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Finding the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

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Father’s Day is coming up soon, which probably means if you haven’t already picked out a gift, now’s a good time as ever to start shopping! Just like Mother’s Day, it can be tough to pick out the perfect gift for Dad, which is where we come in. You can opt for the usual gifts like tool sets, funny ties and even the stand-by “World’s Best Dad” coffee mug, but if you’re looking to explore other options, we have a few ideas of our own that you can consider. Patio Coolers If you dad is a fan of spending most of his days in the backyard with friends and family, consider upgrading his drink cooler with a standup wooden cooler. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t mind a DIY project, there are plenty of easy to follow plans online that show you step-by-step how to take your already existing cooler and give it a facelift with some planks of wood and a bit of elbow grease. Outdoor Theatre Is Dad a movie buff? Or perhaps he enjoys playing video games up on the big screen? If that’s the case, consider giving your dad the gift of an outdoor…

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Benefits of Living in a 55+ Active Adult Community

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If we talked about living in a retirement community a few years back, it likely had quite a negative connotation. Often it is misconstrued as an assisted facility or nursing home. In fact, many older adults prefer moving into a retirement or 55+ active adult community for a variety of reasons, such as downsizing to a smaller home or live a desire to live a more maintenance-free life. Let’s look at a few benefits of living in an active adult community and help clear a few misconceptions. Active Living and Socializing One of the top benefits of living in a retirement home is having a sense of community where you can socialize with your peers and make new friends. Most active adult communities place an emphasis on creating a schedule for residents by offering cooking classes, board games, community picnics, and fitness centers that cater to their age. Trouble-Free Living With age, some things can get difficult to manage. It can include a variety of things like landscaping and regular maintenance in and around the home. Living in an active adult community will provide most if not all of these features, and much more. Location and Floor Plans Most active…

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Prepping for Your Memorial Day Barbeque

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Memorial Day usually serves as the unofficial nod of the summer season, which means endless summer days spent at the beach or lake, lazy days by the pool, and weekends spent enjoying backyard barbeques. It’s easy to just show up to someone else’s barbeque, but why let them have all the fun when you can easily throw a casual barbeque in the comforts of your own backyard? If you’re planning on throwing a bash at the start of summer, be sure to keep these tips in mind to ensure you and your guests will have a great time. Keep Walkways Clear   Before you host your get together, it’s a good idea to mow and trim the edges of your lawn, clear any weeds from walkways, and prune the hedges. For the sake of safety, you want to keep anyone from tripping or getting hurt at your party! Plan ahead and landscape your yard so that it’s free of any unsightly weeds, rake up fallen leaves, repair crumbling surfaces, and add lights to walkways in dimly lit areas. Shady Spots Chances are you’ll likely host your backyard barbeque on a bright and sunny day, so think ahead and make sure…

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas She’ll Love

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner, which means it’s probably a good idea to not wait until the last minute to buy her a meaningful gift. But what should you get the woman who probably tells you she doesn’t need anything other than your love on this special day? More flowers, chocolates, a nice card? As gracious as your mother may be, she may not want the usual go-to gifts (though what mom can say no to jewelry). We have a few ideas on what mom may like and if you do decide to go with one of these ideas, don’t forget to include the Mother’s Day card and flowers! Home Décor If your mom loves to decorate her home according to the seasons or latest trends, take stock in her decorative style and buy her a classic decorative centerpiece of work of art that will complement your mother’s home and style. Coffee table books, vases, decorative votive candles, and even photographs framed in elegant picture frames are a few ideas. Be sure to consider your mother’s aesthetic and theme; your gift should complement her style. Pick Up Your Room (and the Rest of the House) How many times…

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Baby Proofing Your Home

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Parents do everything they can to keep their little ones safe and out of harm’s way, but sometimes things happen even when you’re being extra careful. Baby-proofing your home may sound intimidating, but these simple tips will save you and your toddler a lot of pain and anguish in the long run. Let’s look at a few important tips that can make your home kid-friendly. Corners and Sharp Edges    Take extra precaution in covering any sharp edges and corners in your home, especially if your baby is starting to crawl or stand. Areas of interest include the coffee table, side table, window ledges, and TV stands. Keep any breakable items out of reach from the little one, and secure bookcases, shoe racks, and any taller pieces of furniture that may topple over. Fireplaces You have a couple different options when it comes to baby-proofing a fireplace. An easy method is to use a baby-proof and fire-proof gate around the hearth itself. If a gate is not a feasible option, consider purchasing a screen for the firebox and using foam cushioning for the hearth. Doors and Cupboards  Prevent your child’s little fingers from getting squished between doors or toilet seats…

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Easter Fun with Family and Friends

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As a springtime holiday, Easter is a favorite time for everyone and another reason to celebrate the day with your family and friends. What better way to do just that than by getting the family together for some egg-dyeing fun, an Easter egg hunt, and indulging in some baked goodies? First thing’s first: getting your home ready for the holiday. Decorating for Easter Decorating your home for Easter can be fun, especially if you’re the type to make things yourself. If you have a bit of a creative streak in you, consider making a cute Easter egg covered wreath for your front door, or turning soup cans into bunny planters complete with googly eyes and cutting out felt fabric for the bunny feet, nose and ears. If you don’t have a hand for creativity, most local crafts shops already sell pre-made Easter decorations. All you have to do is pop in and select your favorite pieces. If you don’t care to add bunnies to your existing home décor, spring flowers or Easter lilies are a nice way to freshen up the look of your home while acknowledging the holiday. Dyeing Easter Eggs Dyeing Easter eggs is one of everyone’s favorite…

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Academy Award Winning Homes

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This Sunday, February 26 is the 89th Academy Awards and everyone around the world will be tuned in to see what everyone is wearing on the red carpet, listen to heartfelt thank you speeches, and most importantly, watch with rapt anticipation as the names of Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Picture are announced. To honor this Sunday’s festivities, we decided to announce our picks for the homes with the Best Outdoor Space, Best Use of Natural Lighting, and Best Dining Room. And the winners are… Best Outdoor Space 8100 N 54th Street Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 Functionality is the name of the game for this beautiful outdoor space. All the elements for entertaining can be found in this Paradise Valley, AZ home, but the design and layout of the home’s backyard are well thought out. Meals can be prepared and enjoyed al fresco thanks to the barbecue and outdoor bar, and with the addition of the glass fire pit, the outdoor space has taken on a new level of intimacy. The swimming pool serves as the centerpiece of this outdoor space, but it’s the views of Mummy Mountain and the Phoenix Preserve that are the icing on the cake….

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Reasons Why You Should Love Your Home

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Your house isn’t just your home, but a piece of who you are. There will always be areas of your home you would like to improve or change, but instead of focusing on the things we don’t like, we should look at the things we love about our home. Think about what made you first fall in love with your house in the first place. The Size of Your Home Whether your home is big or small, appreciate it for what it’s worth. If your home is spacious, rearrange some of the furniture to refresh the space. If your home is small, get creative with storage solutions by deciding what items can be stowed away and what should be put out on display. Built-in storage and dual functional furniture are great options for both function and usability. Community If you’ve lived in your community for awhile you are likely familiar with all the best restaurants, parks and recreation centers around your neighborhood, and you may have even made a few friends. These are the elements you should embrace your community and it’s nice to be reminded why you chose to live in an area that drew you in in the…

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Budgeting for a Home is Easier Than You Think

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Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases in a person’s life; after all, buying a home isn’t the same as buying a car. It can be overwhelming to think about all the money you need to save for the down and monthly payments, but with a good strategy in place, you’ll be able to save up and purchase a home in due time. Budgeting can be a tricky thing. Not only do you need to be organized, but you need to make decisions on how much to spend and allocate to your savings account on a consistent basis. Once you figure out how much you can put away and how much you can spend, things will handle itself. Here are some helpful tips. Add Up Your Income Learn how much you can spend by figuring out how much money you are bringing in. Add up every source of income you receive each month and once you have that figured out, you will want to make a list of all your expenses. How Much to Allocate 50% of your total monthly income should go into living expenses and essentials. This includes rent, utilities, transportation or gas, and necessary groceries…

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