Get Ready for Holiday Entertaining

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

holiday-entertainingCompany’s Coming, Get Ready for Holiday Entertaining

Company’s Coming! Put Out Your Holiday Best with help from Martens True Value.

Holiday entertaining is a big job and prepping is the hardest, most stressful part.

Reedsburg True Value hardware store can simplify your holidays with what you need to welcome guests and make them feel at home.

From quality cookware to smart table settings, even airbeds if your company is staying awhile. We’ve thought of everything so you can focus on playing holiday host.

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Folding Tables and Chairs

This banquet table is the perfect size for company.

30 x 72-In. when open, folds in half for easy portability (with carry handle). Lightweight, too.

Rugged steel tube frame with powder coated finish; polypropylene surface.

29-In. high, folds To 4-3/4-In. wide for easy storage.

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queen-size-airbedAirbeds

Coleman, queen, quickbed plus airbed, includes 4d pump for quick inflation, antimicrobial sleep surface resists odor, mildew, mold, & fungus.

Comfort strong coil system provides better support all night long, leak free airtight system, doublelock valve for easy inflation/deflation, carry bag included for easy storage & transporting.

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10 Tips for the Best Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, November 6th, 2017

best-thanksgiving-dinner-tips10 Ways to Make Thanksgiving Dinner Delicious and Easy

I love to cook. And I love to have a day off of work. But, despite the fact that preparing Thanksgiving dinner recipes is relatively easy, I’m ashamed to admit that sometimes, I dread the work involved. I just want to hang out with my family and friends, have time at some point during the meal to take a stroll on the beach boardwalk, and not have to work hard getting even a simple meal on the table. So, over the years, I’ve developed a handful of strategies that have made my Thanksgiving dinner preparation a bit easier. Hopefully, these will make your Thanksgiving dinner recipe preparation a little easier too!

1. DON’T STUFF YOUR TURKEY. While stuffing the turkey really makes the stuffing moist, there are ways to recreate the same result without stuffing it in the turkey. Who needs to worry about scooping out all of the stuffing? It just delays the meal.

So, when you trim the fat from the turkey neck and other areas, keep the fat and lay it over your stuffing and cook your stuffing in a separate casserole dish. You’ll get the benefit of the fat flavor and it will also keep the stuffing moist while it bakes.

turkey-gravy2. MAKE GRAVY AHEAD OF TIME USING THE TURKEY’S NECK AND EARLY DRIPPINGS FROM THE BIRD. There is no need to wait for the bird to finish cooking before you make your gravy. I learned how to make gravy from the Executive Chef at one of the restaurants I worked for and he made exceptional gravy. Brown chunks of carrots, onions and celery with the turkey neck in a large pot. Add stock (chicken stock is fine) bay leaves, peppercorns, sage and other spices you like. Make a roux in a separate pan using basted dripping from the bird or you can even make it ahead of time as early as you like (even the day before) by browning butter with flour (in our home, I use potato, rice and corn starch because my son must eat gluten -free). Add the roux to the broth, continue to reduce and strain completely right before serving.

3. USE OR CREATE A SECOND OVEN. If you don’t have a toaster oven, buy one now. You can find one for as little as $30 and it can work as a second oven for baking pies, side dishes etc… Along those lines, it’s fine to microwave vegetables (asparagus take about 8 minutes microwaved in water), and to make as many dishes as you can on your stovetop.

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Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

carbon-monoxide-alarmWhat You Need To Know About Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, The Silent Killer

Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that is produced from carbon fuels like gas and oil and basically anything that burns.

You cannot see it, you cannot smell it, you cannot taste it, that’s why it is known as the silent killer.

Your home gas appliances if not maintained could leak carbon monoxide into the room they are located in.

One of the most common causes is the gas fire, they seem to get overlooked and are never maintained.

For the gas fire to burn correctly it needs to have a sufficient supply of fresh air, this is normally an air brick fitted into an outside wall somewhere in the same room. If sized properly it will supply enough air for the fire to burn correctly.

The chimney for the gas fire needs to be checked for blockages, so the products of combustion can be removed, if blocked, the products will enter the room.

The home central heating boiler is another cause of carbon monoxide if not maintained.

The most common boiler at risk is known as an open flue. This means like the gas fire it requires fresh air to combust correctly.

Another source of carbon monoxide poisoning is the barbecue.

How many times have you moved the barbecue into a closed area when the rain started falling down. Never when using the barbecue move it inside the house, it could be fatal.

What are the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide?

Some of the symptoms to look out for are feeling nausea, headaches, feeling sleepy, flu like symptoms. These are just a few to look out for.

