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We will be sharing the best ZEN home tips, market updates & news, local events information and some of our best case studies. This blog is all about YOU! We believe in abundance and prosperity for all and our wish is to help and serve our community as if we are serving our own family members. Information and knowledge is power and we want to empower YOU!

 



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April 13, 2020

Gardening Tips to Help Your Yard And Your Mind

 

In times of corona-virus we have no choice but to re invent ourselves. Though millions of households at the beginning of the year already had their own gardens started, there should be no surprise that the numbers are on the rise. With everything going on in the world, the idea of not having to leave the comfort of your home for sustenance is quite appealing. Not only is gardening a great way to source your own food, but it is also an excellent way to pass the time if you feel like you have a bit extra on your hands at the moment. If you have never gardened before, doing a little research ahead of time can make all the difference in how well your garden succeeds. Here are a few tips to help you get started!


Start Inside


Though temperatures are on the rise, evenings may still be chilly depending on where you live. Starting your vegetable growth indoors will protect them from any potential freezing. Growing your seedlings indoors also gives them the opportunity to get a little stronger before facing the harsh conditions that can arise outside.


Choose The Best Location

 

Before preparing your garden, you will want to find out what spot of your yard is best for your beds. You will likely want a spot where there is direct sun for at least 8 hours a day, as this is the norm for many vegetables.

 

Install Raised Beds

 

Once you’ve found the best location and your seedlings are growing, you will want to prepare your garden for transfer. Using raised beds allows for a deep soil stack for further root growth and can just making planting easier. It can even prevent unwanted critters from stealing your vegetables!

 

Add Pollinating Attractions & Bug Repellent

 

Bugs aren’t always bad. Having those around who will pollinate your flowering veggies can be extremely beneficial, so it is always helpful to plant flowers that attract pollinators. At the same time, planting herbs like mint and lavender will repel bad bugs and even rabbits and other animals.

  

Consider An Irrigation System


Properly watering is a key part of having a plentiful garden. While you may be home now for those morning and evening waterings, it might be a little hard to keep up with once you are back at work if you have to leave during the day. Investing in a drip irrigation system can save you time and money, as it slowly soaks your plants without over-watering them.

 

Meditate While Gardening

 

Meditation can be simply a 5-10 min. appreciation for your home garden and nature. To bring your awareness to the present moment, perhaps leaving your phone or any electronic devices away from you for a few minutes and take some time to breath in all the things you want and breath out anything that doesn’t serve you.

 

As a Special bonus we are including a short video in which Realtor® Rey explains how to easily grow beautiful sunflowers in your garden or in a pot this summer. We hope you enjoy it and please stay healthy and safe!

 

 

Posted in Zen Tips
April 6, 2020

6 Fun At-Home Activities

 

Team ZEN just wanted to send this email to see how you’re doing and share a few activities. As we all practice social distancing, we find ourselves spending more time at home and with our families. I wanted to share with you a few fun ideas that you can do while at home. Whether it’s finding things for your kids to do while you work or a fun activity to do at night, these activities will have everyone smiling.

 


Take out a classic board game for a family game night. Monopoly, Candy Land, and Chutes and Ladders are all fun.


Lights. Camera. Action. We all have cameras and the ability to edit videos on our phones. Put your creative hat on and make your own movie with your family playing starring roles.

 



Use cardboard or blankets to build forts throughout your home. Use your forts to have a family campout inside.



It’s important to stay connected during this tough time. Schedule video calls with friends and family.

 

 

If it’s safe, go outside for a walk or play in your backyard. If it’s nice, get outside or open a window for some fresh air.



Use pictures of family members or characters to create a fun scavenger hunt.

 

We hope that these ideas and tips will help bring a smile to the faces of your loved ones. We would love to hear what you’re doing to keep your family busy while you’re at home. Please be safe, be healthy and please reach out to anyone you trust if you start feeling a bit depress or sad. These feelings are very common but just know you are not alone. Team Zen is sending you positive vibes and loving thoughts!

 

 

Posted in Zen Tips
March 30, 2020

Tidying Up

Your house is nothing like “Hoarders”! Marie Kondo would come in and… ask if your “collection” of baseball cards really sparks joy. Take steps to clear out the clutter in your life. You may just wind up transforming your home!

 

Marie Kondo Your Life 

There’s a great reason the KonMari Method became a craze; it’s a simple way of helping you decide what is — and what isn’t — important to you is a great way to shed some belongings. Follow these steps to get started on “Marie Kondo”-ing your own home.

 

Be Thankful

Your house is where you get to build your life with your family. Start by thanking your home for providing shelter.

 

Pile It Up

Going room-by-room, pile things up by category. For example, put all of your clothing in one place. This will help you visualize how much of each item you have.

 

Does it Spark Joy?

Item-by-item, ask yourself if it sparks joy in your life. If it does, then it’s not a big deal to keep it. If it doesn’t, get rid of it. Don’t keep things just to keep things! This is what causes clutter to pile up. 

 

Stand Things Up

After you’ve decided what sparks joy and what doesn’t, it’s time to find a home for everything. Hang up or fold clothes, and give each item its own spot. This way, your letter opener doesn’t just hang out somewhere on the counter; it goes in your brand new, dedicated stationary drawer.

 

Tiny Boxes

Think about your junk drawer. Most likely, it’s everything crammed into one spot. Tiny boxes can help organize miscellaneous items.

