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A MONTHLY NEWSLETTER & GUIDE FOR YOUR HOME

MARCH - APRIL 2013

YES'S, NO'S, AND A MIDNIGHT SNACK “Why aren’t you listening to me?!! You don’t understand what I am saying!” I didn’t think I’d hear these words until I had a teenager but, just last week, they came from the lips of my four-year-old daughter. I know. We had tucked Joely into bed for the night. The light went out. The covers went up to her chin. Prayers were said. And then, Joely started telling me she was hungry. She wanted to go eat. I said, “No.” We had dinner less than two hours before. She persisted. She was also very tired and whiny. The compassionate-mom side of me rationalized that maybe, indeed, she was hungry. The objective-mom side of me said that even if she was hungry, she would survive until tomorrow. Ultimately, neither argument led me to my decision. (Which was: No

snack, go to sleep.) I made the decision because of two simple little letters I had spoken right at the very beginning of our conversation. “N-O.” As I processed internally, I realized this: It was healthier for Joely if I followed through on what I had told her (I had said no) than any nourishment a mid-night (8:00pm) snack could provide. Pastor Cozy Dixon at our church told a story once that illustrates this perfectly: A group of elementary students attended a school that happened to be located at the corner of two very busy intersecting roads. The playground didn’t have a fence around it. The children hovered toward the center of the playground, afraid of the traffic continually flying by. Eventually, a fence was put up. Though the fence was very close to the road, with the security of the boundary, the children now felt free to use the entire playground, all the way out to the edges. The same principle applies to our children. If Jacob and I set boundaries for our kids, it creates an environment for freedom and growth. Our kids can become all they were meant to be. They feel confident and safe to do so. It comforts me to know that my son and daughter feel better when I set boundaries. It makes it easier when I’m watching them cry about a decision I have made, or a privilege revoked. (Because usually my first reaction is guilt that I’m surely ruining their life!) In those moments, I remember that sometimes the most respectful and loving thing I can do for my child is to tell them “no,” tell them why, and follow through. The truth is, life’s just easier when you know what to expect. There are plenty of unknowns out there already. Do your children a favor. Let your no’s be no’s and your yes’s be yes’s. Oh, and every once in a while, it’s okay to have a midnight snack—just don’t say no before you say yes! Written by Heidi Tankersley

PHONE: 479.464.7336 www.BuildWithGBGroup.com IN This Issue: Page 1 + Feature Story: Ye’s, No’s and a Midnight Snack

Page 2 + Comic + Word Search + Community Happenings + Recipe of the Month + Riddle Contest Winner

Page 3 + Easter Fun + Special Nighttime Prayer + What Makes a Story Good + Useless Trivial Tidbits

Page 4 + Home Design Tips: Creating a Home That Fits You

Page 5 + Superstar Client of the Month + Quote of the Month + Book of the Month + Talk with Tank

Page 6 +Q&A + Vocabulary Word of the Month + Starbucks Riddle Contest + Heidi’s Healthy Home Tip

Page 7 +Referral Contest Winner + Thank You for Your Referrals + Join our Referral Contest

Page 8 + Great Vacation Destinations


Spring Weather Word Search Meteorology Evaporation Breeze Condensation Thunderstorm Moisture Precipitation Thunder Pressure Drizzle Blizzard Icicle Drought

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Community Happenings

MAY 01 - May Festival of the Arts. Eureka Springs. MAY 03 - Passion Play Opening Day. Eureka Springs. MAY 03 - NWA Spring Craft Fairs . Rogers. MAY 11 - Ozark Demolition Derby Spring Challenge. Parsons Stadium, Rogers.

Forecast Gale Storm Rain Flood Hot Chill Ice Frost Heat Warm Fair Dry

Recipe

One of my cousins went crazy over the deviled eggs I brought on Easter Sunday. Also, ever since Easter, my son has been on a deviled egg kick that doesn’t look to be ending any time soon. I can’t complain. It’s a healthy snack and high in protein. I feel it’s fitting to include the recipe here, since this is all I’ve been making lately. Here you go Benjamin, now you don’t have to wait until next Easter to have some more: INGREDIENTS: - 1 Dozen Organic Eggs - 1/3 cup organic mayonnaise - 1 tsp. organic yellow mustard - 1 tsp. Dijon mustard - 1 gentle shake Worcestershire sauce - ½ tbsp. white wine vinegar

MAY 11 - Kids Days at the Farmers Market . Siloam Springs. MAY 15 - Straight From the Horse’s Mouth . Shiloh Museum of Ozark History. Springdale. MAY 18 - Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA). Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville. MAY 22 - War Horse. Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center. Fayetteville.

Delicious Deviled Eggs

- 2-4 shakes of Himalayan Sea Salt - 2-4 shakes of black pepper - Paprika sprinkled on top (optional)

DIRECTIONS Boil eggs 10-13 minutes. Rince with cold water. Peel. Cut in half. Remove yolks. In bowl, mix yokes with all other ingredients. Scoop mixture back into eggs, using a spoonful for each egg. Sprinkle top with paprika(optional). Enjoy!

Last Month’s Riddle Contest Winner Congratulations to Pat Owens of Johnson!

Pat is the winner of February’s Riddle Contest and the Starbuck’s Giftcard. She was the first to respond with the correct answer to our Newsletter riddle. For those of you who were stumped here is the answer: Last Month’s Riddle: Alexander is a great magician, skilled in many things. He weighs exactly 199 pounds and is about to

cross a bridge with a strict weight limit of 200 pounds. The problem is, Alexander is carrying three pieces of gold, each weighting 8 ounces. The gold puts him 8 ounces over the strict weight limit. He cannot cross the bridge more than once. What did Alexander do to cross the bridge safely with all three pieces of gold?

The Answer Was: Alexander juggled the gold as he crossed the bridge, keeping at least one piece in the air at all times. 2


EASTER FUN We had a great time on Easter Sunday, spent with family and friends. Aunt Hannah (Heidi’s sister), Uncle Scott, and cousin Eli came into town from Ft. Worth, TX and we joined grandparents, cousins, and more aunts and uncles up in Bentonville for a day of fun.

SPECIAL NIGHTTIME PRAYER A few weeks ago, we were putting the kids to bed, saying prayers as normal. After we got done with the usual flow of praying for friends, family, our school, thanking God for our warm beds, and our health, the delicious food we have to eat, and the new babies growing in our aunts’ bellies, Joely decided she had a few extra things to add of her own. They were so… thought provoking… I thought I would include them here for you to read: “Dear God,” she prayed. “ Please be with people who don’t have windows or doors on their car; anyone who’s missing one eye; parents who can’t read; any children who have trouble hitting their ball during a baseball game. any children who don’t have food, money, a warm bed, or two parents to love them; and daddy’s back where his rib popped out.” (Which is, incidentally, better now.) I guess you just never know who needs a prayer. Sounds like Joely might.

WHAT MAKES A story good I was clearing off the kitchen table from a day of kids doing artwork. Paint, crayons, markers, paper, scissors and miscellaneous items covered the table. Toward the bottom of the chaos, I found this comic that Andrew had drawn. Later I found out he copied it from an arts and crafts book, but I was still impressed. This comic is a summary of what I believe to be at the heart of every good story that involves a hero and heroine. In some form or fashion, this plot line will show up, and if it doesn’t show up, it’s to the detriment of the book’s sales. Plain, simple, and to the point, it’s the damsel in distress + hero/rescuer. Never fails to hook a reader... Who can resist a storyline like this? Not me, anyway.

Useless Trivial Tidbits 1. The swallow is the bird that is often seen as symbolizing the arrival of the spring season. 2. The first day of spring is technically called “Spring equinox.” 3. Leonardo da Vinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time. 4. The slogan on New Hampshire license plates is “Live Free or Die.” These license plates are manufactured by prisoners in the state prison in Concord. 5. The only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible is the cat. 6. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is “screeched.” 7. Butterflies taste with their feet. 8. A giraffe can clean its ears with its 21-inch tongue! 9. Women blink nearly twice as much as men.

Here’s how it reads: FRAME ONE: “Help! Help!” FRAME TWO: “I’m coming!” FRAME THREE: POW. FRAME FOUR: “Mi hero!” FRAME FIVE: Super Person. (Hoo raw.)

10. Your ribs move about 5 million times a year, every time you breathe! 11. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.

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HOME DESIGN TIPS: CREATING THE HOME THAT FITS YOU. Your home is an expression of who you are. You also have to live there. Your space needs to be functional. Before you design and build your custom home, think about your habits. The ways you move about your house. Some of these “moving” habits may make sense to integrate into your next home. Others will change when you design exactly what you want. (For example, in your current home you may be putting heavy items up high because that is the only cabinet space where they can fit. Not ideal for your next home.) Go through your home and think about how you “move” through your house. Where do you store things? Where do you keep items you use daily? How can they be optimally located in your next house? Here are ten ideas to get the wheels turning: 1) Storage Space. Where do you keep towels? Laundry baskets? Seasonal items? What about items you use only on a monthly basis? Weekly basis? Daily? Make sure you include necessary storage spots throughout your home to make your life easier. 2) Drawers & kitchen cabinets. How do you move throughout your kitchen? What size of drawers and cabinets do you need for the utensils and appliances? What do you reach for the most? The least? 3) Step Stools. Will you need step stools in certain areas for accessing items? Do you have an appropriate location to store the stool for easy access, but where it will not be in the way of daily activity? Would you possibly want built-in stools? Perhaps in the bathrooms for young children? 4) Computer jacks/other electronic devices. Where do you use your electronics in your home? Do you want the area away from the main living spaces, or intertwined with other living spaces? 5) Mudroom flow/function. How do you “dismantle” when you come home? Do you take off your jacket or shoes first? Where do you store bags, backpacks, purses, sports equipment, etc? 6) A place for the clutter. Where do you put your mail before you go through it? Bills to be paid? Children’s school assignments? Extra magazines? Random paraphernalia? Where would you like this to be stored in your custom home? 7) Let in the rays. Where do you want to see sunlight? Do you like it while you prepare food? Read? Work out? Plan the right type of windows in the areas where you would like to get the most sunlight. 8) Convenient entrances. How do you come and go from your home now? How would you like to? Do you like the idea of multiple entrances for easier access outdoors/indoors? Do you work/play outside a lot? Where would you most like to enter your home once you are finished with your outdoor activities? 9) Closet organization. What do your reach for most in your closet? Do you like dressing space inside the closet? How much room will you need? Will you use your master closet to store anything besides clothing items? What about other closets? What will you store in each bedroom or spare rooms? Design shelving accordingly. 10) Garage. What do you use the garage for? More than just parking cars? What kind of storage units do you need in your garage to accommodate your hobbies? Leave extra space where needed. It may seem like a lot to think about, but better now than after your home is already built. Ask yourself these questions and get a better idea of what you want and need. Then, give us a call when you’re ready to take the next step. 479.464.7336

Written by Jacob Tankersley

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Superstar Client of the Month Congratulations to Brad Roberts of Fayetteville! Brad has earned Superstar Client status this month for his incredible organizational skills at the onset of his project. Brad had everything ready for us to come in and complete two bathroom remodels while he was away for two weeks to China. He left the country, we came in, renovated, and he arrived home to new bathrooms! This would not have been possible if not for the great communication on Brad’s part from the very beginning. Here’s what Brad has to say about our company, “I appreciated the fact that GB Group’s bid was very detailed and economical. They gave me suggestions for vendors with good values and I was happy with how accurate their pricing came out compared to what I actually spent. They were willing to re-use existing fixtures, which was very important to me for both bathrooms; I was very satisfied with the result. They were also very open to working around my schedule to minimize any disruption during the project work.” Thanks Brad for being so great to work with! We appreciate you and your business!

Positive Quote of the Month “Go for it! Take a chance. There are times you must trust that silent voice inside you. The experts don’t always have the right answers. According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumble bee cannot fly. I guess no one bothered to tell the bee. Keep flying!” - Mrs. Jackson Brown

Must Read Book of the Month LOVE WORKS: Seven Timeless Principles for Effective Leadership By Joel Manby

We were in the candle shop at Silver Dollar City last summer and the kids had just finished dipping their candles. At the check-out counter, I found this book, Love Works. Both Jacob and I thoroughly enjoy books that have to do with leadership, so I picked it up, read the jacket-flap summary, perused the pages, and then bought it. This book was written by the CEO of Herschend Family Entertainment, the corporation that owns Silver Dollar City and other theme parks across the U.S. The principles Manby writes of are timeless, and I highly recommend this book to anyone who runs a business, works as a group leader within their career, or who holds a position of influence with at least one other person in this world. Hello. That’s all of us. So get the book! And read it.

Talk with Tank (He’s a tank full of information) Hello happy clients and friends! Most of you know me, but if not, I’m Jacob Tankersley, homebuilder, husband, father, business owner & entrepreneur, and avid hunter. My family consists of myself, my wife, two children, and a Golden Retriever, Drake.

And now for your Talk With Tank...

CUSTOM VS. MODULAR CABINETS We have been working with clients recently who are exploring the pros/cons of custom cabinets vs. modular cabinets. Here’s a bit of direction to all of you who may be in the same boat. The main difference between modular and custom cabinets is that modular cabinets typically have a handful of dimensions to work with, while custom cabinets are exactly that—custom! They can be any size, shape, or form. Usually that means you will pay a bit extra (or a lot, depending on what you choose.) Modular cabinets come in incremental sizes. (i.e. every 3”). The problem you can run into is that your house plans/ kitchen layout does not fall on a 3” increment. When this happens you have to use filler pieces. This means you loose a little space, and the kitchen may not look quite as “clean” as custom cabinets would. With custom cabinets, you set the design, size and speciality items you want. Don’t get me wrong. There are some very good modular cabinets out there. And many people would never know the difference between modular and custom cabinets. Now you do! The second biggest difference between the two is cost. Most of the time, not always, if you are looking to cut down on cost, modular cabinets can be a good route to go. Just make sure your contractor is ensuring the modular cabinets will fit well in the space you have designed, or that he works with you to make modifications to the space so the cabinets fit and look good. Good luck!

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Questions & Answers

Heidi’s Healthy Home Tip of The Month

You ask the Q, We give you the A Q: How can I make my underground pool more eco-friendly and healthy? A: A few quick tips: 1) Set up your pool with solar swimming pool heaters. It will extend your pool usage by a few months on either side of summer, and uses less energy than a standard heater.

2) Use a Copper-Zinc Filtration system or install a salt water pool to avoid the use of the chlorine. We don’t have room to discuss the side-effects of routine chlorine exposure here, but just know that exploring other pool treatment options can be beneficial to your health! Good luck!

Here’s the secret to make you live longer, feel better, and age well: Smile.

Do you have a question? Submit your Q to contact@BuildWithGBGroup.com to have it answered.

VOCABULARY

Word of THE month

HECTOR

(hek-ter) Verb. To bully or harass by bluster or personal pressure. After we learned this word a few months ago, it has become quite popular around our house. It’s commonly used by Joely when she wants Andrew (her older brother) to stop pestering her.

Sentence example: “Stop hectoring me! Please go out of my room and leave me alone.”

The back-story on the word “Hector”: In Homer’s great

Illiad, Hector was leader of the Trojan forces and a model of nobility and honor. His name began to take on its current meaning only after gangs began terrorizing the residents of late-17th-century London. The gangs took on several different names, but the best-known gang was called the Hectors.

RIDDLE CONTEST! BE THE FRIST TO ANSWER THIS RIDDLE & WIN A

$5 Starbucks Gift Card

THE RIDDLE:

In a remote country ruled by a brutal monarch, a man was sentenced to death. Feeling godly, the brutal monarch told the man he would allow one final statement. The monarch advised the man that if he lied in his final statement, he would be drowned, but if he told the truth in his final statement, he’d be shot by firing squad. The man thought, and made his final statement. Due to the statement, the monarch was forced to release the man unharmed. What could the man possibly have said? TO PLAY: Call or email now with the answer to the above riddle. Whoever responds first with the correct answer, wins! Call 479.464.7336 or email contact@BuildWithGBGroup.com (If calling after hours, leave a message. We will honor whoever contacts us first.) All ages can play!!!

This month’s healthy home tip is super healthy for you, very easy to do, and free to you, the user.

