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Month: October 2016

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I always say to my self, “Oh after this life will slow down,” or “after this I will have some free time.” But somehow life continues to be busy and fly by as fast as the leaves falling from the trees. Mostly good things of course, so I wanted to share what I’ve been busy planning for in the coming weeks and invite you to some fun social gatherings that also double as charity events. Tis the season!

 

This Sunday I will be modeling my friend Katie’s boutique’s winter line, Glamour Defined, at the Paint It Pink Event at the Hilton Garden Inn. It is a style show and brunch that benefits the Wig Program at Avera McKennan to help women who have lost their hair through cancer. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding event! I have donated my hair twice before and plan to again in the next year. Even what you consider a small thing can be a great blessing to someone else. I hope you join us this Sunday at 11!

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[2013 when I donated 11 inches of my hair]

 

Next Thursday, October 27th is the Keller Williams BOO event from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Bring your kids to 5915 S Remington Place by 57th and Western for a Halloween party! Every mom, dad, super hero, elsa and scary creature is welcome! There will be indoor games, prizes and trick-or-treating. But the most fun is the group costume the 605 Advantage Group is planning. There are nine of us participating, it’s real estate related and I’m sure you have all played in this world before. Those are my clues, stop by Thursday to see what we are! Happy Halloween!

 

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[Kids at last years BOO! event]

 

Our most anticipated event this year is the first annual 605 Holiday Extravaganza! And it’s going to be as epic as it sounds. Mark your calendar for December 10th from 3 – 6 p.m. for a holiday open house where you can take free pictures with santa, visit Santa’s reindeer, snack on delicious appetizers and keep the kids occupied with fun Christmas activities. Along with a generous donation from Plain’s Commerce Bank, we will be collecting items to be donated to the Children’s Home Society. Click here to view their wish list and donation ideas. If I don’t have your address and you would like to come, please message me! More info to come as we get closer to the event.

 

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[Tip Top Camel & Reindeer will bring Santa’s reindeer to our event]

 

 

Along with these events I hope you join me in, my next couple months will include a trip to the east coast, family visiting Sioux Falls from Washington and Maryland, Thanksgiving, two work Christmas parties, a wedding, my husbands birthday, and Christmas.

I was quite mistaken to think life would slow down soon! What are you looking forward to most this holiday season? Do you have an event you would like me to share? Best of luck fitting everything in your schedule and happy holidays!

New Orleans Architecture Post Katrina

A week ago I was boarding a plane with my husband to explore a new city. A close friend of mine since high school lives in New Orleans with her husband while he finishes medical school, so we thought we’d jump at the opportunity to visit them while we could.

New Orleans is beautiful. And now with my real estate background, I appreciate the variety and style of homes every town has to offer even more. Imagine an entire city of McKennan Park, and that is New Orleans. Almost every home has a porch, beautiful greens hanging and unique paint colors. Even the lower income housing had a flair about it you can only find in New Orleans.

 

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[I was surprised by the number of palm trees around]

 

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[Every home had a fence surrounding it]

 

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[Typical adorable New Orleans home] 

 

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[Keller Williams Listing in the Garden District]

 

Along with the immaculate homes lining St. Charles and Napoleon Avenue,  there are still homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina 11 years ago. After the hurricane, many people chose not to return to New Orleans, leaving their homes vacant and inhabitable. The lower income districts were hit the hardest, and while many have been repurchased and remodeled, it is not hard to find houses with spray paint still on the walls and boarded up windows.

 

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[The 9-13 marked in blue means that is when the rescue team left the house] 

 

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[Rescue teams identified themselves on the houses they visited. TFW stands for Taskforce Wildcat, West Virginia National Guard]

 

The culture, architecture and food in New Orleans is like no city I have experienced. A quick 4-night stay was not nearly long enough, so we look forward to our return! I would love to share more about my trip, so if you want to know more about the city, give me a shout! [605.261.8396]

 

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Taste of Sioux Falls

An event where there is wine, well-dressed people and food stations from the best chefs in Sioux Falls? Sign me up!  Last week Jaime and I attended The Taste of Sioux Falls, a fundraiser to benefit the downtown SculptureWalk. As you know, we love downtown Sioux Falls and will jump at the chance to support the growth of businesses and programs that make downtown shine.

The SculptureWalk features 56 sculptures year round from artists all over the country and is run by volunteers with a goal “to be the highest quality, most professional, financially strong, artist friendly, year-round outdoor sculpture program in the United States.” This inventive way to display art adds pizazz to Phillips Avenue and bolsters DTSF’s reputation as one of the state’s most unique destinations.

 

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The second annual Taste of Sioux Falls began with a branded wine glass and a large plate to take to all of the food stations. We then could select which small plates we wanted from each restaurant. Everyone brought their A game but dare I say my favorites were the tacos from Look’s Market and the beef from Grille 26. We spent the evening grazing on delicious food, enjoying the view and venue at Raven Industries, and connecting with friends and acquaintances. We wished it would have gone on forever.  The sweetest cherry on top was finding out these chefs and their restaurants donated their time and resources to be there, all in the name of art and community.

 

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[Round one included items from Ode to Food and Look’s Market]

 

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[Friends Allison and Tyler Blake helped us close the place down]

 

What do you love most about downtown? What are you hoping to see downtown in the future? What are ways you support Sioux Falls? So many questions, so little time. I’d love to hear some of your thoughts, so shoot me a text or email and we’ll grab coffee on me downtown. [605.261.8396]

 

Already looking forward to next year’s Taste of Sioux Falls to see what all the talented chefs will create! Click here to learn more about the SculptureWalk.