5 Tips for Protecting Your Outdoor Space in the Offseason

Regardless of the climate you live in, protecting your patio furnishings and accessories during the colder months is crucial to maintaining a beautiful and functional outdoor living space. Protective outdoor covers can help defend against snow, sleet, wind, sun and rain, which can damage your outdoor essentials and cause them to deteriorate over time.

Consider these five ways to help ensure your outdoor space is protected from whatever weather may come your way:

Protect patio pieces – Investing in high-quality covers can help keep your outdoor furniture pieces functional for years. Look for covers that feature durable fabrics and details like adjustable straps and cord-lock closures for a quick, custom-like fit. To keep water from pooling and seeping into cushions and furnishings, use inflatable airbags to elevate covers and help repel rain, snow and debris.

Keep debris out of your AC – Air conditioning units are built to withstand rain and snow, but not to keep out debris or pests. Select a full cover with air vents to reduce inside condensation, as moisture buildup can freeze the condenser coils or create mold, causing damage over time. If you live in a milder climate and your unit is beneath trees, consider a mesh-top cover to protect your air conditioner from falling sticks and leaves.

Safeguard the grill – Whether you’re putting the grill away for the season or gearing up for winter cookouts, be sure to cover your grill when it’s not in use to help prevent rust and damage. Eliminate the hassles commonly associated with grill covers with an option like the Storigami Easy Fold BBQ Grill Cover, which folds twice as fast as standard covers and takes up one-quarter of the space when stored. Featuring looped, easy-to-grip handles and directional guide arrows to simplify the folding process, the collection allows you to continuously cover and uncover your grill whenever you want to fire it up.

Shield firewood from wind and water –If you use wood to heat your home, keep your logs burn-ready by storing them properly. Take time to stack logs neatly for proper airflow at least 20 feet from your house to prevent bugs from getting inside. Use a rack to keep the stack a few inches off the ground to protect the wood from moisture and insects. Then shield logs with a water-resistant cover with air vents that help reduce wind lofting and condensation.

Simplify storage – Streamline seasonal transitions with functional and flexible storage containers. For example, the Classic Accessories Ravenna Deck Box is a weatherproof storage solution for pool toys, gardening tools, cushions and other outdoor items. Available in three sizes, the series combines capacity with durable construction and fade-resistant materials designed to stand up to the great outdoors. These lightweight units can be easily repositioned or taken apart for convenient offseason storage.

Find more ideas for protecting your outdoor equipment at classicaccessories.com. (Family Features)

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Be Prepared When Natural Disaster Strikes

Emergency situations, especially those that pertain to natural disasters, can be difficult to recover from without proper planning, which is why it’s important to take small steps from the start to help protect your family.

With the change of seasons comes an increased risk of weather-related emergencies. This fall, Clorox has partnered with the American Red Cross to encourage everyone to be “Red Cross Ready.”

Consider these three actionable steps to get your household ready for an emergency:

Prepare a kit: At minimum, you should have an emergency kit assembled with basic supplies. Depending on the circumstances, you may need to evacuate versus remaining in your home, which will affect the amount of supplies you need. A good rule of thumb is a three-day supply if you are evacuating and a two-week supply if you’ll be in your home.

  • Water: Keep one gallon per person, per day
  • Food: Stock up on non-perishable, easy-to-prepare items.
  • Disinfecting bleach: After a natural disaster, water may not be safe to drink. A few drops of an option like Clorox Disinfecting Bleach can be used to make water potable and can also help clean up mold and fungi from a buildup of excess moisture. Always pay close attention to the label to be sure you are following exact dilution instructions.
  • Flashlight (and extra batteries): Having a flashlight ensures that you’re able to navigate in the dark if the electricity goes out. Always keep extra batteries on-hand to power your flashlight and other items you may need.
  • First aid kit: In cases of emergency, first-aid supplies are crucial to help keep family members as safe and healthy as possible. Make sure to stock the kit with things like bandages, gauze and antibiotic creams.
  • Multi-purpose tool: Tools with multiple functions can be used for everything from cutting wire to opening bottles.
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items: In addition to disinfecting bleach, it’s important to keep things like moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal cleanliness.

