, drawing, and deciphering coins while blindfolded.  Tuesday, April 3, will be a challenging day for participants as they go through different technologies like screen readers, screen magnifiers, and an amplification system.  On Wednesday, April 4, participants will be tested on their learning disability challenges, and on the last day, April 5, they will go through a series of physical challenges, such as going through a maze on a wheelchair.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Tips for Cleaning Carpet

Carpets and rugs can be beautiful decorating statements, but when dust, grime, and stains start to build up, they may not seem lovely as all.  It is, therefore, important to take good care of your carpets, so you can ensure both their beauty and their function last for a long time.

Here are a few simple tips for properly cleaning your carpets:

  • Vacuum regularly. One of the culprits of carpet wear and tear is dirt buildup. Vacuuming regularly – at least once a week – well help prevent that from occurring.
  • Keep your carpet dry.  Too much dampness in the carpet will result in the buildup of mold and mildew, which will cause discoloration.
  • Don’t rush when you vacuum.  There are certain types of rugs that are prone to deep  embedding of dirt, so a single pass of the vacuum may not be that effective in removing everything. Make sure you run the vacuum over each section several times to ensure an even, deep clean.
  • Clean stains thoroughly as soon as you see them.  Fresh stains are much easier to remove than old, dried stains, so when you just see your child spill milk on the carpet, dab the spill with a clean cloth immediately and then scrub the area with a carpet cleaning solution.
  • Whenever possible, use mild cleaning agents. Tough cleaning agents can be too harsh for carpets, so only use them as a last resort for stubborn stains.
  • Use baking soda to deodorize your carpet. Sprinkle baking soda all over your carpet, let it stand for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up.
  • When cleaning stains, do not pour water over them. This actually makes the stain worse because the water and the stain sink deeper into the carpet. Blot what you can with a dry cloth, and then follow up with a cleaning solution.
  • To remove long hairs from your carpet, use a long brush. Simply move the brush back and forth and the hair will latch onto it.
  • Use natural ingredients when cleaning your carpet. Vinegar, lemon, and baking soda are quite effective at removing stains.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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How to Live Together as a Couple

You love your significant other, and you know they love you, but that doesn’t mean that little things about living with them don’t get under your skin from time to time.  Maybe the way they hang their bathroom towel irritates you, maybe you wish you could have a little privacy from time to time, or maybe the issue is that you wish you had more time to spend a romantic evening with them.  Sorting out these issues can require some effort, so here are a few tips on how to live more harmoniously with your significant other…

  • Don’t compromise on your house. When house hunting, choose a home that gives you what you want, has all the functionalities that you need, and fits within your monthly budget. Sometimes couples compromise too much when they look at houses and end up buying something that’s cheaper, but not what they really wanted. Ultimately, they end up being unhappy with their own house and have arguments about it in the future.  Determine what you want and need in a house and keep looking until you find it.
  • Respect each other’s privacy. Yes, married couples should want to spend time together, but that doesn’t mean they have to share everything and sacrifice their individual “alone time”.  Having some privacy and separateness will give each person room to enjoy personal hobbies like reading, writing stories, photography, exercise, video games, etc.
  • Make your bedroom romantic. Married couples sometimes need to proactively increase the romance in their lives in order to rekindle their love. The bedroom is a great place to start, so choosing a comfortable bed, designing a lovely interior, and creating a calming ambiance will help set the tone.
  • Make space for two in the bathroom. Women have their own special regimen that includes putting on makeup, exfoliating and caring for their skin, and taking care of their hair. But, men have their own needs as well.   For that reason, it is important to have his & her sinks and mirrors, if possible, so that each person can take care of his or her needs without feeling rushed or cramped.
  • Create a room for two. The bedroom should not be the only place married couples enjoy together. There should also be places within the home where two people can spend time together during the day to enjoy hobbies, engage in activities, and simply just talk and hang out.  Create a leisure room or arrange furniture on your patio or porch to create a special area for just the two of you.
  • Help each other.  When couples help each other, they create shared experiences that help strengthen their relationship even further.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art Receives Gift From Chesapeake Energy

The Oklahoma City Museum of Art recently received a very valuable gift from Chesapeake Energy. Chesapeake has donated $150,000 as a gift for the expansion of the art classes and programs held at the art museum.

As the second largest producer of natural gas, Chesapeake Energy devotes itself to the development of unconventional natural gas resources in the US. In fact, it is among the top 15 producer of oil and natural gas liquids in the US.

As part of giving back to the people of Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy has provided art students these funds to help them widen their knowledge and skills in the arts. It is the first private gift to the art museum from Chesapeake. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be using the funds to buy more materials and class instructions as well as educational tools needed for the art classes.

