For every 100 homes sold by Matt Curtis Real Estate, the company donates one home to Habitat for Humanity Nicaragua.  So, if Matt Curtis Real Estate sells at least one home every 14 hours, that’s a lot of families getting a home south of our border!

“Volunteers are the only human beings on the face of the earth who reflect this nation’s compassion, unselfish caring, patience, and just plain loving one another.” 

– Erma Bombeck

The History of Habitat for Humanity

Clarence Jordan first developed the idea of “partnership housing” along with Millard and Linda Fuller.  The team sought out families who lacked sufficient housing but who were willing to work with volunteers to build their homes.  The homeowners would acquire no-interest loans and some…

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How about making a New Year’s resolution to try something new? Maybe you can overcome a fear, cross something off your bucket list, or just do something different with family or friends. Here are some ideas to get started. Who knows? You might do them more than once.

Solve Riddles to Escape

Solve mysteries like Scooby-Doo’s gang when you get locked in a room with a small group of people and search for clues to escape within 60 minutes. Two local venues offer a variety of themes, such as a stricken submarine, a devastating Internet virus, alien abduction and a murder aboard a train. This is a team sport of two to seven players, and guests can make reservations (required) with a full group or be paired with others (make new friends!). These games are…

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If you’re a Huntsville resident looking for food delivery options, GrubSouth is a must have app. Also available to use in your PC’s browser, GrubSouth makes ordering great food to your door as easy as it gets.

Easy ordering with GrubSouth

Indeed, their motto is “Eating just got easier”, and if you’re even barely tech savvy, you’ll have tasty noms from some of the area’s most popular restaurants in no time, whether you’re at home in the Rocket City, Madison, or Athens, at work on Redstone Arsenal, or at any of Huntsville’s hospitals, colleges, and businesses.

From Tropical Smoothie to Stanlieo’s Subs and Cajun Steamer to Anaheim Chili, upwards of 50 restaurants spread across town deliver to my address in Jones Valley. They’ve even started…

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Alabama has been named one of two finalists (North Carolina) to win approximately 4,000 new jobs projected to be created by the planned Toyota-Mazda plant, expected to be operational by 2021.

No news yet on a specific home for the plant in the event Alabama is chosen. Both of the Japanese automakers are asking for $1 billion in incentives from the winning state, which will have been selected from a list once including several other Southern states such as Florida, Kentucky, and Mississippi.

   

William Thornton of AL.com reported in November that the $1.6B facility will house production of Toyota’s Corolla and Mazda’s emergent line of hybrid vehicles. The plant projects to make 300,000 cars annually. 

Thornton has also reported on Alabama’s…

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As 2017 is ending many people are starting to get a head start on planning their remodeling projects for the new year.  For many Rocket City women, a new kitchen remodel is one of the top remodeling projects on the list. Here is a quick guide to the top trends for kitchen remodeling.

Under Cabinet lighting

If your kitchen seems a little dark, or if you like to be able to better control your lighting for candlelight dinners, under cabinet lighting might be a great addition to your kitchen.   This sounds like such a small change but can give you so much more control over your lighting.  When we moved to Huntsville, the kitchen in our log home was very dark.   We had under cabinet lighting installed, and it is by far my favorite feature of my…

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You can find something to suit everyone in your household when looking for things to do in the Huntsville area over the course of a year. Here are some family friendly ideas to get you started, most of them are annual events.

‘Dancing With The Stars: Live!’

The stage will be Hot! Hot! Hot! Feb. 10 when performers from “Dancing with the Stars” take over the Von Braun Center’s Mark C. Smith Concert Hall. Dubbed “Dancing with the Stars: Live! Light Up the Night,” the 2-hour show features dancers from the ABC program who will perform familiar and new routines – accompanied by driving music and sparkly costumes. The 2-hour show starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Tickets, starting at $46.50, can be purchased at the VBC Box Office or through…

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Time to get out your calendar!  We’ve searched the ‘Net to find fun things to do in Madison for each month in 2018.  The goal was to find activities known only to the locals—things that may not be advertised.  

January - Limestone Flea Market 

The Limestone Flea Market is located on the left after you cross County Line/Old Railroad Bed Road.  You may not think it’s much—the sign isn’t that fancy, and all you see is a low, tin building.  But this flea market packs quite a flea market punch.  It is huge!  The Limestone Flea Market has just a little bit of everything:  Avon, homeschool books, rugs, glassware, classic arcade games, toys… We once bought my daughter a pretty, red duffle bag to tote to camp. Free admission.

Open Saturday and Sunday 9 am…

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For the month of December, Burritt on the Mountain supplements its usual schedule with a variety of activities to tune in the holiday spirit. Some require reservations, for others you just show up at the appointed time. The historic park on Monte Sano Mountain is at 3101 Burritt Drive SE.

Vintage Christmas Dishware

Holiday Magic Dinners

For a night you won’t forget, reserve a seat for a Holiday Magic Dinner, served in the mansion and historic cabins at Burritt on the Mountain. Catered meals will be served in this annual fundraiser for the park. For reservations, call Stephanie Timberlake, (256) 512-0141.

Home School Holiday Ornaments

Classes will tour the homes in the park to compare holiday traditions from Christmases past with those of today. Afterward, children…

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My favorite time of the year is here, and what’s more fun that holiday decor shopping in the Rocket CityBridge StreetParkway Place Mall, and Pier One Imports sell exquisite decor, but our local retailers also will dazzle you with their holiday displays.  Whether you’re shopping for Hanukah, Kwanza, or Christmas, you don’t have to travel outside of Madison and Huntsville to prep your place for the holidays! Here are some quaint little local shops to browse….

Hook a Frog 

105 Church Street Suite C, Madison, Alabama | (256) 325-0572

It’s time to get your Pokémon game on!  Hook a Frog Fiber and Fun sells whimsical crocheted Pokémon ornaments.  It’s also a terrific place to buy gifts for the knitter in your family.  They have walls of yarn, they…

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Looking for a live Christmas tree this year?

It was a simple proposition when I was growing up on my family’s farm.  We all piled in the back of the hay trailer, and Dad drove us into the meadow to find a little cedar tree.  He sawed it at the base, tossed it into the trailer with the rest of us, and we’d take it back home—singing carols all the way.  We do it a bit differently in the Rocket City.  Honestly, it’s a whole lot easier, and it can be just as fun if you visit a place like Valley Christmas Tree Plantation.

A Christmas Tree from the Farm

Valley Christmas Tree Plantation is owned by George and Trish Brown, who have around 114 acres east of Huntsville.  This sweet couple and their lovely dog, Honey, live on a beautiful farm (that they…

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