Saturday, January 11, 2020

Photo Finish | E-Neighborhood Advisor


If you were a particularly good boy or girl, you may have received a new smartphone for the holidays. Many people select their smart device not on the basis of how it works as a phone, but on how it works as a camera.

Use these tips and tricks from Hubspot and generate Instagram envy among your friends and family.

1. Use gridlines to balance your shot.
One of the easiest and best ways to improve your mobile photos is to turn on the camera's gridlines. If you place points of interest in the intersections or along the lines, your photo will be more balanced, level, and allow viewers to interact with it more naturally. To switch the grid on ...
iPhone: Go to "Settings," choose "Photos & Camera," and switch "Grid" on.
Samsung Galaxy: Launch the camera app, go to "Settings," scroll down and switch the "grid lines" option to "on."


2. Set your camera's focus.
Today's phone cameras automatically focus on the foreground of your frame, but not every picture you take on your phone has an obvious subject. To adjust where you want your camera lens to focus, open your camera app and tap the screen where you want to sharpen the view.

If you're taking a photo of something in motion, for example, it can be difficult for your camera to follow this subject and refocus as needed. Tap the screen to correct your phone camera's focus just before snapping the picture to ensure the moving subject has as much focus as possible. A square or circular icon should then appear on your camera screen, shifting the focus of your shot to all of the content inside that icon.

3. Avoid zooming in.
When you take a photo from a distance, it's tempting to zoom in on something specific you're trying to capture. But it's actually better not to zoom in -- doing so can make the photo appear grainy, blurry, or pixelated. Instead, try to get closer to your subject -- unless it's a wild animal, in which case we would advise keeping your distance -- or take the photo from a default distance and crop it later on. That way, you won't compromise quality, and it's easier to play around or optimize a larger image.

4. Use natural light.
It's hard to find a great smartphone photo that was taken with a flash. Most of the time, they make a photo look overexposed, negatively altering colors and making human subjects look washed out. Take advantage of the sources of natural light you can find, even after dark. This gives you a chance to play with shadows or create a silhouette with other ambient sources of light, like traffic and surrounding buildings.

Remember, once you've taken your photo, you can use filters and apps to make the subject even more vivid, or to crop it to frame the subject correctly. The brightness, contrast, and saturation of the photo can also be adjusted accordingly -- all from your phone.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160


Saturday, January 4, 2020

Celebrate a second New Year in January! | E-Neighborhood Advisor


This year, Saturday, January 25 marks the Chinese New Year. Celebrated by more than 20 percent of the world’s population, Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China and to Chinese people all over the world. The holiday launches the spring festival, a time for saying good bye to cold weather and for welcoming the promise and rebirth of spring. There are celebrations with special foods and traditional decorations, and children are given “red pockets” for luck -- small, red envelopes filled with money.


Every Chinese New Year, a new zodiac animal is celebrated. Zodiac signs play an integral part in Chinese culture, and can be used to determine if you will be successful, find love, have a baby and so much more. 2020 begins the year of the rat. If you were born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008 or 2020, you are a rat. Rats are clever, quick thinkers; successful, but content with living a quiet and peaceful life. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Because of their reproduction rate, married couples also prayed to them for children.

Not a rat? You can determine your Chinese zodiac and see its characteristics here:
https://chinesenewyear.net/zodiac/

More fireworks are set off on Chinese New Year than on any other day of the year, including the Fourth of July. According to Chinese legend, a monster named Nian would terrorize villages every New Year’s Eve. Most people would hide, but one brave boy drove him away using firecrackers. The next day, people celebrated their survival by setting off even more firecrackers. And that practice became a crucial part of the Spring Festival.

