Ways To Prep Your Home For Winter

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As winter slowly approaches, it is time to start preparing your home for the cold weather before it comes. Most of these steps you can do yourself and will help lower your utility bills as well as care for your investment.

  1. For ceiling fans that have a reverse switch, use it after you turn on your heat to create an updraft in order to send the hot air down from the ceiling because remember, hot air rises. This is especially helpful for high ceilings to circulate the heat.
  2. If the gaps between siding and window or door frames are larger than the width of a nickel, more caulk needs to be reapplied. The best for outdoor use is silicone caulk because of its durability.
  3. Gutter with a lot of debris can cause backups against the house and destroy roofing, siding and trim. Any broken gutters should be repaired as well. Cleaning gutters costs typically $70 to $225 depending on the size of the home.
  4. Use your lawn mower without its bag to mow your leaves instead of rake them. The idea is to cut the leaves in to very small pieces and spread them out over your lawn where they will provide nutrients for it over the winter.
  5. At the cost of $80-$100, a technician will take a look at your furnace to make sure the system is in clean and in good shape. The inspection will also measure carbon dioxide levels and if your act soon, you will be lowering your chances of being 200th in line for repairs on the coldest day of the year.

Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is known for is wide variety of restaurants of delicious foods from Italian food to burgers to the famous cheese steaks. Not only is this city full of lunch and dinner spots but it also has some very appetizing brunch spots. Here are some of the best brunch places in Philadelphia, because what better way to spend a weekend day than going to brunch with friends and family?

1. At The Gaslight, brunch is served all day long on Sunday with a menu of wide variety including sticky-nun style waffles, coddled eggs with corned-beef hash, smoked salmon, buttermilk fried chicken and more! This brunch spot also offers a dozen specially made cocktails just for brunch.

2. Spread Bagelry has their own Montreal-style wood-oven fired bagels to make for a tasty and freshly made brunch. Their homemade bagels can be combined with a BYO vodka-spiked $2 shaker of Bloody Mary mix on Saturday and Sunday brunches. Delicious breakfast sandwiches and homemade spreads such as sweet berry cream cheese, not to mention live music on the weekends, make this casual bagel shop a popular one.

3. a.kitchen is a neighborhood favorite, which brings fresh pastries, scrambled eggs with sea urchin, french toast with rhubarb and a chicken-fried pork cutlet with fried eggs and black-pepper gravy. This wholesome and delicious brunch menu will surely please you.

These are just a few of the many highly recommended brunch spots in the city of Philadelphia! Check out more to find out which places will suit your taste.

Home Maintenance Tips For Fall

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Before it gets too cold, it’s a good idea to examine your home and take any necessary precautions for the harsh weather. The sooner you get started, the better. Here are some home maintenance tips to save money and also your home.

  1. Examine gutters/roof/downspouts for debris. It’s easy to miss anything on your roof or forget to look considering you can’t see it. It’s important to clean out any major debris from your gutters to prevent damaging them.
  2. Repair leaky faucets nowIt’s much better to have any leaky faucets in the kitchen, bathroom or utility rooms fixed before temperatures get too low. The time and money spent now will be less than a broken piper during the coldest part of the year!
  3. Prepare your fireplace. It’s the time of year where the use of the fireplace starts back up. Make sure you discard old ashes and open the damper to let air flow through the chimney and if the air is getting cold, close the back of the damper after you clean the fireplace.
  4. Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. To keep your outdoor furniture thriving, it has to be stored away from the harsh conditions of winter. You can power wash outdoor cushions and furniture and once they have dried, store them in a dry area to prevent cracking and fading. This way, they will be ready to be used again in the spring.
  5. Drain your hot water heater. For those who live in an area with hard water, extra amounts of sediments can build up in your tank. Drain the tank and check to make sure rust is not forming.

Nightscape at Longwood Gardens

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Until October 31st, Longwood Gardens is offering an incredible view of their flowers, trees and grass after dark called Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience. The gardens will be filled with beautifully colored lights that will enhance the natural beauty of the plants. It will contain moving images and lights that are choreographed to music in eight different areas of the garden such as Rose Arbor, Large Lake, Flower Garden Walk, Topiary Garden and the grand Conservatory! Don’t miss out on the interesting and entertaining after dark experience!

