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Games That Will Make Your Housewarming Party a Win

Games That Will Make Your Housewarming Party a Win

Games That Will Make Your Housewarming Party a Win

You now hold the key to your new home, congrats! This is definitely a new chapter to celebrate, especially if you are a first-time home buyer. A housewarming party is the perfect way to introduce your friends and family to your new space and celebrate. Perhaps even extend some invitations to your new neighbors so you can get to know one another!
 
A fun way to entertain your visitors and get everyone to interact is through playing games! While you may choose to play cards, board games, or whatever you have available, having house themed activities will make this experience even more memorable for you and your guests. You may even hand out prizes to the winners! Here are a few fun games everyone will enjoy:
 

Room Memory

Test your guests’ memory while having them together in small groups! Choose one of the rooms in your house and allow a small number of people in for 2-minutes at a time. When they leave, ask them particular questions about the room such as “what color was the rug?” or “name how many picture frames there are.” The team with the most accurate responses is the winner.
 

Don’t Lose Your Key

For this game you will need keys and lanyards. You can find a pack of keys on Amazon here, or if you have old keys you could get rid of, that works too. Choose 1-3 words your visitors will not be able to say throughout the whole event. Welcome your guests and give them a key as soon as they arrive. Explain that they are free to keep their home key for the entire party, however, if they may not say any of the forbidden words. When another guest overhears one of these words being mentioned, they are able to take a key from that guest. Toward the end of the celebration, have everyone count how many keys they have. The winner will be person with the most keys!
 

House Hunting

An exciting way to have your guests tour your new home is to make a scavenger hunt! You will need to hide random items throughout the house for players to find. Your guests can play individually or you can split them up into teams. You will give them a list of the items they must find and then set a timer for five minutes for them to search around your home. The team or individual that finds the most items at the end of the game wins!
  
 
Buying a home is a significant achievement, no matter how you choose to celebrate. If you are still looking for your dream home in the Central Florida, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help!

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Nile Ethiopian Restaurant: Savory Cuisine in Orlando

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant: Savory Cuisine in Orlando

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant: Savory Cuisine in Orlando

Ethiopian food

Orlando Florida’s International Drive may be a hot spot for tourist attractions, but it is also home to Nile, a restaurant where you can indulge in mouth-watering authentic Ethiopian cuisine. The beautifully decorated award-winning establishment opened its doors in 2006 and has been serving a wide range of genuine and delectable meals prepared with house spices ever since.

Eating Ethiopian food is quite a unique experience. The cuisine, while typically enjoyed with friends and family, is presented on a communal plate, which encourages people to share their meal. The food on this plate, which ranges from lamb, fish, poultry, beef, vegetarian and vegan options, is placed on top of a soft and spongy pancake-like food called injera.

Injera’s taste is slightly sour and is created with teff, a grain that is crushed into flour, mixed into a batter, slightly fermented, and then cooked into a huge circular form on a heavy skillet. You are then given extra rolls of injera, used to scoop up the food on the plate. A good piece of advice: don’t forget to also eat the injera at the bottom of the dish, as it soaks up delicious flavors from the food on top.

Nile Ethiopian Restaurant truly creates the ultimate memorable experience by combining authentic cultural ambience with excellent customer service. Whether you are simply visiting on vacation or are simply just looking for things to do in Central Florida, we highly recommend you make your way to Nile!

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5 Tips When Downsizing Your Home

5 Tips When Downsizing Your Home

5 Tips When Downsizing Your Home

Houses

Most older individuals will contemplate downsizing or relocating to a home in a retirement community as they get older. Around 51% of retirees aged 50 and above downsize their houses once they retire and 77% of seniors intend on remaining in their current place of residence. It could be wise to downsize if you notice you have a lot of unnecessary extra space or too much clutter, you’re lacking the social connections you want, or the cost to maintain your current home isn’t practical.

If you are thinking about moving into a 55+ community or smaller house, here are five tips for downsizing your home:

Begin as early as possible and pace yourself

Starting your home downsizing project as soon as possible will give you time to get organized while avoiding any last minute stresses when getting rid of clutter when you finally relocate.

Place emphasis on what you’re getting rather than what you’re losing. Change is never easy, and there will be difficult days ahead. Take into account how your life will improve as a result of these adjustments. By starting your home downsizing project early, you will also have the time to spend enjoying your days and loved ones rather than cleaning, working, or searching for stuff.

 

Start small and concentrate on one room at a time

Trying to focus on what needs to get done in your entire home may feel like a large overwhelming project. Make a plan to dedicate time to one room at a time. We suggest taking care of practical must-haves in the beginning such as bathrooms and kitchen. Save going through sentimental items such as heirlooms for later as these items are the most difficult to part with. By starting out with the essentials and saving the sentimental times for later, you may find it easier to decide on what to keep once you have gotten into a rhythm with the allocation of your must-have basics.

 

Sell, donate or give away

For each area, create and label containers for things you wish to maintain, donate (or give to loved ones), and discard. It’s tempting to make a “maybe” pile, but avoid this as much as you can! At the very least, limit it to only a few items. Taking away the “maybe” option motivates you to stay on track and avoid dedicating too much time fixating on one item.

 

Should you have possessions you are holding on to because you imagine you might need them later, take into account if their potential use is worth the space they are occupying. For many situations, particularly with furniture, media, and cookery, these objects may be simply replaced in the longer run, perhaps with an even better version.

 

Prior to giving up anything with emotional value, check with your relatives to be certain what you’re letting go of isn’t someone’s cherished item. It however is not advisable to retain something presuming it’s significant to another family member without first asking.  Recognize that your kids and loved ones may just appreciate a few belongings, no matter how precious they may be to you.

