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November
28

6 Tips for Storing Your Holiday Decorations

Holiday Home Tips

Many homeowners love to deck the halls and turn their homes into winter wonderlands – but when the holidays are over, those decorations become more of a nuisance than a source of joy.

Before you head to your local store to stock up on holiday decorations, have a plan for how you'll store them in an organized manner. 

Thankfully, our real estate agents know a thing or two about packing and storage. Try out a few of the tips below to take the hassle out of packing up your holiday decorations this year. 

  1. Put Old Shipping Boxes to Work
    Got some leftover boxes from all of those gifts you ordered online this year? Recycle them as ornament boxes instead. Plastic and felt ornaments can go right in the box, but it's a good idea to wrap delicate ornaments in tissue paper or paper towels first. Be sure to label each box clearly and place them close to each other in your garage, attic, closet, or other storage areas. You'll want to make it easy to round them all up next year.

  2. Use a Shoe Organizer for Gift Wrap Supplies
    If you have a treasure trove of scraps of wrapping paper and ribbons to put away, consider investing in a shoe organizer to hold it all. These convenient tools attach to the back of your bedroom or closet door and give you rows upon rows of pouches for all your wrapping supplies. Large rolls of wrapping paper may not fit easily here, but all those extra odds and ends can be stored in their own pouches. As a plus, this tip keeps all of those supplies easily accessible for other gift-giving occasions throughout the year!

  3. Create Your Own Ornament Chest
    Ornament chests are wonderful contraptions that allow you to store your holiday ornaments in individual padded segments. They can be a bit pricey at most retailers, though. Why not make your own instead? Just glue some plastic or paper cups onto some cardboard trays, then layer them inside a larger box to create a tiered ornament chest. You can add some cotton balls, tissue paper, or packing peanuts to the cups to keep your ornaments safe if you're worried about them. 

  4. Re-Use Food Containers for Ornaments
    Conveniently, many holiday ornaments are just about the same size as common food items. Smaller ones fit perfectly inside egg cartons. Re-using old packaging like this is not just an affordable and eco-friendly solution – it also takes advantage of carefully engineered packaging structures that will protect your ornaments from damage.

  5. Keep Your Lights Tangle-Free
    Got too many strings of lights to keep them all straight? Wrap each string around a cardboard tube or a small flat box. This makes the strings easier to store and avoids tangles during the storage process. If you don't have any boxes or tubes, you can also wind your lights into a circle, then secure them with a bit of masking tape. 

  6. Wrangle Those Wreaths
    It's all too easy to accidentally crush a holiday wreath. Finding a good place to put these items can be tricky due to their odd shape and relatively bulky size. The best solution is to hang them up like a rack of clothes. Hang your wreaths and garlands from clothes hangers, then insert the top of the hanger through the bottom of a heavy-duty trash bag. You can then hang that bagged wreath on a clothing rack in your closet or garage. 

Always feeling like you're running out of storage space? A larger home can give you more breathing room for both storage and everyday living. Contact us to learn more about our Round Rock homes for sale and find the perfect property for your needs.

November
21

Giving Tuesday: Nonprofits in Central Texas

Giving Tuesday

In the United States, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is recognized as "Giving Tuesday." This is a chance for people all over the country to make a positive difference by donating or volunteering at nonprofits. Our real estate agents know this is important to many people all throughout Central Texas.

When you look at Round Rock homes for sale, you'll be within a short drive of many nonprofits. Events take place on a regular basis, giving you fresh opportunities to get involved with the community. Below, we list just a few of the many reputable nonprofits in and around Round Rock.

There is never a wrong time to get involved with a cause you love. When you're making plans for Giving Tuesday, consider these options:

  • Shadow Cats Rescue – See Website for Location Information in Round Rock, TX
    Shadow Cats Rescue is a leading local nonprofit in the field of animal care. Volunteers provide long-term care to cats with special needs, such as those who cannot be homed in a traditional environment due to diseases like FLV. Shadow Cats Rescue also sponsors Trap, Neuter, and Return (TNR) programs that help manage the population of outdoor cats. Abused, abandoned, feral, stray, and injured cats can qualify.

  • United for the People – 402 West Palm Valley Boulevard, Suite 177, Round Rock, TX 78664
    United for the People is based in Austin and provides services all throughout Central Texas for veterans who need help with their disability claims. Disability claims for veterans can be challenging and complex, and the level of disability determined by the VA drastically affects each candidate's access to benefits. A United for the People volunteer can guide veterans through the application process and its follow-up.

  • Ladders for Leaders – See the Website for Location Information in Round Rock, TX
    Ladders for Leaders is dedicated to helping children, particularly students of under-served backgrounds, to develop plans for their future. It specializes in areas including career counseling and planning. Students can access age-appropriate work experience opportunities and also have the chance to make money. The flagship summer internship program connects students with eager employers.

