Go Greener with Simple Home Changes

Disclosure: This is a sponsored guest post for HMS Home Warranty.

Most homeowners are on the lookout for simple ways to save a bit of money here and there because even a few cost-cutting measures can really add up over the course of a year.Meanwhile, many Americans also want to reduce their environmental impact for both financial as well as for more altruistic reasons.

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Listing of the Week

This home is a beautifully crafted hidden gem nestled atop a hill surrounded by 20 wooded acres just four miles outside Murfreesboro city limits in Rutherford County. Experience a true escape from the city life to this wildlife sanctuary. Nature meets architecture to unite in this custom built home. The uniquely constructed home was designed to resemble the Sportsman Lodge Restaurant.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Middle Tennessee

What’s better than kicking off the start of summer in Middle Tennessee with a long weekend? Not much other than basking in the endless activities that pop up for those three perfect days at the end of May. As things tend to go here in Nashville, there’s an endless list of possibilities so we’ve tried to narrow it down to some of our favorites.

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Top Waterfront Dining Options in Middle Tennessee

Whether you’ve been out on the lake all weekend or at work all day, not many people wouldn’t enjoy a nice meal with a waterfront view. We’re lucky to have marinas on multiple lakes and rivers in Middle Tennessee that offer both a fun and beautiful atmosphere for dining. Check out our list of best bets for your next meal overlooking the state’s incredible scenery, then pull the boat (or your car) right up to your local waterfront eatery and enjoy dinner and drinks while the sun sets on another great day at the lake.


Blue Moon Waterfront Grill 
525 Basswood Avenue | Nashville

Closed after the 2010 floods, Blue Moon Waterfront Grill has opened its doors again for an all new waterfront dining experience. It’s currently the only waterfront restaurant in Nashville, is a part of the Nashville Originals Independent Restaurant Association, and serves a variety of Americana staples for lunch and dinner. Be sure to check out one of their songwriter’s nights.


Flip Flops Bar & Grille
4027 LaVergne Couchville Pike | Four Corners Marina | Antioch
With a wide menu, close proximity to Nashville, and live music on a floating patio, you can’t go wrong with Flip Flops Bar & Grille. The beautifully built restaurant is also available as a rental space, so if you’re looking to host a special occasion overlooking the water, look no further.


Cherokee Steak House & Marina
450 Cherokee Dock Road | Cherokee Marina | Lebanon

Offering both seafood, steaks, and other options for land lovers, Cherokee Steak House has provided great food with a view since 1958. The establishment is also BYOB, so if you’re coming in from the lake, grab what’s left in your cooler before heading in.

Moby Dicky’s
155 Sanders Ferry Road | No Marina | Hendersonville
While this restaurant offers all you’d expect from a lakeside dining option, they go one step further by offering sushi and other menu options with an Asian flare. With large TVs and a full bar, it also makes a great location to watch the must-see games.

The Rudder
126 River Road | Anchor High Marina | Hendersonville
This family-friendly option serves regular favorites you might expect plus some surprises like pizza and stir-fry. The Rudder also hosts live music regularly, trivia on Thursdays, and encourages you to see if you can spot their regular feathered visitor and mascot Mo or his other duck, turtle, and fish friends.


Blue Water Grille
864 Floating Mill Road | Hurricane Marina | Silver Point

In addition to seafood, sandwiches, salads, and other staples, the Blue Water Grill offers regular shrimp boils, live music, and events for the 4th of July, Halloween, and this year, a gathering for the solar eclipse (August 21).


The Bluegill Grill
912 Old Awalt Road | Holiday Landing Marina | Tullahoma
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the Bluegill has become a favorite stop for locals around Tims Ford Lake. With a weekly all you can eat Cajun boil, weekend specials, and creative cocktails, you’re sure to have a good time.

