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Aug 30

Easy Summer Dessert Ideas Kids Will Love

There are days when you and the kids just have to have something sweet. Although, baking with the little ones can be a lot of fun, let’s admit it, the last thing you want to do on a hot summer’s day is to be cooking around an oven. However, that doesn’t mean you have to deprive yourself for settle for a box of store-bought popsicles. Instead, check out these no-bake recipes that won’t heat up your kitchen and are easy enough for kids to make on their own! No matter which you decide to try first, all of these are guaranteed to keep those sweet teeth satisfied.

Ice pops: Otter Pops will forever be the the summer staple of our childhoods, but with all the fake sugar and artificial coloring, it may be time to graduate from them. You and your kids can make your own ice pops with just two ingredients. Puree a fruit of your choice and two tablespoons of honey until blended smooth. Then put the mixture into whatever ice pop molds you have on hand and freeze until hard. You can purchase these easy to use ice pop pouches on Amazon that kids of all ages will enjoy! These frozen pop trays are also great if you have a teething baby.

Frozen Chocolate Banana Bites: These little bites are as delicious as they are easy to make. Just cut up some bananas into bite sized pieces and dip them into melted chocolate. Place the chocolate bananas on a cookie sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle on any toppings of your choosing, such as chopped nuts or dried fruit. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer and freeze until hard.

Frozen Yogurt Dollops: This frozen yogurt recipe is so easy and fun for kids to make. With a healthy yogurt of your choosing place it into a Ziploc bag. Cut a small hole at one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag and squirt dollops of yogurt onto a cookie tray

and parchment paper. Have your kids add some fun sprinkles and freeze until hard. This easy dessert is the perfect alternative to traditional ice cream, or even sugary frozen yogurt, and can be enjoyed as an afternoon snack. You can also make a similar frozen yogurt bark like this.

Watermelon Fruit Pizza: This is by far the most creative way to get your kids excited about eating fruit – tell them it’s pizza! Slice a watermelon into cross sections and spread it with greek yogurt as the base or “pizza sauce”. Then, you can let your kids add berries, other fruits of your choosing, and mint leaves for garnish as your “toppings”. Slice the circle into triangles, and the perfect summer “pizza” your kids will love is ready. Here’s an official recipe by Good Housekeeping. Enjoy!   

 

Aug 23

Helpful Tips to Start the School Year Off Right

While summer is not over yet, the time to pack away the flip-flops and bring on the pencils and books is just around the corner. Switching from carefree summer days to fast-paced school schedule can be stressful for parents and kids, but it doesn’t have to be. Preparing for the first day ahead can make all the difference and we’ve got you covered with some great tips to ease into the school mode and start this year off right.

Transportation: Finalizing a transportation schedule with your family before the school year starts will make things much easier. Whether you are coordinating a carpool group or your child is taking the school bus, nailing down a pick-up and drop-off schedule ahead of time will eliminate stress.

Breakfast: Studies have shown that children who eat a healthy, nutritious breakfast often perform better throughout the day than those who don’t. Figure out which healthy breakfast foods your kids actually like and create a menu that will get their day off to a good start. Some easy options are steel cut oats with berries, green smoothies, or low fat Greek yogurt with granola and fruit.

Homework habits: Developing efficient homework and study habits early on in the school year will set the groundwork for not only a successful academic year, but for a successful student.  Create an organized and quiet environment that encourages your child to focus and complete tasks in an efficient, timely manner. Homework zones that are relaxing, but formal are known to keep kids’ attention best. If possible, set up the homework station in a room with lots of natural light. Make sure that all electronic devices are put away or turned off during homework time to maximize concentration. Subtler distractions like hunger or worry can similarly affect your child’s ability to focus. Ensure that these needs are met as well to establish a distraction-free zone.

Night time routine: Getting a good night’s sleep is especially important for growing children and adolescents. Setting up a night routine and sleep schedule will help your student in and out of the classroom as their mood will be brighter and their concentration levels higher. Your child’s night time routine might consist of taking a calming hot shower, reading a book, or spraying a little bit of lavender mist on their pillow. Also, turning off all electronics, or at least putting them away in a separate room an hour before bedtime will help you and your kids unwind before it’s time to sleep.

