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5 Outdoor Spaces We Love

May 2, 2017

Outdoor spaces, such as courtyards, backyards, balconies and terraces, can greatly enhance a home—and the lives of its residents. Here we’ve identified five open-air gathering places that give new meaning to the term “outdoor oasis.” This captivating courtyard in San Marcos, California Abundant greenery, elegant brick pavers, sleek iron balusters and a trio of eye-catching copper fountains… Need we say more?   This breathtaking backyard in Cave Creek, Arizona A spacious covered patio and pristine pool with adjacent built-in barbeque are perfect for lounging—and entertaining!…

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Planning a Noon Year’s Eve Party for Kids

December 28, 2016
little boy celebrating New Year's

Does your son or daughter insist on ringing in the new year, but lack the stamina to stay up until the ball drops? Not to worry! Following are some “Noon Year’s Eve” necessities to help your kiddo get a jump start on the year ahead (the celebration begins at 10 a.m., sharp, on December 31!) and party with pals like it’s 2017: Festive décor. Set the stage for celebration with colorful accessories, like streamers, hats and noisemakers. Also, follow these simple steps to welcome the…

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8 Gadgets That Make Thanksgiving Easier

November 15, 2016
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The telephone may be the gadget of choice for those who prefer to make reservations for Thanksgiving dinner. But if you, like many, look forward to hosting family and friends in the comfort of your home, we have identified eight must-have kitchen tools that can help simplify your holiday meal prep. Check out these gadgets to help trim the amount of time you spend in the kitchen (and your turkey!) this Thanksgiving: Oven-to-Table Entertaining Platter. This attractive, innovative, soapstone platter can be chilled or heated…

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Happy National Homemade Cookie Day!

October 1, 2016

If you’re a faithful reader of the Homeward blog, you’ve probably noticed that we love, love, love cookies (Exhibit A, Exhibit B), but we usually have to wait until a major holiday to celebrate them. However, with the increasing popularity of the micro-holiday (thanks, internet), we no longer have to! Enter National Homemade Cookie Day. So pre-heat the oven, round up a few ingredients and join us as we indulge in one of our favorite treats—just because! We’ve provided a few recipes below, in case…

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Bike-friendly Neighborhoods to Get Your Wheels Spinning

June 21, 2016

Fresh air, elevated mood and weight control, not to mention increased strength, balance, flexibility and endurance and improved cardiovascular fitness… It’s no secret that biking can boast big-time benefits.   Not only is cycling a great form of aerobic exercise (it’s much gentler on the joints than climbing stairs or running!); it’s also a practical, affordable, environmentally friendly mode of transportation.   The bottom line? Whether for work or play, biking has become increasingly popular in recent years for a variety of reasons. As a…

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