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  • Fall Activities for the Whole Family - DGI Direct
    Family Baking Time When the leaves change colour the fall flavours come out in full force From pumpkin pies to apple tarts and everything in between it s the season of comforting savoury baked goods The only thing better than fall dessert Homemade fall desserts There s no shortage of recipes online to satisfy every autumnal sweet tooth Why not ask the kids what they d rather bake Or try one or all of these easy recipes Autumn Leaf Cutouts Pumpkin Pie Caramel Corn Treats Apple Tarts Spiced Maple Pull Aparts Make Some Fall Crafts After you ve finished whipping up your fall treats it s time to clear the kitchen table of cutlery and bring out the glue sticks and construction paper Arts and crafts are the perfect way to get your little ones involved in the fall fun without ever having to leave home Why not try Painting acorns Making pinecone bird feeders Crafting leaf garlands Making leaf rubbings or prints Creating corn husk dolls Throw an Autumn Party If your summer party was a success why not flaunt your party hosting prowess with an encore The sights sounds and flavours of fall lend themselves perfectly to entertaining Make your autumnal celebration as simple or as extravagant as you please From a cozy backyard bonfire with just a few friends to a full out fall themed neighborhood potluck this is where you can put your freshly baked goods to good use and get the whole family involved in planning decorating and setting up for the big day Need some inspiration for fall décor Use these four easy DIY ideas to get your home autumn party ready in no time Go For a Scenic Fall Drive If you d rather forgo the fall party planning why not soak up

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  • Car Theft Prevention: Do’s and Don’ts - DGI Direct
    a well lit and secure location Often times busy streets with considerable foot traffic are more secure for your vehicle than secluded side streets Make it difficult to steal As in most life situations low lying fruit is the first to be picked If your car is easy to break into and steal it may be the first target of a prospective thief While it s impossible to eliminate the possibility of a theft entirely there are several preventative measures to make your car harder to steal Lock all car doors Roll up all windows Use a steering wheel lock Install a hidden ignition cut off system Set up an alarm While an alarm cannot prevent a theft it can stop a thief in their tracks Installing an alarm in your car means that anyone in the process of stealing your vehicle will be greeted with a blaring siren in their ears An alarm also alerts passersby to your car whether or not they notice the thief There are also a variety of preventative measures you can take to give prospective thieves the illusion that your car has an alarm system installed Amongst others these measures include applying alarm warning stickers to your car s windows or having a single blinking red LED light somewhere near your car s dashboard or steering wheel Don t Advertise spare keys The easiest way to steal a car is to find a pair of keys If you have a spare key for your car do not leave it in an obvious place such as in your glove compartment or under the driver s seat This prevents thieves from simply breaking a window turning on your car and driving away Taking a page from home security do not store your spare car keys in an obvious place and make sure they aren t visible or near a ground level window in your home This additional security measure could help prevent a break in to both your home and car Leave valuables in your car As a general rule you should never leave visible valuables in your car Visible valuables may not necessarily make your car an easy target but they certainly makes it a desirable one If you must keep valuables in your car put them in the trunk or cover them High value or sentimental items should never be left in your car even in the trunk If you have something in your car that is valuable even if it is hidden a theft would be that much more destructive Let your car fall into disrepair Believe it or not forgoing the upkeep of your car makes it a target for prospective thieves A dirty or run down car tells a thief that the driver has most likely neglected their vehicle making it more likely to be an easy steal A properly washed and cleaned car signals that the driver cares about their automotive investment and is more likely to have taken auto