After School care/ extracurriculars: Getting your child involved in an after school activity is a great opportunity for them to explore new interests and socialize outside of the classroom. Sometimes schools provide after school activities or clubs, but if not, you can search your local area for extracurriculars for kids. Some of the most popular are dance, art, music, sports or acting classes.

 

Aug 17

Trumark Homes Release For Sale 5 Model Homes at Glass Bay Community in Newark on Heels of Reaching Over 90 Percent Sold

Trumark Homes’ second residential community in Newark is met with robust buyer demand

 San Ramon, Calif. (August 16, 2018) Trumark Homes, the national award-winning California homebuilder, announced today the release for sale of the Saltcreek and Seagrass model homes at its Glass Baycommunity in Newark, CA. In just one year, Trumark has already achieved an impressive sales milestone of more than 90 percent or almost 200 of the homes sold, including a full sellout at one of its neighborhoods, Boardwalk. Featuring three distinct neighborhoods, Glass Bay introduces 217 new single-family detached homes to the Tri-City area. This marks Trumark Homes’ second residential community in Newark having reached a sellout of the 164 homes at its Timber community in late 2016.

“The sales velocity we’ve experienced to date at Glass Bay underscores the continued demand for housing in the Bay Area,” said Tony Bosowski, Division President, Northern California. “It’s remarkable because we began selling homes from a dirt lot prior to our sales office opening and long before buyers could even tour the model homes. From that point forward, we knew that these homes would not last on the market for long.”

Glass Bay consists of three distinct neighborhoods surrounding a central park, including: Saltcreek comprised of two- and three-story homes with three to five bedrooms; Boardwalk with three-story, four-bedroom homes; and Seagrass, featuring two-story homes with four to five bedrooms. Homes range from 1,829 to 2,420 square feet and all boast 10-foot ceilings on all main living floors. Prices started in the low $900,000s.

“Our buyers have run the gamut from Silicon Valley professionals to first-time homebuyers and everyone in between,” said Tony Bosowski. “We have welcomed 80 families to Glass Bay and are proud to introduce the new homeowners to the caliber of home crafted in every Trumark community.”

Located at the intersection of Willow Street and Enterprise Drive in Newark, Glass Bay provides convenient access to public transportation, schools, such as the University of Phoenix, Decry, ITT Tech, and Ohlone College, parks, sports facilities and shopping.

About Trumark Homes

Recently named the 3rdfastest growing private builder nationwide and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, Trumark Homesis a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoods spanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods. For more information, visitwww.TrumarkHomes.com

Aug 16

Tru Charity: Solving the World Water Crisis, One Well at a Time

Water is an absolutely essential part of our lives. In fact, without water, it would be impossible for any form of life to exist throughout the entire universe. It allows us humans to stay hydrated, clean our bodies and maintain good health. And yet so often, we take this precious commodity for granted. An astonishing 844 million people across the globe do not have access to clean drinking water. That’s nearly 1 in 10 people worldwide, or more than twice the population of the United States! Many of these people live in isolated rural areas and have to walk long distances to collect water for their family. Walking for hours every day keeps children out of school and takes up valuable time that parents could otherwise be spending to earn money and feed their families. Furthermore, the water often carries diseases that kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war.

At Trumark Homes, it’s our mission to not only make a positive difference with the communities we build here at home, but also impact change globally. Witnessing the immense need for clean water firsthand during their extensive travels abroad, our co-founders Michael Maples and Gregg Nelson became determined to help those in need through homebuilding in the U.S.

We do this through our ongoing partnership with charity:water, a non-profit devoted to alleviating the global water crisis by building sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world. They work with local experts and community members to find the best solution for each location, whether it’s a hand-dug or drilled well, a piped system, BioSand filters, or a system for harvesting rainwater.

