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How to Design a Stylish and Kid-Friendly Home

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Designing your home can be a creative and fun process, but add kids into the mix and the situation becomes quite interesting. You want your home to be kid-friendly, but at the same time, you don’t want it to look like a daycare. With these tips, you can ensure your home is both kid-friendly and stylish. Add Color to Your Decor You probably favor the pearl finishes and silken upholstery, but it will be a good idea to hold on to that thought for a few years and switch it up by adding some color. Add a colorful rug in your living room as that is an area that experiences quite a bit of foot traffic. To avoid any spill stains, a dark colored rug would be more conducive, or you can forgo carpeting altogether and opt for hardwood floors. The Play Area To give your kids space they need to play (and for you to keep an eye on them), it’s a good idea to create a play area next to the living room rather than in the nursery or bedrooms. Keep your child’s toys and treasures organized and out of the way once she’s finished playing by utilizing…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s probably a good idea to not wait until the last minute to buy her a meaningful gift. But what should you get the woman who probably tells you she doesn’t need anything other than your love on this special day? More flowers, chocolates, a nice card? As gracious as your mother may be, she may not want the usual go-to gifts (though what mom can say no to jewelry). We have a few ideas on what mom may like and if you do decide to go with one of these ideas, don’t forget to include the Mother’s Day card and flowers! Home Décor If your mom loves to decorate her home according to the seasons or latest trends, take stock in her decorative style and buy her a classic decorative centerpiece of work of art that will complement your mother’s home and style. Coffee table books, vases, decorative votive candles, and even photographs framed in elegant picture frames are a few ideas. Be sure to consider your mother’s aesthetic and theme; your gift should complement her style. Pick Up Your Room (and the Rest of the House) How many times…

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Hosting a Family-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Get Together

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Cinco de Mayo is a popular mid-year holiday that a lot of people enjoy celebrating, especially when there are food and drinks involved. If you’re planning on having a get together at your home, add to the festivities by including some great easy-to-do meals and drinks, creating fun props and photo backdrops for your photo booth, and even including some fun décor to go from siesta to fiesta! Taco Stations and Drink Bars No Cinco de Mayo get together would be complete without a taco station! Everyone loves tacos, and having a simple station where your guests can make their own tacos will be a definite hit for everyone. You can also include easy to make to-go cups of seven-layer dip, bean dip, or everyone’s favorite, nacho cheese! Add a bit of color and fruit to your food bar by adding cups of sliced mango dashed with a bit of chili pepper seasoning. Having a refreshments table nearby is a good idea, and if you plan on having little ones at your fiesta, consider having refreshing soft drinks like Jarritos and Goya, horchata, and agua fresca on hand. Fruit smoothies are also a hit for kids and grownups alike! If…

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Baby Proofing Your Home

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Parents do everything they can to keep their little ones safe and out of harm’s way, but sometimes things happen even when you’re being extra careful. Baby-proofing your home may sound intimidating, but these simple tips will save you and your toddler a lot of pain and anguish in the long run. Let’s look at a few important tips that can make your home kid-friendly. Corners and Sharp Edges    Take extra precaution in covering any sharp edges and corners in your home, especially if your baby is starting to crawl or stand. Areas of interest include the coffee table, side table, window ledges, and TV stands. Keep any breakable items out of reach from the little one, and secure bookcases, shoe racks, and any taller pieces of furniture that may topple over. Fireplaces You have a couple different options when it comes to baby-proofing a fireplace. An easy method is to use a baby-proof and fire-proof gate around the hearth itself. If a gate is not a feasible option, consider purchasing a screen for the firebox and using foam cushioning for the hearth. Doors and Cupboards  Prevent your child’s little fingers from getting squished between doors or toilet seats…

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How to “Greenify” Your Home

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Most people in the United States consider themselves to be environmentally friendly, but are we doing everything we can to save our Earth? Earth Day is right around the corner and we wanted to share some handy tips to keep your home and environment green. Invest in Reusable Water Bottles Instead of buying bulk water bottle packages, consider using a filter to get your daily H2O. According to the EPA, Americans consume 50 billion bottles of water every year. These bottles are harmful since most of it end up in landfills. The environmentally-friendly thing to do is purchase a reusable bottle and fill it up with water from a filtered water source. Package and Seal Your House Scan your house for any air that escapes through any nooks and crannies. The amount of energy lost is equivalent to the loss of energy when a window opens. Improve the insulation in your home and it will help conserve energy as a whole. This can also help save some dollars off your utility bills. Sounds like a win-win! Dish Washing Strategy If you plan on running your dishwasher, make sure you are washing full loads. Running your dishwasher for only a few…

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Easter Fun with Family and Friends

