Post Christmas Decorating

I’ll be honest.  I like decorating for Christmas season , but now I am more than ready to declutter the house. The extra home decor can become overwhelming to me.  Here is what I will be doing this weekend to get our home ready for the New Year!

Declutter

I always feel that urge to organize and declutter after Christmas. This weekend I will be purging, minimizing , organizing and transitioning into winter decor.  So I will go around the house and pack up any Christmas decor that will not work for winter.  I will also donate any thing we no longer use and throw away anything broken.   Less stuff always feels good.

Removing the red berries

Red berries to me scream Christmas.  I will be replacing the red berries with green leafy stems.  If you like the farmhouse look,  magnolia stems work perfectly in the winter.

Add rustic touches

Birch candle holders can be transitioned into winter decor by removing the greenery and red berries for a more subtle look.

Keep the Cozy

Just because winter is over doesn’t mean we need to put away the cozy throws and pillows.  Winter is just starting.  Fur blankets, velvety blankets and  chunky wool  blankets are  all here to stay until Spring.

There are no rules to follow to decorate your home for winter.  It always feels so good to get the house back in order and with a few simple changes you can transform your home from Christmas  to winter decor.

We’d love to hear when you take down your Christmas decor and what you do to decorate for winter.

 

Sunday, December 29th Open House

2200 W. Rockypoint Drive Edmond

This charming updated home will be available to tour on Sunday, December 29th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Located off W. Edmond Rd (2nd St) and Santa Fe in Edmond.  From the intersection of Santa Fe and W. Edmond Rd., go west on W. Edmond Rd., then  north onto Brookfield,  west onto W. Rockypoint Dr.  You will find the open house sign in the yard.

As you approach the home you will notice the newly painted exterior.  Once inside you will find new granite counter tops, a new kitchen sink with a new faucet and freshly painted white cabinets.

The living room offers a brick fireplace, vaulted ceiling, built in bookcase, new paint and new carpet.

This home offers a split floor plan, with the master bedroom across the house from the secondary bedrooms.  The master has a huge walk in closet, new carpet, vaulted ceiling, white cabinets in the bath, tiled shower,  and new exhaust fan.

The guest bath has been freshened up with white cabinets and the secondary bedrooms both have new carpet and new white faux wood blinds.

Come by Sunday and take a tour of this home in the heart of Edmond.

If you would like to schedule a private showing you can reach Kiley at

405-410-9696 or Kim at 405-474-4774.

 

Christmas Eve Fun & Traditions

Every family celebrates Christmas Eve in their own unique way, because each family is unique and special.  Christmas Eve traditions can be sentimental or scared. Families love to reminiscence about the past and look forward to the tradition and making future memories.  It is always special to hear how newly married couples will incorporate their childhood traditions into their new family.

In our family we go to church then come home to find presents on the front porch for each family member.  In the package is new pajamas.  We then all put on our new jammies, gather around the tree and read the Christmas story from our Bible.

If you’re looking for some new ideas for your family’s Christmas Eve, one of these ideas might be worth adding to your tradition.

Make a hot cocoa bar

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Bake Christmas Cookies for Santa

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Read Christmas Stories

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Make the Reindeer Snacks

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Play Christmas board games

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Merry Christmas from all of us on The RED Team!!

Weekend Open Houses in Edmond

Brenton Hills Open House Saturday & Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00.
AMAZING VALUE!!!!!

$495,000

Wonderful 5 bedroom home situated on a beautiful green belt lot!

 

Swing by Fairfax Estates Sunday, December 8th, 2:00 – 4:00.

$434,777

This home is a must see! The kitchen offers freshly painted cabinets that opens to the living room with abundant natural light and a vaulted ceiling.

If you interested in these home and can not make it out to the Open House, call us!  We would love to schedule a private showing for you!

Kim Spencer 405-474-4774

Kiley Spencer Hendley 405-410-9696

Terra Spencer Myers 405-474-4242

Tips & Tricks for Guests Over the Holidays

Whether you’re hosting a couple of friends for a dinner party or your parents are coming to stay for a week, holiday cleaning is a chore that seems to sneak up on us. After many hours of Christmas shopping and office parties, the last thing on your mind is to prep your house for guests.  Here are some tips to make your life easier for when guests arrive. 

1. Try to have plenty of the necessities your guests may need (extra blankets, towels, etc.) to prevent them from having to ask.

2. Allow guests to help themselves.  For extended house guests show them where everything is and let them know they can make themselves at home.

3. Make sure you keep them in the loop (what time dinner will be ready, when you will be away from the house, etc) so they don’t feel like they are in the way of things.

