Make it a Smiley Kind of Day

October 23rd, 2014

Make it a Smiley Kind of Day

Say “Cheese!”

Did you know that that October 3 was World Smile Day?  That’s right. There’s an entire day dedicated to showing off your pearly whites.  Well, to be perfectly honest, the day was originally created by the creator of the ever-so-popular yellow ‘smiley’ emoji and the intent was to encourage folks to participate in acts of kindness and, of course, to smile!

So, there you go… a holiday dedicated to a smiley kind of day.  And think about it…who doesn’t feel good smiling?  Admittedly, there may be some times that you have to fake it, but did you know that even if you fake a smile your mood can improve and your stress level can decrease?  And get this; there are actual bonafide health benefits to smiling too! But here’s our question to you, why can’t we make it World Smile Every Day?  Because, after all, just like Glass Doctor fixes your panes, a smile can fix your pains!

Are you smiling yet?  Just in case you need a little nudging, here are a few of the awesomely, cool side effects of smiling.

  • Smiling releases endorphins that can be effective for pain management.
  • Smiling reduces stress, which ultimately helps your heart.  Studies have actually shown that folks who smile live longer.
  • Smiling can help your endurance during physical activity, and we all know that regular physical activity is key to maintaining good health.
  • Smiling is contagious.  Here’s an experiment…go to a park or playground and watch a child smiling and having fun.  You’ll soon feel a tug on the corners of your mouth.  No doubt, a smile is inevitable.
  • Smiling makes us more attractive and more approachable.  Think about it, how eager are you to approach someone with a grumpy-Gus scowl?

There you go.  Don’t hold back.  Let your smile take over.  And if those fantastical, smile-worthy side effects still aren’t enough to get you grinning from ear-to-ear, here are a couple of videos that’ll get you smiling!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVazyUvF3rA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ql1emlCn4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jaAgAFLtL0 

Make it a say-cheese kind of day, every day!

5 Reasons you Should Square Dance

October 17th, 2014

5 Reasons you Should Square Dance

Did you know that September was International Square Dance Month?  Yep, you read that right.  There’s actually a month designated to celebrate a little dosey doe.  Who knew?

So, you may be thinking this has absolutely nothing to do with you.  And that’s totally realistic.  You don’t exactly see very many square-dancing songs on MTV these days.  Although, it would be fun to watch a square-dance act sweep Dancing with the Stars.  Just saying.

Think about it for a minute.  Have you ever seen a square dancer frowning?  Square dancers are always smiling!  Even if square dancing isn’t your cup of tea, you have to admit these folks do look like they are having a pretty good time.

So, maybe square dancers are on to something.  Seriously, who couldn’t use another reason to smile?  But there has to be more to it than that.  It’s very doubtful that there’s this magical, smile-inducing force field that overtakes folks when they step onto the dance floor.

Because your Glass Doctor specialists care about you, we’ve decided to dig into this a bit more.  Did you know that there are actually health benefits to square dancing?  We’ve come up with 5 reasons why we think you should indeed square dance.

Say, “Cheese!”

As mentioned earlier, square dancing makes you smile.  And smiling makes you feel happier and look younger and more attractive.  Here’s a little secret just between us…even if you fake a smile, after a while, you’ll actually start to feel happier.

You’re steppin’.

Square dancing is essentially walking at a steady pace.  You can get in about 128 steps a minute with an eight-person dance with music accompaniment.  For those of you wearing step counters, that’s about 3,840 steps in 30 minutes!

Burn, baby, burn.

So obviously, if you’re moving you’re burning calories.  On average, one can burn between 200-400 calories in just 30 minutes of square dancing.

Howdy, Friend.

A typical square dance involves four couples. Needless to say, you’ll develop friendships with your dancing partners. The Mayo Clinic says that friendships increase happiness, reduce stress and improve overall self-confidence.

Becoming Einstein.

While square dancing, your brain is constantly making decisions…what step to make, when to turn, whom to swing.  That constant brain activity actually increases your mental capacity.  Simply put, square dancing makes you smarter.  But an every-once-in-a-while twirl on the dance floor won’t have the same impact as regular toe tapping.

Maybe it’s time we all gave this thing called square dancing a try.  After all, an entire month is devoted to it.  So, swing your partner round and round!  And if you do take a whirl on the dance floor, make sure to tell us about it – even better, send us pics!

