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Outdoor Christmas Decorating with Curb Appeal

Outdoor Christmas Decorating with Curb Appeal with HGTV…

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December 11, 2009 Posted by | Christmas, HGTV, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Life as a Realtor – Day 128

My Life as a Realtor ~

Day 128:

Thanksgiving has once again – come and gone – and so have the 2 turkey’s I made!

Today was lots of catching up both with work and things at home.  Also, I have started my Christmas shopping – Yahoo!  I ordered a few things from QVC – I LOVE THEM!!!  Really!  They have competitive prices – easy pay (which on many of their items, they will split your payments into 2 – 3 – 4 easy payments) and I really like how they demonstrate each item.

Joe has also started to put up some of the Christmas lights indoors while I put away some of our Thanksgiving/Fall decor.

Surprisingly, the kids are busy with the fish tank.  Yesterday, David and Jonathan changed some of the water in our tank and some of our fish died – so today, David went to PetCo and is really getting into caring for the tank – thank goodness!! It’s one less thing for me to have to worry about.

December 1, 2009 Posted by | My Life as a Realtor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s Snowing! Let’s Build a Snowman!

Here in Connecticut and New York, it’s been snowing and snowing AND SNOWING!!  Perfect for making a snowman! So forget about just having an illuminated snowman…

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Now you can make your own. So, get bundled up and go build a REAL SNOWMAN!

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December 21, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Connecticut, Fun Post, NY, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

It’s Time to Trim the Tree, Wrap the Gifts & Holiday Cheer!

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This past weekend, I purchased my freshly cut Christmas Tree.  I LOVE the smell of the pine needles and deciding where to place my ornaments.  This year, my family and I will have decorate the tree together – a wonderful holiday tradition.  With my mother visiting from Portugal, my husband and I working 7 days a week and my 5 kids running in different directions – it will take some planning!

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 – HGTV’s Trim the Tree <CLICK>

Rachael Ray – Holiday Decorating <CLICK>

About .com – Tips on Decorating Your Christmas Tree <CLICK>

DIYnetwork – Gift Wrapping & Christmas Crafts <CLICK>

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Please stay safe – from ABC News –  Good Morning American<CLICK> for Holiday Safety Tips Video

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Holiday Cooking, Baking & Drinks!

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Oh the Holidays is always associated with FOOD!!  Here are some delicious recipes from some of my favorite sites:

Please keep in mind that once you visit these different sites – go exploring on them for more Holiday Recipes and Entertaining Ideas!

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Whether you and your family celebrate one or more of these Holidays – ENJOY!!

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December 15, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, Hanukkah, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Where is the Snow?

 snow-path-shahram-sharifShahram Sharif – Flickr.com

As my daughter and I drove through our town the other day – New Fairfield, CT– I Ooooo’d and Aaaaa’d over all the lights and decorations – “What a wonderful time of the year!” I shouted.  My daughter then said, “It would be REALLY nice if it snowed.”

True – SNOW is great – for sleddingskiing, making snowmen and having snowball fights!  AND – while is falling, it’s SPECTACULAR!

snowman-clearly-ambiguousClearly Ambiguous – Flickr.com

My daughter got her wish – today, when we woke, we had about one inch of crisp white snowBeautiful!…until it was time to clean off the cars, plow the driveway and shovel the paths!!

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December 8, 2008 Posted by | Connecticut, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Snow, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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It’s that time again – to go up in the attic, down to the basement, garage or wherever it is that you stored your Holiday Decorations – Yup!  A whole year has past since you last took them out.

In New York City, it was the 76th Tree Lighting Ceremony at Rockefeller Center

rockefeller-tree-phillie-casablanca Phillie Casablanca – Flickr.com

The show kicked of with a performance by Britney Spears, followed by many great and popular artist – both young and old, attracting all audiences.  There was Tony Bennett, The Jonas Brothers, Faith Hill, Beyonce, Harry Connick Jr., Miley Cyrus and more.

christmas-lights-mandj98 mandj98 – Flickr.com

The 72-foot Norway spruce tree was decorated with 30,000 energy efficient LED lights on 5 miles of wire topped with a massive Swarovski crystal star.

Now, we don’t have to worry about decorating a tree of this size, but it can still be challenging – for some helpful video tips from HGTV – Click here  – and for 31 Ways to Trim Your Christmas Treeclick here for Country Living.

christmas-tree-z170727-liz-kbZ170727  liz kb – Flickr.com

For Buyers looking during this time, seeing  a house tastefully decorated, makes it feel like a HOME to them.  For sellers, selling during the Holidays, decorating the home will enhance it’s beauty.

For Holiday Safety Tips – ABC News – Good Morning America<CLICK> Here for Video

December 5, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Christmas, Fun Post, Home, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

It’s a Wonderful Life – at Home

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Oh, Thanksgiving has come and gone – but the Holidays do continue.  New Fairfield – Connecticut – has decorated the center of town and they will be having their TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY on Sunday, December 7th at 4pm on Memorial Field.  I do Love this time of the year.  Seeing the lights and holiday decorations takes me back in time to when I was a child and Christmas was my favorite time of the year!

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Now as an adult, I admit that I do get a bit stressed – between deciding what to buy for who, getting and decorating the tree, sending out cards, baking, wrapping, trying ever so hard to keep many gifts a secret – which can be difficult for me, and preparing for Christmas Eve at my house… Whew!  I do love – and need to take a break – with my laptop in hand so that I can keep working, I LOVE watching Holiday movies. 

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The HALLMARK CHANNEL has begun their Holiday shows and they do a great job at pulling on my heart strings.

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Another all time favorite of mine – and a tradition – is watching, “IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE”.   Starring James Stewart and Donna Reed.  This 1946 movie made #4 of Moviefone’s list of 25 “Flicks That’ll Lift Your Spirits” as it prompts, then answers the question of what would happen if a whole life was erased as if it had never been lived??

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It snowed yesterday, making it a perfect time to make some hot cocoa, light a fire, and pop in a great movie!

fireplace-hey-paulHey Paul – Flickr.com

December 1, 2008 Posted by | Christmas, Fun Post, New Fairfield, Uncategorized, Winter | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment