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School Break - Why not a kids room makeover?

School Break could be a great time to do a kids room makeover. 

Below are highlights from a couple articles with great tips and ideas. 

We also recommend visiting hgtv.com & bhg.com - search “Kids rooms” as additional great sources.

ROOM TO GROW:

10 FUN WAYS TO UPDATE KIDS ROOMS ON A BUDGET

www.livingwellspendingless.com

Fortunately, switching up a kid’s bedroom doesn’t have to be a budget-breaker. If you plan ahead, you can come in under budget and accomplish a lot in just one weekend. Plus, when we work together and tap into our family’s

creativity—it can be a lot of fun!  When we get our kids invested in the process, they not only love their new room, but oftentimes they also gain a renewed commitment to keeping toys off the floor and school supplies organized.

1. GET YOUR KIDS INVOLVED

2. PLAN IT OUT FIRST

3. GO SIMPLE, AND CLEAR THE CLUTTER

4. ADD LOTS OF STORAGE OPTIONS

5. PICK A NEUTRAL PALATE AND ACCENT WITH COLOR

6. CREATE ZONES

7. ADD PERSONAL FLAIR

8. USE VINTAGE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

9. DIY

10. REPURPOSE AND RECYCLE

 

5 Tips for a DIY Kids' Room Makeover

www.parents.com

The Statement Wall- This big-scale design makes an impact, but easily changes over time: We can hang art inside the shapes or add decals on top.

The Storage Plan-  I floated crates on the wall to create the illusion of more space. Inside them, bins corral smaller toys.

A Cozy Corner- Tossed all their stuffed animals into a hardy laundry bag. When it’s totally full, it works as a big floor pillow, but it’s easy to dump out when it’s time to play. 

Easy Seating- Now I want to make a whole forest of critter stools.

The Lighting- Blocks and a big shade? Perfect!

We'd love to see your before and after photos if you take advantage!

 

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    Why You Should Sell Your Home in 2019

    Few people are predicting that 2019 will be a record-breaking year for home prices.  

    But if you're weighing your options to sell, considering selling this year or 

    maybe the year after, don't play the waiting game.

    Here are four reasons to sell your house in 2019.

     

    New buyers are still entering the market.

     As interest rates rise, some buyers will hesitate to make an offer on a home or

    apply for a mortgage, so be ready to see occasional drops in buyer activity. 

    The bottom line: While houses may sit on the market for a few more days on average

    compared with 2017 when the market was white-hot, buyers remain active and

    it's still possible to profit from your home sale.

     

    Interest rates are still low-ish. 

    While rates are at their highest level since February 2011, they remain much lower

    than the historic high of more than 18 percent in 1981.  If you're looking to get the lowest interest rate possible on your next house, try to make a deal sooner rather than later.

     

    You have high equity.   

    Homeowners who bought during the recession or shortly after benefitted from

    historically low interest rates and, up until around 2015, lower home prices that were

    still in recovery mode.  The higher your equity in your home, the more you net from

    the sale, which can easily go toward the down payment on your next house.

     

    Selling in 2019 vs. 2020.   

    If not selling your home in 2019 means putting your house on the market in 2020,

    the sooner option is the best one.  Whether you believe the recession is imminent or

    a long way off, current real estate patterns indicate a sudden upswing

    in activity or prices is unlikely in the near future. 

    For more information from this article CLICK HERE!

    802-846-8460   theteam@themarcelinoteam.com

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      Make your own Valentine Scratch Cards

      Want to put a little twist on your

      Valentine’s Day card?

       

      How about making it a scratch off.

       

       

      Supplies Needed

      Store Bought Card or Homemade Card

      Clear Contact Paper

      Metallic Acrylic Paint

      Dishwashing Liquid

      Small Paint Brush

      Shape to trace around

      Decide what’s under the scratch off part...

      Scratch off to reveal who it is from.

      Scratch off to reveal a Valentine message. Scratch off to reveal what their Valentine is.    

      So many options.

       

      Make Scratch Off Solution

      Mix 2 parts Metallic Acrylic Paint and

      1 part dishwashing liquid.

      Directions

      Trace shape(s) onto card and fill in with written message(s).

      Trace same number of shapes onto front of contact paper.

      Paint Contact Paper shapes with a thin layer of solution,

      let dry and repeat 2 more times.

      Cut shapes out, peel off backing and apply over shapes on card.

      Tape a coin to the card to use to scrape with.

      35 Cute Valentine's Day Cards to Give to Your Sweetheart

      Valentine Sayings

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        Groundhog Day

        Prospective Sellers

        If you are Planning to Sell- Groundhog Day Reminds Us

        It’s Time To Get Started

        Call us today for FREE Market Preparation Tips!

        CLICK HERE for Groundhog Day: History & Facts from the History Channel

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          February is the BEST Food Month!

          Why February is the Best Food Month Ever…

          By Sara Cho    Yale University

          February is literally the best month ever for foodies because it is host to the best National Food Holidays every. single. day. 

          Want Recipes?    Click HERE the full article and it’s recipes.

           

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            Snowshoeing Season

             

            All this Fresh Snow Makes for Good Snowshoeing …

            So we’ve put together some information to help get you out there.

             

             

            For those looking for rental equipment and well marked trails how about trying one of these local ski areas.

