What’s Love Got to do with It? Celebrate the Beauty of Your City in AR’s February 2023 Challenge

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What’s Love Got to do with It? Celebrate the Beauty of Your City in AR’s February 2023 Challenge


Do you have a deep love for your city? Do you take pride in its rich history, stunning architecture, bustling streets and diverse culture? Then it's time to showcase your passion for your city, town or neighborhood by participating in February’s City Love Challenge, “What I Love About My City”.


In this month’s challenge, you are invited to share your favorite things about your city - from its hidden gems to its iconic landmarks, favorite restaurants, historic communities - or whatever made you fall in love with where you live. After all, it is the LOVE month!


It's time to show off the city, town or neighborhood you love and tell others why they should visit. Whether you're a lifelong resident or a recent transplant, we want to hear what makes your city special to you.


To participate, all you have to do is write a story of 500 words or more, include a video or snap a picture (or pictures) that highlight what you love about your area. You can be as creative as you like, and you're encouraged to think outside the box and show your city in a new light.

Whether you're showcasing the city's best food spots, hidden parks, or bustling nightlife, we want to see what sets your area apart from the rest.

Whether you're from a bustling metropolis or a small town, we want to hear what makes your city unique. This is your chance to show the world what your city has to offer and why it's one of the best places to live.


Tired of writing the same blog posts about your area, gather your friends and family and start exploring your city again - or should we say, fall in love all over again with your area! Enjoy discovering all over again, what you love about your area; share what you love about being part of your community.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, February 28, midnight PST.


Get ready to share your love for your city and let's celebrate the beauty of our hometowns together! Brian England and I will be hosting this month’s City Love Challenge! We can’t wait to learn about your area.



The rules for this month’s challenge:

  • Due by 2/28 at midnight PST
  • Share what you love about your city (or town or neighborhood/community)
  • 500+ words
  • Must include 1 photo or video
  • Must be ORIGINAL work (your work)
  • A link must be posted in the comments section below.


Do all of the above & we’ll show you the love by giving you 1,500 points for your submission! Happy LOVE month!


And, now, I’ll leave you with this ear worm from Tina Turner - a blast from the past but, you may want to follow Tina’s choreographer’s lead and re-explore YOUR city! Enjoy…


Comments (74)

Bo Zivak
Zivak Realty Group - Nashville, TN
Nashville Real Estate Broker

Just read your Excellent post.

Feb 24, 2023 05:09 AM
Brian England

Are you going to post an entry for the challenge Bo Zivak

Feb 24, 2023 09:43 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso
COMPASS RE - Newtown Square, PA
Professional REALTORS® and Real Estate Investors

Debe Maxwell, CRS and Brian England, thank you for hosting this challenge, and thanks to Michael Jacobs for pointing us in this direction. We started a series of Community Highlights earlier this month, and while we're only 2 deep, we have several more planned. Here's our first one, for Newtown Square, PA, a town we've had the pleasure of calling home since 2007! Community Highlight: Newtown Square, PA. We hope you enjoy the read, and if you're ever in the Philly suburbs, be sure to look us up!

Feb 24, 2023 08:33 AM
Brian England

Such a nice entry Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso, I enjoyed learning about Newtown Square, PA!  I always read your post about Malvern, PA.

Feb 24, 2023 09:45 AM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

Thanks, Brian England 

Feb 24, 2023 11:28 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

What a fantastic entry in this month's challenge, Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso! Newtown Square, PA truly seems so inviting. I love small towns with big-city access.

Feb 24, 2023 09:53 PM
Carmine Rauso & Debbie Rauso

Thank you, Debe Maxwell, CRS  We knew we wanted to be in Newtown Square when we made our last move in 2007.

Feb 25, 2023 06:16 AM
Jacki Tait, CLHMS
Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert - Flagstaff, AZ
Finding Your Place in Flagstaff, Arizona

This is a great challenge! Thank you for giving us a focused way to share our communities!  Here's my post What to Love About Flagstaff, Arizona - I focused on the fact that we get all 4 seasons, so I gave a thing to love about our town in each season ❤️

Feb 24, 2023 10:35 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

WOW! You really knocked it out of the park, Jacki! Thank you so much for sharing so much information about Flagstaff. 

I also love that you share that you are a Guild Member of CLHMS - I am as well and it's nice to know for future referrals.

Feb 24, 2023 10:03 PM
Brian England

I love visiting Flagstaff Jacki Tait, CLHMS, especially during the summer months when it is really hot in my neck of the woods, haha.  I look forward to reading what you love about it and perhaps we could get together for coffee the next time I am up in your neck of the woods.

Feb 25, 2023 05:20 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego
Feb 25, 2023 10:12 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

LOVE the title and the featured photo too, Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets! Great information about your gorgeous city.

Feb 25, 2023 11:32 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

Oh thank you Debe Maxwell, CRS it was a fun one!

Feb 25, 2023 12:06 PM
Brian England

You always seem to have fun with your posts Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets and I enjoy reading them!  I am off to read your entry, I am sure it will be good!

Feb 26, 2023 05:33 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets 

Great title, great read about a great city!!

Feb 26, 2023 09:48 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

Thanks for this opportunity to share a little about a rural, unincorporated area called Golden Valley, AZ. We love living here.


Feb 26, 2023 10:29 AM
Brian England

I don't know much at all about Golden Valley so I really look forward to hearing all about it from you.  I am off to read your entry now!

Feb 27, 2023 04:47 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Another awesome post about Golden Valley, Leanne Smith. It's obvious that you love the area in which you live!

Mar 02, 2023 01:12 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones
Feb 26, 2023 03:08 PM
Brian England

I have loved learning about Austin from your posts and I am really looking forward to reading this one, off to read it now!

Feb 27, 2023 04:48 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

LOVE the title and am off to read it, Dorie Dillard Austin TX! Thank you for participating in Feb's LOVE challenge!!

Mar 02, 2023 01:13 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Hey Debe Maxwell, CRS . Here is my entry It's the People.

Feb 26, 2023 07:16 PM
Brian England

From the title, I can tell that I am going to really enjoy your post.  I am off to read it now!

Feb 27, 2023 04:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

It's always the people, Bob "RealMan" Timm, isn't it?! 

Mar 02, 2023 01:24 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm

Thank you Brian England 

Yes it is Debe Maxwell, CRS 

Mar 02, 2023 01:28 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Brian England and Debe- down to the wire but here's my entry...

Houston...Big City With Small Town Ways

Feb 27, 2023 12:14 PM
Brian England

Awesome post, Kathy Streib I really enjoyed reading it earlier this morning!

Feb 27, 2023 04:14 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

WOW! Now, that is feature-worthy, Kathy! Thank you for sharing - I loved your post.

Mar 02, 2023 01:38 PM
Brenda Mayette
Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc. - Glenville, NY
Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how!

HI Debe Maxwell, CRS & Brian England ...  I did it!!  Here you go:  https://activerain.com/droplet/HnvS  😃

Feb 27, 2023 02:28 PM
Brian England

I am glad you posted an entry, I am going over there now to check it out!

Mar 01, 2023 04:41 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I'm off to read it, Brenda Mayette - Brian & I appreciate you participating...

Mar 02, 2023 01:38 PM
Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp
SLS Home Inspections-Kankakee Will Iroquois Grundy Counties - Bourbonnais, IL
The Home Inspector With a Heart!

Here you are, enjoy. Kankakee celebration post

Feb 28, 2023 08:06 AM
Brian England

I know nothing about Kankakee so I am really looking forward to learning all about it from your post.

Mar 01, 2023 04:42 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Fantastic post, Scott Seaton Jr. SLS Home Insp! Thank you for sharing!

Mar 02, 2023 01:44 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debe, doing a post on the City we love and live in was easy!

Why do People Move to Denver, and STAY?

Feb 28, 2023 09:19 AM
Brian England

I met another gal that lives in the Denver area recently and I have always enjoyed my visits there.

Mar 01, 2023 04:43 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

The STAYING part is really a 'thing,' Joan Cox - I know first-hand! LOL

Mar 02, 2023 01:49 PM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Another last minute entry for me.  This one really was a challenge for me because I am so new to the area. 

