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    As a result of having been well-satisfied with a previous job done by your firm, we contacted you to paint several rooms in our house. Once again not only were we pleased with the job performed, but we were impressed with the care they took to protect furniture and carpeting. We will not hesitate to recommend Reilly Painting to others.

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  • What To Do This Weekend in Cleveland

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    Sometimes we have nothing to do over the weekend, and after a stressful work week, that’s a good thing. But, sometimes we have nothing to do over the weekend and we start getting antsy. I’m sure we’ve all typed, “What should I do this weekend?” into a search engine. Well, look no further than This Is Cleveland for all the events happening in our city this weekend. Have fun!

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    People Keep Coming Back to Cleveland

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    There’s something that sets Cleveland apart from other large cities: a sense of community. As diverse as Clevelanders are, we are all loyal to this city we call home. We love Cleveland unconditionally and want only what is best for it.

    Signs of renewed vitality were everywhere. Downtown warehouses had been turned into lofts and restaurants. Several old movie palaces had been transformed into Playhouse Square, the country’s largest performing arts complex after Lincoln Center. The lakefront boasted the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, in a futuristic design by I. M. Pei. The Cleveland Clinic had become a world center of medical innovation and was spawning a growing industry of biotechnology start-ups. How had so depleted a city managed to preserve and enlarge upon so many assets? And could a city that had once been a national leader in industrial patents in the 19th century reinvent itself as an economic powerhouse in the 21st?

    “It’s the people,” a woman who had recently arrived in Cleveland said when I asked what she liked most about the place. As with so many transplants to the area, she was here not by choice but by virtue of a spouse’s change of job. They had traded a house in Santa Barbara and year-round sun and warmth for an old estate on the East Side and gray winters and sometimes torrid summers. And yet they didn’t look back. “We’ve been amazed by how welcoming everyone is,” she added. “We’ve never lived in a place where everyone is so involved in its future.”

    Read more at Smithsonian.

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    Stop Asking Dumb Questions

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    My mom is a middle school teacher and even she knows it’s a myth that “there are no stupid questions.” Certainly you’ve heard yourself ask a stupid question and wished you hadn’t. Maybe you weren’t sure how else to phrase it, and that’s okay. Here to help you is Clay Zeigler with 10 tips on how to ask smarter, more thought out questions at work.

    My favorite rule is #1, which basically says that you should never preface a question with, “I know this might sound stupid.” This statement allows people to think that your question is stupid. Eliminating that phrase is a great step in the right direction, and it will probably boost your own self confidence.

    For more tips, read the article here.

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    Lifehacker’s List of Essential iPad Apps

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    Lifehacker, if you’ve never heard of it, is a website dedicated to helping you become a more productive, more satisfied member of society. They’ve recently compiled a list of all their favorite iPad apps. Some are on the more obvious side, such as Facebook and Netflix. But others you may find as good replacements for apps you already use but don’t like so much.

    Check out their comprehensive list here.

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    Great Summer Snacks for the Kids

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    When the kids are home for the summer, you have a little more control over what they eat. They’re less likely to trade their fruit for cookies with their friends, or stop at a vending machine for some junk food. But it’s also hard to get the little ones to want to eat the healthy stuff on their plates. If they are allowed to have fun with their food, they will want to eat it. They’ll see it as a game – an adventure. The Green Monster Smoothie above is just one example.

    Some more ideas are fruit kebobs, fruit Popsicles, and “candy” bracelets. Letting your child help make these snacks is an awesome way for you guys to bond as well. Keep your kids healthy this summer, and check out these great snacks.

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    Apartment Renters Q&A

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    If you’re a renter, you’ve most likely had questions about noise or rent that you couldn’t find the answers to. Are your neighbor’s dogs too loud? Here’s what you can do:

    Start by documenting the noise. Write down when the dogs bark and for how long. Do they bark nonstop for 20 minutes after the neighbor leaves? Or do they bark for 10 minutes every time someone passes the door in the hallway? Record the sounds from inside your apartment. See if your other neighbors will do the same.

    Approach your neighbor one more time. Try to be as sensitive as possible, as the neighbor likely cares about the dogs deeply. “If you say, ‘I think he’s stressed,’ you’ve already said, ‘You’re not a good pet parent,’ ” said Andrea Arden, a dog trainer.

    Read more at The New York Times.

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    Getting That Junk Out of Your House

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    So you’ve reached that point where you look around your house and realize you have too much stuff. What do you do? It’s not as if the prospect of throwing all your junk in the trash has any appeal. Where would you find the time, anyway? Ohio business JunkAway does the work for you! JunkAway does one thing, and one thing only: removes junk from your home or work. It’s so simple. You point to the clutter and they take it away. No stress, no problems.

    Even cooler, JunkAway is a green business. Instead of throwing all of your stuff right into the dump, whatever can be recycled will be. They have also maintained relationships with charities, so a lot of your items will go to good use.

    Your Home Mechanics will declutter homes, but we’re big fans of JunkAway. We highly recommend you take a look at their website today.

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    The Kitchen of the Future

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    Samsung’s new appliances were made possible by world renowned cooks who probably know your kitchen appliances better than you do. With their help, these ovens, dishwashers, and refrigerated were tweaked just slightly to make them work so much more efficiently.

    Take the dishwasher, for example. The Chef Collection version of this handy but typically boring device has a wall-to-wall, carwash-like bank of water jets on the bottom to give it full interior spray coverage; traditional dishwashers have that spinning circular array of jets that leave cleaning gaps. According to Samsung, it doesn’t use any more water than your average dishwasher, either. Other new-wave tweaks include a modular control system that lets you increase the water pressure on one side of the dishwasher (where dirty pots and pans might be) and a flexible mat that lets you lay all your silverware flat to save space.

    Read more at Wired.

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    Should You Buy or Should You Rent?

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    The choice between buying a home and renting one is among the biggest financial decisions that many adults make. But the costs of buying are more varied and complicated than for renting, making it hard to tell which is a better deal. To help you answer this question, our calculator takes the most important costs associated with buying a house and computes the equivalent monthly rent.

    Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do, and even harder to know where to turn for help. The New York Times posted some interactive graphs and calculators to help you make this important decision. Click here to try it out!

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    Tips For a Less Stressful Move

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    Moving is going to be stressful, no matter what. But there are ways to make the move less stressful. One thing you can do is not procrastinate:

    If you wait too long to hire a mover, your choices may be severely limited. Movers book way in advance, particularly during their busiest times: summer, the beginning and end of each month or the exact middle of a month. Book your mover at least eight weeks in advance if possible. If you can schedule an off-peak date, you may even get a better price.

    Read here for more useful tips. And remember, if you need help de-cluttering your home before moving, Your Home Mechanics are here to help.

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