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Happy Thanksgiving!

Are you hosting your family for Thanksgiving this year? Here are some tips to make hosting less stressful, so you can enjoy the holiday with your family and friends too!

Never turn down help! Just because you are hosting does not mean you need to take care of every single item on the menu. If mashed potatoes aren’t your specialty and someone else can cover that let them.

Check your oven before the big day. There is nothing worse than going to turn your oven on thanksgiving morning only to discover it needs a cleaning or isn’t heating properly. Do a little oven maintenance before to save yourself from having to deal with an issue that morning.

Set up a kids corner. If you have a lot of little ones attending your Thanksgiving dinner have some crafts and things set up to entertain them. This will keep the kids occupied while dinner is being prepped. This will make both adult and child guests alike happy!

Do as much ahead of time as possible. Set the table the day before, cook pies the night before, and anything else that does not need to happen that day. This will take stress off the prep while guests are arriving.

The holidays can be a crazy time of year, but don’t forget it is all about family and being thankful for the good in your life. To spread some good this season here is a guide on great ways to volunteer and give back right in your own backyard.

In the spirit of giving the Great Florida Homes team is hosting our first annual Pie Day on Tuesday the 22nd at 3301 N University Drive, Suite 120, Coral Springs FL. Reserve your complimentary pie by sending your RSVP to team@greatfloridahomes.com with your pick of apple or pumpkin pie! The Great Florida Homes team wishes you and your families and happy and healthy Thanksgiving!



During the holidays lots of families travel and visit extended family and friends, which unfortunately means many homes are left empty and vulnerable to criminal activity. Here are some tips that will help keep your home safe while you are away this holiday season, and anytime you go on vacation!

  • Call your local post office to stop mail delivery until you get back. They can hold mail from three to 30 days. In many locations, you can even submit a stop mail request online. Just enter your address and stop and start dates. If you are gone for a few days, mail tends to pile up and anyone passing by the home can tell the house is empty! You can always ask a neighbor to check your mail and hold for you as well.
  • This may seem like an obvious option. but locking your home makes it less attractive to opportunistic burglars. Many people have that window they always leave open or the back door unlocked to let the dog in easily. Check all doors and windows before leaving. If you don’t make it easy, there’s a better chance that when you get home, your house will be in the same condition as when you left it.
  • Installing a home security system or even just exterior lights that run on timers is a good way to ramp up security. Installing a security system of some kind makes your house safer whether you’re around or not!

The City of Coral Springs Police Department also wants to reminds residents that unscrupulous criminals often drive around neighborhoods during and after the holidays looking for evidence of recently purchased gift items such as televisions, gaming systems, computers, etc. In an effort to prevent burglars from “casing” your home this holiday season, the City of Coral Springs will place a dumpster to collect “high end” holiday trash in the parking lot located between the City Gymnasium and Public Safety Building (2600 and 2800 Coral Springs Drive). You can discard your trash starting December 24th through January 1st (holiday gift trash only). If you still have that large TV box or gaming system box, put the trash in the dumpster, not in front of your home.

The GreatFloridaHomes team wishes you and your family a happy and safe New Year!


We are already flying through November which means the holiday season is upon us! Thanksgiving is only about two weeks away and December will be here before we know it. Kids away at college start to come home and relatives begin to trickle in from everywhere! The Coral Springs community has tons of events and fun holiday themed activities for the whole family. The following are some great events coming up in your area during the holiday season:



When? Sat November 22, 2014 7:30AM

What better way to kick off the holiday season with some exercise! On November 22, Coral Springs Middle and Country Hills Elementary will team up for a certified, timed, 5K “Race for Education”. Aside from fostering the idea of fitness and community involvement, the schools hope to raise funds in order to buy equipment to enhance their technology departments and allow the schools to continue to provide a high quality education. Family, friends and community members are encouraged to attend. Local business sponsorship’s are needed to make this event a success. Online registration and donations can be made at https://runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=12286  Join us for a morning of fun, food, music and more!! Serious runners and casual walkers are welcome.

Where? North Springs Community Park 10598 Westview Drive
Coral Springs , Fl 33076


When? Thu November 27, 2014 11:30am

Description: Join us on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, at 11:30 AM for a FREE Community Thanksgiving Meal!   We’ll be sharing together a complete hot Thanksgiving dinner that includes turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes with gravy, cranberry sauce, and dessert! We’ll also have live music.  Invite a friend, make some new friends. Dinner is served at 11:30 AM. For more information check out http://www.firstchurchcoralsprings.org/

Where? 8650 W. SAMPLE ROAD

2014 Coral Springs Holiday Parade

When? Wed December 10, 2014 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

The annual Coral Springs Holiday Parade featuring bands, floats and entertainers. Information about participating, sponsoring, volunteering and watching the parade as well as information about road closures will be available at www.coralsprings.org/holidayparade

Where? Sample Road, from Coral Springs Drive to University Drive, Coral Springs , Florida 33065

The Great Florida Homes Team wishes you all and happy and safe holiday season!