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Taking the Work Out of Workout

Have you ever been to a Zumba Class? It’s like a super fun dance party with easy choreographed moves that make you forget that you’re even working out. The best part is, that you don’t even need to know how to dance to join in on the fun!

One thing you should know about Camden is that we really like to have fun! We had brain stormed so many fun ideas for resident events.-food trucks, pool party, etc. when we came across the idea of hosting a Zumba class here at Camden Plantation. We figured being that we have this enormous racquetball court, why not take advantage of our wonderful amenities?

We started to research local Zumba instructors in the area and reached out to a few of them. I emailed Catherine and immediately she was on board. We started promoting the event through our Facebook, Twitter, and flyers. We asked residents to RSVP through the portal.

There were 25 people RSVP’ed for the class, and we were so eager to see the turnout and ready to have some fun. Cristina, one of our amazing leasing consultants, and I decided to stay and take part of this awesome event. People that were registered and even some that hadn’t, showed up and were ready to get their dance on. The class was so fun and the instructor was great too! She was very patient and involved and danced with us and in between us. It was only one hour and you wouldn’t even think that with all the laughter and smiles that you we were burning calories. The group had  such a good time, that they asked for an encore!

We will now be hosting Zumba classes at Camden Plantation every Thursday at 7pm starting December 3rd. So if you haven’t taken a Zumba class yet or are looking for a great place to have fun with your neighbors, come to our very own Zumba class!



My Official Pumpkin Pie Primer- The 3 Main Components to Consider for Successful Pumpkin Pie Making

When most of us think of Thanksgiving, some of us will automatically picture a turkey and all of the trimmings. For those of us who like our dessert, first, we think of PUMPKIN PIE. And, if you are like my husband, you dream of pie with a pound of whipped cream on top.

For most of the population, it does not matter to you how your pumpkin pie gets to the table. I, personally, agonize over how I am going to make mine each year because I am just that kind of person. I have a goal that each year I will try to do something slightly to my pie different in hopes of topping the year before. I drive my family crazy, but they enjoy the results.

A basic homemade or semi-homemade pumpkin pie has three main components: crust, pumpkin filling, and whipped cream. Each component can be store-bought, semi-homemade, or homemade.

  1. The Crust: The crust is the foundation upon which a pie is created. In the past, I have opted for a premade crust because they are beautiful and all that you have to do is pour your pumpkin filling in. Plus, there are so many types of premade pie crusts available if you like variety. However, for the past few years, I have opted to make my own homemade crust that I would find off of Pinterest or out of my old Betty Crocker The basic ingredients in a homemade crust are eggs, butter or shortening, flour, and a liquid. The ratios of each of these ingredients determine the texture of your pie. This year, I am going to make The Pioneer Woman’s “Sylvia’s Perfect Pie Crust”. What makes it different than other recipes that I’ve tried, before, is the addition of vinegar. We’ll see how it goes…
  2. The Filling: The biggest decision you must make…
    1. Pumpkin: There are three options in choosing what type of pumpkin to use- canned pumpkin pie filling, canned pureed pumpkin, or fresh pumpkin puree. Libby makes a mighty fine pumpkin filling with wonderful self-explanatory instructions printed on the label that is pre-seasoned. No fuss, no muss. I was perfectly fine with using this method and grew-up with our homemade pies being made using this type of filling. Two years ago, I had a lot of time on my hands and decided to buy a pie pumpkin. I then roasted and pureed it. I made my pumpkin pie using this fresh pumpkin and I fell in love! In my opinion, the fresh pumpkin is much lighter tasting. A word of caution, make sure to strain your fresh pumpkin puree. I made that mistake the first time by omitting this step and it made for an almost burnt pie crust and watery filling. Another word of warning, pie pumpkins might be hard to find in your area so you may have to shop around. I purchased my pumpkins at Whole Foods this year.
    2. The other decision to make in regards to the filling is whether to use sweetened condensed milk or evaporated milk with sugar. That’s a tough one- I have made my pies with either. I personally feel that sweetened condensed milk makes for a richer tasting filling.
    3. The last major component of the filling is the spices. When you opt to use fresh or canned pumpkin puree, you have the opportunity to adjust your spice ratios to your liking instead of its taste being predetermined. This is a great option for those who are sensitive to over-spiced pies. In my case, I am going to toast my spices- I just saw that on TV and it looks like a good idea.
  3.   Whipped Topping: When you are ready to eat your pumpkin pie, you have to think about what you are going to top it with. The nice thing about the times that we live in is we have so many options for whipped topping: Cool Whip, canned, or homemade whipped cream. My family likes all options, sometimes in massive quantities to the point that I must hide it. I just made a pie a few weeks ago and I used Reddi Whip. This Thanksgiving, since my mom will be there and making it for me, we will use homemade whipped cream. I am such a nice daughter…


