Quick & Easy Hostess Gifts

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Holiday Parties are in Full Swing! Don’t forget to grab a hostess gift (or whip one up!)  Here are a few last minute “spiffed up” ideas, for the procrastinator in us all:

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Whisk (pickup the supplies from Dollar Tree)–quick, fast & inexpensive!–This tutorial even has a free printable From View From the ‘Ville

What a cute presentation for the culinary hostess! From:

What a cute presentation for the culinary hostess! From: Party Frosting

Wine or Champagne is always a classic hostess gift.  Here are two FAST ways to jazz it up a bit.  Other quick “go-to” ideas are candles, baked goods (cookies, breads, etc), yummy smelling soaps, nice bath products or a neat kitchen gadget.  Whatever your holiday plans have in store this year, I hope this gave you a quick idea to “spice it up” (easily). Enjoy your holiday parties with friends!  We are having our company Christmas party tonight and I can’t wait! 🙂 Merry Christmas, ya’ll! Continue reading

New Listing ~ 301 N. Perry in Palestine, TX

There's a New House for Sale in Palestine, Texas - Real Estate

*Property Information for 301 N. Perry St in Palestine, Texas*

1890 Victorian home on a corner lot within walking distance from courthouse. Unique property that can be residential or commercial! (This is a rare opportunity with dual zoning!) So many fantastic historic details remain-lovely gingerbread woodwork, some hardwood floors, tall ceilings, carriage-size garage/parking under house, large rooms & charming covered porch with climbing ivy. Enjoy coffee in the sun room and take a hot bath in the cast iron tub. The house was previously a flower shop and is currently residential, but would make a great office, restaurant, salon or retail space too! All plumbing & electrical replaced in 2012, house has a metal roof. All electric, but gas could be reconnected by buyer if desired. Some updates are needed, but great bones and ready for your vision! Call or Text 903-948-3343 to schedule your showing!

Click Here to Visit the Property’s Website for full information, photos & pricing

Lisa E. Priest loves historic homes and is an East Texas Area REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or email Lisa@rentpalestine.com or at BuyPalestine.com.

An Open Letter to Santa: The Rules of Christmas

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AN OPEN LETTER TO SANTA

Dear Santa,

Merry Christmas! I hope this letter finds you well and that you have had a spectacular year. I’m sure you have been diligently getting ready for your busy season. The amount of homes you visit every year to bring joy to children is nothing short of amazing! With that being said, I just want to lay out a few ground rules for your visit this year, so that we are all still merry when Christmas is over.

Rule #1 – Please use the front door. You see, we have been lighting many fires this year and we will probably curl up next to the fire on Christmas Eve. I would hate for you to land on our hearth in flames. Also, the soot that it carries down with you would be avoided if you used the front door.

Rule #2 – Since you are traveling all over the world in a single night in the same pair of boots, let’s just get rid of the boots as soon as you come in the house. I would hate to have to vacuum up Jamaican beach sand or East Texas red dirt on Christmas morning. Continue reading

Cheap & Free Holiday Decorating with East Tx Plants!

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HOLIDAY DECORATING ON THE CHEAP WITH EAST TEXAS NATIVE PLANTS

So, I have been pulling out and dusting off my holiday decorations and I was just kind of uninspired by the same decorations that I put up year after year.  I wanted a new “look” and to give an update to some of the decorations that are a bit tired.  So, I started thinking about the basics.  I want something green and lively and less “plastic-y.”  Then, it hit me.  We are lucky that we live in East Texas. Why? Well, that is a very long-winded novel full of reasons that I will save for another day! One of them, however, is that there are FREE Christmas decorations everywhere! Whoohoo! I don’t know about you, but free is my kind of price!

Christmas decorations are typically composed of evergreen foliage, pine cones and berries.  Well aren’t we East Texans in luck! Take a look around you, because we have it all, everywhere you look! Continue reading

There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays: 8 December Home Maintenance Tips

December Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home by Lisa Priest Real EState Agent in Palestine TX

Image: Sawtooth Via Flickr

There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays: 8 December Home Maintenance Tips

Tis the season…for home maintenance?! Okay, okay…that’s definitely not the highlight of the season. However, Texas winters are definitely hard on your home and a bit of prevention goes a long way this time of year. Cold weather is here and you’ll probably be at home more often to avoid Mr. Winter, so it’s a great chance to get a leg up (err…catch up) on some home maintenance before temperatures drop to downright unfriendly levels. Continue reading