Don’t forget your sun screen!

Sun Safety is Soo Important!!  SPF 6??  Hmmmmm…..

Importance of sun safety

 

This week-end here in the Triangle is going to be filled with lots of outdoor activities to engage in.  Now we’re not at the beach but… The importance of sun screen & shade hats is becoming more and more apparent as melanoma skin cancer is on the rise. 

We are still early in the season of HOT HOT HOT, but don’t forget to consider sun safety as you head outside…

Do you remember when covering ourselves in BABY OIL was the fad to aid in capitalizing on any and all extra sun exposure possible!!  If only we knew then what we know now…  ouch!

Now North Carolina does have AMAZING beaches and mountains that attract people from all over.  This gorgeous state has beautiful beaches to the East and breath-taking mountains to the West, and the Raleigh-Cary Triangle area is the perfect area for outdoor living with close proximity to both… Don’t forget the terrific local parks, extensive trail system, and great city of Raleigh to stroll through. 

Offering LOTS of great reasons to soak in some sunshine!!

Importance of sun safety

 

Medical experts say Vitamin D is great for us, it’s good for our immune systems, is said to protect against some cancers, aids in bone health, and is arguably good for our complexions. But it certainly doesn’t mean a reddish/purple tint of burn is the way to go…  

 

Next time you go out and enjoy this beautiful North Carolina weather… don’t forget your sun screen! 

 

For more information on sun safety check out the sun safety alliance website.

North Carolina Continues to Lead the Nation in Recycling Efforts!

Computers & Electronics are Banned from NC Landfills Effective July 1st!!

used electronics

 

Excited to relay that beginning Friday, July 1st – computers and electronics are officially added to the list of items BANNED from North Carolina landfills.

 

 

North Carolina continues to push to keep items that are toxic and recyclable out of our landfills; and subsequently out of our aquifers as well!

recycle these items please

 

 

You may remember back in October 2009 when plastic bottles, wooden pallets and used oil filters were also added to the list of banned items.  I’m sure you remember if you own a home in Raleigh NC…  because you should be recycling these items for sure by now!

 

However as you know, a lot of education and resources goes into getting the word out to consumers about proper disposal of different items of waste ~ or a better term would be “commodities”.  Yet getting the word out is one of the biggest struggles after the laws have passed through legislation.  Wanna help?… Tell your friends!

 

Quick list of some other items banned from NC landfills::

Local Recycling - Material Reclamation Facility

 

  • Used Oil
  • Yard Waste
  • Aluminum Cans – yep… in North Carolina (just like plastic bottles) it is ILLEGAL to throw an aluminum can in the trash can
  • White goods (these are items like refrigerators, washing machines, hot water heaters, etc.)
  • Antifreeze
  • Whole scrap tires
  • Wooden Pallets
  • Lead Acid Batteries (we hope eventually ALL batteries will be on this list)
  • Oyster shells (I believe this one is more for restaurants – if you love oysters and eat them all the time, might want to call your local recycling & solid waste company).

 

If you live in Wake County, NC and have questions about how or where to recycle, Wakegov provides a great source on their website for information regarding recycling locations and information. 

Proud of North Carolina and the great efforts for a greener, cleaner future!  We can all make our planet a better place to live if we just pitch in!

 

22nd in our Tuesday’s Brain Teaser Series!

 

Tuesday Brain Teaser

 

 

Another opportunity to exercise our brains!!  Feeling Sharp?

 

Ahhh Tuesday!  Not too exciting of a day, it’s just… Tuesday. 
In an attempt to spice up the morning, this is the 22nd Teaser in the series!  
* Quick Rules Recap:
  • If you know the answer write “GOT IT” in the comments (if you like, brainstorm aloud in the comments if you’re unsure of the answer).
  • E-mail us at info@dev.raleighhomesonline.com your answer (instead of posting it directly in the comments section).
Around 5:00 we’ll announce the 1st person that guessed it right… the Sharpest Tac.
We hope you’ve seen some of our previous brain teasers but if this is the 1st… a brief overview of what this is about.  We had so much fun with our Holiday Brain Teasers we thought maybe we could add a bit of pizazz to Tuesdays with a round of Brain Teasers for all you sharp tacs out there!  

Every Tuesday… a new Teaser.  Some you may have seen elsewhere and some might be new, the plan is to keep them going for as long as we can think of them or find new ones to add. Have fun, and be sure to check in on Tuesdays!

Presenting the 22nd of our Tuesdays series:

Brain Teaser 22 from the St. Peter Team

Bring on your best guesses, and let’s see who’ll be the Sharpest Tac first…  Are you feeling Sharp Today? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

 

What’s your MAILBOX say about YOU?

What's your mailbox say about YOU?

 

 

A Mailbox is just a mailbox right?  

 

Well, not exactly here in the Raleigh/Cary area.  You see they take on a life of their own in a way…  Check out our mailboxes at our homes in Raleigh NC

 

 

 

 

 

What's your mailbox say about YOU?