4. Have some coffee ready in the mornings, or a coffee station available for your guests to make their own when they wake up.

5. Give your guests their privacy because everyone needs some alone time.

6. A little decor goes a long way. Have your Christmas decorations put out and your guests are sure to feel right at home.

And don’t forget to call The RED Team when you or someone you know is ready to buy a home or get their home SOLD! 405-474-4242 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a special time to be grateful for loving family, great friends, supportive communities, and all the gifts of life we’re all blessed to have. Thanksgiving is a day to thank God, not just a time to feel grateful while stuffing our faces with turkey. Gratitude will improve your life. It enhances our experience of life’s good things, allowing us to enjoy them more thoroughly. Gratitude always provides us with dignity, perhaps even with laughter, to survive the hard things in life. But we don’t just have to be thankful around Thanksgiving! Lets be thankful all year long!

We are truly thankful for YOU, our clients! Thanks for the support of The RED Team over the many years! We appreciate you! Now, go enjoy some time off and eat lots of yummy food!

Quick & Easy Tips to save Money on your Home Energy Bills

Hopefully you have been enjoying the first few weeks of fall and the cooler temperatures.

Although the cooler temps feel great now, we will  be wearing extra layers and waiting as long as possible to flip the switch to heat, because as soon as we do, our utility bills will for sure go up.

I  thought I would share  a few ways I have found  to cut bills by making small affordable adjustments to our habits.

  1. Program the thermostat to go up or down a few degrees when you are not home.
  2. Change your air filters.  Dirty filters slow down air flow, making your furnace and AC work harder.  Filters should be changed every 3 months.
  3. Flush your hot water heater and insulate it to keep heat from escaping. Minerals and sediment can build up inside your tank. Flushing once or twice a year will allow the water heater to run more efficiently.
  4. Install low flow bath fixtures to reduce water usage.
  5. Run appliances like, dishwasher, clothes washer & dryer at night.  Electricity doesn’t always cost the same.  Avoiding the use of heavy energy appliances during peak times will help reduce your bill by hundreds of dollars a year.
  6. Wash your clothes in cold water, which gets them just as clean and uses half the energy of hot water.
  7. Don’t over stuff the dryer. Extra large dryer loads will not save you time and energy. Filling the dryer more than two-thirds full doesn’t leave enough room for the air to circulate, which causes  increased drying time and will make your bill go up.  Use dryer balls in a half full dryer instead of dryer sheets.  The sheets have a film that reduces the efficiency of the dryer, while dryer balls can speed up drying time.
  8. More efficient use of the dishwasher, like running it when it is full and at night will definitely save you money. Also, consider letting your dishes air dry,  If your dishwasher does not have an air dry setting, just prop the door open after the final rinse.
  9. Replace light bulbs, even if just a few, can be one of the easiest ways to cut down on your electric bill.  LED, CFL, and halogen incandescent bulbs can be a little more expensive, however they are cheaper over the life of the bulb.
  10. Plug your electronics into Smart Power Strips. Smart power strips work to reduce your power usage by shutting down power to products that go into standby mode.  If you use a regular power strip, just turn the strips off a night before you go to bed.

If you are ready to find a new home that is more energy efficient, please let us know; we would be happy to assist you in your search!

The RED Team – Kim, Terra & Kiley
Keller Williams Central Oklahoma
10 E Campbell
Edmond, OK 73034
Office: 405.330.2626 l Cell: 405.474.4242 l Fax: 405.330.2627
www.realestateinedmond.com

We LOVE referrals! Please send anyone our way who is looking to buy or sell a home!

OKC 2019 Fall Fun Guide

Pumpkin Patches & Fall Farms

Now – Oct. 31

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch (720 Henney, Arcadia) features hay rides, a cornfield maze, fun fort, petting zoo, hay rides, pony rides, fire pits for roasting, picnic areas and more. Cash or check only. General admission, $9; Thursdays, $8; kids (2 and under), free. Cash or check only. Thursday, 1-6 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1-6 p.m. 315-7392

Now – Nov. 4

Sunshine Shelly’s Pumpkin Patch (7110 N Harrison, Shawnee) features u-pick-em pumpkins and ornamental gourds for sale, four-acre corn maze, hay rides, a kiddie train, corn cannon, haunted maze on the weekends, small petting zoo, rubber duck races, fire pits, picnic areas and more. Adults, $7; seniors (65 & up); kids (2-12), $5; kids (1 & under), free. Some activities require an additional fee. No admission charged to pick pumpkins. See website for hours of operation.

