Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Family Fun: T.T. Wentworth Museum!

Pensacola Heritage and Interesting Exhibits at the T.T. Wentworth Florida State Museum!

Make this a Must See stop for any trip to the Downtown Pensacola area. 

Residents and visitors alike will enjoy exploring the 3-floor building filled with the history of Pensacola and interesting exhibits. The museum was erected to honor a local historian and collector, T.T. Wentworth, Jr.
The man who inspired this wonderful museum.
Open to the public, Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Located 330 S. Jefferson Street, near the Historic Pensacola Village. 
  • Free Admission
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T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum
There is so much to see and learn over at the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Florida State Museum
Let's Go Inside!

On the first floor, the heritage of Pensacola is on permanent display. Walk around rooms filled with artifacts of how Pensacola was founded and grew into the center of activity for the Northwest Florida area.

Dive into the history of the City of Five Flags, but make sure to stop by the front reception desk to get the scoop on all the features of the museum and the changing exhibits throughout the museum.

The ongoing historical preservation effort by West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc. - a community service organization of University of West Florida.

The second floor is home to several interesting exhibit spaces. They change throughout the year to present a wide scope of topics.

Some of the featured exhibits include:

  • Pensacola Fabulous Festivals
  • Blue Wahoos
  • Rox Camera Shop
  • Pensacola and the Civil War
  • CocaCola

The Blue Wahoos! Learn about the history of baseball in the Pensacola area and about the growth of the minor league team. They play at the Bayfront Stadium and are an AA-affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds.

Explore the world of early photography! The Camera shop exhibit has several displays of vintage cameras with information about the beginning stages of the film industry.

Back by popular demand! T.T. Wentworth, Jr.'s collection of unusual artifacts. Originally, T.T. Wentworth, Jr. had his collection for display on the road in Ensley, a small city north of the Pensacola area. In 1988, Gov. Bob Martinez signed a state grant to renovate the city hall building into the museum we see today. His collection consist of several items of historic significance to the Pensacola area as well as other eccentric items that T.T. Wentworth Jr. gathered. You have to see for yourself!

Guantánamo Public Memory Project is a traveling exhibit that the T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum hosted on the third floor of the building. In 2012, students from 11 universities, including University of West Florida, came together with the goal of spreading an informative presentation of how an obscured Guantánamo Bay reflects people and issues happening in their own communities.

Each student group put together a panel; Some questioning aspects of Guantánamo and others exploring the rich culture of Guantánamo Bay. The exhibit brings to life the stories of people that have been affected or have a connection to Guantánamo.

The exhibit was closed at T.T. Wentworth, Jr. Museum on June 23, 2014.

Interested in the GTMO Project? Want to learn more? Go to for more information about the project and the personal stories.

If you have any questions, please contact the T.T. Wentworth Museum. (850)-595-5990 or visit their website,

If you are looking for a rental home in the Downtown Pensacola area near T.T. Wentworth, please give our real estate agents a call (850) 473-3983 or visit us at

See you at the T.T. Wentworth Museum! 
Nicole St. Aubin & Pam Keen Brantley
Realty Masters of FL~ #1 in Pensacola area Property Management
4400 Bayou Blvd. #58B, Pensacola, FL 32503~ (850) 473-3983 ~ Facebook ~ Pinterest ~ YouTube

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Increase garage sale profits with some marketing basics

Increase%20garage%20sale%20profits%20with%20some%20marketing%20basics As the weather warms up, garage sales begin appearing all over the U.S. Garage sales are a great way to clean out clutter while making some extra dollars for home improvements, bills, vacations or even "retail therapy."

Marcela Iannini, department chair of Advertising and Design & Media Management at Miami International University of Art & Design, says, "Garage sales are great opportunity to employ basic marketing principles in a fun way; a little innovation and creativity go a long way to maximize sales."

"It's important to start with the basics of marketing - the four P's - price, product, promotion and place. In garage sales it works best to think of the product as the garage sale itself and the items to be sold as product lines or brands of that product," adds Cheryl Pilchik, Advertising faculty at The Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Dr. Larry Stultz, department chair of Advertising and Web Design & Interactive Media at The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, agrees. "It is imperative to use the same thinking retailers use to maximize the visibility and sales opportunities for a garage sale."

Below are some helpful suggestions from Iannini, Pilchik and Stultz on making the best of your garage sale:

* Product and price: Product mix is important in retailing. You can either focus on one type of product (kids' toys or garden tools, for instance) or a broad mix of products. Study sales in your neighborhood to see what works best. Check out the prices, too. You should consider not only the original cost, but also what others charge at sales like yours. Rather than use a lot of time individually pricing each item, consider grouping like items together on large tables, posting the same price for all items on that table - like retailers do.