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  • 10 Essential Fall Gardening Tasks - DGI Direct
    Now is the time to plant perennials that flower in the spring and summer just make sure you do so six to eight weeks before winter so that their roots can form before the cold sets in Spring flowering bulbs that are hardy enough to survive through the winter like daffodils and tulips should also be planted now Plant shrubs and evergreen trees in autumn as well and continue to water these until the ground freezes for the winter Asiatic and Oriental lilies should be planted in late fall Garlic should be planted in October 4 Harvest It s time to harvest your autumn bounty Pick the last of your apples plums and other remaining fruit from your fruit bearing trees If your garden is overflowing with ripened vegetables now is the time to harvest them This includes Pumpkins and squash harvest these before the first frost if you leave them outside after frost sets in they will become soft Peas and beans when these are finished cropping cut the plant at ground level and leave their roots in the soil Cabbages leave cabbage roots in the soil as well cutting across the stem to encourage smaller leaf growth 5 Cover If you have any rose shrubs or evergreen trees in your front or backyard now is the time to cover these by wrapping them with burlap This is especially important if they are growing near a maple birch oak or other large deciduous tree when these deciduous trees lose their leaves the bushes will be exposed to direct and full sun something that they aren t used to throughout the rest of the year Be sure to cover bushes to protect them from harsh direct sunlight 6 Transplant Before overnight temperature drops below 10 C tender perennials such as geraniums and canna lilies should be moved Now is the time to pot these and bring them inside your home while the soil is still wet and cool This is also a good time to divide some of your plants and perennials like daylilies Siberian iris hardy geraniums and hostas Cut into the plants using a sharp shovel then replant them back in your garden or give them away to a fellow gardener 7 Mulch It s time to take those fallen leaves and put them to good use Instead of throwing them away use autumn leaves as mulch by spreading them over your flowerbeds Using leaves for mulch is actually beneficial to your flowerbeds as this decomposing leaf matter is full of minerals that aid in plant growth 8 Mow Your Lawn Continue to mow your lawn throughout the fall months as needed As winter draws nearer put your mower s blade to its lowest setting for the last few cuttings of the season this will ensure that more sunlight reaches the crown of the grass 9 Fertilize According to lawn experts if there s one time of year to fertilize your lawn it s in the fall In

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  • Your Complete RV Storage Guide - DGI Direct
    moisture Fill your RV s propane tanks and secure them accordingly Leaky fuel lines are one of the leading causes of RV fires make sure you and your family are well acquainted with fire safety rules so you re prepared in case of a fire emergency Take Care of Your Battery If you are not planning to start your RV s engine every couple weeks remove your motor home s battery for the winter Leaving a battery unattended throughout the winter months can damage the battery itself while any cracks or leaks caused by moisture can also damage your engine As always it s better to be safe than sorry Note Always use proper safety procedures when removing your RV s battery remove any jewelry and always wear goggles and gloves Protect Your Tires Ever tried standing on one leg for six months It s tough The same can be said about the tires of an RV in storage Unless your motor home is put on jacks the entire weight of the vehicle sits on its tires Although this is not a problem for short periods of time if the RV is not moved at some point every week or two the weight of the vehicle can begin to flatten its tires Prep Your Engine Long periods of inactivity combined with below zero temperatures is problematic for all engines Make sure you prepare your engine for a deep sleep the right way Introduce a proper fuel stabilizer to your gas tank to protect your RV s engine Idle your engine for a couple of minutes to make sure the mixture circulates through the whole system Top off and winterize all engine related fluid tanks Gas tank Oil tank Windshield wiper fluid tank Transmission fluid tank Brake fluid tank Power steering fluid tank Keep Critters Out You know your RV is cozy but so do roaming critters Because your motorhome offers the perfect protection from the elements your motor home may become the target of pesky critters such as mice or raccoons Even the smallest cracks and crannies can become major highways for unwanted pests Be sure your RV is properly sealed off from the outside world to prevent critters from making a home of it Cover Your Investment If you choose to store your RV outdoors through the winter months be sure to have an effective cover to prevent sun bleaching or other element related damages such as those caused by ice or hail Covers for tires are also recommended to reduce UV exposure A physical cover isn t the only way to protect your RV however make sure your prized possession is covered with the right kind of insurance policy to suit your needs Although it s half way between a home and a car your RV is actually covered by your auto insurance policy Unsure whether your RV is protected Speak to your insurer to get informed or get a quote to get started Choose Your Storage Area