 

Go digital

Photographs, documents, videos and your kids’ artwork can take up a lot of room. While you don’t have to get rid of everything, you can capture these items into a small device you’re able to plug in and view at whenever you like. If you have a large amount of items to digitize, you can even pay a business to do it for you.

Get some help if needed

One of the most difficult aspects about downsizing is not having much knowledge on what to anticipate. Should you have any concerns or questions, talk to others who have gone through this process before. Getting a start on this project may get overwhelming, however, hearing about their experience may further motivate you to follow their footsteps.

 

When it comes to going through the downsizing process, it may be a good idea to ask friends or family members for help, especially with problem areas and tough jobs. They can assist you with staying organized, letting go of items as well as help with any heavy lifting needing to be done.

Housing is an essential subject as we age, whether we choose to stay in our current house or move. If you have any questions about buying a Central Florida retirement home, we are here to help you embark on your life’s next chapter by finding your next dream home.

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School Supply Drive for Students in Polk County

School Supply Drive for Students in Polk County

School Supply Drive for Students in Polk County

As summer vacation is vastly approaching its end, children will be getting their backpacks ready for a brand new school year right around the corner. It is notable to mention that Back to School Tax Free Week, previously lasting for three days, is now running from July 31st – August 9th. This will be the perfect time to purchase school items while spending less money!
 
There are people in our community that have found themselves in tough financial situations and just the need for these essential items has become an added stress. Fortunately, Bardell Real Estate is partnering up with the East Polk County Association of Realtors (EPCAR), along with other businesses, in organizing a back to school supply drive benefiting local Polk County students. EPCAR is asking for:
  • #2 pencils
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • erasers
  • colored pencils
  • folders
  • backpacks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • highlighters
  • scissors
  • rulers
  • crayons
  • index cards
  • glue
  • #2 pencils
  • pens
  • notebooks
  • erasers
  • colored pencils
  • folders
  • backpacks
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • highlighters
  • scissors
  • rulers
  • crayons
  • index cards
  • glue
Donations are currently be accepted from now until 8/6/2021. You may drop your contributions at our Bardell Real Estate office located at 9110 Hwy 192, Clermont FL 34714 during Mondays – Fridays between 9 AM – 5 PM. The EPCAR office in Winter Haven will also be accepting donations between 8:30 AM – 5 PM on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. 
 
The following EPCAR business partners and brokerages will also be collecting back to school supplies Mondays – Fridays:  
 
  • Century 21 Myers Realty (Auburndale)
  • Coldwell Banker Realty (Winter Haven)
  • I Think Realty (Winter Haven)
  • Organized Haven (Lakeland)
  • Paramount Title (Winter Haven)

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Orlando Cat Cafe: The Purrfect Coffee Spot

Orlando Cat Cafe: The Purrfect Coffee Spot

Orlando Cat Cafe: The Purrfect Coffee Spot

There nothing like being able drive from your Central Florida home to a destination where you can snuggle with precious kittens while devouring mouth-watering coffee. Lucky for you, there is an establishment in Clermont, Florida called the Orlando Cat Cafe where you can do just that. Given that today is National Kitten Day, the timing has never been better to scope this Central Florida location out!

What is the Orlando Cat Cafe?

Florida’s first cat cafe to open was an idea sparked by cat enthusiast, Sandra Cagan, when she grew inspiration while viewing a 2014 NBC news story about this very concept. By the beginning of the following year, she gathered a copious amount of research to formulate the purrfect business for making the Orlando Cat Cafe a reality. 
 
Situated in Clermont’s Cagan Crossings shopping center, the business opened to the public in September 2016. By forming a business partnership with Winter Garden-based Axum Coffee, an established coffee company, the two businesses have been working together in bringing people’s adoration for delicious coffee and snuggly cats together. 
 

What to Expect at Orlando Cat Cafe

As you enter the establishment, you will find yourself in Axium Coffee, first which will serve as your check-in point. While you may opt to just enjoy a freshly brewed cup of hot coffee while there, paw-lease scope out the delegated cat section to play with some furry friends. Perhaps, you may lock eyes with the cat of your dreams and decide to adopt your next best friend.

How Much Does it Cost to Play with the Cats?

Keep in mind Orlando Cat Cafe charges a small fee for an hour of playtime with these snuggly pets. Adults are charged $8 to access the play/adoption area, however, if you have a little one under the age of 12, their entrance fee will be $4. If you do happen to bring a child under the age of 12, make certain they are accompanied by a trusted adult chaperone.

 

Do I have to Make a Reservation for the Orlando Cat Cafe?

Although Orlando Cat Cafe accepts walk-ins when when visitors arrive without an appointment slot, it is highly advisable to make a reservation beforehand to avoid any possibility of being denied access due to crowds reaching over-capacity.

Are Kittens and Adult Cats Kept in the Same Space?

Orlando Cat Cafe ensures that kittens and adult cats are kept apart. The younger ones are placed inside a kitten tent away from any roaming adult cats until they reach an age where they may be safely placed in close proximity to the rest of the adult cats. Not to mention, younger cats exacerbate significantly more energy in addition to requiring more attention by their caregivers.

 

Coffee with a Feline-thropic Cause

A serving of Axum Coffee goes beyond satisfying your taste buds while granting you a boost of energy. Their mission thrives in assisting those living in Axum, Ethiopia to have a higher quality of life. The profits received by each coffee purchase are donated to Ethiopian inhabitants in need while focusing on the aim to provide accessible fresh water and more.

Whether you are visiting Central Florida as a tourist, scoping out the area’s phenomenal retirement communities or are simply just looking for things to do in Clermont, make sure to add Orlando Cat Cafe to your itinerary!

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