Toys for Tots Collection

Thank you everybody who contributed to our Toys For Tots drive for the Lealman Fire Department.

Together, we made some very happy kids!

Meet the Team – Adam Sechrest

Adam Sechrest
Adam Sechrest
Chief Operating Officer

Adam Sechrest, Chief Operating Officer

Just recently, Adam was named MEMBER OF THE YEAR for his involvement in the Pinellas County C12 Key Players Group. The C12 Group is the largest network of Christian CEOs and executives working together to increase company performance and integrate faith and business.
Congrats Adam!

Uses For Your Live Christmas Tree

Live Christmas Tree

Don’t just toss your live Christmas Tree out after the holidays!  Try one of these clever ideasfor reusing it instead!

  1. Use the needlesas mulch in your garden or borders. 
  2. Create abird sanctuary by hanging bird feeders on the limbs.
  3. Insulateperennials by cutting off the boughs and laying them over the perennial bed.
  4. Edge yourborders by cutting the trunk into 2-inch discs and setting them in the soil toedge walkways or flower beds.
  5. Shelter fish(if your tree is chemical-free) by tossing the branches into the lake or pond.
  6. Set thestage for containers. Saw the trunk into different lengths and use as flowerpotrisers.
  7. Makecoasters and trivets. Cut slabs from the trunk, sand thenand apply a thin coast of polyurethane.
  8. Chip it.Rent a chipper and spread the wood chips under shrubs.
  9. Feed your fire pit by using the branches to start the fire. Don’t do this in an indoor fireplace…only in outdoor fire pits.
  10. Stake yourplants by stripping small branches and using the remaining twigs to supportindoor potted plants or to stake seedlings.

Holiday Health and Safety Tips

Dress Warm

The Holidays are the time to have fun, give thanks and spend time with family and friends. It’s not the time to get sick and miss all the fun! Here are some health and safety tipsto help ensure that you have a great holiday with no mishaps or illnesses!

Hand Hygiene. Washing your hands frequently is one of the easiest and most important ways to stave off the spreading of germs.Hand sanitizers work great, but bear in mind that they are not effective if your hands are heavily soiled.

Stay Warm. OK, so that’s not such a big deal in Florida, but it can get damp, chilly and sometimes even cold! Keeping your chest covered and warm will help prevent chest colds or pneumonia.

Plan Ahead for Traveling. All forms of travel(road, trains, planes, etc.) are really busy during the holidays. This is especially true if you plan on traveling outside of the country. Make your plans early, and if traveling by car, do pack a first aid kit and have your car serviced before you leave.

Stay Hazard Free. The CDC says that house fires are prevalent during the holiday season. Keep candles away from flammable items such as curtains, etc. Keep pets and children away from open flames from candles, fireplaces, and stoves. And, never leave your pets or children unattended around any appliance or heat-generating device.

Stress. The stress of the holidays can take a toll on your health. The key is to not become over committed. Get plenty of sleep, balance work, home and play and remember that you can say “No!”

Well-Organized Offices Rock

office and storage solutions

It’s really easy to let your office (home or business) become overrun with “stuff.” Why not finish the year on the right foot and spend a little time to organize your office. Here are 11 of the 21 storage and organization tips posted by Amanda Still wagon in, to get you started!

  1. Get if offthe floor. File it away in vertical storage units or file cabinets.
  2. File, Scanand Shred. Enough said!
  3. Computer Cords. Everyone is faced with the tangled mess of computer and electric cords.Use twist ties and cord covers to separate the mess. Be sure to label them in case you need to disconnect or move them.
  4. Store allmanuals in one place for easy access.
  5. Keep a “todo” list.
  6. Performweekly maintenance and clean up.
  7. Use avirtual filing system – i.e. the Cloud.
  8. Use projectmanagement or task manager software.
  9. Scanreceipts and store in the cloud.
  10. Archive oldfiles.
  11. Auto sync alldevices

Apps to Help You Become an Informed Driver

You may have loads of driving experience and are a confident driver and don’t think you need any apps to make you a better driver, right? The new apps for drivers are really cool and give you all sorts of information that you otherwise wouldn’t have. Things like road temperature and the amount of gas you’re using at that moment, etc. We found an article about 10 diagnostic apps and devices to help that are both affordable and easily obtainable.

An article by Phil Berg in Popular Mechanics talks about how since 1996, cars sold in the U.S. have been required to have on-board diagnostic connections for mechanics and inspectors to measure what’s going on electronically in your engine. This system detects faults in four categories: P for power train, U for computer, C for chassis and B for body.

Over the years the systems have been upgraded to also transmit useful information such as fuel economy, temperature, etc. Want more? Here’s a link to check out the apps!

This information is not intended to be exhaustive nor should any discussion or opinions be construed as professional advice.  Should you have any questions or would like to discuss your risk exposure with your family’s insurance,please contact the insurance pros at ARCW Insurance.  We are here to help.