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Flu Shots Offered to OKC Seniors

Flu Shots Offered to OKC Seniors
There are many instances in which the flu can lead to hospitalization and even death. Those who fail to strengthen their body’s immune system are usually more prone to flu-related ailments. This is especially true for seniors who already deal with other illnesses and body complications.

Now that we are entering the cold months, flu cases are on the rise, and one way of fighting it off is to get a flu vaccine shot. In Oklahoma City, health officials are encouraging all seniors citizens to get a flu shot, which are available at health departments, pharmacies, and even retail stores.

Three kinds of vaccines are available to seniors: the trivalent flu vaccine, quadrivalent flu vaccine, and high-dose vaccine. The trivalent flu vaccine is protects against three of the most common strains of the flu virus, while the quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against four. Seniors ages 65 and up are recommended to have the higher-dose flu shot.

Seniors who have healthcare plans and Medicare can have their flu shots covered by insurance.

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Oklahoma Officials Call for Groups to Tackle Proper Storm Safety

Oklahoma Officials Call for Groups to Tackle Proper Storm Safety

The storm that hit Oklahoma last week caused millions of dollars in damage to residential properties and commercial buildings.  Sadly, in addition to that, several people lost their lives.  That is why state officials are looking for ways to enhance safety within the state, especially in schools and residential areas. Officials are forming discussion groups and task forces to tackle ways in which to better prepare for future natural disasters and save lives.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is calling for state discussions concerning the safety of schools. Gov. Fallin stressed the need for safe rooms that will better protect students and teachers during possible storms. In addition, schools need to implement practice drills in order to better educate the students and administrators on what they should do in case of storms or other dangerous incidents.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is also forming a task force to address the issue of safety in the city. The task force will discuss the recent storms and lessons learned as ways to determine what to do in future. The city task force will consist of state leaders and members of the business community. They will discuss the need for storm shelters, safe rooms, and other precautionary measures that can help save lives in future natural disasters.

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Oklahoma City Realtors
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Working with a Landscape Professional

Working with a Landscape Professional

When you want to increase the curb appeal of your home, one of the many things you take into consideration is landscaping. Having beautiful landscaping in your yard will enhance the look of our property and make our home appear more elegant. Lovely flowers in bloom, green grass,  stunning water features, and well-crafted stone pathways all serve as eye-candy for homeowners and potential buyers.

If you want to add a scenic touch to your yard, a landscape professional can help. Landscape professionals are experts in beautifying your yard and garden, so you can simply relax and enjoy them.  To make your landscaping project a success, it is important that you work well with your landscape professional. You will be spending a lot of money, so it’s important to communicate well the first time around because mistakes and changes can be costly.

So, how do you work well with your landscape professional?

  • Set a budget. Before you begin any home project, always set your budget first to evaluate whether or not you really can afford hiring a professional to work for you for a period of time. Consider the costs of hiring a professional, including labor and overhead.
  • Decide what you want and use it as a basis for hiring the right kind of landscape professional. There are different kinds of professionals that can work on your landscape, so you want to be sure you’re working with someone who will address your needs. A landscape architect will focus more on the overall structure of your landscaping, while a designer will concentrate on its aesthetic appearance. If you only need help in growing more plants, try working with a horticulturist.
  • Sign a contract prior to the start of the project. A written contract will provide support and security for both you and your hired professional. Make sure that everything you want and everything your landscape professional needs are described in the contract.
  • Supply the resources that your landscape professional will need. This includes access to a source of water, electric outlets, and added space for their materials and equipment. If you give your landscape professional what he or she wants, then your project will be done in no time.
  • Set the ground rules up front. You may be working with people you don’t know, so it is important to establish guidelines before you work with them. If you don’t want somebody to smoke on the job, you need to express that from the beginning.
  • Learn everything about maintenance before the project ends. Ask your landscape professional to teach you how to properly maintain your landscaping, so it can last for a long time.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Edmond City Council Deliberates on New Bicycle Master Plan for City

 

Residents who frequently bicycle around the city will now have a safer and more comfortable way to do it, thanks to bicycle lanes that will be placed throughout the city as a part of the proposed bicycle Master Plan for Edmond.

A citywide bicycle network has been proposed and is currently being deliberated on by the Edmond City Council. The bicycle plan will be included in the city’s transportation plan and Plan IV zoning ordinance and will cover about 146.2 miles of lanes around the city.

According to the Master Plan, there will be low cost improvements required for the implementation of the new ordinance, which would cover the cost of signage and pavement markings along and within exiting roadways. There will also be a network of bicycle facilities that will include educating all roadway users and encouraging them to try bicycling. Other accommodations included are shared lane markings, bicycle lanes, paved shoulders, and side paths.

