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Automotive

Show your car love for Valentine’s Day

■ RICHARD PERRY / Contributed Greetings from the Hemet Car Guy, The people at VIP Autos are car people. So we say: we love our cars, we’re not exaggerating. Like a romantic mate, we depend on our vehicles and they depend on us. So this Valentine’s Day, we’ll show our cars and trucks a little love to thank them for always – or at least almost always – being there for us. You can show your car some love too. Just don’t forget to show the special people in your life that you love them first. Your car won’t notice if you’re a day or two late, but your girlfriend, boyfriend (more…)
Home & Garden

Benefits of freestanding tubs

<strong>Benefits of freestanding tubs</strong>
Metro ServiceFreestanding tubs have an air of luxury that can help current homeowners relax, and impress buyers when homes go on the market. Few home design elements provide the instant wow factor of freestanding tubs. Freestanding tubs have an air of luxury that can help current homeowners relax, and impress buyers when homes go on the market. Freestanding tubs are typically made of cast iron or porcelain. The home improvement website HomeAdvisor notes that cast iron is durable and solid and retains heat well, which is great for those who want to spend more than a little time relaxing in a freestanding tub. However, because cast iron is so heavy, installing (more…)
Home & Garden

Early spring landscaping tips

<strong>Early spring landscaping tips</strong>
Metro ServiceFor those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams. During the cold months of winter, many people stare longingly out of the window dreaming of spring and time spent outdoors. For those with green thumbs, images of tending to the garden and other aspects of their landscapes no doubt dominate such daydreams. Draw inspiration from those budding crocuses and daffodils pushing through the last remnants of snow and employ these tips to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. • One of the first steps is to apply a pre emergent weed killer to get a head start (more…)
Home & Garden

Items to get you started on creating your smart home

<strong>Items to get you started on creating your smart home</strong>
Metro ServiceIt’s no great surprise that technology is changing the physical places we call home. Technology has changed the way people live in the 21st century. Once ubiquitous, land lines anchored to kitchen walls have now given way to smartphones that can be taken anywhere. Bulky television sets that required at least two people to move have been replaced with high-definition offerings so light and thin they can be mounted on living room walls. It’s no great surprise that technology also is changing the physical places we call home. Smart homes are a rapidly growing trend. In a typical smart home, devices such as the thermostat, television and even the refrigerator (more…)
Real Estate

Emerging deck trends

<strong>Emerging deck trends</strong>
Metro ServiceDeck trends continue to improve on the form and function of outdoor living spaces. Custom-built decks can expand usable outdoor entertaining spaces. Decks can surround pools and create outdoor patio areas that make it easy to establish multi tiered living spaces, improving the functionality of outdoor areas. Certain deck trends have emerged as industry experts’ top picks for the upcoming remodeling and renovation season. For those thinking of revamping an existing deck, or building an entirely new one, these trends are on point. • Established perimeters: “Picture framing” is not a new trend, but one that has taken greater hold in recent years. The term refers to aesthetically appealing designs (more…)
Automotive

How to reduce vehicle maintenance costs

<strong>How to reduce vehicle maintenance costs</strong>
Metro ServiceVehicle maintenance costs tend to be most expensive when drivers ignore routine maintenance or miss signs that their cars and trucks might be struggling. Major repairs to a vehicle can be expensive. When unanticipated repairs are necessary, drivers’ budgets can be thrown out of whack, potentially causing a domino effect that compromises their ability to pay their bills on time. Whether your vehicle is brand new, a few years old or reaching milestones on its odometer with every mile driven, there are ways to care for the vehicle so you aren’t caught off guard by costly repairs down the road. Read your owner’s manual. A vehicle owner’s manual is a (more…)
Automotive

Is the DMV written test designed to trip up seniors?

<strong>Is the DMV written test designed to trip up seniors?</strong>
The test is so tricky that anyone can fail – and they do. ■ CHRIS SMITH / ADVISORY EDITOR I recently was notified by the California Department of Motor Vehicles that I had to appear at the DMV and take a written and vision test. As a healthy 72-year-old who had just refreshed my glasses prescription, and being reasonably intelligent, I wasn’t concerned. When I arrived at the Hemet DMV office, I didn’t have an appointment, but I managed to get processed fairly quickly. I was asked if I were comfortable taking a computer test for the written portion, and, of course, I said yes, since I spend much of my (more…)
Health & Fitness

Are canned foods safe?

<strong>Are canned foods safe?</strong>
Metro ServiceThere are people who are still concerned about the safety of canned foods. Many people want to stock up on canned foods, especially those they want on hand in case of emergencies. However, there are people who are still concerned about the safety of canned foods. Getting to the truth about canned foods can make a difference and help those on the fence stock up on these budget-friendly items. What are the myths? Myth #1: Healthy? Canned versus fresh Fresh foods, once harvested, have a short shelf life. Plus, once fruit or vegetables are picked, their vitamin and mineral content decreases every day. Many canned foods are picked and processed (more…)
Health & Fitness

Recommendations for screen time

<strong>Recommendations for screen time</strong>
Metro ServiceAs more people are connected to tech than ever before, many wonder if there’s a healthy amount of time to spend on their devices? Computers, tablets, smartphones, and gaming systems have revolutionized popular culture and the way people engage with one another. Devices also have transformed the way people live in their homes. Cisco’s annual visual networking index forecast indicates there will be four networked devices and connections per person globally by 2020. In North America, there will be 13 networked devices and connections per person by that time. As more people are connected to tech than ever before, many wonder if there’s a healthy amount of time to spend (more…)
Health & Fitness

Daily steps to keep your heart healthy

<strong>Daily steps to keep your heart healthy</strong>
Metro ServiceHeart disease accounts for nearly 25 percent of all deaths in the United States each year. Heart disease is a formidable foe. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease accounts for nearly 25 percent of all deaths in the United States each year. Issues relating to the heart affect both men and women, and an estimated 15 million adults in the U.S. have coronary heart disease, the most common type of heart disease. Heart disease is not exclusive to the United States, as the Heart Research Institute says that every seven minutes in Canada someone dies from heart disease or stroke. Such statistics are disconcerting, but (more…)