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5 Products for Outdoor Parties:

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

5 Products for Outdoor Parties:

Wow your family and friends at your next get outdoor together with some of these awesome products.  They are sure to make your house the “cool house.”

1.  No party is complete without music.  Set the tone for the evening with this waterproof, blue-tooth speaker. It’s the perfect addition to any outdoor get together.

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2.  Become known for your grillin’ skills with this ceramic cooker!!

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3.  While you’re your delicious dinner is cooking, enjoy a good ole’ game of corn toss!

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4.  Light up the scene with these colorful LED orb lights that float in the pool.

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5.  Don’t forget to capture these fun events!  This digital camera is the coolest thing on the market!! It’s waterproof and made for extreme moments.

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organize your kitchen

4 Ways to Organize Your Kitchen:

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Check out these 4 tips that will help organize your Kitchen:

All mom’s can agree that somehow our kitchens become a catchall room.  When we come home, the mail goes in a stack on the counter, along with papers from the kids’ backpacks.  Whenever we find a knick knack or thingamajig around the house, where does it go?  Yup . . . you guessed it, it gets tucked away in some drawer in the kitchen.  Then one day we realize that our kitchens have become overrun.  Here are some great ideas that can help you get your kitchen back in order.

1.  The Dreaded Junk Drawer.  Let’s face it the junk drawer is a necessity, but that doesn’t mean it has to be messy.  You can easily and inexpensively find little storage boxes that fit nicely into a drawer.  You can purchase a few that can be used to hold different items.

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2.  Sigh . . . Tupperware Lids.  Have you ever had to dig everything out of a cabinet trying to find the lid to a Tupperware dish? It’s so frustrating.  You can find a CD rack and use that to divide the different size/shape lids nicely.

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3.  Get Appliances off the Counters.  Appliances take up so much counter space.  Clear your counters by getting an appliance caddy installed in one of your lower cabinets.

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4.  Under the Kitchen Sink.  This is the place we typically just throw household cleaners, then shut the cabinet door and try to forget the mess hidden away.  You can purchase some clear storage bins to store rags and sponges.  Then you can purchase a rack that you can place your everyday cleaning products on (in their caddy).

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creative housewarming gift ideas

8 DIY Creative Housewarming Gifts

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Wow your friends with these creative housewarming gifts!

One of the major times in our lives is buying a new home.  We love to celebrate this momentous occasion with our friends, by showing our love and support.  Anyone can go out an purchase a gift, but sometimes it means so much more when the gift is created specifically for your friend’s personal taste.  Here are some creative housewarming gift ideas that you can use to get your creative juices flowing.

1.  DIY Wooden Stamped Hangers: make enough for your friend to fill their coat closet with these lovely custom stamped wooden hangers.

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2.  DIY Vintage Teacup Candle: this is the perfect gift for your friend that loves shabby chic style.

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3.  DIY Sweet and Savory Breakfast Basket: treat your friends to a yummy breakfast in their new home.

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4.  DIY Herb Filled Basket: your gardener friends are sure to love this beautiful herb filled basket. We loved the gold leaf rocks that they can place in their garden.  You could customize it even more by letting them choose their own message to put on the rocks.

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5.  DIY Ice Cream Sundae Kit: what a great gift basket to give a family with young children.

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6.  DIY Grill Lover Gift Basket: this grill lover basket is a great way for your friends to enjoy their new backyard.

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7.  DIY Game Night Gift Basket: this is another great family gift basket idea.

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8.  DIY Flavored Salts: do you have a foodie friend that you’d like to impress? What a great gift for a food lover.

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SaveEnergyatHome

5 Ways to Cut Your Energy Costs: Go Green

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert AZ:

Implementing energy-saving measures in your home will reduce your utility usage and costs. Every bit you save has a far wider impact, however. You’ll also lessen your consumption of the Earth’s natural resources and eliminate a portion of the air, water and soil pollution that occurs in the process. Start with five methods to cut your energy costs and create an impact.

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1. Change Your Light Bulbs

While lighting may not be your biggest drain on electricity in the home, it accounts for up to 20 percent of your electricity bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. By switching from traditional incandescent light bulbs to compact florescent lights (CFLs), you can save about 75 percent of the electricity used for each and every bulb replaced. Over the bulb’s lifetime, that equals around $30 or more. That’s a significant savings when you multiply it by the number of bulbs you use. Look for CFLs displaying the Energy Star logo for best results.

