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Stone Point Grand Opening Celebration
by Cara, Thursday, March 05, 2015

Location location location! Northern California’s new Stone Point community in Roseville offers a premier location near area hospitals, high-end shopping, and dining venues. Now home shoppers can witness this amazing location for themselves at this weekend’s Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 7th from noon to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour six stylish models, savor Italian-themed refreshments, enjoy a live radio remote and have a chance to win great door prizes such as an Il Fornaio gift card.

Stonepoint

Highlighted by three product lines – Contea, Prato and Villagio – Stone Point is where modern Italian meets the comfort and convenience of premier Roseville living. This beautiful collection of two-story homes, ranging in size from 1,832 to 2,654 square feet, boast 3 to 4 bedrooms, 2.5 to 4 bathrooms and 2-car garages. Homes are highlighted by spacious open floorplans that feature gourmet kitchens overlooking the adjoining dining and family rooms, elegant master suites with walk-in closets, convenient upstairs laundry rooms, unique outdoor living spaces and more. Residents will also have the opportunity to personalize their home with many options that may include additional bedrooms, luxurious upgrades and covered outdoor spaces. View the floorplans for Contea, Prato and Villagio.

Stone Point Kitchen

View one of our stunning designer-decorated model kitchens at Prato at Stone Point.

Ideally located at the corner of North Sunrise Avenue and Stone Point Drive, the community of Stone Point is central to nearly everything in Roseville. It’s just minutes away from the area’s most prominent attractions including the Galleria Mall, The Fountains, Golfland Sunsplash, as well as two area hospitals, great local restaurants, and two movie theaters. Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy close proximity to golf courses and Secret Ravine Trail for walking or biking. The community is also within easy walking distance to boutique shops and restaurants. Situated with easy access to I-80, Stone Point is perfectly located only 15 miles from bustling downtown Sacramento and within a two-hour drive of Lake Tahoe.

Stone Point Shopping

Enjoy shopping at the Roseville Galleria or across the street at The Fountains at Roseville.

Don’t miss out on owning a beautiful brand new home at Stone Point in Roseville! Visit the community during the Grand Opening event or contact a sales agent at (916) 526-0811 or (916) 686-7470 to schedule your own private tour of this amazing new community and start living your Trademark at Stone Point today.








Treat Your Home to a Little TLC This Winter
by Cara, Tuesday, March 03, 2015

We all know about spring cleaning, but how about giving your home some care and attention this winter? Giving wintertime TLC to your home is especially important in communities where it snows, like Castle Pines in Denver. The To-Do List below gives you an overview of some important chores you might want to take care of.

Protect Your Plumbing

Winter1

Disconnect garden hoses and drain and shut off outdoor faucets. Check the pressure valves on the water heater to make sure there are no leaks. Make a note of where you can shut off the main water valve in the event it of freezing temperatures. Drain the water heater and remove any sediment that’s accumulated on the bottom.

Close the Gaps

winter2

Fill gaps to keep the cold out. Outside, fill gaps with expansion foam. Clean or reapply caulking indoors around windows and doors. While you’re at it, check the caulking around showers, bathtubs and sinks, too. If any of your electrical outlets have holes around them, stall covers behind the plate.

Insulate

winter 3

Insulate exterior pipes properly so they won’t freeze. Add insulation where it’s needed in the attic, basement, crawl space and even the garage. Consider getting an insulated garage door and exterior doors.

Get Into Your Gutter

winter 4

Winter is a great time to protect your home and its foundation from pooling water. Maintain gutters and downspouts by cleaning them out regularly. Then, when it rains or snow begins to melt you won’t have to worry about debris clogging things up.

Banish Chirping Smoke Detectors

winter 5

Don’t lose sleep over pesky chirping detectors. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. Never simply remove the batteries because you need the protection these devices provide.

Little Things Matter

Don’t forget all the little issues like creaking floorboards, noisy door hinges and lose towel racks. For tips on how to take care of these and other home repair issues, go to houselogic.com.


Fall in Love with Orange County
by Cara, Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spectacular weather, active living, and endless amenities make Orange County an excellent place to live, and one of the reasons Southern California homes by Taylor Morrison are so popular with homebuyers. If a lifestyle filled with sunshine and vibrancy sounds good to you, take a three-day tour of the area and see for yourself what makes Orange County so special.

