Fall Home Maintenance

The purchase of a home will likely be the biggest invest anybody will make in their life. Our homes are the centers of our lives because they hold everything and everyone important to us. Our top priorities are taking care of that invest.  Winter is a harsh season here in North Idaho as a result it can cause some damage to our homes, properties, our loved ones, or even our wallets! It can be avoided if we take extra steps this fall or start of winter to prepare.

The next question is where do I start? Not knowing can be overwhelming and stressful. Below is just a small list of some important home maintenance ideas. Included is the reason you should do them. It can make a huge difference on your home and property this year.

 

 

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  • Windows & Doors ~Install cool weather storm windows & doors, repair and/or replace loose or damaged window or door frames and insert weather stripping or caulking around windows & Image result for inserting weather strippingdoors. This will all keep your house better insulated through winter.

 

  • Heating Systems ~ Replace the filter in your furnace and clean your ducts to help your furnace’s efficiency and help save money

 

  • Plumbing ~ Be sure your pipes are well insulated to help avoid freezing. You’ll also want to know where the water shut off valve is in case your pipes do freeze.  Be sure to remove hoses from hose bibs on your home in colder weather so that your bibs and frost fee bibs don’t freeze in the low temperatures, causing leaks in the warmer months.  

 

  • Ventilation ~ Check the eave vents to be sure it’s clear of insulation and other debris to prevent mold.  Clean out your dryer vents to protect from possible ignition.  Close your foundation vents durning the fall and winter to keep pipes in your crawl space from freezing. 

 

  • Safety Devices ~ Now is a good time of year to check all your safety devices to be sure you can make it through winter. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers, test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (changing the batteries if necessary) and test your home for radon.

 

Exterior

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  • Gutters & Downspouts ~ Clean our your gutters and downspouts of debris to put a stop to any possible rot and to keep your gutters in proper working order

 

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    Chimney & Fireplace ~ Have a professional inspect & clean your chimney  to help avoid chimney fires. Test your fireplace flue for a tight seal when it’s closed to prevent water getting into your chimney.

 

  • Landscaping & Outside Work ~ Trim any limbs that are close to power lines, cover or store your patio furniture, check your walkways, stairs and driveway for easier winter navigation. To help promote yard growth, you could fertilize and reseed your lawn as well as prune your trees and shrubs.

 

  • Air Conditioners ~ If you have a window AC unit, be sure to remove it and store in a dry play before winter. Or cover your AC unit with a piece of plywood held down by bricks. This will help protect the unit from falling debris but also continue to allow airflow. You don’t want to put a waterproof cover over it during winter because it creates a warm environment which attracts unwanted guests.
Posted on September 11, 2019 at 9:48 pm
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We all Need a Break – Labor Day

Many enjoy Labor Day as a day off from work and the last bit of fun before summer ends. Many forget what it is we are celebrating… it was first created by the labor movement and is dedicated to the contributions and achievements of American workers. That day is set aside for the American worker to have a day of rest and to remember the importance of worker’s rights.

History

During the Industrial Revolution, many people were required to work 12 hour work days for 7 days a week just to make ends meet. In the late 1800’s, labor unions then became more active. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest the unfair wages, work environment and hours.

September 5th 1882 was the first Labor Day celebration. Many workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square in New York City. 12 years later, on June 26th 1994, the American Railroad Union called to boycott all Pullman Railway cars. This caused a crippling of railroad traffic nationwide. To break this strike, the government sent troops to Chicago. This only caused a wave of riots and deaths of many workers. In an attempt to repair ties with the American workers, congress passed the act to make Labor Day a legal holiday. And on June 28th 1994, President Cleveland signed it into law.

Even after all this time, it is still unclear who the founder of the holiday is. Many credit Peter J. McGuire, the co-founder of the American Federation of Labor, as the first to suggest it. But, many believe that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, was the first to propose the holiday.

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Labor Day Celebrations & Traditions

The Labor Day celebration has transformed a bit over the years. When it was first celebrated, the focus was on a parade. This was meant to show to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” and then a festival to follow. As time went on, speeches by prominent people were introduced.