  • Central Texas SPCA – 909 South Bagdad Road, Leander, TX 78641
    Central Texas SPCA is the local branch of the highly popular and trusted independent no-kill shelter for a diverse range of different animals. As of today, more than 7,000 dogs, cats, and other animals have been sheltered, cared for, and temporarily homed until finding their forever family. It grants you a wonderful way to meet a new companion not far from Leander homes for sale.

  • Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. – 5300 County Road 279, Leander, TX 78641
    Open My World Therapeutic Riding Center, Inc. helps people in need with one-on-one riding instruction and its proven mental health benefits. The organization focuses on clients who suffer from physical and psychological or developmental disabilities. Each client receives plenty of individualized attention and is carefully matched up with a horse with whom they can develop a deep and special bond.

Contact us to find out more about real estate opportunities in Central Texas.

November
14

Order Holiday Pies at These Round Rock Spots

Pie Round Rock

Delicious holiday pies can be an important part of any festive season. That's certainly true here near Round Rock homes for sale. Although Texas is probably best known for the pecan or praline pie, your options are limitless when you look around at local bakeries near Round Rock.

If you have a hankering for pie this holiday season, our real estate agents might just have a suggestion or two. Check out these Round Rock spots for some of the best pies you'll find in the Lone Star State:

  • Paige's Bakehouse – 110 East Anderson Avenue, Suite #400, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Paige's Bakehouse makes it sweet and easy to order a pie for delivery right to your door in Round Rock – just pick what you want and provide 72 hours notice. There are cake pops, cookies, and (of course) all kinds of pies to enjoy. Among the headliners here are the coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie, and vegan brownies. The vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free confections make it welcoming to everyone.

  • Tumble 22 Hot Chicken – 2111 North Interstate 35, Round Rock, TX 78664
    If you find yourself hankering for hot chicken, why not stop by Tumble 22 Hot Chicken? That name may not scream "pies," but prepare to be pleasantly surprised. In addition to the "O.G. Chicken Sandwich" that anchors the menu, you'll also discover a smattering of delectable desserts – with pies aplenty among them. Served dine-in or on the patio, they're great for cooling down after hot chicken!

  • Texan Cafe & Pie Shop – 207 East Street, Hutto, TX 78634
    The Texan Cafe & Pie Shop near Hutto homes for sale makes all of its tasty offerings from scratch each morning. Inspired by U.S. Route 66, it centers on hearty food made from scratch. On the expansive dessert menu, you'll always find apple pie, banana cream pie, blackberry cream pie, blueberry banana cream pie, blueberry pie, and cherry pie.

  • The Sweet Tooth Parlor – 808 East Palm Valley Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78664
    The Sweet Tooth Parlor is renowned across Round Rock for both its pies and its special occasion cakes. The menu is seasonal and changes regularly, but classics like apple pie, cherry pie, pecan pie, and Texas buttermilk pie or sweet potato pie are always available. When you have a special occasion, you might consider the tiramisu, rum cake, red velvet cheesecake, or King Cake available all year round.

  • Papi's Pies – 10 Chisholm Trail, Round Rock, TX 78681
    Established in 2012, Papi's Pies has made a name for itself as one of the best places to get fresh pie right here in Round Rock. On any given day, you can sample delights like strawberry rhubarb pie, tres leches, chocolate or coconut cream, Dutch apple, cherry, pumpkin, and bourbon pecan. Papi's has introduced salteñas to the area – a delicate oven-baked, meat-filled pastry.

Ready to find a home where you can host all your holiday gatherings? Contact us to discover the very best in Round Rock real estate.

December
20

Round Rock: Local Holiday Shopping Guide

Holiday Shopping Round Rock

Have you left some of your holiday shopping until the last minute? You're not alone! Life gets busy this time of year, and sometimes the holidays arrive sooner than you think. Thankfully, Round Rock is home to plenty of local businesses where you can find unique and useful gifts for everyone on your list. Here are a few local shops our real estate agents recommend for your last-minute shopping.

  • The Mercantile on Main: 109 E. Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    The Mercantile on Main
    is a boutique gift shop that carries many different products, from candles to coffee mugs. Most items are made by local artisans and businesses. This is a great shop to visit for stocking stuffers and small items, as they have a great collection of dip mixes, sauces, natural cosmetics, and jewelry.

    If you're shipping gifts to someone out of town, The Mercantile on Main offers lots of unique, Texas-themed items. A coffee mug that says "Round Rock, Texas" will make most anyone smile. 

  • Mays Street Boutique: 2001 N. Mays Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Mays Street Boutique is a great shop to visit for clothing, shoes, jewelry, and home decor. They have a great selection of loungewear, maxi dresses, and flannels. If your recipient is trying to decorate a home, this is the place to go for unique wall art and decor.

