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Back to School: Preparing Your Home to Manage Clutter

by EM for Masha Halpern

The start of a new school year means an endless bombardment of homework sheets, permission slips, school flyers, and art projects. And with backpacks, gym bags, lunch boxes, and library books it’s hard to maintain order. Keep your home organized and decluttered this back-to-school season with these helpful tips!
 

A Paperwork System

Creating a system for the influx of paper is not only a great way to stay organized and get things accomplished, it also can be a way for kids to learn important skills and responsibilities. One good option is an open file box, which allows for easy access, labeling, and color coding. Three-ring binders are also great because tabs can be used for different subjects/categories and dividers with pockets can store smaller items that you don’t want to hole punch. Looking for more ways to organize your papers? Check out this article for more creative ideas!

Master Schedule/Calendar

Between back-to-school nights, parent conferences, sports practices, and more, it’s nearly impossible to keep the whole family’s appointments and activities in your head. That’s why keeping a master schedule or calendar in a convenient place like on the refrigerator door or in a high-traffic hallway will make everything go more smoothly. It helps to use different color markers for each family member and stickers/pictures for children too young to read. For more inspiration, explore this blog.
 

The Homework Zone

Finding the right time and place for homework is key to your child’s academic success. Will homework be the first thing they do when they get home from school or do they need time to play and unwind before starting? When choosing a place in your home consider the conditions your child will thrive best under. A kitchen table is great spot to sit down and focus while still having family nearby when assistance is needed. A bedroom desk is better for those who prefer limited distractions. Just make sure there is good lighting available and homework tools like pencils, erasers, highlighters, glue sticks, and scissors easily accessible!
 

Art Work

It’s inevitable that your kids will bring home their school work, projects, and art from school. So it’s up to you to decide, whether you want to display it, store it, or toss it. Check out this article for creative ways to showcase your child’s artwork!
 

Assigning Places

The first thing kids should do when they get home is empty backpacks, lunch boxes, and gym bags. Consider mounting backpacks on hooks and assigning a specific hook or space for each child. This way when you’re rushing out the door to make the bus, they’ll know exactly where their backpack and jacket is. Not only will their items stay off the floor and not be misplaced, everyone will be getting a head start on the next day. Installing a bench or seat with storage is also great for putting dirty shoes, umbrellas, and cold weather accessories.

Staying organized is within reach, just follow these helpful tips!

Building the Home of Their Dreams

by AH for Masha Halpern

Masha had the pleasure of helping her buyers build the home of their dreams. From finding the perfect lot in the community they desired, to helping with all of the design details along the way, Masha's clients benefited from her expertise in the home building process.

 

With an ode to Frank Lloyd Wright, this remarkable contemporary home belongs amongst the surrounding natural landscape and majestic hill that it rests. Thoughtful details were carefully chosen to both perform & impress.

 

Learn more about this stunning features of this home by clicking here, take a virtual tour or learn more about building your own home.
 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.
 

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.
 

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Masha' Clients Got Their Dream Home - Even in a Low Inventory Market!

by AH for Masha Halpern

 

Masha had the pleasure of helping her buyers find their dream home from out-of-state.

 

Step into stately elegance in this 5 Bedroom, 4.5 Bath Georgian-style home in Southern Village. Classic architectural features set on a beautifully landscaped lot with great neighborhood schools, this home exceeded all the priorities on her buyers wish list!

 

Learn more about this home by clicking here or use this link to see current homes for sale in Southern Village.
 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.
 

Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.
 

