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Happy-Halloween

We all know we’re going to go out and either get candy ourselves or help our kids, friends, and younger siblings eat all of theirs. While this is a fun holiday for everyone, always remember to be safe. Here are some Halloween safety tips:

  1. Go During Safe Trick Or Treat Times
    You don’t have to wait until it is pitch-black outside to go trick-or-treating. A good trick or treat time is right after an early dinner and just before dusk when you can keep better track of your children and you are able to see the others that you encounter on the street. Besides, if you are the first person there, you will have the best selection of candy!
  2. Steer Clear Of Masks
    While masks are a fun part of many costumes, do your best to recreate the mask with face paint. Having a mask on can sometimes impair the vision of the child wearing it. With face paint, it is easier for your child to see where they are going and they won’t have to lift their mask to have a conversation with a fellow trick or treater. If your child absolutely must wear a Halloween mask, make sure it’s a snug fit, is ventilated and has large enough eyeholes so they can see all around them.
  3. Be Visible
    If your kids will comply, choose costumes that are brightly colored so that they are easier to see in the dark. If they really want a dark costume, apply some reflective strips to their costume. You could also have them wear glow necklaces or carry glow sticks and flashlights.
  4. Never Go Alone
    It is important that your children have an adult chaperon at all times while trick or treating. You should also discreetly add some emergency identification information such as the child’s name, address & phone number to their costume or on a bracelet in case your child happens to get separated from the group.
  5. Walking Tips
    Be sure that your children understand simple traffic rules, such as stopping and looking both ways before crossing the street, and staying in a crosswalk if one is available. If you have to cross at a light, make sure you have the proper “walk” signal before you proceed. Inform your children that they should never assume that they have the right away when crossing the street, especially at night on Halloween.
  6. Knock On Doors That You Know
    Encourage your children to only trick-or-treat at homes where they know the inhabitants. If they know everyone on the street, except for one house, they could ask the neighbors about that one house. If a home is dark or has no Halloween decorations, that is typically a good sign that they are not up for trick-or-treaters.
  7. Don’t Go Inside
    Trick-or-treaters always seem to run across a house or two where someone invites them to “come in”. Remind your little ones that they should never go inside anybody’s home while trick-or-treating. They can easily get the candy they seek from the porch or if the homeowner is persistent, inform them to simply turn and walk away.
  8. Stay On Track
    It might be tempting to take a short cut through an alley or cut through someone’s yard, but that can sometimes pose a danger. Stay on streets and in neighborhoods that are well lit and where there are plenty of people around.
  9. Say No!
    If you’re children are old enough to trick or treat in a group without you, be sure and designate a time for their return. Teach your children that if a stranger offers to give them a ride or take them to a Halloween Party, they should say “no”. Stranger danger is important to remember no matter how old your kids are, even while trick-or-treating.
  10. Taste-Testing Patience
    Make sure your little goblins know that trick or treating is for gathering candy, not eating it as they receive it. You know they’re going to be tempted to take a taste before you’ve had a chance to inspect it, so pack a goody bag with some of your own Halloween candy so they have something to snack on if they just can’t wait until they get home.

 

And the most important rule of all, HAVE FUN! I hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween. Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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By now eating healthy is seen as a lifestyle change and not a diet. Regardless, it can still be tougher for others to stay on the healthy eating train. Remember a tiger can’t change it’s spots overnight and the same goes for your eating habits. It’s going to take time to incorporate some of these tips into your daily diet and it’s okay if you fall off the wagon a time or two. As long as you get back on and to a more healthier you.

Cook with oils like olive oil and avocado oil because they’re not as processed as some other oils, like canola.

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Try poaching and braising your food instead of frying.poach

Stock up on frozen veggies and add them to everything.veggies

stock up on frozen lean proteins, like shrimp and chicken.protein

Stock your kitchen with whole, minimally processed foods that are versatile so that you can use them in a lot of different recipes without getting bored.

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Keep complex carbs like sweet potatoes, quinoa, and brown rice on hand.

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Bookmark a bunch of healthy one-pan or one-pot recipes that you really enjoy.

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Do you have healthy tips that you’ve been using? Please comment below and share them. I would love to read them!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If you haven’t already put together your shopping list, you still have some time. For those that are ahead of the curve like me, here are some Thanksgiving tips to use in the kitchen to save you time and from stressing out. More time to spend with your friends and family!

1. Add a little baking powder to make mashed potatoes extra fluffy. Apparently, the heat of the potatoes triggers the baking powder’s chemical reaction, and the CO2 produced = extra fluffiness.

2. Freeze rolled out pie crusts so they hold their shape in the oven. Just pop them in the freezer for 20 minutes to an hour while you make the fillings, then bake (without thawing). This will let the gluten in the dough relax and minimize shrinkage during baking. This is mainly for single-crust pies like pumpkin and pecan; if you’re adding a top crust you don’t really have to worry as much about shrinking.

3. Slow roast your turkey overnight. Sounds crazy, but apparently it works like a charm: Put the turkey in before you go to bed, turn the heat down, and wake up to a falling-off-the-bone tender bird in the morning.

4. Prep all your vegetables a day before. You can peel potatoes and carrots, chop onions, wash greens, and do basically any other prep steps called for in the recipes you’re using. This is the kind of thing that will feel crazy when you’re doing it, and AWESOME the next day when you realize you already did.

5. Use rice to weigh down pie crust for pre-baking. Most people don’t have actual pie weights around, and using beans is annoying because they get funny-smelling after baking, and you probably won’t want to eat them.

I hope you found these tips helpful and they help make your Thanksgiving day/dinner that much easier and more enjoyable.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Thanksgiving is going to be here before you know it. If you’re like me, you’ve already started making your dinner and guest list and going over it three times to make sure you didn’t miss a single ingredient. While it’s still early in your holiday planning, here are some tips and tricks I’ve gathered from the Food Networks pros that could help you along the way.

