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7 Tips for a Memorable Family Picnic By Heather Reynolds

Spring is finally here and that usually means that we can’t wait to get out and enjoy the warmer weather and the sunshine. Everyone loves a family picnic in the park…there’s nothing like eating and playing outside with a nice cool breeze and the birds chirping. So, get your picnic basket ready…and since sometimes picnics don’t always go as planned – a little preparation can go a long way. Location, Location, Location: It is truly possible to picnic anywhere. Spontaneous picnics can be a blast, however if you are planning to picnic with a group of young kids then you will want to do some advanced planning. Does the park where you are going have a play structure? Is there a wading pool or splash pad? What about bathrooms…fairly important for kids (and adults). It is best to know exactly what you are getting into ahead of time. Choose your location wisely. Selecting a Time: Setting up for a picnic at your favorite park during the week can look a whole lot different than setting up on a busy Saturday. If you are planning to picnic at a super popular spot, head out early to reserve your space. Don’t forget to eat the most important meal of the day before you head out – breakfast. If planning a midday picnic, fill up yourself and the kids with a hearty breakfast. Kids with full bellies will be much happier when they arrive at the park. The Picnic Basket: I picked up my favorite picnic basket at a local trade days market – a sturdy, wicker, lidded picnic basket. However, you don’t need an actual “basket” to have a fabulous picnic. Pack up a lightweight cooler or plastic tote. It is best if your “basket” has a lid, if only to keep the critters away from the food. Towels for the splash pad can serve double duty, providing insulation in the picnic basket. The Picnic Blanket: Parks can be busy on sunny afternoons and there may or may not be any picnic tables available. Bring along at least one large blanket. The blanket can be used as a tablecloth for the picnic table or on the ground providing a comfortable spot to sit and eat. Reusable felt-backed tablecloths make a great water proof barrier for under a picnic blanket. Sometimes the ground can be a little damp and the tablecloth will keep everyone dry. Food & Drink: A key part of any picnic is the food…so what to eat? Start off by packing plenty of water. Keeping the kids hydrated as they run around in the sun all day, is important. Not all parks have clean drinking water available – another thing to look for when searching for a good location. Bring plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, which are delicious ways to keep kids hydrated. It is best to steer clear of dishes that can spoil easily in the heat. Recipes that use mayonnaise, eggs and fish are not ideal for park picnics. Keep the food cool with lots of ice packs – use frozen bottles of water and juice boxes as ice packs. As they thaw you have plenty of icy cold drinks for everyone. Clean Up: Mealtime in the park is not going to be a particularly sterile environment…our cleanliness standards have to be lowered. Pack a few damp washcloths inside a resealable bag, which can be used to clean a picnic table and little ones’ hands before (and after) eating. Bring along a few cloth napkins too. I like my napkins to do double duty – wrap a napkin around any sharp knife or any cutlery you are bringing. Don’t forget to bring along a plastic bag for any garbage you produce. Toys and Games: It’s time to have some fun! Take advantage of all the awesome parks in your area that have cool play structures, wading pools and splash pads. Be sure to bring along a few simple toys and games for your kids too. Toys and activities that can be played with groups of kids and that invite open ended play are perfect for outdoor play. Pack along a few different sized sport balls, skipping rope, sidewalk chalk, blank paper, crayons, sand toys (which are fun in the water too) and bubbles for blowing. The outdoor play options are truly endless.

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Setting the Scene for Selling Success By Stacy Cate


ost of the time the thought of putting your home on the market to sell is also surrounded with many strong emotions. You are filled with excitement and anticipation about the next nest that you will make into a home. But, at the same time, you are also filled with the stress and fear of the unknown and the overwhelming question of how to sell your current home quickly and for the most money. This is the best point in time to reach out to a professional Realtor to help you sort through all of these strong emotions and create a strategy for how to tackle these issues and sell your home. There are many steps in the road to successfully preparing your home to sell. One of these steps is preparing the home for the potential buyers. Today’s buyers are more ‘educated’ about what they want in a home… thank you HGTV! Buyers’ expectations about what their home should look and feel like from the moment they step foot into the doorway are higher than ever before. In addition, a recent study by the National Association of Realtors reports that 44% of buyers start their home search online and 98% of buyers frequently use the web to search for homes.

