Archive for January, 2011

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Childrens Miracle Network Hospitals Launches New Name and Brand

cmnhospitalslogo_color_horzChildrens Miracle Network Hospitals , a leading nonprofit organization for childrens hospitals, rebranded its image to convey its charitable purpose

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the new official name of the charitable organization RE/MAX has proudly supported since 1992. Along with the new name comes a new logo which is a simpler variation of the hot air balloon previously used, a  newly designed web site,  and tagline, “Helping Local Kids”. In the coming weeks, a new joint logo will be introduced to illustrate the unique relationship between RE/MAX and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

The local director tells us that although the word “hospital” is being added to the name, the organization will continue its unique mission of also helping other area facilities and families directly. “The new logo is crisp. It’s modern. It brands with our logo a lot better I think,” said Jocelyn Mejias, the local director for CMNH.

Since our partnership began, RE/MAX offices and agents across North America have raised more than $100 million for children dealing with illness, injury and disabilities. The majority of these funds come directly from RE/MAX Agents who make a donation with every real estate transaction through the Miracle Home Program. We at RE/MAX Access are proud to say that we participate in the Miracle Home Program and a donation is made to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with each and every real estate transaction.



Monday, January 31st, 2011

Decorating With Things That You Love

pic-of-bookAuthor, photographer and accessories designer Monica Rich Kosann shows us how to decorate a home with those treasured, but random items that you can’t seem to find a place for.


Monday, January 31st, 2011

Who Needs Vermont? Ski Mount Piazza!

Who needs Vermont. Us Philadelphians can just ski Mount Piazza. Don’t believe me? Take a peek of this live action video where the most talented local athletes, ski dudes, and snowboarders show off their moves at Radio 104.5’s Winter Jam. This video compilation even features a guest appearance of yours truly (moi) on the 5th floor balcony of my office at Remax Access. Another reason to love Philadelphia, especially Northern Liberties!

Related: Join the Piazza and Radio 104.5 This Saturday For an Afternoon of Music, Snow Boarding, and X Games

Originally posted in The Philadelphia Real Estate Voice


Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Doggie Donors Needed to Save Lives

Canine Blood Drive to be Held This Weekend

Did you know that dogs can be blood donors too?

Burlington County PET AID, an animal welfare organization, is hosting a canine blood drive on Saturday at the American Red Cross Burlington County Chapter on Route 38 in Lumberton, N.J.

There is always a need for dog blood. Many pooches suffer each year from bleeding disorders and trauma-related injuries and blood donations can save their lives.

The drive is open to all types of dogs — by appointment only.

You can book your pooch a donor time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. by calling  609-702-7211.

Potential donors are required to be six years old or younger, between 55 and 150 pounds, healthy and up-to-date on all of their vaccinations.


Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Commerical Property Opportunity in Northern Liberties

1133 N Howard Street Philadelphia, PA 19123 Northern Liberties

Steps from The Piazza @ Schmidts!  So many possibilities for this property! Here is your chance to be a part of one of the hottest neighborhoods in Philadelphia.  Gutted office on the first floor with large pull-in garage. 2nd Floor could be used as break room or office. Building runs STREET TO STREET! Hard to find C-2 zoned.


 For more information contact Steven Osiecki @ 215.284.2892 or!


Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Completely Re-newed 3 Story Home in the Heart of the Frankford Arts Corridor

2045 E York St Philadelphia, PA 19125

2045 E York St Philadelphia, PA 19125

Take a look inside 2045 E York St, Philadelphia, PA 19125 as Jim Heisler, project manager for G8 LIFE, shows us around.  This home is just about sure to check back to see the end result.

G8 Life takes your commitment to sustainable and green living serious!  Nice dryvit exterior with illuminating LED lighting. Walk in to a spacious living room with modern details. Huge dining room fit for feasts. Modern kitchen w SS Bosch appliances. Huge French doors lead out the handsome backyard area. Second floor with a laundry room and plenty of closet space in each bedroom along with a full size bathroom and a deep style tub for relaxing. Third floor is completely modern with a skylight that leads to the outdoor patio. Full master suite with walk in closet and huge master bath with a custom shower. Solar hot water heater is standard in this home.

For more information about this project contact Daniel Sandoval @ 215.200.6287 or


Friday, January 28th, 2011

Tips to Perk Up Your Winter Garden



Here are some Recommendations for adding cold-weather appeal to the garden

Wintertime, like an x-ray of the landscape, reveals a garden’s basic structure. To add more interest to the cold-weather garden, consider these key elements:

Focal Points
Focal points include sculpture, garden structures, boulders or containers. They can create dramatic or subtle, year-round interest within the landscape. Garden features such as ponds, arbors or a lone container become the center of attention when placed in contrast with their surroundings.