1. Start three days out with dicing your onions, garlic, carrots and celery. Keep them in Ziploc bags or in airtight containers.
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2. Make sure all of your side dishes are done the day before. That’s right, you heard it here: They all should be done. There is no reason to stress about cooking the big meal!

3. Serve a couple of dishes that you know how to make just in case you mess up the turkey. That way, you will still have something good to eat.

4. Create a delicious holiday aroma throughout your home by boiling a pot of water with orange rind, cinnamon sticks, whole star anise and whole cloves.

5. Leave your turkey unwrapped in the refrigerator overnight. You’ll get crispier skin when you cook it.

6. Before you roast the bird, insert several metal skewers into each turkey thigh. They direct heat to the thighs more efficiently, and the faster the thighs cook, the less time the breast has to dry out.

7. Don’t try to serve the entire meal hot—you usually don’t have enough space or burners. One of my favorite dishes is a green bean salad that you can serve at room temperature.

8. Serve your meal in cast-iron pans or other heavy-duty cookware to keep things warm.

9. Plan ahead for leftovers. Organize and empty your refrigerator before the feast starts so you don’t waste time trying to jam in the leftovers after the meal. Have plenty of tin foil and containers on hand.

10. Make a list of all the things for which you are thankful.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate with friends and family. I hope you found these tips helpful and they help to make your Thanksgiving a fantastic one.

Your Realtor and Friend for Life~ Kathy

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Working out can be a discouraging process sometimes. When you’re not seeing the results you want when you want them, it can be easy to just give up. But remember that it takes time and effort and to be patient. Here are 5 tips for you to read the next time you’re thinking about throwing in the towel.

  1. Your non-scale victories should be celebrated. I’ve found that the things that excite me the most are the little things — like an old pair of jeans fitting, or willingly choosing the healthy option instead of the more convenient one. Progress is progress, whether it’s losing those 30 pounds or feeling like your workout didn’t totally kick your ass that day!
  2. Work out for yourself- no one else. Do not worry about what you look like, or what other people are thinking of you while you work out. Just do you.
  3. Set your own standard for what being “fit” actually means. Fitness comes in a lot of shapes and sizes. Don’t judge yourself by the standards pop culture has set out there for you.
  4. Lower your chances of skipping a workout by getting it out of the way first thing in the morning. That way you won’t be able to talk yourself out of exercising throughout the day.
  5. Not every day will be a success. It’s okay to have a bad day. Just pat yourself on the back for making it to the gym at all. Tomorrow’s a new day.

And most importantly, just have FUN! You’re getting out there and moving and that’s all that matters. Happy working out!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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You won’t see your body change overnight. That kind of transformation takes time and lifestyle changes but you don’t have to change everything all at once. Here are some small things you can do bit by bit to help you lose weight with time. Pick one or two to start and gradually go from there.

  1. Make your Couch a No-Eating Zone. Whenever we’re sitting relaxing and watching TV it can become really easy to mindlessly snack. By making your couch a no eating zone it can stop you from snacking too much.
  2. Stop Weighing Yourself. If you’re constantly monitoring your progress you’ll get discouraged by not seeing the results you think you should be seeing. Just focus on eating right and exercising and the payoff will follow.
  3. Don’t try to ignore your cravings. Embrace your cravings! We all have them and it’s okay to indulge once in a while but other times just find healthier ways to satisfy those cravings.
  4. Meal Prep. Preparing all of your food for the week ahead of time will 1. save you time during the week and 2. prevent you from ordering out too much on those days when you don’t have time to make a meal.
  5. Drink lots of Water. They say you should be drinking a gallon of water a day. It’s essential to keep you hydrated throughout the day and gives you energy for your workouts. Try cutting out soda and other sugary drinks and swapping them for water.

I hope these tips helped and you can incorporate some of them into your daily life and be on the road to a healthier you!

Your Realtor and Friend for Life!

~Kathy

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Happy National Cheeseburger Day everyone! Who doesn’t love a good, juicy hamburger straight from the grill. Slap on your favorite cheese and you have every American’s favorite meal. But before you go and gorge out on those delicious hand friendly foods, check out these tips on how you can make that burger just a tiny bit healthier.  Also check out the picture for one of my ultimate favorite burgers. It’s the Ahi Tuna burger from Hopdoddy right here in Austin, TX. Go check it out!

Tips for Making a Healthier Burger

Whatever type of burger you make, before you fire up the grill, keep these tricks in mind to amp up the flavor and the benefits of your meal.

  • Swap plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt or smashed avocado (a superfood in our book!) in place of mayo for a healthier spread.
  • Use whole-wheat breadcrumbs instead of white, or try ground nuts (such as hazelnut or almond) for a healthier filler that’s also gluten-free.
  • Add fresh herbs to your burger for a healthy, low-calorie flavor-booster.
  • Sneak more veggie servings into your day by tossing chopped spinach or other leafy greens into the burger mixture, or add as a topping.
  • Spice up a burger with sriracha, hot sauce, or chipotle-infused spreads for lots of low-calorie heat and a little metabolism boost.
  • Choose healthy spreads and condiments for your burger fromthis list. Some of our favorites: mustard, homemade ketchup, or even homemade ranch.
  • Go easy on the cheese. Skip the fat-free stuff, because “no fat” means it won’t melt easily. Instead, choose a small portion of your favorite kind, fat and all. If you’ve got a block of cheese instead of thin slices, try grating it for even coverage.
  • Make your own bun with whole-wheat flour—you’ll avoid preservatives and get a fiber boost, to boot. Or go bun-less and serve a burger in a lettuce wrap, on top of a salad, or even between two slices of zucchini.

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