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As a springtime holiday, Easter is a favorite time for everyone and another reason to celebrate the day with your family and friends. What better way to do just that than by getting the family together for some egg-dyeing fun, an Easter egg hunt, and indulging in some baked goodies? First thing’s first: getting your home ready for the holiday. Decorating for Easter Decorating your home for Easter can be fun, especially if you’re the type to make things yourself. If you have a bit of a creative streak in you, consider making a cute Easter egg covered wreath for your front door, or turning soup cans into bunny planters complete with googly eyes and cutting out felt fabric for the bunny feet, nose and ears. If you don’t have a hand for creativity, most local crafts shops already sell pre-made Easter decorations. All you have to do is pop in and select your favorite pieces. If you don’t care to add bunnies to your existing home décor, spring flowers or Easter lilies are a nice way to freshen up the look of your home while acknowledging the holiday. Dyeing Easter Eggs Dyeing Easter eggs is one of everyone’s favorite…

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Maintenance Tips For Your Home

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We get our cars serviced regularly and rotate our tires regularly, don’t we? Well, shouldn’t we be doing the same with our homes? Home maintenance doesn’t mean just fixing something when it’s broken. Routine cleanups and maintenance will keep your home in working order, saving you money from major repairs down the line. Let’s look at a few basic things that you can do without having to call a professional so that you can save your hard-earned money. Deep Cleaning Apart from regular cleaning and vacuuming, get to those nooks and crannies—favorite havens for dust bunnies—and clear out any items you may have dumped in the basement last spring. Be sure to check for mold and pay attention to the roof to see if there was any damage sustained during the winter months. Clean up the fireplace for any residual hazardous buildup and check the chimney as well. Electrical Updates Check all the electrical outlets around the house. While you’re doing that, check and make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors have fresh batteries, a routine that should be practiced every 6 months. Clean the kitchen hood filters of that built up grease, which can be a fire hazard….

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Buying a Home? Here’s How a Real Estate Agent Can Help

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Congratulations! You’ve finally taken the plunge and are ready to hit the market and find yourself a dream home. It might start with excitement, but all the paperwork and potential in competing with other buyers can be confusing and daunting. For that same reason, having an experienced real estate agent by your side can ensure the process will run smoothly. The Right Price Nobody likes to pay for a house for more than it’s worth, which can be a case in the pricing of a lot of houses in the market. A seasoned buyer’s agent will know the true value of the house based on the location and the condition of the property. Your real estate agent will serve as your guide to helping you find your dream home and for the right price. S/he can negotiate the right price with the listing agent without losing the bid. Your Criteria Looking for the right house can be finding a like a needle in a haystack. An experienced real estate agent makes that task less strenuous by understanding what you want in your home, the location you are interested in, as well as your price range. Once all of that is…

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It’s a Homerun! How Baseball is Like Real Estate

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It’s time to batter up and make that homerun! Spring is here and baseball season is back. Baseball is an exciting past time because it brings us entertainment, the nostalgia of the all-American sport and watching our favorite teams score homeruns. Taking a closer look at the sport, it has a lot of commonality with real estate. 1. Working Together as a Unit Baseball is a team sport and players depend on their teammates to help them score that homerun. Just like in real estate, agents rely on others to help them be their best. Although agents are paid based on individual performance, they still work as a unit when it comes to working together. Sluggers see better pitches because the hitter in front of him got on base. In the cases of real estate, a satisfied client will most likely refer their friends and family to their agent, ensuring long-term success for the agent down the line. Working as a team with your clients and even with your colleagues is generally a guarantee for success. 2. Long Season Compared to any other sport, the baseball season is long, running for approximately six months. Like real estate, agents have long…

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Go Solar, Go Green!

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Earth Day is around the corner and there is more than one reason for people to embrace the green. Whether it’s economic or eco-friendly, your inspiration to go solar would be a great benefit. Here are some benefits of going solar. Reduce Your Electric Bill Most people cringe at the thought of a high electric bill. Being solar friendly can also be friendly to your wallet. This gives you an opportunity to save your hard-earned money and play nice with the environment. With solar panels installed, you rest easy with minimal electric bills. Property Value Homebuyers are attracted to homes with solar energy installations. Often solar homes go off the market faster compared to non-solar homes. Whether you are planning to sell your home now or later, it will be an investment rather than an expense. Either way, who doesn’t want to save some extra dollars and help reduce our carbon footprint with the planet. Environmental Benefits Our environment is our home and we want to keep it strong and sustainable. Going solar has many benefits for the environment, such as limiting greenhouse gas emissions, shrinking your carbon footprint, and reducing demands for fossil fuel. It will take time, but…

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