April 20, 2018

Just Listed! 3425 Adams Ct, Wellington, CO 80549

 

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Meet our new listing in Viewpointe subdivision of Wellington! Priced at $360,000, this stylishly updated 4 bedroom, 4 bathroom, 2,346 square foot home does not disappoint. Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by and see us at our open house on Saturday April 21 from 12-2pm.

 

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You have to see this backyard! Sitting on nearly 1/3 acre, and surrounded by mature trees, this lovely Viewpointe home boasts an expansive patio looking out onto the spacious, landscaped backyard! 

 

 

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Granite countertops, maple cabinets, tile backsplash and wood-look tile flooring provide for a modern feel in the kitchen. Gorgeous brick and stone masonry surround the fireplace in the living room. 

 

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Click here to view more pictures and full listing details for 3425 Adams Ct, Wellington!

 

Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by and see us at our open house on Saturday April 21 from 12-2pm.

  

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April 13, 2018

9 Spring Cleaning Tips From Fort Collins' Cleaning Company, Mulberry Maids

 

A deep spring cleaning is great for any home, large or small.  While most of the focus is more obvious, such as floors, sinks, and countertops, there are many other areas in your home that should not be neglected.  Read on for some commonly missed household items to help with your annual spring cleaning.

 

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1. Washing Machine

Because washing machines see a lot of frequent use, there can be harmful bacterial buildup.  A simple cleaning method starts with vinegar (or bleach if you prefer) and baking soda. First fill the washer with water using the highest and hottest setting you have. While the washer is filling, add about a liter of vinegar to the machine.  After a minute or two, add in a cup of baking soda, and pause the cycle, so the water, vinegar, and baking soda can sit for an hour. While the solution is sitting, you can clean other parts of the machine with a rag or brush, including the corners and exterior of the machine.  After about an hour, you can close the lid and finish the cycle. For a complete clean, repeat the procedure once more. 

 

2. Dishwasher

Dishwashers take a lot of abuse, running almost daily.  For effective cleaning, first check the drain area to make sure there is no caked on food or debris that is clogging the drain.  Next, fill a cup of vinegar and place it on the top rack, and run the dishwasher through on the hottest setting possible. The last step involves running the dishwasher again on the hottest setting, but this time with baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher.  

3. Pillows

While not a typical part of a deep spring cleaning, clean pillows are vital for your health and wellbeing.  Check out this post for detailed pillow cleaning tips.  

 

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4. Mattress

Like pillows, a clean mattress is an integral part of your health and well-being.  Dust mites, allergens, dead skin, are just a few of the items that make their way into your mattress.  Refer to this article for detailed instructions on cleaning your mattress.   

5. Closet

A deep closet cleaning should be done frequently, and is an integral part of the spring cleaning process.  Clutter and dust need to be dealt with, and a clean organized closet will do wonders for your mental wellbeing.  For a serious closet cleaning, first take everything out. Perform a thorough cleaning of the interior, including vacuuming, dusting, and polishing of any surfaces.  The next part is the hard part. Go through every item that was in the closet, and decide what will be kept, what will be donated, and what will be thrown away. Reorganize your closet and enjoy the stress free nature of a clean and clear closet space!  For more information and tips on decluttering check this out this helpful post.

6. Windows

Shiny windows help to brighten up and allow your house to really shine.  Cleaning them should be part of any deep spring clean!

 

7. Drapes  

A great way to freshen up your home in spring time is to clean all your curtains and drapes.  Like so many household items, they accumulate dust and allergens, and can become dingy and dreary.  If you are unsure on the material, take your drapes to a dry cleaner. If you opt to clean them yourself, be as gentle as possible.  Use a mild detergent and gentle cycle if you machine wash them. Do not dry the curtains in a dryer, instead hang them out to air dry.  For routine maintenance, vacuum using a soft brush attachment on a low setting, or dust with a broom with synthetic fibers.

8. Trash Cans

Trash cans can be easily overlooked, but are filled with grime, allergens, and food scraps.  One of the easiest ways to clean a trash can is to take it outside and use dish soap and a hose to spray it down. Rinse and repeat as needed, and let it air out in the fresh air.   

9. Refrigerator

Like so many appliances in your home, your refrigerator gets used a lot!  Remove all the shelves and drawers inside the refrigerator, and wash in your sink. Take advantage of having everything out of the refrigerator to throw away old food, unused condiments, and all the clutter that accumulates. You can use a baking soda and hot water mix to wipe down the interior before restocking it.

