Who cares about you?

Home is where the heart is.

Message to the family on the wall of a home being built with Habitat for Humanity in San Diego.

Who cares about me?

We each have asked ourselves that phrase one time or another and sometimes, with no answer. Well, here is one. Camden cares. As a sum of many parts, Camden, as a company, brings together teams from different areas of the region to participate in events that serve the community, but as I have experienced, does plenty to serve employees’ well-being.

It’s true…

Our job can wear on us each day, especially when it comes to the stresses that come along with being in a customer service industry. Sometimes that pat on the back just isn’t enough motivation. You know what works better? Altruism. It is defined as the selfless concern for the well-being of others. The psychological reward you reap after helping others can enhance your emotional well-being, bring you peace of mind, and add to your personal growth.

How do Camden Cares events benefit you?

  • It shows that Camden cares about you. They understand that in order to be in the “Top 100 Companies to Work For,” you have to invest in your people. This is rare.
  • It is a chance to connect with other Camdenites in a more casual environment. Whether it is walking for Susan G. Komen or putting together a roof with Habitat for Humanity, we get to know people we hardly see but once or twice a year.
  • It is an opportunity to refresh yourself and your mind. Sometimes we get stuck in a routine and our vision narrows. We need to keep our minds open to continue to excel at what we do.
  • It feels good to help someone in need. Each time I drive by that house in Imperial Beach, I will think, “That’s the roof that Camden built.”
Camden Cares San Diego

Collage of Camdenites from San Diego working together to build a roof.


The secret advantage to being #CamdenHappy

If you click on the hashtag, it’ll take you to photo after photo of fellow Camdenites participating in Camden Cares events. Do you see them smiling? They are smiling because they have discovered the advantage to being happy. After the most recent San Diego Camden Cares event, I have seen my productivity increase (I’m back on the Sales Dashboard!), ideas flow naturally (Goodbye writer’s block), and honestly, I smile more often. This altruistic high I am experiencing is still with me two weeks later! Can you believe it? With the holidays coming up and the added stress that brings, I can see why Camden Cares happens in the month of November.

Wouldn’t you like to be better prepared to take on what’s next? I am. Bring it on!

With Camden Cares events winding down, I encourage you to discover opportunities in your community. I double, no triple dare you to take on a new volunteer opportunity, donate to a toy or food drive, or sign up for a beach cleanup. Maybe donating time at your local library interests you? Choose something and stick to it.

So I’d like to know…

Do you agree? Do you feel the same way after helping someone in need? 

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.


For most American consumers, the day after Thanksgiving is seen as the official start of the holiday shopping season.  Millions of people wake up before the break of dawn and wait in long lines outside the retailers’ doors to get discounted prices on electronics, toys, home furnishings and apparel.  Door buster deals, coupons, and a barrage of media ads are used by the retailers to create a buzz and draw in large crowds.

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A Child’s Place

The Mission of A Child’s Place

A Child’s Place (ACP) works to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.”

The Charlotte Camden Cares chapter volunteered at A Child’s Place on November 18th, 2014.

Brrrr. It is early AND cold!

Brrrr. It is early AND cold!

Camden volunteers set out to set up care boxes filled with non perishable food items donated from Second Harvest Food Bank and gift cards gifted by private donors. These boxes were then boxed and delivered to various volunteer groups to deliver.

Good people doing good things: delivering to the main office in Uptown Charlotte!

Good people doing good things: delivering to the main office in Uptown Charlotte!

The Camden volunteers helped unload the truck and then assisted in the delivery of the care packages to 10 area schools and the A Child’s Place main office in downtown Charlotte.

Camden Foxcroft Asst Manager, Steve Moore, lifts a box while unloading the truck!

Camden Foxcroft Asst Manager, Steve Moore, lifts a box while unloading the truck!

The children in need will be fed at their schools through breakfast and lunches, but when school break is upon them, the kids will use the boxed care packages/donations to get them through until the following school year.  The families of the children can come and pick up the donation boxes to bring them home so that the kids are able to eat until the school year starts again.

