Interior Design Apps to Help you Budget and Plan

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These interior design apps help you brainstorm, budget, and plan your next renovation or room design for the home or office. Use technology to get creative with your next interior design project. Renovating your home, office, or even building a new addition, is best done with some planning. Fortunately, plenty of apps are available for your smartphone or tablet to help with the design, planning, professional consultation and even buying stages of freshening up space. Houzz has a great reputation for helping people plan for home remodeling and design, as well as providing access to a network of professionals and home decor products. The Houzz app offers access to your saved idea books and 3D virtual room staging. App users can also participate in discussions with other users and professionals…
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The Latest Office Renovations for COVID-19

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During these trying times, many companies are making renovations to their offices to help keep employees safe and healthy. There are key features to consider for your office renovation during COVID-19. The coronavirus pandemic forced many businesses to shut down, some permanently. While some employees are working remotely from home, others are working in the office. Companies are considering office renovations in the time of COVID-19 to help mitigate the spread of the virus. They have a responsibility to protect their employees and comply with OSHA standards. When one employee tests positive for COVID-19, the entire office building is immediately put in jeopardy. Here is a list of the most essential features to consider for office renovations during COVID-19:   Temperature Check or Thermal Screening A handheld infrared thermometer and…
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Time to Winterize your Home

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As cold weather approaches, it is important to take a few preventative measures to protect and winterize your home for the chilly months ahead. Winterizing the inside and outside of your home can be done relatively inexpensively and could end up saving you money on energy bills, too.   Winterize the Outside of Your Home Here's a checklist for winterizing the outside of your home. Pick a weekend to winterize before it gets cold. Clean your gutters in the fall and check them before winter. Prepare your lawn for the winter. Drain the gas from your lawnmower before storing it. Gas up your snowblower. Put your outdoor furniture away for the season or cover it with tarps. Put your grill in the garage or cover it for the winter. Disconnect…
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Things to do in July During COVID-19

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We have all been stuck at home and are looking for things to do during COVID-19. Albrite Building complied a list of outdoor activities, events, and virtual events in the Western Suburbs.   JULY EVENTS July - November 1, 2020 DINOS EVERYWHERE! Brookfield Zoo 3300 Golf Road, Brookfield, IL 60513 Price: Adults: $24.95, Children (3-11): $17.95, Seniors (65+): $19.95, Parking: $15. https://www.czs.org/dinoseverywhere  July - October 11, 2020 THE GREAT MIDWESTERN ROAD TRIP EXHIBIT Elmhurst History Museum 120 E. Park Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126 Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Price: FREE http://www.elmhursthistory.org/ July - Early 2021 TROLL HUNT 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL 60532 Add to Trip Dates: July 1, 2019 - March 31, 2021 Location: The Morton Arboretum Time: 7:00 AM Price: Adults: $15 Child: $10 Senior: $13…
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Office Redesign during the COVID-19 Pandemic

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As businesses reopen, social distancing rules and office redesign will lead to several changes for businesses. There's much more than just putting up screens and disinfecting the office. Small and large companies will be forced to rethink how they use the office. And more importantly, how to keep their employees safe. What employers need right now is going to be very different from what they may need in eight weeks or a year from now. Next year an office may need a complete redesign. Businesses looking to bring employees back to the office should utilize best practices to keep their workforce safe. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) recommends: - Return employees gradually, not all at once - Implement Health Screenings - Temperature Checks - Disinfect and Clean Workspaces…
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DIY Landscape Ideas

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We all know the saying April showers bring May flowers. So, let’s start thinking about DIY landscaping for our home or office. There are so many variables in do-it-yourself landscaping, such as budget, skills, the climate in the Chicago region, and your personal design taste, but there are certain steps you can take to make your yard look fabulous. Good landscape designs are anchored by focal points. One of the hottest trends is to use water features as a focal point. Water features are not only visually appealing but add soothing sounds. Using pre-formed rigid plastic liners, durable pumps, flexible tubing, and cheap fountains, they're also a lot easier to install than you think.   Plants for all Seasons Make sure you're planting something of interest in each of the…
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Getting your Workplace Ready for COVID-19

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With all the talk about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we put together a list of strategies to help keep your office and employees safe.   Recommended COVID-19 strategies for employers: Keep workplaces clean and hygienic: • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label. • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use. Promote regular and thorough handwashing: • Place posters that encourage hand hygiene, cough and sneeze etiquette, and staying home when sick, at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where they are likely to…
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Workplace Winter Safety Tips

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Slips and falls happen year-round, but winter ice and snow create a more hazardous environment that increases the risk of injuries for your employees. We put together a list of workplace winter safety tips for employers and employees. A proactive safety plan that addresses slips and falls not only enhances worker safety but also minimizes potential costs from workers’ compensation and fines.   Employer Winter Safety Tips Walkways An active effort needs to be made to prevent ice build-up on walkways, de-icing walkways, and clearing walkways. Make sure all walkways and passageways are clearly marked and well lit. Remove Hazards Keep all walkways, stairways and other work areas cleared of ice and snow. Before you shovel the snow at your workplace, do some stretching exercises first. When your muscles are…
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Holiday Party Planning for Your Business

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Holiday parties can be a memorable celebration for most companies. You create an experience that not only boosts company morale but also increases employee satisfaction. There are several things to consider when planning your party, and the price is always a factor. Companies with a small staff and a small budget can still host a memorable holiday party that packs big fun. Start with the Basics for Your Holiday Party When planning your holiday party, start with the basics. You need to create a plan with details for the employee holiday party. Theme, venue, time, date, guest count, food and beverages, decor, and agenda must all be considered before you begin to plan your event. • Do you want a theme for your holiday party? • Should we decorate the…
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Easy Thanksgiving Appetizers and Drink Recipes

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If you are preparing a Thanksgiving meal for your family and friends and need a few last-minute appetizers and drink ideas, we put a few together for you. For starters, there are cranberry brie bites, a turkey veggie tray, or a turkey cheese ball, all easy to make. Your guests will love the Thanksgiving-themed drinks. Start with an apple pie martini or Thanksgiving punch, and end the evening with a glass of spiked mulled cider. Thanksgiving Appetizer Recipes   Cranberry Brie Bites Ingredients: 1 large egg 1 8-oz wheel Brie 1 17.25-oz package frozen puff pastry (2 sheets), thawed All-purpose flour, for dusting ⅓ cup whole-berry cranberry sauce ¼ cup walnuts, finely chopped 1 Tbsp fresh thyme leaves Instructions: 1. Preheat the oven to 425ºF and line 2 baking sheets…
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