2022

2021 RWC Review/ Happy New Year

Hello everyone, and welcome to our final blog of the year! Fortunately, it’s been a great year for us. We worked with incredible clients, won awards, and had fun experiences. So, let’s review RWC 2021!

RWC Clients 2021

Our clients are great to work with and were a fundamental part of our successful year. Be sure to check them out!

  • DiMe, Disability Media Network. A TV station with a website that contains more media about the disabled community, such as movies, documentaries, and more. Not only are they a pleasure to work with, but we have learned so much and strive for inclusion and awareness for the disabled community.
  • Don’t Break Your Diet. Need some brownies or cornbread that’s easy to whip up but doesn’t contain a load of carbs and sugar? Don’t Break Your Diet will make life better by allowing you to eat your usual baked goods, just with less sugar. Instead, they use plant-based sweetener, so it still tastes just as delicious.

We have a couple more clients that we’re whipping up some good stuff with now- find out what we’re up to soon!

RWC Awards and Adventures

First, we are happy to announce that RWC won an award for the website of the day for our work with DiMe! You can read about it on our blog. Congratulations, team!

Second, this year, RWC found an interest in alternative/natural medicine, such as psychedelic therapy. The company believes that big pharma should be replaced by Earth-given medicine, such as CBD and peyote. Our goal is to help psychedelic/natural medicine businesses by improving and marketing their websites. Because we want to learn more, founders Carson and Clif headed off to Las Vegas for MeetDelic. MeetDelic will have another conference in 2022 if you’re interested.

Finally, we’ve also been getting into renewable energy. We support solar and wind companies’ websites, much like what we do with psychedelic therapy companies. Basically, if there’s a service/company to market, we can do it.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable year! Thank you for all of your support, even if it’s just reading our blogs. Here’s to our RWC adventures 2022! Happy New Year!

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Happy December Holidays!

It’s the most joyous month of the year! We are in high spirits as we get ready to ring in 2022. And, we’d like to celebrate the holidays with you! So, here are all the holidays (and a couple of other notable days) in December. Even if they have passed, they’re still worth noting. After all, it is the official Month of Giving.

December Holidays

Here are some special days in December. For an intriguing list of all Dec holidays/national days, check out nationaltoday.com. For instance, see what day National Skip School Day is!

  • Dec. 1: National Christmas Lights Day. Or, any-holiday lights day! Everyone enjoys holiday lights.
  • Dec 3: Make a gift day. Gift cards are over-done: make a card or cookies and candle for…
  • Dec. 4: National Cookie Day and Nat’l Candle Day. Chocolate chip cookies while a vanilla cookie-scented candle burns is a cozy vibe.
  • Dec 6:   St. Nicholas Day and Hannukah, which started on November 28th. Also, it’s Walt Disney Day- he was born on December 05, 1901. So, Disney Day is the first Monday of December.
  •  Dec 7: Pearl Harbor Remembrance. The day America entered World War 2.
  • Dec. 8: National Brownie Day, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Brownies at the Immaculate Feast, anyone?
  • Dec 12: Our Lady of Guadalupe Day (Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe), Poinsetta Day, Gingerbread House Day.
  • Dec. 13: National Cocoa Day. Do you like your hot cocoa with mini marshmallows?
  • Dec 21: Yule begins, running until January 1. Also, Winter Solstice, the first day of winter, and (Bah) Humbug Day.
  • Dec 23: Festivus (for the rest of us). An airing of grievances, followed by the feats of strength.
  • Dec 26: St. Stephens Day, which originated in Ireland, and Boxing Day, another UK holiday. Kwanzaa begins, running until Jan 1st. Kwanzaa ends with the Karamu communal feast.
  • Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve, Nat’l Champagne Day. Goodbye 2021, hello 2022!

Additionally, we acknowledge and appreciate any other holidays and observance days that didn’t make it on the list- they are all equally important. So, which December holidays do you celebrate? If none, then what is your favorite holiday out of any month of the year? Hope y’all have safe and happy holidays, everyone!

PS- Have you started thinking about your New Years’ resolutions yet? We’re trying to drink more water here!

 

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Redwood Creative Won an Award!

Good news, Redwood Creative peeps. We just received an award for website design! Read on to see what it is about. We are excited to share all about it with you.

Redwood Creative Award

Redwood Creative, Inc. is proud to announce our Special Kudos Award from CSS Design Awards! We earned this award due to the exemplary work on a client’s website. The Special Kudos award acknowledges our client’s website as ‘website of the day’. Good job to everyone on our team for all of your hard work, and congratulations to Clif, the mastermind behind RWC. Additionally, thank you to all of our people- followers, clients, friends & family- for all of your support. You helped make this happen! You can check out our badge of honor here. CCSDA is a multi-tiered web awards site.