What Not to Miss This June in Nashville

It’s time to dust off those lawn chairs, stock up on sunscreen and get your calendars ready because we’re about to dive into some serious Nashville happenings. June might as well be one long festival here in Middle Tennessee because if you’re up for the challenge (and ready for the best weekends of your life), you can have some serious non-stop entertainment. No list can contain everything June brings to the area, but we’ve attempted to give you the down-low on some of the major happenings!

Brew at the Zoo
June 2nd

Voted best beer event for the past two years by Nashville scene, this “wild” Brew at the Zoo is back for the sixth year in a row. With admission, event-goers receive a tasting glass for unlimited samples of the 100+ beers on tap, as well as free reign of the zoo after hours. (Hint: This may be the only time of year that you don’t have to worry about blocking little kids while seeing all your favorite animals!). On top of beer sampling and zoo exploring, enjoy a full lineup of live music and visit the impressive lineup of food trucks.

CMA Fest
June 8 – 11

CMA Fest
, otherwise known as the time the entire Country Music world comes together right here in Music City, take place over four days with around-the-clock concerts, autograph signings and celebrity events. Normally for music festival write-ups, the big name artists are mentioned – but for this one, trust us, EVERY country musician you want to see will be there. While there are multiple levels and packages of tickets, the best part about being a local is that there are free events daily!

June 8 – 11

 Music & Arts Fest; same weekend as CMA Fest – but oh so different. Held in Manchester, TN, a sleepy town about an hour southeast of Nashville welcomes 80,000 music and arts fans every June. It’s an immersive experience that you honestly have to see to understand. True Bonnaroovians camp while taking in the 150 musical performances along with comedy shows, film screenings, sustainability workshops and yoga classes over the four days, but there are options for those not ready to take the plunge. Another perk of living locally? You can easily join in on the festivities for the full four days or opt in for a day pass with a shuttle included.

Porter Flea
June 16-17

This semi-annual pop-up event for independent artists, designers and artisans is truly the holy grail for those who love good design and modern handmade goods. The event is filled with overwhelming talent, connecting hundreds of local and regional makers with tens of thousands of shoppers. While most people can’t pull themselves away from the never-ending vendor booths, there are always Nashville’s favorite food trucks to supplement any foodie needs. The Porter Flea has been featured in Southern Living, Forbes Travel Guide, and StyleBlueprint to name a few. Tickets are required for the preview day on June 16th, but the event is free and open to all on June 17th!

Taste of Music City
June 17th

Music City has no shortage of good food and on June 17th the major culinary forces unite at Taste of Music City. With admission, you get an all-inclusive tasting experience with samples from many of Nashville’s best restaurants in addition to demonstrations from some of the area’s top chefs. Not only an awesome way to spend a Saturday, but a pretty cost effective way to try that mile-long list of Nashville restaurants you’ve been wanting to try!

Westhaven Porchfest
June 17th

For those that love porches on hot summer days, beautiful neighborhoods and family friendly fun, Porchfest is honestly dream come true. Picture musicians playing on the porches of exquisite-looking Southern houses throughout the day, and then everyone convening in Westhaven’s town center for a family-friendly concert that takes you through to the evening. This is one of those “kids running around catching lightning bugs” while parents lounge in their lawn chair type of atmosphere. It’s free and it’s not to miss.

Musician’s Corner
Saturdays and select Fridays May – September

Musician’s Corner
 is a summer concert series that takes place in Centennial Park on the southwest lawn of at the corner of West End Avenue and 27th North Avenue. Presented by  The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, this concert series has showcased over 1,000 artists since it began in 2010. Starting with small audiences, this local favorite has grown to now not only host impressively large audiences, but also now includes the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage, local artisans, food trucks, a Kidsville area, and the Musicians Corner Pub. Best of all? No tickets necessary!

Listing of the Week

This charming stone cottage in the heart of Inglewood looks out over Jackson Park, a beautiful green space which is owned by the neighborhood’s HOA. The home was fully renovated in 2015 and the kitchen is an entertainer’s dream with an oversized island, gas stove, glass tile backsplash, and a double-sided fireplace. The luxurious master suite features a modern free-standing tub, large shower and a view of the back yard.

