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Breast Cancer Awareness: Coping Behind the Pink Ribbons

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

By Kayla Roofe

Editor’s note: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is estimated that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. It’s a disease that affects our friends, sisters, co-workers and mothers. In this post, Kayla Roofe, Social Media Manager at RE/MAX LLC, shares her family’s experience.

When I think of home, I think of my mom. My fondest memories were made at the start of every football season, when my mom would make her “famous” chili and we would spend time around the TV cheering on our favorite teams. But then, on October 1, 2010 (the official beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month), my mom called me with the three-little words no one ever wants to hear, “I have cancer.”

Hearing Those Three Dreaded Words

Cancer. It felt like I got stabbed with a knife to the heart. It sounded like my life coming to a screeching halt. Being a sophomore in college at the time, the biggest worry I had up until then was not knowing if I was going to pass my midterm exam or not.

You Don’t Cry When You Think You Will

Of course, I cried when my mom told me of the diagnosis over the phone. But then there was nothing. I became immune to my feelings and instead focused on research. My mom was too frightened to Google any solutions to itchy skin or nausea, so I delved into the web. I visited forums and searched hashtags on Twitter before I eventually became so well-versed in the “cancer lingo” that I always answered every “How is your mom doing?” question with “She’s doing great – except for the nausea!”

It wasn’t until I saw my mom after her double-mastectomy surgery – lying helpless on the hospital bed – that it hit me. She should be OK, right? It would be over in a year. Right? But it dawned on me that maybe it wouldn’t be. There was always a chance that the treatment wouldn’t work. Or that the cancer would have spread. I cried harder than I have in my entire life.

The Irony Behind the Awareness

I could do without the pink ribbons, the pancake fundraising breakfast or the marathon. Being a single mom with two kids, my mom’s battle with breast cancer changed all of our lives forever. When my mom was diagnosed during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there was a line of people out the door to help. As soon as November 1 came around, we were left alone dealing with the struggles cancer would bring. We lost our childhood home because my mom couldn’t work during her treatment. My little brother dropped out of high school to help support the family. I failed that semester at college due to the amount of time I took off from school.

The damage cancer did to all of our lives is something that we will remember forever. Through it all, we realized that a home can be replaced, you can always go back and graduate from high school and a college semester can be retaken. What matters most is that my mom can proudly say she is a survivor – and she will always be the heart of my home.

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Never Too Early to Plan Your Halloween Party

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

To all those naysayers out there who say it’s too early to plan a Halloween party, just say, “Booooooooo!” Now is the time to scare up some creepy and creative ideas for a fun-filled fright night!

Who doesn’t love planning a party? Especially if it’s a costume party. Start looking for inspiration to pick a Halloween theme that your guests can really sink their teeth into. Search news and popular culture, pick a moment in time or connect to characters from your favorite movie.

Yeah, yeah, yeah – the warehouse Halloween stores are great, but you need to find boos at a bargain! Start at the second-hand store, search your zip code for the nearest thrift store and set off hunting for some spooks. Hey, even just a visit to the thrift store can inspire the theme of your Halloween hoedown. Start visiting the thrift stores early because the good Halloween decorations sell quickly.

Host a Halloween dinner party and invite your guests to gobble up some ghoulish goodies. Mix up your favorite poison at the bewitching bar or dive into some cherry cheesecake brain. Find 28 Halloween Cocktails to die for.

Whether you’re catering to kids or adults – don’t forget to feed the beasts with entertainment. Party games are a great way to have some freaky fun and help your guests meet one another. With some extra lead time, you can craft your way to creepy by making the party games yourself.

Looking for a new house to haunt for the holiday season? You’ve come to the right place. Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Leaving Your Home Alone - Summer Vacations

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

If you're going to be away for an extended period of time or you're going to be without internet service for a week or two (yes, some people can actually still do that), you may want to think about finally setting up that auto-pay feature for some of your utilities to pay them automatically while you're away from civilization.