Making a pumpkin pie is not a daunting task- anyone can do it. Have fun and get creative. Another option is to switch it up and instead of making one big pie, make mini pies. Or, just skip the pie making altogether and find yourself a great bakery that will pile your pie high with whipped cream. There are also other ways to enjoy pumpkin if you are not a pie person. Either way, have fun and please enjoy your Thanksgiving!


Camden Cares for YOU, Houston!

Have you ever gone to bed beyond tired, but in a good way? This is the tired that you feel after sweating all day in the Texas heat for a good cause.   You feel so good that you can even ignore how bad you smell afterwards… This is how many of us in Houston felt after our Camden Cares volunteer days.

As with other Camden offices, the Houston and corporate offices partnered with Rebuilding Together Houston to help the aged, disadvantaged, and or disabled out with fixing up their homes. Camden committed to rehabilitating 15 homes here in Houston this year; 8 having been completed on September 23-24 and the remaining 7 were completed on October 7-8. As with other cities, volunteers from all corners of the organization helped out with this cause. Everyone from vice presidents to average employees work side by side to accomplish our goal- to put smiles on the homeowners’ faces.

The houses that we are assigned by Rebuilding Together Houston are first toured and screened by a taskforce of Camden employees in order to assess what needs to be done in each of our assigned homes. Camden employees go out to the homes the day before to try to complete some of the preliminary work such as pressure washing or organizing and gathering supplies to insure that the each of the volunteer days run smoothly. Our crews show up early in the morning, receive their assignments, and get cracking. It is like watching an orange Camden swarm overtaking a house!


Mrs. Terrel’s house Camden Cares Crew. What a lovely lady! – Samantha Dickerson

One of the best things about your volunteer day is hearing everyone’s stories. You hear stories about employees’ past experiences volunteering for Rebuilding Together and the homeowners that they had the pleasure of meeting. This was my first experience with Camden working for Rebuilding Together. I had volunteered in another city for another company with this same organization years ago, but it did not feel as good as this experience that I had with Camden. One of the homeowners that we were helping was a beautiful 80 year old lady and mother of three children. In her home, she had fostered over 100 children over the years. Some of which she still has contact with today. The best part of our day was seeing the smile on her face when she saw her home re-painted for the first time.


Here’s a picture of me and the amazing team I got to spend the day with in front of the house we worked on. – Stephanie Oribhador

On a side note, the other benefit of Camden Cares is meeting and spending time with people who we may not get to interact with on a daily basis. As a Camden newbie, it was great to hear about how long many of the employees have worked with the company. It just shows how much our employees love Camden. It also showed me how much our employees care about the community and provided us with a unique opportunity to give back.


Mrs. Terrel’s dog, Coco.

Camden Cares is something we at Camden look forward to every year! No matter how much paint you get on yourself or how beat up you feel at the end of the day, it’s always such a special feeling to truly make a difference in someone else’s life. Even Coco’s…

This was a collaboration from Stephanie Oribhador and myself.

Camden Cares – Tampa, FL – Paying it Forward at it’s Finest!

Helping the homeless, making paracord bracelets for our troops overseas, welcoming our veterans home
from an honor flight to DC… These are just a few ways that Camden employees volunteer to show our love and support for the community we live in. What I’m talking about is Camden Cares, a yearly nationwide effort. We’re more than just a community: we’re family!


The most recent Camden Cares event in Tampa, Florida where we helped paint the interior of the Starting Right Now campus, which is a program that meets the needs of the growing population of homeless families and children in Hillsborough County.

This was an extremely heartwarming event not only because of the bonds we made with our community and each other, but also because it was our second time helping Starting Right Now. Last year we helped paint the exterior of the campus and we also got down and dirty with some landscaping. We pulled weeds, cut branches from fences, we raked, and we planted. We poured our StartingRightNowLogoCamden blood, sweat, and tears into this incredible project.

We’re helping our community and we’re helping each other. We’re doing great things and we’re giving back to those who have given so much to us! When you do great things, great things begin to happen everywhere. It’s like a contagious happiness!

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Keep following our blog to learn more about what Camden Cares is all about and to learn what we have planned for upcoming volunteer events – Because I’m happy!

#CamdenCares #CamdenHappy

September is Hunger Action Month

I recently had the opportunity to do some volunteer work. I have always wanted to help around in the community but always used the excuse that I didn’t have time, didn’t know where to start, and so on. I attend a large church, Church By The Glades, in Coral Springs, FL and they hosted a volunteering event throughout South FL with 1300+ volunteers coming together to make a big difference in one afternoon. This was a great opportunity and I didn’t want to miss out. There were so many options to choose from, and I decided to help at Feeding South Florida. They are the leading domestic hunger relief organization in South Florida, and together they rescue and distribute over 40 million pounds of food throughout the 4 South Florida counties- Miami Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe. It’s very exciting for me to think that we have so many Miami Camden Properties throughout these areas. I actually drove past Camden Plantation and Camden Portofino on my way there!

Can you tell that I was so excited to be a part of this great event?

Can you tell that I was so excited to be a part of this great event?

There were 2 time slots, and having a 2 year old, my husband and I couldn’t volunteer together, so he took the morning shift, and I took the afternoon shift. When I got there, they had us meet up in a conference room where they showed us a video with some helpful facts and chatted about the different roles and split us up into groups -inspectors, sorters, and distribution . I was a part of the inspection team. We would gather foods donated from retail and local growers, and make sure that the food did not over exceed the shelf life, and was safe and healthy enough to eat.


We had over 100 volunteers in this group pic. Photo courtesy of Church By The Glades instagram.

We had over 100 volunteers in this group pic.
Photo courtesy of Church By The Glades instagram.

Being that I work for, Camden, a company that values teamwork and having fun, I am very comfortable with a little friendly competition. They told us at the beginning that the Morning Team sorted through 21,000 pounds of food, at the end of our shift we were told we sorted 23,000 pounds. It’s always fun to brag or “win” but when you are doing a good deed and know how many people you are helping, it makes it all worth it.

My experience with Feeding South Florida was truly a memorable and rewarding one and I am looking forward to working with them again in the near future. I enjoyed this experience so much so, that I’m looking forward to October 7th, as I will be helping out at our Camden Cares volunteer event along with my fellow co-workers. I can’t wait for you to read about our experiences there.

I would suggest everyone volunteer at some point in their lives. Get involved, get out there and do something good for others, I promise it will make you feel good about yourself too!

Where’s the Cake? Fluff Bake Bar!

Birthday Cake - funfetti cake, vanilla buttercream frosting, cake crumble and and sprinkles on top. Photo courtesy of

Birthday Cake – funfetti cake, vanilla buttercream frosting, cake crumble and and sprinkles on top. Photo courtesy of

Recently I went to a birthday party with a friend of mine. The cake came out with the typical candles on it as we sang “Happy Birthday” to the birthday girl, but as I glanced at the cake I noticed this was no ordinary birthday cake. It was a 3 layered vanilla buttercream funfetti cake with sprinkles and crunchy bits on top! It was a cake that just made you smile from ear to ear before even trying it! This was no store bought cake. This had to be an expensive cake from a bakery I had never been to.

So of course I asked, “Where did you get that cake?” The birthday girl said, “Fluff Bake Bar. It has only been open for a few months.” Well no wonder! Here in Houston, when a new restaurant or bakery opens word travels fast…especially if it’s good. Once I got my hands on a slice and took the first bite, I was transported back to my childhood. There was something so familiar about this cake! It was moist but at the same time had a little crispy crunch, and the frosting was creamy sweet buttercream goodness. I couldn’t believe how yummy it actually was!

Rebecca Masson - Fluff Bake Bar owner and chef. Photo courtesy of
Rebecca Masson – Fluff Bake Bar owner and chef. Photo courtesy of

While researching this new local bakery, I found out the owner of Fluff Bake Bar, Rebecca Masson, is an award-winning pastry chef who went to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France for culinary school! She also competed on Top Chef: Just Desserts, didn’t win, but made Houston proud even with a pink cast on her left arm! She has made quite a reputation for herself in the pastry world, and is even “a highly sought consultant creating signature dessert menus for the top tier of Houston restaurants, including, Vic & Anthony’s.” Rebecca also supports the Lucky Dog Rescue with various charity events! She is a pastry angel in my eyes, and I am going to be a long time customer of Fluff Bake Bar…no wonder she is known in Houston as “The Sugar Fairy.”