 

 

Thank you Michelle from Mulberry Maids for collaborating with me on this post! Learn more about their cleaning services and schedule your cleaning at www.mulberrymaids.com

 

 

 

  

April 13, 2018

Things to do in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor and greater Northern Colorado

 

 

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 There's always something fun to do in Northern Colorado! Bookmark this page and check back weekly for updates on events, shows, farmer's markets, festivals and things to do with kids in Fort Collins, Loveland, Windsor, Greeley and greater Northern Colorado.  

 

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April 12, 2018

Active Listing: 4261 Woodlake Ln, Wellington

 

  

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Meet our lovely new listing in the Wellington subdivision, Park Meadows!

Just listed at $375,000, this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom, 2,814 square foot home is a must-see! You'll find casual, main-level living at it's finest with upgraded, craftsman-style finishes at every turn. Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by our open house on Sunday, April 15 from 1-3pm.

 

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Contrasting espresso cabinetry against natural hickory hardwood floors and Giallo granite creates an elegant look in this well-maintained ranch style home. You will love the rustic, unexpected finishes of this beautiful, Park Meadows gem!

 

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Slate backsplash and fireplace, craftsman style trim, vaulted cathedral ceiling in living room, tray ceiling in master bath, and granite in all bathrooms help to carry this upgraded feel throughout. You will love the cozy, earth tones in this laid-back, yet elegant ranch.

 

Don't forget to check out the partially finished basement with bedroom and bathroom that are perfect for hosting overnight guests.

 

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Relax and sip your morning coffee under the shade of the pergola in the fully landscaped and fenced backyard. If the beautiful lot isn't oasis enough, this home is just steps from Park Meadows' neighborhood park!

 

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Call 970-682-2453 to schedule your private showing or stop by our open house on Sunday, April 15 from 1-3pm.

 

 

 

April 2, 2018

Autism Awareness Month: Meet the Decatur Family of Fort Collins

 

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On top of owning a Kosmo screen printing business in Fort Collins with her husband Joel and working full time at the Children's Speech and Reading Center, Laura Decatur is the mother to one really great boy. Thirteen-year-old Trust Decatur is a smart, witty kid who loves Scratch, programming and helping his dad at the screen printing shop. He dreams of writing sitcoms when he grows up. He excels at public speaking and even gives a talk on occasion at events for parents of children with autism titled "What I Want You to Know About Autism" where he explains that he is just a normal kid and to him, autism is no big deal.

 

His parents say that since he became a teenager, Trust is probably easier than some of his neuro-typical peers. Trust is literal and follows instructions to the letter. He has no interest in experimenting with drugs and knows better than to open the door when he's home alone, even if his mom is on the other side with arms full of groceries. At this time in his life his priorities are finishing his homework so he can play video games or help his dad with the next batch of T-shirts. 
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But it hasn't always been smooth sailing. We spoke of the fears they experienced. They recalled how being told by a professional that Trust would one day plateau and stop learning petrified them as young parents and how every year they would wonder if this was the year- if this was as good as it would get. Laura shared moments of feeling inadequate as a mother because she didn't know how to handle his meltdowns. She spoke about the hurt she experienced seeing her son get excluded and how she threw a big Halloween party for Trust's class when he was younger to help foster some social opportunities for him.  Trust doesn't always notice when other kids are being unkind, but without those same blinders, Laura struggles when she sees this. She spoke of the first time she heard someone call her son "retarded" and how in retrospect she could have handled the situation with more tact. Since then she has honed what Joel calls "the look" and that usually does the trick. I was happy to hear that as Trust gets older he fits in with his peers and the gap is shortening.  

 

The two suicides by 11-year-old Fort Collins' middle school students in 2015 as a result of bullying exposed one of their biggest fears yet. Trust was their same age. Laura spoke of how they started sharing everything with their son, including when they have bad days and how they cope with those feelings. They teach Trust that tomorrow will be a better day and he knows he can talk to them about anything and everything.  

 

 

Joel and Laura are incredible parents. They never gave up on their son, even when times were hard. Meeting the Decaturs now, when Trust is such a smart and capable young man, you would never guess that when he was 4 years old and his family first moved to Fort Collins, he was still nonverbal. Hours of speech therapy went into helping Trust get to where he is today, as well as some less conventional strategies that Laura and Joel invented, like watching the Brady Bunch together and discussing the social interactions they saw in the show to help Trust learn which were appropriate and which weren't. Fun fact: Trust's favorite sitcoms are Everybody Loves Raymond, The Office and Parks and Rec.

