How to Care for Your Windshield

April 4th, 2014

By Kellie Pearson

Your car has survived the drastic winter months and now with the arrival of spring, scorching summer weather is just around the corner. Follow these five simple steps to ensure your windshield is doing its best to protect you from the weather and anything that comes flying your way during your everyday commute.

  1. Dirt gradually builds up on your windshield, and overtime prevents you from seeing clearly, whether you realize it or not. Make an effort to clean your windshield every couple weeks – it only takes a few minutes. Use a dry microfiber cloth for the interior, glass cleaner and towel for the exterior, and add a bit of white vinegar to both sides to make them shine.
  2. Check your windshield wipers regularly to make sure they are in good condition. If not, this can result in scratches on your windshield.
  3. When cleaning, closely examine your windshield for cracks and proactively take care of them immediately. Even the slightest chip can turn into a gigantic crack over time and can lead you to needing your whole windshield replaced.
  4. Make sure you are actually following the directions posted on the bumpers of delivery trucks by staying 10 feet away in case of flying debris. As they say in driver’s education, it’s always smart to keep two car-lengths away from the person in front of you as a precaution.
  5. Parking inside a garage or underneath a carport is the smartest option to protect your windshield in case of extreme weather or an unexpected fallen tree.

In the unfortunate case you are in a wreck, your windshield is your No. 1 built-in defense mechanism inside your car, so you should always ensure that it’s in tip-top shape to prevent it from unnecessarily shattering.

5 Ways to Make Your Shower More Awesome

April 3rd, 2014

Like it or not, you spend a good portion of your morning routine in the bathroom. It is what it is. Take shower – brush teeth – style hair.  It’s the same schedule day-in and day-out. You can either approach it with a ho-hum demeanor or with a hot-diggity spark.

But it’s kind of hard to be hot-diggity if your shower has the blahs. What if you could find a way to make your shower awesome? In honor of this month’s April showers, here are five easy and inexpensive ways you can make your shower awesome to ensure you start your day with a hot-diggity!

Awesomeness #1

Change the shower curtain. This is one of the easiest ways to add a little pizzazz to a bathroom. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a bit. If you normally prefer a solid print, swap for animal print. If you usually gravitate toward plaid designs, go for a bold floral motif. You get the idea. It’s amazing the difference a little shower curtain can make.

Awesomeness #2

Dry it off.  Soap scum has a way of making a normally pretty shower a bit of a yuck.  You can prevent scum from building up in the first place if after each shower you 1) dry off the tub and faucets with your towel and 2) do a quick swipe over the shower walls with a squeegee.

Awesomeness#3

Clean the showerhead. Nothing says ho-hum like a slow drizzle down your back or an erratic jet stream in the eye.  All you need to clean your showerhead is white vinegar, a plastic baggie and a rubber band. That’s it. Here’s a link with a little more detail to get you started.  http://bit.ly/1gJAwS6

Awesomeness #4

Get organized. Maybe it’s time to toss the old soaps and shampoos and even bring in a few new accessories to help organize. RealSimple.com has some clever and unique organizing tips to help you declutter. http://bit.ly/1jD9D4a

Awesomeness #5

Turn on the tunes. Everyone knows a shower is the bomb-dot-com when it comes to singing your favorite songs. So go ahead let it go. If you need some help with your play list, BuzzFeed.com has a listing of the top shower-singing songs. Ritchie Valens’ La Bamba, Notorious B.I.G.’s Hypnotize, Haddaway’s What is Love and Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ are some of the top songs to sing in the shower. http://bzfd.it/P8XdTE

So there you have it. Not only are your Glass Doctor professionals interested in fixing your panes, they also want you to have an awesome shower too!

Doctor Your Diet with These Five Quick Fixes

April 3rd, 2014

Did you know March was National Nutrition Month? If you exercise regularly and eat well, a focus on good nutrition isn’t limited to just one month. Carry those good habits into this month and beyond! If you never got started, though, don’t despair. It’s never too late to make positive changes for a healthy lifestyle. Consider these five tips from Glass Doctor as a quick fix to doctor your diet and jump-start healthy habits.

