Calgary Bowness Montgomery Real Estate Home News - Blog Archive: December, 2017

We can't all be in New York City this New Year's Eve, so here are some places you can ring in the New Year in Calgary: 

Olympic Plaza || Outdoor Party ||  "No matter what your musical taste is, we’ve got it covered. An amazing line-up of local artists will provide a musical backdrop to your night as the Countdown Ball presented by Downtown Calgary will drop at midnight. The night will conclude with the ENMAX fireworks display welcoming 2018 to Calgary. The fireworks will begin from the Calgary Tower before continuing from the roof of City Hall" (City of Calgary). 

City Hall || Family Party || "The Municipal Building will become party central with music, entertainment, and a glow-in-the-dark resolution wall. Dress in neon or white and anything that…

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The New Year is a great opportunity to set up  goals and make resolutions. While statistics show that the average person sticks to their resolution for barely a week and a half, there is nothing wrong with positive thinking. 

What are your resolutions for the New Year? At Team Ken Richter we all have different resolutions, from improving our posture to making time for rest on Sundays.

Here are ten of the most popular New Year's Eve Resolutions:

  1. Exercise more / Lose Weight
  2. Quit Smoking / Drinking
  3. Spend more time with friends and family
  4. Find a new job
  5. Save more money / pay off debt
  6. Travel
  7. Learn how to ______
  8. Spend less time online
  9. Find love
  10. Volunteer More

These are all great aspirations that we encourage everyone…

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Christmas may be over, but for most people the post-Christmas clean up is far from over (or even begun, for that matter). Thankfully in Calgary, systems are in place to make your Christmas clean up easier than ever! A big part of this is thanks to our three carts: the black waste one, the blue recycling one and the green compost one. 

Here is what Christmas waste goes where:

  • Real Trees: Cut them up and put them in the green bin. The lid MUST be able to close. If you have extra branches, bundle them up with natural twine and set them beside the bin. If your tree is just too big, there will be tree drop-off points around the city coming soon (we will let you know when on our Facebook page). 
  • Fake Trees: We always recommend you donate them…

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With December 31st just 5 d days away, 2017 is almost over! Not only is New Year's Eve a time to welcome in the new year, but it is a time to reflect on the last year. It doesn't matter where you do this, but having loved ones around you is a great way to mark the occasion. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to throw an incredible New Year's Eve party for your family and friends: 

1). Make your home your venue. You don't need to spend thousands of dollars throwing a rager; keep it simple and at home. If your guest list gets to big, see if someone with a larger space would be okay with you hosting it there! Just make sure to clean up afterwards.

2). Keep decorations simple. Black and gold balloons and streamers are inexpensive and easy to…

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“Christmas – that magic blanket that wraps itself around us, that something so intangible that it is like a fragrance. It may weave a spell of nostalgia. Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance – a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved.” - Augusta E. Rundel

We wish you and your loved ones all the best this Christmas season. Take time to rest, reflect and have fun with those you love! Thank you for your continued support, we are looking forward to another great year ahead!


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Happy Christmas Eve, everyone! 

Do you have little ones waiting for Santa to stop by tonight? We have good news for them: they can track Santa using the official NORAD Santa Tracker. 

They can see exactly where he is in the world, watch videos of him flying over other cities and get warnings when he is close by and it is time for bed; after all, Santa can't stop by until everyone is asleep!

Visit to track Santa tonight! 

Have a great Christmas Eve, everyone! 

 (Image Via Canva)

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Everyone knows the song "The 12 Days of Christmas," but few pause to actually consider all the gifts the lyrics contain. After all, 6 of the 12 days are birds. That is a lot of birds for one person to buy, let alone receive. So what would the full 12 days of Christmas actually cost if you were to be the true love to send them? Let's break it down. 

On the first day of Christmas my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree

Partridge (1): $15.00

Pear Tree (1): $189.99

On the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me: two Turtle Doves

Turtle Doves (2): $125.00

On the third day of Christmas my true love sent to me: three French Hens

French Hens (3): $165.00

On the fourth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: Four…

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This year we decided to launch a blogging series to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday. We featured each province's history, how they celebrated Canada 150 in their unique way, and a list of some of the best places to check out the next time you visit that province. We hope you have enjoyed learning more about Canada and have been filled with a sense of wanderlust; we sure have!

In conclusion of this series, we are featuring our home and native land, Alberta. Like the rest of Canada, Albert has a rich history that long pre-dates any European contact. Aboriginal groups such as the Blackfoot, Blood, Peigan, Gros Ventre, Kootnay, Crow, Tsuu T'ina, Beaver and Slavey inhabited present day Alberta. Their first contact with Europe was not through explorers,…

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Have you started planning your holiday dinner menu? If not, you should! Planning ahead will help keep the holidays stress-free. It will also give you time to try something new! Forget the same old thing; spice up your next holiday dinner with these three unique dishes:

1). Appetizer: Caramelized Onion Tarts with Apples || These tarts are perfect to snack on before dinner and are packed with autumn flavors to warm up your winter. Here is the scoop: "You’ll start by cooking sliced onions over the stovetop, then stirring in chopped-up apples and a bit of salt and pepper. That mixture then gets spread over puff pastry and crème fraiche, which all goes in the oven for roughly half an hour. Use a pizza cutter to cut the tart into small pieces and serve"…

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