(NewsUSA) - If people wanted their homes to look like all the others on the block, we wouldn't be so obsessed with "curb appeal."
Doesn't matter whether you're looking to sell -- the National Association of Realtors says 49 percent of all houses are bought based on that one factor -- or planning to stay put longer than the lines for Powerball. Every homeowner craves what's been described as "that quality that makes you say 'wow' when you first see it."
So, how to achieve it? Read on for some of the best ideas from the pros.
* Addresses aren't just for mailboxes. You'll score points for originality by painting each numeral -; in big, bold strokes -; on separate flower-filled planters placed near the front entrance. "You spruce up your landscape with plants, so why not liven your home address the same way?" suggests Angie's List.
* Glam the front door. Painting it lipstick-red is in, for those who dare. For those who don't, or whose houses aren't a neutral color, Forbes advises to "try a more muted shade like sea-blue, sage-green, or even black."
* Replace your roof. This is the biggie, given Better Homes and Garden's oft-cited calculation that 40 percent of a home's curb appeal hinges on the condition of the roof. Now, you may be only slightly embarrassed by your neighbors' not-so-subtle hints that yours looks like it's been hit by a drone. But if you're even toying with the idea of selling and that's the first thing potential buyers see from a distance?
"It's a huge turn-off, and only makes them predisposed to find even more things they hate about the house," says Patsy O'Neill, a sales associate with Sotheby's in Montclair, New Jersey.
The fix? Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, is just out with a glowing review of the gorgeous new line of Glenwood Shingles from GAF, North America's largest roofing manufacturer (gaf.com). "It's the industry's thickest triple-layer asphalt shingle," he says. "Not only does that result in an authentic wood-shake look at a fraction of the cost of traditional wood shake, but you're also getting enhanced fire safety and lower maintenance." And, hey, you're also doing your part for the environment.
* Pressure time. If you think of it as water pistols for adults, using a garden hose (set to max) to blast away dirt and debris from your property can actually be fun. But as HGTV cautions: "Be careful not to dislodge, or get any water underneath, your home's siding."
(NewsUSA) - Families with young children now have their own space at Washington Nationals baseball games, thanks to a partnership with breastfeeding product company Lansinoh, whose global headquarters is located in nearby Alexandria, Va.
Although breastfeeding in the stands at a ballgame is any mom's right, the Washington Nationals offer an alternative for moms who want one: a cool, quiet, comfortable space that provides privacy while allowing moms to keep an eye on the game. The Lansinoh Nursing Lounge at Nationals Park is conveniently located just off the first base line and offers areas for breastfeeding, pumping and diaper changes, as well as a sink for rinsing pump parts, outlets for phone charging or other electrical needs and a toddler play area. Of course, the lounge is also outfitted with TVs so visitors won't miss the action on the field.
"We are excited to unveil a dedicated and comfortable space for nursing mothers," Valerie Camillo, Chief of Revenue and Marketing Officer for the Washington Nationals, said in a press release. "We truly value the fantastic feedback fans offered us, and are grateful for Lansinoh's assistance in creating this space." The lounge opening occurs during World Breastfeeding Week, an international initiative to raise awareness and acceptance of breastfeeding, and follows the release of findings from the 2015 Lansinoh Global Breastfeeding Survey. The survey included more than 13,000 pregnant women or new mothers in 10 countries. Overall, 96 percent of women agreed that breastfeeding is the best way to feed their babies.
However, approximately one-third of the women surveyed said that breastfeeding in public was embarrassing. Having dedicated private spaces for breastfeeding, such as the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge, can help support breastfeeding by making the process easier and more comfortable for moms who would feel more comfortable using an alternative space.
"As a local DC-area company and longtime advocate for moms and babies, we were thrilled to help design and support the creation of the Lansinoh Nursing Lounge," Kevin Vyse-Peacock, CEO of Lansinoh, said. "Lansinoh is committed to providing breastfeeding solutions for every family, and we are very happy to work with the Nationals, who continue to demonstrate their commitment to supporting all of their fans."