* Place (scheduling/location): Think about a high-traffic area - retailers pay a premium for high-traffic locations. Perhaps you can team up with several neighbors and choose the house that has the most street visibility. Knowing your target market is paramount in timing your sale. Consider scheduling with other activities in your neighborhood - art shows or community events will help draw additional traffic.

* Promotion (advertising/marketing): A successful garage sale requires careful planning and promotion using proven advertising strategies to make your sale stand out. One successful strategy is choosing a theme related to the items to be sold and carrying out the theme in all aspects of the sale. For example, if most of the items to be sold are from the 1980s, you'd play 80s music, have everyone working at the sale dress in 80s style and use 80s elements in your flyers.

Whatever your theme, consider the following to promote your sale:
1. Neighborhood signs and flyers, placed on local business, PTA and school/church bulletin boards - and where permitted, on street corners or in yards.
2. Local newspaper listings and online listings like
3. A social networking fan page with an event for the garage sale inviting friends and family.
4. Your own Facebook and Twitter pages to inform your "friends" and "followers" about your event.
5. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest on the day of the sale to distribute special offers, share photos of items for sale or offer incentives for referring fans or customers.

Give your garage sale a facelift to keep it fresh and appealing. Borrowing effective strategies and tactics used in the merchandising and advertising industries to engage the customer and communicate with them on their terms will help to ensure your success.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Fort Walton Beach Waterfront Estate for Lease

Luxury Waterfront Estate for Lease~
One-of-a-kind waterfront estate with boat dock & house overlooking Okaloosa Island!

Rare opportunity to lease a custom built, waterfront home with boat dock & boat lift just minutes to Hurlburt Field Air Force Base & Fort Walton Beaches.

This 3,000 square foot home is situated on a cul-de-sac lot overlooking the Intercoastal Waterway!

Gas fireplace in formal living room which overlooks your private backyard, waterfront estate~ Cooks kitchen with maple cabinets and quartz counters as well as a large built in pantry and wine cooler! ~ Master suite features is huge with a sitting area and offers breathtaking water views.

Guest suite also offers unique water views. You will love entertaining your friends and family on this over sized covered patio and waterfront deck. Luxury living in Northwest Florida for $3,250 monthly rent.

Call our agents for your personal tour at (850) 473-3983 or view more photos on our home website of this home and other Santa Rosa and Okaloosa County

Thanks and have a great day,
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

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Life insurance 101: What you need to know

(BPT) - Life insurance. Everyone says it's important, but it can be a difficult topic to talk about and even more difficult to understand. However, it is critical to understand this topic because of its importance to building your financial strategy.

Life insurance can help you provide for the people and organizations you care about. Choosing the right life insurance solution gives you peace of mind knowing your loved ones will be taken care of. Here's a quick primer from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans on some of the most common types of life insurance.

* Term life insurance - Temporary life insurance that offers a death benefit and is generally less expensive than permanent insurance. It's ideal for short-term life insurance needs, like when you are raising a family, paying off a mortgage or starting a business.

* Whole life insurance - Permanent life insurance that gives you a guaranteed death benefit, guaranteed level premiums and a guaranteed cash value that increases each year. The guarantees are contingent on all premiums being paid and no loans or changes being made to the contract.

* Whole life plus term protection - Permanent life insurance with added flexibility. It lets you "dial-in" your premium to the level of whole life and term insurance desired. This insurance offers lifetime protection through a blend of whole life insurance plus term insurance and paid-up additional coverage.

* Universal life insurance - Permanent life insurance that allows you to increase or decrease your death benefit and your premium is flexible; subject to any limitations in the contract. Accumulated value in a universal life contract earns interest at the current rate, with a minimum rate stated in the contract.

* Variable universal life insurance - Permanent life insurance that gives you a flexible premium and the potential to build accumulated value. However, death benefits and other values may vary, because you direct how the cash is invested among the investment portfolios offered. The investment performance has no guarantees and you could lose money.

How much life insurance should you have?

When purchasing life insurance, think about your goals for your overall financial strategy, your economic value to your loved ones and your wishes for your survivors.

First you'll need to calculate your economic value - the value of your future earnings over your lifetime. To do so, consider the following factors:

* Your current annual earnings.

* The amount your annual earnings increase.

* How many years you plan to work until retirement.

* The rate of return you expect your invested assets to earn.

Use these numbers as a starting point when you sit with a financial professional to determine the level of coverage you might need. Remember to consider how much of your future economic value you want to replace in the event of your death. This will depend on the financial goals you set for yourself and your survivors.

