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8 Holiday Gift Ideas for Firefighters

It’s that time of year where everyone is hustling and bustling to get their holiday shopping done. Since EHHAF provides home buying grants to public service employees, we thought we’d give you some great gift ideas for the fire workers in your life.

1. Hand-Crafted “Firefighter” Leather Tri-fold Wallet

We all know a firefighter needs a tough wallet. This hand made leather comes stamped with a maltese cross for a great look.

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2. Upcycled Fire Truck Lamp 

This firetruck has been restyled, painted and rewired to be used as an awesome decorative lamp.

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3. Firefighter Paracord Survival Strap Bracelet

Stylish and functional. This bracelet unravels to become a 30ft paracord, and every purchase goes to support the wounded warrior project.

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4. Axe and Hammer Firefighter Multi-tool

This axe and hammer multi tool combo is great for camping, or for housework.

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5. Firefighter Husband and Wife Interlocking Necklace Set

A great gift for those of you with spouses in the service. This way you’ll always have a reminder of each other next to your heart.

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6. Ax Pizza Cutter

Who wouldn’t want to cut a pizza with this great gadget. Perfect for any firefighter home.

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7. Fire Extinguisher Drink Dispenser

A great decoration and addition to your party supply. Extinguish your thirst with this firefighter themed drink dispenser.

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8. Maltese Cross Fire Boot Mug

No firefighter would be anywhere without his or her boots.

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Thinking About Remodeling?

 6 Guidelines to Consider When Thinking About Remodeling

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Whether your home is new or older, the likelihood that you will want to make changes to fit your lifestyle or personal taste will eventually creep into your mind. When thinking about remodeling, there are several things to consider. Most people start with, should I remodel or move? Will a remodel be cost effective? Should I do the work myself, or hire a contractor? All great questions to think about. Here are some guidelines to help when thinking about remodeling for the first time.

Planning Can Save Time and Money

Start gathering pictures of styles that appeal to you,  fixtures you like and color palettes that you favor. Be sure to match your tastes to your budget. This will help you stay on track and keep the momentum moving forward.

DYI or Contractor

If you are confident in your abilities as a handyman/woman, then certainly you can save a great deal of money tackling small remodeling projects on your own. However, large jobs like basements, kitchens and master baths, can be challenging if you are a first timer. Hiring a good contractor takes some diligence. Find one with good references. Check to make sure they are a member with NARI – National Association of the Remodeling Industry  http://www.nari.org/. Checking that they have a good standing with the BBB is also smart.

Visit Current Work

Pictures don’t always tell the whole truth. Ask the contractor’s you are considering if you can visit a current work site to see firsthand how they operate. You will gain valuable insight about how the contractor maintains cleanliness, organization and safety on the job.

Get It In Writing

The best laid plans are worthless without having a solid contract. A detailed contract will help everyone involved keep within budget and stay on time for completion. Be sure the contract includes the right address, start date, completion date, and a detail of what is and is not going to be done.

The Scout Law of “Being Prepared”

Know in advance that living in a construction zone comes with a variety of complexities. Living without major appliances, like those in your kitchen, can be a challenge at meal times.  You will minimize inconvenience by establishing  a make shift kitchen away from the construction zone. Include a refrigerator and microwave oven, so you can continue to make light meals at home.

Protect Your Precious Possessions

Remodeling will effect most every room in the house no matter how hard you or your contractor try to contain the mess that goes with construction. Put away pictures and artwork, store and pack away valuables before work starts. Cover items that can’t be removed; for example, chandeliers, pianos and electronics. This will save these items from the dust ball that is inherent with remodeling or even possible damage.

Beginning with these guidelines, when thinking about remodeling, will help you stay on budget and hopefully minimize the stress level.

The Seasons For Home Buying

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The High-Season

Finding the home of your dreams at a price you can financially handle often is all about timing. The greatest concentration of home searches on the Web for buyers looking reaches a peak around mid spring. Statistically, most home sales are between the months of April-July. The season for home buying with the largest inventory is at this time. People, especially families, tend to relocate during the summer while their children are on break from school. Because of the large inventory on the market during the high-season, your chance of finding a home that checks most of the boxes on your list is greatest during these months.

