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Greetings from Jennifer Ross -  Realtor

 

Christmas CruiseI'm thrilled to be spending the holidays on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera!  No cooking, cleaning, wrapping...just fun and relaxing!  My daughter Alexandra says the only thing getting her through Syracuse finals and the New York freeze is the thought of basking in the sun and eating all the meat, fruit and vegetables she desires (currently on a Top Ramen diet at school)!  My son Eliot will be spending the holidays in Maui.
Feliz Navidad,

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And The Holiday Toy Winners Are...

 

GiftsThis year I wanted to thank you all by giving away some of the most popular toys of the holiday season.

 

Heather VanDoren won FyrFlys and Ickee Stickeez.

Gordon and Dahlia Hunt won the Monster High Dead Tired Draculaura Doll.

Mollie Mullen won the Redakai Starter Pack.

Tami and Gene Ratliffe won the Nerf Vortex Proton.

Kameron Kerger won Fashion Headbands.

 

Congratulations!

 

 

Holiday Safety Checklist   

  

Keep the season merry with this list of safety tips.


Safer Trees and Decorations

  • When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label "Fire Resistant." Although this label does not mean the tree won't catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly.
  • When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and when bent between your fingers, needles do not break. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
  • When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and radiators. Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways.
  • Cut a few inches off the trunk of your tree to expose the fresh wood. This allows for better water absorption and will help to keep your tree from drying out and becoming a fire hazard.
  • Use only noncombustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded metals. Leaded materials are hazardous if ingested by children.
  • Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens. Always use nonflammable holders and place candles out of children's reach.
  • Take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food, which may tempt a child to eat them. 

 Bright Ideas for Lights

  • Indoors or outside, always use lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory that indicates conformance with safety standards.
  • Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted.
  • Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be sure they have been certified for outdoor use.
  • Fasten outdoor lights securely to trees, house walls, or other firm supports to protect the lights from wind damage. Use insulated staples to hold strings in place, not nails or tacks. Or run strings of lights through hooks (available at hardware stores).
  • Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks.
  • Turn off all lights when you go to bed or leave the house. The lights could short out and start a fire.

 Friendlier Fireplaces

  • Use care with "fire salts," which produce colored flames when thrown on wood fires. They contain heavy metals that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if eaten. Keep them away from children.
  • Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result, as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.
  • Before lighting any fire, remove all greens, boughs, papers, and other decorations from fireplace area. Check to see that the flue is open.

 Food Safety

  • Bacteria are often present in raw foods. Fully cook meats and poultry, and thoroughly wash raw vegetables and fruits.
  • Be sure to keep hot liquids and foods away from the edges of counters and tables, where they can be easily knocked over by a young child's exploring hands.
  • Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same.
  • Never put a spoon used to taste food back into food without washing it.
  • Always keep raw foods and cooked foods separate, and use separate utensils when preparing them.
  • Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, never on the countertop.
  • Foods that require refrigeration should never be left at room temperature for more than two hours.

 

 

Video of the Week

 

Animals Sing Jingle BellsAnimals of YouTube sing Jingle Bells

This 'talented' group of animals sing to us in this cute and popular video - enjoy!

 

 

Famous Quotes
 

Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.
Gary Allan
 

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.
Bernard Manning
 

Anyone who believes that men are the equal of women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present.
Unknown
 

Christmas gift suggestions: To your enemy, forgiveness. To an opponent, tolerance. To a friend, your heart. To a customer, service. To all, charity. To every child, a good example. To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold.
 

As always, feel free to give me a call 800-913-7677 with your real estate needs.  I appreciate your referrals.
 
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Acedemic Earth 

 

Jennifer Ross

 

Experience Counts!
Over 22 years in
Real Estate sales
Serving all of San Diego

 

Office: 800.913.7677
Direct: 619.985.7340
JennRossRealtor@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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