Why Should You Go To the Parade of Homes? Minneapolis MN

Many people think the Parade of Homes is just if you are in the market to build a new home; or to see the pretty decorations. Both of these are great reasons to go but there is another couple reasons you may want to go if you plan on selling your home soon.

1.Pay Attention To What Is There

By this I mean take it ALL in.

  • What are the paint colors?
  • How many paint colors are used throughout the house?
  • What do the light fixtures look like?
  • Look at the floors, what is the stain color of the hardwoods? Does the carpet have a pattern?
  • Check out the tile in the bathrooms, the back splash and the granite. Color, style, pattern.
  • Look at the bedding as yes it does matter.

All these things are important because model homes are usually very current on what buyers are looking for. It doesn’t matter if someone is buying new construction or an existing home, they want certain things to be current in the home they are buying.



That doesn’t mean you have to change everything in your home. What it means is if you need to do updates in your home to get it in selling condition, do them in the style that the buyer is wanting. It is not based on  what you like.

In many parts of the Twin Cities, when you go to sell, you are competing against new construction so it is even more important that the buyer doesn’t see your home as a time warp.

2. Pay Attention To What Is NOT There

There is a reason people love model homes. They feel immediately like it is their home because of the things they do not see. Some of the things they do not see in a model home are:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Dish Drains
  • Kleenex
  • Dirty Laundry
  • Trash Cans
  • Collections (of teddy bears, tea cups, roosters)

It’s what I call ‘real world’ things. All those things that we use daily that are out, but need to be tucked away when you go to sell. Many times we get so used to living with these things we don’t give them a second thought.



When you go to sell…..you need to live with a ‘pretend’ house while it is for sale. Your goal is to have it looking perfect, have it sell quickly and then go back to life as normal. Yes it is inconvenient but it is something you need to do.

So go visit as many houses as you can during the Parade of Homes and soak in not only what is there, but what is not there.  The Parade of Homes is taking place right now in Minneapolis until March 25, 2018.

For a personal list of what you should or should not have in your home while it is for sale, hire a Professional Home Stager.



Freddy’s Comes to Lakeville, MN!

I had never heard of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers until last month when we were driving back to Minnesota from Texas and we stopped in Kansas City for fuel. We were also hungry and right next to our gas station was Freddy’s. 

I’m always game to try something new and I was so glad we did. Our steakburgers were fabulous and the custard? Well…..what can I say about the Frozen Custard except superb.


I didn’t know much about Freddy’s but I loved the vintage photos of him as a child on the walls of the restaurant. I didn’t give it much thought beyond that as what were my chances of passing through Kansas City and stopping at the same exit to eat there again.


Needless to say I was shocked when I was driving to my warehouse and there was a huge sign saying “Coming Soon. Freddy’s Steakburgers!”  Wow! Right on the corner of Pilot Knob Road and County Rd 46 by HyVee in Lakeville. Two miles from my warehouse and only 5 miles from my home. That could be trouble.

I can see myself popping in for some Dirt and Worms and all the other flavors of Frozen Custard as well. 

I did a little research and found out it isn’t the first Freddy’s location in the Minneapolis metro. One already exists in Savage as well as Maple Grove.

If you get a chance check them out. Here’s a link to show all their locations throughout the country.




Firecrackers! A Great Superbowl Treat!

When I was in Florida over the holidays I went to a cocktail party and someone had brought firecrackers. Not the burst in the sky kind and not the party favor kind that you pull and a prize pops out.

These firecrackers are a snack made with saltine crackers and are also known as Alabama Firecrackers. I had never heard of them and I love trying new things. 

I was warned to stay away from the plate of firecrackers unless I liked spicy food. Well I love spicy food so I was all in.

The thing is, I didn’t think they were that hot. My husband doesn’t like real spicy food and he was okay with them in small doses. I on the other hand could have emptied the entire plate but people were watching.

They are easy to make and are perfect anytime of the year but they would make a great snack for Super Bowl parties. (Come on Vikings…..you gotta get there this year!!)




1 lb Saltine Crackers (I only used 3 sleeves of the crackers instead of all 4)

1 cup Vegetable Oil (I used Olive Oil)

1 (1 oz) pkg dry Ranch Dressing Mix

1/4 cup Red Pepper Flakes

2 tbsp. Garlic Powder

3 tbsp. grated Parmesan Cheese


Here’s what you do:

1. Place crackers on a cookie sheet in single layer.

2. Blend the oil and remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

3. Brush the mixture over the Saltines until the crackers are coated.

4. Bake for 10 minutes at 200 degrees.

5. Remove from oven and place the crackers on paper towels to cool.

5. Cool completely, then place in air tight container for storage.



Let’s just say. I have eaten these for breakfast, lunch, mid-day snack, dinner and a bedtime snack. 🙂 ENJOY!