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OKC Positive Tomorrows Provides Better Life for Homeless Children

OKC Positive Tomorrows Provides Better Life for Homeless Children

There are many children in Oklahoma that become homeless due to violence, poverty, or the death of their parents.  If left unattended, their state of uncertainty can cause them to lose hope in their future and resort to illegal activity in order to survive.

Positive Tomorrows is a private elementary school in Oklahoma City that provides education, support, and care to children who are homeless. The school’s primary goal is to help homeless children obtain the proper education and nurturing they need to help them escape their situation. Positive Tomorrows reinforces a strong standard of education like any other elementary school, while also strongly emphasizing to children that there are people who still care for and love them.

The private school has been in operation for 24 years and has served hundreds of children over that time. Children who have graduated from the school have gone on to live normal lives and, to this day, can recall how the school’s advocacy helped them find hope and meaning in their lives. The school not only offers educational and emotional support, but also provides clothing and food.

Because it is limited to homeless children, Positive Tomorrows lost its federal funding and continues to rely on private funding each year to help the homeless children who pass through its doors. Administrators are currently seeking additional support because the school is in need of a bigger building to meet the growing needs of the children and the managing of the school.

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

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Have an Easy Morning with These Stress-Free Routines

Have an Easy Morning with These Stress-Free Routines

Is your morning always a hectic hustle and bustle at home? Are you usually rushing to finish your work and presentations at the last minute before you head out the door? If so, then you’re likely setting the tone for your day to be full of stress.

The good news, however, is you’re not alone. A lot of people these days, especially working parents, struggle to keep up with all their morning responsibilities while still making it to work and school on time. Though this scenario may seem normal, we can actually make it through more easily and efficiently by creating morning routines to help get everything done in a systematic way.

Adopting stress-free morning rituals will help you start your day on a more positive, relaxed note, so here are a few tips to help you switch your approach:

  • Plan your breakfast the night before and prepare it ahead of time if possible. If you want hard boiled eggs, boil them in advance. If you like bagels and cream cheese, cut the bagels the night before, so you can quickly and easily finish them in the morning.
  • Clean up the night before. Make your kitchen sparkle and be clutter-free, so you can move around with ease the next morning. You don’t want have to spend time cleaning dishes before you can use them to eat your breakfast.
  • Lay out uniforms and outfits the night before. If your kid needs a clean pair of socks that are still in the laundry room, pull them out and put them with the rest of the outfit, so you don’t have to make excess trips back and forth around your house to locate them.  Do the same with shoes and jewelry.  If your clothes are wrinkled, iron them the night before.
  • Focus only on what is needed in the morning. Don’t allow your work to interrupt your morning and cause you to worry. Resist opening your computer before everything has been done, so you can concentrate on urgent tasks first. If you have fewer things distracting you, you will be more efficient in getting each thing done.
  • Do your extra grooming routines the night before. If you need to blow dry your hair or shave, these tasks usually take time. If you do them the night before, however, that can save a huge amount of time in the morning.
  • Delegate. Have your family to help you. Teach your kids to prepare their own school uniforms, bags, and other school essentials. Teach them how to cook their own breakfast, so you can get dressed faster.

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

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How to Achieve a Minimalist Design in Your Living Room

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The minimalist interior design style has been popular for many years now, and it is often considered by homeowners because it is fresh, sleek, and light on the eyes.  Incorporating this design into your living room means dealing with less clutter, which makes your space feel more open and easier to clean.  It helps simplify your life and make you feel more relaxed once you come home from a hard day’s work.

In order to successfully achieve this stunning and functional design, here are some important factors you should take into consideration:

  1. Choose a color scheme. Use lighter colors such as white, off-white, grey, and beige. You can also choose earthy colors like brown, tan, or green. If you want to incorporate bolder color, paint only one wall with a vibrant color and use it as your accent wall.
  2. Install suitable lighting. Proper lighting is a wonderful addition to any minimalist design. You can install pendant lights or recessed lighting instead of using a lot of lamps. Pin lights can maintain that clean look while providing adequate lighting for your room. You can also install a dimmer on your light switches, so you can control the mood of the room. Dimming the lights will help you achieve a more relaxing ambiance when you want one.
  3. Select furniture wisely. Pick furniture and accessories that have basic designs and simple, clean lines.  In addition, only purchase furniture that is necessary.
  4. Avoid placing too many items on your wall. It is advisable to use bigger wall decor to create a bolder statement rather than putting up a bunch of smaller items.  It creates a cleaner look.   Frames should be simple and a solid color.

If you think that simplicity is the best form of complexity, then a minimalist interior design could be right for your home.

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

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More Volunteer Drivers Needed for RSVP Provide-A-Ride

More Volunteer Drivers Needed for RSVP Provide-A-Ride

As seniors grow older, they can sometimes have a hard time travelling to places due to limiting health conditions.  They still have doctor’s appointments and social engagements they must attend, however, which means they have to find a way to get there.  Seniors who live alone or have no private transportation often struggle with the issue of commuting, and as a result, some end up missing their appointments, even if they are important.

RSVP Provide-A-Ride is a wonderful program that helps seniors with their travel and transportation dilemmas. RSVP Provide-A-Ride, through a network of volunteers, provides seniors with convenient transportation and helps them make their doctor’s appointment without having to deal with the hassle of public commuting.  Since 1995, Provide-A-Ride has served hundreds of senior citizens around the state, and around 500 rides are offered each month.

