How to Style a Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Are you hosting this year? If so, you may be wondering exactly how to set your table right. Look no further – we’ve got all the steps you need to style a Thanksgiving table right here.

Step #1 – Choose a Color Pallet

Thanksgiving colors are all about burnt orange, red, yellow and brown tones. Try incorporating some of these seasonal colors into your table’s color pallet. Otherwise, keep it simple and go with a white and green color scheme for a more minimalist approach. You can never go wrong with a plain white dinner plate!

Step #2 – Embrace the Season/Holiday

Why not lean into the holiday and add in some turkey/fall/Thanksgiving specific décor? This could be themed napkins, table accents, plate design and more! Check out this Pinterest page for some ideas.

Step #3 – Choose your Centerpiece

Thanksgiving is typically spent sitting around the table enjoying a delicious meal and good company, so it’s important to make a statement with your centerpiece! Here are a few ideas to inspire you to choose the right one for yours. Also, be sure whatever you choose matches your color pallet!

Step #4 – Add Accents

It’s the little things that make a big difference! Tiny accents such as leaves on the table, gold napkin holders, fresh flowers, etc. can truly bring the warmth of the holiday right into your table and brighten up your décor.  

Step #5 – Add Greenery

Adding greenery is always a good idea. Whether it be in your centerpiece, in your napkins holders or even a top your plates, greenery can really “spruce” up your table. Here are a few ideas to help incorporate this into your theme.

Step #6 – Set the Mood

A good table has good ambiance. Keep the lighting low, put on some dinner music and add some candles to your table to help set the tone for the perfect holiday meal.

From the Inlanta Mortgage family to yours, we hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!

Helpful Hacks to Stretch Your Holiday Budget

While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, it can also be a stressful time both emotionally and financially. According to a study completed by the American Research Group, Inc., the average American is expected to spend over $900 on gifts this holiday season alone. If you don’t have $900 already set aside for gifts this season, you’re not alone. That’s why we’re bringing you our top tips to stretch your holiday budget below!

  1. Make a Plan

    First things first – sit down and take a hard look at your finances, how many people you’d like to purchase gifts for, and what your budget will allow. Making and pricing out a list will also help you to stay on track and on budget.

  2. Do your Research

    Have your eye on a specific gift for someone? Don’t jump on the first deal that comes your way. Try comparison shopping online or download a digital coupon app like RetailMeNot for deals and discount codes.

  3. Sign up for Email Alerts

    If you’ve got several favorite stores, make sure you sign up for email alerts to receive news and information on sales and discount offers.

  4. Pay with Cash

    While it’s tempting to charge up your credit card for gifts you think your family and friends will really love, setting a strict budget and taking out the exact amount of cash you plan to spend will help you to avoid that post-holiday debt.

  5. Take Advantage of Credit Promotions

    While we do encourage you to use cash to stay on budget, it may be smart to check into your credit card company incentives and promotions to see if they offer cash rewards or points that will help you earn more. If you do decide to go this route, please remember to use credit responsibly

  6. DIY

    It’s truly the thought that counts, so why not channel your creativity to make your own, personalized gifts for your loved ones? With the robust internet today, you should have no problem finding a number of ideas. Try checking out Pinterest to get you started.

  7. Set a Limit

    There’s no harm in proposing a monetary limit with family and friends to help you stretch your budget on gifts this year. It is likely that they are in the same boat as you are and will welcome the gift limit idea.

So, leave the stress behind this season and use these handy tips to help you stretch your holiday budget. As always, if there’s anything we can do to help, contact us today!

Favorite Fall Recipes

Favorite Fall Recipes

Eat, drink and be merry! Regardless of what’s going on in the world, there’s always one thing we can count on to come through for us this time of year – our favorite fall recipes.

Here are a few of ours along with many others from our Pinterest page.

Follow along with us and feel free to share some of yours as well. Enjoy!

APPETIZERS

Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board

Cranberry Brie Bites

cranberry + cheese + pastry – need we say more?
*get the recipe here*

Fall Harvest Charcuterie Board

We’re originally from Wisconsin, so we know the importance of a good cheese + meat board better than anyone. *get the recipe here*

ENTREES

Pumpkin & Sage Stuffed Shells

Apple Cider Glazed Chicken

The perfect chicken dish for fall. *get the recipe here*

Autumn Minestrone Soup

A hearty soup is good for the soul. *get the recipe here*

Pumpkin & Sage Stuffed Shells

Wholesome, healthy and delicious. *get the recipe here*

Roasted Butternut Squash & Bacon Soup

Essentially, a season in a bowl. *get the recipe here*

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

DESSERTS

Old-Fashioned Pumpkin Pie

A must-have on your fall dessert menu. *get the recipe here*

Easy Apple Crisp

Easy to make, easy to gobble up served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. *get the recipe here*

Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

DRINKS

Harvest Punch

The ultimate autumn punch recipe for any fall gathering. *get the recipe here*

Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider

Who needs pumpkin spiced lattes when you can have classic, delicious apple cider? *get the recipe here*

What are some of your favorite fall recipes? Share with us! Visit our Facebook page today and comment on our blog. We hope you have a happy fall season with many fall-flavored treats!

10 Fall Decorating Ideas

Fall is almost here and you know what that means—cooler air, warmer clothes, fun seasonal activities and fall decorating!

Fall decorations are all about warmth. Incorporating warm colors such as reds and oranges along with warm aromas such as pumpkin, apple, orange and cinnamon make for a cozy home during the autumn season. 

Here are some of our top decor ideas to help make your home feel like the perfect fall getaway!

Gourd and Pine Cone-Filled Lanterns

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This easy porch decor idea will surely help make the outside of your home reflect the warm nature of fall. via hometalk

White Pumpkins with Fun Messages

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Don’t feel like carving pumpkins this year? Try writing out messages onto pumpkins with paint pens to create an inviting feel anywhere in your home. via The Perfect Palette

Vases with Candles and Fall Foliage

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Candles are a great way to make any space instantly feel warm and inviting. Incorporate a fall foliage mix in a big vase with a fall-scented candle to be used virtually anywhere in your home. Try placing one as a kitchen or dining centerpiece or use to spice up an empty side table! via listsy.co

Unique White Pumpkin Fall Basket

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This beautifully unique fall piece is a great way to incorporate a different color scheme to your fall decor. It would be perfect for a coffee table, side table or fireplace mantle. via Whipper Berry

Mason Jar Candle Centerpiece with Table Runner

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This simple yet warm centerpiece is an easy DIY project that won’t break your wallet. Click the link to find out how to make it! via Addicted 2 DIY

Simple Rustic Lantern Centerpiece

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This simple autumn centerpiece is easy to put together and perfect for any occasion! via Serendipity Refined

Fall Foliage and Candle Centerpiece

de6adaab0d96a6cf85faf2894d3c07a5This elaborate autumn centerpiece is perfect for Thanksgiving or any other special get-together you may be having this season! via Babble

Simple White Pumpkin Mantle Decor

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This arrangement is a simple way to spruce up your mantle for the fall season. It is festive but not too elaborate! via Dear Lillie the Blog

Comforting Fall Aromas

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Give your home the perfect fall aroma with these 8 scent hacks! via Chasing Foxes

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Of course, we can’t forget about autumn wreaths! This popular decoration piece has many different variations. From elaborate creations to simple elegance, these pieces are not only easy to find in stores, but they are easy and fun to make as well! via Laura Trevey

Bonus Tip:

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Since pumpkins are a staple in fall decorating, here are instructions on how to preserve pumpkins and other decorative gourds. via 365ish Days of Pinterest

Click here to check out our Pinterest page for other fun fall decorating ideas and more!

Fall is a great time of year to purchase or refinance your home! If you’d like to take advantage of low rates this season, contact your local Inlanta Mortgage loan advisor today!

5 Great Ways to Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, you may be scrambling to find the perfect way to express your appreciation and gratitude for the Mom in your life. While no gift, regardless of price, can thank her enough, there’s plenty of ways to thank the woman who helped raise you without breaking the bank. After all, it’s the thought that counts right?

Consider doing one of these five things for Mom this Mother’s Day:

Breakfast in Bed: A Mother’s Day tradition that never goes out of style. This Mother’s Day, show your thanks by waking up before her and bringing her breakfast in bed. There’s no doubt she’ll be overjoyed to spend a morning relaxing and enjoying a meal in the comfort of her own bed, and it’s a perfectly sweet way to show your gratitude.

Frame Favorites: Be prepared, this may bring on the water works! Show your mom how much you care by giving her a framed photo of you both of a special time you spent together. Or, if you’re feeling creative, take the time to hand-write a personal poem or a heart-felt letter, then frame it for her instead!

Give Her the Day Off: Flip the script and take on the Mom duties! From the moment she wakes up, give her the day to herself to enjoy and relax. Then, take on her usual tasks and tackle any chores she completes throughout the day. She’ll be moved by your thoughtful gesture and feel cherished on her special day, but most of all, she’ll enjoy a leisurely day off!

Spend the Day Together: As you grow older and your own life becomes busier, finding time to spend with mom can be a challenge. Devote this Mother’s Day to spending it with your mom doing what she likes to do. Take her to a movie, out to brunch, shopping, or just relax at home and catch up on life. Remind her how grateful you are for having her in your life, and thank her for helping make you the person you are today.

Pamper Her: Treat your mom to a spa-like experience to give her some deserved R&R. You can save money by turning your living room into an at-home resort using candles, music and a variety of lotions, oils and beauty supplies. Or, surprise her with a scheduled day of pampering at your local spa. This thoughtful idea will surely give her a Mother’s Day she won’t forget!

Thank you, moms, for all that you do! And to all of our friends and families in the communities we serve, we wish you and yours a Happy Mother’s Day!

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner! While this haunting holiday is often a magical time of year for kids filled with candy, costumes, trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving, and more, parents know that Halloween festivities can turn from fun to scary quickly.

That’s why we’ve put together some top tips to help keep you and your family safe this Halloween.

Trick or Treat Tips:

  • Make sure kids under 12 are always accompanied by an adult during trick-or-treat
  • For older kids who plan to go alone with friends, discuss specific routes and a timeline
  • Remind your kids about stranger danger, and to never get into a car with someone they don’t know
  • Have kids use the buddy system to ensure no one gets lost or separated
  • Instruct children to walk slowly, look both ways before crossing the street, use crosswalks and follow traffic signals
  • Adults need to stay off electronics and keep their heads up and vision clear at all times. Older kids should do the same
  • Keep your kid’s costumes safe by adding reflective tape and stickers, and avoid masks that can obstruct vision. Consider using face-paint instead
  • Offer your kids flashlights or glow sticks to carry with them to help light the way and make them more visible to cars
  • If you’re out and about, drive more slowly and stay extra alert through residential areas, and enter/exit driveways and alleyways with caution
  • If you’re attending a party, drink responsibly and arrange for a designated driver to get home safely

For more on Halloween safety, please visit the National Safety Council website today. We hope these tips help prepare you to have a safe and spooky fun holiday. Happy Halloween from all of us at Inlanta Mortgage!

Memorial Day Safety Tips to Follow

Memorial Day Safety Tips to Follow

Memorial Day is a day for remembering the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the United States Armed Forces. While we honor their sacrifice and celebrate over the long weekend, it is important to make sure safety comes first. Here are some helpful safety tips for those of you who plan to enjoy the water, fireworks, grill, or take a road trip:

Water Safety

The American Red Cross offers these tips regarding water safety:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

Firework Safety

If you’re planning to avoid the crowds at a public firework show by putting on your own, follow these tips from the ARC (American Red Cross) to keep you and your family safe:

  • Never give fireworks to small children.
  • Always follow the instructions given on the packaging.
  • For safety reasons, always keep a supply of water close by.
  • Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
  • Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight a “dud”.
  • Never throw or point a firework toward people, animals, vehicles, structures, or flammable materials.

Drive Safely

With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If plans include drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Other tips for a safe trip include:

  • Give one’s full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Make frequent stops.
  • Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive the headlights.

Grill Safety

The American Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking those tasty cookout treats:

  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Keep the chef safe by using the long-handled tools specially made for cooking on the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.
  • Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.
  • Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.
  • Wash one’s hands in hot soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom, handling pets, stopping to do something with children.

Another thing people can do is download the free Red Cross first aid app which puts expert advice for handling everyday emergencies right at your fingertips. The free app is available for direct download from the Apple or Google Play for Android app stores.

We wish you a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

 

 

Labor Day: History and Relaxation

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Labor Day: History and Relaxation

Labor Day, or originally referred to as “the workingmen’s holiday”, can first be traced back to a parade in New York City on Tuesday, September 5th, 1882. In a time where working conditions were far from great and employees were fed up, Congress could see tensions rising and moved forward with passing a piece of legislation that made the first Monday of every September a day to recognize workers. The holiday originally included street parades followed by a festival, as well as speeches from prominent speakers. The holiday has since changed in some ways, but the meaning behind it still remains to this day. It is a day to celebrate working men and women and give them a well-deserved break. So, take the time to relax this Labor Day weekend—you’ve earned it.