 YOUR ITENERARY

Day 1 – Irvine

Tour:

Capella in Irvine – Now Selling

Elegant 4-bedroom single-family homes of up to 3,223 square feet. This gated community is close to great schools, world-class shopping and dining, and excellent amenities.

Saviero in Irvine – Now Selling

Located within gated Orchard Hills in the Villages of Irvine®, Saviero offers two-story homes of up to 4,050 square feet with four and five bedrooms and up to five-and-a-half baths.

Camden Square in Lake Forest – Coming Soon

This highly anticipated community, coming soon to The Village of Foothill Ranch, features fourteen comfortable floor plans ranging from 1,776 to 2,275 square feet, three and four bedrooms.

Do:

After touring our Irvine communities, check out some local spots. Irvine Ranch Historic Park includes 24 original ranch structures in a nod to Orange County’s agricultural history. Head to Orange County Great Park to soar in the Great Park Balloon, ride the Carousel, check out free sports equipment, visit the Palm Court Arts Complex and more. If you have the kids with you, don’t miss Pretend City Children’s Museum with play areas, hands-on learning, role playing and educational programming. To enjoy some top shelf shopping and dining, stroll Irvine Spectrum Center, known for its grand stores and boutique shops and, through February 16, 2015, an ice skating rink among the palm trees. 

Irvine Spectrum

Eat:

Start the day with breakfast at Tustin Ranch Golf Club, which features mouth-watering selections for every taste. For lunch, stop by the pan-Asian Diamond Jamboree shopping plaza where you’ll find a variety of international food options. Or, grab a yummy bite at In-n-Out Burger, which is a Southern California drive-thru classic. They use fresh ingredients and no heat lamps, freezers or microwave ovens. Afterwards, walk it off on the beautiful University of California, Irvine campus. When dinnertime rolls around, if you time it just right you can dine at one of the lauded eateries while you’re at Irvine Spectrum Center.

Day Two – Costa Mesa / NewPort Beach

Tour:

Level 1 – Now Selling

Our Costa Mesa homes at Level 1 are situated about a mile from the Pacific Ocean. This exciting new community offers 2-3 bedroom, 3.5 bath homes of 1,771 and 1,999 square feet, with open floor plans that each feature a second level deck as well as a rooftop deck.

Superior Pointe – Now Selling

Talk about convenient! Superior Pointe is in a pedestrian-friendly area across the street from shops that include Trader Joe’s and Starbucks. Four unique floor plans feature 1,944 to 2,048 square feet of living space with two or three bedrooms and up to four baths.

Do:

For an alternative shopping experience, go to CAMP and The Lab, which bills itself as “The Antimall”. These two spots are right across the street from each other. You can also have a magical whale-of-an experience at Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whalewatching. Or, catch a show at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, a multi-venue celebration of theater, music and art.

Fisherman on Pier

Eat:

For breakfast, try the friendly Side Street Café, where delicious better-than-homemade food is served by friendly wait-staff. For a hot dog or hearty comfort food lunch, it’s hard to beat the small and quaint eatery called Crocker’s “The Well Dressed Frank” in Newport Beach. At the end of the day savor a meal at a casual or fine dining restaurant at South Coast Plaza.

Day Three – Yorba Linda / Anaheim

Tour:

Palisades at Vista Del Verde – Now Selling

This preferred golf course community features some of the most desirable homes in the area and no Mello-Roos. Residents enjoy a highly ranked 18-hole Black Gold golf course and first-class amenities including a pool, spa, fitness center, and tot lot for the little ones.

Do:

You can’t be in the area without visiting the famous Disneyland, where you’ll be treated to rides, entertainment, character experiences, shops and a spa.

Aaron Fulkerson

Eat:

Before heading over to Disneyland, have a SoCal lunch at Taco’s San Pedro. The popular casual eatery serves up authentic Mexican Food including street taco plates. Then enjoy dinner while you’re at Disneyland. Take in the Downtown Disney District’s vibrant promenade and choose an open-air venue or indoor restaurant for a memorable meal.

