Pearls of Wisdom

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Have you ever wished that there was a compilation of tips for living in or leading an HOA?  CAI published one.  It’s called “Pearls of Wisdom” and it’s available for download on their website.

It’s divided into sections and the sections are called:

  • Be a Good Homeowner
  • Be a Good Neighbor
  • Be a Good Board Member
  • Be a Good Leader
  • Have Productive Meetings
  • Work with Committees
  • Develop a Successful Budget
  • Seek Compliance with Rules and Deed Restrictions
  • Tenants and Kids, Parking and Pets
  • Working with Difficult Personalities
  • Foster Community Spirit
  • Know When it’s Time to Go

The tips are typically one to two sentences long, which makes for quick and easy reading.

Click on the photo above or click here to download.

How to Cope with a Heat Wave


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Photo via Google Weather


Since we participated in #FlashbackFriday last week, we thought it would be fun to do another one.  The LivingFirst blog already posted some tips for keeping cool this summer, but since we’re currently experiencing a heat wave we thought you could use more ideas.

The Daily Mail’s website has offered a whole article with tips to stay cool in the midst of a heat wave.  The article can be found here.  We’ve decided to share some highlights, though.  Here they are:

    • Eat small meals and eat more often. The larger the meal, the more  metabolic heat your body creates breaking down the food. Avoid foods that are  high in protein, which increase metabolic heat.
    • Take a tepid bath or shower just below body temperature, especially before  bedtime. Although a cold shower might sound more tempting, your body generates  heat afterwards to compensate for the heat loss.
    • Ditch your duvet and sleep under a sheet instead. Even better, put your  sheets in a plastic bag and stick them in the fridge a couple of hours before  going to bed. As we fall asleep our body temperature lowers, which is why it’s  difficult to sleep in hot weather. Cold sheets straight from the fridge should  help you sleep better.
    • While you’re out, keep the house curtains drawn to stop it heating up  like a greenhouse.
    • Run your wrists under a cold tap for five seconds each every couple of hours.  Because a main vein passes through this area, it helps cool the blood.

If you have any go-to methods for cooling down, please share in our “Comments” section.

By Adrianna, LivingFirst Contributor