Why Living in Philly is the Best

Location can be a deciding factor for many individuals when buying a home. Most families overlook cities while they are searching for their future forever home. However, Philadelphia is a city that has a lot to offer families looking to move. Over the last couple of years Philadelphia’s economy has been steadily improving, specifically in the education and healthcare sectors. There has also been revitalization in many different neighborhoods that makes Philly a great place to live. However, these aren’t the only reasons why living in Philly is the best. There are a multitude of attractions that make Philly amazing!

The History
When it comes to history, Philadelphia has a lot to brag about. Several firsts have taken place in Philly and its citizens take great pride in the history of the city. From being the birthplace of the nation to having the first American University to offer undergrad and graduate degrees, there is much more to Philly than cheesesteaks. The city shines a light on the historical importance that it played throughout American history. You can step back in time by visiting a multitude of historical buildings or landmarks found within the city. The Betsy Ross house, the Liberty Bell, and the Botanical Gardens are only a few of the attractions Philly has to offer.

Foodie Paradise
Yes, Philadelphians love their share of cheesesteaks, pretzels, and hoagies, but Philly is a foodie paradise that offers a vast array of good eats. From the Italian Market to top-notch 5-star restaurants, there is always a place to eat in Philly. If you are an exotic eater, you’ll absolutely fall in love with the array of flavors that the city has to offer.

Invested in the Arts
Rocky didn’t have to run up the steps to put the Philadelphia Art Museum on the map. Known for being one of the biggest museums in the country, it houses a wide range of paintings and artifacts that draw in thousands. The Art Museum plays a huge part in Philly culture as well as the smaller, but super unique Barnes Foundation. However, the city goes above and beyond when it comes to celebrating the arts. Many artists flock to the city and create a unique atmosphere that can’t be rivaled. In fact there are six top art schools in the area, making Philly perfect for any artsy type or those who appreciate the arts.

Families Embracing the City
Recently a lot of families have been embracing the city due to the numerous family-friendly activities it offers. The city offers great park systems, the perfect outdoor space for kids to run around and play. There is also a long list of museums including the Please Touch Museum and the Franklin Institute to explore with the whole family, making it the ideal for young families to explore and have fun.

Philly Loves Their Sports Teams
Everyone knows that Philadelphia absolutely LOVES their sports teams. Philadelphians are always cheering on our home teams throughout the year! From the Philadelphia Flyers to the Phillies, Sixers, and the NFL Super Bowl 52 champs Philadelphia Eagles (Fly Eagles Fly!), the city is always buzzing with Philly Sports Pride, which is always an electrifying feeling!

Considered the Best Place to Visit in U.S.
Recently, Philadelphia has been considered one of the best places to visit in the U.S. It’s no wonder! Philly has a long list of activities to participate in and places to tour. From historical landmarks to fantastic shopping and food you will never be bored in Philly. Whether you’re just visiting or if you’re considering moving to Philly, you won’t be disappointed.

Spectacular Philly Events Happening this March

Celebrate March and welcome Spring this month by attending some of Philadelphia’s amazing events. With a robust lineup of events in the Philadelphia area, you won’t want to miss out on any of the entertainment! From the always popular Philadelphia Flower Show to home openers and performing arts, check out these must-do events this March!

PHS Philadelphia Flower Show
March 3rd – 11th
This annual celebration is back at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, showcasing the largest indoor show of its kind. The theme of the show this year is Wonders of Water, which features and amazing entryway with a rope bridge, 25-foot waterfall and great entertainment. Don’t miss this year’s Flower Show and view the vibrant and colorful landscapes that have been created!

Philly Wine Week
March 22nd – 29th
Get ready for vino-filled opportunities this March by attending the ever-expanding Philly Wine Week. Enjoy tastings, dinner parties, and educational sessions. Philly’s Wine Week features hundreds of events in 50-plus restaurants and bars across the city over eight days!

