A 55+ Community in North Fort Myers, Florida

January - February 2019

Edition No. 18

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Manager's Corner
 

Darlene

All of us here at Tara Woods would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We have a feeling that 2019 is going to be our most exciting year yet. Read on to see our New Year’s resolutions and how we can help you fight those winter aches.

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Manager's Corner

Darlene

All of us here at Tara Woods would like to wish you all a Happy New Year. We have a feeling that 2019 is going to be our most exciting year yet. For the new year, we have two resolutions: continue improving our existing amenities and find new ways to better serve our residents. Thank you all in advance for a great start. Now let’s pack away our holiday decorations and enjoy the rest of this wonderful weather.

Winter weather has a tendency to increase aches and stiffness, but we’d like to offer several ways to loosen up and get some excellent exercise. We have yoga classes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays and water aerobics on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. If classes aren’t your thing, take a walk or bicycle ride around our gorgeous community. It’s a great way to meet people out and about; a friendly smile or wave goes such a long way to make someone’s day.

Our new residents are getting everything arranged and put in its place. We are thrilled they have chosen to call our community home. To our new neighbors, welcome to the neighborhood and let us know how we can make your life easier.

We’re here for you!
- Darlene D Bradley

“I knew everything and received everything, but real happiness is giving.” – Alain Delon

Office Closed
 

Office closed

The community office will be closed the following days in observance of the holidays.

  • • Tuesday, January 1 - New Year’s Day
  • • Monday, February 18 – Presidents Day

Food

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Boost Your Breakfast

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but do you know why? A balanced meal in the morning jumpstarts your metabolism and helps improve your energy and concentration throughout the day. Plus, it prevents overeating later in the day. Check out these 31 breakfast recipes to inspire your next morning masterpiece.

HTA Email Contest

Email contest

Congratulations to our recent email address contest winners, Don and Evelyn Watson. We hope you enjoy your $50 gift card! Do you know someone who hasn’t provided their email address yet? It’s easy and they’ll be entered to win another gift card. Encourage them to sign up at the front office today.

Sales Update
 

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Our sales team is continuing to work and grow to make Tara Woods as great as possible for our residents. We’re excited to welcome Sam Schmidt to our team. Read more to learn about Sam and our other sales updates.

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Sales Update

Money bag

Our sales team is continuing to work and grow to make Tara Woods as great as possible for our residents. We’re excited to welcome Sam Schmidt to our sales team who will be helping us sell our new homes in the new section of the community. He comes to Tara Woods with an extensive sales background and we couldn’t be luckier to have him as a part of our team. Feel free to swing by the model center and say hello.

The final new homes for our first phase were officially ordered recently, so in 60 – 90 days we will have a new home on every lot in the first section. We are excited to see the community we love expand.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our referral reward program. If you send us a family member or friend and they purchase a home, you will receive $100 for brokered homes and $1,000 for new homes – it’s a win, win!

Yard of the Quarter

Yard of Quarter

As 2019 rolls in, it’s time to start back up our Yard of the Quarter awards. Judged on how manicured and attractive your yard is, you have the potential to win a $50 Home Depot gift card. We love seeing our residents put their hearts and souls into their homes and lawns. Keep up the great work!

Your Health

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Serenity & Strength

If you’re looking for a gentle form of exercise with powerful physical and mental benefits, Tai Chi may be the best option. Comprised of a series of choreographed, low-impact movements, Tai Chi is meant to help improve your strength, posture, and stress. The best part is this increasingly popular workout doesn’t leave you feeling sweaty or sore! Try out some basic moves to see if Tai Chi is right for you.

End of Summer Bash

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On September 22, our residents celebrated the End of Summer Bash, sponsored by the Pickleball team. The players did an engaging demonstration showing fellow residents how to play the game, followed by even more fun and games. Check out pictures from the party.

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End of Summer Bash

Popsicle

On September 22, our residents celebrated the End of Summer Bash, sponsored by the Pickleball team. The players did an engaging demonstration showing fellow residents how to play the game, followed by even more fun and games.

Check out some of the fun we had below.

Halloween Pet Parade

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We enjoyed seeing our residents and furry friends all dressed up in their spookiest costumes this past October. The event was so fun, even residents without pets came out to enjoy it. It’s safe to say we all had a barking good time. Check out some pictures from the event.

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Halloween Pet Parade

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We enjoyed seeing our residents and furry friends all dressed up in their spookiest costumes this past October. The event was so fun, even residents without pets came out to enjoy it. It’s safe to say we all had a barking good time. Click through the pictures below to relive the fun.

Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Keep reading to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

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Ted Danson's Life Tips

Ted Danson

We all remember watching Sam Malone turn out the lights on our favorite local bar, but at the time Ted Danson’s real life was at a crossroads. Since ending Cheers, he’s managed to grow his career and his life. Want to know how he did it? Read below to see Ted’s tips for a balanced life.

  • 1. Fight fear with gratitude. Ted describes himself as a chronic worrier. He says to combat this, along with therapy and the help of his wife, he replaces the fearful thoughts with ones of gratitude.
  • 2. As you grow older, work harder. Ted explains age is a marker but it’s not everything. What you’re capable of is more related to our creativity, passion, and determination. Although he may have a bit more trouble memorizing lines now, he simply works a bit harder and it pays off.
  • 3. Know what’s important, be kind. No matter what financial worries his family had growing up, Ted was always reminded of how loved he was and exposed to a variety of people with diverse perspectives. While grieving the passing of his parents, he was reminded to focus on what matters most. His best advice? Be kind, everything else will take care of itself.
  • 4. Surround yourself with passionate people. Find the smartest people you can and work with them. That’s how Ted continues to push himself. He explains he’s stopped thinking of himself as a start and begun working on projects of creative people that inspire him.
  • 5. Accept that life will be messy. Self-deprecation has long been Ted’s comedic calling card. Rather than taking himself too seriously, he chooses to accept the messes that come with life and learn from them. He says he wouldn’t change any of his mistakes because they made him who he is today.