Make a plan: Discuss how to prepare with your family or household members and talk about the best ways you can respond to the types of emergencies that are most likely to happen where you live, learn, work and play. Identify responsibilities for each member of your household and how you will work together as a team. Practice as many elements of your plan as possible.

Be informed: As an emergency is unfolding, normal communication systems like phone lines may be damaged or overloaded by call volume. Consider downloading smartphone apps such as the Red Cross Emergency App for customizable weather alerts, the “I’m safe”feature and other resources. It provides instant access to information for handling common first aid emergencies. You can also get trained in first aid and CPR so you’ll know what to do in case emergency help is delayed.

After a natural disaster, a safe and healthy recovery is key. Listen to local authorities and take safety precautions in case of storm aftershocks. Only use cellular or landline phones to report life-threatening conditions, keeping lines open for emergency responders. Return to your home only when authorities advise it’s safe to do so, making sure to also have photo identification to prove residency.

Learn more at clorox.com/redcrossready. (Family Features)

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Featuring Supermodel Camerone Parker McCulloch in Our 8th Anniversary Edition of InFluential Magazine

Former FORD supermodel and actress, motivational speaker, philanthropist, and radio host, Camerone Parker, has emerged as the leading powerful celebrity voice in patient advocacy for multiple sclerosis (MS) and treatment. Today, she delights audiences nationwide as a highly in-demand speaker, sharing her unbelievable story of being diagnosed with MS and hiding the disease in a highly competitive world of international fashion so she could earn money to pay for treatment.

Having been featured throughout her storied modeling career in over 350 magazines around the world, the former face of Olay has walked the runways for designers like Vera Wang, Giorgio Armani, and Bagley Mischka, to name a few. She’s been seen on billboards around the country for brands like Ralph Lauren POLO and has made appearances on Good Morning America, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Today Show, The View, and more. But while she’s lived a very public life, she’s guarded quite the secret.

Parker’s story is one of trepidation, strength, and determination.  She’s lives her life in a manner best for her; with no apologies.  I’m thrilled to share our candid and honest conversation. Hopefully, you’ll come away as awe inspired as I was after learning her fascinating story.

We proudly invite you into our 8th Anniversary Edition to learn more about Camerone in an interview written and conducted by our Founder & Publisher William Jackson.

Photo credits are as follows:

PHOTO: Robert Kazandjian

MAKEUP/HAIR DESIGN: Wesley O’Neil

BALL SKIRT: Check Please! Silk Dupioni by Peach Carr | Peach Carr Designs

TOP: Black Silk Turtleneck by Cop Copine

FEATHER BELT: Emil Gampe | EMIL Couture

Welcome to the July / August 2019 Edition of the Multi-Award Winning InFluential Magazine: Be on the Winning Side

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree, Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Greetings InFluential Family & Friends:

I hope sincerely your summer has been prosperous and fulfilling.

I enjoy reading very much and take as many opportunities as possible to do just that.  Whether it be for entertainment or education, to my mind, reading is a fundamental key to living my best life.

It’s my hope your reading menu includes InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential.  With every edition, we strive to bring you rich and inviting editorials sure to complement as you strive to live your best life.

My awesome team and I are thrilled to bring to you our Exclusive Interview with Judge Tanya Acker of the hit television show Hot Bench.   She’s an insightful and very intriguing woman and we’re glad to share with you her story.

Skincare guru June Jacobs is another Exclusive Interview we share in this edition and her story is one of struggle and subsequently success and we’re thrilled to bring it to you.

All in all, we’ve done our best to bring you all things “Dedicated to the Art of Living Well”.

We wish the best and look forward to spending time with you throughout the summer and the remainder of the year.

Fondly,

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Be on the Winning Side with the July – August 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine

We’re thrilled to invite you into the world of the July – August 2019 Edition of InFluential Magazine.  This edition is chocked full of awesome articles and exclusive interviews including one with Judge Tanya Acker of television’s successful Hot Bench.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Visit us at www.influential-magazine.com.

