With family being so important to me, you can imagine how tough it is for my parents to be all the way in California. Last month, I decided to surprise my dad for Father’s Day! I told him that his gift was scheduled for delivery on 6/21. When I arrived on his doorstep, I rang the bell and handed him a mug “World’s Greatest Dad” with some fun photos of us through the years. It was such a special moment for us both. We squeezed a lot of fun into a few days. One day we went to Huntington Beach and I had my picture taken with the world’s largest surf board! 66 people surfed on this board! We also went to Idyllwild, took a 28 mile bike ride and had a fun family BBQ.
I’d like to sneak in a parental bragging moment as well…Charlie earned his yellow belt in karate! The black stripe signifies his (our) commitment to continuing the program for at least 12 months. I couldn’t be more proud of him!
I hope that everyone is having a nice summer and getting to spend quality time with friends and family.
Have a fun and safe 4th of July!
Jeff Van Matre
Who wants a mosquito-free Summer?
Angie found this idea on Pinterest and it works great!
Here’s what you’ll need to create your own mason jar bug repellents:
2 mason jars
10 drops of lemon eucalyptus essential oil
10 drops of citronella essential oil
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
4 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
floating disc candles
Add an even amount of lemon and lime slices to each jar
Put 2 sprigs of rosemary into each jar (optional)
Fill the jar about 3/4 full with water
Add essential oils, 10 of each type to a specific jar (don’t mix them together)
Add more water (if necessary) until the jar is almost full
Add floating candle and light to activate these natural mosquito repellents
Enjoy a mosquito-free zone!!!
If you are able to give blood, please do so! It saves lives! You even get to wear a bandage to get out of doing any heavy lifting!!! “They” say 4 hours…but Angie says milk it and wear the bandage for 8 hours!!!
Monthly Facebook Giveaway!!!
In honor of Father’s Day, our June Facebook drawing was all about dad! We asked our clients, friends and family to share their favorite photo with their dad (past or present). Everyone that posted a photo was entered into a drawing for a $25 Home Depot gift card!
Congratulations to our winner, Julie H! Great photo of you and your dad!
If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, do so right away! We have a giveaway (at least one) each month! JVM Insurance Facebook
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Summer Energy Savings
Beat the Heat — and Your Air Conditioning Bill — This Summer
Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Americans spend about $11 billion each year on air conditioning? That might not be such a surprise if you’re the one who pays the household energy bill every month.
Believe it or not, you can spend less on cooling costs while still keeping cool in Texas. Here are five things to do before you reach to adjust the thermostat:
1. Make sure your house isn’t part of the problem. If your home isn’t insulated and sealed well, warm air could be leaking in, sabotaging your efforts to cool things down. Make sure all cracks and openings are sealed, along with your ducts. The DOE says air loss through ducts can account for 30 percent of the energy a cooling system uses.
2. Keep that breeze flowing. Natural ventilation is a great way to decrease the temperature in your home without using any energy. Open windows in the mornings or evenings when the air is cool and get a cross-breeze going throughout the house.
3. Check that the heat isn’t on. You might be heating your house in the summer without realizing it. How? By using the oven, stove or other appliances that generate heat. Cook outside whenever you can, and use the dishwasher and clothes dryer at cooler times of the day if possible.
4. Create your own personal cool zone. Cooling the whole house might not be necessary if you’re only using a few rooms. Set up fans (ceiling fans will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees higher), drink plenty of cool liquids and eat cold foods, which can help lower your body temperature. You might even consider wearing a damp shirt to stay comfortable or putting an ice pack on your forehead, the back of your neck or your wrists.
5. Don’t forget the basics. When it’s sunny outside, keep your curtains closed. Minimize your use of lights, as they generate heat. And, when the outside air is warmer than the air in your house, close the windows to keep the cool air in.
We can’t promise these tips will keep you just as cool as when you kick back and turn on the AC full-blast. But saving money every month? That’s pretty cool, too!
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