Go Local Wednesday – The Nutcracker


Looks like the weather finally go the memo that we are now in winter and will be sending some cooler weather our way this weekend.  What better way to enjoy this cooling trend than a performance by the Russian Ballet of “The Nutcracker.”  Performing at the Lake Eola Amphitheater on Saturday, December 19th at 7:30PM.

The Russian Academy of Ballet is directed by Katerina Fedotova.  Katerina is a fourth generation ballet dancer from the Ukraine.  She has performed worldwide as the principle dancer in ballet classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet and many others.

Get out this weekend, enjoy the weather and take in this beautiful performance!

Image Credit: Patrick Fatica

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”


While there may not be any snow falling near us, the spirit of Christmas is certainly present!  Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center will be showing the Dr. Seuss classic “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” through Dec. 13th.

This adaptation from the book includes songs like ‘Fah Who Doraze’ and ‘You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.’  Follow Cindy-Lou Who through this heart lifting story of the spirit of Christmas with your kids, or wake up your kid at heart.

Image Credit: Dr. Phillips Center

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Go Local Wednesday -Juice’d Orlando


I don’t know about the rest of you, but I go into full “weight-panic” during the holidays.  So many scrumptious options to choose from!  High caloric, high sugar content, high carb options abound everywhere I turn.  And it would just be rude for me to turn them down.  But Juice’d Orlando is here to help.

Juice’d is Thornton Park’s newest organic cold pressed juice bar and superfood cafe.  Offering delicious and healthy options to keep you on track and you can leave all the guilt behind.  They opened in November and already boast a very healthy following.

Go and check them out!  If you’re like me, you’ll be surprised they’re so delicious and nutritious!

Image Credit: Twitter.com/Juiced

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Winter on the Avenue


Winter Park is one of our favorite communities! They always have great events going on and tonight they will be hosting another, the Winter On The Avenue and annual Christmas Tree lighting.  The event runs from 5PM – 10PM and offers a lot of fun activities for the whole family.

There will be an ice skating rink available for $12/person for skate rentals.  Along Park Avenue the shops will host their open house and be participating in a holiday window contest.  Children’s choirs will be singing as the tree is lit from 5PM-6:30PM.  They are even offering Popcorn Flick in the Park featuring “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and “Home Alone.”

As the evening winds down, there will be two separate jazz performances from 7PM-10PM featuring Johnny Mag Sax at N. Park Ave. and Blue Bamboo Music at S. Park Ave.

So get the bunch together and get into the Christmas spirit!

Image Credit: Winter Park Chamber of Commerce

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Go Local Wednesday – Mills50 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl


“Tis the season to be jolly!”  What better way to go local than by joining the Mills50 Business District in their 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl?  I truly can’t think of  one!  For $10 you get a wristband to take advantage of drink specials at 13 area locations.  Pick up your wristband at Wally’s or Thirsty Topher and rock until you drop!  Just remember to enjoy responsibly.  Don’t miss this wonderful event!

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Monday Market Report: The top 6 reasons to sell your home before the new year

There is still time to sell your home or make a move before the end of the year! And why wait, there are tons of reasons why we should all say ‘tis the season to sell. Here are the top 6 reasons why you should not wait until 2016 to make your move.

6 reasons to sell

  1. If you are a home seller, the number of listings will decline this holiday season.  There has been a consecutive decline in the number of listings for sale for the last four months . When there is limited supply you have more leverage to get the terms you want.
  2. That brings me to number 2. If you wait to list your home until the new year…like everyone else…then you will be competing with all of those sellers in the new year.
  3. Interest rates are still amazing. If you are selling your home to buy another, there is no good reason to wait. The fed is expected to raise the rates as we head into the new year. Now, they have been saying that for a long time and maybe it won’t happen; but why would you risk it!  It is inevitable that it will happen next year.
  4. The homes values have been on the rise for a while. It is unlikely we’ll see the same kind of gains in 2016 as we have in the last few years. So if you’re waiting because you think you’ll make more money in 2016; consider this, as interest rates increase, many buyers will be priced out of the market in the new year or move into a different price range. As this happens the demand for your home will decline.
  5. If you are like many of us, you may have time off of work this holiday season. If you have to pack and move, it is always easier if you are already off of work rather than having to take a vacation day to pack!
  6. And last but not least, the weather is nice this time of year! There is not a better time to be lugging boxes and furniture around than December.

Thinking of selling or want more insight into what 2016 may hold for our real estate market?  Call or email me today. Kathryn@ThinkLiveBe.com 407-494-2820

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Who Says There’s Nothing To Do In Orlando – Light Up UCF


For the eighth year Light Up UCF returned last Friday.  Light Up UCF is an annual Winter Wonderland featuring an outdoor skating rink outside of the CFE Arena on the University of Central Florida campus.  This years theme is “50 Night of Music, Lights and Ice.”

This very affordable and family friendly event offering an 8,000 square foot outdoor ice skating rink, rides, and holiday attractions. Plus it will be SNOWING every evening!

In addition to the fan favorite Ice Rink Pavilion, the Hunter Vision Ferris Wheel, Blizzard ride, the Arctic Glide Ice Slide and Santa’s Workshop, there are several free opportunities for families including the Holiday Film Festival shown on a giant two-story screen and the Holiday Light Show  with thousands of lights choreographed to seasonal musical selections and falling snow!
Put this on holiday to-do list!  It’s definitely on ours!  For more information click here.

Image Credit: lightupucf.com

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