 

They have two pieces of advice to other parents who are just starting this journey through autism. The first is to embrace it. Being matter-of-fact about their son's diagnosis has allowed them to connect with other families who are on similar journeys and build a village of people who understand. Without having biological family here in Northern Colorado when Trust was small, they created one of their own filled with people who love their son and can relate to both the triumphs and struggles. Their openness also served to dissipate any stigma around autism within their circle, and teach Trust that autism is nothing to be ashamed of. Rather, it's simply something he has, just like he has brown hair. 

 

 

Their second piece of advice: "Don't give up on your kid and what they are capable of. Ever. As long as you keep pushing, they will keep growing." The plateau they were told would come? It never happened. Year after year Trust has grown and learned and excelled. The day we met for coffee, Trust was taking tests at school to help prepare him for college.

 

The dictionary definition of trust is "Reliance in the integrity, strength, ability, surety of a person or thing; Confident expectation of something; hope." To rephrase that, to trust is to believe in someone's ability or potential. What a fitting name for such an able young man with such loving, unwavering parents.  

 

 

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March 26, 2018

My Perfectly Imperfect Farmhouse Inspired Master Bedroom Update

 

Between running our small business and becoming a family of four, the past two years since we bought our new house in Fort Collins have been hectic, and we haven't been able to spend much time making it feel like home.  Finally, putting a paint brush to the orange trim and banishing that dark chocolate colored accent wall that made our master bedroom feel dark and dated has really changed my attitude toward this house. Like losing the weight I gained over the winter, when it comes to redecorating a home, getting started is sometimes the hardest part. Checking this master bedroom off the list might just be the positive momentum I need to transform this place from a house that we live in to a home that we love. 

 

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Although our previous home in Timnath Ranch was too small for us (which is why we moved), it was so pretty. Every finish in that house was clean and white and airy and new. And since we had bought it before we became parents, I had invested hours decorating and personalizing the house. Starting over again with two little ones was slow going, but I can see it now! I can see this house becoming a place that is our own and represents our style, and I feel motivated to bring this feeling to every room in the house!

 

Have you typed "master bedroom update" into Pinterest?  While there are thousands of beautiful, inspiring ideas on Pinterest, there's no better place to go, in my opinion, if you want to feel broke and inadequate. I'm going to come out right now and say that Pinterest perfect is not what I was aiming for here. What I wanted in this master bedroom was a place that felt like a retreat where I can occasionally hide to relax, reading a book and/or drink coffee in bed while surrounded by decor that reflects my personality.

 

Okay, and if I'm really shooting for the stars here, I'd also love for it to be a place where there are no legos scattered across the floor for me to step on in the middle of the night when I'm half asleep and someone's calling "Mama."

 

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Oh, and one last disclaimer before I dive in: my budget on this makeover was not a million dollars. We did all of the work ourselves on this project. I even had ideas that I couldn't make happen this time around (still dreaming of you, sliding barn door). I think it's important for me to say this because often the pictures we see on the internet look flawless, but what you don't see is that this is the only room in my house that is presentable right now, and I had to position the throw blanket just so on the bed for these pictures to cover up my son's sharpie artwork on my brand new duvet. Listen, I am not perfect and neither is my house, but it doesn't have to be perfect for us to make beautiful memories here.

  

One of the first things we did when we moved into our home that made an immediate difference was to exchange all brass and dated hardware for new hardware with an oil rubbed bronze finish throughout the house. The new fan and lever style door handles that we purchased at our local hardware store were a pretty quick and inexpensive way to make a big impact on the space, even before we were able to tackle the rest of this project.

  
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Step two was paint. Saying goodbye to the golden oak trim was actually a hard decision for me, and I went back and forth for a year on whether I would embrace the wood trim as part of the rustic character of the house, or banish it in favor of a crisp white coat of paint. While the particular finish of the trim was too orange for my taste, and I do generally prefer a more modern look, I am also someone who appreciates the beauty and craftsmanship of real wood. Nor am I someone who shies away from a somewhat eclectic look in interior design, so for a long while I was convinced I could make it work even while going for a more updated aesthetic overall. 

 

Alas, we ended up needing new windows due to hail damage. At some point in the decision process we decided that white was the way to go, and that expedited the decision to paint the trim to match. How much a coat of paint can update and brighten up a space is pretty remarkable, and what turned out to be a somewhat inexpensive diy job that I was able to complete in under a week was really the biggest part of this transformation.

