Some families plan for their kids spring break and use the time for the official family vacation. Others have grandparents and other relatives come into town to watch over the kids. If you’re sticking around the city and are looking for things to do on spring break, then Cincinnati has a lot to offer.
There are literally millions of gallons of fun to be had at the Newport Aquarium. Take a stroll across Shark Bridge – if you dare. It’s the only suspension bridge in North America that lets you walk just inches above two dozen sharks. There are also dive shows where the divers can take your questions while underwater. So cool. There are lots to see under the sea at this aquarium.
Escape The Room Challenge
If your family likes puzzles and other mental challenges, then they’re going to flip for this ultimate interactive environment. Players are trapped in a room and need to look for the clues to escape before the time runs out. And you better hurry because the clock is ticking.
The Cincinnati Zoo consistently ranks as one of the best zoos in the country. If you haven’t been in awhile, then you’re going to be amazed at how many changes there are. You can feed a giraffe or meet new baby animals at the Animal Encounter exhibit. There is also the Safari Train and the 4-D Theater. All together, the zoo has 75 acres housing more than 580 animal species and 3,000 plant varieties to explore. You might just need two days to see it all!
The centerpiece of EnterTRAINment Junction is the 25,000 square feet of model trains. It contains two miles of track with 90 trains all driving through every era of the American railroad. But it’s not just model trains. Kids can also burn off energy at the Imagination Junction, which is a 5,000 square-foot play area. To top it off there’s a museum with even more to see.
Before you can start on any of these spring break adventures, you might want to take care of those remaining tasks back at home. You’ll enjoy the fund more when you know things have gotten done. This is where Junk King Cincinnati comes into play. It will only take one session with these junk removal pros to finally get your house cleared of all its unwanted rubbish. Make spring break count without any clutter in the house. Junk King Cincinnati can make that happen.
What are the things you’d like to change about in Amberley Village? Do you think there could be more parks or extended library hours? Are parking meters out of control? Are the potholes being filled? There could be a long list of things that would make a great place to live even greater. Of course, the only way to make those changes is to get involved. You can petition the local government agencies but there might be a better way: Get elected to those agencies yourself. Right now there are city council seats and other positions up for a vote in Amberley Village and many of these races are being run uncontested. That means whoever is on the ballot, will get the job. If you’re happy with the way things are going, then fine. But if you think it can be better, then this could be an exciting way to get your voice heard.
The next big election is in November and it’s not too late to get informed on the issues and decide where your efforts will be best put to use. This is certainly a major commitment but one that you can be proud of making.
If you don’t want to run for office, then you can still to a lot for Amberley starting with beautification. You can put together a team of volunteers to help clean up parks, plant flowers and make everything look bright for spring. That is also something to take pride in and it can become an annual event.
On the home front, you can also make beautification changes but you don’t have to do all the work. Junk King Cincinnati can be a big boost for your clean up efforts. What’s on your list of things to get rid of around your house? Whatever is on that list, it can be carted away by Junk King. They provide the manpower and the truck. You provide the junk. And that junk can be scattered throughout your home, up in the attic, down in the basement or out in the garage. Don’t lift a thing. Leave that all for Junk King. Make your Amberley Village home junk free with one session from Junk King Cincinnati.
The New Year is just a few weeks old and already severe storms have swept through Ohio trigging flooding yet again in Mason. This latest storm happened on February 18th and caused cresting all along the Ohio River. Thankfully, this storm wasn’t as devastating as previous storms but it only takes an inch of water flooding into a basement to cause all kinds of upheaval in a home. If your home ever suffers any flood damage, then it is vital to act fast. A call to Junk King Cincinnati will be a big help.
Junk King already responds quickly to any request for junk hauling. Most sessions are completed the following day of that first contact with some even being finished on the same day. With storm damage, Junk King will strive to put your request for help ahead of the line. They know how important it is to get any water-soaked items from your home.
