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The Front Porch View November 2021

The Front Porch View November 2021 ISSUE

The month of Thanksgiving.  I know that all of us can find at least one thing to be thankful for in this season.  
As many of you know my mom passed away in September, and on the heels of that, my husband Kevin contracted Covid and was in the ICU for almost four weeks.  Yep, he was in the ICU during my birthday week. We have lost some amazing clients and friends this past year.  Sometimes it feels like we can’t even come up for air, BUT If we’re honest,  I don’t think we have to dig too deep to be reminded of the many blessings. In the middle of the messes they ARE there. 
So, I am thankful my mom got to come to Carroll County and stay with us for the last four years.  I am thankful our children and grandchildren got to spend precious time with her.  I am thankful that she instilled honor, kindness, compassion and integrity in me.  You can see a glimpse of her in who I am.  I am thankful she is my mom. 
I am thankful for the healing power of God, for prayer warriors and that Kevin is HOME.   I am thankful he has maintained his attitude of gratitude and his sense of humor.  I am thankful for the doctors and nurses who cared for him as if he were family.  Many of them shared with me that he was an inspiration to them.  
I am thankful for family and friends who made sure our yard work and house maintenance was kept up… I am thankful for meals and flowers and cards and visits.  
I am thankful that our children have rallied around us once again to prove that family is so important.  I am thankful for special people who drive to NYC and turn right back around to bring our son home to surprise me for my birthday week.  
I am thankful for my family at Brook-Owen who never missed a beat to jump in and keep things running seamlessly. They never let me worry, not one single second about work and business.  They showed up just to give me hugs, they checked on me non-stop, they were my date to weddings, and most of all they knew what I needed before I needed it.   You guys ROCK and I treasure you. 
I am thankful for all of you, who allow me to share a little piece of my heart.
I am blessed. 
  

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Houseplants good for your mind, body and soul!

7 Ways Houseplants May Improve Your Health According to Scientists

  

  

 

33 Thanksgiving Crafts for Adults and Kids

  

 

History of Thanksgiving

  

Mix things up this year and host a Friendsgiving!

                                                                                                                                 This is the Menu You Need to Host the BEST Friendsgiving Day

  

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Christmas in the Country BazaarNovember 5 9am-7:30 pm

Charcuterie Art ClassNovember 13 6pm $$

Great Westminster Train ShowNovember 21 10am-3pm

Miracle on Main Street Downtown Event-November 27 5pm-8pm

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Breakfast with Santa-December 4 8am-11am $$

Santa’s Village at Days End Farm Horse Rescue-December 11 11am-3pm

The Night Before Christmas-Reading and CraftsDecember 23 4pm

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View October 2021

The Front Porch View October 2021 ISSUE

October is the start of the last quarter of the year!  Spooky season, all things pumpkin and apple.  Fall is in the air, the changing of the leaves and all of the pretty Autumn colors. Before we know it Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here ! October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month, don’t forget to schedule those mammograms and take care of yourselves. Thank you for coming to hang out with us here every month, we wouldn’t be us without you!  Hoping October is full of fun treats, walks in the crisp air and enjoying the changes of the season.

  

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Check out these basic home tips!

9 Basic Home Maintenance How-To’s Everyone Should Know

  

  

 

40+ Fall Activities Every Family Should Have on Their Autumn Bucket Lists

  

  Halloween History, Traditions and Origins

  

Make some of the cutest Halloween cupcakes, ever!

                                                                                                                                 60+ Best Halloween Cupcake Ideas for a Scary-cute Dessert Table

  

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Westminster Oyster StrollOctober 9th 12pm-4pm $

Catoctin Colorfest& Water Street FestivalOctober 9th 10am-5pm October 10th 10am-5pm

Halloween Fun Trail& Fall FestOctober 16th 3pm-7pm

Pumpkins on the Green-October 29th 7pm-11pm $

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Patterson Park Brew Fest-November 13 11am-4pm $

Christmas Craft Show & Bazaar-November 20th 8:30am-2pm

Miracle on Main Street Downtown EventNovember 27th 5pm

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View September 2021

The Front Porch View September 2021 ISSUE

September is here.  School is back in full swing!  September we celebrate LABOR Day.   We hope you had some time off and enjoyed  one last official Summer outing or get together.  Labor Day, to remind us of the workers who long ago worked in mills and factories, many 7 days a week and 12 hours a day.   At Brook-Owen we love what we do and helping each and every one of  our clients.  Whether buying or selling, it is a true LABOR of love!

