Spring is Here!

Spring is finally among us, goodbye snow and hello warmer weather! Spring is also a great time of year to partake in Spring Cleaning and take a day or two to take care of our homes and welcome the warmth. The Elaine Jones Team is sharing this Spring Cleaning Checklist from parentsavvy.com for all of your Spring Cleaning Needs  😀 🌷

 

Spring Forward!

It’s that time of year again: Spring Forward! Don’t forget to move your clocks forward 1 hour this Sunday, March 11th for Daylight Saving! Clocks move forward at 2 am to 3 am. You may be losing an hour of sleep, but that means more light in the evenings and that warmer weather is just around the corner!

Family Day 2018: Things To Do

Family Day is a holiday that celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities. Family Day is February 19th 2018 and there are tons of events happening across the GTA that allow families to get out of the home and make memories. Here are some things your family can partake in over the Family Day Long Weekend.

Lunar Fest at Living Arts Centre

When: February 19th 11am-5pm
Description:  This year the Living Arts Centre Celebrates Lunar Fest – The Year of the Dog with several free activities for the whole family to enjoy. Some activities that are taking place are the Lunar Fest Moon Crawl, Family Game Show, Family Talent Show, Fire Building with Marshmallow Roasting and so much more!
For more information visit: http://www.livingartscentre.ca/courses-and-events/family-day-2018

 

Big Family Day Skate at Celebration Square

When: Monday February 19th 12-4pm
Description: Come out to Celebration Square to enjoy this FREE skating event with your family. The Square will be transformed into a whimsical winter forest fit for the most huggable Bigfoot. There will be a DJ Skate Party, Photo Booth, Maple Candy Station and Fun Activities! The Big Bite Café will also be open for families to grab a bite to eat. Skate rental is available.

 

Family Weekend Fest

When: Saturday February 17th and Sunday February 18th
Description:
The event will be filled with a variety of different activities: inflatables, obstacle courses, electric train, photo booths, arcades, live music, face painting, food vendors and much more! Admission is $25/child, $10/adult, $15/Family Pass – all tickets available on Ticketmaster.ca – for more information visit:  http://www.familyweekendfest.ca/

 

Family Day Activities Mississauga

When: Monday February 19th  Free – Various Venues

Description: Make time for family fun by enjoying FREE activities like swimming, skating and playing on at Missussauga Community Centres, Pools, Arenas and SportZone. See http://www7.mississauga.ca/Departments/Rec/familyday/schedule/index.html to find a venue near you.

 

Family Day Activities in Halton Hills

 

When: Monday February 19th
Description: There are tons of free activities happening across the Town of Halton Hills this Family Day. Some of the activities include: Skating, Swimming, Crafts, Yoga, and many more partaking at community centres in both Georgetown and Acton. For full schedule and more information visit: http://www.haltonhills.ca/familyday/

Valentine’s Day 2018: DIY Crafts and Recipes

Valentine’s Day  is the perfect day to show the ones you are close to how much you love and appreciate them! To make this Valentine’s Day the best yet, The Elaine Jones Team has put together a list of DIY Crafts and Recipes that are simple and easy to make but are sure to impress that special someone!

Valentine Glitter Candle Holders

For the perfect gift that doubles as a perfect decoration for any home The Elaine Jones Team thinks that you should try making Valentine Glitter Candle Holders They’re cute but simple and can bring light into any room.

What you’ll need: Mason Jars, Foam Heart Stickers, Acrylic Paint (White & Pink), Mod Podge, Painters Tape and Glitter (White & Pink)

  1. Use the foam heart to trace and cut out the heart from painter’s tape. Tape the heart to the mason jar.
  2. Paint one jar with white paint and one with pink paint. Once completely dry use mod podge (around heart shape) then coat with glitter (white glitter on white mason jar and pink glitter on pink mason jar).
  3. Wait for the glitter to dry then remove the tape to reveal the heart shaped glitter votive.
  4. Add ribbon as a finishing touch and place a tea light candle inside.


Homemade Heart Bath Bombs

These bath bombs make the perfect gift for Valentine’s Day and are so easy to make! Who wouldn’t love to get a bath bomb? Especially one made personally from someone they love. Here’s how you can make one.

