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Ethel Curbow Ethel Curbow
CB Vanguard Realtors
Phone: 417-447-4968
Dear Friend...

Thanks to all of you who did business with me this month or who referred me.  Sometimes people refer me but the client fails to mention that so I never know.  Please know if you are one of those people, that I appreciate it very much!  I want to thank specifically the people whose home I closed on this month.  I appreciate their confidence and for several, their repeat business:  Mary King, Bart and Lori Hobbs, Gene and Maria Williams, Bob and Barbara Danley, Gary and Diolva Howard, Regina Turner, and Christopher Smith.  I really enjoyed working with  you.  I also appreciated the opportunity to help Daniel and Debbie Smithson purchase some land for their future home.  This whole family has been so good to me.   


“Food synergy” is when you intentionally eat certain nutrients in combination to protect your body from disease and boost your health. In today’s Service For Life! ® Free consumer newsletter, you’ll read some examples of simple foods that work together – like salmon and garlic – to bring out the best in each other.

You’ll also learn about small things you can do to be a better friend, ways to cut down on your smartphone data usage (and save money!), – plus fun facts, a trivia challenge, and lots more.
Ethel Curbow
Ethel Curbow, REALTOR®
CB Vanguard Realtors

P.S. When you notice people talking about real estate in the next few weeks, can you tell them about the free consumer information I provide?

They may be people with a graduating senior and they want to buy an investment property while their child is in college. You can mention my Free Consumer Report: “8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Finding, Buying and Financing Your Next Home” with my phone number when sending them a Graduation Card or when talking to them at a Graduation Party - 417-447-4968. Or,
Today's Brain Teaser . . .

What is the longest word in the dictionary? Hint: it begins and ends with the letter "s."

(see answer below)

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Dynamic Duos: Combine Foods To Boost Your Health

Some foods, like ham and eggs, just go together, but did you know that if you intentionally combine certain nutrients, you can help protect your body from disease? Check out these examples of foods that work together to bring out the best in each other.
  • Yogurt + granola. Yogurt contains probiotics, and whole grains act as prebiotics. Eating both together helps your digestion.
  • Tomatoes + olive oil. The olive oil improves absorption of the tomato's lycopene, which helps lower risk of breast cancer and heart disease. Cook the tomatoes with the peel on, add some broccoli and you'll be a synergy superstar.
  • Salmon + garlic or turmeric. Garlic (which prevents the release of "bad cholesterol") or turmeric (which contains the antioxidant curcumin) are perfect pairings with salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids. The result could lower your total cholesterol.
  • Kale + almonds. Vitamins K and E in kale need a source of fat to improve absorption. Add almonds, which are full of unsaturated fat.
  • Dark chocolate + unpeeled apples. Dip apple slices, which contain quercetin (an anti-inflammatory) in dark chocolate (whose cocoa is rich in antioxidants) to improve your cardiovascular health.
  • Beans + greens. Beans are a plant-based source of iron. Adding vitamin C in the form of dark greens will amp up iron absorption.
  • Green tea and (yes) black pepper. Green tea boosts metabolism
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Thinking Of Selling Your Home Soon?

Don't attempt to sell your home without my Free Consumer Guide, "6 Steps For Selling Your Home For Top Dollar." My exclusive report will give you all the facts for a fast, top dollar sale. Just call 417-447-4968 anytime, 24 hours, and I'll rush a copy out to you for free.
Foster Healthy Friendship

Good friendships are good for your health and happiness, but you need to nurture them. Here are three reminders of small things you can do to be a better friend.

Be there for your friends, in good times and bad. The most valuable thing you have to give is your time. Let friends know you care about and appreciate them. When was the last time you made a simple gesture, like a phone call or personal visit instead of an email or text?

If a friend needs to talk, it's your turn to listen. Give advice or offer your opinion, but only if your friend asks for it. Of course, keep your conversations private.

Keep it fresh and dynamic. Introduce your friends to other friends. One-on-one is wonderful, but adding new friends to your circle can bring different viewpoints, interests and personalities.