LOCATIONS

Day 1: Irvine / Lake Forest

Capella in Irvine

Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

160 Longfence 
Irvine, CA 92602

949-204-5440

Driving Directions

Saviero in Irvine

Open 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily

28 Lowland 
Irvine, CA 92602

949-204-5441

Driving Directions

Camden Square in Lake Forest

236 Primrose Drive
Lake Forest, CA 92610
949-259-2633

Driving Directions

Activities:

Irvine Ranch Historic Park
13042 Old Myford Rd. 
Irvine, CA 92602 
949-923-3748 

Orange County Great Park
Near the intersection of the 5 and 405 Freeways

Pretend City Children’s Museum
29 Hubble
Irvine, CA 92602

Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
949-753-5180

Dining:

Tustin Ranch Golf Club
12442 Tustin Ranch Road
Tustin, CA 92782
714-730-1611

Diamond Jamboree
2700-2750 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92606
626-285.5550

In-n-Out Burger
4115 Campus Drive
Irvine, CA 92612

Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
949-753-5180

Day Two: Costa Mesa / Newport Beach

Level 1
Open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
1527 Newport Blvd
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-341-1221

Driving Directions

Superior Pointe
Open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily

1690 Shoreline Way
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
949-204-5439

Driving Directions

Activities:

CAMP
2937 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

The Lab
2930 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Newport Landing Sportfishing & Whalewatching
309 Palm St. #A
Newport Beach CA. 92661
949-675-0551

Segerstrom Center for the Arts
600 Town Center Drive
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Dining:

Side Street Café
1799 Newport Blvd
Ste A105
Costa Mesa, CA 9262

Cocker’s The Well Dressed Frank
211 Marine Ave
Ste A
Newport Beach, CA 92662

South Coast Plaza

3333 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Day Three: Yorba Linda / Anaheim

Palisades at Vista Del Verde

18621 Clubhouse Drive

Yorba Linda, CA 92886
714-660-0011

Driving Directions

Activities:

Disneyland
1313 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802

Dining:

Taco’s San Pedro
17475 Imperial Hwy Ste A
Yorba Linda, CA 92886

Downtown Disney
1580 Disneyland Drive
Anaheim, CA 92802
714-300-7800


Your Wintertime Garden
by Cara, Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Before we get into the how’s and what’s of winter gardening, let’s consider the why’s. For one thing, it’s easier compared to summer gardening. But the big reason to do some winter gardening is to have fresh veggies to enjoy – during the winter or come spring.

Plant Hardy Vegetables

Kale

According to 10 Vegetables More Cold-Hardy than Kale, there are 20 types of veggies that do well in winter gardens. If we’re talking about property in Denver, the cold-climate vegetables listed would be good for your winter garden. If you want to have a winter garden for your Tampa home, your list might be different. Be sure to do some research into which veggies would be ideal for your area.

Compost and Mulch

Mulch

Even when it’s frigid outside, your compost can live if its warm core is maintained. You’ll need materials rich in carbon and nitrogen. This article will give you more in-depth information on keeping compost alive in the winter. Depending on your climate, you might need to weed your garden and apply straw or fleece mulches to any overwintering plants.

Protect Your Garden from Frost

Frost

To protect your plants from frost cover them loosely with a cloth fabric; plastic keeps moisture in and can cause freezing. Hang the cover and don’t let it touch the plants. For small plants use trimmed-down plastic soda bottles and glass jars. For potted plants, group them together and wrap burlap or bubble wrap around the pots to hold warmth in and protect roots. For more ideas, check out 11 Ways to Protect Plants from Frost Damage at DIYNatural.com.

Bring Your Garden Inside

Indoor Garden
Ornamental plants like ferns and flowering plants can be brought inside, which may be essential to their survival if temperatures go below 60 degrees regularly. You’ll want to inspect them for insects first and take care of any problems. Also, prune when it’s appropriate for the plant. Once they’re inside, give the plants adequate light; use a full-spectrum light if need be. They’ll need less water indoors so be careful of over-watering. If you’d like to plant an indoor vegetable garden see this helpful article.



Is a new home in your future this year? Here are five compelling reasons to put Montecina in Carlsbad at the top of your must-see list.

1. A great location. Carlsbad in coastal north San Diego County is a centrally located, well-established town with easy access to jobs, recreation, excellent schools and essential services. You really couldn’t find a better place for your new hometown. 

Montecina Bedroom

2. Selection. Choose from three contemporary plans with 3 to 4 bedrooms and 2 to 3.5 baths ranging from 1,833 to 2,462 square feet, 2-car garages, three architectural styles, plus an array of options so you can add your own personal stamp to your home.

Montecina Bedroom

3. Easy living designs. Open plan great room/kitchen combinations are ideal for entertaining and relaxing. Private owners’ suites are a welcome retreat. And there’s plenty of room outdoors to extend your living space.

Montecina Kitchen

4. An intimate community. We’re only building 32 homes at Montecina -- so you’ll be one of just a few homeowners in the neighborhood.

Montecina Living Room

5. We’ve just released new homesites. Now’s the perfect time to act and get your preferred location. 

Bonus Reason. Rates remain historically low. Pre-qualify today at Taylor Morrison Home Funding and put yourself on the fast track to a new Montecina home.

Schedule your appointment to see Montecina or get more information about the opportunities available here. Contact Internet Home Consultant, Shari Fobel BRE #01860099 at 949-341-1206 or send an email request.

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Celebrate Mardi Gras
by Cara, Saturday, February 14, 2015

You needn’t travel to New Orleans to celebrate Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday. Most likely, there’ll be plenty of events commemorating the holiday in your area. Check out our overview of Mardi Gras fun near Taylor Morrison communities. Events take place on Fat Tuesday, February 17, unless otherwise noted.

Mardi Gras

ARIZONA

Phoenix         

If you’re living in Phoenix a New Orleans-flavored Mardi Gras can be found at Southern Rail Restaurant, known for its Southern food. Enjoy the traditions of Mardi Gras including those colorful beads and drink specials.

CALIFORNIA

Bay Area 

Take in the Bay Area Big Easy revelries at Town Hall restaurant in San Francisco, with an evening of authentic food and drinks and live music.

The annual Fat Tuesday in the Fillmore will feature a free blues concert and masquerade ball.

A raucous Mardi Gras Parade featuring New Orleans-style marching bands starts at Octavia and Hayes in San Francisco.

Sacramento

Described as “3 nights of debauchery”, District 30 on K Street in Sacramento becomes Bourbon Street, February 13, 14 and 15. Expect music, food, drinks and good times.

Southern California

Have a Costa Mesa home in Southern California? You won’t have far to go to enjoy a special menu, cocktails and jazz at SOCIAL Costa Mesa, February 12-17.

Support autism charities at Mardi Gras for Autism in downtown Fullerton. The free family carnival benefit will be held outside Bourbon Street Bar and Grill.

Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen Mardi Gras will feature New Orleans cuisine, jazz, drink specials, and free beads for kids. Costumes welcome!

COLORADO

Denver

Party at Dave & Buster’s at Mardi Gras 2015 in Denver. Enjoy a variety of rooms with video games, DJs and live music.

Mark your calendar for good times for a good cause on February 28 at Embassy Suites downtown. The Mardi Gras event benefitting non-profit Qualistar Colorado will include dinner, an auction, live music and a casino.

FLORIDA

For Myers/Naples

Prepare to kick up your heels at the 1950s Mardi Gras Swing Walk on February 13. A block festival, dancing to Big Band and jazz music, costumes, art and prizes are planned.

If you’ll be in Fort Myers/Naples on Fat Tuesday, shop, dine and dance at Mardi Gras Evening on Fifth in Naples.

Jacksonville

The Garden Club of Jacksonville  is hosting an evening under the oaks on February 12. Community Connections’ Annual Mardi Gras will feature Cajun food, live music, and lots more.

Wear your best cocktail attire to the Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on February 28 at the Hyatt Jacksonville. Mask and beads will be provided.

Orlando

It’s Mardi Gras 2015 at Universal Orlando and the celebrations go from now through April. There’ll be a series of concerts, a Mardi Gras parade and Universal Studios all dressed up for the occasion.

Sarasota

Come on down and celebrate at the St. Armands Circle Mardi Gras in Sarasota. A Dixieland band will lead the strut around the circle. Live entertainment and a carnival atmosphere included.

Tampa

The family-oriented Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade and Festival in Tampa begins with music in the Pioneer Park pavilion. Fifty colorful floats and bead tossing will be part of the parade, followed by restaurants and over-21 pubs.

TEXAS

Austin

Get rowdy at Mardi Gras in Austin. The fun begins on February 12 with celebratory events and parties running from February 14 through Fat Tuesday, February 17. See the website for the full calendar of Mardi Gras excitement.

Another wild option is Carnaval Brasileiro at Palmer Event Center on February 28.  This Brazilian style Mardi Gras celebration first began rocking revelers in the 1970s.

