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The Happy Homeowner


MAY - JUNE 2013


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In one of my all-time favorite personal growth and development books, Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy, he discusses seven ingredients for success. The third is loving relationships.

+ Feature Story: Laugh With Those You Love

From the book: “[Loving relationships] are relationships with the people you love and care about, and the people who love and care about you. They are the real measure of how well you are doing as a human being. Most of your happiness and unhappiness in life comes from your relationships with others, and it is your relationships with others that make you truly human.”

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

Sigh of satisfaction. Every time I read that, I’m struck by the truth of those words. He is so right. But how do you check the barometer on your loving relationships? One great piece of advice is to monitor the amount of laughter in your home. Tracy writes that “How much two people, or a family, laugh together is the surest single measure of how well things are going. When a relationship is truly happy, people laugh a lot when they’re together. And when a relationship turns sour, the very first thing that goes is the laughter.”

Page 3 + Tons of Tankersley Fun + Talk with Tank + Useless Trivial Tidbits

So there you go. A simple way to check the status of your relationships. Are you laughing a lot?

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Jacob and I celebrated our nine year anniversary on June 26! I am so blessed to have married someone who loves to laugh. He laughs at things when he could have the choice to get very angry—a lot of times at me! He laughs at something and the tension automatically dissipates. It’s like a super chemical that floats into the air and erases negative energy. By simply injecting more laughter into your day, into situations where you might actually want to shout or walk away, you can transform the relationships around you.

+ Project Spotlight: Mount Sequoyah

Just to get you started, here’s a joke that our son Andrew made up and then came and shared with us a few days ago: Andrew: “What is a dog’s favorite part of a movie?” Mom and Dad: “I don’t know, what?” Andrew: “The BONE-US features. Get it? BONE-us features?” We all had a good laugh out of that one. So get going. Start laughing with those you love. It doesn’t have to be hard. Keep things simple, happy, light, and let the laughter flow. By Heidi Tankersley

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

Page 7 + Superstar Client of the Month + Book of the Month + Quote of the Month + Custom Home Design Tip + Referral Contest

Page 8 + Happy 4th of July!



Community Happenings


JUL 03 - 69th Annual Rodeo of the Ozarks. Springdale JUL 04 - Uptown Fayetteville Freedom Fireworks. NWA Mall. Fayetteville, AR. JUL 04 - Fire in the Sky . Eureka Springs. JUL 09 - Fleur Delicious Festival. Eureka Springs. JUL 12 - Springfield at Naturals. Arvest Ball Park. Springdale.

1. Fourth 2. July 3. Holiday 4. Flag 5. Day 6. Picnics 7. Fireworks 8. Safety 9. Celebration 10. Parades 11. Family 12. Declaration 13. Independece 14. America 15. Patriotic 16. Freedom


Okay, I was inspired to contribute a simplistic recipe this month after reading the cover of Gwyneth Paltrow’s new recipe book: It’s All Good: Easy Recipes that Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. What a seriously great title for marketing. Who doesn’t want to look good and feel great? Anyway, this recipe is NOT from her book, (which I have yet to peruse) it’s just a simple recipe our family enjoys in the summer, AND it’s filled with three vegetables that actually WILL make you look good and feel great, and it’s quick and easy. It is summer, after all, so simple is good. Enjoy!

JUL 12 - Fat Tire Festival. Eureka Springs.

INGREDIENTS: - 2 - 3 Organic Cucumbers - 2 - 3 Organic Tomatoes (medium-sized) - 1/2 - 1 red onion (medium)

JUL 13 - Kid’s Triathlon. Family Aquatic Center. Siloam Springs. JUL 19 - A Night at the Races. Fayetteville Town Center. AUG 03 - Dog Day of Summer. Twin Springs Park. Siloam Springs.

Cucumber Tomato Salad

- A scoop of Organic Mayonnaise -Salt and Pepper to taste


Chop vegetables, place in bowl, add in mayo, salt, and pepper. Stir. Enjoy!

Last Month’s Riddle Contest Winner Congratulations to Janie Clark of Bentonville!

Janie is the winner of the April 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: 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?


The Answer Was: The man said “I will be drowned.”

TONS OF TANKERSLEY FUN! After a long, fun week of staying at Grandma and Grandpa Tankersley’s farm, Heidi and I met up with the kids and the grandparents and went out on the Caddo River for a church canoe trip with my parent’s church. The kids were the only ones there under the age of 30, and they had a BLAST. The reason for the extended stay at grandpa and grandma’s? Heidi was gone for nearly a week to Ft. Worth, TX to help with the arrival of her second, nephew, Issac John. Isn’t he cute? Born June 18, a day after his big brother’s birthday, and two days after Father’s day. We’re losing teeth left and right around here! Andrew has lost three teeth in the last month! The good news is, he’s completely happy about it, as you can tell. We’re hearing the “All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth” song in the middle of summer! (Even though he’s only missing one…) The kids had an end of the school play in which Andrew was a pirate and Joely was part of the chorus as a mermaid. Let’s just say these kids enjoy the spotlight. They LOVED it. We also took the kids to the Block Street party in Fayetteville on a Sunday afternoon last month where the kids had their faces painted and Andrew did some break-dancing in front of a street crowd. Lots of excitement. You can check out a picture of our family at that fun afternoon of festivities on page 8 of this month’s newsletter.

Useless Trivial Tidbits 1. $232.3 million is the value of fireworks imported from China in 2011. 2. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine. 3. The first couple to be shown in bed together on prime time TV was Fred and Wilma Flintstone. 4. If you counted 100 stars a minute, it would take 2,000 years to count all the stars in our galaxy 5. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is uncopyrightable.

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.

6. $16,400 is the cost of raising a medium-size dog to the age of eleven. 7. A snail can sleep for three months.

And now for your Talk With Tank...

STORMS SHELTERS Storm Shelters have been on the top of everyone’s mind these last couple of months. On our last two custom homes, we have added built-in storm shelters. These are really nice. They can function as an extra closet until needed. Just don’t overload the closet. If you already have a house but really want a safe room or storm shelter there are a couple of other options that will work. Most storm shelter options are going to run in the neighborhood of $5000 $10,000 installed. Here is a list of the different options that you might be able to use: 1. Dig a hole in the floor of your garage and add a metal box with a lid on it. 2. If you have extra room in your garage there are pre-built structures, closet-sized, essentially, that can be set in the garage and anchored down to your slab. 3. You can dig a hole in the yard and bury a structural box. 4. Turn an existing closet inside the house into a shelter with metal panels that are custom made to fit your closet. 5. Add onto the side of your home and have a custom shelter built. You choice from these options would obviously depend on your circumstances and current floor plan. If you are building, take the time to add a storm shelter to the plans. During the spring season, it can bring peace of mind to your entire family.

8. Only one person in two billion will live to be 116 or older. 9. Hostess Twinkies are 68% air.


project spotlight: MIKE WHITE AND BAO BUI On the west side of Mt. Sequoyah in Fayetteville sits a fantastically transformed modern home owned by Mike White and Bao Bui. We worked with the homeowners and the architects at Modus Studio ( to renovate the 1980’s ranch into a sleek new look. We began the project by adding onto the house and giving it more square footage, but the real change came from remodeling the existing home, both interior and exterior, to give it the modern look. This home now has a very straight, clean lines and lots of architectural detail with customizations specifically for the homeowners. Renovations were extensive and included: the master suite, change of roofline from a pitched roof to a near flat roof, store front windows, new paint inside and out, a change from exterior brick and siding to metal and cedar rainscreen, a new office space with cantilevered built-in desk and pop-out window, transformation of the carport to a closed-in double car garage, and the addition of 400sf of living space. Mike and Bao were great to work with, easy-going and gracious when the rainy weather constrained our initial schedule. Here’s what they have to say about our company: “Working with Jacob and all the guys with GB Group Inc. has been a pleasure. When we embarked on our renovation/addition project, we really didn’t know what to expect. Our project was not your standard cookie-cutter type project and it involved a lot of rather uncommon building materials and techniques. GB Group has really been up to the task in figuring out the best methods of building our dream home and has done so while upholding the highest levels of quality workmanship. They take a tremendous amount of pride in their work. We would absolutely recommend GB Group Inc. to anyone thinking about building a new home, or starting a renovation/addition to their existing home.” Thank you guys for being so fantastic! It was a pleasure and an honor to work with you both and we are so grateful to have been part of such an amazing project! Thank you, thank you!


Questions & Answers

Heidi’s Healthy Home Tip of The Month

You ask the Q, We give you the A

Q: What is the difference between real stone and fake (synthetic) stone, and as a contractor, what is your preference? A: I always like to use the real product if possible. It has an overall better feel. You may not be able to tell if a fake stone is fake looking at in all by itself, but if real stone was next to it, you would be able to see the difference. Architecturally speaking you are always better off using the real thing whether that is stone, brick, or wood products. There is a plus side to synthetic stone. 9 times out of 10 it will be less expensive, in regards to both the material and labor. Most of the time fake stone is quicker to install. That always helps out with the schedule. The third reason you might need to use fake stone is if the design or structure won’t allow a heavy load to be placed in a certain area where the “stone look” is called for. In which case, synthetic stone is the right application.