The Best of Broadway at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
March 9th – 11th
This March, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts will host three unforgettable nights of performances you don’t want to miss! Showcasing popular tunes from Chicago, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera and more, you’ll want to reserve your tickets now. Performances from Debbie Gravitte, Susan Egan, and Christopher Seiber, who have performed a total of two dozen Broadway shows collectively, will light up the stage this month.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 11th
Grab your green clothes and spend the day celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day! Enjoy the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which marches down Broad Street all the way to Penn’s Landing. There will be marching bands, decorated floats, music, and dance groups to get the festivities going!

Philadelphia Union Home Opener
March 3rd
If you’re a big soccer fan, get ready to cheer on our home team, The Philadelphia Union, at their home opener game this March! Facing off against the New England Revolutions at Talen Energy Stadium, this opener will be an exciting and challenging game! For more information, click here.

Winter Blues Festival at Longwood Gardens
March 2nd – 29th (select dates)
The always beautiful Longwood Gardens is hosting a Winter Blues Festival this March. Enjoy a beautiful backdrop of hydrangeas and poppies, while talented blues artists play soulful music. Click here for more information!

Swan Lake at the Academy of Music
March 8th – 18th
Get your tickets and watch the legendary ballet, Swan Lake, at the Academy of Music. This timeless ballet features the traditional Tchaikovsky score and is a must-see for anyone who is a performing arts lover! For more information, click here.

Don’t miss out on any of the fun this March. Make plans with your friends and family all month long and enjoy what Philadelphia and the region has to offer! If you’re looking to move into the South Philadelphia/Packer Park area, consider Siena Place, one of Judd Builders luxury new home communities!

Best Ways to Ring in the New Year in South Philly

Siena Place residents: where should you go and what should you do to kick off 2018 in and around South Philly? We have a few suggestions for you. So, say goodbye to 2017 and hello to the new year in style!

SugarHouse Casino’s New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Delaware River Waterfront: Head to 101 S. Columbus Boulevard Philadelphia in the Historic District and enjoy FREE fireworks shows that start at 6 p.m. with another show at midnight. Just a short walk to Old City, Society Hill, and South Street, this event attracts thousands every year, making it the perfect event to bring the whole family along or celebrate with your friends!

NYE at Xfinity Live!
Ring in the New Year in style at one of the biggest parties in Philly at Xfinity Live. With an all-inclusive pass, you’ll have access to great live music, five bars, food, dancing, and of course a ball drop! Say goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018 at Xfinity Live – general admission tickets currently cost $95, but price may vary as the date approaches.  Learn more here.

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Looking for a more low-key way to ring in the New Year but still have a great time? Check out the New Year’s Celebration at the Tattooed Mom. With no cover, half-priced draft beers from 10 p.m.-11p.m., festive cocktails, and plenty of New Year’s swag – you’ll have a great time.

Aquarium “After Dark” New Year’s Eve: If you’re willing to take the quick trip over to Camden, head to the Adventure Aquarium on New Year’s Eve from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Countdown to midnight with friends while enjoying cocktails, dinner, and a live DJ while witnessing the breathtaking skyline of Philadelphia, your top spot for seeing the midnight fireworks show. There’s a five-hour open bar, champagne toast at midnight, cocktail hour, cheese and crudité station, tapas station, dinner buffet and dessert all for one bundled price. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest: This winterized riverfront park has an Olympic-size skating rink with spectacular views of the Delaware River, complete with lodge, winter garden, and Christmas tree. Relax with friends in the outdoor seating area in front of a cozy fire or warm up in one of the warming cabins. There’s also a kids’ lodge with arcade games to keep the little ones and teens busy.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show: Located at 6th and Race Streets, this is the place to be for festive lights, winter delights, and holiday cheer all throughout the historic Franklin Square. The main feature is the Electrical Spectacle light show with 50,000 twinkling lights and holiday music to accompany your holiday shopping, dining, and more. Best part is, it’s free! Enjoy the LED lights that dance to the music, a treat everyone will enjoy young or old.

Siena Place is not far from any of these events. Make your plans now so you don’t miss out! And if you want to be part of Siena Place, contact Judd Builders to learn more.

Wonderful Philly Events Coming to Town this Holiday!

All located in South Philly or Downtown Philly, all these amazing events are guaranteed to entertain and spread holiday cheer! Perfect for any Siena place residents, the events below range from classic holiday celebrations to interesting exhibits and fantastic plays. There’s something for everyone! Even Judd’s other communities can get in on the fun! If you live near The Reserve at Creekside or Lehigh Valley take a day or weekend trip to enjoy the wonderful festivities that Philadelphia has to offer.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival featuring the Electrical Spectacle Light Show
November 9 – December 31, 2017
Great for the family, The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show exhibits 50,000 flickering lights set to music every thirty minutes between 4-8pm on weeknights and 4-9pm Friday and Saturday. Other festivities going on during the show are: Saturday with Santa, holiday train rides, food and drink, and mini-golf.

Christmas Village in Philadelphia
November 18,19; November 23 – December 24, 2017
For the 10th year the German-style Christmas Village returns to JFK Plaza with 80 booths that offer some of the best finds ever. Enjoy edible and drinkable treats and entertainment while you browse booths for a handful of trinkets you’ll fall in love with.

Macy’s Christmas Light Show
November 24 – December 31, 2017
Taking place every two hours, experience the whimsical light show during store hours. You could also take a walkthrough tour of the second floor’s Dickens Village that ends with a chance to meet Santa and get a picture, making it the perfect family holiday outing!

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
November 24 – March 4, 2018
This popular attraction returns for the fifth year guaranteeing a wonderful time for anyone who goes. Dust off those skates and get ready to have some fun! Enjoy the amazing view of the Ben Franklin Bridge and cozy up beside the fire pits! Or grab a bite at Lodge Restaurant and Bar, Franklin Fountain Confectionery Cabin, Chickie’s & Pete’s, and more!

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor at The Franklin Institute
Now through March 4, 2018
Explore the story, craft, and science behind the Terracotta Army at The Franklin Institute. With Philadelphia being one of the only two cities hosting this exhibition you’ll want to visit the thousands of life-sized warrior sculptures that guarded a tomb of China’s first emperor while it’s in town. Also don’t forget to check out the 170 related artifacts like weapons, ceremonial vessels, and gold ornaments that will also be on display until March 4th.

Coffee and Tea Festival
December 2-3, 2017
Get on that coffee grind and enjoy the Coffee and Tea Festival December 2-3! This annual festival is held in the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center and there is a lot to check out. With more than 50 exhibitors, tastings, gift bags and more, you don’t want to miss out on this festival!

Pennsylvania Ballet Presents George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker
December 8-31, 2017 (Select Dates)
Enjoy one of the most iconic scores and dance tradition this holiday and purchase tickets to see The Nutcracker performed by the Pennsylvania Ballet. This unforgettable holiday experience is elegant and enchanting and there is a sensory-friendly performance on December 27th, perfect for the kids!

The Color Purple at The Forrest Theatre
December 12-17, 2017
The Color Purple hits The Forrest Theatre for a six-day stint from December 12-17th. As a part of the Kimmel Center’s Broadway Philadelphia series, this novel turned musical is a must see!

Find Your Perfect Home in Packer Park

Check out Siena Place, our beautiful, luxurious townhomes in South Philly, located in the Packer Park in South Philly.

You get the best of both worlds when you live in Siena Place. Being in such close proximity to the city, you can take advantage of everything South Philly has to offer. Be an integral part of the eclectic community here, boasting a true sense of style, history, charm and personality. Browse the boutiques on South Street or enjoy a romantic dinner cruise along the Delaware River, there is so much to do here at Siena Place. Here’s what our homes and the area have to offer new residents!

Features of Siena Place

Choose from a variety of floor plans at Siena Place, including the BRAND NEW Gianna, The Elena and The Bella! Each home design features spacious bedrooms, luxurious baths, state-of-the-art kitchens and private balconies. At Siena Place, you’ll be a part of a Homeowners Association, which is desirable for many people because it means you can enjoy a virtually maintenance-free lifestyle.

Townhomes at Siena Place start in the upper $400s, with luxury features including:

  • Private attached garages with driveways
  • Professional landscaping with shrubbery
  • Brick front exterior (varies per individual building elevations)
  • Virtually maintenance-free exterior
  • 9-foot first floor ceilings
  • Hardwood floor in foyer, kitchen, breakfast nook & powder room
  • Wall-to-wall decorator style carpeting
  • Easily-accessible laundry rooms
  • Spacious eat-in kitchens
  • Stainless steel sinks
  • Granite kitchen countertops
  • Luxurious owner’s bath with double bowl marble vanity tops (most models)
  • Natural gas heat and central AC
  • Low maintenance Andersen® double pane insulated white vinyl windows with screens & grills

Area Attractions

Just three miles from Philadelphia International Airport, Packer Park puts you in close proximity to many entertainment venues, such as Adventure Aquarium, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Walnut Street Theatre, and the Kimmel Center. If you’re a sports fan, then you’re never very far from catching a great live game or hanging with friends to cheer on your favorite Philly teams. Historical and natural features include Independence National Historical Park, JFK Plaza (Love Park), Pennsylvania Convention Center, Washington Square, and Schuylkill River Park. There’s plenty to do in the area with families and friends when they come to visit, from museum to parks – you have everything within a short distance away.

Got a college student living with you? You’re not far from Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. And if you’re looking for a bite to eat, you don’t have to go far to hit up Geno’s Steaks or Pat’s King of Steaks, Butcher & Singer, and Dante & Luigi’s to name a few.

Does living in Siena Place sound good to you? Learn more about Siena Place and how you can become a homeowner by calling sales manager Denise Homich from Judd Builders at 215-339-5390.

Tired of City Life? 5 Trails to Visit For a Change of Scenery

Living in the city can get pretty tiring from time to time. All the hustle and bustle can be a lot to handle. If you’re getting tired of city life there are easy ways to escape for a day or two. All you need to do is put on your hiking shoes and find a willing participant to join you on your endeavors. Here are five trails to visit to help you escape from city life by changing your scenery.

John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1972, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is America’s first urban refuge. The main purpose of the refuge is to preserve the Tinicum Marsh and promote environmental education. However, there are multiple trails to walk and bike on and because the refuge protects a variety of habitats you’re bound to see wildlife all around. This trail is perfect for those who don’t want to travel too far from their home but still want to experience wonderful wildlife.

Wissahickon Valley Park
With over 50 miles of trails for walkers and bikers alike, Wissahickon Valley Park is a perfect place to visit to escape from city life for a couple of hours. With four different trails you won’t be able to fit everything in in one day! So spread it across a couple of weekends and keep exploring all that Wissahickon Valley Park has to offer! Also, if you aren’t into hiking don’t worry; there are other activities you can do! Enjoy a picnic or go fishing or biking, you can even bird watch!

Ridley Creek State Park
Encompassing more than 2,606 acres, Ridley Creek State Park has a lot to offer individuals who are trying to escape from city life for a couple of hours. It offers a lot more than hiking as well. Fishing, camping, horseback riding, biking, picnicking, and wildlife watching are some of the activities that you can enjoy at Ridley Creek State Park. Visit before it gets too cold to enjoy and take in the beautiful fall foliage!

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Discover all that Valley Forge National Park has to offer by walking their trails. However, you can also explore Valley Forge by going on a tour of the encampment. They even have activities and ranger programs for children, which is perfect for a fun-filled family weekend! Or you can visit Valley Forge when they have one of the many events they host! Check out their events calendar to see what’s happening!

Fort Washington State Park
On the smaller side, Fort Washington State Park is only 493 acres, but don’t ignore this awesome getaway. Like Ridley Creek State Park, Fort Washington State Park has a lot of activities to offer their visitors and they take good care of the park. Don’t feel like hiking or fishing? Then go disc golfing on their 9-hole course or get a ball game going with a group of friends and play 9 innings on the ball field!