5 Tips to Packing Healthier Lunches

August 25th, 2014

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“I’ll trade you my bologna sandwich for your peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

Admit it.  You’ve been there.  You’ve traded a lunch item or two during your days in school.  It’s almost a childhood rite of passage to do lunchroom food swaps.  Yet, as we all become more diligent in trying to eat healthier, our kiddos’ fun lunchroom food trades can be counter-productive to our long-term goals.

To prevent a trade for not-so-healthy food, pack lunches that are so scrumptiously, delicious kiddos won’t even think about trading.  How in the world do you do that?  Well, you will actually need to do a few swaps.  But have no fear.  Your Glass Doctor professionals are making a house call just for you with 5 easy tips to help you make an “it’s mine” kind of lunch that’s just too tasty to trade.

Tip 1 –  Swap bread for a whole grain pita or wrap.

Ham and Cheese Pitas from Good Housekeeping

Buffalo Chicken Wrap from Eating Well

Tip 2 -  Swap chips for flatbread crisps or pita crisps.

Parmesan Pita Chips from Good Housekeeping

Toasted Pita Crisps from Eating Well

Tip 3 -  Swap processed sweets for homemade goodies.

No Bake Cookies from Eating Well

Cocoa Nut Bananas from Eating Well

Tip 4 -  Swap prepackaged trail mixes for custom snack mixes.

Snack Mix Recipes from Cooking Light

21 Healthier Trail Mix Recipes to Make Yourself from Greatist

Tip 5 -  Swap sugary juices and sodas for naturally flavored waters.

How to Make Healthy Flavored Water at Home from Greatist

14 Beautiful Fruit-Infused Waters to Drink Instead of Soda from Buzzfeed Life

Try out these swaps for a week and see what happens.  Lunchtime trades may just become a thing of the past.  Make sure to let us know if you come up with your own swap.

The Dwyer Group, Inc. Acquired by The Riverside Company

August 18th, 2014

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WACO, Texas (August 18, 2014) – The Dwyer Group®, Inc., one of the world’s largest franchising companies of trades service brands, today announced it has been acquired for the second time by The Riverside Company, a private equity fund with locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The deal with the global investment firm renews a collaboration between two growing and successful organizations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Dwyer Group, based in Waco, Texas, serves as a holding company for seven residential and commercial franchise service brands. The franchise network includes more than 1,600 franchisees operating in the United States and seven other countries. In addition to its franchise concepts, The Dwyer Group also owns and operates 35 full-service glass stores in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Combined, the service brands account for almost $1 billion in annual system-wide revenues.

Riverside first purchased The Dwyer Group in 2003, taking the company private and working with company management to accelerate growth through acquisitions of new brands, expanding facilities at corporate headquarters, and aggressive development of existing franchise brands. After seven years of growth, the firm sold The Dwyer Group to TZP Group LLC in 2010 where the franchise network and its revenues continued to thrive along with the respected profile of the service brands across the U.S. and around the world.

The Riverside purchase transfers majority ownership from TZP back to Riverside along with a significant reinvestment from The Dwyer Group executive team, and an investment from each brand president within The Dwyer Group companies.

“We’re extremely excited to welcome The Dwyer Group back to The Riverside Company and to become involved once again with franchisees and associates dedicated to a strong Code of Values,” said Sarah Roth, a partner based at The Riverside Company’s Dallas office. “The executive team remains fully committed to the business, and The Dwyer Group service brands are well positioned for more expansion.”

“The Dwyer transaction has been a very successful one for TZP reflecting the very essence of our firm’s strategy of being the Partner of Choice for management teams,” said Sam Katz, managing partner for TZP. “We are very proud of our joint achievements in enhancing the franchisee value proposition and initiating exciting online and offline marketing initiatives. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Dina and the Dwyer team and watching them continue to succeed at building this special company.”

Calling TZP a tremendous partner for The Dwyer Group over the past three-and-a-half years, Dina Dwyer-Owens, Executive Chairwoman of The Dwyer Group, said the successful relationship set the stage for the next bold step forward. “I commend our talented and dedicated team members and their commitment to The Dwyer Group Code of Values that has served as our roadmap as we’ve traveled a journey of unprecedented growth.”

