Daylight Saving Time ENDS this weekend ~ Don't forget to FALL BACK


For most Americans, Daylight Saving Time ENDS this Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 a.m. That means we "Fall Back" to standard time by turning our clocks back one hour. Of course, many of you, like me, will change your clocks on Saturday before you go to bed. 

Because the federal government doesn't require U.S. states or territories to observe D.S.T., residents of Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas Islands won't be changing their clocks. 

Here's a great National Geographic article if you would like to know more about why and how D.S.T. started.

Open House THIS WEEKEND for this Quaint Cheyenne Canyon Home

OPEN HOUSE Sat. 10/5/2013 noon - 2 p.m. 1315 Cheyenne Blvd. Colo Spgs, CO 80906

Things to Do in Colorado Springs with your Kids

Now that July is here, summer is in FULL swing. If you have kids, you might be hearing "I'm bored!" or "I don't know what to do!" and that can make you as a parent want to pull your hair out!

I came across this site called My Kids Week and I love it. The website is: http://mykidsweek.com/ and you can find activities to do with your kids from Colorado Springs to Denver. You can look for free events or just any thing. From arts & crafts, sports, music, nature & science and more ~ what a helpful tool!

It's great to have some new ideas of places to go and things to do to keep summer boredom at bay. I hope you find this as helpful as I did.

Free Summer Concerts Around Colorado Springs 2013

Do you enjoy music? I sure do.
Here's a few events around town this summer that offer FREE concerts.
Check them out!

   Wednesday Concerts @ Wolf Ranch ~ 6-8 p.m. at Gateway Park

   Thursday Concerts @ Banning Lewis Ranch ~ 6:30 p.m. on the soccer field behind the Ranch House 
         (once a month concert)

   Friday Concerts @ Stargazers Theater ~ 8 p.m. (doors open @ 6:30 p.m. - 3 concerts a month)

   Friday Concerts @ First & Main Town Center 5-7 p.m. at park across from theater

   Saturday Concerts @ Acacia Park ~ 6 p.m. (the first 4 Saturday's in August)

   Saturday Concerts @ Midland Pavilion in Woodland Park (1 concert month June - Sept.)

   Colorado Springs Philharmonic Around Town Concerts
      June 26th ~ Mountain Shadows Park
      July 4th ~ Memorial Park
      July 20th ~ America The Beautiful Park
      July 27th ~ Bear Creek Regional Park

Experts doubt surge in mortgage rates will derail housing recovery | Inman News

Experts doubt surge in mortgage rates will derail housing recovery | Inman News

Free Summer 2013 Movies at The Promenade Shops at Briargate

I love the free outdoor movies that The Promenade Shops at Briargate offers each summer. Here is a schedule of their upcoming movies you won't want to miss!  The movie typically starts at 8:30 PM (at dusk), but many people arrive around 7 PM and set up with their own chairs or blankets.

You can find more details here at Pictures on The Promenade.

   June 27th:  The Lorax
   July 11th:  Ice Age 4
   July 18th:  Brave
   July 25th:  Wreck It Ralph
   August 1st:  The Croods

ENJOY!

What To Do in Colorado Springs Summer 2013

I love helpful websites that give you ideas of things you can do in and around town. Whether you are looking for ideas for your daycare/babysitter, for your kids or for yourself, I hope you find this information helpful! The below information is for free or very inexpensive fun around town this summer.


FREE BOWLING for students 18 years old & under at Brunswick Zone - check out all the details here.
(you do pay shoe rental of approx $3.50)

Here's another FREE BOWLING for kids link at Classic 300 Lanes, Fountain Valley Bowl & Harmony Bowl. Check out details here and please know you do have to either bring bowling shoes or pay shoe rental.

MOVIES for $1.00 (or less) at Cinemark. Details here.

MUSEUMS

Fine Arts Center - FREE on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. Details here.

Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum is ALWAYS FREE.

You can visit and tour the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for FREE.

The Money Museum has FREE admission on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Regular admission is between $4-$5/person. Learn more here.

For a GREAT list of free and cheap museums in Colorado Springs, visit Colorado Springs Bargains. It's a wonderful site with a wealth of information!

Here is a helpful link to some FREE admission days to popular attractions in Denver. Whether you are interested in the Denver Zoo, Museum of Nature and Science, Botanic Gardens, Children's Museum's or others - check it out.

One last link - again to Colorado Springs Bargains for a list of WHERE in Colorado Springs Kids can EAT FREE. There is even a color coded map by days of the week. What a GREAT resource!

Memorial Day 2013

Remembering all those who have served our country - past & present - and those who have lost their life defending our freedom. Thank you!

Guide to Restoring Furniture


Restoring worn-out or damaged furniture to its former glory is a satisfying endeavor that results in an attractive addition to your home decor. Keep the following beginners' tips in mind for rejuvenating furniture. 

Determine value
Before you take the time to restore a piece of furniture, it’s advisable to find out how much the piece is worth, which will help you determine if it’s worth saving. Have an accredited, certified antique appraiser look at the piece or consult with an online appraisal service that enables you to research the value of furniture.
 
Set a budget
Keeping in mind how much the piece of furniture is worth, set a budget as to how much money and time you’ll invest in restoring it. While you want to do your best with the restoration, you don’t want to overdo it and spend more money than it is worth. If you really like the piece and simply want to restore it, however, then go ahead and do so without concerning yourself with the cost.
 