Let Yourself Sweat Hi everybody! It’s time for another Healthy Home Tip. This month I wanted to talk about letting yourself sweat. Yes, I’m serious. Sweating is an amazingly healthy way for your body to get toxins out of you. Your skin absorbs chemicals into the body, but it also excretes toxins via sweat glands. This is one reason why exercise and sunlight are so healthy. Your body needs to sweat. Which brings me to the discussion of antiperspirants, which actually block your armpits or other body parts from sweating. Antiperspirants are different than deodorant, which just add scent to help mask the odor of the sweat itself, without actually blocking the pores from sweating.

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Now, if you are reading these words and are horrified at the idea of letting yourself sweat because of the smell that may accompany it, there are two things that may help you. One, scrub those armpits! Bacteria on the body can create an odor. However, the more likely event happening, is that your body needs a cleanse or detox to get out those extra toxins. Sweat, in and of itself, shouldn’t be stinky, but can be if you are internally toxic from a variety of factors ranging from bad diet and lack of exercise, all the way to what you put on your skin and in your mind on a daily basis.


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THE RIDDLE: Two people stand on opposite corners of a handkerchief. They do not stretch or alter the handkerchief in any possible way. How can they both stand on the handkerchief simultaneously without having any possibility whatsoever of touching each other?


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 (If calling after hours, leave a message. We will honor whoever contacts us first.) All ages can play!!!

The best thing to do is take care of the internal detoxifying first (another discussion altogether), let your body start sweating those toxins out (ie, stop using the antiperspirant and start exercising), and at some point, your sweat won’t smell so strongly. I promise. It can take some time. Just remember, work on cleaning yourself from the inside out, and most importantly, let your body help you do it! Don’t stop that sweat!

VOCABULARY Word of THE month


[soo-pur-floo-uh s] adjective 1. Being more than is sufficient or required; excessive. 2. unnecessary or needless. 3. Obsolete . possessing or spending more than enough or necessary; extravagant.

Sentence example: “The triangular edible chocolate decoration perched on top of her gourmet dessert was superfluous but nevertheless tasted delicious. ”

Superstar Client of the Month

Must Read Book of the Month DO THE WORK

Congratulations to Rex and Haley Holstein We are currently working on a custom home in Springdale’s Thornbury subdivision with some absolutely WONDERFUL people. The Holstein family keeps growing, but luckily, they had already purchased the perfect lot to build on and have been a complete breeze to work with since the inception of their project—even with the incredible amounts of rain we had this spring. And that’s how they’ve earned SUPERSTAR CLIENT STATUS in this month’s newsletter! Congratulations Rex and Haley and THANK YOU for being so great! What a lovely family you have. Here’s what they have to say about our company: “This entire process has been easy, simple, and stress-free. Thanks guys!” Thank YOU both for being so fantastic.

By Steven Pressfield

Pressfield is a famous screenwriter and author (The Legend of Baggar Vance, amongst others) and he wrote this book, Do the Work, for those working on accomplishing a goal—any goal you’ve set for yourself. The book, Do the Work, is short, (you could read it in thirty minutes), but FULL of great insights on pushing forward from beginning, through the middle, to the end of your goal. I love the little mini-story Pressfield shares of his first ever big-time movie, King Kong Lives (which actually bombed). He couldn’t believe it was such a failure so went outside the city to see if it was doing better in the suburbs. When he asked the boy at the ticket booth “How’s King Kong Lives?” the boy flashed a thumbsdown. “Miss it man. It sucks.” Pressfield was crushed. The good news for the rest of us: Pressfield shares much of what he’s learned in little one-liners all throughout this book, Do the Work. If you need a little inspiration—or a kick in the booty to press forward and get it done (especially goals which require creativity or inspiration)—pick up this book.

Positive Quote of the Month “A man cannot leave a better legacy to the world than a well-educated family.”

- Thomas Scott

Custom Home Design Tip If you are building a two-story home, or a home with a basement, think about any guests who will be staying in your home and can’t maneuver up and down the stairs very well (or won’t be able to in the future.) PLAN AHEAD for this by stacking closets in line with each other on all levels of your home where you could insert an elevator at anytime. Down the road, this will save you time, money and renovation headaches by making this simple adjustment to your current house plans.

PLAY OUR REFERRAL CONTEST!! Don’t forget! Our 2013 REFERRAL CONTEST is underway! This year, every quarter we draw a name and award one lucky winner with dinner and movie for two! YOU can enter by referring others to our company. (We always ask how they found us.) At the end of the year, your name will be entered once for EACH AND EVERY time you gave a referral during 2013. We will draw for a Grand-Prize winner and award them with an APPLE IPAD! Yah-hoo! Start playing today! Tell others about our custom home building and home renovation services. GB GROUP CONSTRUCTION. PHONE 464.7336. 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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Happy 4th of july! Happy 4th of July! We hope you have a wonderful July 4th! May you enjoy your time with friends and family and embrace the abundant blessings of living with freedom in the United States of America!

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