Houston

If you’re in the Houston area, don’t miss out on Mardi Gras! Galveston, Texas’ largest Mardis Gras celebration. Festivities start on February 6 and continue with events through February 17, with parades, dancing a 5K run and more. 


Share the Love
by Cara, Thursday, February 12, 2015


Want to do something more than the usual dozen roses and box of chocolates Valentine’s Day? Go beyond the status quo this year and add the surprise factor into the mix. Here are some of our favorite ideas for a fun Valentine’s Day.

 Share the Love

    Tango for two – Sign up for dance instruction and learn a new style. Choose the type of dance you’d like, but you have to admit: the tango is very romantic.

    Picnic by the fireplace – Light some candles, get the fire going and have a romantic evening in the glow of the fireplace. Sip wine and enjoy some chocolates together. 

    Create a personalized gift card – What makes your significant other feel pampered? Give him or her a homemade gift card that entitles them to something they’d love. 

    First date redux – Remember that first date the two of you went on? Recreate the evening or event that brought you closer together. 

    Have a couples’ game night – Invite other couples over for a fun evening of board games or charades. Have some appetizers on hand. Allrecipes.com has some yummy out-of-the-ordinary ideas. 

    Valentines Activities

    Mix special cocktails – Whether you’re hanging with friends or have the night to yourselves, these Valentine’s Day cocktails will complete the evening.

    Enjoy the great outdoors – Reclaim an outdoors activity you love. Go skiing, ride horses or hike your favorite trails. Sometimes with the pressure of family and work, we forget to get out and enjoy nature. 

    Have a couple’s massage – Unwind together at a local spa with a massage for two. Spafinder.com tells you what to expect, helps you find a spa and provides gift certificates.

    Enjoy a romantic getaway – If you have the time and budget, why not go all out and book a weekend at a faraway and fabulous spa? Forbes.com shares some incredible options from around the world.

    Say “I love you” – Write a poem, put it in a Valentine’s Day card and give it to your sweetie along with a heartfelt “I love you.” It’s a simple, old-fashioned idea that goes beautifully with an evening in or special date out, and it never goes out of style. 


Try Your Hand at Hosting Brunch this Month
by Cara, Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Taylor Morrison knows, if you’re going to host a brunch – or have been invited to a brunch potluck – you want to create dishes that make people ooh!, aah!, and mmmm! We’ve put together a complete menu to please and impress, whether you make them all or assign them to guests. Enjoy!

Waldorf Salad

Cranberry Orange Scones

These tasty scones will get the brunch off to a delicious start.  This recipe guides you through the process, from mixing to topping to baking.

Cornflake Crusted Banana Stuffed French Toast

Feel free to say yum for this one. It may taste decadent, but it’s really a healthy version of the recipe, with cornflake crumbs, almonds, cinnamon-raisin bread plus banana, strawberries, blueberries and more.

Waldorf Salad

Lighten things up a little with a yummy Waldorf Salad. It calls for diced celery, diced and cored apples, chopped walnuts, seedless grapes, mayo and optionally miniature marshmallows, particularly popular with kids.

Green Chili and Chorizo Breakfast Strata

Have a new home in Houston? This zesty dish will take care of those Tex-Mex cravings. You’ll need sourdough bread, hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese, mild green chilies, chopped cilantro, eggs, milk and seasonings.

Hash Brown Brunch Casserole

This casserole is great with a meat and potato meal, too. It’s small on prepping and big on flavor, a concept that’s as popular with folks living in Phoenix and Denver’s Castle Pines as it is for Floridians and residents of Southern California.

Spiked Apple Cider

Tie it all together with a warm and tasty hot beverage with a little apple brandy mixed in. Besides brandy, you’ll need apple cider, cinnamon, cardamom and curry powder.


Taylor Morrison Makes Homebuyers Happy
by Cara, Thursday, February 05, 2015

Taylor Morrison loves turning homebuyers into very happy homeowners and our communities offer something for everybody. Case in point: for people in search of an environment that caters to the active lifestyle there’s the Esplanade of Tampa community, coming soon.

Esplanade of Tampa-Outside

Besides beautiful, quality-built homes, the new Florida community plans include an impressive array of resort-style amenities and features. At the center of the great offerings is a Lifestyle Director to help residents make the most of their Esplanade of Tampa living. The Lifestyle Director keeps activities exciting and the calendar of events full.

No Such Thing As Too Much Fun

Our Lifestyle Directors plan and manage fun events like wine tastings, trivia nights, horseback riding, pizza parties, cooking classes, farmer’s market shopping, classic car auto clubs, photography and special interest groups, holiday parties, restaurant outings, movies and live theater ticket offerings.

couple drinking wine

The Esplanade of Tampa Lifestyle Director will also serve as “commissioner” of bocce ball and lawn bowling tournaments. Early evening bocce ball activities have proven to be popular, and small wonder! With men’s and ladies’ teams, extras like cigars, brandy and wine on hand, and 15 to 30 people on the court at any given time, things can get pretty exciting at these shuffleboard-on-the-lawn kind of events.

bocce ball

The Magic of the Design Studio

Like magic, the pros at the Design Center help Taylor Morrison homebuyers create the home they’ve always dreamed of. Each buyer gets an in-person tour of the possibilities at the Design Center, where they’re inspired and guided in their quest to add their personal tastes and style to their new home.

Homebuyers choose from the latest in flooring, appliances, countertops, cabinet styles, paint colors, fixtures and finish carpentry. Their by-appointment Design Consultant is on hand to explain everything from product benefits and features to coordination choices.

Esplanade of Tampa-Kitchen

We encourage homebuyers to check out the Design Center before their scheduled design session appointment. The Tampa Design Center puts on Preview Nights every Tuesday from 4 to 7pm, and the 4th Saturday of each month, from 10am to 2pm. The Center is located at 9206 Florida Palm Drive in Tampa.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Esplanade of Tampa, call our Internet Home Consultants MaryAnn Givens or Molly Whalen at 866-495-6006 or send an email request.

 


Cuddle Up with a Blanket and a Good Book
by Cara, Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The sun goes down earlier, temperatures plummet. It’s wintertime! What to do with those long nights and cold weekends? Use your downtime to rediscover books. Nothing better than snuggling up with a good book when it’s cold outside.  Read to your little ones, get new books for your kids, gift some or pass along suggestions to your teenagers, and give yourself some downtime with a good book or two this winter.

Cuddle up to a good book

Here are some great books for everyone in the family:

Child Charmers

The Snowy Day

If you live in a colder region – maybe you own a Denver home by Taylor Morrison, for instance – your kids probably get excited about snow. This 1963 Caldecott Medal winner captures beautifully children’s anticipation of the first snowfall.

Waiting for Winter

Child or adult, pet or wild animal, the impression snow makes when it’s experienced for the first time is truly magical. In this popular book, Squirrel wants to share the magic of the first snow with his friends, but Hedgehog and Bear are sleepy in anticipation of hibernating and they have a hard time staying awake.

Winter Candle

This wonderfully illustrated children’s book center’s around a lumpy old candle and how it’s passed around by people living in a city apartment building, solving each person’s particular need for it’s light.

Teen Pleasing

The Long Winter

Even a young teen living in a townhouse in Campbell, CA will appreciate this book from the classic Little House on the Prairie series. When snow blizzards have the Wilder family holed up at home with dwindling food and coal supplies, two brothers set out on a journey to find provisions.

A Tundra Tale

Imaginative and vivid, A Tundra Tale is based on Alaskan folklore. It’s a fairytale about a young adult resident of a remote psychiatric hospital who journeys into the frozen tundra, getting help and companionship from animals and a child along the way.

The Snow Child

It’s 1920 Alaska, and a childless homesteading couple takes a moment from their struggles to make a snow child, which then disappears. Mysteriously, a young girl with a red fox living in the woods appears to them and their lives are changed forever.

Great for Grown-ups

East of Eden

Wintertime is the perfect season to rediscover old favorites, like this enduring and ambitious John Steinbeck novel that follows two families and their interactions. The book is said to be based on the family of Steinbeck’s maternal grandfather.

Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

Another classic, Labyrinths features stories written by Jorge Luis Borges that occur in the past, present and future. The pieces have a mystical, multi-layered feel to them. The writings of Borges, a twentieth century author, continue to influence modern literature.

The Secret History

A tight-knit group of students at a prestigious school who are enthralled by a brilliant professor become entangled in two murders. The plot of the popular TV show How to Get Away with Murder borrows from this psychological thriller.