    This boutique carries Bridgewater items in the best-selling scent, Sweet Grace. With notes of passion fruit and sparkling tea, it's a scent anyone on your list is sure to love. They carry car air fresheners, sachets, room sprays, bath bombs, and more.

  • 3 Star Candy Shop: 113 E. Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Who doesn't love candy? As a locally-owned candy store, 3 Star Candy Shop is the perfect place to stop for last-minute holiday gifts. They carry more than 500 types of sweets including chocolates, hard candies, retro candies, and sour treats.

    In addition to candy, this shop sells 49 different types of root beer and 17 different cream sodas. An assortment of small-brand sodas would make a lovely gift for someone with a sweet tooth. Make sure you pick up something sweet for yourself while you're there, too.

  • The Bell Collection: 214 N. Lampasas Street, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Take a break from looking at Round Rock homes for sale, and stop by The Bell Collection to do some holiday shopping. This local store sells unique jewelry for everyone on your list. They offer bell pendants, bracelets, earrings, and more.

    The Bell Collection is also known for its jewelry gift sets. The sets come with a sterling silver necklace chain, a polishing cloth, and a uniquely crafted bell pendant made in Italy.

  • Rhae: 306 W. Main Street, Suite 11, Round Rock, TX 78664
    Rhae
    is a boutique apparel store specializing in size-inclusive styles. They carry a lovely assortment of apparel for women of all sizes, and they also have a good selection of beauty items, home decor, and accessories.

    Rhae is a great place to pick up a few holiday ornaments or some holiday cards. The lip balms and bronzers from Glam & Grace make wonderful stocking stuffers.

Round Rock is lucky to have so many wonderful, locally-owned shops to provide last-minute holiday gifts. This is one reason so many people love living here! If you're thinking about moving, please contact us to learn more about our real estate services.

December
13

How to Give Back This Holiday Season in Central Texas

Central Texas Non-profits

Giving back is one of the best ways to celebrate the holidays. Join our real estate agents in showing gratitude this holiday season with a donation of time or money to one or more of these worthy causes around Central Texas.

  • Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties - Alan R. Baca Senior Center, 301 W. Bagdad, Bldg. 2, Round Rock, TX 78665 
    Help make the holidays festive for seniors and disabled adults near Round Rock homes for sale. Contribute to or volunteer for Meals on Wheels of Williamson & Burnet Counties, which delivers nearly a quarter of a million meals each year. In addition to providing nutritious dining, volunteers with Meals on Wheels offer opportunities for social engagement to people who are restricted to their own homes.

  • Round Rock Area Serving Center - 1099 E. Main St., Round Rock, TX 78664
    Do you want to contribute time or money, but you're not sure what would be your best fit? Round Rock Area Serving Center is a multipurpose resource with a mission to give "a helping hand for neighbors and food for the hungry." Opportunities include working in their on-site thrift shop or food pantry, or you can conduct your own food drive or other charitable function. Drop off donations of money or food between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

  • Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter - 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626
    Our four-legged friends also need some holiday love. The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter is the only organization dedicated to rescuing lost and abandoned animals around Georgetown homes for sale. This year, the shelter is in need of volunteers more than ever. The minimum age is 12, so families can spend quality time together caring for rescued dogs and cats. You may even find yourself taking home a new member! Shelter hours are noon - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Habitat for Humanity - 2108 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown, TX 78626
    For many disadvantaged families, a home of their own can feel like an unattainable dream. Help these families find stability and security by supporting Habitat for Humanity. This iconic organization works to create affordable housing for everyone. No experience is required to work in the field building homes. You can also work at or shop in ReStore, their home improvement store with deeply discounted building materials, furniture, appliances, and decor. Office hours are weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., while ReStore is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Senior Access - 2498 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock, TX 78665
    Aging happens to everyone, but it doesn't have to mean a loss of independence. Senior Access allows seniors to maintain their own homes by providing transportation via volunteer drivers. Their Senior Buddy program pairs clients with volunteers who run errands, make weekly check-in calls and add some much-needed social interaction. Consider giving a monetary donation or volunteering. 

Want to be a part of the amazing community around Round Rock and Central Texas? Contact us at RE/MAX Capital City for knowledgeable help buying or selling a home. 

November
22

Small Business Saturday: Where to Shop Near Cedar Park

Cedar Park Shopping

The holidays are almost here, and this year our area's small businesses need our support more than ever! Whether you're looking for the perfect gift for that special someone or something special for yourself, there are plenty of great options right here in the Cedar Park area. 

Our real estate agents love telling new residents about all their favorite local shops. Whether you want to wait for Small Business Saturday or you're ready to start now, we recommend paying a visit to each of these shops. 

