winter

‘Tis the season to make your home jolly

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 8, 2017

Decorating your home for the holidays can be fun and something special that the whole family gets to enjoy. Every year we unload the great big holiday boxes from the attic, remembering all of the fun decorations filled with memories that have been collected over the years. We at Shea Homes® recognize these moments and with the help of some of our favorite Phoenix-area Etsy shops we have put together a few of our favorite holidays finds whether it be for your own home for your family to cherish through the years or a gift to someone you love. Consider these local stores your one stop shop for all things holiday this season.

Signs, Wreaths and Home Décor- SignsStuffnThings (Gilbert, AZ)
Signs Stuff n Things Photo Credit: SignsStuffnThings

Sisters Michelle and Cheryl had a dream of starting a business for years, and in 2013 they made their dreams a reality by taking over a part of Michelle’s home to create an office and studio to design and create everything their Etsy shoppers get to enjoy! The sisters explain that their operation is truly a family affair, often recruiting their children and husbands to join in on the fun. Check out SignsStuffnThings for handcrafted items such as wood signs, wreaths, and home décor — not just for the holiday season, but all year long.

Burlap Table Runners- HotCocoaDesign (Phoenix, AZ)
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Originally from Eastern Europe, Elena moved to the United States nearly 20 years ago and is now a proud American citizen residing in Phoenix, Arizona. All table linens sold on HotCocoaDesign are designed and created by Elena making her a one woman show. Have something specific you are looking for in a table linen? Most of the linens Elena creates are custom designed!

Greeting Cards, Gift Tags, Wall Art, & Custom Designs-SimplyCBoutique (Surprise, AZ)
Simply C BoutiquePhoto Credit: SimplyCBoutique

Cheryl is the passionate owner, designer, photographer, and creator behind SimplyCBoutique, which she started in 2011. Scrapbooking for years, she then turned to making cards. That led to the creation of home décor, cards, gift tags, address labels and even magnets.

Banners- BekahJennings (Mesa, AZ)
Bekah JenningsPhoto Credit: BekahJennings (Phoenix, Arizona)

Bekah Jennings got her inspiration back in 2008 when her 5-year-old son was using stamps with paint on chipboard. Now, almost a decade later, each banner she creates is hand stamped in paint, distressed, and strung on ribbon. To meet the demands of a growing business, in 2010 Bekah asked her Aunt Johnell to join her as a partner, making it a family affair. Too see more hand crafted banners for every season, visit BekahJennings.

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Just say no to hibernating.

by Shea Homes Colorado on February 18, 2016

 

Ah. It’s the season of coziness. Saturday afternoons by the fire. Digging into a big bowl of chili. Blissfully nodding off, lulled by the soundtrack of your latest Netflix binge-watch.

We can do better than this, Coloradans.

Especially if you live in one of our Shea Homes Colorado CommunitiesBackCountry, Stepping Stone, or Reunion – winter need not be a four-walled purgatory until spring. Warm days are coming soon, so now’s the time to take steps (literally) to avoid a panic attack when shopping for your swimsuit.

At BackCountry, there are easy, daily ways to get moving. Strap on your snowshoes and explore the seven miles of trails and 467 acres of open space within BackCountry.  Or venture onto the trails and 8,200 acres of open space in the adjacent wilderness area.  No snowshoes? No problem. Residents can borrow a pair from the Sundial House whenever there is 12” or more of snow on the ground. That same terrain can be a blast for expert cross country skiers to explore too.

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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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October is time to winterize your home

by Shea Homes Colorado on October 8, 2015

 

In October, weather is even more unpredictable than usual. By the end of the month, average temperatures will have dropped 12 degrees. And while temperatures typically soar into the 80s and 90s for a day or two, snow shovels will make their first appearance.

If you’re new to Colorado, you’ll want to check out the winterizing tips below.

Your beautiful new home and yard require just a little bit of attention this month. Then you can relax, knowing that everything is shipshape for the chilly season that lies ahead.

1. Tidy up your perennials. Colorado’s extreme temperature fluctuations and dry winds can brutalize many of our commonly planted perennials. And, as any long-suffering vegetable gardener will tell you, our first hard frost can land in September—which means that the foliage of most perennials starts to wither this month. If you prefer to remove dead foliage right away, gently apply mulch to protect the plant from the winter elements. (Always remove diseased foliage to avoid the spread of leaf-spot diseases and fungal problems.) Alternatively, you can wait to remove dead foliage in the spring.

2. Keep your plants hydrated. Our winter snows can be heavy and frequent…or irregular and insufficient. Make sure your landscape has the moisture it needs with a layer of mulch that’s several inches thick. Mulch should be coarse and loose, such as shredded leaves, to permit air movement to the roots. Become a mulch expert here. Also, water at least monthly under dry winter conditions. Apply water mid-day, and only when it’s 40 degrees or warmer. [read more…]

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Winterize your home to stay comfortable and warm this season

December 11, 2014




“The more the merrier” is one of our favorite phrases this time of year as your home fills up with relatives, friends and holiday cheer. To keep you and your loved ones comfortable this year we would love to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home cozy and warm all […]

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