The Lansinoh Lounge opened on August 6, 2015, for the Nationals' home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Lansinoh is a global leader in breastfeeding accessories. Please visit www.lansinoh.com for more information.
LOVINGTON, N.M. â€“ Every great angler knows the value of a good honey hole.
The Shofner brothers of southeast Texas have one in the Lea County Fair and Rodeo. Cooper Shofner of Jasper, Texas, took advantage of the familiarity of Jake McClure Arena on Thursday to move into the overall steer wrestling lead, while brother Jacob Shofner of Huntsville, Texas, scored the fastest time of the week so far.
â€śThis has been one of those rodeos we have a lot of confidence in,â€ť Cooper Shofner said. â€śJacob has placed here every year heâ€™s been here, and Iâ€™ve placed most every year. Itâ€™s really good to do well here, because weâ€™re heading to the Northwest, and it gives you a lot of confidence as you get ready to head there.â€ť
He should have plenty. During the afternoon session, Cooper Shofner posted a 3.9-second run and is tied for second in the opening round. He then followed that with a 3.7 in the performance, making his 7.6-second cumulative time on two runs the fastest with two days of competition remaining in this yearâ€™s rodeo.
â€śWe drove all night to get here, then slept in this morning and got ready,â€ť he said. â€śI had a good steer on the first one. He was supposed to leave, run and stop, so I just took a good start and got him snared. Tonight I had another good one and had a good start. I tried to finish the steer a little better than I did the first one, and it worked out good.â€ť
Jacob Shofner leads the second round with a 3.5-second run; he is tied for fifth in the average with a two-run time of 8.8 seconds. Neither brother is among the top 50 in the world standings, but they know there is still plenty of time to cash in. Doing well in Lovington would be a good start to the final two months of the season.
â€śItâ€™s important to do well everywhere,â€ť Cooper Shofner said. â€śThe start of the season last fall went really well, but when the winter came, I had one of those down times. In the spring, it picked up a little bit. This summer Iâ€™ve been catching money, and here the last couple of weeks itâ€™s been going really good. I thank God He always is faithful to provide.â€ť
Leaning on faith is important, but so is relying on oneâ€™s own talent.
â€śThe most important thing we talk about is being consistent,â€ť he said. â€śIf you consistently score good, consistently ride good and consistently make good runs, youâ€™re going to consistently win when you run a good steer.â€ť
That philosophy is working quite well in Lovington.
Lea County Fair and Rodeo
Bareback riding leaders: 1. Jake Brown, 87 points on Pete Carrâ€™s Classic Pro Rodeoâ€™s Sadieâ€™s Gal; 2. Kaycee Feild, 86; 3. Ryan Gray, 83; 4. Tyler Scales, 82; 5. Anthony Thomas, 77; 6. David Peebles, 76; 7. Richmond Champion, 75; 8. Wyatt Denny, 74.
Steer wrestling: First round leaders: 1. 2. Dean Gorsuch, 3.6 seconds; 2. (tie) Wade Sumpter and Cooper Shofner, 3.9, 3.9; 4. Monty Eakin, 4.0; 5. Seth Brockman, 4.1; 6. (tie) Trevor Knowles and Tyler McCormick, 4.2; 8. Clayton Hass, 4.4. Second round leaders: 1. Jacob Shofner, 3.5 seconds; 2. Cole Edge, 3.6; 3. (tie) Tyke Kipp and Cooper Shofner, 3.7; 5. Dakota Eldridge, 4.0; 6. Stan Branco, 4.1; 7. Trell Etbauer, 4.2; 8. (tie) Billy Bugenig and Tim Robinson, 4.3. Average leaders: 1. Cooper Shofner, 7.6 seconds on two runs; 2. (tie) Seth Brockman and Trevor Knowles, 8.6; 4. Dakota Eldridge, 8.7; 5. (tie) Billy Bugenig and Jacob Shofner, 8.8; 7. Cole Fulton, 9.1; 8. Wade Sumpter.
