Monthly Archives: August 2018

Naples Food Angels Need Volunteers

Did you know that one in six people in the United States goes hungry every single day. This includes men, women, and children. It affects families living right here in the Naples area. That’s heartbreaking and should never happen in a country as rich as our own. Places like the Naples Food Angels help feed these families in need every week. But they need your help.

What: Naples Food Angels
Where: The Current Community Center (13510 Tamiami Trl N #5, Naples, FL)
When: Every Saturday 10:30 am to 12 pm & Every Wednesday 6 pm to 7:30 pm
Contact: First Christian Church of Naples (239) 529-3977

Naples Food Angels Need Volunteers

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Naples Food Angels are looking for volunteers to help them with their food distribution efforts. Twice a week (Wednesday evening and Saturday morning), they open up their facility and allow local families in need to shop the shelves for free. Items they choose from include fresh produce, meat, baked goods, personal care products, and other available items. What began with service to just eight people four years ago has grown to serve over 1,000 people a month. As you can imagine, that means the Naples Food Angels need more hands helping pick up, pick through, and organize the bi-weekly distribution efforts.

How to Volunteer for the Naples Food Angels

With the Naples Food Angels, everyone is welcome. Age doesn’t matter. In fact, bring a service hours volunteer form from your school and receive credit for all duties performed as part of the Naples Food Angels family. Public service looks excellent on college applications, by the way. Currently, the “angels” need help with bakery pickups, retail rescue pickups, delivery of leftover perishables to St Matthew’s House, and distribution of food at the center every Saturday. They also need assistance with pickups at various donor locations as well as sorting and stocking the shelves of the facility at the community center throughout the week. In addition, the Naples Food Angels prepare bags for homeless teens going to two Naples area schools. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Dara Albert, volunteer coordinator with the Naples Food Angels, at (719) 304-9961.

Of course, donations are always welcome as well. The Naples Food Angels rely on donors as well as volunteers to fulfill their promise to bring good, healthy food to those less fortunate members of our community. If you’d like to donate food or personal care items in person, feel free to drop them off at the Current Community Center between 10:30 am and 12 pm any Saturday of the year. Or, you can donate money online as a one-time-only or regular recurring donation. All money raised is used to purchase food and personal care items for the families serviced by the Food Angels. Thank you and God bless.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos 

Reseal Your Driveway and Boost Your Curb Appeal

Want to boost your curb appeal? In the past, I’ve told you how to make your outdoor spaces more mobile-friendly. I even talked about specific colors trending for spring. This time, let’s turn to the front of your house…more specifically, your driveway. Do cracks and potholes make your driveway look shabby? With a little elbow grease, you can reseal your driveway without professional help and boost your curb appeal.

It's easier to reseal your driveway than you think. And it easily boosts the curb appeal of your Marco Island/Naples home.

How to Reseal Your Driveway

Check the Weather

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When you reseal your driveway, you’re going to need one full week of no rain and temperatures of 60F or above. While the latter isn’t a problem at the moment, we tend to experience the most rainfall between May and October in Marco Island and June through September in Naples. Check the weather forecast before you start your resealing project or you may end up having to do it again.

Clear the Way

You need a clean surface to reseal your driveway. Therefore, you’ll need to take the weed wacker to any growth around the sides and in between the cracks on your driveway. Sweep or blow away any grass clippings or dirt on the surface as well. Then, power wash the entire driveway using a back and forth motion. You’ll then need to allow it to dry completely or the sealant will not adhere to it. It typically takes about 48 hours to dry all the way through.

Take Care of the Cracks/Potholes

Put on a pair of rubber gloves and boots or old shoes you don’t mind messing up. Then, seal up the smaller cracks and potholes in your driveway’s surface with asphalt crack filler (available at most home improvement stores). This helps provide a smooth surface for the asphalt sealant to go over.

Create an Asphalt Perimeter

With a long-handled brush, use wet asphalt to mark the perimeter of where you’ll be laying down the asphalt when you reseal your driveway. This provides a guideline of where to quit spreading it. If the asphalt goes outside of that line, it could create an unsightly stain that is difficult to remove. Keep it off the grass and garage door.

Start Filling it In

After you created a perimeter, fill in the space with asphalt. Using a push-pull method, make sure your asphalt is evenly coated. Don’t work with any more than two to three gallons at a time. You’ll want it to be evenly distributed throughout.

Finishing Touches

At the end of the driveway, use a bristle brush to mark an asphalt border line when you reseal your driveway. This helps create a borderline between the driveway and the street. Finally, stay off the driveway for several days to allow it to set properly and thoroughly dry.

