Nov. 27, 2019

6 Tips To "Winterize" Your Home

We've entered the season of crisp, cool mornings and chilly evenings. Luckily, we don't experience the full winter blast as many other areas of the country do, but there are still some steps we should take to "winterize" our homes for the cooler weather.

Prepare Your Backyard Pool

Thankfully, we don't have to "close" our pools for the winter season, but there are some important steps to take to keep your pool healthy during the offseason. Be sure to vacuum the bottom, empty filters, and remove surface debris. Take adequate precautions against algae, which can still bloom during winter months.

Inspect and Insulate Doors and Windows

Did you know that as much as 7 to 12 percent of a home's heating loss occurs around windows and doors? Before winter officially arrives, inspect your home's openings to ensure they are properly sealed, and replace worn weather stripping to prevent warm air from escaping.

Clear Dead Leaves and Brush

With the recent rain and wind we've been experiencing, chances are, your yard and gutters are due for a cleaning. Dedicate a Saturday afternoon to clear dead leaves or brush that have accumulated around your yard, in the gutters, and on your roof.

Reverse Ceiling Fans

Save up to 15 percent on your annual heating costs by reversing your ceiling fans to push warm air down during colder months. To do this, set your fan to spin clockwise at a low speed. Warm air near the ceiling will circulate throughout your home, reducing the need to use your thermostat.

Replace Air Filters

A dirty HVAC filter can cause your heating and cooling system to run inefficiently and drive up utility expenses. Prevent the buildup of dirt and dust and save money by inspecting air filters once a month and replacing them every three months, if not more frequently. Additionally, changing your HVAC filters will improve the air quality inside your home.

Inspect the Attic

Perform a close inspection of your attic for signs of water damage, infestation, or insulation problems that could cause serious damage to your home if left untreated. It's important to catch any potential problems early to prevent them from becoming a widespread problem.

Posted in Home Tips
Nov. 27, 2019

Our Favorite Holiday Movies

One of our favorite things about the holidays is snuggling up with our families to watch festive movies. With so many choices - from childhood favorites to holiday classics - we all have that one movie that gets us in the spirit! ​​​

Carolyn: Every Hallmark movie ever made! Haha! It is a Christmas tradition to watch them all! ​​​

​Kellie: The Family Stone is my favorite! ​​​​

Jen: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation hands down...a MUST for every Christmas vacation!! ​​​

Sage: I love Home Alone! And now my 5-year old and 8-year old love it too!

Nov. 27, 2019

5 Easy Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!

Thanksgiving. For some people it means FEASTING! However, the real meaning of Thanksgiving is to gather in unity and express gratitude - to give thanks! Yes, of course we need to eat to nourish and replenish our bodies, so let's do that with a focus on thankfulness for time spent with friends and family, all while remembering to eat consciously and joyfully. Then, get back to normal eating and exercise the next day!

5 Easy Tips for a Healthier Thanksgiving ​

Eat Sitting Up Straight, Not Standing Up: This will help you to increase fullness awareness, and will create better posture that will help you naturally breathe properly to help support your digestion. Most importantly, it will help you eat more consciously.

​Proper Plate Proportions: At least one-third of your plate should consist of vegetables and fruits, which have a higher water content. This will help control your hunger while getting adequate nutrients.

​Use a Smaller Plate: Cornell University researchers collected 56 research studies examining the effect of smaller plates on consumption. Combining all the studies, they concluded that a 30% reduction in plate size led to an average 30% reduction in food consumption.

Save Your Calories: Save your calories for your main Thanksgiving meal. Focus on complex (rather than simple) carbohydrates, eat moderate fat, and go for the lean protein sources. If you exercise on a regular basis, do your normal workout rather than trying to exercise "extra", which may lead you to feel even hungier.

​Don't Punish Yourself: If you are being too hard on yourself about your Thanksgiving food consumption, you will find yourself even more stressed. Instead, focus on the joy of eating with your family and friends, savor each bite slowly, and eat mindfully. Thanksgiving happens once per year so take the time to appreciate it.

Posted in Wellness in One
Oct. 29, 2019

Our Favorite Halloween Candy

No matter how healthy we're trying to be, we all have our favorite candy that we just can't resist! Here's a sneak peak into what candy you should keep a close eye on if any members of the Coastal Estate Team are around!

Carolyn: Butterfinger! Yum!

Bridget: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, without a doubt!

Taylor: Skittles!​​

Kellie: KitKat!

​Jen: Twix - Mmmmmmm!

Sage: I LOVE Sour Patch Watermelons!


What about you?  What is your favorite?

Oct. 29, 2019

Tricky Halloween Calorie Burners

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!