Life insurance is an essential part of any healthy financial program. It is important that you choose what's right for you and your situation and that you plan accordingly with a licensed professional.

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About Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Thrivent Financial for Lutherans is a faith-based, Fortune 500 financial services membership organization helping its nearly 2.5 million members to be wise with money and to live generous lives. Thrivent Financial and its affiliates offer a broad range of financial products and services. As a not-for-profit organization, Thrivent Financial joins with its members to create and support national outreach programs and activities that help congregations, schools, charitable organizations and individuals in need. For more information, visit Also, you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Insurance products issued or offered by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Appleton, WI. Not all products are available in all states. Securities and investment advisory services are offered through Thrivent Investment Management Inc., 625 Fourth Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55415, 800-847-4836, a FINRA and SIPC member and a wholly owned subsidiary of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Thrivent Financial representatives are registered representatives of Thrivent Investment Management Inc. They are also licensed insurance agents of Thrivent Financial.

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Neighborhood Profile: Osprey Place

Neighborhood Profile: Osprey Place Community 

Newly developed community of executive homes in SW Pensacola near NAS Pensacola. 
Osprey Place Community, Pensacola, FL 32506
Osprey Place Community, Pensacola, FL 32506 

The Osprey Place neighborhood is located in Pensacola, FL 32506 off Lillian Hwy near Dogtrack Rd. & Blue Angel Pkwy. 

Because the neighborhood is only a few miles from the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola, this community is dominated by military families- both active duty and retired. It is also just a few minutes drive to the Alabama / FL state line. 

This smaller subdivision is comprised of only 37 homes, all located on the cul-de-sac road Belize Dr. Adam's Homes, one of Pensacola's largest new construction home builders, developed the Osprey Place subdivision between 2011 and 2013. 

Cul-de-sac road of Belize Dr. in Osprey Place community~
Cul-de-sac road of Belize Dr. in Osprey Place community~
The typical Osprey Place home ranges in square footage from approximately 2,000 square feet to 3,250 square feet and feature a front entry double car garage. These newly constructed, brick homes sit on lots that range between .25 and .35 acres.
Close to Perdido Key Beaches!

Neighborhood Amenities 
  • Underground Utilities  
  • Sidewalks 
  • Cul-de-sac road 
Proximity to Major Employers & Attractions
School Districts for Osprey Place in Pensacola, FL 32507
Buses for each school run at different times. For more information, visit the Escambia County School District website! 

Osprey Place Homeowners Association 
As with most newer construction communities, there is an active Homeowners Association in this Osprey Place and mandatory dues required in the amount of $86 for 2013.  Please note, this amount may vary by year. 
Prior to renting or purchasing a home in this community, please familiarize yourself with the covenants and restrictions which govern the neighborhood. 

Newly constructed Southwest Pensacola neighborhood near Alabama/ Florida state line
Newly constructed Southwest Pensacola neighborhood near Alabama/ Florida state line 
Gorgeous newly built Adams Home Community
Belize St., Pensacola, FL 32506~ Gorgeous newly built Adams Home Community

Osprey Place Subdivision Homes for Sale 
New construction subdivisions near NAS Pensacola
New construction subdivisions near NAS Pensacola
As of 2014, recent real estate sales prices in Osprey Place range between $215,000 and $280,000 

For a current listing of homes for sale in Osprey Place or surrounding neighborhoods, email Pam Keen Brantley at or call her at (850) 232-2200. 

You can also browse for homes for sale on our website at 

Pensacola's Osprey Place neighborhood ~ Adams Homes

 Homes in Osprey Place Subdivision for Rent
Pensacola Real Estate Rentals & Homes for Sale
Pensacola Real Estate Rentals & Homes for Sale
While there is nothing currently active for rent in Osprey Place, there are a few rentals in the Osprey Place Subdivision.  Recent Osprey Place homes between $1,500 and $1,800 per month. 

This is a popular area and homes do not last on the market long.  Availability changes daily, so make sure to email me if you are interested in renting a home in the Osprey Place Subdivision or in nearby neighborhoods near the back gate of Naval Air Station Pensacola. 

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

American Flags

Summer isn't just the season of baseball, barbecues, vacation and fresh produce. It's also flag season. Three of the country's most important patriotic holidays - Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day - arrive with summer, and across the nation proud Americans will show their patriotism by displaying the American Flag.

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But will they do it properly?

"Fewer symbols inspire more patriotism and pride than the American Flag, and displaying it is a wonderful way to show respect not only for our country, but for all those in uniform who have defended it throughout our history," says Larry Singleton, decor manager for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, which displays an American Flag beside the fireplace in every restaurant. "Honoring our nation's Flag Code guidelines can make the display of the flag an even more poignant and patriotic gesture."