After a flood, you might see a lot of damaged furniture and rugs piled up on the curb for pickup. Junk King’s crew will pick everything up from the basement. You don’t need to drag things down to the curb. Those soaked objects are also going to weigh more. That isn’t a problem for Junk King. They never charge by the pound. Their pricing policy is based on how much space that stuff will fill on the back of the truck. It is an estimate provided by the crew before the work begins. Junk King wants you to be happy with the price and once it is agreed to, it will be locked down.
Outside of storm damage cleanup, Junk King is always standing by to provide a wide range of junk hauling services. The moving crew and truck is just what you need to clear out old beds, desks, sofas and recliners. You can also turn over any busted stoves, washers or fridges that you want to clear from your property. It all can go in a single session. Junk hauling in Mason won’t be complicated when you turn that job over to Junk King Cincinnati.
Despite what the ground hog said, the official start of is just a few weeks away. Soon you’ll be opening the windows, firing up the grill and mowing the lawn. You’ll also want to get your garden ready for growing season. Here is a helpful action plan to make that happen.
Test Your Soil
Watering and sunlight are the easiest part of growing anything. It is getting the soil right that can be a challenge. Start this season with a PH test of your soil. You can pick up a test kit from any nursery or hardware store. The result of those tests will help you decide which nutrients your soil might need.
Over the winter, your garden plot might have overgrown. Time to break out the edging tool to create those clean lines once again. This is a good job to do know so you won’t have to do later. And if you’re thinking of expanding your garden plot, then you’ll want to edge out the extending area at this time, too.
Once you have removed the winter weeds you should lay down some mulch. This will help cool off the roots of the plants. That in turn will mean less water once the growing starts. As the mulch breaks down it will feed the soil. That’s all good.
You should know in advance what plants or veggies need a little help in the form of stakes. Before you plant, put up those stakes. This will also help you map out the garden and allow you to move things around without stomping on anything that is growing.
Finally, think about your potting area. If you don’t have one, then perhaps you can pull out an old table and put it up against the garage. To make room for your potting zone you might need to clear out some unwanted items like lumber, old patio furniture or even a swing set. All of that can be easily removed with one call to Junk King Cincinnati. They’re always loading up furniture and appliances. Nothing is stopping them from lending you a hand in your backyard for a big cleanup. To get your garden ready for growing, bring in the crew from Junk King Cincinnati and watch how fast things get cleared away.
Sycamore parents Elizabeth Bruggeman and Sarah Newman are on a mission to inspire the next generation of environmental champions. To achieve that goal, these moms created and installed waste sorting stations in school cafeterias throughout the Sycamore Community School District.
“We tried to take recycling to the next level,” said Newman, to a local news website.
Because of their efforts, Newman and Bruggeman were picked to join the inaugural class of “Game Changers.” This is a new feature sponsored by The Community Press and Recorder that profiles residents that have made a positive impact to the community.
“This is about teaching the next generation to be good stewards and champions of the environment through waste reduction, composting and recycling,” Bruggeman said.
How they accomplished this is to create a waste sorting station at Symmes Elementary School back in 2013. The program was so successful that is went districtwide the following year. The waste sorting station replaces trash cans in the cafeteria. Now there is a spot where trash is tossed into slots that are labeled for compost, recycling and landfill. There was a bit of a learning curve for the students but once they understood how to sort their trash, it became second nature to them.
This is the kind of inspiring program that gets kids involved with recycling not just at school but at home, too. It would be easy to set up the same kind of sorting station in your kitchen. But you don’t have to stop the recycling there. There are a lot more items around the house that could be recycled if you work with the right partner like Junk King Cincinnati.
Junk King Cincinnati is part of a national chain of professional junk haulers who are all dedicated with keeping as much collected rubbish out of landfills as possible. They’ve been able to maintain a respectable 60% diversion rate. When you consider the national average is closer to 30% you can see that Junk King is keeping a lot of trash out of dumps. When you want to recycle your junk, turn it over to Junk King Cincinnati. They’ll handle it the right way.
