October 2012

There are 18 blog entries for October 2012.

One of the things I love so much about traveling abroad is seeing how other people live. I just got back from a couple weeks in Spain and Italy and could go on and on about the differences in everyday life I noticed. But one difference that really jumped out to me is the prolific use of motion sensor lighting. It seemed like every hotel I stayed in, every hallway I walked down and every bathroom entered had motion sensors for their lights and it got me wondering, why we don’t we have them everywhere here?

I never really thought about how much energy could be saved by using these sensors until I started to see them literally everywhere in Europe. Every hotel room we stayed in had motion sensors in the main room and bathroom at least. On top of that, they
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With the snow last week, we are certainly starting to see more and more leaves on the ground. Some of my trees are completely bare and others haven’t even turned colors yet so I imagine I’ll be raking leaves for quite some time still. The problem always becomes though, where to put all these leaves. I hate to throw them in the dumpster where they will just end up in a landfill. Luckily there is a great program for Denver residents called LeafDrop.

This year, simply take your leaves to one of the many LeafDrop sites around town and the city will take your leaves and compost them. The compost will be available for purchase next spring making it about as environmentally friendly as you can get. The city just asks that you drop the leaves only at the
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I love grey. I have painted rooms grey in every house that I have ever lived in. It is a color that is easy to work with for many reasons. It looks good with almost every other color, it is a perfect neutral to compliment artwork, and it can create dimension and texture when used with bold accent colors or even a basic white. The best greys are found at Benjamin Moore but it's pricey. Don't tell, but I find a Benjamin color that I like and then I take it to Home Depot and have them color match. Whether you are going for a cooler feel using a light grey or a warm and cozy feel with more of a charcoal grey, I guarantee you will revitalize your living space with a simple paint make-over. For tips on paint colors and how to use grey tones in other ways

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We are quickly approaching that time of year when you need to start thinking about holiday parties.  I know, we never seem to be prepared.  That's why I'm giving you some help with a couple of recipes that are sure to please.  You also have plenty of time to prepare, since you are getting a full month head start!  

The first recipe is for a great Fall cocktail.  I found it in Bon Appetit.  It is described as Sweet, Spicy and Savory...nuff said.  With creative cocktails being in vogue, you can now find many bars and restaurants that have award winning cocktails and mixologists, I didn't make that word up.  So in order to make a crowd pleaser, you can't just serve Cosmos.  Sorry ladies, but it's true... Boring!  Try this recipe instead.

2 oz. Top Shelf…
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It's hard to believe that with the great housing re-bound we have been experiencing this year, that inventories in Denver are still extremely low.  In an article by the Denver Post, it states that inventories have fallen by almost one-third across all three price tiers during this past year, according to a study released by Zillow. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21749951/denver-housing-inventory-falls-by-one-third-past  There are some good points and bad points that come along with this news.  The good point is that home values will invariable rise as demand out paces supply.  The bad news is that poeple looking to buy will have less options available and may take a little longer to find the right home.

However, it is still a great time to

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"I love my bank." That's said about as often as, "I hope I get the Swine Flu," and with good reason.

Four or five years ago, when the sky fell in the world of mortgage lending, banks understandably slashed their workforce. Now that rates are crazy low and demand for new mortgages and refinanced loans is crazy high, lenders aren't staffing up to handle the demand. With fewer employees and lower costs, banks are now making more than twice the usual margin on their loans. That makes them and their shareholders happy, but what does that mean for the rest of us?

That means hurry up and wait. Whereas the standard for closing a home purchase used to be 30 days, it's now 45 days, at least. Refi's can take even longer. So adjust your expectations if you're

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If you subscribe to 5280 Magazine, then you know the list of places to dine in Denver is endless. I get anxiety just thinking about all of the new restaurants out there I've yet to try. Recently, a friend told me about Sassafras in Northwest Denver, and I can't stop coming back, so thought it was time to share this jewel with everyone else.

I'm shocked every time I visit this adorable restaurant in the Jefferson Park neighborhood. Why? There's no wait! I stopped going to Snooze on the weekends long ago for this very reason. I'm hesitant to let others know about Sassafras because I'm afraid the days of no waiting will soon be over, but it's too good to keep a secret. The restaurant is in an old Victorian house and when you walk in you feel like you're at

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As the weather gets cooler and the leaves start falling from the trees, most people are not thinking "green" like they do when Spring comes around. Yet, this time of year is really one of the most important times of year to take a look at your home when it comes to green energy saving.

Here are a few easy things you can do to be more green going into the fall and winter seasons:

1. Program your thermostat - Most thermostats are programmable, but few people take advantage of this easy practice. Turn the heat down while you are away at work or play during the middle of the day, through the night and when you go on vacation. An empty house doesn't need to stay at the same temperature as when you and your family are in your home.

2. Make sure your duct

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There are so many ways to enjoy the season in the Denver Metro area, whether you want to show off those costumes, find the perfect pumpkin or get SCARED!


denver metro pumpkin patch

The Great Pumpkin Haul

Oct. 20:This event requires strength, agility and the ability to "haul" a pumpkin through a cross country course at 9:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Children's Hospital. After-party includes live music, pumpkin beer, apple cider, discounted tickets to corn maze.Chatfield Botanic Gardens,8500 W. Deer Creek Canyon Road, Littleton, thegreatpumpkinhaul.com


The Helpless Doorknob performance

Every Wed. in Oct.:"The Helpless Doorknob," Halloween show playing October at Bovine Metropolis Theater, is based on a set of cards that create a choose-your-own-adventure book by Edward

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  One of the main advantages to city living is being able to walk to amenities that in the suburbs you would have to drive to in a car.  For the past few years, Live Urban has been using Walkscore as selling point for homes in the city.  To me, a great urban home is at least a short bike ride to restaurants/bars/shops/parks.  Now that all the new Light Rail stations are going into urban neighborhoods throughout the city, Transit Oriented Development has  become an important topic.  According to RTD, Transit Oriented Development is "characterized as pedestrian-oriented environment that allows people to live, work, shop and play in places accessible by transit."  Basically, it's about putting in mixed-use commercial & residential buildings near the new

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