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Feb. 20, 2020

National Love Your Pet Day!

Strengthen the Immunity Systems of Children

Children in households with pets didn’t just have less allergies to the particular animal in the home, the children also had stronger immunity systems overall. Studies have shown that children who live in homes with pets miss less school due to sickness than children who grow up in pet-less homes. Pets spend a lot of their time outside and therefore bring all sorts of dirt and germs into your home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing though – the additional germs can help improve your immunity to colds and other mild illnesses. In fact, previous studies have shown that babies who live with a dog tend to experience fewer infections and are generally healthier than those who don’t.

Improved Heart Health

Another benefit to owning a pet, according to the latest research, is that it may improve heart health. Studies have shown that owning a pet (and men in particular) can lower blood pressure, triglyceride and cholesterol levels in their owners. Which can lower the chance of a heart attack. Although dogs are often touted for their health benefits, cat owners can see gains, too. Felines are just as beneficial to your health as dogs. "If you have a cat, you're 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack, and you're 40 percent less likely to have a cardiovascular incident like a stroke," Dr. Becker says.

May Improve Fitness Levels

Your dog may help prevent you from becoming obese. Studies have shown that walking you dog on a regular basis helps pet owners lose weight, or at the very least maintain it. Of course, dog owners who didn’t walk their dogs on a regular basis saw no such benefit.

 

May Improve Depression

Pets have been shown as a great cure for the blues. Which is why it’s becoming more and more common for using Pet Facilitate Therapy (PFT) in hospitals and nursing homes. Many people immediately feel better just by petting a dog or cat. Just another benefit that our pets provide to us.

 

Pets help lower your stress levels

Modern life is stressful and high levels of anxiety can lead to numerous health problems. Luckily, pets can really help us relax – stroking your cat or simply watching fish swim around in a tank can make your worries melt away. Previous studies have proven that pet owners tend to have lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels than people who don’t own a pet. That means having a furry pal can decrease the chances of suffering a heart attack later in life.

Posted in National Days
Feb. 13, 2020

Rice Krispie Valentine Hearts

Posted in Holidays, Recipes
Feb. 6, 2020

John L. Scott Foundation

 

John L. Scott Foundation Mission is to help get kids healthy and to be at home.

"I'm extremely proud of the John L. Scott Foundation and the difference our support team and sale associates are making in the lives of children. Our mission is dedicated to ensuring that children have access to the medical care they need regardless of their families ability to pay. The John L. Scott Foundation was founded in honor of my grandfather, John L. Scott, a philanthropist and community activist who taught me the value of giving back. At John L. Scott we believe in the value of Living Life as a Contribution to others and when you choose to work with John L. Scott Real Estate, you can feel good knowing that together we are helping to ensure that the children in our community have access to quality medical care."

- J. Lennox Scott, Chairman and CEO

 

We have a sponsor hospital here in the Eugene/Springfield area: Relief Nursery, located at 1720 W 25th Ave. Relief Nursery is a private non-profit agency dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect through early intervention that focuses on building successful and resilient children, strengthening parents, and preserving families.

 

Posted in John L. Scott
Jan. 30, 2020

Restore Order to Your Home After the Holidays

Posted in Tips
Jan. 23, 2020

Southwest Chicken Chili

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tbsp Avocado, Coconut or Olive Oil
  • 1/2 lbs of boneless, skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Coriander
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 Red Pepper Flakes (you can add more if you like more heat or you can leave it out if you don't like spice)
  • 1 - 14.5 oz can of Diced Fire Roasted Tomatoes
  • 1 - 16 oz can of White/Cannellini Beans
  • 1 - 4 oz can of Green Chilis
  • 1 1/2 cup of Chicken Broth
  • 1 - 13.5 oz can of Light Coconut Milk

Toppings: Lime Juice, Tortilla Chips, Cilantro, Red Onion, Cheddar Cheese

 

Stove Top Method:

  • Heat a large pot over a medium high heat. While the pot is heating up, season the chicken thighs with 1 tsp of salt.
  • When the pot is hot enough, add the oil and then add the chicken thighs. Sear the chicken thighs on both sides until they have the golden brown look.
  • Once the chicken thighs are golden brown, add in all of the remaining ingredients and stir to combine DO NOT ADD the coconut milk.
  • Simmer on a low medium heat for 30 to 45 minutes or until the chicken thighs are tender and easy to shred.
  • Once the chicken thighs are tender, use 2 forks to shred the chicken in the pot. Then add the coconut milk and stir to combine. Add a little more salt if needed.
  • Let it simmer for 5 more minutes. Serve the Chili with your favorite toppings.

Slow Cooker Method:

  • Place all of the ingredients, EXCEPT the coconut milk, in the slow cooker insert and cook on low until the chicken is tender and ready to shred. Roughly 4-6 hours on low or 2-4 hours on high.
  • Then, shred the chicken in the cooker and then add in the coconut milk. Cook the chili for another 15-20 minutes in the slow cooker and then serve with your favorite toppings.
Posted in Recipes
Jan. 16, 2020

Time Management Tips to be More Productive

We all have those days that we are running around and feel overwhelmed and have so much that we need to finish/accomplish before we lay down in bed at night. Hopefully with these tips or ideas, you can be be in control of those crazy days and feel that you have accomplishment a lot by lunch or dinner time!

 

CREATE A DAILY PLAN:

Plan your day the night before, this will help put those stressful minds at ease and get a good nights rest. The plan/to-do list gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don't get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

 

Ideas on creating your plan for the next day: 1. you can be break it down to the basic (wake up, get dressed, get kids up for school, get breakfast, pack lunches, etc.) or 2. you can be vague with the list (get kids to school, get groceries, run errands, pick up kids, after school activities, etc.) 3. you can plan your errands in order from where you are located at and how many errands you can do before your next activity or appointment that you cannot move/re-schedule.

 

BE SPECIFIC and DO REASONABLE DEADLINES:

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This will help prevent errands/activities/tasks from dragging on and eating into the time that is reserved for other activities.

 

For an example of a reasonable goal/timeframe to have all errands done by lunch time or by the time you need to pick up the kids from school. By accomplishing everything you can before the timeframe ends will give you some relaxation and you can focus on the activities or appointments that come after picking up the kids.

 

USE A CALENDAR:

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software. Some smart phone have a calendar already installed. Use the calendar to the fullest, when you add events, activities to the calendar it will create block times fro those items. This will help you to know when you have free time or when you can run some errands in between activities.

We use a calendar to keep everyone on the team on the same page during our busiest days. It's even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use - that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are.

Posted in Tips
July 31, 2017

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Posted in Market Updates