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Summer Break

It has been fall for officially one week and we are just now feeling the cool in the air, seeing pumpkins on doorsteps and accepting that summer 2017 is in the past. It’s a bittersweet time of year for me because you cannot deny the beautiful changing colors, but I will forever be a summer girl at heart.

My ‘summer break’ from blogging has come to a close but I wanted to show you what I’ve been up to while taking a break from (some) technology.

 

[My cousins from Florida were here for a couple weeks so we spent time at Oakwood Lakes and the new Wagon Wheel restaurant! If your family camps, ask me about the great state park. ]

 

[The epitome of summer fun, working on my swivel ski tricks.]

 

[My clients moved in to a beautiful new home. I’m especially proud of first-time home buyers.]

 

[I tagged along to Vegas for my first buying trip for Halberstadt’s Men’s Clothiers. Fun to see my husband and father-in-law in action, and also get in some pool time.] 

 

[With help from my mom and grandma, I sent out another mass mailing of personalized letters. If I don’t have your address and you like FUN snail mail, message me!]

 

[We finally met our niece Marla when my sister-in-law and brother-in-law met us at the family cabin in Battle Lake, MN, for Labor Day weekend. We are loving our new role as aunt and uncle.]

 

 

This summer was mixed with just the right amount of work and play. Thank you for your support in allowing me to continue in this career, my life has been more full and whole ever since. I wish us all a fun and successful new season!

 

Instagram for Business – 7 Facts

After some thought and comparison, I find myself favoring Instagram over Facebook. I love the simplicity of Instagram and that it focuses on images. Facebook has more text which leads to more bragging, longer explanations of how great this or that cleanse is, and drawn out political debates. While that is my opinion for my personal page, I know it is imperative to engage in both when promoting a business. Instagram has a younger generation [side note: Does it blow anyone else’s mind how many ‘likes’ photos by 15-20-year-olds get?? I hope to prepare myself to tap in to that market when they get a little older].

A lot of my followers are on both Facebook and Instagram, but some are not, so it is important to reach as many potential clients as possible. Social media is the way of the world, and the more impressions you have out there the better.

 

[Follow @sweethomesiouxfalls on Instagram for posts about my real estate career and all things Sioux Falls.]

 

FACTS ABOUT INSTAGRAM

  1. Over half of all 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. are on Instagram.
  2.  Adult users in the U.S. have doubled since 2012.
  3. 31 percent of female internet users are on Instagram, compared to 21 percent of male internet users.
  4.  56 percent of Instagram users make $50,000/year or more.
  5. Instagram has about 400 million active daily users and 700 million active monthly users. 
  6. In 2017, top brands are posting 4.9 times per week on Instagram. This is a 50 percent increase from 2015.
  7. 48.8 percent of brands are on Instagram. This number is expected to rise to 70.7% by the end of 2017.

 

[Engaging with other businesses will give your page credibility and visibility.]

 

This post only scratched the surface about Instagram and has one simple take-away. IF YOU HAVE A BUSINESS AND WANT TO REACH THE UNDER THIRTY DEMOGRAPHIC, GET INSTAGRAM. I am not claiming to be an expert, but I believe I have a pretty good handle on social media and if you would like ideas for content, hashtags ect. I would LOVE to help. Let’s meet for coffee and talk about growing our businesses! Otherwise, stay tuned for a future post delving in to more specifics of Instagram!

 

Happy posting!

Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik

I know most people can relate that the gym is not their favorite place to be. If you are looking for an alternative to get your heart rate up outside of the gym, or need a class to get back in the groove of exercise, I can not recommend Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik enough. I have been to other Zumba classes but they fail in comparison to her energy and spunk. You can truly feel she cares about her students before, during and after class.

I started going to Zumba Fitness with Dawn Szymik in 2012  shortly after college and I had an unexpected move back home. I was feeling lost and the routine of this class and the regular endorphins helped me find happiness in that time of transition. I will always have a special place in my heart for Zumba. Read about Dawn and her classes below!

 

[Dawn came to my wedding to instruct 3 songs during the dance. Fun surprise for my guests!]

 

What led you to becoming a Zumba instructor?

I was in a severe car accident in 2005 and was unable to function very well after that physically or mentally. I pretty much had given up hope of feeling normal ever again. Until one day I was encouraged to see a chiropractor (which I had seen a ton) and he said to just give him a chance. What’s the worst that could happen, not get better? Long story short he gave me my life back!! Zumba had come to Avera McKennen Fitness center and once cleared, I was determined to take a class. I had loved dance growing up so I new I would like it. Once cleared I took my first class and my life was forever changed!! I was a student for awhile then became an instructor and I never looked back!

 

[Dawn doing what she does best. Photo by The Photography Shoppe]

 

How is Zumba different than going to the gym?

Zumba is different than going to a gym because its not your basic treadmill or elliptical machine. Who really gets excited about jumping on one? lol Zumba is WAY more FUN and you don’t even realize how hard you are working because its so fun! But not only that its like taking a happy pill, it mentally changes you as well! You meet amazing people in a zumba class. You feel free when we are done.

 

What is your favorite part about teaching?

My favorite part about teaching is watching my students let themselves go! Their smiles, laughter, yells! I cherish leading my students to feel the music and be happy! Hoping that after every class I could make someone feel free of worry and stress.

 

When and where are classes held?

My classes are taught at Kosama Sioux Falls and Wacko’s Comedy Club.

Monday’s 6-7pm @ Wacko’s Comedy Club 
Tuesday’s 6:45-7:45 Strong by Zumba @ Kosama
Saturday’s 10:30-11:30am Zumba
Sunday’s 3:00-4pm Strong by Zumba

Coming in the fall Thursday night Zumba 6:45-7:45pm @ Kosama

 

 

What is your favorite part about living in Sioux Falls?

My favorite part about living in Sioux Falls is my family and my student.

 

 

If any of those times work for you, let me know and we’ll go to a class! First one is on me. 😉

 

Remembering Tom Ellwein

Thirty years ago today my grandfather passed away from cancer. Two years and ten days before I was born. Even though I did not have the chance to meet Tom Ellwein, he comes up in conversation and I feel like I know the type of man he was. A caring teacher, family man and friend, he was on the quiet side with a calm temperament, but also had a great sense of humor.  And as you can see from the pictures, he was very easy on the eyes.

Talent is another quality my grandpa possessed and shared with the world. Soon after graduating high school, he and my grandma moved to Washington DC so he could play trombone with the marine band, also known as the president’s band. They played for inaugurations and other events at the white house, and also went on tour. What an honor and incredible life experience. After 20 years with the band, my grandparents moved home to Sioux Falls with their two children, my mom and uncle. He continued his passion for music by teaching lessons, and helped his kids with their instrument of choice, trombone and piano. He even made my mom practice with a broken wrist!

[A man in uniform]

[August 1940 in Bridgewater, South Dakota & wedding day November 6th, 1944]

 

While my talent with a musical instrument was mediocre ( I played the flute for 8 years), I loved being a part of the Lincoln High School Marching Band as a “flag girl” because music has been an important part of our family for generations. A good thing, because I met my own dreamy brass player of a husband while in the band.

When Jaime and my mom played an impromtu duet of a few Christmas songs this last year, I felt close to the man I never had the opportunity to meet, imagining when he and my mom would play duets together years ago. His memory will always live on through music.

[Jaime on trumpet, mom on piano playing The Christmas Song]

 

I hope everyone had a relaxing Memorial  Day weekend with family and friends and remembered those that have served our country in every capacity, and especially those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. May we serve those around us with the same giving and grateful heart.

 

 

La Nostra Casa in Italia

Last week I returned home from my first time to Europe. I would say this was a trip of a lifetime, but it is more like the first of a lifetime. Traveling has been a love of mine for a long time and I am blessed to have been as many places as I have. I love hearing the history of an area while experiencing it first hand. I learned a lot on this trip, ate an obscene amount of carbs and saw beautiful sites, but I am going to focus on sharing the home we rented in Tuscany, Italy, for 5 days as a family. This is a real estate blog after all. I would love to share more about my trip over coffee…. or pasta!

The home we rented is owned by IT and computer guru Bruno, and staffed with the most genuine couple, Marinela and Rafeal. The house is over 800 years old with tons of character and is tucked away from most civilization in the countryside of Tuscany. I took great video on my iphone but it did not transfer to my computer clearly, so I leave you with pictures!

 

[Front of the house. Enter to the left through a small courtyard to the front door.]

 

[Entry way. Kitchen to the right, living room to the left, upstairs via the back left]

 

[In the kitchen with Marinela and Rafeal right before dinner]

 

[Dining room where we enjoyed dinner and a fire every night.]

 

[Oldest room in the house. Once used as storage shed. Check out the ceiling!]

 

[One of the bedrooms upstairs. Cozy.]

 

[Master Bedroom]

 

[Porch area leading in to the kitchen.]

 

[Taking in some sunshine on east side of the house.]

 

[Back of the house from the garden area.]

 

[Stunning view down the road from our house]

 

 

If you are in the market for a villa in Tuscany, I hear he might be ready to sell.  😉

 

Grazie per aver letto!

