Saturday, September 21, 2019

Great Meals / Busy Lives | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Life is in full momentum now with school, work, clubs, sports, and other social activities. This means our days and many evenings get packed with activity. With all that is happening, how are your mealtimes going?
Drive-thru restaurants and pre-packaged meals are certainly convenient, but they come with negative impacts, including the drain on our pocket book. Here are three ways to curb the expense and save time.

A little planning goes a long way.
Taking a bit of extra time to plan, one day can save a lot of time over coming days. There are different ways people plan out their meals. Some start with theme days - Mexican Monday, Fishy Friday, Leftover Saturday, and Casserole Sunday – to narrow down meal choices. Others decide meals based on sales and coupons. The main thing here is planning out meals early for the entire week or month.

Prepare ahead of time.

In many households, Sunday afternoon is dedicated to lunch and dinner prep for the week.This includes cleaning and chopping vegetables, portioning out food items into containers in the fridge, and precooking early stages of the meal preparations so that everything can quickly and easily come together at mealtime.

Part of planning and preparation may include making extra for dinner so that leftovers become lunch or dinner later in the week. This is especially beneficial on nights when the time between work and extra-curricular activities is more limited.


Cook in one pot.

This method is great when done in a crockpot, because when you use a slow cooker the meal cooks while you’re at work or handling other time pressing activities in the day. Simply add all the contents in the morning and when you come back at the end of the day dinner is ready. There’s an array of sizes, features, and options for crockpots. So hopefully this article will help you narrow that down.

When life gets busy, choosing convenience over home cooked can be easier. I don’t know about you, but I prefer a home cooked meal. These tips help turn home cooked into convenience.


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

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell



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Friday, September 20, 2019

Another Lovely Review - Thank You - Capell Flooring - Happy Customers




Welcome to Capell Flooring and Interiors – Meridian Idaho Flooring Store
We are so glad that you found our page.  Take a look around – we look forward to working with you.  Feel Free to Schedule one of our Trademark Design Audit’s at https://capellflooring.com/design-audit or get a copy of Matt Capell’s, “Consumer’s Guide to Flooring,” at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com/

Nobody has warranties likes us – take a look at our Triple Guarantee:


We look forward to working with you here in the Boise, Idaho area, and want to be your flooring store!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Thanks Jason - It was a pleasure working with you as well! Capell Flooring Happy Customers



We specialize in making our customers happy here at Capell Flooring and Interiors in the Treasure Valley, Boise, Meridian, and Nampa area in Idaho.  Take a look at some testimonials and reviews from our customers.


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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Creating a Survival Kit | E-Neighborhood Advisor



How well are you prepared for an emergency? There are some things that it can be very helpful to have on hand in case of an emergency. Here is a list to get you started:

• First-aid kit – Include supplies like iodine, gauze pads, medical tape, band aids, alcohol wipes, antibiotic ointment, scissors, scalpel or knife, aspirin, sunscreen, bug repellent, emergency medicines like epi pens and inhalers, matches, safety pins, flint, lighter, and scraper ... all in a waterproof container.

• Emergency food – Non-perishable foods like salt-free crackers, protein bars, dried fruits, and nuts, plus lots of bottled water, can be a literal life-saver in an emergency. In survival situations like camping and hiking, and in the case of an emergency at home, keep foods that don't require refrigeration and have quick preparation times like whole grain cereals, rice, beans, peanut butter, canned meats and other foods.

• Cooking supplies – cup, can opener, and heat resistant pan.

LifeStraw or another powerful water filtration device that will allow you to clean dirty water to make it drinkable.


• Tools – A good survival knife is a strong, sturdy and multipurpose that can be used to help cut food, clear paths, build shelter, or start a fire. Depending on your needs, it may make sense to include basic tools like a wrench, hammer, crowbar, or pliers.

• Wilderness gear – Map, compass, tarp, and flares.

• Electronics – A hand-cranked radio and a flashlight are great for when you don’t have power. It’s also a good idea to include some spare batteries and device chargers (for times when electricity is available).

• Toiletries – Soap, razor, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Don’t underestimate the importance of hygiene in an emergency situation.

• Notebook and pencil to record any important details and emergency plans.

• Extra clothes that are suitable to the climate you are or will be in.

Keep your survival kit together in a dry, easily accessible location, so if an emergency happens, you know exactly where to find it.


