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December 2014

There are 5 blog entries for December 2014.

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Courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens

Turn your smartphone into the ultimate resource for all of your home improvement and decorating projects using our picks of the best apps for modern do-it-yourself enthusiasts.

What's the most powerful tool that every DIYer should own? A smartphone or tablet, of course. Modern homeowners can put technology to work for them, and save time, money, and headaches on their next home improvement or decorating project. Whether it's installing drywall or choosing the perfect sofa, our picks of the most essential DIY apps will help you get it done.

1. iHandy Carpenter ($1.99): Whether you're hanging a mirror or mitering crown molding, this app will come in handy. A toolbox for the digital age, the app turns your iOS or

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The holidays are really about being together, and if you have a spare bedroom, chances are great that being together with family will involve hosting overnight guests. With a few answered questions and a little planning, you are sure to come across as a professional. Start with these 5 tips for happy holiday guests!

Make some plans. Ask questions of your guests before they come. If you want to plan specific activities on certain days, just touch base with your guests before they arrive. Another idea is to make a list of possible activities you could do together as a group or local points of interest they might like to explore on their own. This gives guests a low-pressure environment where they can choose to do stuff or just lounge around.

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Who doesn’t love to freshen up their holiday decorations every year? There is nothing I love more than unpacking boxes of decorations and ornaments and thinking about the lovely memories tied to them.  I also fall in love every year with the lush new ideas in every magazine and blog post. A great way to compromise is to use the things you have and try some of these simple and inexpensive decorating ideas. With just a little time and a few materials that you may already have, you can make some great new additions to your décor this season.

Family Photo Garland

Take a trip down memory lane with a homemade photo garland. Drape the nostalgic garland across a mantel or shelf by clipping old snapshots to a piece of festive ribbon. Start with the

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As the holidays approach so does the realization that we have so much to be thankful for. The Real Estate Group is thankful for the generosity of our agents, staff, and clients for helping us with another successful year collecting toys for Edmarc Hospice for Children. Our Morning at the Movies event this past Saturday was a huge success. We managed to fit in a lot of pictures with Santa and Mrs. Clause, some great movies, and a heaping truck full of presents to be delivered to the kids of Edmarc. This event couldn't have been successful without a lot of love, planning, and generosity on the part of our staff, agents, clients, and business partners. Every present we collected helps a child battling with illness have a happier holiday.

Edmarc Hospice

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With Thanksgiving behind us, the Christmas holiday season is in full swing here in Hampton Roads. If you are looking for something special to do with your friends or family, check out our top picks for holiday events in Coastal Virginia!            

Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting - December 5th, 2014. A tradition that began in 1945 continues with the Yorktown Christmas Tree Lighting. Evening highlights include a 7 pm performance by The Fifes and Drums of York Town at the Victory Monument, festive music at Riverwalk Landing, the procession of lights through the historic village, and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. Free.

Holiday Parade at the Beach - December 6, 2014. Officially ushering in the holiday season at the Virginia Beach oceanfront,

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