Create the Perfect Home Gym


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Home gyms are a great way to motivate you to work out more, as they also allow you to work out in the comfort of your home, on your own time, and with your own routine.
 
Creating your own gym at home enables you to save time that you would have spent driving to and from the gym, waiting for equipment, and working around your gym’s hours.
 
For many, it’s an opportunity to stay focused and avoid distraction by other gym-goers. It’s also a chance to save money that you would’ve spent on a gym membership.
 
Below are some tips on creating your own workout space at home.
 
First, pick out a space you want to use as your gym. The best spot is usually one where you can escape your everyday distractions and feel relaxed within your space. These can be rooms such as a garage, a basement, or a guest room. Make sure whichever space you choose has a door so your workout won’t get interrupted. Once you know the room size you are working with, you can start picking out items to personalize your gym.
 
Consider purchasing speakers to block out extra noise and keep you motivated. Speakers with Bluetooth capabilities are ideal if you hope to connect them to a smart device.
 
This set of Sonos speakers can be used together, or one at a time, and the sound level can fill your entire space.
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Next, invest in multiple full-length mirrors and good lighting. These items will enable you to keep an eye out on your technique and form, and prevent any injuries.
 
Placing a weight scale in the room is also something to consider if you are trying to lose or monitor your weight.

 

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Scale –$ 22.90
 
Proper flooring is crucial for any home gym in order to prevent your equipment and floor from being scratched or ruined.  If you don’t have equipment, it will also protect your joints when doing any exercises. If foam flooring is a stretch, be sure to utilize a yoga mat for stretching or any cardio or resistance routines.
 
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Foam – $59.99-399.99 (Depends on Size)
 
Once you have the basics down, it’s time to start buying equipment. The type of equipment you buy depends on the type of workout you prefer. An assortment of cardio and resistance training equipment will allow you to complete a well-rounded workout.
 
For resistance training, search for a set of dumbbells in your preferred weight, or opt for an adjustable set.
 
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If you tend to avoid cardio, or only want to do it occasionally, leave space in your home gym for a cardio circuit. Not only will you save money on a treadmill or stationary bike, you will also have the ability to do any type of cardio that does not require big machines (i.e. jumping rope, sprints, etc.). However, if cardio is your workout of choice, you may want to invest in a treadmill or elliptical.
 
Now that everything is set up, try to consistently keep your space clean and organized. Wipe down any areas after each workout, and reset any equipment.
 
Those are all our tips for helping you create the perfect home gym! Keep in mind — the best workout for you is the one that motivates you to be healthy and happy.

Fresh Listing Friday: Outdoor Delight


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a beautiful custom in Celina on open country land. 1537 Brook Lane is situated on a heavily treed 1-acre lot and offers floor-to-ceiling windows, custom built-ins, a game room, and newly upgraded carpeting.  Take a virtual tour below to see all the beautiful amenities throughout.
 

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $635,000
• 4,303 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 5 baths
• Master suite with a gas-log fireplace and bath with a jetted tub, dual vanities and a walk-in shower
• Game room with a spacious balcony overlooking the backyard and pond
• Outdoor living area with two separate seating areas, an outdoor kitchen and patio fans
 
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To view this listing, contact the Cindy Peters at 214. 564. 7886 or CindyPeters@ebby.com.

North Texas Farmers Markets: Local Fare Made Fun


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Summer is in full swing, and so are local farmers markets. Whether you’re looking for fresh and locally grown produce, sweet treats, or family fun, these North Texas farmers markets offer it all.
 
Before you go, be sure to take a look at our guide on how to select the perfect produce.
 
Athens
 
Athens Farmers Market
212 N. Palestine
Saturdays: May-October, 8 a.m. to noon, November-April, 8 a.m. to noon (first Saturdays each month only)
Highlights: Breads, peppers, handmade soap, eggs
 
Coppell
 
Coppell Farmers Market
768 W. Main Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
Year-round
Highlights: A playground, Wackym’s kitchen cookies, mushrooms, pecans
 
Dallas
 
Dallas Farmers Market
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Monday-Sunday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Year-round
Highlights: The Market – a fully renovated indoor space featuring local merchants, artisanal food vendors and restaurants
 
