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Are You Grateful School Is Starting?


Thank A Teacher
Did you know that September 21st is International Gratitude Day?

I know that I’m certainly grateful for having autumn arrive with cool winds. The nights aren’t quite as warm as they were even a few weeks ago, and stores have already begun stocking everything pumpkin related.

I’m also grateful for something much more traditional as so many people go back to school in the fall: teachers. 

I am appreciative of all the teachers who turn up throughout the course of our lives. Those unexpected teachers come out of nowhere and change us forever. They are the elderly ladies with time to chat, the child who surprises us with insight that most adults overlook, and the average person who takes the time to explain a process, that is specific to their field of expertise, in common terms.

Who are the unexpected teachers in your life? Have you told them that they positively changed you, irrevocably, by teaching you something new? Perhaps this would be a good week to share your gratitude.

A simple card, an unexpected phone call, or even an email would likely be much appreciated by a teacher who made a difference at some time in your life. It might just lead to a larger conversation and a deeper friendship. If nothing else, you made someone’s day with a positive comment by simply expressing your gratitude. After all, one of the first things that we are taught in preschool or kindergarten is to say, “thank you”.

Looking for an Outdoor Oasis?


If there’s anything we’ve learned over the last year, it’s that outdoor space is nice and necessary. We all dream of that perfect backyard oasis we see in magazines or on Pinterest, but let’s be honest, most of us don’t live in a magazine and don’t have the square footage or budget to create the perfect escape. That’s why I wanted to share a few ideas on how to create a budget-friendly outdoor space when you may be short on square footage.

Decorate Vertically

Just because your outdoor escape is challenged from a square footage perspective doesn’t mean you can’t decorate vertically. Adding decor to the walls will help your space feel cozy and larger.

Add Outdoor Curtains for Privacy

If your neighbors are close and you’re seeking more privacy, try adding outdoor curtains. It’s an inexpensive way to create a private space.

A Shady Sail Creates A Better Place

We’ve all been there, you have a perfect space for a patio table, but it gets blasted by the sun. Create a sail shade to provide cover.

Lighting is Key

The perfect light can create an inviting atmosphere for an outdoor patio. Before you call the electrician, take a look at your favorite holiday lights. String them around your space to create the atmosphere you crave.

Add Multi-Use Furniture

You’re not going to entertain all of the time, so why do you need extra furniture. An easy, budget-friendly solution is to purchase or create furniture that pulls double duty. Use a bench that can offer plenty of seating and storage. An ottoman can work as a footrest, extra seating, or if you need a table, add a tray, and you’ve got your centerpiece.

I hope that you’re having a great summer and can enjoy the space you have. You can learn more about these tips and a few others here. If you’re looking for a new space to call home, I’m here to help. Just give me a call to talk about your next move.

Throw a Gold Medal Winning Party


Summer means time to get outside and have a party. Whether it’s with friends, neighbors, or a family reunion, there’s always an excuse to have a good time safely. Every good party needs a theme, and with the Summer Olympics set to begin at the end of the month, I thought I’d share a few ideas on how you can host your own backyard Olympic-themed party.

A little friendly competition won’t hurt anyone. Set up several games for teams to compete in throughout the party. Swap out the real Olympic sports for fun classic yard games like horseshoes, cornhole, frisbee golf, yard darts, and giant Jenga are a few classics.

​Create your own Olympic rings and have them featured throughout your yard and house. String up flags representing different countries, and to top it off, you can build a small winners podium for the winners to collect their medals at the end of the day. You can create Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals for the winners.

Every competitor needs to satisfy their appetite, so here are a few snack ideas for your Olympic party. Try making edible torches, a gelatin swimming pool, or medal cookies.
You can check out the recipes and other ideas here.

​I hope these ideas inspire your Olympic spirit and you conquer your backyard Olympics. I’d love to hear about your favorite backyard games. If you’re looking for a new home for your backyard fun, I’d be happy to help you with all of your real estate needs. Give me a call to set up a time to talk.