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Racetrack Gas Station At Northwest Corner Of Teel / Eldorado In West Frisco

Racetrac Gas Station At Northwest Corner Of Teel / Eldorado In West Frisco, TX

Racetrac Gas Station In West Frisco, TX

Racetrac Gas Station In West Frisco, TX

Wondering what they are constructing at the northwest corner Of Teel & Eldorado In West Frisco?
Answer is a 24 Hour Racetrack Gas Station.

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

Racetrac on the northwest corner of Teel and Eldorado in Frisco, TX

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Escape The Heat At Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX

Escape The Heat At Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX

Great Wolf Lodge

Great Wolf Lodge

As a Frisco, TX REALTOR® it is always tough fitting in our family vacation with work as the summer months are my busiest work weeks of the year, especially before the children return to school which this year is August 27th 2012 for Frisco ISD.

This year we choose to take our vacation the week before the children return to school and as all my children’s passports have expired and it costs over $120 to renew each one ( I have three children) we decided to do a Texas vacation this summer.

On previous years we went to Schlitterbahn waterpark in New Braunfels, TX, Sea World in San Antonio, TX & Hurricane Harbor in Arlington, TX. This year however we stayed closer to home and out of the sun somewhat and choose Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. We came here last year for one night after spending a couple of days at Hurricane Harbor and the children loved it.

Firstly I would like to make a few things that are obvious to me but may not be to everyone ( I read some reviews of Great Wolf Lodge and some people amaze me). This is not the four seasons, even though it may end up costing you more! Great Wolf Lodge is aimed towards the children and not adults, (although they do serve adult beverages). If you are looking for fancy restaurants or high thread count sheets on your king sized bed then look elsewhere. What you get at Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX is a themed indoor / outdoor water park with additional indoor activities for the children to enjoy during their stay.

We arrived a around 2pm on Monday 20th August and although I was aware that check-in was  not until 4pm I knew that we could use the water park from 1pm on our day of arrival in the event that our room was not available when we arrived. We lucked out as we did last year as our room was ready so we checked in straight away. Check-in was fast and we only waited in line five minutes. I choose the Cabin Themed room which features a bulk bed for the children that looks like it is built of tree trunks and a TV mounted on the wall for them to watch. With three children they are taking it in turns to use the “top bunk”. Also two of them a sharing even though the room also has a pull out sofa bed one of them could use. The room also has a queen sized bed for adults and a sitting area with desk etc.

One feature that I always like in my hotel room is a fridge which we have, along with a microwave and coffee maker etc. One thing I learned from last years trip is there is no way to do Great Wolf Lodge on the cheep. The children are going to want the magicquest wands etc., so this year I choose to purchase the “paw pass” for each of them which covers many of the activities. Below is a list of what the “paw pass” includes. I won’t tell you the price as I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

* 20 Tokens for the Northern Lights Arcade
* One Traditional MagiQuest Wand ($19.99 value)
* One MagiQuest Game ($12.99 value)
* One Small Glitter Tattoo
* One Single Scoop Ice Cream in a Cup
* One “Color Your Own” item at Cub Club (Tee Shirt or Pillowcase)
* One Animal at Great Wolf Stuffing Station (outfit included)
* One 4″ x 6″ Paw Prints Photo

Once we had been up to our room to drop off our bags we went to the water park for a couple of hours. As I suspected they soon wanted to start using doing the activities on their “paw passes” so I gave them an hour and a half before dinner to do that.

Although their are restaurants on site and I will be using them on day two I expect, the first night I choose to take them to one of their favorite restaurants which is also in Grapevine, The Rain Forrest Cafe. As it’s in Grapevine we only get to go here one or twice a year so as Great Wolf Lodge is only a couple of miles from the Grapevine Mall where the Rain Forrest Cafe is located we went there for dinner.

We made sure that we were back in the hotel by 8pm as the children wanted to attend the “bedtime” story that is held down in the main lobby by the clock tower. The “story time” lasts about 20 minutes and they seem to enjoy it.

Day Two
I don’t like lines, so I will do anything to avoid them which means I always plan to do the rides in the water park at off peek hours. As the water park is open from 9am – 9pm I chose to be there at 9am so we can get to ride the slides that we want to ride without much of a wait. Also we had breakfast at the Loose Moose Cottage at 7.30am which gave us plenty of time to be ready.

The Loose Moose Cottage buffet was good. It has the usual things you would expect from a breakfast buffet and as we were there when it just opened everything was fresh and hot. I liked the breakfast burritos, which I removed the flour tortilla from and ate.

Tip. We arrived at the water park at 9.05am and we able to rid all the water slides within the first hour with very little wait time. The first 30 minutes was the best as there was no wait and I got in a bit of a cardio workout walking up all the stairs whilst carrying a double tube over my shoulder.

In the evening we went to dinner at the Camp Critter bar and grill which is within the hotel. The food was ok, and was overpriced but I knew what to expect before we went there. The main reason of going there to eat was the children wanted the free “wolf ears” that you get when you order the kids meals. The meal cost $60 (1 adult & 3 children).

