Sunday, October 29, 2017

Stay Warm This Winter

Colder weather doesn't mean spending more on energy costs to stay comfortable. There are lots of ways you can keep warm without pushing up the thermostat and seeing those costs rise with it.

Here are a few ideas:

1.  Open your curtains and blinds during the day to let the sun's warmth in but close them up at night to keep the heat trapped inside.

2.  Make use of blankets, warm rugs, flannel sheets and layers!

3.  Reverse your ceiling fans to get them blowing the warm air back down from the ceiling and on to you!

4.  If there are rooms in your home that you rarely use - close off the vents to keep the warm air going to the most trafficked areas of the home.

5.  A humidifier adds moisture to dry winter air, making it feel more comfortable.  Use in the rooms you spend the most time in and cut back on the heat.

A rule of thumb for winter heating is to keep the thermostat at 68 degrees while you're home and try to make it cooler at night depending on your sleep preferences.

What do you do to stay warm without breaking your winter budget?

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fight the Flu at Home

Along with the beautiful Fall weather and cooling temperatures comes something no one is a big fan of - flu season.  Flu season begins in October and lasts in May, typically peaking in February.

Vaccines are one way to potentially stop from contracting the illness but there are other measures you should take to make your home a hostile area to flu germs.

1.  Have tissue boxes and trash cans in each room.  Encourage sneezing and coughing into tissues. Make sure there is easy access to trash disposal.

2.  Stock up on soap and hand sanitizer.  Good old-fashioned hand soap is the preferred method of keeping clean but hand sanitizer will work where needed.

3.  Watch out for these germ hot spots and clean regularly:  cutting boards, sponges, desks, floors, toilets and sinks.  Germs can live for several hours on hard surfaces so disinfect door knobs, light switches and remote controls.

4. Keep a healthy lifestyle by drinking lots of water, eating fruits and vegetables and getting your exercise.

5. If someone in your house has the flu make sure to regularly wash their bed sheets and towels in warm or hot water.  Wash your hands after anytime you handle dirty laundry.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Fall Home Selling Tips

Need to sell your current home so you can move into your brand new dream home? Don't worry if you missed the typically hot spring market.  Fall can be a great time to try and sell a home.

Consider these helpful tips for selling your home in Autumn.

- Fall is the second best time to try and sell your home.  People are back from summer vacation and the holidays are still far enough away to keep potential buyers looking.

- Make sure your home has curb appeal by raking up any leaves or fallen branches.  Dress up your porch and add some color with yellow or orange mums.  Clean windows to make them really sparkle!

- If you're selling a home with a fireplace, make sure it's cleaned out and ready to be inspected by potential buyers thinking of cooler temperatures.  Let your agent know they can turn the fireplace on during a showing.

-  A fireplace or candles are also a good way to add some extra lighting for shorter days.  Make sure all the lights are on if you are showing a home in evening when it begins to get darker earlier.

-  Make your home feel cozy with subtle scents of Fall, some well positioned throw blankets, and limited Fall decor. Don't go overboard, let the buyer really see the home - but in a cozy atmosphere.

- No matter what time of year, make sure your house is priced competitively.  If you need to sell before the Holidays you don't want to scare away potential buyers with an overpriced home.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Creepy Cookies and Spooky Snacks

Some of the best memories are made in the kitchen.  Halloween is another fun opportunity to get your kids involved in the baking process before all the treats are devoured.

Here are a few easy and spooky snacks for your little monsters.

1.  Lolly Pop Ghosts

No oven required! Simple wrap up some lolly pops for a fun and haunting treat!

These lolly pop ghosts are SO CUTE! They're super easy and make a fun treat for a Halloween party or to send to school on Halloween!

2. Oreo Spiders

M&M's and Pretzels create the perfect creepy spider cookies!

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3. Hot Dog Mummies

For a snack with a little more substance try wrapping hot dogs in pre-made croissant dough

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