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Top 6 Things to Do in Our Community in June

Mon, 29 May by lisarice

  1. Cruise Night at Columbus Park – June 1 & 8, 6:00 pm – Columbus Park, Spruce Grove
    Come see some classic cars in Spruce Grove’s downtown park.

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  1. Farmer’s Days Rodeo & Exhibition – June 2-4 – Stony Plain Heritage Park
    Check out the Stony Plain Farmer’s Days festival. Great family fun! Includes the Mayor’s Pancake Breakfast

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  1. Car, Boot, and Tailgate Sale – June 10 – 9:30 am – 1:30 pm – Spruce Grove Grain Elevator
    Full information on the event, here!

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  1. Taste of Spruce Grove – June 17, 2:00 pm – Columbus Park, Spruce Grove
    This event is designed to showcase the best local eats in Spruce Grove. Check it out with your whole family!

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  1. The Artisan Affair – June 17 – 4912 52nd Avenue, Stony Plain
    Local artists and crafters share their work with the community through a sale day!

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  1. Stony Plain Quilt Show
    Full event info on the quilt show, here.

https://www.edqg.ca/index.php/bulletin-board-events/433-stony-plain-quilt-show-june-9-10-2017

If you are looking for a Saturday activity, be sure to check out the Spruce Grove and Stony Plain Farmer’s Markets, running every Saturday until December.

 Spruce Grove Farmer’s Market

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Stony Plain Farmer’s Market

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Some of The Most Functional Plants To Grow This Summer

Tue, 23 May by lisarice

 

Here are some great plants to consider adding to your gardens, pots, and homes this summer. These plants offer great functionality from insect repellent to air purifiers to sleep remedies. Take a look:

Outdoor Plants:

  • Lavender – a lavender plant can be used as a mosquito repellent in your yard. The lovely purple flowers also attract honey bees! Lavender in an oil form also has pain relief and sleep remedy properties.
  • Sage – planting a sage bush near doorways is said to keep ants away.
  • Lemongrass – pots of lemongrass can be placed outside to repel mosquitoes.

Outdoor/Indoor Plants:

  • Rosemary – this herb is great for cooking with. Not only is the flavour great, this plant is also a known mosquito repellent.
  • Basil – this is another great tasting herb. It is a great addition to many dishes including salads, flatbreads, and some chicken and pork dishes. This herb is also a fantastic repellent of house flies and mosquitos.
  • Peppermint – this plant is great for repelling mosquitos, ants, and spiders. Be sure to plant in a pot though as peppermint grows like a weed and will easily take over a garden.

Indoor Plants:

  • Aloe Vera – this plant grows easily indoors. The gel inside the aloe leaves are great for healing wounds and sunburns.
  • Spider Plants – spider plants are extremely easy to grow indoors. This plant is great for air purification in your home and is easy to please.
  • Snake Plant – these one of these easiest plants to take care of. Place a snake plant beside your bed as it improves the quality of the air and is said to lead to a better sleep.

Happy planting!

Add Curb Appeal To Your Home This Spring

Mon, 15 May by lisarice

It finally feels like Spring!  With the warmer weather and the May long weekend approaching; many people have begun or are ready to start work on their gardens, yards and outdoor summer projects.  Which means it’s a great time to share some of the ways that you can add curb appeal to your home.  Remember if you’re thinking of listing this is the first impression of your home and always important – and if you’re not listing – it’s always nice to spruce up the front of your home.

Dress Up the Front Door

Having an inviting front door may be all you need to make your home look perfect from the outside.  A fresh coat of paint which doesn’t take a lot of work and isn’t a large expense can have a huge impact on your home’s appearance. Live dangerously – and try a new colour- remember it’s only paint.  Another easy upgrade may be replacing your out of date door knob. Choosing a grand looking lock set will easily class up your front door.

Add Symmetry

Symmetry satisfies the internal mind’s eye; and it’s said that having perfect symmetry in the front of your home will make it appear inviting. This can be something as simple as matching plant pots on your front steps or even lighting on both sides of your front door.

Outdoor Lighting

Unique outdoor lighting is an eye-catcher to those looking in at your home. Lighting up your walkway, deck, or garden are easy ways to make your home more appealing; and there’s so much choice in the local stores.

Create a Garden

Bright colours attract the eye! One of the easiest ways to add colour to your home in Spring is a garden! However, do not bind your thoughts to a patch of dirt in the ground – potted gardens are an extremely popular way to add some colour to your home! Make them fun and inviting and experiment with your favorites.

Remember: first impressions matter! Adding curb appeal in Spring is an important part to the aesthetics of your home; not only for visitors but for you as the homeowner as well.

Enjoy the warm weather!

Real Estate Terms – SIMPLIFIED

Mon, 08 May by lisarice

There are many things to learn when you are looking to purchase a home.   A major part of the learning curve is figuring out the terminology and the parts of the process that will have to be completed.  Hopefully the following list will give you some insight into the process before you begin.

Appraisal – the process of determining the market value of a property.

Balanced Market – when there are an equal amount of buyers and sellers in a market.

Buyer’s Market – The market is considered a “buyer’s market” if there are more homes for sale than buyer’s currently purchasing.

Closing Costs – these are costs that you incur after the purchase of a home. These costs can include: lawyer fees, property taxes, condo fees, and other such fees.

Closing Date – the date that a purchaser takes ownership of their new home.

Conditions – common conditions are financing and home inspection although conditions are personalized to each offer and may vary.

Counteroffer – the response of one party to another during the negotiation period.

Deposit – When an offer to purchase is written, the purchaser will add a deposit onto the offer. This is a sum of money used to show the seller the “good faith” of the buyer. This money is held by either the real estate agent or the lawyer until the deal is complete.  The deposit forms part of your down payment.

Home Inspector – hired by the buyer to inspect the home once the purchase contract is agreed upon.

MLS – Multiple Listing Service – a service that allows the public and REALTOR® to find valuable information on properties.

Offer to Purchase – this is the written contract created by the REALTOR® of the buyer to show the terms of the deal. This contract may be changed several times before the buyer and seller come to an agreement.

Pending – once an offer has been negotiated and signed off – this is the period where the buyer works to remove the conditions on the home.

Seller’s Market – a point in time where there are more people looking to purchase homes than there are homes available for sale.

Title – legal ownership of the property.  Your REALTOR® will pull the title to a home you are looking to purchase to ensure ownership and look at additional information that is needed.

Remember – your REALTOR® (me) is here to help and walk you through every step of the process.  Whenever you’re ready – I’m here to assist.

Overwhelmed by home decor decisions?

Wed, 03 May by lisarice

If the idea of updating your home decor leaves you feeling a little un-nerved, YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
I found an article that may help you overcome this phobia and in turn leave your home looking exactly the way you hope it does.

Link to the article, here. Enjoy!

 

Downsizing

Mon, 01 May by lisarice

 

 

Life is full of changes. Whether your kids have grown up and moved out, your acreage just seems too far from town, or you find yard work just too overwhelming – sometimes downsizing your home is in your best interest. If you have decided that downsizing is the right choice for you, the following tips may be of assistance in ensuring a smooth process for you and your family.

  1. Give yourself time

The process of eliminating belongings and downsizing your life should not be an overnight decision. Give yourself time to truly think and adjust to the idea of living without certain things. Take on the challenges of downsizing one room at a time or alternatively there are organizers and certified downsizing and transition specialists.  I can assist you with connecting with the right people if you need it.  Give me a call to discuss.

  1. Assess your daily life – decide what items need to be included

Try to take an objective view on your life. Decide what your daily life realistically looks like and begin to eliminate those items that no longer fit your lifestyle.   It is important to look into your future and decide if these are the items you would like to fill your new home with. For example, your home gym used to be a part of your routine but hasn’t been in several years – maybe it is time to sell that equipment before you move.