In recent years, the celebrations have really began to change. As parades have become ever more difficult in city centers, the day has focused more on relaxing and having fun before summer is over and kids are back to school.

A common Labor Day celebration in North Idaho is Fall Fest! at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. It’s a weekend filled with beer, wine, cider, live music, and a soda tent for the kids.

Our National Forest

 

Many of us here in North Idaho use this last weekend of summer for family camping trips out in the National Forest. More about our National Forests

 

 

 

 

 

Boating on the lake is a special favorite of ours on this last weekend.  Taking in all the sunshine we can and enjoying live on the lake before kids go back to school and we prepare for fall.  More about Lake Coeur d’Alene

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Others like to take advantage of all of the downtown events to choose from or just a weekend of shopping! Downtown CDA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No matter how you choose to celebrate Labor Day, enjoy your day off!

 

Credit: DOL, History, Constitution Daily

Posted on August 29, 2019 at 6:01 pm
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Fire Safety

As fire season continues, it’s good to take a moment and review some fire safety tips for both in the home and while outdoors. Having the basic knowledge may help prevent a home fire or a wildfire.

 

 

Outdoors

Below are 3 steps to follow when you have a fire outdoors:

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  • Picking Your Campfire Spot: Be sure you follow any rules or regulations if planning to build a pit in a campground. Ensure you pick a level spot and you are approximately 10-15 feet away from anything that could catch fire. This includes low hanging branches, trees/shrubs, and your own gear. Take the weather into account as well, for example if there will be high wind and which direction it’s going in. Make sure rocks line the pit so your fire stays within the boarder.

 

  • While You Maintain Your Fire: Once your fire is going, do not add dangerous items such as aerosol cans, pressurized containers or aluminum cans. This items could explode, cause harmful fumes or shatter. Keep your fire at a manageable size. If it gets too large it could easily become out of hand with no way to put it out on your own. Also, always watch it. This is especially true if there are pets or children nearby. As a safety precaution, always have water close by.

 

  • Extinguishing Your Fire: If possible, let you fire burn down to ash. Then, pour water over all the embers, not just the red ones, until the hissing sounds spots. You could also put dirt or sand over the fire, if water isn’t available. Continue adding the water or dirt/sand, stirring around with a shovel, until everything is cool. Never walk away or go to bed when your fire is still warm.

 

General Safety Tips to Help Prevent a Wildfire:

 

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  • Be careful while camping and using & fueling fueling lanterns, stoves, and heaters. Make sure it’s cool before refueling. Do your best not to spill flammable liquids and store appropriately.

 

  • Do not dispose of your cigarettes, matches or any smoking material out of a moving vehicle or anywhere near an area that could catch fire. Always put your cigarette out before disposing of it.

 

  • When burning yard waste, avoid burning in windy conditions. Have a shovel, water and fire retardant nearby and avoid all flammable materials from your yard. Follow all fire rules, such as not letting the fire get out of hand, ALWAYS keep an eye on it and put it out completely before walking away.

 

  • If you notice an unattended or out of control fire, contact your local fire department or 9-1-1.

 

  • If using fireworks, consider wetting down the grass and surrounding areas before lighting them. Always have a bucket of water, garden hose or fire extinguisher ready nearby. Avoid lighting fireworks on a windy night.

 

 

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Below is 6 ways to prevent a fire in your home and help to avoid injury:

  • Smoke Alarms: Be sure you have the correct number of smoke alarms installed in your home. Test them once a month to ensure they are still is working order. Have spare batteries in your home so if the batteries die, you can replace them right away. Replace them at least once a year. Learn more about smoke alarms by clicking here, such as how many and where to install in your home.

 

  • Fire Extinguishers: They are a good idea to have to put out a small fire in your home or garage. Go over the 5 different types of fire extinguishers to be sure you have the correct one. Be sure your fire extinguisher is checked and tested regularly by a professional. Also, make sure you know how to use the fire extinguisher by following the P.A.S.S. rule below:
    • Pull the pin. Hold the extinguisher with the nozzle pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
    • Aim low. Point the extinguisher at the base of the fire.
    • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
    • Sweep the nozzle from side-to-side.

