Organizing Thoughts and Tips for the New Year!

Organizing Tips (Sunny Side Up)Hello friends!  I hope you’ve all had a great start to 2019!  My kids are going back to school tomorrow (today when you are reading this!) and we had such a nice break.  I’m really sad to see it end this year!  We spent Christmas at home, then went to Utah to visit family, came […]

Introducing Sankofa

Sankofa is a word from Ghana that translates to “Go back and get it” and represents the proverb “It’s important to go back for that which you have forgotten” or “go back, look for, and gain wisdom, power and hope.” Sankofa also refers to the Adinkra symbol represented by a bird with its feet facing forward while his head turns backwards to catch its lost egg. It symbolizes taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the use of knowledge.

In honor of Black men, we commissioned this powerful painting by Addonis Parker. The use of the Sankofa symbol on his cap was his idea…which we love!

At OneUnited Bank, we know the importance of Black men in our community. We partner with BMe Community an award-winning network of community-builders known for defining people by their positive contributions. Black men are assets to society. Every day, black men give their time and energy to help others in schools, businesses and neighborhoods. They are fathers, coaches, students and entrepreneurs – men from all walks of life. They are not always respected.

Let’s celebrate and learn lessons from our past to build wealth and create a more fair and just community. Let’s show our respect for Black men.

Let’s show the power of the $1.2 trillion of annual spending of the Black community and that #BlackMoneyMatters. Open and account today!

IDS19: Join Us On House & Home Sunday At The 2019 Interior Design Show


Sunday, January 20, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.


IDS 2019 with Lynda Reeves and Brian Gluckstein

Trends 2019: What’s In And Out For Your Home This Year

12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Lynda Reeves and designer Brian Gluckstein discuss the hottest looks for interiors, the paint colours they’re loving, and the fads to avoid. Plus, discover favourite rooms from Brian’s new book, Brian Gluckstein: The Art Of Home.



Design’s Next Direction IDS 2019 with Beth Hitchcock and Nam Dang-Mitchell

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Editor-in-chief Beth Hitchcock and H&H Designer of the Year, Nam Dang-Mitchell, talk travel-inspired decorating, how to find your style in the Instagram era, and the new kitchen looks they’re loving.



IDS 2019 with Ali Yaphe and Denise ZidelRetail Therapy

4 p.m to 5 p.m.

Lynda Reeves chats with Ali Yaphe of Y&Co and Denise Zidel of Snob Stuff, owners of two of Toronto’s hottest home stores. Learn about their bold, creative styles, their best decorating tips, and their must-haves for 2019.



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Tickets available online; talks free with admission.

Tickets $19 in advance or $22 at the door.

Opening night tickets $56 in advance or $61 at the door.

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At the paint store coffee pot, Brian’s 2019 painting predictions…

Two days ago, I was dropping of flyers at local paint stores about the 2019 Painting Profits Summit.

There was a little bit of a line to talk to the clerk, so I got a cup of coffee and spoke to an owner named Brian for a while about what he thought the new year held for painters in general and his business specifically.

Painting Company Coffee Pot

His predictions were – sadly – spot-on as the conversation continued…

Brian was what I call vaguely optimistic and hopeful about good things happening in his painting business in 2019. He told me he thought his sales would be up and things would be better.

He had been in business for eight years in our local Chattanooga market.

About this time, I found myself doing something that wasn’t really my place to do.

You see, I’m a coach and a problem solver by trade. It’s how I make my living and I’m really good at getting positive results for painters.

So, before I knew it – almost reflexively – I’m quizzing Brian about the things that matter most for 2019 business improvements. A quick “systems pulse check” if you will:

“So, Brian, what will you do differently in 2019 with your…”

“…Sales + Estimating System?” Brian says, “The SAME…”

“…Online + Offline Marketing?” Brian says, “No plans to change…”

“…Crew + Office Management?” Brian says, “About the SAME…”

“…Education + Time Management?” Brian says, “Too busy…”

“…Hiring + Recruitment of Painters?” Brian says, “You can’t find good help…”

Finally, I asked Brian… “If I worked for you as a painter and I had done a terrible job painting a house, would you expect me to do it differently on the next project – or do the exact same thing and blindly hope for a better outcome?”

