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11
Nov

Some Interesting Facts That You Should Know about Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving is one of the national holidays observed in the U.S., where families and friends sit around the table to celebrate blessings and events that they are grateful for. The traditional holiday is believed to have started during the American civil war in 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln declared the 26th of November as Thanksgiving Day. However, interestingly, Thanksgiving did not start originally in 1863.

How Did It All Start?

The first Thanksgiving was held in the Plymouth colony in November 1621 to mark the success of the Pilgrims’ first corn harvest. The occasion was celebrated for three days by each state and colony, until 1863 when a unique day was chosen for it. Thanksgiving Day became a national holiday in 1941.

Interesting Facts about Thanksgiving Day

  1. Each year a turkey is pardoned

    Every Thanksgiving Day, the President is presented with a ceremonial turkey from the National Turkey Foundation. Each year, the ceremonial turkey has been pardoned, except for the one presented to President Harry Truman. He pardoned the turkey but ended up eating it for dinner.

  2. The first Thanksgiving parade featured real animals

    Thanksgiving parade or Macy’s parade was first held in 1924 to kickstart the Christmas holiday. It was known back then as Macy’s Christmas parade. It featured real animals from the central park instead of balloon characters.

  3. The writer of “Mary had a little lamb” is the mother of Thanksgiving

    Sarah Joseph Hale, the author of “Mary had a little lamb,” is known as the mother of Thanksgiving, thanks to the relentless letters she wrote to the then U.S. President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, persuading him to declare Thanksgiving Day as a national holiday.

  4. Americans consume more calories on Thanksgiving Day

    According to statistics, Americans eat about 45 million turkeys every Thanksgiving. Each turkey contains 300-4600 calories more than the daily intake.

  5. Watching football on Thanksgiving is a tradition too

    Watching football on Thanksgiving is another tradition that has been adopted over the years, just like eating turkey. It started from the match between Yale and Princeton held on 1876 Thanksgiving. Since then, it has become a tradition.

  6. Thanksgiving is the peak day for fire accidents

    Thanksgiving Day has the highest number of residential fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association. With the festival in full mode, it is easy to get distracted and leave food unattended. Therefore not only is the turkey at risk of getting burnt but so is your house and belongings. To prevent accidental fires, make sure to take the necessary safety measures such as keeping a fire extinguisher handy, ensuring that the stove or oven is never left unattended, setting timers to remind yourself of the food being cooked, etc.

These are some fun facts about Thanksgiving Day that you should be aware of. Our team at Abatelli Insurance wishes you a very Happy Thanksgiving! Stay safe and have a great holiday!

16
Jul

How Smart Business Owners Should Rebuild After COVID-19 and Civil Unrest

After a long period of COVID-19 disruption in our lives, as well as looting from recent protests, business owners are just about to get back on their feet. Recovering from a pandemic as well as civil unrest may not be easy for every business owner, but there are a few things that you can do to help make the transition smooth.

 

Take a look at your finances. If you haven’t already, take a look at your finances and work out how badly your business was hit from the coronavirus and riots. You may have had financial support from the government which tied you over for a couple of months, but now you need to work out how fast your business needs to recover. Whether you lost income or had to lose employees, ensure you understand your new financial picture.

 

Adapt your operations. Recognize that what worked pre-coronavirus may not work in our new normal. Assess whether you need to change operations to make your business more successful. For example, do you offer delivery so customers can order online from the safety of their homes? If you used to rely on foot traffic, now may be the time to rethink practices to ensure your products are reading people.

 

File a claim if needed. If recent protests meant that looters raided your store or vandalized your property, you may be able to claim on your insurance. Civil unrest is typically included in commercial insurance coverage, which means you can have help recovering from looters.

 

Smart business owners know that they need to have an active, hands-on approach to repair their business after the coronavirus and riots. To help, your insurance can repair and replace belongings that were damaged because of looking. For the right commercial property insurance policy, contact our expert team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today. We serve Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, and surrounding cities of New York with reliable coverage!

18
Jun

How Having a Pet Can Help Your Mental Health

Animals are our heroes – not only do they provide us with love and comfort, but they truly are companions to the end. A growing body of studies confirms that pets aren’t just fun to have around the house – they can actually improve our mental health.

 

Take a look at just a few mental health benefits of having a pet in the house:

 

  • Pets stop you from feeling lonely

It’s not just that pets help you to build a wider social network – many people have pets as companions. They make you happy, give you a routine, and are great company. Having a friendly face at home can help stave off common mental health problems caused by being lonely.

 

  • Pets help you manage long-term mental health issues

Pets are very valuable to those that have long-term mental health issues because they offer support and provide a welcome distraction from symptoms or upsetting experiences. They also give you lots of encouragement and companionship, even when other relationships might be limited or strained.

 

  • Pets teach us skills

Having a pet helps to teach us valuable skills, such as empathy and recognizing emotions in animals. These skills can also be used to help us care for other animals and humans.

 

  • Pets help to build self-esteem

A lot of effort goes into keeping pets healthy and happy. With that comes a proud feeling that we get when we see our pets thriving. In turn, this helps us to boost our self-esteem.

