Jena Khabazeh - - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY / Merrimack Valley | Westford,Chelmsford,Concord, Carlisle


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Having a nutritious breakfast gets your day off to a great start. However, finding time to make it can be tough when your mornings are busy. You don’t have to gather a ton of ingredients or set aside a lot of time to prepare a good breakfast. Keep the following easy and healthy breakfast ideas in mind for hectic mornings. 

Yogurt & Fruit Parfait

You can get a solid helping of nutrients from this simple breakfast parfait recipe, and you only need about 10 minutes to make it. You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:

  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp almond butter or peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup grapes chopped in half
  • 3 strawberries cut into quarters
  • 2 tbsp chopped almonds
  • To make this recipe, start by whisking the Greek yogurt, peanut butter or almond butter and honey in a bowl. When you have a smooth mixture, add some of it to a glass. Put a layer of strawberries, grapes and almonds on top, then add another layer of yogurt mixture. Place a layer of strawberries, grapes and almonds on the yogurt mixture, then enjoy your healthy morning parfait.

    Cheesy Eggs in a Mug

    When you’re in the mood for eggs for breakfast and don’t have time to cook on the stove, give this recipe a try. You’ll get a good serving of protein along with vitamin C and a few other important nutrients. You’ll need these ingredients for this egg recipe:

  • Cooking spray
  • 1 cup chopped broccoli 
  • 1 tsp water
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp low-fat or skim milk
  • 1 tbsp chopped red bell peppers
  • 1 sliced green onion
  • 1/4 cup shredded low-fat cheddar cheese
  • Salt 
  • Black pepper
  • For this recipe, you’ll need to use non-stick cooking spray on the inside of a microwavable mug. After coating the mug, add the broccoli and water, and microwave for a minute or two on full power. Add the eggs, sliced onion, red pepper pieces and milk to the mug, and use a fork to beat the egg mixture. Microwave the egg and broccoli mixture for 45 seconds, then stir and microwave for about 30 seconds. Remove the mug from the microwave, and top the egg mixture with the shredded cheese. Cover the mug with foil to let the cheese melt for a few minutes. Add salt and pepper for seasoning. 

    Oat Banana Pancakes

    Pancakes only take a few minutes to prepare and a few minutes to cook, making them an ideal choice for busy mornings. With this recipe, you can skip the flour entirely and use oats instead for some extra fiber. Gather the following ingredients:

  • 2 bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup quick-cook oats 
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • To make these pancakes, mash the bananas in a bowl, then add eggs and vanilla. Mix these together, then add the cinnamon and oats and mix again. Add a scoop of pancake batter to a heated skillet, then cook for about 2 minutes. Flip the pancake, and cook for about a minute or two. Repeat until you have a stack of golden brown pancakes.


    In recent years, the number of employees who work from home, at least some of the time, has increased to about 25 percent. This trend shows that companies are warming up to the idea of letting their employees work wherever they’re comfortable, and that a growing number of people are working on a freelance or contract basis.

    Working from home, despite its many advantages, does pose some obstacles to productivity. Thus, time management and daily task setting are key to being as productive or more productive than you would be at the office.

    In today’s article, we’re going to help you learn how to become more productive when you work from home so that you can meet your daily numbers while still enjoying the perks of working remotely.

    Time management

    One of the most difficult aspects of working from home is sticking to a schedule throughout the day. The home poses several distractions--kids, pets, TV, the refrigerator. Aside from the distraction factor, it’s easy to procrastinate when you don’t have a boss lurking around. There are several measures you can take while working at home to counter these factors.

    First, make sure you set some ground rules for yourself and your family while working from home. Make sure everyone knows your work hours, including yourself. Stick to those hours by creating a daily routine. Everyone is different when it comes to keeping a planner.

    Some people keep a simple task list in a notebook, while others create intricate planners that are color-coded and rife with stickers and reminders. Regardless of your method, make sure you have a physical reminder in front of you during the day that reminds you what you should be doing.

    Routine is key to managing your time. While there will always be things that come up that we don’t plan for, having a foundation for your day is vital. Starting each day the same way is a good way to help yourself stick to your schedule. Some people go for a walk each morning, while others dive right into their work. Whichever you choose, make sure you do it consistently.

    Creating a productive environment

    Try to work in an office or spare room away from kids or pets and let your family know that you need to focus when you’re there.