  1. Organize the nooks and crannies

There are always spaces in our home that accumulate the “things without a home.” These can include junk drawers, attics, and garages. These spaces can be the most daunting but its definitely worth taking a hard look at this accumulation and deciding if it’s important that they come along to your new home.

  1. Donate/sell the items that you no longer need

There are always organizations looking to take in unwanted items. Rather than adding to the landfill, try to donate some of the things that may be of use to others. It may also be a good time to host a garage sale, list them on kijiji or attempt to sell some things on your preferred social media.

  1. When you move into your new home – maximize your storage space.

Once you are in your smaller home, it is important that you do not keep living like you are in a large home. You may not have the storage space that you once had. Therefore, you may need to come up with innovative storage solutions. For example, wall storage, and ottomans can be extremely helpful!

If you think that it may be time to downsize your home, feel free to contact me. I would love to use my professional connections to make this process as comfortable for you as possible.

Snow Day-Dreams

Mon, 24 Apr by lisarice

Lovely Spring weather in Alberta makes me think of warmer places…. My favourite drink, at the moment, to enjoy on a beach or when I’m dreaming of a beach is a coconut martini…

Coconut Martini

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Malibu Original
  • ½ oz. coconut cream
  • 1 ½ oz. pineapple juice
  • Fresh Pineapple

Instructions

  1. Chill your martini glass by first filling it with ice cubes and water
  2. Fill a shaker tin with ice cubes. Add Malibu, coconut cream, and pineapple juice. Cover with lid and shake until frost appears on side of shaker.
  3. Empty martini glass
  4. Pour drink into glass & garnish with fresh pineapple

Spent some time with a group of my friends recently and one of them brought a warm artichoke dip for us to fight over.  There’s never any leftovers of her famous recipe.  Here’s a similar one that should taste just as good (I hope).

Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. can non-marinated artichoke hearts, drained, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • dill weed, to taste (fresh or dried)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. To a mixing bowl add sour cream, mayo, cream cheese and 1 cup of parmesan cheese. Combine until smooth. Stir in chopped artichoke hearts and a little bit of dill weed, to taste.
  3. Place in a greased baking dish (most pan sizes around 8×8 in or a little smaller will work. You could even use a glass pie dish).
  4. Sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese on top. Sprinkle with a little extra dill weed, if desired.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Serve warm with crackers or bread.

 

How Soon Do Canadian Couples Move in Together?

Tue, 18 Apr by lisarice

 

 

 

Today, I am featuring an article that shows the average amount of time a Canadian couple takes to move in together. The study compares Canadian relationship timelines to that of American couples. The study also compares the timelines of different generations: between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials.

Another interesting part of the article features WHERE the couple moves in together. The majority it seems – from the given study, rent or buy a new home together. If you and your spouse are looking to take that next step, I would love to help you begin your “move-in” journey together. Feel free to give me a call and I would love to help you get started.

 

Link to the article & study, here.

8 Exterior Home Maintenance Tips For Spring

Wed, 12 Apr by lisarice

 

We all wait for the warmer weather of spring – which leads to summer sunshine. However, it’s also the time of year where a lot of our homes exterior maintenance checks need to be completed.   Some of the more important projects that you should ensure completed are the following:

Shingles:

Shingles are important regardless of the season but take a beating through the winter months. There are two ways you can inspect your roof each Spring. You can climb up and inspect your roof – look for lifting shingles and missing or dried caulking around vents and joints. Or, you can hire someone to come and check for you if you’re not able; or willing.  This way you can ensure that you don’t experience any unwanted flooding throughout the year.

Chimney:

While you are on your roof checking your shingles, take a moment to inspect your chimney. Make sure that it is in good condition after the cold months and that the caulking at the base is still in good condition. This is also a great time to have your chimney professionally cleaned if you used it a lot throughout the winter; that way you know it’s done whenever you decide to use it again.

