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Stage II Fire Restrictions


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The above image is horrible and sadly something that we have to deal with in our community.  Fires are a real danger and threat to everyone in our community and in case you didn't know we are at a Stage II Fire Restriction. We have had an EXCEPTIONALLY dry winter and Monsoon season is still months away.  Depending on what part of town you are in the ban may be more strict, let me know if you need help finding that information.  For right now the El Paso County Sheriff has issued the ban on:

1. Campfires.

2. The sale or use of fireworks.

3. Outdoor smoking except within an enclosed vehicle or building.

4. Public prescribed burning/burn permits.

5. Outdoor cooking and/or fires on private property. **Propane/gas grills on private property are allowed**

The Stage II Restrictions shall remain in effect until such time the restrictions are modified pursuant to El Paso County Ordinance #15-001.

The full text of Ordinance #15-001 can be found by visiting: https://clerkandrecorder.elpasoco.com/wp-content/uploads/CTB/Ordinances/15-001-Open-Burning.pdf


Enjoy the summer but please be safe doing so.  The Highway 115 fire is believed to have been started by a dragging muffler that took out ACRES of property at the beginning of spring this year! 


2018 Farmers Markets



I LOVE the Farmers Markets that we have here in the Pikes Peak Region.  Markets begin in late May and typically run through late September or early October. Below is a list of the farmers markets you’ll find in the Colorado Springs area. You can see a list of food co-ops and CSAs here.

**This list will change and please make sure to check my Facebook page for more current information**

Weekday Colorado Springs Farmers Market Schedule (2018)

Mining Museum Farmers Market
Information coming soon!

Briargate Farmers Market
Wednesdays from 9 AM to 3 PM beginning May 23-October 10, 2018
Location: 7610 N. Union Blvd, across from Gold’s Gym
Visit their website for more info

Colorado Farm & Art Market
Wednesdays from 3 to 7 PM from June 13-October 10, 2018
Location: Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (215 S. Tejon St.)
Visit their website for more info

Fountain Community Market
Wednesdays from 11 AM to 6:30 PM beginning May 30-August 29, 2018
Location: Fountain City Hall (116 S. Main St.)
Contact Diane Jackson-Redden at 719-358-0063 or dianeredden53@gmail.com

Banning Lewis Ranch Farmers Market
Thursdays from 3 PM to 7 PM from June 7-September 13, 2018
Location: 6885 Vista Del Pico Blvd; Colorado Springs, C0 80927
Visit their website for more info

Acacia Park Community Market
Thursdays from 10 AM to 4 PM beginning June 7-August 9, 2018
Location: Acacia Park in downtown Colorado Springs
Visit their Facebook page for more info

Manitou Community Market
Thursdays from 3 PM to 7 PM from June 21 through October 4, 2018
Location: From June 21-August 30, the market will be at Soda Springs Park in Manitou Springs (1000 Manitou Ave.).  From September 6-October 4, the market will be at Manitou Springs Memorial Park (502 Manitou Ave.)
Visit their website for more info

Woodland Park Farmers Market
Fridays from 8 AM to 1 PM from June 8-September 28, 2018
Location: Memorial Park & Henrietta Avenue in Woodland Park
Visit their website for more info

More will be added as soon as we can verify details!

Weekend Colorado Springs Farmers Market Schedule (2018)

Monument Hill Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8 AM to 2 PM from May 26-October 13, 2018
Location: Grace Best Elementary at 66 S. Jefferson Street in Monument
Visit their website for more info

Colorado Farm & Art Market
Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM from June 16-October 13, 2018
Location: Margarita at Pine Creek Rd. (7315 Pine Creek Rd.)
Visit their website for more info

Old Colorado City Farmer’s Market
Saturdays from 7 AM to 2 PM beginning June 9-October 20, 2018
Location: Old Colorado City at 24th St. along side Bancroft Park
Visit their website or contact 719-574-1283 for more info

