Resident Spotlight: Julia

Why did you choose to live at The Biltmore?

My husband and I wanted a spacious townhome with lots of storage and a community. The Biltmore was a natural fit! We’ve been here for several years and have enjoyed getting to know the staff and our neighbors.

How did you get involved with the American Lung Association?

I have been serving the American Lung Association since 2011. I love going to work every day! I have many personal ties to lung disease and lung cancer and wanted to work for an organization where I could impact change in the community and make a difference.

What do you love most about your position?

My favorite thing about the American Lung Association is our mission and the depth and breadth of the work that we do! We touch so many lives every day. The mission of the American Lung Association is to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. You might not know that the American Lung Association is the country’s oldest voluntary public health organization – and we’ve accomplished some pretty cool things over the last century – including discovering a treatment for children living with TB, eliminating smoking on domestic air flights and strengthening the Clean Air Act. Our work is focused on five strategic imperatives: defeating lung cancer, improving the air we breathe, reducing the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, eliminating tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases and accelerating fundraising and enhancing organizational effectiveness to support the urgency of our mission. I love that in my role, I get to work to raise awareness and dollars to help make our work happen.

Black Friday Is Coming!

Black Friday is quickly approaching and this year’s deals are expected to be even better than they were last year. All major stores will be competing to have the best deals and online sales are expected to be a higher priority for most retailers. Every year, online sales are increasing as fighting the crowds is becoming less and less appealing. It has also become a trend for retailers to have deals going on for the entire week after Thanksgiving as opposed to just on Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Some big-name retailers may even start their deals even earlier than the week before the holiday. So, all that being said, what can you expect for deals this year on some of the big-ticket items? Below are some of the highly anticipated items that are sure to be worth checking out!

The brand-new iPhone 8 models and iPhone X are some of the highest anticipated gifts of the season. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have upgraded cameras, HD displays and a new glass exterior. The biggest changes are seen in the iPhone X with a 5.8” entire screen retina display, face ID to unlock your phone and use Apple Pay, improved stabilization on the camera and animojis that give your emojis personality. All three of the new iPhones charge wirelessly for another added convenience.

Deals for the Samsung Galaxy S8 are more than likely going to be as good as they were last year with retailers charging $0 for the phone if you sign a contract. There’s also a good chance that they will throw in some free gift cards and accessories.

The Xbox One X is set to release on November 7th – just in time for Black Friday. The best deals will be on the bundles, which will include games for only a slightly higher price. It’s also worth mentioning that Microsoft gives retailers more room to be aggressive with their discounts, so keep an eye out!

Depending on the game it comes with, and whether or not you will play it, buying the bundle will often times be a better deal than just buying the console itself. In past years, the bundle only costs slightly more than the console alone. Right now, the prices are remaining pretty solid, but are expected to drop later this fall, just in time for when Microsoft releases their new Xbox One X.

As is usually the case for new TVs on Black Friday, you will have to move fast this year if you want to snatch one before they’re gone. If you’re in the market for a new high-end set, but can’t afford the price tag, this is your chance – don’t miss these deals!

Pets of the Month

My name is Coco and I am a Beagle/Chihuahua mix, a Cheagle if you will! I am 3 and a half months old and have only lived at The Biltmore in Omaha for a couple weeks. My two favorite hobbies are snuggling and sleeping. When I’m not doing either of those, I like to play with my squeaky toys and steal socks from my mom and dad! I’ve also been having a lot of fun meeting all my other dog neighbors and chasing birds and butterflies if they get too close!

Hey y’all! My name is Prince Charming, and I live up to my name. I’m a domestic short hair cat living with my Cat Dad since about 2004. We live at Village on the Parkway apartments in Houston. I was rescued from a shelter in Louisiana and my Dad adopted me from that rescue when I was about 3 years old. We’ve recently returned to Houston, which is where we’re from, a little over a year ago and we’re so glad to be back home! My favorite hobbies are playing with my sister, Abby, and snuggling with my Dad.

Think you have the world’s cutest pet and want everyone to know it? There’s nothing wrong with being a show off! Enter your pet in Richdale’s Pet of the Month contest for a chance to win a BarkBox or KitNipBox for your furry friend. Tell us about your furry friend and if he or she is featured, YOU win! Send pictures and a brief description to: TheLeaf@richdale.com!

Friendsgiving

A new trend that has been sweeping the nation is now giving us yet another reason to be excited for the start of the holiday season. Have you ever heard of Friendsgiving?

If not, it’s basically a second Thanksgiving that you celebrate with your closest friends. This popular event is most commonly held sometime at the beginning of November or just after traditional Thanksgiving, allowing for the actual day to be spent with family. No one is quite sure where it started or who exactly coined the term, but more and more people are making this new tradition a part of their yearly celebrations.

If you’re thinking about hosting your own Friendsgiving this year, here are some tips to help make sure everything runs as smooth as mashed potatoes.
The first step is to collect RSVPs and create a sign-up sheet to ensure that all the food bases are covered (but let’s be honest, there’s no such thing as too many potatoes). As for you, the host, it is your job to provide the star of the meal, the turkey (and/ or ham). The rule of thumb for the turkey is to estimate about a pound of turkey per person or a pound and a half if you want leftovers.

Next, while your guests are calling dibs on making their favorite dishes, you should make sure that you have enough place settings for everyone. Yes, paper plates and plastic utensils are easier, but Friendsgiving is a great time for you to impress your friends with your hosting skills. Check out your local thrift shops or stores like At Home for inexpensive plates and utensils.

Remember, when your friends offer their help, take them up on it; more than likely you’ll need an extra table and some chairs. Survey your space and come up with a layout that will work best.You may also want to request that your guest bring one or two decorations to create a festive atmosphere.

Lastly, and most importantly, be creative! The quirkier your Friendsgiving is, the better! Your goal is to create new traditions and experiences that will continue and people will remember for years to come!