 

Need some ideas to unwind? Here are some relaxation tips you can take with you even after Labor Day is done.
1.) Find time in your off-peak times to take a break or vacation
If you know a certain time of year is busier for you, then do not choose that time of year to take off. Instead, consider scheduling time after your busy season to take a vacation.
2.) Disconnect every once in a while
Many people find it hard to disconnect in today’s world, but it can be very fulfilling and destressing to shut your electronics down and live in the moment.
3.) Get regular exercise
Exercise is a proven stress reliever. If you don’t necessarily like regular cardio or weights, try yoga! Yoga is a great way to relax and get a good workout at the same time. When people think of yoga, meditation is something else that can come to mind. Try meditation exercises when you are overly stressed.
4.) Get outside
Fresh air and sunshine are great ways to instantly make your stress melt away. Take a break during the day to sit outside and enjoy the warm weather!
5.) Try Aromatherapy
Believe it or not, some people can greatly reduce stress with aromatherapy. Invest in some essential oils. Try them with a diffuser or simply put some on your wrists. Lavender, rosemary, and clary sage are just three essential oils that are said to help relieve stress.

 

 

 

ABOUT INLANTA MORTGAGE

Headquartered in Pewaukee, Wis., Inlanta Mortgage was established in 1993. The company has grown to 35 branches in 16 states and over 240 employees. Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs.

In 2016, Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Workplace for a third consecutive year. Inlanta has been recognized as a Top Mortgage Employer by National Mortgage Professional and a Top 100 Mortgage Banking Company and 100 Best Mortgage Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine. Inlanta has also received the Platinum Million Dollar USDA Lender Award.

PARTNERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Inlanta Mortgage continues to expand its branch network and encourages ethical lending professionals to learn more about our support platform and discover how an Inlanta branch partnership with Inlanta Mortgage is essential to long-term success.

Locate an Inlanta Mortgage loan officer at www.inlanta.com/locations. For current employment opportunities, visit www.inlanta.com/join-our-team/employment-opportunities. Learn more about Inlanta Mortgage branch partnership opportunities at www.inlantapartners.com, call 262-439-4260, or email partners@inlanta.com.

Inlanta Mortgage, Inc. NMLS #1016.

Happy Holidays from Inlanta Mortgage

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Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.

 

5th Annual Toy Drive

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The Brookfield West office has been busy collecting toys for the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin during their 5th Annual Toy Drive. Each year the ladies and gentlemen of this branch reach out to customers, friends, fellow employees and vendors to donate a new, unwrapped toy for children at the hospital.

The pictures above showcase the collection of toys so far. One vendor, SS Speedy (pictured in bottom right),  shared a quick picture of themselves with their generous contribution to the Toy Drive.

The Brookfield West office is still collecting toys through this Friday, December 19th. They are also welcoming cash donations, which they will use to purchase additional toys. If you have any questions, please call the Brookfield West office at 262-439-4257.

All of us at Inlanta Mortgage wish you a safe and happy Holiday Season!

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to be the home financing partner that you trust to serve your family, friends and community. Through our family of dedicated mortgage professionals, our commitment is to deliver an exceptional experience. Our unwavering dedication to integrity, honesty and ethics is the foundation of all of our relationships.

About Inlanta Mortgage

Last year, Inlanta Mortgage celebrated its 20th Anniversary. Inlanta Mortgage is a growing mortgage banking firm committed to quality mortgage lending, ethical operations and strong customer service.

Inlanta Mortgage offers Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac agency products, as well as a full suite of jumbo and portfolio programs. The company is an agency approved lender for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, FHA/VA, FHA 203K and USDA. Inlanta Mortgage also offers numerous state bond agency programs. Review Inlanta’s mortgage loan programs here.

Inlanta Mortgage is a multi-state mortgage banker based out of Brookfield, Wisconsin NMLS #1016. Inlanta Mortgage was recently named a Top Mortgage Lender in 2013 as well as 2012 by Scotsman Guide. Inlanta was also recently named a Top Workplace in 2014 as well as in 2012. Inlanta has also been named one of the “Top 100 Mortgage Companies in America” in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the 50 Best Companies to Work For by Mortgage Executive Magazine.