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Babies, Biltmore & Business, Oh My!

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Hola Chicas (& chicos)!! :) I have got to stop this habit of not blogging for weeks and then overloading with one major long blog post!!!MAKE ME STOP!! ha
I swear, I have no clue where 2012 has gone...? It has just flown by! I can not believe it is FALL already!(my favorite time of year by the way!)
I'll just go ahead and throw it all out there this post ... no beating around the bush ... I moved to Keller Williams! I am super excited about the new opportunities that I have been presented with in my real estate career! This past 2 weeks has been totally crazy and hectic because I decided to make a change in my life and switch from RE/MAX over to KW... it was a hard decision ... and I literally thought about it for a month. I loved my previous office and all the people there :( but just felt like I could grow my business more at my new office. With that said, I have started my own Real Estate Team! Woop Woop!! :) 
Take a look at this ... 

My new logo :) 
How do you feel about it?? I…

My love story with Dinner, A Love Story

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I have followed the blog, Dinner, A Love Story for a while now and I recently read my friend, Ada's review of the Dinner, A Love Story cookbook on her blog, Spark!. After reading her review, I decided to add Dinner: A Love Story: It all begin as the family table to my cookbook collection. Not since 50 Shades of Grey (yes I read all three books), have I turned the pages of a book so quickly. The author, Jenny keeps a dinner diary and has since 1998. This book is the story of how Jenny and her husband, Andy started cooking and serving dinner every night for their family and what they learned along the way. It is filled with real advice on working parents trying to get meals on the table. Added bonus...they also have a picky eater that reminds me of Clyde. I am really excited about the new ideas and recipes I have uncovered in the book.


I have had a dinner diary of sorts for a while now with my menu planners but most weeks they are scribbled in an old notebook or on post-its. Dinner: …

Are the stars aligned?

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As mentioned in this post, I have two back to school year resolutions...eat dinner as a family and implement a chore and good eater chart. We have had some success with family dinner and the reward chart. Woot! Woot!


Our Toys R Us is moving locations so they have most of the store for 30% off. I went and selected about six $5-10 toys (three that would interest Camille and three for Clyde). I wanted to get something a little more significant then a Dollar Tree find. I put the toys in a large basket and they are hidden in the attic. Camille got stars for cleaning her room, helping me empty the dishwasher, and setting the table. Clyde got stars for picking up his toys, staying in his room until his tot clock turns yellow at 7 am and pooping in the potty (woohoo!). Both got stars for being clean clubbers. After 15 stars, they got to pick something from the basket. It was a fun exercise and they seem excited about getting the next 15 stars.

We are on our second row of stars now, about five i…

Menu Planner

I am a little late getting this out....here goes...

Monday - Robin Miller Pork Soft Tacos

Tuesday - Chicken Paprikash

Wednesday - Pizza with homemade crust from my freezer

Thursday - Turkey Burger & Fries

Hope everyone had a good weekend. We spent some time at Sandbridge hoping to enjoy one last dip in the ocean but it was cold! So I made a trip to TJMaxx...Long Sleeve Ralph Lauren Polos & Jeans on clearance for Clyde, a new purse & tennis shoes for me, Levis jeggings for my skinny Camille.


Bar Stool Refresh

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When we completed our kitchen remodel in December 2009, we had a bunch of furniture to buy for the room (not to mention the expense of the remodel) as well as Christmas presents so our budget was spread pretty thin. We purchased some inexpensive bar stools from Target and they took quite a beating from our children however I don't think they were made well to start with. I would love to get some news ones but it still isn't in the budget so in the meantime, I spent about $12 and spray painted them.

I am happy with the results.They do look much better however still not perfect. I sanded the tops with sandpaper that was too rough so you can see the lines but an improvement nonetheless.

I used Rust-Oleum's Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X in Glossy Black. It did a great job covering with no primer. I used 2.5 bottles for all 4 stools.







Weekend Recap

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Today is my birthday. We celebrated by having a few friends over for drinks, dinner and Pearls cupcakes last night. It was fun and Michael cooked, planned, organized the whole thing. Super sweet husband!



Oh and we have had some success with eating dinner as a family. I hope we can keep it up.

Monday - Crockpot Ranch Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Tuesday - World's Best Lasagne (from the freezer)

Wednesday - Baked Potato Soup (from the freezer),  Mozzarella  & Prosciutto Panini

Thursday - Crock Pot Beef & Broccoli 

Apartment Property Management

Apartment property management is considered the managing of a multi-unit rental property and the residents or tenants that occupy it. These properties can range from small multi-unit buildings to very large complexes housing hundred of residents. Residential property management is a more industry used term and could include the managing of single-family homes as well as apartment complexes.

As you can imagine the managing of these types of properties can become quite complex and time consuming in comparison to managing a single-family house. Many owners of apartment buildings do not have the time, expertise or the desire to manage such on their own. In these cases, it is recommended to hire a qualified property management company that specializes in apartment property management.

Responsibilities of an Apartment Property Manager

Here are just a few apartment property management responsibilities that could be required of anyone managing an apartment building:

Rent collection
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Is The Property Management Business For You? Mini Guide For Real EstateInvestors - Part 1

This mini guide for real estate investors is written to help entrepreneurs like you with the mystery of property management career. The investment risks are higher when decisions are made without enough information. By now you know that you want to invest profitably in real estate or already started the process. All the motivation is coming from your desire for financial independence. I know that, because I am with you right on the very same goal.

Assume you have just purchased your investment property. It does not matter whether it is a 10--unit apartment building, a small office building or a single--family home. It is an attractive rental property and you are asking a fair market value rent.

You should have no problem attracting tenants and maintaining a high level of occupancy. What happens with the tenants once they move in is going to depend on you.

The problems with property management are not caused by the business itself, as much as by a lack of education. The property managemen…

Eleven Key Attributes of a Good Property Manager

Property Management is a career profession. The industry allows for employment growth, continual learning experiences, and the opportunity to work with diverse people and income groups. The Property Manager can work either directly for an owner of real estate properties, or for a property management company, contracted by an owner or legal entity to care for the real estate over a specific period of time.

The Property manager has a fiduciary relationship with the management company and property owner. A fiduciary relationship is one that is based on a mutual trust and complete confidence in one another.

The Property Manager is provided an owner's real estate portfolio to manage to its "highest and best use" in exchange for an employment contract or salary. Real estate assignments for the property manager includes apartment buildings, condominiums, hotels, storage facilities, shopping centers, office buildings, government subsidized properties, rooming houses, abandoned bui…

New Artist Find & Fall Stuff

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Happy Thursday friends :)

Let's talk about what my life consists of these days ...

1. Work
2. Work.
3. More work
4. Wedding Planning (fun!)
5. Getting on Pinterest and obsessing over wedding stuff and new fall clothes every night before bed ha!

That pretty much sums it up :) No but really, I have been having a busy week as usual ... doing big things with my real estate business right now and have been spending some time getting a new logo made, doing some research on getting more in tune with the SEO search engine stuff, blah blah blah haha not super exciting things, but things that are a necessity in the crazy world of real estate!

I am ready to take my business to the next level so I have been kicking it high gear!
Can't wait to share my logo and new stuff once it get's finished!

In the meantime, I am making a BIG change and ordered a Mac yesterday ...


I know, I know ... you're thinking how in the world have I not gotten one thus far in life?  Honestly I was so afraid to switch …

Back To School Menu Planner

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We had meet the teacher day today and tomorrow school starts for real! Here goes with the back to school menu planner. PS...I failed at family dinner last week. I am having a hard time holding the kids off until Michael gets home from work. We will keep trying.

Tuesday - Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts with Cannellini Bean, Roasted Red Peppers & Kale

Wednesday - Tacos with Ground Chicken & Black Beans

Thursday - Brown Butter Gnocchi (carryover from last week)

Friday - Kickin' Chicken with Crunch, Vigo Black Beans & Rice, Corn


Back to School with Lands' End!

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Tomorrow school starts (woohoo!) and for the past few weeks I have been stocking up on items to start the year. I have found the cutest things at Lands' End recently.  They always have an additional percentage off if you sign up for e-mails and our local Sears will take the items back if they don't fit or aren't as expected.

Here are some of my finds. Side note....some of these finds are from summer but they still have them if you wanted to stock up for next year.






And look at these cute Halloween totes...more expensive than the ones you can find at Marshalls or even Dollar Tree but really cute to look at it. I am considering....