Monday, September 19, 2016

Mailbox Monday - Sept 19



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Monday! Hope you all had a great weekend. It was a weekend of soccer, a birthday, and work.


Papou (Greek for grandfather) turned 86 on Friday. The family got together to celebrate. Earlier in the week my husband visited Fenway and got a tour of the stadium. He met former Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn. When he told Lynn that his father was a big fan, Lynn called Papou up and spoke to him for a bit. That's a pretty cool present.

Saturday and Sunday were both losses on the soccer field, but the Lil' Princess played well. Hope her tendinitis doesn't act up too much.

As for book arrivals, it was a great week. Three book review requests came in.



She's ghostwriting a book for a famous author--a recently deceased one. A struggling writer living in Manhattan, Jacy McMasters is the first to admit she's a terrific liar and a screw-up. Then the ghost of the famous novelist JD Balinger asks her to "channel" a follow-up to his classic coming of age book, The Watcher in the Sky. Along with her new boyfriend, a bear of a man who has no patience for mind games, the ghost in Jacy's head forces her to confront a lifetime of secrets—dark secrets. Secrets she's been keeping from herself.


This Advent book contains family devotions that focus on connecting Jesus and the symbols of Christmas. Each day includes a devotional, prayer, questions to discuss, the meaning of a Christmas symbol, and suggested activities to put the scriptures into action. Reproducibles are included to help with the symbol activities.


Emulating the format of Raising a Modern-Day Princess, authors Doreen Hanna and Karen Whiting seek to help parents and grandparents cultivate strong relationships and encourage the spiritual formation in their daughters using examples, Bible teaching on the fruit of the Spirit, and a variety of creative activities that are based on Galatians 5:22-23, the fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control).

By implementing the ideas in this book, mothers (as well as fathers) will be equipped to understand and guide their daughters through each step of becoming His “princess.” This will include perceiving a daughter’s unique personality and gifts, refining her character through training and discipline, and modeling the attributes of a daughter of the King.

This book is a follow-up to both Raising a Modern-Day Knight (by Robert Lewis) and Raising a Modern-Day Princess by Pam Farrel and Doreen Hanna. While the latter book is aimed at parents of girls ages 12 and up, this book focuses on building the Christian character of younger girls.


Don't know about you, but I am thrilled to see the Christmas books coming out. The only thing that can make my favorite genres better is to have their stories set during Christmas time.

What was in your mailbox last week? Hope you'll share.

Monday, September 12, 2016

New Listing - 31 Saratoga Ave, Chicopee



Curb appeal & charm await you in this updated Colonial. Located w/in walking distance of Elms College, this home features a beautiful entry that flows into a living room w/ hardwood floor & tall windows letting in plenty of light. Enjoy working in the spacious kitchen that features a walk-in panty & slider leading out to the recently rebuilt deck. The dining room w/ hardwood floor, bow window, & built-ins, an updated half bath & a bedroom complete the main level. Travel up the classic wood staircase to the second floor where you'll find a master bedroom w/ vaulted ceiling & ductless air-conditioning system, a full bath, & two additional big bedrooms. Every bedroom has a walk-in closet & ceiling fan. Finished room in basement & a full bath w/ shower has separate entry. Updates include: gas heating system, central air, interior lighting, electrical panel, siding, & windows. Enjoy & entertain in the large yard w/ above ground pool. Looking for a lovely home w/ tons of storage? Call today!

For more details, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4wgoHxfUU

Sunday, September 11, 2016

New Listing - 81 Braddock St, Springfield


Come see this enchanting Cape close to Springfield College and within driving distance of Western New England University. Renovated in 2007, the first floor features a living room and dining room with hardwood floors, updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, newer cabinets, tile back splash and newer counter tops, and a master bedroom with an updated full bath with shower. You'll also find a bright and cozy room perfect for a home office or reading nook. Second floor has two additional bedrooms and a full bath with tile surround. Enjoy the private deck that leads to an ample size fenced in back yard. Seller states the roof was replaced nine years ago and a new hot water heater was installed in November 2015. Great move-in ready starter home. Schedule your appointment today!

For more details, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1SsQyi7ygHk

Monday, September 5, 2016

Under Contract - 9 Gross Lane, Easthampton, MA


Listed on 9/1/16
Under Contract on 9/5/16

It will be love at first sight with this spacious three-bedroom Cape that has fantastic views of Mt. Tom. First floor features a remodeled (2013 as per owner) eat-in kitchen with tons of storage and sliders to the patio, formal dining room with new hardwood floors, new chandelier, and built-ins, living room with new hardwood floors and brick-hearth fireplace, a bedroom with new hardwoods that is currently used as an office, half bath, and great four-season room off the kitchen with hardwood floors and views of the mountain. Two ample size bedrooms with new carpets and a full bath are located on the second level. The partially finished basement has a large family room with wood stove insert and laundry area with convenient utility sink and walk-in shower. Private back yard with patio and fire pit for entertaining. Buderus hot water storage, attic storage above one-car garage, newer windows on first floor, and most rooms painted within the last year. Schedule your private showing today!

For more details visit: http://tour.circlepix.com/tour/titan/?id=3860826#.V82_1o-cG70

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Mailbox Monday - Sep 5



Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Happy Labor Day, gang! Hope you're having a great long weekend. Mine has been fabulous: I've dropped three pounds since I restarted the 21 Day Fix; I managed to get in some workout every day this weekend; we attended the Greek Festival in Marlborough, and I sold a house four days after I listed it. Talked to another person Saturday and I'll be listing her home this coming Friday. Not bad for a holiday weekend.


