Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Pink Hammers and Tool Belts~
Pensacola area women join together to build a Habitat Home!

Chuntell and Nicole from Realty Masters at
Chuntell and Nicole from Realty Masters at
Habitat for Humanity Women Build

Over 100 female volunteers from different professions and organizations joined together to complete this years Pensacola Habitat for Humanity Women Build. 

In addition to fundraising nearly $75,000 to fund the home, the women worked in shifts to complete the majority of the major construction on this Providence Manor home in Pensacola.

Chuntell Patterson, fellow Realty Masters real estate agent and property manager, and myself volunteered for this event as part of the Pensacola Young Professionals.  Together, we worked with our team to install walls and to transport and install several wooden truss' into the home.

Pensacola Habitat for Humanity has built over 1,000 homes since they opened their doors in 1981. Volunteers are the heart of this organization with over 3,000 volunteers annually. 

Women Build Habtiat for Humanity ~ Pensacola, FL
Women Build Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
Women Build Pensacola Habitat for Humanity
To join the next Women Build Habitat for Humanity project or to donate your time to Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, contact them at (850) 434-5456 or visit http://pensacolahabitat.org/ to register as a volunteer!

Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Easy season: Fall gardening spells success





Favorable fall conditions mean growing cool weather crops is comparatively easy, with less watering and care needed for a successful garden. Cool crops will start out strong, growing quickly and then slow their growth as days become shorter and cooler. You'll also need to work less to protect your garden from pests, as both insects and animal populations will taper off in fall. And since weeds will germinate less frequently and grow slower, weeding won't be a time-consuming task. Finally, more rain and less sun and heat mean you'll need to water less.



If you're ready for gardening success, now is the time to grab that hoe, break some ground and get growing. Tips to get you started:



Pick your plants



Start with transplants, rather than seed. A shorter, gentler growing season means you need to get started right away. Many local garden centers will have a selection of transplants from producers like Bonnie Plants that will grow well in your geographic region. Transplants will be six weeks old and give you a jump start. You'll be able to harvest sooner than if you start from seed and skip the volatile, sometimes unsuccessful, seed-starting process. Bonnie's transplants come in earth-friendly biodegradable pots, making planting easy, preventing transplant shock and sparing the use of much plastic. As the pot biodegrades, it'll add nutrients to your soil, too.



Choose cool crops that your family likes to eat. Popular fall favorites include:



* Lacinato kale -A cold-hardy vegetable, kale leaves sweeten after frost. Kale is a super food, and Lacinato leaves extend excellent health benefits, lowering cholesterol, fighting cancer and decreasing inflammation.



* Early dividend broccoli - Many greens love the fall, and broccoli is no exception. Plant stalks 18 inches apart and get ready for an easy, hearty harvest. Broccoli is high in fiber and calcium.



* Cabbage - The quintessential fall vegetable, Bonnie's hybrid cabbage grows large, round blue-green heads. From salads to stews, cabbage adds a punch of flavor and nutrients like beta-carotene, vitamins C and K, and plenty of fiber.



* Romaine lettuce - Romaine packs a big punch with more vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients than other popular types of lettuce. Rich in fiber, vitamin C and beta-carotene, romaine is especially good for heart health. Space transplants 18 inches apart.



Once you know what you'll be planting, it's time to get the ground ready. Remove any garden debris from the past season's garden and remove weeds before they go to seed.



Size up your soil. Loosen compacted soil, fluffing it up with a garden fork. Soil test and amend if necessary. Adding a 2-inch layer of bagged compost is always good practice. You can also spread a balanced fertilizer, such as 10-10-10, according to labeled instructions, for added nutrients.



Plants will need an inch of moisture per week, either through rain or supplemental watering. You might want to consider raised bed planting; beds are easy to build or buy and allow you to start out with good quality soil. Plus, you'll bend less come harvest time.



Position your plot and let the sunshine in. Most vegetables need full sun - at least six hours per day. Finally, don't fear frost. When frost threatens, cover plants with floating row cover, cold frame or a cloche. Or, you can grow fall veggies in a container and move pots to a protected location on frosty nights.



Whether you're working in the backyard, a raised bed or in containers on a deck, you'll see how easy and successful fall planting can be. Start now to ensure you enjoy a healthy, plentiful and fulfilling fall harvest. For more tips on fall gardening visit www.bonnieplants.com.



Pensacola Beach Sea Turtle~

Pensacola Beach Sea Turtle~
October provides the perfect landscape for wildlife viewing along Pensacola Beaches!

Pensacola Beach Sea Turtle~
Pensacola Beach Sea Turtle~


October is one of my favorite months to enjoy the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches that surround our home town. 

The weather is mild and wildlife is abundant.  The lasts of the turtle nests hatch along the Gulf of Mexico and the monarch butterflies pass by on their great migration to Mexico. 

I spent last weekend exploring some of our local beaches and found this turtle enjoying a swim in Gulf Islands National Seashore.  I wanted to share a few pictures with you!

Pensacola Beach Green Sea Turtle in October~ Gulf Islands National Seashore
Pensacola Beach Green Sea Turtle in October~ Gulf Islands National Seashore


Happy Fall!
Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Greener decorating for your deck and patio





If you're planning some outdoor decorating or renovating this summer, here are some tips to make your exterior living spaces green and inviting:



Eco-friendly construction materials



For many homeowners, decks and patios are key elements of outdoor living spaces. If you plan to add either this summer, be sure to look for environmentally friendly materials like natural stone or responsibly harvested wood. When choosing wood, look for products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FCS) as having been harvested following sustainable principles that minimize the impact on the environment. If you're building a patio, choose reclaimed brick or stone pavers that have been recycled from other installations. If you can't find reclaimed pavers, look for natural stone that's been quarried locally or bricks that have been locally produced to minimize the energy spent on transporting the products.



The Sierra Club recommends you seek a deck builder that is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. These builders will have advanced knowledge of eco-friendly practices.



Icing the cake



The accessories - furniture and decor items - that you add to your outdoor environment should be as green as possible, too. Choose patio and deck furniture made from eco-friendly materials, such as recycled plastic (but avoid anything that contains PVC), reclaimed wood or FCS-certified wood. Rehabilitating older iron or wood furniture is also a great way to achieve a singular look while keeping those items out of landfills.



Opt for decor items that minimize their impact on the environment while providing maximum impact on how great your space looks. For example, a wallpaper mural can create an eye-catching focal point and set the tone for your outdoor room. Yet traditional mural painting can be expensive and traditional wallpaper can involve less-than-eco-friendly paste. A removable wallpaper mural creates a striking visual in outdoor spaces without the need for paste or glue. Murals Your Way offers a high-end product that can be moved and reused hundreds of times without losing adhering qualities. Plus, it clings to virtually any flat surface, including glass. You can choose from a myriad of graphic patterns, nature scenes and other images, or have the company produce a custom mural from your original photograph or artwork. Learn more at www.muralsyourway.com.



Continue the eco-friendly theme with lighting for your deck and patio. It's easy to find a variety of solar-powered accent lights online and in home improvement stores across the country. You can even find decorative post caps for your deck railing that are solar-powered. Solar lights create a soft glow at night and provide accent illumination without the expense - and carbon impact - of electric power.



Finally, as you're landscaping, keep sustainability in mind. By choosing plants native to your region, you not only minimize the transportation impact involved in getting the plant from the production point to point-of-sale, you can also ensure they'll require less watering and work to thrive.



Plants native to your environment are pre-disposed to do well in your backyard. Be sure to choose plants that will do well in your particular setting, too. For example, if your backyard is very shady, plant greenery that requires less sun. If your yard gets a lot of sun throughout the day, choose plants that can stand up to hours of sunlight without the need for extensive irrigation. Check with your local agricultural extension to find out what plants will do well in your environment. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides a free online listing of extensions throughout the country.



