February 11, 2016

Prepare for the snow with these winter weather tips

Winter weather can ruin your day. Check out these winter weather tips, so that when snow strikes, you're ready.

  • Spray your snow shovel with cooking oil. The snow won't get stuck to the shovel, making your shoveling job easier.
  • Lay out a tarp on your sidewalk or driveway before it snows. Make sure you weigh the tarp down with firewood so it doesn't blow away. Then, tie some twine to both the tarp and a shovel—this will help you pull out your tarp (and clear your walk!) once the snow falls.
  • Make your own de-icing spray from vinegar and rubbing alcohol. Before it snows, coat your sidewalk with a spray made of 3 parts vinegar, 1 part water. Then, to minimize icing after a storm, spray a mix of 2 parts rubbing alcohol, 1 part water on your steps and sidewalks.
  • To prevent your windshield wipers from getting covered with snow and ice overnight, raise them up and cover them with a pair of old socks.
  • If you have a similar problem with your mirrors icing up, zip a large Ziploc bag around them and they will stay clear.
  • If you have the option, park your car facing east. When the sun rises, it will help to melt some of the ice and snow that accumulated overnight.
  • If you're in a pinch with an icy windshield and no scraper, you can use a hard (non-metal) spatula or old credit card to clear your windshield.
  • If you need help de-icing your car locks, use hand sanitizer. Just make sure the sanitizer contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Struggling with foggy windows? Spray a layer of shaving cream on the inside of your windows and wipe it clean.
via Buzzfeed, SlipTalk, and Houselogic

January 27, 2016

City of Columbus proposes workforce housing

The city of Columbus is planning on developing affordable “workforce housing”  for individuals who
work in or near the Downtown area. The new development, which will be located across from the
YMCA on Long Street, will target single residents and families who work downtown and make
$40,000 to $60,000 a year. The building is said to be comprised mainly of “micro units.” For more
information, click here.

January 21, 2016

15 things to get rid of in 2016

A new year means a fresh start—and this applies to your home's clutter. Decrease the mess by following HGTV's strategy for what to toss in 2016.

  1. Cardboard food boxes in your pantry. Not only do glass jars and airtight food containers look better, they also keep your food fresher too.
  2. Wire hangers. Matching wooden or plastic hangers can help your closet feel much more luxurious.
  3. Your dish sponge. Sponges have a lifespan of about a month. If yours has been collecting germs for longer, it's time to toss it.
  4. Old shoes. Worn-out shoes collecting dust in your closet? Time to throw them out.
  5. Old clothes. Any item that you haven't worn in over a year needs to go.
  6. Old kids' clothes. This rule applies to any clothing your children may have outgrown, as well. Give their old clothes a new life by donating items that no longer fit them.
  7. Single socks. If you have a bag full of socks that have lost their mates, throw it out. If you've done several loads of laundry without finding their match, it's probably not worth keeping them around.
  8. Expired makeup. Did you know mascara has an expiration date? After three months, it's time to throw it out. Foundation and concealer have a year-long lifespan and lipstick, eye shadow and blush are good for about two.
  9. Old spices. Spices need replaced after about a year, as well. Give each one a whiff. If there's no smell, there's no flavor remaining.
  10. Your toothbrush. Dentists advise replacing your toothbrush every three months!
  11. Old holiday cards from friends and family. Record any contact info updates and toss them. You'll get new ones next year!
  12. Last year's calendar. Live in the present with a brand new calendar for a brand new year.
  13. UFO's aka Unidentified Frozen Objects. If there's anything hiding in the back of your freezer that you no longer recognize, throw it out!
  14. Old DVDs and VHS tapes. If you don't love it or don't have the technology to play it anymore, there's no need to have it taking up space in your entertainment center.
  15. Expired food. If you can't or won't eat it, don't keep it.

January 14, 2016

Jacquemin Farms plan approved in close vote

Jerome Township trustees recently approved a rezoning request that will bring retail, apartments and
senior living facilities to the 60 acres on Hyland Croy road that was originally Jacquemin Farms. The
approval gave The Schottenstein Real Estate Group permission to continue on with their plans to
develop the area. According to ThisWeek Dublin, the plan brought both support and dissent from
community members. Township trustees themselves were split, with two trustees in favor of the plan
and one against. One of the concerns associated with the plan was how the new development would
affect traffic. At this time, a traffic study is still underway. For more information, click here.

January 1, 2016

Happy 2016!

A new year is a chance for new beginnings. Whether it's by keeping your New Year's Resolutions or making a fresh start in a new home, we wish you the best in your endeavors in 2016! If a new home is on your list for the New Year, let us know how we can help. Have a Happy New Year's Day!

December 27, 2015

New Years Eve in Central Ohio

Still trying to nail down plans for the perfect New Years Eve party? Check out our list of events going on in and around Columbus to help you ring in 2016 in style:

First Night Columbus - Ring in the new year at COSI from 5pm to midnight with face painting, live entertainment, and fireworks that's sure to be fun for the whole family. Presale tickets are $10 and can be purchased here.

Wild New Year - If you're looking for a wilder night, check out Hollywood Casino's Wild New Year party. Festivities go until 2am and include a seafood buffet and midnight balloon drop. For more information, click here.

Times Square Live - Be transported to NYC for New Year's without leaving the 614. The Garden Theater in the Short North will be hosting a New Year's celebration to rival the Big Apple with live music, themed cocktails, and a live stream of Times Square on the big screen. For tickets, click here.

December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We hope your holidays are filled with joyful times spent with loved ones. As 2015 draws to a close, we'd like to wish all of of our friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thanks for reading, and we'll see you in 2016!