OK Craig Just Three...My Gold Stars!!!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with McKinney Realty Group

OK Craig you want us to pick three gold stars...just three (for now) so here goes!Craig

Tish LloydI have to pick this one because she was my first subscriber and I was SO excited! Tish Lloyd, we were doing the Karen Bernetti 30 day challenge and became fast friends. Now of course Karen would be one of my picks if you would like to check her out, but I am sticking to Craig's rules of just “three”.  It was so very nice of Tish to pick me for one of her gold stars! She put me in with such GREAT company, Liz & Bill Spear & Roger Mucci which would also be my picks if I were not sticking to the rules.  You can stop by Tish’s blog and read up on those two if you would like! Tish is always there to encourage you and laugh with you, if you don't already subscribe to her blog I would run on over there if I were you!!
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LeahMy next would be Leah Stern.... She is full of life and always ready for a conversation! She has put together our Master Mind group which I am glad to be a part of.  She wrote a Three star blog and she chose Craig Daniels him self, boy Craig is always ready to help out in a pinch so I can see why she would chose him! Tish Lloyd (we have already talked about her) & Sheldon Neal another great pick he has such personality and would also be on my list if I didn't just have to stick to three! You can check out Leah blog on them if you like!

JoniLast but certainly NOT least is Joni Stapels.... She is a ray of sunshine no matter what your mood! You can just about see the smile in her writing.  I have enjoyed conversations on the phone with her also! She has an eye for taking fabulous photos!! The Rain is such a great place to meet GREAT people.... Joni has not written a “Gold Star” post YET but if I had to guess she would probably have something nice to say about Cinnamon, that cheeky assistant that we all know and love from Wrightsville beach! And maybe she would chose Craig Rutman who keeps us laughing with all of his GREAT photo shop work (one day I am going to Raleigh for a lesson).  Maybe she would chose Donna Foerster who comes up with some great recipes for us, check it out for yourself! Or maybe just maybe she would chose Frank & Karen Barker from the Sunset Beach area??? I would hate to speculate who Joni would chose she is SO nice she wouldn't want to leave anyone out....but if I could chose more than three they ALL would be on my list!!

So there you go Craig here is my “Three Gold Stars” do you like my choices? ~wink~ I am going to have to write a few more to get to the rest of my picks....I tell ya picking three is a difficult thing.....


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Suzanne McLaughlin
Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael) - Saint Michael, MN
Sabinske & Associates, Realtor

This is a fun challenge.  But, I have so many people that I love here in the Rain that I couldn't pick just three so I'm passing.

Mar 27, 2011 03:41 PM #2
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Well it sure is a GOOD thing that you follow instructions! (Wish I would have thought of that!) ☺  Just for the record.... drum roll please..... I have EIGHT gold stars and one Kodak printer! LOL

P.S. I am so thankful for Karen's 30 in 30, That is how I met you, and Tish (which is how I met Leah and Cinnamon). Michael told me about Chris and Donna.... gosh I love Donna too! How to pick just three?! Hhhhmmmm... Frank and Karen: I can't remember how I got hooked up with them, but can't imagine not being hooked up with them NOW!!

Mar 27, 2011 03:54 PM #3
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Melissa, I'm flattered to be one of your gold stars.  Love the clever way you snuck all the others in.   Now why didn't I think of that!?

Mar 27, 2011 04:14 PM #4
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...

Melissa ~ Gosh, been too overwhelmed to even think about the gold stars but we would not be able to pick only three ~ Rough past week but we made it ~ We love so many of you on AR ~ I promise to write how we love you all this week ~ How do we love you...let us count the ways....exhausted but happy ...rainy, cold but still happy...

Mar 27, 2011 04:22 PM #5
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV


I'm new to ActiveRain. I'm subscribed to you. You rock.

The "Pick Three Gold Stars Challenge" continues.  

Mar 27, 2011 04:31 PM #6
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Melissa, you are a little sneak!!!!  Not only did you pick out three of my favorite people, but you managed to "sneak" in others.  I laughed all of the way through your blog - GREAT JOB!!!!

Mar 27, 2011 05:57 PM #7
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Gold Stars indeed!  Wonderful selections Melissa.  Thanks for the honorable mention..........it's wonderful to be in such great company.

Mar 27, 2011 10:51 PM #8
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Such great picks.  I have met Leah in person and she is such a sweet heart.  Looking forward to meeting w/ her again.

Mar 27, 2011 11:07 PM #9
Lydie Ouellet Dickinson
Realty Executives Tri County, Bellingham MA - Bellingham, MA

You know what I enjoy about this challenge? It is the simple fact that I am discovering wonderful people through your Star's choices! Love it!

Mar 28, 2011 12:57 AM #10
Cindy Marchant
Keller Williams Indy NE 317-290-7775 www.marchantteam.com - Carmel, IN
"Cindy in Indy" , Realtor, Fishers Real Estate

Great list Melissa...happy to say I read all three of the ones you picked and also most of the other four you slid in there...lol

Cindy in Indy

Mar 28, 2011 01:05 AM #11
Joe Kenny
Realty Executive Midwest - Darien, IL
Better Than Your Average Joe

Some day I'll be on this list, and what great company I be will be a part of.  Nice job Melissa, I hope your Saturday wasn't too bad.  ;)

Mar 28, 2011 02:49 AM #12
Craig Daniels
Tech Training for You! - Staten Island, NY
Technology Instructor/Project Consultant

Melissa - now I've heard of keyword stuffing on blog posts but this is what you call gold star stuffing! LOL well done though and glad you have got your post into the challenge. Excellent choices and I'm very glad every time I hear someone is glad I did the challenge/group because they learned to follow somebody new. Well done!
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Mar 28, 2011 04:34 AM #13
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Elizabeth~LOL! There are SO many that I enjoy it is hard to chose...that is why their has to be a sequel! 

Suzanne~I see your point and it may be smart, chicken, but smart LOL! Just kidding!

Joni~I gave you some good suggestions to get your blog going! Tee Hee I thought it was a great way to go...LOL! So many GREAT people and it keeps growing!

Leah~ Grin!

Frank & Karen~LOL! Glad you made it through,,,here is to a productive week this week!

Michele~Thanks! I am going to have to head over to your blog!! Welcome!

Juli~ I had to think on this one a while!!LOL!

Roger~You are so welcome my friend!!

Debbie~ One day I will have met all of you!!

Lydie~It is fun I will say love reading my scribed to list to see who they pick!

Cindy~ Huh I dont know what you are talking about! LOL

Joe~ I am not finished YET I still have SO many more to do!!

Craig~ LOL glad you enjoyed! And I am honored! Star stuffing I like it!!

Mar 28, 2011 06:38 AM #14
Tish Lloyd
BlueCoast Realty Corporation - Wilmington, NC
Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches

Fozzie ~  I am so very late to the party -- please accept my apologies.  You know I look for your blogs every single day.  I didn't realize I was the first AR Member to subscribe to you -- now I feel doubly honored.  You are so special and bring sunshine into my world.  Thank you. 

Hugs, Kermit.

Mar 28, 2011 11:47 AM #15
Donna Foerster
HomeSmart Realty Group - Parker, CO
Metro Denver Real Estate Assistant

Hey thanks for the shout out.  Who does Craig think he is, limiting us like this??  Check out my post tomorrow.  Have a great week!

Mar 28, 2011 12:21 PM #16
Dawn Crawley
Dawn Crawley Realty - Pinehurst, NC
Find Pinehurst Homes

Such good choices, Melissa. And I agree that Joni always brings a ray of sunshine.

Mar 28, 2011 01:20 PM #17
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Okay... I did not follow your example. I SWEARi! I didn't. I only picked THREE - AND- I did NOT bend the rules like some people did. We woulddn't do that. Would we? xoxo

Mar 29, 2011 06:00 AM #18
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV


I'm still scared!! So there's not much on my blog --yet. But I'll get there. But I've been reading Paula Hathaway's blogs, starting with her first, and that's helping. I think I better check out your first blogs, too. :-)

Mar 29, 2011 12:40 PM #19
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com

Kermie~My "first" friend on Active Rain I have to tell them about YOU!

Donna~Right!! :0)


Joni~Oh I am going there now!!

Michelle~LOL I am sure you are having fun reading those "first"blogs but it is a great place to start.... :0)

Mar 29, 2011 02:11 PM #20
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


You have some fine choices there.  And you auxiliary choices are good too.  Thanks for sharing.

Apr 07, 2011 06:00 PM #21
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