The Master Plan will be reconfiguring the four-lane and not-so-busy street into two lanes for traffic, a turn lane, and two bicycle lanes, one on each side of the roadway.  In order to introduce the new plan, there will be a pilot program for bicycle lanes on University Boulevard along the west side of the University of Central Oklahoma.

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New Bridge on Bryant Avenue, Edmond Set for Construction Next Week

More traffic can be expected starting next week along Bryant Avenue in Edmond when construction for a new bridge box set begins. Only one lane of the road will be open in each direction, and city officials  are asking residents to change their routes if possible in order to avoid congesting the area.

The Bryant Bridge is part of the 1996 sales tax money projects that voters approved for capital improvements.  A budget of $1.48 million has been allotted for the entire project.

One of the reasons for constructing the Bryant Bridge is due to the frequent flooding within the area due to poor drainage systems.

The construction of the new bridge is set to start on September 17 north of 15th Street. The project is expected to take six months to complete.

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The Essentials for an Ideal Nursery

Planning for your baby’s room is an exciting thing.  In order to prepare for you little one, you need to be sure everything that you will need will be within easy reach.  You also want to be sure your baby is comfortable and safe.

So, below are the essentials you need to include in your baby’s room:

  • Crib

When choosing a baby crib, finding a durable material is essential to ensuring the safety of your baby.  Also be sure to choose a crib that is large enough to accommodate the baby as it continues to grow.  If you are having twins, you will either need an extra large crib or two separate cribs for each baby.

  • Changing Table

Choose a changing table that is multi-functional and matches your crib and nursery theme. Be sure it is the right height for you to be able to work easily when changing your baby. Add a soft pad on top, so the baby is comfortable while you change it, and also be sure it has several shelves below to hold diapers, linens, and clothes.

  • Rocking Chair

When it’s time to put the baby to sleep, a rocking chair is very helpful. It will provide a comfortable place for you to rock the baby to sleep, and it is also perfect for late night feedings.

  • Storage Solutions

You need lots of extra storage space for your baby’s toys, clothes, books, and essentials like diapers.  Baskets and bins will help you keep everything clean and organized if you label them based on what they contain.  You can even opt for colorful baskets to match the decor of the nursery.

  • Baby Monitor

Baby monitors give parents peace of mind by allowing them to keep track of how their baby is doing, even if they are in another room.  This is particularly helpful when you are sleeping at night or trying to get other things done while your baby is sleeping.

  • Light

Keep your nursery bright when the baby is awake and dark when it is sleeping. A lamp with a dimmer switch is the perfect way to control the lighting at night, and you can choose a style and color that fits the nursery’s decor.  Small night lights are also helpful.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Oklahoma City Launches Public Open House for PlanOKC

To showcase the latest developments on a plan for the city, the Oklahoma City Department of Planning will be hosting an open house for the public on Tuesday, July 31. A comprehensive plan for the city called planOKC will be presented during the meeting.

PlanOKC is the latest development plan for the city that has a long-term goal of providing a healthy and sustainable city for all residents. PlanOKC began in 2008 and has seen continued progress through the creation and improvement of polices and facilities spanning the 621-square-mile city.  The plan focuses on providing better transportation options, retail and entertainment opportunities, culture, education, and safety. City planners are hoping to have the plan finalized and adopted by 2013.

The open house for planOKC will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on the third floor of the Council Chamber of City Hall, 200 N. Walker. There will be a 30-minute meet-and-greet followed by a short presentation of the plan and its goals.  After the presentation, attendees can meet with the city’s planners to talk more about the plan and ask questions.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Decorating Ideas for Your Backyard Parties

Backyard parties are very common during the summer months because the weather sets the perfect ambiance for socializing outdoors.  It’s fun to create a festive environment by decorating the table on your deck or creating a party area further out in the yard. You can even set up a gathering spot underneath  a tree.

To help you prepare for your backyard parties, here are some decorating ideas you can use:

  • Bring nature closer. Since it’s a backyard party, why not add some décor using natural materials? Make use of organic elements around you such as flowers, potted plants, small pebbles,  and nature-inspired dining pieces. Instead of plastic furniture, use wooden tables and chairs. Wooden benches are an excellent addition if you are expecting more guests.
  • Prepare outdoor games.  Play a game of Frisbee or Badminton while waiting for the food to finish grilling. You can let the kids run around and play tag or hide and seek among the trees.
  • Bring everything outside. Refrain from going in and out the house, as it spoils the outdoor fun. Bring everything you need for barbecuing outside and set up a cooler or mini-refrigerator to hold your drinks and other items that need to remain cold.
  • Dress up your table. If you have a theme for the party, let it be reflected on the table as well. Add a few added touches like small fresh flowers spread all over the table or a beautiful centerpiece.
  • Make your guests more comfortable by providing shady areas and protection from the sun with sun hats, fans, sun block, and bug spray. Arrange the items in a wicker basket, so your guests can access them when they arrive or just let everyone know that they are free to use them at will.
  • Add lights for an evening party. Let your party extend well into the evening with ready to use decorative lighting installed around your deck. That way, when the night comes, there is no interruption to the party.
  • Don’t forget the trash.   Provide colored trash bins with labels for recyclables and non-recyclables, so guests can dispose of their own trash and minimize the post-party cleanup.
  • Add paper lanterns for added color and fun to the party. Hang them above the table and in corners. Choose cheerful colors like green, orange, and yellow.

 

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Create a Welcoming Look for Your Home

We always want our guests to feel welcome and at home each time they visit.  There are many factors that play into achieving that, and perhaps nothing is as powerful as the first impression they receive when they walk up to your home.

Enhancing the curb appeal of your home will not only create a positive impression for your visitors, but will make you enjoy living there even more as well. Who doesn’t want to live in a house that feels welcoming each time you enter? This may become the perfect excuse to stay at home and enjoy time with your loved ones.

You will probably want to focus on the front yard first, since is what your guests will see first. Landscaping costs can add up quickly, so it’s not necessary to do a total rehaul.  Keep things simple and work with what you have.  The important thing is to be sure that everything is in its place and well-maintained, such as clean cut grass and no garbage.

Another thing you can do is make your entrance more visible and accessible. Oftentimes, visitors have difficulty reaching the entrance if there are obstructions in the way. Create a pathway for your guests that leads directly to the entrance of your home. It also creates an opportunity to add some flowers and lawn decorations, such as planter boxes or solar pathway lighting, for a nice added touch.

Don’t skimp on beautiful details for your front door. Sometimes, a lovely antique doorknob is the perfect thing to set an impressive tone for your guests. Perhaps an old lamp that sheds light onto the stoop will make them feel more secure. These may only be small things, but they can have large appeal.

When it comes to front doors, choose something that reflects the style of your home. It may be ornate with fancy glass work, or it may be a simple design painted to match the exterior colors of your home.  Pay attention to the details and you will find the perfect look for your home.

Also, enhance outdoor lightning. While your guests who visit you during the day may not notice it, it will certainly create an impression on your nighttime guests.  Not only is outdoor lighting functional, but it creates a certain air of elegance that highlights the best features of your home.

And lastly, make the entrance area in your home a living space. Create an ambiance that says, “You are welcome to our home.” Place some chairs for your guests to sit on or a table to put their things on upon entering your house. A coat and hat hanger will also add to a homey appeal.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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Tips for Removing Pet Stains


It’s always wonderful to have our pets inside our home because they keep us company and make us feel loved when we get home from work.  There’s nothing like a puppy kiss or playing fetch with your little friend.  However, one major downside of having pets inside is that, if they aren’t well-trained, they can leave stains throughout the house on floors and furniture.  Even though we love them like family, when they leave a mark on our beautiful new sofa, it makes us want to scream.

So, here are a few tips for removing pet stains…

  • As soon as you spot a fresh stain, clean it immediately before it dries because a fresh stain is much easier to remove.  So, keep your eye on your pet, and if it does anything unusual or quirky, trace its steps back to where it previously was and be sure it didn’t leave you a  little surprise.
  • If you find a fresh urine stain, soak it up with newspaper and paper towels.  The more you soak up, the less likely it will be to leave a stain.  To remove the odor, you may want to pour a bit of water over the affected area before you start soaking everything up, so it dilutes the urine and makes it easier to remove.
  • If you see that your pet has deposited excrement within your house, remove it as soon as possible with a paper towel. Try to pick it up versus wiping it because if you wipe it, parts will likely be left behind and get stuck in the carpet, and that will be much more difficult to clean.
  • For porous surfaces, wash the stained area with a wet cloth that has been dipped in a water and cleaning solution mixture.  Remove the stain, rinse with water, and then gently dab it with a dry cloth.
  • For old, dry stains, use carpet stain removal solutions.
  • Natural homemade solutions are some of the best ways to remove stains. Instead of using artificial detergents and removal solutions, use vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and spray on the affected area. Blot the stain with a dry cloth and remove the stain.
  • Baking soda is also another effective and natural way to remove stains as well as odors. Add some baking soda to your vinegar mixture, spray it on the stain, and blot with a dry towel.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors
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