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Fall Interior Tips

Posted by Jeff on Nov 11, 2015.

Fall Daylight Savings Time has shortened our days once again, and with it increased our need to cozy up our houses and apartments. Here are a few quick and colorful ways to warm things immediately. Put Those Winter Coats and Scarves To Work You know all of the sweaters, scarves and wool coats you love? Hanging these garments on a rack or series of hooks is both practical and whimsical. Those clothes that have dark blues, plaid and other eye-catching hues and patterns bring a touch of easy style. Making these autumn specific touches stand out can make a difference. Try placing the s..


Late Fall Bucket List

Posted by Jeff on Nov 11, 2015.

There is often a lull between Halloween and Thanksgiving. But in reality there are always some excellent moments in those weeks when the weather and the season inspire you to knock a few items off your Late Fall Bucket List. Seize the days! Go on a fall hike Bake an apple pie Volunteer together as a family Play flag football Smores in the fire pit. Pick up a fall-themed book Collect pinecones and use them to decorate Invite friends over for chili night Make cards for special friends and mail them--using fall-themed stamps Purge your closets of sweaters and wintry..


Top Fall Dishes From Top Food Sites

Posted by Jeff on Nov 11, 2015.

Fall brings a whole new spectrum of root vegetables, flavorful proteins and rich gravies that combine for hearty, chilly weather fare. Here is a list of top food sites and the number one fall dishes on each. Click the links for lots more from celebs and gourmands alike. http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/fast-recipes/16-quick-and-easy-fall-recipes/ Sausage and Kale Pasta from Rachel Ray. This hearty dish will warm you from the inside out. Sneaks healthy kale into this savory pasta dish.   http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/f-w-staff-favorite-fall-recipes Food and Wine ..


Haunted Towns Beckon Visitors Year-Round

Posted by Jeff on Nov 09, 2015.

If you weren’t among the 100,000 people who were in Salem for Halloween, don’t worry. There are plenty of haunted towns to explore all year round. Jerome, AZ - This former copper-mining town has a paranormal reputation that dates back to the Wild West. Home to 400 residents (down from 15,000 in its heyday), legend has it that ghostly residents from the days of mining accidents and gunfights roam the night. One alleged spirit is Sammie Dean whose spirit cruises alleys looking for her killer who was never found. Fort Mifflin, PA - It is the country's only Revolutionary War batt..


Staging Your Home for Every Season

Posted by Jeff on Nov 03, 2015.

It all starts with curb appeal. The time of year when you plan to sell your house points to specific home staging tips for winter, spring, summer, and fall. Today we’re going to look at your house from the outside in and determine some quick staging ‘wins’ for exterior staging. Staging outside is all about seasonal considerations. Stage the backyard as an outdoor living room for the summer months. Have a patio? Turn it into a dining area in the summer. Did your dog make a few brown spots on the lawn? Head to the hardware store for some green spray paint. It will last a few weeks! By Fall..


Avoiding Cobwebs and Other Scary Post-Halloween Packing Problems

Posted by Jeff on Nov 02, 2015.

You’re no doubt thinking about packing away the witches, goons and goblins. Taking a few quick hints will make it easy to store those Halloween decorations and protect them when they’re packed away for eleven months of each year. Use identifiable boxes or tubs Think about orange or black colors and big labels so you won’t waste time shuffling boxes trying to find those Halloween decorations. Use plastic tubs There’s nothing worse than bugs, humidity and crawly things getting in your stuff. The plastic tubs help protect decorations from the environment, even a flood. Make a list for e..


A Healthier Halloween

Posted by Anna on Oct 26, 2015.

Halloween without candy is like New England without snow. It’s just not possible. But as we approach the 31st of October, keep in mind, there are still ways to enjoy this sugar filled holiday, without feeling all the guilt. Greatist, a community of people focused on helping the world think in a healthier way, has come up with a list of 20 healthier Halloween candy choices, each of which are under 100 calories, 6 grams of fat, and 10 grams of sugar per serving. On the list are Twizzlers, Peanut M&M’s, Tootsie Rolls, 3 Musketeers, Tootsie Pops, Kit Kats, Air Heads, and Smarties, just to n..


Scooping the Snoops When House Staging

Posted by Jeff on Oct 21, 2015.

Everyone dislikes snoops, right? Well there’s one instance of snooping that home sellers can use to their advantage. We like to think of it as the secret weapon of house staging. House Staging, aka House Fluffing is a real estate best practice where you declutter and rearrange your house to make it more appealing. It allows the prospective buyer to imagine themselves in the space. Items that are deemed too personal or just too darned big are often moved to the storage locker. The goal is a clean, easy-on-the-eyes flow for the entire home. But what about the flow of those closets--or..



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