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Backyard ‘Staycation’ Safety Tips

Summer brings more opportunities for outdoor activities around the house.  Why not plan a “staycation” in your own backyard; but play it safe:

  • Keep your grill on a level surface away from your house, garage and any flammable objects.
  • Don’t step away from a grill while it’s on, and keep children and pets at a safe distance from the flames.
  • When using charcoal, extinguish properly by breaking up the embers with a long stick or grilling tool, then covering the grill to cut off the oxygen.  Or, slowly sprinkle the coals with water.  Once the coals are cooled completely, dispose of them in a metal container.



  • Before mowing, clear the yard of any loose objects that could fly out from under the lawnmower.
  • When using power tools for yard work, wear protective gear and cover your eyes with goggles.
  • Wear protective clothing when using pesticides etc and don’t spray around children or pets and precisely follow directions.
  • Before you dig a hole in your yard for any reason call your local utility company to avoid underground gas or power lines.


  • Install four foot high fence around the pool area and include self-closing gates with latches out of reach of children.
  • Keep the pool area clear of toys and other objects that someone may trip over.
  • Never allow children to swim without adult supervision.
  • Place a sturdy pool cover over the pool when it’s not in use.


  • Place swing sets and other play equipment on level ground, and make sure legs are properly
  • Inspect play sets regularly for any sharp bolts, screws, nails or rot.
  • When celebrating with fireworks, wear safety glasses when handling fireworks, and have water handy to soak spent fireworks before disposing of them.

Be careful of becoming over-exposed to the sun.  Drink plenty of fluids, and seek air conditioning if you become overheated, and have fun!

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Happy Easter

Wishing you a wonderful Easter creating beautiful and loving memories with your family and friends!final FRONT

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Best Wishes for the Holiday Season


Wishing you a Holiday Season filled with warmth, comfort and good cheer!

Should the new year bring you a change of address, please contact me so that I can assist you. Please remember that I’m only a phone call away (even during this hectic time of year) should you wish to discuss your current home value or your plans for a new home purchase. I’m here to help you realize your real estate dreams!




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Sweet Potatoes fit for Thanksgiving

Wishing you and yours a safe, blessed and Very Happy Thanksgiving.

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These sweet potatoes are sliced and roasted in the oven, then drizzles with balsamic and topped with parmesan cheese and fresh herbs. They can be enjoyed as a side dish for eight, or as a meatless main for four people.  These would be beautiful on your Thanksgiving table if you would like to serve this as a side.

And speaking of Thanksgiving, I know the holidays can be a stressful time. Between traveling, extra calories being consumed and stress of having to take care of so many people, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.  That’s why it’s so important to take care of yourself during this time of year. In addition to making healthy and delicious food, hit the gym to work out any stress. It’s a guaranteed way to feel great, quickly.



Parmesan Hasselback Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Glaze

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Servings: 4 • Serving Size: 1 sweet potato • WW Points+: 8 pts (or 4 as a side)

Calories: 302 • Fat: 10 g • Sat Fat: 3 g • Protein: 6 g • Carb: 48 g • Fiber: 7.5 g

Sugar: 17 g • Sodium: 284 mg • Cholesterol: 10 mg


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. With a large, sharp knife, make ¼-inch slices down the length of each potato, cutting only 3/4 of the way through.

In a small bowl, combine butter and olive oil. Place the potatoes in a medium mixing bowl and drizzle half of the olive oil/butter mixture over the top of each potato, then toss to evenly coat.

Place potatoes on a small baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake for 50- 60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender inside and caramelized and crisp on the outside. Drizzle with remaining butter/oil and sprinkle with parmesan, herbs and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Welcome Autumn ~ A Good Time to Sell

goodbye_summer_hello_autumn_tnHome-selling-autumn.300x230September 23, 2015. marks the first day of autumn. with the day and night approximately equal in length. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, people are enjoying the cooler days of autumn, shorter days and longer nights. South of the equator, spring begins.  Autumn is also a great time to list your home for sale!  The timing couldn’t be better. Home selling in autumn is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. We are set to enjoy 75 to 80 days of normalcy.   If you’re in the Nashville are and  thinking of buying or selling, please call me, I’m here to help you realize your real estate dreams!

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Getting Rid of Stuff Feels Good … Why?

7-General-Action-Plan-for-Decluttering-Your-Home-Successfully-2Many of us strive for a more simplified life, in which what surrounds us are things we either truly love or truly need, preferably both. To arrive at — and to maintain — such a lifestyle, we have to get rid of things, whether it’s in one fell swoop or in small doses. While it feels like a big mountain to climb, getting rid of things ultimately feels sooo good. Here’s why.

Physical space and mental space go hand-in-hand. Clutter is visual noise, and the disarray creeps into our mental faculties as well; for some of us more than others. So it stands to reason that clearing out our physical spaces, making room for air and light and growth, would be mirrored in our psyches as well. Just think how much better you work when your desk is cleaned off — now extend that to your life.Kitchen-Counter-Declutter-Before-After-Only-Took-10-Minutes

Separating from the past can heal us. We hang onto so many things because of the memories tied to them. When we de-clutter, we have the opportunity to interact not only with our physical possessions, but with the memories and feelings they trigger. This can be negative but cathartic, as when we let go of things we’ve held onto out of fear of letting go or of not being in control. The act of getting rid of these things can be painful but is nevertheless triumphant, inspiring a feeling of this has no hold on me!! as things are discarded. I think watching this interplay between our things and our personal histories is what had me hooked on Hoarders for a time.