Sunday, September 28, 2014

Pensacola Parks: Roger Scott

Pensacola Parks: Roger Scott Athletic Complex
East Pensacola's most utilized athletic complex! 

The Roger Scott Athletic complex is located at 2130 Summit Blvd in Pensacola, FL 32504 and encompasses the athletic park as well as the tennis center, pool, Vickrey resource center, and dog park.  This 5.4 acre City of Pensacola park is well maintained and has a lot to offer Pensacola families of all ages.
  • Leap Trail Playground
The LEAP trail is a product of Leadership Pensacola, an organization chosen by the Chamber of Commerce for community leaders to participate in a leadership development.  

The Class of 2013 created the LEAP Trail, a 3 mile walking trail with exercise equipment and a playground along the way.  The LEAP trail and playground are integrated with Roger Scott Athletic Complex.

  • Roger Scott Tennis Center 
Roger Scott Tennis Center is the most utilized tennis center in Pensacola with 18 hard courts, 10 softer clay courts, and 2 hitting walls. 

In addition to offering tennis lessons, Roger Scott Tennis Center hosts junior and team clinics and competitions including the upcoming October 4, 2014 Help the Kids Tourney. 

While Roger Scott offers an annual membership, they also allow the public to rent courts for between $8 and $12 per hour.  Roger Scott Tennis Center is also home to Catholic and Washington High School tennis teams. 

To view their schedule or for more information, visit their website http://www.tennispensacola.com/clubs/Roger-Scott-Tennis-Center.htm 

  • Vickrey Resource Center 
Vickrey Resource Center in Pensacola, FL 32503
Vickrey Resource Center in Pensacola, FL 32503
The Vickrey Resource Center offers a wide variety of resources for all ages with special children and senior classes!  They host fun and affordable classes including zumba, tai chi, chair aerobics, fitness classes for seniors, and even bingo. 

For only a $1, you can access and use their indoor weight and fitness room. The room is free for seniors. 

The resource center hosts basketball and volleyball games indoors and allows for free play.

The Vickrey Resource Center picks up K-5 students from both Cordova Park and Scenic Heights Elementary to host affordable and educational after school programs Monday- Friday from 2 to 6pm.

You can also rent their community room which accommodates up to 275 people.  For more information about the services offered at the Vickrey Resource Center, please call them at (850) 912-4056.
  • Dog park
Roger Scott is also home to two fenced dog parks.  One dog park is limited to smaller dogs while the other allows for dogs of all sizes.  The dog park is free and open sunrise to sunset daily.
  • Team Sports
The Roger Scott Athetic Complex is home to several team sports including cheerleading, baseball, softball, football, and soccer. 
  • Baseball and Softball
Baseball fields at Roger Scott Pensacola FL
Baseball fields at Roger Scott Pensacola FL
  • Football 
Football fields at Roger Scott Athletic Complex in Pensacola, FL 32503
  • Soccer 
Soccer Fields at Roger Scott Atlhetic Complex
Soccer Fields at Roger Scott Atlhetic Complex



  • Swimming pool
  • If you are interested in swimming at the Roger Scott Pool, you view photos, hours of operation, pricing, and more here. 
Hot summer day at Roger Scott Pool~ Pensacola, FL
Hot summer day at Roger Scott Pool~ Pensacola, FL 
Roger Scott Pool in Pensacola, FL
Roger Scott Pool in Pensacola, FL

In addition to these fun activities, Roger Scott is also home to seasonal fundraisers and events including Easter Egg Hunt, Senior Softball Tournaments and even Police Dog Competitions. There's always some fun to be had at Roger Scott. 

Also, make sure to check out our articles on other Pensacola area parks including:
For more information on this park and other City of Pensacola Parks, please contact the City of Pensacola Parks & Recreation department at (850) 436-5670 or visit them online. 

Go explore your Pensacola area parks this weekend! Nicole St. Aubin, Broker Associate
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503
Call us at (850) 473-3983

Over 45 Pensacola Rental Homes at www.PensacolaRealtyMasters.com