Uptown Dallas Farmers Market
500 Crescent Court
First Saturday of every month, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
March-December
Highlights: Caramel, mojito mix, protein bars, German mustard
 
White Rock Local Market
9150 Garland Road
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
March-December
Highlights: Wine samples, jams, butters, local craft artists
 
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Farmers Branch
 
Farmers Branch Market
12700 Denton Drive
April-October
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Highlights: Live music, homemade soaps, food trucks
 
Fort Worth
 
Cowtown Farmers Market
3821 Southwest Blvd.
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
Year-round
Highlights: Fiddle-and-guitar jam sessions, dairy, pastured chicken
 
Frisco
 
Frisco Rotary Farmers Market
8821 4th Street between Main & Elm
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
May-October
Highlights: Sweet dessert tamales, essential oils, jerky
 
Grand Prairie
 
Grand Prairie Farmer’s Market
120 W. Main Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
March-December
Highlights: Crafts, candles, figs, fudge
 
"Pile of colorful summer fruits - apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums and red velvet apricots."
 
Grapevine
 
Grapevine Farmers Market
325 S. Main Street
Thursdays-Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April-October
Highlights: Olive oils, a variety of cheeses, local honey
 
Highland Village

Highland Village Town Center Parking Lot – FM 407 and Highland Village Road
Sundays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Year-round
Highlights: Texas-raised meats, eggs, tamales
 
Irving

Four Seasons Market – Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.
Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Year-round
Highlights: Seasonings, leather goods, tea
 
Lewisville
 
Old Town Lewisville Farmers Market
150 W. Church St. between Main and Church Streets
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
May-October (excluding September 26)
Highlights: Herbs, preserves, breads

McKinney
 
Chestnut Square
315 S. Chestnut Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
April to October
Highlights: Goat milk soap, free-range chicken, artisan demonstrations
 
Adriatica
6851 Virginia Parkway
Thursdays: 3 to 6 p.m.
May-October
Highlights: Farm-to-table dinners, jerky, pastries
 
Plano

Downtown Plano Farmer’s Market
1520 K Ave. #300
Sundays: June-September, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. October-May, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Highlights: Farm-fresh eggs, flowers, salsas
 
Richardson/Fairview
 
Four Seasons Market
677 W. Campbell Road
Sundays: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (summer hours)
Year-round
Highlights: European-style market that mimics the popular village markets throughout Europe

Rockwall

 
Rockwall Farmers Market
101 Rusk Street
Saturdays: 8 a.m. to noon
May-September
Highlights: Seafood, handmade pasta, tamales
 
Sherman
 
Sherman Farmers Market
Corner of Houston & Crockett streets, 9 a.m. to noon
903 Brewers, 1 to 4 p.m.
Saturdays
May-October
Highlights: Pasture-raised meats, pickles, salsas

 

7 Must-See Open Houses this Weekend


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If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.

 

4410 GLENLEIGH DRIVE24410 Glenleigh Drive | Dallas – Rockbrook Estates | $1,799,9998433 MEADOWBROOK DRIVE8433 Meadowbrook Drive | Fort Worth | $1,399,0002626 WELBORN STREET22626 Welborn Street | Dallas – Oak Lawn | $1,225,0005017 HUMMINGBIRD LANE5107 Hummingbird Lane | Plano | $849,9002588 W CREEK DRIVE2588 W Creek Drive | Frisco – The Trails of Frisco Golf Club | $819,9561928 BRIDGECREST LANE1928 Bridgecrest Lane | Keller | $800,000 4703 JIM MITCHELL TRAIL W4703 Jim Mitchell Trail W | Colleyville | $786,000

 

To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com

Dorm Room Essentials for ‘Home Away From Home’


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It is almost that time of year again – back to school!

 

When preparing to move away from home, it’s easy to forget the little things that can make a difference in dorm room living. Luckily, there are a variety of resources that can help you remember to purchase all the essentials for your child’s new digs.

 

Before you do any shopping, check with the school to see if they have a list of items your student should bring, and those items to be left behind.

 

Once all that is squared away, it’s time to start going down a checklist. This one from Bed Bath & Beyond is thorough and easy to follow.

