Kids Can Help With Thanksgiving Dinner Too

Whether hosting a family of 5 or a gathering of 50, Thanksgiving dinner requires plenty of planning and a lot of time. It can be hard to do it all and enjoy the festivities yourself. One of the ways you can transform your Turkey Day dinner into a successful and enjoyable affair is to sign off tasks to your best little helpers: the kids.

Kids of any age can help out, and both you and they will find the holiday to be more memorable and meaningful. Continue Reading →

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The Orange County Rescue Mission

The Empire chapter of SIC Psycles Familia pose with families from Village of Hope in Tustin on Sunday, October 09, 2016.
(Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)

The Orange County Rescue Mission developed in response to a serious need in the OC community. Sergeant Lewis Whitehead, a resident of Orange County in the 1960s, had his life changed in 1963. Passing by a bridge, he overhead a confrontation underneath the bridge. What he found there shocked him to his core. It was like the dark underside of the affluent and easygoing OC life above the bridge– children, women, and men: sick, without food and shelter. Continue Reading →

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Get a Golf Cart to Get Around Town

Forget the latest hybrid or electric car if you want efficiency—trends throughout the Sun Belt and Southern communities are showing that the golf cart is the next big thing, for the young and old alike. In planned communities of sprawling acreage, a golf cart is perfect for a quick run to the store, to drop the kids at a friends house or, of course, to head to the golf course. Continue Reading →

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Happy Halloween Safety Review

Halloween has arrived! And with it, costumes, pumpkin carving (and pumpkin spice flavored goodies), decorations, and enough candy to last the year. Take care of your little ghoulish ghosts and wicked witches this year by adhering to safe practices in all of your Halloween festivities. Continue Reading →

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Check Windshield Wiper Blades

It’s the end of a long, hot summer (not unusual in southern California), and the first rain comes. You get in the car, turn on the windshield wipers…only to find that they aren’t working and you can’t see out the windshield. And beyond its inconvenience, this is a major safety hazard of impaired visibility. Wipers taking a beating in winter months, and can wear out within a few uses, while the summer heat dries and cracks the rubber. Avoid any unpleasant surprises with some easy maintenance through the year.

Replace Like a Pro   

Blades should be replaced every 6 to 12 months, according to most experts. Here are 4 steps to take in replacing the blades on your own. (Not feeling confident in your windshield wiper replacing abilities? Bring your car by a car shop and they’ll usually do it right there for you!)

  1. Which fit? – Measure the length of the wiper blades, or check your car owner’s manual for the correct blade measurement.
  2. Out with the old – Lift the arm of the wiper away from the windshield, and press the tab on the underside of the wiper. This should allow you to slide the wiper blade off the arm. (Need a visual? Watch this tutorial.)
  3. In with the new – Put the new wiper blade tightly on the arm. A clicking sound will tell you that it is secure. Lower the arm back to the windshield and repeat with the other wiper.
  4. Test – Before you drive off, test the new blades out.

There’s one less thing to worry about as the winter season approaches! Go to our blog archive for other helpful tricks and tips.

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O.C. Charities: Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

Nearly 15,000 kids in the US are diagnosed with cancer every year. And of the $8 billion of government funding going toward cancer research, less than 4% goes toward specific studies of childhood cancer. Since its founding in 1982, the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF) has pledged to “focus its efforts to improve the care, quality of life and survival rate of children with malignant diseases”. Their office is located in Irvine. Continue Reading →

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Charity Spotlight: Project Hope Alliance

Orange County has a reputation for affluence. Yet despite this facade, there is an underlying problem, which runs deep: 28,000 children in the OC school district are experiencing homelessness. This is a higher percentage than the neighboring counties of San Diego and Los Angeles. One in 6 children in Orange County are living in poverty. The lack of stability and nutrition that they face distracts and inhibit from their academic and social growth. The Project Hope Alliance, founded in 1989, began as a way to support the transportation needs of children attending the Project HOPE School (now Skyview Elementary). For the last 28 years, the Project Hope Alliance has created programs which support youth from kindergarten through age 24 in committing to an education and their future. Continue Reading →

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Smoke Alarms: Are They Necessary?

The short answer is YES. Smoke alarms are one of the first items to check for when moving into a new place. Smoke alarms are required in every home, at every level and in every sleeping room. Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms (38%) or no working smoke alarms (21%).

If you don’t have smoke alarms, start with the type of alarm: ionized or photoelectric. The difference? An ionized smoke detector use “ions”, or electrically charged particles to detect smoke in the air. Ionized detectors are more responsive to flaming fire. A photoelectric detector, using a light beam to detect the presence of smoke, will be more likely to catch a smouldering fire (such as a lit cigarette that has fallen on a couch cushion). Smouldering fires are dangerous in that they can fill a house with dangerous gases before they even reach a full flame fire. Continue Reading →

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Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

Once you’ve finally found the apartment you want, you most likely just want to finish the process once and for all: move in the furniture, set up the kitchen, and have a good night’s sleep. But before all of that, and before you even take the keys, schedule a walk through of the apartment with a landlord or rental agent. Be ready to note any problems with the apartment’s aesthetics and function. If you do this ahead of time you can prevent incurring fees for damage you didn’t cause in the first place. Come prepared with a notepad, a camera for photos and videos, and this list of what to check for: Continue Reading →

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