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Celebrating Love!

February 6th, 2024 by tisner


Just hearing or seeing the date, February 14th, conjures images of hearts and flowers in our minds. Valentine’s Day.  A “holiday” named for St. Valentine.  A day set aside each year to celebrate love.  But how did Valentine’s Day begin?  And who is St. Valentine?

Have you ever wondered how Valentine’s Day got its name?  While it is believed that the name came from a saint, the origins of how it became attached to a day to celebrate love are a bit of a mystery. One legend claims that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  When the Emperor during that time decided that single men made superior soldiers than those with wives and children, he outlawed marriage for young men.  Valentine felt this was unjust, so he defied the Emperor and continued to secretly perform marriages for young lovers.  Another story contends that Valentine may have sent the first “valentine” letter while imprisoned in a Roman prison.  He allegedly fell in love with a young girl, possibly the jailer’s daughter, who visited him during his confinement.  It is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine”, an expression that is still used today.  While we may never know the true story about St. Valentine, the common theme throughout these stories is that he was sympathetic, heroic, and most significant…a romantic figure.

The origins of Valentine’s Day began with a pagan festival during the month of February. By the end of the 5th century, February 14th was declared Valentine’s Day by Pope Gelasius. It wasn’t until much later that the day became associated with love.  During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in England and France that February 14 was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the date should be celebrated as a day of romance. While Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, written Valentine’s didn’t begin to appear until after 1400.  The oldest known Valentine known of was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London.  It is also believed that King Henry V hired a writer to compose a Valentine note to a woman he admired.

It is believed that people began exchanging hand-made Valentine’s in America in the early 1700s.  By 1840, a woman named Esther Howland was selling the first mass- produced Valentines in America. Known as “the Mother of the Valentine”, she created elaborate cards using real lace, ribbons and colorful paper. Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, and estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making it the second largest card sending holiday behind Christmas.

While exchanging, cards is the most common way to observe Valentine’s Day, there are numerous other ways that people celebrate love on February 14th.  Check out this list of unique gifts/activities that go beyond cards, candy and flowers!

  • Get a couple’s massage. What could be better than escaping the stress of every-day life together and spending time together in a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere?
  • Take your sweetheart on a scavenger hunt. Ask him/her to answer riddles to find the clues to items that you placed somewhere around town. The last item should give instructions that lead to your Valentine’s Day activities.
  • Make a meal with symbols of love. For example, write “I love you” with string beans, make a pizza in the shape of a heart or go on a picnic and use a cookie cutter to make heart shapes sandwiches.
  • On individual notecards write all the reasons you love your partner and place them in a small photo album. You can put photos of times spent together in the album as well.

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Fun December Activities!

December 12th, 2023 by tisner


The best thing about the holidays in December is getting together with family and friends.  Adults and children alike can enjoy most of these activities: 

  • Cookie swap:  This is a gathering that benefits everyone.  Invite several friends who will choose a cookie recipe to pre-bake, and bring the batch to a central location.  Sample the treats, with cocoa or coffee, and have packaging available so attendees can take home small batches of their favorites.  
  • Ugly Sweater Crafts:  Instead of wearing an ugly Christmas sweater, use it to make a stocking, pillow, or small ornaments.  Have invitees bring one snack or drink each so you won’t have to worry about a lot of food prep. Get inspiration from these ideas from Better Homes and Garden’s website.  
  • Hanukkah Cupcake party:  Each party goer bakes a dozen cupcakes, and brings them unfrosted to the party.  Have frosting, frosting bags and tips, sprinkles and candies available, and everyone gets to dress up their cupcakes themselves.  Swap them out so they can take home a variety.  
  • Kids Christmas ornament party:  purchase clear shatterproof ornaments specifically for filling and have artificial snow, small toys, artificial greenery–anything small enough to fit in the ornament– along with ribbon, craft paints, and stickers, and have them create their own ornament.  Use adult supervision with very small children, or if using adhesives, especially hot glue. 
  • Gingerbread house decorating:  Lucky guests get to make and take their own cookie house!  This can be a simple venture with a gingerbread house kit, or using graham crackers, candies and royal icing, or more advanced with home-baked gingerbread cookies and decorations. This is another fun activity for the children as well as the adults. 
  • Dreidel craft:  Have the kids come over and make dreidels from craft kits or from modeling clay, skewers cut into 2” lengths and blue markers.  There are also many  inexpensive paper kits available on etsy. After the dreidels are finished, have some gelt ready, and host a spin-off tournament with prizes! 
  • Kalah game for Kwanzaa:  This is something kids will enjoy.  Cut the lid off an egg carton, then cut the lid in half.  Tape each half to the end of the bottom of the egg carton to form a tray.  Using 36 pebbles, dry beans, or pasta, play the game of kalah. 