 

Bed Bath & Beyond also offers a Pack & Hold System, which is one of the easiest ways to prepare for a move. Visit a location close to home and scan all of the items you wish to pick up at a Bed Bath & Beyond near the university. Once you and your child arrive at school, take a trip to the local store to pick up all of the items! Not only does this program eliminate the hassle of paying for shipping, but it also gives you more space in your car or suitcase to bring other items such as clothes, electronics, and even decorations.

 

With all of that said and done, below are eight more items to help make any dorm room the perfect “home away from home.”

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PowerCurve+ Surge Protector $34.99

This surge protector charges a number of devices at once, and is perfect for those dorms that only have one or two outlets.

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Amazon Echo Dot$49.99 

This hands-free Echo Dot speaker from Amazon offers multiple services including setting alarms for class, playing music, and answering questions. It’s perfect for students who like a little background music while studying.

 

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Double Over-the-Door Hook $9.99 

This satin-nickel double hook is an essential – trust us.  Hang bath towels, any ironing, or an outfit for the next day to stay ultra-organized.

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Laundry Hamper$7.99

This lightweight, mesh laundry hamper is ideal for bringing clothes to and from the dorm’s laundry facilities. The pop-up storage-friendly hamper is easy to fold down to conserve space when not in use, and even offers side pockets to hold any detergents or other laundry items.

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Shower Tote $9.99

Avoid clutter and transport bathroom accessories easily with this mesh shower tote. Hang it on the room’s door hook to conserve space or to dry off.

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Desk Lamp $14.99

It seems like every dorm room needs more lighting than what is provided. This desk lamp features a flexible head, ample storage, and a built-in USB port in the base. An added bonus? It also has storage space for desk supplies to give easy access to items used daily.

 

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Bed Lifts $24.99 (Set of 4) 

Most dorm rooms are tight in space and any extra storage space helps. These espresso-colored wooden bed lifts are perfect to create extra storage under the bed. Use one to lift a bed 3.5 inches, or stack two sets together to raise your student’s bed up to 7 inches.

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Mini-Refrigerator $129.99

This stainless-steel mini refrigerator maximizes space, as it can rest on the floor or a countertop. It’s the perfect size for even the smallest dorm rooms.

Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital


Golf Tournament Benefits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco

 

Ebby’s Frisco Office invites you to participate in its 9th-Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Stonebriar Country Club on Monday, September 18. One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco. Recognizing the growing need, Texas Scottish Rite is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco, at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway.

 

“Ebby Frisco is proud to partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, which cares for children with orthopedic conditions, as well as certain related neurological and learning disorders, regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” says Kristi Davis, sales manager of Ebby’s Frisco Office.

 

Sponsorship of Ebby’s 9th-Annual Ebby Frisco Charity Golf Tournament offers a great experience for players while also providing the opportunity to advertise their company, says Davis. Most importantly, all support from this tax-deductible event will be directly donated to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Frisco.

 

“Participants in the tournament will enjoy an exceptional golfing event,” says Davis. “There will be raffles, food, drinks and prizes – all in a fantastic environment that will be enjoyable for all.”

 

“Even if you don’t golf, you’re invited to come to the awards dinner, as well as the live and silent auctions at Stonebriar Country Club,” says Davis. “It’s sure to be a fun time benefiting a great cause, and is only $35. You may also attend the silent auction only for a $10 donation.”

 

 

10 Hardworking Organization Tools You Already Have


By: Laura Gaskill

In our quest for fresh, beginning-of-a-new-year, organized perfection, it’s easy to get a bit carried away in the organizing or office supply store. While specialized sorters and doodads surely have their purpose, more often than not they just add more clutter to our homes. Commit to getting it right this year (and saving a bit of cash in the process) by sticking with these 10 hardworking but often overlooked helpers that are probably sitting in your home right now.


1. One mobile calendar. It doesn’t really matter whether you prefer a paper or digital version; the important thing is that you stick with one calendar system, preferably for everyone in the house. Google Calendar is a great, flexible, mobile option you can access from home or on the road.

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2. Washi tape. Never before has such a humble item (tape!) inspired quite the same level of obsession as this colorful Japanese paper tape. It is easy to tear, removes cleanly from most surfaces, and comes in the most gorgeous hues. Use it to label everything from glasses at a party to files, pantry jars, storage bins and more. And when you are done labeling, use it to wrap a gift, tape photos to your inspiration board or make your own wall art.


3. A magnetic knife strip. A wall-mounted knife rack can do so much more than keep your knives neat and out of the way (though it’s great for that, too). Use it to organize spices in the kitchen, tools in the garage, keys by the front door and scissors and other necessities near your desk or crafts area.

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4. Your camera. Snap photos of the contents of storage boxes and kids’ toy bins and tape them to the fronts as visual labels. Photos are also ideal for documenting oversize art projects, so you can let go of the original in good conscience.


5. Tote bags. The humble tote bag can work just as hard as a basket or storage box, but with the added advantage of being portable and lightweight. Use totes to sort things you store temporarily, like library books, work materials and workout clothes.


6. Binder clips. Using these tiny workhorses only for their intended use would be missing out — you can also hang art, corral cables, keep packaged goods fresh in the kitchen and keep rolls of ribbon and wrapping paper from unfurling. For extra credit, upgrade your binder clips with small lengths of washi tape (see number 2) and label away.

7. Zip-top bags. One of the most versatile (and cheap!) organizing tools around, baggies can be used to store hardware pieces all together, sort items in your junk drawer, keep toiletries neat in your suitcase, freeze soup flat or even pipe frosting.

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8. Basic binders. Paperwork gets lost easily when piled up in baskets or stacks. Use three-ring or portfolio-style binders (with plastic sleeve inserts) instead to file away instruction manuals, magazine clippings and more.


9. A smaller filing cabinet. Have a giant filing system? You are probably saving too many papers. Make things easier on yourself by going paperless whenever you can and making sure that you really need to save each paper item that you file. Most of us can get away with one or two well-tended drawers.

10. A donations bin. It’s one thing to get organized — staying organized is another matter altogether. One tool that has the potential to keep your home neat and clutter free is a permanent bin dedicated to giveaways. Keep it in a central spot where you can toss things in whenever you think of it. When the bin is full, empty it at your favorite charity shop; repeat.

Related Links:
Label the Bathroom Cabinets for Optimal Organization
Dedicate a Hamper as a Donations Bin
More Ways to Organize the Living Room

How to Pick Produce


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If you have ever purchased produce only to have it in turn moldy or mushy a few days later, the fruits or vegetables you selected may not have been in the best shape to begin with.

 

By selecting the right produce at the grocery store, you avoid wasting money while also maximizing the shelf life of your food.

 

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to stay away from pre-bagged or pre-cut produce. Pre-bagged produce is often smaller, and pre-cut produce simply won’t last as long. Picking out your produce item-by-item will result in better flavors and textures.

 

Below is a guide on how to pick your fruits and vegetables.

 

*While avocados, tomatoes, and the like are technically fruits, we divided them by the categories under which they are typically considered.

 

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Apples: Fruits should be firm, colorful, shiny, and free of bruises or punctures.
 
Apricots: Select aromatic fruits with no green spots and a slight give with gentle pressure.

Bananas:
Select fruit that is yellow all over with no green or brown spots.

Berries:
Look out for mold and mushy berries.
     *Blackberries & Raspberries: Full and juicy, but not leaking.
     *Blueberries: Avoid berries with red or green areas. Select firm ones.
     *Strawberries: Select colorful strawberries with green stems. Fruit should be fragrant and shiny, as well.

Cantaloupe:
Select aromatic fruit that is heavy for its size.

Cherries:
Select plump, firm cherries that look dark and glossy and have green stems.

Figs:
Avoid selecting dirty, bumpy, or broken fruits.

Grapefruit:
Select a deeply colored fruit with a slightly reddish hue and a heavy, plump feel.

Grapes:
Search for grapes that are firmly attached to flexible stems. Grapes should be deeply colored, firm, and plump.

Kiwi:
Select fragrant, plump fruit. If you want ripe fruit, select the ones that yield to gentle pressure, or pick firm ones and ripen them at home for a few days.

Lemons and Limes:
The best citrus will be bright and feel heavy for their size. Avoid discoloration and overly thick peels.

Mangoes:
Selecting mangoes is best done by feel rather than color. The softer the mango, the riper it is. The stem end should be lightly scented.

Oranges:
Fruit should be heavy for its size. Also look for smooth, firm, and thin peels.

