DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Idea

snowman mason jars

What do you think about these little guys?  Aren't they adorable - stacked jar hot chocolate snowmen!

They are super easy to make!  All you need is a few jars - you can use mason jars, or little jam jars, ingredients to make delicious hot chocolate (marshmallows + hot chocolate powder) and I added some pepermint candies in the bottom.  I made the top hats out of black cardboard and the scarves out of checkered fabric.  Then I just drew on the face and buttons with a sharpie pen.   

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends!  
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


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Should I Buy a Condo?

As single family home prices have risen, many consumers have been looking to condominiums as an alternative. First time buyers like the lower prices, which makes entry into the real estate ownership market easier. Seniors like the low maintenance aspect and the ability to be in a community catering to their lifestyle. Others like the security advantages that the building provides, especially for those who travel frequently.

Condo Concept
When you purchase a condominium, you purchase and have title to your individual unit in a multi-unit property, and share in the ownership of the land and other common property with all the other unit owners.  The type of common property varies depending on the type of condominium - high rise or townhouse for example - and would include hallways, elevators, heating system, parking structures, landscaped areas, recreation areas etc.

A condominium is a specific form of ownership and does not describe a type of building.

One of the...

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News Release
Greater Vancouver residential property sale and listing 
activity below 10-year averages in November
Vancouver, B.C. – December 4, 2012 – Over the past six months, the Greater Vancouver 
housing market has seen a reduction in the number of homes listed for sale, a gradual moderation 
in home prices and a decrease in property sales compared to historical averages.
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential property sales of 
detached, attached and apartment properties reached 1,686 on the region’s Multiple Listing 
Service® (MLS®) in November, a 28.6 per cent decline compared to the 2,360 sales in 
November 2011 and a 12.7 per cent decline compared to the 1,931 home sales in October 2012.
November sales were 30.3 per cent below the 10-year November sales average of 2,420.
“Home sellers appear more inclined to remove their properties from the market today rather than 
lower prices...
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Among everything there is to do in December, decorating your home for the holidays is sometimes the most difficult task to accomplish as everything else takes priority. Even if you have the time, all the Christmas shopping can make budgeting for seasonal decor tough on the wallet. Fortunately, there are a myriad of ways to inject some holiday spirit into your home, even when you're short on time and money! 

Hang some holiday sparkle


An easy, yet splashy holiday decorating tip is to hang baubles at various lengths from your chandelier for extra bling. I like to use iridescent ribbon cut in varying lengths and inexpensive Christmas balls in an assortment of colours and finishes to give my chandelier some extra holiday sparkle! 

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