Fun, Neighborhood Businesses, Real Estate

Hurricane Prep for Your Pets


If a hurricane or tropical storm came your way do you have a plan for your pets?

Most of us like to believe “it will never happen to me” but what if does.  How would you protect your best friend?

Red Cross shelters typically do not accept dogs so if you live in an evacuation zone decide now where you would go.

Before the storm arrives be sure your pet is micro chipped and wears a collar with your identification in case you get separated.

You should also put together an emergency kit for each pet.  A backpack or duffel bag works great.  Start with these items-

  • Copies of their shot records, license, and pet records in a clear plastic bag
  • If your pet takes medication add an extra supply to her emergency kit
  • A blanket or towel for drying off or sleeping on
  • Enough pet food, treats and water for at least 7 days
  • Can opener for wet food along with extra leash, food bowls, toys, brush and plastic potty bags

Please take the time now to prepare your pet’s emergency kit.  If a storm does come you will be glad you did.

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.



Fun, Neighborhood Businesses

My time at B Creative Painting Studio

I recently had the pleasure of visiting B Creative Painting Studio in Wesley Chapel with a wonderful group of ladies.  My book club was reached it’s seventh anniversary and we went there to celebrate.

It was my first time at this studio, in fact I haven’t been to anything like it since my children were small, but when you go with 17 other ladies you know you are going to have fun!

It’s quite easy to do actually.  First you select the item you want to paint from over 400 items (for some reason this is the hardest part for me because I want to paint everything!).  Once you’ve selected your project choose the colors you want to use and then start painting!  There are no rules, you’re only limited by your imagination!

When you are finished painting your creation stays behind for a couple of days to be fired.  Then staff does their magic and your creation has been turned into a work of art!  Once it’s completed you’ll receive a text message telling you your masterpiece is ready for pick up.

We had such a good time and have been sharing our creations on Facebook with each other.  We painted pet dishes, ornaments, candy dishes, vases and more!  No two pieces used the same color combinations and all of them look beautiful!


Here is my candy dish.  It’s a leaf dish…OK, it’s supposed to be a feather but I used my artistic expression and turned it into a banana leaf.  Hey, it works for me!

If you are ready to use your artistic expression you can find B Creative Painting Studio at The Grove at Wesley Chapel.  Here is a link to their website if you would like more information

I hope you go and have fun!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®, GRI

Results that get you packing!

Mihara & Associates, Inc.



Neighborhood Businesses

Kiefer Jewelers in Lutz Saves the Day

Tuesday is my mother’s birthday and our family held a luncheon birthday party for her Sunday at Outback.  Being your typical mom she insisted upon no gifts.  We all agreed.  Or at least thought we did.  Until Sunday morning came around and I simply could not go to the party without something to give my mother!

Panic began to set in, it’s Sunday morning, what’s open where I can purchase something beautiful and thoughtful?  Plus the lunch started at 1:00 so I needed to be finished shortly after 12:00 so we had time to get to the restaurant.

I checked online and found Kiefer Jeweler’s opened at noon.  Mom has a soft spot for jewelry.  Erin and I were outside when they opened up at noon.  Two years ago I bought her a Pandora bracelet she loves.  I decided to look at their charm collection and see what I could find.  They had several different birthday charms to choose from.  Thankfully Erin was with me and helped, I would have picked the wrong one on my own!

While the saleswoman carefully wrapped the gift we had a chance to look around.  They have lots of beautiful pieces.  Along with Pandora they also carry Alex and Ani, several bridal collections and many other jewelry designers I have never heard of!  Plus they do repairs and watch batteries.  I will be back!

We were able to make it to the lunch on time.  Both of my brothers were there along with my cousins, uncle, daughter in law as well as my father, my husband, Erin and I.  All of us disobeyed mom and got her a little something!  And yes, she loved her charm.  It was a filigree heart with an opal birthstone, perfect for her.  (I almost chose the red charm that said Happy Birthday on it…I liked it!)

Thank you Kiefer Jewelry for helping me put a smile on my mothers face for her birthday!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.


Fun, Neighborhood Businesses

Do You Know Where the Streets of Tampa Get Their Names?

As I was driving down Bearss Avenue today I thought of a conversation I had with a co-worker about 15 years ago.  She told me I was saying the name wrong, that almost everyone did.  It’s not pronounced Bears like the animal but Bearss which sounds like Pierce.  The road is named after the founder of Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church (which was actually called the United Brethren Church when founded back in 1894).  The family had a major impact on the social and economic development of north Tampa and was honored by naming the road after him.  (I bet it helped that his family donated part of the land for the road)

What about Dale Mabry, was there actually a person Dale Mabry Highway is named after?  Yes there was!  Dale Mabry was a Florida native who became a WWI naval aviator. He died while test piloting an airship in Norfolk Virginia in a crash that was known as the greatest disaster in American aeronautics at the time.

Bruce B. Downs Boulevard sounds like it was named after a person, but who was Bruce B. Downs?  He worked for FDOT as the head of traffic operations and designed traffic layouts, signals, signage and flow for 14 counties.  He then became Hillsborough County’s Director of Public Works and Safety.  A newspaper article was written about him in 1983 stating his job was one of the most stressful in the county at the time.  He died of a massive heart attack the very afternoon the article was published at the age of 53.  In 1986 3oth Street was renamed after him.  The road wasn’t very busy back in 1983 but has become a busy main road in New Tampa today.

Here is a similar video I made about the streets of Tampa if you’re interested Was Dale Mabry a real person?

The next time you are driving down one of these Tampa streets you will know where it’s name came from.  There are so many other street names to investigate, but that will have to wait for another day!

Kelly Harden, Realtor®

Mihara & Associates, Inc.