For these casual get-togethers, send invitations via email, create an event on social media and invite friends, or use an online website to help–evite can help you design a free e-invitation, and can help you track RSVP’s. Add snacks, a cocoa or coffee bar, and make it merry! 

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26th, 2020 by tisner


Did you know?:

–    The first Thanksgiving was held in the autumn of 1621 and included 50 Pilgrims and 90 Wampanoag Indians and lasted three days. Many historians believe that only five women were present at that first Thanksgiving, as many women settlers didn’t survive that difficult first year in the U.S.

–    Thanksgiving didn’t become a national holiday until over 200 years later! Sarah Josepha Hale, the woman who actually wrote the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” convinced President Lincoln in 1863 to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, after writing letters for 17 years campaigning for this to happen.

–    No turkey on the menu at the first Thanksgiving: Historians say that no turkey was served at the first Thanksgiving! What was on the menu? Deer or venison, ducks, geese, oysters, lobster, eel and fish. They probably ate pumpkins, but no pumpkin pies. They also didn’t eat mashed potatoes or cranberry relish, but they probably ate cranberries. And no, Turduckens (a turkey stuffed with a duck stuffed with a chicken) were nowhere to be found during that first Thanksgiving.

–    Thanksgiving was almost a fast — not a feast! The early settlers gave thanks by praying and abstaining from food, which is what they planned on doing to celebrate their first harvest, that is, until the Wampanoag Indians joined them and (lucky for us!) turned their fast into a three-day feast!

Wishing you and yours a day filled with joy.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!

August 31st, 2018 by tisner

labor day

It’s time to say goodbye to a busy, memorable, and extremely hot summer. It seems every summer we arrive at the month of September with feelings of excitement and sadness. “Summer just started! Where did the time go?”  The beach lowers on our priority list and mixed feelings begin to stir as fall preparations are in order.

We always start summer with area celebrations! Why not end it with some family fun this last weekend of summer. The Orlando area has some great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend. Here are few suggestions:

Kick off your weekend the right way. Jax 5th Ave in Lake Mary has live entertainment.

Labor Day BBQ feast and chili cookout at Longboard Bar & Grill, family games and activities at Surfari Water Park and awesome spa specials as we bid a final farewell to the Summer of 2018!

Labor Day Jamboree a great weekend of barbershop for the whole family! Two great shows packed with amazing talent promise to be some of the best barbershop shows you will find all year.

Labor Day Extravaganza a Jazz Concert, a Blues Concert, a Gospel Concert and closing with Innovative Jazz, Brazilian Jazz and Contemporary Blues. Four hours of bliss while eating the best American Soul Food. No cooking, just relax and enjoy. In fact bring your party to the party.

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Happy Father’s Day!

June 15th, 2018 by tisner

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

May 25th, 2018 by tisner

Happy Memorial Day

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Mother’s Day Wishes!

May 11th, 2018 by tisner

Happy Mother’s Day for The Orlando Avenue Top Team!

The Origins of the Easter Bunny

March 30th, 2018 by tisner

While Easter is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ, you will not find any references to an Easter Bunny in the bible.  So, where did the Easter Bunny tradition come from? Well, it’s hard to say. The theories of the origins of the Easter Bunny are mysterious and varied.  One theory is that the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically, the festival of Eostre. Eostre was a goddess of fertility whose symbol was a bunny. Rabbits, known for their energetic breeding, have often been symbols of fertility.

Another theory explains how the Easter Bunny came to America.  According to history.com, the floppy-eared bearer of candy came over with German immigrants. Some sources say that the Easter Bunny arrived in the 1700s with German immigrants who settled in Pennsylvania. They brought with them the tradition of and egg-laying hare called “Osterhase”.  Children created nests in which “Osterhase” could lay his colored eggs. Eventually, the custom spread throughout the country and the gifts from the Easter Bunny expanded to include candy and small gifts.  Decorated baskets replaced the nests. Children began to leave carrots out for the bunny, in case he got hungry from all that hopping.

So, the Easter Bunny may not directly represent the reason people celebrate Easter, but because rabbits symbolize fertility and new life, it makes sense that they would be the right animal to have around for the celebration of a spring holiday!

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Things To Do Orlando: St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Wall Street

March 12th, 2018 by tisner

St Patricks Day

  • March 16, 2018 – March 17, 2018
  • Location:Wall St. Plaza
  • Address: 25 Wall Street, Orlando, FL32801
  • Time: Friday 8 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday 12 p.m. – 2 a.m.
  • Phone:407-849-0471
  • Event Website 
  • paul@wallstplaza.net

Description: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Orlando at Wall Street Plaza. The two-day event will feature live music, green giveaways, green beer and a Leprechaun. Drink specials include $5 Guinness and Harp pints, $5 Irish Car Bombs and $5 Jameson Whiskey. The event is 21+ only.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 14th, 2018 by tisner

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