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This section will be News and Information that pertain to Quick Calls services.  It will also include articles with tips to help you out with the day-to-day things we all have to deal with: repairs, shopping, time management etc....

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Help with Your Landscaping

 

Spring has come in AZ!  The weather has been really nice lately and many people have started working on their gardens.  This is a great time to get your landscaping into shape before the heat of summer hits.

When it comes time for you to create the landscaping for your yard, you should have ideas of what you want.  You can flip through some magazines and collect the pictures and pay attention to those elements that show up in each picture.  Chances are that is what drew you to that design in the first place.   You can also check out Pinterest.  People post their own landscaping and designs and you can reap from their experience.  The internet is also a great place to gather ideas.  

AZ Landscaper Creations says to ask yourself, “What is the purpose of your landscaping?  How do you plan to use it?  Do you need a seat wall, a simple outdoor bbq area, a built-in-bbq, a whole outdoor kitchen, raised planter beds, a large patio area, a pergola for additional shade, a retaining wall, a water feature, etc.?  Start with the larger elements first to create a solid foundation for your plan and then fill in with the accents, or softscape (plants, trees, shrubs, flowers, etc.)”

Once you know what you want, it is time to create.

If your yard is barren or already has landscaping that needs some refreshing, landscaping is an investment into your home.  Sometimes creating the perfect outdoor living space takes time.  

However, many of us do not have the time to work on our yards.  That is where QuickCallServices.com come in.  We are a company that helps you with those chores and handyman jobs around the house that you just don’t have the time to complete.  We also work with those who are physically impaired or elderly that has a hard time keeping up with the maintenance of their home and yards.  

If you need some routine maintenance on your yard such a raking, tree trimming, gutter cleaning, weeding or planting give QuickCallServices.com a call at: 480.442.9415

The Best Dogs for Elderly or Handicapped People


There are many breeds of dog available for sale or adoption. People considering becoming dog owners have many choices, and can hand pick a companion based on qualities such as the dog's personality and the owner's life needs. Handicapped and elderly individuals have needs differing from other dog owners, and choose dogs geared toward unique needs.

Small Dogs for the Elderly

Elderly dog owners may choose a small dog as a companion. Smaller breeds tend to be lap dogs who love attention. While large dogs may be intimitating to intruders, the small dogs are fiercely devoted to their owners. Small dogs may require less exercise, which will fit into the possible physical limitations of an older owner. Small dog varieties include Yorkshire Terriers, toy poodles, Chihuahuas, Boston Terriers, Shih Tzus or Maltese.

Labrador Retriever

The Labrador Retriever, or lab, is a breed with an even temper and high intelligence. These dogs are easy to please, which escalates their training capability. Labs are often used as working dogs for assistance to handicapped individuals. This breed is suitable for the elderly if the senior is accustomed to taking care of a medium-sized dog, and is physically able to handle a high-energy dog. Labs are very energetic and need exercise, which makes them suitable to assist handicapped people but may not make them suitable for all seniors.

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San Tan Valley Family Gets an Unexpected Surprise



Today, Dec 10th, started off as any ordinary day for Amber Murphy. She had to get her 6 year old daughter ready for school, help her 3 year old son get ready and prepare to go visit her husband, Dustin Murphy.  Dustin was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer 3 years ago and is currently at Lund Hospice.

The only other thing Amber had to prepare for was an interview.   She had been contacted by Gradient Gives Back Foundation and they let her know that she was one of the finalists for an award. The Gradient Gives Back Foundation was formed to make immediate and real differences in the lives of families who have fallen on hard times and the Murphy's are one of those families.

A couple of board members were going to be at Amber's home on Monday, Dec 10th, to ask a few more questions before a decision was made, she was told.  Amber was confused why she was a finalist for anything.  "When Gretchen called me, I couldn't figure out why she had called me," laughed Amber.  "I had no idea that my husband had filled out the application for us."  The interview was to take place first thing in the morning and wasn't going to interfere with the rest of Amber's day, or so she thought.  After the interview was completed, Beverly, representing Gradient's PR firm and Tisha Castillo, President/CEO of the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce, were waiting outside of the Murphy's home, alongside Diane Ryan of FOX 10 News.  Amber wasn't a finalist, she was actually the recipient.

When Amber heard the news, she was overwhelmed.  "It's been quite a struggle over the last 3 years.  The last few months have been especially difficult.  Dustin was home and I was trying to care for him 24 hours a day, but he fell a couple of times and I just couldn't get him back up.  Now he's in hospice and it doesn't seem like we'll have him (Dustin) for much longer. They don't even think he'll make it to Christmas."

