Erika Dix

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I’m sure you can imagine all the Halloween events that are happening around the city this weekend.  With this being the last weekend before Halloween, it is your last chance to get some of those “SPOOK-TACULAR” experiences in.  I’ve put together my top 5 picks for this weekend’s events Around Town. Take a look and let me know if you end up at any of them.


Calgary Underground Film Festival:  12 Hour Movie Marathon


When:  October 26 - 27


Where:  Globe Cinema, 617 8th Avenue SW


Time:  7pm – 7am


Cost:  $18 - $20


I don’t know about you, but I know that I am not psychologically built to be scared over and over… and over and over again!  However, if you LOVE horror films, going to the movies, and can pull an all-nighter, this might be right up your alley. 


CUFF (Calgary Underground Film Festival) is holding a 12 hour marathon of Horror Flicks.  Stay for one, or stay for them all… IF YOU DARE.  This sounds fantastically fun, and terrifying at the same time.  Concession is open all night long (what?!), the bar is open until 2am, and if you make it until 7am, breakfast is FREE!


For all the details, and for information about contests and giveaways during this Frightening event, visit CUFF’S WEBSITE 


Spooktacular Family Fun


When:  October 26 thru October 31


Where:  Calgary Farmers Market, 510 77th Avenue SE


Time:  9am – 5pm


Cost:  FREE


Not wanting to scare the daylights out of yourself over the weekend??  Take a more family-friendly approach to the Halloween Weekend, and visit the Calgary Farmer’s Market.  They’re hosting their fabulous Spooktacular Family Fun event, with professional pumpkin carvers (did you know that was a thing?), ghosts and witches handing out Halloween treats, and a mad scientist show!  For those of you that make the Calgary Farmer’s Market part of your weekend routines, or for those that have never been, this is a perfect event for all ages!


For all the details visit The Calgary Farmer’s Market  


Calgary Night Market


When:  October 25


Where:  Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW


Time:  5pm – 10pm


Cost:  FREE


If you’re not-so-much into the Halloween spirit, take a break from the scary and ghoulish events around you, and step into one of the first Holiday Market’s of the season.  Located in the always beautiful Eau Claire, step out and browse through local vendors and their one of a kind goods.  With over 40 vendors, this is an amazing Outdoor experience for the entire family.


For more information CLICK HERE



Lil’ Pumpkin Party


When:  October 26 & 27


Where:  Telus Spark, 220 St. Georges Drive NE


Time:  Saturday, 9am – 5pm & Sunday, 10am – 4pm


Cost:  Included with General Admission


Take your little one’s to learn all about science and experience the Creative Kids Museum in its Spooky new state.  Telus Spark has transformed the Creative Kids Museum into a spooky wood forest with a whimsical twist.  Perfect for the child in everyone!

For all the details on this incredibly fun and friendly event check out TELUS SPARK



25 Best Things to Eat Pop Up Market


When:  October 26


Where:  Inglewood Community Hall, 1740 24 Avenue SE


Time:  10am – 4pm


Cost:  FREE


Sometimes you just want to have some food!  Come check out this pop-up shop and sample Calgary’s best eats at Avenue Calgary’s one-day market from the current and previous 25 Best Things to Eat lists.  If you’re a Foodie, this is where you need to be this weekend!

For all the info, visit THE EVENT PAGE



*BONUS* Ghosts of Fish Creek Walking Tour


When:  October 28 thru October 30


Where:  Bow Valley Ranch, 15975 Bow Bottom Trail SE


Time:  6:30pm – 7:30pm


Cost:  $7


I am adding this as a special bonus event because it not during the weekend, but I thought it sounded too interesting to not share it with all of you!


Tour the historic Bow Valley Ranch area of Fish Creek Provincial Park to learn about the ghosts that are rumored to haunt here! Hot chocolate will be served to keep you warm and toasty (please remember to bring a travel mug).

All the detail can be FOUND HERE

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If you're looking for something to do this weekend, I've compiled a little list of fun things. 


As a mom of young kids, I try to focus on a family-friendly setting; however, there are a few in here that are great for those fun adult's-only gatherings, or a little one-on-one with your sweetheart.



17th Avenue Spook-Tacular


When:  Saturday, October 19


Where:  820 17 Avenue SW


Time:  noon - 4pm


Cost:  FREE


This family-friendly street festival is top of my list.  Bring the whole family out to this FREE event, where there will be facepainting, live music, trick-or-treating in the park, bouncy castles, games, snacks and beverages, and more!


Ticket's are FREE, but you must REGISTER HERE

For all information about this event CLICK HERE



Haunted Halloween


When:  October 18 & 19 thru to November 2


Where:  New Horizon Mall (Parkade Level), 260300 Writing Creek Crescent, Balzak


Time:  6pm - 10pm


Cost:  $10/person - $25/person


Scott and I are not much for "frightening" experiences, but in the nature of the season, I've decided to add this one into the mix.  I know a lot of people out there enjoy getting the pants scared off them.  With 3 absolutely horrifying attractions, this Haunted Experience can be visited again and again.


Although the main attractions are recommended for 12+, there is a Family Frights Thrill that is there to spook all ages, and is a bit more Family-Friendly.  The Family Frights Thrill has games, crafts, interactive sets, bouncy castles and more, for just $10/person.


For all information about the 3 Terrifying Attractions, as well as the Family Frights Thrill CLICK HERE



CURIOUS GEORGE The Golden Meatball


When:  Saturday, October 19 thu to November 9


Where:  Storybook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW (Beddington Theatre Arts Centre)


Time:  Fridays & Saturdays, 6:30pm

           Saturdays & Sundays, 11am & 3pm


Cost:  Child (3 - 17) $22

            Adult (18+) $27


They had me at MEATBALLS!!  Curious George is pretty incredible too.  Join George on this fun-filled-adventure where he learns all about Rome... and meatballs... and the secret ingredient to cooking.  Perfect for kids and families of all ages!


Skip the box office, and buy your tickets online NOW



Alberta Beer Week


When:  October 18 thru October 26


Where:  Various Locations across Alberta


Time:  Varies


Cost:  Varies


Want to Support Local, and enjoy some amazing Craft Beers?  Alberta Beer Week is a province-wide celebration of Alberta-made indie beers.  Visit  ALBERTA BEER WEEK for all the details.



PUMPKIN FESTIVAL


When:  Saturdays & Sundays in October


Where:  Calgary Farmyard, 284022 Township Road 224, Calgary


Time:  10am - 5pm


Cost:  Regular Admission


Scott and I truly love taking the kids to this event.  It happens every Saturday and Sunday throughout October, and with over 35 attractions, there is truly something for everyone.  My kids (or possibly my) all-time favorite?  The pumpkin canon - where they literally shoot pumpkins OUT OF A CANON!  WHAT?!?!  And... they give your kids a ton of candy!  For all the details on what these amazing, fun afternoons entail check out their website HERE



We are so lucky to live in a city that is filled with events for all ages and interests.  Please leave a comment and let me know if you enjoyed this content, and what kind of activities you would like to see highlighted!

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If you're following me on Social Media, you'll have heard about this amazing prize package CIR REALTY is giving away to 12 lucky winners (and their guests).


Starting today (April 5th), and running through to July 1st, you will be able to enter into the draw to win 12 pairs of tickets to a behind the scenes, all access experience to the greatest outdoor show on earth!


The Exclusive VIP Experience Includes:


- 2 prime infield seats to the chuck wagon races

- Fully catered dinner and open bar in CIR's private hosting area behind the barns before the race

- A meet-and-greet with CIR REALTY's chuck wagon driver, Troy Dorchester

- A guided tour of the barns, to visit all the thoroughbred horses that are racing that evening

- Stampede grounds admission for 2


This event is happening on the final Saturday of Stampede, July 13th, during the race semi-finals.  This package is valued at $1000!!  Don't miss out!


How to Enter


- visit any CIR REALTY Open House between April 5th and July 1st

- fill out the ballot and enter your name and contact info (along with your CIR REALTOR's name)

- you can enter as many times as your want, as long as your ballots are being entered at different  

  Open House addresses


So come on!  It's easy and it's fun.  Check out some amazing properties and enter your name to win this amazing prize.  Come enjoy The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth with CIR REALTY!


Not following along on Social Media?  Find me on Facebook and Instagram TODAY and keep up with where you can find me and all my Open Houses! 


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Do you ever wonder what you should be doing to make your house sell?  Well - it is time you take a really good look at your home, and ask yourself:


"Does my house look like a showhome?"



I spent many years working for one of Calgary, and Alberta's, best home builders.  I learned a lot of things along the way, but what I noticed were these things:


1)  People love looking at houses


2)  People love dreaming about living in the houses they're looking at


3)  People will spend a lot of time sitting in a house that isn't theirs if they're in love with it because they're dreaming about it becoming theirs




So how do you attract these kinds of buyers?


You have to create a space they can visualize themselves living in.


This is definitely easier said then done, but here are a few helpful hints:


1)  Remove all the clutter


You're moving anyway, right?  So, why not start packing before your house is even on the market.


Throw out all the paper that tends to collect on that one counter top.  If it's important - file it.  If you don't have a filing cabinet, go to Staples, and buy a small filo-box for all the files you're definitely going to create by buying and selling a home.  Trust me, you're going to need it!


Clean out your kitchen cupboards, the linen closet, that 'Monica' closet (if you didn't catch that 'Friends' reference, I'm not sure how else to explain it). I hate to break it to you, but people will open your closets and your drawers.  I know these are great hiding spots when guests come over, but buyers aren't guests!  They are looking at every nook and cranny to see if they can live in your home, so make it easy for them to see around your stuff.


            Don't use it?  Donate it / Recycle it / Sell it


            Can't part with it?  Pack it 


            Still use it?  Decide if you can live without it for a couple months.  If you can, pack it; if you can't,  

                               put it back.


**side note - don't pack everything in the furnace room.  This tends to be the place where everything gets forgotten, and where things go that never come back.  Buyers need to see the furnace room.  They need to know how it works, how old it is, when was it last inspected and cleaned... not to mention the hot water tank, electrical panel, etc.


Clear out that book shelf and pack all those books.  Keep a few "pretty books" (i.e. books that belong to a set, hardcovers), these can all be used once we get to the 'staging' part.



2) Keep your Counters Clear and Clean (this includes table tops, dressers, night stands, etc.)


I understand - this is still your home, so you still need to live there.  But be as practical as you can.  If you need 50 bobby pins to hold your hair up every day, then make sure you have a nice jar to put them in.  People love looking at a nice jar, but hate looking at 50 bobby pins.  I bet if you walk into a showhome right now, there will be a jar on the countertop!


Feel free to add a nice runner, or some generic pictures.  A picture here or there of your child isn't going to deter a buyer.  But having every picture in your family tree sitting on the Baby Grand probably isn't the best way to allow a buyer to picture themselves living in your home.


Whatever you do, keep the table tops and counters clean of dust and crumbs.



3) Take Down Anything Personal (including personal photos and religious symbols)


I touched on this in #2, but this pertains more-so to your walls.  It is important to allow buyers the ability to visualize themselves living in your space.  Take some time to figure out if something would be too hard for them to overlook.  Do you have a wall full of 8'x10' wedding photo's, beautifully framed, and hung symmetrically?  I don't doubt it looks beautiful, but it's awfully hard for anyone else to see themselves in that room, if all they see is you.


4)  All Those Kids Toys


I know, this is the bain of my existence too.  But try to contain it.  I know there are a ton of toys your children have outgrown, or they've broken, or have pieces missing, and you've been meaning to throw them out.  This is your chance!  Whatever is left after 'the purge' store in some neutral bins, or storage cubes (you know, those cool ones that have the dual purpose of a bench or ottoman, as well as a storage space?!)  Also, try to keep everything contained to one area of the home other then the kids bedrooms.  If you can keep it contained to the bedrooms, you've won this round, and good on ya!



Once you've removed all the clutter and items that you simply don't need in the immediate future, pack them all neatly, and stack them in a tidy and orderly fashion in your basement or garage (where ever you would like).  If you have a lot, and the boxes are overflowing your basement, see if you are able to utilize some space with family or friends.  Remember, the less clutter, the better.



That's the worst part - I promise.  The fun part (in my opinion) comes next. 


Your house probably feels pretty sparse and unfriendly by this point, but we're going to fix that with...


5) Staging


Don't be afraid of this.  A few dollars at HomeSense and your house will be ready.


Focus on adding texture and color to all the rooms, with a common thread throughout the entire home.  For example, the color blue.  This can be incorporated into almost every room, even if it's just a throw pillow, a runner, a vase or a tiny jar for your bobby pins.


Move your furniture around.  I know this may seem redundent, but moving a couch from a crowded living room, to the den that you never use, could give your living room the opportunity it needs to 'breathe' and provide the den a little purpose as well.


Add texture with throw pillows, throw blankets, and runners (curtains too if you're brave enough).  If your house isn't already full of these items, they're easy to find at stores all around Calgary.  Remember to mix and match your color palette and texture wheel.  Not great at this, ask for help!  This doesn't take long at all, and you don't need a lot.



Don't leave the walls bare.  We've put some work into taking things off the wall that are too 'personal', so replace them with something a bit more generic.  Mix and match your textures here as well. 


Mirrors provide the illusion of a larger space and more natural light, so they're always great to have hanging.  Add some metal pieces to the artwork that you're hanging.  Frame a nice landscape that your grandma painted.  I've even bought a few matching frames from IKEA, and gone to Michaels for some pretty scrap book paper to frame.  It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to look pretty.


     Tips for Hanging Things on the Wall:

          - make sure they're hung at eye level.  Not too high, and not too low.  You want about a third of the picture     

            above eye level

          - ensure the item fits the wall.  A tiny picture on a 10' wall will look funny.  Make sure it's symmetrical, and put 

            that tiny picture on a smaller wall


Add some light.  Side tables are made to have lamps on them.  Light up the room!


6)  Keep it Clean!


This is by-far the worst part of having your house on the market.  I encourage all my sellers to do a major clean of their home before doing pictures.  This includes cleaning glass/mirrors/windows and baseboards.  Once the major clean is out of the way, here are some helpful hints, so you're not feeling like your doing an overhaul clean everytime I call you (because I am your Realtor®) to tell you there is a showing in half an hour.


          - Dust every 1 to 2 days.  Annoying?  Yes.  But also, very quick, because there wont be a lot of dust    

             accumulated

          - Only touch things once.  Done using it?  Put it away while you're thinking about it, instead of having things

            pile up.  Don't want to go up and down the stairs all day?  Put a nice basket at the bottom (or top) of the  

            stairs, to take with you to empty when you're ready

          - Do a load of laundry every day, that way it doesn't pile up

          - Stay on top of the dishes

          - Make your bed every morning

          - Empty the garbages every few days (including the laundry room and the bathrooms)

          - Sweep.  Vacuuming can take a long time, and isn't necessary all the time (although, who doesn't like those 

            vacuum lines in the carpet?!)  Give your house a good run through with the vacuum on a weekly basis, and

            you should be good - don't forget those high-traffic areas, including the stairs!

          - Spot clean, especially with kids!  Sometimes there's a sticky spot on the hardwood, that all the dust and dirt

            sticks to, and then it's just a giant black spot on your otherwise clean floors.  Just take a damp cloth and  

            scrub it clean.

          - Wipe down the banisters and doorways, again, especially if you have children.  Pay attention to the 4' mark

            and lower.



There you have it.  A guide to ensuring your home is ready to sell.  This seems like a lot, but most of it is a one-time deal.  #6 is the only real daily chore.  I promise, if you use these tips, your home will sell faster and you'll get fair market value too.


Have questions or comments?  Let me know! 


Erika

xo

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In a Nut-Shell:

     . Architecture Fanatic

     . Firefighter’s wife, and mom of 2 small humans

     . Coffee Lover and Wine Drinker

 

I spent a lot of my childhood dreaming about houses. Growing up, my dad built 3 of our homes, and I was the child that helped him hammer in the nails and sweep up the sawdust. Fast-forward 30+ years, and I am still just as much in love with homes, and the architecture and building structures behind them. 
I spent 4+ years selling New Homes for some of Calgary’s most prestigious home builders, which allowed me to build on my foundational knowledge of home structures & systems, and architectural details. This field of work confirmed exactly where my passion lies: I love this industry and I love the client. 
When I'm not working, I spend mostly all of my time with my family.  I married my amazing husband in 2010, and we began our family shortly after that.  With a 7 year old boy, and 5 year old girl, we are always busy doing something - soccer, ballet, tap, beavers, swimming, you name it, I am carpooling at least 4 times a week, ha.

When I am not working or with my family, I spend my time volunteering for different organizations that my children are involved in.  I also try to maintain some sort of social life.  I enjoy trying good food, and good wine.  I love to go out for coffee to catch up, or just to work uninterupted.  Out of everthing I do and have done in my life, my greatest passion is travel.  My husband and I agreed at a young age (we met when I was 20), that we would always travel.  We have travelled North and Central America and parts of South America; however, we have yet to really "see the world".  In time, we hope to take our kids to Europe and see the countries of our heritage and explore parts of every continent (well maybe not Antarctca).

As I start this new leg in my career, I am so blessed to have the support of my husband and children.  They are my reason for everything I do, and to have them excited to see me back at work definitely adds to my motivation and inspiration.  I am so looking forward to building new relationships and meeting new people, all in new and different walks of life.  If you, or someone you know, is ready to start the real estate process, send them my way - I'd love to help! 


Cheers,
Erika

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