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Tips & Talk

A full year’s worth of your favorite tips, helpful hints and great ideas!

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5 Ways To Tell You Need A New Roof You’re afraid you might need a new roof. Your energy bills are soaring, and you can’t remember the last time someone was even up there. It’s important to replace your roof once it starts to get older. A typical roof can last between 20 and 25 years—but how can you tell if your roof is old? Here are 5 things to look for when thinking about getting a new roof or general maintenance. Call today and schedule your 17 point roof inspection today! #1) Dark Spots If you have shingles that face the sunlight check for dark patches on their surface. This is a huge sign that you need a new roof. Shingles have a layer of stone granules that protect its asphalt layer from UV rays of the sun. When the stones shed from the shingles, the asphalt that is exposed leaves those dark spots. That is a big sign that it’s time for a 17 point inspection.

wait too long to contact a professional. The more granules you lose the more vulnerable your roof becomes.

#2) Curling or Buckling If you notice that the shingles on your roof are curling it could mean your shingles are past their life expectancy. Improperly applied felt, wrinkled underlayment, roof deck movement, or poor ventilation can cause buckling. Attic ventilation plays a key role in improving high temperatures in attic spaces. If these temperatures can’t escape through ventilation it affects the shingles above them. If you notice your roof curling or buckling it’s time to get a 17 point inspection! #3) Granules in the Gutters When you find extreme amounts of roofing granules in your gutters, valleys or around downspouts, it’s a sure sign that your roof is ready to be replaced as soon as possible. The older a roof gets, the more granules it will lose-- and you’re probably going to find them in your gutters. Don’t

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#4) Indoor Damage A bad roof can cause a number of damages to your home. You could find leaks in your attic; the paint could start to peel. You’ll see ceiling stains, or mold and mildew begin to appear. All of these things are caused by bad ventilation or leakage from a bad roof. If you see these things in your home it’s time to get your 17 point inspection! #5) Outdoor Damage Along with damage to the interior of your home, the exterior of your home could suffer due to an old roof. Paint could peel off of the exterior of your home. Your sheathing or siding could start to decay due to poor attic ventilation. If you have those dark spots we mentioned earlier, then your home isn’t looking very good. You should replace that old roof before any more damage is done to your home! __________________________________________________________________ If you’re seeing dark spots on your roof, and moldy stains on your ceilings… maybe it’s time to get a new roof. Contact A. Brooks Construction, Inc. Kanga Roof. We’ll come by and take a look at your roof, and we’ll fix it right way! Feel free to e-mail us or call us directly at 215.752.6145.

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Tips & Talk Fix Those Drafty Windows

“One kind word can warm three winter months.

Brrrrr! It’s cold out there! This has been one of the coldest winters to date and your energy bills are soaring. How do you keep the cold out and the warmth in? Take a look at the windows around your home. Feel any cold air leaking through? That’s not good! Here are some tips to help you fix this problem.

—Japanese proverb

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V-Seal Weather Stripping —This is a quick way to keep the heat in your home. Install V-Seal weather stripping along the sides of the sashes on your windows. This could cost you about $5 a window, but it will save big when it comes to your heating bill! Rope Caulk —Get some Poly Foam Caulk for about $5 (30ft). This is a great way to insulate your windows. All you need to do is apply this stuff to any cracks you find and this flexible material makes it easy to fix most of your drafty window dilemmas. Shrink Film —This is probably one of the cheapest ways to fix leaky windows. For about $2 a window (42 x 62in) you can keep the cold air where it belongs—outside! Simply take some double-sided tape and apply the film around your windows. Take a hairdryer and shrink the film so it’s drum tight. The film will seal your windows, leaving the cold air out and creating and insulation of air to protect your home from the cold. Those are just a few ways to keep your home warm during the winter months. If you think you’re having a tough time keeping Old Man Winter out of your home—you might need a new roof. Replacing your roof can help save money on your energy bills. Call us today at 215-752-6145 for a fast and free quote!

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“Fool” your valentine into thinking you slaved over dessert with this pretty yet easy fruit pudding. Puree 12 oz. of raspberries berries and sugar in a food processor or blender. Strain through a sieve to remove any seeds. The puree should be quite thick. Add the juice of one lemon. Whisk the cream in a chilled bowl until soft peaks form. Whisk ½ cup mascarpone in another bowl to soften it. Fold the mascarpone into the cream. Stir half of the berry puree into the cream mixture. Divide the berry puree among 4 glasses and top with the cream mixture. Garnish each with leftover berries and a mint leaf. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, until chilled. Serve cold.

