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The Allstate Blog Team

Stories by The Allstate Blog Team

How to Heat Your Home Safely

Nov 14, 2018

There’s nothing better than settling into a warm house while the cold wind blows outside. But, getting — and keeping — your home heated may pose a safety issue if you don’t take the right precautions. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the leading months for home heating fires are December, January and February. Additionally, some of […]

Thrifty Holiday Gifting: Inexpensive Toddler Gifts

Nov 9, 2018

It’s easy to overspend on holiday gifts when the intended recipient is a toddler. After all, what can be more heartwarming than seeing a little one tear open a gift package with glee? That expectation makes them one of the most enjoyable groups to shop for. But, the truth is, you won’t spoil the holidays […]

How to Make Your Own Compass

Nov 6, 2018

Here’s a great little outdoor challenge: assemble a compass with these instructions from noaa.gov. It’s a fun way to show kids how people navigated the “old-school” way, before GPS and apps. What you’ll need: Sewing needle (1-2 inches long) Small magnet Small piece of cork (from a wine bottle is great) Small cup of water […]

How to Host Your First Thanksgiving Dinner

Nov 1, 2018

It’s that time of year again where you get together with our closest friends and family to pig out on a feast of turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and other family favorites. It’s an enjoyable gathering that brings people together, but if you are the host, it can also be quite stressful. Especially if you are […]

Things to Have on Hand in Case of Emergency

Oct 30, 2018

Do you know which items you’d need most in an emergency? From food to first aid supplies, experts suggest gathering certain essentials — including some items that may be off your radar — and assembling an emergency kit to help you through tough times. In the event of an emergency, you may find yourself either […]

4 Things to Do Before Riding Your New Motorcycle

Oct 24, 2018

If you’ve just purchased a motorcycle, you may be itching to take it on the road. But before you take your first ride, it’s a good idea to take some steps to help prepare yourself and your motorcycle. Consider these four tips before you put on your protective gear and hit the open road. 1. […]

Decode Weather Watches and Warnings: Brush Up on Weather Terminology

Oct 18, 2018

Between emergency sirens, the Emergency Alert System, Wireless Emergency Alerts, radio and TV, you’re not at a loss for resources to hear about bad conditions approaching. But, you may want to brush up on your weather terms to better understand what all those watches and warnings mean. The following info from the National Weather Service can help you better respond to […]

Prep Your Home for Winter

Oct 15, 2018

As the temperature drops and the chill in the air turns to frost, it’s time to turn your attention to ensuring your home is ready for winter. Much like your car, your home needs some preparation for the upcoming elements, too. Here are some tips to help make sure your abode is cozy, energy-efficient and […]

Quick Fix: How to Use a Walnut to Remove Scratches on Your Hardwood Floor

Oct 10, 2018

Let’s face it: Scratches on your hardwood floors may be unavoidable. Everyday life — especially in a house full of kids — can be bound to lead to a scratch or two (or even three!) on your once-gleaming boards. But rest assured, there’s a quick and inexpensive fix. All you’ll need is a healthy snack. […]

How to Clean Your Refrigerator

Sep 26, 2018

Have you started to notice your refrigerator smelling a little funkier than usual? If you can’t remember the last time you gave it a good cleaning, you might want to add this chore to your to-do list. Thankfully, cleaning a stinky fridge doesn’t have to be a big deal. Follow these step-by-step instructions to freshen […]