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Happy Father's Day!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Happy Mother's Day!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Creative Ideas for Decorating Your Easter Table

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

If you are hosting friends and family for a holiday meal this weekend, here are some fun and inventive ideas for decorating your table.

NATURE INSPIRED ITEMS


Bring spring indoors with nature inspired items.  Tiny nests with robins’ eggs make whimsical holders for place cards. A colorful jar filled with pussy willows makes a simple, but charming centerpiece. Even a bowl filled with lemons and limes makes a colorful statement and livens up your table!

CARROT THEME


For a unique twist, use carrots to create a dazzling Easter table.  Create a centerpiece using fresh carrots and brightly colored flowers. Incorporate orange and white fabrics for napkins, placemats and your tablecloth.

MINIATURE DESSERTS


A wee martini glass filled with carrot cake is too cute!  To create the look, fill the glass with a layer of crumbled carrot cake.  Top it with a layer of cream cheese frosting, and repeat the layers. To finish the look, use orange and green icing to create a carrot shape, and tie an orange ribbon around the base of the glass.  Display the desserts on white dishes to make the orange color pop and you have a delightful addition to your table!

Martha Stewart Carrot Cake Recipe

A YUMMY CENTERPIECE


Creating a centerpiece can be easy and delicious!  Fill a flower pot with floral foam and imitation grass.  Then take miniature cupcakes and place them on skewers in the pot.  To make it even more colorful, use old fashioned candy sticks as your skewers.  Everyone will love this sweet centerpiece!

CITRUS ALFRESCO


Spring is an excellent time to bring you dining outdoors.  Combine florals with citrus accents such as oranges, lemons and limes to create an elegant and spring-like Easter table-scape. Serve fresh lemonade for the finishing touch!

Whether you go elegant, whimsical, rustic or colorful, decorating your Easter table does not need to be difficult or expensive.  You might be surprised by how many items you will find in your home and yard that you can use.  Be creative and have fun with it!

We LOVE Our Clients: Here are the Reasons Why!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

  1. We are passionate about helping our clients.  We love what we do and learn something new with every client that we serve.  Our clients help us become better Realtors and we appreciate that!
  2. Clients make every day interesting for us.  No two clients are the same and no two days on the job are the same.  Not only do we get to meet new people, we get to enjoy running into past clients and catching up with them.
  3. Our clients help our business expand.  There is nothing more powerful than word of mouth when choosing a Realtor. We are so grateful when our clients recommend us to friends and family. Because of them, our business grows!
  4. Our clients give us their trust and that means the world to us!  We have worked hard to become experts in our field and we want nothing more than to assist you in getting the best deal whether you are selling or buying a home.  Because of your trust, we are able to make your real estate transactions go as smoothly as possible.  You help us to help you!
  5. Clients are the reason we stay in business.  Without our clients we would not be able to be successful in this career that we love.  

Thank you to all our clients for making our lives interesting, fun, exciting and successful!

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Give Thanks by Giving Back This Holiday Season

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need.  Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate.  To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the Tampa area:

Metropolitan Ministries - Hope is Here - It’s easy to help feed a family in need at Thanksgiving this year. Just click here and make a donation and it will be matched!  If you have time to give, you can volunteer at one of the many locations where Metropolitan Ministries helps the poor and homeless.  Help is needed all year long!

Make A Wish Foundation - This wonderful organization grants the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses.  You can help in many ways: making donations, sponsoring a child, participating in promotions that benefit Make a Wish, and volunteering your time. Click here to discover the many volunteer opportunities available.

The Salvation Army - With a mission to serve the most vulnerable people in our community, the Salvation Army helps the less fortunate in many ways.  One way you can help this holiday season is by sponsoring a child through the Angel Tree Program.  Adopt an “angel” today and make Christmas a little brighter for a child in need.

Meals on Wheels Tampa - Meals on Wheels supports local seniors and homebound citizens.  Volunteers provide daily nutritious meals and much needed social interaction for people who might otherwise go hungry and lonely.  They also collect items for holiday gift bags to pass out to Meals on Wheels recipients.  Click here to find a list of desired items that are being collected and learn how to support your senior and homebound neighbors.

Happy Veteran's Day!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…"--President Woodrow Wilson

So began President Wilson in November 1919, when he dedicated Armistice Day, November 11, to the cause of world peace and to honor the sacrifice of the US military after World War I. Nineteen years later, a legal holiday was officially signed into being, and in 1954, the name was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor all veterans. Veterans Day differs from Memorial Day in that it celebrates living and dead US Veterans, and pays tribute to their sacrifices for the freedoms in this country.

Ceremonies, parades, and special events dedicated to honoring our veterans happen all over the country, and what better way to pay tribute than to attend an event in our local area?  See the links for more information!

 

All National Parks admission is free on Veterans Day Weekend 

Tampa Bay Veterans Parade

Safety Harbor Veterans Day Celebration

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.

Keep Your Pets Safe This Halloween!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.   

Happy Labor Day!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

Growing up, all I knew about Labor Day was that it was the last day of summer before school started, and the Jerry Lewis telethon was going to be on TV.  Once I became a working adult, I gained a new appreciation for Labor Day.   Whether I was enjoying a much-needed holiday off or I was working the day away, I was part of the labor force.  I had become a contributing member of society.  Labor Day, which falls on the first Monday in September, celebrates the social and economic achievements of American workers.  It is an annual tribute to the contributions workers make to the strength, well-being and prosperity of our country. 

 

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated in 1882 in New York City.  While there has been some debate over who first proposed this holiday for workers, many believe it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist from Paterson, NJ.  He proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. The Central Labor Union adopted the proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.  By 1884, the first Monday in September was designated as the holiday and the Central Labor Union urged other organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date.  By 1885, Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers in the country.  It became a federal holiday in 1894. 

 

Now, many celebrate Labor Day as a day of rest or the last chance to go on a trip before summer ends.  Some people plan picnics and barbecues and there are often public fireworks displays.  But there are also many who do not get Labor Day off.  While government offices and banks and many businesses are closed, people who work in retail, hospitals, emergency services and restaurants will likely be working.   

 

However you choose to celebrate Labor Day, we thank you for your contributions to our great country.  We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.   

Happy Father's Day!

by Craig & Linda Nowicke

 

Dad

He never looks for praises

He’s never one to boast

He just goes on quietly working

For those he loves the most

His dreams are seldom spoken

His wants are very few

And most of the time his worries

Will go unspoken too

He’s there…a firm foundation

Through all our storms of life

A sturdy hand to hold to

In times of stress and strife

A true friend we can turn to

When times are good or bad

One of our greatest blessings,

The man that we call Dad

 

Courtesy of Tampa FL Realtor Linda Nowicke.   

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