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Cool Custom Tees

Every AccomplishmentAll right guys, today I’m going to let you in on a little guilty secret – I love inspirational quotes and funny memes found on the internet. I love it even more when I see people on the street wearing shirts with some of those same quotes and memes on them. I know, it’s cheesy, but it always makes me laugh or brightens my day! In fact, I’m thinking about getting some of my favorites printed on a few shirts myself! I may be an adult woman, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have a little fun on my days off.

While I was looking for a cool custom t-shirt company, I came across Make A Tee Online. The company is based out of Coral Springs, Florida and they’ve got a lot of cool products to offer. Along with t-shirts for men, women, and kids, they can also customize hoodies, bags, hats, aprons, mugs, pillow cases, and more. Hmm… I think a tote bag with Mr. Fluffernutter’s face on it would be a great idea for our doggie park visits. Oh, and a mug with my favorite inspirational quote on it would be a great way to start the day!

No_glove_no_love_logoOne of the cool things about Make A Tee Online is that you can design your product or choose from one of their design ideas. Even if you go with one of their designs, you can still customize with your own colors or bonus designs. They’ve got a lot of preset designs for everything from politics to holiday seasons. I like the idea of starting off with a preset design for group things, like family reunions or sports teams. Sometimes it can be really hard to pick a theme that everyone likes, so it’s just easier to go with a design that’s pretty basic, but still unique to your group. When I was still in college, I played softball for a team that called themselves “No Glove, No Love.” We designed our own shirts by hand at the time, but think of how cool it would’ve been to have professionally designed custom t-shirts!

There are a lot of custom t-shirt companies out there these days. It seems like everyone is opening up a shop! But one of the reasons why I liked Make A Tee Online is that they don’t charge you any setup or art fees, like a lot of the other big companies. They also don’t upcharge on their cool stock graphics, which is nice! Finally, there’s no minimum order. I don’t want a company that’s going to make me order 25 shirts in Fundraisinga specific design, especially if I’m just ordering some fun shirts for myself. With Make A Tee Online I can order a Mr. Fluffernutter tote bag, a Grumpy Cat hoodie, a “Never Let Go of Your Dreams” mug, and maybe some other ones I’m not totally ready to admit on the internet.

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Miami’s Luxury Vacation Rentals

Visit SeattleAs you know, from reading my intro post, I help people rent out their properties. The majority of my clients are in Seattle because, well, it’s just easier to work with local clients. You might be thinking, “Is there really a market in Seattle for vacation properties?” Oh yeah. If you haven’t had a chance to visit Seattle yet, then you really should come check it out! We get plenty of vacationers that come here to experience the great culture of the city. Anyway, I’m getting sidetracked…

There are other companies like mine all over the world, and I’m not just talking about Airbnb. In fact, some companies cater to the needs of those who enjoy living a luxurious lifestyle. (I can’t wait for my company to achieve this kind of status!) One of the companies that I think is great is Royal Stays Miami. Royal Stays Miami provides luxury vacation rentals in Miami. I think the biggest difference and the greatest thing about working with a company like this is that you know exactly what you’re getting before you arrive. There are no surprises at check-in – you truly get what you pay for.

Miami Villa RentalsThere are, like, a thousand reasons why people vacation in Miami. I personally love going for the beach and the all the Latin flavors. Since I still visit South Florida several times a year, I try to make at least one of those visits a “splurge” visit, which basically means I treat myself to a luxury vacation rental somewhere along or near the beach. Royal Stays Miami makes it easy to find what I’m looking for. From their website I can search for properties in specific Miami neighborhoods, as well as by specific property types (villa, anyone?). I can also search by number of bedrooms and bathrooms, which is great, since I’ve definitely used that feature when I vacationed with a few of my girlfriends.

Google TranslateJust last year, Royal Stays Miami actually opened up their own “apartment hotel,” which is such a great idea. (What do you think I should name my future apartment hotel?) It’s called “The Belleza Hotel,” which translates to “The Beauty Hotel” – thanks Google translate! The hotel is located on Miami Beach and is just two blocks away from the beach. The rooms are available in everything from studio layouts to three bedroom layouts, which makes it great for a quick solo trip or a fun party weekend with friends. I know I’ll be checking it out sometime soon!

