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Happy New Year! Good time for change.

We are settling into the New Year and for a lot of people that means new goals, new starts. The 2 biggest to do items on most peoples list: Setting Goals and Getting Organized…

Organization..

“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up” – A. A. Milne

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned”.-Benjmin Franklin

 

Did you know that January/February are considered national organization months?

Why should we organize?    You will have more balance in your life, you will be more productive, it can help you save money, helps manage time, it will reduce clutter and can help you prioritize.

Many of the stores offer sales on organizational tools bins, baskets, etc.  Check your local Targets, Walmart, IKEA, even the Dollars stores.  Always check the clearance aisle or end caps, sometimes you can get great deals on items that can be used. Also, check Pinterest,  and  You tube for organizing hacks . Below  are some links for tips, tools.

Web:

http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/clean-and-organize/your-top-10-organizing-tips

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/tips/g2610/best-organizing-tips/

http://www.allyou.com/budget-home/organizing-cleaning/organization-tips

Youtube:

https://www.youtube.com/user/HomeOrganizing

 

Goals….

 

“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.” Zig Ziglar

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”  Tony Robbins

“Goals enable you to do more for yourself and others, too.”-Zig Ziglar

 

Remember keep your goals S.M.A.R.T:

Specific

Measurable

Achievable

Realistic

Time-Based

Why set goals?

Why set goals? Many of us spend countless hours to thinking about our present life and future. Almost everyone wishes to change our lives. Whether it is family life, friendship, career or finances. We all want to change something. The first step is to set goals.

There are many reasons for why set goals. Below are a few:

  1. You take control of your life- A goal is like a map for life. It gives you direction and helps you choose where to go in life.  When you have achieved the goal, you improve your life and become a better version of yourself.
  2. Allows you to focus on important things-Goals help us to sort out what is important and what isn’t.  Only focus on the things that you want to achieve and spend precious time on them.
  3.  Good decisions-Goals help you identify and establish your priorities and make the right choices based on the long-term view of what is most important to you.
  4. You can finish the task efficiently-You will focus and concentrate your time and energy on the task. Keep away all the distractions and this make you efficiently.
  5. Self-confidence –When you set a goal and measure the achievement, you are able to see what you have done and what you are capable of. This process of achieving goals gives you the confidence and a belief in yourself.
  6. You will make progress-After you have achieved one goal, you will try to achieve higher goals. You will see big progress you have made, when you look back.
  7. Puts you closer to success- Goals are the starting point of success. A good start makes half the success.

 

 

 

Happy Holidays from our office….

As this year draws to a close we would like to wish you and your families a very Happy New Year and Merry Christmas. We thank you for your continued business and we hope this Holiday Season is a great one.

 

During this Holiday Season our offices will be closed Saturday, December 23, 2016 to  Tuesday, December 27, 2016 and Saturday December 31st to Tuesday January 3, 2017. We will resume our normal hours and showing schedule Tuesday December 27, 2016 and January 3, 2017.

Beware Scams…

scam-warning  It seems that around this time of year and through out the year there are many different scams, but recently we have received numerous calls regarding people claiming to be sent out from our company. If any person comes to your house claiming to be a vendor, DO NOT LET THEM IN!!  If we are sending a vendor to your property, they will always call you to schedule a date and time and let you know their company name and what they’re coming for.  If people are coming to your house unannounced, they are most likely up to no good and should not be trusted.  You may call our Maintenance Coordinator, Nancy directly at 916-597-2010 to confirm any suspicions you may have.

In General if people are asking for any personal information unless you are confident that they are who they say they are do not give out any information that would be considered private and confidential such as Social Security Numbers, Drivers License Numbers or Bank information, always ask for Identification, keep your doors locked, do not allow anyone in your house until you have verified credentials.

Happy Labor Day…..

labor day clip artThe Labor Day holiday and unofficial end of summer is fast approaching and soon Fall, Football and the Holiday season will be here.   Our office will closed Monday September 5th, 2016 and we will return to normal office hours Tuesday September 6th, 2016.

What is Labor Day and Why do we celebrate it?  http://www.history.com/topics/holidays/labor-day

Below are a couple of fun recipes for your Labor Day BBQ.

 

BBQ Pork

BBQ Teriyaki Pork Kabobs (from Allrecipes.com)

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 portobello mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 12 wedges
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 12 bite-size chunks fresh pineapple

Directions

  1. In a shallow dish, mix together 3 tablespoons soy sauce, olive oil, 1 clove minced garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. Add pork cubes, and turn to coat evenly with marinade. Cover, and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. In a saucepan, combine beef broth, cornstarch, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, brown sugar, 2 cloves minced garlic, and ginger. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Thread pork cubes onto skewers, alternating with mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, and pineapple chunks.
  4. Cook on grill for 15 minutes, or until meat is cooked through. Turn skewers, and baste often with sauce during cooking.