Therefore, your home must be prepared properly and have exceptional professional pictures and video created before the “For Sale” sign is in the yard. Essentially, home staging is the art (and the science) of maximizing the appeal of a home to prospective buyers. The goal is to help a home sell as quickly as possible, for as much money as possible. Successfully staging a home has proven to work. Studies have shown that while staging requires an investment of approximately 1-3% of the home’s asking price, it will typically generate an 8-10% return. The goal of staging is never to create the ‘perfect home’. Why? Because no two buyers have the exact same preferences. Instead the goal is for the prospective buyer to be able to immediately visualize how he or she would personalize the home. It’s helpful to think of home staging like the packaging of a product. The right packaging works to attract buyers. By staging a home, you make it stand out from the competition, tap into the buyer’s psychology, and give buyers the confidence to make an offer.

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There are many options to tackle that initial investment for setting the scene. Be sure to ask your Realtor what options they may offer for such services. Some brokerages offer specific programs to assist the seller with preparing their home. Compass, with real estate offices across the country, offers a customized concierge program, Compass Concierge, to make the process nearly painless. The program will front the seller the cost of home improvement services such as de-cluttering, staging, flooring, painting, landscaping and more without fees or interest – ever. Any costs accrued for such seller approved services are simply deducted once the property sells. Setting the scene for a successful sale is crucial and a professional Realtor will bring to you great value in evaluating your home and identifying where the biggest improvements should be made to get the biggest return on your time and investment. Then partner with a professional stager to implement these strategies. All it takes is a small investment and a little bit of effort to make your property stand out.

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Benefits of Hiring a Professional Landscaper hould you hire a professional landscaping company or not…that is the question. You have to weigh the pros and cons, use some common sense and ask yourself some important questions first.

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1. Is this my first landscaping project? 2. Am I planning on doing a little area or a big area? 3. Do I understand such technical things as drainage, pitching and so on? 4. What kind of plants work best for what I want to do? 5. Do I understand how plants work together in landscaping? 6. Do I want just flowers, flower and bushes, flowers and trees or all of them? 7. What kind of landscaping would be best for my lifestyle? 8. How much work and time do I want to put into working in my yard?

If you would like to try some landscaping yourself, it is suggested that you work with a small area first. Do you want a small rock garden, a flower bed or a flowerbed with built up levels? To get the most out of your garden creation, you need to research the type of plants you would like to implement in your garden. Some plants flower all summer long. Some only in spring, early summer, late summer and fall. You can arrange your plantings so that you have different colors for their prime part of the season. This can keep your garden exciting and colorful.


There is a lot of information you need to know if you want your landscaping to last a long time. One good rainstorm could wash away all your hard work. Your best bet is to either do some research online or go to your local garden center or local landscaping company. It’s better to go to professionals that make 10 | Frisco

You also need to plant flowers in accordance to their height and spread. Some plants grow taller than others, so they need to be planted accordingly. Some of your plants are ground plants that spread along the ground, so those would most definitely need to planted in the very front of your garden or they would never be seen and probably die because the other taller plants would rob them of much needed sunlight. There really is a lot of pre-planning and research to be done before you start planting. Now, if you want to go for a bigger project and have never landscaped before, you should hire a professional. You might not like spending the money, but if landscaping is not done properly, you could end up with some serious consequences. Some of these consequences could end up costing you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. To give you one of the worst case scenarios, if you have landscaping done around your house and the pitch for drainage incorrect, this could case foundation damage to your home…leaving a very costly bill.

If you hire a professional landscaper, they should understand all the techniques to avoid these kinds of situations. Please make sure you get references, do some checking on their other completed projects, and check with federal and local business resources on their qualifications. We are talking about your home here and you need to protect her and keep her safe. When you do make a decision on a professional landscaping company you should be rest assured that they will make all the appropriate choices regarding your home. You should also be able to tell them exactly what you want, and they will be able to tell you if that is attainable. Whatever route you decide to take, just make sure that your end result is spectacular and that is will be something you will enjoy for a long, long time. Question: Jimmie, I know you have been in business for like 40 years and have seen it all!! We are considering finally installing a pool this year, can you recommend a reliable, ethical pool company to use? I understand if you don’t want to recommend one publicly. You can email some of your choices if you can. Answer: THE BEST POOL IS YOUR NEIGHBOR’S POOL! LOL!! Question: Jimmie, I have been having trouble with rabbits eating my pansies and other tender winter plants. Do you have any suggestions for me? Thank you so much for your time! -Nancy P. in Celina Answer: Hi Nancy! Like most active animals, your friends were getting hungry due to lack of food sources that time of year. With rabbits, it often helps to have a small amount of annual Ryegrass planted nearby which they prefer. It might be over-seeded turf or used as a winter cover crop for your vegetable garden. Blood Meal can also help, it is a good source of slow release nitrogen, but if you have dogs, they love to roll in it and do sometimes do even more damage than the rabbits! Other products now on the market that help are SCRAM!, although you need to reapply after big rains. Sometimes more cost-effective products can be effective too…like red pepper or sinking moth balls in the soil near your flowers. You might also consider planting your winter annuals in large containers. Not only would that lessen the likelihood of rabbit damage but would also make it easy to cover during extreme cold. Until next time… Happy Gardening!!

