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TOP NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS 2015

by Rose Price

Happy New Year Champaign/Urbana From Champaignrose!

by Rose Price

With the New Year just around the corner, I want to say "THANK YOU" to all of our clients for making it another great year at Champaignrose-Landmark Real Estate! I love what I do and the town in which I live and work but..... getting to meet and work with clients like you is truly a blessing.

Each year as the New Year rolls in we are all faced with the thought of New Year's Resolutions. Sometimes we are psyched and have our lists ready to go, while other times we may be dreading the thought of them altogether. After reading through some great articles recently, I found it really comes down to this:

Resolutions should be made by us only if it is something that we truly want to change, learn or accomplish that will make us happier, healthier or have a positive impact on our lives. A resolution should never be made because someone in your life wants you to change something about yourself, or wants you to do something differently.The ONLY resolutions you make are the ones that impact you, and only you, on a POSITIVE level. Plain and simple.

Now the GREAT NEWS! When you make your resolutions, keeping this simple statement above in mind, your chances for success dramatically increase!! So let's get down to the nitty gritty!

  1. Think about what's most important to you and then get very specific when you list out each resolution. Next to each give your reason for the resolution in detail.
  2. Remember, you're being realistic, so make sure you have no more than 3-4 resolutions and make sure they are things that are attainable with reasonable timeframes.
  3. What is your "Plan of Attack" and how will you track & monitor your progress?
  4. What is the PRIZE for achieving your goal? This is really important because you need to be rewarded for achieving this important resolution!

                                        TOP RESOLUTIONS FOR 2015

We all know that starting off the New Year is easy and exciting and we are ready to ROCK our resolutions! But once February rolls around our commitment can start to wane, this is where your good habits need to take over and why having "good habits" is critical to the success of your resolutions.

Studies show that it's much easier to create "bad" habits than to cultivate good ones; we easily indulge in short-term pleasures like expensive cups of coffee and sugar-laden foods. The good news is, with frequent repetition, you can create new, constructive habits. Be patient with yourself, however; it can take several weeks for new habits to form. If you slip up for a day, just pick up where you left off. Don't give up! Build in "cheat" days for a diet plan, or an occasional shopping splurge for a savings plan, but ALWAYS go right back to your plan so you WILL reach your ultimate goal....your resolution.

I sincerely hope these tips help you reach your resolution goals during the New Year! And if buying or selling a home in Champaign/Urbana is among your goals for 2015, I'll be happy to help you!  I have the local market experience & knowledge to help you succeed and am here whenever you need me. 

If you are new to Champaign/Urbana, I will be happy to be your guide and introduce you to our community! Whether you have questions about Champaign/Urbana real estate or you would like more information about our Award Winning Schools or community, please feel welcome to contact me today!

Wishing you a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year!

 

Santa Claus and the Magic Champaign/Urbana Key!

by Rose Price

"You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I'm telling you why.....Santa Claus is Coming to Venice!"

Yes, that’s right! The countdown to the arrival of Santa Claus is quickly winding down and that means one thing to us! We MUST be on our BEST BEHAVIOR if Santa Claus is to shimmy down our chimney with his enormous red velvet bag of wonderful toys.

While you are decking the halls, and hanging the mistletoe, you may be wondering how Santa is going to be dropping off your presents if you're part of the 55% of homeowners without a fireplace. With only 45% of homes in the U.S having a fireplace, according to the Hearth and Home, it looks like good ole' Mr. Santa Claus needs an alternative entry point into 55% of the homes in Champaign/Urbana on Christmas Eve this year!

No need to fret, Champaignrose believes in the Magic of the Home & family, especially around the holidays! I knew Santa had to have a very special way of getting to all those good children in all the homes that didn't have the Fireplace for him to come down.....so I asked his head Elf. "How does Santa get into a home that doesn't have a chimney for him to get in?" 

He looked up at us with his snow, sparkling face, smiled and said.....that's easy!  Magic and his special Champaign/Urbana Key!

Santa’s Magic Key Poem                                                                      

Dear Santa, we have no chimney                                                                                                                                                                                       as you can plainly see,

And I was terribly worried

that you would pass over me.                                                                                                                

We hung this very special key

right by the door.

Then Mom told me to jump into bed;

and not to worry anymore.

Your magic will make this key fit,

to open our door.

So you can come in tonight

and tip-toe across the floor.

So you see, Santa has his special key he uses whenever he can't get in a chimney, or if a chimney is a little too small from all the Christmas Cookies Santa has eaten at the houses he has already visited. So little ones rest assured that Santa will always be able to bring you your presents wherever you may be. Just remember to leave him some cookies and milk...... and maybe some carrots for the Reindeer too.

