The Milan plan great room and kitchen viewed from the entry

Treat Your Dog a Great Backyard

Pets and backyard
Just like kids (and some adults!), dogs love to jump and play in the yard and enjoy toys, games, water and shady places to relax like everyone else. We checked around to find out just what our canine counterparts want in their own space while keeping them safe, exercised and hydrated, and this is what we found out!

Snowy Locales in California to Visit

CA skiing
People who dream about coming to California typically conjure wide blue oceans, endless sunny days and sandy toes. Not many will consider California a snowy adventure. But those of us who live here know differently! California has impressively majestic mountains boasting snow for months. If you and your family are looking for a white vacation this winter for skiing, sledding or just having a chance to wear your snuggest cozy sweater, consider these very hot cold spots!

2023 Goal: Kindness and Helpfulness in the Community

New Year Volunteer
We tend to make resolutions at the beginning of each year with the hope that we can make changes for the better in our lives. Often these resolutions are for ourselves: resolving to live a healthier lifestyle, resolving to spend less money, resolving to travel more. But we can also make resolutions that better our communities. It’s a nice reminder to do random acts of kindness. Making the world a little better for someone can make your day better having done it. Here are some ideas to do good work for others.

Five Ways to Wrap up the Gift of Money

Wrapping money
Sometimes it’s nearly impossible to buy certain people on your gift list a present, so you may resort to giving hard, cold cash. While cash is almost always welcome, it’s a bit lackluster in its ability to feel special or personal. Not to worry! By utilizing some of these ultra-creative ways of wrapping up this ultimate paper gift, you’ll be giving this seemingly simple present a pop of pizazz!

Host a Cookie Exchange

Cookie exchange
When it comes to planning your December events, nothing says holidays like the scent of warm, baked cookies fresh from the oven. The only thing better is eating them! Why not get your friends involved and host a holiday cookie exchange. The benefit of such an event is plenty including leaving the event with a huge variety of sweets to serve throughout the season. Here are some tips for hosting this very festive fête!

Five Ways to Prepare Your Home for Cooler Months

Cleaning HVAC
The Central Valley climate ranges from Mediterranean to arid and desert like. As such, we experience hot summers and cool, manageable winters. Regardless of where you are in the valley, preparing your home for the winter months is wise. Doing so keeps it in tip top shape and reduces costly repair bills that can pop up and the most inopportune time. Keep this list handy as you prepare for winter.

How to Host a Fabulous Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving
While the first Thanksgiving is thought to have occurred in the late 15th century, modern day Friendsgiving’s timeline is around the early 2000s giving it lots of time to evolve evoking new traditions and fun twists. One of the most obvious variations between the two is whom you have at the table. Instead of your long-distance relatives, you’re celebrating with your closest friends – which gives it its own, new vibe. If you’re hosting Friendsgiving this year, these ideas will help you plan.

Decorate Your New Home for Fall

Fall Decor
Say adieu to summer and hello to autumn. Although seasonal changes in California can be more subtle than in other states, in the Central Valley we still experience leaf peeping, cooler evenings, pumpkin harvests and fall décor! These autumnal ideas will be sure to get you into the October mood!

Family and Frightful Fall Fun in the San Joaquin Valley

Fall Fun
This time of the year orange is always the new black! It’s the season when orange-dotted farmers’ fields open up for families and friends to search for their perfect pumpkin. From mazes to hayrides, a pumpkin patch is a wonderful day out for everyone. And for those who like a frightening adventure, two super scary experiences are available a short drive away.

Yummy Bakeries Around Central Valley

CV Bakeries
Who can resist the baked aroma of buttery pastries, sugary pies and warm bread. This is such a popular scent, you’ll often find a selection of baked good “flavors” in candle stores to light at home to mimic that sweet, cozy scent. Central Valley is home to skillful bakers to consider for a beautifully decorated cake, custom cookies, or for a naughty, mid-afternoon treat just because...

Five Questions to Ask When Buying a New-Build Home

Buying a New-Build Home
The prospect of buying a new construction home comes with both excitement and questions! And since we’re in the business of providing beautiful new-build homes to homebuyers in California’s Central Valley, we’ve heard them all. Here are some of our more popular questions. If you have others, feel free to call our office any time, so we can help get you on the path to a brand-new home!

How to Get Involved at Your Children’s School

School volunteer
The long fun days of summer have come and gone, and it’s back-to-school time for your kiddos. If you have little kids who are just starting their long educational trek, you may be excited to become involved in their school activities, but you don’t know where to start. This can also be true for families new to a school district. We’re here to help you be involved in this important part of your kids’ lives. It’s rewarding and fun!

Six Tips for a Cool Dog

Cool Dog
Doggone it! This summer is still heating up and your favorite four-legged, fur-covered friend is likely feeling the effects of the season. Not only is a cool dog a happy dog – he’s a healthy dog too. Try some of these ways to keep your pup from overheating and feeling uncomfortable in the heat.

Cool Tips for Hot Summer Cooking

Summer cooking
When the temperature outside is rising, it’s not always conducive or comfortable to put together a hot home-cooked meal – especially when the kitchen thermometer reading starts to meet the outside thermometer reading. Here are some tips to beat the heat in the kitchen all while still serving a healthy and delicious meal for your family.

Four Ways to Create a Welcoming Home

Cozy home
Some people’s homes just make you feel warm and fuzzy as soon as you arrive. The décor, the furniture, the colors all feel so welcoming like a sanctuary. You too can have this warmth and cozy feeling in your own home with a few simple design techniques. These tips will help you and your guests feel oh-so-nice as soon as the front door is opened.

How to Pick the Perfect Paint Sheen for Each Room

Paint Sheens
Did you know there are five types of sheens when it comes to paints? And did you also know that paint sheen is not a one-sheen-fits-all type of product. Where a scrubbable high gloss is good for one room it may be too much for another. This helpful breakdown will assist you at the paint counter when you’re selecting the paint for your new home.

Central Valley’s Fourth of July Events

Fourth of July (1)
Arguably one of the most festive weekends of the summer is upon us. The Fourth of July weekend is the time to celebrate with family and friends while enjoying backyard BBQs, parades, festivals and, of course, fireworks! This list of activities throughout the valley has something for everyone and every age group. Happy Independence Day and have a fun and happy Fourth of July!