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Go Green for St. Patrick’s Day By Heather Reynolds

St. Patrick’s Day is the one day a year that people flock to the grocery store in search of ingredients for a corned beef dinner. Corned beef is a beef brisket that soaks in brine and then cures with salt and seasonings. This cut of meat has a distinctive pink color from sodium nitrate which is an ingredient in the curing process. Corned beef comes in multiple cuts, and it’s always best to cook corned beef for a long period of time so that it becomes tender. Typical cooking methods include boiling, slow cooking or oven roasting the meat. The first step to this recipe is to choose your meat. Most stores sell preseasoned corned beef, especially in March. There are a few different cuts of corned beef to choose from, including corned beef round roast, flat cut brisket, and point cut brisket. The round roast tends to have the least fat but is also much more prone to drying out for that same reason. Flat cut brisket and point cut brisket tend to be the better corned beef options. Point cut brisket is the fattiest cut but can also sometimes be the most tender. So, it’s really up to you which cut you use! Serve with some green beer or a perfect Shamrock Shake for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day feast! IRISH CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE 1 corned beef brisket (about 4 pounds) with spice packet 2 tablespoons brown sugar 2 bay leaves 3-1/2 pounds small potatoes (10-15), peeled 8 medium carrots, halved crosswise 1 medium head cabbage, cut into wedges HORSERADISH SAUCE: tablespoons Kerrygold butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 to 1-1/2 cups reserved cooking juices from corned beef

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1 tablespoon sugar 1 tablespoon cider vinegar 1/4 cup horseradish MUSTARD SAUCE (optional): 1 cup sour cream 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1/4 teaspoon sugar Place brisket, contents of seasoning packet, brown sugar and bay leaves in a large Dutch oven or stockpot; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 2 hours. Add potatoes and carrots; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, just until beef and vegetables are tender, 30-40 minutes. (If pot is full, remove potatoes and carrots before adding cabbage; reheat before serving.) Add cabbage to pot; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes. Remove vegetables and corned beef; keep warm. For Horseradish Sauce, strain and reserve 1-1/2 cups cooking juices; skim fat from reserved juices. Discard remaining juices. Prepare sauces as desired. Cut beef across the grain into slices. Serve with vegetables, Horseradish Sauce and, if desired, Mustard Sauce. Horseradish Sauce: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat; stir in flour until smooth. Gradually whisk in 1 cup reserved juices. Stir in sugar, vinegar and horseradish; bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened. If desired, thin with additional juices. Season to taste with additional sugar, vinegar or horseradish. Mustard Sauce: Mix all ingredients.

PERFECT SHAMROCK SHAKE 2 cups mint chocolate chip ice cream 3/4 cup whole milk 5 drops green food coloring Mint Oreos, crushed Chocolate sauce, whipped cream, chocolate chips, mint oreos, mini ice cream sandwiches Place the ice cream, milk, crushed oreos and food coloring in a blender. Blend until smooth. Spread chocolate sauce along the rim of two glasses and then cover with additional crushed oreos. Pour the shake mixture into the glasses and top with a scoop of mint chocolate ice cream. Garnish with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, an oreo, ice cream sandwich and chocolate chips. Serve immediately.


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What Animal Prints are Trending this Spring?


hey’re daring, elegant and instant style-makers. Animal prints might be very in this season, but they’re also a timeless fashion staple. The best thing about prints? They’re entirely man-made, so they’re also an animal-friendly choice. Since we don’t see them going anywhere anytime soon, we’re giving you a timely fashion brief for your styling convenience.

