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Labor Day – end of summer vacations and start of school…. Although most schools start before now and the end of summer vacation is harder to do. It seems that more and more families are staying close to home but still want to enjoy the last official weekend of summer with family and friends.

One idea is the Newport Dunes Resort. It is a 110-acre premier waterfront resort located in Newport Beach on Pacific Coast Highway.




Bring your RV, tent, rent a cottage or just stay for the day. There is a mile of beach featuring a waterpark with inflatable rock climbing walls, icebergs, trampolines, swimming, sail boat, pedal boat, electric boat rentals, or kayak rentals. The Back Bay Nature Preserve and the Newport Bay Conservancy is at the entrance of the resort also.



The Dunes has a fun Labor Day weekend planned. There are family-friendly movies on the sand Friday and Saturday. On Sunday there is a bounce house fun zone, volleyball tournament and a pizza party and dance social. Along with these planned activities, you can just relax on the beach and enjoy the water. There are plenty of BBQ’s or you can enjoy the Back Bay Bistro restaurant.



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This year has certainly flown by! Before we know it will be time to put on the scarves, hats and boots and decorate for the holidays! Here in Atlanta children have already returned to school! It’s sad but true—summer is almost officially over! “Yes the end is near!” (Please feel free to insert awkward chuckle) But don’t worry there are still some fun things to enjoy before it’s completely over. Here is a quick list on “How to to live the end of the summer to the max!”

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Concerts- Many musical acts are touring around the country during the summer! Some are FREE which are always great to attend! Usually at nearby park location so don’t forget to bring your blanket and lawn chairs! Then there are concerts which may not be free but depending on how much you love that musical act—you may end paying a pretty penny! I had the pleasure of going to the On the Run Tour starring Beyonce and Jay Z and I had the time of my life! Summer was definitely made for concerts! Something in the summer air just makes you want to dance—but please dont’t break a hip! (more…)

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back to school

Nationwide there is a sense of excitement as school begins, yet at the same time a feeling of sadness as summer comes to an end. With the memories of family vacations, summer blockbuster movies and sleepovers fresh in their mind, parents and children alike are preparing backpacks, uniforms and lunch boxes in anticipation of a great school year.


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I’m not much of a chef. In fact, the only thing I’ve really perfected cooking in my lifetime is spaghetti, until now! I found an amazing recipe online and it was so delicious and easy I wanted to share! This ravioli paired with a little garlic bread and salad is simply to DIE for!

The great thing about this particular recipe is, if you don’t like or eat meat, you can use cheese-stuffed ravioli pockets and make it a vegetarian meal! How awesome is that?! Just a reminder, if cooking for a vegetarian, opt for a regular tomato sauce, rather than marinara. Only 3 ingredients and a 45 minutes to bake, how can you go wrong with this recipe? Oh, that’s right, you can’t.  Check it out!


You can purchase all of these ingredients at your local grocery store

1 bag (25 Oz. Bag) Frozen Ravioli

1 jar (26 Oz. Jar) Marinara Sauce

2 cups Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Parmesan Cheese, For Sprinkling


Heat oven to 400°F. Spray bottom and sides of a 9×13 rectangular baking dish with cooking spray.

Spread 3/4 cup of the pasta sauce in baking dish. Arrange half of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over the sauce; top with half of the remaining pasta sauce and half of the mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers once, starting with ravioli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil; bake uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes longer or until bubbly and hot in the center. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Baked Ravioli

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It is that time of year again! Summer vacations are in full swing! This year we decided to do something a little different than we have in the past. Since my family and I have recently relocated to the Houston area we thought it may be a fun summer vacation to do something around the area since there is so much do in Houston and we are in such close proximity to other big cities that host a ton of events and activities as well. This area is still knew to us so we thought why not get to to know our new home as well as get in a good family vacation. Once we got into planning mode it occurred to me that we needed a place that was pet friendly! We have a four legged fur baby that has historically stayed with family when we have vacationed out of town, but now we are not close to family anymore with our recent move. Kenneling him would break my heart so I decided that we must find a family vacation spot that will accommodate pets. There are several hotels around the area that will allow pets to be brought in for an additional deposit. I really did not want him cooped up in a hotel room all day while my husband and I were out and about with the kiddos, so I opted to look for places where our fur baby could be incorporated into our vacation. To my surprise I was able to find a few places that are great for the entire family….even our four legged family member!

Beaches are a popular vacation spot for the summer. Since there are a wide variety of activities for the whole family on a beach it was one of my top places to research. Galveston, Padre Island, and Corpus Christi all have great vacation homes right on the beach that you can rent by the night. There a smaller bungalows that sleep smaller families to large homes that can accommodate multiple families right on the beach shoreline. Most of these homes do allow pets. You could get the whole family together for a small reunion or get together on the beach and enjoy the waterfront views and the relaxing sound of the waves while your pets played along the shoreline. Of course, although I love seeing the entire family, a small intimate family vacation away from it all sounds so relaxing! A nice stroll along the beach does sound heavenly! I am positive that Www.tripadvisor.com can aid in helping you find the perfect beach front home for your family and your family pets.



The beautiful Texas Hillside is another breathtakingly beautiful sight to take your family to vacation this summer. If your family is into the outdoors than this type of vacation is perfect for you and your family pets! Camping, fishing, hiking, boating, and more can be done in the various parts of the Texas hillside. These areas extend from Austin to New Braunfels, to Kerrville and more. All of these areas host a wide range of activities that are perfect for the family who enjoys being outdoors during the summer. Pets are welcome at the camp sites as well as most of the hotels and resorts in the area. Just think of the peacefulness of the night stars and the rhythmic sounds of nature to calm the tensions of day to day life. Anyway you slice it, this family vacation spot would be a great getaway from it all. If you prefer a private lake front rental home where your family can retreat into the peacefulness of the Hillside check out www.vrbo.com to book your perfect spot!

Neither one of these places tickle your fancy for a vacation? No worries! Just check out to www.BringFido.com for a complete listing of fun pet friendly places to vacation at this summer with your family. They have tons of listings for hotels, hiking trails, beaches, shopping destinations, and more on this website. I am sure there will be something perfect for all of your family members on the website.

We hope that you have a great summer vacation and we are wishing everyone safe summer travels! Your pet friendly home at www.camdenliving.com will be ready for you when you return.

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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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A lot of people have a misconception that you just simply cannot do anything in an apartment that you can do in a house. Yes. There are certain, obvious things that you can’t do, like a full on bathroom remodel, but for the most part you can do quite a bit.  It’s just a matter of finding a way that makes it work in an apartment.

Seven years of working with people who are looking for housing, can make you feel like you have a PhD in what most people think they cannot do in their new apartment, especially if they are moving from a house. So I’m here to turn those common misconceptions upside down and smash them to bits and pieces.  I’m also going to smash the ones you may not have necessarily thought of pre-move but might worry about after you move in. You know, for good measure and all.

1) Paint the Walls

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Yes! More often than not, apartment communities WILL allow you to paint or offer some sort of Accent Wall program themselves. The one caveat is that you will need to paint it back to its original color or at least prime it before you move out. But in the grand scheme of things…getting to paint your apartment and make it as much of a home while you are there is a pretty awesome trade-off for having to paint it back. Plus, you could always have a paint party with some friends. It’s a great excuse for a cocktail. What goes better with a paintbrush than a glass of wine or a beer? (more…)

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