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

Just Listed in Falconbridge - Don't Miss This Opportunity!

by AH for Masha Halpern

 

13 Weybridge Place, Chapel Hill

Offered at $289,500

Take a tour to explore more features at both these links:

www.13WeybridgePlace.com

www.MashaHalpern.com-Featued Listing

 

Meander down the quiet, tree-lined street toward 13 Weybridge Place and you will find a spacious, well-cared for home with some very special details. Offering 3 bedrooms, plus loft and versatile office areas, you will not need to sacrifice space for the easy maintenance lifestyle of a townhome. The popular neighborhood of Falconbridge is located at a cross-section of Chapel Hill & Durham, just minutes away from the shopping, restaurants & cultural scenes of both towns.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Masha Halpern and The Boutique Real Estate Team is your ultimate real estate resource for Chapel Hill, Durham, Carrboro and surrounding areas. Visit my website at www.MashaHalpern.com for detailed information regarding today’s real estate markets.

 Masha is a certified member of The Luxury Home Marketing Institute, participates in its annual Leaders in Luxury Conference, and works with The Institute’s thousands of members worldwide to share information about current listings.

Masha is also a certified member of Keller Williams Luxury International and is Chapel Hill & Durham's EXCLUSIVE  member of Cyber Stars International – Top Realtors Using Technology – a group dedicated to taking the best and latest technological advances and applying them to real estate advertising and marketing for her clients in all price points. Masha Halpern can be contacted for a private consultation by calling 919-414-0337 or by visiting www.MashaHalpern.com.

For over 100 years, the tobacco industry reigned supreme, spurring growth throughout the city of Durham. Thus, when large cigarette manufacturers like Lucky Strike and Bull Durham closed the doors of the American Tobacco factory in 1987, it triggered a wave of economic decline. With the goal of preserving the rich history and revitalizing Durham, Capitol Broadcasting Company, the owner of the Durham Bulls, purchased the 16-acre American Tobacco Campus in 2002. After investing $200 million in design and renovation, the historic area re-opened in 2004, catalyzing the Durham Renaissance.
 

Now, the American Tobacco Historic District includes office, residential, and commercial spaces, a barber shop, salon, spa, and numerous art centers. Deemed “The Startup Hub of the South,” the American Tobacco Campus houses the American Underground, an area for entrepreneurs on the cutting edge of technology to build progressive companies while paying homage to the entrepreneurial success stories of the past. However, the American Tobacco Campus isn’t all business, networking, and conferences. Between broadway shows at DPAC, baseball games at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, and the Full Frame Theater, the American Tobacco Campus focuses on creating spaces for artists to thrive and the public to enjoy.

American Tobacco Music hosts On the Lawn, an outdoor concert series celebrating North Carolina’s unique music heritage. Sponsored by WUNC (91.5), the concert is free and open to the public. The grammy-nominated Americana band Yarn and The Road Band will perform in the next show on Thursday, August 23 at 6:00 pm. You’re encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs and picnic blankets, but you can always grab a seat at nearby restaurants like Cuban Revolution or Tyler’s Restaurant and Taproom. Also, keep an eye out for upcoming concerts in the nearby area. The On the Lawn concert series has expanded to the outfield section of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and the Down Under Patio near Saladelia. Bring your dog and kids, relax by the stunning water feature, and enjoy the best of what Durham has to offer at the American Tobacco Campus!

For more information on the concert series click here!

Tips on Wood Destroying Insects

by EM for Masha Halpern

Wood-destroying insects like termites, carpenter ants, and beetles cause more than $1 billion in property damage each year in the United States. That’s why prevention and early detection are extremely important in avoiding and minimizing significant damage. Protect your home from wood-eating pests with these helpful tips and facts.

 

Termites

Habitat: Termites are the most prevalent type of the home-invading wood eater in North America. They are found in every state except for Alaska, but are most commonly found in the Southern states. Termites also gravitate towards dark, moist areas like crawlspaces and basements.

 

Signs of an Infestation:

  • Termites feed on wood, cardboard and paper, so the first step in prevention is removing their sources of food as much as you can. If you must keep these materials in the home, especially storage spaces, be sure to keep them off the ground.
  • Another way to detect termites is to look for the wings of swarms. Swarms are what termites are called during the stage of their life cycle when they go out into the open to fly off and reproduce. Swarms are often seen near or on windows and sills.
  • Finally, termites like to create of mud tunnels along foundations, floor framing, drywall, etc. They make these tunnels to travel safely from their nests deep in the ground to the home, where they feast. Keep your eyes peeled for these tunnels, which have about the same diameter as a pencil.