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Road Trip Guide: 5 Secrets to Beating Thanksgiving Traffic


It’s no secret that Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest times for travel during the year, so if you’re one of the 43.6 million Americans (39.1 million drivers) AAA is predicting will be traveling at least 50 miles from home this year, here are some tips to give you an advantage.
With the potential of a Thanksgiving storm, it’s important to do a full check of your vehicle before getting on the road. This is an obvious tip, but it’s something many people overlook. Don’t just fill up and take off, it’s important to check your oil, brake fluid, coolant, and especially your tires and tire pressure before getting on the road for a long trip.

 

1. Plan out an alternate route.

More travelers mean more cars, and more accidents, make sure you have at least one alternate route planned out that you can take to avoid huge delays. Try to plan your route along less popular freeways. Even if the mileage is a bit more it will be worth it when you’re driving 65 for that extra 10 miles than stuck locked in traffic for an extra 2 hours. This is also a good idea for those traveling very long distances where weather may be an issue.

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Daily Needs for Elderly Care


Recently we came across this article about caring for the elderly.  We value the contribution the elderly have made to our community and our world and realize they may need some extra assistance in their daily life.  We are set up to do just that. If you are the caregiver of an elderly person and you are looking for assistance in caring for them, you have found a solution!

 

QuickCallServices.com offers many services including: transportation, meal assistance, delivery service and even handyman services.  Read the article and our additions at the end and give us a call if we can help.As we age, we often face additional needs and challenges connected to getting older. If a family member, neighbor, or friend has reached a point where he needs assistance with his daily routine, you'll need to know what those daily needs are. Allow him to be as independent, while respectfully helping him with the tasks that have become difficult.

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Hotels in Flagstaff, Arizona

 

With the economy the way it is, more and more people are taking "staycations."  These are vacations that are centered on staying locally and discovering and exploring fun things to do near home.  If staying at home isn't an option for you but you still want to get away, considering traveling a short distance and exploring local cities.  Here is an article we came across that explores lodging in Flagstaff.  Flagstaff is only 150 miles away from Phoenix.  Close enough to be reasonably priced for a get-away but far enough away that you feel like you are on vacation. 


The city of Flagstaff is located in northern Arizona in the southwest region of the United States. The city has an active cultural scene, and hosts a number of festivals throughout the year, including April's Northern Arizona Book Festival and spring's Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. Visitors can enjoy skiing at the Arizona Snowbowl 15 miles away. Flagstaff is also a base for exploring surrounding areas such as Coconino National Forest and the San Francisco Peaks, while the Grand Canyon National Park and Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument are within driving distance. Visitors will find plenty of comfortable hotels in Flagstaff.

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Free Information Session about Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to be held Oct. 9

 

Queen Creek residents and business owners are invited to join the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and the Leadership Centre for an informational about the airport and its impact on the Queen Creek area. This free program takes place at the Queen Creek Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 from 6-8 p.m.

 

 

 

For the Complete Article, Click here.

TSA Blog


I am sure if you fly frequently you are aware of what you can and can not carry with you on the plane and what needs to be packed.  The TSA often puts out news articles defining their most recent policies.  Here is a recent article TSA posted on some of the items passengers tried to get through and on to the plane.  You may or may not agree with all of TSA's policies and procedures, but I sure am glad these items weren't allowed on.

 

"Inert Grenades Etc. – We continue to find inert hand grenades and other weaponry on weekly basis. Please keep in mind that if an item looks like a bomb, grenade, mine, etc., it is prohibited - real or not. When these items are found at a checkpoint, they can cause significant delays. I know they are cool novelty items, but it is best not to take them on a plane.  Read here and here on why inert items cause problems."

 

For the complete article:  http://blog.tsa.gov/2012/09/tsa-week-in-review-16-oz-can-of-black.html

 

 

Happy trails!

Roadway Improvements Make It Easier To Get To Sky Harbor


A recent road improvement has made it easier for travelers coming to the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  Travelers will have another way to enter the airport thanks to a new ramp off State-Route 143 (SR-143).

Recently the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) completed the southbound interchange on SR-143.  The reconstruction is now complete.  It helps traffic in and out of the airport when drivers can enter the  Airport from the southbound SR-143.

The northbound SR-143 has also recently been reopened after being closed since March for reconstruction. 

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Say No to Long Term Parking

 

Do you fly for business a lot out of the Phoenix airport? Or maybe you fly periodically to visit family.  If you are a frequent traveler out of the Phoenix airport you have probably parked your car in one of the long-term parking areas.

Here is a sampling of the rates for the long term parking.

QuikParkPHX (Crowne Plaza Hotel) - Daily Rate $6.00
Sky Harbor Airport Parking – Self -Daily Rate  - $7.00
PreFlight Airport Parking --Daily Rate $9.50
If you choose the cheapest rate for a three day trip you are looking at a rate of $18.00 for parking.  That price isn’t too bad.  

If you go with the higher priced parking, which is covered, then you are looking at a rate $28.50 (without taxes or additional fees).  

However, there are a few things to consider.  How protected is your car?  What if you arrive back from your trip and you have a flat tire?  Or your car has been damaged somehow?  Will you be able to find with your claim ticket?  How far is the parking structure from the airport?  Will you be able to even find your car in the lot?