The Low-Season

The period of the year when there is the least amount of inventory is during the cold winter months of fall and winter. The upside is during this low-season in the housing market, buyers have the advantage. Homes typically are listed at a lower price in order to gain buyer interest while the market is slow. A buyer has less to choose from, but often they can find a great deal on a home, if they choose to buy at this time in the market.

Edith

March 13, 2013

I want to introduce a fine lady and true friend…her name is Edith Anaya and she is a real estate agent thru Keller – Williams in Westlake Village Ca. Edith and I have been thru the real estate battlefield for 8 months and suffered loss after home loss..but now we found my home by the beach and the escrow finish line is in sight…she never lost focus, she is always available for my questions and has placed my schedule above her own as far as viewings and offers…so for my FB friends looking at selling or buying, if you want a true and dedicated agent, someone you can TRUST…Edith is a gem. And if you know any veterens looking for the same…she handles us with true care…Edith we did it!!

April 10th

2 weeks in my new home, I am simply in awe with what I have done in the past 8 months. Hung up my uniform, re-located and found a terrific job in Port Hueneme, granted I am surrounded by the Navy, I have sworn before I retire, I will re-name Naval Base Ventura County, the Port Hueneme Army Base haha…To Errol at Military Housing Assistance Fund, Michael at Prime Lending, and my wonderful agent Mrs Edith Anaya with Keller-Williams, and of course my mom, you all carried me to home ownership and my second pride and joy after my son…We all love the “new car smell” how about the “new carpet smell”!! I thank God everyday for my blessings!!

August 17th

Dear Kenny, Today is your service at 1pm, Frank and I will be there, Tony will be doing his thing with Football practice…..BIG THANK YOU for serving our Country, and being a special friend to me. You’re in Heaven now and my guardian angel, love you dearly, I bought you beautiful flowers that have red, white and blue. Until we meet again, hope you’ve had a chance to meet my dad and my dear neighbor Ms. Joan Straede, they are also watching over me and my family. I love you my dear friend / brother / hero. 

Life Legacy

Kenneth Mark Walker beloved father, brother, son and friend and to any others who were very fortunate to know him, has recently passed away on August 8, 2013. Kenneth was 51 years old and had lived a very majestic life.

He was born May 12, 1962 in San Jose, California to Donald and Beverly Walker. Ken graduated from Vintage High School in 1980 at the age of 18. Within a year, he joined the military. Ken spent 9 nine years on active duty, and during that time he was in Germany, Korea, Fort Knox Kentucky, and Fort Eustis Virginia. He did his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood. After active duty, he went directly into the California National Guard. At this time, Ken was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005, and was later deployed to Iraq in 2010. After retiring from the National Guard in 2012, he went on to accept employment as a Carpenter with the Defense of Logistics Agency, Dept. of Navy at United Army/ Department of Defense and Woodworker at Naval Base Ventura County, Bldg 380. Recently, Ken received his Associates Degree from Grantham University, Kansas City Missouri and he was going on to complete his Bachelors until the time of his death.

His son Andrew Walker, and his mother Beverly Walker; many friends, co-workers, cousins, aunts and uncles, survive Ken. His father Donald Walker and his sister Deanne Walker preceded him in death.

Before his death, Ken was always a loving, caring, humorous, brave and outspoken person, who will be deeply missed by the ones who loved and cared about him.

January 10th

Kenneth Walker THANK YOU for all the years of service, I love you and will miss you, you said you would take a bullet for me, the truth is that you would’ve taken it for anyone my dear American Soldier . RIP until we meet again, please watch over your loved ones including my family, love ya Kenny

Today was the service for my dear friend Mr. Kenneth Walker. He will forever be my special friend and I will always treasure the American flag he flew in Iraq and gave to me the day I helped him move. May he now rest in peace

December 18th

Kenneth Walker This song came out and made me think of you, missing you buddy, yes I have a husband, my boys and my dogs, but you were part of my life, my hero, brother, friend. I’ll be seeing Ms. Beverly on Sunday and I know it’s difficult on her, it’s our first holiday that you are gone . I love you!!!!

