Lynne Eliopoulos
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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 3/24/2019

These days, sitting behind the TV or computer screen, playing video games and watching movies is the order of the day for kids. Encouraging them to keep in touch with nature is a good idea. When they get their hands dirty, there are valuable life skills, you as a parent can teach them. Gardening is not just a means to produce foods. It can create a bonding time between parents and kids. It can be the ideal time to broaden their knowledge of science and the origin of food.

Some valuable life lessons your kids will learn from gardening are:

1. Responsibility

When you teach your kids to be responsible, it prepares them for all that life has to offer. With gardening, you can teach young ones the importance of responsibilities. They get to accept a task or project and see it to fruition. They not only take pride in their accomplishment, but they also grow up to become responsible adults.

2. Creativity

Gardening can also help bring out the genius in your kid. They get to exercise their creativity and do something new. Whatever their task in the garden selecting plant, staking, watering, planting or learning as plants grow, the garden provides the perfect spot to build and develop.

3. Health and Fitness

Doing something fun like gardening in the outdoor is plain fun and exciting. Hence, you need to encourage your kids to get their hands dirty. The bending, carrying, walking up and down are all forms of exercise. With this, they get to grow healthy while developing their physical and sensory faculties.

4. Nutrition

Eating healthy, food that you grow yourself, is way more nutritious than buying it from the grocery store. With locally produced foods, you enjoy all the vitamins and other essential nutrients in the produce. Hence, you enjoy a healthy and balanced meal. Growing your vegetables is better than depending on processed foods that are laden with chemicals and already lost nutrients. Home-grown sorts of foods are healthy for kids. They will even learn to make much wiser food choices in the future.

5. A Perfect Opportunity to Discover

The garden is like an outdoor classroom where your kids can learn practical and real-life lessons. In here, you can teach your kids about nature, nutrition, weather, the importance of water and sun to plants, etc. Many kids also believe the grocery store is the source of food. A garden is a perfect spot to change this misconception.

Imagine how better off your kids will be if they spend time in the garden. Plant a yard today and instill valuable life lessons in your kids.




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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 3/17/2019

If you intend to sell a home, it helps to allocate time and resources to produce an effective property listing. Ultimately, a house listing can help a property seller make a positive first impression on potential buyers. And if a listing is informative and engaging, it may lead a buyer to set up a house showing.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you craft a house listing that hits the mark with prospective buyers.

1. Analyze the Buyer's Perspective

Think about why a buyer may pursue your house over all other available properties. Then, you can put together a home listing that accounts for the buyer's perspective.

As a home seller, your goal is to stir up interest from as many potential buyers as you can. If you assess the buyer's perspective closely, you can craft a home listing that accounts for key factors that distinguish your residence from other properties. And as a result, your home listing may help you make your house an attractive choice to dozens of prospective buyers.

2. Provide Accurate Home Information

Although you may be tempted to stretch the truth when you craft your home listing, there is no reason to do so. Because if you try to hide home problems from buyers, you may put a property sale in jeopardy down the line.

On the other hand, if you include accurate home information in your listing, you can help a buyer make an informed decision about your house. And if a buyer finds your home may match his or her expectations, this individual could set up a showing to take an in-depth look at your residence.

3. Include High-Resolution Photos of Your Home

High-resolution photos that show off the beauty of your kitchen, bedrooms and other areas of your house are must-haves in your property listing. In some instances, you may be able to capture spectacular images of your home with your camera or smartphone. Or, you can hire a professional real estate photographer to take pictures of your home for a property listing.

Clearly, there are many things you can do to transform an ordinary house listing into an exceptional one. And if you work with a real estate agent, you can get expert help as you prepare a home listing and perform other house selling tasks.

A real estate agent understands how to sell a residence and is happy to share his or her housing market insights with you. This housing market professional can help you promote your home to prospective buyers, review any offers to purchase your residence and much more. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent will provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations to ensure you can maximize your house sale earnings.

Prioritize your home listing you'll be glad you did. If you devote the necessary time and resources to craft a listing that highlights your home's features, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful property selling experience.





Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 3/10/2019

Having a bird in your home is almost similar to having a toddler around they love to check new things out by putting them in their mouths. Birds are also very social creatures that seem to enjoy sharing meal times with their companions, wither other birds or human owners. And while you may not necessarily have what you consider to be poisonous around you, some common foods that are safe for you may be toxic for your winged pets.

