These Ideas from Hometalk Will Make You Hop With Joy
Easter is right around the corner, which means that we’re getting close to decoration crunch time. If you’d like a shortcut, you can get all your Easter decorating done in one weekend, or even one evening, with these 7 easy Easter decoration DIY’s from Hometalk bloggers.
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Turn plain glass ornaments into spectacularly colorful Easter decorations. Gather up these crafty materials, and have a vase full of stained glass eggs, perfect for your coffee table or tablscape, in just ten minutes. (See how they’re done here)
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Whether your weather is turning to spring or stuck in winter, this gorgeous floral wreath will add fresh color to your home and make passers-by smile. Make sure to use craft store flowers, so that this front door decoration will last all season long. (Here’s how it’s made)
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For a cute and quick decor upgrade, hang a string of dressed up bunnies cut from sheets of crafting moss. Indoors or outdoors, this Easter garland is a great way to spread some green and some charm all at once. (Learn how to do it here)
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Add some sweet and simple decoration to your Easter table, with a rustic burlap table runner laced with bright ribbon accents. Choose whatever color best fits your home’s decor, or go classic Easter, with a pastel palette. (Get a better look here)
Image: Heather and Vanessa/At the Picket Fence
Everyone knows that the best way to decorate for spring is to bring in plants and greenery, but you can take that a step further, with aged flower pots that turn your houseplants into works of art. Give your Easter home a vintage vibe, with this easy terra cotta aging DIY. (Crafting directions here)
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Add a drop of Easter charm to your kitchen with understated bunny-toting hand towels. These functional decorations are a cinch to craft, and they’re perfect for refreshing your kitchen space for spring. Not to mention, they’re super cozy. (See how she did it here)
Image: April/House by Hoff
Turn some extra Easter eggs and a strip of leftover ribbon into an easy centerpiece, perfect for displaying in a large white platter or on a cake stand. To add a little nesting, arrange your eggs on a bed of bits of moss and straw, bunched up burlap, or some festive confetti. (Here’s how to set it up)
For more quick and easy Easter decorating ideas, check out all of the awesome ideas, inspirations, and how-to’s on Hometalk!
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That headline might be a little aggressive. However, as the data on the 2017 housing market begins to roll in, we can definitely say one thing: If you are considering selling, IT IS TIME TO LIST YOUR HOME!
The February numbers are not in yet, but the January numbers were sensational. Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:
“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home. Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate…”
And CNBC says consumer confidence in the economy is fueling the market:
“U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January as buyers shrugged off higher prices and mortgage rates, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.”
The only challenge to the market is a severe lack of inventory. A balanced market would have a full six-month supply of homes for sale. Currently, there is less than a four-month supply of inventory. This represents a decrease in supply of 7.1% from the same time last year.
With demand increasing and supply dropping, this may be the perfect time to get the best price for your home. Contact a local real estate professional today to see whether that is the case in your neighborhood.
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Read the story of LTC Rich Stinson and the moment of awesomeness that can only happen at home.
The United States active military and veterans are the reason we can experience the feeling of coming home in a country that is unlike any other. The freedom to enjoy our homes, hold the ones we love and the joy we share can be directly attributed to the sacrifices made by those who defend our flag. So when these men and women in uniform are able to safely come back to the home they’ve selflessly defended, I find it hard not to be moved emotionally, especially when these momentous occasions are captured on camera.
This Veteran’s Day, Coldwell Banker Real Estate wants to share with you the story of one such homecoming from a Coldwell Banker client. Our agents and brokers help military families across the country find a place to call home every single day, but today there’s a story of one of our customers that represents the value of home for us all as we celebrate Veteran’s Day. It’s the homecoming of a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the U.S. Army, Rich Stinson, that he just happened to capture on film. The following are his words, his thoughts and his emotions on a surprise homecoming that truly expresses why home is where awesomeness happens.
My name is Rich Stinson and I am a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. I have been in the Army for 23 years and my wife and kids have supported me 100%. They serve just as much as I do as members of a military family. The video above was taken by me in 2013. It was the moment captured when I returned home from Kandahar, Afghanistan where I was forward deployed for 13 months. That’s more than a year since I had been home with my family.
To give you some background, I was assigned to the 3rd Infantry Division, located at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. We were living in Richmond Hill, a suburb of Savannah outside of Ft. Stewart, and when my wife, Lori, knew I was coming home we put a plan together to surprise the kids. Lori picked me up at the airport while my daughter was watching all of the kids at home. She had told the kids that she was going to the mall to pick up some things, and that it would be easier and faster for her if she went by herself instead of the kids coming along. Any parent with multiple children know how true that is.
As we pulled into our subdivision, I got out of the front of our minivan and laid down in the back so no one would be able to see me as we pulled up to the house. When we arrived, my oldest daughter was outside watching my youngest daughter and youngest son playing in the yard. My other two boys were inside. Lori had parked in the garage and went into the house so no one would be expecting anything while I stayed hidden in the van to wait for a surprise entrance.
After waiting about 10 minutes, and it getting to be very hot, I crawled out of the van and quietly entered the house from the garage while filming. As I came down the hallway, my oldest son, Joshua, was sitting on the couch in the living room, while Timothy was in the master bedroom with Lori asking to see what she bought at the mall. Josh stood up to ask if Lori had purchased a case for his iPhone, and that is when he turned to see me and reacted. He immediately came running to hug me while joyfully shouting and didn’t let go.
