I bet that if someone would have told me 10 years ago when I first started blogging that I'd be featured in Costco Connection as a blogging expert, I would have said they were insane. But you see, that was before I logged my 10,000 hours as a blogger and learned a thing or two about cultivating online relationships, identifying bloggers who are genuine and talented and finding a home for me to share stories about the people and experiences in my life that I truly cherish.
So while Costco doesn't necessarily share my personal journey down the road of blogging, they do share my tips and a video too. Take a look, enjoy and the next time you head into Costco, tell them Beth at RoleMommy.com sent you! :)
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When you grow up in a two bedroom apartment like I did in Queens NY, seldom are there opportunities for a kid to learn basic home improvement or repair tricks of the trade. Unless you were the son of the building's super, which I wasn't by the way, most apartment raised kids don't have a clue on how to fix anything. I have been a home owner in Westchester NY now for seventeen years and can shamefully, but honestly say, not once during that time, have I ever fixed, installed, repaired, refurbished, adjusted, tinkered with, or altered anything in my home myself. I wish that weren't the case and I know my wife wonders why she never put home competency on her checklist for requisite qualities in a man who she would ever marry. Screwing in light bulbs is literally the only thing I am capable of taking care of around the house. My biggest challenge on that front is replacing the bulbs for the recess lighting in our cathedral ceiling living room. And given my trepidation of a bulb slipping off the extension pole when I remove it, falling and shattering all over our floor, I usually put off doing it for as long as I possibly can.
I have even relinquished control of the simple task of changing the air filters inout house because the central unit is wedged toward the back of our attic which you have to army crawl through in order to access. So when my wife finally gets tired of choking on the dust and other allergens in our home, she will summon me to the stairway of our attic where we climb up together and I hold a flashlight pointed toward the unit for her to crawl to so that the she can replace the embarrassingly clogged filters. I'm always so proud of her when she completes the task even as she is mumbling several expletives during the journey. It isn't always clear to me what those four letter words spoken under her breath are, but I'm pretty sure love is not one of them. I know that as Beth inches along the attic floor and thinks about all of the other things in the house that need repair, she must not only wonder why her husband can't do diddly to fix anything but that there has to be an easier way of getting things done around the house affordably and quickly. Now, after all these years of being together, I can boastfully say that I have discovered a possible solution to our home repair needs and it's called Pro.com, an online resource that simplifies the effort needed to get a project done on you home. While this service won't absolve me from my handyman incompetence, it will allow me to find fast and cost effective solutions.
What I love most about this site is the fact that you can type in almost any type of home service improvement or repair into the search function and it will come back with an estimate of what the cost will be immediately. Unfortunately, the cost of the entire project is not available as the estimates do not include parts or materials. But it at least provides you with a reasonable starting point. I also like the fact that all of the contractors that come through the system have been vetted by Pro.com to make sure that they are adequate insured, bonded and have not had any serious business conduct issues. The site is very user friendly and is not cluttered with content that could be a distraction in figuring out what you need to do in order to get the estimates you need. You literally type in the project or repair you need, it give you an estimate and then asks you if you would like to add any additional items. Once that is done, you select 3 possible times for a Pro.com job manager to contact you to discuss the project and decide how to move forward from there. In the event that something is not going well with the project or contractor, Pro.com remains involved for you to call and help remedy whatever the situation might be. Almost everyone at some point in their life has had a bad experience with a contractor or repair technician so it is nice to know that you automatically have an advocate for yourself with Pro.com in the event that something ever does go wrong with a project.
So if you have a few things around the house that you have been meaning to get to but just didn't have the time or energy to follow up on, take a look at Pro.com for some help. And you can save an easy $50 off any project by simply texting your project and zip code to the phone number 206-745-3460 using the promo code RM50. Plus, we are also hosting a $200 giveaway to one lucky person who will receive credit towards home repair compliments of Pro.com. Enter below and we'll announce the winner next week!
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Pro.com. However, all opinions and stories about my home improvement challenges, are entirely my own.
In the summer, I love making use of fresh, local corn but I have recently become obsessed with using corn nuts in all my dishes for an extra crunch. As always, I have added in seeds and dried fruit for extra flavor. Make a big batch and enjoy for a few meals!
Red Quinoa Salad with Corn and Vidalia Onions
2 1/2-3 cups cooked red quinoa (or regular quinoa but the red is so pretty!)
1/3 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried currants
1/4 cup finely chopped Vidalia onions or any other onions you have around that are preferably mild
1 tsp smoked salt or Kosher salt
1 cup fresh or frozen, defrosted corn
1/2 cup crunchy corn nuts
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lemon, squeezed
ground black pepper to taste
In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir to combine.
Whisk dressing until combined and pour on to salad. Stir until all of the quinoa and add-ins are coated.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Serves 4-6 as a side dish
For more great recipes from Alma Schneider, visit her at Take Back the Kitchen.
When it comes to commuting in New York City, I like to fancy myself as the ultimate navigation expert. I know how to traverse the streets of Manhattan via subway, bus and even pedicab. But when it comes to parking, you definitely need to up your game - especially if you decide to drive into the city during your workweek.
Thanks to the team at ParkWhiz, I was given the opportunity to try out their parking app and they were nice enough to give me a coupon to park free at a garage near my office. And that my friends, was music to my ears. Instead of hopping on a Metro North train this week I downloaded the ParkWhiz app, entered in the address of my office and dozens of parking options appeared on my iPhone screen. As I scanned through all the options, I managed to find a garage at a reasonable price (for those of you who don't live in New York, finding a lot under $30 is pretty much like finding a pot of gold).
Anyway, I locked in the rate and my coupon was saved on the app so that when it was time to retrieve my car, all I had to do was show it to the cashier and my spot was already paid for. That's also a cool option - before you even arrive, you reserve your spot and pay for it in advance. That way, when you arrive at the lot, the parking attendant can't turn you away or try to charge you a more expensive price because there's some sporting event going on and they've decided to charge an additional $20 for parking.
The other option that's really great about ParkWhiz is that if you lose track of time, you get a reminder that tells you you have 15 minutes left to pick up your car. When that reminder popped up on my phone, I grabbed my things and rushed out of the office. However, I didn't anticipate what was going to happen next. Take a look...
If you are in need of an easy way to reserve your parking in advance then ParkWhiz is a great solution. Just make sure you give yourself enough time to get back to the lot to retrieve your car so you don't run into anything or anyone along the way (if you don't know what I'm talking about, then you must watch the video above!)
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by ParkWhiz. However all opinions, including my recent run in with a steel pole are entirely my own.
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