Mike Bidwell, CEO and President of The Dwyer Group, added, “By focusing on our core brands and service to our franchisees, we have enjoyed incredible success that continues to this very day, and that success has been noticed for all the right reasons.”

The entire executive team at The Dwyer Group will remain in place and will work with Riverside to advance the organization to the next level.

About The Riverside Company:

The Riverside Company is a global private equity firms investing in growing businesses valued at up to $250 million. Since its founding in 1988, Riverside has invested in more than 340 transactions. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 70 companies. For more information, please visit www.riversidecompany.com.

About TZP Group LLC:

Founded in 2007, TZP Group is a private equity firm with assets under management of over $500 million focused on investments in North American-based business and consumer services companies. TZP targets companies with solid historical profitability and sustainable value propositions, and aims to be a “partner of choice” for business owners and management teams. TZP seeks to invest primarily in closely held, private companies where the owners desire to retain a significant stake and partner with an investor with complementary operating and financial skills to accelerate company growth, increase profitability and maximize the value of their retained stake. TZP leverages its investment professionals’ operating and transaction experience to provide strategic and operational guidance, and is dedicated to long-term value creation. For more information, please visit www.tzpgroup.com.

About The Dwyer Group, Inc.®:

The Dwyer Group, Inc., based in Waco, Texas, is a holding company of seven franchise businesses, each selling and supporting a different franchise under the following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys™, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Rooter® (Drain Doctor in the UK and Portugal), and Rainbow International®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers world-wide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass brand name. For more information on The Dwyer Group, or its franchise concepts, visit the company’s website at www.dwyergroup.com.

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5 Tips for Relaxation: Dealing with Stress

August 14th, 2014

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We’ve all heard the old ad slogan, “Calgon take me away.”  It’s almost become cliché as a symbol of the ultimate relaxation.  But when you have to walk the dog, feed the kids, make lunches, help with homework, get dressed, drop off the kids, pick up the dry cleaners and make it to work all before 8:00 a.m., that Calgon “take-away” is nothing more than a mere pipe dream.

Dictionary.com defines relax:  to make less tense, rigid, or firm; make lax: to relax the muscles.

Hmmmmm.  Let’s think about that for a minute.  Is that really possible?  Is it realistic to think we can actually “make lax” in a world where our serenity is diluted with post-it notes, to-do lists, calendars and alarms?

It’s absolutely possible!  And you can start to “make lax” right this very minute because your helpful Glass Doctor professionals have five tips for relaxation that will, with no doubt, put you in a Calgon state-of-mind.

  1. Rub Feet Over a Golf Ball:  Studies have shown that a foot massage can promote relaxation.  We’re not talking Tiger Woods style golf balls here.  Your basic, run-of-the-mill golf balls will do just fine.  Take your shoes off, lean your head back, breathe deeply and let the balls do the work.
    Foot Massage Benefits from Healthy Living
  2. Listen to Music:  Music has a magical way of transforming you to another time and another place.  Pop on the ear buds, sit back, close your eyes and follow wherever your mind leads you.
    Top 10 Most Relaxing Songs from PsyAmb
  3. Exercise:  A good workout reduces the body’s stress hormones and ups the feel good chemicals in your brain.  Think about the “runner’s high” that marathon participants experience.  Simply put, exercise just makes you feel good.  Keep a pair of sneakers in your car so you can go for a quick stroll at lunch or after work.
    How Exercise Helps You Relax from InteliHealth by Aetna
  4. Cuddle a Pet:  There are a ton of health benefits to having a furry friend. Really, how can you not feel better with a heavy breathing, slobbery licking, tail wagging greeting after a long, hard day at work?
    The Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Pets from Helpguide.org
  5. Laugh: Did you know that laughing is a workout?  Well, not entirely, but a good ol’ belly-busting laugh can work a lot of muscles.  Which in turn, relaxes the muscles to the point that afterwards, you aren’t as tired and you really do end up with more energy.
    How Laughter Therapy Can Relax Muscles and Relieve Stress from 3 Fat Chicks

So, there you have it.  Our fabulous-five relaxation tips to help you “make lax” and feel better.  Let us know if you have another relaxation method.   After all, we all need a “take me away” moment every now and then.