Tip: Install motion sensor switches in rooms where family members often forget to turn off the lights.

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2. Perform Regular HVAC Maintenance

Up to half of the energy used in your home goes to your heating and air systems, depending on where you live and the condition of your home. Short of buying a new HVAC system with a better energy rating or fueled with an alternative energy source such as a heat pump – which requires a large upfront investment – proper maintenance will help your furnace or air conditioner use less energy. Clogged air filters force the system to strain and run more, driving up energy use and leading to more frequent breakdowns and repairs. Change your filters at least every three months or sooner if needed. If it looks dirty, it’s time. Also, hire a qualified HVAC repair technician to give your system an inspection and “tune up” at least once a year to maintain efficiency and proper operation.

Tip: Install a programmable thermostat (like Nest Thermostat) to regulate home temperatures. Lower the temperature whenever you will be gone more than a few hours.

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3. Seal and Insulate Your Ductwork

An efficient furnace, good insulation and thermostat temperature settings only go so far to save you money. If your HVAC air ducts leak, you could be losing 20 percent or more of your heated or cooled air – you might as well leave a window open all year round! Not to mention that leaky ductwork can circulate fumes and gasses, such as carbon monoxide. This can lead to poor indoor air quality, aggravated health problems or worse, as the Energy Star website explains. Sealing and insulating your ducts is the solution. Use mastic (a glue-like sealant) and metal-backed foil tape to seal each joint and seam. Afterward, wrap the ducts with special insulation designed for ductwork.

Tip: Insulate water pipes, especially the hot water, with pipe insulation for greater energy savings and comfort.

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4. Stop Air Leaks

Where is air invading and escaping from your home? Prime problem areas include around electrical outlets and light switches, door and window frames, entry points where cables and lines of any type run into the house through the walls or floor, and surrounding wall- or window-mounted air conditioning units. Also check around gas lines or pipes, fireplaces, attic access doors or hatches, and around any vent or fan. Outside the home, use caulk to seal corners in the siding and wherever two materials meet, such as around water faucets and dryer or stove vents, chimney-to-roof joints and the foundation top. Inside, weatherstripping, caulk and expanding foam insulation can work wonders.

Tip: Don’t stop here. Take a look at your insulation and determine if it’s degraded and needs replacement or if it’s adequate to reach your area’s minimum R-values.

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5. Unplug It!

Perhaps 10 percent of your energy cost goes to “energy vampires” or “ghosts” that steal your electricity. These are appliances and items that use power even when they aren’t actually on and working. Think of anything with a clock, timer, LED light or digital display. Even your phone charger keeps pumping electricity long after the phone is full if you leave it plugged in. To stop this useless drain, turn off nonessentials when you’re done with them. Consider using power strips to plug in items and simply turn off the strip when you’re finished.

Tip: Look for the Energy Star label, which indicates energy efficiency, when purchasing home appliances large and small.

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Excellent Review of House Painters, Gilbert, AZ

The Gina Kent Group, Gilbert, AZ:

Review of House Painters, Gilbert, AZ:

A couple of weeks ago, I had a local company, George Johnston Painting, come out to paint my home.  I always worry about quality of paint jobs because my home has wood siding, and the planks needed to be sealed to prevent moisture.  After they were finished, I realized that I didn’t need to be worried at all.

I was so impressed with their quality of workmanship.  During the 2 days of work, the crew pressure washed, taped off all the windows, sealed all the planks, painted the house, mailbox, and the stucco walls in my back yard.  Their level of communication was excellent.  The crew worked efficiently, like a well oiled machine, they were fast and extremely detailed.  On top of all that, they were courteous too . . . they referred to me as ma’am when they addressed me.  Hahaha, I felt like I was in the South! 😉

Here’s a Before/During and After:

If you are in need of Interior/Exterior Painters, I highly recommend using George Johnston!
Tell them Gina Kent sent you!

Here’s their contact info:

(480) 234-0920

Licensed & Bonded
Free Estimates
No Payment Until Job is Done

Services Include:
Elastomeric Paints • Stucco Repairs • Power Washing
Wood Repairs • Garage Floor Epoxy • Pool Kool Deck
Elastomeric Roof Coatings • Drywall

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