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Solveig Splash Pad 1) I have to start in my hometown of Stoughton at the Nordic Ridge Splash Pad. It's primary color theme is bright and inviting as it's really a "neighborhood" park it's NEVER crowded (still!)/ There's an awesome accessible playground right next to it with two covered areas for parents to enjoy the shade and keep an eye on the kiddos. The huge green space is wonderful to run around and roll down the hill too! This summer the Stoughton Public Library and Stoughton Parks & Rec are putting on free family Movies in the Park 2 Friday nights each in July, August, and September. Check the Parks & Rec website for dates & more details! 2) Wetmore Park is a new (completed in 2021) splash pad in Sun Prairie that we discovered last summer. Its darling…
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June is here! It's time to celebrate summer in Wisconsin. One of the best times of the year, when the cold is finished and before the bugs really start coming out. These are 4 of our family's favorite things to do around Madison in June: Strawberry Picking 1) Our number one favorite thing to do in June is strawberry picking. Strawberry season is fairly short and it's super weather dependent, so you really need to put it at the top of your priority list to make sure you find a time to do it. Carandale Fruit Farm is our go-to, located in Oregon. Check their facebook page for daily updates, including the official start to the U-Pick season - they are predicting the start of the season to be around June 9-13 and ending around July 4-10. They will also update their…
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1. Fitchburg Farms, just off Highway 14 between Madison & Oregon, Fitchburg Farms is already bursting with color to add to your garden and front porch. My favorite spot for pre-filled flower pots for your front porch, driveway or deck. They have large and small pots already stocked and designed with the 'thrillers, spillers and fillers' that will bloom all summer long. They also have amazing hanging planters in all colors for shade or sun, and even have a great selection of indoor plants if your curb appeal is the window of your condo!  2. K & A Greenhouse, also in Fitchburg, is another great spot to get plants and trees for your outdoor garden. They have a beautiful selection of flowering and ornamental trees to add height to your landscape…
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Well, it doesn't quite feel like Spring yet, but there are lots of fun Spring events coming up in Dane & surrounding counties! Here's my Spring hot list of fun, family events: Homestead Farm - Lambing Open House Belleville Sunday, April 10 1:00-3:00pm My favorite local farm, Brit McCoy, is opening up the farm this weekend for a casual open house. Come see the lambs and pick up some of their great farm products and meats. Order ahead and she'll have it ready for you! Aldo Leopold Nature Center - Bird & Nature Outing Monona Saturday, April 23  10:00-11:30am A family-friendly and naturalist-guided hike through the nature center grounds and neighboring Edna Taylor Conservation Park. Here's hoping some…
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The best part of a final walkthrough is watching you start to "decorate" and "renovate" your home before it is actually yours. You want to change this flooring, move this wall, or sometimes redo a whole kitchen. Sometimes it's painting an accent wall or designating the perfect spot for your pup to look out the window. I love seeing you imagine this house into your home. So this month, with our theme of "Loving Your Home!," I'm reaching out to you, my past clients, to visit! I want to see what you've done with the place! Whether it's a well-placed chair or full bathroom remodel, I want you to show it off! I would love to come over and get some photos and videos of your beautiful homes to feature on our Husky Homes' social media accounts (or if…
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I bought my first home in 2013 when I moved back to Madison from the East Coast. I had enough saved for a down payment but I could only spend about $150,000 to $175,000. I was able to find a foreclosed condo on the MLS that was only five blocks from the Capitol. There was only one photo on the MLS which was a very dark blurry photo of the bathroom taken with a phone camera, so as you’d expect, there weren’t many showings. It wasn’t as competitive a market as it is now, but at that price point condos downtown were still moving pretty quickly. I was able to negotiate a purchase price of $157,000. Because it was a foreclosure, I had to buy all new appliances - washer, dryer, refrigerator, oven, and microwave. I replaced the carpet in the bedroom…
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Moms - Have you been looking around your house thinking "we are SO out of room here," but dread even the thought of moving with kids? Don't stress! I've got the moving tips to keep you sane in the mom brain. 1. Hire movers if you can. It's going to make moving day less stressful especially with kiddos running around. Chasing kids around loading up the truck? That is chaotic. I have GREAT local movers I can recommend! 2. Pre-pack before you list. You want your house and your closets to be about 15% empty before you list your property. Getting the pre-work done makes the final packing SO much easier! 3. Color code your moving boxes by room. Seriously, this one is a GAMECHANGER! Primary bedroom: blue! Kid's bedroom: pink! Kitchen: green!…
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