Through its long lasting partnership with charity:water, Trumark Homes has funded 26 wells which have provided access to safe drinking water to over 6,000 people in places like Tigray, Ethiopia and Malawi. It’s so inspiring to see how gaining access to this basic resource positively impacts the  entire community. It prevents unnecessary deaths, teaches people to be healthier, and helps avoid the future spread of diseases. Improved water quality also means producing healthier crops and products, which leads to a stronger economy and thriving community. Families have more time to pursue education and explore new work opportunities, allowing them to break the self -perpetuating vicious circle of poverty.

But what really sets charity:water apart from other similar organizations is their commitment to transparency. Administrative expenses are covered by private donors, foundations and sponsors, leaving 100 percent of public donations to directly fund water projects. When the projects are completed, charity:water provides the donors proof using GPS coordinates, photos, and details of the community served. The information shared on their website contains details and updates about each project which allows donors to engage in the project and understand the positive impact they are making on these communities.

We strongly believe that clean water is not a privilege, but a basic human right. We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with an organization like charity:water; creating opportunities for education, stronger economies, and restoring hope for a better future.

 

Aug 10

Trumark Homes Launches Sales at New Lewis + Mason Townhome Community in Anaheim, California

New Homes Now Selling in Anaheim’s Vibrant Platinum Triangle

Newport Beach, Calif. (August 9, 2018) Trumark Homes, the award-winning California homebuilder, has announced the launch of sales at its new Lewis + Masontownhome community in the heart of Anaheim’s bustling Platinum Triangle. After acquiring the 7.7-acre site in May 2017, Trumark began demolition of the previous industrial buildings in August 2017 and will debut four models in September 2018.

Featuring two distinct product types, Lewis + Mason offers an interwoven suburban community in the middle of an energetic urban setting. Comprised of 153 total homes, with 95 homes in the Lewis complex and 58 in the Mason complex, the community offers three-story townhomes ranging from two to four bedrooms. Prices range from the high $500,000s to the low $700,000s.

“We are thrilled to introduce this for-sale residential product in the transit-oriented and entertainment-laden Platinum Triangle,” said Richard Douglass, Division President, Southern California. “As today’s first-time homebuyers desire a blend of suburban space and urban amenities, Lewis + Mason delivers an exciting sense of community and place that meets the modern buyer’s demand.”

The Mason residences range from 1,858 square feet to 2,185 square feet and feature rooftop decks, creating the perfect opportunity for a third-story outdoor backyard complete a barbecue and grassy area that may serve as a dedicated dog run or play area for children. The Lewis residences range in size from 1,554 square feet to 1,772 square feet with some homes offering private balconies. All homes feature premium GE stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops in kitchens, luxurious master suites and impressive interior details. In addition to a community pool and walking path, Lewis + Mason will also provide convenient access to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center (ARTIC) and nearby attractions like the Honda Center, Angel Stadium and Disneyland.

“In the midst of a market heavily saturated with apartments, our goal at Trumark was to introduce a long-term housing product to the next generation of homebuyers right within the lively Platinum Triangle,” said Richard Douglass, Division President, Southern California at Trumark Homes. “As nearby transportation continues to be a driving decision factor among buyers, this community offers prime access to local dining and entertainment venues, all accessible by foot, bike or a short drive.”

Lewis + Mason is located at 1700 S Lewis Street, Anaheim, CA 92805. Visit our sales office today for more information, visit LewisandMason.com or call 657-222-0110. Models coming September 2018.

About Trumark Homes

Recently named the 3rdfastest growing private builder nationwide and celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2018, Trumark Homesis a visionary, next generation homebuilder with a robust portfolio of new home neighborhoodsspanning the state of California. Emphasizing distinction and innovation in every home, Trumark Homes focuses on core infill developments in locations that exhibit strong job growth and provide access to major job centers. The nationally award-winning homebuilder is part of the Trumark Group of Companies, a diversified real estate development and building firm that also includes: Trumark Communities, a residential land development platform; Trumark Commercial, which builds, leases and sells commercial buildings; and Trumark Urban, a vertically integrated residential developer focused on core urban neighborhoods.For more information, visit www.TrumarkHomes.com