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Halloween Pumpkin Painting

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Easy Pumpkin Painting: How to Guide

It’s Halloween season and time to get crafty to scare up some devilish décor.

If you’re looking to avoid the mess of carving pumpkins into ghoulish goblins and ghosts, try painting them instead with delightfully scary designs.

Follow this guide on how to paint a pumpkin and use your imagination to create a menagerie of ghastly gourds.

It’s a fun and easy holiday project for the entire family!

Here’s a list of items to have on hand to complete your pumpkin painting project:

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Emergency Supplies to have for a Power Outage

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

led-flashlight-lanternFive Must Haves If the Power Goes Out

Power outages can happen at any point in time. The power lines can get compromised, a storm is bearing down on you or there is curfew in your area. If you are prepared for power outages, you will get the opportunity to stay away from hassle during such a situation. Here is a list of 5 things that you must include in your emergency blackout kit that comes to your survival during a power outage.

1. A light producing object
It is extremely important for you to include an object that can product light without electricity in your blackout kit. It can be an emergency light, glow sticks or few candles. You need to keep them in an area that can easily be accessed. It is better if you can attach some stickers that glow in the dark, so that you can easily find them in the middle of the night without any hassle. You should also include a matchbox and a stash of batteries in your blackout kit.

2. A first aid kit
Emergencies can happen during power outages as well and if you want to stay away from hassle during such a situation, you need to keep a first aid around the home. The first aid kit should include pain medicine, antibiotic ointments such as Neosporin, and antiseptic solutions such as hydrogen peroxide, scissors, gauze tape and bandages of different sizes.

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Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

home-guttersA Green Fall Maintenance Checklist For Your Home

Just like spring cleaning, you really should get your home ready for the winter.

Here are a couple of projects that you will want to get accomplished although the weather is still nice out (or if you happen to be in the North, before the snow falls).

These projects will save energy, button up your home and prevent costly problems later on. Also included are a couple of projects that everybody thinks they should do, but you may not have too!

1. Caulk. Caulk is your friend. This could be the least high-priced way to plug leaks. It also prevents damage to wood and masonry where water has already been let in. Outside, you must get rid of the loose and/or wet materials and let the area dry out. Then use an exterior grade caulk to fix any outdoor issues.

2. Roof Drainage. You have to make sure that your gutters get a thorough cleaning in the fall. It is very important to not forget about cleaning out the S-shaped fitting under your gutter. That tends to get missed. Nonetheless, it can cause complications later on if it’s clogged.

home-office-closet-workspace3. Moisture Control. You ought to maintain a 30 to 50 percent relative humidity inside your home with a portable central system. If you aren’t, there are usually two culprits causing this: stagnant water and/or mineral deposits.

First, turn off your system and check the sponge pad. If it has calcium deposits, it is time to make a change. If the filter is clogged with deposits, scrub it using a 1-to-4 remedy of vinegar and water. To remove stagnant bacteria breeding water, use a 50-50 solution of bleach and water.

4. Air quality. Most of our properties are built tightly to save energy. Nevertheless, our homes might be so closed up that you can smell last night’s dinner for days! Changing air filters will help with odors, dust, mold spores, and pet dander.

5. Drain your water lines. In the North, you are guaranteed it will get cold enough to bust a copper pipe or even shatter plastic. In the South, you never know what weird weather will hit. How frequently do we hear about how towns shut down due to the fact they got an inch of snow?

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How to Create a Child-friendly Home

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

How to Make Your Home Child-Friendly

Babies and toddlers are a source of joy and happiness to a household, but they are very prone to accidents. They are at a phase where they can walk around and explore, but they not really aware of dangers around them.

That is why it is the responsibility of their parents or guardians to make sure that the homes toddler and babies live in are safe and child-friendly.

Here we will look into some of the common accident areas in the home and discuss how you can make them safer for your kids.

stairs-child-safetyStairs

The stairs is the first one you should inspect. The danger of being careless when using stairs needs no explanation.

Even adults easily get injured when they go up and down the stairs recklessly. And the injuries from stair-related accidents are often serious.

Here are some ways to make stairs safer.

· Adding a slip-proof matting on individual steps

· Adding a soft rubber mat on the exact spot where the stair ends on the bottom to reduce injury

· Teaching children stair safety

· Putting a non-slip grip on the stair handles

baby-proofing-your-homeElectrical outlets

Electricity is important for our modern society, but they are not supposed to come into contact with human skin because they can cause myriad injuries.

Most adults know better than to poke their bare hands inside an electrical outlet, but not children.

