From the Future Friday

Keeping your grocery list up to date can be challenging at times, at home or at the office. However, this gadget that I discovered for From the Future Friday can keep you updated on things you need and even order them online for you.

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Photo courtesy of Soda Head

The Amazon Trash can is a prototype developed by Rose and colleagues. It has a tiny camera and bar code scanner that records everything you throw away, then it can send the information to Amazon.com, where it is reordered and shipped to you.

 

This sounds like the ideal solution to forgetting items at the store and having to keep track of a grocery list throughout the week. I would love to have this item at my house because I always forget something, or forget to write it down. Even when I write stuff down, I sometimes still forget to grab it.

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Photo courtesy of New York Post

It would also work well in an office. No one would have to notify you when they drink the last bottle of water, or use the last of the coffee creamer. The uses for this trashcan are so helpful to the home and office. It’s just another futuristic gadget that can make a hectic lifestyle much easier.

Thrifty Thursday

April showers may bring May flowers, but it could also mean flooding in your yard. This week on Thrifty Thursday we will look at some inexpensive ways to limit the amount of water your yard holds.

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Photo courtesy of Gardening-4-Life 

For starters, I would suggest cleaning your gutters. The falling leaves from last years fall could be the culprits of clogging. This method is free of charge if you do it yourself and you’ll be soaking in some Vitamin D if it’s nice out.

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Photo courtesy of Nick’s Paint and Paper

You can fill the low spots in your yard with topsoil to even out the land. I found this 40 pound bag of topsoil at Lowe’s for just a $1.49.

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You can add rocks or boulders as decorations in your yard to divert the flow of water. This 40 pound bag of large mixed polished pebbles is only $19.97 at Home Depot.

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Photo courtesy of Home Depot

Last but not least, you could put in a dry well. This seems to be the best solution if you are having serious drainage problems in your yard.  Here’s one from the Natural Home Building Source for $169. It gives you images to see how it is used and installed.

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Photo courtesy of Natural Home Building Source

There are many different ways you can control flooding in your yard and make it look good too! It just requires a little bit of determination and elbow grease.

Worth the Investment Wednesday

Over the last few weeks we have discussed investing in multi-family properties and land, but what about commercial properties? If you are looking to move your business to a more popular or high-traffic area, have a new business idea or want to invest in the actual building and lease it, buying a commercial property could be beneficial.

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This week we are featuring 4512 Legacy Drive in Plano. This space is huge with over 3,400 square feet. It has a reception area, 5 offices, 4 bathrooms a break room and 2 large work areas. Those 2 work areas could accommodate multiple cubicles, or cut up to make more offices. There is plenty of parking which makes it ideal for a dental or medical office. The options are endless when it comes to what this space could be.

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You can view this listing here.

Traditional Tuesday

Are you looking for a totally remodeled Traditional home? Well this week on Traditional Tuesday we are featuring 1535 San Saba Drive in Dallas. Settled in the Casa Linda Estates, this beautiful home sits on an exquisitely landscaped half acre lot.

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With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, over 2,000 square feet and listed for $559,000, this home offers an oasis of comfort to call your own.

outside living kitchen creek back Huge lot with large backyard grass... plenty of room for a pool

You can view the listing here.

Modern Monday

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As promised in a recent Modern Monday blog, here is an immaculate and rare Modern New Construction in the Prestigious Hills of Breckinridge. 9 Brae Loch in Garland offers over 6,000 square feet, 5 bedrooms and 5 1/2 baths.

living stairsCustom everything in this home. Spacious open floor plan with LED lit vaulted ceilings.

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Master suite features soaring ceilings with tons of windows and custom window coverings. Resort-like master bathroom with double rain shower heads and body jets.

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Gorgeous Kitchen is chefs dream with and oversized island, commercial grade appliances and Leibherr Refrigerator.

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Find out more about this listing by visiting our website gharbieh.com

From the Future Friday

Have you ever lost your phone or do you simply just get tired of carrying it around. There are pros and cons to the latest smart phones but we need them on a daily basis to check emails, make phone calls and send text messages. Sometimes I just wish mine wasn’t so big.

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Photo courtesy of  Techradar

So today we are going to look at Smart Watches. It jams everything from your phone into one little device attached to your wrist. You won’t set it down and forget it on the table at a restaurant or have it accidentally fall out of your back pocket and into a toilet.

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The smart watch gives you the ability to text, check emails, make calls and run apps just like your phone. The battery usually lasts for four days or more and most of them are water resistant.

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This tiny piece of technology is hitting the market fast. Some of the competitors include: LG, Motorola, Samsung, Sony and most recently Apple has announced their introduction into the market. There are several options available which allows you to choose the one that is best suited for you needs.

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Photos courtesy of ConsumerReports.Org 

I’ll have to admit I stopped wearing a watch when I got my smart phone. It will be nice to not have to dig through my purse just to see what time it is. At the same time, I can check my emails and scroll through social media. It might take some getting used to because the screen is small, but it’s better than forking out a bunch of money for a new phone if I drop it in the pool.

Thrifty Thursday

We all know how much our electricity bill can skyrocket during the summer months.  With warmer temperatures fast approaching, I’ve come across some ways to save money on those dreadfully high utility bills.

Right now is the best time to open some windows and make serious use of your ceiling fans. Cutting down on your electricity bill now should at least help you save some money further down the road.

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Photo courtesy of Vancouver Sun

If you aren’t going to be using a particular room in your house, close the vents. If you have more than one story, close the vents on the ground floor. Heat rises, so closing the vents on the first floor will allow the upstairs to get more air.

Unplug your computer or television when you’re not using them. These electronics and other devices like them can drain power even when they’re turned off. You could also buy an energy saving surge protector. These smart strips automatically turn off the power to these devices when they aren’t being used.

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Instead of using your dryer, hang your clothes outside to dry. The benefits aren’t just saving the money. Your clothes will last longer, it will get you outside and moving around and it eliminates static cling and reduces wrinkles.

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Photo courtesy of Urban Moms

Anything that cuts down on home energy use is a good thing. Do some research and see what you can find out about lowering your electricity bills this summer.

Worth the Investment Wednesday

Have you always wanted to build a house using your own imagination? Well here’s your chance! 3702 W. Beverly in Dallas is for sale for $299,000.

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This is a great lot in La Foy Place, close to Inwood and Lemmon.  With 6,490 of land, you’ll have plenty of room to build the home of your dreams!

Visit our website http://www.gharbieh.com/ for more information.

Traditional Tuesday

Imagine driving through tree-lined streets and then parking in your 3 car garage. This house has it all and more. Settled on over half an acre, 15901 Ranchita Drive in Dallas is the perfect traditional home your family.

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This one story home has 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ bathrooms and over 4500 square feet and is listed for $910,000. It offers beautiful hand scraped hardwood flooring throughout, a stone fireplace, towering trees and an unrivaled scenic view.

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You can view the listing here.

Modern Monday

So far, each week on Modern Monday we have featured a single family home. This week I’d like to change it up a bit and cater to those who want a million dollar view of the Dallas skyline.

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2340 Victory Park Lane #1805 in Dallas offers a direct view of downtown. This condo is light, bright and open. Featuring floor to ceiling windows, marble countertops and limestone floors throughout. This 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, 848 square foot condo is listed for $449,900.

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The W Dallas Residences offers a 24 hour concierge, valet and room service. Located in the heart of Victory Park, this sleek and modern building is close to everything you could wish for.

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You can view this listing here.