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

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell



Saturday, September 7, 2019

Anything you need to know | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Did you know that the world’s largest search engine – Google – actually owns the second largest search engine? (That may not be the case for long since many people see way too much power in this one company, but as I’m writing this today, this is where we stand.) While you might not think of it this way, YouTube is actually the second largest search engine. It's also a great (and often overlooked) resource to learn, discover and improve upon skills you already have.

Keeping with our theme of 'Reliable news for healthy living, saving money, and having fun,' we provide some useful resources below. But first, know that we have no affiliation with the YouTube channels provided. These individuals simply offer great tips.

On Clean My Space, Melissa Maker focuses on helping you love your space even more! On her channel, she shows you how to create the ideal environment through decluttering, cleaning better and doing more in the least amount of time. You may find ideas and tips that you've not seen anywhere else in the areas of DeclutteringFolding, and
Kitchen Cleaning.


There are many Great Home Ideas on a channel of the same name from Australia. It provides videos on DIY, food, garden, lifestyle, how-tos, pet, and home makeover ideas and hacks. 

If you enjoy arts and crafts, search for any media that you choose – paint, yarn, clay, etc. – and you will find tons of videos with tips and techniques.

Similarly, for help with tech tips on new phones, computers, applications, software, social media platforms and more, you can find great information when you search on YouTube.

Whatever topic, skill, language, or business lessons that you want to learn, you can find a video to help. Plus, there are many fun options too.

And, if you've ever wondered who the most popular YouTube stars are, a quick search of Google will help.


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

Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell



Sunday, September 1, 2019

Welcome to September 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors




Dear friends,

I hope your fall is off to a great start! Even though it’s been a while since I was in school, I still get a bit nostalgic every time September rolls around and the stores are filled with notebooks, backpacks, and pencils. The start of a new school year could be a bit scary if you were staring in a new school, but it was also a chance to make new friends, reconnect with old ones, and learn so many new things.

Luckily, I still get to have those same experiences today. Each new day is an opportunity to meet new customers, reconnect with past ones (sometimes even generations of the same family working with us over the years!), and learn more about flooring and about our customers’ needs. I truly believe that one of the things that sets Capell Flooring apart is our commitment to getting to know our customers and providing them with world-class service.

If you’d like to stay in touch or learn more about finding the right flooring options for your home, we’re always happy to answer questions when you stop by the store. You can also connect with us on Facebook, where we share fun articles and things you never knew about flooring.

Your friend,

Matt Capell



Saturday, August 24, 2019

How to Get Off Your Habit Wheel | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Remember way back when you committed to your New Year Resolutions? Are they now long gone with old habits back in action? You know, those tendencies that happen over and over without thinking…
Our own habits can drive us crazy, especially when they are the ones we don’t want to participate in. So how do we break them?

Think!
No, not for an idea on how to get rid of old habits, but think so you can break them. Instead of focusing on the habit itself, start to focus on what you’re thinking when that unwanted behavior occurs:

When and How
When and how does that habit occur? Many habits happen during certain situations. If that’s the case, get off the hamster wheel. Avoid those situations, and if that’s not possible, change mindset and actions through that situation. Look for patterns that you can modify or remove.


What
When it comes to that unwanted habit, consider what’s in it for you. How are you benefiting or not benefiting? Most habits, even annoying and harmful ones, serve (or once served) a purpose. Before eliminating that habit, be sure you aren't removing what’s good.

Want
One of the best ways to break an old habit is by replacing it with something new. Consider the changes you are going to make and what you’re going to do instead. If you're going to go through the effort of kicking a habit to the curb, why not make sure you put a better habit in its place?

For example, if you want to break the habit of eating a bowl of ice cream every night, replace it with a walk around the block.

We may be coming close to the end of summer, but there’s plenty of time left in this year. Here’s to making this the best year yet!


Your Flooring Consultant,

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

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Did you hear about the guy who was addicted to soap?
Don't worry, he's all clean now.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Morning People Vs. Night People | E-Neighborhood Advisor



You may know this old joke. There are three kinds of people in the world: those who can count and those who can’t.

But you can definitely separate us all into two categories: morning people and night people.

Morning people jump out of bed at the (relative) crack of dawn, wake up quickly and have their most productive hours in the first half of the day.

Night people think getting up before noon is ridiculous, gradually pick up pace as the day passes and reach their peak in the evening.


 Invariably, these two types clash with each other. Night people can’t understand how morning people can be so cheerful at such a ghastly hour. Morning people think night people are so grumpy because they stay up too late.

