Posted on May 11, 2010 | Tagged in: tips
Moving into a new home often means a fresh start, and what better way than with new, family and environmentally friendly, clean- up techniques. Alas, all you need is a bag of lemons!
Did you know the acid in lemon juice removes dirt and rust stains? And, it’s especially effective when mixed with salt, which makes “an excellent scouring paste,” says Karyn Siegel-Maier, author of The Naturally Clean Home. You can also use them to clean your countertops by dipping the cut side of a lemon half in baking soda, rubbing it on the counters, then follow with a wet sponge and dry.
To remove tough food stains from light wood and plastic cutting boards, just slice a lemon in half, squeeze onto the soiled surface, rub, and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing.
Posted on May 4, 2010 | Tagged in: tips , Specials & Promotions
Doesn’t mom deserve a day to relax, reflect, rejuvenate, and rejoice in the fruits of her labors? With so many wonderful salons and spas on the Kingwood area, there is sure to be a pampering treatment that is just the right fit for that special mother in your life! Below I have listed just a few of the most luxurious local spas, services and where to go to purchase a gift certificate for your deserving mom.
The Conservatory Day Spa and Salon was designed to give you a stunning experience like no other day spa in the world. But only you can be the judge of that. So we invite you to step into our luxurious 14,000 Square Foot day spa at Kingwood, Texas. Here you can lose track of the outside world and experience a heightened level of luxury as they indulge your senses and pamper your skin and body with a custom designed, advanced therapy. For more information, visit www.kingwoodspa.com.
Posted on Apr 28, 2010 | Tagged in: tips
Step outside and take a deep breath. The flowers are blooming and a Texas spring is once again in the air. This means that coats, sweaters and winter-wear are now a thing of the past. Wondering where to store all bulky winter accessories? Many homeowners overlook the excess storage space hiding in plain sight and hidden storage areas are abundant, especially in new homes.
Taming the closet beast is usually last on everyone’s list, especially since you can just close the door and put the mess out of sight. But wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to step in, see the floor or better yet, get dressed inside? With just a few hours and a handyman, you can transform your closet into a celebrity inspired dressing room. Most new homes have 9 to 10 foot ceilings and a LOT of wasted space. Start by reclaiming your “air space” rights.
Posted on Apr 26, 2010 | Tagged in: Untagged
Highland Homes has a fabulous two-story home on a golf course hom esite complete and ready for move-in. This four bedroom, 3.5 bath home offers and family room, formal dining area, game room and wet bar.
The brick and stone elevation with exterior uplighting makes a dramatic first impression. Luxury features are included throughout, such a 20 x 20 ceramic tile in the entry, extended entry, kitchen and breakfast area and hall into the master retreat. The master bath has 18" x 18" tile on diagonal with beautiful marble countertops. Hardwood flooring accents the study, dining and master bedroom. The kitchen cabinets are stained with a beautiful glaze, counters are granite and appliances are stainless steel.
There is an outdoor living area, fantastic balcony and three-car tandem garage.
Posted on Apr 21, 2010 | Tagged in: tips , entertainment
Spring is in the air, and some of Houston’s most pleasant evenings are upon us. What better time to plan an informal, alfresco dinner party for friends and family? Here are a few basic tips to help you pull-off your event in style.
If children are invited to the festivities, plan creative ways to keep them entertained. A table just for little hands is a good idea, especially if you can cover it with butcher paper and create a free-to-touch centerpiece made of rye grass and crayons – this way they can draw to their hearts' content.
To help keep the Texas size flying pests at bay, and keep your guests cool, run a fan near your dining area. You may also want to fill decorative glass bowls, flowerpots or baskets with natural insect repellent such as eucalyptus and citronella oils and designate a place, away from the food, where guests can mist themselves with repellents.
Posted on Apr 16, 2010 | Tagged in: Untagged
Village Builders is one of the builders participating in this years' GHBA Benefit Home Project. As a top Houston builder for over 35 years, Village Builders is privileged to give back to the Houston Community.
Made possible by the generosity of suppliers and sub-contractors, the proceeds of Village Builders' new Da Vinci Plan at 20718 Belvon Valley Drive will benefit three local charities: The Texas Children's Cancer Center, the Alzheimer's Association and HomeAid Houston. The home is nearing completion and will be ready in May.
It offers 4,307 square feet of luxurious living with 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 3-car split garage. It also features a private study, formal dining room, butler's pantry, gameroom, media room, flex room with covered balcony, covered patio, computer loft, Master Retreat with two-sided fireplace and workout area, and much more.
Posted on Apr 13, 2010 | Tagged in: events , community
YMCA Healthy Kids Day includes exciting, engaging and creative activities for kids and their families promoting healthy relationships, wellness and healthy lifestyles. Morning will be full of entertainment, including face painting, moonwalk, horseback rides and even a clown! In addition to the fun and games, Healthy Kids Day will include numerous health care professionals and other organizations that will provide useful wellness information for inquisitive parents.
This national YMCA event, to be held at the Lake Houston Family Center on Saturday, April 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., is the nation’s largest health day for children, with more than 1700 YMCA’s across the country participating.
According to the Lake Houston Family YMCA, “Healthy Kids Day kicks off YMCA summer program registration to the Lake Houston community. Families will be able to register for many of the outstanding YMCA summer programs such as swim lessons, day camp, teen camp, baseball and volleyball.” A complete listing of session dates and times for these programs is available at the Lake Houston Family YMCA or by visiting their web page at Ymcahouston.org/lake-houston.
Posted on Apr 6, 2010 | Tagged in: Kingwood , events
Just minutes away from residents of Oakhurst at Kingwood on Highway 59, EarthQuest, a “green” theme park and resort, is in the final phases of planning. The EarthQuest Institute, and home to the much anticipated Dino Museum, will also house research facilities where “green” technologies will be developed, tested and introduced.
The mega park will surrounding a gigantic, centrally located mountain with individual worlds focusing on the four basic elements – Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Each world will include themed rides and educational attractions to both entertain and educate park visitors. Additionally, there will be a zoo where visitors can ride on a train-like “green” passenger car to observe the animals in their natural habitat settings.
Posted on Mar 31, 2010 | Tagged in: Kingwood , events
Oakhurst’s fanciest new readers are in for a special treat!
Barnes and Nobles at Deerbrook Mall will be hosting a Fancy Nancy Tea Party on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 11 a.m. in celebration of National Poetry Month. Girly-Girls welcome!
What better way to encourage our newest readers to explore books than with a special reading of Fancy Nancy: Poet Extraordinaire! while snacking on delicious tea party food and refreshments! No word on whether there will be a “poet-tree,” like in the book, but you can count on lots of fun for literary divas in training.
Dress-up your girly-girls in their biggest hats, sparkling tiaras, and fanciest attire and join in the fun. Due to limited space, this event is strictly RSVP only. Please contact Anthony Howell, Community Relations Manager, at 281.540.2047 or email at email@example.com with number of total people attending.
Posted on Mar 15, 2010 | Tagged in: Kingwood
March 20 & 21, 2010 - This weekend, Friendswood Development Company will host an open house even in three communities, offering visitors the opportunity to tour both new and resale homes.
Fairfield, Oakhurst at Kingwood and Graystone Hills in Conroe will have a variety of new homes open, with many ready for move-in, as well as resale homes open with Realtors on site to answer questions.
Residents, Realtors and shoppers have opportunities to tour new and resale homes and find out why many people are making these Friendswood Development Co. communities their home.