June 18, 2016

5 Tips to Throw the Perfect Father’s Day Backyard BBQ Party

With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, what will you be doing with Dad? Did you know most fathers would rather spend the day at home.  According to a survey of 775 dads by Zagat, when the restaurant review guide asked where dads wanted to go for their holiday, it discovered to their surprise that 52 percent of dads said they just wanted to relax with their families on Father’s Day. Dads overwhelmingly like to eat out the rest of the year. Only 29 percent said they actually enjoyed going out with the family on Father’s Day, Zagat found. The dads ranged in age from 18 to over 65. So, why not throw your Dad a backyard BBQ party? Here are five tips to throwing a perfect party for Dad: Father’s Day Tip # 1: Keep the party simple. Don’t overdo it with decorations at a BBQ. Add some balloons in your father’s favorite […]
June 15, 2016

Nature Photography Day: Incorporate These Images in Your Decor

Grab your camera and take a moment to explore the outdoors for Nature Photography Day. Head to the backyard, park, or other place close to take a walk, hike, or ride a bike and capture Mother Nature at her finest.  This day was designated by The North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA) to promote the enjoyment of nature photography, and to explain how images have been used to advance the cause of conservation and protect plants, wildlife, and landscapes locally and worldwide. Some of my most favorite nature images comes from our travels across the globe. It’s amazing to see all the beauty our land has to offer. Here are some photos I especially love from our wedding in Ravello, Italy back in July 2014.        Now, you don’t need to travel the world to find nature that takes your breath away. What inspires you? Share your nature photos […]
June 4, 2016

Got an Empty House to Sell? Try Out These 6 House Staging Tips

When it comes to selling and buying a property, timing is everything. In a perfect world, you will have a buyer ready to move into your old house just in time for you to move to your new home. Unfortunately, this is seldom the case and you may end up moving to a new place, before selling your current home. This leaves you in a pretty complicated situation. You will be faced with the challenge to sell an empty house. Contrary to the common sense that offering a bare property decreases your chances of a quick deal, selling a home without furnishing has plenty of benefits. After all, an empty place is like a blank canvas open to the buyer’s imagination. Here are a couple of tips to make your property more appealing to the perspective house-hunters. House Staging Tips # 1: Landscaping The first thing potential buyers will see […]
June 2, 2016

How to Deal with Your Neighbors’ Curb Appeal & Yard Issues

Living on a dead end street in a town off Jamaica Bay has its perks- we have access to the water, it’s quiet and everyone is friendly, but not everyone takes pride in their home leaving some neighbors’ curb appeal and yard issues causing havoc. Do you look out your window and see a less than a perfect view? I do. Here is our home’s front yard. We change out the planters and door wreath for every season. Plus, cut the grass and shrubs regularly to keep the front clean and manicured. Here are some of the properties surrounding our home. As you can see some try and add life by adding flowers, while others…well, don’t. The house that’s in the image below crumbling down is not currently occupied and sits in limbo.  So, how can you improve upon a piece of property you actually don’t own? Well, I recently read […]
May 26, 2016

Hold the Beef National Hamburger Day – Burgers 3 Ways

Today is National Hamburger Day! Just in time to celebrate the start of summer this weekend. Nothing smells like summertime like a hamburger on the grill– well maybe the beach, but that’s another topic. The hamburger has been a staple of the American diet for decades. Almost 50 billion burgers a year are gobbled up by Americans who can’t get enough of the round meat patty stuffed between a toasted bun. It’s been said, that the hamburger originated in Hamburg, Germany, but topped with all the fixin’s as we’ve grown to know it was perfected by America.  In honor of National Hamburger Day and Memorial Day Weekend, why not host a backyard barbecue with some friends and grill up these three unique tasting hamburger recipes created by my personal chef and hubby, Sal Arena — that embrace his Italian heritage and hold the beef! Hamburger Recipe #1: Antipasti Burger 1 Loaf of Focaccia Bread […]