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riding on a motorcycle

riding on a motorcycle

There is nothing like riding old motorcycles threw Santiago Canyon on a hot summer day! If you are like me and love to ride then you will not want to miss The Born Free Show that is happening this weekend June 28th & 29th 2014.  People will attend this show from all over the United States. People will be showing all types of motorcycles such as Triumphs, Harley, and even motorcycles that they built in there garage. I have been attending the Born Free Show for about 4 years and its been truly amazing to see how its grown.

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born free

If you log onto http://bornfreeshow.blogspot.com/ you can read all about this amazing Born Free show. “How is about the love of old motorcycles and like-minded individuals having a good time together and enjoying these bikes of the past. It is also a family event, young and old a-like are welcome to come out and enjoy the show. This show is meant to unite people from all walks of life by bringing the passion that we all have of these old machines together for two special days. If you come out to the event please be prepared to have a great time, see neat old bikes…lots of neat old motorcycles, in a peaceful, friendly, family environment.” (more…)

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Community policies are essential for a Camden apartment community to function successfully. Without rules, our residents would not be happy, and would most likely not want to stay living in their apartment homes. Camden is known for providing Living Excellence, and part of that is by enforcing our policies. Though I do not live in the same Camden as I work at, I treat Camden Fairfax Corner as my home.

In my 3 and half years of working in the apartment industry, specifically with Camden, I have quickly learned that there are some residents who love when rules are enforced, and others who question why we do things.

 

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Photo of Professor Umbridge courtesy of Harry Potter Wiki

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Father’s Day is almost here! We only have 5 more days to hunt for the perfect gift for Dear Ol’ Dad! 6/15/2014 is the big day, and if you’re like me, you haven’t bought your dad a gift yet! Dads can be super difficult to buy for but i’m here to help! I came up with a list of 5 cool Father’s Day gifts that chances are he doesn’t have (yet). Check it out!

1.) Walgreen’s Personalized Photo Calendar

This is a big hit with dads! I bought one for my dad last year and he cried. Its only $30 but it makes a really special gift for a really special dad!

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2.) Why a Daughter Needs a Dad Photo Book

This is a wonderful gift to give your dad if you have the time to spend to create it. For only $30, each page can be customized with your own special photos and sentiments. They also make this book in the version of “Why a Son Needs a Dad” – awww!

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3.) Beer in a Box

If your dad loves to relax and drink a beer every now and then, this is the gift for him. Yes, beer in a box! The size of the box can vary from about $30 to $70. You can buy these at Spec’s. Its the gift that keeps on giving. I’m sure he will share!

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4.) Personalized Guitar Pick – Sterling Silver – www.Etsy.com

My dad LOVES to play guitar! Its his passion in life. What better way to show him how much you love him than this awesome guitar pick! You can personalize the pick to say whatever you would like. The finished pick comes in a black pouch and can be shipped right to dad’s door!

Best. Gift. Ever.

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5.) Quality Time

Qualify time is priceless! Take your dad fishing or take him to the driving range to hit a few golf balls. Nothing shows how much you appreciate your dad than good ol’ quality time.

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Happy Father’s Day to all of the AMAZING Father’s out there!

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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. (more…)

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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 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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The wonderful Mr.Rogers picture courtesy of pbskids.org

The wonderful Mr.Rogers
picture courtesy of pbskids.org


Mr.Rogers had the right idea! Becoming a new resident in a neighborhood can be scary! People who are strangers at first can become best friends thanks to the awesome people at the leasing office! But what happens if you aren’t best buddies? Should you move? Or could you be the problem? It is very easy to recognize if you are the problem neighbor! Lets take a quick evaluation: Do your neighbors talk to you when you are in the elevator together? If you see them at the nearby grocery store do you wave and they don’t wave back? While dog walking does your dog try to bark a hello to your neighbors dog and the pooch runs away? Yes to all of the above? Then you maybe a problem neighbor! It’s ok we can fix it! Often times residents,including myself, don’t realize the noise you make in your apartment home can be louder in to your neighbor’s home. (more…)

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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
http://ocrestaurantweek.com/

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SNOmg!! Snow! Snow!!

photo courtesy of www.makeameme.org

photo courtesy of http://www.makeameme.org

Anyone watching the news last week knows that the southern states were subject to a massive winter storm. Many of our roads were closed, employees unable to get to work and life as we know it came to a standstill for about 2 days.

I cannot speak for my colleagues in other states, but I know that those of us located in the Carolinas were the butt of MANY jokes this week. We have heard the commentary of our Northern brethren and no matter how funny they might have been, we would LOVE the opportunity to set the record straight :)

photo courtesy of www.thedailyshow.com

photo courtesy of http://www.thedailyshow.com

To anyone who currently lives or has lived in the South, you know that we are accustomed to high temperatures, lots of sun and almost to die for weather most of the year round. “Winter” is a term highly foreign to us and some of our family members and children have never even seen snow until last week. Our cities do not budget for snow or ice and snow plow trucks are a bit like dragons, mythical. Last week, Charlotte, NC saw the most snow it has seen in approximately 10 years with some areas reaching up to 10 inches of it.

