Moving Day Tips You May Not Have Thought Of


I am moving. After the initial excitement of moving to a new community, (of course, it is a Camden) and a huge apartment home, came the dread of packing. This will be my fifth move since 2011. Between moving from a roommate situation, to being by myself, to moving in with my fiancé, I have acquired a lot of stuff. Our main focus for moving this time around is to purge as much as possible before going into a huge new space.

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Welcoming Your Guests

“We’re about fifteen minutes away.” Music to my ears, when I am awaiting the arrival of a houseguest. It could be family, friends, or even a babysitting gig it doesn’t matter, I get pumped. I enjoy doing special things to make my houseguest feel welcomed and here are just a few tricks that make the experience memorable.

Beautiful nosh cheese plate, with fruit and pastrami.

Beautiful nosh cheese plate, with fruit and pastrami.

After a long day on the road or at the airport, your guest can work up quite the appetite. Providing some easy to manage small bites, is a great idea to knock the edge off before your dinner plans.

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Upcoming Facebook Privacy Update – What does this mean to you?

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On January 1st Facebook is once again changing their privacy settings – all Facebook users received an email about this update. The big question is, how  will the changes affect you?

Facebook is the place where people can find out everything about you and if you don’t know how to manage your privacy settings, they may be seeing things you don’t necessarily want them to. So, here’s a breakdown of what’s happening:

  • Privacy Basics: Facebook has finally developed an easy to understand tutorial to help you adjust your privacy settings. Think of it as Facebook Privacy 101. There are three main areas they will cover:
    1. What others see about you.
    2. How others interact with you.
    3. What you see.
  • Explanation of Facebooks Apps and Services: Facebook offers a lot of different services and now they are going to do a better job of explaining how these can help or affect you. For example:
    • How Facebook gets location information based on different features you may use.
    • Testing a Buy button to purchase products directly from the Facebook site.
    • Explaining how they use the information they get from you.
    • How apps interact, like Facebook and Instagram’s relationship.
    • How Facebook uses your information to help advertisers target you.
  • Ability to opt out of certain ads: Facebook will explain how this works and now any changes you make will apply to all devices you use.

It’s super important that we all understand how privacy settings work on Facebook considering more than 1 billion people are using it daily. Know your options so you can present your best face to the world!

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The 100 Happy Days Challenge – Can You Do It?

There is this challenge circulating the globe. It is called the 100 Happy Days Challenge. Perhaps you have you have heard of it or noticed some of your friends on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter participating in this 100 Happy Days Challenge. If you did notice it, did you know that it is an actual honest to goodness challenge? That it isn’t just some hashtagging thing where you post photos all willy nilly each day? It is completely legit and has a true purpose. The website is www.100happydays.com.  Here’s the skinny. You sign up on the website, create your own hashtag and get to posting. You take one thing out of your life each day, take a photo of it and then post your little piece of happiness. Everyone from the you’s and me’s of the world to celebrities are doing it. Even The Today Show just accepted the 100 Happy Days Challenge.

Here is why this is such an epic and important challenge…

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The Sights and Sounds of Fort Lauderdale

I can think of many wonderful things to do in the City of Fort Lauderdale, after all it is a beautiful part of South Florida to visit. From the sunny beaches to the swampy marshes, you can never run out of places to see and have fun.  Below are some of my personal favorites. Continue reading

Live the Good Life at Camden Foothills


The illustrated vision for Camden Foothills at DC Ranch.