  • Beau Kisses: 1310 E Whitestone Blvd #540, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    If you're looking for unique gifts for all your friends and family members, you'll want to check out Beau Kisses. This adorable shop carries a wide variety of clothing, accessories, bath and body products, candles, home decor, seasonal items, and more. If you can't decide, a gift card makes a great stocking stuffer! 
  • Honey & Hay: 2800 E Whitestone Blvd #105, Cedar Park, TX
    A one-stop shop of curated treasures, Honey & Hay carries a variety of home decor, furnishings, clothing, jewelry, baby items, gifts, and more. The owners of this shop are passionate about finding unique pieces, and you never know what you're going to find here. If you buy one of the beautiful Cedar Park homes for sale, Honey & Hay is sure to become one of your favorites! 
  • Jacks Mountain Self-Care Co.: 2423 S. Bell Blvd. Suite A, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    Do you know someone who needs a bit of pampering? If so, a gift from Jacks Mountain Self-Care Co. is a great idea! This store carries an incredible selection of herbal teas, essential and infused oils, bath soaks, salves, and more. Want to give a gift that keeps on giving? Check out their monthly Herbal Care Packages. 
  • Titan Moon Comics: 1540 Cypress Creek Road Suite #108, Cedar Park, TX 78613
    If you have a comic book fan on your shopping list you are bound to find something they'll love at Titan Moon Comics. This local store offers a little bit of everything including comic books, Funkos, Magic the Gathering cards, and collectible supplies. Not sure what your giftee already has in their collection? You can't go wrong with a gift card! 
    • Hill Country Water Gardens: 1407 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
      Need a gift for the gardener in your life? Or looking for something to spruce up your home? Check out Hill Country Water Gardens. This is the area's go-to shop for beautiful pottery, plants, fountains, art, sculptures, and more. Even if you don't know much about gardening, you'll still be able to choose a great gift. The staff here is super friendly and knowledgeable and will be happy to help you impress that special someone. 

    The great shopping options are just one of the many things to love about living in the Cedar Park area. If you're ready to find your dream home here, we can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals. 

    November
    1

    Seasonal Scents to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

    Seasonal Scents

    The holiday season is on its way, and many homeowners are thinking about how to bring their favorite seasonal scents into their homes.  

    Scented candles are the obvious solution, but what if you prefer a natural aroma instead? Our real estate agents use the five methods described below to create an enticing atmosphere in many of our Round Rock homes for sale around the holidays.

    • Decorate with Plants
      Fresh trees play a big part in many people's holiday traditions, and their crisp, natural scent is unmistakable. If you aren't ready to put up a full-sized Christmas tree just yet, bringing some fresh-cut tree branches into your house will give you the same aroma without all of the hassles. While the classic choice is pine, many other types of coniferous trees work well for this too, including cedar, cypress, and spruce. 

    • Start a Simmer Pot 
      A simmer pot is like an old-fashioned stovetop air freshener. This technique is hundreds of years old and uses water vapor to spread pleasant scents throughout your house. To make your own simmer pot, place some fragrant items (orange peels, cloves, and cinnamon work well, especially together) in a pot of shallow water. Put that pot on the stove and allow the water to heat up to a gentle simmer, then wait for the scent to spread. You can keep a simmer pot going for as long as you like – just make sure to top up the water periodically so you don't burn the other contents.  

    • Make Your Own Potpourri 
      Potpourri is a great holiday scent solution because it doubles as a festive decoration. There are many versions available on store shelves, but it's so easy to make your own that you may as well give it a try. Start with a base of dried flowers, fruit, and greenery, then mix it with scented oils to strengthen the fixture's scent profile. Choose your components based on both how pretty they look and how well their scents mix together. Some popular holiday potpourri components include cranberry, cinnamon, evergreen, and poinsettia petals. 

    • Use Essential Oils 
      Essential oils are made from the concentrated essence of plants, fruits, and other substances, so they produce very strong scents. You can use an oil diffuser or your humidifier to easily spread these scents throughout your house, mixing them as desired until you get the perfect festive fragrance. So which types of oils should you use? Classic festive oils like orange and pine work great, but you can also try out some other thematically appropriate scents.
       
    • Do Some Baking 
      There is nothing quite so enticing as the smell of freshly baked goodies, so why even try to replicate it? Get the real thing by whipping up a batch of snickerdoodle cookies, fruitcake, gingerbread squares, or whatever holiday treat you prefer. The scent of warm sugar, butter, and spices will linger in your house for hours, and you and your family will also get to enjoy the delicious treat you've made.  

    The holidays won't be here forever, so make the most of the festive season while it lasts. Try out some of our festive scent ideas to make your home feel warm and inviting as the cooler weather sets in – and if you're still looking for a home around Round Rock, remember that our real estate expertise is always available to you. Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you find an idyllic home to host family celebrations for years to come. 

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