 

I also painted over the dark accent wall, which both brightened up the space and allowed us more freedom in how we laid out the room. With the accent wall, the room seemed to afford only one logical place for the bed to sit- up against that wall. While I have no problem with accent walls, the brown of the one I inherited was too dark for my taste, and in a master bedroom of this size, with somewhat of an odd shape, it was placing too many limitations on furniture placement.

 

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The third and final step was to choose the furniture and decor that fit the space and my dream of a bright, farmhouse inspired master bedroom. While I shopped a variety of stores, some of which were small and local and others that were not so, the items that I am highlighting in this post are those that are the statement pieces in this room in my opinion. At the bottom of the post, you will find a shopping guide where you can purchase these items for your own home. You'll likely notice that I believe strongly in supporting small businesses, and you will always find my shopping guides to be heavily populated by handmade products from local artisans and etsy shops.

  

When I was originally thinking of inspiration for my decor in this room, I kept going back to Bindle Coffee in my head. Truthfully, if they would let me just plop my bed down in the middle of their coffee shop I would be down, but since that might make their other customers uncomfortable, I had to find a way to bring home the things that make Bindle such a heavenly oasis.  Aside from fantastic coffee and the warm coffee-house smells, the thing I love about Bindle is the rustic, farmhouse inspired atmosphere.  

 

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I knew from the day that we bought this place, that if I was expected to sleep on a different level than the kitchen, I would need a coffee bar in my bedroom. So, after looking at several different configurations for a coffee bar, I fell in love with this rustic coffee bar table from Easton West Designs which is handmade from solid wood and then shipped disassembled, making it much less expensive than other furniture of similar quality. This is solid and heavy. Both the coffee bar and matching floating shelf are finished in a distressed grey which accentuate the grain and knots in the wood for a beautiful, farmhouse inspired feel. The pictures of this coffee bar do not do it justice! When I was shopping around one of my favorite features of this table was the shallow shelf, which would have held coffee mugs had I not been reminded in process of staging the room that I live in a word populated by small humans who think it's hilarious to throw breakable items down the stairs. So, for now I am using disposable cups and being protective of some of my other favorite items, like the most fantastic smelling candle ever. I swear this Coffee House scent from Special Reserve candles bottled Bindle up in this little jar.

 

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Hanging a one hundred year old window frame over a new tufted fabric headboard might not have been the most obvious choice, but I love the depth and character this piece brings to the room. Okay, love isn't a strong enough word. I'm obsessed with it. While my style might not be the most eclectic you'll find, a space that lacks a few found pieces feels too sterile for my taste, and adding in this blue chippy paint window frame gives the room a feeling of being connected to history that would have been missing otherwise. While I had considered using it has a picture frame, in the end I absolutely love it paired simply with a lavender and burlap wreath.

 

Burlap ties the room together. Not only did the shade of beige pair perfectly with the wall color and headboard, but the burlap pillows and wreath are reminiscent of rustic, old coffee sacks that made them feel fated for this bedroom redesign. I love that the burlap pillow is actually hand painted with the monogram and that the grey matches the finish on my coffee bar so perfectly.  

 

To the left of the bed, the sign reads "this morning with her having coffee" which is a quote from Johnny Cash's description of paradise. I fell in love with this sign for it's rustic, handmade charm and the sweetness of this sentiment, which fit in perfectly in my farmhouse inspired master bedroom retreat. The fact that it was custom made in Colorado is icing on the cake.

 

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As much as I sometimes miss that feeling of getting away and quiet mornings spent sipping coffee without a hundred looming demands, I know how lucky I am for who I get to spend life with. These days when we get a free moment it may be spent jumping on the bed, having a pillow fight or playing peek a boo. The number of people who sleep in this bed may fluctuate from one to all four of us depending on the night. No, we are not Pinterest perfect, but that was never the goal, remember?

    

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Rustic Farmhouse Coffee Bar

 

 

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Rustic Farmhouse Floating Shelves

 

 

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Antique Four Pane Farmhouse Window 

 

 

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Coffee Bar Scented Soy Wax Candle

 

 

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 This morning with her having coffee Sign

*Made in Colorado*

 

 

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Burlap Pillow Covers

 

  

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Lavender Heart Wreath

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March 19, 2018

Summer Soccer Camps in Northern Colorado

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This is the first year, now that we have a three year old, that we're thinking about trying a sport. Well, we did try gymnastics (is that a sport?) but you're supposed to follow directions in gymnastics so it wasn't a good fit for us.  With how much my little man loves to run, I was excited to come across a soccer camp with "First Kicks" classes for 3 year olds, that has a special offer for my readers (details at the bottom of this post). And just look at how cute those little guys are in those soccer uniforms!

