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organized kitchen cupboard

Working parents with school-aged kids understand the utter chaos that a school-day morning can bring. Along with readying yourself for work and making sure everyone eats a decent breakfast, there is school lunch preparation to consider.

Creating a lunch station is one way to deal with this, both for older kids who make their own lunches or for busy parents that need to make lunches on the fly on an all-too busy morning.

It’s a brilliant idea that we got on the web from iheartorganizing. She calls it a “sammy makin’ kit,” while we call it a sanity saver.

Refrigerator organization

Any basket or bin that is large enough to hold all the refrigerated lunch fixings is fine. In it, you’ll place fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, lunch meats,

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Luxury home foyer

Luxury homes face a longer and bumpier road to the closing table than most homeowners. There are a number of reasons for this: A smaller pool of buyers that are savvy and, because of their affluence, are in no hurry to buy. Several cogs can end up in the luxury home sale wheel and further slow the process to a crawl and kudos to you for wanting to know about these upfront.

The luxury home seller

One thing we’ve noticed with our high-end home sellers in Anchorage is that they have a mindset that theirs is the most luxurious home on the market. Now, that may be true, but combined with the attitude of most high-end buyers who can afford to be choosey and you’ve got the makings of protracted negotiations.

Understand that this sale is a business

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We are ever closer to back-to-school day, which varies, depending on where in Southcentral you live. Anchorage students return to school on August 22.

This means you’ve got less than four weeks to gear up for the fall routine ― the shopping, the adjustment in sleeping schedules and juggling transportation issues. Let’s take a look at some ways to prepare yourself and the kids for the annual ritual.

Ease into the new routine

Switching from being able to sleep in every day for the past three months to having to wake to an early alarm isn’t easy for anyone, especially teenagers. You can ease into the new schedule by practicing it for the week leading up to the day school starts.

Set the alarm clock (the kids aren’t going to like this) and

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There is so much going on this month all over Southcentral.

August 6

Alaska 10K Classic

Lace up those running shoes; it's time for one of Alaska's oldest road-running races. The 10K Classic begins at in front of Atwood Hall at the Alaska Pacific University campus and follows an incredibly scenic route before heading back to the start. Can't manage 10 kilometers? Why not sign up for the 5K run? Either way, you'll be raising money for the Alaska Special Olympics and be able to participate in the post-race party. When you're ready to register, you'll find all the information you need at

August 11

Bike Tour: Architecture of Anchorage

The best way to take a look at the incredible city of Anchorage may just be atop your

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Let’s face it, summer, for many of us, is when life kicks into high gear. With vacations and other activities to plan, work and looking forward to back-to-school, we’re pulled in so many different directions it’s amazing we even remember we have kids, let alone feed them!

Have no fear; the Unity Home Group® has put together a handy list of places the family can dine in Southcemtral that won’t break your budget because at these eateries, kids eat free! Call ahead to ensure the deals are still valid.


On Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. Denny’s in Anchorage offers kids a freebie. On the kids’ menu you’ll find hot dogs, cheeseburger, chicken nuggets, a grilled cheese sandwich and pizza.

Find Denny’s at 2900 Denali St and 3850 Debarr

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fall foliage looking out a window onto a lake

If you’re one of the many Southcentral homeowners planning to sell this fall, the time to prepare is right now, believe it or not. You’ll have some competition once autumn hits and anything you can do to smooth the way now will put you way out in front of the rest of them.

You can hire the Unity Home Group® Team now as well and we can take care of the photography (see number 1 below), get the marketing plan pinned down and help you in other ways as well.

Here are some additional tips to help you hit the ground running in fall:

1. Photograph the home

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) claims that 90 percent of homebuyers shopped online at some point during their home search. Most of these buyers say that if a listing lacks photos

560 Views, 0 Comments recently asked homebuyers what is standing in their way of purchasing a home. Most claimed that they couldn’t find a home to fit their needs, but 10 percent say they’re concerned about selling their current home. That brings up the age-old “chicken-and-egg” real estate conundrum: What comes first, buying or selling? The answer to that depends on several factors:


The amount of equity you have in the home will help determine the sequence ― whether you should sell first or buy first. If you need the proceeds from the sale of your current home for the down payment and closing costs on the new one, you may need to sell first. Or, take advantage of some of the alternative solutions that we’ll explain below.

Your income

Can you

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We still have a little bit of time to eke out that last vacay or staycay before the kids head back to our Southcentral schools and fall descends. If you are parents of a baby or toddler, rejoice! Instead of lugging around all those large and hard-to-maneuver baby accessories, manufacturers are stepping up and redesigning the things you’ll most commonly need on your trip. Now they’re leaner and totally portable. These travel-friendly offerings range from collapsible bassinets to strollers that do double duty.

So, go ahead, pack the fam in the car and relax because the baby, at least, will have all the comforts of home on this vacation.

Fold n’ Go Bassinet

For those times when you’ll be staying in a hotel or a home that lacks a bassinet, Brica

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pen writing once upon a time


Have you ever wondered who starts myths and why? Sure, the old fairy tales and legends are harmless but what about those regarding real estate? These are far more dangerous, especially to your bank account.

It’s time for a little real estate myth busting.

1. I’ll make a ridiculously low offer. After all, it’s a buyers’ market

Yes, homebuyers have far more control over a real estate transaction when there are lots of homes on the market but few buyers. This doesn’t mean, however, that it’s bargain basement shopping time. If you find a home you truly want, you’ll run the risk of insulting the seller and, regardless of how badly he needs to sell, he may not sell to you.
Many homeowners have longtime roots in the neighborhood and a very real

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The word luau written in the sand


A luau in Alaska? Why not? With winter a distant memory, July is the month we immerse ourselves in the endless summer days that bless us here in southern Alaska. Outdoors has never felt so good and when it comes time to entertain, that’s the place to do it ― right in your own backyard. What better way to celebrate summer than by treating family and friends to a taste of the tropics?

Parties have been a part of Hawaiian life since Polynesians settled the islands. Ancient Hawaiians called the basic celebratory feast the ‘aha ‘aina. Today, one word is used for gatherings: luau. So, let’s get you outfitted for what is sure to be the best summer party in Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla or wherever you call home in Southcentral.

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