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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The CPSC has recalled 900,000 child safety cabinet locks that don’t do the job.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 900,000 child safety cabinet locks that don’t keep kids out of cabinets. Nearly 1 million child safety cabinet locks have been recalled because they don’t lock cabinets and won’t work for child-proofing your home.

Three children went to the emergency room after locks failed and they drank or handled toxic cleaners. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Dorel Juvenile Group, has recalled 900,000 Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks, which wrap around cabinet door knobs and handles.

The company has received 140 reports that children between ages 9 months and 5 years have been able to disengage the locks and gain access to the cabinet’s contents. In three of the incidents, children went to the emergency room after they opened cabinets and swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner, and oven cleaner. No fatalities were reported.

The CPSC says consumers should immediately remove the recalled locks from cabinets, store dangerous items out of reach of children, and contact DJG for a free replacement.

More tips for child-proofing your home contact the real estate professionals at Bristol Properties International. In Boca Raton, call 561-347-1303 or Naples call 239-352-6400.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012


Is your kitchen storage overwhelmed by gizmos you thought would change your life, but only take up space? You’re not alone. Famous foodies make mistakes, too.

If your kitchen is cluttered with gadgets and gizmos you never use, don’t feel bad. Even foodies who should know better overwhelm their kitchen cabinets with pots, pans, and utensils they never use. In a recent New York Times article, "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons confesses that her professional-grade espresso maker merely takes up counter space, because she always orders coffee out.

Sara Moulton, host of PBS’s "Sara’s Weeknight Meals," never touches the pressure cooker she just had to have. And Meredith Smith, who edits the food blog Serious Eats, dries fresh pasta (on the rare occasion she makes fresh pasta) on the back of chairs, rather than the drying rack she owns.

What can you do with all these "skeletons in the kitchen closet," as Simmons calls them?

Here are some ways to squeeze in or free up more storage space.

- Hang a pegboard and artistically hook seldom used items there. You could title the wall sculpture, "Seemed like a good idea at the time."

- Upgrade base cabinets with pull-out shelves, which make it easier to see items you store.

- Add cabinets up high. It’s the perfect place for stuff you rarely — or never— use.

- Have a gadget swap with friends. One cook’s dud could be another’s go-to item.

What kitchen items do you regret buying? Where are they now? For more kitchen tips, contact the real estate experts from Bristol Properties International. Email or call 561-347-1303 in Boca Raton or 239-352-6400 in Naples, Florida.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Can an hour in the garden replace your antidepressant? Physicians across the pond believe so. Throw away your Prozac and plant some peonies to fight depression, says a British physician who believes that time spent in the garden can be as therapeutic as expensive pharmaceuticals.

Sir Richard Thompson, president of the UK’s Royal College of Physicians, says the country’s new healthcare reforms will allow doctors to embrace the healing powers of digging in dirt, pruning roses, and plucking weeds. Sir Richard is a patron of Thrive, an organization that promotes and provides gardening therapy.

"Drug therapy can be really expensive, but gardening costs little and anyone can do it," Sir Richard told the Fraser Coast Chronicle. "Gardening burns off calories; makes joints supple, and is fantastic exercise. It is a physical activity that has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and dementia."

Time to start shoveling! Just how happy does gardening make you? For more information about how to improve the exterior of your house and boost its curb appeal, contact Bristol Properties International. In Boca Raton, call 561-347-1303 or in Naples, call 239-352-6400.

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon - April 03, 2012

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

The popularity of reality television has increasingly risen to extremes in recent years, and among the numerous reality T.V. shows that have become so hot these days are those pertaining to the real estate field. Not only do these real estate geared reality T.V. shows provide great entertainment, they also play an important role in educating and aspiring real estate agents, investors, buyers and sellers. The HGTV cable television network produces the most programming of real estate based television shows with high ratings and success. Other cable networks targeting this real estate trend in reality television are TLC, Bravo and A & E. Here's a list of a few of the most popular real estate reality t.v. shows:

"Property Virgins": Takes viewers inside the intense world of house hunting through the eyes of first- time home buyers. (HGTV) Tuesdays 9:30 pm/10:30 central

"Income Property": Real estate expert Scott McGillivray helps first-time home buyers turn their home into a moneymaker to help with their mortgage. (HGTV) Wednesdays 8 p.m/ 7 central

"Property Brothers": Real estate's twin brother duo, Jonathan and Drew Scott, help couples find, buy and transform extreme fixer-uppers into the ultimate dream home. (HGTV) Wednesdays 9 p.m./ 8 central

"House Hunters & House Hunters International": Takes viewers behind the scenes as individuals, couples and families learn what to look for and decide whether or not a home is meant for them. (HGTV) Every weeknight 10 p.m./ 9 central

"Bought & Sold": This series is all about the reality of real estate, focusing on the stories and high drama behind the sales and lengths brokers will to complete sales. (HGTV) Mondays 10:30 p.m/9:30 c

"Secrets that Sell" : This series features real estate pros that make sure their sellers leave no money at the table at closing. They use their expertise to size up homes that have trouble selling. They detail the short list of must-do's to maximize home value and generate offers. (HGTV) Tuesdays 9 p.m./ 8 c

"Get it Sold" : Helps people who haven't been able to sell their house in a softening real estate market. (HGTV) Wednesdays 8:30 pm/ 7:30 c

"Million Dollar Listings": This docu-series follows ambitious real estate agents as they give viewers an inside look into the aggressive, high stakes world of real estate's high end market as they close multimillion dollar deals at a face pace. (Bravo) 10 p.m./9 c




For more information on current real estate market trends or for assistance buying or selling a property, call Bristol Properties International. In Boca Raton, call 561-347-1303 or in Naples, call 239-352-6400 or email

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