Promenade Shops at Briargate Farmers Market
Saturdays from 9 AM to 1 PM beginning June 9 through September 29, 2018
Location: 1885 Briargate Parkway
Visit their website for more info

Chapel Hills Mall Farmers Market
Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM beginning June 2, 2018 through October
Visit their website for more info

Cordera Farmers Market
Sundays from 10 AM to 3 PM beginning June 3- September 16, 2018
Location: 11894 Grandlawn Circle in the Cordera neighborhood
Visit their website for more info

8 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids



For those days when even the snow angels are shivering, it's good to have an emergency list of indoor boredom-busting activities for kids other than the TV. See if any of these activities might appeal to your little ones.

1. Hit the “lab"
Try a few experiments. You can build a classic sparkly volcano, with baking soda, vinegar and glitter in a vase, or write secret messages with invisible ink made from lemon juice. Many more ideas are available online.

2. Ready, set, go!
Incorporate furniture, cardboard boxes and jump ropes in obstacle courses kids can run against the clock.

3. Strike out
Hardwood floors are perfect for indoor bowling. Stack plastic cups in a pyramid and try to bowl them over with rolled up socks.

4. Go old school
Have kids create cards or write letters to out-of-town friends and relatives — or even public figures they admire!

5. Go hunting
Create a scavenger hunts for kids. You can find some ideas here.

6. DIY cooking/baking show
Kids love to get creative in the kitchen, especially with foods that can be extensively “decorated" such as pizzas and cupcakes. Add another level of fun by recording the process and splicing together a mini-cooking show for relatives.

7. Color me busy
There are a zillion types of coloring books available for kids. Lately, coloring books have also grown in popularity with stressed-out adults. Sit down with your kids and try to stay in the lines — or not!

8. Get up on the dance floor
Move the furniture and clear space for the kids to boogie down. Music services like Pandora can help you find just the right tunes to get kids moving.

Looking for a home with more room for your kids to play? Let a me help you find the right house for your family. Contact me at 719-264-5451!


8 Tips for Storing Holiday Decorations


Un-decorating after the holidays may not be as fun as decking the halls, but it really is time to take your holiday lights down. Here are a few space-saving ideas as you pack it all up.

Rethink egg cartons…
With all the holiday baking, you're bound to have a bunch of cardboard egg containers left over. They make perfect storage packaging for round, ball ornaments.

…wine cartons, too!
The segmented cardboard box that held your vino or champagne is perfect for holding a legion of nutcracker soldiers or other vertical mantel ornaments.

Wrap your wreaths
Hang wreaths on sturdy coat hangers and cover with plastic dry cleaning bags to keep dust off.

Protect candles
Wrapping fragile candles in old socks can help prevent scratches and chips in the wax.

Make tree storage a cinch
Those old belts you haven't worn since the 80s? Tighten them around your artificial tree to make it far easier to slip into smaller spaces.

Get on a roll
Prevent unruly spools of wrapping paper from unrolling by cuffing them with toilet paper rolls, sliced to fit.

Zip, don't rip
Now that they won't unroll, tuck those wrapping paper rolls into a garment bag to hang in your closet or basement.

Hoping to decorate your house with a “SOLD" sign in 2018? Start with the right Realtor, contact me at 719-264-5451! 

Christmas Trees in the Colorado Springs Region


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Some of the most wonderful family memories are formed around yearly holiday traditions, from carefully-prepared dinners with everyone at the table to festive decorating parties. One tradition with a long history is heading to the woods to find the perfect Christmas tree and harvesting it with your loved ones. If you’re looking for a picturesque Christmas tree farm in Colorado Springs CO, you’ve found the right post!

My personal all time favorite is going to Pikes Peak National forest and cutting down our tree.  Not only is it magical put we are helping our area with fire prevention in the summer. 

Kid Dragging Tree

Pike and San Isabel National Forest



Collins Christmas Trees
2864 S. Circle Dr.
Colorado Springs, CO 80906


Collins offers the largest tree lot in the area in addition to unique services like delivery in town -or- net-and-tie-down service. You can even bring in your tree stand and an associate will fit your tree in it for free!


