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Episode 095 – Room by Room: Living Room! What Each Should & Must Have - Part 3

living room tips & tricks Jul 06, 2020


Smart Locks

You absolutely must use smart locks.  Today, they are less expensive than ever and are MUCH safer than handing your keys to a strange to lose, or worse, make copies of.  We use August, who teams with Yale.  Their app is easy and you can safely set codes that begin when your guests arrive and end with their departure.  Set codes for your cleaning staff and maintenance.  Plus, you can log when people arrive or depart without the worry.


Living Room

Comfortable Couches and Chairs – stain-resistant or washable

Pillows, add color and texture

End tables, Coffee table, TV stand – kid corners (see Safety Article below)

*Smart TV – along with fast wi-fi

Remotes, batteries


Entryway: hooks for coats, a place for shoes, entry rug


Art, plants, some nik naks


Office Area

Don’t need a designated room, just a space.


Comfy Chair


A place to easily plug in a computer and...

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Top 7 Tips for Stress-Free Family Vacations

family vacation kids Jul 03, 2020

Summer is here but there’s still time to plan and take a vacation. Although family vacations can be a little frustrating at times, they’re the source of many comical and pleasant memories. Whether you plan to go to the beach, the mountains, or even the big city, you can take a memorable family vacation that’s low-stress and fun for everyone.



Keep these tips in mind to reduce stress on your next family vacation:



  1. Plan ahead. Planning is a very important part of any vacation. Take into account the individual needs of your kids and arm yourself with whatever is necessary to take care of them while on vacation.
  • For example, if your four-year-old takes naps, bring along the stuffed animal they sleep with at home as their “comfort” item. For your teen, ensure they have their favorite hand-held electronic device to pass the travel time.


  1. Set up a flexible schedule for each vacation day. When you have a day-to-day plan,...
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Episode 094 – Room by Room: Bathroom! What Each Should & Must Have - Part 2

bathroom tips & tricks Jun 22, 2020


 Each Towel Set Includes:

A Bath Towel

A Hand Towel

A Face Cloth/Wash Cloth

Thick & Clean

White Towels (2 sets per guest, *ADN)

Guest Sized Toiletries, *ADN:

Bar Soap



Shower Gel


Soft Close Toilet Lid

Liquid Hand Soap

Quality Toilet Paper

Kleenex Tissue

Trash Can w/Liners

Hair Dryer


Make-up Removal Pads*

Sign (*Don't Use Towels)

Hair Dryer

Shaving Mirror

Shower Curtain & Liners

Arched Curtain Rod

*ADN means always displayed nicely

Guests don't want to share a Costco Sized Shampoo & Conditioner. Ask your Guests! Hotel Sized or Wall Dispenser?





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Plan A Multi-Family Vacation Everyone Will Love

family vacation kids Jun 19, 2020

A multi-family vacation is a great opportunity to save money and have more fun. These are some ideas for planning your time away and putting together an adventure that your family and friends of all ages will love.


A multi-family vacation could be constructed of extended families, like a family reunion in the destination of choice.  It could also be sets of friends and their children, where everyone decides to go on vacation together to make sure that everyone has fun, kids and grownups alike.



Planning Your Trip

  1. Test your compatibility. Living together for a week is very different from an occasional lunch date. First, take a day trip or go on a weekend outing together. Make sure all the kids get along, especially if they are going to be sharing quarters.

  1. Form a planning committee. Pick one or two well-organized people to be the trip leaders. They can assign duties to the rest of the group. If you live close by, meet in person, or meet on zoom if you...
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Episode 093 – Room by Room: Bedroom! What Each Should & Must Have - Part 1

bedroom tips & tricks Jun 15, 2020


Here's what you need in your Bedrooms.  (Download the pdf on our Show Notes Page)

Comfy Mattress Mattress Protector (no bedbugs)

Mattress Pad

Soft Sheets

Pillows (2 hard, 2 soft)

Pillow Protectors (no bedbugs)

Blackout Curtains


Reading Area: Snuggle Chair, small table, light

Extra Sheets & Blankets (in a sealed, zip-tied bag)

Your Gift Bags or Basket


2 Nightstands

2 Lamps for nightstands

Alarm Clock (w/USB?)