Usually families are composed of both types; the same is true with companies. Office managers, you might find it worthwhile to divide your team into these two groups and let them work the appropriate hours….productivity could soar!

But if you think about it, there must be a reason for the division of us humans into day people and night people. In more dangerous times, it would have made sense to have some of us alert at all hours of the day or night.

So don’t scoff at people of the opposite type: some day they may have your back!


Your Flooring Consultant,

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

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
I never thought I’d be the type of person to wake up at 5 in the morning to exercise.
I was right.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Home Improvements that Matter | E-Neighborhood Advisor



You can make your life more comfortable and improve the value of your home at the same time with some low to mid-range improvements.

A list of 35 home improvement projects in Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value report all showed a sale price increase.

Here’s their top 10 improvement projects in the mid-range of cost to you:

1. Entry door replacement (steel)
2. Deck addition (wood)
3. Attic bedroom
4. Garage door replacement
5. Minor kitchen remodel
6. Window replacement (wood)
7. Window replacement (vinyl)
8. Siding replacement (vinyl)
9. Basement remodel
10. Deck addition (composite)


For homeowners with a smaller budget, here are some lower-range improvements that can still boost resale value:

1. Very minor kitchen remodel – consider replacing the hardware and facing on your cupboards rather than replacing the whole cupboards
2. Scaled down bathroom remodel – repaint cabinets instead of replacing them
3. Add a ramp and handrails, create a separate outside wheelchair access
4. Entry door replacement (composite)
5. Paint trim around door and windows

Even if you’re not selling your home, these improvements may make your life more pleasant. You’ll enjoy coming home to your upgraded home features!


Your Flooring Consultant,


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

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
What does a house wear? 
Address!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Stay Cool on Hot August Days | E-Neighborhood Advisor



There are so many fun summer days this month with yummy tastes to cool down with on a hot summer day.

August 1st is Raspberry Ice Cream Day and even better is Ice Cream Sandwich Day on the 2nd.

Have you ever made ice cream sandwiches? Here are recipes to The 50 Most Delish Ice Cream Sandwiches. I may try “As-You-Like-'Em”. That's number 26 in the list of 50.


Of course, don't miss out on Watermelon Day on the 3rd.

How about a visit to the beach for Wiggle Your Toes Day and Sandcastle Day on August 6th or Play in the Sand Day on August 11th.

Cool down some more on the 14th with Creamsicle Day, yum! Then enjoy Spumoni Day - an Italian layered ice cream dessert on the 21st.

So many tasty choices to cool down during these hot summer days!


Your Flooring Consultant,

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

P.S. Here's a joke for you!
Q: Why did the ice cream truck break down? 
A: Because of the Rocky Road.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Welcome to August 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors



Dear friends,

Here’s hoping that your summer is going well! For many of us, the beginning of August brings a reminder that summer (or at least summer vacation) is almost over. It’s a month of scrambling to get in a couple more beach trips, barbecues, campfires, pool days, or anything else that signals summer for you. Enjoying your August to the fullest is a great way to ensure you don’t regret missing out on summer.

It’s also the motivation behind our Zero Regrets Guarantee. We know that choosing new flooring is a big project, and we don’t want you to regret missing out on an amazing new look for your home. That’s why our team will help you choose exactly the right product and style for your needs, and our expert installers will ensure that it’s perfectly placed in your home’s unique floorplan. Our goal isn’t just to sell a bit of carpet or tile; it’s to become your trusted flooring provider for life. Summer may be coming to a close, but we’re in this for the long haul – and we’re delighted to have you as a part of the Capell Flooring family.

Thanks once again for checking out this month’s edition of the Neighborhood Advisor, and we hope you have a wonderful August.

Your friend,

Matt Capell

Monday, July 29, 2019

Mega Trivia Contest - Capell Flooring and Interiors



Please play our monthly Mega Trivia Contest at Capell Flooring and Interiors. It is fun, free, and your chances of winning are really good. Go here to learn more and to enter: Feel Free to Call us if you have any questions 208-288-0151 or email us at sales@capellinteriors.com megatrivia.capellflooring.com

Saturday, July 27, 2019

What does an act of kindness do for you? | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Did you ever see the movie, Pay It Forward, that got released to theaters on October 20, 2000? It was based on a novel written by Catherine Ryan Hyde. In that story, a small town classroom assignment takes on a life of its own and spirals positively through people’s lives until it reaches a city reporter states away.