PebbleCreek, Who Would Live in the Desert?!?

I was very close to naming this post, "A Horse With No Name," but I do not own a horse! 😉

Feb 28, 2023 09:31 AM
Brian England

You live in a really nice community, it has so much to offer!  I look forward to visiting you there as well.

Mar 01, 2023 04:45 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Love either title, Ray Henson! I'm off to read your post!

Mar 02, 2023 01:50 PM
Ray Henson

Thank you, Brian England, and we look forward to your visit!!!

I did change the title a few times, Debe Maxwell, CRS.  Thank you for voting yes on it.  😃

Mar 02, 2023 05:19 PM
Tracy Lee Parker
RE/MAX DFW Associates - Royse City, TX

Sliding in here last minute! HERE is my entry! Thank you for this opportunity! 

Feb 28, 2023 10:22 AM
Brian England

Nice!  I am glad that you got your post entered just in the nick of time!  I am headed over there to read it now.

Mar 01, 2023 04:45 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

HI Tracy Lee Parker! Thank you for participating, last minute or not! I'm off to read your post...

Mar 02, 2023 02:20 PM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello, I and with Tracy lee Parker and coming in at the last minute with my Contest entry.  https://activerain.com/droplet/HnzW  https://activerain.com/droplet/HnzW

Feb 28, 2023 01:06 PM
Brian England

I am glad that you made an entry Will Hamm, I met another gal from the Denver area while I was having dinner with Ray and Debe Maxwell, CRS but she didn't know you.  I was going to tell her that you were the best agent in Denver but she was also an agent so I refrained, haha.

Mar 01, 2023 04:47 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Hi Will Hamm! Can't wait to read your post - headed there now!

Mar 02, 2023 02:32 PM
Sandra Mathewson
RE/MAX 4000 - Grand Junction, CO

Here is my February entry to the Challenge 


Feb 28, 2023 01:09 PM
Brian England

I enjoyed your last post about Grand Junction and I have a feeling I am going to really enjoy this one too!

Mar 01, 2023 04:48 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Thanks for sharing more about your beautiful area, Sandra Mathewson! Grand Valley seems to be a fabulous place to live, work & play!

Mar 02, 2023 02:47 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Here is my entry to the February challenge:


Late to the party!

Feb 28, 2023 01:30 PM
Brian England

If you arrive late to the party you have to catch up to the rest of us that have already had a few adult libations, haha.  Can someone get a couple of shots for Wayne Martin

Mar 01, 2023 04:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Love your passion for Chicago, Wayne - and family, of course! Thank you again for participating in this challenge.

Wayne Martin 

Mar 02, 2023 02:52 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Good evening. I did manage to get a post about our special town.

Why We Enjoy Our Special Town of Prospect CT

Feb 28, 2023 05:43 PM
Brian England

I have learned a bit about Prospect already from your posts but this post should tell me all that I need to know about the area!

Mar 01, 2023 04:49 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

I love your passion for Prospect, Ed Silva and can't wait to read this one. I'm headed to read it now.

Mar 02, 2023 03:16 PM
Diana Zaccaro Broker Associate
Tropical Beachside brokered by eXp - Cocoa Beach, FL
"The Accidental Blogger" Cocoa Beach, Florida

Another last minute entry but better late than never, as they say

Why I Love Life in Cocoa Beach, Florida

Feb 28, 2023 09:48 PM
Brian England

I have never been to Cocoa Beach, Florida but I have a feeling I am going to find out from your post that it is a place I definitely need to visit.

Mar 01, 2023 04:50 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh, I love Cocoa Beach and can't wait to read your post, Diana!

Mar 02, 2023 03:22 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Debe Maxwell, CRS good morning, Debe... never saw points awarded for the March Challenge... were they awarded or just "late" this month?

Mar 16, 2023 05:15 AM
Kieran Jackson
Keller Williams Hollywood Hills - Los Angeles, CA
Realtor®, SFR, U.S. Army Veteran

This was a terrific challenge. I wish I had known about when it was still active. I'm going to give you a Follow right now, and be on the lookout for future challenges. Thanks!

May 03, 2023 03:24 PM