Earth-Friendly Ways to Minimize Waste


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With spring cleaning underway and Earth Day inspiring us to develop greener habits, now is a great time to think about how the two intersect. You’ll find that a little planning can help reduce the amount of waste you bring into your home, and with a few simple changes, you won’t have as much to take out.

 

Americans can generate more than 254 million tons of trash in a single year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. If that number is too big to fathom, consider this: that amount of trash weighs more than the combined weight of 1 million blue whales (the largest mammal on Earth).

 

Doing your part to make less trash can be as easy as remembering your reusable grocery bags. Read on to see our 10 suggestions of how to reduce waste in your home.

 

1. Swap disposable water bottles for a water filter and reusable bottles.

We all know we need to drink more H2O to stay healthy. Carrying a steel or glass water bottle will remind you to hydrate throughout the day and prevent you from buying a plastic water bottle out of convenience. Investing in a water filtration system — even as basic as a pitcher filter — will elevate the way your tap water tastes.

 

2. If on-the-go coffee is a must, bring a reusable mug.

If you can’t kick your addiction to a daily cup of coffee, bring your travel tumbler or mug with you and ask the barista to fill it instead of a disposable cup. Starbucks and many other cafes offer discounts for helping them reduce their cup waste.

 

3. Get to know your farmers markets and bulk bin section.

Frequenting farmers markets will not only keep you in line with your healthy-eating goals, it also supports local businesses. When you purchase whole foods there, you’re opting to reduce the amount of packaging brought into your home through processed and frozen foods. Likewise, shopping in the bulk-bin section eliminates extraneous packaging.

 

4. Keep your reusable bags at hand.

Have you ever entered the grocery store only to remember your stash of reusable bags is sitting untouched in your cabinets? If so, eliminate the need to remember by storing your reusable bags in more convenient places: a more noticeable area at home or in your car, handbag or backpack. That way you’ll always have a bag at hand, even for those quick, impromptu trips to get groceries after work.

 

Use your reusable bags for other occasions as well. Ask the waiter to place your to-go order in your bag instead of using their plastic or brown bags. Going on a shopping spree? Let the sales associates know you have your own bags for your new purchases.

 

When shopping for groceries, bring smaller cloth or netted bags to store produce, bulk-bin items and fresh flowers to avoid the thin plastic bags provided by stores.

 

5. Use glass containers to store food.

Display your farmers market and bulk goods in glass containers to keep them from going stale. Repurpose old glass containers from pasta sauce, jams and condiments for future storage.

 

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6. Grow a garden.

Grow your own herb or vegetable garden, so you’ll always have the perfect amount of ingredients for your recipes. Doing so reduces food waste, which comprises nearly one-third of annual solid waste generated in the U.S., according to the EPA.

 

7. Dine at home.

Cooking and eating at home allows you to have more control — you can eat whole foods and add significantly less sugar and sodium than would typically be used in packaged and processed foods.

 

Eating fast food creates a plethora of waste, from the plastic straws and cutlery to the extraneous napkins and packaging.

 

8. Cut down on paper towels.

Instead of using paper towels, keep a stash of kitchen cloths and rags made from old T-shirts to do your chores. Eco-friendly towels made of bamboo and cotton can absorb big messes and dry dishes quickly.

 

9. Use Swedish dishcloths instead of kitchen sponges.

Your kitchen sponge can harbor as much (if not more) bacteria than a toilet. Experts suggest tossing sponges after a month of use, but that merely adds to landfills. Instead, use Swedish dishcloths, which are made of cotton and cellulose and are super absorbent when wet. The malleable form allows you to get into the nooks and crannies of dishes and silverware.

 

Invented in 1949, Swedish dishcloths come in a variety of designs to coordinate with your kitchen. Throw them in the laundry when they get dirty and reuse them again.

 

10. Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets.

Dryer sheets may make your clothes smell nice and keep your sheets soft, but they’re a one-time use product. Wool dryer balls can make your clothes just as soft, but can be used over and over again. Throw three of them into the dryer, and reduce the drying time of heavy fabrics, such as towels or jeans.

 

Use three to four drops of your favorite essential oil to each dryer ball to keep your fabrics fragrant.

8 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Castlebridge

8124 Castlebridge | The Colony | $1,230,000

 

2_coventry

2013 Coventry Place | Keller | $870,000

 

3_MIDCREST

6858 Midcrest Drive | Dallas | $810,000

 

4_ST ANDREWS

222 Saint Andrews Drive | Mabank | $779,000

 

5_WIDGEON

5689 Widgeon Way | Frisco | $719,000

 

6_WESTSIDE

4354 Westside Drive | Highland Park | $710,000

 

7_BENWICK

404 Benwick Way | Lewisville | $550,000

 

8_Tearose

6521 Tearose Drive | Plano | $374,900

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

Rosson Keynotes Executive Women International Event


Carolyn Rosson Keynotes Executive Women International Event

 

Carolyn Rosson, regional vice president of the Ebby Halliday Companies, was the keynote speaker at Executive Women International’s “Moonlight Masquerade: Inspiring to Lead and Succeed.” The event, which took place April 4 at Fair Park, benefitted EWI of Dallas and EWI Scholarship Programs.

