Cashing In Points for People - What ActiveRain is REALLY All About!

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Real Estate Agent with www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 228209

Cashing In Points for People - What ActiveRain is REALLY All About!

 

I have always been enthralled with Anna Banana’s Point Store. I can’t remember how many years ago it began but, what a genius idea and what a delightful way to get an upbeat conversation between members - and sharing their creativity!

 

This month’s challenge has taken the Point Store creativity to a whole new level. We read one another’s posts on our respective areas, listen ‘in person’ on our ActiveRain ZOOM call presentations and even refer to many of our members in different areas. So, how cool to incorporate some of those areas in the Point Store challenge this month?

 

Refueling with Mr. Crappy

 

Flying Banana Air (thanks to Gary 'Banana' Houghtaling & Anna) and the unlimited gas from Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist's Mr. Crappy [how lucky are we?]), I would first take flight to visit Carol at Pebble Beach Resort. I would be accompanied by my hubby and two lucky AR members. After filling our boat gas tank recently, I would just like to say, A BIG THANK YOU TO KATHLEEN & MR. CRAPPY!

 

Pebble Beach Golf Course

 

As I am all about being inclusive, I would have a lottery to select the lucky pair who will be flying with us to Pebble Beach. I know Carol has access to left-handed clubs and I am uber excited about her giving me my very first golf lesson. Who knows? I may love it and we may become road trip buddies for golfing expeditions for years to come!

 

Home Renovation with The Property Brothers 


I would then return home to do a little work, including that pending listing that is in ‘prep mode,’ awaiting a stager. So, I’ll take Kathy up on her Property Brothers offer - gleefully! The Ina Garten open house will be an absolutely blast - I may have to lose a couple more pounds so I can fully indulge! I’m sure that with Kathy at the helm, directing the Property Brothers & Ina Garten, everything will be a raging success!

 



After getting over the excitement of the celebrity-driven Charlotte home sale, without a doubt, that French château will be calling my name! From one celebrity to another, I am confident that 6-course feast by Endre Barath, Jr. and Alan Ducasse will be AMAZING! The best part is that Ray & I will get to spend time again with Endre & Diane! I will be in for another tour with the wonderful couple - this time, Paris! 😉

Our little slice of heaven on Lake Wylie


Home again, for some quality time with our fur babies and being host and hostess to our own ActiveRain vacation spot! Gary & Anna Banana will be jetting 10 guests and we will be providing limo service to Charlotte’s beautiful Lake Wylie. Hotel Maxwell - the local’s preferred bed-and-breakfast style hotel (as featured in local Charlotte Magazine) - will be prepped and ready for our special guests. Everything will be 100% ready, double & triple-prepped because I plan to enjoy my time with my AR friends!

 

A week of fun and laughter, sunshine and stunning views, homestyle cooking and craft cocktails is in store for all of us. We’ll be boating on Lake Wylie, swimming, waterskiing, tubing... There will be plenty of relaxation time as well, savoring the wind in your face - recharging. Evening dinners, glowing fire in the fire pits...then, we will underscore the entire day with sunset top shelf cocktails and front and center seating for Mother Nature’s art show in the sky.

 

Montana's slice of heaven


After a little more work (points are not going to pay for my hiking equipment I’ll need for this next trip!), we’re off to Montana! Again, hosting a lottery to see who the other 8 guests will be joining Ray and me, Gary & Anna will be firing up the jet for us again. I will 100% be seated at a window seat as I can’t wait to see what drew @Kat to the beautiful state of Montana. While I absolutely love seeing our AR friends online each week, I can’t WAIT to meet and HUG Kat!

 

Every part of her offering is right up my alley - hiking, horseback riding, fishing - anything outdoorsy is me! And, of course, the city girl in me will thoroughly enjoy the culinary experience, shopping and spa visits! Spending time with 8 other Rainers will be an absolute blast as well. Perhaps we can schedule the same time Brian England visits?! We’d have a nice big group of Rainers too - maybe a mini version of RainCamp?

 

Nerdin Silo

 

After 2 weeks, spent with Kat and on that side of the God's country, we’ll jet straight to Veyo, Utah where we will have the pleasure of meeting Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! and getting to soak in the Silo experience and Nerdin Gardens in one fabulous weekend!  What an extraordinary line-up of artists, performing for 2 nights straight! After hiking and horseback riding (which I haven’t done in YEARS), I’ll definitely need that personal assistant and massages by day…and cocktails by night!


 

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker, Carol Williams & Kathy Streib, I can’t thank you enough for this oh-so fun journey together! I have loved reading the entries and simply could not choose one! Goodness knows, I have the points to spare.


