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One of the most important components of a great vacation is where you plan to stay. Will it be a motel, hotel, a friend or families home? Luckily for me, I work for Camden. Among the many employee benefits they offer is a dedicated guest suite.  Located within a Camden property, there are over 15 different cities to choose from throughout the country, making it very convenient and affordable to travel.  (more…)

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Scavenger hunts are the classic game of searching for an item to receive a prize. Who would have thought that adults would love a scavenger hunt? At Camden Fairfax Corner, our Assistant Manager, Samuel, came up with the idea to hide 55 yellow rubber ducks around the community for our current and future residents to find. After a duck is found and brought to the office, a prize is given out. You may choose to use yellow rubber ducks for your scavenger hunt, or maybe another small plastic toy.

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55 yellow rubber ducks were used in the scevenger hunt

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Attention apartment residents, reports of swimming pool shark attacks have been increasing across the country. We’ve gathered some tips to help prevent a shark attack this swimming pool season.

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Swimming pool shark attacks are increasing. Following pool rules has been found to prevent attacks. (Photo Credit: Unknown)

  • Report non-residents: Sharks have been spotted when unauthorized visitors are found meandering around the pool. Sparkling pools have been known to attract unruly masses who have been notorious for violating all rules. Please remember, this is your pool – notify your leasing office immediately. (In this case, it’s best not to warn the violators about the sharks).
  • NO GLASS CONTAINERS: No matter how careful you may be with your glass container, accidents happen. Nothing ruins a good time by the pool more than an injury caused by broken glass. Open wounds are the number one cause of shark attacks.

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The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show took place at the beginning of January and the products that debuted, as per usual for the show, were groundbreaking. For years, CES has functioned as a platform where every major tech company imaginable can gather together and compete for audience attention with their newest and best gadgets. While that kind of competition may come off as unnecessary, or even childish, what it truly means is witnessing some truly awesome innovation! With each year that passes, the show becomes bigger and the technology becomes better. And, as always, one major area that reigned supreme was residential products.

 

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Severe weather can be beautiful and scary.

Severe weather can be beautiful and scary.

It’s time for April showers (and hail, wind, thunder, lightning, severe weather and tornado warnings, oh my!). Living my entire life on either the Gulf Coast or North/Central Texas has turned me into a severe weather junkie! Don’t tell my kids or my parents, but I admit that I have even chased storms in my younger, more reckless days. During my junior year at Baylor University, Waco experienced an epic hail storm on April 28, 1992.

Nothing prepares you for baseball sized hail!

Nothing prepares you for baseball sized hail!

In fact, it is ranked as the 3rd most damaging hail storm in the nation and the 8th costliest Texas weather event according to the Insurance Council of Texas. At the time the storm hit, I was rollerblading with some friends on the newly constructed parking garage on campus, with no storm shelters in sight. We were fascinated with the wild colors in the clouds and we wanted to watch the storm from the top floor of the garage. Suddenly we were assaulted by hail up to 4 inches in diameter and wind gusts up to 100 mph! We were able to take cover in a stairwell just in time! The storm left a trail of devastation all over our beautiful campus and after hearing stories from my friends and neighbors, I realized that we were completely unprepared for severe weather situations. Several of my friends ended up with broken arms after they shielded their heads with their arms. A neighbor had to be treated for injuries sustained when the window he was looking out of shattered from the force of the storm. The storm caused us to be without power for a couple of days and we were not prepared with emergency supplies. I know plenty of people who were resigned to live in storm shelters during the spring months for the rest of their lives! Preparing for severe weather is a bit different when you live in an apartment or condo since your Camden Community Manager will probably frown upon you building storm shelters in your courtyard. Since the only predictable thing about spring weather is its unpredictability, how should you prepare yourself and your apartment home for inevitable severe storm? Here are a few simple tips to keep you and your family prepared: (more…)

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Spring has sprung and tulips are blooming all over. I was super excited when my boss walked in with Tulips for all the girls in the office. The tulips had only been sitting on my desk for a day and this is what they looked like.

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Tulips before I fix them up!

The tulips are beautiful but they had begun to sag and so I took action. I remember being told about an old wives tale that if you drop a penny in it the tulips will come back to life. So I figured it was worth a shot. I cut the tulip’s steams and place two copper pennies in bottom of the vase.

Drop a penny in it!

Drop a penny in it!

Then I added a little bow to add some color and this is what I ended up with.

Happy Tulips!

Happy Tulips!

My tulips are bright and happy again. Happy spring!! I’m a huge fan of old wives tales that help to make your life a little easier and brighter.

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Camden is committed to provide the most luxurious experience to all our residents and we are excited to announce a great new amenity that is immediately available to all our customers – a personal theater system!

This revolutionary idea will ensure that all Camden residents have the most technologically advanced living experience that we can provide. Check out how to make this experience yours TODAY!

Camden Personal Theater

Create your very own personal theater.

We hope you enjoy this new amenity.  Click here to learn more.

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My husband, Mr. Perfect is a retired Captain with the Tampa Fire Rescue. Over the years, he has also been an unofficial Camden employee of sorts. He is forever supporting me in some way; most of my coworkers know him as a pretty good guy. Mr. Perfect understands our culture and gets to live it, right by my side. So during the holidays when our Tampa team was planning our holiday celebration and thinking about where we could donate the money we raise this year – my husband shared a story with me.
Let me start by saying that firefighters are really special people and differently than you might automatically think. They are a family, in a very real way. When Mr. Perfect and I got married, I gained hundreds of friends/family from Tampa Fire Rescue. These men and women are there for each other. If someone in their family became ill or injured, they go cut their grass; babysit for them; do repairs on their home; raise money to help pay bills; work for them or donate their own sick time if a brother or sister ran out of sick time.
Nick Battles in UniformSo in 2009 when the son of Paramedic Justin Battles, Marine Corps Pfc. Nick Battles, was paralyzed from the neck down in a training exercise during his last day of boot camp in South Carolina, they rushed to support him.
Drill instructors asked Nicholas Battles why he wanted to be a Marine, he said he wanted to be more like his dad – honorable, courageous and committed to people he loves. Nick awoke in his South Carolina hospital room to find the dad he emulated at his bedside.
Paramedic Justin Battles’ brothers and sisters at Tampa Fire Rescue did whatever they could do to support him so he would be able to be there for his son. Firefighters from stations throughout the city worked to cover Justin Battles’ shifts as a firefighter and paramedic. They did this work without pay, so Paramedic Battles could continue to receive his. One of these firefighters was Capt. Karl Wolf. Along with Lt. John Dougherty, they organized the work force.
When Nick Battles was transferred to Tampa, firefighters gathered at the airport to show support. Over a hundred City workers lined Florida Avenue to welcome him home and then the fund raising continued. Not fancy fund raising, it has been grass roots style. Nick Battles
One fundraiser was Capt. Wolfs’ retirement party. Capt. Karl Wolf retired after 32 years with Tampa Fire Rescue; he had a magnificent retirement party at the Tampa Firefighters Museum, surrounded by friends and family. There was also a video documenting his career. Yet even then, he was thinking of the Battles family. Capt. Wolf organized a raffle for 50” TV –which was donated by Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund. The drawing would be held at his retirement party. Proceeds would be going to purchase an enclosed trailer for transporting Nick Battles very cool all terrain wheelchair. This trailer will give him the ability to go many more places.
This is the story, my husband shared with me. I quickly told our Regional Vice President who agreed it would be an honor to contribute the $2,500 Camden Tampa employees raised to Nick Battles trailer fund. We are so proud to support the family at Tampa Fire Rescue and to do something to show Nick Battles our gratitude for his service and sacrifice for our country.
The trailer has now been delivered. Capt. Wolf says it’s a beauty! The additional money raised was used to purchase a “Smith Machine” – a piece of exercise equipment that will greatly benefit Nick’s at home rehab workouts. He is also able to pick up some additional equipment for the trailer and gym equipment.Nick & Trailer
You know, I always talk about how good my life is. Like many of you I have a wonderful family, great friends, and a job I love for a company I am so proud of. Add to that being able to know people like the firefighters and paramedics at Tampa Fire Rescue and Hillsborough County Fire Department. And last to have an opportunity to give back to a man who has given so much for our great country. How could my life be anything but awesome?
Peace, Cindy
My resources were Capt. Karl Wolf, my husband, Tampa Bay Times (writer Sarah Whitman) and Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund. If you wish to make donations to any of the organizations mentioned in the story, just click on their name. Tampa Firefighters Charities for Nick Battles at tampafirefighters.com; Hillsborough Firefighters Benevolent Relief Fund; Tampa Firefighters Museum.

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In condo and apartment living, there are a host of written rules and regulations and many address the balconies. There are well-written policies as well as neighborly expectations. How often are people inconsiderate of their neighbors? Plenty. Some people seem to be oblivious.

Balcony Etiquette is pretty simple, but often overlooked

Balcony Etiquette is pretty simple, but often overlooked. Photo by Robert Register

Many apartments and condos have balconies. The most common breach of etiquette is when occupants: (more…)

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It’s spring time which means you can put away your winter clothes and get ready for the flowers to bloom. One of my favorite things to do when spring comes is to go exercising outdoors. Now I know how great the fitness centers are in Camden but every now and again it is great to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Exercising outside during the spring time is a great way to change up your normal routine and who knows maybe you will like it. I am going to give you a list of great exercise ideas that you can do outside in the spring time and still get that same great workout you would get indoors!

The first exercise outside I would suggest is the one thing everyone seems to forget about…..stretching! Stretching before and after you exercise is so important, this helps prevent any injuries from occurring.

When it comes to exercising outdoors I like to think outside the box. The first exercise I would suggest is Hiking. Find some hiking trails near you, or look for some great trails in the woods. On average you can burn around 400 calories an hour by hiking!

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Image courtesy of Google

The next outdoors exercise I would suggest is Biking. Enjoy some beautiful scenery while peddling off the pounds! On an average you can burn around (more…)

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