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December 1, 2011 Posted by | Christmas, Home, Real Estate, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

12 Days of Christmas for Home Sellers

Here’s a different take on 12 Days of Christmas from a Realtor for Home Sellers…

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December 1, 2010 Posted by | Christmas, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 158

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 158:

It’s Saturday and Christmas is over – now time to get ready for New Years!  Both New Years Eve and New Years Day will be at our home – a tradition for the past 23 years since Joe and I got married.  Still not sure of the exact number of guests, but it will be a full house! 

Yesterday, we came home in ice rain, which caused me to slip and slide a bit.  This morning, we woke up to a slushy driveway.  Joe had fun cleaning it though – he never complains about using the plow.

I caught up on work since I hadn’t some much in the past 2 days – and got the house back in order.  All the new clothes got washed, gifts put away and boxes and wrapping paper thrown out.

Remi spent the day enjoying his new green toy…

and Tisha loved posing in her new pink sweater…

Now, time to start making my menu for New Years.

December 27, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 157

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 157:

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!

The kids woke us up and made us a wonderful breakfast.  Then it was time to head into the livingroom where our tree is…

and open our gifts…

even Remi had a few treats…

  

 After opening gifts, we went into the Den, Joe made a fire and we looked in a stockings.  Afterwards, he spotted a buck far in the woods…

 

Then, we got ourselves ready and made our way to my brother-in-law & sister-in-law, Manny & Gina’s house in Mt. Vernon, NY.  While Joe drove, I text and e-mailed clients – past and present – to wish them a Very Merry Christmas!

From Left to Right… My nephews ~ Michael & Andrew, Sons ~ Jonathan and David, Daughters ~ Sara, Amanda & Melissa, Niece ~ Daniella and Nephews ~ Daniel & Pedro

We ate, and ate… and ate.  Then it was time to go upstairs by the Christmas Tree

and Baby Jesus…

We opened more gifts and then took a few more family photos.  Here is my hubby’s sister and brother…

Joe’s brother Manny, sister Isabel and Joe

And our kids…

From oldest to youngest ~ Melissa, David, Amanda, Sara and Jonathan

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 156

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 156:

Happy Christmas Eve!!!

We were all invited to go to my brother’s house in Brookfield, CT for our Christmas Eve dinner, opening some gifts and most especially, some family time together.  My mom has been with my brother and his family for a few days now to help them get ready. 

Work was quiet and that was alright since there was much to do.  The girls and I baked cookies, Melissa made a French Apple Tart and Amanda and I made a quick stop at Shaw’s and the liquor store.  We were finally ready to leave by 5:30 and arrived to wonderful Christmas Eve appetizers and a beautifully set table awaiting its guests.

Here are some moments of our Christmas Eve…

A Cozy Fire

A Beautiful Tree

Eating, eating… and more eating!

 Fun Opening Gifts

Watching the Little Ones Playing with New Toys

and a special Thanks to our Hosts…

My Brother Louie & Sister-in-Law Leia

Then it was back home, where we left our lights on while we slept and waited for Santa…

Ho! Ho! Ho!

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

All I Want for Christmas is You…

Here is another favorite Christmas song of mine – enjoy!

“All I Want for Christmas is You” ~ Mariah Carey~

December 27, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Favorite Music & Songs, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 155

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 155:

Half a day at school for my younger 3 – my older 2 kids have been on winter break since last week.  Joe is also home and he’s building a wine cellar in the basement.  The garage is much too cold and the wine was not fermenting.  Hopefully, it will be ready to have a taste on New Years Eve.

Christmas excitement continues…

Jonathan and Remi – at it again!

Today, I have no plans to go anywhere!  Just going to stay home and work.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor | , , , , | Leave a comment

Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

Happy Christmas (War is Over) – John Lennon

Another favorite of mine…

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 153

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 153:

It’s Monday – and we are just days away from Christmas!  So today, after working for a few hours – it was time to go out for a bit more shopping – for gifts and groceries.

I do enjoy watching the gifts grow under our tree

Can’t wait for the big day – for now, back to work!

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 154

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 154:

Tuesday – kids last full day of school.  Tomorrow will be a half day full of Christmas celebration throughout the school.

I continue with work and being busy at homeExcitement is in the air – even Remi’s feeling it…

Here, Remi snatched an ornament – Melissa was able to retrieve it before he chewed it up like all the others!  That’s my Buba-Wuba.

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor | , , , | Leave a comment

Merry Christmas Darling

Merry Christmas Darling ~ 1978 ~ The Carpenters

December 26, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Paula Deen – Red Velvet Cupcakes

Merry Christmas Eve!

                                                                emmyboop – Flickr.com

Red Velvet Cupcakes from Paula Deen on Food Network…

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December 24, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town

Oh how I love this song and how many wonderful memories I have of waiting for Santa!

Bruce Springsteen ~ “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”

December 24, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Favorite Music & Songs, Music, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Appetizers from Pillsbury

Holiday Appetizers from Pillsbury….

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or try this Tree-Shaped Crescent Veggie Appetizer….  