Today, viewers know Ted Danson as Michael on The Good Place or as a prominent environmental activist. Aging certainly isn’t slowing him down and it shouldn’t! Learn more about Ted’s tips for a balanced life and see if any of them work for balancing your own.

Home & Garden

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Clear Your Clutter

New year, new stuff. As the new year rolls in, you’re probably taking stock of what you’ve got and what you no longer need. One great way to clear the clutter and make a quick buck is to host a garage sale or join one in your community or church. There are plenty of ways to make your garage sale stand out from the crowd, like working with a group to create a bountiful and diverse sale. Take a look at these ideas for ways to get the most bucks for your bang.

Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving as fast as our technology and it can be challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

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Trending Foods for 2019

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Our food is evolving almost as fast as our technology. Sometimes it can feel challenging to keep up with all the newest fads. Kroger has predicted the biggest food trends of 2019 to help you stay up to date. Keep reading to learn what everyone will be putting on their plates this year.

  • 1. Regional flavors. Whether it’s authentic southern cuisine or a true Philly Cheesesteak, people love food that reminds them of home and, according to Kroger, that’s not going to change any time soon.
  • 2. Plant-based foods. Meat or dairy free diets are steadily growing in popularity. As more people participate in Meatless Mondays or switch to a plant-based diet, food suppliers will provide a wider variety of available options.
  • 3. Trendy diets. In the quest for health, many are trying the newest diet trends like Keto or Whole30. Kroger not only expects this to continue, but increase as we head into the new year.
  • 4. Low sugars. Another popular diet change for 2019 will include decreasing or cutting sugar entirely from diets. While this may not be the best choice for everyone, 47% of consumers have said they are working to minimize their sugar intake.

Do Kroger’s predictions match up with yours? Learn more about them and give some of these trends a try for yourself. Maybe you’ll find meatless Mondays make your least favorite day of the week a bit more exciting.

Budgeting Made Easy

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Overspending is an easy habit to form and sticking to a budget is difficult. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Read more to learn how to stick to your plan and stop wasting time on unnecessary financial worries.

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Budgeting Made Easy

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Tracking finances can quickly become taxing but it must be done. Overspending is an easy habit to form, but after retirement you are often without a steady source of income and relying heavily on savings. Thankfully, there are strategies specifically for retirees that will have you budgeting like a professional in no time. Don’t waste your time on unnecessary financial worries, learning the basics of budgeting is simple and fast.

First things first, be honest about your budget. Consider exactly what your current income, account balance, and expenses are. It’s easy to overlook small expenses but they add up over time. This may seem like common sense, but meticulously laying out finances is the foundation of a strong budget that you can continue in the long term.

Frequent expenses include home, transport, travel, and healthcare. Along with bills, it’s critical to note extraneous home expenses like maintenance or updates. If your car is guzzling funds as well as gas, consider using mobile apps such as Google Maps to find public transport routes near you. On the bright side, sticking to your budget doesn’t mean you can’t travel! Check out our travel article on the right side of the page for tips and destinations to make your vacation scrapbook-worthy for less. The last expense, healthcare, is sometimes unavoidable. However, by taking care of your mind and body, it becomes easier to prevent certain medical emergencies.

The last step is to keep track of your expenses. This is the part where most budgeters give up. Keeping a detailed record of what you spend can be demoralizing and difficult. To combat this, rewire the way you think about keeping track of your expenses. Turn it into a game where the goal is to find new ways to save on your purchases and keeping track of those purchases is how to keep the score. Plus, technology makes it easier than ever to record expenses with the various mobile apps designed for this very purpose, like Clarity Money. With this app, you can track your spending digitally whether you’re on a mobile phone or computer.

With these strategies, sticking to your budget is easier than ever. If you’re looking for more tips and tricks on how to live well on less, click here. Give your budget a makeover and see how much you can save.

Come Socialize
 

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Join us on social media, through Facebook or Twitter, to stay updated, see pictures from the latest community event, and connect with neighbors. Our community page is also a great place to learn about sales specials and enter fun contests. Follow us today!

Travel

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Vacation for Less

Ready for a getaway but worried about the funds? There are plenty of tips and tricks for vacationing on a budget so you can enjoy your trip without breaking the bank. However, the destination is often the most expensive part of a vacation. This list features 18 of the best affordable destinations to make your holiday one for the books. With these travel hacks, there’s no need to keep putting off your next trip!

SafeHaven Insurance

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Hometown America is proud to promote SafeHaven National Insurance Agency, specializing in coverage for manufactured homeowners and renters. Many companies are difficult to work with or do not write policies that provide adequate protection for prefabricated homes. Make sure you are dealing with an insurance company that offers competitively priced policies and the protections important to you. Visit SafeHaven online or call 1-800-536-8999 for a quote.

E-Z Pay
 

E-Z Pay

Take the hassle out of making rent payments with Hometown America’s E-Z Pay. With E-Z Pay, your lot rent will be automatically deducted from your bank account on the third of each month. New sign-ups earn a $10 credit.

 

Entertainment & Leisure

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Time to Cut the Cord?

As technology continues to advance, more people are “cutting the cord” by getting rid of cable. Streaming services provide a wider variety of ways to watch your favorite programs, whether you’re on-the-go or snuggled on the couch. They only cost a fraction of a normal cable bill and most services offer a free period, so you can try before you buy. This is a great way to see if cutting the cord works for your lifestyle.