My New Year’s Resolution: Reduce My Smartphone Usage

By Michelle Schibuola

The New Year is creeping up and many are thinking about their New Year’s Resolution. Do you make resolutions…and keep them? I’m not one that typically does, nor do I even give it a second thought. However, this year I’m considering one I think many could benefit from. It’s as simple as reducing the amount of time I spend on my iPhone. It seems as though it should be a simple task to achieve but everyday life revolves around that little 3×5 box that is always ringing, chirping and notifying me that I’m needed.

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My Four Guilty Pleasures: Christmas Cookie Recipes

By Michelle Schibuola

Are you still tweaking your holiday cookie list trying to select the best possible cookies to make for Christmas or holiday party? Let me simplify your search. I’m not much of a baker or any type of cook for that matter, but at Christmastime I become Buddy Valastro, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, the Keebler Elves or whoever your favorite baker is. I feel as though it’s my obligation to share four of the greatest, out-of-this-world, cookie recipes for you to enjoy with your family and friends for years to come. So put on your apron and chef’s hat and get baking. You’ll begin to notice a trend with my cookies, can you figure out what it is?

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Celebrating Hanukkah: Family Traditions

By Michelle Schibuola

“Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel, I made it out of clay…” The Dreidel Song is one of the Hanukkah traditions most of us remember from childhood. But what is Hanukkah and when exactly is it celebrated?

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Jan's Favorite Things

By Guest Blogger

Most everyone is familiar with the song, “My Favorite Things” from the musical, The Sound of Music. (Of course, if you can’t recall Maria, the lyrics, or the melody you can always Google it for a most delightful reprieve). Well, some of my favorite things like entertaining and hosting an Open House for my Seller allows me to combine more of my favorite things. It’s always been a priority to bring beauty in to my daily living. Who would have known that I would have eventually become a Realtor (huh uhm at this age) and found myself in my element combining my favorite things and all things Real Estate.

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December 2014 Alachua County Community Events

By Michelle Schibuola

We hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving holiday. As we scramble to complete our holiday shopping and countdown the days to Hanukkah and Christmas, remember to take advantage of all the great activities around Gainesville.

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Holiday Emergency Vendor Services

By Aaron Bosshardt

We would like to thank you all for a great year! Being that we are a family company, we are excited about the upcoming holidays and the opportunity to spend time with each other. We also know that the holidays are a time when things are apt to go wrong!

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What Shenanigans does your Elf on a Shelf get into?

By Michelle Schibuola

It’s that festive time of year again when families begin to adorn their homes for Christmas. The Clark Griswold light display is in full swing, the tree is hand-picked & decorated, and the family Christmas stockings are hung by the fireplace. It’s also about the time when our mischievous Elf on a Shelf, named Snowflake begins to wreak havoc in our household.

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Teaching Children it is Better to Give than to Receive

By Michelle Schibuola

As the holiday season is quickly approaching, I’m looking for a more personal, hands-on way to demonstrate and explain charity to my children rather than just purchasing an item and dropping it in a box or donating money. Kids don’t understand that the donated money will buy milk, bread or other essentials. At the ages of 4 and 7, it’s very difficult for kids to grasp such an abstract concept such as donating to a worthy cause. Most children don’t realize some of their peers aren’t as fortunate to be raised as they are and that many adults don’t have the necessities of life as they should.

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Listing Photos: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Michelle Schibuola

We’ve all seen them. Maybe you’ve even been the offender at one time or another. But listing photos come in a variety of categories. The good ones are usually professionally taken and instantly grab you and make you run to your spouse claiming you fell in love and absolutely have to have this house. The bad are usually taken on a digital camera by someone that may not know how to utilize all the fancy settings and may include last night’s dinner dishes. The ugly, the worst listing photos of them all, are the dark, low-resolution pictures possibly even taken on a smartphone. Don’t do it, I repeat, don’t do it.

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Dan Drotos Completes CCIM Designation

By Michelle Schibuola

Bosshardt Realty Services, LLC would like to congratulate Dan Drotos on another remarkable achievement. In October, he completed the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation in Los Angeles. The CCIM designation is commercial real estate’s global standard for professional achievement, earned through an extensive curriculum of 200 classroom hours and professional experiential requirements. Dan has been working diligently for over three years to complete this extraordinary designation.

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