St Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show is happening today through Sunday. Dec 5th-Dec 8th. Largest power & sailboat show on the Gulf Coast. Gorgeous weather today-sunny, clear and around 72 degrees! Tickets are available at stpeteboatshow.com

The holiday season has officially started in downtown St Petersburg, Florida! Even though it’s sunny, clear and 80 degrees here, the snowy winter scene has arrived. There are so many things to do in the next few weeks. Listed below are just a few for this weekend to get you started. For more events go to: http://www.stpete.org/portal-things-to-do.php and https://www.visitstpeteclearwater.com/things-to-do and https://ilovetheburg.com/

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Shopapalooza, Vinoy Park (Saturday & Sunday)
Start the holidays at the LocalShops1’s Shopapalooza. For two-days  more than 200 local vendors, music, food, kids games and more. Visit Shopapalooza’s website for details. 10am-5pm both Saturday and Sunday. Vinoy Park, 701 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Christmas Light Maze, St. Petersburg at Tropicana Field (All Weekend)
The largest Christmas Light Maze in the world is officially open at Tropicana Field. Millions of lights will illuminate a skating rink, a Christmas Village, a holiday shopping market and food/drink vendors.  To make a reservation & tickets  Click HERE    Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive. Through the end of December.

Snow!! Yes, snow in St Pete, Sundial St. Pete (All Weekend)
Shopping, dining and snow falling in the courtyard nightly. Yes, even in FLORIDA!! Snow falls from 6:30-9pm. Sundial St. Pete, 153 2nd Avenue North.

Santa Parade and Tree Lighting in North Straub Park
Join the City of St. Petersburg, Florida USA and St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation for the illuminated Santa Parade & Tree Lighting on Saturday. Following the Santa Parade, Mayor Rick Kriseman lights up the downtown waterfront in North Straub Park for St. Petersburg’s annual Tree Lighting. 6-10pm. PARADE ROUTE: Albert Whitted Park, 480 Bayshore Dr. SE., and runs along Bayshore Dr. to Fifth Ave. NE. Tree Lighting takes place at North Straub Park, 400 Bayshore Drive Northeast.

Come join us on November 20th from 3-4:30 & learn about the Sept 2019 Florida Realtors Trade Mission to DUBAI. Please register in advance-it’s FREE!        https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/  

This month Kevin Batdorf, Cyndee Haydon, Corina Silva and Annalisa Weller will discuss their visit with the Florida Realtor Outbound Trade Mission to Dubai-the possibilities for building a real estate business relationship, Cityscape, Expo 2020, and much more!

Reserve your seat for our international marketing session and network with those who view the world as their market. https://pinellasrealtor.org/education-and-events-calendar/

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One way to give a kitchen an inexpensive update: Stylish knobs and pulls for your cabinetry. The choices are abundant, and they can dramatically enhance your kitchen’s look. But how do you choose the right style? 

By: Melissa Dittmann Tracey

Knobs vs. Pulls

White kitchen cabinets with black knobs

Photo by MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc.

Two of the most popular choices are knobs or pulls. You’ll find plenty of choices in knobs, from rounded to squared edges. Knobs tend to be cheaper and easier to install, and they’re more fitting in a traditional kitchen.

A home bar, with win fridge, glass cabinets, and white cabinets with stainless steel bar hardware
Photo by PB Kitchen Design

Pulls come in a variety of lengths and tend to be more contemporary. The most common length for a pull is three to four inches, according to the DC Drawers Blog(link is external). You’ll want to carefully consider the size: Too small of a pull can look underwhelming, while too large of a pull can be overwhelming. Pulls are usually positioned vertically on cabinets and horizontally on drawers. However, some contemporary styles employ horizontal pulls for both.

Mix and Match

Many homeowners nowadays are opting to use both pulls and knobs in their kitchen design. They may use a combo of pulls on the cabinet doors and knobs for the drawers.

White kitchen island with silver bar hardware for the island cabinets

Photo by collaborative interiors

Find the Right Style

Make sure the cabinet hardware fits your kitchen style. Here are a few insights into some trending hardware choices.

Bar pulls: For a contemporary style, bar pulls are a popular choice. These can have straight lines or curved barrel handles. They tend to work especially well on Shaker cabinets but can also provide a little twist on a more traditional door, according to Cabinets.com.(link is external)

A home bar, with win fridge, glass cabinets, and white cabinets with stainless steel bar hardware
Photo by PB Kitchen Design

Bin pulls or cup pulls: These upside-down, cup-shaped pulls can offer a vintage feel to a kitchen. They tend to be combined with small knobs on surrounding cabinetry. They offer a more relaxed, casual look in a kitchen.

White cabinet hutch with cup pull hardware

Photo by Martha O’Hara Interiors

Choose Your Metal

Cabinet hardware comes in a variety of finishes. Contrasting your finish can make more of a statement, too. Darker cabinet finishes tend to fit better with lighter hardware, while lighter cabinets—like your white kitchen—tend to work better with darker hardware.

Dark wood kitchen cabinets, with stainless steel pull out bar hardware

Photo by Andre Rothblatt Architecture

Traditional favorites: Chrome or brushed nickel have long been favorite finishes in cabinet hardware. But gone are the days where you need to worry about matching your faucet to your cabinet hardware. The Spruce website(link is external) offers some insights on popular finish combos: For a brushed nickel or brushed stainless faucet, opt for antique pewter, bronze, satin brass, or oil-rubbed bronze for the cabinetry hardware. For a chrome faucet, you might pair it with black, pewter, or a dark bronze.

Polished brass hardware: To make a bigger statement with a contemporary twist for your cabinets, try brass. This will make hardware look like jewelry for your kitchen.

