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Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions

Over the past few months, we’ve published a number of blogs concerning children’s health care—or, to be more specific, children’s dental and vision care. These posts have proven popular enough to warrant follow-up. So, just in time for summer, we’re scouting out answers to some of your frequently asked questions about children’s dental and vision care. This week: children’s dental FAQs.

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It’s never too early to start teaching your child about proper dental care. Image: American Ratings Corporation, 2016

When should I bring my child to his or her first dental exam?
The American Dental Association recommends bringing your child for its first exam by age 1 at the latest. Continue reading “Children’s Dental Care: Frequently Asked Questions” »

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A Local Perspective: Rediscovering the Value of Communal Commerce

From community investment to human connection, the effects of shopping locally go far beyond the mere financial transaction. Photo: De Martini Orchard (2016)

From community investment to human connection, the effects of shopping locally go far beyond the mere financial transaction. Photo: De Martini Orchard (2016)

When it comes to shopping, most of us take a pragmatic approach, seeking the shortest route possible to procure what we need—an understandable hallmark of our fast-paced yet time-constrained mode of modern life. Hence the predominance of “big-box” megastores, where you can find virtually anything you need under a single roof, often at a cheaper price. Moreover, with the advent of online shopping, a growing number of consumers are eliminating the need to visit stores in the first place. After all, why leave the house when you can have your groceries and other goods delivered right to your door? Continue reading “A Local Perspective: Rediscovering the Value of Communal Commerce” »

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Hook, Line and Swindle

jay-unplugged-6-17-16My book club just finished reading and discussing a book called I Do Not Come to You by Chance, which is set in Nigeria and written by Nigerian author Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani. What’s fascinating about the story is that it takes the reader inside the world of Nigerian 419 scammers (419 refers to the Nigerian Criminal Code section that deals with fraud, charges and penalties for offenders). Such advance fee scams are simply a confidence trick: the victim is promised a share of a large sum of money in return for a small upfront payment, which the fraudulent operator says is needed to obtain the large sum. More fees may be requested after the first payment, or the fraudster will just disappear. Continue reading “Hook, Line and Swindle” »

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The 2016 Summer Diamond Certified Directory Update is Here!

summer update 2016 coverHave you received your free copy of the 2016 Summer Diamond Certified Directory Update in the mail? It provides instant access to hundreds of local, top rated Diamond Certified companies across a wide range of service industries, from auto repair and landscaping to optometry and dentistry.

Every Diamond Certified company must continue to deliver on its promises to you, the consumer. That’s why we conduct ongoing customer satisfaction research, perform credential-based ratings, monitor each company’s performance, and back you up with mediation and the Diamond Certified Performance Guarantee. Continue reading “The 2016 Summer Diamond Certified Directory Update is Here!” »

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5 Considerations for Buying Your Child Glasses

When purchasing glasses for a child, it’s important to consider both the product and the process. Photo: Site for Sore Eyes - Napa (2016)

When purchasing glasses for a child, it’s important to consider both the product and the process. Photo: Site for Sore Eyes – Napa (2016)

With Harry Mankabadi, Manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Dublin, and Sheryl Duerksen, Manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Napa

Shopping for eyewear is difficult enough for adults, but when it’s for kids, there are additional factors that further complicate matters. For example, besides selecting the product itself, parents must also be intentional about the process of choosing glasses for their children. To more closely focus on this topic, we’ve asked two Diamond Certified opticians to discuss some important considerations.

1. Educate your child. First and foremost, before you set foot in an eyewear store, take some time to talk to your child and explain why they need glasses. Depending on their stage of development, they may have difficulty comprehending the situation, so do your best to communicate at an age-appropriate level. Once at the store, your optician can provide further assistance in educating your child. “It’s important for children to understand why they’re getting glasses,” affirms Harry Mankabadi, manager of Site for Sore Eyes – Dublin. “In addition to verbally explaining things to them, an optician can show them some sample glasses to demonstrate how it sharpens their vision.” Continue reading “5 Considerations for Buying Your Child Glasses” »

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Your Home, Your Roof: Choose Roofing Materials Wisely

When it comes time to choose the material for your new roof, Paul Proctor, CEO of R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. recommends looking past what is currently fashionable.

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Paul Proctor, CEO of R E Roofing and Construction, Inc., advises homeowners to find the best roofing materials for their particular homes. Photo: American Ratings Corporation, 2016

“A lot of people will look at what their neighbors are doing and figure those must be the best roofing products, but that’s not necessarily true,” says Mr. Proctor. “This ‘follow the leader’ mentality is the reason more people install asphalt shingles today than 20 years ago. Asphalt may look nice and be easier to walk on, but it’s not a good insulator, and most homeowners fail to take that into account. That’s why it’s important to learn about all the different roofing options so you can make an informed decision.” Continue reading “Your Home, Your Roof: Choose Roofing Materials Wisely” »

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Caring for Your Child’s Eyes

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A child’s eye health may be easy to overlook, but preventative care can have a lifelong impact. Photo: American Ratings Corporation (2016)

with Dr. Thomas Aller, president of Dr. Thomas A. Aller Optometrist, Inc.

Hygiene, nutrition, physical safety, emotional well-being…there are a lot of things to think about when raising young children, which is why parents often find themselves prioritizing immediate concerns over less pressing ones. One common instance of the latter is eye health—after all, except for severe instances, vision problems are rarely ostensibly apparent, which makes it easy for them to go unnoticed. However, the furtive character of such problems makes it all the more crucial for parents to give some foresight to their children’s optical health. Continue reading “Caring for Your Child’s Eyes” »

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Video: Practical Guidelines for Selling Your Home

Earlier this week, we posted an article that shed light on some common myths about buying and selling real estate. One of these myths regarded how long sellers should wait before accepting offers on their homes. To learn more about this subject, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Marc Guay of Coldwell Banker.

Continue reading “Video: Practical Guidelines for Selling Your Home” »

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Diamond Certified Experts: Dispelling Real Estate Myths

When it comes to buying or selling a home, a realtor’s guidance is crucial for avoiding common mistakes and misconceptions. Photo: Bob & Berta Bower – Alain Pinel Realtors (2016)

To the uninitiated, the real estate industry can be complex and confusing, which is why it’s common for first-time buyers and sellers to have ill-founded notions or unrealistic expectations. So, we asked five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to set the record straight about some prevalent real estate myths.

Myth #1: You should only buy a home under certain market conditions.
Michele Replogle – David Lyng Real Estate
As a realtor, my clients often ask me if it’s a good time to buy or sell a home, depending on the current state of the housing market. My typical response is it depends what you want to do. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: Dispelling Real Estate Myths” »

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Savvy Consumer Tip: Preparing for a Road Trip

Headed out on a road trip this summer? Watch this video for some tips on how to prepare your car for a long drive.

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