Your Back-to-School Game Plan

Are you the parent of school-age children? If you are I would like to talk to you about the end of the school year.

“What? Why? It’s August!” You may protest.

Don’t I know it, but that’s exactly why I want to have this chat. You may not remember last May. You probably blocked it out, and I certainly don’t blame you, but let’s look back. Did you stagger through the gauntlet of spring concerts, parties, field trips and teacher appreciation week only to find yourself coughed up on the shores of June exhausted and twitching? With your last breath did you swear, “Next year we are going to be more organized”?

Well, I’m sorry to remind you, it is August, which means the drumbeat of back to school is growing ever louder. I know there are some of you who can’t wait to get back on a schedule and get everything organized, but for many of us, organizing anything is … Hey, put down that bottle! I’m here to help. We can do this.

Convert Social Proof Into Soaring Profits

All-in-one Customer Review Software

Everything you need to collect amazing customer feedback

Shopper Approved is the “all-in-one” system that completely automates the collection, management, and online promotion of customer ratings and reviews on your website, on1 social media sites, and in the major search engines. The more reviews collected, the more positive direct impact you can have on new potential customers buying decisions.

 

Simple, Pay-As-You-Grow Pricing

The smart, budget-friendly way to build your online reputation

They understand the importance of being smart with your money, which is why they offer a very simple and affordable pricing model. With their full-featured ‘pay-as-you-grow’ plan starting at2 only $29.95/mo, Shopper Approved gives you everything you need at a great low price that you can afford. Plus, your first 30 days is free! You don’t even need a credit card to start.

 

Super Fast Setup

By actively collecting ratings in 5 minutes

You don’t need any special technical skills, and there are no files to upload or complicated databases to install or manage. All you have to do is add one line of code to your thank you3 page and you’ll be actively collecting ratings and reviews. Then, once you’re ready, you simply add the Shopper Approved Trust Seal code or Review Widget code anywhere that you want your reviews to show up.

 

Friendly Customer Service

We’re here to help you succeed

With simple, step-by-step tutorials to help walk you through the quick setup process, getting started is a breeze. But, if for any reason you run into an issue, their helpful support staff is4 standing by ready to assist you with any questions you might have. You can contact them via email, support ticket, live chat, or their toll-free number.

 

Scalable Web-Based Solution

Let us to all the hard work

Shopper Approved is completely web-based, so you can manage your account from anywhere, anytime. It also means that all maintenance, updates and upgrades are done5 automatically for you. Just sign up, add the Shopper Approved code to your website, and relax knowing that your customers are in good hands.

 

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You’re just minutes away from more traffic & sales!Fill out the form to the right and press ‘Get Started’ to create your Shopper Approved account

3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely

Deciding on finishes is one of the most challenging parts of a remodel — particularly a kitchen remodel. Browse the Houzz discussion boards and you’ll get a taste of how confusing the process can be.

Of course, what makes it even more complicated is that there’s no set rule to choosing materials and finishes. “There are as many rules as there are clients and designers, or even combinations of clients and designers,” says architect Thomas Ahmann. Every project is different. But there are still some general guidelines that can help you make sense of your kitchen remodel. We talked to three Houzz professionals — Ahmann, Steve Justrich and Robert Kelly — who gave us their best professional tips for choosing a kitchen materials palette.

1. Start with your countertops. “Countertops require careful contemplation, especially for a large island, as this can be the biggest single item of color and texture,” says Ahmann. This large surface area is a great place to start and can be the basis for the rest of your kitchen’s materials palette.

Choose a countertop that’s durable and easy to clean. Justrich recommends looking into granite or composite materials like Caesarstone first. For a bigger statement, go for stainless steel, zinc or natural wood. Aim for light, smooth and reflective materials. Large-format tiles or slabs of stone will minimize grout lines and create a smooth and easy-to-clean surface.

Kelly recommends sticking with a single countertop material, with a slight variation at the pantry or island, for consistency and simplicity.

2. Consider the cabinetry. Depending on the kitchen, Ahmann might start with the cabinet as the beginning of the materials palette. “This is what ends up being most ‘in your face,’ as the wall cabinets are smack dab at eye level,” he says.

Kelly keeps his materials choices as simple and natural as possible. Slate, marble and wood are all common choices. He recommends sticking to a small palette — three or four materials — to keep it simple. Look for light-colored cabinetry to keep the space open and bright, using other materials in small doses for visual depth and texture.

3. Use additional finishes to pull the space together. “Let contrast be the key,” says Justrich. “If the counters are rich and dark, go with a lighter backsplash. A monochromatic approach is great, but if the countertop is visually active, calm it down on the backsplash.” Choose a backsplash color that visually contrasts with your countertop and cabinetry. Floors are usually decided based on the surrounding rooms, but make sure the colors won’t clash with what’s in your kitchen.

The other little things — lighting, fixtures, bar stools and hardware — can tie the look of the kitchen together. Again, less is more here. “Kitchens of multiple materials and colors require a lot of finesse,” says Ahmann.

Houzz Editorial Staff

DoorCorner.com Now Offering Empire Commercial Door Levers

400dpiLogo_opt(1)DoorCorner.com is proud to now offer Empire door hardware, including a new line of Commercial Door Levers.

 

Premium durability and performance in a commercial door lever that’s also easy to service and maintain. Ideal for use in schools, hospitals, offices, retail spaces, colleges, universities and other applications.

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• ANSI Grade 2
• ADA Compliant
• Fabricated From Die Cast Zinc
• Satin Chrome Finish
• Concealed Screws
• Includes Mounting Screws, Latch, and Strike Plate
• Fits 1-3/8″ to 1-3/4″ Thick Doors
• Choice of Latches for 2-3/8″ or 2-3/4″ Back-Set
• 10-Year Mechanical warranty