While keeping the electricity up and running is important, you may not need to leave everything plugged in while you're gone.  Unplugging non-essential electrical items can also help protect them in case of a lightening storm or an unexpected power surge.  If you have house plants, be sure and consider their needs as well when deciding on what temperature to leave the thermostat on while you're away.

Home Depot has a wide range of both indoor and outdoor timers that will allow you to set a time (or times) for your lights or a TV or radio to come on in the evening and remain on until the timer shuts them off.

If you have an alarm system, you may want to make sure that it is in proper working order as well as notify your alarm company of the exact dates that you'll be out of town.  If you ask someone to check on your house, be sure that they know the alarm codes along with the basic functions of the system.  Most alarm companies will also be able to set you up with a temporary code for them that will automatically expire on your return date.

You definitely don't want to come back to a house full of bad smells or flies (or both) so be sure and remove all perishable items from the fridge and countertops.  Check that all trash cans are emptied and see if that same friend might be able to put your trash canisters out for collection - and then put them back on collection day.  This will reduce the impression that nobody is home and your neighbors won't be annoyed by your trash cans being left out on the street for two weeks.

Also, be sure and put on hold any newspaper subscriptions as well as check with your local Post Office and see if you can have a vacation-stop put on your mail delivery.  You can also easily do this online now!

Finally, be careful when talking about your vacation plans on social media outlets such as Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Burglars frequently monitor social media sites for indications of empty houses.

So stay safe, have fun, and don't forget the sunscreen!

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Recycling - It's Not What It Used To Be

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

So Where Did it All Start?

The first municipal recycling program began in 1972 in Pennsylvania by simply towing a small trailer behind a regular city garbage truck.

Now, some forty plus years later, over 1,200 million tons of trash are recycled every year just in the United States alone.

On the commercial side, Proctor & Gamble has achieved an 85% "zero waste" standard at their manufacturing facilities around the word, meaning only 15% of their industrial manufacturing waste is going to a landfill.

Some other interesting facts:

  • Approximately 68% of all paper products sold in the US are recycled.
  • Approximately 65% of the total waste stream is now recycled in the United States.
  • There has been a 100% increase in total recycling in the United States during the past 10 years alone.
  • There are over 8,500 curbside recycling programs in the United States.
  • It takes 95% LESS energy to recycle an aluminum can than it does to manufacture a new one
  • There are over 290 million scrap tires - each year - that are generated in the United States alone.

Some Weird - And Some Not-so-Weird - Things That Can Now Be Recycled

You'd never believe some of the things that can now be recycled.  Below is just a partial list of a few of the more interesting ones along with links to where you can get additional information.

Packing peanuts
Wine corks
Water filters
Pet fur and other hair
Tennis balls
Eye glasses
Hearing aids
Prosthetic limbs

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Honoring Dad: What He Really Wants on Father’s Day

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Sunday’s the big day for honoring Dads, or anyone else who played a dad-like role in your life.

If you’re short of ideas how to celebrate Father’s Day, here are a few suggestions based on an informal survey of three dads:

  • Mow my lawn for me.
  • Take me out to a ball game.
  • Buy me a tie. (No, really.)
  • Lottery tickets.
  • No fighting. (This from a father of three boys under the age of 9)
  • Give me a hug, an unexpected one.
  • I grill, you clean up.
  • You cook, I watch golf.
  • Control of the remote control for the entire week.
  • A photo of us together.
  • A six-pack I don’t have to share.
  • A pass from housework for the rest of June.

There’s more, but you get the idea. Dads want love, care and just a little bit of recognition. Sort of like the rest of us.

Happy Father’s Day to all of them!

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Helpful Flag Etiquette Tips for Memorial Day

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Millions of Americans will be displaying their flags over Memorial Day weekend, and it’s a wonderful way to show respect. Do you know the right way to do it?

Here are a few helpful reminders:

  • On Memorial Day, the flag should be at half-staff until noon; then it should be hoisted to the very top of the staff.
  • The flag should never touch the ground or the floor.
  • The stars on the flag should always be up; it’s a signal of distress when a flag is hung upside-down.
  • If you’re suspending the flag vertically, or against a wall, the stars should be to the flag’s own right, and to the left of the person hanging it.
  • The flag should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset; if it’s hung overnight, it should be lit up.