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Tips & Talk Fight Cabin Fever

This winter has been a tough one hasn’t it? The snow keeps falling and all we can do is stay inside and keep warm. Well, we’re getting sick of the snow. More importantly, we’re starting to go stir crazy! Cabin fever is in full force at the end of February. Don’t worry; spring will be here before you know it. In the meantime, here are some ways to battle that cabin fever. A great way to get rid of cabin fever is by getting a little more active. Pull everyone off of their smartphones and play some games! Games are a great way to keep everyone in the house active and imaginative! Here are a few indoor games you can play during those particularly cold days.

from your Neighborhood Roofer Balloon Paddle Ball—Need the kids to move around more? Why not play some indoor paddleball with a few household items? All you need are some Popsicle sticks, balloons and paper plates. Encourage your kids to decorate their paper plate, and simply glue a Popsicle stick to the back. Blow up some balloons –and voilà! You’ve cured your kid’s cabin fever once again.

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant. —Anne Bradstreet

Mission Crepossible—Have some extra crepe paper lying around the house? Better yet…is it red? Take a few stripes and tape them in different angles in a long hallway. Have the kids do their best jewelry thief impression and challenge them to make it through without touching the paper.

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These are just a few ways to keep your kids entertained during these last winter moments. Spring will be here before you know it. How did your roof hold up? Want us to take a look around?

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Tips & Talk St. Patrick’s Day Crafts Luck-o-the Irish to ya! St. Patrick’s Day is this month, and you’re trying to come up with ways to celebrate with your family. Sure, you can cook some Shepard’s Pie—but how can you make St. Patrick’s Day fun for the kids? Here are a few crafts you can do in time for this green holiday. Paper Plate Leprechaun — You don’t need much for this craft. Just some paper plates, orange paint, scissors, glue, construction paper, and some crayons. Start by painting the outer rim of your paper plate orange. While the paint dries, cut out a top hat and some eyes out from your construction paper. Once the orange paint is dry take a pair of scissors and cut vertically along the edges of the plate. Don’t cut too far! You want the orange part of the paper plate to look like a bushy beard and you don’t want to cut the leprechaun’s face. Glue your hat onto the leprechaun’s head, add some eyes, draw a smile—and you’re done!

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from your Neighborhood Roofer Shamrock Men —This is a really fun craft that’s extra unique. Grab some toilet paper rolls, construction paper, foam, and simple white computer paper. To add extra amounts of flair pick up some googly eyes, decorative tape, and find a shamrock template online. There’s no wrong way to do this one. Just cover your toilet paper roll in white paper, cut out your shamrock out of green foam and have fun!

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, may good luck pursue you each morning and night. —Irish Blessing

Those are just a few fun crafts you can make with your kids on St. Patrick’s Day. Is your roof strong enough for an Irish jig? Call us today for a 17 Point Inspection and find out! We’ll make sure that your roof is ready for anything…even a jig.

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Tips & Talk Spring is finally here! How did your front door hold up during the winter? Springtime is a great way to add something new and fresh to the front of your home. Sprucing up your front door is the easiest way to add something new. It’ll give your entrance a makeover, and you’ll be ready for spring! The first thing you need to do is wash off all of that winter snow and salt. Grab some sponges, a bucket, and some warm soapy water and wipe down that front door! After you’ve cleaned your door off…why not throw a new slab of paint on it? It’s an easy way to make your front door completely different. Is there a welcoming message on your front doorstep? Pick up a novelty doormat that says something fun and inviting. That’s a great way to create a welcoming environment for all of your guests. Better yet, grab some

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from your Neighborhood Roofer outdoor planters and place them by your front door. It’ll add some springtime life to the entrance of your home. The key to a really great front door depends on one important item-- your doorknocker. You can easily find something vintage and interesting online. A really good knocker can really make your front door something special.

Let us whir with the golden spoke-wheels of the sun. For tomorrow Winter drops into the waste-basket, And the calendar calls it March. —Amy Lowell

There are so many ways to get your home ready for spring. This includes taking a look at your roof. How did it hold up this winter? Call us today for a 17 Point Inspection and find out! Give us a call and we’ll do some spring-cleaning when it comes to your roof!

