Think Outside the Lunchbox
by Cara, Tuesday, August 25, 2015

School’s back, to the dismay of kids everywhere. Give them something to smile about and think outside the old lunch box. Let them enjoy a fun tradition that comes from Japan: bento. These compartmentalized boxes keep food fresh and show off the contents at their yummiest.

It’s popular to pack bentos with items that take on the look of things like animals, people and flowers.  Whether you own a house in Denver, CO or a house in Walnut Creek, CA, your kids will love taking a bento to school.

There are lots of recipe ideas to use or to inspire your creativity.

Robot Taco RiceLike many bento recipes, this one is chock full of fresh produce. The robot decoration is easy to make from veggies, nori and Colby cheese.

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Cute Bento – This how-to video shows how to make a more elaborate bento, decorated with a frog, a baby chick and a bunny rabbit. Here is a photo of the final bento.

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Shrimp Car – A healthy bento for younger kids, this one includes shrimp, grapes, carrots, yogurt and animal crackers in a car shaped box.

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Fire up the grill for a backyard BBQ, and turn up the scrumptious with some tasty side dishes. If you bought that house in Austin or Houston, TX, where BBQ reigns, side dishes can add flare that shuts down the competition. Homeowners enjoying their Southern California homes have plenty of opportunities to have a blue-sky backyard BBQ, too. But, when it comes to this American outdoor tradition, you can live just about anywhere!

Side Dishes to Spice Up Your BBQ

Grilled Seasonal Veggies – If you want vegetables at your BBQ, get fresh from the local farmer’s market. This chart will show you what veggies are in season when.

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Coleslaw – Who says slaw has to be made from the same old recipe? Have an adventure with your slaw with one of these intriguing recipes on The Kitchen website.

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Corn & Squash Fritters – Bring sweet corn to the BBQ in a new way with a corn and squash fritter. The recipe includes avocado cream made with yogurt, lime juice and more.

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Smoked Mac & Cheese – Mac and cheese always makes a delicious side dish. Pump up the flavor by creating smoked mac and cheese and you have perfection.

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Fruit Kabobs – Dazzle your guests and thrill the taste buds with this showy but simple fruit kabob recipe.

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Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches – Complete the meal with this incredible Graham Cracker Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Sandwiches.

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Hot August Fun in So Cal!
by Cara, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Taylor Morrison built a reputation by designing and building many of the finest master-planned communities in the country, but part of what makes our neighborhoods such exciting places to live is the idyllic locations. Every new construction site is carefully selected for residents to enjoy the perfect balance of natural tranquility and urban delights.

This August get out of the house, soak up the summer sun and take full advantage of those warm California nights. We’ve scoured the web to find the top family-friendly activities in your neck of the woods and the best part is that most of them are absolutely FREE!

If you don’t already own a fabulous Taylor Morrison home, stop by to visit one or more of our So Cal communities and stay for a sizzling summer concert!

Discover So Cal Communities

Citrus Glen:

Citrus Glen in Claremont

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Movies, art and free concerts are on the docket in Claremont. The Claremont Art Walk takes place every Friday from 6-9pm.

Every Monday night in August Memorial Park will be rocking to blues, jazz, soul and classic rock. Concerts start at 7. Contact the Kiwanis Club of Claremont at 909-399-5490 for more details.

Explore Citrus Glen

Camden Square:

Camden Square in Lake Forest

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On August 23rd the same venue hosts a local favorite, the Lake Forest Palooza rock festival! Plan to arrive before the show kicks off at 5pm to get a good seat in the grass. This year’s card includes headline act the Suburban Legends as well as crowd-pleasers 80z All Stars and Didi Benami.

Explore Camden Square

Irvine:

Capella, Saviero, & Welton in Irvine

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The first three Sundays in August feature spectacular free concerts at the Irvine Civic Center. Several of the area’s finest tribute bands will play covers to all-time favorites such as Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Stevie Nicks.

Shows kick off at 5:30pm. Gourmet food trucks and children's entertainment area are also available.

Explore Capella

Discover Saviero

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San Diego:

Elms & Ivy in San Diego

Pack your blankets and a picnic basket to enjoy San Diego’s famous Summer Movies in the Park at various locations around town.

Discover Elms

Explore Ivy

Carlsbad:

Montecina & Seagrove in Carlsbad

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TGIF Concerts in the Park host top-notch acts every Friday all summer long from 6-8pm. Louie Cruz Beltran will rock Poinsettia Community Park with a Latin/Salsa groove on August 7th and Calavera Hills Community Park will feature a pair of stunning acts August 14th and 21st. Liquid Blue plays all your favorite dance covers and The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Band goes old school with big band & swing!

Discover Montecina

Explore Seagrove

Rancho Santa Fe:

Estancia at Cielo in Rancho Santa Fe

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Residents of Estancia at Cielo have multiple options this August with easy access to both the summer concert series in Carlsbad and a wide range of theater, music and children’s activities in Escondido!

