Holiday Carpet Cleaning

With the holidays coming fast many people want to clean their carpets to spruce up the appearance of the home. Pet stains, smelly carpet, impacted dirt in high traffic areas can make your home look dingy. Cleaning your carpet with a machine is the easiest solution.
You may have considered one of three options to clean your carpet. The first is hiring a professional carpet cleaner, second, is renting a carpet cleaning machine from the store and third purchasing as hot water extraction machine from the store. Regardless the choice the process is the same. A solution of carpet cleaning detergent is placed onto the carpet and worked into the fibers. The detergent loosens the soil and grime from your carpet and then is pulled out of the carpet, lifting the soil and water. So the way you want to do this is basically determined on you needs capability, and convenience.
Professional Carpet Cleaning
A professional carpet cleaning company typically used a vacuum mounted truck hot water extraction system which is sometimes called carpet steam cleaning. A good professional will vacuum the carpet to lift up the loose soil. Then a chemical (water or solvent based) cleaning solution is sprayed on the carpet to break down the soil. The cleaning solution carries out the dirty particles in the rug fibers with the water that was applied (200 degrees F). This is often called steam cleaning however, this is a misconception because it is actually hot water extraction.
Your local professional carpet cleaner will have trained employees that have knowledge in removing specific stains such as cat and dog urine or coffee and wine stains. Professionals are much better at stain removal.  In my experience, Naperville Carpet Cleaning is the most economical and has upfront pricing (no hidden charges) starting at $45 per room. Personally I much rather deal with an upfront and honest company that is transparent about their cost then trying to lure me in with unbelievable deals like $15 per room.
Renting a Carpet Cleaning Machine
There are many options in the area for renting carpet cleaning machines. If you want to do this yourself you can pick up a machine at Home Depot or Pet Smart for $35 per day. You will also need to purchase the cleaning solution and plan on spending about $40 more for that. You may even want to purchase specialty stain removing solutions and odor removing chemicals for pet urine stains. You can get good products at the pet store.
The machines are similar in size and operation. You will be responsible for bbringingthe machine home and bringing it back in time. Typically you can rent a machine for 4-6 hours or 24-hours.
Purchase a Carpet Cleaning Machine
This is a good solution of you have children or pets in the home. Owing your own machine is great for emergency carpet cleaning and you have the options to clean problem areas on a more regular basis. You can get a decent machine for approximately $200. Some of the more expensive machines will heat the water or have more options like furniture attachments for cleaning upholstery.
Personally, I like the idea of having my own machine to clean the carpets but one drawback I notice is that they never do as good of job as a professional carpet cleaning equipment. If you only plan on cleaning your carpet once or twice a year then having a carpet cleaning service is the way to go.

Asking For And Receiving Help Is A Good Thing

Well, the kids are back to school and chances at that you are working harder than ever. The end of the year is creeping up on us with work deadlines as family obligations increasing with helping the kids with homework and shuttling them around to sporting events and practice. Not only that the reminder that the holidays is coming when we start to see the Christmas decorations start popping up in the stores next month. So as the pressure is on and you are continually drilled you may need to reach out for a helping hand with some of the weekly chores.
Hiring help may sound like a scary thing especially if you are uncomfortable with others helping you or are the type of person that has a difficult time excepting help. But when you get down to it, it’s really no different than going out for dinner or ordering a pizza. Whether its hiring someone to clean out your gutters or help with home cleaning the result is the same… a relief. If you can manage, hiring help is a wonderful thing and many times more affordable than you would have thought.
By now you have probably have heard of a takeout taxi service which is a service that will actually pick up and deliver you take out food. I know, how lazy can you be is your thought, but there is a need. Even Whole Foods has skin in the game and offers a service similar to PeaPod (Jewel) where the store clerks will pick out the items, per your request, and either have them waiting for you at the store, or the store will deliver them to you. Who does this? Well, have you given though to the mom that is simultaneously handling infants twins at home and a toddler? Going to the store may just be out of the question especially when your husband calls from work and says he will be working late.
There is nothing wrong with receiving help, it’s not an elitist status but more necessity driven. When life gets a little difficult don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.
The very reason I wrote this is because recently I just needed help and my in-laws looked at me sideways asking why can’t I just do everything thing myself. With judgments set aside, I made the decision to get help not only because it helped just me but the entire family.
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Sell or Be Sold

