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Going from Summer to Fall in Your Outdoor Spaces

September 3rd, 2018 by tisner

Going from Summer to Fall in Your Outdoor Spaces

Hopefully, you’ve made good use and great memories this Summer in your outdoor space.  Just because we’re getting closer to Fall doesn’t mean we have to wrap it all up and put it away!  There’s plenty we can do to transition our porches, decks and patios for cooler weather use.  Let’s look at some simple ideas that will keep us outdoors a little longer. 

  • Change pillow and cushion covers from their bright colors to more neutral tones, with a splash of soft red or orange here and there. 
  • Once your potted plants’ Summer blooms fade, repot your containers with ornamental grasses, decorative kale, pansies, marigolds and chrysanthemums. 
  • Drape light blankets over the backs and arms of your seating to use on chilly evenings. 
  • If you don’t already have one, buying or creating a firepit is a great way to warm up cool nights.  If you’re not sure of your style or if the budget is tight, morningchores.com has photos and links to 57 different DIY firepits!  
  • The days are getting shorter and adding lighting to your porch is important.  With so many choices for inexpensive and energy-saving LED lighting, you can add torches, candles and lanterns to a table for soft, relaxing lighting without spending a ton. 
  • Add a cozy area rug to ward off cold feet and add texture to the space. 
  • The cool breezes we long for in the heat of July are a little less desirable on a cool Autumn night.  Add some no-sew outdoor curtains using drop cloths, of all things, to block the wind, and use strong adhesive like E6000 to add heavy washers at the bottom to weight the curtains down. 
  • Making the outdoors more inviting in Fall means adding warmth–literally.  Outdoor heaters come in many styles and price ranges and use electricity as well as propane to keep you and your guests’ toes warm. 
  • Finally, when the pumpkin patches open, get a variety of pumpkins, gourds and other fall produce, and tuck them into your container plantings, or create a centerpiece or to make the outdoors an even more inviting space to enjoy. 

There’s no need to stop going outside just because the days are shorter, and nights are cooler.  Being outside is proven to help alleviate stress, make us feel happier, and may help us sleep better, especially if we can catch the sunset.  So, don’t neglect your much-loved outdoor space this Fall; you created it to be used, and Fall is the perfect time to enjoy it. 

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!

August 31st, 2018 by tisner

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It’s time to say goodbye to a busy, memorable, and extremely hot summer. It seems every summer we arrive at the month of September with feelings of excitement and sadness. “Summer just started! Where did the time go?”  The beach lowers on our priority list and mixed feelings begin to stir as fall preparations are in order.

We always start summer with area celebrations! Why not end it with some family fun this last weekend of summer. The Orlando area has some great outdoor events going on this Labor Day Weekend. Here are few suggestions:

Kick off your weekend the right way. Jax 5th Ave in Lake Mary has live entertainment.

Labor Day BBQ feast and chili cookout at Longboard Bar & Grill, family games and activities at Surfari Water Park and awesome spa specials as we bid a final farewell to the Summer of 2018!

Labor Day Jamboree a great weekend of barbershop for the whole family! Two great shows packed with amazing talent promise to be some of the best barbershop shows you will find all year.

Labor Day Extravaganza a Jazz Concert, a Blues Concert, a Gospel Concert and closing with Innovative Jazz, Brazilian Jazz and Contemporary Blues. Four hours of bliss while eating the best American Soul Food. No cooking, just relax and enjoy. In fact bring your party to the party.

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Back to School Routine

August 29th, 2018 by tisner

back to school routine orlando fl

In most parts of the US this time of year, there is a lot of groaning by kids who are heading back to school, and some parents as well, because they dread the busyness of the school being in session.  Take the dread out by getting organized and staying organized so that it becomes a routine for you and your kids. 

  • With sales and coupons abounding at every store this time of year, we usually end up with more school supplies than we need.  Have a dedicated storage spot for everything for easy access when it’s time to replenish.  Donating some of those extra supplies to the school or organization who help kids in need is a good thing, too. 
  • If your school requires uniforms, go through old ones, and if they’re not worn or stained, take them to your school office so other students have a change of clothing in case of spills or accidents.  
  • Getting ready for school begins the night before.  Set a bedtime, get a good routine going, and stick to it.  It can help reset your child’s body clock so that even when things get busy, they’ll be ready for sleep at their set time. 
  • Even if they haven’t yet learned to tell time, get your child an alarm clock.  Set the alarm and help them be responsible for getting themselves up.   
  • Have all their school clothes for the week hanging on a wreath hanger on the back of their bedroom or closet door or folded on their dresser.  This way, they can decide what to wear each day without staring at a closetful of clothes. 
  • Let the kids pitch in with lunch prep.  Have their lunchboxes, storage containers, plastic bags and drink containers all in one easily-accessed spot in a kitchen cabinet. Good Housekeeping has a video with some great tips for packing up lunches. 
  • Breakfast on the go can be so much more than a toaster pastry and juice box.  Mique from Thirty Handmade Days has compiled a list of links of 31 healthy make-ahead meals that kids will love! 
  • Whether you have a mudroom or not, place some baskets or totes near the door for shoes, bookbags and sports bags.  It certainly helps with “I can’t find…” when it’s time to get them out the door. 
  • After-school routines can vary, with extracurricular activities, sports, and lessons.  Keep a white board in a prominent place and have everyone’s schedule listed by days of the week.  Have the kids go over their schedule the night before so they’ll be prepared for their activities the next day. 
  • Sometimes children come home from school and can’t wait till dinner and want to eat a full meal.  Have some snack bags of sliced fruit or veggies keeping cold in the fridge.  Add some fruit dip or ranch, and they’ll have a yummy snack that will tide them over until meal time. 

Getting in a routine doesn’t mean there won’t be mishaps or struggles or lost socks.  Go with the flow and remind the kids of the importance of putting things in their place or having things ready to go.  When they see you getting things ready beforehand, they’ll pick up your habits, get used to it, and it will soon be second nature.

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Things To Do Orlando: Feast in the East

August 27th, 2018 by tisner

Feast in the East Orlando FL

August 29, 2018

Waterford Park
12301 Lake Underhill Rd.
Orlando, FL 32828

Admission: $20 – Purchase Tickets Here

Phone: 407-277-5951

Event Website

Feast in the East is an East Orlando Chamber of Commerce signature event highlighting our restaurant members and their delicious catered cuisine.  Past participating restaurants have included California Pizza Kitchen, Canvas Restaurant & Market, Bonefish Grill, Bahama Breeze, Chroma Modern Bar & Kitchen, Coopers Hawk, and more. Restaurants will provide samples of their dishes and signature beverages. Join us for the After Party at Bonefish Grill Lake Underhill and enjoy Happy Hour drinks, special discounts and giveaways.

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Things To Do Orlando: South East Crab Feast

August 20th, 2018 by tisner

South East Crab Feast

When: August 25, 2018 – 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM and 4:00 PM to 6:20 PM

Where:
Bill Frederick Park
3401 South Hiawassee Rd.
Orlando, FL 32835

Admission: $10 – $55

Event Website

Purchase Tickets

This event offers the low country coastal heritage of cooking fresh seafood outdoors. This highly anticipated event will offer all you can eat fresh crabs, one side of fish & chips, snow crab legs platter, music, and a friendly environment for the entire family.

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Things To Do Orlando: Florida Kids and Family Expo

August 13th, 2018 by tisner

Florida Kids & Family Expo

When: Saturday, August 18 – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday, August 19 – 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Phone: 407-405-4000

Email: Brandi@MyCentralFloridaFamily.com

Price: $5-$10

Event Website

Join us for an opportunity to discover what Central Florida has to offer families!
There will be fun for the whole family with entertainment, school information, enrichment activities, products, services and more.

Location:
Orange County Convention Center
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Things To Do Orlando: East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Coffee Club Goldenrod

August 6th, 2018 by tisner

East Orlando Chamber of Commerce Coffee Club Goldenrod

When: Second Thursday of each month – 8:30 to 9:30 AM

Phone: 407-277-5951

Email: eocc@eocc.org

Location:
Sam’s Club
7701 E Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32807

Coffee Club Goldenrod meets the second Thursday of the month at Sam’s Club.  The format of this group includes a fun networking activity or guest speakers and open networking.

East Orlando Chamber of Commerce

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Things To Do Orlando: Anime Festival Orlando

July 30th, 2018 by tisner

Things To Do Orlando: Anime Festival Orlando

August 3-5, 2018

Annual Convention for anime fans with a large dealer room, artist alley, cosplay events, panels, games and more!

AFO is a multi-day celebration of all things related to Japanese animation and pop culture held at the Wyndham Orlando Resort.

For the last 10 years, Anime Festival Orlando’s staff has crafted an original game called “Tales of Orlandia” after the success of the “Swords of Orlandia” trilogy. The game features an interactive RPG story for our attendees to voluntarily play during the weekend while enjoying the traditional fare offered at anime conventions.