RWC specializes in not only marketing but website design as well. We can help mend your website or build a new one from scratch. CSSDA says that we are good enough for the job. This award is a well-deserved pat on the back that only encourages us to continue our hard work. Thank you again, everyone!

 

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RWC’s Summer Tips

We love summer activities, but Texas summers aren’t easy. Thankfully, we have a few tips up our sleeves. Here’s how we deal with the heat/humidity, bugs, and other summer things.

Summer Tips

First of all, thank god it’s actually not too hot this summer! If you’ve been getting a lot of rain, just know that it is legal to collect rainwater. So, save the rainwater and use it for watering. You’ll notice a difference vs. using hard tap water. Speaking of lawn care, when you mow, try to clear the grass off the road. Cut grass on the road is dangerous for motorcyclists because they lose traction, which can cause them to lose control.

If you’re thinking about going to a waterpark, check with them first. Not all amusement and water parks are at 100% capacity yet. If you’re thinking about going tubing, we recommend going to a river outfitter. It can be the same price just to park at the river as it would be going to an outfitter with parking, tubes, and shuttles.

Other tips

  • If you want your windows tinted, wait until the fall. It is so much cheaper.
  • Do you also hate the way bug repellent feels and smells? Try this all-natural bug repellent. I used to get eaten alive by mosquitos, but now I can garden and walk my dogs in peace.
  • PFG shirts are a summer essential. They dry fast and offer great sun & bug protection. Don’t be fooled by the long sleeves- good ones feel like you’re not wearing them at all. Wear them to the lake, or outside doing lawn work.

Let us know if you have any handy summer tips! Maybe we can update this blog with your suggestions. Have a great summer, everyone! Keep Texas clean!

 

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Tips on Staying On Schedule and Organization

Most days, life can be pretty hectic. Between finance management, taking care of family/pets, running a household as well as a business, there seems to be no time for yourself. Staying on schedule and organization go hand-in-hand. Agendas are vital for time management. Here are some routine tips to help you get your life together.

 

Schedules & Lists

I can’t stress this enough: as soon as you think of something that needs to be done, take note of it right away. You may remember later, but likely you will forget seconds later. If you happen to be the type to forget to look at your notes, try creating a notes widget. Speaking of, widgets are also good for staying organized. Writing down your thoughts is the key to staying organized. Also, it’ll prevent you from putting things off. Then, categorize your notes: shopping, tasks, important dates, etc.

Next, the importance of calendars. Wall/electronic calendars will allow you to visualize your schedule will make it more concrete and give you a sense of how busy your week will be. When scheduling your week/month, do so in pencil or electronically. This will give you room to change your plans. There are several different ways to create an agenda for different personalities. You can use apps, whiteboards/bulletin boards, keep a journal, or use a notepad. Keeping track of little things will free up your headspace, helping you focus on more important things.

Personally, my favorite way to keep a schedule is using Google Sheets “To-Do List” for everyday planning, then using an e-calendar for important dates. I also use a wall calendar for tracking chores and due dates: trash days, dog bath days, deep clean days, etc.

 

A friendly reminder: don’t overbook yourself. We will often say “yes” to plans without thinking if we’ll have the time/energy to do so. By planning out your days by the week and mapping out the month, you’ll be able to manage chores, due dates, plans, and reminders. The best method for staying on schedule and organization is to write down what you need to do. Then, find out what works best for you on how to schedule and organize tasks & lists.

 

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First Quarter Review of 2021

While 2021 has not been boring, at least it’s not as wild as 2020. Here is a recap of everything that’s happened in 2021 in the first quarter.

 

January 2021

January definitely kicked off this year with a bang. First, the Capitol fiasco. After that incident, the left and the right are more against each other than ever. Then, Trump gets banned, which leads to media subscriptions going down. Magazines, blogs, and news channels are seeing less attention now that Trump isn’t around anymore. Two weeks later, the world held their breaths as Joseph Biden swore in as the 46th President. But yet, this and the stock market kept people tuned in. The great GameStop incident led to a stock market frenzy. Hey, it also led to fire memes. Bitcoin is now popular again and rising. One of the best parts of January? The Bernie Sanders mitten meme.

