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Apr
2018
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Who Are First Responders?

We live in a world where it’s not a matter of if disaster will occur, but rather when disaster will occur. Because of this, it is important to be ready for anything at any time, but unfortunately, sometime it is impossible to be fully prepared for the worse. Luckily, however, there are individuals at the ready to help out in any way when disaster occurs, and they are known as first responders. But who are first responders? Find out more about first responders here.

 

Paramedics and EMTs

When injury or tragedy happens, paramedics and EMTs show up to take control of the situation and provide medical aide or transportation to a hospital. Paramedics are individuals that give medical aide and stay in the back with the passengers or patients when an ambulance ride is needed to take someone to the hospital. An EMT is the professional trained to use the ambulance’s onboard equipment and to properly and safely navigate through traffic, both on the way to an accident and on the way to the hospital.

 

Police

Going by the motto “To Protect and Serve,” police are often the first to show up, especially in times of danger. Police charge head first into danger situations to ensure our safety and well being, and without them, who would we call if we had dangerous problems, or needed defense against crimes that are committed against us? When you dial 9-1-1 and the dispatcher sends out the correct team for your issue, police are usually the first on the scene.

 

Firefighters

There’s more to fighting fires in a day in the life of a firefighter. Firefighters rush towards buildings on fire to not only put out the fire, but also risk life and limb to enter burning and collapsing buildings to save any endangered life that may still be inside. Aside from fighting fires, firefighters can also give some first aid, and can typically show up with ambulances or before them if extra help is necessary.

First responders are a big help to our overall well being with how fearlessly they head towards disaster as everyone else flees from it. For as much as they do for us, how can we give back to them? A good option to help give back to a first responder you know would be to sign them up for Pay It Forward Everyday, where exclusive first responder discounts can be obtained to provide first responders with discounts from anything to trips to the store, dinner at restaurants, or exclusive discounts on cruises and other travel packages. Share a membership with a first responder you know today!

19
Apr
2018
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Home and Office Security To Help You Protect What Matters Most

In this day and age, it seems like you can’t turn on the local news without seeing crime alerts. Are you wondering how you can help keep your home safer? In today’s post we are going to look at some ways you can better protect your home.

Our first tip might sound silly, but bare with us. Just by having a security system, your home is already safer. Burglars try their best to avoid homes with security systems. Just by having the little sign or sticker on your window saying you have a system, your chances of being broken into by a thief have already decreased.

In most home burglaries, the thief gets into the home through a window, whether the window was already unlocked or they had to break it to get inside. Intruder alarms can be placed on windows to alert you if a window is being opened when the system is armed. Thanks to modern technology, most systems these days have the option of sending a text to your phone when it goes off, you even if you are away, you’ll know. Specialized alarms can also sense when a window is being shattered and alert you to that as well.

If you want to know if someone is on your property before they even get to your house, perimeter alarms might be a great option for you! Similar to the window alarms, options that send alerts to your phone are available. Automatic lights can be connected to these style of systems, so you can see if it is a potential thief, a deer, or a friendly face coming by unannounced. Motion detection doesn’t stop there, however. Motion detection alerts can be installed in your home. These allow you to know if someone is moving around your house when you aren’t home, or if you are home alone.

It’s hard to go anywhere without your phone these days and security systems take advantage of that. We’ve already mentioned different alerts that can be sent to your phone, but there are more. Some security systems can alert your phone if you left the house without arming the system or when a code is used to unlock the system. It is services like these that keep you in the loop even when you are miles away.

Coastal Protection, a Destin home security and commercial monitoring company, is dedicated to keeping your family safe when it matters. They offer all of the services and products that we have talked about in this article today. If you have any questions about their security options, you can give them a call at 850-622-1667 or visit them online at coastalprotect.com.

19
Apr
2018
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How To Get Your Carpets As Clean As New

Life happens. We can’t stop it from happening, be it good or bad. Sometimes, life can get a little messy and it isn’t always clear how to clean up that mess. In today’s post we are going to talk about common carpet stains and how you can remove them.