Dancing Yia-Yia

As far as health and fitness goes, I'm really trying to focus on getting rid of that "dough belly." That's what the girls call my very soft, round middle. Weight loss is great, but it's not my focus. I want better legs and a trimmer middle. As such, I've added some different workout routines to my 21 Day Fix program. I haven't used CIZE as much as I thought I would, but I'm going to pop the second DVD in tomorrow to see what I can do. I'm doing a fair amount of upper body work, which will help with the tennis elbow.

I'm also going to really dig into I Quit Sugar by Sarah Wilson. I bought it last year, but didn't do much with it. I know that drinking Pepsi® twice a day is a part of the "dough belly" issue. I don't eat a ton of sweets, but I really want to focus on getting rid of all of the bad stuff. This should help.

My mail carrier brought a surprise this past week and it sounds superb.


Where is hope when there is no hope?

First-time parents Joe and Tahni Cullen were thrust into the confusing world of autism when their toddler, Josiah, suddenly lost his ability to speak, play, and socialize. The diagnosis: Autism Spectrum Disorder. In their attempts to see Josiah recover and regain speech, the Cullens underwent overwhelming physical, emotional, and financial struggles. While other kids around him improved, Josiah only got worse.

Five years later, Josiah, who had not been formally taught to read or write, suddenly began to type on his iPad profound paragraphs about God, science, history, business, music, strangers, and heaven. Josiah’s eye-opening visions, heavenly encounters, and supernatural experiences forced his family out of their comfort zone and predictable theology, catapulting them into a mind-blowing love-encounter with Jesus.

- Find hope in hardship.
- Catch a fresh glimpse of heaven.
- Learn to hear and trust God’s voice.
- Identify the roles of Father, Son, and Spirit.
- Be aware of the workings of angels, and much more!

Follow a trail of truth into Josiah’s mysterious world, and see why his family and friends can no longer stay silent.

I also downloaded a Kindle freebie--darn free books are bad for me. I'll never whittle down my TBR pile as long as they exist.


7 Days to a Byline that Pays explains how to tell stories that audiences will read and editors will pay you to write. Delivered in a breezy and compact manner, this book will help you work fast, smart, and get paid for your work.

"I've worked with writers and editors across the country to compress the salient points in an easy-to-grasp approach that you can tackle," says author, Michael Ray Smith. "I'm convinced you can accomplish your goal of writing a salable article in seven days by using the ideas in this book."

Then I purchased this one for only 99 cents!


A wonderfully warm and witty debut novel about family secrets and sibling rivalry.
The four MacLeod sisters are no strangers to sisterly rivalry and with one of them about to be married, there are bound to be fireworks. Perfectionist Natalie wants the ‘wedding of the year’. Harassed mother, Milly, just wishes her bridesmaid’s dress wasn’t the size of a tent. Career-obsessed Avril secretly moons over a married man and world traveler, Hazel, the youngest, yearns to be taken seriously. Forced together for the first time in years, and with an unexpected guest stirring up old resentments, squabbles are inevitable. But when tragedy strikes things really fly apart - as some shocking skeletons emerge rattling from the crowded MacLeod closet…


What was in your mailbox this week? Any great plans for the holiday?

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Back to School and Back to Schedules




The girls started school this week. That means the lazy days of summer are behind us and everyone is getting back into their fall schedules.

For me, that has meant reaching out to past clients and other people I know to catch up with them. It also happens to coincide with some big plans I've been making. The new banner above includes my brand new real estate logo designed by Amherst Copy & Design Works. They did a fabulous job and I am thrilled that it is finally done.

All year long I've wanted to reach more people who might have real estate needs. Creating a brand and using it to market myself is a big part of that plan.

As I sat down to craft my business plan for 2016, I wanted a brand that told people something about me; about what I do and how I feel about my calling as a REALTOR®. It took a while, but I wanted it to be right. Not perfect, but right. "Opening doors one key at a time" is exactly how I see what I do. There is the physical part of actually opening doors at showings; but what's truly important is the impact I can have on other people's lives by helping them achieve home ownership or move on to the next chapter in their home ownership journey.

Does this sound a bit hokey? I hope not, because it perfectly expresses why I love being a REALTOR®.

It's been a great year so far. I've sold over 2.2 million in real estate and I have a new listing in Easthampton and hopefully one in Chicopee and another in Springfield before the month is out. Plus I'm working with several new buyers.

There is never a dull moment in my real estate world. My goal is to help as many people as I possibly can.

Please let me know what you think of the new logo.


Thursday, September 1, 2016

New Listing - 9 Gross Lane, Easthampton, MA Offered for $289,900


It will be love at first sight with this spacious three-bedroom Cape that has fantastic views of Mt. Tom. First floor features a remodeled (2013 as per owner) eat-in kitchen with tons of storage and sliders to the patio, formal dining room with new hardwood floors, new chandelier, and built-ins, living room with new hardwood floors and brick-hearth fireplace, a bedroom with new hardwoods that is currently used as an office, half bath, and great four-season room off the kitchen with hardwood floors and views of the mountain. Two ample size bedrooms with new carpets and a full bath are located on the second level. The partially finished basement has a large family room with wood stove insert and laundry area with convenient utility sink and walk-in shower. Private back yard with patio and fire pit for entertaining. Buderus hot water storage, attic storage above one-car garage, newer windows on first floor, and most rooms painted within the last year. Schedule your private showing today!

For more details visit: http://tour.circlepix.com/tour/titan/?id=3860826#.V82_1o-cG70