August 19th

You have friends and family that were not able to attend, just wanted to share the service pictures…my favorite two is the one you are pointing at the t-shirt from San Antonio and our last conversation we had on 7/30/13 @ 7:34 pm, it ended with a happy face. I’m happy that we’ve met, to bad it was too short. — with Kenneth Walker(9 photos)

Edith

March 13, 2013

I want to introduce a fine lady and true friend…her name is Edith Anaya and she is a real estate agent thru Keller – Williams in Westlake Village Ca. Edith and I have been thru the real estate battlefield for 8 months and suffered loss after home loss..but now we found my home by the beach and the escrow finish line is in sight…she never lost focus, she is always available for my questions and has placed my schedule above her own as far as viewings and offers…so for my FB friends looking at selling or buying, if you want a true and dedicated agent, someone you can TRUST…Edith is a gem. And if you know any veterens looking for the same…she handles us with true care…Edith we did it!!

April 10th

2 weeks in my new home, I am simply in awe with what I have done in the past 8 months. Hung up my uniform, re-located and found a terrific job in Port Hueneme, granted I am surrounded by the Navy, I have sworn before I retire, I will re-name Naval Base Ventura County, the Port Hueneme Army Base haha…To Errol at Military Housing Assistance Fund, Michael at Prime Lending, and my wonderful agent Mrs Edith Anaya with Keller-Williams, and of course my mom, you all carried me to home ownership and my second pride and joy after my son…We all love the “new car smell” how about the “new carpet smell”!! I thank God everyday for my blessings!!

August 17th

Dear Kenny, Today is your service at 1pm, Frank and I will be there, Tony will be doing his thing with Football practice…..BIG THANK YOU for serving our Country, and being a special friend to me. You’re in Heaven now and my guardian angel, love you dearly, I bought you beautiful flowers that have red, white and blue. Until we meet again, hope you’ve had a chance to meet my dad and my dear neighbor Ms. Joan Straede, they are also watching over me and my family. I love you my dear friend / brother / hero. 

Life Legacy

Kenneth Mark Walker beloved father, brother, son and friend and to any others who were very fortunate to know him, has recently passed away on August 8, 2013. Kenneth was 51 years old and had lived a very majestic life.

He was born May 12, 1962 in San Jose, California to Donald and Beverly Walker. Ken graduated from Vintage High School in 1980 at the age of 18. Within a year, he joined the military. Ken spent 9 nine years on active duty, and during that time he was in Germany, Korea, Fort Knox Kentucky, and Fort Eustis Virginia. He did his basic training in Fort Leonard Wood. After active duty, he went directly into the California National Guard. At this time, Ken was deployed to Afghanistan in 2005, and was later deployed to Iraq in 2010. After retiring from the National Guard in 2012, he went on to accept employment as a Carpenter with the Defense of Logistics Agency, Dept. of Navy at United Army/ Department of Defense and Woodworker at Naval Base Ventura County, Bldg 380. Recently, Ken received his Associates Degree from Grantham University, Kansas City Missouri and he was going on to complete his Bachelors until the time of his death.

His son Andrew Walker, and his mother Beverly Walker; many friends, co-workers, cousins, aunts and uncles, survive Ken. His father Donald Walker and his sister Deanne Walker preceded him in death.

Before his death, Ken was always a loving, caring, humorous, brave and outspoken person, who will be deeply missed by the ones who loved and cared about him.

January 10th

Kenneth Walker THANK YOU for all the years of service, I love you and will miss you, you said you would take a bullet for me, the truth is that you would’ve taken it for anyone my dear American Soldier . RIP until we meet again, please watch over your loved ones including my family, love ya Kenny

Today was the service for my dear friend Mr. Kenneth Walker. He will forever be my special friend and I will always treasure the American flag he flew in Iraq and gave to me the day I helped him move. May he now rest in peace

December 18th

Kenneth Walker This song came out and made me think of you, missing you buddy, yes I have a husband, my boys and my dogs, but you were part of my life, my hero, brother, friend. I’ll be seeing Ms. Beverly on Sunday and I know it’s difficult on her, it’s our first holiday that you are gone . I love you!!!!

August 19th

You have friends and family that were not able to attend, just wanted to share the service pictures…my favorite two is the one you are pointing at the t-shirt from San Antonio and our last conversation we had on 7/30/13 @ 7:34 pm, it ended with a happy face. I’m happy that we’ve met, to bad it was too short. — with Kenneth Walker(9 photos)