Category Archives for "Community"

August 22, 2017

How to Deal With Nosy Neighbors

I hate to use the words

Neighbors can be great.  They invite us over for coffee, bring a meal by when we’re sick, lend us their power tools.  (Hopefully we give them back!)

But every once in a while, you run into a neighbor who’s a little too… nosy.

She asks for more information than you’re willing to share.  She seems very observant.  She’s always around.

So how do you deal with nosy neighbors?  You can’t allow yourself to be forced into oversharing forever.

There are a few steps you can take to respond effectively to nosy neighbors, without making things awkward going forward.  Let’s take a look!

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July 18, 2017

Four Easy Ways to Find Your Ideal Volunteer Opportunity

Want to volunteer, but not sure where? Let me show you how to find your ideal volunteer opportunity by finding your

“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Unknown.

Volunteers provide almost immeasurable value to not-for-profit organizations (As I wrote about in this post).  However, with the right volunteer opportunity, the experience can be just as valuable for the volunteer!  Today, I’m helping you find the ideal volunteer opportunity for you.

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June 20, 2017

Crafts & Cocktails Night: A Start-to-Finish Guide

Take girls night to the next level by hosting a craft night and serving some fun cocktails using this start-to-finish guide! Learn which people to invite, find craft project ideas, and discover easy appetizers to serve!

You and your friends love having movie nights or grabbing drinks.  But sometimes those activities get a little… old.

Why not liven things up a bit with a crafts & cocktails night?

You’ll get to hang out with your pals while making something cute and enjoying a cold drink.  Best of all, you won’t have to sit through “Coyote Ugly” (again).

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May 25, 2017

Tips and Tricks for a Perfect Housewarming Party

Housewarming parties are a great way to introduce your new home to friends and family. Follow these tips and tricks to plan a perfect housewarming party! Great ideas for food, invitations, and favors. Also works if you're on a budget!

Housewarming parties allow you to share the joy of a new home with friends and family, as well as meet new neighbors.  However, a big party right after moving to a new home can quickly turn you into a ball of stress.  By following a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll pull off the perfect housewarming party.  And, you’ll hang on to your sanity in the process.  Oh, and before I forget – I have a free printable for you, too!

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April 27, 2017

Volunteering is for You Part 3: Solving the “Buts”

In part 3 of this 3-part series on volunteering, I'll provide solutions to some of the common obstacles that prevent people from volunteering. Great for discovering volunteering ideas and opportunities, or even how and why to volunteer!

“Volunteering just isn’t for me because (Your excuse here).”  I’ve heard it so many times.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million Americans, or about 24.9 percent of those age 16 and up, volunteered their time for a good cause in fiscal year 2015.  If you weren’t among them, you should be!  Why?  Because volunteering is for you!  In this 3-part series of posts,  I’ll show you why volunteering is important and how it can enrich your life (And the lives of others).  Even if you feel you don’t have the time or expertise to contribute, or if you don’t know where to start!  In the third and final installment of this series, we’ll address some common “buts” that prevent people from volunteering.

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April 20, 2017

Volunteering is for You Part 2: The Benefits of Volunteering

Discover some of the many physical, mental, and social benefits of volunteering. Great for discovering volunteering ideas and opportunities!

“Volunteering just isn’t for me because (Your excuse here).”  I’ve heard it so many times.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million Americans, or about 24.9 percent of those age 16 and up, volunteered their time for a good cause in fiscal year 2015.  If you weren’t among them, you should be!  Why?  Because volunteering is for you!  In this 3-part series of posts,  I’ll show you why volunteering is important and how it can enrich your life (And the lives of others).  Even if you feel you don’t have the time or expertise to contribute, or if you don’t know where to start!  This week, you’ll discover some of the many benefits of volunteering.

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April 18, 2017

HOA Crash Course: The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of HOAs

Understanding your HOA is vital. Learn the basics in this HOA crash course! I'll teach you the who, what, when, where, and why of homeowners' associations. Great info on HOA management, rules, activities, and duties of HOA board members.

HOAs, or homeowners’ associations, are a staple of suburban America.  In the U.S. in 2015, there were 338,000 associations, covering 26.2 million residences, according to the Community Associations Institute.  But first off, who exactly is an HOA?  Also, what do they do?  And when can they force you to make changes to your property?  Where do they have jurisdiction?  And finally, why even have a homeowners’ association?  I’m answering all those questions for you today in an HOA crash course!

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April 15, 2017

Volunteering is for You Part 1: The Power of Not-for-Profit Organizations

ShowMe Suburban | Volunteering is for You Part 1: The Power of Not-for-Profits

“Volunteering just isn’t for me because (Your excuse here).” I’ve heard it so many times. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million Americans, or about 24.9 percent of those age 16 and up, volunteered their time for a good cause in fiscal year 2015. If you weren’t among them, you should be! Why? Because volunteering is for you! In this 3-part series of posts, I’ll show you why volunteering is important and how it can enrich your life (And the lives of others). Even if you feel you don’t have the time or expertise to contribute, or if you don’t know where to start! Let’s kick this off by looking at where it all goes down: not-for-profit organizations.

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