Inglewood is an established neighborhood northeast of downtown Nashville. This thriving community boasts lots of local eateries and shops and is conveniently located near East Nashville, Madison, and downtown.

Listed by Amy Gill and Pete Jones.

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How’s the Nashville Real Estate Market?

How is the market? It’s a question our agents get asked a lot, and for good reason. If you’re considering buying a new home or selling one you already own, the market trends and predictions are important in the decision making process. Below is our most recent market update information for Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Rutherford, and Sumner counties to help you make the most informed and beneficial choices possible.


Homes For Sale
• Up 4.5% compared to the last month
• Down 5.1% compared to the last year

Homes Closed
• Down 4.9% compared to the last month
• Down 5.2% compared to the last year

Homes Placed under Contract
• Up 1.8% compared to the last month
• Down 2.9% compared to the last year


Homes For Sale
• Up 3.3% compared to the last month
• Down 8.9% compared to the last year

Homes Closed 
• Up 5.8% compared to the last month
• Down 0.2% compared to the last year

Homes Placed under Contract
• Up 7.4% compared to the last month
• Down 8.7% compared to the last year


Homes For Sale
• Up 4.3% compared to the last month
• Down 4.8% compared to the last year

Homes Closed 
• Up 0.8% compared to the last month
• Up 15.1% compared to the last year

Homes Placed under Contract 
• Up 11.1% compared to the last month
• Up 11.1% compared to the last year


Homes For Sale
• Up 2.9% compared to the last month
• Down 6.9% compared to the last year

Homes Closed 
• Down 5.8% compared to the last month
• Down 5.1% compared to the last year

Homes Placed under Contract 
• Down 1.9% compared to the last month
• Up 3.1% compared to the last year


Homes For Sale
• Up 3.1% compared to the last month
• Down 17.6% compared to the last year

Homes Closed
• Down 0.9% compared to the last month
• Up 6.8% compared to the last year

Homes Placed under Contract
• Up 7.4% compared to the last month
• Up 2.2% compared to the last year

Get to Know: Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tennessee is located about 30 minutes southeast of Nashville in Rutherford County and is home to the designated geographical center of the state. Here you will find a thriving town with a touch of Southern nostalgia and the motto “creating a better quality of life”, which is exactly what you will find.

From the historic downtown main street where the community gathers at the town square for annual events, to the abundance of outdoor activities like the Greenway System that includes 12 miles of paved paths with 11 trailheads, and the Richard Siegle Soccer Complex & community park, there truly is something for everyone.

Murfreesboro is also home to the largest public university in the state, Middle Tennessee State University. With an enrollment of more than 22,000 students, it is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy and the Tennessee Board or Regents system. It is also the top destination for transfer students in Tennessee.

Here, you will find a lifestyle that is suitable for you, whether it’s living in a remote area with land to relax, to getting involved in the community, or always having something to do like spending a Saturday exploring the Greenway. Murfreesboro is the perfect city to live, work and play for all ages.

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Listing of the Week

This elegant home in Lebanon, Tennessee features a gourmet kitchen with Viking appliances and a two-story view looking out to the Five Oaks Golf and Country Club. The home also boasts a full basement with living room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, exercise room and game room.

Lebanon exudes old-fashioned charm with its quaint historic town square and reputation for delicious comfort food.

Listed by Lisia Tucker.

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Easy Tricks to an Organized Home

While it can be easy to ignore a mess in the moment, continually living in chaos adds a significant amount of stress to your life. If it feels like you have no time to organize your home, think about all of the minutes you’ve spent looking for your keys, your child’s field trip permission slip, or a bill that needed to be paid. You’ll quickly discover that being disorganized is wasting a lot more time than you realized.

With that said, it’s also true that marathon organization sessions tend to backfire. After spending a week attacking your home with fervor and good intentions, you are probably too exhausted to keep up the new look. You deserve a few days off, right? After all, you’ve worked so hard! And thus the chaos begins again.