 

  • Teach Your Children the Basics: Don’t let them play with matches, candles or fire and teach them that it can be dangerous. Show your child what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when one goes off. If your child is old enough teach them not to touch a door knob if it’s hot, how to stop drop & roll, to crawl on the ground when they see smoke, and not to hide under a bed or in a closet if there is a fire. And if you have the opportunity, go to a fire station and have them meet a firefighter so they can be familiar with what they do and their gear.

 

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  • Create A Fire Escape Plan: Draw your home’s floor plan that shows all the windows & doors. Make a plan of escape and go over it with your family, be sure there are at least 2 ways to get out of ever room, if possible. Have a spot you meet your family once outside. And be sure to practice the plan at least twice a year. Click here for a printable sheet to draw out your escape.

 

  • Create A Family Emergency Communication Plan: Be sure every family member knows who to contact in case they can not find one another. This goes for any type of emergency, not just a fire. Also, be sure everybody know how to properly use 9-1-1.

 

  • Stay Safe When Grilling: Do not use your grill unless it’s away from siding, decking or anything that could catch fire. Make sure your children and pets remain at least 3 feet away from the grill when it’s in use. Always stay with your grill when using it and clean it regularly.

 

 

Although it’s impossible to guarantee a fire will never get started in your home or your camp fire never gets out of hand, taking the precautions and steps above can help avoid it from happening. Always stay safe!

 

Credit: American Red Cross, Safety.com, U.S. Fire Administration, SmokeyBear, Active.com, FEMA, National Geographic

Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:24 pm
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Boating Safety

One thing you can almost be sure of is at some point you will find yourself on a boat during the summer here in North Idaho. With the numerous amount of lakes and rivers, it’s near impossible not to enjoy boat life, even if it’s only for a day. Whether you’re an avid boater, only enjoy it every now and then or are just getting into boating, it’s always a good idea to know the basics of boating safety before leaving the dock.

 

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1. Check the Weather Before You Leave

Be sure to check the weather of your route and destination, including the water conditions, before you depart. You can’t always tell a storm will roll in just by looking outside.

 

2. Have the Proper Gear Onboard

You never know if or when you’ll have an emergency. Being sure you have all the proper gear onboard will help avoid additional issues and will ensure you’re prepared for every type of situation. Check out a full checklist here!

 

3. Be Aware of Carbon Monoxide

Always maintain fresh air circulation in your boat and be sure you and others on the boat are aware of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms. Click here to learn more about CO & CO poisoning.

 

4. Take a Boat Safety Course & Know the Rules

There are several different courses you can take online for boat safety that you can receive certification for them. Check out the list here.

Knowing your rules will ensure you and other boaters safety. Check out the navigation rules here.

 

 

5. Get your Boat Checked

You can receive a free boat check! The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadrons both offer that service. These checks make sure you have the proper safety equipment and that they are in the proper condition per state and federal regulations. Find out how to get your check scheduled by clicking here.

 

6. Use Common Sense

Many of the rules on the water are consistent with the rules on the road. Stay alert, operate at a safe speed, make sure passengers are following safety measures, avoid alcohol use when driving and stay clear of the engine are examples of just a few.

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7. Follow Proper Procedures

Knowing and following proper docking & anchoring procedures are an important part of boating. Depending on the type or boat you have and the weather conditions, the procedures you need to follow could be different. Be sure you know what to do.

 

 

Credit: Discover Boating & Nationwide

Posted on July 30, 2019 at 10:05 pm
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Summer Concerts

Who doesn’t LOVE live music? You’d be surprise by the amount of concerts in the area. With multiple venues and a wide range of artists scheduled to play, there is something for everybody. Here’s a few of the area venues & special events, a bit about them, and their headlining shows. Check it out and enjoy the music this summer!

 

 

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Knitting Factory

The setting in the Spokane location is one unlike any around. Very intimate venue, it makes it feel like you could reach out and touch the artist on stage and that they’re performImage result for knitting factory spokaneing just for you. With a large bar there is little to no standing in line for your drink.

