No Fuss Lights Has Been “Hangin’ [Lights] In the Neighborhood!”

Though many Houston-area residents have barely thought about Christmas yet, we at No Fuss Lights have been working from dusk til dawn almost every day. And while the majority of our customers are homeowners, we spent much of the last week decorating two different neighborhoods.

Back on November 8, our hearty crew went to Cane Island in Katy (about two miles northwest of Katy High School) to put up lights and decorations on its community center.

And on the following Sunday, our No Fuss Lights technicians traveled to Bellaire for another huge project. They spent the day hanging lights on more than eighty trees along South Rice Boulevard.

We want to extend a great big “Thank You!” to everyone who worked on these two projects. Your labor and expertise helped make these two areas shine and sparkle for the 2017 holiday season!

Here’s more good news: there’s still time to partner with No Fuss Lights to get your home or neighborhood decorated for Christmas. We’ll provide you with high-quality, beautiful LED lights as well as wreaths, garlands, or other yuletide décor. We’ll install, maintain, and remove your holiday display so you don’t have to worry about climbing up on ladders or testing old strands of lights this year.

But our appointment book is filling up fast, so don’t put it off any longer. Call us at 281-809-7021 today and get on our calendar. And if you are traveling around the Houston area and see one of our No Fuss Lights trucks or trailers, be sure to honk and wave!

Happy National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day!

Yes, you read that title correctly. The 12th day of November is “officially” National Pizza with the Works Except Anchovies Day. That’s right – someone not only decided to dedicate a day to a fully-loaded pizza, he or she specifically chose to exclude anchovies from this commemoration.

All of us at No Fuss Lights love pizza with delicious toppings as much as the next person, but we were a bit perplexed about why someone would single out anchovies. But after a little thought, we figured it out – and we can certainly relate to this idea.

Think about it: when you engage our services, we make sure that you get “the works.” No Fuss Lights sends an experienced designer to your home to meet with you, plan a design for your property, and give you a free estimate. Once you give us the go-ahead, we come back with our expert technicians and install your outdoor lights, hang up any wraths, garlands, or other holiday accouterments, and test the display to make sure it works properly. If a problem arises after we finish decorating your home (such as a burned-out bulb), we come by to fix it at no charge (usually within a day or two). Then when the holidays are over, we return to remove all of the lights and decorations and take them with us so you don’t need to store them.

In other words, No Fuss Lights gives you everything you could possibly want – without the “stinky” hassle of hanging up lights yourself. Like a pizza with everything on it EXCEPT anchovies!

So give us a call today at 261-809-7021 to set up an appointment for a free price quote. And then enjoy a pizza with a multitude of non-anchovy toppings to celebrate today’s special occasion (as if you needed an excuse!).

Are you a Houston-Area Hallmark Holiday Habitué?

People love Christmas for a host of different reasons. But there is a subculture of Houstonians who tend to remain glued to the TV sets during the holidays – and not because of football or Rockets games.

Every year, the Hallmark Channel releases a bunch of new Christmas movies with feel-good holiday plots that get viewers in the yuletide spirit. And 2017 is no exception. Here is a handy calendar for this season’s Hallmark movies for all of you Holiday habitués out there.

(bolded titles indicate premiere dates)

 

November  2017

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Miss Christmas

9

Christmas Festival of Ice

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The Sweetest Christmas

12

Enchanted Christmas

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17

Marry Me at Christmas

18

Coming Home for Christmas

19

A Gift to Remember

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22

With Love, Christmas

23

The Mistletoe Inn

24

Finding Santa

25

The Christmas Train

26

Switched for Christmas

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December  2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Christmas in Evergreen

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Christmas at Holly Lodge

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Christmas Encore

10

Sharing Christmas

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Father Christmas

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Christmas Getaway

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When Calls the Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree

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The Hallmark Channel is #312 on DIRECTV, #185 on DISH, and #365 on AT&T U-Verse. If you are a cable subscriber, check the channel listings for your provider.

This is not an exhaustive schedule of Hallmark movies, as the network reairs all of its programs throughout the holiday season. So if you miss one of these airings, you can probably set your DVR to record a rerun.

By the way, if you want to make sure that you have enough time in your busy holiday schedule to watch these movies, you might want to consider calling No Fuss Lights to decorate your home and property – thus freeing up valuable hours to get your Hallmark on! Call No Fuss Lights at 281-809-7021 or fill out this form today for a free estimate.

Moms, Daddies, Dickens, and a Star: The Christmas Movies of 2017

For many Houston-area residents, the holiday season is synonymous with going to the movies. This year, there are four new Christmas-themed motion pictures that can be seen in theaters. Here’s a quick synopsis:

A Bad Moms Christmas (Comedy)

Already in theaters

Starring: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn

In this sequel to Bad Moms, these three ladies try to balance motherhood and their personal lives – all while trying to prepare for the Christmas holiday.

Daddy’s Home 2 (Comedy)

Release date: Friday, November 10

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Will Farrell, John Lithgow, Mel Gibson

In another comedic sequel, the father and stepfather of two children try to plan the perfect Christmas despite the presence of their own eccentric dads.

