Halloween Decorating Ideas

Some spooktacular decorating ideas that are fun, creative, and inexpensive

Can you believe that it’s less than two weeks until the little ghouls and goblins show up at the front door saying “Trick or Treat?” There is still plenty of time to get your home in its finest spooky glory. Need some ideas – we’ve found a few from our Pinterest account.

 

Spider Pumpkins

What a cute idea! Take small or mini pumpkins, add pipe cleaners for legs and then scoop out room for a tealight candle. #Halloween #DIY

What a cute idea! Take small or mini pumpkins, add pipe cleaners for legs and then scoop out room for a tealight candle. #Halloween #DIY

You know the great mini pumpkins that are usually 2 for $1 at the supermarket? Well scoop some up, get your glue gun out and turn them into these adorable tea light candle holders. Just remember our candle safety tips.

Toilet Paper Roll Bats

Great green project to do with little kids. These toilet paper roll bats are super cute for Halloween #DIY #Crafts

Great green project to do with little kids. These toilet paper roll bats are super cute for Halloween #DIY #Crafts

What a great project to do with the tiny humans – and its a green project cause you’re recycling. Take toilet paper rolls – or you can cut down paper towel roll or wrapping paper tube – and following the super easy instructions create these fun bats.

Halloween Mason Jar Luminaries

Super Cute for Halloween - these mason jar luminaries will delight for many spooky years

Super Cute for Halloween – these mason jar luminaries will delight for many spooky years

There seems to be an endless amount of jar craft projects that run through Pinterest faster than a mom looking for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the trick-or-treat bag – this is a no judgement blog. These are super cute and, unlike the previously picked projects, should last for a few Halloweens.  The mummy jar is a personal favorite.

Hanging Ghosts

These are easy - cheese cloth and spray starch help create a whole gang of ghosts.

These are easy – cheese cloth and spray starch help create a whole gang of ghosts.

Spooky indeed – these ghosts are a great addition to your Halloween decor.

Silhouettes on the Windows

Using black card board - hese are fun for houses to use light to spook trick-or-treaters

Using black card board – these are fun for houses to use light to spook trick-or-treaters

A great way to customize your Halloween decor but not break the bank. Black poster board is inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere. Cut out the shapes you want and bingo – cute windows.

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Top RWNewHomes Communities for September 2014

We’re pleased to announce the top ten selling Rose & Womble New Homes Community sites for September 2014

1. Seasons at Cahoon, Platinum Homes – site agents Rob Mitchell and Carmon Pizzanello

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2. Buckroe Bayfront and Carter Estates, HH Hunt – site agents Penny Boyd and Pam Strahorn-Roe

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3. Stockbridge at Tanglewood, Hearndon Construction – site agents Melissa Ivey and Ray Bauer

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4. Summer Park, Stephen Alexander Homes – site agents Tricia Hubbard and Bridgette Espinosa

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5. Bribra Building Corp – site agent Rob Mitchell

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6. Culpepper Landing, Vintage Homes – site agents Joan Revell and Doreen Giuliano

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7. Northshore at Ridgely Manor, Terry Peterson Homes – site agent Monique McClellan

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8. Sajo Farm, Lake and Mano Homes, Napolitano Homes – site agents Tara Strauser and Gene Grady

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9. Lakes of Joliff, Hearndon Construction – site agents Julie Scott and Delores Morgan

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10. Culpepper Landing, HH Hunt – site agents Patty Finein and Linda Jones

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Humpday Hot Property: Saddlebrook offers Families Wonderful Homes in Suffolk

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Come see the new homes by Hearndon at Saddlebrook Estates, a beautiful community of southern-style, single-family homes in Suffolk. Choose from seven different plans and enjoy country living at its best with a new home in a pastoral setting. Located off Kings Fork Road, Saddlebrook Estates is convenient to Kings Fork Middle and High Schools, Obici Hospital and numerous shops and restaurants. In addition to horseback riding trails through the neighborhood, many home sites are located with woods and horse pastures behind to ensure a peaceful, country feel. Want to take a tour check out this virtual tour.

Want to know more about this, or any of our Rose & Womble New Homes Communities? Just Ask Jen at 757-774-6999.

