Ann M. Vracin

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Reduce Toxic Exposure with Eco-Friendly Paint for Your Home

Oct 24, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Reduce Toxic Exposure with Eco-Friendly Paint for Your Home

A fresh look for any room in your home is just a coat of paint away. With ecofriendly paints, you can make sure that your home’s facelift is good for the environment and your family.

Why You Should Go Green

Most paints contain some Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the form of solvents that keep the paint liquid while in the can. Once the paint is on the walls, however, it releases the solvents into the air as part of the drying process. VOCs can cause a host of respiratory problems as well as indoor and outdoor air pollution. Some may even be carcinogenic. Conventional paints release VOCs for days, weeks or even up to a year.

Low or Zero?

Just because it’s EPA approved doesn’t mean it’s safe – the agency allows up to 250g per liter of VOCs in water-based interior paints. Low VOC paints have less than 50g per liter of the offending compounds. These amounts are for the base paint, not its colorants, so one color may in reality have more VOCs than another color from the same line.

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Top Songs for Your Halloween Party

Oct 22, 2014 in Sports/Entertainment. 0 Comment

Top Songs for Your Halloween Party

When considering songs for your spooky playlist, it is good to remember the classics. Choosing hits that your guests already recognize as great Halloween music will help them get in the spirit and keep with the theme. 

Ghostbusters

Can you really think of Halloween without the theme song from this classic movie? Written and performed by Ray Parker, Jr, it was released in 1984. It made it to the top of the charts and stayed there for 3 weeks. It’s a fun song to include at parties for all ages.

The Monster Mash

Since 1962 this song has been included in the playlist of the rock radio stations as a Halloween must. You’ll have guests singing along in delight to an old favorite. It made it to number one when it was released, and climbed back up the charts over 10 years later in 1973. Boris Pickett was really onto something special when he created this frightfully funny spoof of the Mashed Potato. This song keeps the event light hearted and makes everyone want to dance. 

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Creating Yummy Halloween Treats

Oct 20, 2014 in Lifestyle. 0 Comment

Creating Yummy Halloween Treats

One of the highlights of Halloween is the delicious treats you can enjoy with family or at a party with friends. You don’t need to spend a lot of time or effort to create a few frightfully good snacks that everyone will enjoy.  

Apples, Apples Everywhere

Halloween just wouldn’t be the same without delicious holiday apples. Whether you are bobbing or dipping, they are sure to be a part of your ghoulish festivities. With numerous ways to spice up your typical apple treats, you’ll be sure to impress all of your guests. From fake poison apples, to ghostly takes on the old school dipping, apples aren’t just caramel anymore. 

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Bring a Touch of Tuscan Sun into Your Home

Oct 17, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Bring a Touch of Tuscan Sun into Your Home

What does the scent of buttery garlic, fresh herbs and spices have in common with the magnificence of hewn marble and the lightly textured coolness of terracotta? They’re all evocative of the Italian countryside, just as Tuscan style has come to represent pastoral Italy anywhere in the world. 

Italian Palette

Warm, earthy colors typify the fertile ground and bright sunshine of rural Italy. Terracotta browns, golden yellows and hints of rich olive greens or deep vineyard purples epitomize the scent of freshly turned earth and sun-ripened grapes.

Because Tuscan color schemes use bold, dark colors on walls, it is important to use lighter neutrals in your furnishings. The eye is drawn toward lighter colors, so cognac or dusty creams are great for seating areas. This further emphasizes themes of family and togetherness.

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Weatherproofing for Winter Storms

Oct 15, 2014 in Homeowner. 0 Comment

Weatherproofing for Winter Storms

A winter wonderland full of sparkling snow, hot chocolate, crackling fireplaces and bright laughter will soon be here. There’s nothing quite like making memories of goofily dressed snowmen or flopping into fresh drifts of icy crystals to make snow angels. Make sure the warmth of your home stays where it belongs when you and your rosy-cheeked friends and family come in from the cold. Take the time to weatherproof your home properly.

Finding Leaks

You don’t need high-tech equipment to find leaks around doors and windows. Loosely tape a tissue to a straightened wire hanger, shut off fans or other sources of inside air currents, and hold the tissue-taped end near your window sill or door frame. If it flutters, you have a leak.

Another easy option requires a bit of caution. Light a candle and hold it near the place you suspect isn’t airtight. Make sure you’re not breathing directly on the flame. If the flame wavers, there is a draft. Move any curtains or other loose material aside before trying this method. 

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Aviara Real Estate

2555 Townsgate Road, #200
Westlake Village, CA 91361

Ann M. Vracin
Mobile: (805) 469-0693
Email: vsalink@aol.com
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