The Star (Animated)

Release date: Friday, November 17

Featuring the voices of: Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Keegan-Michael Key

Inspired by the story of the Three Wise Men, a trio of animals join the magi and follow the star on a historical journey.

The Man Who Invented Christmas (Fantasy)

Release date: Wednesday, November 22

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Dan Stevens

This fanciful tale depicts how famous author Charles Dickens conjured up the characters and story for his timeless classic A Christmas Carol.

 

Some families head to the movie theater as a sort of “reward” for finishing some or all of their Christmas preparations. On that note, No Fuss Lights would be happy to ease your burden by coming to your home and adorning it with festive, twinkling holiday lights. Your home will look beautiful, and your holiday to-do list will be that much shorter. So call No Fuss Lights today at 281-809-7021 for a free estimate!

© Tsuneomp | Dreamstime Stock Photos & Stock Free Images

The Most Popular Toys for Christmas 2017

It’s true that you can put off many different types of preparations for Christmas until after Thanksgiving. But one area where you should avoid procrastinating is finding the toys that “everybody must have” if “everybody” includes children on your Christmas list – unless you want to risk looking at empty store shelves this holiday season.

Here is a list of the hottest toys for Christmas 2017:

The New “Hatchimals Surprise TWINS!”

Fisher Price “Power Wheels Wild Thing” Ride On
Disney’s “Moana” Adventure Doll
Wowwee Fingerlings Playset 
Marvel Legends Series Mjolnir Electronic Interactive Hammer
Ticket to Ride Board Game
Nerf N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster
Nickelodeon ‘Deluxe Slimy Creations’ Slime Making Kit 
Little Live Pets ‘Snuggles My Dream Puppy’ Playset
Air Hogs Official DR1 Race Drone
Baby Alive ‘Super Snacks Snackin’ Lilly’ Doll
New Madden NFL ’18 for Xbox One
Pie Face “Sky High” Game for Kids
Selfie Mic Music Set 
Trolls ‘Hug Time’ Poppy Doll 
The ‘Speak Out’ Game by Hasbro
Pop Up Pirate by Tomy 
Inflatable (In 30 Seconds) Air Fort for Kids

Houston Astros 2017 World Series champs T-shirt (OK, it’s not really a toy, but they’ll probably want one anyway)

In the spirit of non-procrastination, you may want to contact No Fuss Lights sooner rather than later if you want us to come out and decorate your home for the holidays. Our calendar is already filling up, and we can only schedule so many homes for Christmas lights installation between now and the week of Christmas. So why not call No Fuss Lights at 281-809-7021 today so you don’t have to worry about decorating your home this holiday season?

For the Holidays, “Last Minute” is SO Last Century

We at No Fuss Lights hope that you had a Happy Halloween! But as we turn our calendars to November, we must shift our focus to the 2017 holiday season.

What? You mean that you won’t even start to think about Christmas until after Thanksgiving? Then you may be surprised to learn that your approach is becoming less and less common.

Research firm NPD Group surveyed more than 3,800 Americans and discovered that about 30% of them plan to begin shopping for Christmas during the extended Thanksgiving weekend instead of waiting until early December. Prior to 2014, only 12% to 16% of respondents made that claim. A research analyst summed it up this way: “The last-minute shoppers have moved their timing up.”

Practically speaking, these results indicate that Houstonians are trying to stretch out their holiday preparation timelines instead of cramming all of their Christmas chores into the four weeks before December 25. And you can use No Fuss Lights to help with that.

How? By booking an appointment with one of our design experts to come out to your home, plan your Christmas light display, and provide you with a free estimate. Then we can set up a date on which we can return to decorate your home with festive, high-quality LED lights. Your home will be the envy of the neighborhood, and you’ll have one less holiday task to worry about.

So get a jump on your 2017 holiday season by calling No Fuss Lights today at 281-809-7021. Because waiting until the last minute to get ready for Christmas is SO 20th century!

Yes, Virginia – Some People Actually Hate Christmas Lights

We at No Fuss Lights couldn’t fathom why some people don’t really care for Christmas lights. They’re beautiful, festive, and smile-inducing – so what’s not to like?

Then we did a little research and found out why some folks do indeed hate holiday lights. Here are some of the main reasons:

  • After working so hard to put them up, half of them come down the next time the wind blows.
  • Neighborhood cats like them a little too much – and claw them loose from the roof or trees.
  • The lights work perfectly while on the ground, but go out once they’re hung up.
  • Light strands seem to go out and then come on again with no explanation.
  • People hate untangling Christmas light strands every holiday season.
  • Broken bulbs are a common occurrence, and no one likes picking pieces of glass out of their lawn.
  • People climb up their ladders only to discover they don’t have enough light clips.
  • People climb up their ladders and hang up their lights only to discover that the strands don’t reach the end of their roofline.
  • The lights are hung perfectly – and then a fuse burns out, which leads to another trip to the hardware store.
  • When one bulb goes out on a strand, THEY ALL GO OUT!!!

OK, we get it now. But No Fuss Lights can help with that.