 

Organize By Size

If you can’t prop things up so that you can see them, organize them by size. This makes it easy to know exactly where in the closet or drawer you need to be looking for something. 

 

Decluttering in No Time

Sometimes you just need to declutter — fast.  Simplify your decluttering method into five different categories. Get a bin or basket for each category, and clearly label to its corresponding category to make decluttering go even faster. To keep things from getting overwhelming, take it one room at a time, and clean out your baskets at the end of each room.

 

Put Away

Honestly, how did the cheese grater end up in the laundry room? Use this category for anything you want to keep and desperately needs to be put away. 

 

Recycle

Yes, you were going to read the newspaper from three weeks ago, but now you have four more issues to catch up on. Toss any newspaper, plastic, glass, or paper into this category. 

 

Fix or Mend

That broken button or dirty pair of shoes can be tossed into this bin. Instead of letting the stuff you’ve been meaning to do pile up, keep it in one place to come back to at another time.

 

Trash

Some things are simply trash. Use this category to get rid of anything you don’t want to keep and cannot be donated or recycled.

 

Donate

You may not need three copies of the same book, but your library might! Toss any items that you want to get rid of, but are in good condition into this category. 

 

Decluttering your house is the first step to zen living. If you find your home is in need of a complete upgrade, Zen Living Realty can help during the Orlando realty process. By getting to know you and your needs, we can make sure you’re getting the home of your dreams! Give us a call at (407) 800-2717 to speak with a realtor about your dream home. 

 

Posted in Zen Tips
March 23, 2020

How To Disinfect In The Time Of Corona-Virus


Disinfectant wipes have become essential tools for many of us in our daily routines. But is it really effective?

According to HouseLogic.com, the best cleaners are either a bleach solution or a 70% alcohol solution.

“Follow this bleach recipe: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water,” the site advises, reminding readers to properly ventilate while using bleach. The site also notes that bleach can expire, so check the bottle’s expiration date – and never mix bleach with anything other than water. (But one important note: Bleach still fades fabrics.)

If you don't have bleach, use 70% rubbing alcohol, which is already diluted, HouseLogic says. Disinfecting wipes use an ammonium compound, which could allow viruses to become resistant over time.

“Disinfection isn’t instantaneous,” says Erica Marie Hartman, an environmental microbiologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. “[For a bleach solution], you want to leave it on the surface for 10 minutes before wiping it off. "

Allow for “dwell time,” agrees an article at Apartment Therapy that features an interview with microbiologists. Disinfecting solutions need to remain on the surface for a certain amount of time to be effective, and that amount of time can vary by product.

For example, Clorox Wipes advises treating a surface “using enough wipes for the treated surface to remain visibly wet for four minutes.” Other disinfectants, including bleach, have their own instructions for proper use. Be sure to check the bottle.

Also, disinfectants don’t provide lasting protection. If a sick person touches the surface right after you clean it, new germs will be left there.

“The reality is that bacteria are complex organisms, and the vast majority of people don’t understand the intricate mechanisms that power them, which leads to them underestimating just how easily they can be reintroduced and quickly multiply on an unprotected surface,” says Morgan Brashear, the scientific communications manager at Proctor & Gamble.

Source: "How to Disinfect Your Home in the Time of Coronavirus," Houselogic.com (March 16, 2020); “3 Things Everyone Gets Wrong About Disinfectants,” Apartment Therapy (March 16, 2020).

Team ZEN is now scheduling virtual appointments and showings and encourage everyone to stay home as only together we can #flattenthecurve!

 

Posted in Zen Tips
March 15, 2020

What If...


Realtor® Rey shares with all of us this beautiful reflexion as there is so much fear, and perhaps rightfully so, about COVID-19. Team ZEN wishes everyone to stay healthy and safe and mostly mindful about what this time can teach all of us.

"And, what if…

If we subscribe to the philosophy that life is always working out for us, that there is an intelligence far greater than humans at work…

That all is interconnected.

What if…

the virus is here to help us?

To reset.

To remember.

What is truly important.

Reconnecting with family and community.

Reducing travel so that the environment, the skies, the air, our lungs all get a break.

Parts of China are seeing blue sky and clouds for the first time in forever with the factories being shut down.

Working from home rather than commuting to work (less pollution, more personal time).

Reconnecting with family as there is more time at home.

An invitation to turn inwards — a deep meditation — rather than the usual extroverted going out to self-soothe.

To reconnect with self — what is really important to me?

A reset economically.

The working poor. The lack of healthcare access for over 30 million in the US. The need for paid sick leave.

How hard does one need to work to be able to live, to have a life outside of work?

To face our mortality — check back into “living” life rather than simply working, working, working.

To reconnect with our elders, who are so susceptible to this virus.

And, washing our hands — how did that become a “new” thing that we needed to remember. But, yes, we did.

The presence of Grace for all.

There is a shift underway in our society — what if it is one that is favorable for us?

What if this virus is an ally in our evolution?

In our remembrance of what it means to be connected, humane, living a simpler life, to be less impactful/ more kind to our environment.

An offering from my heart this morning. Offered as another perspective. Another way of relating to this virus, this unfolding, this evolution.

It was time for a change, we all knew that.

And, change has arrived.

What if… "


Written by Gurpreet K. Gill

 

Posted in Zen Tips