Now, I know it’s not wise to help promote my competition, but since I’m not really with luxury rentals just yet, I think it’s safe to say that you should check out Royal Stays Miami. They can help you find a cool place to stay while you’re in Miami or they can help you list your luxury property.

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“Pick” a Locksmith for Your Business

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some information with you about a locksmith company in South Florida that I recommended to my friend Lauren. Today, I want to talk about another one, but this time I want to tell you about my friend Zane, who happens to own a business in the city of Aventura. Zane owns a small consulting firm with somewhere between 10 and 20 employees. He’s a pretty busy guy with a lot of meetings to attend, so he doesn’t get to spend too much time in the office. That’s why it was so important for him to work with a commercial locksmith when he opened up his physical location in Aventura.

While we all like to think that every employee is honest and cares about the business as much as the owner does, that’s not always the case. Zane, who has plenty of sensitive client information at his location, knew that safeguarding that information was priority #1, which is why he called Aventura Locksmith for help with installation of a safe, as well as locking filing cabinets. They helped set him up with the right type of safe as well as installed several filing cabinets. But, for Zane, this was just step one.

To help keep track of who is in the office and who isn’t, Zane asked Aventura Locksmith to install an access control system. He chose one with a keypad entry system, since he was worried about employees losing their access cards. Zane told me that one of the best features of the access control system is that he can restrict or allow access during certain hours, so if there is an employee who should never be at the office after-hours, he can ensure that doesn’t happen. That’s a pretty nice feature!

You know, there’s a lot more that a commercial locksmith can do than just fix broken locks or replace lost keys. They can help make sure your business is safe, not only by installing things like safes and locking cabinets, but by inspecting doors and frames or putting in high-security locks. They can even install exit devices, gate locks, and door closers. I know most of us don’t think of all that when we think of a locksmith company, but all those are important components!

I asked Zane what working with Aventura Locksmith was like and he told me they were great. They were really professional and worked quickly for him, which he liked, because, like I mentioned, he’s a pretty busy guy. He said he liked them so much, he even had them come out to his house and do a security assessment of his home. This company has some really good reviews on their website and they seem to be able to do it all, so if you’re looking for a quality residential, commercial, or automotive locksmith company in the Aventura area,

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A Doggie Vacation!

FloridaI don’t think I’ve had the chance to talk to you guys about one of my very best friends yet, so it’s about time I introduce you to Mr. Fluffernutter. Mr. Fluffernutter is a six year-old shih-tzu and my furriest friend yet. I love him to pieces! I pretty much take him wherever I go, since he’s a good boy and knows how to behave himself. I even take him on my business trips to Florida! Unfortunately, Mr. Fluffernutter can’t always come with me to my meetings, which is why I went on a hunt for a reliable pet sitter a couple of years ago.

When I first began looking for someone to take care of my beloved Mr. Fluffernutter, I used this list of 10 Things to Look for in a Pet Sitter to help me narrow down some good candidates. Most of them were pretty obvious (experienced, trustworthy, and sensitive), but it was nice to have this as sort of a checklist. I finally came across TLC Pet Boarding, which is based out of Davie, Florida. What intrigued me the most about TLC Pet Boarding is that, unlike other dog boarding facilities, they weren’t a kennel facility. Instead, they provide a home-like atmosphere that includes open indoor and outdoor spaces. Mr. Fluffernutter is not a fan of crates or kennels, so right away, I knew I had to check this place out.

Pet SittersThe place is huge! There’s a one-acre, fully-fenced backyard, which means plenty of space for all of the dogs to play. It was so much fun to see them all jumping around and having a great time. Mr. Fluffernutter was really excited! (Mr. Fluffernutter likes to play for short periods of time, so when he’s done playing with the other dogs, the caretakers at TLC Pet Boarding will make sure he gets some great relaxation time indoors.) To be honest, this place is like a doggie getaway!

Okay, so I’m going to sound like a crazy dog mom right now, but…oh well! I love-love-love the special services and features that TLC Pet Boarding offers. For example, whenever I leave Mr. Fluffernutter there, I always request to have webcam access to him, which basically means I can see how he’s doing pretty much whenever I want. Also, I love that the dogs can have the option of having their birthday’s celebrated Pet Groominghere. What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a bunch of your favorite furry pals?! Finally, TLC Pet Boarding offers dental, dog training, and pet grooming services. I just love the all-in-one concept of this facility.

I don’t typically leave Mr. Fluffernutter for days on end. Like I said, he goes with me everywhere, but I do drop him off for doggie daycare all the time. I think he loves being able to socialize with other dogs and to have someone love on him when his mommy is busy.

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Let’s Talk About Mortgages

Financing-Property-DevelopmentOne of the most frustrating things you have to deal with when you’re looking to buy a house is trying to figure out whether you can afford it and whether someone out there is willing to give you a mortgage loan. Trust me, I know all about this. Not only have I had to go through the process myself, but my business sort of entails helping clients out with this kind of stuff. Today, I’ve got another great company to recommend for all of my readers in Florida. The name of the company is Mortgage Masters, Inc. They’re mortgage professionals who can help you with pretty much anything regarding financing your new or existing property.

CalculatorOkay, before I go on about how great this company is, I just want to mention that they have some awesome online mortgage calculators. I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I like figuring out as much on my own as I can. I prefer to do it this way and then set up a conversation with the company. That way, I only ask the questions I don’t have answers for – saving both of us time. So, the calculators. On the Mortgage Masters website, under the “Calculators” tab you can find basically every type of calculator you need!

Want to compare rates or terms? Interested in calculating your monthly payment and amortization schedule? How about budgeting – do you like saving money? Or, here’s a good one – on the fence about whether you should continue renting or whether you should seriously consider purchasing a new home? There’s a calculator for all of that, and more! From rates and payment research to refinancing savings, you’ll be able to get some personalized answers just by using the calculators on their site. Additionally, you can contact them with any other questions right from the site, which is pretty great if you’re pressed for time and can’t really stay on the phone long.

FrustrationMortgage Masters says they provide a “frustration-free zone,” which sounds kind of nice for anyone who gets frustrated just thinking about a mortgage. They can help determine what kinds of mortgage loans you’re qualified for and offer you the chance to apply for a loan using an online loan application. I’ve never heard a single complaint from anyone who has worked with them. In fact, they usually comment on how fast, friendly, and knowledgeable the mortgage professional was. I like it when I hear that my clients have good experiences with companies I recommend!

Personally, I’ve been considering refinancing my home, so I’ve been looking for a company in Seattle that’s as great as Mortgage Masters. I’m telling you, if there’s anything (anything at all) that you need to know about your home mortgage, loan programs, or anything else that’s related to those things, you need to give them a call.

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Should I Visit a Chiropractor?

Cervical Neck ProblemEvery once in a while, I suffer from pains in my back. Sometimes it’s in my lower back, when I forget to lift something correctly and other times it’s more of a cervical neck problem, which I can only assume is a result of bad posture when I’m using the computer or looking down at my cell phone. I know I’m not the only one with these issues. Actually, I think most of the people I know experience some form of back pain and as we become more sedentary, it’ll probably only get worse!

The last time I flew down to Florida to show off some great vacation rentals in Tamarac (a city near Fort Lauderdale), I got off the plane feeling really stiff. It’s a long flight from Seattle! I knew I wasn’t going to be very useful if I didn’t visit a chiropractor, so I went to someone local to the area – Back to Mind. I found them online and called them as soon as I got my baggage. Luckily, they were able to squeeze me in early the next day!

AquatherapyI know some people believe that chiropractic care is phony, but I’m not one of those people! I truly feel better after having an adjustment and getting some therapy. Back to Mind was actually one of the more sophisticated chiropractic offices I’ve been to in a while. I have my favorite chiropractor here in Seattle and I thought he had a state-of-the-art chiropractic office, that is, until I saw the one at Back to Mind. They had all kinds of treatment options, even aquatherapy! (I’m sort of bummed that I didn’t get to try that one.)

What I liked about the Back to Mind Chiropractors were how friendly and professional they were. First off, like I mentioned, they squeezed me in last minute. They knew full well I probably wouldn’t return to their office, since I live across the country, but they still treated me like an important patient. They performed a Chiropractorcomplete analysis to help determine the cause of the problem quickly, and then the doctor went ahead and adjusted some areas in my spine. It felt so good! After that, they gave me some massage therapy and some electrical muscle stimulation. I walked out of that chiropractic office feeling brand new!