 

Do you have a pet at home? Let us know how he or she brightens your day! If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

11
Jun

How to Create a Self-Care Sanctuary in Your Home

We’re all spending a bit more time at home lately. Between working from home and cooking every meal, it’s important to find a bit of peace of quiet in our homes. Self-care is a term often thrown around, but it is really just about creating a space that makes you feel comfortable at ease. So, why not create a self-care sanctuary at home that allows you to relax and unwind?

 

Choose the right spot. The first step in setting up your self-care sanctuary is to designate a spot in your home where the good vibes will take place. The bathroom and bedroom are ideal spaces for resting. A comfortable chair will also do or perhaps you feel most joyful when in the great outdoors.

 

Declutter the space. It’s difficult to concentrate and relax in a messy room. Start by organizing your self-care space, removing unwanted items, and organizing surfaces so that there are more clean and clear areas.

 

Tone down the tech. Even if you want to unwind to your favorite TV show, it’s best to remove as much technology from your self-care space as possible. Unplug for a bit to truly reap the benefits.

 

Wash the windows. Get rid of dust and grime from inside and outside of the windows to let that restorative natural light flow into the room.

 

Add in living plants. Happy greenery evokes the calm of nature, looks lovely, and purifies the air. Get started by adding in a spider plant or two, or a nice palm that brightens up the space.

 

How are you creating a self-care sanctuary in the home? Let us know! If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

14
May

Fresh Spring Recipe: Tomato Risotto with Grilled Greens

Enjoy this fresh and rich risotto for springtime dining.

 

Risotto is one of those dishes everyone should have under their belt. They are easy to make and can be adapted for a cold winter night or a fresh and bright spring day. If you’re looking for a quick, cheap, and delicious meal that will please your family, try out this tomato risotto with grilled greens. Ideal for spring, this fresh dish is a great choice.

 

Ingredients

Risotto

  • 1/2 white onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 4 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 cup risotto rice (such as arborio)
  • 6 tomatoes

Green Vegetables

  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Spinach

 

Instructions

  1. Heat the vegetable stock in a saucepan and keep just below a simmer. Blend 4 of the tomatoes in a blender until purified, then add to the vegetable stock.
  2. Heat a large, deep skillet with 1 tbsp olive oil on a medium heat and add the onion and saute for 2-3 minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and saute for a further 1 minute.
  3. Add the rice to the pan and stir with the onion and garlic, cook for 1 minute so the rice is coated. Then add the wine and stir cooking until the wine is completely absorbed.
  4. Begin to add the stock and tomato mixture into the rice dish, stirring each time and making sure each ladle is absorbed before adding the next. Keep going until all the stock is used up, this should take between 35-45 minutes.
  5. Dice the other two tomatoes and add in at the end to warm through.
  6. Grill your green vegetables until they are cooked but still have some bite. Serve immediately.

 

We hope that you enjoy this delicious recipe. For all of your personal and commercial insurance needs, contact the team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today.

7
May

Mental Health Tips for Coronavirus and Social Distancing

Looking after your mental health through the pandemic.

 

The outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) may be stressful for everyone. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions to rise to the surface. The whole concept of social distancing may be wearing thin for you, and you may be eager to interact with others and get back to your routine. Even when you – and the world – are healthy, not having social interactions can hurt both your physical and mental wellbeing. To help you cope during this time, here are a few mental health tips.

 

Limit news consumption

It’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the news and media about the virus. It’s even easier to feel overwhelmed and depressed about the situation. To help protect your mental health, limit your exposure to the news and consider only checking social media once or twice a day. Remember to only follow trusted sources such as the CDC or WHO.

 

Keep in touch

To boost oxytocin, it’s important to stay in touch with your support system. Communicate more openly and regularly FaceTime, call, or text your friends and family. While we may be feeling isolated, our loved ones may be feeling even lower. We need each other now more than ever.

 

Think healthy

Simple things like physical fitness, good food, hydration, and connecting with others help to maintain a positive mindset. While you’re at home, don’t wallow. Try to eat plenty of healthy food (fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds), stay active by taking online classes, and spend time in the sunshine.

 

Use psychological strategies to manage stress and stay positive

Try not to worry too much about the future – focus on what you can do and accept the things you cannot change. One way to do this is to keep a daily gratitude journal. You may also choose to download smartphone applications that deliver mindfulness and relaxation exercises.

 

With these tips, you can start to feel better during this time of uncertainty. If you’re looking for personal or commercial insurance during this time, call one of our trusted advisors at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to get you the protection and peace of mind you need.

9
Apr

What to Do If Your Travel Plans Are Interrupted by a Travel Warning

How to handle travel warnings.

 

There’s no doubt that the spread of the coronavirus has caused a lot of travel disruption. If you were planning a trip away, it may be a good idea to reconsider traveling. There may even be warnings out for you not to travel.

 

The U.S. State Department has issued varying levels of travel warnings for countries where there are current outbreaks. The highest level — Level 4: Do Not Travel — has been applied to Iran and China at time of writing. The State Department has issued Level 3: Reconsider Travel warnings for those planning travel to Italy, where more than 50 people have died from the virus, and South Korea, where nearly 30 people have died and more than 5,000 cases have been reported.