Speaking of points, don’t hesitate to join the lottery if you don’t have enough points for one of the adventures - I’m happy to donate them to anyone who needs them to keep their 500K free account intact. Same thing goes for new members - I’m happy to share!  It's ALL about the PEOPLE here in the Rain!

 

#❤️❤️❤️ThisCommunity!

***NOTE: If you don't receive a response to your comment today, please know that we are hosting a group of guests in Hotel Maxwell this weekend! Did I say, it's all about the people?!!

 

© Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | SavvyBroker@me.com | Cashing In Points for People - What ActiveRain is REALLY All About!

Comments (36)

Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, you are so kind, Grant Schneider! I love my AR peeps and those ZOOM calls and the challenges are so special to me. I'm so happy to keep this group active and loving on one another!

Jul 31, 2022 08:08 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, I wouldn't have it any other way, Brian England! We will meet you there with bells on, Brian!

Jul 31, 2022 08:09 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You know, two of the politicians I respect the least would never even be ASKED for their permission! LOL Wayne Martin, this Gore-created environmental philosophy is CRAP and I will never buy into it! 

That said, you would ABSOLUTELY be included in the pool and I would love the opportunity to spend time with you!

Jul 31, 2022 08:16 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Hi Kat Palmiotti! Thank you so much and after reading Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP's comments and post about visiting you, I have been trying to figure out how to get out there to see you! Who knew the point store would offer-up my dream!


And, hugs await you too!

Jul 31, 2022 08:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, you know me well, Doug Dawes! A v-blog would be a MUST!

Jul 31, 2022 08:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You're so welcome, @Bill Salvatore - East Valley.

*sorry, can't tag you!

Jul 31, 2022 08:23 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh yes! We have traveled twice and, thankfully, it's been 'safe travels' for us!

Jul 31, 2022 08:24 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

You know we would meet-u with you on the way to Kat's place, Will Hamm - and if you plan to visit Kat, perhaps we can go at the same time!

Jul 31, 2022 08:25 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I learned travel-planning from the best - YOU, Carol Williams! It may not be as epic as your trip but, boy, will we ever have a blast!

As for the Pebble Beach trip, I hope you have your left-handed clubs ready for me - I'm dying to learn!


Hotel Maxwell was busy, busy this weekend and we had an absolute blast! This was our first time to ride out a big storm on the dock. O M G, now THAT was epic! The only thing I regret about riding out the storm was not taking pictures!

Jul 31, 2022 08:29 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Just think how many times we would have gotten to spend together, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker - all those trips and the four of us would have hosted a group of AMAZING Rainers! 

Thank you so much for hosting this fun challenge. Seriously, every time I think about it, it brings a smile to my face!! 😘

(It's only the beginning???? Inquiring minds want to know...)

Jul 31, 2022 08:31 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, and thank you so much for the BananaTude feature, doll! I have a permagrin going, thanks to your feature, Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker!

Jul 31, 2022 08:32 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

DONE, George Souto! It would be my honor to travel with you to Pebble Beach to meet Carol Williams!

Jul 31, 2022 08:33 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Shhhh...don't tell anyone but, nepotism wins in this case! LOL

 

Seriously, it would be so awesome to have you join us every step of the way, Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist 

Jul 31, 2022 08:35 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Sis (Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist) said what I planned to say, "We have you covered, Aura!) 

Aura Alex, there is no point shortage in this community. Always remember we all have your back - always!

Jul 31, 2022 08:38 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Well, thank you, Kathy Streib! It would be SO fun it this were real - IF ONLY... I mean, just think of the possibilities!!

Jul 31, 2022 08:47 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA
Realtor

A wonderful walk through the point store.  I loved everything about it, including all of the fantastic pictures.  The best thing of all, though, sharing the sense of community within ActiveRain.  It is what has hooked me.

Speaking of hooked, I can't wait to see your entries in this month's challenge.  😃

Aug 03, 2022 05:56 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Well look forward to cooking for you and Ray Debe Maxwell, CRS , the tour will be new for Diane, I have been there so I know my way around:)Endre

Aug 03, 2022 10:30 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Thank you for your kind words, Ray Henson! This was the only one I was able to get done for the month! Funny but, I had this one written VERY early on and just could not get the creativity flowing for another offering - I had an offering with my Lake Wylie/Maxwell House Hotel this month! LOL

See you Tuesday!

Aug 07, 2022 09:22 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

I'll never forget what amazing hosts you and Diane were in Boston. I am confident the Paris stay will be even more memorable! 

Aug 07, 2022 09:23 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Love this post!  You're so creative with an agenda, flight plans, and mapping a route to visit AR Peeps! 

Aug 10, 2022 02:36 PM