A few months ago a friend of mine suggested I listen to or read a book by a top salesperson in the Contemporary media. This particular person had spent a lifetime working for several charitable organizations by helping raise money for a very worthwhile organization. And since this particular blog focuses on charity I thought it might take a moment to focus on some of the ideas that this individual had to share. As you may have noticed I have reluctantly withheld the name of this particular salesperson. Why? I felt that his message is an important message and I didn’t want to be tainted with a good or bad feeling about the author of the message first. So the story goes this particular man that was raising money for charitable organizations had worked on a number of boards that had struggled to raise funds for Charities for years. He would come into an organization and quickly be able to determine problems of why organizations could not get charitable donations. One of the things that this man shared during the course of his time on serving boards for raising money was some of the people’s reason for not giving was because the charitable organizations were not asking for enough money. What? Yes! Time and again this individual stated that the reason people were reluctant to give was because of the size of the ask. The people giving the money felt that he was such a small amount of money to be asking for that I couldn’t have any real effect. Wow! This is something that never would have occurred to most of us. It took a sales person to really understand the psychology of why people want to give. You know the truth of the matter is there are many good people that want to willingly give but don’t because they feel as if their gift is too small and not going to matter. That is an important thing to remember when it comes to our faith as well. I started to think since we are made in God’s image why would you think any different than how he thinks. If it’s the same way with rich people that are abundant in wealth to give and I’m willing to give because we ask for so little then why wouldn’t it be the same with our faith. This is a very enlightening opportunity for me to listen to this gentleman speak at length how his success of opening the pockets of rich and successful people to give willingly large amounts had happened time and again41jVx9H8-QL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_ because he understood the psychology of what the person needed. The person needed to feel like they were making a difference. I would like to now give credit to Grant Cardone the top contemporary salesman of our current time for the enlightenment that he had upon his viewers and listeners ship by offering that intelligence from his years of experience.

This experience for me was extremely good in stretching the parts of my brain I didn’t want to stretch. This allowed me to see the world through the eyes of someone that has had success finding out what people’s resistance is and then solving that by giving them an opportunity to respond. This type of exercise really creates wisdom because one can start to see that there are many dots in this world that can easily connect if one takes the mental time attitude and focus to understand different disciplines and how they intertwine.

When it comes to the type of wisdom that I seek most I am consistently looking for top teachers in their field. If you have had an experience that is similar please feel free to share how it has affected your charity and your face. Please feel free to email and respond directly below.

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Spring Time Tree Care in Naperville

Springtime is here in the suburban Midwest that means the daffodils are blooming, the trees budding and we are starting to go outside again to enjoy the warmer weather. As we are walking in the parks and thought the neighborhood you may be thinking of a spring clean-up project, how you are going to plant you vegetable garden or finally getting around to trimming that tree.

This is the time that trees are waking up. Deciduous trees, the leafy trees that lost leaves in the fall time, are beginning to grow again. Soon some of these trees will begin to flower and fill the air with sweet aroma. Tree are starting to grow again because the temperate is increasing, causing the ground to warm up. With the passing of the vernal equinox, we now are going into a more lighted part of the day, having more sunlight which is necessary for the plants and trees to grow and produce food.

Different trees will blossom in different ways. Some trees, like a chokecherry, will grow leaves on its branches first followed by beautiful aromatic blossoms. Other trees, catkins, will produce a flower on the branch followed by the leaves. Flowers on the trees are necessary for reproduction. Just the other day I noticed a yellow power in the air around the pine bushes in front of my home. When the bush was shaken pollen was released in a great powdery cloud. This pollen is carried by the winds and by insects like bees.

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Dormant insects soon will become active. Some of these insects are beneficial like bees and some of the insects are harmful. Most notable is the emerald Ash Borer. This insect is and green beetle that has been destroying the Naperville ash trees. The larva that hatch in the springtime eat the inner bark of the tree and kill the tree from the inside out. The adult is a green beetle that is about a half-inch long and leaves of the tree. When the tree starts to die it dies from the top down. The tree will keep trying to grow the larva will continue to eat the bark and inside of the tree. In the end, the base of the tree will have chutes that grow and giant leaves as a last-ditch effort to save itself. These insects has killed hundreds of thousands of ash trees in the Midwest and great lakes area. You can find more information about this beetle and how to manage it at http://www.napervilletreecare.com. They have great information about how to manage your tree, how to save your tree from the ash borer, how to trim trees, and what the cost is for tree removal when the tree dies from infestation.