The movie is an example of what can happen when we think outside the box and outside ourselves. It also shows the affect on a person when they take steps to make someone else’s life better. In fact, there are some positive side effects worth noting.

The Beneficial Warm Rush

If you have deliberately done something good for someone else, you may know that warm feeling that sweeps over you. With it flows oxytocin, a positive heart hormone that helps reduce blood pressure. It also helps reduce inflammation and aging organisms in the body.


The Community Impact

Doing good for other people, especially a stranger, brings people closer together. Not only are we drawn to the kind hearted, receiving an act of kindness causes many to want to reciprocate or pay it forward. It’s contagious! The unexpected result is feeling a stronger connection with those around us.

Getting Outside Ourselves

Acts of kindness - holding a door, buying a stranger a coffee, donating to charity, raking a neighbor's leaves - improve our moods, can reduce our stress, and the more we do for others, the happier we can feel. In fact, doing good for others can cause stressing circumstances to be less worrying.

Small or large, let’s do something to improve the life of another.


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Paint or Wallpaper? | E-Neighborhood Advisor



If you’re considering home renovation, what do you choose for your walls? Paint and wallpaper each have their advantages, so let’s look at the pros and cons.

Your choice will hinge on four factors:

1. Budget
2. Who does the work
3. Condition of the walls
4. “Scrubbability”

These factors are interrelated. If you’re on a very limited budget, you’re likely doing the work yourself and water-based paint is probably your best bet. Numbers 3 and 4 may not even enter into consideration.

Paint is generally less expensive than wall coverings. There’s a certain amount of masking, mess and cleanup involved, but you don’t need to be an expert to do a reasonable job.

You may choose water-based or oil-based paints. The former are easier to work with, since they’re water-soluble, but are not as washable after the walls are painted. With oil-based paints, you need turpentine for brush-cleaning, but the surfaces stand more washing.


If your budget is a little more generous, professional painters do a superlative job, can execute more advanced painting techniques and clean up after themselves!

Wallpaper tends to be more expensive than paint but doesn’t require as much masking and finishing. Once you’ve mastered some basic techniques, like overlapping and matching patterns, it’s not that difficult. Plus “wallpaper” doesn’t begin to describe the wide range of wall coverings now available.

Here again, if you don’t have the time or can’t stand ladders, professionals are available to do the job for you.

The final two factors are often overlooked. If you have children or pets you’ll know about “scrubbability” – choose a heavy-duty oil-based paint or a tough vinyl wall covering.

If you are redecorating in an older home, where the walls are uneven, paint will show up every defect and wall coverings are a better choice.

In the end, whether you choose paint or wallpaper, the range of options now on the market contains something for everyone.


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nothing Feels Quite Like Soft New Carpet - Capell Flooring and Interiors...





We specialize in making our customers happy here at Capell Flooring and Interiors in the Treasure Valley, Boise, Meridian, and Nampa area in Idaho. Take a look at some testimonials and reviews from our customers.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Exercise: How Much is Too Much? | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Unless you’re one of the few who have a regular fitness program, we all know we should get more exercise. But how much exercise is optimal? Is there such a thing as getting too much?

For certain, channel-surfing all day is not going to help your health. The dangers of sitting for long periods are now well known, so much so that conscientious companies include short exercise periods in their daily schedule.

But new studies seem to indicate that getting too much exercise can also be a problem. Marathon runners, for example, tend to have more heart problems than average. Weight lifters do too. Any extreme exertion puts a strain on various parts and systems of the body, especially if you overdo it when starting out.


Walking, dancing and swimming seem to be the best overall exercises for the body, causing little specific damage. But swimming is not an option for some of us. For some, walking seems boring. But if you make a habit of it, the activity can be very enjoyable. Try power-walking with a friend.

Many isometric-type exercises can be done at or beside your desk and it’s wise to make a habit of not sitting more than half an hour at a time. Household chores count as physical activity; so do gardening and snow shoveling in season.

So it all boils down, as it often does, to the good advice handed down centuries ago in ancient Greece. Over the arch leading to Delphi were written these words:

Know Thyself
Nothing in Excess

Oh, about the dancing? Do it whenever possible!


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Saturday, July 6, 2019

It's Barbecue Season - What You Need to Know | E-Neighborhood Advisor



How are your barbecue skills?

One common issue is that the fire is too hot when the food is put on the grill. That's easier to adjust in a gas grill by reducing the temperature.