If you'd like to become a homeowner in Champaign/Urbana IL, please give us a call or check out our website at www.champaignrose.com

Preparing Your Champaign/Urbana Home for A Snow Emergency!

by Rose Price

We all want a White Christmas for Champaign/Urbana, but sometimes that fluffy white stuff comes in with sleet or in far more greater amounts than we were really looking to receive. Often times that weather creates an emergency situation in our community, both on our roads and for our homes. The best defense for this situation is to be prepared to cope with it, before it ever arrives. We have two checklists below, one for your home and one for your vehicle when traveling. Both are the basics you should have on hand in the event you are faced with a snow emergency in the Champaign/Urbana.

YOUR INSIDE STORY:

Household emergency supplies should include enough food, water and basic supplies to last a minimum of four days without power or help. Check your home emergency kit against this basic checklist.

  • Food that doesn't require heating or refrigeration (canned meats, soups and stews, cereal, energy bars, and the like)
  • Manual can opener
  • Paper plates, cups and plastic utensils
  • 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Cellular phone (read this article re: "Keep Cell Phone Charged During A Power Outage")
  • First-aid kit (printable first-aid kit checklist)
  • One Week supply of prescription medicines
  • Battery-powered radio​​    
  • Battery-powered clock
  • Pet food and additional water for household pets
  • Blanket and cold-weather clothing for each family member
ON THE ROAD!
This is where things can get tricky and dangerous very quickly. Coping with ice and snow covered roads are extremely hazardous and conditions can change in and instant. So before you leave your home, give your cars a "Winter Preparedness" once over.
  • Check and replace older batteries                                                                                                                                                                                   
  • Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line
  • Check antifreeze and add if needed.
  • Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation
The list of items below should be KEPT IN YOUR VEHICLES at all times to help you handle winter road hazards:
  •  Ice scraper
  • Jumper cables
  • Flashlight and batteries
  • First aid kit
  • Small shovel (to dig snow away from wheels, or scatter sand on roadway)
  • Bag of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter. The bag's extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires.
  • Tire chains (every driver should practice putting them on)
  • Flares or reflective triangle to warn other motorists if you break down
  • Blanket
  • Gallon jug of drinking water
If you have to use these items at any time throughout the winter months, make sure you replace them as soon as  possible after use. 
For more tips on Champaign/Urbana Home Care check out my website at www.champaignrose.com or my Facebook Page.
 

Champaign/Urbana IL Christmas Tree Farms & Stands

by Rose Price

It's that wonderful time of year to purchase your Christmas Tree....but where do you go to find that perfect one?  Lucky for you Champaign/Urbana is home to some of the most beautiful Christmas Tree Farms and Trees available due to the fact that our local growers are "Top Notch" in their field of expertise! Whether you'd like to cut your own, pick out a live tree and have someone cut it down for you, or casually peruse the ones available and pick it out and put it in your vehicle already cut, wrapped and ready to be brought into your home. Champaign/Urbana IL Nurseries and Tree Stands are sure to have want you are looking for! If you plan on cutting your own Christmas Tree, make sure you take a look at the tips at the following link so that you have the proper tools necessary and you know what to expect:  WHAT DO I NEED TO CUT MY OWN CHRISTMAS TREE.

CHRISTMAS TREE FARMS & STANDS IN CHAMPAIGN/URBANA:                                                       

  1. Tate Trees- 2659 County Road 900 East, Champaign IL
  2. BE Farms- 1128 County Road 1500 East, Urbana IL
  3. Hardee's Reindeer Ranch- 1356 County Road 2900 North, Rantoul 
  4. Seifert Tree Farm- 1414 River Bend Lane, White Heath, IL
  5. Sunset Christmas Tree Farm- 1417 E 2950 North Rd, Mansfield
  6. Prairie Gardens- 3000 W Springfield Ave, Champaign IL
  7. Forest Hills Tree Farm- North 1365 East Road, Danville IL

 

All the tree farms offer a variety of trees: Balsams, Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs, Concolor Firs, Scotch Pines, and White Pines. Many offer the option to cut down your own trees and all have Pre-cut options from which you can choose. Please check out the website of each of these companies by clicking on their name, prior to driving to their locations, so you know what they offer and any other information you may need.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO PAY

The prices of Christmas Trees have not changed much over the last five years so we don't expect much of a change this year. The prices below reflect the averages in the Champaign Area and should be viewed as such. They do not represent an offer by any of the companies listed above, or by Champaignrose.

  1. Balsams- $25 and Up ( 8 FT Tree approx $30)
  2. Fraser Fir- $32 and Up  ( 8 Ft Tree approx $45)
  3. Concolor Fir- $38 and Up ( 8 Ft Tree approx $55)

**All prices include the trees being trimmed, tied and bagged...by a wonderful staff of individuals at any one of these locations you may choose.

This is such a joyous time and we love the great smell that the Christmas Tree brings into our homes. I love the festive mood I instantly find myself in when I see my home transform into the Christmas Wonderland of my youth. Enjoy the season and try not to stress!  Instead, look at it through the eyes of a child, with the pure joy. amazement and excitement that each day brings.

If you're looking for a home in the Champaign/Urbana IL area,  give me a call or check out my website at www.champaignrose.com

 

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