winter

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.

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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

by Shea Homes Arizona on 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 winter long.

The best way to keep your guests cozy this holiday season is to make sure that your home is warm and that you keep the cold out. It is so easy to lose heat throughout your home in places like under the doors, this can be prevented by rolling up a towel to place under each of your doors to keep the heat in. Replacing central air and heating filters and removing sediment from your hot water heater by flushing water through the drain valve are also simple, yet, efficient ways to save money on utilities and to keep your guests comfortable.

Next, if it’s been a while, service your heating system! Call in a professional to overhaul your heating system; this will ensure you can keep your home warm. To avoid pipes bursting, this, believe it or not can happen in Arizona, purchase pipe jackets.

After you have tackled the logistical side of comfort, the time comes for making your guests feel at home. Nothing says “we’re glad you’re here” quite like having a place to sit and a space that is your own. When preparing for extra guests, walk the space of your home and count the number of seats that are available a week before your guests arrive. Make sure that the number of guests you are expecting matches the number of seating spaces available in your home. Tip, account for a few extra seats, as well you know… “The more the merrier”. This will allow you plenty of time to go shopping or borrow seating from a neighbor to ensure that each of your guests has a place to sit and share in holiday memories with you.

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In order to make room for all of that extra seating, you may need to find inspiration from this year’s spring cleaning endeavors and begin the tradition of a winter clean. Declutter the main living areas your guests will be in, and even donate many of your items that really haven’t served much purpose in your life anymore. Hate cleaning? Make it a fun occasion by baking those cookies you have been craving, sipping on your favorite hot apple cider and listening to some holiday music!

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After your home is toasty, clean and has plenty of room to fit all of your beloved guests, you can begin to add the finishing touches to your winter wonderland. One easy way to make your home feel like the holidays have arrived is to change the curtains. A heavier curtain acts as another way to help to keep the heat in and can be found in a variety of colors such as rich berry hues that bring the holiday spirit indoors. Also, installing a sound system will keep the holiday vibes alive with classic Christmas tunes, and it will fill the dead space! Finally, one of the most impactful and simple ways to bring cheer to your home during the holidays is to change the lighting. As it gets colder outside, it is important to bring the feeling of warmth that light emanates inside. This can be done by moving around lamps, replacing burnt out bulbs and/or adding new light fixtures.

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At the end of the day, with a little bit of effort and a few small changes your home can be transformed into a haven for the holidays that warmly welcomes you and all of your loved ones.

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