Dark kitchen cabinets with brass metal bar hardware

Photo by Elizabeth Lawson Design

There will be two events held by Pinellas International Council at Pinellas Realtor Organization, both of which one must register.

The first one will be on this Wednesday, October 16th starting 3 pm. I will be speaking on why one should consider attending the National Association of Realtors conferences and attend global meetings, gather information on international properties, attend educational sessions and enjoy face-to-face networking with realtors from around the world without even needing a passport! If you can not attend the conference in San Francisco this November, this session will be good for planning for next year’s conferences. This is FREE but you MUST REGISTER.

The second event is on Oct 23rd starting at 9 am, when returning speakers Brent Barkway, Business Development Manager, and Marc Weintraub, Managing Partner of the Florida office of Bailey & Glasser, will address Helping your Global Clients Invest in the Tampa Bay Area. They will help you understand what the Tampa Bay has to offer including Foreign Direct Investments, export assistance  & updates in the economic developments. You will learn about which VISAs are best suited for International Investors so you be more knowledgeable for your investors. Remember to refer your buyers to the experts on these subjects. You MUST REGISTER and PIC members receive $5 discount on this event.

Hope to see you at both events!

 

Oct 16, 2019 Marketing Session NAR Annalisa

 

Oct 23, 2019 Helping your clients invest in the Tampa Bay

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You don’t want to miss this. Today, Sept 21st, 2019 is FREE Museum Day in St. Pete!! 
The following museums are offering free or discounted admissions. Please check with the museums for hours & discounts.

Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Avenue
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
The James Museum, 150 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
The Dali Museum, 1 Dali Boulevard (Free admission for Pinellas County residents with ID only)

Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate on the 30-year loan declined to 3.55% from last week’s 3.60%. One year ago, the rate was 4.51%.

Source: Long-Term Mortgage Rates Near Historic Lows — 30-Year 3.55%

girl doing school work via Pixabay
Source: Pixabay

 

Here on the cusp of fall, parents around the country are preparing for a new school year. To help out, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite back-to-school supplies from certified Green Business Network (GBN) members that will make your star student the most sustainable kid in class.

 

1. Palila II Back Pack

backpack from Naturally PlayfukThe Palila II backpack from Naturally Playful ($34) is made from recycled bottles and is completely free of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and AZO dyes. The backpack’s also has plenty of convenient pockets and ergonomic shoulder straps for comfort.

 

2. Recycled Index Cards

 

recycled index cardsStock up on Naturally Playful’s recycled index cards ($1.50/pack), made in the USA with 40 percent post consumer paper.

 

3. Post Consumer 3 Ring Binder

 

RebinderThese post-consumer 3 ring binders (one-inch for $10 and two-inch for $12) from EcoPaper are recyclable, durable and resistant to spine tearing. Made with corrugated cardboard, these binders are perfect for keeping track of notes and assignments.

 

4. Safe Sporter Water Bottle 

Safe Sporter Water bottleThe pioneering Safe Sporter 16 oz. reusable water bottle ($15 on Lucky Vitamin) from Enviro Products by New Wave is lead and Bisphenol A (BPA) free and dishwasher safe. The bottles come in a variety of six colors and can reduce the use of plastic ones which don’t last nearly as long.

 

5. Tree Free Paper Notebooks

Eco Paper’s line of tree-free paper notebooks and journals ($6-$9, depending on size) are made with a mixture of post consumer and agricultural waste (bananas!) and free of toxins and bleaches. These notebooks are perfect for keeping your notes and ideas organized for the year. You can even toss your used notebook in the compost pile at the end of the year.

 

6. Beeswax Crayons 

crayons from Hazelnut Kids

These beeswax crayons from Hazelnut Kids ($22.50) are safe to use with 12 vibrant colors.

 

7. Eco-highlighters

highlighter from Greenline paper company

The ZEBRA ECO highlighter ($2) is a green way to put a spotlight on important notes.  Available from Greenline Paper Company they are made with 70 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, including from old CDs.

 

8. Wool Insulated Natural Lunch Bag 

 

lunch box from life without plasticThis wool insulated lunch bag ($40), also from Life Without Plastic proves that plastic-free lunch boxes are possible. The bag is made with 100 percent unbleached certified organic cotton and it’s wool insulated design guarantees that food will stay cool and fresh.

 

9. Hand Sanitizer

truce hand santizerFor little hands that are busy and prone to germ exposure, a non-toxic hand sanitizer may be good to have throughout the school day. The Peppermint & Rosemary hand sanitizer from Truce ($5) is made with rubbing alcohol, vegetable glycerine, aromatherapeutic oils and aloe vera and is gentle on kids and adults.

 

10. Bees Wrap

beeswrap

For an eco-friendly way to pack lunch, stock up on lunch wraps from Bees Wrap. You can bundle up your sandwich, snacks, and a cookie ($21). The wraps are made with beeswax-infused organic cotton and just need a quick wash to be ready the next day.

11. Stainless Steel Food Containers and Lunchbox

food container

Say goodbye to squished sandwiches in plastic baggies. New Wave EnviroProduct‘s stainless steel food containers and lunchboxes are free of Bisphenol-A (BPA) and other toxic chemicals commonly found in plastics. Plus, these containers are durable to last throughout many years of school and beyond.

 

 

More tips to go green at school:  

Even if your back-to-school prep doesn’t involve a lot of shopping, there are other actions you can take to promote sustainability in your school. Starting green student clubs, planting a Climate Victory Garden at your school (and then registering it on our map), taking field trips to learn about your school’s surrounding environment, carpooling with neighbors, and organizing community clean ups sure ways to motivate students and faculty to go green.

We’re so excited to have her back!! Please join us for a lively & informative afternoon with the one & only Larissa Ortiz! Make sure to register.

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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