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Here's A Free, Valuable Resource. . .

Now You Can Search The Home Market, Get Helpful Community Information, AND Receive Important Resources For Saving Time And Money When Buying Or Selling At
Fun Facts and Laughs

Cut Down Your Data Usage. . .

Do you pay overage charges for data usage on your smartphone's mobile plan? With the size of today's apps (some over 100MB), constant updates and the popularity of music/video streaming, you can burn through data before you know it. Try these tricks (look for "Settings" on both iOS and Android) to reduce your usage and lower your bill.
  • Know where you stand. Monitor your past data usage by going to your provider's web site or checking your paper bills. Look on your phone for the current month's usage.
  • Restrict streaming music or videos. Set your phone to download only when connected to Wi-Fi and restrict the music/video apps you use to "Wi-Fi only" settings.
  • Disable background app refresh. Find your phone's setting for this feature, and turn it off for all apps or choose specific apps. This will also extend battery life.
If these changes don't help, call your provider for tips and think about looking into another mobile plan.

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Know These Mnemonics?. . .

Mnemonics are acronyms/phrases to help you remember things.
  • Super Man Helps Every One – For the Great Lakes from west to east: Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, Ontario
  • RICE – For treating a sprain: Rest the injured area, Ice the sprain, Compress with a bandage, Elevate the injured area
  • Will A Jolly Man Make A Jolly Visitor? – First 8 U.S. presidents: G. Washington, J. Adams, T. Jefferson, J. Madison, J. Monroe, J.Q. Adams, A. Jackson, M. Van Buren
  • ROY G BIV – Sequence of colors in a rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet
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Websites for Retirement Planning. . . – Offers a free Social Security Calculator to help users maximize benefits (search site for that term). – An AARP site that provides online tutorials and helps you navigate all your major life transitions. – Provides free resources, volunteer opportunity information, and federal employee retirement planning help.

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Things You Shouldn’t Freeze. . .
  • Fried foods – They'll end up soggy.
  • Eggs in the shell – They'll crack and let in nasty bacteria. But you can remove them from the shell, mix them together and freeze them in an ice cube tray.
  • Cream-based foods – Sour cream, yogurt and custards will separate when frozen.
  • Fruits & veggies with high water content – Melons, cucumbers and lettuce will be limp when you defrost them.
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Trivia Challenge for the Month...
"Who Else Wants To Win ?"
Congratulations to Thelma VanHooser for being the winner of April's Trivia Question: 

What is the name of the gum company Fruit Stripe’s zebra mascot?
a) Yipes
b) Willy
c) Zippy
d) Chester
The answer is a) Yipes.   Many of you got it right, but Thelma won the drawing of those who answered correctly.

Let's move on to this month's trivia question.

Remember "Gone With The Wind"? Who was Scarlett O'Hara's second husband?
a) Rhett Butler
b) Charles Hamilton
c) Frank Kennedy
d) Ashley Wilkes
And You Could Be One Of My Next Winners! Call Me At 417-447-4968 OR
Brain Teaser Answer:

The word "smiles" because there is a mile between each "s."
Real Estate Q & A . . .

Q.  How do I find the right house for me? 
A.   I recommend that you make a wish list of everything you would like to have in a new house. Then make a list of everything you don't like in your current home. These two lists will give you a good idea of where to start, and help you analyze your needs.

Buying a home requires making some compromises. You may not get everything you want, but make sure to get what you need. For example, when buying a home, the neighborhood should be your main consideration. Is the house in a neighborhood that you like and feel safe in? Will you have a reasonable commute to work? Does it have a good school system? (Not only is this important if you have children; it will impact the resale value of your home down the road.) Does the area have the amenities that you're looking for (parks, stores, and library) within a few miles?

Want to learn more? Ask for my Free Consumer Report called "8 Secrets For Saving Thousands When Buying." I'll send a copy right over to you.

Do you have a real estate question you want answered? Feel free to call me at 417-447-4968 or email me. Perhaps I'll feature it in my next issue!
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