Sioux Falls 2040

It sounds strange to even say 2040, let alone think about what life will be like in Sioux Falls 23 years from now, but that is Urban Planner Albert Schmidt’s job on a daily basis. He makes sure that land is being used in the right way, and the correct infrastructures are being put in place that make sense for the future and flow of growing Sioux Falls.

My real estate team, 605 Advantage Real Estate Group with Keller Williams Realty Sioux Falls, took a field trip this week to city hall to learn more about urban planning with Albert. I have to say I was a bit overwhelmed with all the information, but I know that Albert is an expert at what he does and is a wealth of knowledge for when I have questions.

 

[Listening to Albert’s presentation]

 

If you are interested in information about planning and building in Sioux Falls, click here. If you want to listen in on city council meetings to learn more about the progress of projects, click here.  A hot topic right now that Albert also knows the in’s and out’s of, is the floodplain issue. If you have questions if your home or potential home is in a floodplain, please reach out and I will get the correct information for you!

 

[Looking at the Sioux Falls 2040 map]

 

While a ton of man power goes in to planning the growth of a city,  most of it is tentative plans. Things can change quickly, so be sure you are getting the most up to date information if you have questions about zoning, flood plains or long term plans. I am always available for questions and to research all kinds of information, so please contact me by call or text at 605.261.8396.

By 2040 the Sioux Falls population is expected to be between 250,000 and 280,000 people.  How exciting to live in such a thriving city!

Bringing Charlie Home

I’m a new mom! A dog mom that is. Bringing a new member in to the family, whether that be of the human or furry kind, is a big adjustment. Everyone needs to discover their new role to make the household flow as easy as before the addition. While it was a tough decision to bring a puppy in to the house with our two overly adored cats, we are so glad we did.

I got a case of puppy fever that I could not shake, which left me searching the internet for rescue programs in the tri-state region. Jaime and I will some day bring home a golden retriever but we also felt called to bring home a rescue pup. I found lots of great organizations, but the one that had a litter of puppies that caught our eye was Happy Tails Rescue. It is a non-profit foster program in the Minneapolis area that rescues cats and dogs until they can find their forever home. If you are in the market for a dog I highly suggest checking out their Facebook page!

After meeting him at an adoption event, we drove to and from Maple Grove, MN, last Tuesday to pick up Charlie.  While Jaime and I grew up with dogs, this is our first dog as adults. This is a new adventure for us and think the first week as puppy parents has gone quite well.

 

[Charlie at 8 weeks]

[Doesn’t get any sweeter than that. Mom is pictured below and listed as a cocker mix. Dad is unknown.]

[This is mom, Pamela, who was also in the foster program. She was adopted last week along with her 6 puppies. We hope our pup is as cute and sweet as her!]

 

Tips For House Training

  1. Regular Feeding Times – We feed Charlie twice a day at roughly the same time for his consistency
  2. Crate Training – Charlie sleeps in his crate at night and has done surprisingly well. We get up once in the night to let him potty, but there was only crying the first two nights home. Dogs do not want to soil where they sleep so it teaches them to hold it.
  3. Treats And Praise – When Charlie goes outside we give him a small treat and lots of praise. After one week he is now going to the door when he has to go. We have to act fast, but I think we’re headed in the right direction!

 

[Our friend Mesa at the 12th street dog park]

 

Who are my fellow puppy lovers out there? We will now be having all meetings and appointments at the dog park. Call or text 605.261.8396 or visit my Facebook page, Charlie and I would love to get together!

 

The Last Jewel In The Crown of Historic Downtown

Downtown Sioux Falls is vibrant. Downtown Sioux Falls is growing, beautiful, full of action, and home to many successful local businesses that make this community unique. But there is one building that has a lot of catching up to do to compare to the rest of the area.

The State Theater on Phillips Avenue opened in 1926 as the grandest theater in the Sioux Falls region. This focal point of downtown showed movies for many years  but eventually closed in 1990 due to disinterest in downtown. It’s fascinating to watch trends in history as we now are going back to a more local and authentic vibe over the mall and big box retailers.

Notable Dates:

2001 – The Sioux Falls Film Society replaces the leaking roof.

2009 – The State Theatre is awarded the Chamber Appeals Campaign in 2011 for $1.25 million.

2013 – The State Theatre Chamber Appeals Campaign meets and surpasses its goal, raising $2.3 million.

2014 – The lobby, foyer, main level restrooms, basement renovations are all completed.

February 26, 2017 was the first year the Stars, Statues and The State event could be in the actual state theater instead of an offsite location. It’s one of my favorite events of the year as little Sioux Falls gets to experience a little bit of Hollywood by watching the Oscars on the big screen, dining on delicious food and seeing familiar faces dressed to the nines.