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December 23, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Pillsbury, Recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Food Network’s Ultimate Christmas Planner

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Food Network’s Ultimate Christmas Planner…

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Enjoy recipes and ideas for appetizers, the main course, side dishes and desserts!

                                                                    Chris_J – Flickr.com

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

This animated movie – Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – is a family favorite.  As a child, I would watch this once a year at Christmas time.  My children were fortunate to watch it through out the Holidays thanks to video!

December 22, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Favorite Music & Songs, Movies, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Baby it’s Cold Outside

“Baby It’s Cold Outside” – I totally agree!

Here is a music video with Jessica Simpson and Nich Lachey.  I know it’s yester-year, but they were cute together and both have great voices.  Enjoy!

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

50 Holiday Cookies from Food Network

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50 Holiday Cookie Recipes from Food Network…

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                                                                     Dan4th – Flickr.com

December 21, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, The Food Network | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cake Boss & Rachael Ray – Santa Cake

Cake Boss on the Rachael Ray show decorate a Santa Cake…

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                                                                    AurelienS – Flickr.com

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Rachael Ray, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 149

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 149:

Our Christmas tree was put up today – now I will wait a day or two until it’s branches have relaxed – then time to decorate our Christmas 2009 Tree!

Then it was back to work – back to wrapping – and a trip out for some more Christmas shopping.

December 20, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

With the snow storm that has been pounding the Northeast and soon to hit New Fairfield, Connecticut ~ Make sure you have necessary supplies, keep safe and … Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow!

Dean Martin ~ “Let it Snow!”

or a more recent video – “Let is Snow” by Jessica Simpson…

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Music, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Cocktail Party

Holiday Cocktail Party – from Fine Living ~ Food & Drink…

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                                                             nate steiner – Flickr.com

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty Crocker – Snowman Face Cake

Betty Crocker’s ~ Snowman Face Cake…

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                                                                    *Micky – Flickr.com

December 19, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Recipes, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty Crocker – Christmas Tree Cake

Betty Crocker ~ Christmas Tree Cake…

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                                           Pink Sherbet Photography – Flickr.com

December 18, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Recipes | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Favorite Holiday Desserts

Favorite Holiday Desserts from Fine Living ~ Food & Drink…

                                                           Poncho Equihua – Flickr.com

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December 17, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, Recipes | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 147

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 147:

Drove the girls to school this morning and boy was it foggy

Then back home to do some on-line workphone calls and more wrapping – my mom and I took off for Danbury Power Sports to pick up a battery for our four-wheeler.  Every winter, Joe hooks up the plow to the four-wheeler for the snow removal on our driveway.  Having to do it by hand would take forever and having to pay is silly – and – I know Joe and David love going out and “crash” into the snow – it’s a guy thing I guess.

Since the batteries are not charged since they can not be delivered with acid, we  had to come back to pick it up after 3 hours – so off to more shopping!  We decided to stay close by and chose the Christmas Tree ShopThere, we picked up some more Christmas colored tissue paper, napkins and a few things for my grab bags – which are coming along nicely.

On our way home, mom and I enjoyed seeing more and more Christmas lights and decorations through out – here is one of a Christmas Tree that is placed and lit – every year at the highest point of this building…

December 17, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Betty Crocker – Reindeer Cupcakes

Betty Crocker ~ Reindeer Cupcakes – too cute!

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                                                                  Lady-bug – Flickr.com

December 17, 2009 Posted by | Baking, Christmas, Recipes | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 146

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 146:

Once again, it’s Monday – more working from home – more shopping and a really nice treat for mom and I.  We decided after going to Burlington Coat Factory and Shaws – we decided to take a bit of time to relax and watch “Julie & Julia” – and how happy we were that we did!  These true life stories about both women was delightful – and all the food and cooking – we were both drooling!

                                          Watching “Julie & Julia” in the den…

While we enjoying the movie – which I rented from RedBox – Remi and Tisha snoozed near me on the coach – spoiled brats!

After the movie – it was back to reality…  I wrapped more gifts – did some work on-line and put up my Christmas wreaths – finally!

                My Christmas wreaths from Faith and her boy scout group in New Fairfield – Beautiful!

December 16, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 145

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 145:

Yesterday, after Christmas shopping ALL DAY… I came home and wrapped gifts for about 4 hours!  What kept me going, was watching – It’s a Wonderful Life – Oh how I LOVE this movie.

Today, no appointments, so I did some work – then my mom and I went to Wal-Mart in Danbury, CT.  Found a few more gifts for my grab bags, an X-Box video game for Jonathan and took advantage of Wal-Marts great prices for some needed everyday items.

To appreciate all that you have in these difficult times, my suggestion to you is to watch – It’s a Wonderful Life…

If you have never watched this touching movie, please do not view this next video – it is of the end, my favorite part and I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending for you…

As I get older, the meaning of life grows deeper and every year, watching the end of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, makes me cry my eyes out more and more!  I hope you have a tissue box nearby.

December 15, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas from HGTV

Holiday Gift Wrap Ideas from HGTV…

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                                                                Ben Garney – Flickr.com

December 14, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, HGTV, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment