Summer Soiree Garden Party ~ July 26th

Summer Soiree Garden Party

Harrison Township Beautification invites you to their Summer Soiree Garden Party at the Spicer House on Sunday, July 26th.    Doors open at 4pm and food wine and spirits will be served in a lovely garden setting.  Dress for the event is summer casual.

The Spicer House, located at 76 S. Main St. is a historic colonial home, once owned by Jacob Spicer, one of the earliest settlers of Mullica Hill.  Actually, Mullica Hill was once known as Spicerville!  This charming home is now the residence of Jeffrey S, Downs, Esq.  who will generously open his home to supporters of Mullica Hill’s Main St. Beautification.

Tickets for the event are $35 per person in advance or $40 at the door (checks made payable to HTB).  All proceeds go toward continuing beautification efforts in Mullica Hill.  For more information, contact Pat Settar at 856-297-5790.


Why Dirt Can Make You Happy & Other Great Gardening Tips

Everyone loves a beautifully blooming, well-tended flower garden, especially with the arrival of the warmer months of the year. But who has the time to devote to it when the kids are off doing a million-and-one things and it falls to you (super mom) to make sure they fulfill their extracurricular activities.  Well, with the discovery of a healthy connection between the outdoors and happiness, moms from across the Garden State can breathe easier now and spend some much deserved (and absolutely guilt-free) time in the (1)

According to an online blog post originally published by Horticulture Magazine, playing in the dirt is good for your health. And it’s all thanks to the existence of Mycobacterium vaccae, a type of bacteria that is found in soil. It causes the release of Serotonin within the human body, raising moods and lowering anxiety levels.

So grab the kids and head on over to your local garden center for some plants for a garden full of vibrant color. Not sure what variety of plants and flowers grow best? The Gardening Club at Home Depot has some great tips that will help you create a garden the whole neighborhood will be talking about!

  • Buy young plants called annual starts in packs or containers at your local garden center.
  • Conduct a simple soil test to check pH levels or nutrient deficiencies and amend the soil as needed. Consider performing the soil test before going to purchase any plants or flowers. Doing this will help you to have a better idea of the kind of plants or flowers grow best in the dirt outside your home and make the planning and designing stages of your garden go smoother. (Read about soil-testing here for more information on how to best prepare your garden for planting.)

Follow these how-to steps to easily plant Annual Flowers:

  • Read plant tags or ask a Garden Center associate when it’s safe to plant your flowers in the garden.
  • If you have to hold the flowers for a few days before planting them, don’t let them dry out. Keep them in a protected spot on a porch or under a tree.
  • When you’re ready to plant, dig holes with a trowel or make a larger bed with a shovel.
  • Mix some compost and any amendments indicated from the soil test into the soil.
  • Remove the plants from their pots and loosen their roots.
  • Place the plants in the ground at the same level they were growing in their pots.
  • Replace the soil and gently firm it around the plants, being careful not to damage their roots.
  • Apply fertilizer and water thoroughly.
  • Add mulch to keep water in and control weeds later.

Follow these how-to steps to easily transplant seedlings:

Before you move your seedlings outside, look at the seed packet to see what kind of flowers you have: tender, half-hardy or hardy annuals. Wait until after the last frost in your area to transplant tender annuals. Half-hardy annuals can survive a few brief, light frosts with temperatures no lower than 35 to 45 degrees. Hardy annuals can tolerate one or two short, light freezes.

Find the average date of the last frost or freeze in your area to know when it’s safe to transplant the kind of annuals you’re growing. Count 7 to 10 days back from that date and follow this schedule to harden them off – the process of moving seedlings in and out to ready them for a permanent home outside.

Day 1: Place the seedlings outside in a sheltered location for 3 to 4 hours. Then bring them in.

Day 2: Place plants outside for 5 to 6 hours. Bring them in again.

Days 3-7: Increase their time outdoors by 2 hours each day with a few hours of morning sun. Move them to the shade in the afternoon, and bring them in each night.

Day 7: Place the seedlings in the sun all day. Leave them out all night, unless the temperatures drop below 50 degrees.

Day 10: Plant the seedlings in your garden. Water them and apply mulch.

Written by Victoria Williams


Table, Chair and Tent Rentals for Your Next Party

Spring is in the air and that means it’s time for outdoor parties and picnics. Whether you’re celebrating first communions, graduations, family reunions, showers or birthday bashes, Jumpin Beans Rentals is a great local resource for all of your party needs including tent rentals and table and chair rentals.

Table & Chair Rentals

Jumpin Beans offers 6 ft rectangular tables ($6.25 each) and clean, new  folding chairs ($1.25 each) in white, brown or gray.  For the ultimate convenience and value, rent their 6′ table and white chair package.  It includes four tables and 20 chairs for just $40.  They’ll deliver before the event and pick up when it’s over for maximum convenience.  View all table and chair rental options here.

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Tent Rentals:Tent Rental

Jumpin Beans’ 20′ x 20′ High Peak Frame Tent can hold up to 40 guests comfortably at your next party. Regardless of the occasion, you can plan your outdoor event with confidence, knowing your guests can take cover from the elements.

You can also combine a 20×20 frame tent with (4) 5 ft round tables and 40 brown folding chairs for a special price of $270.

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View all tent rental options and table, chair and tent combo packages here.

Don’t forget, Jumpin Beans also offers moon bounces, water slides, obstacle courses, outdoor movies, concession equipment and more.



Pat Settar Hosts Home Buyers’ Seminar ~ April 22nd

Pat Settar

Pat Settar of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach REALTORS will host a Home Buyers’ Seminar on Wednesday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m. Pat will leverage her years of Real Estate experience to provide you with a ton of great information on how to be the  most prepared and educated home buyer.

Get expert advice on qualifying for a mortgage and current rates from local mortgage professionals.  Learn the importance of a Home Inspection and what key things to check for before buying a home.

Pat will provide a Free Buying Guide to all those who attend.  Plus, enter for a chance to win one of these valuable prizes:

  • A full one year Home Warranty, valued at $500
  • A $400 credit toward a Home Inspection 
  • A FREE mortgage application, valued at $350

The Home Buyers’ Seminar will be held at the Berkshire Hathaway office ~ 157 Bridgeton Pike in Mullica Hill.

For more information, call Pat directly at 856-297-5790.

Pat Settar

Energy Saving Tips for Winter

It’s safe to say winter has arrived!  While people appreciate the change of season, the arrival of cooler temperatures means higher energy costs will soon follow causing an increase in household expenses.  Spare the expense and save yourself from unwanted stress this year by following these energy-saving tips from your local service provider:


green-appliance-rebates-300x200■ Make sure your heating system is in good working order. If it’s ready for replacement, look for high efficiency natural gas heaters and boilers.

■ Set thermostats between 65 and 70 degrees during the winter and at 58 degrees when away from the home for more than a few hours.

■ Install a programmable thermostat for your heating and cooling system.Lowering the thermostat between 10 to 15 percent for eight hours a day, may cut annual heating bills by as much as 10 percent per year.

■ Change or clean furnace filters once a month during the heating season. Furnaces consume less energy if they “breathe” more easily. Use receipt of your natural gas bill as a reminder.

■ Lower the temperature of the hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s an efficient and comfortable temperature setting and should not interfere with the operation of your appliances – and can lead to 14 percent savings on utility bills.

■ Use registers to direct warm air-flow across the floor.

■ Close vents and doors in unused rooms. Also close dampers on unused fireplaces.

■ Install water-flow restrictors in showerheads and faucets.

■ If radiators are located near cold walls, place a sheet of aluminum foil between the radiator and wall to reflect heat back into the room.

■ On sunny days, open draperies and blinds to let the sun’s warmth in. Close them at night to insulate against cold air wind_turbine[1]outside.

■ Use power strips to plug in your appliances. Turn the strip off when the appliances are not in use to prevent using unneeded energy.

■ Turn off your home electronics such as a computer and monitor when not in use. Or, if you use your computer off and on all day, activate the sleep or hibernate options to be more efficient.

■ Swap your light bulbs from incandescent to compact florescent bulbs. While more expensive initially, they use less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs, saving you in the long term.

■ Take a shower instead of a bath.

■ Purchase appliances that are labeled Energy Star—they meet strict guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Energy.


Here are a few simple tips to remember when operating household appliances such as a washer and dryer, refrigerator and dishwasher:

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■ Use a front loading washing machine. This type of washing machine has higher capacity, meaning you can do fewer loads and use less energy. Also, look for one with an automatic load size sensor – to save water and energy – and make sure it has an Energy Star label.

■ Use cold water instead of warm or hot water when washing clothes

■ Separating loads of laundry prevents discoloration and fading or bleeding. It also saves energy. Separating heavier materials from lighter ones helps clothes dry more efficiently.

■ Proper maintenance helps your dryer work efficiently. Clean its lint filter regularly and check the hose and vent for blockages.

■ Using a dryer’s moisture sensor will prompt the machine to automatically shut itself off when it senses the clothes are dry, saving electricity costs.

■ Use an outdoor clothing line to hang your clothes instead of using the dryer, if weather permits.



■ Keep your fridge full—there is less empty space to cool—but don’t overfill it as that obstructs air flow and makes the fridge work harder to maintain its temperature.

■ Keep food and drinks covered as the moisture from them can cause the compressor to work harder. Don’t store hot food right away—let it cool so it doesn’t raise the temperature and make your fridge work harder.

■ Clean the coils behind your fridge regularly and make sure they are dust free to improve air flow.



■ Air-dry dishware rather than using the dishwasher’s heated drying setting.

Efficiency rebates and conservation incentive programs have been put in place to help consumers save money, lower energy costs and sustain the condition of our environment.

For more information on how to conserve energy or for details on the rebates and conservation incentive programs offered by Atlantic City Electric and South Jersey Gas, visit and


Compiled by Victoria Williams

Holiday House Tours Planned in Gloucester County

Christmas is on its way! Get into the holiday spirit this season by visiting one of these Christmas house tours planned throughout Gloucester County:

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Mullica Hill:

This year’s Christmas House Tour in Mullica Hill is planned for the second Saturday of the month; taking place on Dec. 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Houses will be open for viewing from 2 to 7 p.m., with ticket. For more information, call (856) 223-5440.

Washington Township

Tour five homes and a church at the Wedgwood Women’s Club 27th Annual Christmas House Tour of Washington Township. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m., Monday, Dec. 8. Donations are $14 in advance and $16 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at any of the following locations:

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Antiques Only
Brava Vita Flowers & Gifts
Bloomers Home & Garden
Duffield’s Farm Market
Groff’s Mill Pond Nurseries
Hugh’s Clock Shop
Joanne’s Hallmark
Olivia’s Bagel Bash
Sunrise Florist
Timmon’s Barber Shop
Wedgewood Women’s Club

For more information about the houses and church featured on this year’s Christmas house tour, go to:


A self-guided tour of holiday homes in the Greater Woodbury area will be held on Saturday, Dec. 13 as part of “The Holly & The Ivy” Holiday House Tour presented by the Greater Woodbury Garden Club.

Tours and a Gingerbread House Display will be available from 3 to 8 p.m.  Tickets for this Bi-Annual Christmas House Tour are $15 in advance and $18 on the day of the tour. Tickets can be purchased at the Woodbury Public Library, Woodbury City Hall, Edward Hairstyling, Park Grove Family Hair Care, Sanderson & Son Florist or The Nut Shop. Day of tour tickets will be sold from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Christ Episcopal Church Rectory, 62 Delaware St., Woodbury. Information and tickets are available by calling 856-848-8634.

By Victoria Williams


New Listing from Pat Settar & Fall Market Update

Home values are on the rise in Mullica Hill.  According to Pat Settar of BHHS Fox & Roach  from January to September 2013, 111 homes sold in Mullica Hill with an average price of $318,440 and an average of 88 days on the market.

During the same period in 2014, 104 homes sold with an average price of $354,532 and an average of 91 days on the market.  That’s a pretty good jump, with the average price of homes sold up $36,000!

Pat reminds everyone to keep their homes well maintained with this fall checklist:

Fall Home Checklist

  Have the heater serviced

  Change out filter

√  Clean out gutters and down spouts from fall leaves and debris

New Listing: 107 Willow Oaks Lane, Mullica Hill

Whether you’re in the market for a new home, know someone who is, or just enjoy looking at real estate, check out Pat’s great new listing in the Willow Oaks development:

107 Willow Oaks Lane


This beautiful stone and stucco home sits on a 1.26 acre lot in Willow Oaks with a private wooded backyard. The spacious interior is over 3,900 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths.

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Inside you’ll find hardwood floors, arched entries, a stone fireplace, granite countertops and beautiful views. The home also features a 3 car garage and tiled breezeway. View the listing here.

Pat Settar

Patricia Settar, BHHS Fox & Roach-Mullica Hill

157 Bridgeton Pike Suite 100 Mullica Hill, NJ 08062

(856) 343-6000

What is Your Home Worth?

home valuesWhen is the last time you checked on your home’s current value?  Home values in Mullica Hill are on the rise…

If you’ve been in your current home for several years, it’s likely that you’ve built up significant equity. Let’s say you paid $300k for your home ten years ago and you’re thinking about upgrading to something a little bigger (or a little newer).   When you take into account the increase in your home’s value, your down-payment and the equity you’ve built up over the years, you may have well over $100k in total equity. That’s money in your pocket that can be put toward a brand new home that will meet your family’s current needs.

Adam Hubley Century 21 AllianceIf you’re curious what your home is worth in today’s real estate market, Adam Hubley can help.  Adam is a Mullica Hill resident, REALTOR-Associate and member of The Ruggeri Team with Century 21 Alliance.    Their members have over 25 years of combined real estate experience serving Gloucester, Camden and Burlington counties.

Adam can provide you with local real estate reports as well as an current estimate of your home’s market value.  Through his expertise and guidance you can determine a plan to turn translate that value into a brand new home.

To get started visit Adam’s website or Facebook page or give him a call directly at 856-994-2894 .

Necessities for Real Estate Investing

Do you ever watch TV shows like Income Property and Flip or Flop and think about getting into Real Estate investing yourself?  An investment property can be a great way to diversify your investment portfolio.  Real Estate is the I.D.E.A.L investment because it offers Income, Depreciation, Equity, Appreciation and Leverage.  If you’re considering investing in Real Estate there are a few key necessities to keep in mind:

Don’t go it alone…

Real Estate investing is not something to venture into alone.  To succeed, you’ll need a team of specialists on your side including:

  • a Real Estate Agent
  • a Home Inspector
  • a Contractor/Handyman
  • an Accountant
  • an Attorney
  • an Insurance AgentReal Estate Investing

Since investing in Real Estate is all about making a profit, either in the short or long term, you’ll need a Real Estate agent with expertise on the market .  Local Realtor,  Adam Hubley of The Ruggeri Team at Century 21 Alliance, can search for properties that have potential for profitability by conducting Comparative Market Analyses.  Adam can also help recommend methods to reduce costs and maximize profit on your investments.  He can connect you with key specialists like home inspectors, contractors and accountants who can steer you in the right direction.

Not every home is suitable for rental, and some properties can turn into money pits rather than a cash cows if there are too many critical repairs to be made before renting.  A good Home Inspector will help you identify underlying issues that could hurt your investment.

If you’re not handy yourself, you’ll also want to hire a good Contractor or Handyman. Renovations such as updating appliances and improving kitchens and bathrooms will allow you to increase your rental income and add equity to the home. Sometimes, what begins as a simple remodeling project can take an unexpected turn and become a major renovation.  Adam can help you estimate the cost associated with renovations and how it will affect your profit.

Real Estate Investing

A good Accountant will help educate you on the many tax benefits of real estate investment.  If you are leveraging your  capital (i.e. using funds from a lender to purchase the property) your cashflow growth can be tax free because of mortgage interest payment deductions and depreciation.   You can also take deductions for personal expenses related to managing the property.

As you can see, there are numerous benefits to Real Estate investing, but it is not a venture you want to take on alone.  Give Adam a call at 856.994.2894 or email  to get started down the path to the I.D.E.A.L investment.


Give your Yard a Makeover ~ Hardscaping Tips from the Pros


Elements HS 1The hardscaping experts at Elements Design/Build LLC say there are no hard and fast rules for good design. Rather, the hardscape of your property should reflect your personal style and needs.

They offer these tips and suggestions based on over 20 years of experience.  Elements Design/ Build can work these different options into any design scheme and customized to suit your needs:


Walkways and Paths welcome your visitors, leading them from the curb or driveway to the front door. You can also create an inviting pathway that wanders along the side of your home and welcome party guests into your back yard. Adding outdoor lighting can create elegance and safety along the path.

Hardscaping Tips

Landscaping Rocks such as boulders are a great addition to the design of your property as well as the appeal of the lawn. They also decrease the area that has to be maintained. A big plus for these stones or rocks are that there is no need for any kind of treatment or upkeep.

Patios can be a perfect place to relax and unwind after a long day and are perfect for entertaining. As an added benefit, patio additions help to improve your home’s value. When it comes to the ideas for your patio, you have countless options including pavers, stone, stamped concrete or brick. Make sure you have plenty of seating for guests as well as areas for lounging in the summer sun.

Hardscaping Tips

Firepits are a quintessential aspect of outdoor entertaining. Adding a fireplace or fire pit makes your outdoor seating area a fun gathering space year-round. It’s a great place to sit around a roaring fire telling stories, roasting marshmallows, and visiting with friends and family.

Outdoor Kitchens are becoming one of the most sought after outdoor amenities and a brick grill and food prep area is the way to go. Think of the brick as outdoor cabinet bases that hold the grill, sink, refrigerator, counter tops and storage areas. Brick can take the weather unlike any other material. Consider having a natural gas line installed by a professional plumber. This line can supply an endless amount of cooking and heating fuel for grills, fire pits and fireplaces common to outdoor kitchen and dining areas.

Hardscaping Tips

Water Features can range from a single fountain in a corner of your yard to a gentle waterfall that starts on a hill and ends in a reflecting pool. The look and sound of flowing water sets the undertone for a relaxing outdoor ambiance. Add benches and greenery to complete the picture.

Hardscaping Tips

If you’re ready to add some new hardscaping elements to your yard this summer, contact Mike Morgen at Elements Design/Build for an evaluation and design consultation.

Call (856) 375-1340 or email at be sure to tell him Mullica Hill Mom sent you!

Elements Design/Build LLC ~ 926 Haddonfield Road, Suite E #314, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002