When the kiddos get artistic, it can lead to problems with your floors. Paint stains, marks from pencils or markers, and that glitter that never seems to go completely away really takes its toll on upholstery and carpet. To remove ink stains, you’ll just need a couple of common household items. First, take a clean cloth and dampen it with a high percentage isopropyl alcohol. Dab at the ink stain with the cloth. Do not scrub or rub the spot, because that will just spread the ink around and make a bigger stain. Let it sit for five minutes and then vacuum up any of the extra moisture with a liquid-safe vacuum. You may need to repeat this process several times, but once you are happy with it, blot with water and vacuum one last time. To remove water-based paint that is still wet, blot carefully with a paper towel. If the water-based paint is already dry, mix a tablespoon of dish soap into a cup of warm water and apply a little to the paint. Allow the mix to soften the paint while using something to pull up the paint.

Pets. You’ve got to love them, but our furry friends can be a messy sometimes. Dogs can track mud in after a walk on a rainy day or bring in dirty sticks or tennis balls just trying to play fetch. Cats bring in dirt that gets stuck to the fur on their feet or after rolling around in the sand. And let’s not forget about the occasional accident. All of those things can wreak havoc on your carpet, rugs, and upholstery. The first step to removing pet stains caused by dirt might sound counterintuitive, but it is important. The mud needs to dry all the way first. Once dry, vacuum over the stain slowly. Make several slow passes over the stain, and remember, the more you can remove with the vacuum, the better. Then take a teaspoon of dish soap, like Dawn, into one cup of warm water. Blot the water-soap mixture with a clean cloth until the stain is gone. Then, clean with a fresh cloth or paper towel. To remove stains and odors caused by pet accidents, mix one fourth of a cup of vinegar into a quart of warm water. Spray the mix on the stain, and blot with a clean cloth after letting it sit for several minutes.

While all of the above methods work on minor spots and stains, sometimes it is best to leave things up to the professionals. If you are looking for the best carpet cleaning Destin or the Niceville area has to offer, look no further than Chem-Dry. Chem-Dry uses a hot carbonated extraction process, which is significantly drier than the traditional steam cleaning process used by standard carpet cleaning companies. This process allows you to get back to your home and everyday life quicker, usually in about 4 to 6 hours; much faster than the 1 to 2 days needed for traditional steam cleaning to dry!

19
Apr
2018
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Getting Your Perfect Cabinets

It’s hard to turn on any home improvement show and not hear about granite countertops. They are definitely one of the biggest interior decorating trends of the last decade, and for good reason too; granite countertops are long lasting, easy to install, and beautiful in any home. But how does that granite get from the ground to your kitchen or bathroom? In today’s blog post we are going to be looking at just that.

Granite is an igneous rock, meaning it is formed by magma or lava cooling. Granite is also an intrusive rock, meaning that it forms underground. Because of how it is formed, single viens of granite are almost always massive. Many mountain ranges, like the Sierra Nevadas, are mainly made up of granite intrusions that have been pushed to the surface. This makes granite not just popular among home improvers, but also with rock climbers. These granite intrusions also lack any internal formations, making the rock hard and dense – which is one of the reasons why it makes great countertops. Because of how granite forms, significant amounts of silica are inside and that’s what gives granite that sparkle. The granite also forms close to the surface of Earth’s crust, making it easier to remove than other rocks.

You might be asking yourself how the granite is removed from the ground. The simple answer? Explosions. Blast engineers plan out how big of a chunk of granite they need and drill small holes in an outline. Next, they carefully plant explosives in those holes. The explosions don’t completely separate the block from the ground, though; it just provides enough of a gap for chisels to be used. Once the blocks have been removed from the ground, they are loaded onto trucks and sent to stone cutting facilities. There, the large block are cut into slabs that are usually about 3cm thick. Technological improvements like diamond blades and more powerful saws have allowed the granite industry – which dates back to Ancient Egypt – to become cheaper and more efficient, a key reason granite is available in more homes and apartments these days.

Once the granite is in sheets, they are polished and treated. After that, they are ready for people to buy for their homes! Once a customer picks out a slab, installers cut it to the sizes needed, and attach it to the cabinets using silicone. The silicone, interestingly enough, contains the same elements that give granite that silica sparkle we mentioned earlier.

Cabinet Barn carries the best granite countertops Pensacola has to offer and was even featured on HGTV’s Beach Flip. If you are looking for more information about granite countertops or want to have them installed in your home, you can call Cabinet Barn at 850-458-6252 or visit their website, www.thecabinetbarnfl.com.