Don’t skip meals. People often think that skipping meals is something they should do to lose weight. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Regular meals with a healthy balance and portion size are the best way to fuel the body throughout the day. And Glass Doctor agrees with your mother: breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Snack healthy. Nothing can take the place of fresh, natural snacks. While a nutrition bar may be convenient, consider having a bag of roasted almonds on-hand instead. Periodic snacking is a good part of a healthy diet. Fruit, chopped vegetables and almonds will satisfy and fuel your day in a healthy, nutritious way.

Drink water. Pass on that sugary soda and go for a tall glass of water instead. Whenever possible, have a sports bottle full of water on hand. Keeping your body hydrated with nature’s best will keep your feeling alert and fueled.

Don’t eat late. Eating too late in the evening and going to bed on a full stomach can make for a challenging night. A fitful night with heartburn and indigestion won’t leave your alert and vibrant in the morning, which can lead to a cycle of bad eating patterns and skipping meals. Instead, eat a well-balanced meal about three or four hours before bedtime and, if time and climate allows, take a 15-minute evening walk after dinner.

Don’t fall for fad dieting. At the end of the day, it’s not pills, powders or quick-fix diets that will lead to a healthy lifestyle. Sensible choices and understanding that good nutrition is a lifestyle, not a magic potion, will get you on track to a healthy tomorrow.

Don’t be Hoodwinked by Spring Cleaning

March 17th, 2014

With spring just around the corner, many people start thinking about the arduous task of “spring cleaning.” With so many products, commercials and ads touting to be the next-best thing in home cleaning, the task of how to tackle the chores can be overwhelming.

Just as Glass Doctor® helps you get a clear view with window panes and windshield repair and replacement, we also want to take the pain out of the chore by dispelling some myths about spring cleaning.

Myth #1: Newspaper is best for cleaning windows and mirrors.

Actually, a clean, dry microfiber cloth is better than newspaper, which quickly deteriorates when wet and can leave newsprint spots on your mirror frames and window sills (not to mention your fingers).

Myth #2: There’s really no difference between sanitizers and disinfectants.

Actually there’s a clear difference. Disinfectants do in fact kill a range of germs, including cold and flu germs. But sanitizers kill more – in fact more than 99 percent of bacteria can be eradicated when using a sanitizer. So use a disinfectant around bathroom sinks and fixtures, but use a sanitizer on kitchen counters and sinks where food preparation happens.

Myth #3: A clean-smelling house is a clean house.

Sure, a pleasant aroma is nice when we walk into a room. But you need to be aware that many of the fragrances in cleaning supplies and nice-smelling candles and diffusers and sprays can have a serious impact on your friends with allergies. Choose mild, non-perfumed cleaning supplies that leave just a sparkle rather than a strong smell.

Myth #4: Manufactured, store-bought “chemicals” are best.

Chemicals can be harsh to some surfaces. Instead, Glass Doctor recommends making your own “green” cleaner combining white vinegar, water and lemon juice, which is just as effective for cleaning. However, keep in mind that vinegar should not be used on grouted surfaces. The acidity of vinegar ‘eats and deteriorates grout.

Myth #5: Dusting spray should be applied to all surfaces to be cleaned.

Yes, your surface might get clean, but spraying directly on the desk, window sills and table will also cause residue to get on the surrounding areas. Instead, spray the dusting spray on a clean cloth for the wipe-down, which will keep it from damaging picture frames, curtains and other fabrics.

Reuse Glass Containers with These DIY Projects

March 7th, 2014

By Kellie Pearson

Have a surplus of glass you don’t know what to do with? At Glass Doctor®, not only do we fix your panes, we also provide creative solutions. Use your extra glass pieces as inspiration for your next DIY project. Here are a few of our favorite techniques…

Etching – Etching is easily done with some etching cream, paintbrushes or Popsicle sticks, and tape. Create your own unique design or monogram for added elegance to any glass piece.

Jars with initials etched into their surface

Source: http://crownhilldaybyday.blogspot.com/2012/02/diy-glass-etching.html

Frosting – Whether you add a simple chevron stripe or fancier flower design, using a frosted glass finish can complete the look for any mirror or glass jar project.  Tape off the area you want to spray around for cleaner, more distinguished edges.

A mirror with chevrons etched into the surface  A vase etched used rubber bands to leave clear lines

Source: http://sassypickle.blogspot.com/2011/07/zigzag-mirror.html
Source: http://www.plumadorable.com/march-mantle/

Glittering – Gluing a glob of glitter to your choice of glass can add that extra glitz and magically transform it into something entirely different. Whether you glam up last season’s candle holders, flower vases, or champagne glasses, glitter will surely do the trick.