Instead, commit to spending 15 to 30 minutes a day organizing your home. Tackle one small area or surface at a time. Once you’ve cleared a surface or space, under no circumstances should you allow clutter to accumulate there again. (Consider taking before and after pictures to encourage yourself!) Check your freshly organized areas every day, and spend five minutes winning each area back if clutter is starting to reappear. By sticking to this simple routine, you can transform your home, building healthy tidying habits along the way.

When you are initially tackling an area that’s overrun with clutter, employ the “four-box” system: use four bins or boxes to categorize each object you touch. Label the boxes: Put Away, Storage, Donate, and Trash. Everything should fall into one of those categories. Once the area is clear and your items are boxed, deal with the boxes one at a time.

Here are some more quick and easy tricks you can use to battle the clutter:


Go Paperless

Whenever you can, opt to go paperless. This prevents paper clutter from piling up.

Organize Your Drawers

Make use of ice cube trays, IKEA drawer organizers, or even individual yogurt containers to organize your desk drawers. Paper clips, rubber bands, pens, and sticky notes should each have a home of their own.

Corral Your Cables

Use velcro loops, zip ties or a specialty cable management system to clean up cable clutter. You’ll be amazed at the difference when you see your desk without a dozen cords and cables running wild behind and underneath it.


Box Up Your Makeup

Do you know how runway models organize their makeup? In a tackle box! Pick up a standard, USA-made tackle box and organize your makeup in its many drawers and compartments. You will be amazed at how well makeup fits into a tackle box. Stash the box in a cabinet or under the bathroom sink when not in use. (Tip: Makeup expires! Learn the shelf life for various cosmetics, keep track of when you purchase new items, and toss expired products promptly to aid in preventing makeup clutter.)

Add Shelves

If there isn’t enough built-in storage in your bathroom to meet your needs, consider adding shelving. It’s quick, affordable, and immediately helps transform the space. You can position shelves over the toilet, bathtub, sink, vanity, and even some doorways. If you have high ceilings, an over-the-door shelf is a perfect spot to store rarely-used items. Don’t forget to box things up in attractive containers so that you don’t have a mess overhead.

Clear the Countertops

If you’re one of the millions of people who keep your toiletries on your bathroom sink/counter top, try to break the habit. If you don’t have drawers to keep things in, you can purchase small toiletry caddies that have drawers. They sit on the bathroom counter, so your items are still at your fingertips, but they’re much more attractive than a pile of clutter.


Add Storage

Typically, adding storage to a laundry room can be an expensive endeavor, but if you have a front-loading washer and dryer, you can raise them up and add drawers or place laundry bins underneath. Voila! More storage, and as a bonus, your washer and dryer will probably sit at a better height for your back.

Organize Your Linens

If your sheets are a daunting stack – or let’s be honest, a precarious pile – it’s time to take charge. Limit each bed to 3 sets of linens: one on the bed, one in the wash, and one in the closet ready to use. Store the complete sets inside one of the pillowcases ready to grab and go.

Rearrange Detergents and Laundry Supplies

You probably have a go-to detergent that you use daily. That one bottle can sit on the washer or dryer if you choose, but everything else needs to have a home that’s out of the way. Organize by how often you use things, with rarely-used items at the back.


Sort and Stash

Sort your clothing by season first. Rotate fall/winter items with spring/summer items by moving off-season items to the back of your closet (in vacuum-sealed wardrobe bags), or to a separate standing wardrobe that seals tight against moths and other critters. Alternatively, keep your off-season wardrobe in a closet in a different room of the house, like a spare bedroom or office.

Hang Like With Like

Jeans go next to jeans, blouses hang in a group together, and t-shirts don’t mingle with jackets. If you master this and you’re ready for more, turn your hangers around. After you’ve worn an item, turn the hanger back around the right way. After a year, donate anything you haven’t worn.

Specialty Sorters

If you’ve got a lot of scarves, display them and organize them with a special scarf holder. The same goes for jewelry, shoes, ties, and sunglasses. Anything you have a lot of justifiably needs its own organizational system.