19
Apr
2018
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A Pirate’s Life For YOU

Growing up on the Emerald Coast means spending a lot of time at the beach and on the water. If you are anything like us, it also meant dreams of being a pirate, just like the pirates that first explored the Gulf, and sailing the open seas and looking for lost treasure. That dream might not be too far fetched. Well, at least not anymore.

A pirate cruise allows those on board to experience being a pirate for a while, usually about two hours. These cruises provide a unique and family-friendly experience of a lifetime. Once aboard, you can enjoy singing, dancing, and storying telling from the pirate captain. Just like with real pirates, a treasure hunt is likely to happen. Careful though, sword fights and water gun battles have been known to breakout! The entertainment is for the kiddos, but parents and grandparents are encouraged to let loose and have fun as well. All that deck swabbing not really your style? That’s okay, too! You can sit back and just take in all the views the cruise has to offer. The Gulf has a unique and diverse ecosystem, so you just might see a dolphin or hammerhead shark from the deck. While you can forget about the stresses of the modern world, you don’t give up all the modern luxuries while on the cruise. Boats are decked out with restrooms and gift shops.

The Buccaneer is the boat used by the Destin Pirate Cruise company to turn the pirate dreams of kids – and adults! – into a reality. They received Certificates of Excellence from the popular vacation planning website Tripadvisor in 2014 and 2015. If the pirate adventure doesn’t get you, the charity will. The pirate crew of the Buccaneer gives back to the community in a number of ways. They have partnered with a local food bank called Food for Thought as well as more international organizations like OneHope and A.I.M.S. to spread good around the world. Keep that in mind when they snap your picture, as the picture sales support a number of charities.

You can book a seat aboard the Buccaneer by giving them a call 850-269-0896 or by visiting them on their website, destinpirateship.com, and unlock the treasure of your heart. With cruises leaving most days of the week, you’ll easily be able to plan a truly unforgettable trip for you and your family.

19
Apr
2018
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Drug Treatment That’s Right For You

Are 12 step programs not working for you or a loved one? Does going to a rehabilitation center seem like a daunting task? Bayshore Retreat, a Florida drug treatment center, aims to take the fear out of rehab and create a different kind of drug treatment therapy.

Bayshore was founded by Judy and Jeff, a mother and son team, after Jeff struggled getting through his own addiction. They’ve been through the same frustrations, anxiety, and anger that those wrestling with addiction have felt. Through their own experiences and the latest research, they opened Bayshore to treat the mind, body, and spirit, to make sure you live a healthy, full, and addiction-free life.

The main thing that sets Bayshore apart from other drug treatment centers is that it is a non-12 step program. While these principles are used pretty regularly by other recovery centers, Bayshore focuses on health and views medical healing as essential to the recovery process. By treating the physical damage done by drug or alcohol, clients are setup on the road to recovery. They also don’t treat drug addiction with other drugs, like suboxone and methadone. When addiction is treated with more drugs, the cycle of addiction continues.

A day at Bayshore starts at the gym. Physical fitness is key to healing the body. Breakfast follows the morning workout. Bayshore keeps a chef and dietitian on-site to make sure that meals are prepared to your nutrition needs and taste. Sauna therapy is helps rid the body of toxins that built up during addiction. Individual therapy sessions are twice a week with an on-site licensed mental health counselor. Group, AA-style meetings are available, but not required. Another key feature that sets Bayshore apart from standard treatment is cell phones and computers are allowed for use during free time, which it after therapy. During free time, individuals are also able to relax by the pool or meditate. Life skills classes are at the end of the day. These courses teach those staying at Bayshore how to handle daily stresses without alcohol or drugs. Anger management, communication skills, and even resume building are frequent life skills course topics. On the weekend, clients of Bayshore can enjoy off-site outings and grab a bite to eat, go fishing, or relax on the beautiful beaches. This part of the program shows clients that it is possible to enjoy life without drugs or alcohol.

Bayshore Retreat is the premier Florida drug treatment center, located in Destin, FL. If you are interested in learning more about the services they offer, you can give them a call at 850-687-6831 or visit them online and take the fear out of rehab.

 

 

 

19
Apr
2018
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How To Find A Good Property Management Company

It’s no surprise that real estate can be a lucrative market. With everyone looking for rentals to make some more money off it, it would be profitable to have a vacation rental in a vacation spot to really reel in the profits, especially during vacation season. But how do you upkeep and manage a vacation rental that may be cities, or states away? Thats where hiring a professional property management agency can come into play to make managing your rental easier. But how do you find the right property manager for your property? Here are some tips in getting the right Destin property management.

