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Christmas Light Safety Tips

by Misty Martinez

Beautiful, glittering Christmas lights make the whole neighborhood look festive and happy.  Lighting up your home for the holidays is fun, but it's important to make sure you do so safely.  Stick to these Christmas light safety tips to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for all.

Extension Cord Safety

Extension cords are often used to allow lights to reach all areas of the home and yard.  It's important to be careful and cautious in their use, however, to avoid fires and a tripping hazard.

Make sure you use appropriate extension cords for outdoor use.  Indoor cords are not designed to withstand the elements and can become damaged, creating a danger.  Be sure that you don't attach too many cords together either, as each attachment point is a potential danger.  Buy the right length extension cord rather than connecting multiple cords.

Place extension cords carefully so that no one trips on them when approaching your home.  Tape them down and keep them out of walkways and driveways.

Watch For Wear

Check your light strands and cords for any signs of wear each year and discard any that show any fraying or other damage.  A damaged cord or wire is a serious fire hazard as well as an electrocution hazard.  Look for broken bulbs as well.

Be sure everything is in good working order before you set it up for the holiday season to keep your home safe.

Caution With Kids And Pets

Using Christmas lights around kids and pets requires a little extra caution.  Be sure to keep wires and plugs hidden from babies who might be curious.  Keep a close eye on babies and young children when they are exploring their colorful new lighted world.

If you have a pet who might chew on wires, cover the wires or keep them off the ground as much as possible.  In some cases, it might be best to keep the lights outdoors and away from young children and animals.

Talk to older children about electrical safety and make sure they don't try to unplug or plug in the lights on their own.  Using a power strip with an on/off switch is a good way to allow kids to be able to turn the lights on and off without the danger of touching an outlet.

You can enjoy your Christmas lights safely with a little caution and pre-planning, and so can your entire family and neighbors, too.  Simply make sure everything works and is set up safely for a happy holiday filled with bright lights and cheer.

Budget Christmas Gifts for Teachers

by Misty Martinez

Everyone wants to show appreciation to their kids' teachers come Christmas, but buying gifts can add up fast, especially if you have more than one child or more than one teacher.  Put together a simple holiday gift every teacher will appreciate without hurting your Christmas budget with one of these great ideas.

Plant the Seeds Of Thanks

A great way to show appreciation is with flowers, but it means even more if you grow them yourself.  Pick up a packet of flower seeds and some basic pots.  Let your kids decorate the pot with markers, paint, stickers, glitter, and any other décor you can think of.

Fill each pot with a little potting soil and plant a seed.  Be sure to do this ahead of time so it will have time to sprout before you give it to the teacher.  This gift that continues to grow can stay in the pot, or the teacher can move it to their garden when spring comes around.

Bake Up Some Love

There's nothing quite like homemade cookies, and they are extra meaningful when you let your kids do the decorating.  Bake up a batch of basic sugar cookies, and give your kids frosting and sprinkles to create their own special cookies for their teachers.

Place the cookies on a paper plate and wrap the whole thing in decorative cellophane, which you can find at your local dollar store.  Tie it with a ribbon and you have a pretty and delicious treat that will be enjoyed not just for the flavor but also for the thought that was put into it.

A Cup of Warmth

Put together a sweet and warming treat for a teacher with a mug and a packet of hot chocolate mix.  Visit a local discount store to find holiday mugs at a great price, and pick up a box of hot chocolate mix packets.  Place one packet in each mug, and wrap with colorful cellophane.  Tie it off with a ribbon.

Any of these gifts will warm a teacher's heart, and you can finish them off by having your child make a personal holiday card with construction paper and some markers and stickers.  Let them draw a picture and sign the card themselves for the perfect holiday greeting to go along with that sweet homemade gift.

Say thank you and wish a teacher a wonderful holiday season, even on a budget, with any of these fabulous gift ideas.

Spring Break Shenanigans!

by Wendy Sanford

Spring Break brings thousands of patrons to Galveston Island every year! Businesses and beach rentals are booming, the weather is gorgeous and there is plenty to do!

This year, St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday and the Island has plenty in store for you! From live music and face painting to BBQ and Zumba, you want to be here this weekend!