Live the Good Life at Camden Foothills
I am excited that I will be working as the Assistant Manager at the latest development for Camden in Arizona. Camden Foothills is the newest apartment community to be built in the North Scottsdale neighborhood of DC Ranch. Imagine living near the foothills and being able to walk to local shopping and dining all while being moments away from the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. No need to imagine because this summer dreams will be turned into reality. Located behind the DC Ranch Crossings Shopping Center, Camden Foothills will be an oasis in the desert for its residents. The community will feature one, two and three bedroom apartments with 14 unique floor plans to choose from. Some apartment homes will have direct access to large garages that can also double as additional storage space. The 220 unit DC Ranch apartment community will have chef inspired kitchens, quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, walk-in closets with built-in wooden shelving, USB enabled wall outlets, designer carpet and wood plank flooring among other interior features. Camden Foothills residents will also have access to state of the art amenities including a sparkling heated pool, outdoor retreat with BBQ area, community campfire, high endurance fitness zone + yoga room, social lounge with mountain views and an unleashed dog park with controlled access plus a pet wash station. Camden Foothills will sit on more than 9 acres of land and is scheduled to open summer 2014.

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An aerial  view of the Camden Foothills at DC Ranch construction.

Why DC Ranch is Where You Want to Live
North Scottsdale’s DC Ranch is a prestigious community that was established in the early 1900’s and was a part of a working cattle ranch. In the mid to late 90’s a large portion of DC Ranch land was developed and residents begin moving into the Desert Camp Village and Country Club Village. Today DC Ranch is home to over 25 neighborhoods that make up the four villages of Desert Camp, Silverleaf, Country Club and Desert Parks. When developers purchased the DC Ranch land their main focus and promise was to avoid changing the natural landscape of the community. As you drive through DC Ranch you can’t help but notice and admire the effort that was made. Streets feature different types of cactus, desert flowers & natural shrubbery. Camden Foothills residents will be near over 10 golf courses, multiple community centers and parks in the Scottsdale area. Camden Foothills will be located within the Scottsdale Unified School District. The local K-8 school is Copper Ridge School and high school students will attend Chaparral High School. Residents who live at Camden Foothills will have the luxury of living at a professionally managed community all while enjoying the benefits of being a apart of the DC Ranch community.
My Favorites So Far
I was recently able to tour the construction site at Camden Foothills and one of the things that stood out to me were all of the large windows that the one, two & three bedroom floor plans will feature. Most of the apartments will have stunning views of the mountains and the valley and I plan to take a lot of sunset and sunrise photos from the community. Another benefit to the location of Camden Foothills are all of the unique dining options nearby. So far I have had an amazing burger (Bella Angus Burger-AMAZING!) at Lush Burger which is walking distance from the community in the DC Ranch Crossings Shopping Center. I also had drinks with friends at Armitage Bistro at DC Ranch Market Street which is just down the street from Camden Foothills. I look forward to discovering the local shopping & dining and sharing all of my finds with our new neighbors once Camden Foothills is open.


If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a resident of Camden Foothills please visit www.CamdenFoothills.com and follow the community on Facebook “Camden Foothills” or Twitter @CamdenFoothills for more information.


A shot I took in one of the one bedroom floor plans. Look at all those windows!


Community Manager Jeff Coleman and Maintenance Supervisor Andy Berg taking a tour of the Camden Foothills construction progress.

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Summer 2014 Movies You Must See


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Summer is the best time to go to the movies. Movies are a great way to escape the summer heat. For the past 2 years, I have shared my picks for the top 10 must see movies this summer. Looking back, I have fulfilled seeing all of the movies on my list. Here we go with my picks for 2014.

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Scavenger Hunt: A Great Community Event!

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.


55 yellow rubber ducks were used in the scevenger hunt

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Thin Mints? Yes, please.

This week is Girl Scout Week! The kickoff is always on the Saturday and ending on March 12, the day in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low officially registered the organization’s first 18 girl members in Savannah, Georgia.

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OC Restaurant Week 2014

It’s that time of year again when you get to try out new restaurants for a discounted rate. You can go for either lunch or dinner and they usually offer 2 or 3 course meals. This event only happens once a year and it has over 100 different restaurants for you to choose from. The event is for Orange County CA from February 23rd – March 1st 2014.
This is the best deal on food and a great reason to spend time out with your favorite people! Make sure you call all your friends or family and make your reservations now!
This are preset lunches and dinners and they include both appetizers and desserts
Lunch – $10, $15, or $20
Dinner – $20, $30, or $40

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