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Welcome to your January edition of The Front Porch magazine! You may have noticed that every issue of The Front Porch Magazine features residents of Marley Park on the cover along with an interesting article about their story. We are hoping to continue this tradition in 2022 and are looking for additional stories about Marley Park residents – people of all ages and all walks of life – to share on our cover and within our pages. Each monthly issue of the magazine also includes some special sections for pet photos, artists’ corner, recipes, motivational articles, and design trends. We’d love to have more of these contributions this year. Original poetry and photography are welcome as well, as are photos of homes decorated for holidays, or even just a photo of your favorite front porch!

The goal of The Front Porch Magazine has always been “BY neighbors, FOR neighbors” and we will continue to strive to bring you interesting content this year that helps you get to know your community and the wonderful people in it. If you have something you’d like to submit for publication please reach out. I’d love to help you turn your ideas into a cover story, article, or even a monthly feature! I truly hope you’ve enjoyed reading your monthly issue of The Front Porch magazine since its inception in 2016…as much as I’ve enjoyed editing and creating it for you. Of course, I couldn’t do it without all YOUR incredible contributions! As you’re reading this and future issues, please don’t forget to take note of our amazing advertisers. Most of them are local people with whom my husband and I have personally done business. The advertising revenue covers the cost of printing and postage, and without it, The Front Porch magazine wouldn’t be possible. So, the next time you need something, please turn to the businesses features inside this issue. You’ll be supporting a local business and helping to keep the magazine showing up in your mailbox every month. Remember, “What the new year brings to you will depend a great deal on what you bring to the new year.” ~Vern McLellan See you on The Front Porch!

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On Our Cover

Eleanor “Ellie” Lawler didn’t have much hair until she was about three years old. At age five, she got out the scissors and gave herself a haircut. Her mom, Kristen, promptly scheduled an appointment to have it fixed. The experience sparked a conversation about how some people lose their hair because of illness and others can donate their hair to make wigs for them. At age five, Ellie responded, “I’m going to do that,” and she never wavered. For the past three years Ellie has focused on growing her hair out so she can donate it. Over the years, her mom offered to get her hair trimmed or cut shorter for the summer, but Ellie always responded with no because she needed it grow it out to be donated. Finally, at age eight, it was long enough. They agreed to wait until after family photos in the fall, then made an appointment to get it cut. They chose Beauty

Bar in Peoria because it is an ambassador for Wigs for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides human hair wigs for kids with any illness that causes hair loss. (They learned that some wig donation programs are for-profit, so this was important to them). The wonderful people at Beauty Bar knew exactly how to cut Ellie’s hair by tying it in zip ties first to keep it smooth and clean so it could be made into a wig later. When Ellie first saw her new pixie haircut, she couldn’t stop laughing! It was a little shorter than she expected, but she was excited and very proud of herself since it was a goal of hers for over three years. She was so happy knowing that her hair would be going to someone who needs it. The Lawler Family, Kristen, Matt, Ellie, Emma, and Grant, has been in Marley Park one year this month. They absolutely love it here and look forward to continuing to get to know neighbors in 2022. Submitted by Christie Giannetto | Marley Park Homeowner

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Decorators Corner Once the Holidays come to an end, and the decorations are packed away, many of us feel like our homes look empty come January. Winter décor can maintain a sense of coziness and help bring us through the colder winter months. Here are some simple ways to transition your home from the Holidays into winter.

Remove all decor that is overtly “Christmas”, or Holiday. For me, that includes removing all the red accents. Stick with neutrals for a calming space. Ivory, gray, greens and pops of black are on trend and give a fresh feel. Layer textures like cable-knit and faux fur to create visual interest. Keep some of the foliage. One of this winter’s biggest trends is creating a snowy, forest feel in your home. If your Christmas tree has white lights, is smaller, or of the sparse Fir variety, consider removing all of the trimmings, but keeping it up a while longer as a decorative accent. Evergreen, birch wood and pinecones pair beautifully with greenery like olive branches and eucalyptus on mantels and banisters. Finally, keep your cozy pillows and throws, candles, fairy lights and any “snowy” décor to maintain that magical feeling throughout winter. Submitted by Kasey Smith | Marley Park Resident

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Home Sweet Home After 15 years in real estate, I’ve come to understand that the one constant in this business is change. Economies, design trends, financing products, and investor interests all change. There is one aspect of real estate that doesn’t change, however, and that is the seasons of the business. Home sales, like almost every other industry, move with the seasons. In Arizona, many people think that the weather affects market trends in real estate. After all, who wants to look at houses in 100+ degrees, or worse, MOVE in that kind of heat? Surprisingly though, market trends have more to do with the school schedule than with weather. The best time of year to list a home for sale is always the first half of the year. Because school starts here in August, everyone wants to close escrow by then, so the kids can start school after they are settled into their new home. Once school starts, we see a gradual slowing of the market through fall. As the holidays approach, folks get busy with travel plans, out of town guests, and, for families with children, it makes

