State Farm Severe Weather Disaster Preparedness

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Anyone who's ever survived a severe weather storm or natural disaster knows that the damage to home and property can be overwhelming, emotionally and financially. Although it is impossible to know exactly when a disaster will strike, State Farm wants you to be prepared and quickly recover from the unexpected. Your ability to weather the storm may depend on the measures you take today. As the largest property insurer in the nation, State Farm has been helping families manage the risks of everyday life since 1922.

Understanding what you can do now before a storm or disaster strikes will make your recovery easier and hopefully less stressful.

When I moved to Colorado, I learned that this beautiful state has a high risk for hail. I was not too happy to find out that bit of information because I live in an apartment without a garage or carport. Whenever it started to look overcast, I prayed that we would not get hail. Hail damage, although it might not look as bad as damage from a fender bender, can total your car! Getting all those little dents out is really expensive I guess. Hail causes about $1 billion dollars in damage to property and crops each year, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

If you are indoors when a storm with large hailstones strikes, stay there. Because large pieces of hail can shatter windows, close your drapes, blinds or window shades to prevent the wind from blowing broken glass inside. Stay away from skylights and doors. If you are outside, move immediately to a place of shelter.

Hail can occur in any strong thunderstorm, which means hail is a threat everywhere. When it hits, it can shred roof coverings and lead to water damage to your ceilings, walls, floors, appliances and personal possessions. Knowing which roof coverings resist impact well can save you lots of trouble and money.

Report any property damage to your insurance agent or company representative immediately after a severe
weather event or other natural disaster and make temporary repairs to prevent further damage. For information about filing an insurance claim after a natural disaster, contact your insurance agent or insurance company.

Food Network Guy's Grocery Games

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Chefs' Creativity and Skills Put to the Test in the Aisle and Kitchen in Guy's Grocery Games
Hosted by Guy Fieri 

Series Premieres October 20th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network

I love watching cooking challenges on TV, but who actually cooks like that in their home? Not me! Best-selling cookbook author and successful restaurateur Guy Fieri hosts the new Food Network supermarket-themed cooking competition Guy’s Grocery Games. Set in a grocery store, four talented chefs compete against each other through three cooking challenges, as they must navigate their way through the aisles adhering to a number of “real-world” culinary challenges to create tasty dishes. The chefs must rely on their improvisation, gamesmanship and culinary skills for a chance to win up to $20,000.

Brother Vs. Brother

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If you are hooked on home restoration or remodeling shows, you are going to love this! Two of HGTV’s top experts, Jonathan and Drew Scott, stars of the Property Brothers, are in an all-out battle to win HGTV’s newest competition series, Brother vs. Brother. The six-episode series, premiering on Sunday, July 21, at 10 p.m. ET/PT, pits Jonathan’s skills as a licensed contractor against Drew’s experience as a real estate agent as they vie to execute the smartest home renovation upgrades and score the biggest property-value increase. Each week the results of the completed home renovation is evaluated by the discerning eyes of HGTV real estate stars, including Mike Aubrey (Power Broker), Kennon Earl (Selling LA) and Hilary Farr and David Visentin (Love It or List It). While the 6’4” identical twins brothers go head-to-head to win championship bragging rights, the competing teams stop at nothing to take home the $50,000 grand prize.

[Upgrade] Samsung Galaxy S4

A few years ago, I had the entire contents of my purse stolen at my favorite bar when I was out line dancing and my friend, the designated "purse watcher," left his station and someone took everything out of my purse. I don't know why they didn't just grab the purse, but they took my Blackberry, my wallet (which was huge and had lots of stuff in it), and my planner.

Spring Cleaning, Purging Junk and Getting Organized

It's currently snowing here in Colorado, but I've already had the "itch." The weather is getting nicer (except for our freak snowfalls), it's warming up, the sun is out, and all you want to do is clean! Everyone is familiar with spring cleaning. It's that time of year where you get in every crease, crack, and crevice in your house. You clean the air vents, wash the light switch plates, clear spider webs, and maybe even powerwash the siding on your house. But my favorite part of spring cleaning is the CLEANSING. By cleansing I mean purging stuff you don't need, whether by throwing out trash, donating items, or selling them for extra cash. Here are some tips you might find useful: