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When you’re getting your home ready to sell, few things are more important

than curb appeal. After all, whether it’s an in-person or virtual showing, it’s

the first impression that potential buyers will have of your home. That’s why

it’s essential to make your home’s exterior and the surrounding property as

appealing as you can. Below are some tips and resources for boosting your

home’s curb appeal as you prepare to put it on the market.

Consider Major Improvements

There are many major improvements that can significantly enhance curb

appeal. Here are a few worthwhile examples:

• Replace the siding on your home to transform your home’s exterior.

• If your siding isn’t very old, power wash it to make it look brand new.

• If your driveway or patio needs work, consider getting new concrete

poured.

• Install new windows and doors to boost the appeal and security of your

home.

• For more curb appeal projects, research homes in your area through

real estate sites and neighborhood newsletters, like those provided by

Krenek Printing.

Make Easy Improvements Yourself

There are also plenty of simple DIY projects that can transform your

home’s curb appeal:

• Paint the front door a vibrant color and put flower boxes out.

• To make your home pop, Install modern house numbers that fit the

architecture.

• Upgrade your mailbox or give your current mailbox a makeover.

• If your garage door is looking a little worse for wear, bring it back to life

by restaining it.

• Make sure your front porch, patio and/or other outdoor areas are free

of clutter.

Don’t Forget the Landscaping

Your home’s landscaping could be a major selling point, so put some

energy into sprucing it up.

• Keep up with basic lawn maintenance like mowing the grass and

trimming the bushes.

• Add a variety of flowers and greenery to your property.

• Consider any landscape lighting that you could add for appeal and

safety.

• Be sure to keep any unused tools, equipment and other clutter stored

out of sight.

• Finally, consider hiring a landscape gardener to save time and reduce

stress.

It’s critical to make a great first impression when your home is on the

market. And in many ways, that starts with curb appeal. Remember to

consider all of the projects listed here and prioritize your landscaping.

Lastly, keep researching other ways that you can help your home stand

out among the competition.

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• Do the double. Plan your grocery shopping trips on the day your supermarket

doubles coupons or offers special discounts to groups such as veterans or

school teachers.

• Never pay shipping. Search for online coupons codes before paying

delivery fees from any online retailer.

• Plan meals based on sales. Write the grocery list with the store flyer

in hand. Choose upcoming dinners based on the week’s specials and

seasonal produce.

• Don’t toss leftovers. Instead, recycle them into another meal. Use

leftover rice in soup or save grilled chicken to top a salad. Leftover fruit

salad makes a wonderful fruit smoothie.

• Shop online clearance sections. Click on sale tabs on merchant website

sites first to find the best deals.

• Stack coupons. Pair manufacturer coupons found online or in the

newspaper with in-store sales or coupons. If the store has a customer

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• Sign up for free newsletters. Emailed and printed newsletters and

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Walk and a Trunk N Treat. For more information and to register online,

visit our website at http://aidanschurch.org and click on the Fall Festival

icon or if you prefer to mail in your registration, you can obtain a Booth

Reservation form by contacting us at 281-373-3203 or email fallfest@

aidanschurch.org. Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church is located at 13131 Fry

Road, Cypress Texas 77433.

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FUNDRAISERS

CHRIST CLINIC’S PREMIERE FUNDRAISER

BREAKFAST FOR A BLESSING GOES VIRTUAL

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF COMMUNITY BLESSINGS

Christ Clinic’s Board of Directors is excited to announce its 9 th Annual

Breakfast for a Blessing - Celebrating 20 years of community blessings.

This year’s event, presented by title sponsor Houston Methodist Hospital

and hosted by Don McCoy, President of the Katy/Fulshear Chamber will

take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at 8 AM and will be presented

virtually via Christ Clinic’s YouTube channel. Breakfast for a Blessing is

Christ Clinic’s premiere fundraising event, raising close to $100,000 each

year.

Christ Clinic invites the entire community to break bread and join them

as they celebrate 20 years of service to Katy and its uninsured neighbors.

With each ticket purchased, guests will receive a breakfast box catered

by Great Harvest Bread Company to enjoy during the event. Due to

COVID-19 restrictions, guests will have the option to pick up or have their

breakfast personally delivered.

For ticket and sponsorship information visit www.christclinickaty.org For

more information, contact Michael Peterson, Advancement Coordinator

at 832-913-8476 or email at michael@christclinickaty.org.

SAVE THE DATE!

Taylor High School Project Grad Holiday Home Tour: Dec. 3 rd -5 th . More

info to follow in the next issue!

VENDORS WANTED

VENDOR REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

Are you crafty? Are you a distributor for a specialty item? Saint Aidan’s

Episcopal Church has opened vendor registration for our 7 th Annual

Fall Festival and Holiday Market! The market and festival will be held

Sunday, October 25, 2020 from 10 AM-4 PM. We will have both indoor

and outdoor booths. Saint Aidan’s is located in Cypress at 13131 Fry Road

– just south of Hwy 290. Our festival features Market Booths, Children’s

Area, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Food Vendors, Silent Auction, Music, Cake

TAYLOR HIGH SCHOOL PROJECT GRAD

2021 GOLF TOURNAMENT

Date: October 12, 2020 (School Holiday)

Time: 8 AM shotgun start

Location: Willow Fork Country Club Costs: $250 / team or $65 / per player

Limit: 25 - 4 person teams

There are 3 ways to help out:

• Create a 4-person team

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• Sponsor a hole: • $100 or $250

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THEATER/ARTS

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We are calling the 2020/2021 season, A Season Of Discovery. It is perhaps

our most ambitious season yet, featuring two commissioned World

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Apollo 8 - Through October 4, 2020

The Christmas Shoes - November 25-December 27, 2020

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Chelsea Market Theater, 4617 Montrose Blvd. #100, Houston, TX 77006

Mildred’s Umbrella Theater has put a hold on live productions until

December 2020, to insure the safety of our patrons and our artists. We

hope you are all safe and healthy and we miss you. In the meantime, we

have some other free treats in store while we wait for the time to be right

for live theater.

OH MY GOD - October 13-25, 2020 ONLINE.

FINE WINES - November 2020 (exact dates TBA) Online

FEMFEST HOUSTON: BLACK WOMEN’S VOICES - December 4-6, 2020 at 14

Pews, 800 Aurora St, Houston TX 77009

WOMEN ROCK, annual concert fundraiser at RUDYARDS! - February 2021

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TOOTH AND TAIL: full production - March 18-April 3, 2021, Deluxe Theater,

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Keep an eye on our website, www.mildredsumbrella.com for ticket sales

and developments. For more information, call 832-463-0409 or send an

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THE WOMEN’S FUND FOR

HEALTH EDUCATION AND RESILIENCY:

10 TH ANNUAL ROCKIN’ RESILIENCY LUNCHEON

The Women’s Fund for Health Education and Resiliency, a nonprofit

providing Houston-area women and girls with the tools needed to be

advocates for their health, is pleased to announce its 10 th Annual Rockin’

Resiliency Luncheon on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 11 AM. The

Women’s Fund along with Luncheon Chairs Christine and Steve Johnson

are hosting an in-person luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel, 2222 West

South Loop, Houston, TX 77027, along with a virtual event online for

guests to celebrate at a distance.

Guests along with girls and women who participate in The Women’s

Fund’s Health Education classes are invited to the fun-filled afternoon

featuring a keynote speaker, silent auction and more.

The Women’s Fund invites everyone to support the mission to help more

adolescent girls and women lead happier, healthier and more resilient

lives by purchasing a sponsorship or tickets to the Rockin’ Resiliency

Luncheon at www.thewomensfund.org/events.

For 41 years, The Women’s Fund has educated girls and women in the

Houston area through classes, workshops, lectures and publications

that teach resiliency skills and relate those skills to current health risks.

Dedicated to ensuring positive health outcomes for individuals and

communities, The Women’s Fund serves close to 12,000 women and

adolescent girls and distributes 9,913 publications each year.

For more information, visit www.womensfund.org, call 713-623-6543 or

follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

NATIONAL DO SOMETHING NICE DAY

Each year on October 5 th , people across the nation observe National Do

Something Nice Day. National Do Something Nice Day is very similar to

National Random Acts of Kindness Day, which is celebrated on February

17 th . It would be ideal if everyone lived their lives doing kind things on a

daily basis and without thinking about it. Today serves as a reminder to

us all, as it is easy to get caught up with hectic schedules and fast paced

lifestyles, to stop for a moment and do something nice.

“Real generosity is doing something nice for someone who will never

find out.” ~Frank A. Clark

HOW TO OBSERVE: Do something nice. The something can be anything

from buying a cup of coffee for someone in line at the coffee shop to

giving a compliment to the tired clerk. Maybe the day calls for sending

flowers with a card that says “just because” or asking the neighbors over

for a barbecue in the backyard or mowing the lawn for someone.