While it may sound like a lot of work to reseal your driveway, it really isn’t. Almost anybody can do it themselves and save a few dollars in the process. Talk to your local home improvement store associates if you have any questions. Good luck!

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Weekend Warrior Paint Project for Your Naples Home

Earlier this year, I discussed the beautiful paint color trends for spring. The included warm persimmons, pastel yellows, earthy turquoises, and lovely lilacs. These colors give your Naples home a pick-me-up over simple white walls. Even a brighter hue on your front door gives the entire facade a lift. Looking for another weekend warrior paint project for your Naples home? Why not paint interior doors and trim in something other than white?

Home in need of a little "oomph"? I have a weekend warrior paint project for your Naples home. Change the color of your interior doors & trim to add character to each room.

Weekend Warrior Paint Project – Interior Doors and Trim

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For many homeowners, it feels natural to paint the walls once you claim ownership of your house. It adds a bit of your own style to the place. However, we often overlook the trim and interior doors. This is unfortunate. You wouldn’t paint the exterior of your Naples home without also painting the trim, would you? And by concentrating on a small area like doors, window casings or trim, you can be more daring with color than you might want to be with a whole wall. Also, this is a simple weekend warrior paint project that won’t take up days or weeks of your time to complete. If you don’t like it, paint over it later. Here are a few current trends to consider using on your trim and doors.

Neutral Colors

With this weekend warrior paint project, neutral colors always remain timeless. When I say “neutral”, I don’t mean just sticking with creams or beiges (even though they are very pretty). Olive green and even gray colors provide the perfect neutral complement to most other colors in the room. They also look gorgeous against simple white walls.


Black is the new white when it comes to trim. It works well with just about any color you use on the walls of your Naples home. It also creates a beautiful accent when used on closet and en-suite doors in the bedroom. And if you want to draw the eye to the spectacular view outside, trim your windows in a gorgeous black color inside.

Bold, Bright Colors

Want to spice things up? Paint your interior doors a bright hue. A bold turquoise door with trim in a matching color or black makes a statement without feeling overwhelming. Visit Postcards from the Ridge’s website for some incredible inspiration to use in your own home.


So, it may sound odd to go with a monotone look when the whole point of this post was to change up your trim and doorway looks. However, using the same color for your interior doors and trim that you use on the walls and ceilings help make them virtually disappear. In turn, this makes small rooms feel much larger. Also, if your home includes several doors on either side of a hallway, using a monochromatic color scheme allows the doors to blend better into the walls.

Only have a couple of days to tackle some home improvement ideas? Create a whole new space with this weekend warrior paint project. Concentrate on changing up the color of your doors, trim and/or window casings. Time to complete and the cost of materials is minimal. But the difference can be extraordinary.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos

Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays Showcase New Exhibits Each Month

Support our local artists. Come to the Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays event every month through October 2018. The public is welcome to attend.

Between now and October 9th, come to the Center for the Arts' Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays 2018 event to meet the artists themselves.

What: Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays
Where: Marco Island Center for the Arts (1010 Winterberry Dr)
When: 2nd Tuesday of the Month through October 9th, 2018, 5:30 pm to 7 pm
Admission: Suggested donation of $10 per person
Contact: Marco Island Center for the Arts (239) 394-4221

Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays Art Receptions

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The Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays events allow the center to introduce a different exhibit each month. Talk to the artists themselves in the galleries on-site. Find out their inspiration for each piece. Learn about the techniques used to create these masterpieces. And discover what they’re working on next. In addition to mingling with artists and art-lovers alike, guests enjoy delicious food prepared by talented chefs of various local restaurants. Each month highlights a different restaurant. For the 21+ crowd, a visit to the wine bar may be in order.

Admission & Parking for Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays

Admission to every Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays event is free to the public. However, a donation of $10 per person is suggested. This helps maintain the costs of operating the center for the arts. Entrance to all events such as this is included with each Center for the Arts membership. In fact, all members are also allowed to bring one guest with them to the event. Learn how to become a member by visiting the Marco Island Center for the Arts’ website here. Guests may park in either the front parking lot or on the grass adjoining the parking lot. If both areas are full, feel free to park at the Jewish Congregation of Marco Island parking lot across the street. Show your support for our local artists as they practice their craft. Come to one or more of the Marco Island 2nd Tuesdays events this year.

Michelle Thomas, Premier Sotheby’s International Realty, Luxury Naples/Marco Island Homes & Condos