How To Remove Fingerprints From Glass

August 6th, 2014

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Picture this…it’s a beautiful sunshiny day.  The curtains are open just enough to let the gorgeous, natural light beam into the room.  You sit down with your morning cup of coffee and gaze out the window at your picturesque backyard.  The children are playing; the puppy’s running and the hummingbirds are feeding.  You would love to sit back and enjoy the moment, but there are fingerprints all over the windows.  These aren’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill fingerprints.  These fingerprints are vicious.  They’re practically shouting at you and insulting your house-cleaning abilities.  These insidious fingerprints cut you to your very core.  With a huff, you’re determined to take out the intruder.  As your coffee cools, you struggle to find your window-cleaning supplies.  What once was a glorious morning has now turned in to a frustrating, fingerprinted mess.

Your Glass Doctor® professionals don’t want you to fall victim to intruding fingerprints.  Let us help you fix your glass-cleaning panes by helping you prepare a glass-cleaning kit, so you won’t ever have to let a cup of coffee cool unnecessarily.

Glass-Cleaning Kit

  • Glass Cleaner
  • White Cotton Cloth
  • Old Newspaper
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Dish Detergent
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • Grapefruit
  • Salt

Windows: glass cleaner, white cotton cloth, old newspaper

Picture from Mom4Real about making your own natural glass cleaner
Photo courtesy of mom4real.com

TV Screen: microfiber cloth

Tips from Good Housekeeping for cleaning your TV
Photo courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com

Stove Tops: dish detergent, white cotton cloth, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

how to clean glass stovetops
Photo courtesy of howtocleanstuff.com

Shower Door: grapefruit, salt

how to clean a bathtub with grapefruit and salt
Photo courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com

Glasses: white cotton cloth

Picture of glasses against an eye exam chart
Photo courtesy of lifehacker.com

Being prepared is the first step.  Don’t let unsightly fingerprints catch you off guard.

Glass Doctor Owner Grows Beard for a Good Cause

August 5th, 2014

Picture of Larry Patterson of Glass Doctor of North Texas with a beard in support of cancer survivor

DALLAS, Texas (July 30, 2014) – This spring, Larry Patterson began growing a beard. At the time, he had no idea that this simple act would carry so much meaning for a woman who is currently battling a terrible illness.

“I couldn’t really answer the question why I was growing a beard,” stated Patterson, owner of Glass Doctor® of North Texas. “There were even a couple of mornings where I just stared in the mirror at myself, contemplating cutting it off.”

Then, his wife told him about the need of their neighbor, Michelle Fox.  Fox is a loving, committed, single mother, who also is a brave, committed cancer fighter, currently waging war against a rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer. The story of how Michelle continues to do everything she can to live a normal life, while dealing with surgery, 12 months of chemotherapy and the crushing burden of expenses related to fighting the disease, inspired Patterson.

“I like to make difficult goals that require faith, strength and ability beyond what I think I can do,” said Patterson. This is what led him to decide that he would continue to grow his beard until he was able to raise $20,000 to go toward Fox’s medical expenses.

Patterson knows that his large beard, growing longer each day, will not only serve as a constant reminder of Fox and her fight but will also lead to conversations with others about how they can help as well. Already, everyone he bumps into seems to ask him about the beard.

“I told Michelle that more people than she knows or could ever dream of, will want to be a part of her fight,” stated Patterson.

For more information on Larry’s efforts, please visit http://www.youcaring.com/michellefox.

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., family of service franchises. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.

5 Tips To Be A Happier You

July 31st, 2014

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Here’s the question of the day, are you happy?  Do you have a sparkle in your eye, a pep in your step and a child-like giggle in your voice?  In the 80s, Bobby McFerrin told us not to worry and to just be happy. Now we have Pharrell who’s well, he’s just happy.  But is it really that easy?  Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

So, maybe it is actually that easy after all.  We just have to sit down and decide to be happy.  But just in case you need a little guidance, your Glass Doctor® professionals have come up with 5 tips to help you be a happier you.

Fake it until you make it.

If you deliberately act cheerful, guess what?  You will start feeling cheerful.  And what do cheerful people do?  They smile!  Turn that frown upside down and put a smile on your face.  Try smiling the next time you’re feeling a bit grumpy and see what happens.  It’ll get easier each time you do it.

Smile!  5 Reasons It Will Make You Happy from MindBodyGreen

Look on the bright side.