Brian said, “You’d have to do it different. I’d make you do it different.”

I asked, “What if I didn’t? Would it change?”

Brian answered, “No. No, it wouldn’t.”

I took a sip of my coffee and said, “Brian, bud, if you do the same thing in 2019 you’ve done the past eight years, will you get about the same result?”

Sheepishly he nodded.

I handed Brian a flyer to the 2019 Painting Profits Summit and asked him to look into joining us.

Sadly, Brian’s initial outlook and plan of action for 2019 is representative of 95% of our industry. Vague optimism and hope that rarely amounts to much.

However, after being asked a few sensible questions, his prediction of achieving the same results without significant changes in his business became obvious to him. After working with hundreds of painters, I can tell you his last pronouncement was accurate.

I shouldn’t write this, but I feel sad for Brian.

Chances are, he’ll never make a change… even though opportunity stood next to him at a paint store coffee pot, presented him with a reasonable way to look at his business, then handed him a personal invitation for an amazing opportunity.

Guess what?

You don’t have to think like Brian. If you’ve read this far, chances are you don’t.

I’d like to invite you – personally – to join me at the 2019 Painting Profits Summit.

I want 2019 to be your best year ever… and that requires a change!

Email or call with questions! I can’t wait to see you there! BL


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Hot Tips to Avoid Cold Water: 4 Types of Water Heaters to Consider

Imagine this: it’s a chilly morning and you really don’t want to get out of your warm bed to get ready for work, but let’s face it you have to. The only thing you’re looking forward to is stepping into that nice warm shower and standing under it for a few extra minutes to get your mind to wake up.

The latest innovations in lower-toxic pest control

The latest innovations in lower-toxic pest control

New methods of pest control are based on low-tox solutions that can be more sustainable and effective than harsh chemicals

In recent years, several critical factors have driven the pest control industry and business towards low-tox solutions.

Stringent legislation, such as the FDA Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) and the EU Biocidal Products Regulation, now regulates the use and development of new biocidal products, driving the innovation of low-tox alternatives.

Businesses, meanwhile, are reacting to rising expectations from consumers, many of whom are more aware of the effect of overuse of pesticides on the environment and health.

The pest control industry itself has also matured significantly. Like many other sectors, we are constantly researching and solutions that are more sustainable, effective and are better for the planet overall.

These are all compelling reasons why pest control is changing. What’s also fascinating from an innovation perspective is that these driving forces are emerging at a time when advances in technology are also enabling low-tox solutions that are more targeted and effective than many of the chemical solutions that are still used today.

The four benefits of lower-toxic pest control

The advantages of connected technology and the Internet of Things

Many new developments are based on the automation of pest observation. Currently, for example, the pest control industry is embracing the Internet of Things to change the way facilities are monitored. We can now install connected traps and devices to carry out remote monitoring 24/7, so technicians don’t have to physically visit a site to see if pests are present. When they do visit a site, technicians don’t need to spend time checking traps. Instead they can focus on developing low-tox, preventative risk mitigation strategies instead.

In the agriculture space, we are also experimenting with bespoke monitoring solutions, such as drones  fitted with thermal imaging technology, that can survey large areas of crops. The technical capability of the thermal heat and hyperspectral imaging software fitted in these drones is so high that they can view microscopic details and find localised infestations. This enables us to treat small areas and pest problems with low-tox solutions before they spread.

Prevention through predictive analytics

Another major advantage of these new monitoring methods is that they provide us with new data, much of which was not available before. The drones mentioned above, for instance, can monitor the chlorophyll level in plants and predict the damage a plant will sustain before it happens.

We don’t just collect data from these devices and use it in isolation. We can now overlay it with public data sources, such as weather records, to start predicting pest behaviour based on different variables. In turn, this is fuelling sophisticated predictive analytics that enables us to apply targeted, low-tox treatments in localised spots, rather than blanket treating facilities with chemicals.  In many cases, when you have the right support with innovative applications of technology, there is no need to use any harsh chemicals at all.

New developments in non-toxic heat treatments

Ironically, some of the recent innovations are enhancements of ideas that have been around for centuries. In the 18th Century, early settlers in Australia developed rudimentary ways to use heat to eliminate insects. Today, modern technology is now being applied to the idea to scale it up into a commercial model.

Rentokil’s Entotherm, for example, is a new solution that eradicates bed bugs and cockroaches. Rather than using sprays, which often don’t penetrate the hard outer shell, the heat delivered by the Entotherm system kills insects from the inside through dehydration and damage to essential physiological processes. This method avoids any risk of the insects developing resilience to spray chemicals and passing on resistant genes to future offspring.

Another benefit is that the heat effectively kills all the life stages of insects – egg, larva, pupa and adult – without needing go higher than 56-60 degrees Celsius. This temperature is high enough to kill pests rapidly, but it doesn’t cause structural damage to buildings or objects.

New advances in biopesticides

It’s not just hardware and data that is driving low-toxic innovation. Rentokil’s Global Science Centre is also currently developing new organic-compound solutions that can repel or destroy pests. One solution we are currently developing, for example, uses fungal spores that attach to the external body surface of cockroaches. The spores then germinate and bore through the outer shell to reach the insects’ body cavity, after which they multiply and kill the insect.

Solutions like these have zero mammalian toxicity and only low volumes are needed. Another significant benefit is that unlike chemicals, pests can’t become resistant to the spores. This means that we’re able to get closer to solving a long-standing problem with how insects learn to adapt to chemicals and pass on resistant genes.  It’s a clear illustration that many of the innovative chemical-free solutions being developed today combine higher levels of efficacy with reduced environmental impact.

The future of low-tox innovation

A word about the future. What would happen if we could communicate with pests like mice, rather than just monitor them? This is something we are experimenting with at Rentokil now using ultrasound technology. It is an idea borne out of frustration with the fact that current ways of monitoring mice (e.g. connected traps, or fluorescent gels) only pick up activity when the mouse interacts with the solution and activates it. If the mouse is merely nearby, then no pest activity will be recorded.

We’re currently developing a solution to this problem that can listen to mice by picking up the high frequencies they emit, which are higher than the upper audible limit of human hearing. As we continue to develop and analyse the potential of this innovative solution, we will also be exploring the possibility of sending messages back to mice to repel them from the area.

Communicating with mice may sound like science fiction for now. But how often does today’s science fiction become tomorrow’s normal? What we can be sure of is that the need and demand for low-tox pest control is going to continue to increase – driven forward inexorably by rising consumer demand and increasing regulation. We can also be certain that new, continually evolving innovations will help to effectively meet those demands with safer, greener solutions for pest control.

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3 Ways To Put Fall Leaves to Work on Your Commercial Property

At times, Klausing Group’s goal of leading the landscape industry means returning to an old practice rather than inventing a new one. Fallen leaves are a valuable resource, and the industry’s practice of removing them is often not the most practical or economical approach. Instead, we utilize fallen leaves whenever possible to improve results in the landscape.

Free 3-piece Olay Whips Sample Set (it’s back!)

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Best Places to Eat in Anchorage

Best places to eat in Anchorage

When you think of Anchorage, Alaska, the first thing that comes to mind is probably something like “cold,” “fish”, or “skiing.” You may not necessarily think of a city that has great restaurants. So, boy, will you be surprised to discover that Anchorage is home to all sorts of delicious, tasty, and unique restaurants and […]

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