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Sela Investments & Amy Gonyea Honored For Homeless Vets Work

November 23, 2016 4:43 pm

We were incredibly proud to be honored, with our General Manager Amy Gonyea, at the Hopkins VFW on Monday for our work with homeless veterans. The great men and women of our Armed Services deserve to be treated with the honor and respect that they have earned in protecting all of us and our great country.

We are happy to do our part in ensuring that homeless veterans find homes and do our best to help within our communities.

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Read more in the Star Tribune.

Hot Chocolate Time!

November 2, 2016 3:35 pm

As we move out of the season of pumpkin spice, why not whip up a batch of delicious hot chocolate with an Ina Garten twist? The Barefoot Contessa has a great recipe and incorporates peppermint to get yourself into the holiday spirit!

courtesy of the Food Network

courtesy of the Food Network

 

Get the recipe here!

Safer Halloween Costumes: Tips & Advice for Parents

October 19, 2016 2:15 pm

Many parents want their child’s Halloween costume to be as safe as possible. Unfortunately, not all parents know what can be done to make their child’s costume more safe. Below are a series of suggestions that can help parents assemble a safer Halloween costume for their child.

Two young children dressed up in costumes are waiting at a house for candy while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.

Two young children dressed up in costumes are waiting at a house for candy while Trick-or-Treating on Halloween.

1. Choose easy to see clothing.

Bright colors and reflective materials should be incorporated into your child’s Halloween costume. This will make your child easier to see as the daylight begins to fade, helping both motorists and other trick-or-treaters spot your child. Bringing along a flashlight can also help increase your child’s visibility to others.
2. Purchase a flame resistant costume.

Because candlelit jack-o-lanterns are a popular Halloween tradition, it is important that your child’s costume and accessories be flame resistant. While costume shopping, look for labels that state “flame resistant” and avoid costumes that cannot be easily removed should an emergency situation occur. Keep in mind that flame resistant does not mean fireproof. Remind your child to exercise caution whenever a lit candle is nearby.
3. Dress for the weather.

Depending on the local forecast for your area, your Halloween weather may be hot or cold, with a chance or rain or snow. Be sure to check the weather forecast in advance and dress your child accordingly. In cooler climates, loose costumes should be prepared that allow for layering clothing underneath. In warmer climates, breathable materials are preferred so that your child does not become overheated.
4. Consider using face makeup instead of a mask.

Because masks can interfere with your child’s vision and breathing, you should consider using face makeup instead. Be sure to test any makeup that you will be using on a small patch of your child’s skin prior to Halloween night, as some cosmetic ingredients may irritate your child’s skin. If you do decide to use a mask, be sure that it fits properly without limiting your child’s vision or affecting your child’s ability to breathe normally.
5. Wear sturdy walking shoes.

Trick-or-treaters often walk great distances on Halloween night. During this time, it is best for your child to wear a sturdy pair of walking shoes. Not only will walking shoes be more comfortable on your child’s feet, but they can also help to prevent injuries caused by tripping or falling. Decorative shoes that feel uncomfortable or unfamiliar to your child can spell disaster as the night progresses – especially if the shoes make it difficult for your child to walk normally.
When parents are able to make their child’s costume safer, Halloween becomes a more enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It is as simple as choosing easy to see clothing, purchasing a flame resistant costume, dressing for the weather, considering face makeup instead of a mask, and wearing a pair of sturdy walking shoes. A safer Halloween is a happier Halloween.

It’s Fall – Get Your Crockpot On!

September 15, 2016 2:41 pm

When the air turns a little colder, it is the perfect time to take out your crockpot for easy cook and hearty meals.

Our friends at Buzzfeed have some of the most delicious and popular recipes cataloged for whatever type of cuisine you’d like to have for dinner!

 

Check out all the great recipes here!

Sign Up For The Sela Investments Newsletter

August 30, 2016 3:38 pm

Not only does the newsletter give you a monthly update on activities and tips, but it also is a great way to get updates on things like snow emergencies for winter! So sign up today!



It’s Minnesota State Fair Time!

August 25, 2016 3:02 pm

It is the best part of the fact summer has to end – The Minnesota State Fair! The Great Minnesota Get-Together opens today and there is so much to do – from the Midway to the dairy barns to anything you can imagine on a stick! There is is also some great entertainment at the Grand Stand this year with Bonnie Raitt, Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas, Alabama and Weezer.

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Get more information at the State Fair Website!

 

County Fairs Are Summer Fun!

August 11, 2016 7:07 pm

While we all LOVE the Minnesota State Fair, there are also smaller and more intimate versions in almost every county in Minnesota. Check out one close to you or make a day trip and see a new part of the state.

Get a list of all them here!

The Ultimate 4th of July Hot Dog!

July 1, 2016 12:33 pm

We thought it was a little crazy when we tried this one out to be honest. However, never underestimate the genius over at Good Housekeeping because combining the amazingness of a Reuben really works!

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Get the recipe here!

Mummies At The Science Museum

June 25, 2016 2:30 pm

For the first time, The Field Museum in Chicago has allowed their collection of both Peruvian and Egyptian mummies to travel – and you are in luck! The mummies will be exhibited all summer at the Science Museum in St. Paul. It is great fun for both the kids and grown ups to learn more about these ancient artifacts.

Get your tickets and find out more here!

Photo credit: Star Tribune

Photo credit: Star Tribune

Money Matters: Living with Roommates

June 2, 2016 2:43 pm

Living on your own can be a very expensive and daunting experience for an individual. Finding a roommate to share a living environment can help relieve some of the stress and make bill payments more manageable. However, there are some things you and your roommate should discuss prior to moving in so that unpleasant situations can be avoided, which include:

Rent

In most cases, it would be ideal if all of the people living under the same room can split any housing payments equally. However, if bedrooms are different sizes or there is one parking space for multiple vehicles, then changes in individual payments should be discussed. In most cases, if a fair tradeoff cannot be negotiated, such as a person with a larger bedroom agreeing to let another individual claim the only available parking space, then the difference should be reflected fairly in housing payments.

Utilities

For utilities, again, it is best if everyone can split the payment equally, provided that no one abuses one utility to an extreme. You will have to ensure that everyone agrees to the same services so that there will be no conflict if one person does not wish to have cable but others do, for instance. There will also have to be the discussion of how each person will intend to pay for their portion and when all the money will be pooled together to pay off a bill. You will also need to consider if the bill should be placed under one name or multiple.

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Food

This is always tricky because everyone may have a different diet. Be sure to discuss eating habits with any and all members living in the household so that money can be budgeted accordingly. You will need to speak about how the cost will be split, especially for shared items. It may be better for most to pay for their own groceries, but you must take in account the amount of space available for storage as well, which is why it is important to discuss eating habits with your roommates.

When all things have been considered and openly discussed, then you will find living with roommates to be a more positive experience. No matter what, you must always remember to respect others in the household so that everyone can coexist in peace.