Bonus: Glen Onoko Falls
Most of the trails on this list were fairly close to Philadelphia. However, this amazing trail is located further out in Jim Thorpe in the foot hills of the Poconos, about a 2 hour drive from the city. Glen Onoko Falls is only about three miles long, but it’s a challenging hiking trail for experience outdoor enthusiasts. Be sure to wear hiking boots rather than sneakers to keep you from slipping. Even though the trail might be harder to hike, it’s totally worth it. There are multiple waterfalls that will take your breath away.

Fun Festivities Coming to Philly This October

Terror Behind the Walls
September 15 – November 4, 2017

Celebrate Halloween by visiting Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls. This abandoned prison is perfect for touring during the day, however, at night it transforms into a terrifying haunted attraction that is sure to scare you. For more information, click here.

The Glow in West Fairmount Park
October 6 – October 29, 2017

Enjoy a stroll through West Fairmont Park with over 5,000 hand-carved illuminated pumpkins each weekend till the end of the month. You’ll find a wind array of pumpkins with Philly icons, superheroes and princesses alike. For more information, click here.

Chrysanthemum Festival at Longwood Gardens
October 7 – November 19, 2017

Longwood Garden’s annual Chrysanthemum Festival is open October 7th. Enjoy the color indoor grounds and take plenty of pictures of the Thousand Bloom Mum, which is the centerpiece of the show.

Philadelphia Film Festival
October 19 – October 29, 2017

The annual Philadelphia Film Festival is back! Enjoy a wonderfully crafted film line up, including multiple genres that range from feature-length films to animated movies, in venues around the city and be prepared for special guest appearances!

Harry Potter Festival
October 20 – October 21, 2017

Set to return October 20th, Chestnut Hill’s tremendously popular Harry Potter Festival will be back with popular events like potion making, a Quidditch Tournament, and much more!

Philly Free Streets Day
October 28, 2017

A big hit last year, Philly Free Streets Day is returning for it’s second year. Major roads will be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the city letting pedestrians roam free. So get ready to explore Philly traffic free!

Savor the Summer with Philly Festivities

Don’t miss out on the fun, see what Philly has to offer in the month of August

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Now until August 20th every Wednesday through Sunday The Oval is back on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway where you can enjoy some of the usual activities like shaded beer gardens, community movie nights, over-sized games and much more. There will also be live musical performances as well as varying fitness classes open to the public. What’s new this year is an inventive and immersive art installation with focuses on the unfamiliar aspects of Philadelphia culture, as well as an evolving mural which everyone is invited to add to. With movie nights, family nights, days for fitness and the arts, no matter when you go you’re sure to find some way to have fun at Oval! More information can be found here: http://uwishu.nu/2u9cQDf



Free Yoga on Race St. Pier

Everyday until November 12th you can attend a yoga class completely free! Get there early and pick your spot overlooking the beautiful Race Street Pier and the Delaware River. There are classes every Monday through Friday at 7:00 am, as well as every Monday through Thursday at 6:00 pm. Classes are also offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 9:30 am. Be sure to make it to a special Solstice class or the Twilight yoga class. The next one is coming up on August 7th at 8:30 pm. Directions and more information can be found here: http://bit.ly/2qrFjy2



Broadway Philadelphia Presents: Wicked

Back in Philadelphia by popular demand, the Broadway musical Wicked will be playing at the Academy of Music from July 26th until August 27th. Dive into the wonderful world of Oz, and immerse yourself in the story of the land before Dorothy and her lovable crew. Tickets start from $29 dollars and the show is well worth the ticket price. There’s also a wonderful coupon for a three-course meal at the award winning restaurant Volvér, perfect for before of after your viewing. More information about the play and where to purchase tickets can be found here: http://bit.ly/2v47qcQ