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Top Resale Agents for September 2014

We’re happy to share our top resale sales and listing agents for September 2014

Top Sales Team: Brenda Rawls Star Team

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Top Sales Agent: Anna Staylor

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Top Listing Team: Livernois, Terranova, & Associates

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Top Listing Agent: L. Ellen Drames

Ellen Drames, Greenbrier Office

Ellen Drames, Greenbrier Office

 

Top Agents By Office:

Beach Office: Top Sales Brenda Rawls Star Team; Top Listing Cynthia Welch

Chesapeake Office: Top Sales Your Extreme Team; Top Listing Anna’s Home Team

Ghent Office: Top Sales Andrea Moore; Top Listing Sherri Paris

Greenbrier Office: Top Sales and Top Listing L. Ellen Drames

Holland Road Office: Top Sales and Listing The PerfectHouse Team

Lynnhaven Office: Top Sales Anna Staylor; Top Listing Livernois, Terranova, & Associates

Peninsula Office: Top Sales Kalpana Patel; Top Listing David Tortollini

Shore Drive Office: Top Sales Judi McArthur; Top Listing Sue Lentini

Suffolk/Harbour View Office: Top Sales Lori Gomoke; Top Listing Ryan Benton

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What to Do in Hampton Roads: Pumpkin Patches

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Maybe it’s all the Pumpkin Spice in the air – but Autumn is one of the best times to really love living in the Hampton Roads area. The tourist have moved on, the weather is brisk, and there are so many fun activities planned. From art shows to spooky haunted houses – there is plenty to do in the Hampton Roads area.  But nothing beats a good, old fashion pumpkin patch.  Here is a list provided by the folks at MyActiveChild.com.

Bergey’s Breadbasket: Chesapeake

With a huge corn maze, corn cob shooter, and tractor rides – this is so much family fun. Plus you can get plenty of pumpkins, local produce, and homemade baked goods like seasonal pies and other treats. This family-run operation has been in Chesapeake for over 75 years and is sure to help your family create great fall memories. The corn maze will be open until November 1st

Cullipher Pumpkin Patch: Virginia Beach

A great place to pick your own pumpkins and gourds. This local farm has two mazes, wagon rides, and a huge kids play area including sand pile, two hay mountains, and rope maze. Open Saturdays and Sundays through October.

Green Hand Farm Park: Gloucester

Worth the drive over the Coleman Bridge- lots of pumpkins, free hayride to over 2 arches of pumpkin picking glory. Plus there is a corn maze and other family friendly fun.

Woods Orchards Farm Market: Hampton

Open seven days a week – this Peninsula staple has lots of large pumpkins and an entire field of white pumpkins. Plus the farm stand has locally produced and grown produce and other food items. Did we mention President and Mrs. Obama once got pumpkins from this very farm stand when they were visiting Langley Air Force Base in 2011?

What are some of your favorite places to spend family-friendly fun in Hampton Roads?

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Happy Closings – Yay!

The best day is when there is a closing – at least in our business. Closings signal that we’re doing our jobs, helping individuals and families move into home or on to their next destination.

Here is a collection of some of the closings we’ve seen around social media the past few weeks – congratulations to our clients and our agents.

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Humpday Hot Property: Carriage Homes at Lawson Hall

Lawson Hall model gives a peek into the options and upgrades available for home buyers.

One of our most popular communities – the Carriage Homes at Lawson Hall offer a bit of history with the incredible clubhouse and the modern amenities that many home buyers want: open, spacious living.

Each home features huge bedrooms, and open design, and tons of upgrades including options like:

  • 9 foot ceilings
  • Full front porches
  • Large open kitchen with amazing appliance packages
  • Master suites with lighted tray ceilings
  • Deep soaking tubs

Priced in the mid $200K and a location in Virginia Beach that is close to all major military bases, great shopping, and the beach – well Lawson Hall just might be the place for you to call home.  Want to know more? Just Ask Jen! 757-774-6999 or go to RWNewHomes.com.

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New Homes Combines Education and Fun at Sales Meeting

When you attend a Rose & Womble New Homes sales meeting you never know what to expect. Sure there will be amazing education but really our agents and managers love the time because they have so much fun together.

On Tuesday October 8th, our New Homes Division hit the road at the Virginia Beach library to hear from Van Rose about market trends and have some fun in the “money booth.” Sales meetings like this help to re-engerize the team as they move into the last quarter of the year – and get ready to sell some of the inventory homes available.

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100 Fire Safety Tips and Facts

Fire Prevention begins with YOU

Fire Prevention Must Start with YOU, a plan, and common sense.

This is National Fire Prevention Week – and it is still important to remember all the tips to help keep you and your loved ones safe from fire – and what to do it something happens. All of these tips are courtesy of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)

  1. Keep anything that can burn at least three-feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, fireplace, wood stove, or portable space heater.
  2. Have a three-foot “kid-free zone” around open fires and space heaters.
  3. Never use your oven to heat your home.
  4. Have a qualified professional install stationary space heating equipment, water heaters or central heating equipment according to local codes and manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a qualified professional.
  6. Remember to turn portable heaters off when leaving the room or going to bed.
  7. Always use the right kind of fuel, specified by the manufacturer, for fuel burning space heaters.
  8. Make sure the fireplace has a sturdy screen to stop sparks from flying into the room.
  9. Ashes should be cool before putting them in a metal container. Keep the container a safe distance away from your home.
  10. Test smoke alarms monthly.
  11. Install wood burning stoves following manufacturer’s instructions or have a professional do the installation.
  12. All fuel-burning equipment should be vented to the outside to avoid carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
  13. Install and maintain CO alarms to avoid the risk of CO poisoning.
  14. If you smell gas in your gas heater, do not light the appliance. Leave the home immediately and call your local fire department or gas company.
  15. Make a home escape plan. Draw a map of your home showing all doors and windows. Discuss the plan with everyone in your home.