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Tips & Talk Do-it-Yourself Bird Feeder

Before you do anything, you need to soak your terra cotta flowerpot. This makes it easier to drill. Figure out where you’d like to place the holes on the flowerpot and mark them with a sharpie. Grab your masonry drill and drill holes in the center of the saucers, and add some drain holes in the larger saucer. Drill a hole in your stick and start to drill into the marks you made on the flowerpot. Take your water bottle and place it into the pot and cut off the remaining top of the water bottle. Using your sharpie, mark holes onto the water bottle so they line up perfectly with the holes you already created in your flowerpot. Cut out your holes in the water bottle, and place another hole at the bottom. Screw your eyebolt all the way through your bottle, flowerpot, saucer and stick. Attach your wire to the eyebolt and fish the wire through the hole in the smaller saucer. Attach one end of the fish swivel to the top of the wire and attach a small loop of wire to the other end of the fish swivel.

Spring is a wonderful time of year. The flowers are in bloom, the bees are buzzing and you can hear birds singing in the trees. Yes, you can finally forget about that long and snowy winter and enjoy nature around you. Why not make some springtime decorations for your backyard? Here’s a fun DIY way to make a bird feeder out of a household flowerpot! You’re going to need a 2 liter plastic water bottle, a 6-1/2-in clay pot, a 7-1/2-in. clay saucer, a 9-1/2-inch clay saucer, an eye bolt, a 1/4 inch by 5 inches, two 1/4-inch washers, two 1/4-inch nuts to fit eye bolt, 12 inches of lightweight wire, 48 inches of picture-hanging wire, a fishing swivel, and a small tree branch.

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Fill the water bottle with seeds and hang your birdfeeder using the loop at the top. See! It’s that simple. Before you know it you’ll have a back yard filled with the sounds of birds happily chirping.

With all of those birds in your backyard you don’t want them judging how your roof looks. Call us today for a 17 Point Inspection and we’ll make your roof look like new. Give us a call at (215) 752-6145 because old roofs are for the birds!

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Tips & Talk Springtime Allergy Home Remedies Ahhhh-chew! Ugh! Allergies. We can’t get over them. We love the spring, but we don’t like the sniffles that come with it. You can run to a doctor and pick up your prescription, or you can try some home remedies. You’d be surprised at how many different ways you can treat that itchy nose at home. Neti Pot —The neti pot flushes out any allergens that are bothering you and loosens mucus. Using a neti pot is really simple. First, you fill the pot with a mixture of salt and warm water (only use distilled water—you don’t want bacteria living in your brain!). Tilt your head to the side and pour the solution in one nostril until it flows out the other. Repeat with the other. Home Grown Honey —Do you live near a beekeeper? Does the local farmer’s market have regionally produced honey? Bees transfer pollen from flower buds to honey. If you eat a little bit of honey every day you’ll become immunized against the effects of pollen. This is really just a

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from your Neighborhood Roofer theory, and there is no scientific evidence to back it up. If you really like honey, though, I’d say try it and find out! Eucalyptus Oil —After a good steaming session the strong aroma of eucalyptus oil can supercharge your breathing. It’ll help open your sinuses and nasal passages. Research suggests that eucalyptus oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Add a few drops of oil to a bowl of steaming water, or to the floor of your shower before you going in. Don’t inject the oil or apply it to your skin; it’s a little toxic. Those are a few ways you can control your allergies during this spring season. Getting ready to do some home repairs during the warm weather? How about setting up a 17 Point Inspection? Give us a call at (215) 752-6145 and we’ll get your roof ready for the showers of spring!

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Tips & Talk Eco Friendly Spring Cleaning Spring is here and that means it’s time to dust off your bookshelves, shake out those area rugs, and clean that house from top to bottom. Are you looking for an environmentally friendly way to do your springcleaning this year? There are so many household items you can use to clean your home. These household cleaning items not only clean your home, but they’re safe for the environment. That means they’re safe for your family too! Why clean your bathroom using harsh chemicals when you can save money and clean as efficiently? There are natural alternatives to harsh chemical cleaners that you can find in your own kitchen cabinet. • Baking Soda: Believe it or not, baking soda can help you clean a number of things around your home. Sprinkle it into your carpet to get that nasty stain out or add a cup

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from your Neighborhood Roofer to your laundry to remove stinky sweat smells. You can also add this to a damp washcloth and clean your kitchen counters! • White Vinegar with Lemon Juice: Combining these two acidic elements will result in an awesome cleaning agent. Rub this combo on some hard water stains and they’ll be gone before you can say, “Wow this smells amazing!” • Lavender Cleaner: This cleaning recipe is a wonderful addition to your eco friendly cleaner supply. Simply mix equal parts water and vinegar, add 80 drops of lavender essential oil, and shake! You’ll have an eco friendly cleaning agent that smells like heaven.

