October 2014

10 Thanksgiving traditions to try with your family this year

by Shea Homes Arizona on October 30, 2014

What better way to get in the holiday spirit than choosing a new Thanksgiving tradition? We’ve rounded up ten memory-making turkey day traditions for the whole family to enjoy.

Turkey Tickets

Turkey Ticket







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A few weeks before Thanksgiving, surprise each family member with a scroll of receipt paper. The longer the better! The instructions? This ticket must be filled out with a list of things each person is grateful for, then turned in to gain admission to Thanksgiving dinner!

Thankful Pumpkins

Thankful Pumpkins







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Buy a fake pumpkin, spray paint it white (or your favorite color) and use a Sharpie to write all the things you’re thankful for. Use this as your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Place a mini pumpkin at each place setting and invite guests to express their gratitude too.

Gratitude Rolls

Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls





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These fortune cookie-inspired crescent rolls have a surprise inside. As guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner, ask them to jot down something they’re grateful for. Tuck each tiny paper inside a crescent roll and bake. When everyone gathers for the meal, have them take turns reading their rolls and guessing who wrote the thankful sentiment.

Thankful Placemat

 Thanksful Placemat







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Simple brown kraft paper and a black marker are all you need to make these elegant Thankful Placemats. Snap a photo of each person’s completed placemat for a holiday keepsake you’ll treasure.

Thankful Banner

Thankful Banner








Photo credit: Carina Gardner

Download these free leaf templates and encourage the kids to add to your Thankful Banner through the month of November. By the time Thanksgiving arrives, you’ll have a bountiful display of thanks.

Thankful Chalkboard

 Thankful Chalkboard







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If you have a wall to spare, get out the chalkboard paint and create a “thankful chalkboard” for all to enjoy. No chalkboard? No problem. Tape up a big piece of paper and let the kids go crazy with the crayons.

Turkey Bingo

 Turkey Bingo





Photo credit: Make and Takes

Ask Thanksgiving guests to bring a small gift (think dollar store) for a little game called Turkey Bingo. This timed game involves dice, gift stealing and some unexpected prizes. Sardines, anyone? Get the “official rules” at Make and Takes – or make up your own!

Fall Fun List

 Fall Fun List







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If you’ve ever been on Pinterest, you’ve surely seen plenty of Summer Fun Lists. This year, why not give Fall a “fun list” of its own? Pumpkin bread-baking, leaf-jumping and apple picking are just a few ideas to get you started.

Gratitude Jar

Gratitude Jar




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Set out a jar and an assortment of pens and papers and invite the family to count their blessings. Fill the jar through the month of November, then enjoy reading them together as a family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thankful Tablecloth

Thankful Tablecloth








Photo credit: Blue Cricket Design

Would you believe this fun and functional tablecloth was made with a drop cloth? Add fabric Sharpie markers and your family’s input, and you’ll have the perfect Thanksgiving tablecloth.


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Celebratory pricing on Shea3D™ Homes at Colliers Hill

by Shea Homes Colorado on October 30, 2014


Honoring the proud legacy of the early Colorado coal miners, the new community of Colliers Hill in Erie offers the traditional charm of small town living with the best in new home design. This is where Shea Homes has chosen to debut its innovative new home concept: Shea3D™. Currently Shea has two of these homes available with celebratory pricing that can close by year-end.

First, is a Plan 353 featuring a Kitchen Lifestyle. Priced at $396,618** this 2,356-square-foot Shea3D home has four bedrooms, 2-1/2 bathrooms, a main-floor office, second-level laundry room, mud room off the 2-car garage, wrought iron stair railings, a covered patio, and air conditioning. Designer finishes include rosemary heritage pine wood-style laminate flooring, tile flooring in the master and secondary bathrooms, sand dune engineered stone kitchen countertops with backsplash, Corian countertops in the bathrooms, and spring valley maple cabinetry.

Second is a beautiful home that encompasses the Entertainment Lifestyle. With three bedrooms and four bathrooms this 2,835-square-foot Plan 404 features a main-floor office, second-level loft and laundry room, chef kitchen, fireplace at the watch area, air conditioning, and a mud room off the 3-car tandem garage. Stunning design finishes include sun river caramel wood-style laminate flooring, tile flooring in the bathrooms and laundry room, Typhoon Bordeaux slab granite kitchen countertops with a full backsplash, Torreon slab travertine countertops with backslash in the master bath, Corian bone countertops in the secondary bathrooms, and cherry cider cabinetry with a java glaze. This home is priced at $446,513**. [read more…]



Shea Homes Arizona and USAA are teaming up to help families through a relocation program called MoversAdvantage.