Gutters & Downspouts:

Clean gutters and extend downspouts.  While this sounds minor it’s vitally important in the grand scheme of things.  Debris often plugs up gutters in the fall and winter and then with the first rainfall in Spring you’ll find water overflowing from the gutters – not something anyone wants.   Ensure that you give your gutters a nice cleaning to prepare for the warmer months. Your downspouts are another area to pay attention to – downspouts need to be extended prior to winter snow melt and spring rainfall.  This helps ensure that you keep water away from the foundation of your home which is vitally important to keeping your basement foundation dry.

Spot Paint Outdoor Window Sills/Door Frames:

It is important to ensure that there is no exposed wood on your window sills or door frames. This can lead to rotting.  Often during the cold winter months, paint will chip or wear away; take the time to touch up these areas with some paint while the weather is warm and sunny.

Window/Door Screens:

We all know that when summer hits, we will want to have those windows and doors open, letting the summer air in. Now is the time to check that all windows function properly and to ensure that there are no holes in the screens.  It is said that any hole larger than a dime should be repaired as it could let in pesky bugs.

Pressure Wash Siding:

Spring is a great time to give the outside of your house a little TLC. Pressure washing your siding will remove dust and dirt, making your home extra clean.

Check Decks & Fences for Deterioration:

The winter can be hard on the wood surfaces of our homes. Do a quick inspection to ensure that your decks and fences have experienced no deterioration. If so, it may be time to repair or repaint to prevent further damage.

Grading:

Check the grade of your home to ensure that it is sloping away from your house to keep rainwater away from your foundation.  If your grade does slope toward your home look at building it up to go away from the house.

Spring is a perfect time to ensure that your home is ready for the coming summer – and the remainder of the year.  If you have any questions about exterior home maintenance or anything else home related, or need a referral for someone who can assist you with maintenance ideas – feel free to give me a call.

 

5 Tips To Make Your Spring Cleaning More Effective

Mon, 27 Mar by lisarice

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Can you see it? The days are slowly getting longer as we creep into Spring. What does that mean for our homes? It means that it’s time to get those mops out and give them the refresh that they deserve. A long winter can mean minimal cleaning to those tricky spots. Now, it is time to tackle them!

1.The Inside AND Outside of Your Windows

The inside of our windows probably gets a good wipe a few times throughout the winter. However, during our cold Alberta winter, cleaning the outside is nearly impossible. Having lovely spring weather on your side will help you get this task done and you will truly see a difference.

2.Your Appliances

Give your stove, refrigerator and dish washer the love they deserve this spring! Pull out your fridge and stove and clean underneath. You will be surprised by the things that have collected over the winter months. Also, now is a good time to scrub the inside of these appliances as well. While they are out, you might as well, right?

3.Rugs

Spring cleaning is an excellent time to get rid of some of the dust that has been floating around your home all winter. A great way to do that? Give your rugs a good shake outside. You will be surprised at just how much dust collects over the winter months.

4.Clothes

As we move into spring and then summer, this is a great time to eliminate some of the clothes that you avoided all winter. Not only is donating your old clothes a great way to clean your space, it is also incredibly kind to those in need.

A GREAT TIP: When doing laundry, always put your fresh laundry at the front of your closet. In time, this will push to the back all of the items that you never wear. This will make your spring cleaning a little bit easier and truly answer the question, “Do I wear that?”

5.Textiles & Lines

Your area rugs aren’t the only things that collect dust during the winter season. Your curtains, comforters, couch throws, and sheets all contribute to a stuffy home. Giving these items a good spring clean will make everything feel a little fresher.

Spring is a great time to give your home the extra cleaning boost that it needs. These are just a few examples of ways to prepare your home for the spring and summer months. Spring is all about longer days, more energy and fresh starts. There is nothing more refreshing than a clean home! And once the cleaning is all done – remember to take the time to enjoy the Spring weather.

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