As a real estate agent, I often hear from people who want a new home because they’ve outgrown the current one.  In some cases, people really do need larger homes, but other times, homeowners just need to use their property—inside and out—differently.  In a tough economy, like the one we’re in, it’s especially important to understand that difference.  Do you think you’ve outgrown your house, but can’t afford to build an expensive home addition or move to something larger?  Thankfully, there are alternatives.  One significantly more budget-friendly option I recommend for people who decide to stay put (at least temporarily) is an outdoor storage building.  “A shed instead of a larger house?” you may ask.  Absolutely!  A great shed, ... More

One of my Dad's traditions at the lake house is to build a campfire outside almost every night.  My dad likes to eat popcorn around the fire, but when the grandkids visit, it's time to break out the good ol' traditional smores!  After all, what kid can resist melted chocolate and gooey marshmallows smooshed between graham crackers?  For a change of pace for the kids' campfire sweet treats, one night my sister-in-law introduced us all to Hobo Pies.  If you've never had a Hobo Pie, you're in for, well, something different from smores.  :)  First of all, to make a Hobo Pie over a campfire, you need an iron pie maker, available in camping departments.  Then, you'll need bread and some fillings.  In the tradition of "pie", my sister-in-law br... More

 
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Lifetime Chairs at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Did you know that an estimated 2.5 million people go to the Macys Thanksgiving Day Paradein New York City each year? Thats roughly twice the population of Hawaii, and all these people are standing on the same street in New York City at the same time to watch the parade. Thats a lot of people all hoping to get front row spots for the festivities! Because theres such limited front-row space, people show up 3 or 4 hours before the parade starts to get the best views, which means a lot of time standing and waiting. This year, to make the morning more relaxing, we decided to bring Lifetime Chairs to some of these people who were anticipating the start of the parade. That way, they could have a comfortable place to sit and rest their feet while getting a great view of all the floats, dancers and balloons. All the people who sat in...
Teacher Thank You Gift Ideas
Whoo-hoo! School is almost over! For most kids here in Texas, this is either the last week or next-to-last week of school. If you havent already, its time to really start thinking abouthow to thank your childs teacher. Wow. A teacher plays such an instrumental role inyour childs life. A mere gift seems almost too simple and meaningless. Nonetheless, it is the thought that counts and even the smallest gesture of appreciation is treasured by teachers. For starters, a sincere handwritten thank you note can mean more to a teacher than any tangible gift. You can even go a step further and pass along your words of praise for the teacher to a principal or administrator so they know how much their staff is valued. Its a gift that costs nothing but the impact is priceless. If you do want to give a tangible gift in addition to a than...
Maintaining a Healthy Lawn
Many homeowners are concerned about the environment and are looking for ways to maintain their yard without having to use harmful chemicals. One area that gets a lot of attention is the lawn. With an organic lawn care approach, gardeners are finding they can have a thick, lush, and green lawn thats safe for wildlife, pets, and people too. The keys to success include: growing the right grass variety for your area, aerating, dethatching, feeding your lawn properly, and mowing your lawn at the right height. Heres what to do to transition into growing a healthier lawn: Use the Right GrassGrow grass varieties adapted to your climate. In the North, choose cool season grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass. In the South, use warm season grasses such as, Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass, and zoysi...