What you’ll need: Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Fine Epsom Salts, Jojoba Oil, Essential Oil (Scent of your Choice), Red Food Colouring, Witch Hazel, Mesh Strainer, Spray Bottle, Silicone Heart Mold, and Plastic Gloves

  1. Place a mesh strainer over a large bowl and pour in 1 cup of baking soda, ½ cup citric acid and ¼ cup of fine Epsom salts. Sift to remove any lumps.
  2. Slowly add ½ tablespoon of jojoba oil to the dry mixture. Add 10 drops of essential oil and 1-2 drops of food colouring.
  3. Wearing plastic gloves, mix the oils and food coloring through the dry mixture, until it is well incorporated and pink.
  4. Once mixture is blended, slowly add witch hazel, one spritz at a time, until the bath bomb mixture sticks together when squeezed. (8-10 spritzes will be needed- don’t make it too wet or it’ll fizz)
  5. Pack the slightly damp mixture tightly into the heart shape molds. Be sure to pack the mixture well, fitting in as much as possible into each mold.
  6. Allow drying overnight then remove the bath bombs from the molds. They should be hard. Wrap bath bombs tightly in plastic wrap and store in a cool dry place.

Personalized Scratch Cards

Homemade cards can show your loved ones how much you care about them. Want to write a message that only your loved ones can see? Make your very own scratch card with a secret message for them to discover! Here’s how you can make one:

What you’ll need: Cardstock, Measuring Spoons, Dish Soap, Acrylic Paint, Paintbrush, Scissors, Pen, White Crayon, Plastic Cup, Popsicle Stick

  1. Draw hearts for where you will write your secret message on the card.
  2. Write your secret message in the hearts on the card. You could do a message or secret gift options.
  3. Fill in your heart with white crayon, coloring heavily over your writing.
  4. Thoroughly mix 2 tsp. acrylic paint with 1 tsp. dish soap.
  5. Fill in the hearts with your paint mixture using a small paintbrush and let it dry.
  6. When you gift it, don’t forget to include a nickel — or quarter, if you’re feeling extra generous!


Chocolate Covered Strawberries

 

What you’ll need: 16 ounces of milk chocolate chips, 2 tablespoons of shortening, 1 pound of fresh strawberries with leaves

  1. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture.
  2. Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries
  3. Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool


Conversation Heart Bark

 

What you’ll need: 8 oz chocolate candy melts, 4 oz bright pink vanilla candy melts, Conversation Hearts

  1. Spread a piece of parchment paper out over a cookie sheet.
  2. Melt chocolate candy melts in a microwaveable bowl, microwaving for about 30 seconds at a time and stirring each time so that the chocolate doesn’t burn, until fully melted and smooth.
  3. Repeat the same melting process with the pink candy melts.
  4. When both kinds of candy melts are melted, spread the chocolate into an even layer over the parchment paper, being careful not to make it too thin.
  5. Quickly drizzle the pink candy melts over the chocolate, then use a toothpick or spatula to swirl it through the chocolate.
  6. Quickly drop conversation hearts onto the chocolate before it hardens.
  7. Allow chocolate to hard completely, then cut up.

Woof Woof & Meow means Thank You so much!

It’s that time of year again! We give generously to so many charities and foundations, we all love feeling the warmth of generosity this time of year. It’s easy to forget those who cannot speak for themselves – the animals! Dogs & cats need to feel the love too! Bring in a new or gently used toy or treats and food to our Royal LePage location at 324 Guelph St. and we will pass them on to be distributed to shelters and rescue centers. We are also accepting cash donations. See attached flyers for more.

Christmas is fast approaching!

I love to support as many charities and programs as I can this time of year. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of shopping, cooking and parties. But let’s not forget those less fortunate than us or those who are alone at this time of year. Please open your hearts and be a Santa to a Senior this year, you know I am!

Proud moment for me! Go THUNDER!

community is more than just a group of people living in a particular area. A community is a group of people we lean on when times are tough; our friends, family, and neighbors who are there for us when we need love, support and encouragement. I am proud to be an active member of my community.

“Being a Real Estate Agent is not just about buying or selling your home. It’s about building relationships and helping you with one of the most important decisions in your life. It’s also about giving back!

