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Beach umbrellas were unfurled this weekend on Ocean Isle Beach, NC and I was struck by the "sea" of colors and the multitude of American flags waving in the ocean breeze. We enjoyed a fantastic week of sun and fun all culminating in a Memorial Day cookout with family and friends tonight. Yippie! The weather this week was just amazing - temps in the upper 80's spelled great outdoor fun in the sun, jogs on the beach and beach chairs and umbrellas all around. A few days this week were particularly breezy....and created a few challenges for folks who wanted (4 comments)
With a world of font choices at your fingertips, does the shape of your characters impact your message? Ok, no pun intended, but we know the "shape of your character" may impact your message, but could the actual shape of your characters, as in your font choice, impact your message? YES! YES! YES! Your choice of text font could have a major impact on the readability, and therefore the stickiness, of your website and blog site. Whether you are creating a new post for your amazing Blog or you are building a hot new Real Estate website, fonts do matter. (8 comments)
Father's Day is Sunday, June 19th, a mere 3 weeks from now. If you've already purchased or arranged for delivery of the perfect Father's Day gift, YOU ARE AMAZING! Wow, 3 weeks in advance and you're all done. Man! If you are still on the hunt for the perfect gift for Dad, Hubby, Dad-to-be, etc., and you or your Dad lives in Southern New Hampshire, let me offer a Buy-local suggestion. The InSideNH Man's Man Buy Local Pick of the week...
Chappell Tractor, Milford, NH - 800-698-2640 Hang on, you don't have to park a big ole Kubota Skidder or (0 comments)
Vacation Timeshares and Homes - Part 2 - It's All About Cash and Time Baby... - 05/25/11 05:09 PM
Timeshares and Vacation properties come in nearly as many varieties as there are locations to enjoy them and lifestyles of the people who buy them. Earlier this week, we looked at Types of Timeshares with a quick review of Ownership types and Usage types. Check out that post as a primer. Now that you know a bit more about Vacation Timeshares, lets talk about the critical factors of Financial Investment (cha-ching) and Time Investment.
It's all about Cash and Time..... Financial Investment/Affordabiliy: Can you afford a second home? According to the National Association of Realtors, 2011 Investment and Vacation Home (0 comments)
Vacationing in the Southern US is amazing and wonderful. I'm a Carolina Girl, and I look forward to our trips "home" and the gastronomic delights that await. I just read Valerie Zinger's hilarious post:
Save your heart. Don't eat the poutine in Ottawa. I love reading Valerie's blog posts and this one was especially funny as she chronicles the heath impacts of eating those yummy, gravy-covered french fries that are famous throughout Eastern Canada.
I laughed as I did a quick mental review of our trip to the grocery store yesterday. My husband Erich and I (6 comments)
Timeshares and Vacation Properties - Six Types of Ownership and Usage - What's Right For You? - 05/23/11 07:48 PM
Timeshares and Vacation Properties - Are They Really Worth the investment of your time and money? Or are they "black holes" of maintenance fees, assessments, unruly owner boards and a time gone by in our economy. Maybe timeshares are like boats, you may want to buy one, but it would be better to just have a friend who owns one. Timeshare 101 - Six basic timeshare "ownerhip" and "access" types. Which combination is right for you?
Lets talk about Types of Timeshares. Later this week we'll talk about the pros and cons of actually owning a timeshare, but lets (3 comments)
Timeshare Vacationing: Day 1 of 7 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC: A Slice of Heaven - 05/22/11 10:13 PM
Day 1 of 7 in Ocean Isle Beach, NC has been like a slice of heaven. This week, Erich and I are enjoying our timeshare 900 miles from home and a world away from the chilly and rainy Spring weather of the North Eastern US. For the next week we are free of our chicken-eating dogs (another blog all together), our teenagers and our baby Helena. Thank goodness for grandparents. A real vacation for just the two of us and we're stoked! We had to travel through this....
The Late Night Ride of A Parent - Paying It Forward After Midnight With "Green" Carpools - 05/21/11 10:25 AM
"If Hannah's Mom can take us, my Mom can pick us up". Paving the way for a post-midnight parent car pool pays it forward for our children. My last post was about my daughter's Prom night. Oh the excitement of parties. Even Erich and I like getting dressed up for a night on the town. These days, knowing who the designated driver is applies to all ages with no exceptions and car pooling is a fantastic way to keep kids safe, save gas and even pay it forward. See this terrific article on "Green Proms". Young drivers out on Friday (4 comments)
Sr. Prom Night! Souhegan High School Celebrates Prom 2011 - 05/20/11 10:28 PM
Souhegan High School Prom 2011 is here! What a fabulous day of salon "up do"s, manicures, gorgeous dresses and handsome tuxedos. I couldn't think of a better or more appropriate photo for my Friday blog than young ladies dressed to the nines, and my beautiful Julia.
Merrimack Valley Pediatrics - InSideNH's Local Pick for Outstanding Pediatric Practice in Southern NH. "Mom, I don't feel so good..." "Mom, Julia's throwing up...." "Mrs. DeVore, This is the School Nurse..." Do any of these sound familiar? If I could think of how to put in written form that awfully-painful, ear-piercing cry of a 3-month-old with a tummy ache, I'd add that to this list. Having access to a great Pediatrician is critical for families with children. The relationship you form with your family's Pediatrician may last for 18 or more years from infant stages to toddler, adolescent (2 comments)
"May I Assist You?" Oh Please No! Why Assisted Showings May Not Be A Good Thing For Buyers or Sellers - 05/17/11 11:11 PM
Assistance is a good thing, by definition. But when sellers insist on Assisted Showings, can that extra "help" actually backfire? Yes, it can. Just a few days ago, I took buyer clients out to look at three houses. They had previewed the houses on line and had learned a lot about the properties before deciding to see them. They had mapped locations, had driven through the neighborhoods and narrowed down to these key properties. These are qualified buyers ready to pull the trigger on the "right" house. One of their requested listings required "assisted showings". No big deal right? Wrong. (10 comments)
Congratulations to ALL Souhegan High School Seniors!!! All Seniors at Souhegan High School in Amherst, NH must complete a research program called "Senior Project". The multi-year comprehensive research project culminates each May with a public presentation and panel discussion. Juniors begin work on their "Senior Project" and follow a regerous schedule that marches steadily toward May of their Sr. year. Senior Project is described by on Souhegan's website this way: "Senior Project is a public demonstration of personalized learning and a graduation requirement, Senior Project requires students to demonstrate their progress on our Academic Learning Expectations, and to reflect upon (1 comments)
Pay It Forward By Deferring A Payment! Buffing Out My Ride and Saving A Friend A Bundle - 05/15/11 11:10 PM
Deferring a repair bill for my car saved my friend a bundle...I didn't make him pay, and I paid it forward! March 7th is usually a fun-filled day of celebration in my household, it is my husband Erich's birthday! March 7, 2011 delivered record snow fall! This year a HUGE snowstorm hit the northeast and blanked northern Vermont in 36" of snow! Yeap, 3 FEET of snow. The largest single snowfall of the season, the largest ever in March and the 5th largest on record. Erich and I own a small B&B in Stowe, VT and we happened to be at (3 comments)
If you live within a 2 hour drive of Lyndeborough, New Hampshire, put Paradise Farm on your "must visit" list and make certain you bring your grocery basket, your camera and the kiddos. The whole family will be in for a treat! Owners Wayne Colsia and his wife, Adrienne, have created one of the most picturesque family farms you will ever visit, and the beauty of the landscape is only surpassed by the warm hospitality that Wayne, Adrienne and Australian Shepard Riley, extend to every Paradise Farms visitor. InSide NH dedicates this week's Buy-Local Blog post to Paradise Farm, 468 (5 comments)
Forbes Unveils "Best Schools For Your Real Estate Buck" - Bedford NH Ranked #5 In The Country - 05/10/11 07:38 PM
Forbes Magazine Chooses Bedford, NH 5th in the Nation - "Best Schools For Your Real Estate Buck" Forbes Magazine is well known for its annual "Top 100...", "Best of..." and "Best Places for..." ranking and lists. From "America's Best Colleges" to "Most Expensive Zip Codes", the Forbes team racks and stacks across dozens of categories, and Americans love it. We want to know which States are the greenest, which cities are the cleanest and which companies are the most family friendly. For many families, finding a great place to live that also has great schools hits the proverbial "bulls eye" (1 comments)
Run Like A Mother - Achieve Your Goals and Recharge Your Batteries - 05/09/11 10:11 PM
We just celebrated Mother's Day. This year my husband had a business trip that dealt a nasty Sunday morning flight. Yuk. Teens and baby in tow, "the girls" were on our own to enjoy a day of relaxation and recharging. We settled in for a full day of "The Matrix"...all three movies; my absolute favoite. What a great way to recharge my batteries on Mother's Day. Most days, I recharge by jogging. I'm up at 5:00am and hit the road for an hour before my family's morning routine kicks in. I cherish this time and am selfish about having it. (5 comments)
Men Do Ask For Directions - Helping Mr. Subaru in Amherst, NH and Paying It Forward - 05/08/11 09:05 AM
Yes, men do ask for directions. Maybe not by pulling into the local convenience store or gas station, but just this week I was stopped by three different folks (2 women and 1 man) and asked for directions in Amherst, NH. Our little Village of Amherst can be a bit tricky for folks new to the area. I remember VIVIDLY the first two weeks of life here in the Granite State. I moved from Houston, TX to Amherst, NH in 1990. Vermont may have more cows than people, but New Hampshire is where those cows defined the road paths on their way (4 comments)
Creating Custom Banners for websites and blogs can really add pizzazz to your marketing efforts. Whether you are building a masterfully-consistent image for your business or differentiating yourself from your competition, getting eyeballs on your product and site is what web marketing and blogging are all about. Daring or conservative, franchise image or independent logo, here is how you can create a custom website or blogsite banner in 3 easy steps. Step 1: The Shape of Things to Come - You need to know the width and height dimensions, usually in pixels, that your site uses for (9 comments)
NH Real Estate and Home Sales Guide Salutes Local Family Owned Ciardelli Fuel, Our "Buy-Local" Choice for Southern NH Oil and Gas Products and Services
For three generations Ciardelli Fuel, has served Hillsborough County, New Hampshire with a level of customer service and community support that we rarely see in the big-business world of commodity Fuel Oil and Gas. Family owned and operated for nearly 60 years, the Ciardelli name (pronounced CHeh-delli), is synonymous with family friendly, customer-first and neighbor-helping-neighbor. When is the last time you thought of your Oil and Gas provider as a family member? Crazy, I know....but true in this case. In New (5 comments)
For more than two decades Mont Vernon, NH has celebrated the arrival of Spring with a day of family fun, flowers, community camaraderie and, of course, amazing food. The 2011 Spring Festival promises to deliver in the "fun department" and is expected to draw nearly 400 town residents and area visitors. A (3 comments)
Driver's Ed - We all either endured that course, or somehow found the loop-hole that allowed us to skip over the course and advance straight to the actual driving test. I was a skipper, but that was "back in the day" when, in South Carolina, we got a driver's permit at 15 and a full-blown, no restrictions, Driver's License at 16, no driver's ed necessary. My 17 year old daughter still doesn't have her Driver's License. No interest, too few driving hours, whatever, (2 comments)
Stowe Meadows Lodge is a four-season couples resort in Stowe, Vermont offering a variety of luxury lodging accommodations including guest rooms with mountain views, romantic fireplace suites and a private vacation home rental. This New England luxury resort features award-winning gluten-free dining, mountain views from every guest suite, skiing, snowboarding, golf, meeting and wedding facilities all steps from the Catamount Trail.
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