Check out https://chinesenewyear.net/ for more traditions, taboos and information. Happy New Year!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160


Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Welcome to January 2020 | Capell Flooring and Interiors



Dear Friends,
Happy New Year! It feels like just yesterday we were bringing in 2019 – now we have officially hit 2020!!!
It feels unreal. So this month we will be kicking things off with all our plans and goals so we can make 2020 the
absolute best year ever. Imagine yourself closing the door on 2019 and let’s look at areas that we can improve
in 2020.  One area we should start with first is the home. Let’s be honest, your home is where all the ideas,
memories and comfort flow from. It’s a place of refuge from a long day at work or even a place where you
celebrate with family and friends. As Marie Kondo would say, start looking at the areas that don’t spark joy
for you.  It can be small improvements to begin with like new curtains; then you can work your way to more
noticeable improvements like the new flooring or new furniture. Even if its baby steps of progress like looking
for quotes it’s still a step forward. After planning improvements in your home, you can look at other goals you’d
like to achieve in 2020.  Maybe set some goals that you were scared to attempt in 2019. You’ve got this!
Your friend, 

Matt Capell

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Welcome to December 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors



Dear friends,

The end of the year is often a time of reflection and of planning for the coming year. At
Capell Flooring, we want our customers to have a great experience with everything we do, whether
that’s putting together the Neighborhood Advisor or helping you choose the right flooring
option. And we love hearing from you, too! If you have a suggestion for how we can better
serve you – or a story about a great experience you’ve had working with us – we’d love to
hear it. Referrals and word of mouth are the most important ways for any independent
business to grow, and we want to ensure that every time you recommend us, you’re confident
that we’re going to provide a world-class experience.

From all of us at Capell Flooring, we want to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy New
Year!

Your friend,
Matt Capell

Saturday, November 30, 2019

How To Choose The Proper Running Shoe | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Ready to run off that huge Thanksgiving dinner
you just ate? Let’s talk shoes…

Choosing the right running shoe can make all
the difference in whether you stay healthy or
become injured running and also determine if
you will be comfortable or be in pain while
running.

Bargain shopping is the number one big-time
mistake made by most novice runners. Trust
me, you are not going to find a proper running
shoe at Walmart!

Thinking cheap will end up making you quit
running due to the sheer misery of having bad
shoes. Some of those who are more tenacious
may wait until they blow out their knee or have
major shin splints before they throw in the
towel.


With all the choices and high-tech shoes
available today, choosing the right pair of
running shoes for you can be an arduous task
at best. But here are some guidelines to help
you.

First you need to understand pronation, which
is rolling of the foot from heel to toe through the
foot strike. A proper or neutral pronation is
hitting the back side of the heel and up to ball
of your foot evenly across the front. This is how
your foot reduces the stress of impact.

If most of the shoe wear is:
 On the medial (inside) side then you
Overpronate

 On the lateral (outside) side then you
Underpronate

 Uniform across the forefoot then you
have a Neutral Stride

Using this knowledge will give you a good start
in selecting the appropriate running shoe for
your foot.

Here is an article with a good list of differentshoe types to choose from based on yourrunning style and pronation.

Here’s a great article about how running shoes arebuilt.


P.S. Here's a joke for you!
I talk to my shoes.
The box says converse.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, November 23, 2019

What’s Thanksgiving Without Pumpkin Pie? | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Pumpkin pie is standard fare at most
Thanksgiving feasts. Many of us look forward
to eating it for dessert once a year. However, if
you are tired limiting your pumpkin intake to
that thick, sweet piece of pie at the end of this
already-filling meal, consider these interesting
alternatives.

You can find pumpkin mixed into soups,
salads, main dishes, desserts (other than pies)
and even drinks. Here are a few different ideas
to get your culinary juices flowing: pumpkin
soup, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin-chicken chili,
pumpkin risotto, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin
muffins, scones, cookies, bars and breads,
pumpkin butter, pumpkin-pecan cheesecake,
pumpkin beer, pumpkin fudge, and pumpkin
crème brûlée.

Recipes for these and many other pumpkin
dishes are plentiful online, here are a couple
recipe lists you can choose from:


44 ways to eat pumpkin all dangday

60 best pumpkin recipes for delicious falldinners

And, if you want to start a new pumpkin
tradition, roasted pumpkin seeds are easy-
to–make and not as time-consuming as baking
a pumpkin pie. It is a fun multi-generational
activity which can be enjoyed by children all
the way up to senior citizens as your
Thanksgiving Day unfolds.

