summer

Cool Pines
Want to sneak in a trip to cooler temps before summer is over? Here are four fun festivals and events happening around the state next month!

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with an Ice Cream Party

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 8, 2016

National Ice Cream Month
July is National Ice Cream month! What better reason to grab a cup or cone, invite the neighbors over and celebrate! Here are five fun ways to enjoy this cool sweet treat with family and friends.

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Summer Activities Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture on Flickr

Congratulations parents, you did it! You successfully dropped off, packed lunches, helped with homework and guided your kiddos through another school year. Now the time has come to soak up summer days, encourage adventure, embrace the crazy and to laugh until your sides hurt – make memories.

To help fill all of this newfound free time and to avoid the dreaded “I’m bored”, we have compiled a list of simple, cost-effective activities to keep your kiddos active this summer.

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Plan before you plant.

by Shea Homes Colorado on May 26, 2016

 

Is it a mere coincidence that plan precedes plant in the dictionary? We think not. As any master gardener will tell you, a thoughtful plan is as indispensable a tool as, say, your gardening spade. And, as any sun-starved gardener will tell you, the snowy/rainy days of early spring are the perfect time to strategize for the growing season to come. To help guide our Shea homeowners in all their upcoming gardening adventures—especially those who have recently moved into a new home that needs a few final landscaping touches—we’ve gathered the helpful links below.

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Your first stop is actually very close to home at Shea Homes’ Pinterest Plan Before You Plant board.  Container gardening is a smart choice if your yard is small, or maybe you just need some color and texture for your porch or patio. Chances are good that you’ll find a terrific solution from these 121 Container Gardening Ideas or these suggestions that focus on heat- and drought-tolerant succulent container plants, complete with instructions on propagating from the mere pinch of a neighbor’s plant. (Talk about economical.) If you long to grow a bit of your own food, but don’t want to lose a chunk of your yard, try vegetable container gardening.  You’d be surprised how much yield you can get from small spaces. Wondering when it’s safe to plant those veggies? Keep this planting guide handy, and you’ll know not to plant your tender peppers and eggplant until June 1.

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A Day Trip To Remember: Prescott, AZ

July 31, 2015




  Hello Weekend! This is the second in a series meant for the Phoenician weekender looking for a little day trip adventure. This day trip is a blast from the past as you walk the streets of the old west and make memories for years to come. Home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, historic downtown, hiking […]

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Backyard for Summer

July 8, 2015




  Tired of your boring back yard? Spruce it up with these 4 fabulous ideas from Modernize.com guest contributor Bryn Huntpalmer! Enhancing your backyard will create an oasis for you, and a great gathering place for friends and family. Check out these great ideas, then leave us your idea in the comments! Add a Natural Pool Natural pools […]

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Tips & Sips: 3 Must-Have Summer Parties

July 1, 2015




From the Fourth of July, to Labor Day, to everything in-between, summer is meant to be spent in the open-air, enjoying blissfully unstructured, sunny days with loved ones. The epitome of the season? All of the backyard soirees – filled with dips, sips, friends and family – you can host to show off your envy-worthy […]

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Shea Homes Water Safety

June 26, 2015




Like it or not, Arizona’s sizzling summer heat has arrived. The kids are on summer break and there is nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in the swimming pool. At Shea Homes, we’re passionate about caring for our customers, which is why we want to share a couple of important water safety tips to […]

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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home for Monsoon Season

June 12, 2015




Monsoon season – love it or hate it, it’s coming June 15. And if you live in the greater Phoenix area, now is the time to prepare. We’ve put together our top five tips to get your home ready for the rain, wind, dust and hail that will be headed your way soon. Check your […]

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Become a Backyard BBQ Master in 5 Easy Steps

May 20, 2015




Memorial Day weekend typically marks the unofficial, “official” start of barbecue season. Since you’re probably raring to spend as much time outdoors in the summer sun – which includes your meals, it’s time to study up on how to become the master of your backyard BBQ! If you’re ready to brush up on your grilling […]

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