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5 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Spring

With the year 2020 behind us, it's more important than ever to not only welcome a little warmth into your heart but welcome the light of spring into your home. Here are 5 ways to prepare your home for spring. 1.) Create space around your home by cleaning out the gutters and removing old leaves and debris. If yard work isn't your forfeit, consider hiring a local small business to cover the exterior while you focus on the below six areas.... Continue Reading >

2021 Financial Resolutions

It makes sense that New Year's resolutions are not front and center this year, but have you considered being resolute with your finances? Here are three simple shifts you can make financially to help reach your financial and homeownership goals. And if you're a first-time homebuyer, these simple steps are a great place to begin. #1 Budget setting often feels a bit tedious and for some can be difficult to keep up with. One way to decrease this stress is instead of... Continue Reading >

6 Must-Haves For Fall Decorating

Fall is one of the most exciting seasons to decorate your home. As the cooling temperatures start to approach and make its way into this new season, it's only right to make the home as cozy and beautiful as possible. Here are 6 fall decor must-haves for your home. 1. Nature Nature pieces are one of the most common types of fall decor. Nature would be considered pine cones, hay, leaves, pumpkins, and flowers. All of these pieces can easily... Continue Reading >

Spice Up The Fall With An Apple Cider Recipe

Fall is here! The weather is cooling down and the leaves are falling. What better time to make hot apple cider to keep warm during this season? Check out this easy crock-pot recipe to enjoy with family and friends at home. Cheers. Spiced Apple Cider  1-gallon dark apple cider1 tablespoon whole allspice1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg4 cloves whole cloves3 cinnamon sticks1 vanilla bean, split lengthwiseBrandy, Calvados (apple brandy), or bourbon (optional)Add any of your favorite fruits and enjoy If you try out this... Continue Reading >

Spring Cleaning, Summer Edition

Ever heard of Spring Cleaning? Well, this is the Summer Edition.  Here are 5 ways to declutter your home while making sure it's your oasis during quarantine: 1. Start in an area that is most cluttered. It’s helpful to start in the room that is most cluttered. Usually, this area is the bedroom or living room because that is where people spend most of their time and begin to pile household items. For some, starting big can be overwhelming but it actually gives motivation... Continue Reading >

Quarantine, Father’s Day Ideas

Father's day is in just a couple weeks; however, Father's Day might feel a little different while in quarantine. That's ok. Thinking out of the box, getting creative, while keeping it meaningful and simple can help Father's day run smoothly. Here are a few fun, simple, yet creative ways to celebrate Dad on his special day. Instead of reservations at his favorite restaurant out of town, maybe consider cooking a bountiful meal together. Fire up the grill, gift dad with... Continue Reading >

5 Positive Perspectives While in Quarantine

5 Positive Perspectives While in Quarantine Be not idle. Be not alone. Quarantine doesn't have to mean full isolation, so keep 'connection' front of mind. Reaching out to family and friends via Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, or even a simple call is very meaningful. A question like, "I'm just checking in on you. How are you?" may be the simple conversation starter you need to establish a meaningful connection that day. Embrace respectful kindness. By keeping anger, divisive politics, and hatred out... Continue Reading >

Tips To Avoid Unhealthy Air Quality: Saddleridge Fire

Here are a few tips from The Department of Public Health to help stay safe after a fire. Use this as a simple checklist to help avoid the effects of unhealthy air quality. Avoid unnecessary outdoor activity if smoke is detected. Keep windows and doors closed and run the air conditioner only if it draws air from the house. Check the filters on air conditions and replace them regularly (air filtration devices can reduce the level of harmful particles). If it... Continue Reading >

Spring Cocktail Recipe: Concrete Junglebird

    Try this refreshing cocktail this spring. It's a mix of chai, lime, pineapple, and run. Mix all the below ingredients and pour over ice. Don't forget to garnish with a pineapple leaf and share with a friend. This refreshing drink is a perfect choice for parties, meet and greets or just an afternoon on the patio. Enjoy. Ingredients: .25 oz demerara .5 oz lime juice .75 oz Campari 1.5 oz caramelized pineapple concentrate .75 oz Appleton Reserve Jamaican Rum .75 oz chai infused Jameson Black Barrel   Stay connected... Continue Reading >

Is Your Home Ready For An Open House?

Here are three simple tips that will help you catch the eyes of potential buyers and get your home ready for showings this spring.  Though show-ready sounds like an overwhelming term for some homeowners, it doesn't have to be. Remember, there is something special about your property that will bring home buyers to your home, so the prep work is just highlighting the best part for them to see when they arrive.  Centerpieces: It's normal to want to clean everything, but... Continue Reading >

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