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Photo courtesy of www.blueapron.com

Make this meal!  Photo courtesy of http://www.blueapron.com

When I worked at Camden Tuscany, I had a resident that used to get a perishable delivery from Blue Apron.  When he came to pick it up he raved about it as a food delivery service that he couldn’t live without.  It sounded neat but I figured this was something I could never afford and how nice to have food delivered to your door.  Eventually after hearing about it a few more times I realized that I wanted to give it a try.

The cost is $60 per week that makes three Continue Reading »

A Little Kindness Please

SF Paddle BoardNot too long ago, Mr. Perfect suggested we buy tickets to the Broadway Series at the Straz here in Tampa. Imagine how excited I was. Very. This was also quite a surprise because Mr. Perfect would probably rather be fishing, or kayaking or paddle boarding!

We went to our first show this week, Cinderella. It was great, the music was wonderful and it was done with humor, a nice touch. My favorite part was when the guests at the ball played a game of “Ridicule”. So funny. At one point the evil stepmother and Cinderella were paired against each other. When the evil stepmother insulted Cinderella, Cinderella responded with a compliment. The evil stepmother was floored. It happened over and over. Although the rest of the guests were initially confused, eventually they liked the compliments! Everyone began to say nice things to each other. Of course soon Cinderella married the nice prince and they began to rule the kingdom with kindness. It all started with sweet Cinderella.Dahlia
This morning I got to thinking about how this happens in our real lives day to day. You know when you’re going through the drive through to get a coffee and then you get to the window to pay, you discover the person in front bought your coffee. Then you are just so happy, you probably pay it forward. Like that.
Not too long ago while at Red Rock Stadium in Denver I was behind a guy about 45 yrs old in line who had ordered beer and hotdogs for his whole group. When he went to pay he was told they only take cash! Never fear, a very sweet 23 year old girl said “no problem I’ll get that”. He was so surprised, told her thank you so much. It was a really nice thing to witness. It seemed so effortless for her to give and for him to show genuine appreciation and that was it. No biggie, just a normal way of life. I bet he treats others with kindness and generosity too, because he understood what happened so instantly.
A few weeks ago, Mr. Perfect, our best friends and I rented a houseboat and toured the Trent Severn Waterway in Canada. Great vacation! While there we fell in love with Canada and the people. They are so flipping nice! The way the whole houseboat thing works on the Waterway is that you boat through lakes and rivers passing through locks. You can tie your boat off on any island (that doesn’t have a house on it) at any of the locks or at a marina (you pay for this). Mostly we stayed at the locks. They had lovely parks, clean facilities and it seemed like an adventure. There are lockmasters at every lock – we enjoyed talking with them. All along the way they gave us tips and advice about where to go and how to get the best out of our trip. One of them even offered to take us to the grocery store! So nice. When we gushed about nice they all are, one lockmaster told us he was from Newfoundland. He said Newfie’s are really friendly. If we were visiting there and stopped to ask where the closest B & B was located, the Newfie would probably offer to take us home to stay in the spare room. It’s a way of life there. Ca na daThe Canadians told us they think Americans are friendly. It looks to me like one of us is nice to other, which makes the other want to be nice to us – it’s a big kindness circle!
Every turn I take, there is some new person in my life who has a giving heart. Our Camden Cares event this year was for an organization called Starting Right, Now. A true angel, Vicki, started SRN after having a life changing moment. Through her vision, hard work and the generosity of others she has made this very impressive home to help homeless and unaccompanied youth. SRN provides a stable home, they teach financial literacy, life skills and promote educational achievement. While all our Tampa employees were painting their house, landscaping and just cleaning up the exterior, I met Antionette walking her dog. She stopped to tell us thank you for doing such a wonderful thing for the community. She has just moved to Tampa working with a group that helps homeless veterans get into a home and back on track.
I see kindness in my home. Mr. Perfect is always so patient and tolerant, available for whoever needs him, anytime he can. Very non judgey. His example makes all of us in our family better people.
A large part of my life is spent at work with Camden people. So I am also fortunate enough to be around good people every day at work. We are a family, we support each other, laugh with each other, cry with each other. We hug. I love hugging.Lizzette & Me

So I am convinced, this is the new norm! Oh yes, there are bad things that occur. But I see that most of us choose to be happy and to extend kindness to our fellow man.
Life is good, be happy and nice to others, it is the gift that keeps giving!

Peace,
Cindy

Honest food that tastes really good. Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen.

Honest food that tastes really good. Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen.

True Food Kitchen recently opened their first Texas location in the Houston Galleria area. Having eaten there before in both Arizona and California, I was totally stoked. I’m not a health food nut in any way, shape, or form. Honestly, had someone else not taken me there, it’s probably not a restaurant I would frequent on my own. After having tried the food and some of the cocktails, I can admit I’m hooked.

