National Fruits and Veggies Month

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National Fruits and Veggies Month is an excellent time to find ways to incorporate these wonderful foods into your diet. They’re nutritious, filling and full of vitamins and minerals the body needs to function. While many people enjoy fruits, it’s sometimes harder get the right amount of veggies in your meals throughout the day. The following are some tips to recognize these foods for National Fruits and Veggies Month.

Learn to Snack Healthy

Snacking is a good habit to have if you choose the right snacks. The humble apple and banana are both filling, affordable and nutritious snacks that are also portable. Not only will it fulfill a sweet craving, but will also help satiate hunger until your next meal. Edamame is another healthy snack that is appetizing with a dip like hummus. Add in some carrots and pepper strips and you have a colorful meal that is full of vitamins.

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The farmer’s market is one of the best places to find fresh produce that’s in the season. The produce at the farmer’s market may have even been picked that morning or the day before. Many farmer’s markets also sell some produce that has been preserved or pickled by the family. These products offer a fun way to try a new jam or jelly that you may not find in the grocery store. The following are some unique items that you may find at your local farmer’s market.

  • Rhubarb
  • Heirloom tomatoes
  • Okra
  • New apple varieties

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It’s important to understand the reason why the body thrives off eating a variety of fruits and vegetables. There are many benefits from eating fresh produce. Once you find your favorites, it will become easier to find new ways to prepare them to ensure you get the recommended daily servings. Here are some of the most exciting benefits of eating fruits and vegetables:

  • They’re filling with minimal calories
  • Many contain fiber to aid in digestion
  • Greens and berries have antioxidants to help counteract the effects of aging

The next time you’re planning a meal or snack, be sure to incorporate at least 2 or 3 fruits or vegetables. When you’re shopping, try a new variety each time you go to the store. You can always find recipes for nearly anything online, and it’s great fun to expand your palate and try new things.

If you are also in need of plumbing tips, call  Ross Plumbing in Leesburg, FL at  (352) 728­-6053 .


The Summer Months Make the Most Sense for Updating Your Home Security System

The Summer Months Make the Most Sense for Updating Your Home Security System

Some of the busiest months of the year are in summer, because although it’s a time for vacations from work and breaks from school, most people try to pack in as many activities and adventures as possible before summer ends. But for the safety of your home and your family, it’s important that you make time in summer for updating your home security system, especially regarding emergency preparedness and prevention.

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Regular maintenance and repairs around the house may not seem like the most important way to spend your precious time in summer, but it’s this very support that prevents a minor problem from becoming an emergency situation. For example, proper maintenance on your plumbing systems can prevent floods and severe water damage in your house. Take care of regular wear and tear issues as they arise, and use the warm weather of summertime to:

  • Replace things that are missing
  • Repaint surfaces that need attention
  • Fill in holes
  • Fix appliances
  • Clean the house
  • Clean the gutters
  • Fix the roof

Making Sure, Your Family Knows What to Do in an Emergency

Having a plan of urgency in place could save lives. But not only do you have to put together a proper plan, but you also have to go over it with your family and practice it by doing drills, which are much more pleasant in summer than winter. A proper emergency plan will outline:

  • Where to find fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and other emergency supplies
  • Escape routes and exits point from every room
  • Two outdoor meeting spots to gather during an emergency
  • Emergency phone numbers, such as police, poison control, and the local hospital
  • Names and numbers of close family to contact in an emergency
  • What to do in case of a fire, break-in, flood, or some other emergency

Installing Sensors, Alarms, and Detectors

There are tons of different sensors available for inside, outside, and around your home, and while some are security related, others are safety measures, and some are to protect your home from damage. It’s a good idea to update these systems in the summer before holidays because that way you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your home is being monitored while you’re away. Standard sensors and alarms for homes include:

  • Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Broken glass alarms
  • Water and leak sensors
  • Motion sensors for the inside and outside
  • Sensors that register when doors and windows are opened

Call 352-728-6053 to speak with the experts at Ross Plumbing in Leesburg, FL today for help with seasonal or regular maintenance and repairs, plumbing emergencies, or for more tips on updating your home security system this summer.


Ready or Not- It’s time for Back -to-School

Ready or Not- It’s time for Back -to-School

back-to-school-1-300x200 Ready or Not- It's time for Back -to-SchoolPreparing to take the kids back to school in the fall is one of the most tiring and troublesome experiences a parent can go through. There are so many little things to accomplish, such as buying new outfits, textbooks, backpacks, general school supplies, and reorganizing schedules around work and everyday life. Most kids will not be ready and will simply not want to offer a helping hand with all of the tasks that need to be completed by the first day of school.

Savings/Budget

You should begin saving a bit of extra money ahead of time for the purchase of various school supplies. Most schools don’t send home a list of what is needed, such as the books, notebooks, and pencils, until it is nearly time to return. This can be troublesome and downright headache-inducing for most parents. The best option is to put aside a bit of money each month during the summer so when the time comes you already have the funds required to take the kids shopping.