Veruca Salt
Veruca Salt

Being the foodie I am, I rushed over to Fluff Bake Bar with an excuse to get a cake! While I was in there I noticed all the other goodies they had in the glass display case. I was a kid in a candy store, or in this case, a cake store! In addition to their cakes, Fluff Bake Bar has different kinds of cookies and cakes, but my eyes were draw to something I had never seen before! Cute little 8 oz. clear cups which looked like mini versions of their cakes with a clear lid on top (great way to have a few bites and save the rest for later). It just so happens that’s what they call their “cup|cakes!” How genius!

Chocolate Chip Cookie, SOL - (their version of a moonpie), Cup|Cakes - Birthday Cake (vanilla), Carrot Cake , Black Velvet, and Birthday Cake (chocolate)

Chocolate Chip Cookie, SOL – (their version of a moonpie), Cup|Cakes – Birthday Cake (vanilla), Carrot Cake , Black Velvet, and Birthday Cake (chocolate)

I picked up the Veruca Salt cake along with a few cookies, and some cup|cakes (of course). The Veruca Salt was so yummy with devil’s food cake and a salted caramel buttercream frosting with some chocolate crunch pearls and pretzel toppings! The marriage of sweet, salty, and a little crunch most of us crave, on a plate! My dad had the carrot cup|cake and said it was one of the best carrot cakes he has ever had, and this is one picky man! I took a bite and fell in love with this cake…the moist carrot cake with half-baked cheesecake, candied carrot pieces, hazelnut crunch, and cookie-butter buttercream icing! I have no words for pastry chef Rebecca Masson for creating this amazing carrot cake!

If I lived at Camden Midtown, Travis St., or even City Centre I would be a regular at the Fluff Bake Bar, and by regular I mean daily visitor. However, Midtown isn’t that far from anyone in Houston, right? Run, don’t walk, over to the Fluff Bake Bar for a sweet treat today! I recommend taking home a little of everything! Can’t stroll over to the Fluff Bake Bar? Well why not place an order online or by phone and pick it up later…I’m placing an order right now!

No Label

No Label What?

Once there was this little town in Texas named Katy. Sure, it is a nice place to live and raise a family- just ask some of our friends who live at Camden Downs at Cinco Ranch or Camden Grand Harbor. Katy has award winning schools with great high school sports teams that we watch on Friday nights- “Go Tigers!” (sorry, my hubby played varsity basketball for the Tigers). Aside from all of that, did you know that it is also the home of the craft brewery, No Label Brewing Company?

I discovered No Label beer one Friday night, while out to dinner with my hubby. We decided to be adventuresome and tried “No Label Brewing Company” beer. It was good! When I got home that night, I Googled “No Label Brewing Company” (ok, so that’s just what I do). I didn’t realize that they had brewed the beer literally right down the street from where we were eating dinner. Pretty cool!

No Label Brewing Company’s brewery is located deep in the heart of Katy on First Street. According to their website, the idea for the brewery blossomed out of the Royo family’s love of creating homemade craft beers back in 2009. Luckily for us, No Label supplies us with 5 year-round brews ranging from pale ales, a German Hefeweizen, to my personal favorite, a dark amber ale. In addition to these, they also produce many seasonal ales with local additives ranging from jalapenos to lavender. For those of us who live locally, we can purchase their beer at local grocery chains and Spec’s. I just sampled their “What the Hatch” ale last week at HEB. Guess what that contains…Hatch green chiles. YUM!No Label

In addition to many community events, No Label Brewing Company offers weekly tastings at their brewery just about every Saturday afternoon. As you drive towards downtown Katy, you cannot miss it. All you need is to bring a chair and, for $10, sample up to 4 beers while enjoying live music and local bands or the football game on television. They, also, enlist local food vendors to join in the fun or you can bring your own snacks. Kids and pets are also welcome.

If you are looking for a place to hangout on a Saturday and are in the area, go give No Label Brewing Company a try. It makes for a fun Saturday afternoon!

