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Freshen Up Your Kitchen for the Holidays

by AH for Masha Halpern

With Thanksgiving just a month away, it’s a great time to freshen up your kitchen. Many households will be hosting family and friends for at least one meal during the holiday season. And since the kitchen is often the focal point of the home, we’ve found this great article that offers simple suggestions on how to make your kitchen look it’s best! Read it here.

Let us know if you try any of these suggestions, we’d love to hear from you! And if you need an expert opinion on paint colors, hardware style, tile design or anything else, Masha has a keen eye and stays up to date with current trends. 

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Masha's 6th Annual Holiday Pie Party!

by AH for Masha Halpern

This year marked our 6th Annual Pie Party, which was a huge success and a great opportunity for us to tell our current & past clients how much they are appreciated.

We handed out 50 Thanksgiving Pies this year & had a chance to catch up with everyone who attended! It was really a treat for us to share in the holiday spirit and offer opportunities to write cards for Veterans &  donate food for TABLE! Thanks to everyone for your generosity! We delivered a stack of your handwritten thank yous to veterans at the Va Hospital in Durham & lifted a lot of spirits!! It was a very humbling experience & we are committed to do more next year at the holidays! We  delivered SIX boxes of food to Table, our local organization to help feed school children.

I just LOVED  being able to introduce so many of you to each other!!  I think at least one 'future date' and a few business referrals between all of you have been put "in the works " for a get-together amongst some of our clients. Being able to help foster connections is a bonus and one that I want to keep growing. If you have a service, run a business, or would like to start a group ( something fun or something serious ) let me know. Please think of me as a “connector”! I’m pleased to continue to be a referral source for you.

A VERY special thank you to Frank Rexford of Corporate Investors Mortgage Group for providing delicious sandwiches, great wine choices, and great fun conversation! Frank is a trusted resource for all things Mortgage!

AND NOW TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS…..!   Carol Hazlewood has won our Cutco ice cream scoop and pie server set!  The winner of a bottle of Bogle Pinot Noir generously donated by Frank Rexford, is Andre Ristaino!  Finally, the winner of our social media challenge (Post a photo of you with your pie) is Whitney Bulbrook of Carolina Venntures Mortgage!  Whitney has won our Deluxe Malibu Picnic Tote.  Congratulations to all of our winners We had lots of fun checking out all of your holiday fun with #MashasPieParty ! Thanks for sharing your great family photos with us!

We want to thank each and every one of you for coming to YOUR party and allowing us to express our gratitude for your friendship and business!  We are honored to give back to our clients.  Thank you so much for your continued referrals to friends and family!

Enjoy some of the pictures below and click here to see the full event on our website.

Keep an eye out for upcoming client appreciation events in the Spring! Please  share some ideas for things you would like to see us try out!


Chapel Hill Area Thanksgiving Events

by Masha Halpern

It's hard to believe but Thanksgiving is next week! From great places to dine to fun events that you can enjoy with your family, the Chapel Hill area offers plenty to choose from.

Enjoy this holiday season and take time to give thanks. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Holiday Blues Jam

Friday, Nov 26 9:00p to Saturday, Nov 27 12:30a at Papa Mojo's Roadhouse, Durham, NC. After a day of shopping stop by to enjoy some popular Triangle musicians for a jammin’ good time. Lots of great food too - come join in on the fun!!

Downtown Chapel Hill Lights Up Sunday Night

Make plans to watch as Chapel Hill lights up with energy saving LED snowflake lights next Sunday night throughout downtown.

With the holiday season fast approaching, plans are now set for the Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony and the lighting of the 22 foot tall Community Tree in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28. The ceremony is organized by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.

Enjoy the caroling of the church choir as Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt joins us as the guest tree lighter again this year. Don't forget your camera - children can meet Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus and have their pictures taken for free! The community tree will stay up through the holiday season. University Baptist Church is located at 100 S. Columbia St. at the corner of Columbia and Franklin streets.