While you’re tackling your indoor spring-cleaning, why not let us take care of the outside? Kanga Roofing has topnotch gutter cleaning services. We’ll remove winter 2014 from your clogged gutters just in time for springtime rain. Call us today at (215) 752-6145 and we’ll be right over! You can even get a 17 Point Inspection while you’re at it. There’s nothing better than piece of mind when it comes to your roof.

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Tips & Talk Garden Projects Spring is our favorite time of year! One of our favorite springtime activities is playing in our garden. Nothing brings you closer to nature than planting some flowers in your own backyard. This year, try something a bit unconventional for your backyard. Here are a few unique gardening projects you can do yourself. The results will be breathtaking! Suitcase Planter — Give your old suitcases some life this season by planting a few flowers inside! All you need to do is add the plants, prop the lid partway open and let the stems spill out over the edge. What a beautiful addition to any garden! Blossoming Bicycle — Do you have an old vintage bike lying around? Why not use it in your garden? Paint the bike a beautiful vibrant color and place a basket on the front and back of the bicycle. Then simply plant your favorite expanding plant into each basket. You’ll have a wonderful and unique planter for your garden! ‘Like” us on Facebook

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from your Neighborhood Roofer Repurposed Shoe Holder — Is that shoe organizer hanging in your closet just holding a bunch of shoes you never wear? Donate those shoes to Good Will and take that shoe organizer and turn it into something great for your garden. Plant a different herb in each shoe slot for easy access to a plethora of spices while you cook!

You’re going to need a beautiful roof to match that beautiful garden. Kanga Roofing can help you achieve roofing perfection at reasonable prices. Give us a call today at (215) 752-6145 and we’ll come by to give you a 17 Point Inspection. You’ve got the garden handled; now let us handle your roof!

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Tips & Talk Dollar Store Organization The Dollar Store is a great way to stock up on the little things you need in life. Believe it or not there are plenty of items in a Dollar Store that can help you organize your home more efficiently. In fact, a number of products are so versatile they can be used for a number of different things. Here are some items you should pick up at your local Dollar Store today and start organizing tomorrow. Bins — Dollar Store bins can be used in so many ways! Is your closet running out of space? Hang a few hooks along the wall and place a few bins on them for extra storage! You can even tie a few together to make an extra bookshelf. The bottom line is, when you need storage—bins are the way to go! Clothespins —There are so many reasons to have clothespins around the house, and we’re not just talking about hanging your laundry! You can

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from your Neighborhood Roofer organize so many things by gluing clothespins to different areas of your home. Organize that messy drawer filled with tights, or create a menu board with all of your favorite recipes. There are so many uses for clothespins we don’t have enough room to list them all! Pop Up Hampers — These aren’t just for dirty laundry. They’re a great way to organize anything around your home. Do your kids throw their toys around the house? Start storing them in a pop up hamper! These hampers are great. Not only do they organize things that are thrown about the house, but they’re also easy to store themselves. The handles also make transporting extremely easy.

While you get your life a little more organized, why not get your roof checked out? Kanga Roofing will provide a 17 Point Inspection when you call today at (215) 752-6145. Your roof needs as much care as that cluttered closet!

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Tips & Talk Summer Beach Games Summer is so close! Before you know it you’ll be on the beach with your family enjoying fun in the sun. Have you started planning yet? Will you head to the Jersey Shore? Well, we have some fun beach games for you to try with your kids. We think they’re going to love them! Sand Darts — The next time you and your kids are on the beach take a few seashells and draw a circle in the sand. Draw a few additional circles inside of it. Have your players stand a few feet away and toss pebbles, rocks, or shells. The goal is to try and get as close to the center circle as possible. Mermaid Relay Race —This fun little race takes beach entertainment up to another level. Place two plastic sand buckets 10 feet away from each other. Fill one bucket with water and find some large seashells. Have your little mermaids line up and relay race from the filled bucket to the empty one— using the seashells to carry water from one bucket to the other!

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from your Neighborhood Roofer Beach Tic-Tac-Toe— Along the same lines as Sand Darts, Beach Tic-Tac-Toe is a great game to play while you’re drying off after a swim in the ocean. Find a few shells and divide them between the two players. Then draw a tic-tac-toe symbol into the sand and start playing!

You don’t want to be worrying about your old roof while on your beach vacation. Why not have us stop by and take a look at it? We’ll give you a 17 Point Inspection! Just call (215) 752-6145!

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How To: The Ultimate Sandcastle

The summer is here! It’s time to go to the beach to catch some waves and soak up some sun. The beach is a great way to have fun with the entire family, and what’s more fun than building a sandcastle together? Here are a few tips and tricks that will help make your sandcastle look awesome! First, you need to measure out how large you want your castle to be and draw an outline of it’s desired shape. Then start digging around the outline to pile sand into the center of your outline. Pat down the sand and begin forming walls around it. Make a slight dip in the middle making the sides a bit higher. Begin pouring water and patting it down until dry, add sand—and repeat. Place a large bucket onto the dry packed sand mound. Start placing sand inside of the bucket, pour water onto the sand, pat it until dry, and add more sand. Repeat this process until the large bucket is full. Now you can start making columns and towers with your smaller buckets. Get some fancy sand castle buckets that will make that sculpture pop! Use other tools to sculpt the structure so it’s even, and feel free to create some windows and doors! ‘Like” us on Facebook

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While you’re lying on the beach you don’t want to be worrying about your old roof! Have us stop by and take a look. We’ll give you a 17 Point Inspection! Just call (215) 752-6145! We’ll protect your castle before you go build a few sandcastles of your own!

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Camping Tips

Summer is a great time to get away from it all and have some fun with your family. Camping outdoors is the best way to enjoy nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. There are so many wonderful things to do with your family while you camp. Here are a few helpful tips to make your next camping trip a success. Plan Your Meals! Food is going to be an important part of your camping trip. You need to make sure you have everything you need. Plan all of your meals ahead of time so you know exactly what to pack. Be sure to grab some ice packs, smore’s, non-stick cooking spray, salt and pepper, and plenty of bar-b-que sauce! You should pre-cut and wash your vegetables so they can become an easy accessible snack. Bring plenty of tin foil with you so you can create packet meals that can be cooked right on your campfire. You can’t go camping without some bug repellent! You can easily make your own bug repellant by mixing witch hazel with diluted lemon and eucalyptus essential oils. Grab a first aid kit, practice fire safety around the campfire, and make sure your children know the boundaries of your campsite. Set up some rules so they don’t go wandering off

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into the woods. When you fully prepare for a camping trip, and make sure to use safety precautions, you won’t have to worry about anything other than having fun with your family.

When you’re becoming one with nature you don’t need to worry about your old roof. Have us stop by and take a look. We’ll give you a 17 Point Inspection! Just call (215) 752-6145! Once we fix your roof you’ll be camping in no time. Have a few smore’s for us!

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3 Amazing Organization Tips

DIY Spice Rack — Keeping with the organized kitchen theme it’s equally important to organize your spice rack. We found an incredibly easy DIY spice rack. Grab an expandable wooden utensil tray from your local home goods store, expand the tray fully and screw it into place. Stop by the dollar store and grab some small containers and complete the look with some fancy labels. Fill up the containers with your favorite spices, label them, and hang up your extended utensil drawer. Voila! You have a cute spice rack that organizes your herbs perfectly.

You’re always looking for a way to organize your home. After all, a clean house is a happy house. We know some great organization tips that will help your home run smoothly. Here are just a few of our favorites. Chalk Window — This is a great way to add a little charm to your organization. Find an old window at a thrift store and turn it into a scheduler’s dream. Start by cleaning the windows, and replace any paint you’re not into. Make sure you seal the paint with polyurethane! Tape off the wooden frame so the glass is exposed and grab some chalkboard spray. Spray on a 5-inch coat, and make sure you do this in a well-ventilated area. Let the paint dry for up to 48 hours. You’ll have a great space to schedule your week or write a to do list! Baking Station — You know the importance of an organized kitchen. That’s why you need to create an organized baking station! You can pick up some chalkboard vinyl at your local craft store. Pick up a beautifully designed scrapbook punch to cut out your labels in the vinyl. Place the labels on some clear jars and you have the perfect pantry companion that can be interchangeable depending on your baking preferences.