USB Charging Station

Luggage Rack

Lots of Hangers in closet

Lots of Drawers

Full-Length Mirror

High End Units may offer:



Sleeping Mask

Ear Plugs for noise

Use Textures! You want this room to "LOOK" Comfortable! Make them want to snuggle in just from the pictures.



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Episode 092 - Interview with Lisa K.: How to Recognize Your Intuition

intuition tips & tricks Jun 08, 2020


We had a fantastic interview with Lisa K. today that really hits home on intuition.  Lisa is a scientist, first and foremost.  So, her interview was full of really great observations as well as some powerful, "that's so cool," moments.

Although we just touched the surface with this interview, Lisa let us know a lot about our intuition!  

How do we know it's our intuition and not fear?

Our intuition doesn't use a lot of words.  It comes to us peacefully and calmly.  It will come with ease, not tension.  It fits very easily, like a puzzle.

Fear has a lot of tension, emotion, and you often hear that voice in your head rattle on and on and on.  That's not intuition.  Fear often feels overwhelming.  Intuition, again, peaceful and calm.

Still not sure?  Ask yourself:

What don't I know?

What do I know?

What can I do?


Lisa K. helps people trust their intuition to make better decisions. Lisa...

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Tips for Planning a Memorable Vacation

kids vacation tips Jun 05, 2020

How would you like to make your next vacation one that your whole family will remember for a lifetime? With a few simple strategies, you can create a vacation that gives all of you more recreation and less stress. All it takes is some advance planning and a few simple ideas.


Theme Parks


Is there a theme park a short drive away? If so, your whole family can find something they enjoy in one place without spending a great deal of money. Many theme parks provide attractions for smaller children as well as exciting rides for the thrill-seekers in your family.


If you plan ahead, you can make decisions that boost the entertainment value. For example, find out when the park is less crowded and go during those times. Often, theme parks offer lower rates during off-peak times or on weekdays. Rides will have shorter lines, and you can pack more fun into your day.


I have taken my five children to Walt Disney World and Universal in Orlando for years, always planning...

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Episode 091 – Pricing Post Pandemic: Competing for Last Place

coronavirus covid pricing Jun 01, 2020



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Episode 090 – How CoVID Changed Our Industry & How to Market Your Property Now

cleaning covid marketing May 25, 2020


The world is going through some challenging times.  Whether there will be a “new normal” or whether we will go back to our old normal is yet to be seen.  One thing we know for sure is the Short-Term Rental Industry has been impacted dramatically by the Pandemic.  What, exactly, has changed the and what can you do to roll with the punches until normal becomes normal again?  How can you market your property so potential guests understand the new measures you’ve implemented in your business?  What words can you use?  Find out in this episode and be sure to get all our checklists for cleaning, plus a lot of other great advice for, not just surviving but thriving during the CoVID Pandemic.

Some Changes:

More people are keeping their travel closer to home, less than 50 miles

What it means:

We need to accept more locals but still, check them out carefully.

Some Changes:

More people are looking for...

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Want to Take a Virtual Vacation?

Planning a vacation has become more complicated these days. Airlines are offering fewer flights. Schools are unable to predict when they’ll be open or closed. You may be tightening your budget while you spend more time at home.


Still, taking time off is essential for your mental and physical health. That’s especially true when you’re struggling with stressful situations.


Even when Walt Disney World and Universal Studios are closed, you can create your own magic. Try these ideas for making your next vacation a virtual adventure.



Enjoying a Virtual Vacation Online


The internet gives you instant access to any venue or experience. Design an itinerary based on your personal interests.



Consider these ideas:



01)  Appreciate art. Gain free admittance to great museums around the world and in your neighborhood. Browse for special features including lectures, artist talks, and family-friendly crafts.



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