  

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Fall Gardening tips for the Northeast

September Gardening Tips for the Northeast

  

  

 

September activities

  

  Labor day and it’s History

  

16 Labor Day Cookout Recipes to End Summer Right

                                                                                                                                 16 Labor Day Cookout Recipes to end Summer Right

  

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Berlin Small Town Throw Down Country Music FestivalSeptember 11th 1pm-6pm

Westminster 1 mile Run/Walk SeriesSeptember 23rd $$

 

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

The Hops and Harvest Festival-October 22nd 12pm-5pm $$

Pumpkins on the Green-October 29th 7pm-11pm $$

Cocktails and Candy Canes 2021November 6th-7th 10am-5pm

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View August 2021

The Front Porch View August 2021 ISSUE

August already??? Time to get last minute vacations in, family get togethers and fun activities before it is BACK TO SCHOOL.  Kevin and I are taking the whole family on vacation to see Mickey!  WOW we are excited and a little crazy too, but mostly excited.  I hope you have a trip or adventure planned or just time to visit with friends and family before Summer winds down.

  

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Weekend Projects, yes please!

Improve Your Home in Just a few days with These 32 Weekend Projects

  

  

 

30 Exciting Activities Families should try in August

  

  10 Last Minute Ideas to Squeeze in Summer Fun Before School Starts

  

Let’s keep things cool for the Summer!

                                                                                                                                 26 Fresh NO COOK Meals (and desserts)

  

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band@the Howard County FairAugust 13th 7:30pm

Sunflower Festival at Summers FarmAugust 21,22,28 and 29th at 10 am $$

90’s Festival Baltimore at Power Plant LiveAugust 21st 3pm-9pm $$

Carroll County Balloon Festival-August 28-29th 1pm-9pm $$

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Berlin Small Town Throw Down Country Music Festival-September 11th  1pm-6pm

Westminster 1 mile Run/Walk Series-September 23rd $$

The Hops and Harvest Festival-October 2nd 12pm-5pm $$

Pumpkins on the GreenOctober 29th 7p,-11pm $$

Cocktails and Candy Canes 2021-November 6-7th 10am-5pm

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View July 2021

The Front Porch View July 2021 ISSUE

4th of July.  LET FREEDOM RING!!!!! Independence day seems  even more special this year as our country slowly opens back up. I am feeling very grateful for that. It’s very easy to take things and people in our lives for granted, we all do it at one time or another.  The past year has taught me to look deeper and be grateful, joyful and to not take anything or anyone for granted.  May this 4th of July bring you peace, joyfulness and gratitude.

  

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Could hard water be sabotaging your laundry?

Laundry Tips and Checklists

  

  

 

July Activities and Themes for Kids

  

  10 of the Best 4th of July Traditions to Start in 2021

  

Recipes for hosting a large crowd on Fourth of July or any time during the Summer!

                                                                                                                                 100 Fourth of July Recipes for a Crowd

  

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Let Freedom Ring ParadeJuly 3rd 10am

2021 Firefighter’s CarnivalJuly 26-July 31 4:30 pm-11 pm

96th Annual Chicoteague Pony Swim 2021July 28 7 pm

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

Dean Crawford and the Dunn’s River Band@the Howard County Fair-August 13th 7:30pm

Carroll County Balloon Festival-August 28th 1pm-9pm $$

Pumpkins on the GreenOctober 29th 7p,-11pm $$

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View June 2021

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June is here!!!  School is almost  out and then it is “FUN IN THE SUN”.  The days are a little warmer, longer and brighter.  June is the month dedicated to the men in our lives as we celebrate them on Father’s Day.  June also signifies that half of another year has passed.  June has so much to celebrate and I hope you enjoy this month too and all it has to offer

  

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Click for the latest Kitchen trends~

Ten Can’t Miss Kitchen Trends for 2021

  

  

 

Check out some neat ideas for Father’s Day gifts!

123 Best Father’s Day Gifts

  

  50 Screen Free Activities for the Kids this Summer

  

Impress your Mom on Mother’s Day by making her brunch.

                                                                                                                                 29 Quick Grilling Recipes to try this Summer

  

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Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

OC Air Show 2021June 18th 11pm-June 20th 6 am

Westminster Beer and BBQ StrollJune 19th 12:00pm-4:00 pm $$

Frederick Warbird Rides ShowcaseJune 19-June 20 10:00am -4:00 pm

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

2021 Firefighter’s Carnival-July 26-July 31 4:30pm-11:00pm

96th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim 2021-July 28 7pm

Carroll County Balloon FestivalAugust 28th 1pm-9pm $$

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View May 2021

The Front Porch View  MAY 2021 ISSUE

 

 

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY

Well it has been a year.  Moms are put on the back burner sometimes, because we do it all.  We wanted you to know, we do notice, we know all that you do.  We know you push through hurt, fear, pain , tiredness and when you think you can’t give anymore you keep going.  You’re a Mom, it is what we do.  For one day, just today, take a little time for yourself.  Do something for you, take a walk, or a run. Sit down and have a quiet cup of coffee or tea. Read a book, binge watch your favorite show.  Call someone you haven’t seen or spoken with in a long time and catch up.  Whatever you do today, enjoy every moment and remember you’re the MOM!