Because of their efficient program, more seniors are now in need of their services. RSVP Provide-A-Ride is now asking for more volunteer drivers who would want to offer some of their spare time to help other seniors get to their important appointments.

Volunteer drivers need to be at least 55 years old and have a car.  People who volunteer to be drivers can choose their own schedule and geographic areas, and a handicap parking permit is provided for parking ease.  They also receive free supplemental accident and liability insurance and are reimbursed for their gas mileage.

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

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How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Your Wood Furniture

How to Get Rid of Bad Smells in Your Wood Furniture

Wood furniture is a beautiful addition to any home interior. The natural look of the wood creates a warm and cozy appeal, making it more inviting for your family and guests. However, years of use and wear and tear may cause wood furniture to develop a bad smell that can cause it to lose its allure.

Fortunately, there are ways you can salvage your wood furniture and get rid of bad smells, so it will look and smell brand new again. Below are a few tips:

  • Baking Soda – One of the most effective and inexpensive ways of eliminating bad odors is baking soda. This kitchen ingredient is easy to use and it something you probably already have in your home. Put some baking soda in bowls and store it inside your wood cabinets or place it on top of your wood furniture. It will help deodorize smells.
  • Ground Coffee – Just like baking soda, coffee is also a good odor remover. Simply put some ground coffee in small bowls and place on your wood furniture. The odor will gradually disappear.
  • Sun – Let your wood furniture sit outside in the sun. Simply take your wood furniture outside to help eliminate bad smells. Just make sure you don’t leave it out there too long because you don’t want the furniture fade or get brittle and break.
  • Dehumidify – Help reduce the cause of bad smell in your wood furniture by placing it where there is less moisture.  Wood is very porous and absorbs moisture easily, thus causing it develop a musty smell.   Remove your furniture from humid areas of your home or use a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air.
  • Wood Soap – Clean your wood furniture with a good wood soap to kill the bacteria and dirt that may be causing it to smell. There are many options when it comes to wood soap. Ask for assistance from your local hardware store to determine which  soap is best for the kind of wood furniture you have.

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

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Tips for Preparing Your Home for Fall

Fall is fast approaching, and while we enjoy the warm weather, autumn is always a welcome break from the heat.  With the changing of the seasons, it is important to prepare your home, so it can stand up to the temperature drops and cold weather conditions like rain, snow, and cold winds.  Since weather can be unpredictable, preparing now can save you a headache later.

To help you prepare your home for fall, here are a few tips to consider:

  • Check your chimney and fireplace. One of the important things you need for the cold months is a reliable fireplace. So, before the freezing temperatures hits your town, make sure that your fireplace is working properly. Check your fireplace and chimney for ashes and dirt that may have accumulated last winter and are clogging the airways.  You might want to hire a professional cleaner, as this can be a tedious and risky job.
  • Have your heaters checked. It has been months since you have probably used your heater, so have it checked out and make any necessary repairs now, so everything is functioning properly when you need it.
  • Make sure your home is safe as it pertains to fire. When we heat our homes, there is fire involved, whether it be through a fireplace or a pilot light and heater.  If your heating units are not functioning properly, they could cause a fire or produce a gas lead.  So, in order to protect yourself, make sure that your home is equipped with carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to help you identify danger as soon as possible.
  • Check your windows and doors for drafts. Closing gaps where air leaks in and out will keep your energy bill lower.  When heat is lost through cracks in these areas and cold air comes in, your heater has to work constantly to keep the temperature balanced.  Whereas, if your house is insulated, the heater doesn’t have to run as frequently.
  • Repair and maintain your roof. Heavy snows can easily damage a roof, so be sure it is in good shape before inclement weather hits.
  • Bring your outdoor furniture inside. Your furniture will maintain its beauty and functionality longer if not exposed to harsh winter weather.. For heavier and bigger furniture, cover it with durable coverings, so it will be protected against water and snow.
  • Clean your gutters. This will prevent clogging during rain and snow and getting the water into your house. Clean your gutters after the leaves have fallen from the trees and remove dead leaves and other debris.

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

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Oklahoma Regatta Festival Offers Sports Fun This October

Oklahoma Regatta Festival Offers Sports Fun This October

Lots of family fun and sports competitions await everyone in Oklahoma City this October. The annual Oklahoma Regatta Festival will soon kick off for five days in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District. The festival will run from Wednesday, October 2, to Sunday, October 6.

Started in 2004, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival offers various water sports activities ranging from rowing and kayaking to paddle boarding, canoeing, and dragon boating. Other activities include the 5K Oklahoma Regatta Run and Night Sprints.

Those who want to simply enjoy the festivities without participating in a competition will have plenty of options as well. There will be live music and dance productions to keep everyone entertained, as well as a kids adventure area. Kids can go on an adventure climb, ride the zip line, play with inflatables, or make sidewalk art.

There will also be an outdoor market, which will feature various local vendors, some of the city’s best restaurants, and a beer/wine garden. Sports enthusiasts can also enjoy front row seats for the racing games.

On Wednesday, October 2, the event will kick off with the annual blu VIP Party, which will be held at the Devon Boathouse from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m  Tickets are $75, and the evening will include lots of food and entertainment.

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

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