What is the prize for April?

As most of you may know by now we have monthly giveaways for people that apply with us. All of the approved applicants are entered into a drawing to win a prize for that month!

Last month one lucky family won the 16-piece dishware set. For April the prize will be the amazing crock pot shown below, included with a recipe book on what to make inside a crock pot. So take a look at our availabilities to see what you would like to apply for today!

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Tornado Training

Know how to protect yourself

If the weather service issues a tornado watch, it means that a tornado is possible in the area, and you should make preparations. A tornado warning means that a tornado is in the area and you should immediately take shelter.

Know what to do when a tornado is approaching.

If you are inside:

  • Stay inside, close windows, and go to a designated, shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level.
  • If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (for example, a closet or hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls.
  • Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.
  • Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
  • In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out immediately and go to a near by building.

If you are caught outside:

  • Get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and try to drive to the closest sturdy shelter.
  • If your vehicle is hit by flying debris while you are driving, pull over and park. Stay in the car with the seat belt on, put your head down below the windows, and cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat or cushion if possible.
  • If you can safely get noticeably lower than the level of the roadway (for example, a trench, ditch or ravine), leave your car and lie in the area, covering your head with your hands.
  • Don’t seek shelter under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.

April is the start of tornado season for Michigan, the peak time is mid-June. Service Specialties II, Inc. hopes that none of you have to deal with a tornado, however we want you to be prepared just in case.

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Home Decor for Easter

Adding some interesting decor to your home for Easter doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. You can always make your own decor with craft items that you find around the house, or even purchase. This way you can show off your families artistic side.

Remember that cut outs work great using some construction paper to ad depth to a layered design makes for a great piece. In craft stores you can find wood and foam eggs that you can decorate however you like and place in your home as decorations. Another great idea is taking a balloon blowing it up, then take yarn and wrap it around the balloon. Then simply spray hairspray to freeze the yarn, pop the balloon and there you go a yarn egg basket.

Sometimes when it comes to great decor ideas inside your home, all it takes is some ingenuity and thinking outside of the box. We hope you all have a great time preparing for Easter!

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Setting up all these colors

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That time of the year is coming around. Yep at the end of the month it will be EASTER TIME!!

That means all the kids will want to start painting those eggs. While the classic method of going to the store and buying the regular coloring supplies. You can kick it up a notch by carving designs out of sticker paper and then coloring the egg. You could even keep it simple and use a  fine tipped sharpie to add a cool design to any egg.

Speaking of cool designs have you ever wanted a golden egg. Well you can go get gold spray paint that would give an egg an amazing gold look that would impress anyone. While going the spray paint route is a little more pricy some of the results will have a smoother finish.

Whichever way you decide to color your eggs this year we hope you and your family have a great time.

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What To Do? What To Do?

Tax refunds are coming back soon. Many people think of spending it right away or saving it for the long term. Another great option people don’t typically think of is investing the money back into the home. But how? You may be wondering here are just a few things you could do.

 

Garage door

Adding a garage door to your home if you don’t already have one, adds to both the convenience and appeal to the property. Who wants to be walking outside in the cold to open a door?

Paint

Painting a room adds to the appeal and warmth of a home. Usually inexpensive and a great way for the family to bond.

Turn The Lights On

You could add some lighting to a room with a lamp. Adding dimmer switches can save you money and help ease  eye strain. Dimmer switches typically cost $10, and fancier switches are $40 and up.

 

Remember these are a few tips on what you could do but the possibilities are endless. Instead of going out and buying more decor for your home try making your own buy the materials you need instead.

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How To Prepare For Valentines Day

With the holiday fast approaching Service Specialties thought it would be nice to give a few ideas for the special day. There is no need to go over the top and spend a bunch of money you can do something nice and sweet within your home.

One great idea is trying to bake your own Valentines goodies. Whether you want to makeImagecupcakes or cookies anything will let your significant other know you care. Making the effort is always appreciated and the cost is within reason.

Another great idea that you can do within your home is buy a pack or two of post-its and put them around a room telling the other person what you love about them. This could also be done to their car if you are willing to wake up early to surprise them.

One of the offices favorite ideas was to push the furniture apart in the living room and make a quiet space where you can have an indoor picnic. Yes that is right, an indoor picnic. Great for when they come home from work.

We hope all of you have a great Valentines Day!

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These snowy days…

This week will bring us the coldest temperatures we have witnessed in the last two years.  With temperatures plummeting below freezing it is very important that you take some cold weather precautions.

It is always a good idea to keep things such as a first aid kit, flashlight, jumper cables and flares in your car, but there are some little extras that you should add, snowed inespecially in the cold and snowy months.  As the temperature starts to fall you should put a small shovel in your trunk (good for removing snow from around your tires if necessary), hand warmers are also useful if you have to check under your hood for anything or will be outside for an extended period of time.  The last thing you should have with you, if you are hitting the road during these freezing times, is extra winter clothes and blankets; you never know when you will need them.