Tie-down roping: First round leaders: 1. (tie) Riley Pruitt and Ryan Jarrett, 8.2 seconds; 3. Tuf Cooper, 8.9; 4. J.D. Kibbe, 9.1; 5. Bradley Bynum, 9.6; 6. Connor Brice Hall, 9.8; 7. (tie) Trell Etbauer and Cody McCartney, 10.0. Second round leaders: 1. Blaine Cox, 8.6 seconds; 2. Jordan Ketscher, 9.3; 3. Kooper Saiz, 9.4; 4. Timber Moore, 9.6; 5. Travis Lewis, 10.1; 6. Ryle Smith, 10.2; 7. Wacey Walraven, 11.0; 8. Riley Pruitt, 12.1. Average leaders: 1. Blaine Cox, 19.0 seconds on two runs; 2. Riley Pruitt, 20.3; 3. Ryle Smith, 20.8; 4. Rowdy Haferkamp, 23.3; 5. Travis Lewis, 23.3; 6. Trell Etbauer, 25.5; 7. Timber Moore, 26.6; 8. Clint Cooper, 30.7.
Saddle bronc riding leaders: 1. 2. Cort Scheer, 86 points on Pete Carr Pro Rodeoâ€™s Showgirl; 2. Isaac Diaz, 83; 3. (tie) Allen Boore and Jesse James Kirby, 82; 5. Tyrel Larsen, 81; 6. Tyler Corrington, 79; 7. (tie) Clay Elliott, Zeke Thurston, Brandon Biebelle and Layton Green, 75.
Steer roping: Third round leaders: 1. Shay Good, 10.1 seconds; 2. Chet Herren, 12.1; 3. JoJo LeMond, 12.5; 4. (tie) Neal Wood and Guy Allen, 12.6; 6. Corey Ross, 13.5. Average leaders: 1. Cody Lee, 41.5 seconds on three runs; 2. Brodie Poppino, 41.7; 3. Guy Allen, 42.0; 4. Troy Tillard, 43.1; 5. Chet Herren, 44.3; 6. Corey Ross, 57.3.
Team roping: First round leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 5.4 seconds; 2. Nate Singletary/Tom Bill Johnson, 5.8; 3. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 5.9; 4. Justin Davis/Trey Johnson, 6.3; 5. (tie) Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo and Matt Sherwood/Quinn Kesler, 6.8; 7. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 7.2; 8. (tie) Billy Bob Brown/Garrett Jess and Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 10.8. Second round leaders: 1. Trevor Brazile/Patrick Smith, 4.7 seconds; 2. (tie) JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, Chad Masters/Travis Graves, Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper and Aaron Macy/Chad Williams, 4.8; 6. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 5.0; 7. Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn, 5.1; 8. Coleman Proctor/Jake Long, 5.3. Average leaders: 1. Chad Masters/Travis Graves, 10.2 seconds on two runs; 2. JoJo LeMond/Dakota Kirchenschlager, 10.7; 3. Edward Hawley Jr./Ty Romo, 11.8; 4. Justin Davis/Trey Johnson, 13.1; 5. Ethan Shelley/Corban Livingston, 14.0; 6. (tie) Luke Brown/Kollin VonAhn and Joel Bach/Jim Ross Cooper, 15.9; 8. Matt Sherwood, 17.9.
Barrel racing leaders: 1. Jessica Frost, 17.74 seconds; 2. Michelle Lummus, 17.87; 3. Paige Conrado, 17.91; 4. Shy-Anne Jarrett, 17.89; 5. Kenna Squires, 17.95; 6. Ivy Conrado, 18.12; 7. Dawn Lewis, 17.97; 8. Calyssa Thomas, 18.63; 9. Fonda Galbreath, 20.37; 10. Sydni Blanchard, 23.16.
Bull riding leaders: 1. Sage Kimzey, 84 points on Salt River Rodeoâ€™s Fireball; 2. (tie) Bayle Worden and Casey Huckabee, 82; 4. Corey Granger, 78; 5. Tanner Learmont, 75; 6. McKennon Wimberly, 69; no other qualified rides.