CleanYour first task is to do a thorough cleaning of the piece of furniture. Tools you will need for this task include a soft cloth or bristled brush and a small amount of oil-based commercial wood cleaner scrub. Give the furniture a thorough cleaning, making sure to clean out every crack and crevice.

If you must strip away paint or varnish, you can sand it off or use a stripper and solvents. Do these tasks in a well-ventilated area, and wear a protective mask, rubber gloves and long sleeves. When removing paint, keep in mind that it may contain lead. If you suspect that a piece of furniture contains lead, protect yourself by having the piece professionally stripped.
 
Repair
Check the furniture for stability. Are there loose handles on drawers? Loose legs? Secure all of the unstable parts by screwing, nailing or gluing them. If you use glue, let it dry thoroughly before working on the piece of furniture. If there are rough sections in the wood, sand them with a 100- to 120-grit sandpaper, cleaning the surface well with tack cloth afterward.
 
• Refinish
Apply a thin coating of stain to a section of the furniture in your desired color and see how it looks. If you’re pleased with the look, apply the stain to the entire piece of furniture, letting it sit for 10 to 15 minutes before wiping off excess. Repeat the process until you have the color and shade that you desire. Next, apply a sanding sealer, and sand the piece with a 220-grit sandpaper. Finish by applying polyurethane, lacquer or varnish to seal in the color and make the piece of furniture look brand new.

Restoring old furniture for your home is a fun and rewarding activity that brings with it the added benefit of producing eye-catching focal points for your d├ęcor.

Daylight Savings ~ Spring Forward on Sunday, March 10th

Just a friendly reminder that THIS coming Sunday (March 10, 2013) is Daylight Savings ~ time to SPRING FORWARD with your clocks and set them AHEAD one hour.

What is Daylight Savings? Daylight Savings Time, or DST, begins on the second Sunday of March and ends on the first Sunday of November. In March, clocks are moved forward one hour from 2am standard time to 3am DST, and in November, clocks are moved back one hour from 2am DST to 1am standard time. The phrase "spring forward, fall back" is a helpful reminder of these time changes.

Do you enjoy springing your clocks forward? Why or why not? I will share that I do NOT springing forward and "losing" an hour. But... unless you live in the few places in the U.S. that don't observe DST (like Hawaii, parts of Arizona and parts of Alaska) it's just part of life.

Curious to know who in the world participates in Daylight Savings? Check it out.

I know some people wonder "Why do we use daylight savings time?" Here is a great article that addresses that.

OPEN HOUSE March 8 - 10, 2013 for this great home in Colorado Springs 80921

JOIN ME THIS WEEKEND for an OPEN HOUSE and AUCTION (of household goods)
Open House Times:
Friday, March 8th from 12pm - 2pm
Saturday, March 9th from 10am - 12pm
Sunday, March 10th from 12pm - 2pm

To learn more about the auction of household goods, visit this link here.

 If you are like me and enjoy scanning QR codes for info directly on your phone:
 

What's the Average Days for a Listing in Colorado Springs

Check out the trend in Colorado Springs for the average days a property is listed on the market. Very encouraging to see that the final quarter of 2012 compared with the previous 2 years.


Average Sales Price for Properties in Colorado Springs for 2012 4th quarter

The Colorado Springs housing market really ended 2012 with a bang!
The average sales price in the 4th quarter of 2012 was $228,909 in El Paso County. In 2010 during the same time the average sales price was just over $219,000 and in 2011 it took a dip and was $210,000 in the 4th quarter.  It's nice to see some positive trends in our city.

Would you like a Market Analysis on your home? Contact me ~ I'm happy to send you one.

How Many Listings Sold in 2012 in the 4th quarter

According to the Pikes Peak Association of Realtors Multiple Listing Service in El Paso County, Colorado Springs, the 4th quarter SOLD LISTINGS keep increasing.
In 2010, there were 2,001 listings sold in the 4th quarter in El Paso County.
In 2011, there was a 7.2% increase from the previous year totaling 2,145 sold listings in the 4th quarter.
In 2012 we jumped again for a total of 2,368 sold listings in the 4th quarter in El Paso County.
It's so encouraging to see this trend.

Pikes Peak MLS 4th Quarter 2012 MARKET REVIEW


This data is provided by the Pikes Peak REALTOR Services Corp for the 4th quarter of 2012 regarding the El Paso County, Colorado housing market. It's exciting to see that almost every area has shown improvement from the same time in 2011.

You can click on the image below to make it larger. Please leave me a comment or email me with questions.

CHECK BACK NEXT WEEK for more posts about El Paso County / Colorado Springs 4th quarter 2012 housing statistics.

Price Reduced on this Monument, Colorado Home For Sale

The price on this LOVELY home has been reduced from $360,000 down to only $324,900! Call today to view this home and take advantage of the low interest rates on your mortgage.

Cheyenne Canyon Colorado Springs 80906 HOME FOR SALE

Here's a video I made of my new listing in Cheyenne Canyon, Colorado Springs. I think this will give you a great look at the interior of the home. Turn up your sound as I'm still working out the kinks with my microphone ~ and leave me your feedback.

Happy New Year - 2013

It's amazing to me that it is 2013! I hope that you and yours had a lovely holiday season and that you are enjoying 2013. Blessings to you!