December 2014

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How this 13-year-old BackCountry resident is giving back.

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 29, 2014

 

And how you can too.

For many, the holidays are a time for outreach to those who are struggling. You can find endless ways to volunteer—check out the ideas below—but if you need additional inspiration, look no further than BackCountry resident Lily Larsen. Last month, this Mountain Ridge Middle School student wrapped up the second phase of her aid project to the children of Syria, sending 127 pairs of much-needed socks and 162 pairs of underwear. This followed the 335 stuffed animals Lily collected and sent last May.

Her inspiration sprang from a conversation with a Syrian family friend, who explained how the 2011 uprising changed everything in her once-peaceful homeland, creating more than one million child refugees, many of whose parents were imprisoned or killed. Lily thought stuffed animals might help those grieving children.

“I wanted to give them something to hang on to,” says Lily. “I thought about how it would feel if something like that happened to me.” A school project prompted her to take action, and the BackCountry – a Shea Homes community responded generously to her flyers by dropping off toys, and more recently, clothing. Fired up by her success, Lily plans to continue her outreach projects twice each year, shipping the goods to Boston’s NuDay Syria, an organization that forwards contributions to the struggling country each month.

For Lily, it was kids in crisis who inspired her to act. What might it be for you? Handypersons (or those willing to learn) might want to pick up a hammer for Habitat for Humanity. This nonprofit has built simple, affordable housing for families since 1976. [read more…]

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Parents, we know that your kids always come first and we love that about you; but this flu season there are some important actions that you can take to care for yourself so that you can keep your family healthy all winter long. After these tips become healthy habits in your daily routine, you and your family will be well-prepared for the cold months ahead. Better yet, many of these habits can be easily learned by your kiddos to join in the fight against the flu.

The best place to start is at the sink; good ol’ soap and water will protect you from germs found on every surface you touch. Next, protect yourself from the inside out by building up your immune system. Adding Zinc, Echinacea and garlic to your diet along with a wide variety of fruits and vegetables will operate as a 24/7 super team providing your body with valuable nutrients, while maintaining a strong immune system that is ready to fight against viruses. Zinc and Echinacea are commonly sold in pill form and can be taken first thing in the morning or right before bed. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is eight milligrams per day. Garlic can easily be added as a spice in various meals or consumed raw, just make sure that you have a toothbrush and/or some mint gum close by! Keep your breath smelling fresh and the germs away by replacing your toothbrush every three months, or immediately after you recover from feeling under the weather.

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Another integral part of building up your immune system stems from movement. We know fully that as parents, your schedules are filled to the brim with work, acting as taxi driver for your kids, running errands, cooking, cleaning, prepping, planning, etc. But, an hour of exercise at least three days a week or a half hour six days a week makes a world of a difference when it comes to keeping you well. The largest supporter of our body’s immune system is the lymphatic system. This system runs off of physical movement as it does not have an organ—like the heart—to pump the 600-plus bacteria fighting lymph nodes throughout the body. The more you exercise, the more effective the lymphatic system is at protecting your immune and digestive systems, keeping you feeling swell and well this year.

If you have tried everything and still can’t make it out of the house to work out in the midst of a chaotic day, get movement in at home while protecting your family. Jog around the house with a soapy washrag or disinfecting wipes and clean well-used surfaces such as doors, counters, cabinets, the refrigerator and toys while doing squats or one of your favorite workout routines.

On top of keeping your lymphatic system running effectively, exercise releases endorphins that relieve stress. High levels of stress run down your immune system and increase your risk for infection. To continue to relieve stress, allow your body to heal and rebuild muscle and to restore memory while you sleep. At the end of a long day, do yourself a favor and call it a night an hour or two earlier than you normally do. But, before your head hits the hay, get out the humidifier that you have hidden away, or stop by a local store to pick one up. Viruses thrive in dry air. Humidifiers add moisture to the air and stop viruses from multiplying and spreading throughout your home. Much like dry air, a dry mouth and throat also act as hotspots for viruses; this can be prevented by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

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Finally, if you suspect that one of the kids is coming down with something, don’t be afraid to keep them home from school or to cancel play dates. You will be protecting other children and your own child from germs while allowing them to rest, thus building up their immune system so they can get better as quickly as possible. During this time, protect the rest of your family by turning the child’s room in to a camp out, fort or castle for your little princess stocked with water, saltines or veggies and their favorite movies. This way your child can comfortably rest in their room and get better, while allowing you to check on them and also reducing the likelihood of the virus being passed from one family member to the next.

