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Better safe than sorry… That’s what they say right? Well it’s what I like to go by. The holidays are bittersweet for me, mostly because it seems to be one minor disaster after another.  But I say let’s change it up this year!

For most of us in the southern climates it’s only once in a blue moon that we use our heater and then there are some of us that never cook and we eat pre-made meals (I love my microwave). However, you cannot always rely on something working if you don’t use it daily or even once awhile.  Let us help you with that.

apartment ready turkeyBe Prepared:

It’s a great idea to test your oven before Thanksgiving Day weekend to ensure everything is in working order to avoid any delays.  If you find your oven is not working/heating properly, contact your Camden community.

Stay Warm:

With our temperate climate in the south, heating systems can go unused for many months. After sitting idle during our long stretches of warm weather, some elements of your heating system may have accumulated a layer of dust. When you turn on your heat for the first time during the fall/winter season, that dust will burn off and emit an odor that circulates through your ductwork and into your apartment home. These are the most likely causes of the burning smell in your apartment home at the beginning of the season. So open your windows and turn on the fan, allow 15 minutes for it to fade away. If it continues to smell/smoke contact your Camden community.

Let’s us help you make this a positive holiday experience with these simple tips.

Last week I had the chance to attend an event at Elaine Turner’s Rice Village store here in Houston, TX. Elaine Turner is a Texas-based luxury lifestyle brand for women made up of accessories, shoes, handbags and apparel. Bloggers and fans of Elaine Turner mingled among the vibrant pink walls and glittering merchandise while munching pink popcorn and sipping champagne.

Elaine unveiled the first five minutes of her new YouTube docu-series, Elaine’s Big Life, premiering November 5, 2014. Elaine herself is the President and Creative Director of Elaine Turner and the new video diary series will highlight the “glamorous (and at times, not so glamorous) life of a fashion designer.” The five minutes were filled with an upbeat, quirky Elaine taking us on the journey of her day to day at Elaine Turner. Not only did we get a glimpse of how a fashion designer conducts business, but we saw it through Elaine’s wide Texas eyes, full of fun and mischief! The series promises a load of laughs and inner-office pranks, but also a stirring story of a talented woman trying to make a difference in the world.

Follow the new YouTube Docu-Series chronicling Elaine Turner's Big Life

Follow the new YouTube Docu-Series chronicling Elaine Turner’s Big Life

As she introduced the five minute preview Elaine said, “This is about the inspiring journey that I’ve been on for fifteen years and I want it to inspire others and their dreams.” The series will reveal Elaine’s brand and lifestyle at a critical time in her luxury brand’s life- as it enters the national scene. Additionally, Elaine is an activist for breast cancer awareness and created a collection this fall benefitting the Cancer Support Community.

With multiple locations across Texas and a Madison Ave location in New York, Elaine Turner is making a name for herself, but this fun and upbeat gal with her Big Texas Hair remains a local treasure. Here at Camden, we love to support local businesses, especially ones like Elaine Turner with such big hearts for giving back. Currently our Camden Spring Creek, Camden Greenway and Camden La Frontera communities can enjoy the close proximity of an Elaine Turner store. Camden Riverwalk can take advantage of Elaine Turner’s new Southlake store and the residents of Camden Post Oak will be able to enjoy a short walk to her upcoming location at San Felipe and Post Oak Blvd.

Watch the trailer below and to tune into Elaine’s Big Life each week subscribe to her YouTube page here!

Daylight Saving Time

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Falling Back

This Sunday morning, many Americans will set their clocks one hour back to end Daylight Saving Time, which occurs in the spring when most states move the clock ahead one hour whereby the sun rises one hour later and sets one hour later than otherwise. This weekend, it’s time to fall back to Standard Time.
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It seems it gets harder and harder to get the family together for dinner between work, school, and sport schedules. However hard, I think it’s so important to at least come together for 30 minutes.  You get to catch up on your day, hear & solve problems, and learn about accomplishments of the day. I know the last thing I want to do when I get home is to cook an elaborate dinner. I have found some recipes that my family likes that you can cook ahead of time so you can actually enjoy your family time.

Chicken Pot Pie

Frozen Pie Crust

3-4 Large Chicken Breasts

Family Size Mixed Vegetables

2-3 Cans Cream of Chicken Soup (low-fat or fat- free)

Seasonings of choice

Preheat oven to 375. Cook & season chicken. Cut cooked chicken into bite-size pieces. In a large bowl mix chicken, vegetables, soup, and seasonings. Pour into pie crust and place 2nd pie crust on top. Poke holes on top crust using fork. Back 1 hour.

chicken pot pie

 

Chuck Wagon Casserole

1 lb Lean Ground Beef

1 Can chili beans (15 ½ oz)

½ Cup Onion & Green Bell Pepper Chopped

¾ C Barbecue Sauce

1 Can Mexican-Style Corn Drained

1 Package(8 ½ oz) Corn Muffin Mix

Preheat oven to 400. Chop onion and pepper. Cook ground beef, onion, and pepper. Drain. Stir in chili beans, barbecue sauce, and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Spoon into 9” baking dish. Prepare corn muffin mix according to package directions, stir in corn. Spoon over meat mixture. Back 30 minutes.

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One Heart Source Event

One Heart Source Event

My Husband and I started to watch Sons of Anarchy seven seasons ago. I was pregnant with my oldest daughter making the first episode hard to stomach but 6 years later we are still watching every week. A few months ago I got the opportunity to meet Kim Coates from Sons of Anarchy and his family. I was standing out front waiting for them to arrive when Kim rolled down his window and popped his head out. Since I don’t meet famous people very often all I could think is, “Wow, he looks just like he does on TV!” Since he is in such an amazing show I thought that he wouldn’t talk to me much. To my surprise they are the most amazing and gracious people and they made me feel like we had been friends for years.

Kim Coates

Kim Coates

Kyla Coates, Kim’s daughter is the educational Programs Manager for One Heart Source, “a non-profit organization designed to empower young people through education, and to provide high quality education and care for vulnerable children in Tanzania and South Africa.” She said she went to Tanzania with school and just was amazed by what she saw. Kim Coates and his wife Diana visited Kyla while she was in Tanzania and that was when they came up with the idea for the “Hogs for Hearts” fundraiser.

group one heart source

I attended One Heart Source’s charity event on October 11th and meet the cast of Sons of Anarchy for the 3rd Annual Hogs for Heart fundraising event. The event was very limited in the amount of people that could attend so it gave everyone the opportunity to meet the cast. We got to take pictures and meet Charlie Hunnam, Kim Coates, Tommy Flanagan, Mark Boone Jr., Theo Rossi, Emilio Rivera, Drea de Matteo, Dayton Callie, Michael Ornstein, Niko Nicotera, and Jimmy Smits.

Group at One Heart Source

Group at One Heart Source

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I LOVE Halloween!

When my first daughter was born 14 years ago, I could not wait to share this wonderful holiday with her. I dressed her in the cutest little pumpkin costume, but since she was only just over a month old, I figured we would just enjoy handing out candy to all of the children in our Camden community. I worked in the Camden leasing Continue Reading »

It’s really the most wonderful time of the year! You start to feel the change in the weather and see seasonal items on the shelves while you shop. You get that special twinkle in your eye, or maybe that’s just my eye. But do you ever get the itch to decorate for the occasion? Maybe you’ve decided to have Thanksgiving at your house this year or host this Christmas’ ugly sweater party. Whatever you choose, make your apartment home reflect the occasion and decorate! It doesn’t have to cost you your arm and your leg, just browse the online retailers that I’ve listed below for those one-of-a-kind home décor pieces that your family and friends are sure to notice! They’ll be impressed to know you didn’t pay full price, either!

Zulily.com – This site started out for only mothers and children, and has since expanded to selling home goods and furniture among otherBlogShop categories. Boutiques stay open for only a certain period of time before they close so you can check daily for new boutiques and take advantage of the site’s inexpensive pricing. You can make multiple orders within a day and only pay one shipping fee. The best part is their customer service.

Hautelook.com – Similar to Zulily but tend to carry higher-end brands. You’ll find an assortment of home décor and furnishings at a discounted price. Instead of ‘boutiques’ they have ‘events’ for particular brands and categories that remain open for you to shop for a period of time. Joining the site is free and I don’t think you’ll regret joining. Don’t worry, they don’t send any spam mail like most retailers, either.

Overstock.com - The website says it all. The site sells overstocked items at a discounted price. They even have a specific home décor buying guide on their site that can help you decorate like a pro that explains everything from how to choose the best area rug for Christmas to directions on arranging a bookcase. Join their club and get even better deals than they already offer. And, they carry a lot of name brand items if that’s important to you.

Wayfair.com – They’ve branded their site as offering a “zillion things home,” so you’ll find high-end brands to everyday household brands for your apartment home at affordable prices. Pay attention to their daily 70% off deals before they sell out! You’ll also be able to find Décor Buying Guides to give you plenty of ideas if you want to recreate a look off the items they sell.

So whether you’re getting ideas from your home décor pins off of Pinterest or picking a décor theme that matches the accent wall in your apartment home, you can be sure to find good deals online to put those ideas to life without giving up your arms and legs. I know you don’t want to leave the comfort of your Camden home, so why not try out these online retailer’s today? It just might become your new addiction.

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