 

Rosson, who began her real estate career with Ebby Halliday in 1980, has created winning and top-producing offices for 25 years by focusing on building a dynamic culture. In addition to her role as regional vice president of the Ebby Halliday Companies, she is the sales manager of Ebby’s highly successful Southlake office. An industry leader on the local, state and national levels, Carolyn is passionate about coaching, mentoring and training both new and experienced agents, and assisting them in taking their careers to the next level.

 

Ebby Halliday Realtors has been a member of EWI for 50 years. Company founder Ebby Halliday was the organization’s first female executive.

 

Ebby received the first EWI Executive Excellence Award in 2000. At that time, the organization’s Dallas chapter decided to name the award for Ebby in recognition of her support and her tireless contributions to the community.

 

Ebby Halliday Companies Director of Human Resources Sherry Adams is currently an executive representative of Executive Women’s International and Ebby 190-Richardson Associate Dawn Redmond is the Ebby Halliday representative to EWI.

 

Executive Women International brings together key individuals from diverse businessesfor the purpose of promoting member firms, enhancing personal and professional development, and encouraging community involvement. To learn more, visit ewidallas.com.

 

TOP PHOTO: Ebby Halliday Companies Regional Vice President Carolyn Rosson
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Carolyn Rosson, EWI Dallas Chapter President Deborah Tough and Ebby Halliday Companies Human Resources Director Sherry Adams

Now Arriving: Grand Vie Luxury in Living


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The 27th edition of Grand Vie features some of D-FW’s premier luxury properties for sale and offers a plethora of inspiring editorial content, including “At Home with Cary Deuber,” a Q&A with Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas star; “Weekend Getaways: Austin,” offering tips for a visit to Texas’ most-Instagram-able city; “Houses of Art,” highlighting some of the top cultural events of the season; and special sections for lake, farm, ranch and recreation properties. Also in the spring/summer edition: Partner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, Shay Geyer, shares advice for revitalizing your kids’ room this summer.

 

The luxe publication is direct-mailed to approximately 50,000 high-net-worth households in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Tarrant counties. Charity and event placement is also a significant part of the Grand Vie distribution strategy – placing luxury homes listed by Ebby Halliday and Williams Trew in front of North Texas’ luxury home-buying audience.

 

To view the digital version of Grand Vie, visit grandviemagazine.com. To learn more about Ebby Halliday Realtors, its Associates and all of the homes available for purchase in North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly ebby.com.

At Home With Cary Deuber


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We caught up with Dallasite (and beloved cast member of Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Dallas) Cary Deuber to get the details about her favorite room at home: her closet.

 

That’s right, Ms. Bradshaw isn’t the only famous Carrie with a swoon-worthy closet. The stunning, impeccably lit space is both roomy and intimate, filled with gorgeous gowns, fabulous frocks, shelves of Birkins and, of course, walls of designer shoes.

 

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She gave us the scoop on her favorite features and a peek into her routine in this extraordinary spot of her home on Strait Lane.

Grand Vie: What was your previous closet space like in comparison?  

Cary Deuber: Tiny! The closet was really the only space in our home that was just not adequate. We added about 800 square feet to the closet itself.

 

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GV: We know from Instagram that you love your shoe shelves. Is that your favorite feature of the closet? What else can you not live without? 

CD:   I love my shoe shelves! They make my life easier because I can actually see all of my shoes, which is half the battle. Out of sight, out of mind! Also, the clear top drawers on the akume island let me see all my accessories.

 

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GV: Describe your daily routine in the space.  

CD: I typically hang what I am going to wear the next day on the valet pulls in my closet. I am not a morning person and prefer to pick out my outfits the night before, especially if it is going to be an early morning!

 

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Read the full story in our spring/summer issue of Grand Vie: Luxury in Living.

Design-Inspired Easter Eggs


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If you’re looking for a fun twist on classic egg decorating, these design-inspired Easter eggs are the perfect DIY weekend project — and if you’re lucky, delicious egg salad come Monday.

 

Gold Leaf — Paint boiled eggs evenly and let dry (try two coats of craft paint or spray paint for a smoother finish). Using a gold leaf kit, apply random strokes of glue for an abstract look, wrap egg in a sheet of gold leaf, rub away any excess and voila!

 

Contemporary — Boil cleaned avocado pits and skins to create your desired pink hue and mix black ink with 1/4 cup of water for the grey shade. Carefully dip boiled egg into one color and let dry before dipping into the second dye, overlapping for a graphic pattern effect.