Heidrich’s Colorado Tree Farm Nursery
7440 Templeton Gap Rd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80923


Heidrich’s Colorado Tree Farm will have the freshest Christmas trees you can find in Colorado Springs, beginning the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Heidrich’s can even call you as soon as their supply arrives, if you want your tree before Thanksgiving, to ensure the start of holiday season is as festive as possible when extended family visit!
For more information visit: http://www.coloradotreefarmnursery.com/christmas-trees/


Harding Nursery
721 N. Powers Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO 80915


Harding’s has been family owned and operated since 1957, so you can be sure the atmosphere here will enhance your holiday season! With a variety of fresh wreaths, centerpieces and garland to choose from, in addition to fresh cut and live Christmas trees, there are lots of ways to show your Christmas cheer after a visit to Harding Nursery this season! Their facebook page is updated with the latest info — check here first!

If you haven't found the perfect for your tree, contact me and let me help you find the right spot to create those memories in! 719-264-5451 or elbasellsrealestate@gmail.com 

Attractions Open for Thanksgiving Day


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It’s that time of year when we gather together and remember all the wonderful things that we have to be thankful for. It’s also the time when all of those distant and/or not-so-distant relatives come to visit. Although we love them dearly, even the greatest of in-laws can make the best of us a little crazy. Looking for a great way to get that nutty aunt out of your house for a couple hours while you finish dinner? Here are great regional attractions that are open on Thanksgiving day!



Visit Cave of the Winds for a perfect afternoon distraction- right here in your own back yard! Check out the Discovery Tour and the Lantern Tours … perfect activities for getting those overly-helpful relatives out of the kitchen for a couple of hours. Cave of the Winds will be open Thanksgiving Day from 10am – 2pm.



ThanksgivingWhat better way to simultaneously impress and distract visiting family members than a trip to the nations only mountain side zoo!? Not only will they have a great time and make wonderful memories, but they will also be worn out from all the great exercise that comes from walking around this amazing zoo! The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo will be open Thanksgiving Day from 9am- 4pm with last gate entry at 3pm.







Explore Colorado Springs' paradise in one magical stop. Garden of the Gods Park is a registered National Natural Landmark. Imagine dramatic views, 300' towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and brilliant blue skies.




Looking for something to do that will last the whole day? Show your family the Royal Gorge Bridge and Park for guaranteed thrills they won’t find anywhere else! Watch the look of amazement on grandmas face as she peeks over the edge of the free standing bridge, 956 feet into the canyon. The Royal Gorge Bridge and Park is open from 10am- 4pm on Thanksgiving Day.   No matter how you spend Thanksgiving Day this year, we’re thankful for this beautiful place we get to call home! 




If after having your family give you space to cook and you realize you still need more room, contact me at 719-264-5451 and I would love to find the home for your next gathering!

5 Tips to Throw a Fabulous Friendsgiving




Traveling home for the holidays isn't always feasible due to finances, scheduling or any number of other reasons. In recent years it's become a trend for friends who stay in town to gather together for holidays that have traditionally been family affairs. If you can't make it home for Turkey Day, consider gathering your crew for a Friendsgiving meal.

Here are a few tips:

1. Invite early
People book up quickly during the holidays so don't wait. Send an invitation (electronic or stamped) to your friends three weeks to a month before the feast to be sure they can join you.

2. Delegate
As host, etiquette dictates that you provide the turkey and gravy. Don't worry – ordering one from a restaurant or gourmet market is fine, too! Your guests can provide everything else potluck style. An online list can help your friends divide up dishes to avoid any repeats.

3. Empty your fridge
It's a good excuse to start feasting before the festivities. You'll need room in your fridge and freezer on the day of the party, and afterwards, for all those leftovers.

4. Make a schedule
Breaking down the event into small tasks you can schedule (some even before the big day, like setting the table the night before) reduces the stress of hosting duties. Follow your steps, stick to the timeline and have fun.