One of the common causes of child accidents is electrocution. So if you have children, make sure your electric outlets are safe.

· Installing power outlet covers help a lot in keeping your child safe especially if the outlet is not being used.

· Covering outlets with furniture so it is difficult to reach by children

· Renovating the house to transfer outlets higher beyond the reach of kids

Bathrooms

The danger in the bathroom is slipping. Young and old people can fall victim to the lack of friction caused by soapy wet tiles. But sometimes, there is no way around it. Bathroom tiles will get wet and slippery. Here’s what you can do.

· Place anti-slip plastic or rubber mats on the bathroom floor

· Change the tiles with anti-slip tiles through renovation

· Add some soft cushion on the corners of the sink and rubber cushion on the toilet seat to avoid injuries.

· Make sure that the soap is secured in the tray so it does not accidentally fall off and cause an accident.

Kitchen

The kitchen is the place where you cook your food, but it is not the place for children to be alone by themselves. Unfortunately, they do sometimes come to the kitchen and play with whatever they can find there including knives, forks, and other sharp objects.

· Make sure that the oven has child safety features so they can’t open it and come inside.

· Secure knives in high places so children can’t reach it.

Cabinets, Shelves, Corners of Tables and Posts

Children love to explore because for them everything is new, an adventure, but the cabinets and shelves are not places for them to try to climb.

Make sure the cabinets and shelves are secured by the wall behind so they won’t fall down in case a child does climb up on them. The corners of tables and chairs as well should have cushions in case a child hits his or her head.

By child-proofing your home, you can rest assured that your children can enjoy growing up without getting into accidents, which can put their lives in danger.

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Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/expert/Michelle_Lamoste/2031388

Safeguard Your Home when on Vacation

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

outdoor-lighting-home-securityHow to Keep Your Home Safe While You Are on Vacation

No one wants to worry about their home while on vacation. Here are some tips to help keep your house safe from burglars while you are enjoying your holiday.

Don’t Advertise

It’s only natural to want to share your vacation plans with others. But sharing them on social media is a bad idea. Once it’s out there, you have no control over where the information ends up. Your plans could end up in the hands of thieves. And they’ll know that they have lots of time to do a thorough job of clearing your home of all your valuables.

Likewise, sharing photos and updates on social media isn’t a good idea either. I’ll admit, I was guilty of this. It’s hard to not share photos and exciting stories about the fun things you’re experiencing. But wait until you get home to share your vacation online.

Lock it Up

Lock up valuables and documents in an immobile safe, bank safety deposit box or leave them with a trusted friend or family member. For Example:

Tablets and Laptops
Important documents (Social Security Cards, birth certificates, spare credit cards, password lists, etc.)
Keys to your home, office, car, etc.
Expensive jewelry and electronic devices
Firearms and ammunition

A portable, fireproof safe is fine for protecting valuables from fire. But it won’t stop a thief from walking off with it. If you use portable safes, leave them with a friend/family member while you’re away.

Make Your Home Look Occupied

Put your mail and newspaper on hold or ask someone to pick them up for you. If you’re gone for more than a week, have someone mow your lawn in the summer. (If it’s winter, ask someone to shovel your driveway after a snowfall and leave footprints going to and from your door.) Don’t leave your garbage bins by the road. Ask someone to put them out and bring them in or skip it altogether.

Put a few indoor lights (in various rooms) on timers. Don’t use just one light; it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not home. And don’t have the lights all go on and off at the same time. Try to set them up so they switch on and off at the same times that you would switch them on/off when you are home.

Put outdoor lights on timers, too. Or hook them up with light sensors so they’ll go on at dusk and off at dawn.

Put your radio or TV on a timer so that there is noise in your home now and then. If you have a home phone, turn off the ringer so that thieves won’t hear your phone ring, and ring, and ring…

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Gas vs Charcoal – What’s the Best Grill?

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

gas-grills-true-valueGas Vs Charcoal Grill – Which Is a Better Grill For You?

When it comes to cooking and enjoying a great tasting meal, grilling has always been one of our top choices of cooking method. It does not only cook our food in a flavorful way, but it’s also a great bonding activity for everyone to enjoy.

So now you are thinking of buying your own grill, but there’s a whole range to consider from electric, pellet grills and even hardwood cooking. It’s just so confusing!

However, the most commonly debatable and widely used among all kinds of cooking grills are whether to use charcoal or gas grills. So here I will be focusing on that aspect.

In choosing what kind of cooking grills to use, convenience and flavor usually compromises each other. The more convenient a grill is, the lesser flavor the food tastes.