The federal law known as the "Flag Code" establishes a guide for handling and displaying Old Glory. If you'll be showing your American pride this year by displaying the flag or decorating with bunting, here's a thumbnail review of the code's guidelines so you can be confident in all you do:

* It's OK to display the flag 'round the clock, but you should illuminate it during nighttime hours. If you're not able to light the flag at night, the code recommends displaying only between sunrise and sunset.
* Hoist it briskly and lower it slowly and ceremoniously.
* Be sure to bring your flag in out of rain or snow - unless it's made of an all-weather material, in which case it's OK to leave it out in inclement weather.
* If you would like to display a flag on your car or truck, affix it to the chassis or clamp it to the right front fender.
* Many Americans are also proud of their ethnic origins and may choose to display the flag of their heritage along with the American Flag. That's fine; just be sure that the U.S. flag is displayed higher up, or if the flags are on the same level, the other flag should be placed to the left of the American Flag, never to the right.
* The blue and white stars field - known as "the union" - should always be up: at the top of the flag if it's on a staff or pole, uppermost and to the observer's left if the flag is being displayed horizontally or vertically against a wall. Displaying the flag with the union down is a signal of dire distress and reserved for instances of extreme danger to life or property.
* The flag should be kept from touching the ground, floor, water or anything beneath it.
* Flag-themed decor can add a welcome patriotic touch to your home, but it's best not to get carried away and use the American Flag as bedding or drapery.
* Bunting is an acceptable patriotic display; arrange it with the blue portion at the top, the white in the middle and the red at the bottom.
* When a flag becomes worn and is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way. One way to do that is to give the flag to a local VFW for proper disposal.
"Americans show their patriotism and American pride in a number of ways, from buying red, white and blue products to placing flags and flowers on the graves of veterans," Singleton says. "Displaying the American Flag in a respectful manner is one more way Americans can honor their country this summer and all year long."

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Reclaimed wood flooring: How to design with eclectic affordability

(BPT) - Breathing new life into your home with weathered touches, aged accents and historical character is holding true to the popular belief of "what's old is new." Sparked from the sustainable living trend, reclaimed, recycled and repurposed wood floors have become one of the hottest green design and remodeling trends.

The popularity of this trend has grown from the demand for the unexpected rustic touches, warmth and story that reclaimed wood adds to your home. "It's easy to change up a room to create a dramatic new style with these unique floors," says Erinn Valencich, Los Angeles-based interior designer, style expert and design partner for Quick-Step, a laminate flooring leader. "You can add an element of sophistication to a special room with one-of-a-kind visuals and textures."

Tells a unique story

Reclaimed wood flooring constructed from old barns, factories, warehouses or even coal mines and boxcars has a distinct distressed and time-worn appearance. Each knick, scratch and ding adds a unique story to the living space that is highly desirable among homeowners. However, even though reclaimed wood floors are environmentally friendly, beautiful and eclectic, the roadblock for most consumers is the high price of reclaimed wood. Because there is a limited amount of vintage wood in existence to repurpose, the cost of adding a reclaimed hardwood floor to a home can be quite pricey.

Reclaimed look for less

For the look of distressed and time-worn wood without the high cost, Quick-Step offers the Reclaime Collection of laminate planks that look like real, vintage hardwood floors. There are nine reclaimed wood designs from which to choose, including the newest White Wash, Calico, Sunkissed and Cellar Oak Planks that mirror the wood grain pattern, color and texture of weathered wood boards.

"The time-worn visual of this floor won't limit your style. In fact, it's versatile enough to work for most any type of decor," says Valencich. Whether you're going for a modern, rustic or eclectic look, reclaimed wood-styled flooring suits almost any design style. Consider these flooring trends from Valencich when choosing your next floor:


Whitewashed floors have a light, weathered appearance. If you have a dark or smaller room, using wide plank whitewash flooring will lighten up the space, giving it a fresh, soft and clean look.

Mainstream vs. high-fashion colors

The floor is the foundation of the room and can help drive the design direction of the space. Whether you select a more neutral, mainstream color or an extremely high-fashion one, choosing the right color floor creates a versatile canvas on which to build your room's overall design.


The distressed, textured look of reclaimed wood gives your flooring a personality all its own. Quick-Step's Reclaime Collection provides the same design and textured look of genuine reclaimed wood, giving it a natural, worn appearance.

If you are considering purchasing a new floor, offers the "Imagine It" room designer tool that allows you to choose both wall color and floor styles to see how they work together. On the site you can also view free design videos by Valencich on a myriad of topics.

Courtesy of BPT