5. Don't forget the gratitude
Set out a bowl and index cards during appetizers and have guests list things they're grateful for – sincere or silly. Between dinner and dessert, take turns reading the cards out loud.

Looking for a new home in a friendly neighborhood? Contact me at 719-264-5451 and I would love to find the home for your next gathering! 

Daylight Savings - Don't forget



Loved by many, loved by some, the Fall version of Daylight Savings Time (DST) is upon us again. As of Sunday, November 5, 2017, 1:00:00 am local standard time, Americans are encourage to “Fall Back” and set their clocks behind one hour.

When Daylight savings occurs in the fall homeowners also need to take the opportunity to perform the following maintenance items:

  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detector
  • Have your HVAC serviced and replace your filters
  • Bring in all your summer furniture and gear if you haven't already 
  • Make sure you have a good snow shovel and ice melt available for the winter weather coming ahead. 

If you are one of the many that leaves the digital clock in their vehicle the same time year-round (opting to mentally adjust the time difference) you are not alone! One word of caution since most of us never notice the time discrepancy until we are in the car and on the move;don’t fiddle with adjusting the clock while driving. Acts like that are still considered distracting driving!


Get in the habit of changing them twice a year on Daylight Savings that way you are always on the same schedule and don’t have to wonder about when the batteries were last changed. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Here are some facts on house fires:

  • 38% of fatal fire injuries occur in homes without working smoke alarms
  • 24% occur in homes with at least one smoke detector present but fails to operate, frequently this is due to missing or dead batteries


11 Halloween Candy Alternatives



Perhaps you're not feeling candy this year. Maybe you've experienced the wrath of an over-sugared six-year-old (or their parents). Maybe you can't trust yourself to sit for hours by the front door with a massive quantity of chocolate without eating most of it yourself. Or maybe you're a dentist. Don't worry, there are plenty of things you can give trick-or-treaters instead of the sweet stuff. Here are a few Halloween candy alternatives.

1. Glow sticks

Could there be a more perfect accessory for Halloween? Kids can light them up with a snap and wear them as bracelets, necklaces and crowns. Bonus: they make it easier for parents to keep their eyes on their kiddos.

2. Stickers

Choose from the assortment of ghosts, witches and pumpkins available in stores in October or go with stickers with year-round appeal, like super heroes and animals.

3. Bubbles

Hours – or at least a few minutes – of bubble-blowing entertainment in every little bottle.

4. Plastic spider rings

Kids love to wear creepy-crawly bling, making spider accessories a great candy alternative.

5. Crazy straws

Halloween-themed straws can easily be found in dollar stores.

6. Fake fangs

These could also add a point of interest to your annual holiday photo card, if you're so inclined.

7. Temporary tattoos

What kid doesn't want a cool spiderweb on their bicep?

8. Slime

What exactly is the ooey-gooey stuff in the little cans? It remains a mystery, but kids definitely love to squish this classic toy.

9. Plastic jewelry

Sparkly rings, bracelets, necklaces and cheap tiaras are not only fun for kids to wear, but you can dress like a pirate as you hand out your glittering treasures.

10. Bouncy balls

Beloved especially by kids who live in homes with hardwood floors.

11. Kazoos

Parents may hate you, but kids can lead their own parades as they head to the next house.

Looking for a home in a trick-or-treater-friendly neighborhood? Contact me and I can help identify which 'hoods are happy for Halloween and other kid-friendly occasions. 

Change is in the air!


The Colorado Springs fall real estate market is still a great time to find your home!  It is still a "hot season" season while the outside temperatures are getting cooler and snow is showing up on Pikes Peak.  Buying or selling in autumn is the second best time of the year! Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren't yet upon us, at least not yet in an annoying way. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy, and that's a great time to find your home.  If you were turned off with how crazy the spring and summer season were in the real estate market then fall is your season! 

Check out our top five reasons to buy or sell your home below.  #changeisintheair are you ready?


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