Upcoming Shows:

Band of Horses

Bobaflex

Andy Grammer

 

 

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Spokane Arena

Although the arena hosts a multitude of different events, it‘s also known for it’s concerts. With 12,500 seats in the facility, many Image result for spokane arena concertsdifferent food vendors and plenty of alcoholic beverage options you’re sure to enjoy any show you attend. 

Upcoming Shows:

Khalid

Disturbed

Bob Seger

 

 

 

 

 

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First Interstate Center (INB Performing Arts Center)

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Newly  renovated to enhance the experience, including new seats. Not to mention, a lounge available for you to sit and enjoy a drink or a bite to eat before the show. Other bars are located throughout the facility for you to grab some beer, wine, or coffee.

Upcoming Shows:

Lonestar

O.A.R.

3 Doors Down

 

 

 

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The most one of a kind place you could ever see a show, where mother nature crafted the perfect concert location.  It’s not about what this venue has, but rather what it doesn’t have. There’s camping (or Glamping if you prefer), food, drinks, views and more!Image result for gorge in george concertImage result for gorge in george concert

Upcoming Shows:

Watershed Country Festival

Mumford & Sons

Dave Matthews Band

 

 

 

 

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North Quest Resort 

Enjoy the summer and live music at this outdoor concert venue. It has been newly expanded with a luxury grandstand, bring the seating to 5,000. Unique venue you can enjoy concerts under the stars, not to mention with free parking. Stay and play after the show.

 

Upcoming Shows:

Pitbull

Bret Eldredge

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Steve Miller Band

 

 

 

 

Local Shows You Can’t Miss

 

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The Festival at Sandpoint

Two week event in Sandpoint Idaho which has the goal to make great music accessible to the area. All types of artists are scheduled to play, from genres such as country, jazz, blues, folk, world, rock & pop. Live music with dancing, food and more. Located at War Memorial Field, this is one concert series you have to see.

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A Few Headliners:

Walk Off The Earth

The Avett Brothers

Kool and the Gang

 

 

 

 

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Spokane County Fair Concert Series

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This year at the Spokane County Fair concert series, there’s two days dedicated to country and two days dedicated to rock! After a day full of fair fun, be sure and join the music festivities at one of the 4 concerts!

 Headliners:

Shenandoah & Restless Heart

Trace Adkins

Foreigner

Pop Evil

 

 

 

 

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Live After 5

Weekly concert held at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene every Wednesday throughout June, July & August. This is a great family event with beautiful views of the lake.

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A Few Headliners:

Willie K

The Shook Twins

Eclectic Approach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Summer Concert Series

Free weekly concerts at Riverstone in Coeur d’Alene every Thursday throughout June, July & August. Going into their 13th year of concerts and with high quality audio sound, it’s sure to amaze every time.

A Few Headliners:

North Point Jazz

Jacob Maxwell

The Talbott Brothers

 

 

Want to browse all the area shows, take a look at the list of all the concerts coming up by clicking here!

 

Posted on June 20, 2019 at 8:19 pm
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Treat Your Dad on Father’s Day

All fathers deserve the best! But sometimes they might be a little difficult to shop for, so maybe treating them to an experience would be more ideal. There are loads of fun activities you can do with your dad this Father’s Day! Check out some ideas and events happening below.  And if worst comes to worst, there’s also some out of box gift ideas, which are all below $100. 

 

Activities:

 

Take advantage of our local lakes and rivers. Rent a boat and enjoy the water. Maybe fishing or just cruising around. Click here for a list of area lakes & rivers plus some boat launches. 

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Head out to a brewery. There are a ton of great breweries in our area. If beer is your dad’s thing, check out a list of local breweries by clicking here.

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Hike or Bike. Maybe being active is something your dad enjoys. We’re in North Idaho, so there are plenty of places to hike or bike. Check out a great list we put together bu clicking here.

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Take him to a live show. Everybody loves music! There are some concerts happening this weekend in the area, check it out here

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Check out some classic cars. You’re in luck! This weekend is the annual Car d’Alene in beautiful downtown. Check out the details here.

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Take him to the golf course. Hit a few balls at a local golf course. Click here for a list of the ones in the area.

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Just lay low. Keep it simple and make your dad a nice home cooked meal. Or take him to a nice restaurant in the area and have others doing the cooking for you. 