When using charcoal getting the right fire for the type of food being cooked is key. There are five different ways to set up the grill for optimum performance:
• single-level fire
• two-level fire
• modified two-level (half-grill) fire
• banked fire
• double-banked fire.

Plus, the shape, depth, and circumference of the grill may require modification to those five methods.



Other tips to make the experience and clean up superior are:

Brush debris off the grill when it's hot with a long-handled grill brush. Do this again after preheating the next time you barbecue to remove any debris from prior meals. NOTE: There have been recent warnings against using the traditional wire grill brushes. Here’s a link to an alternative:

Reduce sticking by oiling the grill with vegetable oil. Soak a paper towel and use long tongs to rub it over the rack.

A chimney starter is great for starting a charcoal fire. Add crumpled paper in the bottom, then fill it with charcoal. Light the paper and the coals are ready in about 20 minutes without the use of lighter fluid.

If you’re seeking gas grill setup and tips, visit this site.

Have an excellent barbecue season!


Email: sales@capellinteriors.com
Phone (208) 288-0151
Fax (208) 917-6160
Your Flooring Consultant,

Matt Capell

Thursday, July 4, 2019

We always wanted to be ballerina's.......Capell Flooring and Interiors






We always wanted to be ballerina's.....but after talking it over with Mom, we will stick to what we do best which is selling floors. :) Welcome to Capell Flooring and Interiors – Meridian Idaho Flooring Store We are so glad that you found our page. Take a look around – we look forward to working with you. Feel Free to Schedule one of our Trademark Design Audit’s at https://capellflooring.com/design-audit or get a copy of Matt Capell’s, “Consumer’s Guide to Flooring,” at https://consumersguidetoflooring.com/ Nobody has warranties likes us – take a look at our Triple Guarantee: https://capellflooring.com/triple-gua... We look forward to working with you here in the Boise, Idaho area, and want to be your flooring store!


Monday, July 1, 2019

Welcome to July 2019 | Capell Flooring and Interiors




Dear friends,

Welcome to the July issue of the Neighborhood Advisor! We hope you had a wonderful celebration – or at least a nice, relaxing day – for the 4th of July. The holiday is a great time to come together with friends, or with family, or sometimes with your whole city, and remember what we all stand for as a country.

Here at Capell Flooring and Interiors, what we stand for is treating people right. Whether it’s the first time in the store or you’ve been coming in for generations, we want you to feel like family. That’s why we stock a wide selection of quality products, and why every one of our employees makes it their mission to help you choose the product that will best suit your needs or budget. It also means you can rest easy any time you refer your friends, family, or coworkers to us, because you know they’ll be taken care of. If you have any questions about the flooring options that are best for your home – or just want to stop on in to say hi or see what’s new – we’d love to see you.

Thank you once again for taking the time to read the Neighborhood Advisor. We hope you enjoy it, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Your friend,

Matt Capell

Saturday, June 29, 2019

The Benefits of Artistic Influence in a Room | E-Neighborhood Advisor



Did you know that where you live has a major impact on your mood? This is why our home décor is so important.

Most interior designers agree that wall art is one of the most cost-effective ways to create ambiance in any room. As new technology evolves from the internet to digital photography, your choices are vast and potentially just a click or two away. Your art becomes the focal point in the overall success of a room design.

Here’s what to consider when choosing your focal point.

One Piece
Rather than focusing on style, choose a piece of art that you truly like, one you know will provide gratification for years to come. Art is a reflection of you and it sets the mood of your room.

Color
If your room already contains furnishings, consider a couple of the bolder colors already in the room that you want to find in the artwork. The color is also an important element in your design if you are choosing the painting first.


Walls
Know your room measurements and the size of the wall where your artwork will hang. If the artwork is too big, it can overwhelm a room, and if it’s too small, it will look lost. Try to envision the art piece on your wall and in the context of your room. You may also consider a few related smaller pieces nearby rather than one larger piece on a wall.

Pro Tip: Use painter’s tape to outline where you want your artwork to go on the wall, this will help you see if the size is right for your room.

Furnishings
The style of your furnishings should also be considered. In a more modern décor setting, unframed art may create a better effect than traditional framing; whereas ornate frames suit more classic or victorian-style rooms.

Artistic Style
Wall art is available in a variety of styles, including paint, photographic, and dimensional using wood, canvas, metal, glass, and more. Take advantage of these styles to enhance your desired décor in the room.