USAA, the leading financial service provider for the military and their families, has 10 million members and counting with 25% of those members moving every single year. The MoversAdvantage program offers rebates and help to USAA members who are looking to buy or sell a home. A Certified Relocation Agent through the MoversAdvantage program, matches USAA members with a local real estate agent who understands the unique needs of their families.

Now, the partnership with Shea Homes Arizona and MoversAdvantage gives USAA members the added benefit of buying a new home through the relocation program.  With USAA’s experience helping their members through buying, selling, financing, and protecting their residential property and Shea Homes’ highly ranked Arizona communities, this joint effort will assist military families to build a house they can make their home.

This partnership will help create a smooth transition while their home is being built, reducing the stress on soldiers finding a home for their families. Shea Homes builds communities throughout Arizona with desirable options and features, while giving the families plenty to do in or around the neighborhood. With Shea Homes’ new Shea3D communities, families can build homes with a floor plan and living space that matches their lifestyle. Based on the family’s needs and routines, Shea Homes is able to build a house around the family.

To participate in this opportunity, join USAA to reap the benefits of MoversAdvantage, and start exploring communities through Shea Homes today! The union of these two wonderful companies will bring an even greater union in your own family.


Only 3 More Tralee Homes in Dublin!

by Shea Homes Northern California on October 23, 2014


The gorgeous designer model homes at Tralee in Dublin are now selling! And it is your last chance to purchase one of these stylish townhomes.

Tralee is ideally located in the heart of Dublin, and offers a walkable lifestyle with proximity to BART, restaurants, parks and more. Available floorplans range from approximately 2,244 to 2,372 square feet, with quality extras throughout.

Tralee Plan A 

This plan is perfect for the young family or entertainer. The first floor offers a spacious 2 car garage, large private patio and a bedroom with a full bathroom and walk in closet – perfect for a roommate or in-law. You’ll love this open second level floorplan that features a large dining, living and cooking area. The kitchen features a place for bar stools and the attached nook is perfect for a reading room or play room. The third floor offers two additional bedrooms, and the master is large with dual sinks and walk in closet. The laundry is also conveniently located on this level for ease of use. View Home Floorplan >

Tralee Plan B 

The first floor of this beautiful home features a bedroom, full bath and private patio. The open second level floorplan boasts a large kitchen with plenty of counter space and an island. Spend time cooking and keep everything stored conveniently in your large pantry. The third floor of this retreat style home features 2 additional bedrooms and a master complete with large walk in closet, dual sinks and large bathtub. View Home Floorplan >

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Move into Italian-inspired Tresana Neighborhood By Year-End

October 23, 2014
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  If you are looking for stylish attached living with a plethora of community amenities close at hand, consider a stylish attached residence by Shea at Tresana in Highlands Ranch. Currently, Shea has a 1,637-square-foot Cascina plan under construction that will be ready in December. Priced at $364,900* this charming 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom home includes a […]

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Spacious Ranch With Walkout Basement Available At BackCountry

October 20, 2014
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  Currently under construction at BackCountry is an exceptional Sunshower ranch plan from the Shea Homes Shadow Walk Collection. This 2,604-square-foot home with three bedrooms and 2-1/2 bathrooms is priced at $688,561* and will be ready for move in December. Situated on a walkout homesite this open concept home features a spacious great room with […]

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The nest is empty. But the schedule is full at BackCountry.

October 16, 2014
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  Last year’s Empty Nester Christmas party had a new rule. Only the men could do the cooking. The end result was scrumptious lasagna, less-stressed ladies, and the largest turnout yet—upwards of 50 people. BackCountry is home to a wonderfully active network of singles and couples beyond the child-raising years. Lou Casteel, the informal head […]

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Grand Opening This Saturday at Shea3D in Colliers Hill

October 13, 2014
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  Since construction began excitement has been building around the unveiling of the model homes showcasing the new Shea3D™ designs. Visit Colliers Hill in Erie on Saturday to celebrate the Shea3D™ grand opening and discover a revolutionary approach to having the lifestyle and home of your dreams. You can also enter to win one of three great […]

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Baby proofing your home: 5 things you may have missed

October 9, 2014

  All new parents do their best to eliminate potential hazards from their home. Sometimes, however, even the best efforts aren’t enough. Make sure you don’t miss these five frequently overlooked baby proofing items. Mom and dad’s medicine A child is admitted to the ER every eight minutes because of medicine poisoning. Keep prescription and […]

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What to expect when you’re expecting. (A new home at Stepping Stone, that is.)

October 9, 2014
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  In every first-time endeavor—whether it’s having a baby, adopting a puppy, or buying a new home—it can be pretty comforting to hear from those who have traveled the path before you. And actually enjoyed the journey. Amy Menges and her husband, David, are two of those happy trailblazers. They closed on their new home […]

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