Champagne flutes with glitter embellishments

Source: http://www.favecrafts.com/Wedding-Crafts/Champagne-Shimmer-Toasting-Glasses

Painting – Perfect your glassware with a drop of paint. Whether you want the traditional, stained glass look or modern metallic or milky look, opportunities are infinite. Play with the color wheel by incorporating color blocking or an ombre appearance by including multiple shades of one color.

Jars with the inside painted different colors

Source: http://www.onegoodthingbyjillee.com/2012/05/recycle-old-glass-jars-into-colorful-objets-dart.html

Stenciling – Get practical by grabbing a stencil and some paint and labeling your storage jars in the kitchen or play room. To be more versatile, you can use chalkboard paint so you can easily repurpose your jars. For a chic look, use puffy paint or a glue gun to write inspirational messages on a flower vase and then paint over the lettering with a solid color for a three-dimensional look.

Jars painted with matte paint  

Source: http://pureandnoble.blogspot.com/2011/06/reduce-reuse-recycle-repeat-mason-jars.html
Source: http://www.i-do-it-yourself.com/2010/03/diy-chalkboard-paint-ideas/

Wrapping – Complement your glass jars by adding lace, burlap or ribbon. For a rainy day, cut out sheet music or a favorite article and decoupage it onto the glass for an artsy look.

In addition to these enhancements, you can repurpose your glass with these three tricks.Get organized– Frame your glass and put a gradient of paint swatches underneath, designating each column as a day of the week, and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a fashionable dry/erase monthly calendar! You can also do this with a to-do list, or chore chart designating each square for a day of the week or member of the family.

Source: http://diycenter.net/2013/02/22/paint-swatches-glass-dry-erase-marker-calendar/

Go naturalAdd an element of green to your living space by planting a terrarium in your extra jars.  Plant flowers, moss or any greenery of your choosing.

Source: http://www.yellowbrickhome.com/2011/04/19/dino-battle-and-building-a-terrarium/

Light upHomemade lighting can create the perfect ambiance to any backyard event. Combine tea light candles with mason jars to light up a path way, or use string to tie them from the tree tops.

Source: http://blogthebackyard.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/028.jpg

Five Tips for Heart Health

February 21st, 2014

February isn’t only a month to think about flowers and chocolate hearts. Sure, Valentine’s Day is about sweethearts, but February is also Heart Month, which means you need to be thinking about keeping your own ticker in tip-top shape. Here’s five tips from Glass Doctor® to keep your heart happy and healthy:

Eat More Fish

A couple of servings of fish every week will reduce your risk of heart disease. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which work hard for your heart health. And no, the fried catfish basket is not the way to go. Salmon and tuna, prepared “clean” with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and lemon juice will brighten up your diet and make your heart happy.

Use Olive Oil

In addition to that great fish recipe, olive oil can be used in a variety of ways. Instead of pouring store-bought dressing on a salad, drizzle a little olive oil and red-wine vinegar instead, or squeeze a lemon wedge over your salad. Olive oil contains monounsaturated fat, which helps lower LDL (the bad) cholesterol without reducing HDL (the good) cholesterol.

Get Moving

Exercising three or four times a week for at least 30 minutes is a great way to be good to your heart. Getting your heart rate up with some good cardio exercises is great, but remember to utilize resistance training as well. Strengthening your muscles in addition to cardio exercise will make your heart strong, healthy and happy. If you’re starting an exercise regime for the first time, it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor to get his recommendations on the ability, pace and frequency at which you should start.

Clean Your Mouth

It may sound odd that brushing your teeth would have an effect on your heart, but more and more studies are showing that several cardiovascular diseases may be connected to the health of your teeth and gums. So brush your teeth well and visit your dentist regularly.

Raise a Glass

Moderate alcohol consumption (a drink a day) has been shown to raise those good HDLs and strengthen arteries. Red wine is believed to be one of the best heart-friendly beverages as the higher antioxidant levels in the red wine provide an additional benefit.

Take a Clear Look at Your Keys to Success

February 17th, 2014

“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” The truth of this popular saying attributed to Benjamin Franklin extends from sound business practices to personal goal setting. At Glass Doctor®, we’re always at some stage of planning, executing a plan or looking back to see how we’ve done.

