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Things To Do Gainesville FL: 18th Annual Spring Plant Sale

March 24, 2017 · No Comments

When: Saturday, March 25, 2017
Sunday, March 26, 2017

9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Where: UF Greenhouses
2475 Memorial Rd.
Gainesville, FL 32611

This year, we have been working hard to produce thousands of homegrown coleus plants using only varieties developed at UF. The exclusive ‘Gator Glory’ variety will be made available for sale again this year, as well as newly released coleus varieties and old favorites! We will also have a variety of garden perennials, annuals, trees, and landscape bushes. Our annual plant sale is our primary fundraiser and proceeds are used to support our club and community service activities.

Check out our Facebook Page to learn more!

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Tips for Adding a Fence on Your Property

March 22, 2017 · No Comments

Owning a home is a wonderful thing, but you should always be really careful to make the best choices if you make changes to the outside of your home and this includes putting up a fence of any kind.  There are a few tips for adding a fence to your property that you might want to take into consideration before doing so and some of those are listed below.

  1. Before putting up a fence on your property be sure to talk with your neighbors about it. You need to keep in mind that you are not only putting up a fence in your backyard but you are also adding a fence to your neighbors land as well.  Talk with the neighbors that your fence will directly affect and discuss such things as property lines and types of fencing etc.
  2. Another thing to consider when adding a fence on your property is the color of the fence and also the style.  Will the color and style of your fence match your home?  If you need ideas of what style fence will look good with your house consider looking online at some ideas.
  3. You may want to consider planting trees to use as a fence if you decide you can’t find a style of fencing that will look good with your homes style. Cypress and pines are great for this type of privacy fencing and they never go out of style.
  4. If you decide to add a wooden fence, be sure that you know you will have to take care of it and paint or stain it every so often. If you want something that has less maintenance than that you may want to purchase a vinyl fence.
  5. You may want to consider cost as well when deciding what type of material you want your new fence made out of. Keeping within your budget is always a good idea when adding to your home.
  6. Longevity of the fence material is another thing to keep in mind when choosing fencing for your property. You don’t want to purchase a material that will need to be replaced sooner than you wish for it to.

These are just a few tips for adding a fence of any kind to your property.  Once you have gone over these tips you should be able to choose more wisely than you would have without them.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Spring Garden Festival

March 17, 2017 · No Comments

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This is Gainesville’s premier horticultural event. The Spring Garden Festival features about 175 booths offering plants, landscape displays, garden accessories, arts and crafts, educational exhibits and, of course, foods. Also featured are live entertainment and live auctions. The children’s area is included with the admission price and includes potting up a plant to take home, a photo opportunity, a bean bag toss, and many arts and crafts, such a making a tissue paper butterfly, newspaper hats, and coke bottle flowers. Parking is free and two off-site parking areas are serviced by shuttle buses. Admission is $8 for Adults and $5 for children three to thirteen. Cash only (no credit cards) at these events. A $2 discount is given for members of Kanapaha. No pets allowed during the festival please.

Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
4700 Southwest 58th Drive
Gainesville, FL 32608

Learn more here: Event Website

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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How to Use Color to Brighten Up Your Neutral Home

March 15, 2017 · No Comments

adding color to brighten your house

Many houses these days tend to have very neutral colors in them.  One reason for this is because painting your house neutral can sometimes make it easier to sell.  If you plan to stay in your home for more than a few years, why not use a bit of color to brighten up your neutral home.  Below is a list of a few colors you might want to try and where you might want to think about using them!

  1. You might think that magenta would be a bit bright to use as a wall color in your home, but you may want to give it a try!  You don’t have to paint the entire room this color, why not just paint one wall magenta and let the others be a neutral color.  This will help make your room a bit brighter than it otherwise might be as it adds a bit of pop and pizzazz.
  2. Another color you may not have thought about adding to your neutral home is purple. A good place to use a deep purple color in your home to brighten it up a bit is a bathroom or hallway.  Deep purples can add a touch of class to an otherwise drab area of your home.
  3. You can also use blue and shades of blue to help brighten things up a bit. A good place to use blue paint in your home would be the dining room, living room or den.  There are quite a few different shades of blue to choose from these days but don’t be afraid to choose a bright blue to make a room stand out.
  4. Green is another color that can help to brighten up your neutral home. You can choose from shades of green all the way from forest green to lime green.  It may be a good idea to use a more calming forest green for an office space and maybe a lime green for your child’s room.  Greens are also good for sunrooms as they tend to help bring a feel of the outdoors inside.

These are just a few ways to use color to brighten up your neutral home.  Hopefully it has got you thinking of how you want to bring more color into your life  and what rooms you want to add the color to.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Don’t Forget to “Spring Forward”

March 10, 2017 · No Comments

daylight saving time

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.
352-332-8841 or lindalu@gatorhomes.com

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Things To Do Gainesville FL: Art at the Archer Depot

March 10, 2017 · No Comments

When: Saturday, March 11, 2017
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Where: Downtown Archer Florida

Celebrating creativity in Archer, join the mingling of art, entertainment and good food from local artisans and artists.

