Kate Hogan - Amherst MA Realtor


Home is where the heart is and we all want to make sure the heart of our home, our family, is healthy and happy. Creating a home that sets your family up for success towards becoming a healthier, and therefore happier family can lead to happy memories you can cherish forever. Keep reading for tips and habits you can enforce and lead by example in your home to encourage your family to make healthy choices both mentally and physically. Practice gratitude. At the end of each day, perhaps even around the dinner table review your family's favorite moments of the day and what they are grateful for. Creating space for these moments is akin to writing out gratitude lists which have been scientifically proven to help increase happiness. This habit also has the added benefit of bringing your family closer together . Spend time together at home. Whether it’s a weekly game night where your family gathers around the kitchen table to play board games, huddles up in the living room to play some video games or spend the day playing a game of ball in the backyard. Taking time to enjoy each other at home base creates happy memories and helps your family become more tight knit. Create zones in your house. Set up zones for activities such as tech only, homework, play, solo time and even family time to help encourage focus on the activity at hand while maintaining balance. By creating specific zones you help hardwire your family’s brains to focus on the activity at hand and allow a way for other members of the family to respect that person’s time while they are engaging in an activity. Healthy Choices. Set out bowls of fruits, pre-cut veggies to snack on and keep a jug of cold water on hand to guide your family towards healthy choices on their own. This works especially well with younger children so that you can allow them to make their own food choices at snack time and ensure you are making it easier for them to reach for the good stuff. Encourage physical activity. If you child is interested in an afterschool sport, practice being enthusiastic and supportive of their new interest. Spend time practicing with them in the backyard and volunteer to host their friends over for a group practice in the backyard. If your partner is interested in joining the gym or an adult league, leave room in your family’s schedule for them to easily stick to and enjoy their new commitment. Make relaxation easy for your family. Consider what each member of your family’s go-to technique to relax is and set up ways for them to easily do so. If your children love to draw or paint set up an art station they can easily access at their discretion. If your partner enjoys curling up with a good book and some hot tea arrange a bookcase with their favorite titles within reach and keep tea making supplies at the forefront of your cabinet. Get outside. Sometimes it's important to get out of the house too. A few times a month schedule times for family trips to get outside and visit nearby trails. Whether you walk, hike or ride bikes as a family getting outdoors to enjoy fresh air and be active will improve your family’s health and guarantee some quality time together. We all want health and happiness for the ones we love. You can help promote healthy habits that lead to increased happiness for your family with a little preparation and guiding by example. Working with, playing with, and supporting each other along the way will guarantee a healthier, more tight knit family with loads of memories to cherish for years to come.

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Moving to a new town can be overwhelming. We are creatures of habit and moving to a new home in a new town puts us totally out of our comfort zone overnight. Being uprooted from our communities and day to day routines can leave us feeling a little lost. If you plan to or recently have moved to a new town keep reading for some tips on how to feel at home in your new community. Introduce yourself. A great way to do this is by hosting a housewarming party and inviting new neighbors to attend alongside your family and friends. For the shy, taking a walk around the neighborhood and introducing yourself, if you happen to run into a neighbor, may feel like a more natural way to make your introductions. Explore the area. Whether it’s by car, bike, or foot get out there and discover your new neighborhood and town. Discover hidden gems and familiarize yourself with different routes you can use to get around. Shop local. Stop into the local restaurants and shops in your area. Becoming a regular at a spot to your particular liking can be a great way to become a part of the local community and even put you in a position to make some local friends. Play tourist. Get to know your new town by becoming familiar with the sites and places of note it is famous for. Check out the visitor center, community center and/or town hall for information on the attractions that make your town unique. Meetup. Hop online and browse the site Meetup.com for any groups in your local area that are interested in the same hobbies and/or activities as you. This is a great way to find your niche in your new community. If you are shy it is a great way to make friends in the area since you will have something in common with group members right off the bat. Go off the beaten path. Research where the local trails are in your area and pick a day to explore one. Being in nature is a great stress reliever, which is perfect after a big move. A lot of areas offer group walks along their trails which are a great way to meet other community members. Volunteer. Another great way to meet others in the community is by volunteering for local organizations. Not only will you be helping those in need within the community but you will be working side by side with others who enjoy helping as well. Read local. Pick up the local paper or join some of your area’s related Facebook pages to find out about events happening in your new town. Attending ones that pertain to your interests or even some that push your comfort zone will get you out and socializing with your fellow townspeople. While immersing yourself in the community of your new town can leave you feeling a little bit like the new kid in class, it doesn’t have to be quite so painful. With a little bravery and willingness to get out of the house, you will be sure to feel at home in your new community in no time.

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This Condo in Northampton, MA recently sold for $194,000. This Townhouse style home was sold by Kate Hogan - Sawicki Real Estate.


416 Fairway Village, Northampton, MA 01052

Condo

$199,900
Price
$194,000
Sale Price

5
Rooms
2
Beds
1/1
Full/Half Baths
This is the one you’ve been waiting for! Prime location at Fairway Village with views of Northampton Country Club, close to walking trails, Look Park, area amenities and an assortment of restaurants in downtown Florence/Northampton. Private location at the end of the complex near the 5th hole. Attached garage. Inside you will find a beautiful, welcoming, well maintained open floor plan, updated flooring, kitchen with newer appliances, half bath, dining area, newer slider out to private patio, and spacious living room with bay window. Upstairs there is a full bath with double vanity,master bedroom with bay window, 2nd bedroom, an office space, and storage. On the lower level there is a finished bonus room and separate laundry area with cedar closet. Schedule to see it today! Easy to maintain!

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This Single-Family in Amherst, MA recently sold for $339,000. This Cape style home was sold by Kate Hogan - Sawicki Real Estate.


41 Berkshire Terrace, Amherst, MA 01002

Single-Family

$349,000
Price
$339,000
Sale Price

7
Rooms
3
Beds
2
Baths
Location!! Don't miss this adorable, sun-filled 3bed/2bath Cape located just steps away from UMass-Amherst. Once inside you'll feel the warmth and inviting comfort of the spacious living room with hardwood floors and built-in storage. The chef of the house will appreciate the tiled kitchen with dual-fuel gas cooktop range/electric oven, Corian counters, well-designed custom cabinetry and wood stove! Hardwood dining room lends itself well to entertaining with sliding glass doors to the deck and spacious backyard. The upstairs master bedroom offers built-in custom cabinetry, naturally-lit en suite bath with cast iron tub imported from Portugal, Italian tile, and sink and faucets from France! Second and third bedroom are on the main level and are separated by the second full bath. Extras include: custom window coverings, replacement windows, new front walkway, private front entry to dining room, and spacious 1-car garage with opener. Showing begin Saturday October 29th at noon!

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Categories: Sold Homes  
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