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January marks the return of the market activity. All those buyers who put their home searches on hold “until after the holidays” suddenly become active and motivated. We call this pent-up demand. They want to get a head start on their home search, so they can be under contract by March, close escrow by the end of May, move over the summer, and be settled into their new home before school starts. A lot of variables will come into play when determining when to sell your home, and market trends will not always be the determining factor. I always tell clients that the best time to sell is when the time is right for you and your family. If you’re thinking of selling, but unsure when you should put your home on the market, get in touch with an experienced real estate professional. He or she can help you weigh the pros and cons of market seasons against your own unique needs and goals. Submitted by Christie Giannetto | REALTOR® | REAL Broker

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Caroline Rose was born at 3:30 p.m. on October 18th, 2021, to Marley Park Residents, Chad and Lisa Kubik. She weighed in at pounds, ounces and measured inches long. She joins her big sister Olivia who is two years old. Welcome to Marley Park Caroline!

Brylee Athena was born at 12:16 p.m. on November 22nd, 2021, to Marley Park Residents, Kimberly and Joseph Vander Wilt. She weighed in at 6 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long. Brylee joins her older sister Gianna. Welcome to Marley Park Brylee!

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Fresh Perspective

The start of the New Year is often married to new beginnings, a fresh start, a need for positive change, or creating new habits. As we embark into this time, I urge you to give yourself the gift of living in the moment. Sit with your thoughts and focus on feelings of contentment. Starting your year from a place of gratitude will relish those happy experiences and mentally prepare you to become adaptable in times of adversity. As you set your goals for yourself this year, whether it’s quitting a bad habit, being more organized, or prioritizing your health, I implore you to step out of your comfort zone with confidence. For many, a resolution tends to last just one month after the New Year and challenges in maintaining momentum and motivation are common. No need to fret, try these tips for keeping with your goals this year: The feeling of motivation comes AFTER the action. If you are having a hard time staying motivated, try the 5-minute rule. This means, dedicate just 5 minutes towards your goal

(working out, cleaning, etc.) and that is enough time to get the momentum started.

Did you know that we are more likely to complete a task when we write it down? Write your goals on paper and place your goal in a highly visible area of your home. Accountability buddies. Tell your partner or a friend about your goals. Knowing that someone else is going to keep you accountable is highly motivating and can keep you from getting in that rut. Speak about your progress and challenges often. Set realistic expectations. I suggest starting small. If your long-term goal is to buy a house, save a large sum of money, or to start working towards a degree, a highly productive way to get you there is to create micro-goals which allow you to follow through one small step at a time. Give yourself grace. Nobody is perfect and we are bound to slip up from time to time. Allow yourself the time and space to have a break before you get back to it. Go easy on yourself and know that is this part of the learning process. It takes 21 days to create a new habit! Submitted by Christina Demers, M.S. | Marley Park Resident

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SOLD IN MARLEY PARK by Christie Giannetto

You are invited to contact me today for a FREE home value analysis 602.740.2313

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List Price ................Call for Info Sq Ft ....................................2,929 Lot Sq Ft.............................6,600 Amenities.......THREE car garage

List Price ................Call for Info Sq Ft....................................2,090 Lot Sq Ft .............................8,542 Amenities .............................Pool .........................THREE car garage

List Price ................Call for Info Sq Ft....................................3,303 Lot Sq Ft.............................6,360 Amenities.......THREE car garage

Sold Price...................$500,000 Sq Ft.....................................1,907 Lot Sq Ft .............................9,789 Amenities ..................... Huge Lot

Sold Price ...................$535,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,090 Lot Sq Ft ...........................10,205 Amenities .............................Pool

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14884 W Georgia Dr

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Sold Price...................$480,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,022 Lot Sq Ft .............................7,898 Amenities............................. Pool

Sold Price....................$710,000 Sq Ft....................................3,468 Lot Sq Ft ...........................10,045 Amenities .............................Pool .........................FOUR car garage

Sold Price ...................$425,000 Sq Ft.....................................1,766 Lot Sq Ft ..............................7,287 Amenities .............................Pool

Sold Price ...................$475,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,104 Lot Sq Ft.............................8,540 Across from Founders Park!

Sold Price...................$630,000 Sq Ft ....................................3,420 Lot Sq Ft .............................9,100 Amenities .... THREE car garage

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Sold Price...................$430,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,010 Lot Sq Ft .............................8,842 Amenities .....THREE car garage

Sold Price ...................$345,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,092 Lot Sq Ft .............................4,483 Amenities ..............Bonus Room

Sold Price...................$460,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,266 Lot Sq Ft .............................8,946 Amenities... Real Hardwood Floors

Sold Price...................$450,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,104 Lot Sq Ft.............................5,400 Amenities .............................Pool

Sold Price....................$415,000 Sq Ft ....................................2,607 Lot Sq Ft ..............................5,176 Amenities........... Total Remodel

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