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Want a fun way to teach your children about the flu and how to fight it? Check out these coloring books: In English (http://www.nfid.org/coloring-book) and in Spanish (http://www.nfid.org/coloring-book-spanish) or introduce them to the healthy habits that you have now created in your life.

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Shea Homes Brings Revolutionary Designs To New Home Market

by Shea Homes Colorado on December 22, 2014

 

What is Shea3D™
Have you ever toured a model home and found that you love the second-floor layout, but wish you could reconfigure the first floor to accommodate how you live life? Shea3D™ offers three different first-floor options: outdoor, entertainment, and kitchen lifestyles. You can select the first-floor option that best matches your individual preferences. The outdoor lifestyle is for homeowners who feel their outdoor spaces are an extension of interior living spaces. With optimum flow between the kitchen, great room, and dining area, as well as access to the patio, the entertainment lifestyle is perfect for, well, entertaining. Just as the name implies the kitchen lifestyle living is all about the kitchen with its large island, ample cabinetry for storage, double pantries, and abundant counterspace.

What do all these options mean for you? Multiple options mean more opportunities to have the home of which you’ve been dreaming.

Priced from the $340s, this series offers seven plans, including a ranch, that range from 1,925 to 2,835 square feet. These plans offer two to five bedrooms, well-appointed kitchens with eat bars, open dining areas, great rooms, lofts, main-floor studies, unfinished basements, and 2-3 car garages. Architecturally, these plans have beautifully designed traditional, craftsman, and modern exteriors.
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Caption: Shea3D™ is exclusive to Colliers Hill in Erie, Colorado. Take a virtual tour our five model homes.

Available Home
Available now is a Shea3D™ Plan 351 priced at $360,539*. Featuring the entertainment lifestyle this 4-bedroom, 2-1/2 bath home has a well-designed kitchen that opens to both the great room and dining area, a main-floor laundry room, mud room off the 2-car garage, and air conditioning. Stylish design finishes include charcoal wood-style laminate flooring, tile flooring in the master and secondary bathrooms, Caesarstone concrete engineered stone perimeter kitchen countertops with a backsplash, pebble beach slab granite kitchen island, Corian medea countertops in the bathrooms, and spring valley maple cabinetry. Price listed includes the $10,000 celebratory pricing.

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Caption: Plan 351 Model Virtual Tour Video – Entertainment Lifestyle

Shea3D™ Ideally Located at Colliers Hill
Colliers Hill is ideally located 3 miles west of I-25 and exit #232 on Erie Parkway. Did you know that the nearest grocery store is just 10 minutes away? And Orchard Town Center with popular retail and restaurants is just a short 11-minute drive? It will take you 12 minutes to get to Costco and Home Depot from Colliers Hill. Travel to Boulder, Denver and Denver International Airport is relatively short and direct. Students will attend Erie Elementary, Middle, and High School in the St. Vrain School District and all schools are within a 3-mile radius.

 

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8 Ways to Organize and Store Your Holiday Decorations

by Shea Homes on December 22, 2014

8-Ways-to-store-Holiday-DecorationsDid you need a treasure map to find where you stored your holiday decor this year? Are you already dreading trying to stuff everything back into boxes that seem to shrink each year? Never fear; the tips below will help you easily reclaim your storage spaces and give you more time to enjoy your festive home during holidays next year. Read on and make a New Year’s Resolution that you can finish before the year is even out – getting your seasonal decorations organized!

1). Take Inventory & Donate Unused Items

When it comes time to pack up your holiday decor, pull out your boxes and take inventory – anything that stayed in boxes or wasn’t displayed in the last two years should be donated or thrown away if the items are no longer in good condition. This way you can keep a handle on how many odds and ends you collect throughout the years. If it is something sentimental that you don’t use but want to keep, take a look at #7 on this list.
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2). Invest in the Right Materials

Set yourself up for long-term organization success with the right equipment for the job.  Switch from cardboard boxes (don’t forget to recycle them!) to stackable, plastic totes or boxes. Identify if you need wreath holders, trays, dividers, light rolls, etc. Shop for these items soon after the holidays when they may go on sale – then use them for packing up the holiday decor!

3). Put a Label on It

Once you have the right tools and containers for storage, you’ll want to be able to find everything quickly and easily. Along with determining a packing structure that puts like items together, use appropriate labels so you know what each box you pack contains – without needing to strew everything around the room.

If you’re ready to get started with this task right now, simply download, print and fill out these free printable labels:

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4). Keep it Mobile

Lugging a heavy box from the front yard to the living room and into the garage makes packing and organization more of a chore than you bargained for. Consider in investing in wheeled storage containers or a moving dollie to spare the strain on your back and your stress.

5). Use Hidden Storage Spaces

The garage and attic aren’t the only places you can put things. To keep those storage spaces as neat and tidy as possible, look to unused nooks and crannies in your home. Consider using under-bed storage for items used throughout the year, such as shoes, a gift wrapping workstation and extra bedding.

6). Make Use of Multi-Use

Speaking of gift wrap, consider swapping snowman covered paper with neutral wrapping that can be tailored with ribbon, stamps and calligraphy for birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays. By looking for decorations that can play double-duty throughout the year around your home, you can significantly cut down on the items you need to store.

7). Create Remarkable Memories

From years of saved holiday cards to the kids’ pictures with Santa, these are memories you don’t want to toss. But, after a while these collectibles can take over your storage space. Instead of storing these keepsakes in a box where they won’t get the attention they deserve, display them in a memorable way. Consider an elegant scrapbook, a shadow box display or even a picture frame presentation like the one below.

8). Write Your Wish List

Those after-holiday sales can be really enticing (who doesn’t like a good deal?), but make sure that you’re purchasing something you really want and will look good in your home. By keeping a running list of decorations, home furnishings and other trimmings that fit your space, you’ll buy things you actually need – ensuring you won’t be wasting space storing something you won’t even use in the future.

Do you have any great storage organization tips? Share them with us in the comments below!

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Tips on buying a new home during the holidays

December 19, 2014




  Thinking of buying a new home during the holidays? You may be surprised to learn that now could be a good time to buy. While everyone else is running around shopping, wrapping and baking, you could be enjoying a great deal and celebrating the New Year in your dream home. Don’t settle Just because […]

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8 Fun Christmas Traditions from Our Families to Yours

December 18, 2014




  1. Passed Down Story Time – “My mother read my brothers and I the story “The Night Before Christmas” every Christmas Eve when I was growing up from an old and tattered book which she had for many years.  There are pages covered in crayon scribbles, torn corners and signs of use through the years.  When […]

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The Dream Kitchens of Stepping Stone

December 17, 2014




  This time of year, the kitchen becomes even more of a focal point. A well-designed kitchen makes the holidays even more festive, effortlessly drawing people together to chat while snapping green beans, oohing and aahing over the roasting turkey, or sharing wine and cheese before the big meal ahead. And when the kitchen is […]

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Coming in 2015: The Dunes on Monterey Bay

December 16, 2014




Whether you are looking for a quaint getaway beach home, or a place to raise your family, The Dunes on Monterey Bay truly has it all, and is ideal for a modern lifestyle of recreation, comfort and convenience for anyone. Surf House and Sea House communities by Shea Homes are currently scheduled to open in […]

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Ready, Set, Play at Winding Path Park!

December 15, 2014




                There’s no better way to enjoy a beautiful day than with an invigorating walk on the Stepping Stone trails. May we suggest Winding Path Park as your destination? The park, completed in July, offers more than five acres of outdoor beauty and fun. Reflecting the community’s design […]

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Winterize your home to stay comfortable and warm this season

December 11, 2014




“The more the merrier” is one of our favorite phrases this time of year as your home fills up with relatives, friends and holiday cheer. To keep you and your loved ones comfortable this year we would love to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home cozy and warm all […]

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