NATIONAL BULLYING PREVENTION MONTH

National Bullying Prevention Month is observed in October. National

Bullying Prevention Month was created by PACER and started as a weekly

observation in 2006. In 2010, the observation change to monthly. Take

a stand against bullying. Spread the word about the negative effects

bullying can cause.

Unity Day 2019 is Wednesday, October 23 rd ! Wear and Share Orange!

Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it

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Most importantly, I recognize the importance of staying present. It’s this present-moment

awareness that serves as my greatest daily teacher. And with the pink-hued mania now

lighting up October, we all have the opportunity to infuse our support and awareness

with a healthy dose of mindfulness. Here are a few tips:

5 WAYS TO MINDFULLY HONOR BREAST

CANCER AWARENESS MONTH

by Paige Davis, a survivor’s blog

For many breast cancer survivors, including

myself, the pink frenzy of October can be a

confusing time. On the one hand, as a survivor, I

appreciate this raised awareness and am grateful

for the role it has played in my own healing

journey. The opportunities to get involved and

show support are plentiful. Fashion, beauty,

food and design invite us to purchase pink in

the name of breast cancer awareness, but that

also makes it confusing.

For the most part, I’m past my cancer bubble. I

don’t think about it every day. And yet, I can’t

deny some old habits from that time still kick in.

Every now and then, I’ll wake up on a Thursday

thinking it’s chemo day. Occasionally, I’ll step out

of the shower and see the scars on my body and

just stare in wonder: How did this happen? And

while it happens much less, I admittedly still get

hit with overwhelming moments of emotion

that wash over me at the most unpredictable

times.

1. Be mindful of your body: Early detection is key in any disease, especially breast cancer.

This is an ideal time to schedule a mammogram for yourself or remind a loved one. You can

also commit to performing monthly self-exams, which is how I found my cancer. Treat your

body with personal mindfulness and attention.

2. Connect with loved ones. Most likely, we all know someone who is going through

or has been through some type of cancer, breast or otherwise. Reach out to that person

and let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s the random texts, calls and social media

messages that mean the world to anyone who has been touched by cancer. If you are more

of a “doer,” offer something more tangible: arrange for a cleaning service; organize meals;

offer rides to appointments; gift cozy items for chemo days; and sending fresh flowers.

My cousins came together and arranged to have weekly flowers delivered throughout my

treatment - that was amazing.

3. Show your support mindfully. There is no question that the big foundations can play

a pivotal role when it comes to cancer research and finding a cure. Consider embracing

causes that support overall women’s health and helping the diseases that don’t receive the

level of awareness and support that breast cancer does.

4. Donate with intention. I’ve also been on the other side of watching loved ones go

through cancer, so I understand the helplessness. I get the desire to take action and do

something - anything. If dyeing your hair pink or buying a designer handbag makes you

feel like you’re helping, then by all means do it. But do the research and understand where

the funds are going and make sure that resonates with you.

5. Practice a “loving kindness meditation.” I’m a big believer that when we meditate,

we are helping to raise the positive vibration of ourselves and those around us. One of

the best tools to do this is to practice a loving kindness meditation. Picture someone you

know who is going through cancer. If you don’t know anyone, imagine someone who is

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10 Ideas for

a Spooky

Quarantine

Halloween

While Halloween might look different this year, that doesn’t

mean it should be boring. Who would have thought social

distancing recommendations that first came about in March

would still be in effect in October? However, given the

ongoing coronavirus pandemic, you’ll have to take some

precautions to make sure your Halloween is safe. But, just

because you’ll need to put some more thought into this

year’s spooky celebrations, doesn’t mean they need to be

any less fun. Here you’ll find our favorite (safe) ideas for

your quarantine Halloween. From a movie night to outdoor

outings, it’s time to get planning.

Watch a Spooky Movie: There’s certainly no shortage of

Halloween movies. From family friendly classics (Hocus

Pocus, Casper) to horror flicks (Halloween, Silence of the

Lambs), there’s something in the Halloween œuvre for

everyone. Swap your popcorn for candy corn and let the

movie marathon begin.

Visit a Pumpkin Patch: Already a great autumnal outdoor

activity, many pumpkin patches, apple orchards and farms

are implementing social distancing protocols for their visitors.

Make sure to grab some apple cider while you’re there.

Carve Jack-O’-Lanterns: Once you’re done

picking the pumpkins, it’s obviously time to

carve. Whether you’re aiming for a classic

jack-o’-lantern face or a more original design,

pumpkin carving is the perfect activity to do

outdoors, distanced from friends or with kids

at home.