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Outsource Your Personal Chores and Errands

 

If you find that many of life’s task aren’t getting done because you are either too busy or don’t have the necessary skills or tools, QuickCall.com can help.  We are a call away and can help you with household chores, errands, furniture assembly or yard maintenance.  Here is an article we recently read which describes how useful an assistant can be.

You can outsource business tasks with sites like RentACoder (now called Vworker), Elance, oDesk and many others. But imagine what you could do if someone else could clean your house, shop for groceries, take care of the pet or handle invitations to an upcoming event.

 

The concept of outsourcing can go beyond using virtual assistants, web designers and programmers. By outsourcing chores, you can remove the stressful things in your life, and as a result, have more time to do the things you love.


Deciding What to Outsource

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SanTan Village Mall


Summer has arrived and it is now time to shop for those summer essentials such as shorts, sunscreen, hats, beach towels and all the fun things you need to survive a hot AZ summer.  Here at QuickCallServices.com, we recognize that for some, shopping is hard or impossible for some residents to get their shopping done--or maybe just don't want to get out in the heat.    That's where we come in.  We can run those errands for you, pick up your shopping or make deliveries for you.  We'd love to help you out just give us a call at: 480.442.9415.  Meanwhile, check out this article we found over at BestOfSanTanValley.com.  We have some great local resources!

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Travel Tip: Pet Travel Resources


To all you pet lovers out there, there’s some good news and helpful resources when it comes to traveling with–and without–your pet.

For some dog owners, there’s good news on the airline front. United Airlines just removed its embargo on allowing pit bulls and eight other breeds from flying.

The initial concern was that these were so-called dangerous breeds, but public support convinced the airline to change its policy. Now, all nine of these breeds are allowed to fly in reinforced crates.

Then there’s a question of where to stay once you get there: It’s not always easy to find pet-friendly places, which is where sites like Pet Hotels of America, come in handy. The site lists hotels as well as pet-friendly parks, kennels, and events.

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Fun Stuff to Do in Arizona

 

There are so many fun places to go with kids in Arizona - great zoos and aquariums, museums, theme parks, water parks and swimming pools, places to visit outdoors (many of which are cheap or free), historical places of interest, activities and indoor play centres for toddlers as well as the usual family tourist attractions - take a look below, lots of the best things to do with children in the Phoenix area.

Enchanted Island

The Valley's best places to take the family is conveniently located just west of 7th Avenue on Encanto Blvd, right in the heart of Phoenix's picturesque Encanto Park. Enchanted Island is filled with charm and magic, offering nine fanciful rides and a variety of popular attractions geared especially toward children aged 2 to 10.

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What to Look for in a Courier Service

 

When you are looking for a courier service to help you deliver items, you want one you can count on and who will deliver your packages or products on time and safely.  Here is a list of things to look for so you know you have the right company for you.

 

1)    Look for a company that has good reviews by actual customers.  You should be able to tell that they have a wide range of customers.  This lets you know they are able to deliver most anything and have experience with a variety of materials.

 

2)    You want a company that has good, dependable employees.  After all, these are the people who will be delivering and handling your materials.  Ask the owner what their tune-over rate is.  Have these same employees been working there for awhile?  How long?  Have they ever damaged someone’s delivery?  Have they done background checks? Do they have valid driver’s license?

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You will find lots of people who hire transportation service for one reason or another. They might need a driver for a wedding, a party, picking up a customer or as transportation to and from the airport. Lots of people would rather make use of a driver instead of burdening their family with the need to drop them off or pick them up at their destination.   There are many benefits to hiring a local transportation service in the Phoenix area.

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If you are a working parent who just doesn’t have a lot of time to run errands, or an elderly person who is having trouble getting around, you may have considered using a delivery service in the San Tan Valley area.  Many of us just run out of time in our day to get everything done!


One way to stretch your time could be to buy your groceries online and have them delivered.  Those moms or dads that are tired at the end of a long day of work, homework help, making dinner, cleaning house……might just find this idea enticing.  Those that have mobility problems such as the elderly or disabled could find this service useful.  Or maybe you just want to cut down on how much gas you are using.  Hiring a delivery service to deliver groceries (or other items) could be the answer you are looking for.
When you think about buying groceries online, however, you should consider the quality and the variety of the food choices as well as how easy it is to order and the cost involved.  The final decision may come down to weighing the pros and cons.

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A collection of tips on how to begin improving your home makes the perfect starting point for a beginner to emerge and hopefully begin improving their own home much easier. Below is just such a collection that will hopefully assist you.

One way to lower your electric bill is to install a motion sensor on your outdoor lights. This way, the bright spotlights only come on when someone is outside and needs the light and then, turn off when not needed, saving on energy. Also, motion-detector outdoor lights can act as a deterrent against theft.

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