5 Ways to Turn Memories into Home Décor

by Shea Homes Arizona on July 21, 2017

Turn Memories into Home DecorSummer is all about escaping the heat, getting away for some much needed rest and relaxation and soaking up time with family and friends before the kids head back to school. It is a time to create memories that will last a lifetime. You can share these memories with friends and have daily reminders of your fun adventures by incorporating them into your home décor. Here are our 5 DIY home décor ideas:

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Props for your pops!

by Shea Homes Colorado on June 9, 2016


Father’s Day is coming soon—Sunday, June 19, to be precise—so get ready to show him some love. Have you already picked out the annual, obligatory tie? If not, be glad because there’s a much more creative gift waiting for him. If you live in a Shea Homes Community you’re near Park Meadows Retail Resort and Northfield Stapleton. But if you prefer a super easy online solution, or just some guidance before you hit the stores, explore the handy links we’ve gathered below.

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6 Websites that Make Booking a Vacation a Breeze

by Shea Homes on February 18, 2015

booking-vacationShould you book your plane ticket on Tuesday at 3p.m., Wednesday at 1a.m., or wait until a Sunday? Is purchasing a hotel through the hotel’s booking service cheaper than using a third party? There are so many different tips and so-called equations to finding the best price when researching your vacation, it can quickly become overwhelming. The next time you plan a trip, try using some of the websites below to avoid spending your entire lunch break scouring the web, or waking up your entire household while you fumble to find your laptop in the middle of the night. The following six websites should make booking a winter (or summer!) vacation as relaxing as your getaway will be.

1.    TripTuner

Can’t narrow down where in the world you would like to jet set to? TripTuner is a simple tool that helps you identify destinations that align with your travel style – some of which you may not have even thought of previously! You can even start a travel wish list on the site where you start to curate your travel bucket list.

Just like there’s no exact science to when and how to buy your plane tickets, there’s no end-all-be-all fare booking service – although that really would simplify things. To keep you from scouring every site out there, we’ve compiled three websites we’ve discovered recently (all of which have mobile apps as well).

2.    Kayak

Kayak not only aggregates flights from various carriers to find you the best deal, they also have a price alert function that allows you to enter the trips you want to take and it then sends you notifications as prices fluctuate. Since it’s difficult to know if a certain ticket price is a “good” one, they also have a Buzz section that details out historical fare prices based on past searches for the trip you want to take.

3.    Airfare watchdog

Similarly, Airfare Watchdog also aggregates various airline carriers, as well as additional third party ticketing sites, but its true worth lies in its “Today’s Top Fares” list, where the site lists the best deals for various fares each day. Since prices of these flights may fluctuate based on the date of departure, this feature is perfect for travelers without a solid plan in place already.


4.    Skyscanner

This tool has slightly more flexibility when choosing your flight option, allowing you to choose your desired outbound and returning flight separately instead of packaging them together. The site also has a watching feature that tracks ticket prices over time.

5.    Yapta

Still worried after booking your plane ticket that the best [price] is yet to come? Yapta is here for that! Simply enter your flight information into their site (you can also book tickets through Yapta) and they’ll let you know if prices drop and you can claim an airline refund. Not sure how to claim a refund? No worries, Yapta will help you through that process as well if it is an airline that gives price refunds.

6. offers great deals on hotels throughout the world and is helpful in sorting hotels out by neighborhood location, amenities or proximity to popular attractions.

If you’re looking for a little different flair, try websites that specialize in finding Bed & Breakfasts or even give a home-sharing or home rental service like Airbnb or Flipkey a try.

Now that you’re basically a one-man (or woman) travel agency, get to planning your next vacation! Make sure to bookmark or pin this page so you can come back to reference these sites. What destination is next on your bucket list? Tell us in the comments below and let us know if there are any additional sites we should add to this list.

Going on vacation to a different city is a great way to see what living would be like in that area.  If you’re interested in finding a new home in a different city, come see what Shea Homes has to offer at these locations:


Bay Area, CA
Central Coast, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Orange County, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, CA


Seattle, WA
Las Vegas, NV
Phoenix, AZ
Houston TX
Denver, CO


Central Florida
Northern Virginia
Charlotte, NC
Greensboro, NC
York-Lancaster, SC



Where: Flagstaff

Who: Family Friendly

As the summer heat continues here in Arizona, many of you are probably thinking of staying in for Labor Day. Although this may be an option, there are many things to do that could get you out and about while staying cool. Whether it’s about the kids, spending time with your loved one or just being adventurous, Arizona has many options for you.1CCfair

With temperatures as low as 51 degrees at night, an easy way to escape the heat is to pack up the family and take a short drive up to Flagstaff. You and the family can see breathtaking views of Northern Arizona by visiting Snowbowl’s ski lift. For an easy $10-$15, you can take in what Northern Arizona has to offer. If the kids are too afraid of heights, heading over to the Coconino County Fair might be your best bet. Along with art and entertainment, the kids can enjoy a petting zoo, carnival rides and much more. The fair ends at 4pm, so plenty of time to make it back home.

Pool Parties

Where: Scottsdale

Who: Adults ages 21+2talkingstick

If you have decided to stay within the heart of Arizona, two of the hippest hotels have its doors wide open for splashing pool parties this Labor Day. At Maya Day and Nightclub, starting at 11am, 12 hours of pool side fun are waiting for you with DJ’s featuring Skam Artist and House Connection, and many more. If you need a place to have a little staycation, the W Scottsdale is also throwing a pool party Labor Day with doors opening at noon. Come from your luxurious room to the pool, and enjoy live performances. Joining the list of Arizona’s hottest pool parties also include Talking Stick Resort. Voted the Best Pool Party in 2013 by Arizona Foothills Magazine, this resort and casino has it all; food, games, and all the amenities you could ask for. Take your pick on where to stay cool by the pool.


Where: Phoenix

Who: Everyone3outlets

If you would love some good bargains after a summer of travel expenses, Phoenix Premium outlets are having a big Labor Day sale. You could receive 20%-50% off in select stores such as Cole Haan and Kate Spade New York. Get a head start on your fall and winter shopping and enjoy extended hours from 9am to 9pm, for an ultimate shopping experience without spending an enormous amount of money.

How will you spend your Labor Day? Even if you are relaxing at home in front of the TV, barbequing with the family, or just sleeping in, spend your Labor Day how you want. After all, the holiday is in honor of all working people so rejoice in a day devoted to all hard working souls!

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