Ultimately, decide what works best for you and your space. Happy Decorating!


Your Flooring Consultant,

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



Saturday, June 22, 2019

3 Ways To Lower Your Bills | E-Neighborhood Advisor



There are lots of ways to save money, no matter how much of it you have – or don’t have!
Having struggled for many years paying my own bills, I learned many ways to save money. From simple things like food, gas, and clothing, to bigger expenses, like insurance and your mortgage.

All you need to know is where to look to find the savings.

1. Eliminate ALL of your unnecessary expenses:
o Eating out on the weekends
o Buying lunch at work every day
o Magazine and newspaper subscriptions (especially those you can get online and at the local library)
o Cable TV subscription streaming services (you’d be amazed at how many other ways you’ll find to spend your time once you get rid of the endless sitcoms & movies)
o Paid music services like Spotify & Pandora, even these small expenses add up!
o Groceries (you can save lots of money with coupons and specials.)

It’s OK to reward yourself once in a while, but if you are really looking to get out of debt faster, you owe it to yourself to save every single penny you can!

To find other ways to reduce your expenses, take a close look at your checkbook and credit card statements.


2. Call your credit card companies to see if they will lower your interest rates, even if it is only for a short time.

3. Shop Around For The Lowest Prices

For those expenses you can’t eliminate, it’s time to start shopping around for the best prices.
Once I realized you can shop around for just about ANYTHING you spend money on every month, I learned how to save myself SEVERAL HUNDRED DOLLARS each and every month! In fact, by shopping around I ended up saving myself more than $750 a year on car insurance alone!

The same is true of many of your monthly expenses – cell service, internet service, all types of insurance, mortgages, and in some places even your utility bills.

It DOESN’T take any special skills. All it takes is a few clicks and you can save yourself a bunch of money in no time at all! So, start shopping around and looking for ways to lower your monthly bills right away!


Your Flooring Consultant,

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

Saturday, June 15, 2019

I Don’t Have a Green Thumb | E-Neighborhood Advisor



There’s nothing zestier than the taste of vegetables and herbs fresh from the garden, yet many people think it’s an arcane science. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is that although some plants are a bit trickier to grow, most are as simple as could be.

If you have even a tiny yard that’s suitable, you can grow quite a lot. Condo or apartment? If you face anything but north, try window boxes.

The easiest plants to grow, and those that require the least amount of space are: radishes, peppers, onions, chives, lettuce, spinach, basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, rosemary and sage.


If you have a little more room try tomatoes, swiss chard, all types of beans, squash, pumpkins, cucumbers, carrots, beets, potatoes and dill.

The instructions are simple: use reasonably well cultivated soil (not solid clay or sand), plant the seeds about 2-3 times their own size deep, and water periodically. Don’t over soak, it doesn’t need to be mud.

Then wait: most plants take a week to 10 days to show themselves, so don’t lose faith. At the end of it all you’ll gain some tasty produce and a new role for yourself: expert gardener!

Your Flooring Consultant,

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

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Do you have a vacation coming up? | E-Neighborhood Advisor



So many of us are ramping up to go on summer vacation soon. It’s been a long haul from last year and vacation means R&R, excitement, and a break from daily routine.

The safety and security of our home while away further enhances the holiday experience by providing peace of mind. Here are some things to consider to ensure that happens.

Keep it Offline.

Criminally-minded people are always on the lookout for opportunity. That’s why it’s vital not to advertise that you’ll be away or share photos and experiences while you are away on social media. Do not let the world know your home will be empty for X number of days. Instead, save those photos and stories for when you return home. That way there is minimal opportunity to take advantage of your home and belongings while you are away.

Ask a friend.

Arranging to have someone stop by your home to water the plants and care for pets is vital. They can bring in the mail and newspapers or you can temporarily stop delivery of items regularly received while you’re away.


Check the lights.

Think about the regular pattern of nighttime lights – when you’re awake and when you go to bed. Consider investing in timers to plug your lamps into and set them to match your typical day.

Remember the yard.

If you have a landscaping service, this area is already taken care of, but if you are your own landscaper, look into hiring a trusted friend or neighborhood teen to cut the grass and keep the yard clean while you’re away. This, along with keeping the mail and papers off the stoop, ensure your house looks occupied.

Ultimately, the less people knowing you’re away the better and the more your home reflects your daily living pattern while away the better.

I hope you enjoy your vacation, whenever that might be.




Your Flooring Consultant,

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