The holiday parade, scheduled 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Dec. 11, is presented by the Chapel Hill Jaycees. The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and winds the entire length of Franklin Street to Carrboro Town Hall. Applications for parade participants will be accepted until Nov. 27. For more information visit

Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for NCCU Alumni Association

Saturday, Nov 20 8:00 am at Eagleland, Durham, NC
The Young Professional Experience (TYPE) will be assisting the NCCU Alumni Association this upcoming Saturday, November 20, 2010, from 8am until 11am in the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The food drive will benefit 10 area families in need. To volunteer or to donate please contact Carolyn Ramsey-Williams at 919 479-9613.



Give Thanks by Keeping a Grateful Journal

The point of Thanksgiving is to remember the things we have to be grateful for. It's our special time to give thanks... not just for the obvious, like food, but for the thousands of fortunate moments, the multitude of blessings that we receive each year.

That's not always as easy as it sounds. We tend to remember the bad things much more easily than the good. That's where this article comes in. using the tips below, you can make thankfulness an everyday habit. It's a skill that will benefit you throughout the year.

Begin by keeping a gratitude journal. Don't write down negative things; only positive ones. For example, "I'm grateful that I made it through that heavy rush hour traffic safely." "I'm grateful that I got to see a beautiful sunset." "I'm grateful that I have a class at school that I really like."

Think of all the good things that happened because something bad happened first. For example, "If that slow driver hadn't pulled in front of me, I would have gotten a speeding ticket." "If I hadn't tripped on the playground, I would never have met such a nice person." "If I hadn't experienced unemployment, I would never have acquired the skills that got me a more fulfilling job."

Don't focus on what you don't have. Focus on what you do have. For example: "I'm so fortunate to have a warm place to sleep in the winter." "I'm so fortunate to live in a safe neighborhood where I can take walks." "I'm so fortunate to be able to see the beauty around me."

Think about people you've known that have made you thankful for their existence. They can be family, friends or simply people that you've read about or seen on television. Imagine how many other people there are who might be equally as wonderful. You just haven't met them yet.

Think about people who have made life hard for you. Now think about the things you accomplished because of them. Did you finish something because they said that you couldn't? Did you get better at something because they made fun of you when you did it badly? Did their cruel actions make you vow never to treat others that way? Even the negative forces in your life can be hidden blessings, worthy of your gratitude.

Think about the animals that have given you joy: Dogs that love you with every inch of their hearts, cats that think your lap is the best place to nap in the whole world, birds whose songs uplift your spirit, squirrels whose antics put a grin on your face and so on.

Think about the places that make you smile: A favorite hangout, a wooded trail, an exciting city, a great spot from which to view the sky, a hill that you once rolled down. Give thanks for all these things.

Now pass it on. True gratitude involves action. Lend a hand. Pitch in. Make a gift. Give your time. Listen. Give back as often as you can. Even a friendly greeting can make all the difference in the world.

Create your own opportunities for gratitude. Do you know someone who never seems happy? Be ready with a smile and a kind word each time you see them. It may require patience, but eventually, they'll smile first when they see you. Your interactions with them will be much more pleasant. Guess what? You'll have a new reason to be thankful!

Let others know when they've done something that you're thankful for. For example, "I'll never forget how you stuck up for me. It meant a lot." "That email you sent really made my day." "You make shopping here a pleasure." An attitude of gratitude spreads like ripples from a tossed pebble, benefitting all it touches.

Remember that hard times make good times sweeter. Also keep in mind that obstacles and challenges not only make you stronger, but they force you to explore outside of the comfortable routine that you've settled into. Without challenges, there can be no progress. Without obstacles, there can be no achievement. Be thankful for the opportunities that they provide.

In conclusion, giving thanks is a powerful tool that can dramatically improve your life and the lives of those around you. Start by embracing gratitude's special day, then make it a habit!

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Masha Halpern of Keller Williams Realty provides real estate services in the Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area including real estate services for buyer, sellers and those relocating to the surrounding areas of Apex, Bahama,Cary, Efland, Hillsborough, Holly Springs, Mebane, Raleigh, and Wake Forest. Search for homes in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Durham or the surrounding communities.  Request a market analysis for your North Carolina property.  I list and sell residential real estate, investment property, vacant land, lots for sale in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Durham, North Carolina area.

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