I think what frustrates people about chiropractic care is that they think it’s going to be a one-time-solves-all kind of deal. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work like that. To really benefit from chiropractic care you’ve got to go to several visits. You might see some improvement right off the bat or you might not see it till weeks later. Everyone is different and it’s important not to give up. I’m glad I didn’t! I’ve been going to a chiropractor for a few years now. When I feel like something doesn’t feel right I go more frequently to get it worked on and corrected,

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Lauren from Florida Calls a Locksmith

FloridaOne of my clients in Florida called me today to let me know how much they loved my blog post on the benefits of using a moving company. They said they would definitely consider the company I mentioned, but they also wanted to know if I knew any good locksmiths in the same area. Since they asked, I figured it would be a good time not only to answer their question in a public forum (so everyone can benefit!), but also to discuss why having a reliable and trustworthy locksmith is important for everyone. (Thanks for the idea, Lauren!)

Firstly, let’s begin with why you should call a locksmith when you move into a new place. I think the answer is pretty obvious, but in case it’s not… If the home you’re moving into isn’t brand-spanking new, that is to say that it’s been previously owned or lived in, then that means someone else has had keys to your front door, your back door, your windows, and any other locked entryways to your home. As much as I’d like to believe someone when they say they’re giving me the only Faulty Lockexisting copy of a key, I just don’t trust anyone that much. So, I call a locksmith to switch out all the locks instead.

Sure, you can probably change out the locks yourself, but I think it’s worth saving yourself the hassle and having a professional do it. Experts, like those at Homestead Locksmith (there’s your answer, Lauren!) can perform new lock installations in your new place much faster than you can. They can also ensure that the locks are installed properly and safely. What good is a lock if it’s attached correctly to the door? And since you’ve called them out to your property, I would have them take a look around the house and see if they can spot any other locations where there should be a lock.

You really don’t have to wait until you’re moving to someplace new before you find a locksmith you want to Basic RGBwork with. I think it’s always a great idea to have the number of a good locksmith in your cell phone. Unfortunately, you never know what’s going to happen and when you’re going to need them to rescue you. I know I’ve locked myself out of my car a couple of times! Most locksmith companies, including Homestead Locksmith 24/7, can perform residential, commercial, and automotive locksmith services, which is great. I know that whenever I have any key or ignition issues with my car, it’s typically cheaper to have a locksmith provide the services than to get it done at the dealer.

I don’t want to say it, because I truly hope this never happens to any of you, but if your house gets broken into, the first company you’re going to want to call (after the police,

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My Moving Checklist

Houston Food BankRecently, I blogged about a moving company based out of South Florida that I love, but all that talk of moving and great moving companies brought another one to mind that I wanted to mention to all of my future clients in Texas. The name of the company is Hercules Movers & Packers. They are based out of Houston and provide moving services to the greater Houston area. This company is really fantastic. For starters, I want to mention that they are affiliated with the Houston Food Bank, which is America’s largest food bank. I don’t know about you, but that kind of affiliation speaks volumes about a company!

As I’ve already gone on about, working with professional movers can be a real lifesaver. They help take the stress out of moving by coordinating all aspects of the move. I’m not talking about throwing boxes onto the back of a truck and getting them to your new location! With expert movers, you pretty much just tell them what you’re moving, where you’re moving from and to, and when you need to move by. From that kind of information they can start planning out your whole move, while you can kick back, relax, and watch the moving magic unfold.

I like checklists – they help keep me organized both in my personal life and in my business, which is why I can appreciate the fact that Hercules Movers & Packers emphasizes the checklist. Before starting a move it’s important to put together a checklist of your possessions. This way you know what needs to be moved, the movers know how to price you correctly, and at the end of the move, everything can be counted and everyone can enjoy peace of mind.

How to Move a PianoYou know, in my last blog I spent a lot of time talking about the benefits of long-distance and local moving services for people relocating all of their possessions to a new residence (or business), so now I want to talk about the other services moving companies can offer, like fine art and piano moving. I don’t have a piano, but I do have a couple of fine art pieces I acquired after I started doing well in the hospitality industry. These pieces are my babies and I would be very upset if they were damaged in transport to their new home. Let’s not forget to mention that they’re also pricey pieces… Some professional moving companies, like Hercules Movers & Packers, are prepared to handle moves of delicate and expensive items. Not only do they have the equipment to move these pieces carefully, but they’re also insured, so if anything does get damaged at the fault of the mover you can expect some compensation.