Wyndham Orlando Resort
8001 International Drive

Event Website

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You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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Things To Do Orlando: Peru Independence Day Celebration

July 23rd, 2018 by tisner

Peru Independence Day Celebration

July 28, 2018

Orlando Museum of Art
2416 North Mills Ave.
Orlando, FL 32803

1:30 PM

The Orlando Museum of Art and the Raymi Dance Company will celebrate and share Peru Independence Day with the Central Florida community with film, dance and music.

The film, I Will Dance Again (Volvere a Bailar Por Ti), about a Peru Independence Day, features the dancing, music and rituals of the ethnic Aymara and Qechua people of the city of Puno.

Event Website

Following the film screening, the Baymi Dance Company will demonstrate four different typical dances from the cities of Cuzco, Lima, Puno and Trujillo.  An interactive dance class with the audience will conclude the event.

This event is FREE to the public!

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Summer Snacks with the Kids!

July 16th, 2018 by tisner

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It’s Summer, and it’s hot. The most recent heat wave even had the folks in Vermont breaking a sweat!  If the kids are already saying “I’m bored,” or they’re getting cabin fever from having to stay inside in the air conditioning, make the fever go away with some fun, summertime snacks they’ll love helping create!   

  • Use small, sturdy paper cups and tongue depressors to make yummy popsicles out of any juice or fruity drink.  Place the cups on a tray, fill them with whatever juice you like, cover with strong plastic wrap, poke the tongue depressors through the plastic and into the cup, then put in the freezer for a few hours. Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream before pouring the liquid, and you’ll have a cool, creamy treat! 
  • The Seasoned mom has an easy-to-whip-up yogurt-based fruit dip recipe called Poolside Dip.  What a great way for the kids to get a good helping of fruit and calcium! 
  • Classic chocolate-covered banana pops are easy to make!  Cut firm ripe bananas in half, and peel. Push a popsicle stick about halfway in from the cut end, lay on a wax paper-covered cookie sheet, and freeze for at least one hour.  While you wait, prep some toppings:  chopped pistachios, toffee bits, or colored sprinkles. Pour hardening chocolate sauce like Magic Shell into a cup, and once the bananas are frozen firm, dip them in the sauce, then roll or dip in topping. Return them to the wax paper and freeze for a little longer.  
  • Make basil butter for extra tasty corn-on-the-cob: start by mincing a cup of fresh basil leaves, (if the older kids want to do that, supervise them closely!), and add the chopped leaves to a half cup of softened butter along with a pinch of salt.  Mix well and spread onto a warm ear of corn, and they won’t want plain buttered corn on the cob ever again! 
  • Melons are fresh and delicious this time of year, so let the kids use cookie cutters to cut sliced melon into fun-shaped snacks!  
  • It’s too hot to light the fire pit, so s’mores ice cream pops are what you need! Scoop softened marshmallow ice cream in small paper cups, add a popsicle stick, and freeze for an hour. Place some graham crackers in a plastic zipper bag, and have the kids crush them to pea-sized bits using a rolling pin or a heavy coffee mug. Paper cups can be peeled off the pops, and have the kids pour some chocolate hardening sauce over them, sprinkle with the graham cracker bits, let the chocolate set, and enjoy!   
  • Have a milkshake bar!  The Spruce has a great guide for making milkshakes of all kinds with a basic recipe and 18 different add-ins for a one-of-a-kind shake. 
  • Let’s not forget the fresh veggies that are in season:  slice some yellow and zucchini squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, and have the kids carefully put them on a skewer, adding some grape tomatoes.  Offer some cheesy dip or hummus, and the kids will devour these veggie kabobs! 

There are so many benefits to cooking together.  Taking the children shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers market or harvesting in your garden help them understand where their food comes from.  Getting them to help with meals and snacks not only fights boredom, but encourages them to enjoy making the foods they eat, as well as developing an openness to trying new things.  And you never know–you may have a chef in the making! 

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Teri Isner is the team leader of Orlando Avenue Top Team and has been a Realtor for over 24 years. Teri has distinguished herself as a leader in the Orlando FL real estate market. Teri assists buyers looking for Orlando FL real estate for sale and aggressively markets Orlando FL homes for sale.

You deserve professional real estate service! You obtain the best results with Teri Isner plus you benefit from her marketing skills, experience and ability to network with other REALTORS®. Your job gets done pleasantly and efficiently.  You are able to make important decisions easily with fast, accurate information from Teri. The Orlando Avenue Top Team handles the details and follow-up that are important to the success of your transaction.

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