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Tips & Talk Back To School Sandwich-less Lunches

Making lunches for your kids everyday can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Mix it up this year by making your kids some “sandwichless lunches.” These recipes are a great way to cook a number of lunches in one batch, and did we mention they’re delicious?

from your Neighborhood Roofer Ham and Cheese Pockets —This is a fun twist on a lunchtime favorite. Why give your kids the same old ham and cheese? These sandwiches can be baked on a Sunday and lunch will be ready for the coming week! Here’s what you need: • Frozen Rhodes roll dough • Ham or turkey • Grated cheese • Italian seasoning Thaw your dough and grease a baking pan. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, gather your ingredients then flour your counter. Roll out the dough; add your ham, cheese and seasoning--and fold the dough into a pocket. Make sure you press the edges so your cheese stays put. Sprinkle some cheese and seasoning on the outside. Bake for 20 minutes, and you’re done!

Cupcake Pizza —If your kids love pizza they’re going to love these cupcake pizzas. All you need is: • Pillsbury Refrigerated Pizza Dough • Pizza Sauce • Shredded Cheese • Pepperoni • Cupcake Tin – If you want them bigger feel free to use muffin tins! Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and grease the cupcake pan. Separate the pizza dough into 4 equal parts and push the dough into the molds. Cover your dough with sauce, cheese and any toppings you’d like. Bake for 10 minutes—and you’re done!

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Once you have your kid’s lunches for the week all sorted out—what else needs to be done around the house? Are your windows a little drafty? Do your gutters need cleaning? We can help with that! Give us a call at (215)752-6145 and we’ll take a look around.

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Tips & Talk 5 Fall Crafts To Do With Your Kids

As the leaves start to turn and the weather gets a little colder your kids are going to want to spend a little more time inside. What better way to spend time with them than creating some fall inspired crafts? Here are a few of our favorites. Woodland Creature Masks — These masks are adorable and fun to make! Here’s what you need: • Foam 5.5 x 8.5 inch sheets are perfect for these masks • Pipe Cleaners • Paper straws • Scrapbook Paper • Glue • X-Acto Knife and cutting mat • Scotch Tape Take your foam sheets and trace out mask pieces from a mask pattern you can find online. Adults will then cut the masks’ pattern with an X-Acto knife, and two triangles for ears. Tape the ears behind the main part of the mask. Use different colors for layers of fur and skin inside the ears! Get crazy with the scrapbook paper, and use the pipe clearers for whiskers! Bird Feeders — These bird feeders are an easy way to give your feathered friends something to snack on during the chilly months. You can use standard milk cartons or juice containers. Cut out a small hole in the side, and grab your paint! Pick out some oranges and reds and encourage your kids to create a festive fall look on the carton. After they dry, hang them in the backyard and watch the birds eat!

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from your Neighborhood Roofer Pine Cone Turkeys —a fun and easy craft. Here’s what you need: • Construction paper • Pine cone • Glue • Scissors • Googly eyes Cut out the shapes for your turkey head and feathers. Glue the eyes and beak to the head and set it aside. Apply glue to the bottom of an individual feather and adhere them in between the pinecone scales until you’re happy with your look. Apply glue to the front of the pinecone and attach the turkey head. This adorable pinecone turkey can be used for decoration around the house or as a place setting for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner!

While you’re crafting with your kids inside, let us take care of the outside. Kanga Roofing has been providing the Bucks County area with excellent roofing services for the past twenty-five years.

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Tips & Talk 3 DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas

On Halloween we want our home to be the scariest place on the block, but sometimes we don’t want to buy expensive decorations. That’s why we found some amazing DIY Halloween decorations that are sure to send your Trick-or-Treaters screaming with delight! Here are two of our favorite ideas. Spooky Terrariums —Want something extra spooky for Halloween? Grab some old jars and make yourself a creepy terrarium! First, wash and dry your jar and find a durable twig that’s a little shorter than the jar. Hot-glue the stick to the inside of the lid, so the twig sticks straight up. Next, hot-glue some plastic bugs to the wood. Spray-paint the lid black, and once everything is dry hot-glue some green moss to the lid for grass. Don’t forget to pull apart some cotton for those creepy spider webs! Paranormal Portraits —This is an easy way to add some haunting portraits to your entranceway. All you need are some photocopies of old family portraits, frames, and red LED lights. Take your black and white photocopies and lightly brush them with a sponge dipped in black craft paint mixed with water. Let dry, and then cut a piece of card stock about the same size as the photo. Glue the card stock to the back of the photo and let dry. With an X-Acto knife, cut out the eyes

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from your Neighborhood Roofer each picture’s subjects. Make sure you cut through the card stock and create holes about 1/4 inch in diameter. Place your photos inside of an old frame and remove the glass. Pop in your red mini LED lights through the back of the eyeholes. Plug in the lights, replace the frame’s backing and drape with fake cobwebs over the corners.

