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December 2011

Found 22 blog entries for December 2011.

Who would have known such simple things can be so helpful.  I especially like the bread tags to label the massive amount of computer wires behind my desk.


Clever ideas: hull strawberries with a



  (Above: hull strawberries easily using a straw).




Clever ideas: use a walnut to heal furniture
scratches Via:


Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes.




.Clever ideas: WD40 for cleaning crayon off TV


Remove crayon masterpieces from your TV or computer screen with WD40 (also works on walls).




.Clever ideas: keep a cut apple from going


Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band.




Clever ideas: store bedlinen sets inside their


store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases

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The Denver Zoo Light Show 

The Denver Zoo has the most amazing light show every year as a tradition.

The Zoo sits on 80 acres in in Denver City Park located at 23 Ave and Colorado Blvd.
The Zoo was built in 1896 and there are 3500 animals with 650 different species.

If you are visiting Denver the Denver Zoo is one place that you would have fun for a day... maybe even 2 days.

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Buy or Sell with Chris and Patty Clark              Denver, Co

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Christmas trees are everywhere this time of year, but have you ever stopped to think about why so many families and businesses put them up each holiday season?

Long before current traditions arose, people noticed that some plants stayed green all winter. Back in a time when what you could grow, scavenge, or hunt was the difference between surviving the winter or starving, these plants became a symbol for life that continues through the winter and into the bounty of spring and summer.

christmas_tree_2560The first Christmas trees that we would recognize were used in Germany in the 16th century. They were decorated with fruit, nuts, and lit candles. The effect was beautiful, but fortunately we have the much safer option of electrical lights today!

By the 19th century,

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The best parts of Christmas for me, besides the presents of course, are all the Christmas light displays in Arvada, CO.  Every year there are so many new and unbelievable displays put together by residents in all areas of Arvada, CO.  The time it takes to put something like this together takes months! 

It has been a tradition in our family for many years to go out one night and drive a route to see all the spectacular displays.  The Rocky Mountain News, now the Denver Post, use to put out routes for each city of the best lighted homes in your area.  There now is a list online that you can print yourself of homes in your area that have been photographed and submitted for the lighting contest that the Post is hosting.  

Being from the Arvada area, here

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arvada beer company, olde town arvada historicI've been to breweries before, that were basically a restaurant that served their own beers. So it was a pleasant surprise when I stopped in at Arvada Beer Company a couple of days ago, to find a unique place sure to become a well-loved favorite hangout for locals.

The owner, Cary Floyd, took a few minutes to chat with me, and tell me about their fun venue.arvada beer company, olde town arvada historic Located in the heart of Olde Town Arvada, at the corner of Olde Wadsworth and Grandview (just across the street from the Archive Room), Arvada Beer Company names their brews after well-known local historic icons.

 They have four flagship beers available year round, and seasonal beers also.

The flagship beers are:

  • Ralston's Golden Lager
  • Goldline IPA (true, the Goldline isn't finished
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Tips for Drying Out a Flooded Basement

Winter time is upon us and so are frozen pipes.

Basements are natural targets for excess water, due to their position as the lowest point in any home and the fact that water loves to run downhill. It is always advisable to make sure the landscaping surrounding a home slopes away from the structure for a distance of no less than 10 feet. In extreme cases, once the ground has been saturated, any additional water that is added will have to go somewhere, and it is going to seek the path of least resistance.

As with any sort of water damage in the home, it is always advisable to begin the water removal process as soon as possible. Water will continue to cause damage for as long as it is allowed to remain untreated,

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arvada homes, real estate market report, foreclosure, short sale This is a monthly market report for Arvada homes, a small town between Denver and Boulder.

Arvada's real estate market is not the same as Denver or Boulder, but is very similar to Westminster, Broomfield, Lakewood, and Golden.

I hope that issuing these reports every month will help give you an idea of the real estate market, in case you want to buy a home or sell a home in one of the best places between Denver and Boulder!

Click the underlined text to read last months' report for Arvada homes October 2011.

I've categorized my Arvada homes market reports by price range. You can see the categories below. Clicking on a category will take you to the respective report once it's complete.

I hope this will be helpful, and you will consider

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Simple Steps to Protect Your Identity this Holiday Season

The busiest shopping time of the year is here. Deal-seeking shoppers will hit the stores early to take advantage of massive Black Friday sales, and even more will shop online for discounted holiday gifts on Cyber Monday.

With all the credit and debit transactions that will be coming through, shoppers need to remain alert to avoid identity theft in a time when they are the most vulnerable. Grange Insurance, a Columbus-based insurance company, offers advice for shoppers to remain protected this holiday season.

1. Remove extra credit cards, social security card, birth certificate and passport from your wallet or purse.
In the case that someone’s purse or wallet gets lost, having personal information handy for a stranger to steal makes them susceptible to

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Postal Service Provides Guide to Mailing Season's Greetings  

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With 16.5 billion cards, letters and packages to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, the U.S. Postal Service has shipping tips to help make sure gifts are delivered promptly and safely during the holiday season.

"The Postal Service is making it easier to ship packages to family and friends for the holidays—be it online at, or by visiting your local Post Office," says Gary Reblin, vice president, Domestic Products. "And remember, proper addressing and packaging will ensure every gift receives the service it deserves.

Shipping Basics
• Remove batteries from toys and other electronic devices. Wrap and place them next to the item in the mailing box. Customers should

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Start Your Projects - Cost vs. Value Report 

Whether home improvements are classified as maintenance, updating or energy saving, they should make home ownership more enjoyable.2010-11 Cost vs. Value Report suggests that some improvements are a better investment than others.

 Front door and garage door replacements are two of the easiest and return the greatest percentage of cost on resale.

Kitchen and bathroom updates transform an older home and instantly give visitors and buyers a fresh impression. Counter tops and appliances can home improvementsbe expensive but yield great results.  Painting the cabinets and replacing the hardware is much less expensive to change the look and feel of the rooms.

Energy efficiency enhancements can improve your

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