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Local Events:

Father’s Day Cocktail Class – On June 16th you and your dad can make two signature cocktails at Up North Distillery in Post Falls, plus get 20% off all merchandise. 

Father’s Day Buffet – On June 16th at the Coeur d’Alene Casino, dad’s can enjoy a yummy buffet and $3 Manmosas!

Car D’Alene – June 14th and 15th in Downtown Coeur d’Alene, check out some classic cars with your dad.

 

Out of the Box Gift Ideas

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit

 

Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit – $35

If your dad is a spice lover, this great gift he help can create his own brand of spice. 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Spatula – $24.95

Nothing shows your dad you love him more than your name on an item he uses frequently. He’ll think of you every time he uses it.

 

 

 

 

BottleLoft

 

BeerLoft – $30

Save some room in your dad’s fridge with this beer loft. Now he’ll have more space for his snacks. 

 

 

 

Whiskey Wedge and Glass

 

Whisky Wedge and Glass – $18

Help minimize the water dilution in your dad’s whisky but also keeping it chilled. That way it’ll be good to the last drop.

 

 

 

Beer Jelly - Set of 4

 

Beer Jelly – $30

Now your dad can eat his favorite beers straight from the tap with jelly infused with craft beers. 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Engraved Glass Decanter – $29.99

Engrave one side or two sides of a glass decanter for your dad and help them savor whisky the way it was supposed to be.

 

 

 

Bottle Opener Slot Game

 

 

Bottle Opener Slot Game – $70

Make your dad’s house the place to drink with this slot game. Who knew drinking could become even more fun? 

 

 

Check out full lists of great ideas by following the links below:

Uncommongoods.com

Etsy

Personalizationmall.com

Mancrates.com

 

Credit: Goodhousekeeping

Posted on June 12, 2019 at 9:33 pm
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Tindall Faves: Coffee

One of the things Coeur d’Alene does best is coffee.  For a smaller town, we boast an impressive lineup of roasters and coffee shops. If you’ve been following us on Instagram at all, you know that one of our favorite sayings is “coffee is for closers.”  Because we love it so much, we thought we’d make a list of our favorite places in town to grab a cup! Whether you’re a resident, visitor, or looking to move here, this list should give you a great start!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters

Conveniently located in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Evan’s Brothers truly shines as one of the best coffee shops in town.  The quality of their coffee beans not only contributes to incredible pour-over quality, but also gives their espresso and lattes a unique and pleasant flavor. They are true coffee enthusiasts. However, their expertise doesn’t stop a coffee roasting.  They have created some of the most refreshing summer drinks available, as well as the best turmeric chai latte one could dream of. Their location downtown makes it easy to grab a drink and find a bench at McEuen Park (just a two minute walk away!) to soak up the sun.  We love this spot for business meetings or just an environment to get our creative juices flowing. With their pleasant staff, meticulous attention to detail with their coffee, and overall low-key environment, Evans Brothers is one of the best in class. Also visit their dog-friendly Sandpoint location!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Terre Coffee & Bakery

Despite the large amount of coffee chains in Coeur d’Alene, Terre has managed to stand out of the bunch as perhaps the best multi-location shop in town. They have three locations spread throughout Coeur d’Alene and Post Falls, making it very convenient to grab a cup wherever you are around the area.  There is ample parking at each of their locations, setting them apart from some of the coffee shops downtown. No matter the location, they have a great system that tracks customer loyalty without the hassle of a punch card or loyalty card. Their friendly staff will serve you with a smile inside the shop, or in their speedy drive through. If their amazing coffee wasn’t enough, they also provide perhaps the best pastry and breakfast options for any coffee shop around. My favorite here is their americano with steamed cream and breakfast bagel sandwich.   If you’re looking for something sweet, try their gigantic cinnamon roll and honey maple latte for a great treat! 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coeur d’Alene Coffee Company

Located inside one of downtown’s coolest buildings, CDA Coffee Company has mastered the art of creating a pleasant and productive environment.  Within the spacious Innovation Den, CDA Coffee Company is an open and comfortable place to grab a coffee with friends, read a book, or get some work done. Along with the wonderful feel of their shop, they also have an innovative and unique seasonal drink menu, complimented by their in-house coffee roasting. We love their vanilla lattes and fresh-daily pastries (especially their muffins.)  They are also conveniently located near some great restaurants, shops, and parks. Whether you’re warming up by the fire place in the winter, or soaking in the sun on their patio in the summer, CDA Coffee Company is a must-visit!