Now – Oct. 31

Wizarding World of Tiger Safari at Tiger Safari Zoological Park (963-S Frisco Rd, Tuttle) features up-close encounters with animals, themed photo stations, pumpkins and hay rides. Guests are encouraged to come in costume. Prices vary. Tuesday – Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Now – Oct. 13

WINGS: A Special Needs Community Fall Harvest Pumpkin Patch (13700 N Eastern, Edmond) features pumpkins, pony rides, a pumpkin train, hay rides, hay slide, corn maze, bounce houses, games and more. $5; kids (2 & under), free. Operating hours are Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. 242-4646


Now – Oct. 27

Pumpkin Patch at Kenny Farms (205562 E County Rd 40, Woodward) features pumpkins, a petting farm, corn pit, pony rides, pumpkin barrel train, pumpkin sling shots, pedal cars, yard games, bounce house, tractor play set and more. Admission is $10. Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. Kiddie Days offer half price admission on Tuesdays & Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 714-3453


Now – Nov. 2

Rustic Roots Pumpkin Patch (105340 Greer Rd, Lamont) features pumpkins and fall decor as well as a corn maze, petting zoo, corn cannon, hay maze, jump pad, hay fort, concessions and more. The corn maze is haunted after dark! $8-$12. Tuesday & Wednesday, by appointment only; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. 580-716-3608


Now – Nov. 9

Orr Family Farm (14400 S Western) features hay rides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and fun fall activities. Some activities may require additional fees like the Zombie Apocalypse Paintball, offered on select days. New this year, Farm After Dark is a fun, new way to experience Farm activities.Weekdays, $11.95; weekends, $15.95. Kids age 2 and under are free. Packages and season passes available. See website for hours of operation. 799-3276

Now – Nov. 1

The Busy Bee Pumpkin  Patch (10005 US 77, Lexington) features a variety of pumpkins for sale while supplies last. Families can explore the farm, browse the selection of gourds and snap a few photos. Free admission. Open seven day a week, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Now – Nov. 2

Wild Things Farm (700 Beaty Ave, Pocola) features a corn maze, flashlight maze, petting zoo, pony rides, jumping pillow and pumpkin patch. $12-$15; kids (under 18 mos), free. Thursday & Friday 2 – 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. Night Maze open select days. 918-626-4053.


Now – Nov. 3

 at Chester’s Party Barn & Farm (5201 Cimarron Rd, Piedmont) features a petting zoo, giant slide, pony rides, hay rides, 3-acre mystery maze, games and more. Admission includes one pumpkin per paid guest while supplies last. Annual memberships are available. Ages 1-10, $10; ages 11 – 64, $6. Infants 11 months & under and seniors ages 65 & older are free. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 6 p.m. 373-1595


Now – Oct. 31

St. Matthew United Methodist Church Annual Pumpkin Patch (300 N Air Depot, Midwest City) features story time, garden shop, pumpkins of all sizes and picture opportunities. Proceeds benefit local missions and non-profits. Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 13. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 8 p.m. 732-6831.

Now – Oct. 30

The Pumpkin Patch at Woodbine Farms (5109 Kings Rd, Ardmore) features pick-your-own pumpkin patch, animals, tractor-pulled hay ride, duck races, and more. $7 for ages 2 & up.  Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 – 5 p.m. 580-226-4052.

TG Farms Newcastle (1580 NW Highway 37, Newcastle) features tractor-drawn hay rides, petting zoo, hay maze, hay jump and slide, corn maze, tricycle race track, duck pond, pony rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, concession stand, general store and more. $10 per person plus tax on weekdays and $12 per person plus tax after 3 p.m. and on weekends. Kids under walking age are free. Season passes available. Open daily, 9 a.m.-dark. 387-3276. Additional location at 4335 W Highway 9 in Norman.

Now – Oct. 31

Hay Maze at Brown Ranch (Hwy 77, Ardmore) features a hay maze, campfires for roasting, kiddie cow train, an educational hay ride, hay slides and a kid’s corral with pedal cars, scooters, diggers, playhouses and more. $10; kids (3 & under), free. Thursdays & Fridays, 5 – 9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 2 – 9 p.m.