After dinner the children wanted to attend the bedtime stories at the clock tower again so I let them do that while I sat in the restaurant a few feet away and enjoyed some quite time and an adult beverage.

As I said at the start, this trip was all for the children and they enjoyed themselves. They had hours of fun with their “paw passes” and playing Magiquest, especially my 8 year old son who completed it all. The water park also provided hours of fun for us all.

All told with hotel taxes, the two nights cost $750 which includes the breakfast onsite and 3 drinks purchased at some point during our stay. We also spent an additional $250 on outside restaurants which could have been cut in half if I had chosen cheaper spots to eat.  Although the hotel does offer free Wifi, I found it was very slow and really only good for checking email. I used my 4G connection on my Ipad to watch movies on netflix which cost me another $20 in bandwidth.
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Back-to-School Safety Tips in Frisco, TX

Back-to-School Safety Tips in Frisco, TX

Back-to-School Safety Tips

Back-to-School Safety Tips

1. Plan a walking route to school or the bus stop. Choose the most direct way with the fewest street crossings and, if possible, with intersections that have crossing guards.

2. Walk the route with your child beforehand. Tell him or her to stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields and other places where there aren’t many people around.

3. Teach your child never to talk to strangers or accept rides or gifts from strangers. Remember, a stranger is anyone you or your children don’t know well or don’t trust.

4. Be sure your child walks to and from school with a sibling, friend, or neighbor.

5. Teach your kids — whether walking, biking, or riding the bus to school — to obey all traffic signals, signs and traffic officers. Remind them to be extra careful in bad weather.

6. When driving kids, deliver and pick them up as close to the school as possible. Don’t leave until they are in the schoolyard or building

7. If your child bikes to school, make sure he wears a helmet that meets one of the safety standards (U.S. CPSC, Snell, ANSI, ASTM, or Canadian). Research indicates that a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent.

8. If your child rides a scooter to school, make sure she wears sturdy shoes, a helmet, kneepads and elbow pads. Children under age 12 should not ride motorized scooters, according to recent recommendations from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

9. Teach children to arrive at the bus stop early, stay out of the street, wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching the street, watch for cars and avoid the driver’s blind spot.

10. Remind your children to stay seated at all times and keep their heads and arms inside the bus while riding. When exiting the bus, children should wait until the bus comes to a complete stop, exit from the front using the handrail to avoid falls and cross the street at least 10 feet (or 10 giant steps) in front of the bus.

11. Tell your child not to bend down in front of the bus to tie shoes or pick up objects, as the driver may not see him before starting to move.

12. Be sure that your child knows his or her home phone number and address, your work number, the number of another trusted adult and how to call 911 for emergencies.

On the Playground

13. Check the playground equipment at your child’s school. Look for hazards such as rusted or broken equipment and dangerous surfaces. The surface around the equipment should be covered with wood chips, mulch, sand, pea gravel, or mats made of safety-tested rubber or fiber material to prevent head injury when a child falls. Report any hazards to the school.

14. Avoid any drawstrings on the hood or around the neck of jackets and sweatshirts. Drawstrings at the waist or bottom of jackets should extend no more than three inches long to prevent catching in car and school bus doors or getting caught on playground equipment.

15. Make sure that the school’s athletic director or a custodian anchors soccer goals into the ground so they won’t tip over and crush a child.

15. Teach children proper playground behavior: no pushing, shoving, or crowding.

16. Give your child some strategies for coping with bullies. He should not give in to a bully’s demands, but should simply walk away or tell the bully to stop. If the bullying continues, talk to the teacher.

17. Make sure your child’s school has up-to-date information on recalled toys and children’s products. Schools, daycare providers and parents can receive recall information by fax, email, or in the regular mail free of charge by calling the Consumer Product Safety Commission hotline at 800-638-2772

Source: Old Republic Title
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Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco TX August Update

Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco TX August Update

Things are moving fast over at Phillips Creek Ranch in Frisco TX. It won’t be long before the first of the builder models homes are complete.

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park in Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park in Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park, Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

Vista Park, Philips Creek Ranch, Frisco TX

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Organic Gardening in Frisco, TX, Where do I begin?

Organic Gardening in Frisco, TX, Where do I begin?

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening

If you are like me, then you don’t know any thing about organic gardening, but you would like to then keep reading. I found a great article from a local garden center in Frisco, TX that explains a few basics for beginners like me. So if you are up for experimenting with some new fertilizers for the sake of a greener, safer environment keep reading…

Dry Fertilizer Options:
Gardenville 7-2-2: time release fertilizer helps to restore fertility and benefits microorganisms/earthworm populations.
Earthworm castings: It actually improves aeration and water retention with out burning. It is odorless organic material that is rich in slow release nutrients including calcium, nitrogen, and phosphorous.