Color and Structure.
For a splash of winter color, consider going evergreen. Evergreens can bring color to the landscape when the mercury is bottoming out. Even the color brown can make its own bold statement. A bare deciduous tree against a curtain of green brings structure and style to almost any planting.

“Never underestimate the winter fragrances that can lure you outdoors, even in cold weather,” says garden author Marianne Binetti. For example, witch hazel (Hamamelis sp.) has a sweet fragrance, regardless of how cold the temperature. There are yellow and orange varieties available. Fragrant plants can do double-duty in the garden. Sweet box (Sarcococca ruscifolia) infuses a pleasant vanilla scent to the air and produces black berries that provide additional color and pizzazz.

Winter Chores
Winter is also the time to tackle a few chores in the yard that don’t seem as obvious during the rest of the year. There are several plants that can be pruned in winter. For early spring-blooming plants such as Lenten rose, cut back tattered, old foliage left over from last year. Cutting back the foliage allows the winter blooms to be more prominent and inhibits the potential spread of mold or disease. (Note: when pruning back, take care to avoid cutting back new growth.) Prune out tree or shrub branches that are crossing or rubbing against one another. This task can be more easily accomplished in the wintertime because you can see the skeleton or framework of the deciduous trees.

Winter Safety
Don’t forget about safety, especially when it comes to walking on icy surfaces. To reduce potentially slippery hazards, use organic kitty litter as an alternative to salt. Since salt can wash into your flower beds and sterilize the soil, non-chemical kitty litter will provide traction without being hazardous to nearby plantings. Look for kitty litter that contains vermiculite or pumice. As an added benefit, staying on paths or sidewalks keeps you out of the soggy soil.

[article via HGTV]


Friday, January 28th, 2011

Hot Home Decorating Trend: Vibrant Citrus Accents

untitled6Citrus hues never go out of style, but this year they’re hotter than ever. Check out our favorite ways to add a splash of color to your home with vibrant shades of yellow, green and orange. Here are some ideas:

Orange-Scented Perfume Candle (click here)

Nothing says fresh like the soothing aroma of fresh oranges, and this candle is packed with enough essential oils to invigorate your entire home.

Etched Red-Orange Design MangoWood Bowl (click here)

Carved from mango trees, these gorgeous bowls add a splash of citrus to any kitchen countertop.

Green Art Deco Lamp (click here)

Feeling a little funky and modern? Brighten your space with a colorful light fixture like this art deco desk lamp. We love the crisp, clean lines, especially in a lively shade of lime green.

Retro Orange Clock (click here)

Inspired by sleek, Mid-century style, this vintage clock packs a colorful punch for kitchens everywherecitrus-3-l

Lemon Vase (click here)

More long-lasting than flowers, lemons make the perfect table arrangement all year round. And what better way to display them than in an elegant vase custom-made for the job?

Laundry Hamper (click here)

Perk up your laundry room with this practical (and vibrant) hamper. Its collapsible design can also double as an easy-to-fold tote.

Cashmere Throw (click here)

Nothing is cozier than cashmere, and in a fresh shade of Lemon Drop, it’s one of our favorite ways to brighten a living room, bedroom or den.


Friday, January 28th, 2011

Chili Throwdown At The Khyber Pass Pub on Saturday January 29 at 1 P.M.

50236_116719345067546_1111739_sNo better time for a chili cookoff then this weekend! Nothing better than a bowl of hot chili on a frigid, snow filled day.

The Khyber Pass Pub in Old City will be hosting their annual chili cookoff on Saturday, January 29th at 1pm. While they aren’t accepting anymore competitors, that doesn’t mean you can’t stop on by for samples of the entrants beer-based efforts. With 22 people making a crock pot full of chili each, we’re sure you’ll be able to get something for free.

The past two cookoffs have been won by Steve Matt of the just-down-the-block Brownie’s Pub, who will be entering again this year. If he threepeats, it’s been decided that he’ll gracefully retire from competition – which will be renamed the Steve Matt Beer Chili Cookoff.

Judging will be done by Executive Chef Mark McKinney and Drew Lazor of The Citypaper. We suggest you head over there and judge for yourself while throwing back a few drafts from their awesome selection.


Friday, January 28th, 2011

Show Your “LOVE” For Philly This Valentines Day

605r2The new LOVE Gift Shop is officially open, located in the Fairmount Park Welcome Center in LOVE Park, also known as JFK Plaza. The store offers all things LOVE (as in, the infamous red stacked-block-letter LOVE statue) at every price point. Choose from mini LOVE sculptures, bags, journals, mugs, magnets, shirts, wall prints, note cubes, note cards and lapel pins. How better to declare your Philadelphia patriotism than by decking out your office, home and self with LOVE paraphernalia?

The LOVE Gift Shop isopen Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You can also shop online where you can browse, shop, and ship some Philly love as a gift or straight to your own home. After all, it’s got LOVE written all over it.