 

 

 

 

 

BONUS:

Lean Bean Coffee

In a town filled with espresso stands, it’s tough to stand out. By their incredible consistency and friendly staff, Lean Bean has done just that. We love this place for a quick drive through that has everything you need.  It’s our go-to for buying coffee for the office. Not only do they deliver great drinks at breakneck speed, but they also provide delicious breakfast options if you’re having a busy morning and need to grab something fast.  They have everything: from zipfizz to granitas to coffee, and number of delicious sandwich options. Our favorite is their Cali Bagel on a jalapeno bagel + bacon. Whenever I need to grab a quick breakfast, it’s my first choice.  Their loyalty program is also one of the best around, as they have loyalty cards that track points, rather than punching cards and forgetting or losing them all the time. This place has it all. Catch their happy hour every day from 4-6pm!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on June 5, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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Camping Preparation

Here in beautiful North Idaho, one of the most common past times in the summer is camping! Whether you pull an RV or rough it with a tent, it’s a hobby most enjoy. Although the first camping trip of the year can be exciting, it may also seem a little overwhelming. It’s been months since your last trip and you have nothing prepared. We’ve got you covered! Below are checklists, tips, cooking ideas and more! 

 

Before Your First Trip

First thing on your to-do list in spring is to make sure your tent or RV and all gear is ready ready. Camping would not be very fun if you realized during your trip that something wasn’t working or missing and you weren’t fully prepared.   These things can ruin any  camping trip.

 

Tents are pretty easy, but still it is very important to make sure your tent is in top shape and ready to go. Here are a few things to remember when prepping you tent and gear:

  1. Inspect your tent and tarps for any holes. Apply waterproof sealant where necessary.
  2. Wash and fully dry all of your gear made of fabric, this includes any sleeping bags, pillows and blankets.
  3. Check all your fasteners and ropes. Replace any broken or frayed ones.
  4. Make sure all your tent poles and stakes are accounted for
  5. Make sure you have a hammer for the stakes and a hatchet for wood
  6. Be sure all your battery powered gear has new and fully charged batteries and works.
  7. Wash, dry, inspect, and check that all camping equipment is acceptable working order.

 

Now, RV‘s are much more complex to prepare.  Although every RV is going to be a bit different, the items detailed below will fit most RV’s and will be need to be completed.  Always best to check the manual for the specifics on your RV.

  1. Clean and inspect the inside and the outside of the RV.
  2. If you winterized your RV in the fall, steps will need to be taken to de-winterize the trailer. This is typically flushing the lines with clean water.
  3. Fill your water tank, run the water pump and check for leaks.
  4. Be sure your dump hose is in good and working order, with no holes or tears.
  5. Check all your fresh water, black and grey valves when at a dump station. Be sure they open and close property and these are no leaks.
  6. Inspect the caulking, tires, towing equipment, awning, appliances, lights, batteries and A/C Unit.
  7. Make sure all your safety equipment is on board along with a tool box with most often used items for small repairs

 

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Although everybody camps a little differently, there are several things we all need to bring on every camping trip. We’ll save you the trouble of writing your own list, because we did it for you. Here are just a few very important items to remember:

1. Bedding – includes pillows, blankets and sleeping bags

2. Clothes – Plan for all types of weather from swim suits to coats

3. Toiletries – includes soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, hairbrush, hair-ties, shaving items and deodorant

4. Lighting – lantern, flashlight and don’t forget the batteries or matches

5. Cook wear and utensils – Stove, dutch oven, griddle, coffee pot, knife, spatula and more

6. Don’t forget packing for your pups.  Leashes, food bowls, water bowls, dog bed, dog food

7. First Aid Kit, Stuff to Bug Bites,  Sunscreen, Ibuprofen etc.

 

That list is only scratching the surface. Need a more in depth list? Check out our Camping Checklist!

