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4th of July Events Around The Valley of the Sun

by Shea Homes Arizona on June 30, 2017

Fourth of July Around PhoenixWith Independence Day just days away, we have put together a list of some fun Valley events you might want to check out. Be safe and enjoy!

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A Birthday Bash to Build Hope

by Shea Homes Arizona on August 14, 2015

 

Giving back is extremely important and something that we at Shea Homes take pride in doing. Shea Homes Arizona recently teamed up with UMOM New Day Centers, Inc. and HandsOn Greater Phoenix and threw a birthday bash that will never be forgotten. The bash focused on giving homeless families living in the Watkins shelter a special celebration. Held at the Watkins Emergency Shelter, this event was for 20-30 kids and their families. The kids enjoyed games, music, face painting, snacks and birthday cake!

Our entire Shea Community Representative team came out to celebrate!

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“It’s not that uncommon in this day and age where people run into some personal or financial difficulty and find themselves displaced from their homes,” said Michael Floor, the Shea Homes Community Representative who organized the event. “It was rewarding to be a part of their day to cut loose and have some fun.”

The Watkins Emergency Shelter has served over 2,000 women and 329 families all across Phoenix. About 80 percent of those individuals have a past of violence or sexual abuse. The goal of the event was to bring hope to a healing community. Watkins is managed and operated by UMOM, which is the largest shelter for homeless families in the state of Arizona. UMOM’s goal is to keep families together while offering them everything they can to get them back on their feet.

Shea Homes Community Representative Mike Coffey said, “It was an awesome experience, incredibly humbling, and a great reminder of how blessed I am.”

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As part of our #ReadWithYourChild campaign, book drive and raffle to develop strong, young readers who are passionate about learning, we are excited to share ten fun and interactive ways to make reading with your child an effective and enjoyable experience.

  1. Bring the characters within your favorite books to life by creating distinct voices for each of them. Use tone, volume and pace when speaking to express emotion.
  2. Take breaks from reading word-for-word to pay attention to illustrations. Ask your child questions about what is happening in the picture, who is in the picture and to share details such as colors, sizes and shapes from the image. “A picture is worth a thousand words.”- Chinese Proverb
  3. Connect what you are reading to the world around you. For example, read books about nature at the park and/or books about animals at the zoo. This will allow your child to make a connection between the book’s description of the object(s) and the physical object(s) itself.
  4. Use nonverbal communication while reading to express ideas. Hand motions and body movements act as great visuals to help your child understand and remember the story. For instance, if a character in the story is running, you and your child can hold your arms in the shape of a right angle and swing them forward and back as if you were jogging.
  5. Sing! Pick a tune from one of your child’s or your own favorite nursery rhymes and turn the story you are reading into a song; the melody and repetition will help your child learn the material and retain it.
  6. Most little ones have one book that they could read all day long and still love with all of their heart. With all of this repetition, your child is likely to have parts of the book memorized. Use this as a tool to get them involved in the reading process and to build their confidence. Start by reading the first part of the sentence and then pause at the part your child knows to let them fill in the blank.
  7. Sit down with your kiddo to read, but just listen. Let your child use their imagination to tell the story from start to finish on their own.
  8. Make reading a family affair by encouraging all members of the family to read with your kiddo(s). This will allow everyone to express their personality, share their favorite books and learn from one another.
  9. Kids are like sponges, they will soak up everything they see you say and do. Set a positive example by making time for yourself to read daily and by keeping reading material throughout the house.
  10. Engage with the community and discover new reads by attending story-time programs at your local library or bookstore.

There’s still time to donate books for our book drive and get entered into a raffle to win 1 of 6 Amazon gift cards. Click here for all the details!

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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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Spring Family Fun

April 21, 2014




  Are you always looking for fun ways to keep the kids busy? Spend some quality craft time this spring with your little ones and make some memories you will never forget. These Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies by Happy Hooligans won’t be hopping down a bunny trail anytime soon, but they will be cute decoration […]

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Moving with Kids – Done Right

April 13, 2013




In the Bay Area where homes are in high demand due to good school scores, proximity to large industries, and California’s beautiful weather, we understand how finding the perfect home for your family can be taxing not only on you but on your family too. Once the search is over, and you’ve found your new […]

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