Glowing Ghosts — Just get white balloons, black magic markers, and some of those light sticks that you snap to activate. Snap a light stick, drop it into a balloon, inflate the balloon and tie it closed. Repeat until you have as many balloons as you desire. Now it’s time for the kids to draw ghostly faces!

It’s okay to make your home look scary inside, but you don’t want the outside of your home to hold any real horrors! A leaky roof can cause some mischief on your home’s foundation. Drafty windows will send your electric bill to terrifying heights! Don’t let that happen!

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Tips & Talk Halloween Safety

Halloween is a lot of fun, but it’s also important to remain safe on one of the biggest holidays of the year. Halloween isn’t the same as it was 10 years ago, and it’s very important that you keep your trick-or-treaters safe while they grab all that candy! Follow these tips for a safe Halloween!

• Make sure your child takes a flashlight with them to increase their visibility. Make sure the flashlight batteries are good. • Give your kids a fully charged cell phone in case of emergency—and write your home and cell numbers on their arm! • Encourage your kids to walk only on sidewalks and to take extra caution when

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from your Neighborhood Roofer crossing streets. • Only stop at houses with front door lights or porch lights on. • Never enter a stranger’s house! • Make sure your kids can see in their masks! • Never trick-or-treat by yourself! Always go in groups or with some adults. • Instill a “no candy eating” rule with your kids. You should double-check all of your kids’ candy before they chow down. Throw out unwrapped candy and any homemade treats that were not made by someone you know and trust.

If your kids follow these simple rules they’ll have a fun and safe Halloween! Want to make sure your house looks perfect for all those trick-or-treaters? Give us a call and we’ll make sure your roof is in tip-top shape!

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5 Fall Home Maintenance Must-Do’s

Fall is a perfect time to do some maintenance around your home before old man winter comes knocking at your door. The weather is still warm enough to work outside, and the cool breezes remind you to winterize your house. Here are a few things you should do this fall to make sure your home is ready for the cold! Clean Gutters — Once the leaves start to fall, your gutters take a beating. You don’t want clogged up gutters leading water into your home during the winter months. A gutter cleaning is a great way to prepare for the coming winter rains. We provide stellar gutter cleaning services at unbeatable prices. Call us at 215.752.6145 and we’ll come over and get those gutters ready for winter. Inspect Roof — You need to make sure your roof is ready for the winter. When a roof is old and decaying it could cause major damage to your home. A damaged roof could cause leaks, cracks or even mold! We have experts standing by ready to inspect your home’s roof to make sure it’s ready for the winter. Give us a call at 215.752.6145 and we’ll be right over to take a look at that roof.

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from your Neighborhood Roofer Ready the Fireplace — Nothing heats your home better than a traditional fireplace, but you need to make sure it’s ready before you light up those logs! First, get your chimney swept. You can find a recommended sweep at the Chimney Safety Institute of America. Have your chimney sweep also inspect your chimney to make sure there aren’t any cracks or loose bricks. Choose dense wood, split the wood, and store in a high and dry place for at least six months before burning. When you’re ready to start burning regularly remember to clean out the firebox once a week, but leave an inch of ash at the bottom to act as insulation. It’s important to get your home ready for the winter, and we’re here to help. We’ve been serving the Bucks County area for over twentyfive years. We’re proud to provide our customers with the best roofing services at unbeatable prices.

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Tips & Talk Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means Christmas is already in our department stores and on our radio stations. You need to start thinking about your Christmas cookies! Don’t worry—you still have plenty of time to make them. This year really impress your friends with one of these delightful Christmas cookie recipes. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Snowflake Cookies —If you want to bring the winter spirit into your Christmas cookies try these Snowflake cookies. For the sugar cookies you’ll need 2 cups all-purpose flour (and more for rolling), 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter (room temperature), 1 cup granulated sugar, 1 large egg, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and some assorted candies and sprinkles for decorating! First, whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then add your egg and vanilla. With your mixer on low, add the flour mixture to the cream mixture and beat until combined. Cut dough in half, wrap each half in plastic and freeze until firm (20 minutes.) Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and line your baking sheets with parchment paper. Remove your dough from the freezer and let stand for 5 to 10 minutes. Now it’s time to roll out your dough! Roll out 1/8 inch thick pieces, and cut them into your favorite snowflake shapes. Bake your cookies making sure to rotate halfway through until the edges are golden for about 10 to 18 minutes. Cool completely on wire racks. Get yourself a great royal icing recipe—and start decorating! •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Melting Snowmen Cookies —Want to have a little fun with your Christmas cookies this year? These Melting Snowmen Cookies are just the thing you need. You’re going to need 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 cup of butter (softened), 1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar, 2 Eggs, 2 teaspoons cream of tartar, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon salt. For your decorations you’ll need 6 ounces vanilla-flavored candy coating (almond bark), 24 marshmallows, and decorator candies. Preheat your oven to 375°F. Beat your sugar, butter and brown sugar in bowl until well mixed. Add your eggs, cream of tartar and vanilla until well mixed. Then add your flour,