On behalf of the Halton Hills Bantam A team, I would like to thank Elaine Jones for being our sponsor this year! Let’s hope some of your Magic is spread through our team. If you’re thinking of Buying or Selling or Investing in real estate in Georgetown or surrounding areas, The Elaine Jones Team should be your first choice!”

-Ness Gale

Interest rates going up got you down?

Recently interest rates have been going up. The housing market has seen the effects.

The average home in the Greater Toronto Area sold for $732,292 in August, a 20.5 % drop from the market’s peak in April, when prices for all types of homes averaged $920,791 according to the Toronto Real Estate Board.

The downturn began in May after the provincial government announced new measures in April to cool the overheated market in the region, including the introduction of a 15% foreign-buyers tax. But the impact has continued for months as buyers have moved to the sidelines to wait for signs that prices have bottomed in the region.

So far, they have not rushed back. The total number of homes sold fell 34.8 % to 6,357 in August compared with a year earlier.

But experts believe buyer interest should return this fall, which could help stabilize prices if new listings remain moderate.

Click on the link below to read an article with 3 tips to save thousands as interest rates rise, courtesy of  

3 tips on how to save thousands on your mortgage

Information gathered from:
Global News online
The Globe and Mail online

Happy 150 CANADA!!

STAND PROUD HALTON HILLS.
WE MADE HISTORY!

The response to the Most Patriotic Town Challenge has been truly OUTSTANDING!

Flags are flying on front porches, balconies, garages, fences, gardens, flower pots, driveways, parks, and businesses. Everywhere you look flags are flying in Halton Hills!

It is such an inspiring and patriotic sight!

When the Chamber of Commerce Tourism Committee set the goal of 15,000 flags we never dreamed that over 50,000 flags would be flown on Canada Day!

Halton Hills truly is small town living at its patriotic best!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT

The final flag count was:

57,073

Rhianna and myself are so pleased to be able to say that we contributed to 200 of those counted flags!

We held a contest for all our flag recipients, show your flag – win a basket full of all sorts of red and white goodies! Congratulations to our Winners the Lukacs Family!

 

Valentine’s Day…What’s the story?

Here is the story of St. Valentine:

My name is Valentine. I lived in Rome during the third century. That was long, long ago! At that time, Rome was ruled by an emperor named Claudius. I didn’t like Emperor Claudius, and I wasn’t the only one! A lot of people shared my feelings.

Claudius wanted to have a big army. He expected men to volunteer to join. Many men just did not want to fight in wars. They did not want to leave their wives and families. As you might have guessed, not many men signed up. This made Claudius furious. So what happened? He had a crazy idea. He thought that if men were not married, they would not mind joining the army. So Claudius decided not to allow any more marriages. Young people thought his new law was cruel. I thought it was preposterous! I certainly wasn’t going to support that law!

Did I mention that I was a priest? One of my favorite activities was to marry couples. Even after Emperor Claudius passed his law, I kept on performing marriage ceremonies — secretly, of course. It was really quite exciting. Imagine a small candlelit room with only the bride and groom and myself. We would whisper the words of the ceremony, listening all the while for the steps of soldiers.

One night, we did hear footsteps. It was scary! Thank goodness the couple I was marrying escaped in time. I was caught. (Not quite as light on my feet as I used to be, I guess.) I was thrown in jail and told that my punishment was death.

I tried to stay cheerful. And do you know what? Wonderful things happened. Many young people came to the jail to visit me. They threw flowers and notes up to my window. They wanted me to know that they, too, believed in love.

One of these young people was the daughter of the prison guard. Her father allowed her to visit me in the cell. Sometimes we would sit and talk for hours. She helped me to keep my spirits up. She agreed that I did the right thing by ignoring the Emperor and going ahead with the secret marriages. On the day I was to die, I left my friend a little note thanking her for her friendship and loyalty. I signed it, “Love from your Valentine.”

I believe that note started the custom of exchanging love messages on Valentine’s Day. It was written on the day I died, February 14, 269 A.D. Now, every year on this day, people remember. But most importantly, they think about love and friendship. And when they think of Emperor Claudius, they remember how he tried to stand in the way of love, and they laugh — because they know that love can’t be beaten!