Saturday, December 23, 2017

Have you heard of these fun and unusual New Year’s Eve customs?

Noisemakers, fireworks, popping champagne, watching New York City’s ball drop … New Year’s Eve gets celebrated with many customs.

Here are some from around the world that you might not have heard about:

• In Stonehaven, Scotland, the new year gets welcomed with a parade of people whirling balls of fire on long wires. The fireballs, which are lit just after the stroke of midnight, are created with wood and fabric soaked in paraffin and wrapped in wire mesh.

• People smash old plates against their neighbors’ doors in Denmark. The bigger the pile of broken glass outside a door, the luckier those people are because it means they have a lot of loyal friends who saved their plates for them.

• To drive away any hardships from the past year and make way for the coming year, people in Ecuador burn scarecrows and old photos that represent the past year.

• Romanians celebrate the new year with lively mask-dances, where participants dress up as goats, bears, gypsies, brides, and other characters.

• The world’s biggest water fight happens in Thailand on New Year’s Eve. When this custom began, throwing water was a form of respect toward family members and elders. Plus, it’s a symbol of cleansing and purification. Today there are huge Water Festivals in streets across the country.

• In Spain, people eat twelve grapes at midnight, one for each stroke of the clock, to bring luck in the coming year. It’s believed that if one skips eating those grapes, they are poisoning their fate for the new year.

Along with the customs above, there is ice cream dropping, coin tossing, pancakes and more in this video of the 25 Strangest New Year’s Traditions from Around the World.

No matter how you and your loved ones choose to spend your New Year’s Eve, we hope you have a great night and a prosperous 2018.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Saturday, December 16, 2017

One thing you may hate to admit is true

Can you believe how fast this year has passed? 2018 is just a week away!

For more than a month, many of us have been reflecting on the past year, even if that’s only in thought. There may even be an ‘I wish I had…” or two. We’re also starting to think about the ways we’d like the new year to be new-and-improved!

As New Year’s Eve approaches, so do thoughts and conversations about our 2018 resolutions. Have you ever wondered, ‘What are the top new year resolutions?’

First, about resolutions. They are a decision to do something different. However, when it comes to accomplishing them, they often fall to the wayside by mid-February.  

The most popular resolutions fall into the categories of health, organization, personal experiences, personal development, hobbies, and money. The most commonly broken resolutions are weight loss, getting fit, drinking less, healthier eating, getting out of debt, learning something new, reducing stress, traveling, volunteering, or quitting smoking.

Looking at that list, the one thing many people may hate to say is true is, “Yes, I can be taking better care of myself.” After all, the top resolutions are about health – weight, fitness, food, smoking, drinking and stress. Many people work hard putting their family, friends and jobs ahead of themselves, along with compacting time down to ‘I never have enough.’

The reasons behind those resolutions will remain the same, but maybe the top resolution should be to ‘make time each day to take care of me.’ Here are 13 ways to get started taking care of you.

From all of us, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Thursday, December 14, 2017

When It Comes to Cost Nobody Like Surprises…

It seems more and more often there are companies that offer something that sounds wonderful and almost too good to be true.  Free this, free that, then you read the fine print, or ask some questions and you end up just getting disappointed.  It makes me very concerned when I see a big billboard advertising something and then the print is so small there is just no humanly way to read what it says from a car that negates everything they just said.  It is the classic bait and switch, which I don’t think anybody really likes.

We don't want any surprises for you at Capell Flooring and Interiors!

In the flooring world a lot of the “big box stores” offer things like FREE pad, $39 labor, and other things that aren’t real.  They end up charging for things that shouldn’t be billed for, and by the end of the day you end paying more for the FREE carpet and labor. 

At my store, Capell Flooring and Interiors, we like to be upfront with you, and have no surprises.  After we do our patented Design Audit with you at our showroom in Meridian, Idaho, we do what we call Price Guaranteed Quotes.  

The bottom line is we don’t like surprises and neither do you.  We are upfront with you, so you will only be surprised in a positive way.  Come see us where we mix flooring, and business in a fun professional way for you, our customers.

Your Flooring Friend,

Matt Capell

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About Matt Capell – he is the primary owner of Capell Flooring and Interiors in the Boise, Idaho, and the surrounding area. He loves family, flooring, business, and meeting people. His company educates about flooring and the Treasure Valley and his company makes the floor covering process a fun and great experience each and every time.  You can download his FREE Consumer's Guide To Flooring by clicking here.  Feel free to connect with me! Let’s get social!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10 tips to keep your holiday season fun and safe

Between now and the end of the year you may find yourself hosting or traveling to one of many seasonal events and gatherings, and that can make it a busy and stressful time of year. 

