April is Stress Awareness Month

April is Stress Awareness Month! Did you know that not all stress is bad? Small amounts of stress that everyone experiences is a good thing, as stress can energize and motivate you. However, prolonged or excessive stress can have negative physical and psychological consequences, including depression, anxiety, and poor immune function. Below are a few healthy tips to help alleviate stress. Also, keep in mind that stress can lead to other serious health complications, it is important to have proper health insurance. For a free Pennsylvania Health Insurance quote contact a Kimberley Vassal Insurance Agent today!

  • Stay physically active. Physical activity provides both immediate and long-term stress relief.
  • Eat nutritious foods. Eat at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables a day. 
  • Get adequate sleep. Ensure you get the suggested 7-8 hours of sleep per night.
  • Limit caffeine intake. Caffeine can stay in your system for up to 10 hours and interfere with sleep. Rethink that caffeinated drink later in the day.  
  • Connect with support systems. Take a break and talk with a supportive friend or family member.
  • Use effective time management strategies Managing your time effectively can minimize stress and improve sleep and overall health. 



National Beer Day!

Being as yesterday (Sunday, April 7, 2013) was National Beer Day, I wanted to share “The Insurance Beer Snob’s” two most recent reviews. We produced both of these reviews last month but hope to have a few more coming your way in April! The first video reviews the brand new Dogfish Head “Test Batch” Sixty-One and the second reviews a brand new brew from Victory, titled Swing Session Saison… Enjoy!


April is Lawn and Garden Month

Did you know that April is Lawn and Garden Month? With the beautiful Spring days upon us, what better time to get your lawn into shape then right now! Getting a healthy and beautiful lawn and garden isn’t rocket science, but it does take time, patience and the right information. Below are a few Spring lawn care tips courtesy of TLC.com, for more information check out the full article here. Remember Spring is also a good time to review and update your homeowners insurance! Contact a Kimberley Vassal Insurance agent today or visit our website for a free Pennsylvania homeowners insurance quote.

  • Fertilization: Spring is a crucial time to fertilize because it replenishes the food reserves your yard draws from while dormant in the winter and fuels grass’ rapid growth phase.
  • Weed control: Apply a pre-emergent weed killer on lawns to prevent grassy weeds from germinating. Spring broadleaf weeds like dandelions, clovers and plantains, are best prevented by maintaining a proper mowing height and fertilization. After a mild winter, annual weeds that germinate in the fall, like henbit and chickweed, will be more visible and require higher levels of broadleaf weed control through herbicides. Never use chemical weed killers!
  • Pest control/Disease repair: Severe winters may increase the incidence of winter diseases such as snow mold and Bermuda dead spot. Proper cultural care is important in helping your lawn recover from stress related winter diseases. Properly timed fertilizer application and mowing at the recommended height for your grass type are two items that will aid in the recovery of your lawn.
  • Mowing: Contrary to popular belief, setting your mower at a very low height can actually increase weeds by exposing the soil surface to sunlight and removing stored nutrients in leaf blades. Cool weather grasses, such as bluegrass, ryegrass and fescues, should maintain a height of 2.5 to 3.5 inches. Warm season grasses, like bermuda, zoysia, St. Augustine and centipede, should be kept at 1.5 to 2.5 inches tall. Also, think about skipping the loud, carbon-intensive, gas-powered mower for an electric or human-powered alternative.

The Chester County Antiques Show is Coming

Antique Show

The Chester County Antiques Show, presented by PECO, is just several weeks away. It is the Chester County Historical Society’s biggest fundraiser. This year the event will be taking place at the Phelps School; which sits at the corner of Paoli Pike and Sugartown Road.

The Preview Party on April 5th sets the tone for a great weekend. Enjoy exceptional food by Jimmy Duffy’s Catering. The Preview Party is always attended by the Society’s loyal supporters as well as the community’s leaders, so you are bound to meet new people.

If you like antiques or simply wish to learn more about them, there is no better place to do that than the Chester County Antiques Show. Dealers are virtual encyclopedias of information on the topics and enjoy nothing more than to share their knowledge with people who are interested. You don’t have to be a collector to enjoy the show – you can just look and ask questions about what you see. If you are a collector, you will find dealers present exceptional antiques at friendly prices. For further information on the event visit www.chestercohistorical.org or click here.