Green Living

If you’re looking for some holiday gifts this season, you must stop by Rifle Paper Co.   The stationery and gift brand based in Winter Park, Florida was founded by husband and wife team, Anna and Nathan Bond. They create everything from note cards to journals and cell phone cases.  


What began as a small business based out of Anna and Nathan’s 1-bedroom apartment has quickly grown into a worldwide brand over the last four years. Their products feature Anna’s whimsical designs which often include hand-painted illustrations and lettering in a nostalgic yet timeless style.  You have probably seen their products in various stores throughout the country, but you may not have realized their shop is right here in Central Florida!

All of their paper products are printed in the USA and are inspected and assembled by hand in their studio. I love that they use FSC-certified paper stocks with recycled content, environmentally responsible printers, and high-quality materials to create beautiful products.  

There is something for everyone this holiday season!  They are available by phone M-F from 10-6pm EST at 407.622.7679., or contact them through their website at 

I personally love the travel themed calendars this year, what’s your favorite?

ImageThe highly anticipated East End Market is now open in Audubon Park near Downtown Orlando.  The market is said to be a cultural food hub inspired by Central Florida’s local farmers and foot artisans.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to stop by soon.  Or if you want to fully experience the local food scene in Orlando, register for the Fall Harvest Dinner tomorrow night!  The event will feature seasonal ingredients from the area, hand selected wines for the event, craft beer, live music, and a special fall cocktail.

Celebrate Thanksgiving a little early this year with Audubon Park’s new market.

Register for tickets before it is too late!

Fall Harvest Dinner Saturday November 16th from 7 – 9 pm



Image: flyer from East End Market website

solar panelsRecently I had a listing which was appraised at less than the sales price. This isn’t completely uncommon in a shifting market. I recently wrote a post about what causes this discrepancy as we shift from a buyer’s market to a seller’s market. Regardless of the reason for the appraisal variances common in today’s market, one of the issues I had with this particular report was that there was no value given for the variety of Green features this home has. This energy efficient home in Orlando is rare for the area of Downtown Orlando where older homes are notorious for high electric bills!

Green technologies in a home can make a huge impact in the long term energy use and footprint a home and it’s owners have on our planet. However, the appraiser either didn’t notice the list I provided or did not associate any value to them. Going Green in your home has not completely caught on in the Orlando area as much as cities in the Northwest; but to assume there is no value is simply not accurate. More and more buyers are looking for these features in a home and are willing to pay a premium for them.

In fact, appraisers have just been provided a special addendum to accurately note the energy efficient features and add the appropriate value to the appraisal report. Yet so many real estate professionals and appraisers alike aren’t familiar with this addendum. Be sure when you’re listing your energy efficient home in Orlando that you contact an agent familiar with these Green Features and can assist you in getting all the value you can out of them!

As you consider adding energy efficient systems to your home, research cost versus value and be sure to keep all the paperwork for improvements you make so if you do decide to sell in the future you can be sure all are accounted for in an appraisal. Your home is your biggest asset – choose an expert that understands the value.

Contact me Today to learn about Energy efficient options and what they can add to your home’s value.

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Image credit: Leslie Science Center Nature House via Everystock via Creative Commons License

181634_143905162338896_3335606_nThe weather outside is gorgeous for this time of year!  Tomorrow the high is 70 and sunny!  It is a perfect Saturday to get outside and enjoy living in Orlando.  I don’t know if you have seen the street banners in Winter Park lately; but there is a website address posted on them called  I checked out the website and it is pretty neat.  You select your zip code, date, neighborhood, budget, environment, and whether or not you want to include pets.  Then the site filters active events in Orlando for you based on your criteria!

There are plenty of great ways to get active and/or enjoy the outdoors in the Central Florida area.  Get out and have some fun this weekend!  There are plenty of local farmer’s markets in Orlando to check out.

In full disclosure, for those adverse to cold weather, it’s supposed to be pretty chilly on Sunday but a nice jacket and you’ll be just fine.

Enjoy your weekend!


Image credit:  photo taken by Jessica Ruthardt in Downtown Orlando 


There’s a great local event happening this Friday in Audubon Park near Downtown Orlando!  Farm to Table is a “progressive happy hour” featuring fine wines, handcrafted hors d’oeuvres made from local ingredients.  What a great way to GO LOCAL!

The event begins at 6 pm this Friday September 14th and runs until 8 pm.  Stroll the Garden District’s shops and enjoy the local food and drink this weekend.

Wine expert Sarah Matthew has created wine pairings to complement the various food samplings.  According to the Audubon Park district site, patrons will enjoy appetizers made from free-range Ocoee chicken eggs; organic, Heart of Christmas Farm blueberries; cream from pasture-raised, grass-fed cows; freshly baked baguettes and crustinis; Audubon Park-made, European-style sea salt butter; locally sourced, handmade charcuterie; dips and spreads made from wild caught, fresh Florida sea food and much more.

Advance tickets are just $25 per person, $22 for APGD and Slow Food members, $30 at the door.
More Info:  contact Jennifer at or 407-590-8776.

Image Credit:  Milk Farm Photo via Creative Commons

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P.S. Jeanette is an Orlando EcoBroker so contact us for more information on buying green or remodeling green!

If you haven’t already heard there is an awesome new indoor farmers market coming to Orlando soon!  Not surprisingly the developers decided the trendy Audubon Park area was the perfect spot for this venture.  Audubon park is an established area that has been growing in popularity among homebuyers and shop/restaurants owners.  The proximity to downtown Orlando, winter park, and baldwin park make this an ideal spot for the market.  Audubon Park currently holds a small outdoor market on Monday nights from 6-10 pm.  

The East End Market will be located on Corrine Dr. and will feature two stories of small independent food enterprises, a farm fresh restaurant, and space upstairs for things like demonstration kitchens and/or small retail shops.  Outside they will have a vegetable garden with Florida varietals.

Check out 2-story market coming soon!  Orlando Indoor Farmers Market

Image Credit:  East End Market Website

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