Address: 1001 LONGWOOD ROAD
KENNETT SQUARE, PA 19348
(610) 388-1000

Tickets are priced at $17.00 for ages 5 to 18 and $27.00 adults 19 and above. Free admission for children 4 and under.

Best Breakfast in Flourtown

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For all the breakfast lovers out there, here are some of the best breakfast and brunch spots in Flourtown that are a must go to!

  1. Fairlane Grill is a comfortable breakfast and brunch restaurant located on Bethlehem Pike. It’s your classic main street breakfast spot complete with counter and booths as well as hearty food. Yelp has lots of reviews on this little corner diners food being outstanding.
  2. Hungry Bear Cafe is another favorite in the area that serves classic breakfast foods with a unique twist like cookie dough french toast, breakfast sliders and more! High ratings were given for this breakfast spot with delicious food.
  3. Zakes Cakes & Cafe has an endless list of comfort food of all kinds that will surely satisfy any craving. Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Zakes Cakes & Cafe has a selection of coconut french toast, honey and lemon pancakes, southwest BLT with homemade potato salad, grilled duck and much more!

What To Plant In The Fall

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Although spring is the ideal time for planting, fall is still a good time to add new things to your garden and make your home look beautiful from the outside. Here are various reasons on why fall planting is just as effective as spring planting:

Fall has distinct planting perks. The cooler air is easier on not only the plants, but the gardeners too. The soil is still warm, which allows roots to grow until the ground freezes. During the springs, plants won’t grow until the soil warms up from the cold winter.

There is less rain and unpredictable weather in the fall, which can make the soil very hard to work with, not to mention that the late season is usually cheaper at garden centers that are selling the last of their inventory before it gets too cold.

Bugs and diseases are not present in the fall like they are in the spring. You do not need fertilizer, because it stimulates new and gentle growth that can be destroyed by winter weather.

Plants that can all be successfully planted in the fall include turfgrass, spring-blooming bulbs, cool-season vegetables, perennials, trees, and shrubs.

Read more on the details on types of plants to plant in the fall.

Clover Market

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Clover Market is the place to be to shop for treasures and antiques. Sunday October 25th, the market will feature more than 100 vendors selling antiques and collectibles, vintage jewelry and clothing, handmade items and original art! Clover Market sets up in multiple locations on different dates and this upcoming shopping location is located in Bryn Mawr.

There will even be free crafts and face painting for child entertainment! But that’s not all, there will also be a selection of Philadelphia’s best food trucks available on site for hungry shoppers to take a break and grab a bite to eat.

The market is open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine and will also be open on November 8th.

Address: 7 N. Bryn Mawr Ave, Bryn Mawr PA

Come see what Clover Market has just for you!

Corn Maze at Varner Farms

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Put your cardio and brain skills to the test and complete the corn maze challenge! At Varner Farms, you will work through a corn maze and pass a series of learning stations along the way. You will be tested to see how much true history knowledge you have about the US, geography, the Founding Fathers and why freedom matters.

The corn maze is open Monday-Thursday 9 am to 5 pm, Friday & Saturday 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.

This challenging yet fun experience ends October 31st so don’t miss it!

Not only is there the corn maze challenge, but also many other classic fall activities such as farm animals, tractor rides, a pumpkin patch and more!

Address: 746 S Trappe Rd, Collegeville, PA 19426

Halloween Hike and Hayride

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Halloween is almost here, which means there’s only a limited amount of time left for all the fun Halloween activities! In Berks County, a Halloween Hike and Hayride is happening on October 24th and the Angora Fruit Farm. Here you will experience the beautiful night scenery of the farm at night where you will be guided through a pumpkin lit path. Afterwards, hayrides are available for everyone to enjoy or a warm campfire!

The Hike and Hayride goes from 615 pm to 9 pm, hikes leave every 15 mins and all ages are invited!

Located at: Angora Fruit Farm, 495 Angora Rd in Reading, PA 19606

Fee is $5 a person.

Mark your calendars!