Decorate Your House: Choose either a cute or

spooky aesthetic and then fashion your digs

appropriately. Grab a scarecrow, decorative

gourds and maybe even some hay to elevate

your porch.

Take a Drive or Hike: In many areas, October also brings stunning fall foliage. A

perfect way to embrace the season is to drive and observe the changing leaves. Better

yet, get outside and fully immerse yourself in autumn with a nature hike.

Bake Some Sweet Treats: Who says Halloween is all about the candy? This is the

perfect time to get creative with your baking. Decorate some spooky cookies or build

a (haunted) gingerbread house. You’ll have both an activity and a yummy dessert.

Host a Zoom Halloween Party: If you can’t physically attend a Halloween party this

year, don’t forgo celebrating. Get a group of friends together and plan a time for you

all to dress up, catch up and enjoy. Costumes mandatory (at least from the waist up).

Stir Up a Spooky Cocktail: Fetch the dry ice and grab the tequila-time to make some

on-theme drinks. And for the little ones? A Halloween mocktail is sure to excite.

Craft a Halloween Playlist: There are more Halloween-themed tunes than you’d

expect. There’s the age-old classic “The Monster Mash,” along with more modern

interpretations like “Heads Will Roll” and “She Wolf.” So, build a playlist curated to your

tastes and let the costumed dance party begin.

Decorate Themed Face Masks: There is perhaps no more “2020” Halloween activity

than decorating a face mask. Whether you’re doing it for yourself or with your kids,

make your mask match your costume or have it be a costume in itself. Some ideas

include animal faces, creepy grins or a pumpkin pattern, but feel free to get creative.

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How to Carve A Pumpkin

When it comes to pumpkin carving, the idea is to have fun. We’ve

got tips on carving the best pumpkin, as well as how to pick a good

pumpkin for carving!

HOW TO PICK A GOOD PUMPKIN FOR CARVING

Look for one that is a little misshapen. Inspect it for soft spots (especially

the end opposite the stem). Reject a pumpkin that has soft spots, they

will cause it to deteriorate quickly. Remember, your pumpkin doesn’t

have to sit on its base, in fact, that’s often its weakest spot.

Let the pumpkin guide the shape of the face: An elongated pumpkin

should have an elongated face. A fat and happy pumpkin should have

a fat and happy face.

HOLLOW OR WHOLE?

There are two reasons for hollowing: (1) If the inside is going to be

exposed (through the mouth, etc.), it looks better if it is hollowed

neatly. (2) If you plan to light the pumpkin from the inside, it must be

hollow. You can hollow it out from a hole in the back instead of the top,

so that the look of the face isn’t affected. If you’re illuminating with a

candle, you need to hollow from the top to allow the heat and smoke

to escape.

THE TOOLS

Use a water-based marker to outline the face that you want to carve.

First, draw a line down the center to establish symmetry. Then sketch

the nose, the approximate center of the face. Once you’re satisfied with

the details, trace over the lines using a permanent marker. For carving,

basic kitchen implements, such as a paring knife or a steak knife with

a standard - not serrated - blade that’s not going to bend, work well.

You can also use a standard jigsaw blade. Otherwise, improvise: Use a

melon-ball cutter to make circles, for example.

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MAKE A FACE

To achieve a three-dimensional appearance, carve the entire pumpkin.

Exaggerate the features. (If you aren’t sure what teeth really look like or

how the gum line works, smile and look in the mirror.) If the pumpkin is

frowning, carve wrinkles under the mouth. To add character, carve a lot

of “crow’s feet” lines around the eyes. Consider using the stem as the

nose and inserts such as radishes for the eyes or cut eyeballs from the

back of the pumpkin and hold them in place with toothpicks.

CARVE WITH CARE

Use two hands at all times: one to control the blade and the other to

control the pressure with which you cut (and thus the depth). Take care

not to jab the blade into the pumpkin; you don’t want to cut all the

way through the rind - except to determine its depth. The thickness of

the rind will vary, not only from pumpkin to pumpkin, but also within

one pumpkin. To determine your pumpkin’s average depth, cut a

core sample where you want an eye or a nostril to be. Keep that piece

nearby as a reminder of how deep you can safely cut.

ENJOY IT WHILE IT LASTS

Pumpkins, which are actually a fruit, not a vegetable, are 90 percent

water, so after carving they usually last only three days to a week. A

jack-o’-lantern with a surface carving will last longer than one that

is cut all the way through. Putting a candle or other light inside will

shorten its life span, as the heat that results can “cook” the pumpkin

and reduce its longevity to a matter of hours. For a bright, shiny finish,

spray Armor All on the pumpkin and rub it in. Paint will not preserve a

pumpkin. However, if you decide to paint your pumpkin for decoration,

use a water-based latex paint and wait at least an hour after carving

so that the cuts you have made in the pumpkin have a chance to dry.