Visit Estancia at Cielo

Costa Mesa:

Level 1 & Superior Pointe in Costa Mesa

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From now through August 16th, the OC Fair is celebrating 125 years of spectacular summer fun! The Toyota Summer Concert Series in the Pacific Amphitheater will feature 80s favorites Huey Lewis & the News, Berlin, and the B-52’s as well as Latin superstar Juanes and more. See event schedule for nightly listings.

Explore Level 1

Discover Superior Pointe

West Covina:

Magnolia at West Covina

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The Greater West Covina Business Association and The City of West Covina proudly present their annual Free Summer Concert Series. Held in the Civic Center courtyard on Thursdays from 6-9, the August lineup features the premier dance band of Southern California, Cold Duck and an Eagle’s tribute ensemble.

Learn More about Magnolia

Yorba Linda:

Palisades at Vista del Verde in Yorba Linda

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Peruse the 2015 Summer Concert Series lineup to be held every Sunday in August at Hurless Barton Park. Bands include rock, country, R&B and a Beatles tribute act.

The Hurless Park Amphitheater will showcase a free viewing of Big Hero 6 at 7:45 on Friday, August 21st. Bring blankets or low chairs and cozy up in the grass for a night of family fun.

Explore Palisades at Vista del Verde


New School, New Fears
by Cara, Thursday, August 06, 2015

After living in Phoenix for many years, your family has just moved into your new home in Costa Mesa, CA. It’s an exciting move, with all kinds of possibilities. But your child isn’t thrilled about being the new kid at a strange school, especially if they are shy. Even if you never experienced it yourself, you probably remember other kids who were new, so it’s easy to imagine what your son or daughter is feeling.

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Entering a new school is an experience your children have to get through on their own, but there are ways you can help them through the often scary and awkward transition.

  1. Do a first day dry run with your child at the new school. Explore the campus while school is out, pointing out the classrooms they will be going to.
  2. Talk about finding new friends with your children. Let them talk out their fears and discuss how they can pick another child or two to be “first day friends.” Younger kids can even practice asking to sit with these new friends at lunchtime.
  3. Encourage your child to speak up, to ask for help when they need it. Do some role-playing and have your child, the new kid, take the lead on starting a conversation.
  4. Tell them that, yes, missing their old friends is normal and talk what you miss about the old neighborhood. Encourage them to stay in touch as much as they want.
  5. Share a “happy ending” story from your own childhood, whether you were the new kid or the one who befriended a child that was new to your school.


Helping Neighbors in Need
by Cara, Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Community development requires more than piecing together bricks, mortar, sidewalks and parks. That’s why the Taylor Morrison Phoenix Division dedicates time every year to help out neighbors in need.

Taylor Morrison is more than just a Phoenix home builder. We’re an integral member of every community we work to develop.

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A Cause Worth Fighting For

Not every family living in Phoenix enjoys a happy home life and sadly, serious personal troubles often lead to homelessness. Domestic violence is the #1 issue putting Arizona families out on the street.

Save the Family is committed to assisting displaced families get back on their feet through programs designed to empower battered mothers achieve life-long independence and conquer homelessness.

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Our Commitment

Since 2008, every division employee takes a day off work to pitch in and support struggling single mothers. By painting and repairing the safe housing Save the Family provides access to, we’re able to make a real difference in the lives of our neighbors.

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It’s a great opportunity to get to know one another and work together for an important cause.

 


Hang Art Like a Pro
by Cara, Wednesday, July 29, 2015

When purchasing a new home the Taylor Morrison Design Center walks with you every step of the way to add signature touches and customize your dream property. Taylor Morrison continues their commitment after the sale with this easy to follow guide for professional art display.

Jazz up your new house in Sarasota or luxury home in Irvine with fine art, stunning prints, and iconic photographs.

Keep it Level

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Crooked frames just won’t fly. Use 2 hooks to keep your artwork level and consider D-rings instead of a wire to avoid the pendulum effect.

Never ever “eyeball it.” Use a level.

Buy the Right Hardware

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Forget heavy nails and stud finder. Picture-hanging hooks install at an angle and are super strong.

The 60 Rule

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60” from floor to center puts artwork at eye level. When hanging multiple prints apply the 60 rule to the center point of the set.

Measure at least 2” between frames.

Do a Test Run

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Prior to hammering, hold paintings in place and see how they look from a distance.

Colors Matter

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Avoid tunnel vision and consider moving a piece to a different room if colors clash.

Get Creative

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Scrap the “grid.”

Artwork need not be displayed in neat boxes or along straight lines. Break the mold of proportionality!


Treats to Keep you Cool this Summer
by Cara, Friday, July 24, 2015

Looking at luxury homes in San Juan Capistrano? Talking to Tampa realtors about a possible move to Florida? Think that sunny Texas might be the place for you?

Refreshing Summer Treats

Before relocating to one of America’s top fun-in-the-sun destinations you’ll want to add these refreshing summer treats to your kitchen repertoire. Taylor Morrison builds communities where summer never stops, and we’ve got you covered when it’s time to cool down.

