Traditions

4 Fun, Inexpensive Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

by Shea Homes Arizona on May 12, 2017

 

The key to Mom’s heart isn’t always a pricey gift. More often than not, there are other, thoughtful ways we can honor our Moms that they will cherish forever. Here are a few tips and ideas to get you started.

Before you start, figure out what makes your mom feel special and loved. A good place to start, is to think about how she likes to celebrate, encourage and show you love.
Mother's Day Brunch1.) Create a homemade brunch for her to wake up to complete with some of her favorite things – including a personalize color scheme and her absolute favorite breakfast treats! Make it fancy with a tablecloth, flowers, plates, napkins and glasses full of her favorite beverage. Voila! Simple, cheap, beautiful and thoughtful!

Family Outing2.) Take the whole family on an outing whether it’s a hike, a day at the pool, a picnic at the park or a day trip to the her favorite nearby destination, these activities bring the family together and result in wonderful, lasting memories. Again, think about your mom’s favorite things to do & what makes her feel loved.

Stay Home3.) Stay at home for the day and create fun Mother’s Day traditions. Find some quick and easy baking recipes that you can do with your mom or wife and enjoy later! You can even make the day competitive by playing outdoor sports and indoor games! Pick up a cheap badminton or croquet set to set up in your backyard and get the energy and competition flowing outside. Or dig up those old board games, build a fort and create a new Mother’s Day tradition.

Homemade Gifts4.) Make homemade gifts for mom with the little ones. These are the gifts that mean the most to her. Get some finger-paint at your local craft store with a pack of cardstock and make a collage of handprints from everyone in the family. Another idea is to grab ingredients from her favorite dessert (i.e. cookies or scones) and layer each ingredient, one on top of the other, in a mason jar. Decorate the jar with a piece of patterned cloth over the lid and tie it with ribbon. Bake the dessert on Mother’s Day for fun bonding time and a delicious treat. Better yet, send mom out on a fun trip by herself or with a close friend – could be to the movies, for a manicure/pedicure or another one of her favorite activities – and surprise her with a clean home & a freshly made meal when she returns. Add in homemade cards from everyone in the family for an extra special touch.

Say thanks to mom this weekend and tune in to our Shea Homes blogFacebook, and Twitter for Father’s Day ideas. It’s just around the corner!

Sales by Shea Homes Marketing Company (AZ DRE #CO550381000), Construction by Shea Homes Limited Partnership (ROC 195895).

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Five New Traditions to Include this Holiday Season

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 18, 2015

 

We all have traditions we love to enjoy with family and friends through the holiday season, and some years are ripe for adding a fun twist or an altogether brand new tradition. Whether you’re looking for something new or just beginning to form your family’s holiday customs, you’ve come to the right place.


Photo credit: The Kitchen Paper

Get your decorating on

Gingerbread houses are fun to decorate, and they always turn out unique—some are covered in candy, others are more simple; some are standing, others are, well, not… Have you ever made a gingerbread family to go along with your house? Click on the photo above for a recipe that just might add a new creative flare to your gingerbread decorating endeavors.  


Photo credit: Kirtsy

Take a festive treat to a neighbor

Whether it’s store bought candies or a plate of warm cookies, a small friendly gesture can go a long way to establishing the great neighborhood you’ve always dreamed of. We love these hot cocoa kits. Click on the photo for instructions for making your own!


Photo credit: RotiNRice

Take to the kitchen

Not big into cooking but looking for an easy way to try your hand at a traditional holiday meal? Baked ham is the place to start. Not only are most hams pre-cooked (so no-one is getting sick from your cooking) but they are generally very hands off once in the oven. Check out this recipe for a tasty, traditional brown-sugar and pineapple glaze.


Photo Credit: The Sparkle

 

Plan a day to relax

Take a morning or even a whole day to rejuvenate and detox from the stresses of the holiday season. It may become your favorite tradition and will likely make all the other ones that much more enjoyable. Click the photo above for a few ideas to get you started.

Photo credit: Sugar Blossoms

Add a twist to a traditional outing

As you take your usual walk or drive through your neighborhood, add a little extra fun by doing a holiday scavenger hunt! See if you can be the first to spot all 25 or work together to find them all! You can even make a list of some of your favorite houses and then vote as a family on the best houses you see!

For more traditions to consider and twists to the originals, check out our Pinterest board: Holiday Traditions at Home!

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8 Fun Christmas Traditions from Our Families to Yours

by Kayla Kody on December 18, 2014

Family Reading   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 my oldest son was born (who is the oldest grandchild) my mother gave the book to me to carry on that Christmas Eve tradition of reading it before bedtime.  I have done so with my kids each and every year and they still will not go to bed until that tradition is honored, even though they are 15 and 19 years old.   Hopefully, they will one day read the story to their kids from the same well-loved little book.” – Douglas Venable, Sales Representative

2. Design Studio Christmas Tree at Shea – Every year right before all of us in the office leave for Thanksgiving break we put up the Christmas Lights on the office Tree.  A few members of our marketing team and our design studio team get together to put up the tree and decorate. We listen to Christmas music and work as a team to make sure the tree looks great!

 

Kids Gifts 3. Gift Coding – “My parents could never get my two younger siblings and I to take time in between opening gifts, we were always too excited. One day Santa decided to help Mom and Dad slow us down by coding our gifts. We had to break the codes to figure out who got what, and what order to open the presents in. When we were younger the codes were easy, something like: shapes with four sides went to me, any six sided shapes went to my little sister, and circles went to my brother. As we got older they went to math problems, patterns, or symbols we had to break. We used to get so frustrated, but it made us work together and as the years went on we started to love the challenge. We still do it to this day, only now we code my parent’s gifts too!” –Kayla Kody, Digital Marketing Specialist

Christmas Puppy

4. Elf on the Shelf – Most of our office participates in this Christmas tradition. One elf in particular will be delivering quite a special gift this Christmas Eve: “When the kids try to find the elf in the morning he will be dangling from our front porch light, over a box. When they open the box they’re going to be thrilled to find their first puppy, a golden doodle that we will be bringing into our family this Christmas.” – Michele Scott, VP of Sales and Marketing

5. Huge Family Reunions – “Every year my entire family travels to my parents’ house in Maine, it’s the house I grew up in. Everyone arrives on the 23rd and we have a huge lasagna dinner with at least 25 members of my family. Three of my family members have birthdays over the holiday on the 23rd, 24th, and 26th so we celebrate those as well. It’s wonderful to have everyone together to reunite and celebrate the holiday.” –Sarah McKinnon, Marketing Project Coordinator

Reindeer

6. Reindeer Get Hungry Too! – “My husband, daughter, and I go to McAdenville to see the beautiful lights the city puts up every year and bring our favorite homemade hot chocolate with us. When we get home we put out Santa’s cookies and milk, but we also make sure to leave some treats for the reindeer! In the morning the reindeer have nibbled on some of their treats.” – Melissa Ehren, Sales Representative

7. The Feast of Seven Fishes – “Every year we cook the feast of the seven fishes. We treat ourselves to foods we don’t normally buy like lobster, and oysters. We make a huge mess but it is always a delicious meal!” – Shannon Lutomski, Purchasing  

8. Advent Calendar – “We count down the days until Christmas with our advent calendar. Our daughter pulls out the prize behind each day as we get closer and closer. It’s a fun way to have little celebrations ahead of time and build up to the big day!” – Susan Lamb, Land Development

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