 

 

Salad

Strawberry Pretzel Salad

From:  www.momsletseat.com

1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels

4 1/2 tablespoons white sugar

3/4 butter

1 cup of white sugar

2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (6 ounce) package of Strawberry Jello

2 cups of boiling water

1 (16 ounce) package of frozen strawberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the pretzels, 4 1/2 tablespoons sugar and melted butter. Press into the bottom of a 9×13 inch pan. Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Set aside to cool completely.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the sugar and cream cheese until smooth. Fold in the whipped topping. Spread evenly over the cooled crust. Refrigerate until set about 30 minutes.
  3. In a medium bowl, stir together the gelatin mix and boiling water. Mix in frozen strawberries and stir until thawed. Pour over cream cheese mixture in pan. Refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 1 hour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourth of July

4th of july

The 4th of July is just around the corner. Are you looking for something to do below are some of the different links to events throughout Sacramento and Placer Counties, some are free, some are a require a charge:

 

The City of Elk Grove Red, White and Blue Salute: http://www.elkgrovecity.org/visitors/things_to_do/special_events/salute_to_the_red__white___blue.

Cal Expo Fireworks Event: http://calexpo.com/independence-day-celebration/

Spirit of Freedom Parade -Fulton Avenue: http://www.fecrecpark.com/wp/special-events/4thofjulyparade/

Rancho Cordova 4th of July Celebration -Hagan Park: http://www.ranchocordovajuly4th.com/

West Sacramento 4th on the Field,- Enjoy over 20 food trucks featuring some of the regions best local food.  Family friendly games, bounce houses, live music and a cocktail party for adults.  We will wrap up the fun with a fireworks extravaganza at 9:30. Purchase tickets here : http://www.ticketmaster.com/Fourth-on-the-Field-tickets/

Lake Tahoe Celebration Lights on the Lake: http://tahoesouth.com/events/lights-on-the-lake-fireworks/

Roseville Royer Park Activities: http://www.visitplacer.com/placer-county-calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=8032

Placerville:http://eldoradocountyfair.org/blast.html

Folsom Rode: http://www.folsomprorodeo.com/p/34

El Dorado Hills: July 3rd :http://eldoradohillstowncenter.com/fireworks-freedom-concert/

Carmichael: http://carmichaelpark.com/calendar-upcoming-events/?mc_id=1086

 

If you plan on celebrating in your own neighborhood, please check requirements with the local guidelines. Have a Safe and Happy Fourth of July.

 

 

Spring is Here……..

Spring is in full swing, everyone is starting to get a touch of spring fever and before you know it kids will be out of school and summer will be here. Before you hasten summer too quickly, though, you should consider the state of your property. You know what that means? Time for some spring cleaning! We’ve got a few tips to help you get your property back to its pre-winter state.

  • Figure out what really needs to be cleaned – Has it been months since your refrigerator or oven was cleaned out? Is the front closet stuffed full of coats and scarves? First figure out exactly what needs to be cleaned. A lot of stuff doesn’t get attention every week or even every month and needs a little bit more TLC in the springtime. Designate cleaning jobs for everyone in your household and then get started. It’s always easier with a list.
  • Clean out those closets/Declutter – You’ll notice that closets get really messy and full in the winter. It’s the perfect time of year to start donating to Goodwill. Still have that sweater from the annual Ugly Sweater Christmas party? Throw that in the Goodwill bag and prepare to donate. Put away sweatshirts, coats, scarves, gloves and other winter apparel somewhere that it will be out of the way, but where you’ll be able to easily find it next season
  • Take care of appliances – Anywhere you cook is bound to get messy. Even if you wipe down your counters and appliances every day, you still need to make a point to deep clean things. Your oven, stove, and fridge are especially vulnerable and can accumulate bacteria if they’re not carefully deep cleaned at least a couple of times per year. Throw out anything that’s expired and use baking soda and water to clean out your oven.
  • Floors and windows – For carpets, spring is a good time to hire a steam cleaning service. Try to get all of the stains that you may have accumulated during the winter. It’s also advisable to clean both sides of the window. Let some fresh air in and clean them inside and out for a visibly brighter home.
  • Change your air filter- this is a good time to clean or change your air filter depending on which kind you have. Changing and keeping the air filter clean will enable your air conditioning unit to run properly and efficiently.
  • If you have kids– Make it a game to clean, it will help the time go by faster and it will make the chores into something fun and hopefully a little more enjoyable.

 

Welcome to Our New Website!

 

We are excited to announce the launch of our new website! Our goal is provide a website that continually provides the proper tools and information to make you feel comfortable about your home whether you are a property owner or resident.

Our website will feature easy access to your online owner and resident portals; to view statements, ledgers, submit payments and much more. Also, you will find throughout the website there are helpful forms for both owners and tenants.

Residents will now be able to submit maintenance requests on the website. The “Resident Handbook” provides troubleshoot solutions for common maintenance problems.

Please feel free to give us your feedback as we will be introducing a blog that will give you additional tips, important information, links to articles, and seasonal events.

 

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