    Having an escape plan isn't enough unless you're going to practice it. According to NFPA, only one of every three American Households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

    Having an escape plan isn’t enough unless you’re going to practice it. According to NFPA, only one of every three American Households have actually developed and practiced a home fire escape plan.

  16. Know at least two ways out of every room, if possible. Make sure all doors and windows leading outside open easily.
  17. Have an outside meeting place (like a tree, mailbox, or light pole) a safe distance from the house where everyone should meet.
  18. Practice your home fire drill at night and during the day with everyone in your home, twice a year.
  19. Practice using different ways out.
  20. Teach children how to escape on their own in case you can’t help them.
  21. Close doors behind you as you leave.
  22. If the smoke alarm sounds, GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Never go back inside for people or pets.
  23. If you have to escape through smoke, GET LOW and GO under the smoke to your way out.
  24. CALL the fire department from outside your home.
  25. Blow out all candles when you leave the room or go to bed.
  26. Avoid use of candles in bedrooms and other area where people may fall asleep.
  27. Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn.
  28. Think about investing in flameless candles – they look and smell like real candles.
  29. Use candle holders that are sturdy, and won’t tip easily.
  30. Put candle holders on a sturdy, uncluttered surface.
  31. Light candles carefully.  Keep your hair and any loose clothing away from the flame.
  32. Don’t burn a candle all the way down – put it out before it get too close to the container.
  33. Never use a candle if oxygen is used in the home.
  34. Have flashlights and battery-powered lighting ready to use during power outage. Never use candles.
  35. Never leave a child alone in a room with a burning candle.
  36. Keep matches and lighters up high and out of children’s reach, in a locked cabinet.
  37. Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician.
  38. Only plug in one heat-producing appliance (coffee maker, toaster, space heater) into a receptacle outlet at a time.
  39. Major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet. Extension cords and plug strips should not be used.
  40. Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) are kind of circuit breaker that shuts off electricity when a dangerous condition occurs. Consider having them installed in your home by a qualified electrician.
  41. Use ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of shock. GFCIs shut off an electrical circuit when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed inside the home in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, and basements.
  42. All outdoor receptacles should be GFCI protected.
  43. Test AFCLs and GFCIs once a month to make sure they are working properly.
  44. Check electrical cords to make sure they are not running across doorways or under carpets.
  45. Extension cords are intended for temporary use. Have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlets so you don’t have to use extension cords.

    There is a right way and a wrong way for most things - and this is the WRONG thing to do to get the power you need.  Instead invest in a licensed, professional electrician to add outlets where you need them.

    There is a right way and a wrong way for most things – and this is the WRONG thing to do to get the power you need. Instead invest in a licensed, professional electrician to add outlets where you need them.

  46. Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture. There should be a sticker that indicates the maximum wattage light bulb to use.
  47. Call a qualified electrician or your property manager if you have problems with blowing fuses or circuit breakers.
  48. Call a pro if you feel a tingling feeling when you touch an electrical appliance.
  49. Call a pro if you see or notice discolored or warm wall outlets.
  50. Call a pro if you smell burning or rubbery smell coming from an appliance.
  51. Call a pro if you see flickering or dimming lights.
  52. Call a pro if you see sparks from out outlet.
  53. 9-volt batteries can be dangerous. The positive and negative posts are close together. If a metal object touches the two posts of a 9-volt battery, it can cause a short circuit and could start a fire.
  54. It is unsafe to store loose 9-volt batteries in a drawer near other materials – this could spark a fire.
  55. Store 9-volt batteries in the original packaging until you are ready to use them.
  56. If loose, keep 9-volt posts covered with electrical tape to prevent the posts from coming in contact with metal objects.
  57. Weak batteries may have enough charge to cause a fire. Some fires have started in the trash when 9-volt batteries were thrown away with other items.
  58. Store all batteries standing up.
  59. Install smoke alarms inside and outside each bedroom and sleeping area. Install alarms on every level of your home.
  60. Large homes may need extra smoke alarms.
  61. It is best to use interconnected smoke alarms. When one smoke alarm sounds they all sound.
  62. Test all smoke alarms at least once a month. Press the test button to be sure the alarm is working.
  63. There are two kinds of alarms. Ionization smoke alarms are quicker to warn about flaming fires. Photoelectric alarms are quicker to warn about smoldering fires. It’s best to use both type of alarms in the home.
  64. A smoke alarm should be on the ceiling or high on a wall.
  65. Keep smoke alarms away from the kitchen to reduce false alarms. They should be at least 10 feet from the stove.
  66. Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old.