Another nice thing about Hercules Movers & Packers is that they’ve got their own 20,000 square-foot storage facility. That’s pretty useful, especially if you’re in-between selling a house and buying a new one or if you’re temporarily relocating somewhere.

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Moving Cross County from Florida to Seattle

SeattleIt’s been over 16 years since I moved cross country from Florida to Seattle, but I still remember it as if it were yesterday. What a hassle! Thankfully, I was just starting out on my own and didn’t really have much to call my own, but still, I had my bedroom furniture and at least a small room full of boxes. I remember the frustration I felt while coordinating the move. At the time, I wasn’t making much money, so I decided to do everything on my own. In retrospect, I should have let a moving company handle it for me. It would have saved me time, worry, and maybe even some money.

Always On The Lookout

Since I’m now in the realty business, I make it a point to find great companies and services that can benefit my clients, such as moving companies. Once my clients hear about how frustrating my personal moving experience was, they typically jump at the On the Lookoutidea of hiring a moving company. I tell them there are so many benefits to working with professional movers. First, and most importantly, they can help you coordinate everything. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to start! Luckily, movers do this for a living and always know exactly what should be done first.

I have worked with several clients in South Florida and through the course of my business I’ve found one company in particular that I love to recommend to clients in that area – Top Notch Movers. Everyone at Top Notch Movers is always friendly, professional, and very helpful. My clients have raved about their services, stating that the company made moving a breeze. Another nice thing about this Ft. Lauderdale moving company is that they can help with local as well as long-distance moves. So, just because they’re based out of Fort Lauderdale, doesn’t mean you’ve got to be moving into that area to take advantage of their services.

Packing Experts

Packing ExpertsOne of the best things about working with professional movers is that they’re experts in packing your stuff. You think you know how to pack your stuff, but when you watch the professionals do it, it’s nothing short of amazing. They know what items can go together in boxes, how to maximize space, and how to place and wrap your valuables, so there’s no damage done in the process. And speaking of valuables, many moving companies guarantee that your property will arrive at your new location unharmed or they’ll provide some form of compensation. That’s a pretty great deal!

I don’t know about you guys, but I like to leave it up to the professionals whenever possible. And a lot of times it’s more affordable than you think! Top Notch Movers actually provides their customers with flexible pricing options as well as flexible payment options. Since the estimate is free,

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Samantha Vail

Hello, my name is Samantha Vail. To tell you a little about myself, I began my career in the hotel business. I first started as the concierge of a hotel that rhymes with Milton. I enjoyed my year as a concierge before deciding to venture away from rhymes Wilton. I moved cross-country from Florida to Seattle and worked as a front desk receptionist before making my way up to hotel management. That’s where I flourished. I loved being in charge of the hotel and running things from behind the scenes. I also loved that I got to be in charge and set new standards for the hotel (rhymes with Clyatt).

After 16 years of dedication, I decided to venture off on my own. I felt I had learned as much as I could from my career, and so I decided to go back to school to get my realty license. From there, my goal was to create a new company that was focused on finding vacation rental places of the highest quality for the lowest of prices. Once I had my license, I decided to open up my own web page and I started looking for people in the city who wanted to rent out their places for a quick buck while they were away on vacations of their own. I started off slow and small because I was a one-woman team. After several craigslist ads, I found a handful of people who kept in touch with me regularly whenever they travelled. And from there, I found clients who wanted to rent out their apartments or homes while they moved away.

Soon, I found myself competing with Airbnb! What horror to find myself battling a new online powerhouse. I continued my adventure with the rental places and found that I was favored more by the people who would contact me because word of mouth was sounder than any ole’ online review. But, I needed those online reviews as well. So, here I am with a website looking for testimonials. I hope to get more Yelp reviews as well because so far I have had nothing but positive reviews. I am dreading the day I get a negative review. But if the negative reviews to come in, I am ready to face the challenge head on and help change the person’s view on their experience by giving them a second opportunity to see have a wonderful experience to counteract the bad one they may have had.

I hope you give me the opportunity to help you find a great rental place and that you love everything about your mini-vacation, new home or temporary situation!

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