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Shelina's May 2022 Newsletter

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Volume 37 Number 5


If you’re thinking of selling your home, you likely have some questions – especially if this is your rst home and therefore your rst home sale. e rst thing you might be wondering is if your house is ready to list. Unless your home is in excellent condition, you will likely have to perform some maintenance and upgrades before you list, which will be at your own cost. e good thing about putting money into your home before you sell is that you may get a better price for it, plus it could sell faster.

You may also wonder if you should buy your new home before you list, or sell your current home before you buy. While it depends on your unique situation, many experts would advise you to do both at the same time. Just make sure you’ve done your research about where you want to buy – what types of properties are listed, how much they cost on average. Don’t forget to get pre-approved for a mortgage. e more you’ve done before listing your home and beginning the search for a new one – the better.

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup so ened butter 3/4 cup sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2/3 cup whole milk HOW TO MAKE PIÑATA CUPCAKES 1 tablespoon white vinegar 1 1/2 cups all-purpose our 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup sprinkles or small candy

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8 ounces cream cheese 1 cup heavy cream 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 cup powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS: 1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Beat so ened butter and sugar until creamy and well combined. Beat in eggs, vanilla, milk and white vinegar until well combined. Sprinkle in our, baking soda and salt. Stir until just combined. Scoop mixture into cupcake papers until 2/3 full. Bake for 13 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool completely. 2. For each cupcake, cut out a circle from center. e walls and bottom of cupcake should still be intact. Slice the bottom o the cake plug, keeping the top portion. Fill hole with candy or sprinkles. Place the cake plug back on top. 3. Separately, beat cream cheese until light and u y. Slowly add cream, a few tablespoons at a time, until incorporated. Add vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Beat until well combined. Frost the cupcakes and add sprinkles if desired. Serve the piñata cupcakes and watch smiles appear when their secret is discovered!

CINCO DE MAYO FACTS Cinco de Mayo is one of the most celebrated, but likely least understood, holidays.

Brush up your Cinco knowledge with these four facts. 1. Cinco de Mayo literally means the “ e h of May.”

2. It is a Mexican holiday celebrating the Battle of Puebla, which took place May 5, 1862. 3. e Battle of Puebla was one of the few Mexican victories during France’s attempt to colonize Mexico. 4. Contrary to popular belief, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day, which is actually celebrated on September 16.

With all of the television shows featuring experts beautifully staging homes, it’s no wonder the average homeowner is unsure if they can successfully stage their own home for sale. By following a few simple tips, you can ready your home both quickly and a ordably. Perhaps it won’t be television-worthy, but it will certainly be sale-worthy. First o , if you do nothing else, make sure you declutter. Potential buyers want to see your house, not your things. Getting rid of clutter will also automatically make your space feel bigger and cleaner. Plus, you don’t have to spend a dime to remove stu ! Next up, arrange decor you already have in groups of three, which is pleasing to the eye. If you don’t own any interesting items, head to the thri store and pick up a few neutral baskets and other simple odds and ends like candlesticks and vases. However, remember you aren’t shopping for you, you’re shopping for pieces that the majority of people are going to nd eye-catching. en light up your home by opening the blinds and curtains, or by adding in lamps where needed. Experts say that every room should have multiple light sources – an overhead light, oor lamps and table lamps, which will create warmth and depth. Lastly, a staple in almost all professionally staged homes is fresh owers. While store-bought greenery might be out of your budget, you can always head outside and gather up a few pieces of nature to display. Or, if it’s the wrong time of year, ask your green-thumbed friends and family members if you could borrow a few houseplants to help add a little life to your home. HOW TO QUICKLY AND AFFORDABLY STAGE YOUR HOME


