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Real Estate: 5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Fall

This week Margaret is sharing five reasons to list your home for sale in the fall…

Next Newton Mayoral Forum on Sept. 28th

On Thursday, September 28 at 7pm, come hear the two finalists, Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon, in Newton’s Mayoral race share their visions for addressing local environmental challenges over the next four years. Held at the Newton Free Library’s Druker Auditorium the forum will be…

Vacation Camps Reminder!

Early release and vacation days always sneak up on me. Luckily, whether you need a half or a full day there are plenty of options here in Newton.

10 Places to Pick Apples This Season

Apple picking! This is one of my favorite fall activities and my kids have grown to love it as well. A day outside, usually sweater weather, bookended with cider and / or apple cider donuts…

LiveNewton Feature: Birthday Venues for Everyone

Our kids look forward to their birthday all year round. That’s quite a build-up of expectations that end up on the shoulders of parents! To make your life a little easier, LiveNewton has compiled a comprehensive list of Birthday Party Venues…

Great Food, Great Cause – Our Neighbors’ Table

Newton Food Pantry is hosting their second annual fundraising event, Our Neighbors’ Table on October 19th from 6:30PM – 9:30PM. Tickets are selling out quickly for this popular evening catered by some of the best restaurants in Newton…

Exploring the Workforce After Choosing to Stay-at-Home

If you’ve been stay-at-home for awhile, you may be starting to crave a new opportunity for yourself. The idea of working with other adults in a professional setting and easing the financial stress of raising a family can be great prompts to action…

Resources for Donating Hair to Charities

A few years ago, we discovered that one of our favorite sitters donates her hair every time she grows it long enough. She is an inspiration to my family and my older daughter decided that she, too, wanted to donate her hair. Finally after almost two years of growth, it was time.

It’s Time to Book After School Activities – Here are the Options!

For some of us, we know our kids’ go-to activities (ie. soccer, dance, piano, art). But many of us are still figuring out what fits best both with our kids. The good news is that in either case, the choices are abundant here in Newton…

Review: Kimball Farm

My twins have been asking to visit Kimball Farm (Westford, MA) since they first discovered it on a 2nd grade field trip. We finally made the trek out to Westford on a recent Sunday. Check out my tips for how to make the most of your visit.

Real Estate: Margaret’s Go-To Picks for Contractors, Services and Moving

Let’s be honest, we’ve all had our share of less than perfect service providers. Today I’ve decided to share my top picks for home renovations and moves…

Foodies Rejoice: Dine Out Boston is Back!

Get your calendar out: the summer version of Dine Out Boston is just around the corner! With culinary hot spots from around Boston, along with notable gourmet locations in several suburbs, you’ll find nearly every type of cuisine…

Review: Date Night at The Farmhouse

With non-stop schedules and juggling family, friends and obligations, my husband and I don’t go out on a date often enough. Recently we decided to make the effort to have more one-on-one dates. Luckily, this lead us to The Farmhouse in Needham Center.

Hibachi Throw-Down!

Like many kids I know, my girls adore Japanese hibachi. If you haven’t ever taken your kids, you are definitely missing out. With hibachi, it’s all about gastro-tainment wherein a mildly comical ‘chef’ in a tall white hat slices, dices, squirts, and performs small feats of dexterity all while cooking your food before your very eyes…

Review: Davio’S Power Lunch

Recently, Davio’S invited LiveNewton.net to experience their new Power Lunch. Don’t let the name fool you. While ostensibly geared toward the business crowd, the Power Lunch is also designed to please the palates – and schedules – of stay-at-home and work-at-home parents alike.

Starbucks Frappucino Happy Hour Deal

Frappucino happy hour…save 50% off for a limited time…

Comedor: My Favorite Restaurant!

Local foodies, rejoice! We are so fortunate to have some amazing restaurants in and around Newton. Restaurants that, in my opinion, rival some of the best in Boston. My personal favorite is Comedor. My husband and I have been there a handful of times and have never been disappointed…

Review: Hot New(ish) Restaurant Branch Line

Tucked behind the brick walls of Watertown’s Arsenal area is a restaurant worth discovering; Branch Line. Friends had been raving about it for months, but I had a hard time getting a reservation. Later I’d understand why…

Review: Good Friends & Good Food at Ronsky’s

My friend Becca and I have been pals since our oldest children met in preschool. We spent time together on a weekly basis. Now that they’re in 4th grade, we need to plan to get together, which brought us to the popular Ronskys Italian-style cafe on a recent Saturday. Here’s how it went…

Review: The Naan Americans Cooking Class

I was convinced I could never cook Indian food. (At least not well.) But recently I discovered Newton start-up The Naan Americans – an Indian food cooking class taught by Home Chefs to showcase “simple and easy recipes with a blend of modern and classic International cuisines that can be easily reproduced in your own kitchen.” I was intrigued.

Book Your Easter Brunch!

For those who celebrate Easter, it’s a wonderful, fun celebration when families come together and enjoy the holiday and each other. It’s also a good excuse to get out and eat a special meal! If you’re planning to stay local and would like to find a good restaurant for Easter Brunch, look no further.