 

While we have never yet done a camp through Challenger Sports, we will be enrolling for a week or two this summer and would love to see some familiar faces join us! They offer camps for older children as well, with the three year old class lasting an hour and classes for older children stretching up to 3 hours per day. In addition to a fun experience learning soccer skills, these British Soccer Camps also promote character development and cultural education. The Northern Colorado camps will be held at City Park Field in Fort Collins, Eastman Park in Windsor, Loveland Sports Park, Montfort Park in Greeley, Milliken Athletic Complex, as well as in Berthoud, Wellington, Lyons, Firestone, and Longmont. Click here to view the full schedule of soccer camps in Northern Colorado.

 

I spoke with a representative of Challenger Sports to confirm that children with various needs and abilities are welcomed, and coaching staff is understanding of children who will need parental assistance in the program. If you have concerns about whether the camps are a good fit for your child, please reach out to them directly at info@challengersports.com.

 

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March 19, 2018

Buying a Home When You Own a Small Business

 

 

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Although Ben and I have owned two homes before our current residence, there was something very different about the purchase of this one: we were both self-employed this time.

 

While there are many wonderful things about pursuing your dream to start a small business, there are also risks and obstacles. Buying a home, even for those who are not self-employed can be a confusing and stressful process, yet it can seem ten times more daunting if you don't have an employer or a consistent salary to fall back on. Heck, it was stressful for us and we're both Realtors!

 

Here are some of the questions that I hear often from prospective home buyers who own their own business or are considering going out on their own start one. I hope this clarifies some of the questions you may have, but I'm always here to chat if you still feel confused, or if you're ready to get started!

 

 

I own and operate a small business. Is it going to be more difficult for me to get a mortgage than someone who has an employer?

 

It can be more difficult if you’re in the first few years of business. National Underwriting guidelines require that a small business has been in operation for at least 2 years to qualify as usable income. There can also be many expenses when starting a business that are often deducted on a business tax return or Schedule C tax return. The usable income is what is left over after these deductions area accounted for. Also, a 2 year average of the income reported to the IRS is what is used for qualifying. The good news is that if you have been in business for a few years and have been showing a profit, qualifying for a mortgage is very similar to an employee receiving a W2.

 

 

I want to buy a home but I don't have a regular salary. My income fluctuates from year to year depending on how well my business is performing. How do I figure out what kind of home I can afford?

 

My advice would be to submit your two most recent years’ tax returns to a mortgage professional for a full income analysis. Typically a 24 month average is required, but if the most recent year has a lower income than the previous year, the lower income (most recent year) is required to be used rather than a 24 month average. There are also a few specific expenses that can be added back as income, so it is in your best interest to have a full income analysis done rather than trying to figure it out by yourself.

 

 

I've heard that there is a minimum length of time that I have to work in my business in order to get a mortgage. Is this true? How long?

 

2 years in business is required for conforming loan amounts ($453,100 or less). Often times 3 years of tax returns are required for Jumbo Loan amount ($453,100 or higher).

 

 

I'm not self-employed yet, but plan to act on my dream of opening a small business in the future. What do you recommend for me?

 

Before becoming self-employed, consider whether you will want to purchase a new home or investment property, or refinance a loan within the next few years. It is very likely that you will not be able to qualify until you have 2 years of tax returns filed with the IRS.

 

If you have an adjustable rate mortgage, keep in mind when that is set to adjust. If you are starting a new business, and your rate is set to begin adjusting, you will likely have to let that rate adjust for at least two years before you can qualify for a refinance.

 

Be careful with your write-offs/deductions if you plan on getting a mortgage within the next few years. It can be very tempting to write everything off, especially when a business is getting started, but deductions show that you have less income, meaning your will qualify for a lower amount.

 

 

I'm currently self-employed and relocating to Northern Colorado. Will my history of success be taken into consideration?

 

If you are self-employed and moving to another state, you will need to prove that your existing client base will be retained, otherwise, it is considered starting a new business.

 

 

 

 

Thank you Corey Lorenz at Cornerstone Home Lending for helping me put these answers together! Contact Corey if you have any further questions about obtaining a mortgage while self-employed:

 

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March 10, 2018

2018 Northern Colorado Easter Egg Hunts + Easter Bunny Sightings

  

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 Events are sorted by date

 

 

Easter Bunny Visits | Fort Collins

Visit the Easter Bunny at the Foothills Mall for professional photos from March 17-31. 

