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2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 13, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for Your HomeNow that the chaos of the holidays is over, many of us are hungry for change and a fresh start. A new year is the perfect place to implement new habits & routines to live the life you have always wanted and to reach the goals that you have set. These new habits usually include healthy eating and more exercise, but we would argue that home improvement and care is just as important (your home is where you do most of your living after all!). As you take a look at the coming year with a fresh set of eyes, here are a few New Year’s resolutions for your home: 

Remove Excess

Put your house on a diet by getting rid of the junk! Schedule a day to take a good, hard look at all of the things you own, recall the last time you used them, the likelihood that you will use them within the next six months and the value that they bring to your life and your home. If you find items that haven’t been used in ages, that you aren’t likely to use in the near future and that don’t serve a specific purpose in your life or home, put them in a pile and let them go. This practice is simple, yet life-changing when you experience the mental space that is cleared up by simply decluttering. 

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Yoga In The neighborhood?

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 24, 2016

 

Sometimes the best antidote to a crazy, busy life is to just breathe. Cross-legged. In yoga pants.

Okay okay, there’s much more to it than that. The 5,000-year-old practice of yoga brings challenge along with the calm, while increasing strength, balance, and flexibility. And at one locally-owned studio, a profound sense of community.

At Breath of Life Studio, just a few minutes away from Reunion a Shea Homes Community, owner Audrey Goodman has created a different kind of yoga studio.

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“We’re all about community,” she says. “We’re positive. We encourage and lift up each other.” So from beginner to expert, you can feel supported in a wide range of classes including Classic Flow, Power Flow, Toning Yoga, Pilates Fusion, and more. It’s a friendly environment where many attendees have forged friendships that extend beyond the studio.

Goodman’s belief in community has led to special fundraising workshops, such as one in which 100% of donations went to help a Reunion boy recovering from a stroke. The session was followed by a happy hour, and fun was had by all—including the boy and his family.

“People at Reunion are amazing,” says Goodman. “The community support for people in need is incredible.” Instead of spending money on advertising, Breath of Life helps sponsor almost every event at Reunion, including the annual Kite & Flight Festival. And at July’s Red, White and Bluefest, Goodman will kick off the event with free yoga in the park.

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Seven ways to stay healthy this winter.

by Shea Homes Colorado on January 22, 2016

 

Here we are in the doldrums of winter, with January mostly behind us and all of February ahead. Prime time for the sniffles or worse, right? Well, not necessarily. Consider taking a few preventive measures, such as the seven very doable suggestions below. Good news: becoming a germophobic, surgical mask-wearing hermit is not required.

1. You are what you eat. No kidding.
More and more, research is confirming what moms have been saying forever. Healthier foods make a healthier you. So, which foods provide the best prevention?

According to this article on FamilyCircle.com, fresh fruits, veggies, lean meats, and fish are healthy choices year-round, but according to Bonnie TaubDix, R.D., these foods give an extra boost to your body’s infection-defeating abilities. Carrots, bell peppers, kale, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and squash are beta-carotene powerhouses that protect the lining of the nose, trapping germs before they can infect you. In a study at the University of Florida, people who consumed two cups of green tea daily for three months had 32% fewer colds than those who didn’t. Nonfat Greek yogurt boosts immunity with high protein and live and active cultures. One serving of salmon contains up to 1,000 IU of vitamin D, which a University of Colorado, Denver, study found can stave off colds. In another recent study, people who took a daily garlic supplement had 36% fewer colds over the course of a year.

Eating locally may be even more important than eating organically, says WebMD.com.  Because the trip from farm to table is faster, a head of locally grown lettuce, for example, may be more nutrientdense than one shipped coast to coast.

Eat Local

Also, a diet low in refined sugar strengthens the immune system and can potentially protect the body against cold and flu, says Alan Gaby, M.D., who specializes in nutritional medicine. “Some doctors have observed that people who reduce sugar consumption have fewer infections and are generally healthier overall,” he says.

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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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