Carpenter Ants

Habitat: Just like termites, carpenter ants love moisture, warmth, and eating wood! In fact, their ideal home is a nest bored deep into damp and decaying wood. Carpenter ants typically appear in the Northern states during the warmer months.

 

Signs of an Infestation:

  • One way to detect carpenter ants is listening for a soft rustling sound in your home. The noise is the result of the ants moving around in the walls. Since carpenter ants are most active at night when they are foraging for food and water, this is time you will most likely hear them.
  • In addition, look for piles of sawdust or frass, a mixture of wood shavings and fecal matter. Unlike termites, carpenter ants don’t eat the wood they tunnel into, which means they leave the wood debris they bury into at the openings of tunnels and nests.
  • Keep an eye out for the shed wings of carpenter ant swarmers. These are commonly found near window sills, baseboards, and vents.
     

Powderpost Beetles

Habitat: Powderpost beetles like to lay eggs in cracks, crevices, and wood pores. Their peak time is May through August and they can be found anywhere in the country.

Signs of an Infestation:

  • If you notice your wood is crumbling or decaying for no apparent reason, powderpost beetles may be to blame.
  • When the larvae develop into adults, they hatch and exit the wood. They do this by eating through it, which leaves powdery deposits of frass and pin-sized holes in the process.
     

General Tips

  • Keep your house dry and ventilated by checking gutters and downspouts to see if they drain water properly and repair leaky faucets, water pipes, AC units, etc.
  • Store firewood and wood products away from the foundation and off the ground.
  • Trim fence slats and any wood trim around the house like garage door jams up off the soil.
  • Cut tree branches so they aren’t touching the house.
  • Use mulch sparingly.
  • Don’t panic! Wood-destroying insects work slowly and there are lots of treatments available.
     

Wood-destroying insects can unfortunately be difficult to spot unless the damage is great. That’s why it’s important to watch for signs of an infestation and receive annual inspections from licensed professionals. Hopefully these facts and tips left you feeling more prepared to prevent and handle any wood-eating pests that may come your way!

Maple View Farms Celebrates National Ice Cream Day!

by EM & AH for Masha Halpern

Located in the Hillsborough countryside, Maple View Farms serves scenic views alongside their freshly churned Southern ice cream. Before Maple View Farms opened their doors on New Year's Day in 2001, they were selling bottled milk to faithful customers in the community. After finding success with their high-quality milk, Robert Nutter, the founder of Maple View Farms, and his daughter Muffin, decided the community might enjoy their handcrafted ice cream as well. So, they made their dream a reality and began with 12 simple flavors. Since then, Maple View Farms has developed hundreds of more flavors, won countless awards, expanded to new locations around the Triangle, and brought their delicious products to grocery stores near you!
 

Community is very important to Maple View Farms. That’s why they designed the Maple View Agricultural Center, a non-profit educational facility open to people of all ages to learn about sustainable agriculture and farm life. The AG Center is open year-round for field trips, birthday parties, and events like family reunions and wedding receptions. In the warmer months, the AG Center offers classroom lessons on the dairy process, insects, and plants along with guided barnyard animal tours and hayrides at affordable prices. Check out the Maple View AG Center today!


 

Mark your calendars everyone! National Ice Cream Day falls on July 15th and Maple View Farms is holding an event to celebrate. Join the crowd of ice cream lovers and aficionados for live music by the Mason Lovette Band and Back Porch Orchestra, face painting, lawn games, ice cream specials, visit with a calf, and more. A percentage of all sales will go to Sam’s Wish Foundation at Kid’s Path of Hospice & Angels Among Us Benefiting the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke. See you there!