Buying Supplies

Most local big-name stores will offer the school supplies required for most children in the area. Large shopping chains set aside entire sections of their floor, including multiple aisles, for parents shopping for their children. You can find brand new notebooks, three-ring binders, packs of markers, pencils, pens, and loose-leaf paper so kids can draw or write notes on. The items can be costly, so saving some money beforehand, as mentioned above, will be vital to heading back to school.back-in-the-classroom-300x200 Ready or Not- It's time for Back -to-School

Organizing Your Schedules

This is especially important for those parents who have more than one child in their home heading back to school. Some schools, especially middle and high schools, tend to have different starting times. You must balance your time between dropping off your child before the bell rings and making it to work on-time each day. This can be a bit of a hassle at first, but once you really get into the swing of things, it should be much easier. When possible, speak with your kids and find out who would be willing to ride the bus in the morning. If you have a school bus stop near your home, you can drop your child off on the way to work. Alternatively, you can have a family friend, or perhaps a neighbor, who also has a child heading to school, drop your kids off when they are passing by the area.

Heading back to school does not need to give you the headache that most people associate it with. Take a step back, take a quick breath, and write down exactly what needs to be done. If you are also in need of plumbing tips, call(352) 728­-6053 in Leesburg, FL at Ross Plumbing .


3 Ways to Prepare for UV Safety Awareness Month

3 Ways to Prepare for UV Safety Awareness Month

applying-sunscreen-200x300 3 Ways to Prepare for UV Safety Awareness MonthJuly is UV Safety Awareness Month, which is a recognition many are unaware of. While we tend to think of fresh air and sunshine as healthy and therapeutic, the sun’s UV rays are quite harmful. They can cause eye damage, skin cancer, and premature aging. UV rays can also suppress the immune system, leaving your body open to infections and disease. UV Safety Awareness Month is meant to educate those who are unaware of the sun’s damaging effects and to serve as a reminder to everyone that the sun must be enjoyed safely. Here are three ways you can prepare this year.

Go Shopping

It’s important to wear sunscreen! Make sure it’s not expired. Clean out the medicine chest, and replace any expired sunscreen with a new bottle. Get a wide-brimmed hat to protect your face during outdoor activities as well a pair of sunglasses.  Be sure to choose sunglasses that block all UV rays as your pupils will dilate when behind dark glasses. Sunglasses should be rated to block 100% of UV-A and UV-B rays and provide the most protection.This can increase the amount of UV light your eyes are exposed to if the glasses don’t shield your peripheral vision.

Know When to Go

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the sun is at it’s strongest between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. If you do go out during this part of the day use the sunscreen, sunglasses, and try to wear a hat. Stick to the shade as much as you can, as well.

Check in With Your Doctor

Take a moment to call your physician or pharmacist and review any prescription medications you’re taking. Some drugs make you more sensitive to UV light. If you’re taking any of these medicines, you’ll need to know so you can be even more diligent about your UV protection.

Ross Plumbing of Leesburg, FL is happy to bring you these safety tips and reminders during this UV Safety Awareness Month. Remember to stay safe, take an active role in educating others about UV dangers and give us a call at(352) 728­-6053 the next time you find yourself in need of a plumber.

 


3 Things You Should Know About Summer Solstice

3 Things You Should Know About Summer Solstice

The summer solstice is going to be happening in just a few weeks, but many people do not realize the meaning or origins of this event. The summer solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is commonly referred to as “the longest day of the year,” but this is not all that happens during the summer solstice.

What Is the Summer Solstice?

According to astronomy, a solstice happens when the tilt of a planet is most inclined towards the star it rotates around. This means that the summer solstice occurs when the Northern Hemisphere is pointed as far towards the sun as possible during its yearly rotation. In the summer solstice, the Northern hemisphere experiences the most hours of daylight during the year, and summer officially starts.

 

Why Do We Have Longer Days in Summer?

During the time around the summer solstice, the days are very long. This happens because the northern half of the Earth has tilted towards the sun, so it spends more time in the sunshine each day. Meanwhile, the farther half of the Earth has tilted away from the sun. Meaning that in certain places, like Australia, they will experience darker days and cooler weather during the summer solstice. However, if you travel far enough north during the summer solstice, the sun will appear to travel around the horizon instead of setting each night because the days are so long.

Where Does the Phrase “Solstice” Come From?

The name, “solstice,” comes from the Latin language. It is a combination of “sol,” which means sun,” and “sisto,” which means “I stand still.” Therefore, the basic phrase used to refer to the longest day of the year means “the sun stands still.” A solstice was called this by the ancient Romans because the day was so long that it seemed like the sun was practically standing still in the sky for most of the day.

Enjoy the long summer days in Leesburg, FL without worrying about your plumbing. Call Ross Plumbing today at (352) 728-6053 to learn more about how we can meet your summer needs.