Internet of Things

The internet of things is a term used to describe how objects are connected to the internet that normally would not be connected. Computers and phones are expected to be connected to the internet, but other things like refrigerators, speakers, thermostats, etc. have not been expected to connect until recently. Not only do these everyday devices access the internet, they also transmit and receive data which helps make life easier. The Nest Learning Thermostat ™ is energy certified, connected to the internet and claims to save energy. Energy savings are cost savings for the homeowner and positive for the environment. …

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Lawn & Landscape in February

With winter still in full force, working in your yard (or at least thinking about it) may seem like a questionable decision. However, even though most grass is dormant it will not be long until grass is growing as spring arrives. February is the right time to put pre-emergent herbicide on your lawn if you want to control weeds. One of the first decisions to make concerning herbicide is whether you should do it yourself, or pay someone else to do it? Before making the decision consider getting cost estimates for someone else to treat your lawn. Many companies offer …

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Delectable Desserts

February 14th is Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air. Although you may want to go out to a fancy restaurant with your significant other, you may also choose to finish your meal with a homemade dessert at home. So for this month I am sharing a couple of dessert recipes that could make you a star. Cheesecake with Blueberry Glaze Time: 5 hours (1 hour prep, 4 hours chilling) Effort: Easy Serves: 8 Ingredients 3 pkgs of cream cheese (about 8 ozs each) at room temperature 1 cup plain yogurt 1/2 cup heavy cream 3 eggs 3/4 cup sugar …

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Valentine’s Fun

Who said Valentine’s celebrations have to follow the same routine every year? I have compiled a list of ten ideas below for you to consider in your quest to impress your date. Alabama Wildlife Center is hosting their 2018 Wild About Chocolate event at The Harbert Center on Saturday February 10th from 7:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Enjoy appetizers, beverages and of course chocolate while at the same time helping a good cause. World Of Wheels – The O’Reilly Auto Parts Custom Auto Show takes place from Friday February 9th through Sunday February 11th at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. …

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Tax Law Changes – How Will They Affect You?

Unless you have been operating under a media blackout you have at least heard about the new federal tax bill (over 1,000 pages long) that was passed into law in December. For most people the law appears to be a positive change which allows them to keep more of their income. One thing to note though is that some of the changes will expire in 2025 unless something is done to either extend, or make the new changes permanent. How will the new changes affect you? The short answer is it depends. Please note I am not qualified to provide …

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