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september neighborhood calendar – miami

September brings countless new beginnings as the Fall season draws near. The invigorating smell of fresh, crisp Fall air. Revamping your wardrobe. The start of a new school year. Your favorite

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national senior citizens day

August 21st is National Senior Citizens day in the US (not to be confused with National Senor Citizens day…just kidding), and many of us are staring at out computer screen wondering what this holiday means for you. You may ask yourself: Do I

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summer homes fro snow-birds

Snowbirds are individuals who vacation or move to a warmer climate during cold weather.  Retirees, recreational vehicle users and business owners who can work remotely are among the most common snowbirds.  Now that fall is quickly approaching, this group is preparing to

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should children have cell phones?

My three-year-old son has his own iPhone. No, it doesn’t have cellular service. My husband turned his iPhone 4 into a “game phone” for our toddler, Levi, when he upgraded to the iPhone 5S. Levi can only use

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cell phones in the classroom

We are in the age of technology and, with that, we face certain battles. More and more children are being given cell phones at a young age. I remember not having a

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back to school – carpool time

The lazy days of summer are quickly coming to an end and school is right around the corner.  Getting my kids to and from school, especially with three kids in three different schools, can be overwhelming. To save time, gas, stress and my sanity I’m

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printable neighborhood – let’s go camping!

This week’s printable is a camper – one of my all time favorite pieces of rolling stock. Though in my dream of dreams this camper would be an Airstream, somehow I think all of those

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preserving summer memories

Summer will be wrapping up soon, and I know you’ve had some adventures! Hopefully you’ve spent the last couple of months eating popsicles, splashing around, and making lots of fantastic summer memories. And now that it’s coming to a close, there are some great

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august neighborhood calendar – maine

The last month of the summer is right around the corner. August is your last chance to sneak in some last minute summer adventures. Jump in the lake. Soak up the sun. Run on the beach. Make a sand castle. Venture out on a sail boat. Go hiking, fishing, biking, or rafting. Whatever it may be, make sure to

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let’s neighbor: the simple life is the best life

Focus on ways to make your life simple. Simplify things and you will find you have
more time for the important things in life like spending time with loved ones and
enjoying each day to its fullest. The simple life is truly the

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printable neighborhood – road trip!

This week’s printable features the roads you need to fill out your neighborhood and get your little cars out of town! Some of my favorite summertime memories are my family’s annual road trips to see my

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what freedom means to me

Years ago I read an interview with J.K. Rowling where she was asked what she enjoys most about the success of the Harry Potter series. She replied that it was never having to worry about

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july neighborhood calendar – new york city

July is right around the corner and what better city to represent our country’s freedom and independence than New York City. Whether setting off fireworks, grilling for your family barbecue, or sewing the words

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smarten up your dumb home

Gone are the days when hiring a house-sitter was the best way to protect your home
while on vacation, in fact, some of these old ideas are now considered

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house products you don’t need

I am just as guilty as the next person when it comes to filling my house up with products I don’t need or don’t use. I’m looking at you 6-foot carnival

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supporting our military families

Here’s a quick history lesson: While the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, it wasn’t until June 14, 1777 that the United States adopted the Stars and Stripes as its official flag.

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smart community

Being a part of a neighborhood community can be like a full-time job. There are so many things to do to keep up with neighborhood policies, social events, clean ups, etc. Stay safe and smart by being connected to your community

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printable neighborhood—your summer mansion

Summertime always brings out the dreamer in people. We make big mental lists of all the wonderful things we’ll do over the most beautiful months of the year

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june neighborhood calendar – los angeles

June is almost here and with it comes new possibilities.

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springtime family activities nationwide

Winter is over! Hallelujah! It’s time to get that family of yours outside and playing. But what to do? Here are some favorite family events across the nation!

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printable neighborhood—walking in the park

Are the trees budding and flowers blooming in your neighborhood? Stop by any park near my home and you’ll see it’s suddenly flooded. Not just with fresh green buds and birds singing from every tree, but with people walking, running, and biking

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selling your house

Selling your house: it can be exciting and intimidating and completely overwhelming all at the same time

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patio furniture 101

I tend to neglect my indoor furniture, so when it comes to outdoor furniture my attitude has always been: it’s outdoor furniture . . . made to be outdoors. True, patio furniture is usually more durable than your average living room couch, but I learned

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ergonomic gardening tools

It seems spring has sprung and I am so unbelievably excited to start gardening outdoors. It’s been a long winter, hasn’t it?

While indoor plants are my forte, I know I have lots to learn about outdoor gardening this season. After feeling the effects of hard labor in the yard this past fall, I’m all for finding ways to minimize the pain.

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national park week: free entrance days

I know many of you feel as I do about spring time: I love the sun and its warmth. Spring brings fun, new growth, rebirth, blossoms, fresh air, sweet rain, and green grass. I love waking up to eager boys just waiting to explore, adventure, discover, and get completely covered in dirt. This month hosts National Park Week. What better way to celebrate National Park week than by 

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printable neighborhood—forest full of trees

This week we’re thinking all things green! That’s right: we need a forest full of green leafy trees to populate our neighborhood of houses, businesses, church, and school. It’s spring time after all, even if it hasn’t started quite yet in my 

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national park week: learn how to get invovled

This week is National Park Week and you can celebrate by becoming a volunteer at your local park. There are a number of ways for you to participate, including park cleanup, working at visitor centers, or joining research projects. There are more than 

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community service: 4 ways to give back

Community service doesn’t always have to be an organized group of people getting together to pick up trash on a Saturday morning. Although that is a great thing to do, simple everyday neighboring is a great way to serve your community. There are hundreds of ways that we can 

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printable neighborhood—your new spring home

Spring is coming, right? I swear it has to be out there somewhere! I catch myself dreaming of far-flung places only because the pictures of them include warmer weather. 

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printable neighborhood – modern marvel

This week’s printable house is a modern marvel, inspired by all the over-the-top modern homes available if you have the money and the architect available to help you. It’s the kind of house celebrities in the California hills might choose, or the house I might live in if I 

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