  

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With the Spring market here, click on the link  to get some ideas on how to spruce up the outside of your home.

A Dozen Curb Appeal Tricks that Don’t cost any Money

  

  

 

Check out some neat ideas for Mother’s Day gifts!

60 Best Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that are as Unique and Thoughtful as Your Mom

  

  Memorial Day 2021 History and Tradition

  

Impress your Mom on Mother’s Day by making her brunch.

                                                                                                                                            Easy Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

  

    

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Carroll County Association of Realtors Foundation, VIRTUAL Mothers Day BINGOMay 8th 5pm-9:30pm $$

Mothers Day Jazz Brunch on the FarmMay 9th 2pm-7pm $$

Poison Whiskey at Island GreenMay 29th 6pm-10pm Free

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

OC Air Show 2021-June 18 11 pm-June 20 6 am

96th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim 2021-July 28 7pm

Carroll County Balloon FestivalAugust 28th 1pm-9pm $$

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View April 2021

The Front Porch View  APRIL 2021 ISSUE

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Here it is, my favorite month of the year, for lots of reasons.  SPRING 
New Beginnings, Longer Days, Warmer weather, Flowers in bloom, Easter……& The infamous SPRING REAL ESTATE MARKET.    Things are pretty competitive out there, but we are finding creative and unique ways to get our buyers those keys.  It’s SPRINGtastic.  Let us know if you want us to  share our secretes with you, we are happy to help.  
I’m going to try to use this month to SPRING into Action.  Maybe a little garage SPRING cleaning, a little walking, a little more relaxing.  I like to be SPRINGING here and there, and with 7 grandchildren the relaxing part is almost laughable.
What SPRING things get you excited?   We would love to hear from you and we like pictures even more.
Here’s a little Spring Cleaning Cheat sheet to help inspire you. 
  

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Check out the link below to get ready for Spring/Summer.

5 MUST-DO Projects for April

  

  

 

Click below for some fun family activities!

52 Fun Easter Crafts for kids and adults

  

  Earth Day 2021

  

Let’s BRUNCH it up!

                                                                                                                 50 Best Easter Brunch Ideas for a Delicious, Memorable Meal

  

    

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Easter Show at the Carroll County Farmers MarketApril 3rf 8am-2pm

Online Baking Workshop: Italian BombolineApril 24th qpm-3:30pm $$

51st Flower&Plant MarketApril 30th-May 2nd 11am-4pm

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2021. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

OC Air Show 2021-June 18 11 pm-June 20 6 am

96th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim 2021-July 28 7pm

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View March 2021

The Front Porch View March 2021 ISSUE

          Happy Spring!  We are always ready to “SPRING” into action for you!

  

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Check out the link below for some March projects!

5 MUST-DO Projects for March!

  

  

 

Click below for some fun family activities!

31 Easy St. Patrick’s Day Crafts that you Can Make with Your Family

  

  

YUM!  Make St. Patty’s day special with one or two of these drinks!

                                                                                                                                                             20 St Patrick’s Day Drinks

  

    

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

The Elite Wedding Expo CarrollMarch 28th noon-3pm

St. Patrick’s Day Virtual Tour of Dublin and Live Irish MusicMarch 17th 7pm-8:30pm EST ticket purchase required

Meet Dinosaurs LIVE-Raptor SpecialMarch 27th 7am-ticket purchase required

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2020. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

OC Air Show 2021-June 18 11 pm-June 20 6 am

96th Annual Chincoteague Pony Swim 2021-July 28 7pm

  

 

 

 

 

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The Front Porch View-January 2021

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!
2021 
Let’s do this together!
  

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Check out the link below for some January projects!

5 MUST-DO Projects for January

  

  

 

Just because the holidays are behind us, does not mean we still can’t have some fun!

15 Creative ways to have fun w/your family in January

https://www.maryhannawilson.com/connect-kids-january-edition/

  

  

  

YES comfort foods, warm the body and soul!

                                                                                                                                                           Easy Comfort Foods

  

    

Great events happening around the area. Click on the event below to learn more. Due to COVID-19 please check the venue before heading out.

Virtual tour of Buckingham Palace-January 15th 7pm

Cowpens National Battlefield 240th Virtual Anniversary CelebrationJanuary 16-17

Indoor Flea MarketJanuary 30th 8am-2pm

Don’t miss these exciting events coming up in 2020. Save the posted dates now and check back with us for specifics as the other events draw closer!

The Elite Wedding Expo Carroll-March 28th noon-3pm

 

  

 

 

 

 

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