Restaurant Week Is Back!

It’s new name may be Dine Out Boston, but it’s “Restaurant Week” all the same. It starts today (Sunday) and runs through Friday. Participating restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and Metrowest, North and South design 3-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner that highlight their best selections. There’s no better time…

Kids Summer Reading Recommends

Now that summer is here, we plan to blow through many books. I wanted to share some of our favorites (avoiding the obvious and much-loved ones). I find the recommended ages really depend on your reader – some kids are earlier than others, some are later. Either way, whenever you stumble upon them…we hope you enjoy these as much as we did!

Jen & Holly’s Favorites

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Real Estate: 5 Reasons to Sell Your House This Fall

This week Margaret is sharing five reasons to list your home for sale in the fall…

Real Estate: A Peek at Newton’s Most Expensive Properties

One of the perks of being a realtor is the ability to see some really amazing homes (and some dreadful ones as well). Contrary to popular belief, the best homes are not always the biggest or the most expensive; they are just done to perfection.

Real Estate: Newton July Market Recap

Summer is usually a quieter time in real estate once you get past the 4th of July, but not this year. Currently, there are 105 homes on the market vs. 118 a month ago. The details…

Real Estate: Helping Your Parents Downsize

After my father-in-law passed away, my mother-in-law was left with a big condo in a town she didn’t really like. We convinced her to move into a smaller condo, but she liked and felt very attached to ALL of her things. And thus began an education on downsizing…

Real Estate Feature: The Importance of a Pre-Approval

A pre-approval from a qualified and respected lender is the single most important thing you can do to put yourself in a position to make your best offer. Let’s get you started on the right foot!

Real Estate: What Young Buyers Want

Real Estate: What Young Buyers Want…They want to spend their weekends with family and friends having experiences, they do not want to spend time renovating. There are a few creative types that would like to put their own stamp on a home, but they are a definite minority…

Real Estate: The Lowdown on Accessory Apartments

Recently, the City of Newton passed an ordinance allowing accessory apartments to be legalized. Of course, this has raised many questions about what constitutes an “accessory apartment.” In this post, I’ll try to clear up some questions…

Real Estate: The Teardown Conundrum

I don’t know how many of you have had the pleasure of attending a Newton Historic review meeting, but it’s a real eye opener. Here’s a typical story…

Newton Real Estate by Zip Code

Newton by zip code! Since Newton is so large and the villages quite diverse, I’m eager to share how Newton real estate performs village-by-village…

Real Estate: Is Your Home Functionally Obsolete?

“Functionally obsolete” in real estate means the reduction in the usefulness or desirability of a home because of an outdated design feature, usually one that cannot be easily changed. This applies to many houses currently on the market here in Newton…

Real Estate Advice: “Best and Final Offer”

A “Best and Final Offer” in real estate is a buyer’s last and highest offer. A seller who has received several offers will usually ask top bidders to submit a Best and Final Offer. This type of offer induces STRESS (!) for both the buyer and their agent…

Review: Warrior Ice Arena

The Boston Bruins have opened a gorgeous new training and practice facility in Brighton that is directly adjacent to the hull-shaped New Balance headquarters. Great news for recreational skaters (like my girls) thanks to regular public skating hours. We’ve been several times during their public skating hours…

Our New Ice Skating page has launched!

If you can’t beat it (the cold, that is), then enjoy it! Check out our new Ice Skating page with dates, rates, tips, and important details. Ice skating is a fun way to entertain and to keep moving…

‘Boston Winter’ @ City Hall Plaza

It’s been a long time in coming, but it’s finally here! Finally. The city of Boston has an event to celebrate the many gifts of winter…

Holiday Showcase: Moving Paintings

This week in our Holiday Showcase we’re excited to feature artist Ben Raynes and his Moving Paintings. These charming watercolor dioramas bring landscapes to life, connecting the viewer with the art…

Where to Find Santa This Christmas

On the hunt for Santa? Here’s a round-up of where-to-spot-Santa events (classic photo ops!) this month in metro Boston…

What to do with all that Candy?

A big part of our lives these days is teaching our kids about leading a healthy life. In turn, this helps us make a case for donating that candy they’ve been eagerly awaiting…

Family ACCESS Annual Halloween Fair – Sat, 10/29/16

Family ACCESS is holding its annual Halloween Fair tomorrow Saturday, October 29, 2016 in West Newton, MA from 10am-1pm…

Halloween Family Festival and Fundraiser

Halloween Family Festival sponsored by Everwood Day Camp in Sharon, MA…

Winner of Giveaway: Edaville’s Pumpkins Aglow!

Win (4) Tickets for Edaville’s magical Pumpkins Aglow event! Journey through Dino Land, explore an illuminated display of hand-carved pumpkins and get ready for trick-or-treating and lots of fun!

More Halloween Events for Your Calendar!

There’s so much fun planned in the next eight days that we decided to do another Halloween Events post. Get the most from this season by stopping by a few of these great Newton area offerings!

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