For more on flag etiquette, visit the Veterans of Foreign Wars website at Download the Federal Flag Code at

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

Cuddle Up and Get Cozy: 10 of the Most Fab Winter Must-Haves!

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie


By Lexi Rhein

It seems everything Oprah touches turns to gold-personalities who appear on her show go on to become superstars and book authors become overnight best-sellers. Lucky audience members are stunned to learn they nabbed seats and 15-minutes of fame on a surprise episode of Oprah’s Favorite Things that airs every November. If you’re anything like me, you love a good list of favorites. So, in the spirit of all things cuddly and cozy, here are my top-10 winter must-haves:

Foot-warming hedgehog

This item needs no description because…just look at it! Awww, a foot-warming hedgehog? Sign me up.

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The Ultimate Slanket

We love the Ultimate Slanket, it’s your guilty pleasure Snuggie-style blanket. Versatile enough to move with you during your Netflix binges.





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Chunky Knit Blanket

This Instagram phenom is sure to catch the attention of your followers, while also providing the ultimate cuddle zone. Win-win in my cozy book.

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The Soup Bible

What is better on a cold day than some warm soup? A soup guide gives you over 200 options of all the soup your heart could desire, of course!

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Pammy Panda USB-Wired Handwarmers

Stay cute and warm with these cute little panda handwarmers that keep you in style and snuggled-up during those colder days in the office.








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Huggaroo Microwaveable Heated Neck Pad

Take the stress right out of your life, if only for a short time-don’t think, just buy! This neck warmer relaxes you and offers a relaxing smell of lavender aromatherapy.





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The Mat Walk

A bathmat with slippers built right in? What?! Walk with cushion comfort without slipping while wiping up a wet floor AND keeping your feet warm? All post-shower? Perfect.






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Plush, Heated Fleece Sherpa

Extremely soft and heated blanket equals the dynamic duo of the winter snuggles.





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Dark Brown Hot Cookie Coaster and USB Mug Warmer

I found the cutest way to desk drink your hot cocoa or tea at the office, while keeping your mug toasty warm. This bad-boy keeps your winter drinks hot and your holiday spirits high.








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Mae Fuzzy One-Strap Slipper

These fluffy angels will keep your toes warm and looking luxurious all at the same time.






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Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

10 Random Acts of Kindness

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

More than anyone, RE/MAX understands that real estate is local. In a business as community-driven as ours, building a supportive community is in everyone’s best interest. Wouldn’t you like to be a good neighbor? First proclaimed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, National Good Neighbor Day, celebrated on September 28, is an easy way to recognize human understanding and build strong, thriving communities-RE/MAX found some great ways you can show your community that you care.

  1. Tape a buck. Grab a roll of tape and stick a dollar or two to the vending machine in the breakroom with a note that says, “This one’s on me.”
  2. Big tipper. Doubling the normal tip amount on your dinner bill is an easy way to put a smile on your waiter or waitress’s face.
  3. Pass the java. Cover the order of the person you see in your rear-view mirror in the coffee shop drive-thru.
  4. Bake a batch. Who doesn’t like to be greeted with enthusiasm when you walk into the office? Carry in a big batch of sweet treats to help your coworkers get through another Tuesday.
  5. Let someone cut-in. Go ahead! Make the day of that young mom with three screaming kids. You’re in no hurry, let her cut ahead of you in the long line, just this once.
  6. Pocket change. Find the nearest parking meter and drop in a few quarters as a treat for the next person that must feed the meter.
  7. Visit your loved ones. When’s the last time you stopped by the cemetery to visit family or friends who have passed? Pick some wildflowers to brighten up someone’s gravesite.
  8. Offer to help. If you see someone in the grocery store parking lot who needs help with loading their groceries in the car-help them out! Bonus points if you return their cart to the store.
  9. Hold the door. What’s the hurry? Wait a longer amount of time than you normally would to hold the door for someone walking in a little bit behind you.
  10. Leave a note. Stick a note or a piece of scrap paper with a motivational quote to the bathroom mirror to spread positivity and kindness.