Halloween. It makes some of us giddy with excitement, while others dread the endless supply of candy everywhere they turn. This year, let's indulge without packing on the pounds. While it's easy to consume a few extra calories from all of the treats - whether it's from the office party or sneaking your favorite candy out of your kiddo's bag while they're not looking - we can use the holiday to our advantage to get in a bit of an extra workout without much effort at all!

Last Minute Candy Shopping: Shopping for 10 minutes = 23 calories Plus, you'll burn bonus calories if you have to dig through all the terrible, left over candy to find the good stuff!

Carve a Jack o' Lantern: Carving a pumpkin for 15 minutes = 39 calories Your front entryway will look extra festive with lots of flickering pumpkin faces... the more, the better! (and think of all the calories you'll burn!)

Prep Their Stomachs: Cooking for 30 minutes = 78 calories Don't let them roam the street with empty stomachs! Cook them something healthy before they stuff themselves with candy!

Do The Monster Mash: Dancing for 15 minutes = 87 calories At a Halloween Party? Hit the dance floor. Have little ones? Help them boogie out their excitement while they wait to go trick-or-treating.

Trick-or-Treating: Scrounging for Candy for One Hour = 205 calories Depending on the ages of the children you'll be trick-or-treating with, this could be a major workout. Burn bonus calories by carrying worn out toddlers or by running to keep up with those tweens that are trying to ditch you!

Cleanup: Car washing for 15 minutes = 66 calories Did you make the mistake of giving out those tiny boxes of raisins to trick-or-treaters? If so, there's a good chance that your car got egged and you'll have to clean it off!

Brush Away the Damage: Brushing your teeth for 5 minutes = 12 calories No matter how tired you are, tonight is definitely not the night to skip your nightly dental hygiene routine. ​

*Note, all calorie estimates were based on a 130-pound female, so you may have to adjust your candy intake / Monster Mashing to balance the calories in / out.

Oct. 29, 2019

Melbourne Earns Multiple Spots on "Best Places" Lists

U.S. News & World Report just released their Best Places lists, and Melbourne was found near the top of "Best Places to Live in Florida", "Best Places to Retire", and "Best Places to Live in the USA".

Best Places to Live in Florida - Melbourne Ranks Second!  Comparing the most populous metro areas in the Sunshine State, Melbourne earned the number two spot, topped only by Sarasota. According to U.S. News, Melbourne's high school students rank fourth out of the 125 most populous metro areas for college readiness, with only San Jose, California, Miami, and Reno, Nevada ranking higher. Melbourne is growing rapidly based on net migration, with a population growth of 8.74% between 2013 and 2017.

Best Places to Retire - Melbourne Ranks #19 out of 125 For this list, U.S. News analyzed data for the 125 largest metropolitan areas to assess how well they meet Americans' retirement needs and expectations. Top criteria included the happiness of local residents, housing affordability, tax rates and healthcare quality. Not only does Melbourne have picture-perfect weather, it has beautiful beaches, plenty of golf courses, great fishing, plus new art and cultural opportunities every week. Sounds like a dream retirement location to us!

Best Places to Live in the USA - Melbourne Ranks #25 out of 125 U.S. News analyzed the 125 most populous metro areas to find the best places to live, and Melbourne came in near the top at number 25! To make the top of the list, a place had to have good value, be a desirable place to live, have a strong job market and a high quality of life. With its mix of families, professionals, and retirees that come from all over the country, plus the area's focus on arts, science, and economic development, Melbourne is all around a great place to live! ​


​Click Here to View All of U.S. News & World Report's Best Places Lists

Oct. 25, 2019

Home Fire Safety Tips

Jack-o-lanterns, turkey fryers, Christmas lights and trees, cozy fires in the fireplace - the next several months can pose plenty of fire hazards in your home. Before the excitement of the holidays begin, take a few minutes to check your home's fire safety plan.

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Replace the batteries and test by pressing the test button or holding a smoke source (like a blown out candle) near the unit.

Fire Extinguishers Make sure your fire extinguisher is rated for all fire types (look for an A-B-C rating). Check the indicator on the pressure gauge to make sure the extinguisher is charged. Ensure that the lock pin is firmly in place and that the discharge nozzle is not clogged. Fire extinguishers should be replaced every six years.

Fire Evacuation Plan Determine an exit path for every bedroom, and make provisions (emergency escape ladders, etc) for bedrooms that are not on the main floor of the home. Establish a location away from the house where everyone should meet.