Free Drinks for Dad! – Celebrate Father’s Day at Stephen F. Austin Hotel

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and this year, the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel is offering the perfect way to celebrate right here in Austin, TX. Stephen F. Austin’s Terrace Bar will be offering a complimentary Stephen F. Old Fashioned or a Texas Draught Beer with the purchase of any entree or sandwich for dads all day!

Located in the heart of Downtown Austin, Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace has one of the best patios in town, complete with refreshing cocktails, bites and the most incredible view of Congress Avenue, the State Capitol, and the historic Paramount Theatre. It’s the perfect setting for the Dad that loves the city of Austin.

Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

Stephen F.’s Bar and Terrace offers a delicious menu of truly Texas snacks the whole family can enjoy, including a Black Angus Texas Burger, Brisket Quesadillas, Steak Frites and much more. The extensive bar menu features timeless cocktails, local Texas draught beers and bottomless champagne cocktails and bloody mary’s for only $18.00 a person, for everyone to celebrate.

Welcome to the May / June Edition of InFluential Magazine

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree
Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Looking back and going forward, with time to reflect during the summer, InFluential Magazine embraces it’s seven-year history and is excited about the future of the Magazine.

We’re thrilled about this Edition because we explore the fascinating theme, What Would Happiness Look Like to You?.  If you yearn for more excitement in your life and enjoy the benefits of living on the edge, we provide several useful tips on how to do just that.  As the weather is warmer and sunny days last much longer, many will plan to enjoy the thrill of the grill, as cooking outdoors is very much a part of a memorable summer.  Whatever it takes to ensure you enjoy a more fulfilling life we hope you know, will stay the course, and help others to do the same.

Finally, know we’re listening as we continue to improve your Magazine. Feedback we receive from you and awards received from our constituency reveal suggestions and praise, but most importantly, your feedback tells us you believe the Magazine strengthens your connection with The Art of Living Well.  Thank you for your valued feedback. We welcome your continued comments and story ideas at info@influential-magazine.com. 

As I always say, thank you to my talented international team for sharing your amazing talent. And, many thanks to you, our readers, for your support. Please subscribe, if you have not, share our magazines with friends, and above all, keep reading.

Appreciatively, 

William Jackson, MBA, GQ Insider, 2018 Folio: 100 Honoree

Founder & Chief Business Officer of InFluential Magazine, Spanish InFluential, and Teen InFluential

Save Your Way to Lower Home Insurance

If your homeowner insurance rates are creeping up even though you haven’t filed any claims, it may be time to take a look at how you can bring those prices back down.

Research, smart shopping and even some home upgrades can make a noticeable difference in your insurance premiums. Explore the cost-savings potential with these tips from the experts at CertainTeed, a leading manufacturer of exterior and interior building products:

Shop for the best rates. It’s easy to be complacent when you’ve used the same insurance company for years, but if getting the best rate is your objective, it’s a good idea to shop around. To do effective comparison shopping, have a copy of your current policy ready and contact a handful of competitors. Provide them the exact same coverage details so you can compare like rates, but also be ready to listen to information about additional coverage options that may suit your needs.

Combine homeowner insurance with other policies. Most insurance carriers offer multiple policy discounts, which they apply when you insure more than one item. For example, if your homeowner insurance carrier also insures your cars, you’re likely to save money on the rates for protecting both your home and automobiles.

Update your home’s first line of defense. Many homeowners focus on aesthetics when it’s time to make upgrades, but there are some important functional improvements that can make a difference when it comes to your insurance premiums. For example, as extreme weather becomes more commonplace, the first line of defense is often the type of roofing material chosen. Many insurance companies even offer discounts for using impact-resistant shingles. Check with your insurance provider before making a final selection, but in general, look for products that include “impact-resistant” in their name and specs, and “Class IV Impact Resistance,” the highest rating available for roofing materials.

For example, NorthGate Class IV impact-resistant shingles from CertainTeed are engineered to have a higher probability of resisting hail. These shingles are made using rubber-like polymers that offer flexibility and impact resistance, as well as crack and shrink resistance, even in cold weather. So when severe weather strikes, your home can be protected and stay looking good.