According to Chandra Boyd, Senior Associate Education Curator at the art museum, the school had been receiving about 14,000 children and adults for their 1,500 classes since its opening 10 years ago. Now, these students are learning many different forms of art from painting to glassblowing.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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Stop Your Toilet from Spewing Bacteria

No matter how clean your bathroom may look, it’s a given fact that your toilet is a constant source of harmful bacteria.  The area around your toilet is one of the dirtiest in the house, so it is important to practice proper toilet care and etiquette to prevent that bacteria from easily moving beyond that.

The primary way a toilet gives off bacteria is by spewing it throughout the rest of the bathroom.  As unpleasant as that sounds, every time the toilet flushes, it spews bacteria, viruses, and other microbes up to six to eight feet away. Moreover, whatever it discharges during flushing is often suspended in the air for about two hours, meaning it can easily affect areas that are even far away from the toilet.

To stop your toilet from spewing more bacteria into your bathroom, here are some useful tips to follow:

  • Always close the toilet lid before flushing.  This helps to trap the bacteria inside that may otherwise spew out during flushing.
  • Place a note near your toilet to remind everyone in the family to close the lid before flushing.
  • Store your toothbrush inside a cabinet, so it won’t be contaminated by bacteria from the toilet.  The same goes for any other oral-related items, such as dental floss, toothpaste, and mouthwash containers.
  • Clean your toilet bowl thoroughly and regularly.  This will help fight and kill bacteria and other harmful organisms inside your toilet before they have the chance to escape.  Make sure you scrub all sides of your toilet and lid and use a strong, reliable toilet bowl cleaner.
  • Disinfect your toilet bowl after cleaning.  In other words, let the cleaner set and give it time to kill bacteria before you rinse it off.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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How to Choose a Paint Color

More often than not, when it comes to choosing a paint color, we find ourselves trapped. We are bombarded with helpful suggestions from friends and family, find ourselves attracted to a wide range of looks, and spend far too long examining the minute differences between two shades of a color.  Instead of getting the work done, we get caught in a state of deliberation.

If you find yourself in this situation, here are some useful tips on how you can easily pick the perfect color for your room:

  • Experiment in a small area. It is often a huge waste of paint, time, and effort if you immediately start painting the entire room when you are still doubtful about how the color will look.  Paint a small area of a wall, where you can see how the color looks in different lighting throughout the day.  If you’re debating between two colors, do the same for both.
  • Consider the room in relation to other rooms in your house. Even if you have an eclectic home, it’s nice to have a certain continuity throughout the rooms, so choose a color that will flow well with the surrounding rooms.  This is especially important for homes with open concept floor plans or rooms that have open walkways.
  • Choose a color that goes well with the furniture and accessories of the room. Make sure that the color of your paint matches well with what is inside the room; otherwise, you will end up with a mismatched, unpleasant combination. Create sample boards of paint colors that you would want for the room and place them pictures of your furniture and home decor. You will get a glimpse of how things look together before you do the work.
  • Determine what type of ambiance you want to create in your room. Typically, the color of the room influences its mood. If you want a more soothing effect, try soft and cool colors. If you would rather want a more dramatic effect, bolder colors are better.
  • Take lighting into consideration. Paint colors often have different hues based on the lighting in the room. There are colors that become too bright when the sunlight hits them, and others become enhanced with a touch of indirect light. To test your paint colors against lighting, use the light boxes available in paint stores.
  • Mix and match colors. If one color of paint seems dull and doesn’t work for you, combine it with one or two other paint colors to create depth and contrast.

 

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Celebrates 51 Years with Award Ceremony

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will soon be celebrating its 51st anniversary at a black-tie event on April 21.  Founded in 1955, the museum is one of the country’s leading institutions that centers on the rich culture, art, and history of the American West. It houses several exhibits and collections of art and artifacts and encourages guests to learn more about the history and cultures of this area.

During the celebration, the museum will host the Western Heritage Awards and honor several artists in the fields of Western art, photography, literature, film, music, and television. Award winners will receive a “Wrangler” bronze sculpture of a cowboy riding on a horseback.

Awardees during the ceremony will include Thomas Fox Averill for the Western novel, Rode; Paul L. Hedron for the nonfiction book, Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country; J. Don Cook for the photography book, Shooting from the Hip: Photographs and Essays; Ronny Light and R.J. Vandygriff for an original composition, “Keep the Campfire A Burnin”; and Larry Levinson and David S. Cass Sr. for the television feature film, Love’s Christmas Journey.

Tickets for the Western Heritage Awards are now available for $145 for members and $175 for nonmembers.

 

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
http://www.alanandheatherdavis.com

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