 

[The State Theater ready for all its guests. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]

 

[Inside the State Theater getting ready for the Oscars party. Photo courtesy of The State Theater.]

 

My mother-in-law Marcie Halberstadt has everything to do with the event going off flawlessly so it is fun to see her hard work come to life. There are many talented people in Sioux Falls that come together to make this event successful, I wish I could name them all.  It sure is a glamorous evening that I encourage you to attend next year! This event raised over $300,000 this year which will go towards the auditorium, stage and balcony. If you are interested in donating to this project, click here.

 

[In the balcony area of the State Theater. Lots of work to be done, but still beautiful.]

 

[CH Patisserie and Chef Dominique’s provided the most beautiful and delicious food!]

 

[Halberstadt family on the red carpet. Photo courtesy of the State Theater]

 

This was my first time in the State Theater that I have heard so much about. What has been completed is absolutely stunning, and what still needs to be restored looks like hours and hours of work. But it will get done. And I can imagine its beauty already. So looking forward to having this last jewel completed for our community and generations to come. It really is sweet home Sioux Falls.

 

 

Steinberg Shares Strength

The majority of us created health goals at the beginning of the new year. Flash forward five weeks, it’s pretty easy to gradually fall off the bandwagon (I may or may not be talking from experience).

Jason Steinberg is a strength and conditioning specialist in Sioux Falls and is just the person to provide the motivation and guidance we all need to meet our goals. And he can help in the comfort of your own home! About 30% of his business is spent with in home clients. Lack of equipment can be a challenge with in home workouts, but with a couple hand weights, resistance band and/or just body weight, he can create a work out plan that produces real results.

5 Elements of a Healthy Lifestyle

  1. Exercise
  2. Diet
  3. Sleep
  4. Stress Management
  5. Supplements 

Jason can provide support and accountability for all 5 areas of a healthy lifestyle. He stopped by my own home and showed me some basic moves that can still provide a killer work out outside of the gym. Check out the pictures below!

 

[When working out at home it’s still important to stretch and warm up before activity]

 

[Resistance training will burn calories longer]

 

[No need to drive to get a work out in]

 

[Be more comfortable in your own home than a gym]

 

[Circuit work outs are best when trying to lose weight]

 

To learn more about Jason and the services he provides, visit his website siouxfallsfitnesstrainer.com. He loves helping people and creating unique plans for each individual he works with.

Are you ready to step up your home work outs with a personal gym in your home? Whether that means room for a treadmill or a whole room devoted to work out machines, I can help you find the home that supports a healthy lifestyle. Visit my Facebook page or give me a call/text at 605.261.8396 to chat about your goals!

 

 

 

Snow Day!

After a few stretches of bitter cold, we had days in the 30s. I could see spring at the end of the tunnel, or so I thought. Six plus inches later, Sioux Falls woke up to a winter wonderland this morning! While the positives of home ownership outweigh the negatives, snow removal is certainly not one of the highlights.

Here are a few tips for snow removal and living in this frozen tundra we call home.

 

[side note: It’s hard to smile when it’s snowing]

 

TIPS FOR HANDLING THE SNOW

  • Step in the direction you are throwing the snow when shoveling, instead of twisting at the waist.
  • Never leave your gas meters covered in snow or ice. A buildup of ice and snow on your meter can clog the vent and hinder the operation of the gas pressure regulator. This also prevents the flow of natural gas.
  • Make sure your tires have enough tread. Consider snow tires.
  • Make sure your furniture isn’t blocking your home’s heating vents.

 

Ticketing and Towing Policies and Procedures

“The fine for parking on an emergency snow route after two inches of snow has fallen, or parking in violation of Zone 1, 2, or 3 parking regulations during a snow alert, is $35 and increases to $70 if not paid after seven days without filing an appeal, or more than 48 hours after a hearing officer’s decision.”

 

DUTY TO REMOVE SNOW

According to a city ordinance, “the owner or person in possession of any property abutting on any sidewalk shall keep the sidewalk free from snow and ice and shall remove any snow or ice from the sidewalk within 48 hours after the termination of any snow fall, snow or ice accumulation.”

 

[Photo from the Argus Leader]

 

A big snowfall is always bittersweet for me. The inconvenience of a slower commute time and the absence of a snow blower at my home can be frustrating at times, but the beauty of the trees and the fun the kids and dogs have in it make it worth it. If you are in need of assistance with snow removal, reach out to me and I will get you in touch with a service.

Also, I read in the Argus this morning that “in 2016, the city spent $65,000 on curb repair, specifically from plow damage”. If you have damage you can visit the city’s web site or call public works at 605-367-8255. You will then be added to a list of repairs to be done over the summer.

 

Embrace the good and bad of this season and enjoy the SNOW day!

 

 

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