Winter Home Energy Saving Tips

Winter Home Energy Saving Tips

It really is an amazing thing to have a warm, cozy home to welcome you and yours over the holidays and throughout Greater Lafayette, IN winter months. We take pride in our job of helping you find your match-made-in-Heaven of a home, and we never want to take that essential part of our life for granted! Our job’s not complete at the closing, though. We want to help you get the best out of your home in every way! Since there are so many aspects to maintaining a home, we’re right here to help keep you focused through the seasons on what you need. Plus, there are many 2020 circumstances that have us in our homes for long periods of time. So, why not enjoy and use it to the fullest? Here are some tips and tricks to help you conserve energy through the up and coming winter months. We found some of these tips from the informational website of energy.gov and from an article by justenergy.com. Check them both out for more ideas to save! Winter Energy Savers Close interior doors and vents to unused rooms and eliminate drafts from exterior doors and windows. Here are some helpful tips from an article from justenergy.com: “External DoorsDoors are a major trouble spot for drafts. If you have a drafty door, check the weather stripping and seals around the door frame. Replace any damaged or missing weather stripping and apply new caulk to any broken seals. WindowsWindows, especially in older homes, are a major source of drafts and heat loss. Insulate your windows in winter by sealing the frame with clear...
New Year’s Eve 2020

New Year’s Eve 2020

What a year to wrap up! As you reflect on the many facets of 2020 and all it has entailed, did you progress and move forward even in the midst of hardship? Maybe you took advantage of the amazing housing market and rates at an all time low, upgrading your home or purchasing your first? Did you barely survive? Well, regardless, 2020 is a thing of the past now, so, how are you going to spend New Year’s Eve, bringing in 2021? There are bound to be far more folks than usual spending the evening in, but just in case you want to get fancy and all-dolled up for some normalcy, here are a couple options for you to check out in and around the Greater Lafayette, IN area! Lafayette, IN NYE Favorites Arrowhead Bowling: Late Night New Year’s Eve Celebration (Lafayette, IN): At 10:00 P.M. on NYE, reserve your lane for $165/lane and bowl in the new year with your friends and family. This includes 3 hours of unlimited bowling, a pizza buffet, shoe rental, soft drinks, party favors, and more! All current COVID restrictions apply, so be sure to keep up to date on the Arrowhead website for cancellation policies. Great United Skates (Lafayette, IN): Great United Skates is open for a New Year’s Bash this NYE! $15/person! Just Outside of Lafayette, IN Farmhouse at Fair Oaks Farm (Fair Oaks, IN): On a “normal” year, Fair Oaks Farm has an actual New Year’s Even Ball to attend. It’s an amazing time. We recommend checking it out sometimes! However, this year, here’s what Fair Oaks has for you....
Holiday Baking Guide

Holiday Baking Guide

There are many things that truly make the Christmas season what it is, and most of those things revolve around tradition. Each year, things such as the treasured Christmas farm visit and perfect tree hunt, gift exchanges of all kinds- family and friends or white elephant, filling stockings, Christmas movies, and holiday baking all top that wonderful list. Holiday baking is one of our favorites on that small list! There are so many memories to be made in the kitchen together. Holiday baking and sharing the kitchen space is about making memories together. The mess won’t be there forever. These honorable mention recipes that we’ll mention further down the blog include classic favorites, new ideas, candies, and savory selections. We’ll just add in a couple of each. But first, here are our tips to best enjoy the time. Be present. Intentionality goes a long way. Turn off screens and engage each person present in conversation.On the flip side, maybe take the phone out for a bit to take pictures. Pictures of the time will take you back in time for years to come, and they’ll help you remember everyone exactly as they are now. Add in holiday music!Prep! Preparation will take much of the stress away. Make sure you have all the necessary ingredients, pre-read the baking instructions to make sure there’s no extended sit times for the dough, gather all the correct equipment, and so much more! Clean up together. Serve each other and do the dishes as you go! It’ll really help the flow of life.Have fun! Don’t stress.Keep on the lookout in 2021 for a new...
DIY Christmas Gifts

DIY Christmas Gifts

There are so many people in our lives that we can go the extra mile for and lavish gifts upon for the Christmas season. There’s the immediate family who take up the bulk of the Christmas care, but what about the mail man or garbage/recycle crew and the frontline workers you know or have cared for you in a special way this year? Gift giving and delivery might look a little different for Christmas 2020, and that’s okay. There are online options to send a treat far and wide, but actually, there’s another route available. You can always send a DIY care package made with love. Mail it directly to a friend or family member far away or just set it out for the folks whom you want to say, “I appreciate you and your service.” Here are a few budget friendly DIY Christmas gift ideas to get your creative mind a-turnin’. Christmas Goodie Mason Jars This is one of the most versatile and unique wats to gift friends and family. You can do so much with a mason jar! Who knew? Christmas Cookie JarsChocolate Mug CakeStove Top Potpourri KitChristmas Morning Pancakes In a JarHomemade Soup Mix in a Jar Home Spa Treats At home spa treatments are a always a great idea for the well maintained people in your life. There are tons of ways to attack this beast! Here’s a short list. Lavender Tub TeaHomemade Bath BombsPeppermint Bath SaltDIY Hand Cream for Overwashed HandsRosemary Mint Shaving CreamHomemade Hand Sanitizer WipesSugar Scrub CubesCoffee Ground Body Scrub Hot Cocoa Bombs These trendy little golden gifts will have all the...
Practical Tips to Support Local Businesses

Practical Tips to Support Local Businesses

There’s no question, current government mandates and regulations to help keep ourselves and others safe throughout this pandemic have taken the largest financial toll on small and local businesses. Unfortunately, many have had to close doors for periods of time (or permanently) while the remainder have made serious changes and major accommodations to keep their doors open. Community efforts and camaraderie are at an all time high, though. The Greater Lafayette Commerce, Friends of Downtown, and other organizations have made efforts to serve and make small businesses accessible with events such as, “Fresh Air Eats” and “The Great Holiday Shopping Extravaganza.” As individuals, we also have a choice and part in the matter. We can speak with our dollars and where we spend them this holiday season. Whether you’re just out for the day running errands or knocking out Christmas gifts for the family, there are local services to fit your needs. Here are just a few suggestions on how to support local mom and pops in Greater Lafayette, IN. We have many “Small Business Spotlights” throughout our blog highlighting some local businesses of all sorts. Check those out if you need some inspiration or knowledge of what’s around town! Eat out at Local Restaurants While you’re out, eat at local spots. We have an amazing variety and selection of delicious, unique food options, and we’re here to tell you that these places are worth the stop. Buy Gift Cards It’s the season for spoiling those with local gift cards. This can include restaurants and specialty specific shops such as Flourish Art Studio and Bask Aroma. Share on Social...