Preparing for a Disaster

Here are some items you should prepare for in case of a disaster: a. An emergency kits – “It should have a whistle to attract help, dust masks, duct tape, a wrench or pliers to turn off water if needed, flashlights and batteries, and local maps. Plan on 1 gallon of water per person per day for

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Shopping for Solar Panels?

Solar panels…  Yes, they hold a lot of promise for alternative energy source.  But for some it’s still a pipe dream since the solar panels & the installation are costly.  But that shouldn’t deter you from considering this alternative option especially if you have abundant sunshine.  So what do you have to look for to

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Distracted by Sound

Did you know that when it comes to creative work, moderate to low noise level is better than listening to loud music? “The way this works is that moderate noise levels increase processing difficulty which promotes abstract processing, leading to higher creativity. In other words, when we struggle (just enough) to process things as we normally

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Don’t Give Up on Those Old Items Yet

Check-out some of these repurposed items.  There are endless ways to reuse. This coffeetable came from old windows & door Old windows were reused for this room divider This very creative bar used to be an old water cistern Reuse & repurpose & watch how people would react to this ingenious bench. Who would miss

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Recycled and Repurposed Materials by Occupy Madison

Funded mostly by community donations, “the Madison tiny Houses are made from reclaimed lumber collected and salvaged across the city. The siding is made from discarded pallets, and the home comes fully furnished, complete with fixtures and kitchen counters made from repurposed materials.”  Spearheaded by “Occupy Madison, a non-profit organization from Wisconsin, the 96 square...

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Have You Heard of Fly Ash Bricks?

Unlike regular bricks, there are no waste discharges when producing these and they are about 3x stronger than conventional bricks.  “There is no steaming or auto calving and no firing process.”  Using this building material “reduces a building’s consumption of energy by 40-50%. because they “make your walls cool in summertime and warm in winters.”  They

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Posture and Your Wholebeing

Did you know this about posture? 1. “…when we sit up straight, we are more likely to remember positive memories or think of something positive in general,” 2. “…if we skip during breaks, we can significantly increase our energy levels.  A slow, slumped walk on the other hand, can do the exact opposite and drain us of

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Living Wall Inspirations

Here are few that may encourage you to check-out a living wall as an office decor: Living Wall at Awe Sum Organics new HQ in Santa Cruz, CA. DIRTT Environment Solutions’ BREATHE system. Succulents and air plants were utilized for this vertical wall via Wooley Pocket The “Great Barrier” Living Wall Installation at the Metreon

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Lighting Retrofit or Relighting?

So you still have the 1990s-T8/ballast-type of light fixture?  Isn’t it time to upgrade & save energy?  Should you then do a lighting retrofit or relighting? “Retrofitting is usually the least expensive and the faster payback; relighting is usually much more expensive and has a longer payback.”  They say: a. “Relighting increases the value of the

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Expired Food?

So how much of those snacks in your office have you thrown away just because the food label says it’s expired?  I suggest some best practices like organizing the pantry with FIFO (first-in, first-out). But did you know: “Food sell-by, use-by, or best-before dates rarely have anything to do with food safety, says “The Dating Game,” a

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Zazzle’s HQ “Bespoke” Design

120,000 square-foot space previously occupied by Dreamworks.  The Zazzle headquarters in Redwood City, envisioned by “Zazzle founder Robert Beaver and sons Bobby and Jeff wanted to work in a place that was just as artistic, detailed, and technology-driven as the custom-made products the company specializes in…San Francisco-based Studio O+A sought inspiration from the Beavers’...

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Healthier Office Snacks

A lot of companies provide snacks for their employees.  When considering what snacks/food to buy for your kitchen, consider taking the following out of your food order: 1. Foods High in Caffeine – “In large amounts, because it’s a powerful stimulant, caffeine can cause anxiety and loss of concentration, in turn leading to loss of

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