We’ll bring our own high-quality LED lights to your home, take care of all the decorating that needs to be done, and then come back after the holidays to remove all the lights for you. Plus, if a bulb burns out or a strand comes loose during the holiday season, we’ll come back to remedy the problem – usually within a day.

Call No Fuss Lights today at 281-809-7021 (or fill out this form) for a free estimate. Because you deserve a little less holiday stress and a little more Christmas joy this year!

Image credit: Cameron Russell/Flickr

No Fuss Lights Believes in the Astros!

We at No Fuss Lights are just now getting our voices back from hollering well into Saturday night after the Houston Astros’ ALCS Game 7 victory over those dastardly New York Yankees at Minute Maid Park. Now, we’re ready to scream at our TV sets starting tonight when the ‘Stros battle the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series.

Sure, No Fuss Lights is happy that the Rockets have started off their season so well, but we’ve been infected with Astros Fever as much as any other Houstonian. And even though the series begins in LA, Houston might have a bit of an edge in Game 1.

Why? Because the expected temperature at the stadium at the start of tonight’s game is expected to be around 97 degrees. That’s unusually hot for this time of year in SoCal; but since Houston’s average high temperatures during the summertime are about 10 degrees above those seen in Los Angeles, hopefully our players might be less affected by the heat.

Here’s the full World Series schedule:

DATE GAME
TONIGHT Astros at Dodgers, Game 1, 7 p.m., FOX
WEDNESDAY Astros at Dodgers, Game 2, 7 p.m., FOX
FRIDAY Dodgers at Astros, Game 3, 7 p.m., FOX
SATURDAY Dodgers at Astros, Game 4, 7 p.m., FOX
SUNDAY Dodgers at Astros, Game 5*, 7 p.m., FOX
TUESDAY Astros at Dodgers, Game 6*, 7 p.m., FOX
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 1 Astros at Dodgers, Game 7*, 7 p.m., FOX

All times listed are Houston time.

*-if necessary

If you’re as much of an Astros fan as we are at No Fuss Lights, perhaps you may want to line your front walk or yard with orange LED lights to show everyone the depth of your ‘Stros loyalty. Feel free to give No Fuss Lights a call at 281-809-7021 if you’re interested in having us come out and help you with that.

Go Astros! We believe!

How To Bring Good Luck Into Your Home This Christmas

Maybe you saw the No Fuss Lights blog post a week ago which listed various Christmas superstitions and everything that can bring you bad luck during the yuletide season. Perhaps you wondered, “I don’t want any bad Christmas mojo. How do I get some good luck during the holidays?”

Ask and ye shall receive!

According to superstition, you will be the recipient of good luck if:

  • You kiss the oldest person in the home on Christmas Day
  • You hear a cricket chirp on Christmas Day
  • You are the first person to hear a rooster crow on Christmas morning
  • The wind blows on Christmas Day
  • You wish someone a Merry Christmas before putting on your shoes and socks
  • You eat breakfast by candlelight on Christmas Day
  • You are the first person to open the front door on Christmas morning (and sweep the bad spirits out of the house)
  • The first visitor to the home on Christmas is a black-haired man
  • You place fish scales under the plates for Christmas dinner
  • You carry that a scale from a fish eaten on Christmas Day in your pocket all year long
  • You give coins to a beggar on Christmas Day
  • You sneeze on Christmas Day
  • If a cherry tree branch placed in water at the start of advent flowers by Christmas
  • You remove the Christmas decorations from your home on the 12th night of Christmas
  • You contact No Fuss Lights (at 281-809-7021) and let us decorate your home beautifully for the holiday season so you will have less stress and more time to spend on other holiday tasks.*

*-Fact, not superstition

The Rockets Have Launched! And We’re “Pauling” For Them!

At No Fuss Lights, we’re multitasking. We’re working hard to serve our customers while at the same time keeping an eye on the Astros as they try to beat the Yankees and punch their ticket to the World Series. But there’s something happening tonight that we as Houstonians can’t overlook – the start of the Houston Rockets’ 2017-18 regular season!

And the Rockets are off to a superb start. Their first game was on the road in Oakland against the defending league-champion Golden State Warriors. No problem. Houston eked out a 122-121 win despite leading for a total of 99 seconds in the game. Then the Rockets had to turn around and play another road game in Sacramento – and wound up with another victory by a score of 105-100. Houston will finally begin its home season on Saturday night at 7pm when they play host to their in-state rivals, the Dallas Mavericks.

Of course, this season also marks the beginning of the “CP3 era” in Houston as newly-acquired point guard Chris Paul plays his first regular-season games in a Rockets uniform. Rockets’ fans are stoked at seeing Paul team up with James Harden in the backcourt, since the duo averages almost 40 points a game combined over the careers.

At No Fuss Lights, we’re hoping that Harden, Paul, and the rest of the Rockets “light up” the scoreboards this year as well as we light up our customers’ homes and businesses during the holiday season! If you want to see how our “holiday dream team” can make your home look beautiful this Christmas, give us a call at 281-809-7021 today.

Go Rockets!