 

February 2021

Then February blows in with the craziest winter storm most Texans had ever seen. On the bright side, the forced quarantine reduced COVID cases. So, hospitals finally got a little relief. While we had to rough it, we found warmth in friendly neighbors and hospitable family members and friends. And, now we know how to be better prepared. Thankfully, the government is taking care of relief procedures. Congresswoman AOC raised $2 million for Texas!

 

March 2021

March was a good month. The Biden administration passed the second round of stimulus checks. This helped those affected by the winter storm. Also, March 11 marked the anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown. Now, the world is in a better mood as the vaccine is more widely available. Along with that, but businesses and events are opening up at full capacity again. Slowly but surely, we see life returning to normal. While gas prices are going back up, it’s nothing to worry about. It’s only returning to the same prices as pre-COVID. Lastly, the 200,000-ton Evergreen cargo ship was finally recovered out of the sand and is afloat again. This allowed for business along the Suez canal to resume.

 

A lot happened in the first quarter of 2021. Now we are in April, and things are looking bright. We are thankful for all the good news that we come across. We’re looking forward to seeing what the rest of the year has in store for us. Let us know if we can help out with any big plans that you may have in mind!

 

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Spring Flowers

Spring 2021 Starts On Saturday!

Get out the gardening tools and flip-flops, because spring officially begins on Saturday, March 20th, 2021. We decided to plant some flowers in your blog garden with spring reminders and tips.

 Spring 2021

It sure does feel like spring, with temps hanging around the 80’s and the sun is setting when it should be- around 7:30-8 PM. Now, it’s that time of the year to prepare your house and yard for hot weather. First, close up winter items, such as your fireplace.  Next, put your winter clothes away, as in a storage bin. While we’ll still have chilly nights until April, there’s no need for all of your jeans and hoodies anymore. Swapping out your closet twice a year is much easier than cramming everything in there. Next, check your attic. Make sure your vents are still good, and that there are no air leaks. And, if there are any uninvited critters, please remove them in an eco-friendly and humane manner. If you have screens on your windows, make sure those are secure. Brace yourself, bugs are coming.

Planting season is here! If you’re concerned about the bees, try planting purple flowers. They can see purple the best. Also, plant flowers with open petals where bees can easily access the pollen. Bees love lavender, single dahlias, alliums, crab apples, and honeysuckle. Read here for more bee-friendly flowers and herbs. Along with bee food, why not grow some food for yourself? Try growing your own herbs. Rosemary is easy to care for and will last year-round. Parsley, basil, cilantro, mint, and dill are also good to grow and season food with. If you want to try something a little more advanced, cherry tomatoes are fun to grow!

Remember to save energy in the warmer months by setting the A/C to a higher temp when you’re out. Check out our blog here for warm-weather energy-saving tips!

Welcome back, Spring!

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Social Media Tips To Freshen Your Posts

Facebook and Instagram have been around since 2009 and 2012, respectively. Chances are, you’ve probably had your profile for a while. Give your feed a new, 2021 touch with these social media tips.

 

 Social Media Tips

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Food posts are still popular, though maybe not quite like before. Thanks to TikTok, texts on your photos are in. Give your exotic fish taco plate a better background with Canva. With Canva, you can make a special birthday post for a friend, or grab your followers’ attention when promoting. Start with a template, then customize. Options include changing color theme, a variety of fonts & text effects. You can add photo effects, such as giving it a more digital look.

Adding an artistic touch to your posts is nice and definitely gets attention and clicks. Urban Jungle can help you with that. With this photo editing app, you can add more life to your photos. Including a large variety of plant, animal, and other nature stickers. Then, use any tools to help blend everything together, such as brushes and shadowing. Top it off with filters and other color effects! Created by highly-reputable Elise Swopes, who created the app for social media posts.

To use high-quality, professional photos, check out Unsplash. This website has photos in every category, and it’s free! Don’t forget to credit the artist and landscape/model. You can use these photos on their own or build on them. Try changing out some photos on Canva templates with more relevant photos from Unsplash.

Finally, a good photo post starts with a quality photo. Check out the focus filters on your phone, such as the food focus and selective focus. Also, there’s an “edit” wand that perfects lighting and rids blemishes. Then, your photo will be prepped for further additions.

 

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Top Ten Solar Companies in Texas

Renewable energy is on the rise as we try to balance green energy with oil and gas. About 15% of Texas’s energy comes from wind, and 3.8% from solar. Solar is a great energy source for street lights, homes, anything that requires electricity. We encourage you to go green by looking at these solar companies in Texas.

Texas gets an average of about 220 days of sunshine per year.