Just because you’re still paying on your mortgage doesn’t mean you can’t make improvements on your home. In fact, certain home improvement projects can increase the value of your home. That can help you refinance your mortgage. Which are the home improvement projects that offer the best return on your investment? Consider the following:
Major Kitchen Remodel
A dream kitchen is often created after you’ve lived with the old kitchen for a few years. You know all the things that can make that space more practicable and comfortable. Among the most popular items for a major kitchen remodel are putting in a island, replacing tile or laminate countertops with stone, installing a stainless steel sink and upgrading appliances. There are other finishes for floors, cabinets and windows that can also enhance the value. A major kitchen remodel might also involve taking down a wall to open up the floor plan. Now you’re transforming the entire ground floor and that’s a huge potential return on your investment.
Deck or Patio
A backyard should never be thought of as just a place for the dog to do his business but as an extension of your home’s living space. To that end, you might want to consider adding a deck or refurbishing a concrete patio. The key is shade and comfort. You want to make these areas cozy to longing on a warm spring day. It is important that you seal wood decks to keep them protected from the elements. You might want to look at building out an outdoor kitchen in this space as well. This is also when you should bring in planters for fresh flowers or a small herb garden. Think oasis and you can’t go wrong!
At the start of any home improvement project, you’ll have to do a lot of debris clearing. One call to Junk King Cincinnati gets that job done. These professional junk haulers never met a pile of demolition rubbish they couldn’t get rid of. It doesn’t matter how heavy something might be. It can all go on the back of the truck. For your next home improvement project, count on Junk King Cincinnati to help with the rubbish hauling.
Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions last year? Did you stick with them? That is the great thing about New Year’s resolutions: You always get to do them over. Here are some awesome ideas for your 2018 New Year’s Resolutions:
Everyone wants to lose weight especially have all the treats from the holidays. Don’t get caught up on those reality diet shows. The best approach to losing weight is to set a goal of dropping 1 to 2 pounds a week. If you stick to that, at the end of two months you could have lost up to 16 pounds. That is a great way to start the New Year.
How many destinations are on your travel bucket list? Perhaps this is the year you can finally make it to one or two of those. If the big trips are out of your budget range, then consider smaller road trips. There is plenty to see and do within a hundred miles of Cincinnati. Not all travel has to be by plane!
If you’re still smoking, then you’ve probably tried to quit at least once in your lifetime. Time to try again. Although there are a lot of products and systems to help, the best way remains going cold turkey. The worst time will be the first 72 hours when the cravings will be at the height. If you can make it through the weekend, then you can keep it going for the New Year.
Get a Check Up
It is hard to make health goals without knowing what your health is. That can only start with a trip to the doctor for a physical checkup. Once you have all the results in, then you and your doctor can plot out a plan to help you reduce blood pressure and shed those pounds.
Not every goal you set for the New Year has to be related to your physical and emotional well-being. You can also set a goal to make a better living environment for yourself. That is where Junk King Cincinnati can make a huge difference. One session is all it will take to finally remove all the useless clutter you have crammed into your closets and piled into your garage. Start 2018 with a New Year’s resolution of living in a junk free home. Junk King Cincinnati can be a big help with that.
Will 2018 be the year you become your own boss? Starting a business out of your home isn’t uncommon. In fact, many successful businesses got their start in a garage. Can you say, “Apple?” Once you’ve settled on an idea, here are some smart ways to start your home business:
Use Free or Low Cost Resources
Setting up a business in your home is going to save money right out of the gate. After all, you won’t have to sign a commercial lease. There are some other great resources you can tap for your business that won’t break the budget. For instance, Google Voice can become your business phone line. Freshbooks lets you set up cloud-based accounting and Wave Accounting has templates for professional invoices.
You might be your only “employee” to start with but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a freelance support staff. There are a lot of jobs that you can outsource like writing content for your business blog. You can get an endless supply of professional blog posts at very affordable rates using sites like oDesk or PeoplePerHour. As you get more confident writing your own blogs, you can phase out the independent contractors. After all, they work for you!