When Timothy heard Josh, he came out of the master bedroom and reacted in pretty much the exact same way as Josh. It was then I handed off the camera to my wife and held on to my boys for the first time in over a year. They wouldn’t let go and I didn’t want to either. It was at that point my two daughters heard the noise from outside and came into the house to see what on earth was going. My oldest daughter, Monica, was the first to enter and when she saw me she immediately covered her face and began to cry. The boys were still holding onto me and so I tried to get Monica to come closer so that I could hold her too. Just moments after Monica entered, our youngest daughter, Erin, came in. She saw her brothers mobbing me, her older sister crying, and Erin just joined right in on the group hug.
What you don’t see in this particular video is our other son, Thomas, was still playing outside, so we have a separate video of when I went outside and sat on the front porch until he came running from around the house to see that I was home.
Lori and I have been married for 23 years and she has cared for our home and kids during 5 deployments. She’s what makes any house a home. Lori is a fantastic volunteer and has been named a Volunteer of the Year four different times and is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award which has made not only our residence a great home but the community as well.
Today, we are currently assigned to Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX where we bought our house with the help of an amazing Coldwell Banker D’Ann Harper agent, Nikki Diamond-Jones. We were referred to her through USAA. She was the absolute best agent to work with, and made our home buying experience as stress-free and pleasant as possible. She did so much to assist us, especially since we were purchasing a home ‘site unseen’ as we were unable to travel to Texas to look at homes.
Among other things, she went out to the neighborhood at different times of the day to look at traffic patterns and take pictures, allowing us to make the best informed decision that we possibly could. We have recommended her to so many friends in the military who are assigned to San Antonio, and I could not provide any higher compliments or recommendations on her behalf.
On this Veteran’s Day, may we all take a moment to give thanks for those who both past and present preserve the place we call home. Thank you Stinson family. Here’s to our veterans and may there be more joyful homecomings in the near future.
Nov 10, 2016
Here is a great read that I came across! Your Home’s November Honey Do List.
Prep your home for the holidays and cooler weather with this list of home to dos that you’ll be especially thankful for.
This month, we’re especially thankful for home. Home is where the family comes together, where we’re protected from the elements, and where love abounds. Your home’s November Honey-Do list will make sure your home is ready for the holidays, prepared for colder weather and loved inside and out.
1. Winterize your home – For most of the country, November is the time when we can no longer deny that the colder weather has settled in. Now is the time to winterize summer tools and appliances like air conditioner units, grills and lawn mowers. Bring garden hoses indoors and check your windows and doors for drafts.
2. Make a Turkey Game Plan – No coach would head to a big game without a game plan up his sleeve. Likewise, no chef should hit the kitchen without thinking through the menu and timeline first. Determine what menu items you can make ahead, decide what responsibilities you can delegate, and take an inventory of your pantry and china cabinet. Oh, and now’s the time to clean that oven, too.
3. Polish the Silver and Dust off the China – Thanksgiving is a special meal, which deserves the best of your entertaining arsenal. Because we don’t often use our special dishes year round, it’s smart to give them a good deep clean and polish before setting the table on Turkey Day.
4. Give your living room a refresh – With the holidays ahead, your living room is sure to get plenty of use. Give the space a refresh by changing out the window treatments for a new look.
5. Use some pest control – Rodents and other pests are opportunistic and seek warmer environments when the temperatures drop. Be sure that they don’t call your house their home by implementing these 5 surefire tricks to pest control.
6. Clear out the gutters – Avoid drainage problems and damage to your home’s foundation by clearing out the gutters before snow and ice wreaks havoc. Here is an easy how-to guide to cleaning rain gutters on your home.
7. Be ready for snow – Before the first winter storm, it’s a good idea to make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blower are in proper working order. Ready to invest in a snow blower after the brutal winter last year? Here is a buying guide from Home Depot that will help you make an educated purchase.
8. Start tackling the December to do list – The holiday to do list is notoriously the longest of the year. Get a head start by ordering your holiday cards, updating your address book, and making a gift wish list for each of your family members NOW. You can even start stringing twinkle lights on your shrubbery before the deep chill sets in. After all, the most important part of the holidays is taking the time to enjoy our family and friends.
Next month we’ll cover everything you’ll need to know to make your home holiday ready. Until then, Happy Thanksgiving!
Victoria Keichinger Nov 1, 2016
In order to save more, it helps to have a goal in mind. What’s more, saving for the big things may encourage you to develop smarter financial habits that will help you achieve financial freedom. Whether you want to build up your emergency fund or pay for college, the information below offers tips to help you save more money for the big events in your life.
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The “back to school” days are right around the corner.
Adjusting to “back to school” mode is simple if you prepare in advance and set up a regular routine. Here are a few tips that’ll help make the transition a little easier:
Back to Bedtimes – Your little night owls will benefit from having bedtimes rolled back a couple of weeks before school starts.
Get Organized – Designate a central “information station” where schedules are housed and school notes can be processed.
Adjust Chores – Responsibilities may need to be adjusted depending on the type of chore and change in morning routine.
Plan Ahead – Get in the habit of doing as much as you can the night before. The morning routine will be smoother if you lay out clothes and make lunches in advance.
Stay Positive – Returning to school is an emotional adjustment for children so help them stay positive and ensure you’re available as much as possible.
Back to school doesn’t have to be about forgotten lunches, unlabeled belongings and lost permission slips! With a little organization and planning, you’ll be able to enjoy the rest of the summer knowing that September will be smooth sailing.
Some more good advice from realestateword.com… check them out!
Lewiston’s Hot August Nights
The Friday Night Car Cruise and the Saturday Show & Shine will take place August 25-27, 2016, in conjuncture with the Lewiston’s Hot August Nights concert series at Boomer’s Garden.
Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors that make this event possible. We are excited to have you join us for Lewiston’s Hot August Nights this year. Just one of the many things Lewiston has to offer.