WILD FELINES The feline family includes a wide array of species, but only three of them are actively strutting the runway. While these prints are similar in appearance and can be styled in the same way, they do have some distinctive differences: Leopard Print: Black “rosette” spots made of thick-edged circles with a clean center Jaguar Print: Black “dirty rosette” spots, so-called because of the thick-edged circles with tiny spots in the center Cheetah Print: Thick, solid black dots Get spotted in a leopard-print dress and finish with sleek, black accessories for an elegant approach; or, leverage your LBD with a structured cheetah-printed satchel. Cat-inspired prints also look extra chic on a slinky midi skirt paired with a mustard pullover and ankle booties…Did someone say desk-to-dinner? Stylist Tip: Take your fashion game to the next level by pairing your animal print with a faux-fur coat or a sherpa-trimmed jacket—or get an animal-print coat to jazz up any outfit.

SNAKESKIN PRINT Take it from the masters of renovation: adding a snakeskin pattern (or texture) can elevate your closet from rattled to renewed in no time. Slide into the trend with snakeskin-print booties to anchor your trusty work look. Feeling bold? Then snakeskin-print pants should be next on your list. Pair them with colored shoes and layers for an instant upgrade. Stylist Tip: Animal prints get along with other prints. As long as the prints are different in size, try your animal prints with plaid, stripes or moody florals.

HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH? When it comes to how many animal-printed pieces to add to your wardrobe, it depends on your personal style—and how obsessed you are with the print, naturally. Whether you’re making it the main feature or just adding a touch, stick to one animal-printed piece to avoid overwhelming your outfit. Embrace the Trend Invest in core pieces that will be the center of your looks. To get started, choose one animal-print bottom piece (pants, jeans, leggings or a skirt), one top piece (blouse, knit top or sweater) and one layering option (cardigan, jacket or coat). You’ll want to create separate looks around each one of these pieces… all at once can be a bit much! Need a little nudge? Start out with a deceptively easy dress. Test the Print Treat yourself with finishing pieces to sprinkle on your outfits. Try printed accessories such as belts, bags and shoes to mix up your daily looks. These are easy to blend into any wardrobe and add a sophisticated finishing touch when you’re on the run and need a quick fix. Not just runway favorites but also stars on film sets, animal prints have made a long-lasting impression across the fashion industry board. They may have wild origins, but play well with others, thus lending themselves to endless styling possibilities. Article compliments of Stitch Fix. Ready for date night? Tell your Stylist what your plans are. Visit to schedule your fix!

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Plan Ahead for Peak Travel Seasons

A family getaway is the perfect chance to unwind and reconnect with loved ones away from the distractions of daily life. However, peak travel times like Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekend are some of the busiest times of the year, which can mean limited options. Booking travel early not only gives you more time to get excited leading up to your trip – it gives you more time to plan, helping take some of the stress out of family vacation. “The key is to book vacation homes before traffic peaks, so you’ll find the best selection for the amount you want to pay,” said Melanie Fish, Vrbo family travel expert. “There are clear times when demand surges. Booking your stay before that surge ensures you’ll get that house with a pool right on the beach or that mountain cabin with enough beds for all the cousins.” If you’re considering one of these high travel periods for a family trip in 2020, get ahead of the curve with these tips for advance booking dates from the travel experts at Vrbo. Memorial Day Marking the beginning of summer, Memorial Day is an ideal time for a beach getaway. Two of the top destinations are on the shores of Alabama alongside Santa Rosa Beach in Florida’s Emerald Coast. Make travel plans by mid-April so you can soak up the sunshine and get away from it all to celebrate the long weekend.

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Summer Summer is the ultimate time to take a family beach vacation, and for the best selection you’ll want to make reservations before the end of April, especially if you’re considering a vacation home. Staying in a vacation home can take the stress out of a family summer vacation, particularly as extra space means extra bedrooms for the adults to relax after the kids go to bed. Top destinations with many vacation homes to choose from include Panama City Beach, Florida; Gulf Shores, Alabama; and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Fourth of July Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, which means families from coast to coast will be enjoying a long weekend together, whether it’s the immediate clan or extended relatives, too. Be sure to make travel arrangements by late May for the best selection and rates. The Florida and Alabama coasts are popular choices for a mid-summer getaway. Labor Day Often considered the final hurrah of summer, Labor Day weekend is the perfect time to kick back and relax. A vacation home at the lake or beach can allow you to take advantage of amenities like outdoor grills so you can enjoy one last sun-kissed meal with the family. Make plans by the end of July, especially if you’re considering a popular destination like Myrtle Beach. Find more travel tips and start planning your family getaway at

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