Here Are 6 Ways to Prevent Burglaries
The idea of someone rummaging through your house, destroying your possessions and taking your valuables is a horrible thought, so don’t make your home easy prey for burglars. Here are some tips straight from an ex-burglar on how to keep them out.

Put ladders away. Really? You may ask, but an opportunistic burglar will see a ladder outside your property and think about how easy it will be to reach your second-story window, which may well be unlocked. Store a ladder in your basement or a locked garage.

One man’s trash. Putting your trash somewhere hidden may sound unrelated, but a potential burglar will be able to see if you’ve just unboxed anything shiny and new. A little root around in the trash will help a potential thief know who to rob.

Keep your yard tidy. Big trees and shrubs make it so much easier for a burglar to hide out of plain sight. They can spend hours safely tucked away while they wait for you to go out and leave the house unprotected. Bonus: make sure entry points are easily visible from the street.

Strong exterior doors. A wood panel door is easy enough to kick through for a burglar with intent to rob you. Consider investing in steel-wrapped exterior doors with deadbolts.

Lock all your windows. Yes, even the tiny ones and the ones on the upper levels.

Don’t leave your home alone. When you go away, make sure to ask a neighbor or friend to come over daily and check on the house, preferably at different times. Make sure anyone who could be casing your home knows this house won’t be idle for long.

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7 Car Insurance Terms You Should Know
When it comes to car insurance, knowing all the terms and what they mean can be very confusing. Don’t get caught out. Here is a quick rundown of the most important ones to know.

Collision coverage. This insurance covers damage to your car as a result of a collision with another car or object. This type of insurance will pay for repairs to your car no matter who is at fault.

Comprehensive coverage.  Arguably one of the most important types of insurance you can buy for your car. It protects against financial loss if your car is stolen, damaged by vandalism or weather or in an accident.

Deductible. The amount you are required to pay out of pocket before your insurance company covers your claim. A low deductible means a high premium.

Declarations page. This is an outline that includes your personal details, the policy number, the date that the policy is valid and the deductible and the limits of your policy. Keep this in your car in case you are ever in an accident.

Full coverage. This protects you from financial loss if your car is lost or stolen and also if you are sued for damages caused by your car.

Liability insurance. This protects you in case you are in an accident that was your fault. It’s important to have good liability insurance, as you never know what could happen.

Personal injury protection (PIP). This type of insurance provides financial support for medical expenses to you and any of your passengers if you happen to become injured in an accident.

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The Walking Tool for Tuning Up Your Creative Senses
We’re often told that if we’re feeling uninspired or at a creative dead end, the simple act of taking a walk can help get the juices going again. But what if your mind just can’t escape the mundane patterns even during your walk or the scenery around your local block seems just as uninspiring as the four walls of the room you just got out of?

Enter Street Wisdom, the brainchild of entrepreneur, author, speaker and corporate leader David Pearl. It’s an initiative designed to bring an extra level of inspiration to those mind-clearing jaunts outside through a number of practices that help you to heighten your awareness of what’s going on around you, become more in touch with your senses and coax out those moments of inspiration and new ideas a walk can generate.

Exercises include prompts such as examining your surroundings and making a mental note of things that particularly attract you as well as those that don’t or trying to find something beautiful in every single thing you see, even those things that at first glance seem objectively unattractive in every way.

It’s completely free and is delivered through podcasts, or “tune-ups” in Street Wisdom lingo, that the listener can take on their walk with them. They have also hosted live walking events around the globe so that people searching for inspiration can find those creative sparks communally, and Pearl has released a book for would-be wanderers. They’re excellent tools for creative soul-searching.
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Creamy Lemon Cabbage Pasta
Serves 6

This easy-to-prep dish will be a delicious addition to any summer time meals.

Ingredients
6 tbsp olive oil
4 large handfuls fresh breadcrumbs
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2-3 cups fusilli pasta
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup white wine
lemon zest
1 cup crème fraîche
1/2 savoy cabbage, thinly sliced

Heat oven to 400F. In bowl, mix half the oil with breadcrumbs and two garlic cloves and season well. Spread out on large baking tray and bake for 8 minutes until crisp and golden. Remove and set aside. Cook pasta in large pan until al dente. Save pasta water and set aside.

Pour remaining oil into frying pan, add onion and garlic, cook for 4 minutes until golden, add wine and lemon zest. Reduce, then add crème fraîche. Remove from heat but keep warm. Add cabbage to pasta water and cook for 3 minutes. Drain and return to pan, add creamy sauce to pasta and toss together. Dish up and top with the crumbs.

Serve.

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