Now, before you turn the page and move on to the next article, wait a minute. There are a few things about a smile that you need to hear: 1) Change Your Perspective: A smile requires the use of 40+ muscles in your face. When these muscles produce a smile, messages are sent to the brain to release hormones into your body. These hormones have the ability to make you feel better, bring you to a calmer state, and alter the way your brain processes incoming information—how you look at situations. Smiling can actually improve your decision-making skills for the better. 2) Help with Depression: A “Smile Trial” was run on a group of manic depressives that were not responding well to drug treatment for their disease. Over half of the test subjects found that their condition improved just by incorporating twenty-minute smiling sessions every day. They smiled, regardless of whether they actually felt like it or not, and it helped to improve their mood and condition. I guess you can’t be very depressed when you’re smiling. 3) Improve Your Posture: When a smile changes your face, you body posture wants to follow suit. Yes, it’s true. When you smile, you body is more likely to come out of a slouched state. Your shoulders expand and open, you spine lengthens. You can breathe better. And, by golly, you feel better, too. 4) Boost Your Relationships: It’s really hard to look at someone and not smile back if they are smiling at you. A smile can warm another person up on the inside. It says “Hi! I’m you’re friend!” A smile signals happiness and contentment and fun. Who doesn’t want to be around those kinds of things? You can gain new friends just by giving a genuine smile to someone you don’t know. You can also improve the relationships you already have. Smile, and your house becomes a happier, calmer place. 5) Upgrade Your Looks: Did you know that if you took perfectly identical twins and put them next to each other wearing the same outfit, and one smiled and one looked straight ahead with a stern expression, that the smiling twin would look more attractive to people? It’s true. A smile makes a person more attractive to others. It’s like magnetic energy or something. So, if you wake up in the morning and want to be more beautiful, if you want to look radiant, just smile! (Maybe shower and brush your teeth too, but, either way, a smile goes a looooong way.) So there you have it. Five really fantastic reasons to smile. Let’s face it, smiling just feels good. Try it sometime. When you feel really crummy, just smile. Even if it feels fake. Keep smiling that fake smile, and, low and behold, you will begin to feel better. It’s like magic. Magic serum at your fingertips. Or, actually, at you’re lips. I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy, Smiling Spring! Hugs, Heidi

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REFERRAL CONTEST WINNER! We are so happy to announce our MARCH REFERRAL CONTEST WINNER, Karen Stewart! She is the winner of DINNER AND A MOVIE FOR TWO to Noodles and Malco Theatres. (Note: Restaurant venue varies, based on location of the referral winner.) Karen referred someone to us who is looking to do a LEED certified renovation in Fayetteville. Karen got entered into the drawing during the month of March. Thank you for referring Karen! We appreciate you! Karen is President and CEO of Eco Potential here in Northwest Arkansas. Here is more on her business. From her website: “EcoPotential is the leading green building and sustainability educator in the Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma region. EcoPotential’s mission is to collaborate, educate and inspire innovation as we invest in communities, cultures and the environment to ensure a vibrant future for our children and grandchildren. In 2012, EcoPotential launched a non-profit division that is focused on sustainability outreach and non-profit collaboration.” Thank you Karen, for all you do for our community and the world of green & sustainable building. And thank you for recommending our company to others. We are so grateful!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR REFERRALS! Below is a list of all those who referred others to us during January, February, and March of 2013. Thank you so much for your referrals! It’s people like you that allow us to continue reaching those of Northwest Arkansas with our home building services. We are so grateful to you all! Thank you!

Lois and Al Haase Donna Hardcastle Rob & Shawna Price Matt Pierson Rich Davis Dana Wicholm Matt Timbow

Rebecca Rowland Jason Smith Steve & Andrea Dittmore Tanya Mims Bryan Clark Mark Cloud

Jana Corey Maria Pia Arias Caitlin Chandler Presley Plumbing Karen Stewart Jason Smith

(P.S. If we have missed your name, and you have referred someone to us over the last three months, PLEASE send us an email to contact@buildwithgbgroup.com and let us know. We will enter you into June’s drawing! Thanks for your referrals!)

PLAY OUR REFERRAL CONTEST!! YOU, reader, can join our REFERRAL CONTEST! When you refer, make sure that your friend or family member mentions you sent them our way. Every three months, we give away DINNER AND A MOVIE FOR TWO! And, at the end of 2013, your name will be entered one time for EVERY referral you have given us throughout 2013, for a chance to win an APPLE IPAD!! Start referring today! Call 479.464.7336 or visit BuildWithGBGroup.com.

Thank you for reading this month’s newsletter! Don’t forget to take advantage of our 2013 REFERRAL PROGRAM! Win a free IPAD! Win FREE DINNER and MOVIE FOR TWO! Call us for all your Custom Home Building and Home Renovation Needs. Phone: 479.464.7336. GB Group Construction, PO Box 7734, Springdale AR 72766

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GB Group Construction | P.O. Box 7734 Springdale, AR 72766 479-464-7336 | www.buildwithgbgroup.com

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