  1. Apple Seeds - Seeds from apples, cherries, peaches, and pears contain elements of cyanide in them which may be harmful to the human digestive system but are very toxic for birds. This residue is in addition to any pesticides that may be present on the fruit's skin. Always make sure you wash any fruits you want to feed them with while keeping them away from the seeds.
  2. Alcohol - No responsible bird owner would ever attempt to give their birds alcohol. However, birds have been known to take a sip from unattended alcohol drinks. Alcohol intake is fatal for birds as it can cause a loss of functions in their organs.
  3. Chocolate - Chocolate causes vomiting and diarrhea in birds, as it reacts terribly with their digestive system, leading to seizures of the central nervous system that may often result in death. Always make sure to keep your birds in their cages when opened chocolate bars are available in your home.
  4. Avocado - The leaves of avocados contain a fatty substance that is very toxic for birds, and when ingested in significant measures, causes heart failure and respiratory damage. However, it is not entirely possible to know what amount is safe enough for consumption and so makes sense that avocados and foods that contain avocados be off-limits for your birds.
  5. Salt - Salt should be kept far from the reach of your birds as much as possible because it can significantly upset the electrolytes balance in their system and lead to dehydration, excessive thirst, kidney damage and ultimately death. Always avoid feeding your birds chips or pretzels that contain salt and opt for unsalted foods instead.
  6. Onions and Garlic - While these vegetables may be healthy for humans like you, they are toxic for many animals including birds. Onions and garlic contain deadly compounds that can cause inflammations of the lining of the mouth and esophagus of a bird causing ulcers.

If it's possible your bird may have ingested a substance that may be poisonous for them, then you should seek out a vet as soon as possible.




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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 3/7/2019

Close to everything but set back and up from street in a very private spot this charming full dormered cape has lots of offer. Home is on 1.1 acres of lovely wooded and scenic views and has lots of curb appeal. Large, open kitchen has granite countertops, gas cooktop, cathedral ceiling with track lighting and lots of countertop space. Dining area has sliders to private rear deck and built in cabinets. Full bath on first floor perfect for someone who may want to use family room for bedroom space and not navigate stairs. Three bedrooms up with second full bath. Full unfinished, walk-out basement offers great storage space as well as washer and dryer. Furnace was changed from oil to gas in early 2000's, roof is approximately 10 years old and all windows are newer. Bright and cheery home with lots to offer. Come look!

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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 3/3/2019

When you hear about xeriscaping, you might envision a dirt or sand yard with more boulders than actual greenery and color. You now know about a few ornamental kinds of grass you can use to set off your yard and add greenery. Depriving yourself of flowers is not necessary either to create a beautiful, eco-friendly yard. Here are a few fabulous flowering plants to use in your xeriscape.

African Iris After it reaches stable growth this beautiful perennial plant only requires occasional water. Enjoy white blossoms with hints of yellow and bluish-purple from Spring all the way through the Fall with minimal maintenance. 

Lantana An evergreen shrub, Lantana is a fast-growing plant that blooms throughout all seasons in most areas. Even if you live in a climate experiencing frost, your Lantana will produce gorgeous orange and red blossoms during the Spring and Summer months. This plant requires little water once it's up and running if you do experience extreme heat in the summertime, up your watering some to keep your blossoms going year-round. 

Marigold This vibrant flower is a remarkable and affordable annual to add to your drought-tolerant landscape. It grows quickly, has minimal watering needs and thrives in full sun. The plant is tough enough to survive extreme heat, and the bright orange blossoms bring life to your garden through Summer and Fall. Bonus if you enjoy butterflies this plant is for you. Turn your xeriscape into a butterfly garden by attracting them with marigold blossoms. 

Bougainvillea This flowering plant comes in many varieties offering different colors and sizes. Bougainvillea plants proliferate and burst with flowers year-round. You can use them in many ways making them a good option for different home types. They are great for ground cover; you can climb them up a trellis or drape them over your roof or balcony. This plant requires little water and will tell you so! If it stops flowering, you're overwatering it the perfect flowering plant for drought climates.

Lavender Brought to us from the Mediterranean lavender is a beautiful and sturdy plant that is fairly drought tolerant. Its toughness and varieties make it an excellent option for adding green to your xeriscape year-round and a splash of purple color through your warm summer months. English lavender grows best in colder northern climates, while French and Spanish lavenders grow best in hot southern environments. Lavender loves sunlight and takes at least 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Soak your lavender plant to establish its roots then manage with moderate watering and enjoy purple blossoms for several years. 

Purple Sage Desert purple sage is native to western climates and is very well suited to difficult growing areas with high heat and drought. This evergreen shrub blooms abundantly from Spring through Fall. Delight yourself and your garden with these fast-growing bluish-purple flowers with minimal watering once established.

Wildflowers Wildflowers are a must add for any garden but are especially useful in your xeriscape. Choose wildflowers native to your area. If you select the right seeds, they will grow well in your high heat and drought-prone environment. Before purchasing make sure you research which wildflowers grow best in your area. If you ensure you spread the right seeds, you'll enjoy a beautiful and complex coloring of wildflowers in your garden.

Now your garden is full and blossoming while remaining eco and wallet-friendly. For more texture and unique coloring to pair with your blooms take a look at some tremendous succulent options for your xeriscape.




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