 

Finding Referrals

One of the best ways to find a great property manager is by referral from trusted sources. If you know anyone that has a vacation rental in the same town, it may be worth it to contact them to see who their property manager is, and their opinions about them. Another good source for a referral is from the real estate agent that sold you your property to see if they have any good referrals. Be sure to take your referrals to your state’s Real Estate Commission and the Better Business Bureau, and make sure that they are accredited, licensed, and have no outstanding complaints.

 

Meet With Your Prospective Managers

After you consolidate all of your choices down to just prospective managers, it is important to arrange a meeting with each and every manager to gather a first impression. First impressions are everything in today’s world, because with so many options to choose from, why choose the one with the worse first impression? And if the first impression doesn’t go well, you can also continue to expect the same results. It is important to also see the manager from a prospective tenant’s point of view, as the manager will serve as the point of contact to the tenant.

 

Get An Idea of How the Manager Will Advertise Your Property

To make profit on the property, you need to have someone who will effectively and efficiently advertise your property. Knowing all their tactics and how they do it will be key in your decision, from how they advertise, where they advertise, and what they advertise. You should know if they are going to place your property’s information online, in the newspaper, or any other media, online with whether or not they will put a sign in the front yard and what the sign will look like, and any other advertising related questions you may have.

 

Take A Look At All the Paperwork

Make sure you take a look at, fully understand, and evaluate all of the paperwork for both the contract between you and the property manager, and also the property manager to prospective tenants. Make sure that the lease details all what is expected by both the property manager and the tenants that will be staying in the lease.

 

After you have reviewed everything you need to, you can pick a great property manager, and start raking in some real estate money.

19
Apr
2018
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Flavors From Around the World

There’s always something special about foreign foods that give them their popularity in the United States. Sometimes it’s tradition, sometime it’s because it is a break away from the normal, and sometimes it’s to try something new. The United States has food from all over the world, offering unique tastes to hungry citizens. Here are a few types of styles of food for you to check out next time you go to dinner.

 

Caribbean

The Caribbean style food is derived from a fusion of many other foods, including Creole, Cajun, European, Persian, Asian, and a few more. The style encompasses these derivations, but also has some style that is unique to the region. Common ingredients that are used in Caribbean dishes include bell peppers, chickpeas, coconut, sweet potatoes, rice, beans, culantro, and tomato. Meats typically include beef, poultry, pork, and fish. A key seasoning used in Caribbean dishes is a green herb and oil marinade, encompassing garlic, onions, celery, rosemary, tarragon, thyme, and more. This seasoning can be found in curries, stews, and roasted meats, so it is very versatile.

 

Cajun

The Cajun style of cooking came to fruition from Acadiana region of Louisiana. The style is known as a rustic cuisine, where the ingredients that are locally available dominate the dishes, and the preparation is usually simple. Cajun meals are typically a “three-pot affair,” in which the meal is has three pots that encompass the main dish in one and the sides in the other two. Typically, one has steamed rice and one has whatever vegetable is either plentiful or available. Most common meats for Cajun dishes are made with shrimp, andouille sausage, and crawfish, while the three most common vegetables are the most aromatic ones, green peppers, onions, and celery.

 

Cuban

The Cuban style of cuisine combines Spanish, African, Caribbean, and Native American Taino cuisines. The Cuban style get its spices and techniques from both the African and Spanish style of cooking, and gets its spice and flavor from Caribbean influence. The main influence over the the cuisine comes from Spain, as a result from the Spanish colonization. French colonists that came from Haiti also brought some styles and techniques over with them, further adding to the Cuban style. The most iconic dishes that Cuban style cooking has brought forth are the Cuban sandwich and Ropa Vieja, while the most popular drinks that came from the Cuban style are Daiquiris and Mojitos

 

If you are looking for a DeFuniak restaurant to dine in and enjoy any one of these styles of cooking, then a stop at the Tropicana Club is in store for you!