Here’s what True Food Kitchen has to say about their menu:

“You don’t have to be a die-hard Yogi to dine at True Food Kitchen. You need only a desire to give your body nutrients, and your palate something memorable. The basis for the anti-inflammatory diet isn’t meant to deprive a healthy body of great flavors, it’s meant to take popular trends in cuisine and pair them with healthy living.”

Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen.

Photo courtesy of True Food Kitchen.

I highly recommend taking a detour to try out the new location and its great fare. It’s just a hop, skip, and a jump away from our fabulous Camden Post Oak location!

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If you find yourself in or around Dallas this weekend and are looking for something Halloweeny (sp?) to do, drop by the Dallas Arboretum to check out their Pumpkin Village. Continue Reading »

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My favorite time of year is upon us! The leaves are charging colors; there is a nice crispness to the night air, and the temperatures are steadily dropping. There are parts of the country that are experiencing these fall changes already. I call those people lucky! The part of Texas that I reside in hasn’t started the transformation to the fall season but there are subtle signs that it is coming! When fall blesses us with its presence I will be ready!

I love this time of year for so many reasons. Many love fall because it is football season, or it is the start of the holiday season, or perhaps the decline in temperature. I love fall because of the decorations! I LOVE FALL COLORS! The color pallet associated with fall is my all-time favorite. The reds, browns, golds, and oranges are perfect and resemble the changing colors of the leaves outdoors. The colors are very welcoming and create warmth within the home. This is the time of year to bring out all of those fall decorations and enjoy the season! Not sure where to start? Let me help you with some simple tips to get your house fall ready!

Pick a theme. Decide what look you want to achieve in your home. Do you want a traditional fall set up? Pumpkins and pinecones not your thing? That is ok! Perhaps you want to use the fall colors but with a trendy look? There are several ways you can bring a fall look into your home with nontraditional design elements. No worries there, we got you covered. These two looks are very different but can achieve the same goal. Either way is a great way to enjoy this time of year, you just need to decide which look is the best look for you and your home. You cannot go wrong when you are decorating for fall!

Accessories. You need to accessorize your fall look. Traditional fall decorations typically include tapestries and runners that emboss the typical fall colors. Garlands and swags with heavy leaves colored in your rustic hues that resemble the leaves falling outside are a great way to accessorize your tables, mantels, and archways. Adding a few pumpkins/squash, acorns, pinecones, and berries will help give you an overall fall touch. If you really want to go out all out with your fall looks, you can add some fun scarecrows, corn stalks, bushels of hay, and a few owls that will really make your home feel like fall.

If you are choosing a nontraditional look for your fall décor there are lots of things you can bring in to create this look as well. Clear glass containers are a great way to add pops of color to any room for any reason or season. You can get whatever fun clear glass container your want and make it is a fun and funky as you want it to be. Once you have your container you can be as creative as you want about what you put inside of it. Beans, marbles, rocks/stones, can be layered or mixed up in great fall hues to give you that fall pop of color you are after. Candles are another great decorating tool. You can get a wide variety of colors as well as sizes. Wrapping them in burlap, ribbons, or even accessorizing them with cinnamon sticks, leaves, gems, etc. will be another fun way to bring the season in. Letters are very common in decorating today. You can frame the letters in simple frames that match your homes current decoration or frame them in your favorite fall color! Spell out the word F-A-L-L or H-A-R-V-E-S-T to accent your favorite table or mantel.

There are several ways to bring the fall in and you will not go wrong with whatever way you choose. Enjoy the season and the fall décor that inspires you and your home! I am confident that you will love your new fall look in your beautiful home at www.camdenliving.com. Check all of the great homes available for you and all of your seasonal decor! Happy Fall!

 

The fair is here! The fair is here! And the forecast for the week here in Raleigh, North Cackalacki? Downright. Perfect.

I am so looking forward to going to the fair this year. Last time it was here, I was 6 months pregnant and was not able to enjoy it like I normally do. Now I’m positively (and disturbingly) excited to bump into 1,015 strangers, eat a Turkey leg, endure the sound of a million loud screams, go through five bottles of sanitizer, overspend on a game I know is rigged, gain five pounds of pure fried food and simply be a kid again. I’m wondering how many of our residents feel the same way? I am betting out of all of the residents at Camden communities in Raleigh and Charlotte that will go to the fair this year, over half do. At least that is what I am telling myself.

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135 Camden employees from DC, Maryland, and Virginia at the World War II memorial

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, the mid-Atlantic region of Camden participated in an amazing event. Camden Cares partnered with Honor Flight Network to Welcome Veteran’s flying in from Fort Worth, TX and Kansas City, MO to Washington DC.

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