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  • 4 Easy DIY Fall Decor Ideas - DGI Direct
    season These easy framed leaf decorations are the perfect addition to any wall in your home What You ll Need Gathered leaves Wax paper or newspaper Heavy books and or telephone books Cardstock Glue Small twigs How To Begin your leaf framing project by pressing your leaves to preserve them For best results choose leaves that are thin and flat Note soak leaves in diluted fabric softener before pressing to make them more malleable Place leaves between two pieces of waxed paper or newspaper Then place the paper inside of a heavy book or phonebook Place more books on top for added weight Place these in a dry location After a week of drying check up on your leaves to make sure they are not rotting Then let them dry for another week or two After your leaves are properly pressed you can use them to create your twig framed artwork Simply glue a pressed leaf onto a sheet of cardstock To create the frame glue small twigs to the edges of the cardstock Hang your pressed leaf artwork up on the walls of your living room dining room bedroom or any other wall that needs a touch of fall Apple Votives Bring back memories of bobbing for apples with this charming DIY project Turn regular tea lights into autumn treasures by crafting some clever apple votives What You ll Need A marker A steel tub A paring knife Apples Tea lights A lemon or lemon juice How To First test how your apples float in water then mark their topsides with a marker Next place your tea light over the mark then trace around it with your paring knife Put the light aside then carve a circle into the apple as deep as the tea light is tall Use your knife to cut the carved circle into four separate sections then scoop out the inside with a spoon To keep your apple from turning brown squeeze your lemon or pour some lemon juice onto the freshly cut surface Insert a tea light into the carved out apple Repeat this process with the rest of your apples Fill your steel tub with water then place your apples inside and watch them flicker and float Leafy Pumpkin This twist on the classic carved pumpkin is the perfect fall statement piece and can be placed on the front step coffee table or dinner table as a colourful centerpiece What You ll Need Gathered leaves A pencil Scissors Orange red and yellow tissue paper Decoupage glue Flat head brush A medium to large pumpkin How To Trace some leave onto your autumn coloured tissue paper then cut out your tracings Use decoupage glue to glue these onto your pumpkin in any pattern you see fit To create veins for your tissue paper leaves use a flat head brush to push the edge of the leaves towards the center this will pucker the thin tissue paper to create the veins of your leaves Finally

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  • Home Security 101: Beyond the Alarm System - DGI Direct
    can foil even the most elaborate robbery attempts There are several weak points in your home you should be aware of Doors The most obvious place to enter your home is through a door Be sure all external entrances to your home are protected by solid wood or strong reinforced steel wrapped doors This prevents thieves from smashing through door frames or wedging them open with crowbars Windows Windows are one of the easiest ways to break into a home All your windows should be closed and locked if you are leaving your home for an extended period of time Install reinforced glass with invisible security films for windows located within arm s reach of any door locks Sliding Doors Most sliding patio doors are equipped with flimsy locks which often do not lock properly Place a metal rod in the track of your sliding door to prevent them opening more than a few inches Locks The deadbolt is the first line of defense against unwanted home intruders choosing the correct deadbolt is paramount to successful deterrence In addition to locking your door a good deadbolt should prevent thieves from sawing through the bolt itself levering the bolt out of place or drilling straight through the actual lock Strike Plate The other half to the deadbolt the strike plate is a further deterrent for any thieves looking to enter through your front door The strike plate is a flat metal piece which attaches to the doorframe over the location where the door s spring loaded latch pops into place Screwed several inches into the door frame an effective strike plate acts to further reinforce the door against forced entry Step 3 Offer No Place to Hide Although thieves are usually depicted as nocturnal prowlers sneaking through basement windows many robberies take place during the day when people are more likely to be away at school or work Keeping that in mind be sure the immediate area around your house is clear of shrubs low lying tree branches or any other foliage which could potentially conceal a burglar s work Furthermore motion sensor lights are always a good way to deter nighttime prowling Step 4 Get to Know Your Neighbours Your neighbours do not have to be your new best friends but it is a good idea to get to know them Aside from being able to borrow their lawn mower this mutually beneficial relationship means you can look out for each other s homes when one of you are away For further neighbourly assistance join your local Neighbourhood Watch chapter Even the most secure of homes can fall victim to an unfortunate accident as a homeowner you deserve the peace of mind of knowing that your home is protected Besides alarm systems and locks be sure all of your insurance needs are met Desjardin offers all risk coverage which covers a wide variety of risks such as fire theft and water damage Speak to your insurer if you re unsure