Here are step-by-step directions:
 Rinse the seeds in cold water and
remove the pulp and fibers, then drain
and blot dry.
 Coat pumpkin seeds with melted butter
or vegetable oil and sprinkle lightly with
salt or your favorite seasoning.
 Spread them on a baking sheet and
roast at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-
30 minutes or until golden brown.
One four pound pumpkin will yield
approximately two cups of seeds.

If you roast some of the seeds and plant
others, next year you will have your very own
pumpkin patch. Then you can select from
pumpkins you have grown for use in recipes,
thereby starting another tradition for you and
your family!


P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What did the pumpkin say after Thanksgiving?

Good-pie everyone!

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, November 16, 2019

5 Reasons You Should Learn a Foreign Language | E-Neighborhood Advisor



With globalization at its height, knowing one or
two secondary languages has become more
than a simple feat of high class and intelligence
but also a strict requirement in many
occasions. Whether it’s for professional, social
or personal reasons, learning at least one
foreign language is a must for anyone that
wants to keep his or her head up high in
today’s society.

Let’s take a focused look on 5 of the main
reasons that should turn you towards learning
a foreign language.

1. Professional Requirement
This is often the main reason one would learn
a foreign language. Many professions require
the knowledge of at least one or two foreign
languages, depending on the field of the job.

Although English is the main international
language (and one that is present the most
often in job descriptions), knowing a secondary
might also prove vital. Most jobs may ask that
you know another international language such
as French, Spanish or German or a business-
specific language such as Chinese, Japanese,
Russian and so forth.

2. Social Bonus 
Yes, knowing one or more foreign languages is
definitely a social bonus. Knowing a foreign
language can be literally a social blessing is
when meeting a person from another culture or
country whose language you can speak.
They’ll be extremely impressed by and grateful
for your ability to talk with them through their
own native tongue. If the other person happens
to be part of a business meeting, this
impression can turn to a successful business
partnership, bringing you both professional and
social satisfactions.

3. Family Communication
Those in relationships formed between people
of diverse nationalities often understand each
other through a commonly known international
language such as English. However, they’ll
soon want to start learning the other persons
mother tongue, not only for a better
communication, but also out of respect for their
partner.

4. Personal Satisfaction
Learning a foreign language is one of the
highest personal intellectual goals that one
could have. Think about a difficult puzzle, or
math problem that takes months if not years of
constant studying in order to be solved. The
process of solving it may be a hard, arduous
one but the joy at the end is well worth it. The
same is true with learning a foreign language:
the learning process is not easy and you’ll
have many small issues and problems to tackle
along the way. If you keep the problem in sight,
however, and if you don’t lose interest in it, the
chances of solving it are extremely high and
the intellectual fulfillment that you get at the
end is highly satisfying.

5. Keeping Your Mind Healthy
It’s been scientifically proven that the process
of learning a new language stimulates your
brain in such a way that it will make learning
other subjects, including math, physics,
chemistry and so forth easier. Learning a new
language requires the memorizing and
understanding of several thousand new words
and concepts, which offers your brain a good
training for future occasions where memorizing
is a must. After studying a foreign language
you’ll have better results with studying for
exams, with information assimilation and
generally, with keeping your mind healthy and
active even at older ages.

What language are you interested in tackling?


P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What’s the least spoken language in the world?

Sign language. 

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, November 9, 2019

You Might Be A Chocoholic If … | E-Neighborhood Advisor



chocoholic (Noun) (def): a person
who has or claims to have an addiction
to chocolate.

