Ramblings Beyond Real Estate

Sometimes we wake up with ideas and thoughts outside of real estate.   I know crazy!!

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Share-A-Gift needs your help! Time is running out before the December 16th deadline. We humbly ask you to help the local children of Boulder Valley this holiday season who are less fortunate. You can donate new or gently used toys, books at any of our drop off locations. See here for a map to the location nearest you. If you prefer to make a cash donation please go to the website http://www.shareagift.org. 

We are so blessed to have homes in Boulder, Colorado where the majority of us have a warm place to rest our head, plenty of food and can celebrate the end of the year by sharing gifts with our loved ones. Not all Boulder families are so fortunate. Share-A-Gift spans the gap between those more fortunate and those still in need. Hundreds of

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The week before Thanksgiving my son’s second grade teacher asked him to write a gratitude list. Unlike most weekends when the Friday Folder sits in the backpack until I frantically realize he hasn’t done his homework, he proudly pulls it out wearing a wide grin, still toothless as his front two teeth are slow coming in. Standing at the bus stop, I noticed the bright blue sky above reflected in his wide hazel eyes. He was positively beaming.

My son is the non-fiction sort, so I expected dinosaurs, volcanos, maybe Pokemon. I cautiously hoped to see something about our family (praying it wouldn’t be one of those embarrassing moments that ends with a call from the school and me saying something like “No, our kids don’t cut the heads off turkeys before

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'Tis the season for hanging off the roof to add a little holiday sparkle to the long winter nights. Before you pull a Clark Griswald, check out these holiday lighting tips.

1. What Color Lights Should You Use?

Color, multi-color and white lights can all have a place in your winter wonderland scene. White or multi-colored lights are the best choice for hanging on your home. Single colored lights feature best on trees, shrubs, fences and posts. Colors can add a real pop to your winterscape. An all green tree next to an all red tree adds interest and makes the glow from the light more magical.

2. Buy the Right Type of Lights

Buy lights with a female adaptor at one end and a male adaptor at the other. This way you can connect strings to make

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It's October and that means...it's Octoberfest. Denver celebrated last weekend, but if you missed it more celebrations are this Saturday. Scroll down for dates and locations.

Berthoud, CO - October 4, 2014 -11am-6pm at Fickel Park - Details

Castle Rock, CO - October 4, 2014 - 11am-7pm Downtown Castle Rock - Details

Niwot - October 4, 2014 - 11am -9pm Cotton Square - Details

Enjoy these photos from Denver's Octoberfest. Good beer, good times!

 

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The Denver Post recently announced Quentin Tarantino will film his entire next feature "Hateful Eight" in Colorado. As photogenic as Colorado is, naturally it has been the setting for many famous Hollywood films. Can you guess the title of these films? Scroll down for the answers.

1. Based on a best selling novel, this apocalyptic fantasy begins on the east coast as most of the population is decimated by plague. Many of the remaining survivors find their way west to make a new home in Boulder, Colorado.

2. Written, directed and starred in by Woody Allen, in this science fiction comedy Woody's character is frozen and brought back to life 200 years later.

3. In this romantic comedy, Jennifer Garner's character looks for comfort following the

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"A river seems a magic thing. A magic, moving, living part of the very earth itself." 
― Laura Gilpin   One of the Smith family's favorite summer activities is rafting, camping and playing on "the river" ... any river that has whitewater!  We just spent six glorious days and nights on the Green River in Utah, and what a perfect way to start the summer.   Floating down the river while taking in nature's spectacular beauty including beautiful canyon rocks and walls, hiking historical sites where Butch Cassidy and the Hole in the Wall Gang used to hang out, swimming in natural spring water, camping on sandy beaches, and falling asleep to the rushing sound of the water, were some of the pleasures we experienced while on the river.  We hope you enjoy a…
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Picture Courtesy of Boulder Book Store

Boulder is home to many published authors, and with such an inspirational setting it is easy to see why they have been so successful. Whether you want to read about the city or just pick up a summer read from a local author, you will find a little bit of everything from Boulder authors. Here are some of our favorite books from writers that call Boulder home.

The Six-Minute Marathon: A Guide to Life as a Lawyer by Andrew Hartman -This local author is the director of the Experiential Learning Program at the School of Law on the University of Colorado Campus. The book provides plenty of anecdotes of success and failure and plenty of advice about how to cope with being a lawyer.

Colorado's Iceman and the

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As the Daily Camera was being torn down outside our office we had the pleasure of having Clif Harald, with The Boulder Economic Council, and Liz Hanson, with the City of Boulder, present at our recent monthly meeting.  It was a fun and very insightful look at Boulder and the economic engine that drives our city in paradise.

Diversity is the name of the game in Boulder, from high tech to back-to-basics natural foods, the City of Boulder provides jobs for 100,000 individuals.  There is a job for everyone; man, woman and child in Boulder.  Seeing a 1 to 1 ratio is very rare.  If you look at Denver as a comparison, Denver has 1.5 million jobs for a population of 3 million, or a 1 to 2 ratio.  Fort Collins runs at 1 to 1.5 ratio.  The Colorado economy

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Image via Boulder Daily Camera
Image via Boulder Daily Camera

The Fourth of July is coming up fast, have you made your plans? We've gathered a list of our favorites to give you some ideas for the big day. 

Why not start the day off at the Boulder Reservoir for their Star Spangled Splash? This day in the sun begins at 8am with a 5k, followed by a volleyball tournament at 10am. Grab some food from one of the food trucks that will be hanging out in the sand, and dance the afternoon away to the live DJ. This party ends at 6pm, and does not include fireworks, but is a great way to get a head start on celebrating.

Once you have your fun in the sun it's about time to settle in for a fireworks show. If you want to stay in Boulder, head on over to Folsom Field on the CU of Boulder

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We all love the convenience of our tablets and smart phones these days, so why would we not expect our kids to be just as attached? I think as parents, we know our kids could use a little less time in front of a screen, but that isn’t always easy. Now that school is out you have even more chances to get out there and un-plug with your kids. The more you get the family away from the screens, the longer you’ll stay away too. Our kids are learning by example, so let’s help them see the fun that awaits them without their iPad in tow.  Here are some of our tips to get un- plugged.

First things first, keep it simple. Too many options or toys in a room can be very overwhelming to those little eyes. Try setting up a table with just the dinosaurs or the Play

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