 

Cooking At Camp

Cooking while camping can seem like an overwhelming, difficult, and dreaded task. But, it can be easy and enjoyable if you follow some basic steps.

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Step 1: Plan Ahead.

Seems a little obvious, but it is one of the most important steps. Creating a list of everything you’ll need, even the little things, will insure less forgotten items. Things to consider in this step: the space and weight the food will take up, how you plan to cook things (stove, dutch oven, cast iron skillet), and that you eat food that spoils first.Image result for cleanup after meal in camp

Step 2: Choose your Equipment.

This step will mostly depend on how you camp and the amount of work you’re willing to do. If you prefer not to have any work while camping, pre made meals and snacks would be your go to. That would mean more prep work before you went camping. If you’re willing to do a little cooking, foil meals would be a great idea, that would be a little less prep work before you left.  If you can manage the extra weight and the extra work, dutch oven or a cast iron skillet would be a great way to prepare your food.  Dutch ovens seem to be a popular choice in cookware these days. Check out a video about dutch oven cooking for beginners by clicking here!

Step 3: Know how to Store Food.

A little organization will help big time when storing your food. There is a science behind stocking a cooler or fridge to ensure no wasted space and easy access to items you will need most often. A few ideas would be to bring a separate cooler for drinks, remove items from bulky packages, pack ingredients you’ll be using last at the bottom, and fill every nook and cranny with ice. Others things to keep in mind in regards to storing food is to be sure to keep everything clean, never to leave food unattended, and be aware of the wildlife in the area you’re camping and plan accordingly. Example would be bear proofing.

Image result for washing dishes in campStep 4: Clean Up. 

Proper clean up after your meal is also important, no matter how little we want to do it, as it prevents the spread of bacteria and the arrival of unwanted guests. Be prepared with items you’ll need: 2 dish tubs, dish cloth, drying towel and biodegradable soap. Thoroughly clean, dry and store your items. Store your unused food in airtight containers. Make sure all your trash has been picked up around your camp site and dispose of it properly. Either in the designated receptacle or pack it up and bring it out of the woods with you.  Remember, pack it in – pack it out.  Leave your camp spot or location better than when you arrived.

 

 

Have a great camping season! Be sure you’re prepared, have fun, and always be safe! 

 

Credit: Camping for Foodies, Camping with Gus, Chow Hound, National Park Service,

Posted on May 23, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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St. Patrick’s Day

What do you think of when you hear the words St. Patrick’s Day? Likely the words green, beer, and parades come to mind. There’s actually a full history behind that holiday and St. Patrick himself, with lots of interesting facts.

 

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St. Patrick’s day celebrates Roman Catholic Patron Saint of Ireland, St. Patrick. He wasn’t born in Ireland, but rather Britain. When he was 16 he was taken captive to Ireland as a slave. He escaped and fled to a monastery in France.  Years later he went back to Ireland to convert the Irish to Christianity. Although the religion had already taken hold in the country, he helped it become more widespread. By the time he died, he had created many monasteries, schools and churches. The day of his death, March 17th, has become what we know and celebrate today – St. Patrick’s Day.

The celebration of St. Patrick’s Day started in Ireland. After the Irish immigrants moved to the United States, the celebration really took off with the parades and celebrations that we know today. Both the Irish and the non-Irish participate in the widespread holiday.

 

 

Fun Facts

The Shamrock was used by St. Patrick to explain the Trinity and is also Ireland’s national flower/emblem.

Although the color green is now the common color of the holiday, it was not the original one. Blue was traditionally associated with the holiday. It switched because of Ireland’s nickname “The Emerald Isle”, the shamrock and the green in the Irish flag. 

Beer is the mostly widely consumed beverage on St. Patrick’s Day (Big Surprise!), with Guinness being the most popular.

According to a census in 2016, 32.3 million U.S. residence had Irish ancestry which is 7 times the population of Ireland.

You have a 1 in 10,000 chance of finding a 4 leaf clover.

