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Jan 25

8 Tips For Working From Home Effectively

It can be difficult to separate personal lives from business when working from home. However, Trumark Homes offer great layouts to designate a space in your own home, solely for business. Our homes are developed on a foundation derived by smart space, room to breathe and a layout that represents intelligence, practicality, comfort and beauty.

Follow these 8 tips for enhancing the ultimate work from home experience.

  1. Be practical.

 

 

Set a work schedule for yourself each day. Being at home leaves room for getting preoccupied with chores around the house, but setting a designated task list at the beginning of each day will help you to stay on track.

  1. Create the ultimate office space.

Whether this is a full office or a desk overlooking the outdoors, Trumark Homes offers several options for creating an innovative space for all things business.

  1. Be disciplined.

Being available and able to work 24/7 could reduce productivity during normal business hours. Understand when you have achieved your daily goals, and allow yourself to walk away from your office.

  1. Interact electronically.

Being secluded from a typical office environment doesn’t mean that interaction levels have to decrease significantly. Join Facebook and LinkedIn groups to continually tap into industry happenings, while simultaneously building a network.

  1. Become your own genius.

If you are having consistent questions on how to navigate through software systems (e.g. Excel, Photoshop, etc.), look up tutorials online or call the helpline. Establishing a strong set of core skills will increase productivity levels, and save time researching correct answers in the future.  

  1. Make the effort.

Instead of setting up client or colleague calls, meet them for coffee or lunch. This level of interactivity could enhance your relationship, as face-to-face meetings establish a better rapport than a short email.

  1. Prepare to take on the day.

Although you may not be leaving the house, getting ready can make all the difference. Staying in your pajamas could increase the likelihood of falling back into bed. Get ready to take the day by storm, because who knows, if a client issue arises, you don’t want to come to their rescue in pajamas.

  1. Focus on one distraction.

Whether it’s taking care of a new puppy or a newborn, the busier you are, the more productive you’ll be. Being in motion will allow for fluid momentum to get tasks done quickly and correctly. Having a distraction will allow you to designate set times for certain tasks. The pressure from this distraction can actually keep you more focused.

Jan 24

Trumark Communities Breaks Ground On First Wellness-Centric Age-Qualified Residential Community In Manteca, California

Trumark Communities, the national award-winning master planned development division of California development company Trumark Companies, has commenced construction on The Collective, the country’s first age-qualified community devoted to wellness.  The gated community marks the first community within Trumark Communities’ recently launched TruLiving division, dedicated to redefining the age-qualified residential sector.

Jan 17

8 Tips for Throwing the Ultimate Award Viewing Party

  1.   Pre-party preparation

With a plethora of awards shows to choose from, you’ll need to first decide which show you would like to view. Be sure to mark your calendar for the show of your choice and send out your invitations. You should also brush up your knowledge of celebrities with the Celebrity Name Game so you’re prepared when they come on-screen.

  1.    Have your guests come red carpet ready

Bring on the glam squad! Your guests will love getting dolled up and pretending they are on the red carpet. Guests can also be encouraged to dress up as characters or artists who were nominated. Take it to the next level by setting up a step and repeat and red carpet for photographs. At the end of the party, have everyone vote on who wins “best dressed”.

  1.    Gold accents galore

Style your home with gold accents and decorations that will make your guests feel as if they are among the A-list celebrities. Make your room pop with a show stopping centerpiece, gold balloons, and glitter. Who needs Hollywood when your home captures the same, glamorous vibe?

  1.    Snacks on snack

No party is complete without the right bites. Since most award shows can last up to three hours, it is essential to keep your guests well fed. Go all out with a charcuterie board, spinach dip, and pigs in a blanket; or keep it simple and channel your inner Ellen DeGeneres, who memorably ordered pizza to the Oscars in 2014.

  1.    Pop, fizz, clink

Champagne and awards season are a timeless pairing! Make sure your bar is fully stocked with themed cocktails and mocktails, and of course, champagne.

  1.    Intermission

At a loss for what to do during commercial breaks? Have your guests participate in trivia to test their knowledge of the awards’ history, current nominees, and previous winners. Guests can also be invited to fill out ballots to predict the evening’s winners. Movie and history buffs alike will be thrilled to compete.

  1.    And the award for Best Dessert goes to…

Treat your guests to an award-winning dessert: cookies! These Oscar statue cookie cutters create the perfect treat to serve at the end of the evening. Grab some frosting and icing so your guests can decorate their cookies during commercial breaks. They can have their awards and eat them too.

  1.    Finish the evening with your acceptance speech

What better way to thank your guests for coming than with an acceptance speech worthy for an awards show? Top it off with swag bags filled with snacks and photos from the evening.

 

Jan 10

How to Organize Your Home in 2019

With 2019 already underway, many of us are cracking down on our resolutions to improve our lives this new year. Make your home a priority by following these easy steps to better organize your space.

