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Friendly Backyard Ideas

24 Budget-Friendly Backyard Ideas to Create the Ultimate Outdoor Getaway

From: by Jessica Bennett | updated Apr 13, 2020

1) Make DIY Planters

2) Cozy Backyard Ideas

3) DIY Backyard Fire Pit

4) Plant Inexpensive Perennials

5) Living Fence Idea

6) Invest Smartly

7) Backyard Furniture Ideas

8) Small Backyard Ideas

9) Backyard Patio Ideas

10)  DIY Outdoor Seating

11)  Backyard Lighting Ideas

12)  Vintage or Handmade Backyard Décor

13)  DIY Backyard Accents

14)  Display a Collection

15)  Backyard Hardscaping Ideas

16)  Use Off-the-Shelf Materials

17)  Vertical Gardening Tips

18)  Choose a Simple Plant Palette

19) Choose an Inexpensive Paving Material

20)  10-Minute Outdoor Décor

21)  Low-Cost Backyard Seating Ideas

22)  DIY Backyard Ideas

23)  Add Vintage Hardscaping Elements

24)  Build Color with Containers



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    Spring Organic Lawn Care Tips

    Spring Organic Lawn Care Tips


    Set Your Mower Deck Height High 2” to 3”

    Taller is better for healthy roots and to suppress weeds, also make sure blades are sharp and do not mow when wet.


    Leave Grass Clipping on the Lawn

    Decomposing clippings add nitrogen to the soil.


    Dethatch and Core Aerate the Lawn

    Get your lawn off to a good start by dethatching and aerating, as it allows moisture, oxygen and nutrients to penetrate the soil.


    Cast Grass Seed Over the Lawn

    Casting grass seed over the lawn and on bare spots will fill in any thin areas.


    Sprinkle Compost Over the Lawn

    Compost is a Great Way to Feed Your Lawn, sprinkle over lawn and use back of rack to work into the grass.



    If you cast grass seed and compost on the yard, make sure to water (if needed) to keep it moist.


    Spring is the perfect time to buy or sell a home. If you are thinking of a move, call Don or Shannon TODAY!!




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      Congrats to Shannon - ePRO Certificate

      We are delighted to announce Shannon Marcelino Earns e-PRO® Certification, the official technology certification program offered by the National Association of REALTORS®.

      Shannon joins nearly 40,000 real estate professionals who have earned NAR’s e-PRO® certification and dedicated their time and effort towards learning how to use the latest social media technologies to create an online presence and reach today’s hyper-connected consumers.

      NAR redesigned the e-PRO® curriculum to better meet the challenges of today’s real estate market. The new e-PRO® program has been expanded to include data security and strategies for safeguarding clients’ private information.

      Social media is evolving every day so it is vital that REALTORS® embrace the new technology and online resources that have become an integral part of the home buying and selling process. Agents who earn the e-PROÒ certification are dedicated to making the most of today's social media and technology to help consumers with their real estate needs, whatever they may be.

      For more information about NAR’s e-PRO® certification, visit or contact Shannon Marcelino of The Marcelino Team.



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        3 NEW LISTINGS! Calling all Investors!


        Just Listed!

        Three well maintained multi-family properties in Burlington. 

        Many recent updates and great numbers. 


        Click the MLS # for detailed information!

        MLS# 4801555

        31 Hyde St.

        10 Units, 7.28% cap rate



        MLS# 4801558

        57-59 Buell St.

        8 Units, 6.25% cap rate


        MLS# 4801559

        71-73 Elmwood Ave.

        18 Units, 7.31% cap rate




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          We Are So Excited To Get Back To Work For YOU!

          Governor Scott announced Friday that certain businesses and organizations are able to return to work starting on Monday, April 20, with specific guidelines as outlined in Addendum 10 to Executive Order 01-20.  Real Estate Agents were included on that list!

          What does this mean? 

          This means we will be able to offer you quality in person service while adhering to all guidelines in place by the Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Center for Disease Control.

          To protect our customers, clients and our community we will begin in person meetings, as one real estate professional and one client only at scheduled times, with the understanding neither party has symptoms of illness, both parties will observe strict social distancing rules, use protective coverings and practice proper hygiene.  These are challenging times and our health is of the upmost importance.  

          The Marcelino Team will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our customers, clients and our community while also ensuring you we are here for all your Real Estate needs.  Together we will keep each other safe and together, we will move forward to sell and/or find your home!

          Please contact us with any questions you may have!  We look forward to seeing you very soon.

          Safely in this together, The Marcelino Team


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            Congrats to Shannon - PSA Certification


            We are delighted to announce

            Shannon Marcelino Earns NAR Pricing Strategy Advisor Certification


            The National Association of REALTORS® offers the PSA certification to REALTORS® as determining property values depends more than ever on professional expertise and competence, the best use of technology, and a commitment to approach the pricing assignment from various perspectives. “Consumers deserve accurate property value assessments, so NAR is proud to provide REALTORSÒ with a credential that provides enhanced tools, education, and expertise to determine the most accurate value for a home,” said Marc Gould, Executive Director of the Center for Specialized REALTOR® Education.