Starting on Friday, March 17th, Saengerfest Park goes green with the Luck of the Irish BBQ! This free event starts at noon and runs until 8 PM. Benefitting the Ronald McDonald House, BBQ Chicken & Sausage plates will be $12 or 2 for $20. There is plenty of entertainment including live music, face painting, a silent auction and more! Located at 2300 Strand, Saengerfest Park hosts a myriad of events throughout the year.

If you’re looking for a bit more action, Total Fitness, located at 4910 Seawall Blvd, is hosting a Zumbathon from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM! Come shake it, shake it for 2 hours of non-stop dancing and prizes, only $5! Bring plenty of water and wear your green!

Downtown Galveston hosts three pubs; Molly’s, O’Malley’s and Murphy’s that will satisfy your green beer needs! Looking for a little late night snack? O’Malley’s serves up traditional pub fare, including a KILLER Reuben while Murphy’s will knock your socks off with their pizzas! Make sure to tip your servers 😉

Starting at 11 AM on Saturday, March 18th, Holy Family Parish’s St Patrick’s Day Festival begins! Located at 34th & Broadway, there is much to see and do. Green beer, wine bar, great food, live music, an Irish piper and Shenanigans for the kids… you could even win a car! You don’t want to miss out on this celebration!

Round your weekend out with some healthy fares from the Galveston’s Own Farmers Market from 9 AM – 1 PM on Sunday, March 19th. Get there early and sample all the tasty goods from local growers, chefs and more! Located at 2508 Postoffice Street just behind Antique Warehouse.

Whether you plan on spending the week at our newly expanded beaches or shopping in our Downtown Historical District, Galveston Island is THE place to be this Spring Break!

Galveston Lawn Care

by Jason Keeling


When your thinking of selling your home, often one of the forgotten selling points is the yard! The landscaping and lawn itself can really make or break a sale. Buyers often comment about a nice yard or say something like I love that house, but it would take years to get the yard back. Some good tips are: 

1) plan ahead and get the yard in shape before listing 

2) use a professional company that can do the work for you

3) use plants from the area - examples being go tropical on the island. Palms are cheap and grow quickly

4) outdoor lighting is inexpensive and adds a new dynamic at night

5) water regularly in the summer or consider a sprinkler system

6) for that last "pop" of clean before listings - get everything pressure washed!


Hopefully these tips will help you get more money for your home and get it SOLD faster! 


One local company that Ryson Real Estate uses is Raymond Banks Landscape services. They specialize in Galveston lawn service, and Galveston pressure washing

Bayside at Watermans

by Jason Keeling

I Manuel Gonzales III, Realtor with Ryson , was given a tour of two wonderful properties at Bayside at Waterman's by Holly Wade Realtor.

Bayside at Waterman's is located near Galveston Country Club, on Lake Como. The first level of the homes accommodates 4 vehicles and 2 golf carts, with an elevator giving access to the upper floors. The homes offer 4 to 6 bedrooms and floor plans from 4200 square feet plus.  Unobstructed views of the Bay with large floor to ceiling, sliding glass doors that open to a private community deck and pool suspended 17 feet in the air above the boat slips down below are just a few of the amenities . Every home will have a roof top observation deck for great views and relaxation. Also, with Waterman's fine restaurant as a neighbor who could ask for more? However, there is more! There are plans to build a boardwalk that will connect Galveston Country Club, Waterman's and Bayside Properties.  Lastly the Concierge Services that will be available really makes this development by Todd Edwards a unique resort style residential living in Galveston, Texas.  If you are interested in this type of property please contact me at: or 409-877-2116.

Should I Buy a Home Now?

by Jason Keeling

I'm often asked if this is a good time to buy a home. Some clients are concerned that home prices may fall down the road, while others are convinced that home prices will go up.

Home prices are one factor in determining your cost of ownership, but so are interest rates and financing availability. Even though interest rates have fluctuated, they are still near historic lows. Since your monthly mortgage payment is a combination of paying down your principal and paying the interest owed, a one point rise in interest rates could cost tens of thousands of dollars over the life of your mortgage!

While a home is a major investment, it is also the center of your personal life. It's important to live in a home that reflects your taste and values, yet is within your financial "comfort zone." To that end, it may be more important to lock in today's relatively low interest rates while they are still available.

Please give me a call if I can be of any assistance in determining how much home you can afford in today's market.

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Galveston TX 77551
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