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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day! I ran a giveaway on my Facebook Page the last couple weeks (winner was announced on Wednesday) and I asked everyone to list some of their Valentine Traditions. I was surprised that most people said they stay in, have dinner with their families (generally get take out) and just enjoy their time together!

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day I just wanted to share this fun craft idea of Paper Fortune Cookies! Let me know if you give them a try.

For the full instructions click here!

 

Snow Day Bingo!

 

Hopefully you will find this Snow Day Bingo helpful. I think it will be a fun way to survive the Snow Day with kids! Snow Days tend to get a little boring after you’ve had a few in a row. Hopefully this works for you.

Let me know if you give it a try!

Client Holiday Open House

Today is the Day! I’m so thankful to all my clients & friends who make these events possible! This is my second annual Holiday Open House! Looking forward to it again next year!

Roar & Soar 5k

 

Are you participating in the Lynden Roar & Soar 5k? I look forward to seeing you Saturday Morning. Please stop by the Bellwether Tent after the race! We will be passing out some refreshments as well as balloons for the kiddos!

Can’t wait to help out the Lynden Kids and see some familiar faces!

 

Spring Cleaning!

It is hard to believe that Spring is almost here! With all the snow and rain we have gotten this year it seems like Winter has lasted FOREVER! With all the harsh weather we had it is even more important to check off these Spring Cleaning items for your home. One of the best ways to maintain your home’s value is to take care of it and keeping up with annual maintenance.

Here is a great Spring Cleaning Checklist from Home Advisor. For full article click here.

Spring Maintenance Checklist

  • Gutters and downspouts: Pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
  • Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
  • Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all of the eroding caulk and recaulk needed area.
  • Window sills, door sills, and thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary.
  • Window and door screens: Clean screening and check for holes. If holes are bigger than a quarter, that is plenty of room for bugs to climb in. Patch holes or replace the screen. Save bad screen to patch holes next year. Tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint. Replace broken, worn, or missing hardware. Wind can ruin screens and frames if they are allowed flap and move so make sure they are securely fastened. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Drain waste and vent system: Flush out system.
  • Hot water heater: Lubricate circulating pump and motor.
  • Evaporative air conditioner: Clean unit, check belt tension and adjust if needed. Replace cracked or worn belt.
  • Heat pump: Lubricate blower motor.
  • Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration. If a significant number of bricks are losing their mortar, call a foundation professional. If you can slide a nickle into a crack in your concrete floor, slab or foundation call a professional immediately.
  • Roof: Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves, and soffits. Perform a thorough cleaning. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.
  • Deck and porches: Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every 4-6 years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain. If the stain doesn’t look like it should or water has turned some of the wood a dark grey, hire a deck professional to treat your deck and fence.
  • Landscape: This is a natural for spring home maintenance. Cut back and trim all vegetation and overgrown bushes from structures. Limbs and leaves can cut into your home’s paint and force you to have that side of the house repainted. A little trimming can save a lot of money and time.
  • Sprinklers: Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves, exposed lines, and improperly working sprinkler heads. If there is an area of your yard that collects too much water or doesn’t get enough, run the sprinklers to figure out the problem. If it’s not something you can fix yourself, call a professional before your lawn needs the water.

 

Remember, it’s better for your home and pocketbook to prevent a problem and be ahead of it then try and fix a disaster later on. Is there any Spring Cleaning items you do every year for your home that didn’t make this list? Let me know what they are!

Thanks for reading & happy Spring Cleaning.

Happy Holidays!

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I just wanted to wish everyone Happy Holidays from my family to yours! I hope you are able to spend some time with friends, family & loved ones this season.

Danielle

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