So if it’s just a matter of having the most convenience, electric grill has always been the top choice, however, it won’t give you the grilling satisfaction as most would in terms of actual cooking experience and taste.

kamado-grillWhile hardwood fire can give you the best smoky flavor to your food, it is also the hardest to deal with. Hence, charcoal or gas grills have always been in between and considered by average grill enthusiasts.

Charcoal Versus Gas

I’ll get to the point and be blunt to say that generally, gas grills are better choice than charcoal grills. There are just more benefits when you use them that you won’t be able to get from using charcoal grills.

Here are the following reasons:

Taste

In terms of taste, charcoal grills undeniably give you flavorful meals, which has always been their claimed advantage over gas grills. The aroma it can provide from heating charcoals has become its edge. However, smoky flavor can still be achieved as the drippings of the food when evaporated, coat the food you’re grilling.

This process is the reason for giving a flavorful characteristic of grilled taste to your food. A process that does not rely on the use of charcoal. Not to mention lately, grill manufacturers have also produced “Flavorizer bars” which then create a radiant heat which charcoal naturally generates.

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Get Ready for the 4th of July!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

fourth-of-july-american-flagGet Ready for the July 4th Celebration with Party Supplies, Decorations and American Flags at Martens Reedsburg True Value!

Annin Nylon Replacement U.S. Flag, 3 x 5-Ft.

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barbeque-grillsGet the Grill of Your Dreams at Reedsburg True Value before the July Fourth grilling begins!

From the casual weekend griller to the year-round enthusiast, True Value has the grills and smokers that will satisfy your quest for fire.

Deliver your best grilling performance with quality gas, charcoal, electric or infrared grills from leading brands. Or step up to the versatility of a Kamado charcoal grill.

outdoor-patio-furniture-dining-setOutdoor Patio Furniture Available at Reedsburg True Value Hardware

Watch the fireworks in style relaxing on your new patio furniture and get inspired to dine and relax in style.

Create your backyard retreat from our beautiful styles — all durably made of aluminum, steel, cast-iron or resin.

In sizes to fit every space: decks, patios or space-challenged balcony. At prices to fit every budget.

Plus adirondack chairs, garden benches, patio tables & patio umbrellas.

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The Health Benefits of Gardening

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Many Health Benefits of Gardening

Spring is in the air. And when spring is on the horizon, many of us are aching to get out and plant a garden.

In the interim, there are a lot of garden shows and seeds that we can buy to plan our ultimate garden outside. Spring is such a hopeful time of year.

But did you know that gardening had a lot of health benefits too. When we are out in nature to garden, we get to commune with nature and we get to feel so much better about ourselves and about life in general. Many times, our problems just melt away, and we release a lot of feel good endorphins.

But there are more benefits than this even. In this article I will outline some of these benefits of gardening in more detail so that you can also get urge to start planning your garden earlier this year than ever.

So, without further ado, here are the known benefits of gardening.

• When you plant your seeds in the ground and watch them grow, you have a sense of achievement and accomplishment. This can help you to feel better and more motivated.

• You will weed out negative thoughts. As you are weeding your garden, you can think of your negative thoughts just like weeds that you can get rid of. And as you pull out your weeds, imagine weeding your negative thoughts one at a time. This will help you feel better overall and less depressed.

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Bounce House Party Planning

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

bounce-house-inflatable-rentalPlanning a Bounce House Party

The kids will be jumping with anticipation for the party when they receive bounce house invitations! From fill-ins to professionally printed invitations, you are sure to find a great option to accommodate any budget. Invitation designer, SanLori offers fill-in bounce house invitations and matching fill-in thank you notes with festive balloon accents. They also offer an adorable die-cut version that is cut in the shape of an actual bounce house!

You can personalize this die-cut invite using your ink jet or laser printer or have the invitations professionally printed by an online invitation store. You will be sure to set the celebratory tone with these bounce house invitations!

hello kitty-bounce-houseMany companies offer to rent bounce houses and slides that can be set up in your yard, and many even offer their own venue that includes multiple bounce structures all in one place! Depending on the children’s age and ability level, you can rent a basic bounce house or bounce slide, and the older kids would surely “jump” at the chance to use a bouncy obstacle course! If the weather is warm, also think about renting a “slip n’ slide” water slide to cool the kids off from the summer heat!

Decorate your house or the party room with colorful balloons and streamers to continue the happy, bouncy theme. For party favors, hand out colorful stickers, bouncy balls, and fun colored or patterned socks that the kids can use when they’re playing in the bounce houses!

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