The City of Naperville is adamant about property owners removing dead or dying tree, especially if the tree is infested with the emerald ash borer. The City is issuing homeowners $500 dollar fines if you do not take down you tree with a certain amount of time. The city wants infected trees down before April 1st when the emerald ash borer larva become active with the warmer weather.

How You Can Help Families in Your Area

Whether you live in Naperville or Davenport Iowa, one of the nicest things about communities it the help available for those families who need finical support.  That’s can be from individual local charities like Loaves and Fishes, governmental programs such as LIHEAP,   or individual business offering assistance to families is such as the heating and cooling company (Best Heating and Air) I found giving away a free furnace, a local Naperville online marketing company (www.YourLocalLead.com) collecting funds to help local families or a local carpet cleaning service (www.carpetcleaninginnaperville.com) donating profits towards helping needy families.

Everyone can admit by now that this economy is tough.  The economy has been so bad these past eight years that the “actual” unemployment rate is somewhere near 17.5%.   This higher and unreported rate takes in account the people looking for work but are not on workmen compensation.  A personal friend of mine who is an engineer has been laid off three times.  Situations like this cause difficulties when a person cannot collect unemployment because that did not work long enough between jobs to qualify for the benefits.

In quest for helping a friend, I researched the area, here in Naperville, for finical or other help, for the said family in need.  I found a local food pantry, catholic on non-religious charities, governmental programs and small business that want to help.

grocerybagclear-232x300The biggest food pantry in the area is Loaves and Fishes (www.Loaves-fishes.org). The panty comes highly recommended by all the charities and is known as the best around.  I did do some personal research myself y going to that pantry with my friend not only to help her but to sum up the place myself a sort of secret shopper if you will.

The actual location of the facility is in an industrial park.  The address is 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, Illinois 60540.  The phone number is 630-355-3663.

The facility was very nice.  As you walk in the atmosphere is inviting and organized and the best part is that the people working there are extremely nice and non-judgmental. As far as a charity goes A++ in that department.  The last thing that someone needs when they are down is judgment from someone else.  This is something that is very important for and individuals’ feelings who is going through a difficult situation. My friend seeking help has been on an emotional roller coaster not only with unsupportive family but with other charities who assert that you are incompetent based on the present situation.

That was a tremendous eye-opener to me.   The feeling that an unemployed person goes through are a title wave of emotions of guilt, regret, lack of confidence and self-worth.  When having to ask someone for help is an absolute, it is a relief when no judgment or expectations are attached.

I was told that the food pantry was upgraded and arranged in a new fashion.  I do not know what the food pantry was previously like but I can report on the experience that I had.   After the formal registering at the front lobby, you are directed to the small warehouse where the food and items are kept on display shelves.

You are given a grocery cart and directions how to choose the items on the shelves.  So far so good.  You are herded in a single file line through the aisles of the warehouse choosing items off the shelves that you would like.  Each item has an assigned value to them and the individual is not allowed to go over their assign value for each designated area.   Workers or volunteers are stationed at the ends of the aisle to make sure you are on track and not choosing over your allotment.

There are different sections such as canned goods, household supplies (limited), boxed food, fresh vegetables (if you can call them fresh), frozen meet area and the bread area.  For the most part, the volunteers were helpful in making sure you are not over the allotment but tried pushing thing on you that you necessarily did not want….

The charity receives its donations from local business like Whole Foods, Jewel, fresh market.  It also receives food from local food drives.   So the source of what they can offer is dependent on the inventory they receive.

You get what you pay for.  The food you receive is ok.  You need to remember that this is for people that need desperate help.  The fresh vegetables are half gone.  On the freshness scale, they are very ripe to rotten.  Yes, I have heard how great the food pantry is and that they offer fresh vegetables but what I saw was literally the bottom of the barrel stuff.  Not saying it Loaves & Fishes fault, Its just what the receive from the stores to offer.

Most of the canned goods were expired.  What you should take from this article is that the next time there is a food drive in your area for the local pantry, please go to the grocery store and buy some fresh goods to donate to the charity.   People actually need to eat these things.