Top 10 Solar Companies

  •  SunPro Solar4.8 stars on Google. They cover all of Texas and a few other states as well. They have been in Texas since 2008. Last year, Solar Power World ranked Sunpro #5 for Top Residential Solar Installer in the United States. With a 25 year warranty, customers can feel safe with SunPro.
  • Freedom Solar – 4.9 stars on Google. Rooted in Texas and Colorado, Freedom Solar gained some reputable clients. The University of Texas, Whole Foods, and Austin Board of Realtors all have Freedom Solar panels. The best part is that Willie Nelson endorses them.
  • Solar Electric Texas –  4.7 stars. Buyers can enjoy installation, monitoring, repairs, and management. They service San Antonio, Houston, Rio Grande Valley, and Austin. Buyers can also enjoy service from a family-owned business. The Gonzales family has been running Solar Electric Texas for 50 years!
  • Solar CenTex – 4.9 stars. Central and West Texas turn to Solar CenTex for their solar energy needs. They offer residential and commercial solar services, but they specialize in setting up solar power for farms and ranches. They can even install solar panels on RVs, making solar energy accessible for everyone.
  • Wells Solar – 4.8 stars. This company is Tesla certified, so therefore they offer Tesla technology and engineering for solar installation. They promise this best retains leftover energy to use later and helps use less energy overall. Residents are also invited to try. Located in DFW, Austin, and San Antonio.

The future is looking bright!

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  • TriSmart Solar – 4.8 stars. Covering all of the big cities in Texas, TriSmart claims to offer “smart energy for smart people.” With smart technology, they can create a 3D custom blueprint. That way, customers can approve of the design or further customize if needed. TriSmart offers smart energy, technology, and savings.
  • Kosmos Solar – 4.9 stars. You can find them in DFW, Austin, and San Antonio. Founded by Kevin Seok, an avid advocate of green energy as well as accessibility. Seok believes that honest & quality service will help encourage solar popularity.
  • KW Solar – 4.9 stars. Based in Houston, these guys help efficiently light up Texas and the Gulf. They also offer Tesla’s Powerwall. The guys at KW are laid back, friendly, and get right to the point. Their website alone proves their uniqueness and humor, enticing visitors to collaborate with the installers.
  • Circle L Solar – 4.7 stars. This Texas company focuses on maintenance. For instance, they will come to weatherize panels as the seasons change. They also offer solar technology on window panes as well. Check out their IM chatbox on their site for instant answers.
  • IES Texas Solar – 4.8 stars. Offering Texas commercial, residential, and off-grid power since 1973. They also offer repair services for panels. As part of IES Residential, they understand all the electrical works inside a home. So, IES has the most intelligent electricians around.

 

 Go Solar, Texas!

None of these solar companies are in a particular order. Depending on where you live, one of these companies will be the right company for you. Going solar can give you some tax breaks. But more importantly, give more hope for our Earth.

 

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A Closer Look At Texas Power Grids

Following up with our previous blog, we will look at power grids and how they work. We’ll look at Texas’ power grid and what exactly went wrong. Including grid regulations.

 

Texas Power Grids

First, the United States has 3 power grid systems: the Eastern & Western interconnections, then Texas’ own system, ERCOT. It stands for Electric Reliability Council Of Texas. As Texas began to light up at the turn of the 20th century, they naturally developed their own system. Then, during FDR’s tenure as he passed New Deal laws, Texas ran from the idea of federal regulations. ERCOT formed in 1970. It is not entirely exclusive to Texas, and Texas is not exclusive to ERCOT. El Paso and a part of the Panhandle is part of the Western grid. A small portion of East Texas is on the Eastern grid. ERCOT is connected to Mexico as well.

So, the main reason why Texas has ERCOT is to reduce federal regulation and interference- laissez faire. Roughly 25% of Texas energy comes from wind, 51% natural gas, 13% coal. When demand is low, Texas will use wind power. Electricity is formed at power plants, then gets to high voltage power lines through transmission substations, then to power substations, to distribution bus. Then, it goes to the regulator bank. The regulator bank controls the power throughout the area, and rolling blackouts. Normally, regulator banks have electricity flow on a schedule based on the most frequent activity. CPS/Ercot can control each individual house and building.

 

Regulations

If Texas is good at anything, it’s ignoring the rest of the U.S.’ regulations while we live by our own rules. However, this was Texas’ own undoing. Regulations would call for winterizing power plants, which is only optional for ERCOT. Now, the company is heavily under fire for not taking precautionary measures for the winter storm. After 4 million people were left in cold, dark homes, Governor Greg Abbott called for some members of ERCOT to resign.

 

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