    If possible, set your phone to silent or “do not disturb” mode. Remove any distractions from the room that will tempt you to procrastinate. Things like the TV and snacks can easily steal your attention.

    However, in this day of social media, it’s equally important to make sure you avoid procrastinating online as well. If you find yourself subconsciously navigating to Facebook or Reddit, try setting up an extension on your browser that limits your time on those sites to 10 minutes per day to help you stay on track.

    A productive environment doesn’t have to be a barren one. Choose decorations and paint colors that work for you. You’ll want to feel comfortable in your work environment, and one of the perks of working from home is being able to customize any way that you like.

    Finally, remember to take breaks. Many people who are able to work from home have a tendency to put work off until the last minute and then work feverishly to get everything done.



    33 Rock Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

    Single-Family

    $459,900
    Price

    6
    Rooms
    3
    Beds
    1/1
    Full/Half Baths
    This sprawling colonial of over 3,000 square feet has all you need! The first floor features an oversized kitchen with stainless steel appliances that wow you with vaulted ceilings & skylights to bring in all the natural sunlight. Plenty of storage for all your hosting needs & an area for an eat in kitchen space or use the island as a breakfast nook. The show stopping family room has vaulted ceilings and ample space for entertaining. The gleaming hardwood floors take you throughout the formal dining room, sitting room & living room with a fireplace. There is also potential to create a first floor bedroom or office with the endless layout options of this home. The second floor features three generous sized bedrooms all with brand new carpet. The upper level has a completely updated full bath with tiled shower/tub combo. All new interior paint & two car garage with a bonus room for storage or a work area complete this must see home. Lawn will be hydroseeded prior to closing.
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    108 Myron St, Dracut, MA 01826

    Single-Family

    $314,900
    Price

    4
    Rooms
    2
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    This charming updated two bedroom home is the perfect condo alternative you've been looking for. Single floor living offers the ideal floor plan with gleaming hardwood floors throughout the living room and both bedrooms. In the kitchen are all brand new stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen counter tops & a stainless steel farmhouse sink! Landscapin and a brand new paved driveway to add to the curb appeal.. This adorable home has a generous size lot to make your own and sits in a quiet neighborhood that is within minutes to shopping, restaurants and schools.
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    When it comes to making a good impression on prospective home buyers, small details can make a big difference! Not only do you want prospects to see your home as being clean, neat, and well organized, but it should also leave them with a good overall feeling.

    Even though it can be a bit of a hassle to continually prepare your bathrooms for house showings, there's no bigger turnoff to prospective buyers than a grungy bathroom! Generally speaking, if people cringe at any aspect of your home (especially the bathrooms or kitchen), then they're probably not going to make an offer on your property.

    In addition to making all fixtures and surfaces sparklingly clean, winning over potential buyers also involves making your home look inviting.

    One thing many home sellers overlook is the condition of their bathroom towels and washcloths. If they're wet, bedraggled, or ragged looking, then that's going to send the wrong message to buyers. There are a variety of ways to overcome that, including putting out brand new, colorful towels that have never been used before (Just make sure to take off the store tags before putting them on display!).

    If they're neatly folded and strategically placed, then they'll convey an impression of freshness, cleanliness, and neatness. Those are among the key qualities people want to see when they're considering buying your home. By making sure your house is well organized, uncluttered, and tastefully decorated, you're also giving the impression that you and your family take pride in the appearance and upkeep of your home. This is sure to score many Brownie points with potential buyers!

    Besides ragged-looking towels, another subtle, but powerful turnoff for buyers is old-looking curtains. Although you may be so accustomed to your old curtains that you don't even notice or see them any more, there's a good chance they'll stand out like a sore thumb to other people! If the appearance of your curtains degrade the rest of the room, then that one aspect could literally be a deal killer. As the expression goes, "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link." People may not know exactly why they weren't favorably impressed with your home -- even though it met all their basic requirements --but it could be something as simple as grungy, faded, tattered-looking curtains, rugs, or towels. It's often an easy, relatively inexpensive fix, but you have to be aware of the problem before you can take corrective action.

    Working with a real estate agent to help you present your home in its best light can make the process go much more smoothly and result in a faster sale. Experienced agents will also provide you with valuable advice, guidance, and marketing assistance that can favorably affect the actual selling price and the length of time your home remains on the market.




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