Help Our Suffering Veterans!

If you know a veteran having challenges with civilian life, or having a rough time, have them check out the Heroes to Heroes Foundation. They provide a spiritual healing and peer support program for combat Veterans. They help bring back Faith through their journeys to the Holyland. Over 150 Veterans have already gone. Great results. Go to their site at www.Heroestoheroes.org and donate to this worthy cause.

Featured App (Sep 2018)

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Thomas Jefferson once said “walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” If walking is your mojo and you are still trying to shed a few pounds before the holiday season, check out the Map My Run app. It helps you track every walk or run (and most exercises) while provideing feedback and stats to help improve your performance. You can also share your results with the friends you pick so they can comment as well. 

What I like the most is that it can be paired with My Fitness Pal that tracks your diet and caloric intake in accordance with how many calories you burn off during exercises. You can also discover the best running routes, save and share your favorites, and get inspired to reach new running goals with your family, friends or a community of over 40 million runners.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/app/

Love Crawl # 1

Regardless of whether or not you are new in town looking for a home or just needing something new to do, everyone should eat, drink and be thankful….but do it with that special person or small group of friends. That is what the Bluegrass Beauty Love Crawl® is all about.

Here is how it works; instead if crashing out at one place for dinner, getting sleepy and calling it the night, visit 3 difference local restaurants within walking distance at your own pace. Once you’ve arrived at each location, sample and share an appetizer and/or beverage of choice with your friends. If they have a special or menu item you just can’t pass on, simply request the meal be spilt and shared with something else who is interested.

We recommend having up to 6 but no more than 8. You may have to order from the bar; however, the hosts at one location was very receptive and sat us without a reservation when we explained we were just there for appetizers & cocktails. Keep in mind that you will contribute to your health by getting some “steps” in during your walk to and from different restaurants.

My Love Crawl #1 began and ended on Jefferson Street with the first course starting at the Blue Heron, then Nick Ryan’s, a shopping break at the Wine+Market store & ending at the Grey Goose. Total time spent was about 2.5-3hrs (because we took our time). Good luck with your Love Crawl and please provide feedback!

Before & After…..

Our wise mentor told us, “Add value!” So, we listened and made some visible changes to the outside of this property first by scraping, cleaning, pressure washing and painting the outside areas that of this property. The result (combined with interior improvements) was an increase of value by the appraisal of over $40k!!! Always add value whenever possible and if you don’t have an knack for what is pleasant to the eye, then hire someone with who has a great perspective on what “right” looks like!

Earth Day (April 22nd) & Your Neighborhood

We celebrate many holidays with vigor and passion, so why don’t we treat Earth Day the same? Ok, I admit that Earth Day may not be sexy because of it’s relationship with your mother (“Mother Earth”) and not all of us can achieve the standards of certified environmental stewardship on a daily basis.

Nonetheless, this years Earth Day Campaign focuses on plastic pollution. How can we make Mother Earth proud of us? One option could be to prepare a special Earth Day meal that contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives like azodicarbonamide (ADA) which is used as a sandwich dough conditioner and found in your favorite hot yoga mat according to Mario Anzuoni (Reuters, 2014).

Another option would be to plant a tree with your loved ones…especially your youngest so they can see life in action. Obviously, not a fast return on your investment, but a memory that will last for generations.

Lastly, we should consider celebrating Earth Day by simply going on a good long walk in our neighborhoods and picking up all plastic water bottles too include trash. Not only will you increase the value of your neighborhood, but also feel good inside knowing you did your part!

Lexington ranked #21 in “Best Places To Live”

Sorry Louisville #61 and Cincinnati #49 but Lexington is ranked #21 according to U.S. News & World Report. So, how did they come up with a number like that and why do they look like this past basketball season’s rankings?!?

Lexington was found to be a top place to live for several reasons to include scenic roads, Keeneland, Kentucky basketball, and public surveys.

How do we make Lexington even greater? Perhaps, redevelop the north side to include a path for foot traffic in all areas of New Circle Rd with traffic lights so our citizens can easily walk or ride bicycles to all businesses on the New Circle Rd and get exercise. The city should consider connecting all trails and finish the Brighton project. For example, check out the northern Ohio Metroparks where you can run, bike, ride a horse, etc., from Cleveland west thru 23,000 acres of forests, streams, rivers, parks & trails.

Even the Hamburg/Andover/ACE area could use a public pool, skate park and tennis court. How about a “Tour De Kentucky” mini bike race through the surrounding counties with the last 20 miles being around New Circle Rd and finishing downtown?

Lastly, up the ante on parades by providing a donation to the winning group who has the best display of the event we are celebrating.

We all should be very happy with doing our part at citizens of this great city, but there is always room to improve.

First-Time Homebuyer Program

Rome wasn’t built in a day; therefore, start building towards your future Roman palace by taking advantage of Lexington’s First Time Homebuyer Program. Through REACH and Lexington Habitat for Humanity, the Urban County Government provides non-repayable mortgage subsidies and 0–2% loans to lower to moderate income first-time homebuyers. If you are interested in homeownership, please contact:

https://www.lexingtonky.gov/first-time-homebuyer-program

Fall Bluegrass Beauty 2017

 

Home is not where you live, but where people understand you. Central KY native Lee Lamont was born in Lexington, KY and embodies the spirit of the Bluegrass by helping others through future volunteering efforts at the Hope Center and her church. She likes to help people in need in order for them to get back on their feet to be successful in life.

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Lexington is packed with great local restaurants. Out of all of the choices, Lee ranks Malone’s as her favorite because of the great steaks.

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When it comes to having fun, she enjoys going to Keeneland because she loves the racing crowd and watching the horses race. She also states that if her first child had to be named after a horse, she would name the child “Star” after 1953 Kentucky Derby winner “Dark Star.”

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When asked why someone should move to central Kentucky or Lexington, she believes they should move here because “it’s a small town with very caring people where people are welcomed and accepted.”

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Lastly, when asked what neighborhood she’d like to settle down in, she would choose Hartland because it’s beautiful and close to her parents.

*Hair by Simply Blue Salon

 

Featured App (Jan 2018)

bewakoof-com-official-218170You set your New Years Resolution on National Commitment Day (Jan 1st) and have all of the tools in place. Your plan includes low calorie meals, a work out routine and achievable goals to get your body where you want it to be before Spring Break, a vacation or other noteworthy event.

If you are lucky, your friends will join you in this endeavor because exercise programs that foster a sense of social belonging (in addition to motivation and efficacy) may be helpful for successful adherence to an exercise program according to the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research in November 2017.

How do you bring it all together? Try the Map My Run app at http://www.mapmyrun.com/ and add your friends so they can see your workouts, create challenges, comment and cheer you on. If you are “super into it,” synch your Map My Run app with the My Fitness Pal app and your exercise and food intake can all be linked. One of the top features for competitive personalities is to see your personal ranking among various bicycling, walking or running trails. Good luck with your 2018 fitness goals and remember to take care of your body because it is the only place you have to live!

Invest in Land or Maybe Not?!?

amy-reed-436308Appreciation of land is based on speculation; therefore, where do you look to fill your own intuitive drive on this investment? You could invest in raw land that you think is in the path of growth; however, that may be a long time to wait for profit since central KY appears somewhat resistant to urban sprawl.

In the past, investors have eyeballed developers to see where they are going with roads, electric and sewage lines. This may leave you fruitless because government plans change based on funding and the reigning regime in power. Regardless of what you do, keep searching for the answer because as Gerald O’Hara once said in Gone With The Wind is “The land is the only thing in the world worth working for, worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”