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Michelle Donn
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Marketing Manager at GMF Real Estate
Marketing Manager at GMF Real Estate

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It’s the end of the holiday season, no more cheese platters and cookies exchanges, it’s time to get back in the gym and lace up the running shoes. I have collected ten healthy recipes that are flavorful, easy to make and should fit into most sensible diets. For the New Year I try to get off the refined carbs, high sugar and processed foods that are so ubiquitous during the holidays. It’s also time to cut back on the wine and deserts, I will miss them both but the fun had to end sometime or I was going need to buy new pants. Step away from the spinach dip and head for the piles of veggies instead. Get your new year’s resolution off on the right foot with these ten healthy recipes from Cook Better Than Most Restaurants. http://cookbetterthan.com/2018/01/03/ten-healthy-recipes-2018-resolution/
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New post on cookbetterthan.com just in time for Thanksgiving!
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Florida Ferment Fest 2017

As I was poking around on Facebook last week and I found the first ever Florida Ferment Fest, it was be held at a nearby farm to table restaurant I have been wanting to visit so I decided to buy a ticket. I am going to come right out at the opening of this and say I have not fermented much. I have kept a few bread starters alive, dry aged meat, and enjoyed a ton of sauerkraut but have not done any in home veggie fermenting, so this was a lot to take in at once. Many of the people that attended are fermenting things from sauerkraut to kombucha with a skill level I don’t have. Read More Here: http://cookbetterthan.com/2017/11/16/florida-ferment-fest-2017/
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Building or Buying: New Construction in South Florida
That is it you have decided that you don’t want a used house and you are not going to compromise on any of the details you are going to build. Building a “new” home can be rewarding and frustrating all at the same time, and setting your project up to succeed starts with selecting a real estate professional who can help you explore every option and find exactly the right one for you. http://gmfla.com/building-buying-new-construction-florida/
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Relocating to Martin County Florida – Useful Numbers and Websites


Just moving into you dream home in Martin County, Florida? We know that having the utilities and other services set up can be a hassle; here is a list of useful numbers and websites to help you get started when relocating to Stuart, Indiantown, Hobe Sound, Port St. Lucie or Palm City. Our list of resources included utilities, Florida vehicle registration, voter ID and more. Getting settled into a new community is not just unpacking the moving boxes it’s so much more.

Many of these local utility companies can help get your account set up before you relocate to Martin County. You can call most a week or so before your scheduled move date and then follow up as needed once you are moved into your new home. Don’t forget not only will you need to advise your auto insurance company of the new address but also change your driver’s license, vehicle registration and if needed your vehicle title.
http://gmfla.com/relocating-martin-county-florida-useful-numbers-website/
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Building, Renovating or Buying a Barn in South Florida http://gmfla.com/buying-barn-south-florida/
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Hire a pool service support a local small business!
To most people the very idea of owning a swimming pool is incredibly glamorous. We imagine the summertime parties, sculpting a swimmer’s body, spending hours in a state of relaxation, and developing the perfect tan. Sadly, most of us also regard pool ownership as a pipe dream, reserved only for the wealthy.

Granted, a swimming pool can come with a hefty price tag before we even consider the maintenance costs. And those who find themselves ready to take the plunge often back down when they’re reminded of the pitfalls: algae buildup, green water, broken filters – the luxurious dream can quickly lose its glamour!

However, if you’re thinking about buying a pool, don’t get turned off the idea just yet. While they do require consistent maintenance, the process isn’t as cumbersome as you might think.

Skim and Scrub Regularly
The secret is routine care. This need-not be time consuming or expensive. If you incorporate skimming into your daily life, it will take no longer than brushing your teeth. Additionally, scrubbing the sides once per week is usually enough to keep algae at bay.

Keep the Chemical Balance in Check
The right chemical balance for your pool is probably the most important element of maintenance. Unless you fill the water with chlorine you’ll find yourself in deep trouble. No amount of skimming, scrubbing and filter changing will be enough to keep bacteria in check.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are five chemical levels that you must keep an eye on: cyanuric acid, free chlorine, acidity, alkalinity, calcium hardness. To balance the water properly you will need a testing kit to determine how much of each chemical is required – this essentially does all the hard work for you. If your pool is properly balanced it will have no scent and remain clear.

Shock Your Pool on Occasions
The process of shocking significantly raises chlorine levels – usually by three to five times the standard amount – temporarily in order to kill off bacteria. While many people think that shocking isn’t necessary for home-based swimming pools, doing it once or twice per season will keep everything in pristine order.

Watch the Water Levels
Water levels will naturally fluctuate, and these small imbalances can drastically change the quantity of chemicals required to keep your pool clean. So, if your water ever gets too low you’ll need to fill it back up again, while if it gets too high you’ll need to pump it out.

Throw Around Some Tennis Balls
Believe it or not, when you see tennis balls floating in swimming pools it doesn’t necessarily mean that people have been playing catch. When swimmers exit a pool they’ll leave oils behind in the water – hair products, sun tan lotion, natural oils. Tennis balls absorb these oils and can prevent pools from developing a sheen on the surface.

So there you have it. Yes, swimming pools do take some work, but it’s not as back-breaking as you might think. With a few good habits and a couple seasonal tuneups there’s no reason why you’ll have to spend more time fixing and cleaning than sunbathing and swimming.
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Having a little fun this week an GMF Real Estate? https://youtu.be/aNpdx1AdPGs
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Looking for a vacation home in South Florida? Winter is coming let me know I can help find you a slice of paradise. gmfla.com
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