What's your mailbox say about YOU?

 

They show us who loves great street presence and pride of ownership…

 

 

 

 

 

What's your mailbox say about YOU?

They’re used to get the word out about what’s happening in our families too!

It’s not uncommon to see pink or blue balloons floating above a mailbox driving around homes in the Raleigh/Cary area.  Balloons and decorations around here announce the arrival of a new member of the family…  Or to brag about a recent grad!

 

 

What's your mailbox say about YOU?

 

 

 

They also let us know which North Carolina University you support.  go wolfpack!

 

 

 

What's your mailbox say about YOU?

 

So the next time you’re out and about in the Triangle, be sure to take a closer look at our mailboxes…  you’re sure to learn something new about the neighborhood or your neighbors!!

One things for sure ~ around here they aren’t JUST for the mail!…

 

 

21st in our Tuesday’s Brain Teaser Series!

 

Tuesday Brain Teaser

 

 

Another opportunity to exercise our brains!!  Feeling Sharp?

 

Ahhh Tuesday!  Not too exciting of a day, it’s just… Tuesday. 
In an attempt to spice up the morning, this is the 21st Teaser in the series!  
* Quick Rules Recap:
  • If you know the answer… write “GOT IT” in the comments (if you like, use the comments for brainstorming aloud if you’re not sure of the answer).
  • E-mail us at info@dev.raleighhomesonline.com your answer (instead of posting it directly in the comments section).
Around 5:00 we’ll announce the 1st person that guessed it right… the Sharpest Tac.
We hope you’ve seen some of our previous brain teasers but if this is the 1st… a brief overview of what this is about.  We had so much fun with our Holiday Brain Teasers we thought maybe we could add a bit of pizazz to Tuesdays with a round of Brain Teasers for all you sharp tacs out there!  

Every Tuesday… a new Brain Teaser.  Some you may have seen elsewhere and some might be new, the plan is to keep them going for as long as we can think of them or find new ones to add. Have fun, and be sure to check in on Tuesdays!

Presenting the 21st of our Tuesdays series:

Brain Teaser 21 from the St. Peter Team

Bring on your best guesses, and let’s see who’ll be the Sharpest Tac first…  Are you feeling Sharp Today? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

 

20th in our Tuesday’s Brain Teaser Series!

 

Tuesday Brain Teaser

 

 

Another opportunity to exercise our brains!!  Are you up for it today?

 

Ahhh Tuesday!  Not too exciting of a day, it’s just… Tuesday. 
In an attempt to spice up the morning, this is the 20th Teaser in the series!  

A couple weeks ago we received some great feedback about some new rules we set out so we’ll keep them going. 
* Quick Recap:
  • If you know the answer… write “GOT IT” in the comments (if you like, use the comments for brainstorming aloud if you’re not sure of the answer).
  • E-mail us at info@dev.raleighhomesonline.com your answer (instead of posting it directly in the comments section).
Around 5:00 we’ll announce the 1st person that guessed it right… the Sharpest Tac.
We hope you’ve seen some of our previous brain teasers but if this is the 1st… a brief overview of what this is about.  We had so much fun with our Holiday Brain Teasers we thought maybe we could add a bit of pizazz to Tuesdays with a round of Brain Teasers for all you sharp tacs out there!  

Every Tuesday… a new Brain Teaser.  Some you may have seen elsewhere and some might be new, the plan is to keep them going for as long as we can think of them or find new ones to add. Have fun, and be sure to check in on Tuesdays!

Presenting the 20th of our Tuesdays series:

Brain Teaser 20 from the St. Peter Team

Bring on your best guesses, and let’s see who’ll be the Sharpest Tac first…  Are you feeling Sharp Today? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

 

19th in our Tuesday’s Brain Teaser Series!

 

Tuesday Brain Teaser

 

 

Yet another opportunity to exercise our brains!!  Are you up for it?

 

Ahhh Tuesday!  Not too exciting of a day, it’s just… Tuesday. 
In an attempt to spice up the morning, this is the 19th Teaser in the series!  

We recently set out some new rules and after some great feedback we’ll keep them going. 
* Quick Recap:
  • If you know the answer… write “GOT IT” in the comments (if you like, we encourage using the comments for brainstorming aloud if you’re not sure of the answer).
  • E-mail us info@dev.raleighhomesonline.com your answer (instead of posting it directly in the comments section).
Around 5:00 we’ll announce the 1st person that guessed it right… the Sharpest Tac.
We hope you’ve seen some of our previous brain teasers but if this is the 1st… a brief overview of what this is about.  We had so much fun with our Holiday Brain Teasers we thought maybe we could add a bit of pizazz to Tuesdays with a round of Brain Teasers for all you sharp tacs out there!  

Every Tuesday… a new Brain Teaser.  Some you may have seen elsewhere and some might be new… the plan is to keep them going for as long as we can think of them or find new ones to add. Have fun, and be sure to check in on Tuesdays

Presenting the 19th of our Tuesdays series:

Brain Teaser 19 from the St. Peter Team

Bring on your best guesses, and let’s see who’ll be the Sharpest Tac first…  Are you feeling Sharp Today? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

 

18th in our Tuesday’s Brain Teaser Series!

 

Tuesday Brain Teaser

 

 

They keep on coming… yet another opportunity to exercise our brains!! 

Are you up for it?

 

Ahhh Tuesday!  Not too exciting of a day, it’s just… Tuesday. 
To spice up the morning, this is the 18th Teaser in the series!  

We recently set out some new rules and with great feedback we’re excited to keep them going. 
* Quick Recap:
  • If you know the answer… write “GOT IT” in the comments (if you like, we encourage using the comments for brainstorming aloud if you’re not sure of the answer).
  • E-mail us info@dev.raleighhomesonline.com your answer (instead of posting it directly in the comments section).
At 5:00 we’ll announce the 1st person that guessed it right… the Sharpest Tac.
We hope you’ve seen some of our previous brain teasers, but if this is the 1st… a brief overview of what this is about.  We had so much fun with our Holiday Brain Teasers we thought maybe we could add a bit of pizazz to Tuesdays with another round of Brain Teasers for all you sharp tacs out there!  

Every Tuesday we put out a new Brain Teaser.  Some you may have seen elsewhere and some might be new… the plan is to keep them going for as long as we can think of them or find new ones to add. Have fun, and be sure to check in on Tuesdays

Presenting the 18th of our Tuesdays series:

Brain Teaser 18 from the St. Peter Team

Bring on your best guesses, and let’s see who’ll be the Sharpest Tac first…  Are you feeling Sharp Today? 

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!

 

Happy Memorial Day – Honoring Men & Woman in the Military


Happy Memorial Weekend!

Remembering the True Purpose of Memorial Day.

 

American Flag

 

Memorial Day is a time to take a moment to remember ALL veterans who serve this country unselfishly, and for remembrance for all that served in the past.  If it’s weren’t for these brave men and woman doing what they feel needs to be done to protect our way of life, where would we be today?

 

For many of us Memorial Day blends with Memorial Weekend and means a day off of work to spend time with our families.  It’s a time to relax, and maybe take a trip to the mountains, or the beach… and who hasn’t gotten a bit too much sun!!! 

This particular holiday for many is also very personal.  As in many parts of the United States, North Carolina has a large number of men & women in the military, many of them being stationed right here.  Memorial Day is also a time to remember those that have given the most precious gift of all for our freedom.  It’s a time to remember those who have lost loved ones. 

A number of towns in the Triangle, including Raleigh, Holly Springs, Durham, Wendell, and Garner have local Memorial Day events scheduled where everyone can come to together.  A list of some events can be found here.

While we enjoy this week-end, celebrating with friends and family; let’s also remember to give thanks to those that have given their lives so that we can enjoy the glorious gift of freedom. 

So if your path crosses someone in uniform remember the Gratitude Campaign…  don’t be shy.

Oh and here’s a tribute to my Dad.  Who so proudly along with so many others served during WWII

 

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY ALL!

A 12 year old’s dream of meeting her American Idol…

This is a continuation on our post yesterday about how exciting it is to live around the new American Idol ~ Scotty McCreery!

 

Scotty McCreery

 

But what I didn’t mention yesterday is that we have house guests.  Lee’s brother and family visiting us along with their 12 year old granddaughter from New Orleans! 

Well let me tell you –  the excitement began Thursday night when they arrived and I found out she’s a HUGE Scotty fan!  

So what’s any Grandma and (surrogate) Aunt to do?  Well go and let a 12 year old fan explore, visit and learn more Who did Scotty's hair?about her American Idol of course! 

We had lots of laughs yesterday doing just that.  It was fun learning more about uhm…  Scotty Stalking (as we lovingly called our afternoon) and exploring all around Garner NC.  

We wanted to find signs folks put up for him, where he lived, even where he worked.  However, what we learned is that as soon as he became an Idol, all marketing material had to be taken down, as  marketing is now down through American Idol corporation. 

We didn’t get a chance to actually MEET Scotty, BUT we lucked out meeting some folks that really know him well.

So come along as we learned more about our new American Idol and living in Garner NC!

 

Scotty McCreery

 

 

If you want to order your original Garner NC Scotty t-shirt you’ll have to hurry. You have until midnight tonight, May 29th.  Visit www.ScottyFans.com!

 


 

 

READ SCOTTY’S PERSONAL STORY!

 

Here’s more info on Danielle (Dee) Pascua Photography in Garner NC.  Or be sure to visit Brenda Rogers at her salon Nouveau Hair salon in Garner NC… They were both great sports to help us discover more about Scotty!