Heavy Rain Protection

Summer has brought lots of rain in Houston. It doesn’t rain very long, but when it rains it pours. So, I thought I would share two helpful tips to protect your house in heavy rain.

First, you should clear your gutters of leaves and twigs that may have accumulated throughout the year, as a build-up of debris stops the flow of water to the drains and leads to overflowing.

Secondly, you need to make sure that any gaps or holes in the sealant surrounding your doors and windows are filled in. This will stop rain seeping in, and regular repairs will greatly reduce the impact of sealant erosion.

Just these 2 tips will greatly help during our heavy downpours this summer!!

 

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Minute Maid Tour

Astro season!!! Do you have an Astro lover in your family? I recently heard of the Minute Maid tour, and I wanted to share it with you. A tour of Minute Maid park filled with information and history. So much to learn and interesting facts to share this Astro season.

You will also tour the press box, Diamond Club, suites,  dugout, and even walk the field! It is a dream tour if you are an Astro lover. Many people do not know that this tour is offered. So, I wanted to include the link. Go ahead and book a tour to learn all you want to know about our beloved Houston Astros!

https://www.mlb.com/astros/ballpark/tours

40 Bags in 40 Days

 

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Summer has been rainy lately. Looking for a summer project?

This project is a challenge. It is not easy, but will make you feel like you have a refreshed home! It is a great challenge to take on as a mother, because we could all benefit from simplifying our lives. The whole point is to declutter your home, your life and your mind! Sounds wonderful.

Buy 40 garbage bags, and just focus on one bag per day. Fill it up with anything- any item that you haven’t touched in a while. It may be trash, it may be a toy that hasn’t been played with, a book that hasn’t been read in years, clothes that don’t fit, dish towels that are tattered, or tackle that stack of paper that has been sitting on the counter. All areas of your home are fair game for this challenge, but I do recommend focusing on one spot per day.

The goal is to fill up one bag per day then remove that bag from your home. Sunday’s are your day off.

Tired of digging through the drawer looking for a pen that works…why not declutter your junk drawer and just keep a few good pens? You get where I am going with this!!

What do you think about this 40 bags in 40 days challenge? Are you interested in joining this challenge with me? Here is a link that gives all the details needed to take on this 40 day challenge. Get ready to simplify!!

http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/40-bags-in-40-days-2014/

 

ASTROS

Houston Astros

Save this link for all your Astros insight. Buy tickets, reserve a Minute Maid Park tour, get stats, roster, apps and more from this link.

https://www.mlb.com/astros/tickets/single-game-tickets?mlbkw=ds-g-p30644158385&gclid=Cj0KCQjwu_jYBRD8ARIsAC3EGCIs2UyNp3jbiuueXtyIIzvz6aGgFD5PrF_TF6hXKulTFjsiq_PK2rEaAp0JEALw_wcB

Are you a proud Hosuton Astros fan?? This link is one you will want to bookmark for your Astros “go-to” site. GO ASTROS! Houston strong!

Foundation and Heat

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Extended high temperatures are a real threat to your foundation. It is important to care for your foundation properly in this Houston summer heat.  Lack of water causes foundation problems. Foundations are designed to have continuous support from the soil. In the heat of summer the soil shrinks and moisture evaporates, causing the soil to pull away from the footing.

During extended periods of excessive heat, watering the foundation helps. So, set your sprinkler to be sure that soil around your foundation is getting plenty of water. Watering can be as simple as a soaker hose along the foundation. The hose should be placed next to your foundation or as close as possible.

So, protect your foundation this summer and be sure it is getting the hydration it needs.

Kick Off Summer

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Summer is knocking!!!! A few more days and our children will be ready for summer fun. Here is a great link that will help get your summer off to a great start. Beat some heat and crowds and get an early start planning your summer.

https://mommypoppins.com/houston-kids/things-to-do/weekend-fun-for-houston-kids-summer-kickoff-party-discover-dinosaurs-june

This link is organized by date, time and category. So, pick what would interest your children and have FUN as summer 2018 gets in gear!

After it Rains…

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Our heads are finally coming above water in Houston. We have had a lot of rainy days. But the sky has parted, and we are now getting prepared for some hot summer time weather.

But first, I recommend doing a few things “post rain” in order to maintain your home for Summer:

1. Clean out gutters: Debris comes with rain. Clean out gutters to be prepared for the next rainy day. Otherwise, the gutters will overflow causing other issues.

2. Clean drain covers: Walk around your property and clear off any drain covers that are layered with dirt, leaves and debris.

3. Remove standing water: Dump out any standing water before mosquito breeding season hits. Dump out overflowing birdbaths, outdoor toys, swings, etc.

4. Trim: Do you notice any heavy tree limbs? All this rain can weigh down tree limbs, especially ones that need to be trimmed or thinned out. Call a tree company to be proactive about your trees health.

5. Clip: Time to cut back plats, bushes. The ground is saturated, which will nourish the plants and things should take off as soon as the sunlight makes it presence. Have your plants prepared.

Enjoy the forecast and prepare your home and property for SUMMER 2018!!