Frozen/fresh meat……. Be careful.  What was given to us was very questionable.  The fish smelled soo bad that if for sure was contaminated and had to be tossed into the trash.  There is now way someone should risk salmonella poisoning.

Bread was plentiful.  I think we ended up with eight or so loaves of bread.  I noticed that some of the bread came from local bakeries and were very nice.

I’m sure that the selection and quantity of the foods offered at the pantry varied considerably depending on the local donations.  It is up to us, yes you the reader, to help these local charities like Loaves & Fishes and donate with fresh food or money so they can provide food.    I am in no way associated with any of these organizations.  I just wanted to help get the word out and in some small way help other in the way that I can.

 

 

Naperville Area Indoor Triathlon – 2015

First Indoor Triathlon is on January 10, 2016

BumblesGetting ready for the running season is an important part of the running experience. Especially if you are running a race or participating in a triathlon. Plantar fasciitis  is a foot condition that affects many runners, impairing their ability to run. It’s important to take care of your feet with proper stretching and exercise. Dr. Richa Vohra is a rehabilitation specialist in Naperville, at www.sorefeetusa.com and she recommends foot rollers for massaging your foot muscles.Foot Rollers

A fun and safe way to get ready for the 2016 running season is joining an indoor triathlon.  The Naperville Running Company (Naperville Running Company) is blog posting and indoor triathlon at LifeStart in Central Park in Lile at 7:00 am on January 10, 2016.

This event is scheduled for one hour. The event activities include:

  • 10 Minutes of swimming in the pool
  • 30 Minutes on stationary exercise bikes
  • 5 Minute transition period between activities
  • 20 Minutes of running activity on the treadmill

The main goal is to compete with yourself and accomplish your personal best.  The activity results will be monitored and measured by how far you go in each event activity.  Onsite volunteers will be present to record the distances you achieve.

The events will be staged in sets of four participants. Each set of four will start every 20 minutes.  The triathlon start time is at 7:00 am on Sunday January 10th, 2016.  There are additional triathlons scheduled for February 14th and on March 20th.

You can register for the event at experiencetriathlon.com

Why the City of Naperville Is Great

Naperville is one of the suburbs of Chicago, located in DuPage and Will counties in the State of Illinois. Naperville was ranked the second-best place to reside in the United States by Money Magazine in 2006. It was ranked first among the best cities for early retirement in 2013 by a study conducted by Kiplinger in 2010; Naperville was named the richest city in the Midwest and the eleventh in the nation and has a population of over 75,000. It is among the safest cities to live in the US according to recent reports. According to a census reports in 2010, the population of the city was about 141,853, which is estimated to have grown to 144,864 in July 2013. It is among the largest city in Illinois, preceded by Aurora, Chicag Continue reading Why the City of Naperville Is Great

Why the City of Naperville Is a Nice Place To Live

As a long time resident of Naperville, I could honestly say that it is a great place to live. When I first traveled to Naperville I thought it was soo far away but in reality, it was only twenty-five minutes from where I use to live in Westmont.   Back then I never knew about the Riverwalk or the downtown beach that was hidden next to the riverwalk.  Being a swimmer I would have loved this place when I was younger.  Our daughter is becomming old enough to learn how to swim and asking about swimming at the beach.  Since it is winter we may go to the YMCA and I can teach her to swim.   There are actually a few places we could go to learn to swim but the YMCA seems the most affordable.  The local health clubs are just expensive. Centennial-Beach-Naperville-Illinois

I now have lived in Naperville for over thirteen years and I am still finding new places to explore.   Just recently I have discovered the DuPage Children’s Museum and I can’t wait to take our daughter there.   It really looked like a great place with lots of things for kids to do.  The museum was clean and the staff were very friendly.

Recently the City of Naperville has added and remodeled some of the parks near me. I actually have two parks very close to me which our daughter loves to go to, both are connected by a paved walking trail which is the the entrance to the parks.  Our daughter would love to go on walks every day, the neighborhood, and want to play for hours at the park.  I just wish I could get WiFi at the park.

Speaking of WiFi I remember when the city was talking about installing WiFi everyware so it would be free for everyone.  I read that the only hitch is that everytime someone would log on, advertisments would be something you would need to get through.  Even so I would like the oppertunity to log on from the park.  Especially when I am spending hour there.