 

 

Local Events

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Downtown Coeur d’Alene on Saturday the 16th from 4-5pm

St. Patrick’s Day Splash Bash – Coeur d’Alene Resort Saturday the 16th from 8-11:30pm

St.Patrick’s Day Weekend Celebration – Mirabeau Hotel in Post Falls from the 15th-17th

Coeur d’Irish Party– On March 16th at the Coeur d’Alene Resort from 5:00- 11:30. Featuring traditional Irish music and St. Patricks day Fare.

CDA Firefighter’s Pipes and Drums Pub Crawl– It is on March 16th and starts at 3:00 and goes on till 10:30. We have a schedule posted on our Facebook Profile so you can join in the shenanigans. Or… if you prefer. ↓↓↓

3:00PM – Capone’s
3:30PM – All Things Irish
4:00PM – St. Patrick’s Day Parade
5:00PM – O’Shay’s
5:30PM – Slate Creek
6:00PM – Paragon Brewing
6:30PM – Daft Badger
7:00PM – Capone’s
7:30PM – Coeur d’ Irish
8:00PM – Eagles
8:30PM – Moose Lounge
9:00PM – Crafted
9:30PM – Crickets
10:00PM – The Ironhorse
10:30PM – Beacon

Happy St. Patricks Day and Erin Go Bragh

John & Tracey

 

Credit: GPB Media, Encyclopedia Britannica, LiveScience, ProFlowers, History

Posted on March 14, 2019 at 10:46 pm
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Homeowners Exemption

Tax season is upon us! That means we not only need to file taxes by April 15th, but also to file for the homeowners exemption.

If you’re not sure if you qualify or where to file, we are here to help!

 

 

What Is The Homeowners Exemption

This exemption is provided by Idaho state law, for the purpose of reducing the taxable value of your home up to $100,00 or 50%, whichever is less. For example, if your home is worth $400,000, you may only pay tax on $300,000. As a result, this exemption will save you money and reduce you property taxes!

 

Who Qualifies

A home owner can file the exemption if they are an Idaho resident and they occupy the home for more than 6 month out of the year (Primary Residence). It can only be filed on the primary residence, it can not be put on a second home or a rental.

 

When  To File

New Construction you must file within 30 days of purchasing the home.

For Existing Homes, the deadline to file for the homeowners exemption is April 15th for THIS year’s exemptions.

File one time per house. After you file, the exemption stays with the house until you sell the house. Then you will need to file it again on your next home.

 

Where To File

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Filing must be done at the county’s assessors office where the house is located. Every county does it a little differently, but you have to file each one in person,  it can not be done online. Below are a list of the addresses of nearby counties:

 

Kootenai: 451 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene

Shoshone: 700 Bank St #100, Wallace

Boundary: 6452 Kootenai St, Bonners Ferry

Bonner: 1500 US-2 #205, Sandpoint

Benewah: 701 College Ave # 7, St Maries

 

Do Not Share Sales Price

Idaho is a non disclosure state. That means you do not disclosure the purchase price of the home with the county or on any external sites like Zillow because it is not required. This is a good thing! If the county has the home assessed at a lower value than what you purchased it at, you will continue to be taxed at the lower rate. If you share the higher purchase price with them, they will start taxing you at that higher level.

 

Other Exemptions

Below are a few other exemptions you can file on your property. Click on the links to learn more about how it works in Kootenai county. You would file each of the below exemptions the same way as a homeowners exemption, at the county’s assessor’s office where the land is located.

Agricultural: This program will reduce the taxable value on agricultural land.

Timber: This program will reduce the taxable value of the private land used to primarily harvest timber.

Property Tax Reduction Program (Formally known as Circuit Breaker): This program reduces property taxes for individuals who meet age and income requirements. 

 

Contact Us!

If you have any questions, concerns or confusion, never hesitate to contact us! We are here to address any roadblocks you have and point you in the right direction so that you can save some money on your taxes.

John: 208.818.2456

Tracey: 208.818.2365

 

Check out our video below regarding important tax information for home owners. Also,  subscribe to our YouTube page to keep up with all things real estate! 

 

 

 

Posted on March 12, 2019 at 11:04 pm
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