28517370401_e1d10fc35b_b copyFountain Farmer’s Market

Every Wednesday until November 22nd the Fountains Farmers’ Market will be hosted by Farm to City from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Feel a sense of community as you shop for locally grown produce. Stock up on fresh produce, cheese, and eggs, which is only a small selection that the Fountain Farmers’ Market has to offer. Don’t forget to stop and enjoy the sweet Amish-baked goods as well! Located on 11th St. & Tasker St., stop by and invest in the goods up until Thanksgiving! For more information about the market visit: http://bit.ly/2u8BSmG


spruce-street-harbor-park-restaurant-dusk-m.edlow-900VP-587x0Spruce Street Harbor Park

Now until October 1st enjoy the urban beach that is Spruce Street Harbor Park. Returning for its fourth year, this adored pop-up park lets visitors enjoy a handful of activities. From savoring food on its floating restaurant or quenching your thirst with cool drafts from the beer garden there is much to do in this charming location. Engage in a fierce game of bocce, ping pong, and shuffleboard under the vibrant LED lighting that hangs from treetops. Or if you would rather relax, find a hammock to lounge on and enjoy the festivities going on around you. No matter what, Spruce Street Harbor Park has much to offer to its visitors and never fails to entertain. For more information visit: http://vstphl.ly/2rXUmRV


VIP Muddy Shoe Tour

Make sure to be the first and join us for a VIP muddy shoe tour of the BRAND NEW Gianna and Elena model homes! Call Denise Homich, Sales Manager, at 215.339.5390 or email sales@sienaplace.com to schedule your VIP appointment tour for this weekend! The Gianna is a beautiful 2,896 sq. ft. model equipped with 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, 1 powder room, and a lovely third floor deck. The Elena is an equally stunning model at 2,885 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 powder rooms, and a third floor owner’s retreat. Both homes can be customized with jetted tubs, gourmet kitchens & so much more!

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Siena Place is a lovely community nestled in beautiful Packer Park, South Philadelphia with brand new 3-story townhomes starting from the upper $400s. These wonderful townhomes feature private driveway & garages, dramatic 9’ ceilings, spacious closets, preserved community green space and balconies with spectacular views of the Philadelphia skyline! The Siena Place sales office is open Monday, and Thursday through Saturday from 11am-5pm, and on Sunday from 12noon-5pm. Visit SienaPlace.com to learn more!

Mother’s Day Gifts

Still haven’t done your Mother’s Day shopping? Don’t worry! We’re here to help you craft, purchase, or design a Mother’s Day gift for the mom in your life that she’s sure to love.
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Mom Coupon

The mom coupon is an oldie but a goodie. This works especially well if the mom in your life is raising young children, or if you just need a great fallback. You can use any of the templates on the internet, or even the one pictured above! You can also write your own coupons and make the redeemable options something specific to your mom’s interests. Some of our favorites are coupons for, breakfast in bed, a certain amount of alone time, and cleaning or cooking so your mom doesn’t have to.

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Emergency Mom Kit

This year, try making up for all those times you gave your mom a headache with this creative gift idea. You can put anything you want inside the Emergency Mom Kit, but we suggest some Advil, for the inevitable next headache, chocolate, because who doesn’t like chocolate, and a face mask or moisturizer to help her relax on her day off. You can even put some of your Mom Coupons in there!

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Scavenger Hunt

A Mother’s Day scavenger hunt is a way to make this Mother’s Day memorable and certainly more fun. You can design the scavenger hunt however you want, but here are some of our ideas. You can buy, or make, several small gifts for her and hide them throughout the house, giving hints about where the others are, leading her to her big present. Or you can place hints around the house that lead your mom outside for a lovely picnic, or whatever activity you have planned for her!
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Tiny reminders written on post-it notes, or whatever you see fit, and are an adorable way of showing the mother in your life why she’s so wonderful. These reminders can act as a perfect supplemental gift that can keep on giving long after Mother’s Day. Writing things like, “We love you!” or, “You’re the best mom ever!” on small post-it notes and hiding them around the house will brighten up your mom’s day whenever she stumbles across them. Be sure to hide them in places she uses a lot so she can find your kind words!