1. DIY- Build Your Own Mason Jar Herb Garden

    With BBQ season in full swing and Easter cooking around the corner, we thought it might be fun to start growing your own personal herb garden! There’s nothing quite like having fresh ingredients to add to a tasty salad or main dish! Not only will it add a pop of color to your garden, it also tastes great, too! This DIY project is quick and easy and is one that the whole family to get involved with. For a list of materials and simple instructions click here! Visit our Pinterest page for more fun DIY ideas!

    (Photo: http://camillestyles.com/uncategorized/transformed-mason-jar-herb-garden/)

     


  2. A Night to Remember

     

    A few weeks ago John Neal Homes hosted a very special Realtor® event celebrating the opening of their newest model home in the Haddington neighborhood of Country Club East in Lakewood Ranch. Homes start in the $400’s and up in this community depending upon your lot and upgrades. Their new Palmavera model offers a spacious, refreshingly open floor plan that overlooked a small lake.

    Inside the spacious kitchen, John Neal Homes had brought in the celebrity Chef Tommy Klauber, and his staff from Polo Grill and Fête Catering and Ballroom, located on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch.

    The honored guests enjoyed a wine tasting with about eight various wines to try from Michael’s Wine Cellar. An array of hors d’oeuvres from Fête Catering, were served. From Moll’s Mac & Cheese Balls to hand picked Mini Blue Crab Cakes with a sweet chili dipping sauce; each appetizer was to die for.

    While guests toured this stunning home, John Neal was available to answer any questions about the property and the available upgrades. Meanwhile, Chef Tommy Klauber, demonstrated how to make his Sarasota Seafood Pan Roast.

    This surely was a night to remember! Good wine, good-looking food, gorgeous homes and great cooking skills.

     

     


  3. Spring into March Events Around You

    Spring is just days away and for some, spring break is just around the corner.  For those of you staying home for the holiday, Sarasota and surrounding areas have a lot to offer!

    Check out some of these events happening around you.

    March 8- Yeehaw! The annual Arcadia All-Florida Championship Rodeo is taking place at the Rodeo Arena in Arcadia.  Come see how long these cowboys can stay on their bulls, barrel races, and bareback riding.  For ticket information, visit http://www.arcadiarodeo.com/.

    March 9- Chill lounge Night takes place in downtown Sarasota along Palm Avenue. The street is blocked off and turned into an outdoor nightclub/lounge with live music and lighting.  All proceeds benefit the United Cerebral Palsy of Sarasota-Manatee.

    March 15-24 The 77th Annual Sarasota County Fair will take place at the Sarasota Fairgrounds. Plan on staying all day, and eating a lot, because this fair has tons of delicious foods, games, and activities for all ages.  Visit the website for more information and directions.

    March 16- St Patty’s day is a pot of golden fun, especially at the Irish Celtic Festival taking place at Central Park in Lakewood Ranch.  Scavenger hunts, parades, foods, and music will make this a day to remember! Find more information here.

    March 23- Hop your way down to Lakewood Ranch for the EGGstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 2-13. Rumor has it the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance and there will be a petting zoo and face painters there as well.  The festivities begin at 9:30 am. Find more egg-cellent information here!

    What events will you be attending in March?


  4. Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy

    “The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.” –William Saroyan

    February is American Heart Month.  Heart disease kills about a 800 million people every year in the United States, or 1 in every three deaths.
    With larger portion sizes, technology that makes jobs easier, and  the everyday stresses associated with life, it seems like we can’t protect ourselves or families. But, there is great news. You can!

    We’ve put together a list of some things you can do with your family right now to help keep your hearts and bodies happy.

    1. You are what you eat

    Your diet has a direct relation to you health. Swap white grains for whole wheat, and water for soda. Limit your sodium intake and eat lots of fruits and veggies. Veggies can be expensive so consider making your own garden or attending local farmer’s markets. There are great farmer’s markets nearby your home that you can took a family trip to. Keep fatty and sugary foods out of the house and make these foods a special occasion, like if your child earns great grades this quarter. Getting children on healthy eating early will help them make better choices with eating growing up, too.

    2. Exercise as a Family

    One of the great things of living in Florida is warm weather year-round. Take a family bike ride, or visit a local park to go hiking. Sarasota has many parks for families of all ages. Are you water fanatics? Enroll in swimming classes or rent a kayak for the day. If you’re short on time, you can always take a stroll around the neighborhood.

     3. Don’t stress

    Even though stress is a normal part of life, no one likes to feel stressed all of the time. According to WebMD, stress can lead to problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, skin conditions, and even depression. Try mediation, taking deep breaths, or even give your self a massage. You can always have family discussions at the dinner table to help get things off your chest.

    Your family members hold the key to your heart. Keep those hearts healthy by trying out these tips today!