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Celebrate Halloween Safely

YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR TRICKS AND TREATS—

WITH A TWIST.

By Lisa Milbrand

At this point, we’ve mastered the Zoom party, the socially distanced backyard soiree, and the safest

way to host family and friends. Now we get to put our newfound safe socializing skills to the test

with the first big event of the fall/winter holiday season: Halloween. With Halloween falling on

a Saturday this year and several challenging months behind us (and likely more to come), it’s

only natural that people want to celebrate, big time. But many of the traditional things to do on

Halloween—parties, parades, haunted houses, and crowds of kids trick-or-treating—may feel a

little questionable during a pandemic. But don’t cancel your Halloween costume order or forget

your ideas for easy Halloween costumes just yet. With a little creativity, you can still have a spooky

time without putting your health or the health of others at risk. Read on for our smart ideas for a

safe Halloween 2020 during coronavirus.

1 - Tweak your trick-or-treat routine

Trick-or-treating may still be in the cards, as long as the COVID-19 numbers near you are relatively

low. “Just like we check the weather on Halloween to see what precautions and extra gear might be

needed, knowing the current state of COVID-19 in your community will be important in determining

if it is safe or not,” says Michelle Barron, MD, medical director for infection prevention and control at

UCHealth in Aurora, Colo. “Follow the current rules and guidance being given at the state

and local level, and do a risk/benefit analysis based on the health of the individuals

trick-or-treating and those who live in the household and decide if the risk of getting

potentially exposed to someone with COVID-19 is worth the bag of treats.” If you can’t

trick or treat the traditional way due to the pandemic, look for ways to manage it creatively. You

can buy your kiddo’s favorite candy and let her trick-or-treat door to door within your house, or

have her walk through the neighborhood so she can show off her costume, then come home to a

special treat or toy.

2 - Find a safe way to give out treats

Dr. Barron recommends individually wrapping up treats and putting them out in your yard or on

your stoop so there’s space between the bags for people to easily pick them up. You can put them

on a blanket on the lawn or a table on your driveway or porch. And if you’re game to go through a

lot of hand sanitizer and wear a mask, you could still hand out the treats yourself. “If you are going

to hand out candy, I would recommend having a small bottle of hand sanitizer and using it before

handing out the treats,” Dr. Barron says. “This is probably a better approach than having a bowl that

many hands can reach into at one time.”

3 - Work a (real) mask into your costume

This is the year to break out your ninja costume—or slip a second safety mask under your

Michael Myers or ghost masks: whatever you have to do to make a Halloween costume with a

mask. Doubling up the masks is safe, Dr. Barron says, but comfort is also key. “If you are wearing

another mask under a rubber mask, you want to make sure that it doesn’t get too hot and that the

person wearing it can easily breathe,” she says. Sadly, your Halloween mask probably isn’t up to par

as a safety device. “Most Halloween masks are not designed to contain droplets,” Dr. Barron says.

4 - Keep the party outdoors

As with most entertaining these days, outdoors (and small) is best if you want to throw a Halloween

party. “Masking and social distancing are still important,” Dr. Barron says. “Food and drinks should be

prepackaged or in single servings and hand sanitizers should be readily accessible. Setting up chairs and

tables so that everyone can be social but still maintain space between each other should be considered.”

5 - Research events before you go

If you’re a big fan of picking pumpkins, hay mazes, costume parades, and haunted houses, you may

still be able to take part. But do your research beforehand to see how they’re planning to make it

safer (such as limiting participants or requiring masks), to see if you’re comfortable with their plans.

And as with everything else, outdoors is better. “Outdoor activities like pumpkin picking and corn

mazes are great things to do and are probably lower risk than other types of indoor activities as long

as masks are used and social distancing is adhered to,” Dr. Barron says.

6 Get creative with your celebrations

There are plenty of ways to get your Halloween on, so think outside the box. Set up a movie

projector and screen and host a marathon of your favorite Halloween movies on Netflix in your

backyard for a few friends, or host a Zoom dance party where your friends can gather and learn the

“Thriller” choreography or do the “Time Warp” all together. “Let creativity reign!” Dr. Barron advises.

“I never thought I would have fun at Zoom Dance party, but I did this for a friend's birthday and it

was pretty great.” You never know what might become a new Halloween tradition.

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