Many people work and strive for years and reach retirement without having ever felt a sense of accomplishment in a job well done. We think that through some simple planning and goal setting exercises, you can look clearly through the glass of your life and know confidently that you are framed for success.

In recognition of February being Expect Success Month, here’s some suggestions to help you get started visualizing a clear, successful future:

Create a mission statement. Think about what you want your future to look like. This may or may not have anything to do with a career; it may be broader themes such as financial independence, being debt-free, or being a world-renown philanthropist. Who do you want to be? What do you want to leave as your legacy? Be succinct in your mission statement.

Set strategies with deadlines. When you do want to be debt-free? Write it down along with the steps you’ll need to take to reach that goal. Along the way you’ll need to review and assess where you are and whether you need to tweak your expectations. If you have a setback to a short-term goal, don’t let it kill your whole plan! Learn from it, make the necessary adjustments and keep plugging away.

Write it down. The act of writing something down creates a bond; a responsibility and a pact between you and your goals. Putting your future down on paper is taking an active step from thinking and dreaming about it, to action.

Create a visual board. Go through magazines and images on the Internet and cut out or print pictures that represent your goals and aspirations. These can be pictures or key words that challenge you to keep working and not losing sight of your end-goal. Then, paste them onto a poster board.

Don’t file it away. Whether it’s a sheet with your written goals or your visual board, refer to it often. Share it with a friend who can hold you accountable to keep plugging ahead. Better yet – challenge your friend to visualize his future success as well and help him with the goal setting steps. Helping someone else succeed will be tremendously rewarding.

Don’t be an over-the-top control freak. Be aware that not everything can be mapped out. A death in the family, an economic recession that takes a bite out of your savings or forces you to back up the dates of your end-goal. While these things can’t be controlled, you can plan ahead for challenges. Visualize today how you will deal with hardships or setbacks. Plan ahead of time to be an overcomer in a challenging situation.

Read. A lot.  Read books about successful individuals you would like to emulate, whether it’s in finance, personal business, health and fitness, or parenting. Write down quotes or action plans you learn from biographies with an eye on how to integrate those practices into your success.

Clearly, intentionality is the key. I think ‘ol Ben Franklin may have been on to something.

Like What You See in the Mirror

February 10th, 2014

Glass Doctor® 10 tips to boost your self-esteem

WACO, Texas (Feb. 3, 2014) – February is known for hearts, flowers and, of course, Cupid. But, it is also Boost Self Esteem Month. Glass Doctor has 10 self-affirmations to boost self-esteem.

  1. The “power pose.”
    • Standing up straight, placing your feet shoulder-width apart and putting your hands on your hips for two minutes will boost your self-esteem.
  2. Don’t compare yourself to others.
    • Don’t try to be someone else. You are you. If you look at what you have to offer and stop focusing on what others have, you will start to see your self-esteem improve.
  3. Find a passion.
    • Hobbies and volunteering can be a great way to boost your self-esteem. By doing meaningful things, for yourself or someone else, you will see your self-esteem improve.
  4. Don’t worry about being perfect.
    • Others may seem perfect but everyone has faults. Work on areas that you need to improve and realize others need improvements as well. Everyone has something they need to work on.
  5. List your positive qualities.
    • If you feel you have a lot of negatives, make a list of everything positive about you. This will allow you to see what others see.
  6. Face your fears.
    • By facing fears and overcoming them, other obstacles will be more easily handled, and you can approach them with a more positive attitude.
  7. Believe in the black cat.
    • Many psychologists found people who believe in superstitions and good luck charms have higher self-esteems.
  8. Give a compliment.
    • You can boost your self-esteem by giving out compliments to coworkers and friends.
  9. Believe you are competent.
    • If you think you will fail a task before you try it, you just might. By telling yourself you have the skills required you will be more capable to handle the task.
  10. Exercise.
    • Get out and run. Exercise has been proven to boost self-esteem. Running or jogging can also reduce stress.

About Glass Doctor®:

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive, and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., an international franchisor of service industry companies. At that time the company’s corporate headquarters relocated to Waco, Texas. Now there are more than 175 Glass Doctor franchise owners across the United States and Canada. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.