Fireplace Maintenance If you have a fireplace, check the chimney and flue for soot or creosote (a flammable by-product of burning wood) build-up. Check the flue for blockage and use a chimney cap to prevent birds from building nests at the top of your unprotected flue. You should also test the damper (the metal plate that opens and closes the flue just above the firebox) to make sure it’s working properly. It’s best to have a reputable chimney sweep clean and inspect your fireplace each year, just to be on the safe side.

Posted in Home Tips
Oct. 11, 2019

Melbourne's Florida Tech Earns #1 Spot On List Of "10 Engineering Schools Just As Good As the Ivies"

College Gazette just put Melbourne's Florida Tech in the top spot on its list of "10 Engineering Schools Just As Good As the Ivies". Ideally located on the Space Coast, Florida Tech is an impressive school with a major focus on science, technology, and engineering. Many of Florida Tech's classes are taught by former engineers and astronauts. Not only is NASA close by, so are many of the biggest engineering companies in the industry, offering fantastic internship possibilities and post-graduation employment opportunities. It makes perfect sense to us that Florida Tech was listed in the Number One spot... a great education and plenty of employment options, plus year-round sunshine and just steps away from the beach!

Additionally, Florida Tech just announced plans to build a new 61,000-square-foot, $18 million Health Sciences Research Center, scheduled to break ground in Spring 2020. This new facility will help fill the growing demand for jobs in the biomedical and premedical science fields, and will double the size of Florida Tech’s undergraduate biomedical engineering program to 300 full-time, on-campus students, and increase the size of the undergraduate premedical program from 150 to 250 students.

​Click Here to Read the Full College Gazette Article

Posted in Around Town
Oct. 7, 2019

8 Pumpkin Spice Products That Are Healthier Than a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Coastal Estate Team's WELLNESS IN ONE!

It's finally Fall (although we're still enjoying gorgeous warm weather!) and that means it's time for Pumpkin Spice EVERYTHING! If you are someone who enjoys "Pumpkin Spice Season", you may want to take a look at some healthier options, rather than just your daily Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. Did you know that a Grande size PSL packs a whopping 380 calories and 50 grams of sugar. Definitely not a health food!

Siggi's Pumpkin & Spice 2% Yogurt - 140 calories, 11 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 39 grams of sugar, plus this deliciously creamy, perfectly pumpkin-y yogurt boasts 15 grams of protein. ​

Purely Elizabeth Pumpkin Cinnamon Ancient Grain Granola - 140 calories, 6 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 44 grams of sugar, plus it's vegan and gluten free. ​

Angie's BOOMCHICKAPOP Pumpkin Spice Kettle Corn- 140 Calories, 11 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 39 grams of sugar by choosing this pleasantly crunchy, pumpkin-glaze drizzled, movie-night snack. ​

Pumpkin Spice RX Bar - 210 calories, 14 grams sugar You'll save 170 calories and 36 grams of sugar when you choose this whole-foods, good-for-you bar that's made with real pumpkin. ​

Nature's Path Organic Pumpkin Spice Waffles - 210 calories, 6 grams sugar You'll save 170 calories and 44 grams of sugar when you treat yourself to these waffles which are made with real pumpkin. You also get 9 grams of whole grains per serving (two waffles). ​

Mrs. Thinster's Pumpkin Spice Cookies - 140 calories, 11 grams sugar You'll save 240 calories and 39 grams of sugar by choosing these buttery, crispy cookies (you get 5 per serving!) which would pair perfectly with a cozy cup of coffee. ​

Barbara's Pumpkin Puffins - 110 calories, 5 grams sugar You'll save 270 calories and 45 grams of sugar with the sweet and crispy, pumpkin spice version of this popular breakfast cereal. ​

KIND Caramel Apple Pumpkin Spice Bar - 200 calories, 5 grams sugar You'll save 180 calories and 45 grams of sugar when you choose this whole-food bar that tastes like pumpkin pie and sweet caramel.

Oct. 1, 2019

Our Favorite Fall Food & Drinks

Speaking of Pumpkin Spice everything, we wanted to share our personal favorite seasonal food and drinks.

Some of us are on Team Pumpkin Spice, and some of us are definitely not! The Coastal Estate Team is excited for Fall!

Carolyn: Seasonal apple ciders, especially hard apple ciders, are the perfect fall beverage! ​

Bridget: Pumpkin ravioli with burnt butter sauce with whole cranberries. My all time favorite!!!! ​

Taylor: Cream cheese pumpkin pie truffles! YUM! ​

Kellie: Honeycrisp apples! They’re my favorite type of apple, and the organic ones are stocked and in season this time of year. ​

Jen: Apple Pie Sangria!!

Sage: I get so excited when the pumpkin beers start appearing on the shelves at Publix and on tap at our local breweries!