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December 2014 Blog Posts (7)

Wall St Journal: How to Get the Best Jumbo Mortgage Rates

Today's Wall St. Journal features a great article on how to get the best jumbo mortgage rates.

In our zip code, jumbo mortgages are often the norm. While buying a home is exciting, applying for a mortgage can be very daunting. However, doing your homework, which includes improving your credit score, can make your dream home that much more affordable.

The article touches on quite a few points that should be intuitive. For example, the higher the down payment, the…


Added by Dalia Bose on December 30, 2014 at 6:11pm — No Comments

New House, New Tree, New Traditions - Patricia

When we moved into our new house and offered to host Christmas (well, with all the different beliefs in our family, we call it Christmakkahwali) I envisioned a family trip to a tree farm where we'd drink cider and sit on bales of hay as we toured the farm to pick out our perfect tree. After the drive home, I imagined playing holiday music and the four of us wearing awful Christmas sweaters, while baking cookies and decorating the tree. In reality, it turns out that most tree farms are 45…


Added by Patricia MacLean on December 24, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Find the Right School for Your Child

As a Realtor, I am often asked what the best school in this area is. Actually, choosing the right school for your child is a very personal decision. Ask me, or your friends and neighbors, and you will likely receive overwhelmingly positive feedback on their children’s school. In reality, there is no “best school in town,” only one that is the best fit for your child and your family.

Even though the school year starts after Labor Day, Open Houses for various schools start in…


Added by Dalia Bose on December 22, 2014 at 3:37pm — No Comments

Crying for every small thing - How to manage crying spells

Questions) My daughter is very stubborn and keeps crying for every small thing, like when hungry, tired or sad. When we try to talk to her she won’t listen. Sometimes we do give in and sometimes we loose our patience. Is it normal for a 5 year old to cry this frequently?

Answer by Early Childhood Specialist from Building Healthy Minds and Happy…


Added by NewportMommy on December 10, 2014 at 9:50am — No Comments

Caring for your Children’s Teeth by Dr. Louis Zazzaro from Newport Dental Arts



I am sure you already know that children are little sponges, constantly absorbing your habits and behaviors on a daily basis. Getting your little ones started at a young age on the road to good oral hygiene is a step in the right direction for lifelong overall health.

For babies, teeth…


Added by NewportMommy on December 10, 2014 at 9:27am — No Comments

Rasberry and Vanilla Thumbprint Cookies

Holiday Season brings in the same fervor as the Diwali did back '80s and '90s. The spirit is the same - get togethers, food, new clothes and the increased zeal of people around. I remember we, cousins went berserk when it was time to go shopping for festivals. Now after more than 2 decades when  I see A, my son, going through the same phase wherein he talks about Thanksgiving and Christmas with so much enthusiasm, its nostalgia. Stories of Stony soup and Christmas are doing the rounds…


Added by shally arora on December 6, 2014 at 8:05pm — 2 Comments

A perfectionist child and helping them succeed

Question) It appears that my daughter has very high expectations from herself. She has to turn in the perfect piece of work or else she will not even make an attempt. It is a struggle to help her understand that it will take several attempts before you can get it right. Some examples would be she would not practice her violin lessons because she thinks it doesn't sound right when she plays. She will not…


Added by NewportMommy on December 2, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments


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