Fill the Freezer with Icebox Cakes

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Forget slaving over a hot oven when it’s 80 degrees outside.

Find “no-bake” inspiration and create your own frozen delight.

Lemonade Reinvented

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It’s hard to beat an ice cold glass of lemonade. These chilled drinks are giving the old classic a run for its money.

DIY Popsicles

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The tastiest ice pops are NOT store bought.

When you’re ready to take a walk on the wild side try out these funky Popsicle recipes.

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Take the edge off with a shot of tequila blended into a stunning summer delight.

Stay cool out there, folks!



Can't Get Out of Town?
by Cara, Friday, July 17, 2015

Taylor Morrison homeowners share one gigantic trait: they love kicking their feet up to relax. Enjoying a remarkable staycation is easy at our award-winning master planned communities.

From Steiner Ranch in Austin to new homes in Fort Myers, here are 7 fabulous stay-at-home vacation ideas for getting the most out of summer.

Set Up Camp

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Grab your tent and buy all the fixings for s’mores! Kids love camping, even if it’s right there in your own backyard.

Visit Virtual Museums

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The Smithsonian Natural History Museum, Boston Children’s Museum, and even the Louvre in Paris offer free online tours.

Global Kitchen

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Look up an international recipe online and sample a new dish from overseas.

DIY Ice-Cream

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Bring back this classic tradition from your childhood. Rock salt + cream & sugar = fun!

Check It Out

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Your local library has thousands of hours of adventure available for free, zip, nada.

Breathe Nature

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Take a nature walk or feed ducks at the lake.

Unplug for a Day

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There’s nothing quite like an electronics-free day at home to recharge your batteries.


A Big, Warm Welcome to Exxon Mobil
by Cara, Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Several years in the making, Exxon Mobil’s new corporate campus south of the Woodlands will soon be home to thousands of employees from the energy giant’s Fairfax, Virginia offices.

Featuring world class energy efficient technologies and a stunning 100,000-square-foot Wellness Center, the entire complex showcases a deluge of environmental stewardship and workplace design. From daylight harvesting to water conservation and biodiversity, the state-of-the-art Houston campus raises the standard for business facilities.

It’s an exciting time to work for Exxon Mobil as the company looks to further foster collaboration, creativity and innovation while helping employees achieve greater work-life balance.

The Texas Leader in Master-Planned Communities

Relocated employees are invited to tour the wide variety of award winning Taylor Morrison communities as they prepare for a new life in Houston. Visitors are extremely impressed with the size and quality of homes buyers get for their money when choosing a Taylor Morrison property.  

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Recent transplants to Houston can be overwhelmed by the size of the city and the wide range of lifestyle options available to new residents. Working with our sales team makes it easier to find the right community for your needs. Our staff brings extraordinary knowledge and insights to the table regarding neighborhoods within access of the Exxon Mobil campus.

Whether you’re after a short commute, resort-style amenities or plenty of open space, we’ll find the perfect home to suit your unique requirements.

Take Advantage of a Limited Time Offer

Learn more about our WELCOME HOME EXXONMOBIL EMPLOYEE REWARD PROGRAM™ 

Taylor Morrison’s Design Studio makes it easy to add signature touches to turn your home into a cutting edge masterpiece.

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From lighting to window coverings, appliances, tech gadgets, modern flooring essentials, tile, finishes and more, our system gives you easy flexibility for controlling the design budget of your new home.

Getting Settled into Your New Home

Not everyone is thrilled about uprooting their family and moving across the country, and we understand this, but once you get a taste of Houston you’ll be blown away by everything this part of Texas has to offer.

You’ll be glad you came. Trust us!

Here’s just a taste of Houston’s best:

  • Top Notch Museums
  • Space Center Houston
  • Professional Sports Teams
  • Plentiful Golf Courses
  • World Class Music Facilities/Theaters
  • Outdoor Tours & Activities

Check out the top 30 things to do in Houston and don’t forget about the city’s renowned reputation for offering outstanding dining and exquisite shopping.

The Time to Start Shopping for Your New Home is Now

With over 20 years of combined experience our Internet Home Consultants are here to help.

Give us a call at 281-780-4652 and we will be more than happy to provide an overview of Houston, discuss specific markets and address any questions or concerns.


Summer is Here!
by Cara, Friday, July 10, 2015

Summer is magical. The longer, warmer days invite adventures, getting out and spending time with family. Have a cookout. Host a backyard movie night with friends. Go on a family vacation or just take a road trip for the day. The opportunities are endless.

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Celebrate your summer with Taylor Morrison. Come explore our communities, in your area or during vacation travels. See for yourself the great neighborhoods and amenities and imagine the possibilities. You’re sure to find your ideal community and home. After all, they’re Inspired by You!

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Discover your new home in one of our Taylor Morrison communities.  Whether you’re dreaming of a family-perfect place or somewhere you’d love to live in retirement, you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

Have a great summer!