 

 

Easter Bunny Visits | Fort Collins

Learning Espress Toys Fort Collins will be hosting the Easter bunny at their Fort Collins Location on March 21, 24, 26, & 31. 

 

 

Eggstra Special Easter Event | Windsor

Integrated Pediatric Therapy Associates is hosting a special easter event on March 24 with egg hunts for all ages and abilities, a petting zoo and clothing swap. 

 

 

Eggstravaganza | Loveland

Calvary Derby Hill is hosting an Eggstravaganza on March 24th at Sherri Mar Park with popcorn, coffee, bounce house, prize drawings and Easter eggs!

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt | Greeley

First United Methodist Church of Greeley is hosting their Easter egg hunt on March 24.

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt | Severance 

Enjoy the Easter egg hunt, coffee and bounce houses at the Severance annual Easter event on March 24. 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt | Fort Collins

First United Methodist Church in Fort Collins is hosting an easter egg hunt with food, games, music and live animals on March 24. 

 

 

Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt Party | Fort Collins

The Old Town Library in Fort Collins will be hosting a glow-in-the-dark egg hunt for teens on March 30 with snacks, crafts, music, karaoke and more! 

 

 

Easter Eggstravaganza | Windsor

Join the Windsor Community Rec Center on March 30 for underwater egg dive, traditional egg hunt, open gyn, and prizes! 

 

 

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Glow in the Dark Easter Egg Hunt | Windsor

Glow in the dark egg hunt with bounce houses, snacks, crafts and games for the whole family hosted by Journey Church Windsor on Friday, March 30. 

 

 

Easter Bunny Visit | Loveland

Join Jax Loveland Outdoor Grear, Ranch and Home for photos with the Easter bunny on Saturday, March 31st! 

 

Zippity's Easter Egg Hunt | Loveland

Meet the farm animals and enjoy an egg hunt at Zippity Zoo's Barnyard in Loveland. 

 

  

Easter Eggstravaganza | Fort Collins

Free Eggstravaganza at Gulley Greenhouse on March 31 with photos with the Easter bunny, baby bunnies, scavenger hunt, face painting and ice cream truck! 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt and Festival | Longmont

Egg Hunt, face painting, bounce house and more! March 31 at White Fields Community Church. 

 

 

Easter Egg Hunt |  Fort Collins 

4th Annual Easter Egg hunt at City park on March 31 with Bounce Houses, Carnival Games, Cotton Candy, Easter bunny and more!

 

 

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt | Longmont

Underwater egg hunt, crafts and face painting at Longmont's Centennial Pool on March 31. 

 

 

Hippy Hop Grenade Brunch | Fort Collins

Enjoy Easter brunch the way you've always wanted! Egg hunt, mimosas, beer-moses, breakfast burritos, breakfast pizza at The Hop Grenade Taproom in Fort Collins on Easter Sunday, April 1.

 

 

 

 

Email me with details at Joanna@gyrathrealtygroup.com to have your event added to this list.

 


 

March 5, 2018

15 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers

 

Whether you prefer red or white, it doesn't get much better than supporting Colorado small businesses and indulging in a glass of your favorite vintage. This list is sure to satisfy any wine-lover's palate!

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

   

 1. Red Wine Sangria Mix made in Colorado Springs

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

 

2. Recycled Wine Bottle Pendant Lighting made in Denver  

 

 

 25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

3. Minimalist Wine Rack made in Denver

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings 

4. "This Might be Wine" Coffee Mug  made in Fort Collins

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

5. "If You Can Read This, Bring Me A Glass of Wine" Socks made in Denver

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

6. Personalized Electric Corkscrew made in Broomfield

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

7. Winter's Wine Candle made in Boulder

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

8. USA Wine Cork Map Display made in Grand Junction 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

9. Wine Barrel Bottle Cabinet made in Lakewood

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

10. Pomegranate and Port Wine Gelee made in Denver

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings 

11. Wine Stave Serving Platter made in Grand Junction

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

12. Wine Cork Heart Wreath made in Lakewood

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

13. Recycled Wine Bottle Candles made in Denver

 

 

 25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

14. Ancon Edition Wine Bar made in Windsor 

 

 

 

25 Made-in-Colorado Products for Wine Lovers, Real Estate and Lifestyle in Northern Colorado- Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Windsor, Severance, Wellington, Johnstown, Milliken, Search homes for sale, real estate listings

15. Wine Barrel Cooler made in Lakewood