A Child's Place Volunteer Coordinator, Diosa Adams with Camden Southline Asst Manager, Anna Chappell!

A Child’s Place Volunteer Coordinator, Diosa Adams with Camden Southline Asst Manager, Anna Chappell!

The Camden volunteers helped distribute approximately 300 meals to homeless children and their families for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

Camden Cares LOVES Charlotte!

Camden Cares LOVES Charlotte!

If you or anyone you know would like to donate goods or volunteer time to assist your fellow man, please visit www.achildsplace.org for more information.

Remember that the first step toward change and a better world starts with you.

Camden volunteers always happy to help others!

Camden volunteers always happy to help others!

*A special thank you to Camden Southline Assistant Manager, Anna Chappell, for providing the blog with firsthand volunteer testimony and photographs*

This is actually what my hubby did today at work for a holiday party. It must be rough to have that kind of job, huh? ;)

This is actually what my hubby did today at work for a holiday party. It must be rough to have that kind of job, huh? ;)

It’s almost Turkey Time at Camden!! I love this time of year! Just the thought of my chef hubby’s turkey and gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, and chocolate pecan pie can make my tummy grumble! I cannot wait for a beautiful Thanksgiving feast! I know that in our fast-paced world, most people only cook a full meal in their kitchen a few times a year. With that in mind, I asked the fabulous maintenance staff at Camden to give our residents a couple of kitchen tips before they start to cook next week. Far and away they said the two biggest party-poopers are issues with ovens and garbage disposals. Here are some tips to hopefully avoid a Thanksgiving nightmare.
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Do you love gaining 5 pounds in one day? Do you love eating carbs? Do you love sticks of butter? If your answer is YES! Read this blog! I have 3 of the most AMAZING must have recipes to make your Thanksgiving memorable in 2014! I’m no Iron Chef, but when it comes to Thanksgiving I do not play around with my food. One of these recipes below is over 30 years old and it just gets better with time! My favorite part about Thanksgiving is making the recipe my own and experimenting in the kitchen!

Check out these recipes and let me know if you have any memorable Thanksgiving recipes you would like to share!

Happy Turkey Day Everyone!

1.) Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs

Baked Mashed Potatoes with Parmesan Cheese and Bread Crumbs



Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a 13 by 9 by 2-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter and set aside. 

Cook the potatoes in a large pot of boiling salted water until they are very tender, about 15 minutes. Drain; return the potatoes to the same pot and mash well. Mix in the milk and melted butter. Mix in the mozzarella and 3/4 cup of the Parmesan. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer the potatoes to the prepared baking dish. Stir the bread crumbs and remaining 1/4 cup of Parmesan in a small bowl to blend. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture over the mashed potatoes. Recipe can be prepared up to this point 6 hours ahead of time; cover and chill. 

Bake, uncovered, until the topping is golden brown, about 20 minutes.

2.) Best EVER Green Bean Casserole 




  • tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • pound fresh green beans, rinsed, trimmed and halved
  • tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 12 ounces mushrooms, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • cup chicken broth
  • cup half-and-half


Preheat the oven to 475 degrees F. 

Combine the onions, flour, panko and salt in a large mixing bowl and toss to combine. Coat a sheet pan with nonstick cooking spray and evenly spread the onions on the pan. Place the pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake until golden brown, approximately 30 minutes. Toss the onions 2 to 3 times during cooking. Once done, remove from the oven and set aside until ready to use. Turn the oven down to 400 degrees F. 

While the onions are cooking, prepare the beans. Bring a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of salt to a boil in an 8-quart saucepan. Add the beans and blanch for 5 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately plunge the beans into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and set aside. 

Melt the butter in a 12-inch cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, 1 teaspoon salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the mushrooms begin to give up some of their liquid, approximately 4 to 5 minutes. Add the garlic and nutmeg and continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the mixture and stir to combine. Cook for 1 minute. Add the broth and simmer for 1 minute. Decrease the heat to medium-low and add the half-and-half. Cook until the mixture thickens, stirring occasionally, approximately 6 to 8 minutes. 