Must-Haves For Your Backyard Super Bowl Party

January 28th, 2014

Although the season lasts for six months, loyal fans don’t ever want football season to end. Football fans love to tailgate, wear face paint, cheer for their favorite players, and hang out with friends or even strangers who have the same love for the game. With Super Bowl Sunday just around the corner, dedicated football fanatics are beginning to plan their own Super Bowl party.

Glass Doctor® wants to help prevent any ‘panes’ you may have in preparing for your Super Bowl Sunday party so you can wow your friends and family with the best outdoor tailgating Super Bowl bash. Here are the top 8 Super Bowl party ideas and must-haves for an unforgettable get-together:

1:  Plenty of Seats
You must have enough seats for your guests. You could purchase new chairs, but why do that when you can borrow lawn chairs from a neighbor, or just ask your friends to BYOC- Bring Your Own Chair. Consider your space when inviting company. If you are able, we recommend comfortable seating. Everyone will want a soft spot to sit during the game, or at least during the commercials.

2:  Clean Up Your Outdoor Space
In the winter months, most people’s backyard space is not in pristine condition. Don’t wait until the last minute to rake the leaves and power-wash your back porch. Also, don’t forget to clean your windows. If you find broken or cracked windows that need replacing, contact Glass Doctor for all of your glass repair needs right away.

3:  Food and Beverages
You can get by without many things at a party, but insufficient food or drinks will ruin a party and drive guests to leave early. Get to the store early to stock up on your favorite snacks and beverages. If you don’t have a go-to snack, you can find a great recipe here.

4:  Who to Invite
Carefully consider whom you are inviting to your party. Will the guests all get along? Could the outcome of the game cause a heated dispute? Can guests bring their children? It’s important to think about this before you invite a gaggle of guests into your home.

5:  Home Entertainment
On Super Bowl Sunday, more people are glued to a television than any other day of the year. You need to confirm your TV, cable and sound system are game-day ready, especially if you are setting it up in the backyard. Test all of your equipment several days before the game.

6:  Facilities
A large group of people bring a large mess. Make sure you have plenty of trash cans around the backyard and house. This will make for an easier cleanup after the party. Have an abundant supply of paper towels ready for spills and other messes that may occur. Also, keep in mind you will need to have your bathroom stocked with plenty of toilet paper.

7:  Have a Back Up Plan
You never know what the weather might bring or what circumstances could force you to change your plans. Have an alternative plan ready. Have an extra TV handy as well, just in case yours goes out. Also, have a few additional beverages in the fridge to keep your guests happy.

8:  Enjoy the Game!
Don’t forget why you invited everyone over: to watch a great game, entertaining commercials and consume heaps of junk food. Enjoy!

Safely Defrost Your Windshield With Tips From Glass Doctor®

December 27th, 2013

WACO, Texas (Dec. 16, 2013) – The cold winter mornings bring an added task to your morning to-do list; clearing off and defrosting your vehicles windshield. Before driving your vehicle you have to make sure that your view is not obstructed by snow or ice. Glass Doctor offers you tips to correctly clearing your windshield.

Here are some things you want to avoid when de-icing your windshield:

  • Never pour hot water on your vehicle’s windshield because the extreme temperature change could potentially shatter your windshield.
  • Avoid using any metal objects such as keys, spatulas or metal scrappers on your windshield. The metal can scratch your windshield permanently obstructing your view.
  • The use of propane torches or any open flame should never be used to defrost a windshield. Using these may unintentionally melt your vehicle’s windshield.
  • Tapping the ice with a hammer to remove it should be avoided. Never strike your windshield with any type of blunt object. Allow the ice to melt and remove any remnants with a scrapper.

When de-icing your windshield follow these steps to safely remove ice and snow from your vehicle’s windshield:

  • Be prepared to handle the snow and ice by having an ice scraper in your vehicle. If you live in an area frequented by heavy snow and ice it is best to get an ice scraper that has a brush.
  • Start your vehicle and turn on the defrost before beginning to remove the snow and ice from your windshield.
  • Once your vehicles has been running for about five minutes, remove the snow and ice from the windshield.
  • When removing ice from your windshield using homemade solutions, be sure you are not mixing chemicals that may damage your windshield. One common mixture is rubbing alcohol and water.

About Glass Doctor®:

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive, and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., an international franchisor of service industry companies. At that time the company’s corporate headquarters relocated to Waco, Texas. Now there are more than 175 Glass Doctor franchise owners across the United States and Canada. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.