Take Advantage of Unused Space

  • Do you have bare walls, but clutter on the floor? Hang storage bins or wicker baskets from sturdy hooks to free up space on the floor. Be sure to choose a style that blends in softly with your palette, so the bins can become décor too.
  • Can’t figure out what to do with that empty corner? Utilize one of the biggest current décor trends – plants. Not only do they purify the air in your home, they also add a touch of color to any room.
  • Tidy up your entryway with a shoe rack that doubles as an outgoing items area. You’ll be able to head out the door with a minute’s notice!

Make Spring Cleaning a Thing of the Past

  • To make spring cleaning less overwhelming, doing a thorough clean each month will significantly decrease mess and clutter. Start by getting rid of things you never wear. A rule of thumb to follow: if it hasn’t been worn in one year, it goes in the donation pile.
  • Organize your cleaning items in a caddy. Instead of using valuable shelf space for storage, a caddy is easy to reach and transport to any room that needs a scrub-down.

Plan Ahead of Time

  • Streamline your grocery trips by planning and meal-prepping every Sunday. Knowing what you are going to eat throughout the week will not only make your grocery trips easier, but also keep you accountable for eating healthier. This weekly meal planner will be your best friend in no time.
  • Take your planning to the next level with this 2019 Planner. Writing down your tasks, appointments, and reminders will help you commit them to memory and your personal and professional life will surely thank you!
  • Never be late again with a wall clock in every room in the house, especially the bathrooms. Checking the time on a cell phone can be distracting and ultimately cause more delays.

Tidy Up your Home Office

  • Ensure your important items are filed away in a safe space. Whether it be a passport, birth certificate, or sentimental photos, these binders with zippered plastic pockets will keep all documents safe and easy-to-reach.
  • Keep excess cords and wires hidden under your desk with a cable management box. No more tangles!
  • Get the best of both worlds. Make more room for your work while still keeping all your necessities with this desktop organizer.

For more home organization tips, check out our post on how to create a clutter-free bathroom.

 

Jan 03

The Best Dog Parks in Chino Hills, Anaheim, Newark, Ontario

You look out the living room window and think to yourself, “It’s a beautiful day!” Next to you, your pup is bursting with energy, tail wagging and ready to tackle the day head on. If you have some time on your hands, a trip to the dog park might be a fun opportunity for some exercise and socializing.

Before piling into your car, remember these few tips. First, take note of how your dog behaves on the leash. This will be helpful when you’re at the park and there is a whole world of distractions for your dog. Next, don’t forget extra poop bags. Some parks have bag dispensers and waste receptacles, but not all of them. It will always be your responsibility to clean up and care for your dog. Finally, always keep an eye on your dog at the park. You’ll have to be on guard for whatever may happen.

Scroll below for our list of the best dog parks in Chino Hills, Anaheim, Newark, Ontario.

Chino Hills

Dairyland Park – A walking perimeter, fake and faux grass, and agility equipment makes this park a home run for you and your pup! Complete with separate areas for large and small dogs.

Vila Borba Park – You’ll find separated spaces for large and small dogs, as well as plenty of shady spots to relax on those extra sunny days.

Prado Recreation Dog Park – This 585-acre property is home to several large fields available for public use and training.

Anaheim

La Palma Dog ParkLocated in La Palma Park, one of the largest parks in Anaheim, La Palma Dog Park is the perfect place to play off-leash! The Dog Park features small and large dog areas, shade trees, benches, and drinking fountains. La Palma also features a monument in honor of the Anaheim Police Department’s K-9 officers.

Olive Hills Dog ParkSituated next to the Olive Hills Tennis Courts, the Olive Hills Dog Park features a perimeter walking/jogging path, patches of artificial turf, separated small and large dog use areas with agility equipment, benches, and native plant materials.

 

Newark

Newark Community Park – Socializing your dog just got a whole lot easier with this new park. With the accessible drinking fountains and plenty of room to roam, your pup will be making many new friends before you head back home.  

Central Park Dog ParkLocated adjacent to the Fremont Animal Shelter with access off Stevenson Boulevard, this park features two turfed areas – 1.2 acres with artificial turf and lighting for large dogs, and a smaller .02 acre area with natural grass for dogs 14 inches and under at the shoulders. Both areas have a double gate entry to the turf areas that were designed for the convenience of dog owners and the security of their pets.

Drigon Dog Park – A local favorite, this park comes complete with complimentary poop bag stations, benches and seating areas, dog-themed decorations, and agility courses for both the large and small dog play areas.

Ontario

Schimmel Dog Park – This dog park is a part of John Galvin Park, so there is plenty of parking for those busy weekend days. The park name is in dedication to Ontario’s first police dog, “Ex” Von der Schimmel-Suhulz Heide, who lost his life in 1986 protecting his handler, Corporal Ernie Dorame.

Whispering Lakes Dog Park – If you’re training your pup for an upcoming agility course, this is the park to visit. You’ll have access to a variety of agility equipment to get your pup in tip-top shape.