 If you have more than 2 secret
stashes of chocolate candy, you
might be a chocoholic. (Be
honest.)
 If your top 3 favorite candies all
have chocolate in them, you
might be a chocoholic.
 If you have more than 4 books at
home on chocolate, you might be
a chocoholic.
 If your favorite dessert is
chocolate cake with chocolate
frosting and chocolate ice-cream
on the side, then you might be a
chocoholic.
 If you name chocolate as one of
the seven wonders of the world,
you might be a chocoholic.
 If you bookmark more than 2
websites on the health benefits of
chocolate, then you might be a
chocoholic.
 If your favorite movie is Charlie
and the Chocolate Factory, you
might be a chocoholic.
 If you own more than one
chocolate-related T-Shirt, you
might be a chocoholic. (If you
actually wear that chocolate T-
Shirt in public, just admit it. You
are a chocoholic.)
 If you name your first-born child
after your favorite chocolate
candy – then you are a definite,
full-fledged chocoholic.

If you are a chocoholic, there you may
want to try one of two possible cures:

CURE #1: Chocolate Overdose

In several cases a chocolate overdose
will effectively kill your chocolate bug
for a period of time. At some point, too
much chocolate in a given month will
cure your addiction – for at least a
week. Your personal chocolate
overdose limit will depend on your
level of addiction.


CURE #2: Chocolate Substitution 

Chocolate substitution is another
option, if the chocolate overdose
doesn’t work. It involves starving your
chocolate bug by offering it
wholesome candy substitutes. The
concept is that your body will gradually
forget its craving for chocolate.
If one of these cures doesn’t work,
well, at least you would enjoy the
attempt . . .

By the way, here are some great links
on the health benefits of chocolate. You
may want to bookmark them in case
someone tries to convince you that
chocolate is not good for you.

7 Health Benefits of Dard Chocolate
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate

What are the health benefits of dark
chocolate?

Are there health benefits from
chocolate?
https://www.heart.org/en/news/2019/02/12/are-there-health-benefits-from-chocolate

Well, of course it makes sense that
chocolate really is healthy. Chocolate is
made from a bean – and so, wouldn’t
that be like eating a vegetable?


P.S. Did you know . . .
Chocolate comes from cocoa,
Cocoa comes from a tree,
Trees are plants,

Chocolate = salad.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Friday, November 1, 2019

Welcome to November 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors



Dear Friends,

Welcome to the November issue of the Neighborhood Advisor! First of all we would like to wish you
a Happy Thanks Giving from our family to yours. Thanksgiving planning for your loved ones can be a tall order from deciding on a turkey to setting the table and also keeping your guest entertained
after dinner. Whether you’re a party planning pro or you’re taking it one step at a time we hope you
have a great time making memories with those dearest to you.

Thanksgiving really has a way of making you stop and reflect on what you are grateful for so
regardless of whether Thanksgiving is a joyous or challenging time there is always something to be
grateful for. Here at Capell Flooring, we are grateful to every single one of you for the relationship we have built with you over the years and for letting us into your homes and trusting us to take care of your
flooring needs.

Once again we hope you have a delightful Thanksgiving!

Your friend,
Matt Capell

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Why do people wear costumes on Halloween? | E-Neighborhood Advisor


It's almost time for the ghosts, goblins, and a multitude of other uniquely costumed individuals to flow from their homes into schools, businesses, and parties. The smaller ones may be knocking on your door in a few days.

Costume ideas are limited only by the boundaries of the imagination and inspiration can be found everywhere! Yet, why do people dress up for Halloween?

In the first ten years of B.C., October 31st was the last day of the Celtic calendar and the day of their Samhain festival ("summer's end"). That was an annual festival celebrating the end of the harvest season and winter's start on November 1st.


It was also a time to honor the dead. The Celtics believed souls were freed to roam the earth at the end of their calendar year. To protect themselves from spirits with bad intentions, they wore masks and disguises during the Samhain festival. In fact, some believed if they looked dead the spirits would consider them one of the ghostly and leave them alone.

Over time, as Romans took over the lands, the Roman holiday of Feralia - when they remembered and commemorated their dead - melded with the Celtic Samhain festival.

Many customs and traditions of Halloween arrived in North America with immigrants in the 1800s and since then the holiday has evolved to include some new traditions like pumpkin carving.

Today Halloween is more about having some spooky fun than honoring past lives. From young to old, people dress up in whimsical, scary, and iconic costumes and gather with friends to celebrate.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160