Liquid Fertilizers:
Garrett juice: mild, made from compost tea, molasses, seaweed, and apple cider vinegar. Use once a month during growing season
Superthrive: Use as an additive once a month to any liquid fertilizer regimen. Serves as reviver for stressed plants.

Pest Control Options:
Mound Drench: Use to kill fire ants and make their mounds uninhabitable. Contains: orange oil, molasses, and humate.

Good luck with your garden. Let me know if you try these how they work for you! Call me today.

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Renting vs. Buying in Frisco, TX

Renting vs. Buying in Frisco, TX

Renting vs. Buying in Frisco, TX

Renting vs. Buying in Frisco, TX

Do you know anyone who is renting in Frisco, TX right now?

I would like to start by saying that even though now is a great time to buy from a financial standpoint I understand that due to some peoples personal circumstances renting may temporarily be the right thing for them. However with that said some people wait to purchase a home until the “right time”. They may want to rent to clean up credit, get to know a city before buying there, or have a change in family dynamics. All are good reasons to rent. It is important though to balance that decision with the amount of rent you are paying. Did you know that if you are paying $2000 a month for rent that you will pay $24,000 in one year and $120,000 over 5 years?

Owning a home can be a great investment and tax write off. Today’s market makes it a great time to buy, with interest rates at historical lows and house prices down from there highs of three years ago. Home ownership is ideal for someone who plans on living in that house for at least 3 years or longer. It allows you to build equity in something that you can later sale or take out home equity loans against if you choose. Rent is just helping someone else pay off their investment. Why not be paying off your own investment?

If you have friends renting in today’s market tell them to contact me to help walk them through some basic steps. You can advise them that in today’s post sub prime loan crisis, having good credit is important. Today, many loans are based on your FICO score. While I understand that there is much more to a person than there FICO score, lenders none the less, will use this rating to assign what interest rate you will be approved at. A good loan officer can go through your finances and help recommend steps to get you ready to purchase a home in the next few months. I have several great contacts that I can recommend to you. Also, I can help show you some important things to consider when purchasing a home and work with you on what is important to you in your next move.

Feel free to call me to discuss your next move.

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Texas Sales Tax Holiday 2012

Texas Sales Tax Holiday 2012

Texas Sales Tax Holiday 2012

Texas Sales Tax Holiday 2012

Sales Tax Holiday Aug. 17 – 19, 2012

In 2012, Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on Aug. 17, 18 and 19 – the state’s annual tax holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes, which could save shoppers about $8 on every $100 they spend.

Subject to the criteria explained below, all sales of qualifying items made during the holiday period qualify for the exemption, including items sold over the Internet, television or by mail. Lay-away plans can be used again this year to take advantage of the sales tax holiday.

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Looking For A Fence Company In Frisco, TX

Looking For A Fence Company In Frisco, TX

Bill Johnson Fences

Bill Johnson Fences

One of the benefits about being a REALTOR® is that you regularly come into contact with many different tradesman so when it comes to choosing a company to replace our broken down old fence I knew exactly how to find the right company. The first thing I did was to send out an intra office email to the 200+ agents in our office asking for their recommendations. I received about 15 replies and the one company that was recommended by more than any other was Bill Johnson Fence Company in Frisco, TX.

I checked out their website and what impressed me the most was that they used screws instead of nails to secure the boards and also their 5 Year UNCONDITIONAL WARRANTY.
I contacted them via phone and made an appointment for their estimator Jerry to come out. I found Jerry very knowable and he explained the whole process and what options I had. He also broke down exactly what the cost of materials would be and also labor costs. I would say that Jerry was at my home at least an hour and I felt that we truly wanted to help me choose what best suited my needs.

I checked out their website and what impressed me the most was that they used screws instead of nails to secure the boards and also their 5 Year UNCONDITIONAL WARRANTY.
I contacted them via phone and made an appointment for their estimator Jerry to come out. I found Jerry very knowable and he explained the whole process and what options I had. He also broke down exactly what the cost of materials would be and also labor costs. I would say that Jerry was at my home at least an hour and I felt that we truly wanted to help me choose what best suited my needs.
I decided that I wanted to go ahead and use his company and he scheduled one of his crews to start work on my fence about six weeks out. He explained that they were very busy and six weeks was the soonest they could start. He also did not want any money upfront as it was their company policy to not ask for payment until I was 100% satisfied with the work.

When they started work it took them two full days to do everything. His crew was very tidy and considerate of our neighbors when they had to move their truck from the back alley to allow neighbors to get in and out of their driveways.

Also another thing I liked about Bill Johnson Fences was that all their wood is pre-stained to the color of your choice so all the wood gets stained and protected and not just the wood that is visible once the fence is constructed. The advantage of going with a fence company that screws the boards as opposed to using nails is that if a board splits or becomes warped it is very easy for them to come back out and switch out that board at no cost.

Below are some pictures of our fence being built.
http://www.billjohnsonfences.com

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