Is your glass half full?  Do you look at the world through rose-colored glasses?  Do you see the rose among the thorns?  You get the idea.  Not only are optimistic people happier, they’re also more self confident, more persistent and generally just healthier.  So, the next time you lose your keys, look at it as an opportunity to get in a little bit of exercise as you’re running around the house trying to kind them.

How Does Optimism Make You A Happy Person? from For Dummies

Surround yourself with happy people.

Did you know that happiness is actually contagious?  We could all benefit from catching a case of happiness!  Think Sponge Bob Square Pants type people – well, except maybe not quite as obnoxious.

Study: Happiness IS Contagious from care2

Laugh…a lot.

It’s plain and simple…you laugh when you’re happy.  Plus, there are a ton of health benefits associated with laughing too.

Laughter Is The Best Medicine from Helpguide

Get moving.

It’s a vicious circle, you’re tired and stressed and just don’t feel like exercising.  We get it.  But did you know that exercise is actually one of the best stress relievers and it gives you an energy boost?  Exercise also releases those wonderful little happy chemicals into your brain!

7 Surprising Ways Exercise Can Make You Happier from 12 Minute Athlete

So, ask yourself this question, “Do I want to be an Eeyore today or do I want to be a Tigger?”  We vote Tigger!

DIY Decorative Mirrors

July 17th, 2014

tips on different ways to decorate your mirror

George Bernard Shaw once said, “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”  Think about that for a minute.  Now, what if you could do both at the same time – see your face and see your soul?  Well, you can.  Your Glass Doctor® specialists have provided you with five options to create your own decorative mirror work of art.

Seashells

picture of a round seashell mirror
Photo courtesy of hgtv.com

The fun part about this mirror is you can use shells you’ve collected from past vacations.  If all else fails, you can always purchase shells at your local craft shop, but maybe this is just the perfect excuse for a beach getaway in the near future.

Flowers

picture of a mirror with a flower border
Photo courtesy of familycircle.com

Maybe tulips are your favorite flower or maybe roses remind you of your wedding.  Why not create a floral mirror that symbolizes a special memory?

Tile

picture of a mirror with tile border
Photo courtesy of sandandsisal.com

What’s really cool about decorating a mirror with tile is you can go in so many directions with this.  You can go a little retro, mosaic or even metallic.  There are so many options.

Clothespins

picture of a mirror with a clothespin border
Photo courtesy of inmyownstyle.com

A mirror using ordinary clothespins is just simply fun.  But how about painting and decorating the clothespins?  And who says you have to use one color scheme or one design pattern? Oh, the possibilities are endless.

Cutlery

a picture of a mirror with a cutlery border
Photo courtesy of flamingotoes.com

Creating a frame for a mirror using eating utensils is both wacky and ingenious in the most awesome kind of way.  You can certainly use a complete set of matching utensils if you want, but what if you made this into an estate-sale scavenger hunt to find mix-and-match cutlery?  That would be so cool.

To be honest, this is just the tip of the ice burg with what you can do with a mirror.  Jump on these ideas or if you come up with something different, let us know.  We would love to see pictures of your masterpiece.

 

How To Identify And Repair A Failed IGU

July 9th, 2014

Graphic with the title How to identify and repair a damaged IGU

As a homeowner, regular household maintenance is crucial in the prevention in costly repair bills. Although we enjoy all of nature’s four seasons, we also need to remember that constant weather changes have an impact on our home, especially our windows. A lot of homeowners are unaware that our windows are what help maintain temperate levels in our home. That’s why it’s recommended to inspect your windows regularly to see whether they need to be replaced or repaired.

Routine inspection of your IGU’s (Insulated Glass Units) is very important. One of the most obvious things to monitor on your IGU is the amount of condensation around the windowsills. Condensation will appear as excessive beads of sweat around the windows. Although condensation is rather normal in times of seasonal change, be aware that you should not have puddles around your windowsills.

One of the main reasons IGUs have issues is because the caulking around the windows is not installed correctly. Another reason for an IGU to fail would be due to “Solar Pumping”. Solar pumping is caused from the windows contracting at night, which allows air to enter. The constant contraction and expansion weakens seals around the windows, which allows moisture to enter and causes your IGU to fail.

For more information, contact your local Glass Doctor® who will be happy to assess your window needs.