 

Guidance from health agencies has warned people to be cautious about any international travel, but no official restrictions have been placed on domestic travel as yet.

 

But if you have to travel—for work or otherwise—you can take precautions outlined by all health agencies, such as washing your hands and keeping away from crowds as much as possible. Traveling means navigating large crowds so it is essential that you maintain good hygiene practices to prevent catching harmful germs.

 

If you’re planning on traveling, be sure to reference the CDC’s communication resources for travelers. This information can help you decide on whether to travel and how to stay safe when on the move.

 

Do you have questions regarding your insurance and traveling? Talk to the professionals at Abatelli Group, Inc. We are ready to help you find reliable insurance.

5
Mar

International Women’s Day 2020: Tips for Starting a Business as a Woman

Celebrating International Women’s Day as an entrepreneur!

 

Did you know that Sunday, March 8th, 2020 is International Women’s Day? It’s a day to celebrate the women of your life, from your mother to sisters to spouse to daughters and co-workers. It’s also a day take stock of what you’ve achieved as a woman. If you’re a women considering starting your own business but struggling to get your idea off the ground, you’re not alone. It’s no secret that women are rising to the top in business, but can struggle simply because of their gender. To help, we’ve rounded up some essential tips to consider when starting a business as a woman.

 

Fit your business into your life

Running a business involves long hours of work and this can be more complicated for women than men. If you do the bulk of the domestic care work, whether that’s caring for your children or looking after an elderly parent, you may need to ask for help while getting your business off the ground. Make sure that you know how you can fit your business into your lifestyle so you don’t burn out.

 

Find support and network from there

One of the challenges faced by women in business is that they’re generally excluded from the boys’ club of powerful, established players. This isn’t always deliberate but it can happen. If possible, network with people in your local community and attend women in business workshops. It pays to be around like-minded, influential people as there are always ways of helping each other.

 

Get marketing

Launching a business can be tough whether you’re a male or female. However, many females can use social media and marketing as their strength – Reach out other women when you need help, hone in on your communication skills, and don’t be afraid to mark your business with a ‘woman-owned and operated’ stamp!

 

Women can not only succeed in business, but they can thrive. For the right commercial property insurance policy, contact our expert team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today. We serve Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, and surrounding cities of New York with reliable coverage!

 

9
May

3 Ways to Make Your Business Stand Out

Proven ways to make your business stand out from competitors.  

In many ways, it’s easier than ever to start up your own business but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to stand apart from the crowd. But it’s not impossible. Take a look at these tips on how to help your business to gain valuable visibility.

  • Create a dream team

We need a team of employees around us to help set up the business, achieve goals, and reach new heights. Take the time to hire the right people for your business who match your business’s culture and values. This dream team can be difficult to construct but get it right and you be able to take on the world.

  • Go digital

A lot of businesses make the mistake of thinking that what they do or sell won’t translate online. They couldn’t be more wrong. It’s time to make what you do or sell visible online because that’s where your audience is. Leverage social media and your website to reach more people.

  • Focus on customers

Your customers drive your business so it’s important not to lose sight of them and their needs. Be sure to address customer pain points and take on feedback so that your products and services adequately suit your audience.

For the right commercial insurance policy, contact our expert team at Abatelli Group, Inc. today. We serve Whitestone, Flushing, Bayside, Little Neck, and surrounding cities of New York with reliable coverage!

11
Apr

5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Prep your home for the brighter days ahead.

Spring cleaning season is here, and it’s time to fling open the windows and get your home sparkling again. All those little cleaning and maintenance tasks are demanding your attention. Apart from regular cleaning and repairs, you need to make sure your property is ready for the spring season. Here are a few tips to get your home spick and span.

Clear the clutter

The first step to spring cleaning is to declutter. Get rid of any unloved clothing and furniture you’ve never used. Sort out items into piles which you need to throw away, donate, repair, and keep. Not only will you find things you haven’t used for months, but you can reduce the clutter in your home.

Deep clean

Giving your home a deep clean is essential if you’re serious about getting your home spruced up. Clean your home room by room so that the rest of the house is free to use. Don’t forget to clean those hard-to-reach places, such as inside the oven, the bookcase, and behind furniture.

Trim broken tree limbs

Cold winter storms and snow can leave your yard full of broken branches and twigs. That doesn’t mean you’re off the hook when it comes to pruning. Bad snaps do serious damage, so be sure to find weak and dying branches and remove them effectively.

Tend to the gutters

Winter can take a toll on gutters, and putting off cleaning and repairs can lead to bigger headaches once the snow melts and spring rains come. Make sure to clean out the gutters, removing dirt and debris, and fix any weak spots in the gutter or downspout.

Get into the habit

Now that you’ve conducted your spring clean and maintenance tasks, get into the habit of regularly tending to your property to ensure it is in good condition.

Make sure you have a policy that you can rely on. Need help finding adequate insurance? Contact Abatelli Group, Inc., serving Whitestone and neighboring cities in New York with the right and reliable coverage.

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