Children’s activities and artwork, performances, unique gifts for purchase and much more…

Learn more here: Event Website

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Tips on Purging Items from Your Closet

March 8, 2017 · No Comments

If you are like most people you likely have a ton of stuff in your closet that you don’t really need.  There is something about having a full closet that makes one feel like they have all they need however the art of purging can make you feel so much better about life!  Below are a few tips on purging items from your closet to get you started in the right direction.

  1. When you begin to purge items from your closet  the best place to start is any clothing you haven’t worn in the last year.   A good way to figure this out if you struggle knowing what you have and haven’t worn is to turn all of your hangers backwards and as you wear a piece of clothing turn that hanger the opposite direction.  At the end of the year get rid of any clothes that still have the hanger turned backwards.
  2. Most likely you have a ton of shoes that you haven’t worn lately in your closet. A good idea for purging when it comes to shoes is to just look at them.  Do they have any holes or a lot of wear and tear?  If your answer to either question is yes then it is time to purge those particular shoes.
  3. Many of us have clothes in our closet that we simply can no longer fit into.  If this sounds familiar, do yourself and your closet space a favor and toss those clothes out.  Why waste much needed space in your closet with clothing you can no longer wear.   Make this fun by going out and purchasing a few new clothing items that fit you.  It’s always fun to purchase new clothes!
  4. If you have any clothes in your closet that you absolutely love but they have stains on them that just won’t come out….throw them away and purchase the same shirt or pants new if you just have to have them.
  5. T-Shirts and promotional clothing can also take up space in your closet that is unnecessarily wasted space. Find a spot or a drawer in which you can place these types of items if you feel the need to keep them for nostalgic reasons.

These are just a few ways in which you can get started purging items  from your closet to make the space a more useful and functional area.   Take what ideas work best for you and leave the rest.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do In Gainesville FL: Yoga with Janke

March 3, 2017 · No Comments

Start your week with Yoga with Janke!

When: Monday, March 6, 2017 – 5:30 to 6:30

Where: 2401 SW Archer Rd, Gainesville, FL 32608

Did you know that Yoga is proven to reduce stress, increase flexibility and increase mindfulness? UF HealthStreet is hosting FREE yoga courses with our wonderful, certified instructor, Janke. Classes are weekly, Monday’s, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Stop by earlier to learn about all the wonderful resources HealthStreet can provide for you and your family’s health. We are located at 2401 SW Archer Road, Gainesville, Fla. To let us know you’re coming, please call (352) 294-4880.

Learn more here: HealthStreet

 

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Tips for Working from Home

March 1, 2017 · No Comments

Working from home can be an amazing thing if you get the chance to do it.  Working from home can open up an entirely new world to someone who has always had to work outside of them home.  It can be extremely comfortable to work from home for many reasons; one being you can stay in your pajamas all day if you choose to do so.  If you are someone who doesn’t mind spending the day alone away from other colleagues, then working from home might just be for you!  Take a look at these few tips for working from home so that you will know more about whether or not you want to give it a try.

  1. The best way to work from home is to make space in your home that is specifically for working.  If you let work spill over into other parts of your home you are more likely to lose paperwork and turn your home sanctuary into a stress filled place that no one wants to spend time in.  Your home (even if you work in it) should be a place of rest and relaxation where you go to get away from it all.  Keep it that way by using this first tip.
  2. Another tip for working from home is to set time boundaries for your work. If you work from a computer and you have a family that needs taking care of, it is best that you set your work schedule around your family time.  This way you won’t end up losing out on quality family time by spending that time on your computer away from those you love.  If it is possible spend only a certain designated time of the day working on your job.   If you need to turn off work email notifications in order to accomplish this, so be it.
  3. Use technology to stay in touch with those you work with. When you work in an office and you have a question about your job or something that needs to be discussed, all you have to do is pop in to another office and talk about it.  Working from home  can sometimes cause communication gaps between you and those you are working for or with.   Keeping those lines of communication open through email and/or video chat is most beneficial and many times can be crucial to your job.

Again, working from home can be the best thing since sliced bread, just do your part to make sure it doesn’t overtake your everyday life.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

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Things To Do In Gainesville FL: Growing Peaches, Plums and Apples

February 24, 2017 · No Comments

When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County
2800 NE 39 Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32609

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Learn how to grow apple, plum, nectarine, and peach trees in Alachua County. Planting, pruning, fertilization, watering, and pest control will be covered. Participants will develop a management plan for growing the fruit.

Registration is $5.00 for class. You can pre-register through Eventbrite with additional fee at the event website. No refunds. Limited to 50 participants.

For more information about this program call 352-955-2402.

Courtesy Gainesville FL Realtor Linda Luetjen.

 

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