Remove from the heat and stir in 1/4 of the onions and all of the green beans. Top with the remaining onions. Place into the oven and bake until bubbly, approximately 15 minutes. Remove and serve immediately.

3.) Mom’s Best Stuffing 

Mom's Best Stuffing. Photo by DRB



  1. Saute sausage until brown; remove from pan and cut into small bites.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter and cook onion, celery, and mushrooms over medium heat for 3 minutes or until softened.
  3. Transfer sausage and veggies, including any butter that is left in the pan to a bowl.
  4. Add stuffing mix, bread cubes, sage, thyme, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, pecans, turkey stock, and eggs.
  5. Toss well and adjust seasoning.
  6. Stuffing should be moist but not soggy. Add more stock if needed.
  7. Transfer to a baking dish.
  8. Bake in a 325 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered until heated through and crust forms on top.
  9. Stuff it into a big fat turkey.



Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. I love gathering together with family while the children run around the house, the men yell at the football game playing on the TV, and the women laugh and talk about everything under the sun. Thanksgiving is one of the few times a year where we can all gather in one place and simply enjoy one another and catch up on everything that has happened since the last gathering. If you are like me, family time is a cherished time and there is simply nothing better than gathering around and enjoying one another. Of course who can forget that massive meal that happens on Thanksgiving! The one day a year you are allowed to wear your “fat” pants and dig in and NOT count the calories. Calorie counting is absolutely not allowed on Thanksgiving Day!


Have you recently thought about the true meaning of Thanksgiving and where the tradition originated? Typically when we gather for the holidays this is not a conversation topic that comes up. I believe that there are times in life in the midst of the hustle and bustle that we need to stop and think and remember why we celebrate certain occasions and why it is still important and relevant to us today.

Thanksgiving is more than just the story of the Pilgrims and Indians. Thanksgiving was first celebrated in 1621 by the Pilgrims and Indians. It was later adopted by President Abraham Lincoln and nationally recognized as a holiday in 1863. As we all know, Thanksgiving is celebrated every 4th Thursday in November. But what does this mean? Thanksgiving is 2 separate words; Thanks and Giving. Therefore, this holiday is a national day for giving thanks and for sharing. Counting our blessings at the family dinner table is one way, however, the holiday consumes much more than that. It goes beyond simply our immediate family and friends and being thankful for far more than just the blessings and riches we have received. The Holiday reminds us to share our economic and material wealth, and to share also our time and talents with other people who could use our help. This is the season to put into perspective the abundance of riches in our own lives by aiding those less fortunate.  Giving your time and sharing your resources with those who are not as blessed as you are is the true meaning of Thanksgiving. This is demonstrated all year-long, not just on one day. Thanksgiving Day is a designated day to reflect, praise, and celebrate with those closest to you as you discuss the ways you have given and shared all year-long. The Holiday is much broader and encompasses a great deal more than we realize and celebrate.

Give Thanks

As you gather with your loved ones this joyous holiday season, I urge you to celebrate the true meaning behind Thanksgiving and remember to be thankful for all of your blessings that you have received throughout the year. Even the smallest of blessings are still blessings worth celebrating. Continue to be thankful for all you have and will continue to receive and always remember to pay it forward to those less fortunate than yourself.

We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. Enjoy these small moments that will turn in to lasting memories.

Make sure you look for your next home to turn your moments into lasting memories at www.camdenliving.com.

Do you like fresh fruits and vegetables?

The Cedar Park Farmers Market is a fun event that takes place every Saturday in the Lakeline Mall parking lot from 9am-1pm. Vendors come from all over Central Texas to sell their products and goods. It’s a great opportunity to try fresh fruit, vegetables and other great local foods. The Farmers Market takes place every Saturday year round – Rain or Shine – Go check it out!

The official event location is:
11200 Lakeline Mall Drive
Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Check out the website: http://www.texasfarmersmarket.org/cedar-park/


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