To give you an idea of what snow days are like in Charlotte, NC, take a look:

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014:

The small flurries started to fall. No snow actually stuck on this day, but within a 7 hour time period, 77 accidents had been reported in the area, some, unfortunately, life threatening. We had heard tell that through the day police stopped responding to fender benders, instructing drivers to exchange insurance information and continue on. Schools in the surrounding area all closed 2 hours early.

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Wednesday, February 12th, 2014:

Having had a small dose of winter weather the day before, the schools in surrounding areas had decided not to even open for the day. Most of us came to work because the snow from Tuesday had melted and allowed us to believe we were in store for a quiet, weather adventureless day. About 2 hours after appearing at work and opening our Welcome Center the snow started. It was coming down hard and it was easy for us to see what was coming. Those of us that did not live onsite were instructed to begin what would soon become an almost 2+ hour ride home. Within the next few hours the roads began to close, interstates started freezing over making it nearly impossible to drive on. Many people sat in traffic for hours and those unequipped with snow tires (ummm.. everyone. lol) who sat too long were soon snowed in and forced to walk or find shelter until they could return for their vehicles. It took me about 2 hours to make a trip that usually takes 15 minutes. The grocery stores and gas station supermarkets had been pillaged and bread and water had become something to fight to the death over.

I-277 intersection and Independence Blvd. The quickest way into the city....almost quick. hehe

I-277 intersection and Independence Blvd. The quickest way into the city….almost quick. hehe

My view driving home on Wednesday. Where is the road?

My view driving home on Wednesday. Where is the road?

Thursday, February 13th, 2014:

This day must have been the most bittersweet of them all. The schools were closed again due to the overwhelming drama that occurred the day before. Waking up to sheets of beautiful, pure, sparkling snow lining the streets, sidewalks, cars, trees etc was a truly lovely sight, something that I had not seen since moving to Charlotte from Germany 7 years ago. The realization that making it to work was impossible was a bit stressful but this is something that I think many were also expecting.

My block in Matthews, Thursday morning

My block in Matthews, Thursday morning

My block in Matthews, Thursday morning

My block in Matthews, Thursday morning

Thursday was the day of “Winter Heroes”. Our onsite living staff, nearby walking staff and overnight sleeping staff were able to make it to work, sometimes even at different properties, to keep Camden up and running. Almost all of the Camden Properties in the area were able to stay open for some form of business that day. Here are some of the stories:

CM Jamie Malecki shoveling at Camden Stonecrest

CM Jamie Malecki shoveling at Camden Stonecrest

Jamie Malecki, CM at Camden Dilworth, unable to make it to her own property, held it down at Camden Stonecrest. She went above and beyond by shoveling the snow herself! Work it out, girl!! Thank you for helping to make the path to the Welcome Center nice and smooth.

LC at Camden Foxcroft, Laura Riss says "We're Open!"

LC at Camden Foxcroft, Laura Riss says “We’re Open!”

Laura Riss, LC at Camden Foxcroft held it down and made sure the Welcome Center was able to open. Just up the road from Foxcroft, Camden Fairview was able to stay open because Maintenance Technician, Tom Brook, opened the office. He then walked to Foxcroft to help Laura! Teamwork. Awesome guys!

Snow Divas, CM Ruth Faircloth and LC Rachel McAdams of Camden Pinehurst

Snow Divas, CM Ruth Faircloth and LC Rachel McAdams of Camden Pinehurst

No stopping our snow divas, CM Ruth Faircloth and LC Rachel McAdams from enjoying the snow while staying open at Camden Pinehurst. Oh, and then what?

CHILI @ Pinehurst

CHILI @ Pinehurst

CHILI!! Enjoy,Pinehurst!

These are only some of the stories of those that were able to help Camden stay open and help residents in need. We thank everyone for the amazing teamwork and for showing everyone how Camden Charlotte pulls together in time of “Apocalypse”!! hahaha!

Snow doesn’t fall as much as we wish it would in Charlotte. We are all happy to have been a part of this event….. However, this week we are expecting 70 degree weather…. Bring it on North Carolina!! We are ready!

photo courtesy of www.memejelly.com

photo courtesy of http://www.memejelly.com

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The New Year is upon us and I wanted to come up with a pretty nifty plan to maintain a sense of tranquility as often as possible, and most importantly to spoil myself. Below I’ve listed 10 easy ways you can transform your abode into your very own milieu of serenity.

1. Light aromatic candles. Choose tranquility scents such as Bath & Body Works’ Lavender Vanilla or my favorite Eucalyptus spearmint.
2. Take a hot bubble bath. Throw in some deliciously scented bath bombs by popular cosmetic line, Lush. Choose a scent you’re comfortable having permeate your home, as these bath bombs are off the charts on the scent-o-meter.
3. After a long day and hot shower place two slices of cucumber on your eyes for a cooling stress reliever.
4. Give your skin an appeasing treat by opting for a Body Butter instead of your day to day lotion.
5. Create your own infused water by adding your favorite fruit and/or veggies to a pitcher of water and ice. Place the pitcher of water in the fridge overnight.
6. Add a relaxing music mix to your collection such as the sound of waves.
7. Light candles, turn on a small table top water machine, and enjoy a nice book or nap.
8. Wrap up in a robe and moisture lock socks after a hot bath.
9. Add the slices of 5 lemons to your bath water to help pull toxins out of the skin, uplift your spirit, and even your skin tone.
10. Take time for you!

Happy relaxing!

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