Install a home security system. An intruder alarm can provide more than peace of mind. Insurance companies often reward homeowners who take steps to minimize the chances of burglary or vandalism. After all, a well-protected home is less likely to result in a claim for losses. Some companies offer varying degrees of discounts on insurance rates depending on the type of system you install, so be sure to thoroughly research the options. For example, a system that simply emits a loud noise when triggered may generate one level of discount, while a system that dispatches emergency personnel when activated can lead to an even better rate.

Insurance rates are one place to save money on your home costs. Learn more about impact-resistant shingles and how they can save your home and wallet at certainteed.com. (Family Features)

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Here are 3 Ways to Believe in Yourself and in Your Success

Featuring Encouragement from Dannie De Novo, Contributing Writer for InFluential Magazine

Dannie De Novo

Dannie De Novo

What is truly in the “success” recipe? Life and business coach and author of Get in a Good Mood & Stay There Dannie De Novo says “as a coach on the principles of success and personal awareness, I am often asked what the secret to success really is. Hard work, persistence, or talent? All of those things are part of the success recipe, but the most important ingredient, the part that makes or breaks your success in any area of your life, is faith.”

Possessing unwavering faith in yourself is the key to success. “Whenever I have failed to reach the level of success that I desired, I take a look back and ask the question: Did you believe,” she asks.

What does it mean to believe? What does it mean to know something so well and so deeply that no outside influence or opinion can make you feel any differently? “Faith is the most powerful concept behind your success because when you believe, your self-image changes into a picture of that person you want to become. And then, you become that new person,” Dannie believes. “You succeed.”

Success tip #1 Fake it ‘til you shake it

If at first you really can’t believe that you are capable of achieving your desired goal, what do you do until you raise yourself to the level of belief? Fake it ‘til you shake it, baby! Fake your behavior until you are able to shake that old image of yourself completely.

What does success look like to you? Answer that question and then pretend to be successful.

Forward movement is movement regardless of how slowly you are going. Try faking it for a while. It will at least get you moving. But here is the catch, you have to do the work in the next 2 tips in order for belief to take hold. Because faking it alone will eventually fail you, leaving you like four flat tires will leave a car stranded on the side of the road.

Success tip #2 mirror work

Belief means that you know something—you know it down to your core. And your knowing is based upon your thinking. Change your thinking, and over time, you will change your belief.

A great way to start shifting your thinking is through mirror work and affirmations. Take some time and write out a list of affirmations about what you want to believe about yourself.

These affirmations can be anything you want and aspire toward. But everything must be very positive and phrased in the present tense. Remember, these are statements about things you want to start believing about yourself, that you likely don’t believe presently.

Start each affirmation with “I am.” I am healthy. I am attractive. I am strong. I am resourceful. I am a leader. I am abundant. Etc., etc.

Then, take your list of affirmations over to your mirror and say the affirmations out loud while you look yourself in the eye and smile. Do this every day and you will begin to see changes in yourself that indicate your belief is also changing.

Success tip #3 visualize

Another way to shift your thinking, and in turn, your belief is through visualization.  Start getting a real clear picture in your mind about what you want your life and your success to look like.

Make these images really detailed and elaborate. Then all you have to do is sit and let those images play out on the movie projector of your mind. Visualize yourself being that person you want to become. How do you dress, where do you hang out, what do you do on a daily basis? Keep these pictures in the forefront of your mind as often as you can. Revisit them daily.

“When you can see yourself doing something in your mind then you will begin to believe you can do it in your heart,” Dannie explains. “And that is the definition of faith.”

About Dannie De Novo: Dannie is an author, attorney, coach, entrepreneur and podcast host who loves horses, traveling and learning. Her book Get in a Good Mood & Stay There launched in 2018. She spends her days finding ways to help those who aren’t experiencing the most fulfilling version of their lives. Her greatest job and joy is serving as mom to an amazing beacon of light and hope, her daughter, Carson. To learn move visit: www.DannieDeNovo.com