Making decisions makes us strong. When we make a decision about something, even something as small as whether to keep those curtain rods, we dogain some control, and the feeling is addicting and self-perpetuating. If you can donate years’ upon years’ worth of children’s clothes, for instance, you’re not only making room mentally and physically. You’re also empowered to tackle that next thing that’s been hanging over you or crowding your consciousness: exercising, asking your boss for a raise, copying your pictures off your phone, whatever.

You have less stuff to deal with. This is the most obvious reward of getting rid of stuff, and most definitely not the smallest. Each thing that goes out your door is one less thing you have to find a place for, organize again and again, or clean. That, my friends, is freedom and boy does it feel good!

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Prepare to Sell Your Home With Professional Photography

4downloadYou only get one chance to make a first impression.  most buyers utilize technology in search of the perfect home long before they ever see it in person.  That’s why I use professional photography by Showcase Photographers to highlight your home’s best features and impress potential buyers right from the start.  Before the photographer arrives, it is important that everything looks inviting, comfortable and simple.

As your Real Estate Professional I will guide you through the selling process and staging your home for professional photography and for potential buyers touring your home.  Following are some easy tips to help you get your home ready for showcase.


  • Remove all cars (parked vehicles in front of the home can be seen through windows on interior
    bicycles, boats, garbage bins, hoses, alarm signs , empty pots or pots with dead plants.
  • Sweep off patios, decks and walk-ways.
  • Remove fallen limbs from the yard.
  • If you have patio cushions, please arrange them neetley on the furniture.
  • Remove grill covers.
  • If yu have a pool, make sure the Polaris or cleaners has been pulled out.


  • Open all blinds, curtains, sheers (including in the garage)
  • Turn on all ceiling lights, lamps, under counter lights, and turn OFF all ceiling fans.  Replace any non-working bulbs.
  • Kitchen: Remove all soaps, sponges, drying racks, dirty dishes, food,off ofimages (1)dounters and top of refrigerator, hide the garbage can, take towels off the fronts of appliances, and remove everthing from the exterior of the refrigerator.
  • Bathrooms:  Remove all personal items from countertops (razors, toothbrushes, soap, perfumes, personal
    photos, etc.
    ) In the shower, hide shampoos, razors, sponges, soaps, squeegees, etc.
  • Picture-150All pet beds, toys, bowls, food and supplies should be hidden.  Also, plan to confine your cats or dogs in a room.
  • Attempt to hide cords from you electronics as best you can — if you don’t wish to unplug them, move a big plant or some other decorative item to help do the job.
  • Clean mirrors and shower doors, removing any smears. Clean windows go a long way when potential buyers are touring your home.images
  • Assess lighting in each room.  If you feel a room is too dark, bring in a few lamps to compensate.
  • Remove small area rugs.  If you have wood floors or nice tile, it is better to show those then “hide” them with rugs.
  • Put all remote controls in drawers or under pillows
  • Please make sure items hidden under beds do not show at a distance.


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Welcome Spring With Fresh Flowers

You’re excited about the arrival of Spring and you can’t wait to fill your home with flowers.  Here are some tips I found on one of my favorite sites  I want to share with you.  If you like you might want to check their site sometime.

Cut flower stems at a 45-degree angle one inch from the bottom. This instantly increases the surface area for water intake, so your flowers will be well hydrated.

Use a teacup as a vase, or any smaller item you love. Don’t trash flowers with shorter stems. Keep the stems together using a clear hair tie so they don’t separate.

Open closed buds quickly by putting them in warm water first, then cold water.  After cutting flower stems as described in No. 1, put flowers in a glass filled with warm water. After a minute, move flowers to a vase filled with cold water and leave them for 20 minutes. Flowers will open up to their maximum size.
Add a vodka-sugar elixir to your water to keep flowers looking flawless longer. (I would never have thought of this one) Before putting your flowers in a vase, add several drops of vodka and a teaspoon of white sugar, which delays wilting. When your flowers eventually do start to die (sad face), add a shot of vodka into the water and the stems will stand up straight again for a day or two.

Display succulents in pretty dessert bowls. Dessert bowls make chic pots for a succulent! Simply fill to the brim with potting soil. Over time, it will begin to grow roots. Just be sure to spray them once a week with the spray bottle until the top of the soil looks wet.
Water your orchid with an ice cube. Water the orchid with one ice cube a week. For larger orchids, use two ice cubes a week. The ice cube melts slowly and gives the orchid a slow drip of hydration, so that it doesn’t drown it.


Create a grid with transparent tape to keep flowers in place in a shallow vase. 


Stack a vase within a vase in order to layer fruit slices along the inside. Find a vase that fits inside another vase with half an inch of room between them. Fill the space between the two vases up most of the way with water before slipping in sliced lemons. I personally like this one; I’m sure you can come up with some other creative ideas.

Drop a penny in your vase to keep your flower water fresh longer. The copper in pennies works as an acidifier, which helps prevent fungus or bacteria from growing. Note:Marshall suggests looking for pennies minted before 1982, since they contain more copper and will keep your arrangement look amazing a couple of days longer.
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Turn Your Clocks Ahead March 8th

I’m sure many of you are ready for Winter to be over and welcome Spring!

If you or someone you know looking to buy or sell a home in the Nashville area,  please give me a call.  My goal is to save you time and money.  I promise you Loyalty, Dependability, Honesty, and Results!

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