            “Pricing Strategies: Mastering the CMA” is the required one-day course for the PSA certification that provides REALTORS® with knowledge and skills to select appropriate comparables and make accurate adjustments, guide sellers and buyers through the details of comparative market analyses and the underlying pricing principles that inform them, and interact effectively with appraisers. In addition to completing the course, participants are required to view two required webinars. Once awarded the certification, REALTORS® will be equipped to guide clients through the anxieties and misperceptions they often have about home values. For more information about the PSA certification, visit




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              Easter Crafts

              Easter will look a little different for most. We hope the large selection of Easter crafts below will help keep everyone busy and decorating for Easter with what you have in stock.


              From: - 40+ Simple Easter Crafts for Kids

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              From: - 20 Best Easter Egg Coloring Pages to Keep Your Kids Busy for Hours

              From: - 20+ Fun Easter Crafts for Kids

              From: - 25+ Easter Crafts for Kids - From Lots of Crafty Ideas


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                Versatile Easter Recipe

                With everyone trying to stay apart, so we can be together again, we thought having a versatile recipe for Easter could make this easier.  This recipe can be used for breakfast, brunch or as an appetizer. The recipe below is as we found it on, but if you don’t have the ingredients listed, don’t go shopping, use what you have. Here are some of our substitution ideas- No tube of biscuit dough, use homemade biscuit dough or pie dough or bread dough or phyllo dough. No sausage or you’re vegetarian, use another precooked meet or vegetable.  No cheddar, use another kind of cheese, just keep in mind flavor combinations and the fact that you may have to adjust cooking time. Create and Enjoy!

                                                                                               Happy Easter,  The Marcelino Team

                Sausage Cheese Biscuits

                Standard Ingredients

                1 tube (12 oz) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 ct)

                1 pckg (8 oz) fully cooked breakfast sausage links

                2 large eggs, beaten

                1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

                3 tablespoons chopped green onions


                Standard Instructions:

                Preheat oven to 400°.

                Roll out each biscuit into a 5-in. circle; place each in an ungreased muffin cup.

                Cut sausages into fourths; brown in a skillet. Drain.

                Divide sausages among cups.

                In a small bowl, combine eggs, cheese and onions; spoon into cups.

                Bake until browned, 13-15 minutes.

                Keep any leftovers stored in the fridge.


                Nutrition Facts for standard recipe:

                1 biscuit: 227 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 548mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 8g protein.



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                  Spring Time Yard Projects

                  Beautiful VT Spring Weather Today and Tomorrow

                  Here are a few ideas to get out in your yard and take advantage.


                  7 Enjoyable DIY Yard Projects To Tackle When You Have Nothing but Time

                  From: By Jennifer Kelly Geddes | Apr 3, 2020


                  1. Pull weeds

                  2. Sow seedlings and forced bulbs

                  3. Pick up sticks

                  4. Organize and clean tools

                  5. Refresh your mailbox

                  6. Create a gardening tote

                  7.  Rehab garden pots





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                    Crucial COVID-19 Cleaning Tips

                    Crucial COVID-19 Cleaning Tips:

                    How To Keep Your Home Virus-Free During the Pandemic

                    From By Larissa Runkle | Mar 31, 2020


                    Probably one of the most disturbing details to recently emerge about COVID-19 is just how long the virus can live on surfaces. Another scary thought? The fact that an estimated 42% of us aren’t even cleaning those surfaces properly. Regardless of what kinds of temperatures and surfaces you have in your home, there are things you can do to keep these dangerous pathogens at bay.

                    Ditch germs at the door - Kick off dirty shoes at the door, wipe down any bags, and add a trash bin near your entryway for paper or plastic packaging that may have been exposed.

                    Remove dirty clothes immediately - Ditching dirty packaging isn’t the only thing you should shed at the door. After all, you wouldn’t want to forget about the germs you might be wearing.

                    Start a clean-hands routine in the entryway - “I created a station by my front door with a little table and a Lazy Susan that has homemade hand sanitizer and lotion, alcohol wipes for phones, and a small garbage can,” says Katy Winter of Katy's Organized Home. 

                    Trap particles before they spread - Another way to keep germs from getting in? Use doormats in high-traffic areas—and vacuum them frequently.

                    Focus on cleaning high-touch surfaces - High-touch surfaces include all the things you touch the most—like doorknobs, light switches, cabinet pulls and handles, railings, faucets, remote controls, and even tabletops.

                    Use effective cleaning products - Some of the more frequently used active ingredients are sodium hypochlorite, ethanol, pine oil, hydrogen peroxide, citric acid, and quaternary ammonium compounds.

                    Disinfect things the right way - Be sure to read labels before you start cleaning.

                    Set up a cleaning schedule - Once you’re armed with the right cleaning products, you’ll want to set up a cleaning schedule that makes sense for your family.


                    If you have kids at home, with all the extra cleaning needed to keep your home safe is a great opportunity to keep your kids busy and to teach them financial responsibility. 

                    There are many apps out there to help you with this. 

                    Forbes Staff Advisor Asia Martin’s article (Updated: Mar 25, 2020)  “9 Family Apps To Manage Allowance And Chores” is a great resource.



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