So You Think You Can’t Cook?

We all have our strengths, weaknesses, talents, hobbies and passions. Cooking and baking are two things I really enjoy, and I consider myself pretty good at it. I could never understand how people say, “I can’t cook”, or “I can’t bake.” Don’t get me wrong — some people are much better at cooking or baking, and it may come easier and more natural to them, but I believe that everyone can cook!

Check out this show on Food Network. If you think you can't cook-wait until you see these people! Photo courtesy of Food Network

Check out this show on Food Network. If you think you can’t cook-wait until you see these people! Photo courtesy of Food Network

My philosophy on cooking is, “If you can read — you can cook.” Reading a recipe and following the directions is the main part of cooking. Finding good and easy-to-follow recipes is the first step. You can’t go wrong with a traditional cookbook, and most large cookbooks have a lot of information in them also. The very first cookbook I ever received was from my Grandma. It was a Better Homes and Gardens cook book. The introduction had different cooking terms, equipment, food storage tips, measuring tips, meal-planning guidelines, table settings, and cooking techniques. The Internet is also an amazing resource for cooking and baking. You can Google or search anything and find a recipe with detailed instructions and pictures. Pinterest has thousands of recipes too, and is also a great website.

Pinterest is a great resource! Follow me @AlissaKarsten Photo courtesy of

Pinterest is a great resource! Follow me @AlissaKarsten. Photo courtesy of

I did my research before writing this blog and asked some of my friends who “hates cooking” exactly why they don’t like it. “What is it about cooking you hate? The prep, the cleanup, the time spent?” Most of the people I spoke to had similar reasons.

Here are a few:

  1. Time spent grocery shopping for ingredients
  2. Time and effort cleaning up after preparation
  3. Wasting ingredients not used (wasting money)
  4. Keeping track of multiple items being cooked at once, making sure they are all hot and ready to eat at the same time
  5. Not able to just throw things together for a quick and good dinner
  6. Take out is much easier and faster
  7. Just don’t have time for it!

Although I understand these “issues” with cooking, I must say I have to disagree, and now it’s my turn to argue this list. Shopping for groceries is not the most exciting part of my day, but I must say it’s necessary. You have to go grocery shopping in order to survive! If you are smart about it (and read my past blog about grocery shopping) it’s not that painful. You need to be organized, and if you shop right, you will be saving a HUGE amount of money instead of ordering take out or going out to eat!

Having a fair and organized clean up schedule is important too. If you live alone, well sorry — you’re stuck cooking and cleaning and may want to stop reading now, but for everyone else out there — switch off! At my house, I cook, my fiancé cleans, and it’s only fair. Cleaning dishes up as you go, while you are cooking, is smart too; it saves time in the end. For those of you with children, time to teach the some responsibilities and help clean up after dinner. There is never an excuse to waste ingredients or left overs. Everything can be stored, refrigerated, or frozen and used at a later time, or even the next day to create a brand new dish.

Clean up Clean up! Photo courtesy of

Clean up Clean up! Photo courtesy of

Really understanding cooking times, and planning different items to be done at the same time is not easy, but with practice (and failure) you will get the hang of it! The ‘tempting take out monster’ as I like to call him is hard to say no to. It is easy — I mean you can order food online and it’s delivered to your door 20-30 minutes later. Companies like Grub Hub make it even easier and convenient to order take out. Before you know it, these companies will be walking inside your door and feeding it to you! Not having time to cook is not a good excuse. There are so many recipes that simply take 20-40 minutes to cook, and pre-making meals and freezing them is also a smart way to have meals to grab and go!

Cooking for me is therapeutic, and I feel so accomplished and proud when I am finished and have this amazing dish in front of me to serve to my family and friends. My favorite memories with family are from my Grandma’s kitchen table — sharing a meal, laughs, and love. Even cooking together are some of the most memorable times of my life. I grew up watching and helping my Grandma in the kitchen, and she has taught me things I cannot wait to pass down to my future children and grandchildren. Her recipes are incredible and mean so much to our family, that we decided to make a family cookbook to pass down.

This is my family cook book. Recipes from my Grandma and Great Grandma. It means the world to me!

This is my family cook book. Recipes from my Grandma and Great Grandma. It means the world to me!

This is page from the cook book with my first pie I made with my Grandma.

