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Bowling with the Boys

Last week, the eldest Peters duo (Kaitlyn and Caleb) participated in their first overnight camp of the summer. After reuniting yesterday, the three have been inseparable. Today’s adventure included a family bowling outing. (Kaitlyn had to catch up on her online summer class, missing the festivities.) AMF University Lanes in Charlotte offered the Peters family the perfect outing. Open every day, the 40-laned entertainment facility provides traditional bowling for professionals and neophytes alike. The best part? Kids bowl free all summer long! After playing about an hour, Nicholas came out on top, but Caleb was proud of his distant second place. Even Brayden had fun, scoring a strike before anyone else in the family.

A site dedicated to anticipating and analyzing the nation\’s various housing markets predicts another good year for Charlotte. “Forecasters generally agree Charlotte has fully recovered from the Great Recession and is expanding once again,” says Adam O’Daniel of the Charlotte Business Journal. According to Zillow Charlotte, NC has a home value index of $148,300. Charlotte North Carolina real estate reported a significant slowdown in home value appreciation last year. At the end of 2013 the home value appreciation was showing a year-to-year increase of 7.8%. So while a drop to 3.3% might seem like a large decrease the Charlotte real estate market has rounded out to a more modest pace; the current rate could not be sustained much longer. At the beginning of this year the average sale price for the Charlotte market was around $227,000. The conforming loan limit for Mecklenburg county (where Charlotte is located) is currently $417,000. Mortgage […]

The Charlotte City Council has seen growing developer interest for commercial real estate in the area as the real estate climate climbs. Another bidder has emerged for a 3.76-acre city-owned property in uptown Charlotte. The parcel of land is one of five surplus right-of-way tracts the city acquired from the N.C. Department of Transportation while modifications to the Interstate 277/South Caldwell Street interchange were made. Its prime locale has helped garner developer interest from several groups. A limited liability company called Morgan Bond Charlotte made a $15.1 million upset bid for the parcel at the intersection of Caldwell and Stonewall streets, says Tony Korolos, director of the city’s real estate division. Morgan Bond is planning a mixed-use development at the uptown site that would bring in more employment opportunities and housing for local residents. The proposition includes multifamily, retail and potentially a hotel, Korolos says. This is the fourth offer […]

Running out of ideas to incorporate sweet potatoes in your daily diet? Want to feed your entire family something that\’s nutritious while satisfying your undeniable sweet tooth? Our recipe this week includes an easy-to-make side every family member will love! Ingredients Sweet potatoes (abt. 1 per person) coconut oil honey cinnamon pecan pieces Directions Roast sweet potatoes at 400 for approx 30-45 min, depending on size. (This can be done ahead of time and stored in fridge.) Mash peeled baked sweet potatoes (1 medium per person) with 1 tsp of coconut oil per potato, 1 tsp honey and 1/4 tsp cinnamon. Top with pecan pieces.

Chefs in Training

School’s out for the summer. You know what that means: finding fun and affordable activities for your children. Thankfully Simon Malls has multiple mini-events for members of their KIDGITS Kid Club. Lil’ Chef’s Party! June 6th at Concord Mills KIDGITS offered kids ranging from 3 to 10 an opportunity to make their own fun-inspired treats this afternoon. Ranging from Twinkie submarines to robots made out of juice boxes, fruit roll ups, and applesauce, Caleb and Brady had fun donning their little Chef’s hats and creating edible goodies!     If you live in the Concord area and want to sign up for future KIDGITS events or want to know more about the program, visit Simon Malls here. Membership is $5 per calendar year from sign up date and includes a free T-shirt and birthday prize.

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