With winter upon us there are also a few things you can do around your house that can help keep you warm when the temperature dips below freezing.  10% to 25% of a home’s heat escapes through its windows, plastic film (applied with double sided tape and sealed with a blow dryer) can allow a room to retain up to 55% of its heat.   Investing in a space heater is another way to save money while still keeping your home nice and warm, but remember, never use a space heater when you’re sleeping.  An electric blanket is also another relatively cheap investment that can help you keep warm during the harsh winter.

When then temperature drops you should also remember there are some cold weather precautions that need to be taken for your four-legged friends.  Pets can get frostbite on their ears, tails and paws so it is very important that they only stay outside for a limited time.   Pets, as well as people, still need exercise during the winter but rock salt and other products thrown on the sidewalk can irritate your pets’ paws, so make sure to wipe their feet after sometime outdoors.   Cats have a tendency to curl up next to anything to keep them warm during the winter, so make sure to check under your car before you start it and make sure the coast is clear.

Though these are the coldest temps we have seen in years and we aren’t out of the clear yet there are some things that can make winter a little more bearable in certain situations.  Keep bundled and remember…there are only 57 days left until spring. From all of us here at Service Specialties II, Inc. we hope you stay warm and take care.

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Mt. Clemens Ice Festival

Mt. Clemens will be having their 8th annual Ice Carving Show this year!! Service Specialties II, Inc. has a sculpture that will be created on the February 1st. The carvings happen pegususjust a little further down the block, so you can stop by and view the festivities while learning more about Service Specialties.

Potential tenants that come in during the Ice Festival on the 1st will have $5 off their application. Potential tenants can talk to a leasing agent that can help them further when it comes to finding the right home. There will be hot chocolate and doughnuts provided. So stop by and bring the family, have some fun in downtown Mt. Clemens while seeing what we have to offer.

Owners will have their own area, where department representatives will be present. You cannew meet and talk to who handles your insurance, marketing, and maintenance. If you have anyone interested in using a property manager bring them down. We would be happy to meet them and explain any of our services so they better understand what being managed by Service Specialties entails. Come on in, warm up from the cold, and enjoy the fun close by!

We hope to see you on February 1st, we are eager to answer your questions and see you in person. Please feel free to RSVP on Facebook!

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Things To Do In January

While it is getting chilly outside and the snow can make it tough to go out, you don’t need to be cooped up at home all the time this winter. There are plenty of things to see and do. Below are just a few fun things to remember about this magical cold season.

You could try learning how to ski or snowboard with friends. Get a group together and go to Pine Knob or Mt. Holly, the two mountains closest to us. They are a grImageeat place to take the family too. Kids can stay and enjoy the bunny hills and not feel too intimidated by the new experience.

Another great experience to try is learning to ice skate, if you don’t already and going to see the rink at Campus Martius in downtown Detroit. If you don’t want to go all the way to Detroit to try and ice skate, look for the closest ice rink in your area. The tickets for both are fairly inexpensive. Check out the websites linked for more information on prices.

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If you are looking for something fun to do this winter that doesn’t involve spending any money find a local hill that is used to sled and bring something sled like. Many people have something you could at least borrow that can act as a sled for a day. If you see a bunch of snow accumulate don’t stay inside try and make a snow man, it’s not just for kids.

Service Specialties II, Inc. hopes you have a great winter. Remember that just because its cold, it doesn’t mean you can’t do something fun!

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New Beginnings

Most people end up making a New Years resolution. Whether that resolution is about weight loss, money, health, or a personal interest. It helps to have someone or something to help you stay on track with your resolution in 2013.

If you live with someone or have a husband/wife ask them to be there for you while you try and achieve your goal for this year. Having a partner assist you through your lulls Imagethroughout the year will help ensure you get it done. Partners sometimes that may mean doing it together. If your significant other is looking to loose weight and is sick of working out going together and having fun with it will help, or if you see that they are getting the urge to buy something unnecessary remind them that finishing strong with this resolution will make all the difference (say this in a comforting way). Remember as a partner you are there to help and reassure confidence in following through with the New Years goal.

If you don’t have a partner or would like to just remind yoursImageelf you can have a piece of art that you make to always remind you on staying on track. If you set this by the TV, every time you will feel lazy, you’ll look over and try and get yourself going. Another option for staying on track is getting a calendar that is only to meet your goals, on a week to week basis. The satisfaction of knowing you met your goal every week is a powerful thing. Another great method is setting a weekly alarm or daily even to keep reminding you of what you have to do, however this method would become irritating after a while and its best to keep positive about your resolution.

Remember that the resolution you have set for yourself is for your benefit and ultimately up to you to achieve. The things mentioned are methods to help and we hope that they do help you stay on track. Good luck, and have a great 2013!

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