If you have been looking for a new home in a neighborhood that values community — reach out to us at Winston Realty Group

Contact Heidi Winston of Winston Realty Group for all of your real estate needs. For more information or to schedule a showing, visit or email Once you work with us, you'll be glad we're your real estate professionals.

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Creating an Outdoor Living Area

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

Where to Start

If you enjoy spending lots of time outdoors, you may be considering enhancing the outdoor living space in your Las Vegas home. Probably the best place to begin is by nailing down a realistic budget.  Last month's newsletter, Landscaping on Any Budget, discussed the importance of "starting with the end in mind."  Decide up front the project's maximum cost and then work backwards from there as you add individual elements.

And don't forget - there's always the option of completing the project in phases as well, which may allow for a bigger budget for the overall completed project.

Once you have a budget down on paper, you can begin to break out the cost of each of the items from the checklist below and you will be ready to get started!

Help!  I'm Not a Designer!

That's OK!  There are plenty of resources out there to help get started, but below is a quick 'checklist' that might help you get the big, overall idea rolling.

  • One of the very first questions to get answered is will you need to pull a permit or permits in order to do the work?
  • Determine how much space you have to work with in terms of square footage. This will help when getting estimates from contractors should you decide to use one later on.
  • Do you need to pour a new patio or possibly enlarge an existing one?
  • Do you prefer a wood or concrete flooring surface, or maybe a combination of the two?
  • What type of coverage for weather protection might you need to add?
  • Is electricity available or will you need to hire a licensed electrician?
  • When talking to an electrician be sure and factor in both existing as well as new exterior lighting and power needs.
  • Determine fuel options (electric, natural gas or propane) if you're considering adding an outdoor cook range or installing a permanent grill or smoker.
  • Do you need or want to have running water available near where you will be cooking? (Other than just that garden hose, right?)
  • What types of exterior media equipment such as a widescreen TV or all-weather audio speakers would you like to add?
  • "Aqua misters" can actually cool an outdoor area by up to 10 degrees and come in a wide variety of configurations from portable to permanently installed systems.
  • If you're considering an outdoor fireplace or fire pit be sure and talk with your local HOA if you have one as well as your local fire department about any special considerations or restrictions before you get that load of rock dumped in the back yard.

​​These are just a few things to help you get started. Don't be surprised if when answering these questions, it leads to more questions. What are you most looking forward to incorporating in your yard? 

Make Your Yard Low-Maintenance

by Heidi Winston, RE/MAX Lifetime Achievement Recipie

With the weather warming up, you may be thinking about ways to spruce up your yard so it looks its best. We all want our yards to look good but most of us don’t want to spend every weekend taking care of it. By carefully selecting the right plants for your yard, you can create a low maintenance landscape that looks beautiful year after year without you spending day after day taking care of it. Here are some ways to make your yard more low maintenance.

  • Pick the right grass to meet your needs. Picking grass seed can be hard if you don’t know much about it but it doesn’t have to be. Head to your local hardware store and tell them what your goals are and they will suggest the right grass seed to meet your needs.
  • Plant some evergreen bushes that will add color to your yard and continue to grow each year. Look for slow growing varieties if you don’t want to prune constantly.
  • Select perennials for your flowers if you want them to come back each year. Black-eyed susans withstand heat and drought well so they will still prosper in a drier climate. Many plants are drought resistant and still look very nice.
  • Select ornamental grasses for some areas. These can reduce the amount of grass you have to mow while looking great.
  • Plant some trees that thrive in your climate. When selecting ones to plant, pick the largest you can afford as many trees are very slow growing so you may not own the house long enough to enjoy the tree.
  • Mulch can also reduce the amount of grass you have to grow while helping your plants stay moist and healthy and will help keep the weeds away. Stick with natural mulches instead of synthetic materials.

If you are planning to sell your home one day, anything you do to your yard can be a benefit. Don’t go crazy if you aren’t going to maintain it. Instead make a few changes at a time so you can learn to manage everything without getting overwhelmed.

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