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Celebrating the Holidays with Your Pet

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Celebrating the Holidays with Your Pet

Holiday time means more family time—and that includes time with your four-legged family members. If your pet deserves some special holiday love, here are some "pawfect" ideas to help you celebrate the holidays together.

Stocking Stuffers - Hang a stocking on the mantle for your pet and fill it with holiday toys and treats. A new chew toy, a catnip-filled mouse, special treats to eat -- there are plenty of ways to fill up a pet stocking with fun, budget-friendly items.
Showing Holiday Spirit - Dress up your pet with some seasonal winter outfits. Too cutesy for you? A holiday colored collar can give a more subtle effect.
Safe Treats - Dogs would love to nibble on your holiday table scraps, but that's not always a good thing. Keep your treats out of their reach, and make pets their own holiday bites with the new Sunbeam Gourmet Dog Treat Maker. You can make delicious doggie snacks using ingredients already in your pantry, like peanut butter.
Share the Love with Pet-Themed Gifts - The Top Fin Grinch and Max Sleigh Fishbowl is a fun, decorative piece that will look great in your child's room. Personalized food dishes, mats and pet beds are always a special gift to give. Or, win over the wine lover in your life with pet-themed wine glasses and accessories.
Gifts that Give Back - You can help save homeless pets by purchasing collectible Luv-A-Pet plush toys. This year choose from Chance, the adopted dog; Lucky, the adopted cat; and a special Bret Michaels-inspired version of Chance. Ten percent of the purchase price goes to PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal-welfare efforts in North America.

Source: www.PetSmart.com.

What causes a foreclosure?

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Q: What causes a foreclosure?
 

A: A lender decides to foreclose on, or repossess, a property when the owner fails to pay the mortgage. Unfortunately, thousands of homes end up in foreclosure every year.  

Many people lose their homes due to job loss, credit problems, divorce, unexpected expenses, and during periods of economic instability.

Failure to pay property taxes may also cause a homeowner to lose his home.  Trouble can also arise when owners neglect to pay local water bills and home insurance premiums.
 
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Americans Dish on Thanksgiving Holiday Preparation and Plans

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Americans Dish on Thanksgiving Holiday Preparation and Plans

Game and jigsaw puzzle company Buffalo Games Inc. got the scoop from Americans about their Thanksgiving holiday plans this year. The survey sought to identify when people begin Thanksgiving holiday preparation, where they shop, what they buy, and what they do on Thanksgiving Day.  

Key survey findings include: 

  • Preparation Time: 48 percent of those who host Thanksgiving dinner prepare two or three days ahead.
  • (Hungry) Gift-Giving Guests: 55 percent of guests bring the Thanksgiving host/hostess a gift; 84 percent of those gift givers bring food, such as dessert or a side dish. 
  • Cooking versus Carving: 48 percent of hosts do not carve their own turkey – a partner or significant other does.
  • Turkey, football and … games?: In addition to eating, 64 percent of respondents say they will watch football and 56 percent of respondents will play  board games on Thanksgiving Day.
  • Nap time: 41 percent admit they will take a nap on Thanksgiving. 
  • Going back for seconds: 52 percent of respondents say they will have two helpings of Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Why bother slaving over dinner?: More than one third (34 percent) of respondents enjoy Thanksgiving leftovers more than dinner
  • Who is really helping in the kitchen?: While 86 percent of guests say they help with clean-up and dishwashing after Thanksgiving dinner, only 56 percent of hosts say they let guests help with post-Thanksgiving dinner clean-up.
Source: Buffalo Games
 

How-To: Simplify Holiday Shipping

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

How-To: Simplify Holiday Shipping

The holidays are usually pretty hectic, and the last thing you need is to stress over shipping your holiday gifts. With millions of packages moving across the country every day, knowing how to pack and when to ship your gifts can save you time and money, taking the hassle out of holiday shipping.
These tips from FedEx will help you ensure the safe and timely delivery of your holiday packages.

Smart Packing Tips

Use new, sturdy boxes with the flaps intact, and do not reuse boxes. Select a box that is large enough to accommodate the proper thickness of cushioning material.

Wrap items individually with cushioning material and center them in cartons away from other items and away from the sides, corners, top and bottom of the box.

Choose cushioning of appropriate density and thickness, and use enough to fill all void spaces in your shipping container. Position at least two inches of bubble wrap, peanuts or other packing materials on all sides, and use a heavy duty tape designed for packaging.

Double-box fragile items with three inches of cushioning in and around the smaller box.

For odd- or irregular-shaped items, be sure to wrap and tape all sharp edges or protrusions.

Position the shipping label squarely on the most visible side of the container away from any folds or seams. Provide complete sender and recipient addresses, including zip codes and telephone numbers. Make sure the label is properly and securely attached. FedEx also recommends placing an extra label, business card or letterhead with the shipper's address and phone number inside the package before sealing it.

Apply at least three strips of packing tape (no duct or masking tape) to the top and bottom sides of the container using the H taping method.

Don't be afraid to ask for packing and shipping help. There are more than 1,800 FedEx Office Print & Ship Center locations around the world that provide a variety of packing and shipping supplies and services.

Smart Shipping Tips

Send your gifts ahead. If you are traveling this holiday season, take the hassle out of carrying wrapped packages with you by sending your gifts ahead of your arrival.

Ship early in the season. This will allow you to avoid the lines and provide you with a greater selection of shipping service options.

Holiday Shipping Deadlines
For delivery in time for Christmas, the last day to ship with FedEx Ground is Monday, December 17, and the last day to ship with FedEx Express is Saturday, December 22.


Source: www.fedex.com.  

Buying a Home in Cheyenne, Wyoming

by Vicki Graham, #1 Properties, Vicki@GrahamHouse.com

Buying a Home in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Opportunity is knocking in Cheyenne and around the United States; with interest rates lower than ever in history, owning a home or an investment home is a great opportunity.

Call me to guide you through the process.

Opportunity is knocking!
 

Graham
Vicki Graham Graham
Your REALTOR at #1 Properties

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