Ashlynn Bauer

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4 Tips for Hosting a Party This Summer

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Jun 22, 2020 12:54:46 PM

Summer is usually the time when people break out their party hats and invite their friends and family over for a backyard barbecue. However, due to recent social distancing guidelines, hosting a party this season just got a bit more complicated.

Here are some simple ways to host a summer party safely, while keeping everyone’s health in mind. 

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Topics: Lifestyle

3 Recipes to Try When You're Stuck Inside

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Apr 9, 2020 11:20:24 AM

The recent COVID-19 outbreak has left many stuck inside their homes until the danger passes. This time in quarantine can get boring. Or, if you have school-aged children, perhaps you now need to find activities to amuse them between at-home schoolwork. Instead of spending your days sitting on the couch in front of your television, get in the kitchen and bake the things you’ve always wanted to try but never had the time to! Below are our favorite three recipes from Taste of Home that you and your family can enjoy.

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Topics: Lifestyle

3 Things Every Host(ess) Should Know

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Mar 5, 2020 9:45:00 AM

Hosting a party in your home can be stressful, no matter what the purpose is. Maybe you want to meet new friends in your neighborhood. Perhaps this is the first time the whole family has gotten together since they all moved out and left you an empty nester. Or, maybe this gathering is the first after the passing of your spouse. Whatever the case may be, throwing a party doesn’t need to take weeks to plan or zap all of your energy. Remember these three tips to keep things simple when planning your next gathering.

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Topics: Lifestyle

5 Ways to Know It's Time for a Change

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Oct 26, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Contrary to popular belief, getting older doesn’t mean getting set in our ways. Anyone, at any age, can make positive life changes. Each of us can benefit from stepping back and evaluating our lives in order to focus on where we want to go next. Here are some of the major changes that many of us experience as we move into our fifties and beyond.

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Topics: Lifestyle

3 Ways to Spruce Up Your Concrete Slab

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Sep 25, 2019 1:59:00 PM

Outdoor living provides comfort, relaxation, and enjoyment that’s hard to beat. Fresh smells, cool breezes, and warm sunshine provide the perfect backdrop for dinner parties, morning reading sessions, and laughter with friends and family. While you might be used to having a deck for this purpose, there are benefits to having a patio with a concrete slab instead. Contrary to what you might think, this feature doesn’t have to be drab and boring. 

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Topics: Floor Plan Styles

Basement or No Basement?

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Jun 19, 2019 1:26:00 PM

As you’re preparing to build your new home, one of the major decisions you’ll need to make is the type of foundation you want for your property. When choosing between a slab and basement foundation, there are several factors to consider. It’s important to evaluate your personal needs and select the design that’s most practical for your lifestyle. Here are a few assessments to help you decide: basement or no basement.

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Topics: Floor Plan Styles

Joys of Living Near Your Parents

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on May 12, 2019 1:24:00 PM

 

Parents play an important role in our lives, no matter how old we get. Whether you currently live near your parents or not, you've likely considered the advantages of having them close. Check out these benefits of moving your parents to a neighborhood near you. 

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Topics: Lifestyle

What is a Home Equity Conversion Loan?

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on May 8, 2019 2:41:00 PM

If you’re a senior looking to enjoy your next chapter, a Home Equity Conversion Loan (HECM) may be a great option to maintain your lifestyle and build the perfect home for your golden years! To help you understand whether the HECM option is right for you, we’ve compiled a brief summary of what you need to know. 

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Topics: HECM Loan

3 Benefits of Owning a Zero-Entry Home

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Apr 9, 2019 1:38:00 PM

Comparable to the concept of universal design, zero-entry (also called zero-step entry) building principles are used to construct homes that can be accessed without stairs, instead using gentle slopes and minimal thresholds. For homeowners, that means easy entry, reduced risk of injury, and convenient access. Check out these benefits of owning a zero-entry home to help you decide if it’s the right move for you. 

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Topics: Floor Plan Styles

Moving 101—Deciding It’s Time to Sell the House…and Tell the Kids

Posted by Ashlynn Bauer on Mar 7, 2019 2:40:00 PM

You’ve spent a lot of time in your current home. Its spacious rooms and generous floorplan were perfect for your growing family, and many of your fondest memories took place within its walls. Now, the kids are grown and you’re beginning to realize just how empty it feels. Whether for more financial freedom, less responsibility, or in preparation for the future, you’ve started to consider downsizing. Here are some questions to help guide your decision (and help you break it to the kids). 

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Topics: Lifestyle, Moving Process

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