Friday, 17 December 2021
Taking Care of Yourself and the Other "Home"

Caring for Your Other “Home” During the Holiday Season

By now, your home is probably decorated, most of your shopping is done and you’re just crossing your fingers that the last minute deliveries will appear SOON on your doorstep.  What else is left to do?  Well, enjoy the season and celebrate of course!  There are many social events that will take place over the next few weeks and most of them will involve a heaping dose of holiday cheer!  All year long I have shared tips with you regarding the care of your biggest investment, your home. Recently I saw an anonymous quote that said, “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”  So, as the holiday season ramps up, I thought it might be helpful to share some tips with you on how to care for your “other” home. 

We all know how valuable our health is and how important it is to care for ourselves so we can better care for those around us.  It is possible to enjoy the season and still care for your and your family’s health.  Here are a few healthy tips provided by Traci James of Health Coaching by Traci

  • Focus on health, not “dieting.”  Change your entire thought process. You don’t have to live on water and carrot sticks, just try to add more fruits and veggies to your meals and snacks.
  • Get plenty of exercise throughout the holiday season.  Focus on getting regular physical activity. With regular exercise, you gain more energy, boost your metabolism, and boost your mood.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to burn more calories.  Use the stairs instead of an escalator or elevator, park farther away from stores in the parking lot, walk during your breaks at work and take your dog for a longer walk in the evening.
  • Create more healthy versions of some of your favorite holiday dishes.  You could try using cauliflower instead of potatoes or mixing them. Consider cutting the butter in half in your recipes. No one may ever notice the change in recipes like mashed potatoes or stuffing.  Add more vegetable side dishes like butternut and acorn squash, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, and green beans for additional nutrients.
  • Choose healthier desserts.  Christmas and other holidays are often associated with chocolate, sugar, and other sweet treats. Consider preparing treats that have less fat and sugar and use more spices to liven up the flavor of more simple dishes.
  • Mingle more at holiday parties. Choose your cocktails and appetizers wisely, have a healthy snack before attending and make it a point to mingle and meet new people rather than just hanging out around the buffet.


Health Coaching with Traci


I hope you and your family have a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.8214


Posted on 12/17/2021 4:25 PM by Jarod Tanksley
Friday, 3 December 2021
‘Tis the season, to protect your home!

Thanksgiving was here and gone and Christmas is on the way!  Many of you will be travelling for some part of December during the upcoming school break and holidays and I wanted to give you a few helpful hints to help you get your home ready for your departure. 

If possible, have a family member, friend or neighbor check on your home regularly while you are gone, even if you have stopped deliveries.  Sometimes the mail doesn’t get stopped on the date you requested or there may be packages delivered that were sent by others who are unaware of your travel plans.  It is always good to know there is someone close by to check on your home, especially if you will be away for an extended amount of time.

Before leaving, check that your windows and outside doors are locked and leave a key with whoever is checking on your home.  Garage codes are good to share but a key will always allow them entry in the event of a power or device failure.  It is also a good idea to thoroughly review and leave a written list of details and provide a few alternate contact numbers in the event you are unreachable or are leaving a pet behind with a house-sitter.  Don’t forget to provide clear instructions on any alarm systems that may need to be disarmed for entry to your home!

Set up a few timers on lamps around your home, even if someone may be checking on your home daily.  You can go as high tech as you would like or just use some simple manual timers in different locations.  Some timers have a “random” setting and will make it look like your home is occupied by turning the lights on and off at different times every day.  For an additional layer of security you can install a doorbell camera or other types of simple cameras that are triggered by motion and can be controlled remotely from your phone.

You can also lower your thermostat setting if you would like to save a little money on your heating bill while you are gone.  However, don’t turn off your heat or set it so low that it won’t ever run while you are gone!  You don’t want to come back to a mess of frozen pipes!

If you have a clear plan and attend to a few of these details a week or two before you leave, you will be able to focus your attention on enjoying your time away!  MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  And always remeber..... "You've Got A Friend in Real Estate"


Jarod Tanksley 615.403.8265

Brentview Realty 615.373.2814

Posted on 12/03/2021 8:00 AM by Jarod Tanksley