Now – Nov. 2

The Patch at Silver Wind Farm (16315 N MacArthur Blvd, Edmond) features farm games, petting zoo, tortoise & hare races, inflatables, pony rides, pop-up shops, pumpkins and more. Some activities not included in general admission.  3 & up, $10. FREE adult ticket with the purchase of a child admission. Friday, 4 – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sunday, 4 – 7 p.m. 834-0411


Now – Oct. 27

 at the Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno) celebrates pumpkins and all things fall. Thousands of pumpkins are on display along with scarecrows and a variety of activities. Free admission for members and kids 2 & under. Non-members, $8. Open daily, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. 445-7080


Now –  Oct. 31

Pumpkin Patch at Gate Church (7700 N Council Rd) features a variety of fall fun including pumpkins, photo areas, games and more. Admission and activities are free. Pumpkins available for purchase (price varies by size). Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m – 7 p.m.; Sunday 2 – 6 p.m. 728-7700, www.thegatechurch.tv

How to Settle Into Your New Home and Connect with Neighbors

One of the most exciting parts of moving into a new home is decorating and making each room comfortable and appealing. The colors, furniture, and décor are all up to you, so you’re truly creating your own space when decorating a new home.


If you’ve moved from one town to another, it’ll take more than some Pinterest-worthy interior design to truly start feeling at home in the new area. Before you and your partner start swapping paint swatches, use these tips to settle into your new surroundings.


Unload Boxes and Start Loading a Grocery Cart

As soon as you unload the last box, make sure the fridge is working and head to the nearest grocery store for ingredients to make your first dinner and to prepare a treat for the neighbors.
Even if your table and chairs are covered with boxes, make a point of enjoying a simple meal at home as soon as possible. “There’s nothing that’ll get you feeling like yourself in your new kitchen quite like cooking,” according to Cambria Bold for the Kitchen. You can easily whip up some steamable veggies and a box of macaroni and cheese without completely unpacking.

While waiting for the water to boil, take an opportunity to get your bed set up and your basics unpacked and ready to rock. Your clothes and toiletries are easy to move when you begin organizing later, but you’ll be happy that they’re accessible at the end and beginning of each day while you’re still unpacking a week later.


Eating at home makes you comfortable with the layout of the kitchen and appliances. You’ll also get a better idea of what your counter space should be used for when you start pulling the toaster, blender and other small appliances from their boxes. These could be useful for preparing the treats you can hand out to neighbors.

Go for the Gut When You Introduce Yourself
A quick way to introduce yourself to the neighborhood and start getting comfortable is by leaving a letter or postcard in mailboxes. Let them know who you are and give them a little bit of information about you and your family, including your pets.


In an article for Realtor.com, Lorrie Cozzens suggests baking something to share or buying “little gifts to drop off as you introduce yourself.” Doing something like this cuts back on the time you would normally give to small talk, but it still leaves neighbors with a good impression — or taste — of what you offer the community.


Then, when you start to venture outside for small breaks from unpacking and staging furniture, your neighbors will feel much more confident approaching you. If they remember your dog’s
name because of your small note, even better.


Every Fur Body Needs Time to Adjust

Your dog needs to adjust just as much as you do to a new home. Moving can overwhelm your dog, and a stranger who knows their name might put them at ease. New smells, sounds, and people might cause your dog to act strangely until they settle in as well.


When you can, walk your dog on a leash around the new neighborhood and spend time together in your yard. Besides, spending time on your front porch lets you plug into the neighborhood, possibly making acquaintances and friends with passersby. Expand your connections by making playdates with other people’s pets.

Get Involved
Find your place in the community by learning about it, and you’ll be surprised how quickly the new town feels like home. From attending meetings to finding your new favorite restaurant, you have to expose yourself to new experiences before you start feeling like a local.

If your new neighborhood is part of a Homeowner’s Association, go to the next meeting. Your neighbors are a helpful source of information about the area. You could meet someone there that shares an interest with you, and you could either join or start a group together.

Other Things to Consider
When you move into a new neighborhood, there’s a lot of stuff to consider. So, don’t let any of the “smaller stuff” fall through the cracks as you get settled.


– Familiarize yourself with the local auto insurance laws and statistics. For example, in Oklahoma, the cheapest insurance company is State Farm Mutual Auto. However, you still need to shop around for rates before selecting a policy.
– When you move to a new town, chances are you’ll need a new dentist. Mouth Healthy has some tips to keep in mind when you start looking for a replacement.
– Similarly, you might need to find a new doctor, especially if you’ve moved far away from your old primary care physician. Fortunately, many websites provide information about the doctors in your area so you can see who you can depend on.
– If you have younger children and work full time, you might need to find reliable daycare. Do plenty of research to ensure you find one you feel comfortable with.

Once you’ve finished unpacking and made acquaintances along the way, finish settling into your new home by throwing a party. Knowing people are coming over will give you an extra boost of energy to finally unpack the last box and finish decorating your home. And is there a better way to feel good about your new home than by filling it with smiling faces?

Image via Pixabay. Thanks to our guest author Natalie Jones.