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  • 5 Steps to Beating Small Business Stress - DGI Direct
    is organized take time to declutter and keep things tidy Physical clutter actually hinders our ability to work efficient Be sure you re decluttering digitally as well use folders email plugins and online organizational tools to keep your digital workspace clutter free Create systems that works for you and your business so that you can approach common tasks in a streamlined fashion there s no need to come up with a new process every time your business launches a new product or starts a new campaign Being organized also means protecting your business from the unexpected make sure you have proper insurance coverage so you can focus on what s important running your business 3 Delegate Tasks As an entrepreneur it can be hard to let go you may want to do everything yourself After all this business is your baby As hard as it can be learning how to delegate tasks is a crucial part of running a small business If you re taking on too much responsibility on a daily basis you may avoid taking time off for fear of things falling apart without you Running a business this way produces far more stress than is necessary and will lead to burnout Delegate tasks to your employees right from the start so that you re not left with the brunt of every failure or success Learning to let go and delegate will help you get rid of a lot of unnecessary stress so that you can see your business reach new heights Remember the best leaders know when to ask for help 4 Maintain Work Life Balance When you run your own business working overtime is all too easy Even if they re not working overtime many entrepreneurs have a hard time unplugging even at home That s why it s even more important for small business owners to keep a close eye on their work life balance If you work better with a schedule make it a priority to set work hours for yourself Whether it s 9 to 5 10 to 6 or 5 to 9 make a work schedule and stick to it Schedule your downtime just like you would schedule a meeting Taking time to unwind whether it s through quality time spent with family or alone time spent with a good book is crucial to managing the stresses of running a business When you do take your downtime remember to unplug Turn off that computer and smartphone downtime spent checking work email every few minutes isn t real downtime Enjoy your time off so that you re refreshed rejuvenated and ready to work when you do get back to running your business 5 Don t Forget About the Basics When you re busy running a business it can be easy to forget about the basics of stress management Whether you re still in planning stages or are working your way to success there are many little things you can do on a daily

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  • 10 Car Noises and What They Mean - DGI Direct
    squealing for attention chances are you have a belt problem In addition to its many gaskets hoses and wires your car s engine has several rotating belts Over time these belts can stretch or crack as they circulate at high speeds around a system of pulleys Replacing worn out belts is cheap and can save you headaches down the road 3 Ticking If something is ticking and clicking in your engine check your car s oil tank Since they rely on lubricating oil to run smoothly noisy pistons are often an indication of low oil levels Before taking your car to the shop check your car s dipstick 4 Sputtering If your car sputters or continues running after removing the keys from the ignition you may be hearing the effects of dieseling In a nutshell dieseling is when gasoline continues to ignite by compression alone in the cylinder without the aid of the sparkplug Although this issue is somewhat limited to older engines with carburetors as opposed to newer fuel injected engines do not be surprised if you hear a couple coughs from your engine after turning it off 5 Uneven Idling If you feel your car s usual rhythm is off there may be an issue with one of its sparkplugs Sparkplugs are responsible for igniting the fuel in your car s engine but sometimes they burn out short or experience breaks 6 Loud Idling A good engine should roar but not too loudly If you feel your car is more noisy than usual there could be an issue with cylinder compression If there is an uneven air fuel ration in the cylinder combustion can occur at higher or lower rates than normal Higher pressure in the cylinder can cause the engine to sound louder than usual or even produce a knocking sound Not attending to this issue can lead to engine damage 7 Noisy Turning If you hear strange noises but only when turning there could be a problem with your car s wheels or tires While the issue could be as simple as low inflation or tire wear there are other possible culprits such as a worn wheel bearing or incorrect wheel balance 8 Noisy Breaks If you hear an abnormal sound when breaking have your car checked immediately as there could be an issue with your breaks or break pads 9 Clunks and Clangs Hearing a large clang at every speedbump There could be an issue with your car s suspension Before going to the shop take a quick look under your car to check for a loose tailpipe or muffler 10 Rumbling If your car sounds like NASCAR when you accelerate there is probably a hole in your muffler Although holes in your muffler are not detrimental to car performance they are dangerous since they may allow dangerous fumes to leak into the passenger compartment Although these noises can give you clues as to what s wrong with your vehicle the best thing you can

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