    Working smoke alarms are one of the BEST ways to ensure you stay alive if a fire breaks out in your home.

    Working smoke alarms are one of the BEST ways to ensure you stay alive if a fire breaks out in your home.

  67. Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  68. Do not use a dryer without a lint filter.

    Cleaning out the lint trap regularly will prevent fires and help dry your clothes faster

    Cleaning out the lint trap regularly will prevent fires and help dry your clothes faster

  69. Make sure you clean the link filter before or after each load of laundry. Remove lint that had collected around the drum.
  70. Rigid or flexible metal venting material should be used to sustain proper air flow and drying time.
  71. Make sure the air exhaust vent pipe is not restricted and the outdoor vent flap will open the the dryer is operating.
  72. At least once a year clean out lint our of the vent pipe or have a dryer lint removal service do it for you.
  73. Keep dryers in good working order.
  74. Gas dryers should be inspected by a qualified professional to make sure that the gas line and connection are intact and free of leaks.
  75. Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions and don’t overload your dryer.
  76. Turn the dryer off if you leave home or when you go to bed.
  77. During the winter check the outdoor vent flap to make sure it is not covered by snow.
  78. Keep the area around your dryer clear of things that can burn, like boxes, cleaning supplies, and clothing.
  79. Clothes that have come into contact with flammable substances, like gasoline, paint thinner, or similar solvents should be laid outside to dry, then can be washed and dried as usual.
  80. Half of home heating fires are reported during the months of December, January, and February.
  81. According to an NFPA survey, only one of every three Americans have actually developed and practices a home fire escape plan.
  82. While 71% of Americans have an escape plan in case of a fire, only 47% of those have practiced it.
  83. One-third of American household believe that they would have 6 minutes before a fire would become life-threatening. The time available is often less.
  84. Only 8% of Americans surveys said their first thought on hearing a smoke alarm would be to get out.
  85. December is the peak time of year for home candle fires.
  86. Roughly one-third of home candle fires start in the bedroom.
  87. More than half of all candle fires start when things that can burn are too close to the candle.
  88. Smoke alarms should be installed inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level.
  89. Roughly 2 out of 3 fires deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or the alarms are not working.
  90. The leading cause of home clothes dryer fires is failure to clean them.
  91. Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  92. If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly, remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.
  93. Keep anything that can catch on fire – oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains – away from your stovetop.

    The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking - according to the NFPA

    The leading cause of kitchen fires is unattended cooking – according to the NFPA

  94. Keep a lid nearby when you’re cooking to smother small grease fires. Smother the fire by sliding the lids over the pan and turn off the stovetop. Leave the pan covered until it is completely cooled.
  95. For an oven fire turn off the heat and keep the door closed.
  96. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
  97. Most cooking fires in the home involve the stovetop.
  98. Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol don’t use the stove or stovetop.
  99. Have a “kid-free zone” in the kitchen when preparing hot drinks or using the stove.
  100. If you have a fire and can’t contain it – GET OUT! Call 9-1-1 once you’re safely outside.
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Great Tech Inspired Home Items

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It’s hard not to make comparisons to the Jetsons when you see all the cool additions that technology upgrades can bring.  Some of our most popular New Homes Communities offer full technology packages including home theater installations, smart house systems, and USB outlets. These upgrades help save energy, time, and improve home values. But you don’t have to move into a new house to enjoy the benefits of techie upgrades.  There are many options for adding cool, useful technology to your existing home.

Newbeem’s Smart Outlet

Newbeem Smart Outlet

Newbeem Smart Outlet

Smart indeed. This outlet combines a timer, dimmer, and surge protector into a compact powerhouse.  The best  thing is that you can set the device with your smartphone – including certain days, times, and settings. It has an instantaneous reaction to lightning strikes and wiring faults. If the surge components are damaged due to power spike or over voltage, excess power cannot reach your equipment.

iGrill 2

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What a cool idea, a Bluetooth Smart connected grilling thermometer that allows you to monitor up to four temperatures right from the free iDevices Connected app. This is for the serious griller or smoker with four probe ports, two high temp probes, an illuminated display, magnetic mounting and up to 200 hours of battery life.

The Nest

The Nest

The Nest

This is still one of our favorite products! The Nest uses intelligent sensors and software to control the temperature automatically.  The Nest also offers state-of-the-art smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. And like the other items you can program it with an app on your smartphone.

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