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from your Neighborhood Roofer baking soda and salt. Beat on low and once your dough is mixed, shape your dough into 24 balls. Place each ball 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets, and bake for about 1012 minutes. Cool your cookies for 1 minute on a cooling rack, and melt your candy coating according to the package’s directions. When decorating, make 1 snowman at a time. Spread 1 tablespoon of melted candy coating in center of the cookie for the melting snow, place your marshmallow onto the top of the cookie for a head, and add a face, scarf, buttons, and arms! Enjoy! Kanga Roof ‘s favorite time of year is Christmas! Do you have any Christmas cookie recipes you’d like to share? How about sharing some of your favorite DIY Christmas decorations? We’ll share your suggestions in next month’s Levittown Leader! Visit us at kangaroofpa.com to share your ideas!

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Tips & Talk The holidays are almost here! That means it’s time for your favorite holiday tradition. Even though this new tradition can get a little bit creepy, Elf on a Shelf can also be a lot of fun! There are so many fun ideas on Pinterest, but here are a few of our favorites.

•••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Rub a dub dub! He’s ready for the tub! Your kids will really wake up in the morning with this guy staring them down in the shower. All you need are a few hand towels and some towel wrapping skills. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• Heeere’s elfy! Did your child misbehave last night? Have elf on the shelf “redesign” their favorite cereal box.

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from your Neighborhood Roofer That way, your kids will always know that he’s watching. ••••••• Show how much of a prankster the elf can be by vandalizing your favorite family photo. Don’t worry! Just use erasable marker. Trust us on this one. Your kids would love to see what you look like with an eye patch! Christmas is a great time to share traditions with family. Elf on a Shelf is certainly a fun activity for you and your kids, but some families can’t have a stress-free Christmas season. If you know a family that’s in need of a new roof this Christmas, go to kangaroofpa.com and nominate them for Kanga Roof’s Holiday Roof Giveaway. Every year, we give a new roof to a family in need. It’s just one more way to show that Kanga Roof is dedicated to the Bucks County area.

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Tips & Talk Fun on Christmas Eve

The holidays are here, and your kids are filled with excitement. You want to make this Christmas extra special, and nothing is more magical than Christmas Eve. We love finding Christmas ideas on Pinterest, and we found some awesome ideas for your little ones this Christmas Eve. They’re bound to make Christmas 2014 special! Reindeer Food — Who says Santa gets all the treats? Those reindeer are flying him around town and they’re going to need some energy! All you need is some white sugar; oatmeal and red and green crystal candy to make this delightful treat. Have your kids sprinkle a little on your front lawn before they go to bed. Add some edible glitter and the glow will help the reindeer guide Santa to your home! Santa’s Snowy Footprints — It’s always nice to get a note from Santa, but sometimes you just wish he would clean up after himself! This is a fun way to keep the Christmas magic alive. All you need is some flour or powdered sugar, some shoes and paper. Trace the shoes onto a piece of paper and cut the shoe shapes out to create a stencil. Place the cut out footprints in front of the fireplace, sprinkle your flour or sugar, remove the cutout—and there you have it: Santa’s snowy footprints!

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from your Neighborhood Roofer Pajama Elves — It’s one thing to have the tradition of new pajamas every Christmas Eve. It’s another to have elves hand deliver them to your children. Well, at least make it look like they did! And these aren’t just any ordinary pajamas-oh no! They’re stitched with magical thread guaranteed to bring a good night’s sleep. Read “The Pajama Elves,” by Hayden Edwards, to the little ones at bedtime on Christmas Eve.

We hope your Christmas season is magical and filled with family fun. After the presents are opened and the New Year rings in, start making some resolutions for your home. How’s your roof? Is 2015 the year you replace your windows? We can stop by and help you make those important decisions. Feel free to give us a call and we’ll get your house ready for the new year!

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