This is page from the cook book with my first pie I made with my Grandma.

Cooking is just like any other trade or hobby; if you want to be good at it you have to properly educate yourself and practice. Think of all the benefits of cooking at home with your friends and family, and try it out. Eventually, it will be a piece of cake!!


Don’t Miss Out on the Festival of Flavor

Ok, so I am going to let you in on a little secret….I am not a Texan. Ok, so I said it. As my Texan hubby would say, I am an honorary Texan or a Texan by default. I am a Colorado girl living in a Texan world. We call our kids “Texacos” because they are half Texan, half Coloradoans. I am sure you get my point, now.

Let’s get one thing straight, Texans know their Mexican food. Tex-mex is never better than it is in abundance in Texas. However, I grew up in the green chile belt aka the Southwest aka “not Texas.” Some people refer to the type of Mexican food that I grew-up eating as “mountain-mex.” One of the key components of mountain-mex is green chiles. There are two types of green chiles: Hatch and all others. We use these green chiles in stew, sauce, in cheeseburgers, eggs, and just about anything and everything else. Even McDonalds used to have a green chile cheeseburger.20150815_123028

To give you an abbreviated background on green chiles, there is this magical place in New Mexico, a little village named Hatch. These luscious green chiles grow there and were originally cultivated in the 1800s. According the the Village of Hatch’s website, Hatch is the self-proclaimed “Chile Capital of the World”. They are holding their annual green chile festival on Labor Day weekend. Only green chiles that grow in this region are allowed to be called Hatch green chiles.

During the month of August, in Houston, not only can you experience Houston Restaurant Weeks, but Hatch green chiles make their magical appearance everywhere. Hatch green chiles are harvested and angels deliver these bundles of green goodness to your local grocery store, farmers markets, restaurants, grandma, etc.

  • Stores such as Kroger, Central Market, HEB, Randalls all have Hatch green chiles both roasted or fresh chiles that are ready to roast available for purchase. Some of the stores even have celebrations here in Houston. Makes my heart happy! As a Colorado girl, it makes me teary eyed when I smell the roasters out in front of my local HEB and reminds me of home.
  • Grocery stores stock Hatch green chile items ranging from bacon, sausage, cheeseburgers, soup, and even macaroni and cheese.
  • Even Pappasitos sells a Hatch green chile margarita and has a special Hatch green chile menu . Chuy’s has an entire green chile menu, aside from their two types of green chile sauces on their regular menu.2015-08-17 09.01.27

Hey Camden residents, if you are lucky enough to live in Houston, go find you some Hatch green chiles. I promise that you won’t be disappointed!  Go and get you some!

Now, if I could only find some friends to try the Hatch green chile margarita with…

It’s ALWAYS Valentine’s Day

Ahhh love is in the air!




One of my favorite holidays is Valentinus’s Day!   I know.. I know “It’s not a holiday, Danielle!” But I really love-LOVE! The candy, the beautiful color scheme (pink and white) and hearts everywhere!  Everyone should feel extra LOVE on this day!  Don’t worry its ok if you do not have a significant other to share this Hallmark holiday with; I am going to give you some non-Valentine’s Day activities. There are so many other fun activities you can take part in, without feeling left out.

  1. Visit a local pet shelter! Who doesn’t want a cuddle or snuggle from a furry companion? The best part about visiting a pet shelter are the animals will enjoy the time spent with them as much as much as  you enjoy the seeing those wagging tails when you open their cage. Hey, maybe you can take one home! Many of our Camden communities are pet friendly!
  2. Visit a local nursing home! Many of our “seasoned” citizens love to get visitors! This time of year I am sure most of the adults in the Active Living homes would love to speak with someone young and spunky!  I am certain most of the residents in those homes are pretty spunky themselves! Nothing would make their Valentine’s Day better then to see a new face.
  3. Make it a Girls Night/ Guys Night Out! During my college days; the best times were hanging out with my girlfriends! Watching our favorite romantic movies and eating all the chocolate with no guilt! I know most guys would rather spend that time talking sports; so maybe go to a basketball game or the local sports bar.

As long as February 14th is spent with the people you care and love- that is all that matters. Many of our Camden communities have been showering our residents with love too! Hey, what can we say, we LOVE our residents!


Camden Paces sending some LOVE to their residents!

Camden Paces sending some LOVE to their residents!




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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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! Continue reading