18
Apr
2018
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Plumbing When YOU Need It

Picture this: You are enjoying a nice vacation, visiting the beaches of Destin with your family. After some fun in the sun all day and a meal out, you return to find out a pipe burst in your vacation home. It’s after 5 so everything is closed. Actual nightmare, right? If you are ever looking for a Destin plumbers, AJ’s Plumbing has you covered. The certified crew at AJ’s Plumbing are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week for your plumbing emergencies.

While AJ’s Plumbing is ready for emergencies, that’s not all they do; if you are looking to remodel kitchen or bathroom, a situation much prefered to nightmare the one above, the professionals at AJ’s Plumbing can help you out. They can assist with demoing existing plumbing, roughing out new plumbing, and installing new pipes. Just looking to have a sink or shower relocated instead of a full remodel? AJ’s Plumbing can handle that, too!

Services range from repairs – including everything from clogged drains and leaks to electric water heater repairs and sewer line maintenance – custom plumbing, and gas piping for fireplaces. For clogged drains and blocked pipes, they can deploy a camera on a flexible rod to go down the drain and pinpoint exactly where the problem is, be it roots, cracked pipes, or any other issue.

The experts at AJ’s Plumbing provide helpful tips for smaller plumbing issues in your home and how to prevent disaster before it strikes. Their blog covers topics ranging from what makes some faucets more expensive than others and how to polish brass fixtures to what causes leaks and the history of plumbing. Ever wanted to know what makes pipes leak? The answer can be found in the blog! Aside from plumbing tips, we also keep some handy tips those looking to learn a thing or two about things outside of plumbing, for example, did you know not to hang Christmas ornaments too low, as they can be a choking hazard for pets and children? We certainly learned a lot checking it out!

Whenever you need a plumber in the Destin area, for new or existing homes, give the experts at AJ’s Plumbing a call at 850-231-1473. AJ’s Plumbing has a reputation for both quality and responsiveness. They not only work to help their clients complete their projects, but enjoy doing it as well, and seeing any project through, from start to finish. AJ’s Plumbing is fully licensed and trained so you know you’ll get the quality of service you need, and you can depend on them. You can also find out more and see a full list of the services they provide on their website, www.ajsplumbinginc.com.

18
Apr
2018
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Why You Should Go Inshore Fishing On Your Next Vacation

Florida’s Gulf Coast offers some of the best fishing spots in the country, with Destin inshore fishing being extremely popular among locals and tourist who flock to the emerald waters specifically for fishing. Today, we are going to take a look at what inshore fishing is and what makes Destin inshore fishing so special.

Inshore fishing is fishing in sight of land – or on land in some cases – in water up to 30 meters deep. Another good rule of thumb is if you are more than 9 miles out, you are now offshore fishing. Because fishermen are closer to the shore, the waters are significantly more calm. This means the boat required doesn’t need to be as powerful. Popular inshore fishing vessels include small cabin cruisers, dinghys, and even kayaks. These smaller boats use less power and less fuel – if they use fuel at all.

The benefits of inshore fishing extend beyond the boat, though. Even with significant seasonal changes, inshore fishing remains consistent year round. In terms of gear, the rods and reels needed for inshore fishing are less expensive, because they don’t need to pull in larger fish, like tuna or billfish. The tackle is also lighter. Offshore fishing often requires pricey equipment like chirp sonar and open radar; inshore fishing usually needs a standard GPS and occasionally a fish tracker, but they aren’t considered a necessity. Being closer to the shore also means less time getting to a location and more time fishing. It can take hours or overnight to reach an offshore fishing location, burning time and fuel.

Destin has been called the luckiest fishing village and the billfish capital of the gulf, and those are nicknames it lives up to. Geographical features like artificial reefs, diverse limestone structures, and proximity to the Desoto Canyon encourages a wide variety of fish – such as snapper, amberjack, and triggerfish – to breed in the area. The perfect example of this is Another reason Destin is perfect for inshore fishing is the history. While that might sound strange, the history of Destin as a fishing village meant the natural resources were respected and cared for, preserving the ocean ecosystem for many generations to come. Fishing is frequently enjoyed by locals, meaning boat and charter companies are operated by experienced fishermen who know the waters perfectly.

If this article has got you ready to head out to the beach, but you don’t have gear or a boat, don’t worry! Backcountry Outfitters is the oldest and largest inshore fishing charter company in Destin. If you are interested in booking a charter, give them a call at 850-654-5566. You can also visit them online at backcountryoutfittersdestin.com.