 

Happy Easter rustic background with copy space. DIY dyed various shades of blue Easter eggs and vintage wooden picture frame mock up.

Ombré — Mix one color of dye and create different shades by leaving boiled eggs in colored water for different amounts of time. Start by dropping the first egg in for 30 seconds, try one minute for the next one, then a minute and a half for the third and so on until you achieve the variety of shades desired.

 

Pantone — Stand boiled eggs vertically in small cups of dye, type up and print labels on temporary tattoo paper (remember, text backwards) and apply to the white area. If perfectionism is your thing, match the color numbers using a chip book.

 

Marbled — Mix food coloring for desired palette of dyes, color boiled eggs and let dry. Blot egg with rubber cement and dip it into the dye for a second coat. Once it dries, gently wipe away rubber cement and repeat until you’ve reached your desired aesthetic.

 

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Wax-and-Dye — The traditional Ukranian pysanky technique calls for hollowed-out eggs, a kistka (styling tool for drawing with melted wax), dyes and beeswax. Use the kistka to draw a design with the heated wax and allow it to fully harden before dipping into dye for five to 10 minutes. After the egg has fully dried, carefully remove the wax, wipe clean and seal with shellac.

 

Keep in mind that despite their beauty, some designs require non-food safe materials and should not be consumed.

10 Must-See Open Houses This Weekend


If you’re in the market for a home in North Texas, you’ve come to the right place. Enjoy your weekend with Ebby Halliday Realtors at these exceptional properties.

 

1_Versailles

5880 Versailles Avenue | Frisco | $1,500,000

 

2_3156 BRIARWOOD

3156 Briarwood Lane | Frisco | $1,299,900

 

3_reserveg

5003 Reserve Court | Parker | $1,199,000

 

4_6936 KENWOOD

6936 Kenwood Avenue | Lakewood | $1,150,000

 

5_1136 KING MARK

1136 King Mark Drive | Lewisville | $919,900

 

6_4116 EDITH

4116 Edith Court | Midway Hollow | $849,000

 

7_5 WATERS

5 Waters Edge Court | Heath | $649,000

 

8_6216 PINON

6216 Pinon Trail | Royse City | $557,000

 

9_1318 PALM CANYON

1318 Palm Canyon Drive | Bryan Place | $414,900

 

10_Garden_Ridge

2615 Garden Ridge Lane | Arlington | $329,900

 

To view all the wonderful homes open this weekend and discover dates and times, visit EbbyOpenHouses.com.

 

8 Outstanding Outdoor Spaces


With more sunny days and warm evenings ahead, the opportunities for outdoor entertaining are endless. Especially when your paradise is worthy of sharing.

Whether you’re hosting a backyard soiree or dining alfresco with family, these eight listings are sure to cause outdoor-space envy.

1 palm

4370 Palm Drive | Caney City | $7,580,000

2 indian creek

6312 Indian Creek Drive | Fort Worth | $5,200,000

3 brookshire

6614 Brookshire Drive | North Dallas | $2,199,000

4 spanish oaks

5300 Spanish Oaks | Frisco | $1,966,000

5 bison

1739 Bison Meadow Lane | Heath | $1,675,000

6 province

1212 Province Lane | Southlake | $1,150,000

7 san juan

1112 San Juan Court | Arlington | $899,000

8 leblanc

6201 Leblanc Drive | Plano | $798,000

To view all the stunning outdoor spaces available across North Texas, visit the award-winning, mobile-friendly Ebby.com.

Curious About Your Home’s Value?


Curious About Your Home's Value?

 

Homeowners are often surprised when they receive their annual statement from the local tax appraiser’s office. Often the assessed value of their home is very different than what they believe the property is worth.

 

Now’s a great time to take a look at the difference between two common real estate terms: “Assessed Value” and “Market Value.”

 

The Assessed Value is the dollar value assigned to a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of measuring applicable taxes. The number is very often a point of contention with homeowners, who may believe it to be too high or too low. The Assessed Value does not offer a shortcut to a home’s Market Value.

 

The Market Value is the highest estimated price a property will bring in a reasonable amount of time if exposed for sale on the open market. Market Value is influenced by such factors as homes that recently sold in the area, the location of the property, the home’s amenities, and the condition of the property. Of course, Market Value is also influenced by the current economy.

 

Knowing the difference between Assessed Value and Market Value is great. But even better is knowing what your property is worth in today’s fast-paced North Texas housing market.

 

To get started, contact an Ebby Associate today. To find the right agent for your real estate needs, visit the award-winning ebby.com.

 

Heads up, those wishing to protest their property tax assessment must do so by May 15, 2018, or 30 days after a tax notice is delivered, whichever is later.