You can also join in with us on social media regardless of where you choose to celebrate the day. Upload a photo of yourself, friends & family enjoying ice cream, to twitter, facebook or instagram with the tag @MashaHalpern, and you’ll be entered to win a $15 gift certificate to Maple View Farms Store.

 

Here’s a shot of our team enjoying our cool treats. Now let’s see yours!

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The Duke Lemur Center

by EM for Masha Halpern
 
Looking for adventure this summer, but unable to travel to exotic lands? Then look no further than the Duke Lemur Center - the experience of Madagascar in our very own Durham!
 

Just two miles outside of Duke University’s campus, over 50 years of lemur research and conservation has occurred at the Duke Lemur Center. With help from the Duke University School of Medicine and the National Science Foundation, biologists John Buettner-Janusch and Peter Klopfer founded the Duke Lemur Center (previously known as the Duke University Primate Center) in 1966. Together, they established an internationally acclaimed facility to study health, behavior, genomics, and more in lemurs and their close relatives non-invasively. Today, the Duke Lemur Center houses the largest living collection of endangered primates in the world (both in population size and range of species) within 80 wooded acres of Durham.

For millions of years, lemurs flourished on the island of Madagascar where they had few natural predators, large swaths of land to call home, and plenty of lush vegetation for food. When humans began settling on the island about 2,000 years ago this began to change. Since humans first arrived on Madagascar, one third of all lemur species have become extinct and many more are endangered. To combat this issue, the Duke Lemur Center partnered with a number of other accredited institutions to design sustainable conservation breeding programs called Species Survival Plans (SSPs) in the hopes of creating a “genetic safety net” for rare and endangered species like the aye-aye, sifika, and blue-eyed black lemurs. Since the founding of the Duke Lemur Center, the facility has birthed over 3,285 animals and has celebrated three more births this year!
 

The first lemur birthed this season was Ranomasina, a blue-eyed black lemur who become one of only 34 located in North America and now belongs to one of the most endangered primate groups in the world. Ranomasina, whose name means “sea,” is also exceptional because she was delivered via cesarean section, which has only happened 15 times since the founding and is the offspring of lemurs from Madagascar making her “genetically valuable.” Bobby Schopler, a veterinarian who has worked at the Duke Lemur Center since 2005, called it “the most important birth in the 13 years I’ve worked here.” The Duke Lemur Center welcomed its second birth of the year on March 14 when Gellar, whose named after the actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, was born to parents Wiig and Hiddleston. Just eight days later, the Lemur Center welcomed baby Mark Hamill into the world. Honored to have a lemur named after himself, Mark Hamill tweeted the Duke Lemur Center back upon hearing the news! Gellar and Hamill spent their first few days like most at the Duke Lemur Center- in an independent “baby suite” with their mothers. This is done to increase infant mortality rates, which are significantly higher when the mother and infant are separated from other members until the infant is stronger and less vulnerable. Around the beginning of April, Gellar and Hamill were both reintroduced to their families and are doing wonderfully!

 

The Duke Lemur Center is a public facility that welcomes over 25,000 visitors every year to learn about lemurs, science, and conservation. It’s open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m year-round and offers a variety of options for all ages and budgets. Touring requires a reservation as they typically book around 2 weeks beforehand, but last-minute appointments are sometimes available so calling is always welcomed. Reservations can be made via the phone at (919) 401-7240 or with an online reservation request form. Check out Ranomasina, Gellar, Hamill, and the rest of the rare and amazing animals today!

Triangle Area Fourth of July Firework Celebrations

by EM for Masha Halpern

It’s almost America’s birthday!  Get in on the fun with these local celebrations. Our list includes fireworks & non-fireworks events - there’s so many ways to join in the fun!
 