Buying a home is one of life’s huge milestones. Here’s an outline of the whole process, broken down into ve steps, which should clear up some of the confusion and help you to feel more con dent as you move forward in your home buying journey. Step 1: Figure out your nances. It’s always a good idea to have the nancial side of things gured out before you begin looking for a home. Making an appointment to get pre approved for a mortgage will help streamline the process once you do nd a property. Plus, it gives you an upper limit for your budget. Step 2: Organize your paperwork. Mortgage lenders are going to want to know your income, what you currently own and your current level of debt. By organizing all of your documentation beforehand, you’ll save time and the lenders will appreciate your preparedness. Step 3: Talk to your real estate agent. You can talk to your agent before any of the above steps – that’s what they’re there for! Real estate agents are experts in the home buying process and will be able to answer any questions – big or small. Step 4: Begin the search. Have your agent nd properties that t within your parameters, or do some online shopping and bring potential homes to them. Remember as you visit these properties to prioritize things like if the home is in good repair; don’t get caught up on paint colours and decor. Step 5: Make an o er. You’ve found a home you want to purchase – hooray! is step is exciting, but it’s important to keep a level head, as property sales don’t always go through. Approach this step of the process as more of a business transaction. Once everything is signed and the money has been transferred to the previous owners, then it’s time to celebrate.


1. What did the spring say when it was in trouble? 2. Which crime ghter likes May the most? 3. What season is it when you are on a trampoline in May? 4. Who’s the most important person in a Spring wedding? 5. Which month can’t make a decision?

6. What starts growing in the spring and then goes POP? 7. Who conducts the spring orchestra? 8. If April showers bring May owers, what do May owers bring? 9. What goes up when May rain comes down? 10. Why are oak trees so forgiving?

1. May Day! 2. obin 3. Spring-time. 4. e MAYtron of honor. 7. May-stro. 8. Pilgrims. 9. An umbrella. 10. Every May they “turn over a new leaf.” 5. MAYbe. 6. May-z



CROSSWORD In this crossword there are two clues for each word. Can you work out which is true and which is false?

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FIVE EASY HOUSEPLANTS FOR BEGINNER GREEN THUMBS Having indoor plants is a beautiful way to connect with nature. Plus, it can be rewarding to watch your plant grow and thrive over time. But not everyone feels con dent to purchase a household plant, especially if you haven’t had luck with plants in the past. If that’s the case, then de nitely try one of these easy-to-care-for houseplants. 1. Aloe vera. Aloe vera is easy to take care of and has medicinal properties. If you get a small scratch or burn simply cut a leaf from the plant and squeeze a little gel onto your wound. 2. Montsera. Also known as a “Swiss cheese plant” due to its split leaves, Monsteras can grow up to eight feet tall. ey prefer morning sunlight, but can survive pretty much anywhere. 3. Pothos. If you love the aesthetic of a trailing plant, then a pothos is exactly what you’re looking for. To water, simply check the soil. If it’s dry an inch down from the surface – give it a good drink and it will be one happy plant. 4. Snake plant. Snake plants can grow anywhere from two to twelve feet tall, but they stay quite vertical so they’re perfect for small spaces. A great thing about snake plants is they don’t like to be overwatered, so you can leave them weeks at a time and they’ll be just ne. 5. Spider plant. If you’re interested in learning to propagate plants – meaning taking cuttings and repotting them – then try the spider plant. It grows lots of little o shoots called “spiderettes” that you can cut, replant and give to family and friends.

FIVE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL HIKES IN CANADA If you’re planning on exploring Canada this summer, why not try one of these amazing hikes? 1. Mont Saint-Alban Trail, Quebec. Panoramic views reward you at the end of a 245-metre climb. 2. Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail, Alberta. An easy 2-kilometre stroll around one of the country’s most beautiful lakes. 3. Georgian Bay Trail, Ontario. A three hour hike that o ers stunning views of the bay’s turquoise water. 4. Emerald Lake Trail, British Columbia. is two hour circuit allows you to explore two di erent types o forest – a typical rocky Mountain forest and a Columbian forest. 5. Skyline Trail, Nova Scotia. An easy hike that o ers unreal views, this at trail allows hikers to view whales frolicking in the Gulf of St Lawrence.

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