Network With Professionals
Once your business is operational, you’ll want to start networking with the professional community in your area. There will probably be plenty of business groups you can access who will in turn provide all kinds of resources. These are great ways to cross promote your business and potentially sign up new clients. All the while, you’ll be getting valuable advice on how to improve your business from folks who have already made the journey.
Set Up A Dedicate Office Space
You’ll need a place to work for your business that is free from distractions. In other words, the kitchen table is out. A good option would be setting up a corner in the basement, attic or garage. First, you’ll need to clear out the junk. One call to Junk King Cincinnati can take care of that chore. It will only take one session to have any piece of furniture, appliance or box of rubbish carted off. Get your home business off to a positive start with a home free of junk thanks to Junk King Cincinnati.
Are you opening your home to holiday guests this season? There are so many wonderful memories that can be created by hosting a small dinner party or a large open house. But there’s someone special in your life that you haven’t seen in a while, then you can invite them to spend the Christmas holiday with you and your family. That would be especially fitting if they would otherwise be alone for Christmas. All of this means you want to make sure your holiday guests feel welcome. Here are some great ideas to pull that off:
If someone is spending the night, then you will want to make them feel at home. That starts with a comfortable bed. Sometimes, sofa beds are better off staying as a sofa as opposed to pulling out the bed. It might help if you actually try to sleep on your sofa bed to see if it really is comfortable. The same can be said for a guestroom bed. Is that room warm enough at night? Are the pillows fluffy enough? Do the linens smell fresh? Those are things that are easily taken care of.
Everyone loves staying at a hotel and getting a mint on the pillow. You don’t have to go that far but it would be nice to have some bottles of water in the guest room so your visitor doesn’t have to go looking for a drink in the middle of the night. They would also appreciate having a coffee station set up in your kitchen. You can get this ready the night before so that whatever time they wake up they’ll have a fresh pot of coffee or tea waiting for them.
It also helps to get rid of any clutter that might be piled up in the guest room. You would never want your company to have to move things out of the way just to get into the room. This is where call to Junk King Cincinnati can make a big difference. These professional junk haulers can sweep into your home and take away any amount of unwanted furniture, appliances, electronics or other household goods that you want to get rid of. You can also turn over to them all the unwanted clothing from closets and dressers. You’ll feel a lot better about inviting holiday guests over once Junk King Cincinnati has cleared out the rubbish from your home.
As the holiday decorations start to go up in your neighborhood you might be asking yourself, “what happened to 2017?” Yes, the year flew by as it always does. Now the focus is on enjoying the remaining few weeks left in the year by making the most of the holiday season. Here are some good reminders on how to prep for the holidays:
Make a Plan
It all starts with a plan. The center of your holiday plan will revolve around whether or not you are doing any entertaining. If your home is a holiday hub for the family, then you need to set the times for the gang to show up. If you’re hosting any other kind of open house, then the rest of your calendar will fall into place around that event. Even without hosting a party, you could still find yourself very busy between various social engagements. Some of these might fall by the wayside given the amount of other tasks you need to accomplish. There’s nothing wrong with skipping a holiday party in order to get some well earned rest.
Ask For Help
Once you worked out your plan for the holidays you want to start asking for help. Taking on everything as your own personal mission is what causes stress to go up. This is when you need to divide and conquer among your family and friends. You’ll be surprised at how willing everyone is to help especially this time of the year. Even if you can take off six tasks from your to do list you’ll be ahead of the game.
Shopping online will not only save you time but also money but you don’t have to stop with presents. You’ll find that there are many outlets like Amazon prime and Wal-Mart who are offering grocery shopping online. And because they’re in fierce competition with each other you’re going to find great prices all around. Won’t it be great to do all your grocery shopping without fighting the crowds?
Before the decorations go up in your own home you want to make sure you are clear of clutter and rubbish. It’s not just the little things you should get rid of but also the big stuff that are taking up space in your basement, closets and garage. One session with Junk King Cincinnati will have all your unwanted rubbish removed in the blink of an eye. That’s a great way to start your holiday.