Monthly Archives: December 2011

Time to Travel-Where to go?

The holiday season gives reasons to travel. Visiting family and using vacation time off from work while the kids are out of school seems to be the perfect trifecta of reasons to pack a bag, but just how far do you have to go?

In the central Texas area during the holidays, you will find plenty of things to do and sights to see and you never have to leave the state. Check out this link to a list of really cool stuff right here and around Austin that is sure to put you in a festive mood.

http://www.statesman.com/life/travel/texas-traditions-highlight-the-holidays-1964749.html?viewAsSinglePage=true

Gifts for the Home and the Homeowner

Christmas shopping is winding down with less than two weeks to the day. Odds are you have checked everyone off of your nice list except for the people that are impossible to shop for. They require the most time and thought into their gifts and then result in the most stress hoping they like it after it has been opened.

If this is the case for you, then think about getting them something for the home. Break away from the traditional and thoughtless picture frame or holiday themed dish towels and get them something they may not get themselves.

The winter always brings colder temperatures, bad weather days and sometimes extreme weather conditions, all of which can end up harming a home and thus the home owner or their wallet. This year people are helping each other and themselves by preventing those things and wrapping up their Christmas shopping all in one step. Consider the following gift ideas:

Remember Rain Barrells? They go way back, and are making a come back as we speak. Going green is a popular trend, so why not put a rain barrell (that come in all shapes and sizes now) at the bottom of your gutter and collect extra gallons of water to be used on your garden and landscaping free of charge at a later date! I think one would look good with a big red bow on top also…

Automated leak alarms: We are alerted when someone is trying to break out of our house, and when a door is not shut or locked, but what about when the pipes freeze and bust and then flood your home? That can now all be avoided. Look into some technology that not only helps your budget, but your future in your home as well.

Can’t think of something to get your husband or wife? Replace the front door! It is like putting on a brand new pair of shoues with the same old trusted jeans and making a whole new look. Plus, it could be the secret to keeping the warm air in and the cold air out. Remember what mom always said when you left the door open.. “We aren’t trying to cool down the neighborhood!”

Home energy audits can be just as beneficial as replacing any doors and windows in the house. Making sure the energy your home is using is not only efficient and staying with your home is a safe and financially beneficial way to start the new year,

Christmas shopping doesn’t have to revolve around the newest phone or coziest pair of socks. Think outside the box this year and put your home on the nice list too.

 

Christmas without a Tree

Here in central Texas, we all know just how much rain we still need. Even after this past weekend of heavenly showers, we are in a very serious drought. Serious enough to effect some businesses, one in particular. Christmas Trees are fo sale everywhere right now, and appropriately selling like normal. What about that holiday family tradition of going to cut one down yourself? That’s no longer allowed. Looks like traditions change with and like the seasons.

“Home Alone” house for sale!

This is the time of year when all the holiday decorations come out, the Christmas music is turned on and Families gather around the TV to watch Christmas Classics, some starring Chevy Chase, a leg lamp and Macaulay Culkin. Culkin’s famous home-made home defense riggings and traps made kids everywhere believe they wanted to be left Home Alone.

Lucky enough for the generation so familiar with the side effects of after shave, the Home Alone house is for sale!! For a mere $1.95 Million you too can celebrate the holidays in true classic fashion while “Rockin’ around the Christmas Tree.”

See more info here:

http://realestate.msn.com/blogs/listedblogpost.aspx?post=2b575ecc-2c86-49ca-bdab-7a80cef51cc5