Here are a few tips to help keep the season happy and safe:

1. When traveling in the car, be sure the gas tank is full, tires get properly inflated, and any required vehicle service is complete before heading out. Plus have an emergency kit and blankets with you, including a full charge on your cell phone.

2. When cooking at home, keep your eye on what’s cooking. Stay in the kitchen while the stovetop is in use, and don’t leave home while the oven is on.

3. If using a turkey fryer, be certain to follow manufacturer directions, and keep it a safe distance from people and flammable structures.

4. Keep non-chefs and little ones at least three feet away from the stove and hot liquids to avoid burns.

5. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and ensure guests know the fire escape plan.

6. Never leave a lit candle unattended, and keep them safely out of the reach of kids and pets.

7. Keep holiday decorations, especially tinsel, away from pets. They can eat the oddest things.

8. Be sure not to use outdoor lights indoors, and discard old light strings that are frayed, cracked, or have loose connections.

9. Always turn off holiday lights when leaving the house or going to bed.

10. Never connect more than one extension cord. Get one cord that can comfortably go the distance, and never run electrical cords under carpets, area rugs, or other high-foot-traffic areas.

Please have a fun and safe holiday season.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Saturday, December 2, 2017

It’s time for Elf on the Shelf, but when did it start?

Elf on the Shelf has become a Christmas tradition in many homes.

Though the appearance of the elf resembles a vintage 1950s-style toy, the Elf on the Shelf tradition actually began in 2005 with a book inspired by a family tradition. It was from Carol Aebersold’s childhood with a vintage 50’s-era elf named Fisbee. Read more about that start-up story.

These special Scout Elves, as the tradition goes, are adopted by families and loved by children.
Each day they hide in a new spot within their family’s home, waiting for the children to find them. As they wait, they watch and note what the family is up to, then each night they return to the North Pole and report their observations to Santa about whether everyone was naughty or nice. Elves especially like to tell Santa about the kind and helpful things families do every single day.

Why do they return to the North Pole nightly? Scout elves like to be accurate, and they go back each night so that they don’t forget any details. It also means their records are as detailed as possible.

Scout elves do not stay in homes year-round. They arrive during the holidays, typically at the beginning of December or the beginning of a family’s holiday celebrations. In fact, some have already been working in homes since the middle of November!

Their final trip back to the North Pole is Christmas Eve, and between then and next December, they will help get ready for next Christmas.

You can learn more about Elf on the Shelf on the official website, which has sections for both kids and adults.

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160

Friday, December 1, 2017

Squeak, Squeak, and I’m not talking about Mice & Cheese…..

Squeak, Squeak, and I’m not talking about Mice & Cheese…..

A little over 13 years ago, my family and I moved into a house in Meridian.  We were one of the first houses in the subdivision, and the sub was previously a farm.  We noticed a slight problem as soon as we moved in - we had mice, because the field mice didn’t know where to go.  My wife and I solved this problem by getting our daughter a cat, and you can imagine the rest is history……

That being said, at my store, Capell Flooring and Interiors, we do a lot of hardwood and laminate woods, and sometimes the unexpected annoyance happens.   Here is “what isn’t cheese” about wood flooring: Sometimes wood flooring products will occasionally “squeak.”  I promise an occasional squeak doesn’t mean the hardwood is defective.  Wood has moisture in it and the percentage of moisture will change throughout the year.  I’ve noticed this is the case in my own house, which was built in 2006, and has Rustic Hickory flooring.  We especially notice that by the heat vent registers at different times of the year in the morning when you first step on the hardwood flooring it will have some squeaks and creaks.  This is because wood will constantly expand and contract throughout the year.

The bottom line is if your wood and laminate wood squeaks from time to time, please don’t automatically think it is defective.  It probably isn’t and it is just part of wood.  Just like when a house settles, sometimes grout, caulking or even a tile can creak, hardwood floors will sometimes squeak due to temperatures changes in a house.  Other areas can squeak too, like your sub-floor, or even the walls in a room where a floor joist is loose.  If you ever have a concern, please let us know and we will come look at it for you. 

As you read before an occasional squeak in the floor is definitely a lot better than a squeak of a mouse running through your house right after it was built, right?
Your flooring friend,

Matt Capell

P.S.  Have you ever had a funny mouse story?  If so, email me about it so we can have a good laugh together.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call at (208) 288-0151 or email us