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Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Stanberry Builder Spotlight: Whisper Valley Austin

There has never been any place quite like Whisper Valley in Austin. Located along the booming SH 130 corridor, it’s the blueprint for a new kind of planned community – one focused on a more complete lifestyle. Whisper Valley is an environmentally-sensitive development dedicated to energy efficiency and cutting-edge technology. Homes built by Pacesetter Homes, Buffington Homes, GFO Home, Avi Homes, AHA Dream Homes, and Thurman Homes are affordably priced and perfect for Austinites who want to join the future of sustainable living.
The key to sustainable living at Whisper Valley is EcoSmart Solution, a green energy services provider, focused on designing and delivering an innovative geothermal infrastructure combined with a comprehensive suite of distributed energy resources. EcoSmart Solution (ESS) installs and operates a community-wide GeoGrid using a reliable vertical and horizontal central piping system to provide thermal energy for a geothermal heat pump installed in ev ...

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  family, fun, new, home, dell valle

Thursday, September 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Good Things at Down Home Ranch

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(BASTROP) Even in the midst of COVID confusion, good things are happening at various non-profit organizations including Down Home Ranch located on 410 acres near Elgin.


The Ranch, offering residency, day programs, and ranch camp over their past 31 years serves adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). Their mission is “empowering the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through social, education, residential and vocational opportunities.”
It is with great anticipation for Saturday, Oct. 3, that this year’s 17th Annual Gala---“Down Home is Where the Heart Is” will be held completely online through a virtual hosting platform from 6 to 8 p.m.
“We will still have all of the great entertainment and speakers you’ve come to know and love with other galas,” Jeffrey Mizell, Director of Development said.
The event kicks off with a special pre-event performance b ...

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  family, covid, social distance, fun

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

16 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

The home-buying season is still going strong, even as the summer wanes and schools gear up to greet kids both in-person and online. Chances are, you know someone who bought a new house this year. Since get-togethers are still a bit taboo you might be looking for ready-to-ship housewarming gifts personalized to make that special friend or family member feel at home in their new digs. We've compiled 16 unique, fun items you can find online to have delivered right to their new door. Social distancing doesn't have to prevent you from reminding those you care about how special they are! 

Don't know a new homeowner but want to make someone's day? These have you covered there, too!

Customized Self-Inking Address Stamp
An often overlooked gift item that brings a smile every time is a customized self-inking stamp with the happy homeowner's new address. Even if they pay all their bills, send all their invites, and communicate all online, this thoughtful item is sure to inspire a writ ...

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  family, covid, social distance, summer, fun, virtual party, gifts, housewarming

Thursday, June 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

The Bastrop YMCA is Back!

We Are Back!!
And we have missed the community! The Bastrop YMCA reopened its doors on June 1, 2020. After a two and a half month furlough, we are excited to help folks connect again! Locations include our office at 1110 Main St., the cardio and workout gym at 1112 Main Street and the Bastrop State Park Pool.
During the closure time the Y offered hundreds of streaming and virtual classes. Yoga to circuit training, family hang time to social coffee club zoom programs were offered to the public to help keep people connected during the time of isolation. The Y also offered child care to essential workers. Our team also designed a plan intended to keep everybody safe when it was time to the Y. That plan starts with a quick temperature check before you enter the facility. Once inside we ask that everyone practice social distancing, use hand sanitizer, and disinfectant items after use. We do a deep clean every day before, during, and after hours. Equipment is sanitized before use and aft ...

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  ymca, summer, swimming, pool, fun, family, exercise, covid, social distance

Friday, May 29, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Easy Improvements While You’re Stuck at Home

By Bryce Thompson

Staying at home has become the new norm during the COVID-19 pandemic. But that doesn't mean you need to sit idly by and wait for the country to reopen. With time on your hands, consider making some simple home improvements. There are even phone apps to help you!


You don't have to start with a multi-day project. Tackle the smaller upgrades first. You can use this as an opportunity for your kids to help out.
Home Maintenance

Routine maintenance often gets pushed aside during our busy schedules. Use this time to do a maintenance check around the house and make sure everything’s in order. Change your air filters, clean the vents, clear out the gutters. This is the perfect time to flush the water heater and check for leaky faucets. Your home will look great, and you'll feel good about doing something productive!


You don't need a lot of tools to make important upgrades. Caulking is a great way to seal around windows, doors, and floorboards. With tempe ...

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  covid, family, fun, summer, home improvement