Servicing DC, MD & VA

Valentine’s Day Facts and Statistics

February 2nd, 2018 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

6 Sanity Saving Thanksgiving Tips

November 9th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

Rental Car Insurance

January 6th, 2017 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

Tips On What You Need To Know At The Counter

Rental car insurance can be confusing and frustrating. Learn what you need to do before you ever step foot in a rental car office.

Happy Mother’s Day!

May 3rd, 2016 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

A time to celebrate mothers

As the second Sunday of May nears, it’s time to think of ways to celebrate mothers – although, of course, that’s a worthy pursuit at any time of year!

At Hodge, Hart & Schleifer, Inc, we thought it would be fun to give you a little of the history behind Mother’s Day, as well as a few ideas to honor the special women in all our lives.

Ancient beginnings

According to MothersDayCentral.com, the ancient Egyptians held an annual festival to honor “the mother of the pharaohs” – the goddess Isis. This is one of the earliest historical records of a society celebrating a mother.

How Mother’s Day came to be in the U.S.

In 1870, Julia Ward Howe, a social activist and poet (and author of the lyrics for “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”) had became distraught by the toll of the Civil War. She issued a “Mother’s Day Proclamation” that year, calling on mothers to protest the killing and create a day celebrating peace and motherhood.

Howe’s proclamation did not result in a national Mother’s Day, but in 1908, Anna Jarvis of West Virginia took up the cause. She wanted to accomplish her mother’s dream of making a celebration of all mothers. By 1909, more than 40 states were holding Mother’s Day services, even though it was not a national holiday.

In 1912, according to Wikipedia, West Virginia was the first state to officially observe Mother’s Day. Jarvis continued to promote the day until President Woodrow Wilson made it an official national holiday in 1914.

She later regretted creating the holiday, believing that it had become too commercialized.

Enough with the history – where are the gift ideas?

Like us at Hodge, Hart & Schleifer, Inc, we know you might have more urgent concerns on your mind, like last-minute shopping, so here are the most popular Mother’s Day gifts, according to MothersDayCentral.com.

Gift baskets
Personalized gifts
Spa gifts

Of course, perhaps the best gift of all is getting in touch and letting the moms in your life know just how much they mean to you. Happy Mother’s Day!

History of Mother’s Day

Choosing the Right Provider

October 7th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

Choosing the right provider is one of the most important decisions you’ll make about your health care. We can help you find the right one.

Remember, you’re looking for a provider you can trust and work with to improve your health and well-being, so take time to think about what you need. Depending on how complicated your health care needs are, you may need to see more than one type of provider.

Primary Care Providers: You’ll see a primary care provider first for most health issues. They’ll work with you to get your recommended screenings, help you manage chronic conditions, and refer you to other types of providers if you need them. Your primary care provider may be called a family physician or doctor, internist, general practitioner, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant. Your child or teenager’s provider may be called a pediatrician.

Specialists: You’ll see a specialist for certain services or to treat specific conditions. Specialists include cardiologists, oncologists, psychologists, allergists, podiatrists, and orthopedists. You may need a referral from your primary care provider before you go to a specialist in order for your health plan to pay for your visit.

Here are some tips for finding a provider where you live:

  • If you already have a provider you like and want to keep working with, call their office and ask if they accept your coverage.
  • Call your insurance company or state Medicaid and CHIP program. Look at their website or check your member handbook to find providers in your network who take your health coverage.
  • Ask your friends or family if they have providers they like and use these tools to compare health care providers in your area.

Source: healthcare.gov

Happy Mother’s Day

May 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

What Kids REALLY Think About Their Moms

Mother’s Day is here (happy, happy!) and to honor the holiday we sat down with some talkative tots, who eagerly shared their favorite things about their moms. Check out our video below to hear the simple yet endearing answers, and then share what little thing your kiddo loves about you using the hashtag #pbjellymom — because everything mom does is special.


Flood Insurance

April 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

FEMA Addresses Flood Insurance Policyholders

Before Buying a Home

April 1st, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

Insurance Questions Everyone Should Ask

Home Tricks

March 2nd, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in U-Tube

The secret to putting on a duvet and more home tricks

Does putting your duvet on the comforter make your blood boil? Are you always overdressing salads? Have you endured cut after cut after cut trying to slice cheese? It all stops now!

Real Simple magazine’s Sarah Humphreys stopped by Studio 1A to share tips and tricks for tackling some of life’s pesky tasks.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Burrito roll

Stuffing that comforter back in the duvet cover after washing bedding is one of life’s more frustrating moments, but it doesn’t have to be when you follow these steps:

1.  Turn the duvet cover inside out. Lay it on top of your bed with the cover’s opening facing away from where you stand.

2.  Place your comforter on top of the duvet. Make sure all of the corners are aligned. If you have corner ties, tie them together.

3.  Stand opposite of the opening. Begin to roll the comforter and duvet together like a burrito.

4.  Once everything is rolled up, grab one end of the roll and, using the enclosure of the duvet cover, stuff the comforter roll inside, similar to a sandwich bag.

5.  Button or zip the duvet cover closed. Position the burrito/roll on the bed so that the enclosure is aligned with the bottom of the bed.

6.  Begin unrolling and you are done!

Shake it off

Cocktail shakers aren’t only helpful when you need a drink. They can also be used for various other tasks, including sprinkling French toast, cookies and other treats with powdered sugar. Simply put powdered sugar in the shaker and use it as a duster.

Another helpful cocktail shaker task: Put unpeeled garlic inside the shaker and shake it for 20 seconds. The cloves will come out unpeeled!

Spin away

Salad spinners can do more than just remove water from your lettuce. Here are two other ways you can put that spinner to use:

  • If you have overdressed a salad, simply put the salad in the spinner, spin it a few times and the dressing will come off.
  • Remove excess water from sweaters after washing by giving them a spin, then laying them flat to try.

Paint protection

Next time you need to paint a wall, make sure you have a smoothie cup with its dome lid nearby to use as a paint tray. The brush will be able to stand up on its own within the cup.

Peeling cheese

Avoid losing a finger when cutting hard cheese. Instead, grab the vegetable peeler. Simply slide the peeler over the cheese and you will have perfect slices.

Source: today.com