Snow Shoveling Tips & Tricks

Managing snow can be a hassle, but here are a few tricks to make it easier until Spring decides to join us again.  Remember to practice safe snow removal habits so that you can stay healthy all winter long.

Tip #1: Mark special areas in your yard and driveway-    Reflective driveway markers can help prevent damage to your property, fences, flowerbeds and much more.   Utilize these affordable markers so you know where to shovel and plow.

Tip#2:  Shovel regularly throughout the storm when possible.   It is better to go out and clear a little at a time than trying to dig out underneath several inches.  Lighter loads are easier to manage on your back and reduce the risk of overdoing the cardio.  PUSH a half filed shovel, rather than lift.

Tip #3: If you have pets, seek out pet-friendly ice melt products.  Check out this product.

Tip #4: Take lots of breaks and stay hydrated.  Many people dehydrate while shoveling.

Tip#5: Invest in the right snow removal tools.  USA TODAY’s staff reviewed and tested snow shovels and THIS ONE was top rated for 2019! 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Winter Weather Supply List

When winter weather strikes it is important to be prepared and safe.   While making sure you have enough bread and milk is one concern… a bigger one is making sure you are heating your home safely.

The CDC has wonderful information about food, heating, health & safety suggestions.

Make sure to check it out!

Take Action

  • Be careful when using wood stoves, fireplaces, or space heaters to heat your home.
  • Avoid using candles during a power outage. Use flashlights or lanterns instead.
  • Never use an electric generator or a gas or charcoal grill indoors. The fumes are deadly. Conserve heat in your home.
  • Monitor body temperature for infants and older adults.
  • Leave water taps slightly open to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Eat well-balanced meals to stay warm. Avoid alcohol and caffeine

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Closet Clean Up

 

Creating space and organizing closets and clothes storage spaces can be a challenge.  Many people choose the “new year” to tackle projects that fell to the wayside in the previous year.  If you are drowning in laundry, your closet may be a great place to start with your organization plan.

Step One: Get Inspired!  Measure your closet space and seek out a closet system that is ideal for that space.   Use Pinterest to find solutions that fit your budget.

Step Two: Make A Capsule Wardrobe!  Many people only wear a small portion of the clothing that they own.  Create a seasonal wardrobe around your key items, and lose the rest.  Check out this challenge for tips and tricks.

Step Three: Store out of season clothing appropriately. If you are working with a small closet, you will need to pack up seasonal items that are not in active use.   Consider the storage container, the location of storage and the elements that the clothing will be subjected to.

Step Four: Laundry System!  Do you have a routine for laundry?  Create a sorting system and designate days and times to keep the household laundry moving forward.  Often doing a full load of laundry each day will keep the backlog at bay (unless you have a very large family).  Creating a designated folding area makes this task a snap.   Have delicates that need to air dry?  Creating a drying rack in the laundry room keeps the process moving.

Step Five: If you shop… You donate.  Make a commitment to only shop when you need to replace items that are worn out.  This keeps clothing in a proper rotation and from getting smashed and forgotten in the back of the closet.

What are your favorite closet organization tips?   Share them below!   We would love to hear from you.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Feeding Birds In Winter

Do not forget about your feathered friends this holiday season.   Here are a few ways to feed our local wintering fowl in the area.

Types of Foods Backyard Birds Enjoy

1.) Black Oil Sunflower Seed

2.) Cracked Corn

3.) Thistle Seed

4.) Peanuts

5.) Fruit- Such as oranges, grapes, and apple slices

6.) Suet ( Animal Fat)

Make sure to also provide a clean an unfrozen water source for the birds as well.  Sit back and enjoy all of the colorful winter birds that will visit your feeding area.   The perfect thing to enjoy over a hot cup of coffee in the morning!

To learn more about feeding backyard birds… Check out this article

 

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Peppermint Friendship Fudge

There is something special about sharing a handcrafted treat with your friends and family.   This easy no-bake recipe comes together in 15 minutes!   Ready to eat in the time it takes to watch White Christmas!
What You Need
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25 Servings
pkg. (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
cups powdered sugar
pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S Unsweetened Chocolate, melted
pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER’S White Chocolate, melted
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract
1/4 cup chopped hard peppermint candies

Create it! 

1 Spray 8-inch square pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment, extending ends of parchment over sides. Spray with additional cooking spray.
2 Beat cream cheese in large bowl with mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, mixing well after each addition.
3 Spoon half the cream cheese mixture into separate bowl. Add unsweetened chocolate; mix well. Press onto bottom of prepared pan, using moistened fingers.
4 Add white chocolate and peppermint extract to remaining cream cheese mixture; mix well. Press into even layer over chocolate layer in pan. Smooth top with a spatula. Sprinkle with candies.
5 Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Use parchment handles to remove fudge from pan before cutting to serve.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Holiday Punch

If you are planning a special holiday get together consider creating a festive holiday punch for your guests to enjoy.  This punch can be dressed up or down with your favorite holiday flavors!

Braddock Street Jingle Punch

1 Large Bottle of Cran-Apple Juice

12- 12oz cans of Ginger Beer of your choice

Bourbon, or 1 bottle of sweet dry wine (To your personal preference or omit for a family-friendly take)

Two cups cranberries

Zest of ginger root

Zest of half a lemon

Slice three oranges

* If the punch is too tart add a simple sugar syrup to improve the flavor.

 

Chill, and offer ice for guests- This works great in a large drink dispenser. 

For garnish-  Cinnamon Sticks, Star anise, lemon slices, fresh mint, and extra cranberries.

 

What are your favorite ways to entertain holiday guests?   Share below we would love to hear from you!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Holiday Wreath Care

Looking to optimize your wreath for the entire holiday season?   Here are our best tips to keep your wreath green and merry all month long!

 

1.) Choose your location wisely.   If you are keeping your wreath indoors it may dry out more quickly than if it was kept outside for exterior decor.  Also, think about if the location could receive direct sunlight.

2.) Choose the wreath with care.  Check for signs of flexibility, softer needles, and no fall out when purchasing your wreath.

3.) Misting and Soaking-  Remove any decorations on the wreath that could be ruined by watering your wreath.   If your wreath is in a warm location it may need a soak in a tub, over a gentle mist.  Watch for dryness, yellowing, and needle fallout.

4.) Consider spring water- Tap or well water in our area has many minerals and mild amounts of chlorine that may not be ideal for your plant.   Consider filling your mister with clean spring water for best results!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.