Barbecue: Nothing says summertime as much as an old-fashioned barbecue!  Do you have friends or family who still haven't had the chance to see your beautiful new home?  Invite them over for an afternoon of sun, fun, and a tour of the house.

 Campout fun: Another longstanding tradition is the summer campout-but this doesn't mean you have to drive hundreds of miles to find a great location.  Your backyard is a great camping spot!  Dig the flashlights, tents, and camping gear out of the garage and thrill the kids with a backyard campout!

 Cool and clean: It might not sound like fun, but having a neighborhood car wash is a great way to keep cool and make friends with the people who share your street.  Rally the neighbors and make a day of it-the kids will have fun squirting each other with the hoses, and you'll have a shiny, clean car!

 Who dunnit: Throw a mystery dinner party, and invite your guests for an evening of fun and intrigue (and show off that dining room!).  Kits can be purchased at most toy stores (or via the Internet) for a reasonable price, and you'll have a wonderful evening that will be memorable for everyone!

 Grab a mallet: While you may have once thought that croquet was a “sport” for fuddy-duddies, it is rapidly growing in popularity.  Show off your perfectly manicured lawn by inviting a few friends over for an afternoon croquet party.  If you're feeling really adventurous, try some horseshoes as well!

 winter seasonsDECEMBER is a great month to cozy things up at home.  The brighter and warmer a house looks and feels, the happier you will be.  That's why I'm including with this letter a few tips to make your house as cheery as possible!






 Fix it up: The light fixtures in your home are a reflection of your personal style and taste.  Adding additional fixtures or replacing ones that aren't your favorites can be a fun and creative way to brighten up your home!

 Candlescaping: Candles are generally inexpensive and are extremely versatile.  Adding various candle arrangements to different rooms in your home will instantly create an atmosphere of warmth and style.  Get creative!  You might also favor scented candles to add a pleasant aroma to different areas of the house.

 Mirror, mirror, on the wall: Mirrors not only create the illusion that your rooms are even more spacious than they already are, they also reflect light!  Make your house warm and cozy by adding a few inexpensive mirrors in hallways, bedrooms, and living spaces.

 Light the way:  Lighting isn't just for indoor decorating-it's also a valuable addition to the exterior of your home. Line your walkway or garden with cost-efficient solar light fixtures (no electricity needed!) to create a brilliant nighttime landscape outside your home.

 Open up: During daytime hours, keep your draperies and window coverings open.  This will not only allow your home to absorb heat, but it will brighten up the winter days that you spend at home.