            Bolton Valley Backcountry and Nordic Sports Center in Bolton

            Trapp Family Lodge Outdoor Center in Stowe

            Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center in Huntington

             

            Want to try snowshoeing in your own backyard, town or public place, but don’t have equipment– here are a few local stores that rent equipment.

            Ski Rack in Burlington

            Malletts Bay Bicycle & Ski in Colchester

            AJ’s Ski & Sports in Stowe

             

             

            There are many public places to enjoy snowshoeing, below are a few ideas:

            State Parks-VT State Parks stay open for use all year long. Parks are great places to go for snowshoeing, there are no fees during the off-season, but note staff, restrooms and drinking water are also unavailable.

            Preston Pond Conservation Area in Bolton

            Intervale in Burlington

            Mills Riverside Park and Mobbs Farm Trails in Jericho

            Winooski Valley Park District (Burl, Colchester, Essex, So Burl, Williston, Jericho) has 22miles of trails

            Town’s Website—most all towns have parks and trail information on their website.

             

             

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              Snow Storm Prep Tips!

              National Safety Council recommends the following tips to shovel safely:

              * Do not shovel after eating or while smoking

              * Take it slow and stretch out before you begin

              * Shovel only fresh, powdery snow; it's lighter

              * Push the snow rather than lifting it

              * If you do lift it, use a small shovel or only partially fill the shovel

              * Lift with your legs, not your back

              * Do not work to the point of exhaustion

              Don't pick up that shovel without a doctor's permission if you have a history of heart disease. If you feel tightness in the chest or dizziness,

              stop immediately. A clear driveway is not worth your life.

               

              Snow Blower Safety

              Be safe with these tips from the American

              Society for Surgery of the Hand and the

              American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons:

              * If the blower jams, turn it off

              * Keep your hands away from the moving parts

              * Do not drink alcohol and use the snow blower

              * Be aware of the carbon monoxide risk of running a snow blower in an enclosed space

              * Refuel your snow blower when it is off, never when it is running

               

              Homemade Ice Melt

              Materials;

              1/2 gallon of warm water

              6 drops of dish soap

              2 oz. rubbing alcohol

              Instructions;

              Add all three ingredients into a container.

              Pour the mixture onto your icy patches and watch the hazard melt away.

              https://tiphero.com/3-ingredient-ice-melt-you-can-make-at-home/

               

              Click HERE to visit the National Safety Council for additional Winter Safety Tips.

               

               

               

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                It's Going To Be COLD!

                Tips for Staying Warm on this Frigid Weekend

                12 Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather

                BY AMANDA GREEN   JANUARY 8, 2016

                 

                Data taken from  www.wcax.com/weather 1-10-19 @ 10:20am

                 

                Using these tips, you can stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside gets.

                1. WARM YOURSELF FIRST.

                2. WEAR A HAT.

                3. TURN ON THE CEILING FAN.

                4. SWITCH BETWEEN HOT AND COLD IN THE     SHOWER.

                5. BLOCK DRAFTS WITH A POOL NOODLE. 

                6. TWO WORDS: PROGRAMMABLE THERMOSTAT.

                7. TRICK A LOCKED THERMOSTAT.

                8. DRESS YOUR WINDOWS UP IN WARMER CLOTHES.

                9. GO AHEAD, BAKE ALL DAY.

                10. START COMPOSTING.

                11. LAYER YOUR COVERS WITH THE THINNEST, DENSEST ONES ON TOP.

                12. STUFF YOUR COAT POCKETS WITH DIY HAND WARMERS.

                For more information; https://mentalfloss.com/article/60076/12-toasty-tips-staying-warm-cold-weather

                 

                 

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                  Happy New Year 2019

                   

                  Wishing you and your family a healthy, prosperous,  and happiest 2019 New Year ahead!!

                  from

                  The Marcelino Team

                   

                  BURLINGTON’S RE-IMAGINED NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION 

                  Signal Kitchen & Burlington City Arts have re-imagined Burlington’s citywide New Year’s Eve celebration. Highlight builds on First Night’s 35-year legacy with a new series of community-produced events across Burlington’s Waterfront, South End, Old North End and Downtown Corridor. Enjoy music, art, theater, a community parade, hands-on creative activities, family-fun, modern art installations, diverse cultural events, storytelling sessions, and so much more. Many of Vermont’s leading businesses, creative thinkers, entrepreneurs, artists, and organizers are coming together to create purposeful events across the city. Together, all Vermonters can help build an annual tradition that highlights the true spirit of Burlington! Please reach out at hello@highlight.community.

                  www.highlightbtv.org

                   

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                    87 Indoor Games for your kids!


                     

                     

                    87 ENERGYBUSTING INDOOR GAMES & ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS

                    (BECAUSE CABIN FEVER IS NO JOKE)

                    Posted by whatmomslove | kids | 36 

                    Check out all the activities this Mom put together complete with instructions with the following headings; Just CLICK HERE

                     

                    Tape Games

                    Balloon Games

                    Fun/Silly Moving Games

                    Hunts

                    Maze + Obstacle Course

                    Use Your Garage

                    Bring Outdoor Toys Inside

                    Sports Games

                    Classic Games + Activities  Activity Dice

                    Get Dramatic

                    Imaginative Play

                    Musical + Dance

                    Exercise Videos!

                    Clean

                    Play with Active Toys

                     

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