Peaches: 
Select aromatic fruit that is soft, but not mushy.

Pears: 
Ripe pears should give a little when pressed gently at the top.

Persimmons: 
Select smooth and plump fruit. The skin should be bright and glossy.

Pineapples:
 Search for large fruit with bright green leaves. The outside should be firm.

Plums:
Select plums that are firm and heavy for their size.

Pomegranates: 
Darker colored pomegranates will be sweeter than those that are pink, which will taste tart. Fruit should be heavy and firm.

Watermelon:
Select heavy, firm watermelon. When tapped, the inside should sound hollow.
 
Vegetables
 
Asparagus: Choose asparagus with firm, green stalks, and tightly closed tips with no signs of flowering.

Avocados:
If you’re looking for an unripe avocado, select a firm one that doesn’t give to gentle pressure. If you want to purchase a ripe avocado, pick out a bumpy dark-green one.

Corn: 
Keep an eye out for plump corn with sticky, brown tassels.

Cucumber:
Bright, firm cucumbers with even color are the best to take home. Keep an eye out for dullness, soft spots, and bruises.

Eggplant:
Select smooth, shiny eggplants with deep, uniform color. The vegetables should be heavy for their size, and the smaller eggplants are generally sweeter.

Garlic:
Choose garlic that is plump and heavy without broken skin or soft spots.

Herbs:
Select fresh herbs that are fragrant and do not appear wilted.

Lettuce: 
The outer leaves of a lettuce head should be intact and firm, and the whole head should be somewhat heavy.
 
Okra: The best okra will be bright green with no bruises or dark spots.

Onions:
Select firm onions with papery skins that are still intact. Store at room temperature.

Peppers:
Select shiny, wrinkle-free, firm peppers.

Potatoes:
Select firm potatoes with no sprouts, slits, green tinge, or wrinkles. Store at room temperature.

Rhubarb:
The stalks of the rhubarb should be stiff and not limp. There should be no cracks or blemishes, and leaves should be small. Be sure to remove the leaves before you store rhubarb, as they are toxic.

Sugar Snap Peas:
The pods of sugar snap peas should be medium to dark green in color and feel firm and plump.

Tomatoes: 
Avoid fruit that is bruised, cracked, or wrinkled. The leaves should be bright green, and the tomatoes should be heavy and smooth.

Yellow Squash:
Select firm, small to medium squash, as the large ones contain too much water or fiber.

Zucchini:
Be on the lookout for firm, shiny vegetables free of cuts and bruises. Pick out the ones that aren’t too big.

Fresh Listing Friday: Scenic Contemporary


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Happy Friday y’all! This week’s Fresh Listing Friday is a stylish contemporary estate in Arlington situated on 2.5 acres with endless views. 2906 Shadow Drive is nestled behind a private gated entrance and offers professional landscaping, a fitness studio and a media room. Take a virtual tour below to see all the beautiful amenities throughout.

Need-to-know Details:

• Priced at $3,950,000
• 10,076 square feet: 4 bedrooms, 6.1 baths
• Island kitchen with quartz countertops and a climate-controlled wine cellar
• Master suite with custom closets, dual vanities, a walk-in shower, and fireplace
• Outdoor living area with a kitchen, fireplace, pool, spa, a steam shower, and pond
 

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To view this listing, contact the Magazzine Cunningham Group at 817.654.8589 or magazzinecunninghamgroup@ebby.com.

7 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


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If you’re looking for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place! Even if you’re not, these properties are all open to visitors this weekend and may serve as the perfect inspiration for your next home search.
 
6631 LAKEHURST AVENUE6631 Lakehurst Avenue | Dallas – Preston Hollow | $2,295,000 horseshoe trail5003 Horseshoe Trail | Dallas – Bluffview | $1,899,999 1812 MACGREGOR DRIVE1812 MacGregor Drive | Plano | $1,249,000839 SHARON ROAD839 Sharon Road | Fairview | $995,0006641 LAKESHORE DRIVE6641 Lakeshore Drive | Dallas – Lakewood | $899,0004014 COBBLERS LANE4014 Cobblers Lane | North Dallas | $430,0003101mosswood drive13101 Mosswood Drive | McKinney | $365,000
 
To see all the wonderful homes open this weekend, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com