Fireworks Events

Kenan Stadium- Chapel Hill

Gates open at 7 p.m. and the firework display begins at 9:30 p.m. This event is hosted by comedians from the PITT Comedy Theater with music from the Matt Stratford Band. The watermelon eating contest, face painting area, glowsticks, a digital photobooth, and spin art stations are also offered but make sure to get there early to participate! There is a suggested donation of $1 per person or $5 per family. Travel & Leisure Magazine ranked Chapel Hill as one of America’s Top 10 Best Towns for a July Fourth Celebration! Get more information here!
 

Durham Bulls Athletic Park- Durham

The USA vs. Japan game begins at 6:05 p.m. with tickets starting at $12 and gates will open for the public at the end of the 7th inning for free.Entrance is based on availability, so if you want to guarantee a seat for the display, consider purchasing a ticket to the game. Viewing areas outside the park include the grassy area behind Diamond View 3, the Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, Ponysaurus, and outside of the North Deck by Burt’s Bees. Get more information here!

Koka Booth Amphitheater- Cary

Gates open at 3 p.m. for people to lay down blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic baskets and the fireworks show begins at 9 p.m.Enjoy the ferris wheel ride with a stunning view of Symphony Lake, lively music, ice cream eating contests, scavenger hunts, and more. General lawn admission tickets are free but tickets for special reserved seating must be purchased. Get more information here!
 

North Carolina State Fairgrounds- Raleigh

The City of Raleigh has moved it’s annual Fourth of July celebration from Downtown Raleigh to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena area. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the fireworks will begin at 9:30. This event is free and open to the public. Get more information here!
 

Other Fourth of July Celebrations in the Triangle Area
 

Children’s Independence Day Parade at Durham Central Park

The decorating of bikes, wagons, and strollers begins at 9:30 with craft supplies from the Scrap Exchange. A parade through the park starts at 10:30 a.m. and DJ Piddipat will provide the tunes. Free popsicles and fire truck tours are available following the parade. Get more information here!
 

Carrboro Town Hall- Carrboro

This event starts at Weaver Street Market Lawn at 9:30 a.m. and parades to the Town Hall at 10:50 a.m.The Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage will be back as well as plenty of activities, food, live music, and games. Get more information here!
 

Independence Day Celebration- Raleigh

This event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Carolina State Capitol. There will be plenty of food, musical performances, carriage rides, quill writing, and other Revolutionary era activities for all ages to enjoy. An outdoor naturalization ceremony for new citizens and a reading of the Declaration of Indepence will also occur! Get more information here!
 

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July- Apex

This event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Apex’s historic downtown rain or shine. The morning is filled with fun activities like carnival games, inflatables, ice cream, karoke, a climbing wall and giant slide.At noon, children 12 and under can participate in Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem Street. Get more information here!
 

Picnic in the Park- Hillsborough

Located at the Eno River Farmers Market Pavilion, this community picnic offers an array of activities for people of all ages. There will be an American Blues and Roots outdoor concert in collaboration with the Music Maker Relief Foundation.Food trucks, games, children’s activities, crafts, and more! This event is free to the public and takes place on Sunday, July 1st from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Get more information here!
 

Cary’s Independence’s Eve Celebration

This event takes place on Tuesday, July 3rd starting at 6:30 p.m with performances by Applause! Cary Youth Theater and the Cary Town Band.Get more information here!

Beat the Heat at your Local Library

by AH for Masha Halpern

As summer heats up, it’s time to cool down at your local library. With everything from your next book for the pool side to activities for your kids, your local library can be an inexpensive summer resource for the whole family.
 

The heart of libraries are books, and while you can still check out books in their traditional format, you can also download many books in text or audio formats. Listening to books while traveling can make car trips more enjoyable!

Libraries also offer a range of programs for all ages: summer reading programs, meet the author events, community information meetings, book groups, children’s programs, used book sales & more. Some libraries also provide quiet rooms that you can reserve ahead of time for group meetings.
 

With so many people & activities, your local library is a true expression of community. To help you get started, here’s a list of local library websites. Happy Reading!

Chapel Hill Public Library

Chatham County Public Library

Durham County Public Library

Orange County Public Library

 

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